Violeta JUŠKIENĖ, Phd.
Director of the Institute
Phone: +370 422 65385,
+370 698 46453
E-mail: email@example.comArtūras ŠIUKŠČIUS, Phd.
Phone: +370 422 65383,
+370 688 17585
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgRima RIBIKAUSKIENĖ
Phone: +370 422 65383
- Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics
head - Phd. Birutė Zapasnikienė, phone: +370 616 99117
The primary goals with the work in this Department are genetic studies of the farm animals bred in Lithuania, development and implementation of progressive methodical guidelines for animal selection, formation of the guidelines in animal breeding, unification of the breeding value determination, investigation of the influence of genetic factors of the performance of sheep and pigs bred in Lithuania, crossbreeding of separate animal breeds for high production quality. The department comprises Blood Typing Laboratory and Group for Conservation of Farm Animal Genetic Resources responsible for conservation and investigation of disappearing native wattle and Lithuanian White pigs, coarsewooled sheep, Žemaitukai horses, ash-grey and white-backed cattle and Vištinės geese.
- Department of Animal Reproduction
head - dr. Artūras Šiukščius, phone: +370 688 17585
The main objective of the Department is to investigate the effects of cryopreservation processes on stallion semen quality, to develop bovine oocyte freezing methods and to improve the Lithuanian technique of keeping and use of breeding bulls. The researchers work out methodical guidelines for mare insemination in Lithuania, and transplant bovine embryos. The Department has adopted and implemented cryopreservation of stallion semen and established the semen and embryo bank for disappearing indigenous farm animals.
- Department of Animal Feeding and Feedstuffs
head - dr. Virginijus Uchockis, phone: +370 612 23931
The main objective of the Department is to determine the biological value of new feed additives and feeds prepared by new technologies, their suitability for animal nutrition, the influence of animal nutrition factors on the production of high quality and safe animal products. The Department aims at development of cheap and ecological technologies of grass ensilage and silage feeding, investigation of usage possibilities of home-made protein feeds and by-products of food industry for complete animal feeding and search for more effective ways to use biotechnological products (enzymes, probiotics, etc.) for improvement of feed conversion.
- Department of Animal Hygiene and Ecology
head - dr. Remigijus Juška, phone: +370 615 48596
The research work of the Department includes investigations into the newest raising methods of animals and poultry, technological exploitation of animal housing facilities, technologies for ecological raising of animals and measures for pollution reduction in animal husbandry. New animal housing systems are evaluated according to the effects of housing conditions on physiology, behaviour, welfare, productivity of animals and economic and farming efficiency. Research concentrates into two directions: investigation of the influence of environmental factors on the physiological state and productivity of farm animal and environmental problems on animal and poultry farms.
- Analytical Laboratory
head - dr. Gintautas Švirmickas, phone: +370 612 14084
The activities of the Laboratory include analyses of the chemical composition, quality and nutritive value of feedstuffs. Analyses of amino acids, volatile- and great molecular weight fatty acids are carried out. Research activity aimed to study the influence of feeding factors on the quality of milk and meat.
- Department of Farm Management
head - Margarita Rušienė, phone: +370 422 65888
The objectives of the Department are to provide the basis for the research activities and trials of the Institute, to test new technologies and efficiency of the proposed recommendations and to develop production on a profitable basis. The total land area is 757.62 ha including 742.49 ha of farming lands with fodder, grain and oil crops. The experimental farm specializes in milk and meat cattle production and has 275 cattle including 113 dairy cows.
- National Farm Animal Genetic Resources Coordinating Centre
head - Rūta Šveistienė, phone: +370 612 14095
Lina Noreikaitė, phone: +370 614 56637
The national farm animal Genetic Resources Coordinating Centre was found at the Institute of Animal Science of Lithuanian Veterinary Academy at the end of 2008. The main activities of the Centre: identification, monitoring, preparation of conservation programs, evaluation of animals, conservation in – situ and ex-situ (conservation of animal genetic material in the form of semen stored cryogenically and genetic information as DNA, stored in frozen samples of blood or hair and as DNA segments), coordination of animal genetic resources. The Centre cooperates with breeding associations, State Animal register centre.
- Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics