Patrick Charles Henri Morel

Patrick Charles Henri  Morel

Massey University. New Zealand

Career to date
Dr Morel started his career as a geneticist at the Swiss National Pig Centre, where he set up a selection index that included intramuscular fat, coinciding with traditional traits such as growth rate, feed conversion efficiency, lean percentage, and meat quality.  He later moved to New Zealand in the early nineties to conduct research on how IGF-1 modulates maternal constraint before taking a position at Massey University as a pig scientist. His research has focused on feed evaluation and how nutrient intake influences growth and pork quality. Over the years, he has been involved in the development of a new generation pig growth model. Recently, this model has been combined with linear programming and non-linear optimisation mathematics, allowing model users to find optimal feeding strategies for growing pigs.

1987 Dr Sc Tech. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland
1980 Dip Ing Agr (Animal Science), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland

Professional offices held:
2008-              Director, Animal Nutrition Division, Massey University, New Zealand
1991-               Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, Institute of Food Nutrition and Human
                       Health, Massey University, New Zealand
1990-1991       New Zealand Medical Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship Department of 
                        Animal Science, Massey University, New Zealand
1986-1990       Head Geneticist, Swiss National Pig Breeding Centre, Sempach, Switzerland 
1982-1986       Scientist, Department of Animal Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich
1981                 Scientist Department of Cytology, Swiss Federal Agricultural Research Station,  
                       Changins, Switzerland

Studies abroad:
2007 Visiting scientist, Aarhus University, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Animal Health, Welfare and Nutrition. Denmark
1997 Visiting scientist, University of Guelph, Department of Animal and Poultry Science, Guelph, Canada

Updated CV 11-Oct-2011


Computer simulation to find the best feeding strategy

11-Oct-2011 (8 years 1 months 7 days ago)

Production of pig meat worldwide exceeds that of any other meat. Traditionally, linear programming is used to generate minimum cost diets that to meet the pig nutrient requirements. Of greater importance to the pig producer than least cost diets is the maximisation of gross margin (per pig place or per pig place per year).

Computer simulation to find the best feeding strategy