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Research Farms

SRUC manages six research farms to provide research, education and knowledge transfer resources linked primarily to its applied research programme.  These include dairying, arable, beef, upland/hill sheep systems, pig and poultry units at:

  • Aberdeen - (Craibstone)
  • Ayr - Avian Science Research Centre (Auchincruive)
  • Crianlarich - Hill & Mountain Research Centre (Kirkton and Auchtertyre)
  • Dumfries - Dairy Research Centre (Crichton Royal)
  • Edinburgh (Bush Estate incorporating Castlelaw, Easter Howgate and Woodhouselee)
  • Edinburgh - Pig Research Centre

Prof D J Roberts

Knowledge Exchange Director / Regional Dean

Address: SRUC Barony Campus
Dumfries DG1 3NE

Telephone: 0131 535 4135


Prof Nick Sparks

Dean of SRUC’s South and West Faculty

Address: SRUC, Roslin Institute Building, Easter Bush, Midlothian, EH15 9RG

Telephone: 01292525105

Fax: 0131 535 3121


Dr Tony Waterhouse

Address: Easter Howgate, Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 0PE

Telephone: 01315354011


Prof Christine Watson

Professor of Agricultural Systems / Team Leader - Soil Science & Systems

Address: Crop & Soils Systems, SRUC Aberdeen Campus, Craibstone Estate, Aberdeen AB21 9YA

Telephone: 01224 711 143

Fax: 01224 711 293