Beef & Sheep Research Centre research links leading-edge developments in biology and engineering through to effects on the financial and environmental performance of ruminant production systems. Current major foci are improving feed conversion efficiency and reducing the Carbon footprint of beef cattle. Although mainly focused on farm systems and our excellent facilities at Easter Howgate, our work extends into the food chain.
Our strength is in bringing together a range of biological and engineering skills and working synergistically with leading industry expertise and academic collaborators, both nationally and globally:
Beef and sheep systems are at the heart of Scottish agriculture and our vision it to undertake strategic research that is strongly linked to application by farmers, as well as companies developing opportunities in the expanding global agritech market. We have effective research links with agritech companies, many of which are based in Scotland, particularly through our leading role in the UK agricultural engineering and precision innovation centre Agri-EPI Centre (www.agri-epicentre.com).
Head of Future Farming Systems Group (Interim), Professor of Ruminant Nutrition & Production Systems
Interim Team Leader, Beef & Sheep Research Centre
Professor of Animal Genetics and Microbiome
Engineering Technical Officer