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Ruminant production


Activities on dairy cattle focus on the study of the metabolism of the mammary gland during drying, seeking make improvements to physiological mechanisms through handling and nutrition. This approach also includes working on designing, obtaining and evaluating the effects of substances which regulate inflammation and the regression of both in vitro and in vivo. Another critical aspect of the peripartum period are the memitris; in this case, the effects of the probiotics which regulate the inflammation have been evaluated.

Work has also been conducted on foetal programming, studying how maternal nutrition can affect the metabolism of the calf. Finally, the work in dairy cattle has included the monitoring of consumption and the needs of individual cows in order to make more efficient use of the nutrients and to reduce environmental pollution.

With respect to studies with replacement calves and suckling calves, further work has been performed on how the presentation of the feed can affect consumption and reduce stress during weaning.

Finally, an evaluation has been made of the effects of antibiotics present in the discard milk of dairy cows in the resistance to antibiotics and the digestive flora of the replacement calves. With regard to fattening calves, studies have been performed to further the use of mangers and the presentation of feed. Finally, there has also been participation in studies on the efficient use of water on farms.

· Head: Maria Devant
· Researchers: 5
· Support staff: 4
· Work centres: IRTA Torre Marimon

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