Health & Welfare - Genetics - Behaviour - Reproduction
Imaging, sensor & automated tech inform studies led by an interdisciplinary team to support early diagnosis & intervention of health or behaviour issues aiding recovery, animal health & welfare and reducing the need for antibiotics.
A complete genomic evaluation and delivery system providing evaluations across livestock species leading to faster genetic gain applied to better breeding objectives for farms and premium products from profitable, sustainable farming systems.
bTB Genotype Database
Enabling high accuracy genomic measures of genetic merit for resistance to Bovine TB (bTB), allowing industry to put more selection pressure on bTB resistance for bulls and cows leading to increased resilience of dairy herds in bTB challenged areas.
Large Animal Research and Imaging Facility
University of Edinburgh
Unparalleled imaging, surgical, critical care, gene editing and isolation facilities supporting a One Health approach enabling unprecedented insights into the health & wellbeing of livestock and humans.
Small Animal Metabolism Unit
Six indirect open-circuit respiration calorimeter livestock chambers for studies into the impact of genetics, management and diet on energy & nutrient utilisation efficiency and gaseous exchanges. Improving understanding of metabolism leads to better rationing systems and feed conversion efficiency.
Mobile CT Scanner
Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Edinburgh
Portable, high resolution body composition assessment of sheep and pig carcasses or live animals. Studies help improve production efficiency, product quality, and assessment & introduction of novel traits to genetic improvement programmes.
Precision Measurement of Grass Yield and Quality
Rothamsted Research, Devon
Real-time yield & quality assessment as grass is harvested, utilizing sensors to characterise the whole crop. Research into modelling grass production to drive next generation models for pasture management tools, increasing the efficiency with which grass is turned into meat or milk.