Prof Jon Moorby

BA (Oxon), PhD (Glasgow)

Prof Jon Moorby

Chair in Livestock Science

Director of Farms


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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


I am and have been PI and Co-I on a number of UK and international research projects in Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, and South America, that aim to improve the efficiency of use of forage resources for livestock production, optimising the balance of feed nutrient use between useful products (meat and milk) and pollutant emissions (methane and nitrogen).

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
MacKintosh, S, Abeysena, V, Thompson, P, Girdwood, S, Jones, H, Leemans, D, Carter, E, Worgan, H, Howarth, C & Moorby, J 2023, 'The use of field peas to substitute soya in broiler finishing diets: Proceedings of the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS 2023)', Paper presented at BSAS Conference 2023, Birmingham, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 28 Mar 2023 - 30 Mar 2023 pp. 301-302. 10.1016/j.anscip.2023.01.405
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.
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