SRUC has been involved in practical research and development into dairy cattle for many years with the primary focus on the major health and welfare issues for the dairy cow.
Information on our Dairy Diagnostics Service
See also information on our Organic Livestock Services.
See our range of milk tests for the Dairy Cow via our price list and BVD Tag and Test.
See information about Parasitology
SRUC undertakes research programmes on its three research farms. Projects are funded by the Scottish Government, other public bodies and industry partners and run in conjunction with universities and research institutions such as Edinburgh and Aberdeen Universities and the Hannah Research Institute. Projects include:
- Synchronisation of oestrus and dairy cattle fertility
- Effects of different aspects of diet and management, such as silage and housing, on lameness in dairy cattle
- Management of sub clinical mastitis
- Metabolic stress in dairy cows
- Cattle mattresses versus cubicle mats
- Stress and its effects on fertility and immune function
This involvement in R&D enables the Unit to coordinate dairy health and welfare advice, consultancy and technology transfer of these and other new findings in cattle health and welfare management for SRUC vets, associated SRUC specialists and practitioners. This approach ensures that the dairy industry benefits from the expertise of the unit.
In addition, the Unit is directly involved with the development and delivery of CPD courses in our specialist areas and more recently have been involved in training in Dairy Farm Welfare Assurance.