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Livestock Systems

Animal production from pasture- based systems is unique in that the animal interacts with the feed supply and small animal management changes such as calving or lambing date or stocking rate have significant impact on grass production and utilisation as well as animal product output and quality.The focus of the Livestock Systems Research Department is to achieve maximum performance of the whole farm system by optimising the interaction between pasture utilisation,supplementary feeding strategy and animal performance.These complex interactions can only be understood and exploited through farm systems research.