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Zoetis collaborates with Uni to improve feed efficiency

Nottingham University has secured funding from Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to undertake a four-year project with Zoetis, with the aim of improving feed efficiency in pig farming.

This project builds on an ongoing partnership between The University of Nottingham and Zoetis and will focus on studies to help maximise muscle growth and improve the health of pig herds on farms. Zoetis will also make a contribution towards the research.

John Brameld, Associate Professor in Nutritional Biochemistry at The University of Nottingham and principal investigator, said: "We are very excited to be partnering with Zoetis on such a significant research project which could potentially help to benefit farmers across the globe."

"Improving feed efficiency in farm animals such as pigs is becoming increasingly important in order to ensure their healthy growth and development, and also to help provide an increasing supply of high quality meat that the world's expanding population requires."

The project will bring together the muscle growth and metabolism expertise of Dr Tim Parr and Dr John Brameld, both from the University's School of Biosciences , the pig muscle cell culture specialisms of Dr Paul Loughna in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science and the whole body physiology skills of Professor Fran Ebling in the School of Life Sciences.

"This agreement gives us the opportunity to continue to build upon and strengthen the swine enhanced performance research partnership we've had with the exceptional staff at the University of Nottingham", says Douglas Harris Senior Principal Scientist in Global Therapeutics Research for Zoetis.

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