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Listen: We can reduce heat stress in livestock through nutrition

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Listen: We can reduce heat stress in livestock through nutrition

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The Global Food and Environment Institute (GFEI) are delighted to invite you to join our May 2021 webinar ‘Listen: We can reduce heat stress in livestock through nutrition. This will be a 20 minute webinar presented by Professor Frank Dunshea followed by 10 minutes for Q&A.

Modern livestock have a high rate of metabolism and consequently are susceptible to heat stress. Our changing climate is likely to result in an increase in the severity, frequency and duration of heat waves. Efforts by the animal to dissipate excess body heat come at a cost to health and divert energy away from growth, compromising efficient animal production.

Management of heat stress requires multiple strategies, and recent research is improving the understanding of the application of nutritional strategies to ameliorate the effects of heat stress.

In particular, the use of feed additives or feed supplements is an important, flexible and economical method to alleviate heat stress and the intensive nature of modern animal production lends itself to the inclusion of dietary supplements. Some specific examples include antioxidants and plant-derived poylphenols which have proven effective in protecting against heat stress in livestock.

The seminar will be chaired by Dr Henry Greathead, who joined the University of Leeds as a Lecturer in Animal Production Science in December 1998.

Dr Greathead obtained his PhD from the University of Nottingham in 1997 while working as a research assistant., and he spent two years working in industry for a contract research organisation before joining the University of Leeds.

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