Prof Jon Moorby

BA (Oxon), PhD (Glasgow)

Prof Jon Moorby

Chair in Livestock Science


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I am Chair in Livestock Science, the University's Director of Sustainable Farming Systems, and IBERS' Director of International Research.  My research interest is improving the use of feed nutrients for efficient livestock production: farming to make use of feeds that people cannot eat to produce foods that people can eat, while minimising the environmental impact of the processes.

  • Use of forages for improved livestock production

  • Short and long term effects of reducing protein intake of growing and lactating dairy cattle on immediate and subsequent productivity

  • Dietary manipulation to reduce methane emissions from ruminant animals

  • Sustainable intensification of forage-based production systems

  • Improvement of temperate and tropical forages for improved farmer livelihoods


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I coordinate and teach MSc Livestock and Equine Nutrition modules, and tutor undergraduate the Communicating Research module. 


I am PI and Co-I on a number of UK and international research projects in Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, and South America, including:

  • RCUK-CIAT Newton Fund - tropical forage-based diets for Colombian cattle, with CIAT and Glasgow University
  • CowficieNcy - an EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie RISE programme to improve cattle N use efficiency, with partners in the EU and the US
  • PeaGen - a BBSRC-funded LINK project breeding and using novel peas for sustainable livestock production

Research Groups

  • Sustainable Grassland Systems and Agri-Food
  • Agri Systems


Hanlon, ME, Simoni, M, Moorby, JM, Righi, F, Tsiplakou, E, Kantas, D & Foskolos, A 2023, 'Effects of the addition of non-fibre carbohydrates with different rumen degradation rates in dairy cow high-forage diets using the Rumen Simulation Technique', Animal, vol. 17, no. 4, 100732. 10.1016/j.animal.2023.100732
Belanche, A, Hristov, AN, van Lingen, HJ, Denman, SE, Kebreab, E, Schwarm, A, Kreuzer, M, Niu, M, Eugène, M, Niderkorn, V, Martin, C, Archimède, H, McGee, M, Reynolds, CK, Crompton, LA, Bayat, AR, Yu, Z, Bannink, A, Dijkstra, J, Chaves, AV, Clark, H, Muetzel, S, Lind, V, Moorby, JM, Rooke, JA, Aubry, A, Antezana, W, Wang, M, Hegarty, R, Hutton Oddy, V, Hill, J, Vercoe, PE, Savian, JV, Abdalla, AL, Soltan, YA, Gomes Monteiro, AL, Ku-Vera, JC, Jaurena, G, Gómez-Bravo, CA, Mayorga, OL, Congio, GFS & Yáñez-Ruiz, DR 2023, 'Prediction of enteric methane emissions by sheep using an intercontinental database', Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 384, 135523. 10.1016/j.jclepro.2022.135523
Compton, L, J.A.N., M, Barker, ZE, Bannick, A, Dijkstra, J, Tamminga, S, Anthony, SG, Aubry, A, Duthie, CA, Fraser, M, Misselbrook, TH, Moorby, J, Williams, AG, Yan, T & Reynolds, CK 2022, 'Models of enteric methane emission and nitrogen excretion by sheep and cattle: Recommendations for the UK national greenhouse gas inventory', Animal - Science proceedings, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 540-541. 10.1016/j.anscip.2022.07.417
Moorby, J & Fraser, M 2022, 'New feeds and feeding systems in forage-fed ruminant livestock systems' Matrix - Quarterly magazine of the Animal Feed Manufacturers Association, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 47-51.
Villegas, DM, Sotelo, M, Trujillo, C, Ruden, A, Cardoso, JA, Moorby, J, Jonsson, N, Barrett, B, Chara, J, Murgueitio, E & Arango, J 2022, 'Nitrogen Cycling and N2O Emissions in Brachiaria-Based Grass-Alone Pastures and Silvopastoral Systems in a Grazing Trial in Colombia', 8th International Greenhouse Gas & Animal Agriculture Conference, Orlando, Florida, United States of America, 05 Jun 2022 - 09 Jun 2022 pp. 55.
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