The Department of Animal Nutrition was established in the year 1966 at Veterinary College at Hisar and in the year 1977 the department was shifted to College of Animal Sciences, HAU, Hisar. After LUVAS came into existence in 2010, the Department is part of College of Veterinary Sciences, LUVAS, Hisar. The department has all the infrastructure and well equipped with latest equipment for imparting teaching. In addition to under-graduate and post-graduate teaching, guidance is given to Master’s and Doctoral degree students. The Department caters to the need of livestock and poultry farmers by providing advisory services, testing of feed quality and supplying quality mineral mixture.
This Department has fully equipped laboratories, classrooms, and facilities for teaching & conducting nutritional research on cattle, buffalo, sheep, goat and poultry, and all the necessary state of the art/latest equipment and infrastructural facilities for estimation of various nutritional parameters, well qualified faculty and skilled manpower for imparting training and conducting need based research. In teaching, through need based periodical revision, it has built a broad based postgraduate program covering basic and applied nutrition of cattle, buffalo, small ruminants, poultry and wild/Zoo animals. It also offers courses on clinical animal nutrition and feed technology. The department has imparted PG degree to numerous students who are well settled as teacher, scientists, Administrator, entrepreneurs etc. at national and international forum. Formulation of balanced and economic feeds and feeding of various classes of animals is an important area of interest of the Department. There exists a modern facility for storing of feeds and fodder, feed plant for preparation of compounded feed and mineral mixture to meet the requirement of various user Departments of the University. The Department is having robust facility for analysis of feed and fodder samples. Samples of feeds and fodders from the Remount Veterinary Corps, various state government agencies, feed factories, and farmers are analyzed to ascertain the quality of feed and fodder. The department has created facilities for manufacturing of mineral mixture and made available to farmers and user departments of university at reasonable prices. Popularization of the mineral mixture among the farmers of the State is being done by conducting trainings, delivering lectures, interactions and conducting field studies. The department of Animal Nutrition has a Fodder Production Unit and cultivating approximately 750 acres of agriculture land for producing seasonal green fodder throughout the year to meet out the demand of livestock maintained at university farm. This Department played a vital role in providing linkage with the dairy /poultry farmers, dairy farm women and rural youth. For speedy dissemination of technologies on the farmer’s dairy/ poultry /sheep/ goats farms the faculty of the department deliver different extension talk in farmer’s/officers trainings, Pasu Mela, Clinical Camps organized by Veterinary University, Agriculture University, KVK, PVK NGOs, Banks and other agencies. The useful information and ideas on nutrition and feed technology are disseminated through radio talks, magazines, leaflets, newsletters, folders etc.