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  • ISSN: 1751-7311 (Print), 1751-732X (Online)
  • Editor: Isabelle Ortigues-Marty INRA, Clermont-Theix, France
  • Editorial board
Animal publishes the best, innovative and cutting-edge science that relates to animals (farmed or managed) used for animal production, and that is relevant to whole animal outcomes, and/or to animal management practices. Papers can be accepted from all species if they are in, or contribute knowledge to, animal production systems. Animal is essential reading for all animal scientists, stakeholders and policy makers interested in agricultural, biomedical, veterinary and environmental sciences with expected impacts on Animal Production and Productivity, Animal Welfare, Animal Health, Food Security, Environment, Climate Change, Product Quality, Human Health and Nutrition, and Sustainability of Animal Agriculture and Livestock Systems. Impacts should be of international relevance. Animal aims to publish novel and original research papers, horizon-scanning reviews and critically informative opinion papers. Papers should consider animal responses, as well as lower or upper levels of understanding, with research spanning from genes to systems. Interactions between levels of approach are encouraged to account for the integrative nature of biological systems. The main subject areas include: breeding and genetics; nutrition (monogastrics, ruminants); physiology and functional biology; welfare, behaviour and health management (welfare and behaviour; health management); livestock farming systems (livestock systems; precision livestock farming); quality of animal products.

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The animal Article of the Month is selected by the Editor-in-Chief and is freely available for one month

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  • The Rumen: Fantastic bugs and where to find them
  • 14 August 2019, Robert J Gruninger
  • The animal article of the month for September is 'Invited review: Application of meta-omics to understand the dynamic nature of the rumen microbiome and how Demand for meat and milk is predicted to double by 2050 and meeting this increased demand represents a “grand challenge for humanity”. Ruminants are among the most widely adapted livestock on earth, inhabiting outdoor environments from the arctic to the tropics....

animal blog

  • The Rumen: Fantastic bugs and where to find them
  • 14 August 2019, Robert J Gruninger
  • The animal article of the month for September is 'Invited review: Application of meta-omics to understand the dynamic nature of the rumen microbiome and how Demand for meat and milk is predicted to double by 2050 and meeting this increased demand represents a “grand challenge for humanity”. Ruminants are among the most widely adapted livestock on earth, inhabiting outdoor environments from the arctic to the tropics....
  • Searching for a more balanced livestock debate
  • 25 July 2019, Bertrand Dumont
  • The special topic in August’s issue of animal is Multicriteria assessment of livestock systems using a graphical tool While the world has limits, the global population is growing, along with an increased demand for food.…...
  • Chick embryo can discriminate different light wavelengths
  • 14 July 2019, Michal Zeman
  • The animal article of the month for August is ‘The effect of different wavelengths of light during incubation on the development of rhythmic pineal melatonin Melatonin is a neurohormone, which is involved in the control of day/night rhythms in a number of biochemical, physiological and behavioural processes.…...

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