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Animal Production and Protection




The Food and AgriculturOrganization (FAOothe United Nations predictthat feeding the worlds growing population wilrequire a doubling of globafood production by 2050.  Fulfilling thineed will require new technologies timprove both productivity and efficiency of food animals.ThAnimal Production and Protection topic areaims to develop innovative, marketabltechnologies thawill provide significant benefito the production and protection of agricultural animals. New technologies for rapid detection, treatment and prevention of disease are needed to improve productivity and enhance the biosecurity of our herds and flocks.  Better technologies aralso needed ttracanimals as they move through the food supply chain and to ensurthafood products derived from animaldo not contributto food-borne illnesses. To meet increasing consumer demand for value-added animal products, innovative technologieare needed to address the challenges presented by non-conventional management systems and strategies. And theris an urgent need for technologies that decrease the impact of animalagriculture on the environment and optimize use of our natural resources. Technological advances in animal production and protection will not only enhance the safety of thNationfood supply and contributto environmental stewardship, they wilalso allow American producertremain competitivin thglobal marketplace and contribute to global food security.


FY2016 Research Priorities:


Development of marketabltechnologies designed for use in agriculturallimportant animalthawill


1.   Improve production efficiencyAreas ointerest include improved fertilityincreased feed efficiencyand translation of genomic informationinto practical use and benefit.


2.   Improve the safety and/oquality of end productderived from animals.These technologiemust be applicablin the pre-harvest environment


3.   Improve animal health and well-being.  Examples of these technologies include new diagnostics, therapeutics, vaccines andother immunization methods, biosecuritmanagement tools, traceability methods, and animal handling methods. 


4.   Improve the productivity of animalin modified conventional or alternative animal production systems.  Examples include non-confinement housing, pasture-based feeding systems, and organic systems. 


5.   Mitigatthe impactof animal agriculturon the natural environment.  Areas ointerest include technologies that decrease greenhousgas emissions or reduce the excretion of phosphorus and nitrogen.



ContacDr. Robert Smith, NPL for SBIR Animal Production and Protection or (202)401-4892 regarding questions about the topic area orto arrange a telephone consultation.

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