About Animal Nutrition Division
The Animal Nutrition was established as a combined Division of Dairy Cattle Nutrition and Physiology during 1971 at NDRI. The main objectives of the Division were to fulfill the mandate of the Institute by conducting basic and applied research, undertaking post-graduate programmes of education and participating in the process of extension education through various training programmes and field level technology development and refinement in the discipline of dairy cattle nutrition and forage production. The Division has a well-knit team of highly qualified and experienced scientists occupying different positions. The faculty members have been adequately trained in various priority areas and have visited advanced institutions of repute in European countries, Canada and United States of America to gain expertise and exposure in the respective field.
The infrastructure facilities viz., central instrumentation laboratory, laboratory for anaerobic rumen microbial work, laboratory for environment related studies including methanogenesis and its mitigation, quality control laboratory, feed processing unit, micronutrient laboratory, nutritional biotechnology laboratory, applied animal nutrition lab are the main component of the Division. The department is fully equipped with state of the art facilities in the field of animal nutrition.
The Division is engaged in post-graduate education of M.V.Sc and Ph. D. Degrees and has helped in the human resources development. The scholars who have passed out from this division are occupying key positions in various research, academic and developmental organizations and industry.
The utilization of agro-industrial byproducts and unconventional feeds, inventory preparation and methane mitigation vis-a vis improvement in production and productivity, bypass nutrient technology for enhanced production and reproduction in cattle and buffaloes, vitamin and mineral utilization, enhanced conjugated linoleic acid level in milk through dietary manipulation, amelioration of anti metabolites and environmental pollutants, isolation and characterization of rumen microbes, role of rumen microbes in health and gut microbiata and improvement of semen production performance by supplementing micronutrients especially race minerals and so on.