Animal production
Nutritional physiology, production chain and system biology

MTT Agrifood Research Finland is an expert body operating under the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. The purpose of this organization is to generate and disseminate scientific research information and to develop and promote the transfer of new technologies into the agriculture and food industries.

Research undertaken within the Animal Production Unit at MTT is directed towards promoting and developing animal production systems that improve economic efficiency, reduce the impact of the environment, enhance the quality of end products, while at the same time, considering the cost-benefits with respect to animal welfare and health. The remit of the department involves implementing research programmes on the effects of diet composition and feed processing on nutrient status, physiological responses and health in a range of productive species including pigs, poultry, horses, fur animals, lactating and growing cattle. Core activities are based on a solid foundation of expertise in nutritional physiology, production chain and system biology. Almost two-thirds of the research effort is dedicated to milk and beef production. Research is conducted in cooperation with university and vocational teaching, the agricultural and food industry, advisory services, producers and regulatory authorities. Over recent years more emphasis has been placed on the impact of animal production systems on the environment and animal health and welfare, because these are increasingly important issues affecting consumer choices.

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University of Milan, ItalyNofima, NorwayNorwegian School of Veterinary Science, NorwayNorwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB), NorwayInstitute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO), BelgiumWalloon Agricultural Research Centre, BelgiumFaculty of Bioscience Engineering, BelgiumUniversity of Reading, United KingdomBeacon Research, United KingdomRowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, United KingdomInstitute of Food and Health (UCD), IrelandHuman and animal physiology, Animal Sciences Wageningen University, The NetherlandsVeterinary Physiology, University of Bern, SwitzerlandAgroscope Liebefeld-Posieux, SwitzerlandTrakia University, BulgariaInstitute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research, PolandDepartment of Genetics and Biotechnology, Aarhus University, DenmarkDepartment of Animal Health, Welfare and Nutrition, Aarhus University, DenmarkLithuanian Veterinary Academy, LithuaniaINCDBNA, RomanieUniversity of Cordoba, SpainUniversity of Barcelona, SpainInstitute of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences, EstoniaInstitute of Bioresources (IBA), RomaniaInstitute of Crop Research, Czech RepublicUniversity of Copenhagen, DenmarkMTT Agrifood Research, FinlandResearch Institute for the Biology of Farm Animals (FBN), GermanyUniversity of Helsinki, FinlandInstitute of Food Technology, SerbiaINRA, FranceInstitute of Animal Science, Czech RepublicFaculty of Agriculture, CroatiaAgricultural University of Athens, GreeceAgricultural Research and Education Centre, AustriaSERIDA, Spain
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