Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences







PD Dr. Lorenz Gygax

has successfully completet the procedure of

Federation of European National Statistical Societies

go through and is

European Accredited Statistician.


more about that....

Photo/ source: Lorenz Gygax  





Article in the magazine "Deutsches Tierärzteblatt"

with the participation of Marlen Bielicke and Christel Simantke

Deutsches Tierärzteblatt 7/21

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What about animal welfare in agriculture ?: The "National Animal Welfare- Monitoring" project creates the basis for data collection

So far there has been no objective and comprehensive reporting on the animal welfare of animals used for agriculture. The aim of the "National Animal Welfare Monitoring" project presented here is to propose indicators that enable statements to be made about the status quo of animal welfare during keeping, transport and slaughter....  

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Article in the magazine "Schafzucht"

with the participation of Edna Hillmann and Lorenz Gygax

Cover SZ 11/2021

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Carefully integrate new goats into the herd

Goats are sensitive to changes in herd composition. Both the separation from the herd and the incorporation of new animals are associated with stress for the affected goats. A study on this that was carried out a few years ago was recently published by the International Sheep and Goat Congress * presented......     ► Continue reading 



Short interview with Prof. Edna Hillmann

on the subject of "animal listeners" in

Deutschlandfunk Nova


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New article in the DLG Mitteilungen

concerns the measurement of growth rates on grassland areas

by Leonie Hart and Esther Paulenz


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"The feed ration can be calculated down to the smallest detail because we know the exact amount and ingredients of many preserved components. But what about the fresh feed on our grassland areas? Digital recording of the growth on mowing and pasture areas is not yet in widespread practice arrived..."


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PD Dr. Annette Simon is a board member of Gesellschaft für Ernährungsphysiologie.

Its overarching goal is to provide a discussion forum where scientists can discuss problems with one another and look for solutions together.


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PD Dr. Annette Simon is Associate Editor of the journal Archives of Animal Nutrition (published by Taylor & Francis, UK).

This journal is an international journal covering the biochemical and physiological basis of animal nutrition.

Logo Archives of Animal Nutrition
Emphasis is laid on original papers on protein and amino acid metabolism, energy transformation, mineral metabolism, vitamin metabolism, nutritional effects on intestinal and body functions in combination with performance criteria, respectively. It furthermore deals with recent developments in practical animal feeding, feedstuff theory, mode of action of feed additives, feedstuff preservation and feedstuff processing. The spectrum covers all relevant animal species including food producing and companion animals, but not aquatic specie




PD Dr. Lorenz Gygax has joined the editorial board of the journal Animal Behavior and Cognition.

This journal deals with all aspects of animal behavior and is purely open access.


Lorenz - Editorial Boards

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New publication of the textbook ....



Ernährung landwirtschaftlicher Nutztiere

Heinz Jeroch, Winfried Drochner, Markus Rodehutscord, Annette Simon, Ortwin Simon und Jürgen Zentek (Hg.)


Dieses Buch beinhaltet in gestraffter Form das aktuelle Wissen der Teilgebiete Ernährungsphysiologie, Futtermittelkunde und Fütterung im Fach Ernährung landwirtschaftlicher Nutztiere und stellt diese im Zusammenhang dar.

3., vollständig überarbeitete und erweiterte Auflage 2020. 701 S., 252 Tabellen, 146 Abbildungen, geb. ISBN 978-3-8252-8763-4





The latest edition of the Journal of Dairy Research focuses on animal welfare - there is a special section on "Cow-Calf Contact".


DairyCare: Husbandry for wellbeing

Volume 87 - Special Issue S1 - August 2020


Edna Hillmann and her colleagues wrote four articles there:


Methodological terminology and definitions for research and discussion of cow-calf contact systems

Methodology for experimental and observational animal studies in cow-calf contact systems

Play and social behaviour of calves with or without access to their dam and other cows

Short- and long-term effects of rearing dairy calves with contact to their mother on their reactions towards humans

Photo: Regula Schneider, ETH Zürich




The research work on our project "NaTiMon" has started .... Ziegen-Raufe
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New publication of the textbook ....



Heinz Jeroch, Annette Simon, Jürgen Zentek


Geflügelernährung. Ernährungsphysiologische Grundlagen, Futtermittel und Futterzusatzstoffe Fütterung des Lege-, Reproduktions- und Mastgeflügels.

2., aktualisierte Auflage 2019. 530 S., 335 Tabellen, 60 Abbildungen, geb. ISBN 978-3-8186-0555-1.





Bildquelle: Mihaiela Rus
Our PhD student
Aijan Tolobekova
defended her dissertation
on the topic
"Analyse der Tier-Umwelt-Interaktionen bei Yaks (Bos grunniens) im kirgisischen Hochgebirge"


Congratulations, Aijan!




Long Night of the Sciences - subsequent reporting


The Bauernzeitung 

(Hilmar Baumgarten)







Workshop at the Thünen Institute



Prof. Edna Hillmann participated in a workshop with scientists from 8 countries to advance research into keeping of cow and calf together....



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Defense of the PhD thesis


Camille Raoult has successfully defended her PhD thesis at the University of Berne (with the highest possible mark).

We congratulate her for this success.


From left to right: Prof. H. Würbel (university supervisor), Prof. B. Wechsler (head of research group), Camille Raoult, behind her: Prof. H. Bollwein (mentor) und PD Dr Lorenz Gygax (supervisor).

Bildquelle: Lorenz Gygax

Text and photo: Lorenz Gygax


"Easter lambs in Dahlem"
Bildquelle: Edna Hillmann



Our goats have given birth to 14 healthy lambs.


Together they live on our experimental station on the Campus Dahlem.





(Text and photo: Edna Hillmann)



March 2019

"Animal affair" in Dahlem

Bildquelle: Lorenz Gygax


After again great support from the student council the pigsty was launched on the Dahlem campus ...



... at the beginning of March, eight pigs moved into their quarters..


(PD Dr. Lorenz Gygax)

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Successful project completion with defense of the doctorate

On March 4, 2019, the defense of the promotion of Joanna Stachowicz took place.
The work was supervised by Prof. Dr. Edna Hillmann and Dr. Nina Keil (Center for Animal Welfare).

Reviewers were Prof. Dr. med. Hanno Würbel (University of Bern) and Prof. Dr. med. Susanne Ulbrich (ETH Zurich).

Thus, the project "Laufhof use with dairy goats" at ETH Zurich was successfully completed.

Bildquelle: Edna Hillmann




Research Awards on the occasion of the 50th International Meeting in Applied Ethology

On the occasion of the 50th International Meeting in Applied Ethology, the research awards of the International Society of Livestock Husbandry (IGN) were granted.


During a festive ceremony, PD Dr. Lorenz Gygax was awarded a special price for his publication „Wanting, liking and welfare: The role of affective states in proximate control of behaviour in vertebrates“ ( 

Photo; from left: Dr. A-C. Wöhr (President of the IGN, LMU München); PD Dr. L. Gygax (HU Berlin), Prof. Dr. B. Puppe (selection commitee of the IGN research award, FBN Dummerstorf).





Cleaning action at the research station - the student council is getting involved!

On October 5, members of our department collaborated with colleagues from the Campus Dahlem research station, the technical department and students of the Thaer-Institut faculty to dismantle old test facilities to make room for new projects.

In good weather sawed, screwed and smashed.

For strengthening there were sausages from the grill and homemade cakes.



Many thanks to the Student Council for your great support!




Our Division has a new name:

According to a proposal of the Managing Director of the Albrecht Daniel Thaer Institute and the approval of the Institute Council,

the Division of Animal Husbandry and Technology

will be renamed with immediate effect

Division of Animal Husbandry and Ethology.





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