Animal and Poultry production Division


Main objectives:

  1. Increasing livestock productivity under desert and marginal environmental conditions.
  2. Conducting applied research work to find alternative resources to combat feed shortages.
  3. Utilization of recent approaches of biotechnology to enhance the scientific activities of the division.
  4. Creating a real and fruitful cooperation with the Bedouin peoples to benefit the results of our research programme.
  5. Utilization of natural rangelands as the main source of feed, augmented by feed supplement treatment of unpalatable range plants for the use as animal feed.
  6. Utilization of agro industrial by products as animal feed, and utilization of animal waste in diet and in biogas production.
  7. Applying the recent approaches and techniques in the field of animal and poultry nutrition.
  8. The reproductive performance of desert animals.
  9. Housing of desert animals.
  10. Adaptation to desert conditions, including heat stress and water salinity.
  11. Studying toxic plants in natural range areas as well as parasites and diseases specific to desert areas.
  12. The different characteristics of local wool for industrial use.
  13. Early selection for fleece quality.

The division consists of five scientific departments, and each department consists of a number of research units:

1-Department of Animal and Poultry Breeding:

  • Animal Breeding Unit.
  • Poultry Breeding Unit.
  • Meat Production and Technology Unit.
  • Dairy production and Technology Unit.

2-Animal and Poultry Nutrition Department

  • Ruminant chemistry and nutrition Unit.
  • Ruminant physiology and nutrition Unit.
  • Poultry nutrition Unit.

3- Animals and Poultry Physiology Research Department

  • Physiology of adaptation Unit.
  • Physiology of reproduction Unit.
  • Avian physiology Unit.
  • Desert animal ecology Unit.

4- Animal Health Research Department

  • Parasitology Unit.
  • Infectious diseases Unit.
  • Nutritional deficiency diseases Unit.
  • Toxicology and environmental pollution Unit.

5- Wool Production and Technology Research Department

  • Wool biology Unit.
  • Wool technology Unit.
  • Histology Unit.