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.
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.
Advanced Animal Systems Research Vision
Our research focuses on:
- Animal health and welfare
- Antibiotic stewardship
- Environmental sustainability
- Pest and disease management
- Producer stewardship and viability
- Public health
This research supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), 17 global goals to enhance peace and prosperity, eradicate poverty and protect the planet. The Advanced Animal Systems Challenge Area builds partnerships to fund research that support the following SDGs:
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 consortium.
Advanced Animal System Awarded Grants
Precision Bred Adaptation of Elite Taurine Breeds of Beef and Dairy
The Semex Alliance, Acceligen
Advanced Animal Systems Consortium
International Consortium for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Agriculture
The International Consortium for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Agriculture (ICASA) advances research on antimicrobial stewardship in animal agriculture. This public-private partnership promotes the judicious use of antibiotics and improves animal welfare.