Damiano Cavallini, currently Assistant Professor at UNIBO and Adjunct Professor at the University of Teramo, teaching Dairy Cattle Nutrition and Management in both Institutes. He defended the PhD thesis on dairy cow nutrition and rumen health on 18th March 2020. He is an animal scientist with expertise in dairy cow nutrition, feed quality and composition assessment, crops for feed evaluation, milk components modulation, robotic milking, and precision livestock feeding for animal efficiency and sustainability. He is secretary of the Italian Association of Researchers for Nutrition and Alimentation (ARNA) and a member of the Modelling of Nutrition Committee (MODNUT) of the Italian Association of Animal Production (ASPA). In Scopus, the H-index on 7th July 2023 was equal to 13, with 415 citations and 36 articles.
University of Bologna, Department of Veterinary Medical Science

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SARA: exploring individual susceptibility and the microbiota role

Sub Acute Ruminal Acidosis (SARA) is a metabolic disorder prevalent among high-producing dairy cattle on high-grain diets.

While dietary factors play a significant role, our recent research underscores the critical interplay between individual susceptibility and the intricate dynamics of the rumen microbiota.

Through meticulous comparison of susceptible and resistant animals, we’ve unveiled distinct microbial profiles that accentuate the microbiota’s central role in shaping SARA.

These findings intertwine with genetics, host physiology, and metabolism, collectively influencing an animal’s susceptibility. By harnessing the power of genomics, metagenomics, and metabolomics, researchers are striving to engineer precise prevention and management strategies.

Beyond enriching our understanding of this disorder, this pursuit offers the potential for precision-driven livestock management. Targeted interventions aimed at modulating the microbiota hold the promise of elevating animal welfare, health, and productivity. As modern dairy production continues its evolution, the burgeoning insights into the microbiota’s pivotal influence stand poised to revolutionize SARA mitigation, casting a transformative impact on contemporary dairy practices.