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Dairy Research Centre

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The Dairy Research and Innovation Centre is based at Crichton Royal Farm, Dumfries. It aims to develop, implement and provide information from sustainable breeding and management systems for dairy cows. Critical objectives include finding ways to improve the health and welfare of UK dairy herds and measuring different systems’ effects on the environment.

Dairy systems research is performed with the Langhill pedigree herd, selected since 1970 as a high genetic merit line and a control line. These cattle are on two distinctly different management systems; a home-grown forage system and a by-products system relying on purchased feed. In the Homegrown system, all the ingredients in the cows’ diet are grown on the Crichton Farm. The By-product system can be regarded as a landless system, influenced by global climate conditions affecting the crops from which the by-products are sourced.

Associated research work includes dairy cow and young-stock nutrition, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, and examination of soil compaction and nutrient profile.

The dairy systems research programme has a strong emphasis on knowledge transfer. This is achieved by utilising the information gathered from the main systems comparison study run at the centre. The SRUC Dairy Services Unit is also based at Crichton, providing consultancy to dairy farmers.

The Dairy Research Centre also carries out commercial trials for companies.

Further Information

To find out more check out our Dairy Research Centre downloads.

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Barony Dairy Podcasts

Geoff Simm and Ken Rundle - Barony Dairy Event

Our specialists from Barony, the Dairy Research Centre at Crichton Royal Farm, SAC Consulting and commercial suppliers talk on four main topics.

Crichton Royal Farm

Crichton Farm Cattle

Further information on the farm, its history and dairy units. Main research into herd welfare and measuring different systems' environmental effects.

Dairy@Dumfries

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What goes on at the Crichton Royal Farm - Are the cows grazing? What has the weather been like? What yields are the cows achieving? What crops are grown, and why?

Professor Dave Roberts

Head of Dairy Research Centre and Professor of Dairy Farming Systems

Address: Future Farming Systems, SRUC Dairy Research Centre, Hestan House, Dumfries DG1 4TA

Telephone: 01387 263 961

Fax: 01387 263 961

E-mail: dave.roberts@sruc.ac.uk