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Animals, Food & You

Veterinary treatment and research, animal health and welfare, the science and economics of food production and farming.

  1. 30 August 2017 – Pets, Snake Bite, Snakes, Venom, Veterinary Sciences

    Mapping Australia’s snakebites for pets

    The first-of-its-kind Snakebite Map project, devised by vets at the University of Melbourne, tracks where and when our pets are being bitten around Australia.

  2. 23 August 2017 – Agriculture, Crops, Environment, Fertiliser, Manure

    The power of recycled poo

    A study, led by the University of Melbourne, finds that animal poo does a better job than synthetic fertilisers for many crops and reduces nitrogen pollution.

  3. 14 July 2017 – Agriculture, Agriculture Technology, Dookie, Farming, Robotic Dairy

    Are these Australia’s happiest dairy cows?

    The University of Melbourne's robotic dairy is home to some very happy cows; they decide when they're milked, and even enjoy a back-scratch in the process.

  4. 10 July 2017 – Agribusiness, Agriculture Technology, Dairy, Robotic Dairy, Robotics

    Meet the cow whisperer

    The University of Melbourne's own cow whisper is Kenny Oluboyede who oversees the award winning research robotic dairy at Dookie in rural Victoria.

  5. 4 July 2017 – Asia, Biometrics, Food, Food Sciences, Marketing

    Measuring deliciousness

    The University of Melbourne's sensory lab monitors conscious and unconscious responses to food, to measure what we really think about what we're eating.

  6. Podcast30 June 2017 – Agriculture, Ecology, Environment, History, Sustainability

    Embracing the finite

    Ecologist Peter Vitousek explores how living in the Anthropocene will force us to make our way with diminished natural resources.

  7. 15 June 2017 – Agriculture, Crops, Dairy, Farm Technology, Farming

    Silage: Rocket-fuel for cows

    Silage provides key nutrition for livestock and allows farmers to manage feed - we ask University of Melbourne experts what it is, and why it smells?

  8. 6 June 2017 – Agriculture, Genetically Modified Food, Nitrogen Pollution, Plants, Soil

    Talking dirty: The conversation between plants and soil

    Nitrogen pollution caused by farming practices is a major problem, but University of Melbourne research has discovered an environmentally friendly alternative.

  9. Podcast21 April 2017 – Agriculture, Food Security, Public Policy

    The grand challenge of feeding 9 billion people

    Sustainable agriculture expert Tim Reeves on the radical changes required in agricultural practice, public policy and consumer behaviour to feed Earth.