Advanced Animal Systems

Our Advanced Animal Systems Challenge Area supports research that improves animal health and welfare and pioneers practices that sustain our food system.

Program Contact

Dr. Jeffrey Rosichan

Development Contact

Lauren Hershey

Our research focuses on:

  • Animal health and welfare
  • Antibiotic stewardship
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Pest and disease management
  • Producer stewardship and viability
  • Public health

Learn more about Advanced Animal Systems’ research goals.

Advancing UN Sustainable Development Goals

Advanced Animal Systems supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), 17 global goals to enhance peace and prosperity, eradicate poverty and protect the environment. Specifically, this research bolsters the following SDGs:

Why Are We Tackling Animal Systems Challenges?

The demand for animal proteins continues to increase, as do the challenges for livestock producers. Producers are eager to reduce reliance on antibiotics, minimize environmental impacts, maintain productivity and improve animal welfare.

Scientific solutions to these challenges can help producers raise healthy, productive animals. Our research ensures that livestock, poultry and aquaculture producers thrive. These solutions also provide consistent access to affordable, nutritious food.

We created the Advanced Animal Systems Challenge Area to enhance animal production. We focus on rigorous scientific research that addresses the urgent problems producers face. Our Advanced Animal Systems research specifically develops solutions that improve animal health and welfare, bolster producer profitability and sustain our food supply.

We Pioneer Research to Advance Animal Systems

Congress established FFAR to increase public agriculture research investments, fill knowledge gaps and complement USDA’s research agenda. Our public-private partnerships match federal funding from Congress with private funding, delivering a powerful return on taxpayer investment.

Our Advanced Animal System grants, programs and consortium use this funding to support research that improves animal systems.

Learn more about our Advanced Animal Systems grants, programs and consortia.

Advanced Animal System Awarded Grants

Identifying Proteins Required for Immunity to ASFV

Awarded Amount $500,000   
Year 2022
Matching Funders National Pork Board

Analyzing the Efficacy of Live-vectored Prototype ASFV Subunit Vaccines

Awarded Amount $150,000   
Year 2022
Matching Funders MEDIAN Diagnostics

FlockFocus Camera-Based Technology Advances Broiler Chicken Welfare 

Year 2022
Matching Funders McDonald’s Corporation

See all Advanced Animal System Awarded Grants

Advanced Animal Systems Consortia

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