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Animal Food Production

The livestock sector development and sustainability represent a field of challenge for future research.

Within the next few decades, food production in Europe will experience major environmental, social and economic changes. The livestock sector plays an essential role in food production.

There will be stronger demands from society to reduce the environmental impact of animal production and this goal is mainly achievable through use of particular feeding and farming strategies (able to maximise nutrient retention and to reduce pollutant output) as well as through specific genetic choices.

A special attention should be paid also to sustainable and extensive farming systems (e.g. organic method). Due to the increasing interest and concerns of consumers toward farm animal welfare including animal welfare during transports and at slaughter, the production of animal-friendly goods will be a field of great interest for future research.

The main objective covers mainly the characterisation of animal production cycle (poultry, swine, cattle, rabbit and fish) including genetics, animal feeding, rearing conditions and livestock well-being. ·

Alma Food research overview

  • Improvement of animal production through genetic and biotechnology
  • Feeding strategies able to improve nutrient retention, the well-being of livestock and the quality of animal food products
  • Innovative rearing and handling techniques (including transports and slaughtering) in livestock husbandry leading to a higher level of animal welfare, sustainable and able to meet the ethical requests of consumers
  • Organic farming
  • Use of molecular genetics for authentication and traceability of animal and food products
  • Production systems able to guarantee a high standard for raw materials intended for PDOs’ products (e.g. Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano)
  • Evaluation of the technological properties of raw meat and further processed products by using innovative analytical techniques
  • Pathogenic microorganisms in the food chain