The tradition of the Institute for Animal Nutrition and Animal Physiology in Goettingen is traced back to the former agricultural experimental station Goettingen – Weende (founded in 1857) and its first director, Wilhelm Henneberg (1825 – 1890). Wilhelm Henneberg who was the holder of the first chair for animal nutrition at a German University is considered as the founder of the scientific animal nutrition.
To meet this obligation the institute is working on current and future requirements for the further development of animal nutrition on the principles
• Physiological well-founded
• Recognizing the nutritional characteristics of animal species
• Adapted on performance, efficiency of nutrient utilization and ecology
• Quality assuring with a view on animal and human nutrition.