CIEL | About Us

A world-leader in livestock research and technology for sustainable food production

We are the UK’s Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock, a world-leading farm animal research alliance, helping to bring new technologies and processes to livestock food production within the UK and worldwide.

  • We provide leadership, support and a platform for a world class hub of collaborative expertise, tackling the issues that no one part of the livestock food production sector can address alone.
  • Acting as the broker for one of the world’s largest livestock science hubs, we work with leading researchers and industry partners across the supply chain to identify challenges, potential solutions and routes to research and development (R&D) funding.
  • Facilitating access to £70 million of capital investment in new R&D capability across all livestock sectors, we are active in developing new solutions to directly benefit UK farming and the wider agrifood industry.

Improving UK food systems and sustainability

Over and above working alongside our Research Members, CIEL brings together an active network of Industry Members spanning the food supply chain, including producers, processors, retailers, veterinary health, feed companies and SME innovators, all with an interest in R&D and improving UK food systems.

Our reach also extends across government, providing a voice to ensure important industry issues are addressed, championing new ideas, and providing our Members with unparalleled opportunities to partner in projects.

“CIEL is working in all the right areas, bringing industry, research and government closer together to help drive a livestock sector that needs to be more agile. I’m really impressed with the work they do and the approaches they take”
Supply Chain In-Sites (SCI)

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    The Committee on Climate Change has recommended a 64% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the agriculture and land-use sector to meet a 2050 net zero carbon target in the UK.

    This is an opportunity to tackle climate change while building systems that will help to deliver a sustainable farm and food future for our nation.

    Find out more and read our independent Net Zero Carbon & UK Livestock reports.

    We’re tackling today’s grand challenges for livestock food production through our world-leading research alliance and sector-wide membership expertise.

    Find out about the grand challenges and how we are working to find, address and share the answers.

    CIEL expertise

    Discover the latest news for UK livestock food production and supply chain. 

    What’s happening, where and how…

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    Find out about our collaborative projects and case studies throughout the UK and wider world.

    Learn more about our research, member and commercial partnerships, and the impact of the improvement to livestock, food systems and sustainability.

    CIEL impact

    We attend many public and host private Member events around the country throughout the farming calendar year. We will be delighted to meet up with you.

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    We can help you deliver the products and services your customers want.

    Driving the livestock sector to be more efficient, profitable and resilient.

    Join us. Become a CIEL Member today.