Laboratory of Animal Production

Objectives

The main projects of the sector of Animal Husbandry carried out in collaboration with the Agricultural Research Station of Asomaton, are:

  • Study of farming systems suitable to the Cretan conditions.
  • Study of reproduction and production characterics of the indigenous goats.
  • Use of agricultural by-products as animal feed.
  • Improvement of goat and sheep feeding.
  • Development of organic animal farming in Crete.

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Results
  • Production and disposal of sanitised animals to the sheep farmers of Crete.
  • Technology transfer for the improvement of milk quality.
  • Study of the indigenous sheep races.
  • Development of methods to ensilage the citrus industry by-products.
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Research Projects
  • "Study of the Sfakia sheep breed", 1981-1992. Funded by Ministry of Agriculture
  • "Study of adaptation of the subtropical plant (Simmonsia chinensis) in Crete", 1980-92. Funded by Ministry of Agriculture
  • "Erlangung einer Ausbeutegarantie fur ein Photovoltaik-Energieversorgungssystem am Beispiel eines Kuhlhauses" ("PV-Kuhlhaus"). Funded by ALTENER EU, 1994.
  • "Study of cultivation possibility of the plant Jatropha curcas in arid areas of Greece for the production of industry byproducts". 1990-1994. Funded by Ministry of Agriculture.
  • "Application of a system for the rapid sanitation of sheep farms from the maedi-visna virus". 1994-1998. Funded by Ministry of Agriculture.
  • "Study of the upstream eels in west Crete"1992-1993. Ministry of Agriculture.
  • "Standardization of Traditional Greek Cheeses", 1995 -1998. Cooparation with the Agricultural University of Athens, ITCC S.A., NAGREF., DELTA S.A., FO.R.TH. (S.TRA.GREE.C.). Funded by General Secretariat of Research and Technology (GSRT), Greece.
  • "Study of the reproductive and productive characteristics of local goat in Crete" «DIMITRA 95», 1995-2002. Funded by NAGREF Crete.
  • "Study of technical interventions for the development of dairy sheep farms in Crete" 1998-1999. (NAGREF, FORTH). Funded by Regional Operational Programme of Crete.
  • "The effect of LEVUCELL SC in milk production of sheep", 2006. Funded by the company Lallemand SAS, France.
  • "Development and evaluation of methods for the integrated management of the dairy sheep farms in Crete". 2007-2008. Funded by Regional Operational Programme of Crete 2000-2006
  • "Mediterranean Initiatives - Development in Agriculture (MIDA)", 2006. Funded by INTERREG III B ARCHIMED.
  • "HealthyHay" Funded by MarieCurie Actions FP6-2005 Mobility-1
Publications
  • CHATZIMINAOGLOU, I., VOLANIS, M., ZERVAS, N. 1989. Genetic improvement goal and improvement scheme. Animal Science Review, Special issue vol.:6, p.:139-166
  • VOLANIS, M. 1992. The influence of combining suckling and milking upon milk yield and lambs growth of Sfakia sheep. Animal Science Review, vol.:15, p.:5-29
  • VOLANIS, M. TZERAKIS, K., 1997. Study of Sfakia sheep Breed: I. Reproductive and productive characteristics of the ewelambs. Animal Science Review, vol.:23, p.:2-28
  • VOLANIS, M. TZERAKIS, K., 1997. Study of Sfakia sheep Breed: II Reproductive characteristics of the ewes and growth characteristics of the lambs. Animal Science Review, vol.:24, p.:5-20
  • VOLANIS, M. TZERAKIS, K., 1997. Study of Sfakia sheep Breed: III. Milk production. Animal Science Review, vol.:24, p.:21-38
  • VOLANISM. POULOY, A.,TZERAKIS, K. 1998. Application of sanitation methods for maedi-visna virus in sheep. Animal Science Review, vol.:25, p.:57-66
  • KOMINAKIS, A, VOLANIS, M., ROGDAKIS, E., 2001. Genetic modelling of test day records in dairy sheep using orthogonal Legendre polynomials. Small Ruminant Research, 39 (2001) 209-217. slices oranges to lactating dairy sheep. Small Ruminant Research, 53 (2004) 15-21.
  • VOLANIS, M., KOMINAKIS, A., ROGDAKIS, E., 2002. Genetic analysis of udder score and milk traits in test day records of Sfakia dairy ewes. Archiv fur Tierzucht, Dummerstrof 45 (2002) 1, 69-77.
  • VOLANIS, M., ZOIOPOULOS, P., 2003. Efforts in utilizing locally available agro-industrial by-products and crop surpluses in dairy sheep feeding. 54th EAAP Annual Meeting, 31 Aug to 3 Sept 2003, Rome. Book of Abstracts, p.345. (Wageningen Academic Press)
  • VOLANIS, M., ZOIOPOULOS, P. and TZERAKIS, C. 2004. Effects of feeding ensiled slices oranges to lactating dairy sheep. Small Ruminant Research, 53 (2004) 15-21.
  • VOLANIS, M., ZOIOPOULOS, P., PANGOU, E. and TZERAKIS, C. 2006. Utilization of an ensiled citrus pulp mixture in the feeding of lactating dairy ewes. Small Ruminant Research, 64, (2006) 190-195
  • STEFANAKIS, A., VOLANIS, M., ZOIOPOULOS, P., HATJIGEORGIOU, I., 2007. Assessing the potential benefits of technical intervention in evolving the semi-intensive dairy-sheep farms in Crete. Small Ruminant Research 72 (1), pp. 66-72
  • VOLANIS, M., STEFANAKIS, A., HATJIGEORGIOU, I., ZOIOPOULOS, P., 2007. Supporting the extensive dairy sheep smallholders of the semi-arid region of Crete through technical intervention. Trop. Anim. Health Prod., (2007) 39:325–334.

 

Personnel

C. Tzerakis

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Dr M. Volanis

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