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.
Proposals being accepted and funded through December 31, 2023, or until program funds are expended
Improving Antibiotic Stewardship in Pigs and Beef Cattle: Call for Letters of
Applications are currently under review
Our research focuses on:
- Animal health and welfare
- Antibiotic stewardship
- Environmental sustainability
- Pest and disease management
- Producer stewardship and viability
- Public health
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
Integrating genomics, milk spectrometry & microbial manipulations to mitigate enteric methane emissions from dairy
Awarded Amount $1,556,634
Matching Funders Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, ADM, the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB), Elanco, Genus plc, JBS USA, the National Dairy Herd Information Association, Nestlé and the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC)
Hydrogen production and hydrogen utilization in the rumen of beef & dairy cattle: Key rumen microbiome measurements to understand mechanisms controlling methanogenesis & mitigating enteric methane
Awarded Amount $1,066,820
Matching Funders Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, ADM, the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB), Elanco, Genus plc, JBS USA, the National Dairy Herd Information Association, Nestlé, the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC) and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Scientific Workforce Development Programs
Advanced Animal Systems Consortia
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.
Greener Cattle Initiative
The Greener Cattle Initiative is a consortium of stakeholders who share knowledge, leverage investments and accelerate research to identify, develop and/or validate scientifically sound, commercially feasible and socially responsible practices and technologies that reduce enteric methane emissions from dairy and beef cattle to slow the effects of climate change.