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Protecting animal health

Protecting Animal Health

Published: Thursday, 21st March 2019 in Veterinary Services news

A new £1.6 million centre for animal disease surveillance and research means faster, more reliable and more efficient diagnoses of livestock animal diseases for the whole of Scotland.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney, Emma Harper MSP and Chief Executive and Principal of SRUC Professor Wayne Powell

Deputy First Minister highlights key role of SRUC

Published: Wednesday, 20th March 2019 in About SRUC news

The importance of Scotland’s Rural College to the current and future needs of the country’s economy has been highlighted at a parliamentary reception.

Women at cutting edge of agriculture

Women at cutting edge of agriculture

Published: Tuesday, 19th March 2019 in About SRUC news

It’s the spectacular home to the family of King Robert the Bruce, but Broomhall House will soon welcome women farmers looking “tae think again” about how they run their business.

SRUC researchers investigate sustainable land use in Colombia

£260k to tackle Colombian green growth

Published: Tuesday, 19th March 2019 in Research news

Researchers from Scotland’s Rural College have been awarded £260,000 for two follow-up projects investigating sustainable land use in Colombia.

Facial recognition technology aims to detect emotional state in pigs

Facial recognition technology aims to detect emotional state in pigs

Published: Monday, 18th March 2019 in Research news

State-of-the-art facial recognition technology is being used in an attempt to detect different emotional states in pigs.

Students from SRUC visit St Andrews golf courses (from l-r: Wim Dillen, Course Tutor Ian Butcher, Tod Bannerman, Olafur Steindorsson, Reece Haspell, Frank MacArthur, Trevor Harris - St Andrews Links Trust)

Birdies and bees

Published: Thursday, 14th March 2019 in Study at SRUC news

Birdie, eagle and albatross are common golfing terms, but students at Scotland’s Rural College have been learning the importance of considering both birds and bees in their golf course designs.

The country’s uplands are important for hill farming, game management, forestry and nature conservation

Conversation turns to uplands

Published: Wednesday, 13th March 2019 in Research news

The Head of Integrated Land Management at SRUC will be among the speakers at a special event focussing on Britain’s uplands.

Joyce Campbell, Co-chair of the Taskforce, says there is ‘untapped potential’ in Scotland’s women

Untapped potential’ – opportunity for developing women in agriculture

Published: Wednesday, 13th March 2019 in About SRUC news

Developing the role of women is key to the survival of Scottish agriculture, according to a Scottish Government Taskforce.

SRUC recruits 120 practices across England in BVD campaign

£6m allocated to vets to contain cattle disease

Published: Monday, 11th March 2019 in Veterinary Services news

Nearly £6 million in funding has been allocated to vets in England as part of a campaign to tackle a highly contagious cattle disease.

Duncan McFadzean (centre) at the World Junior Curling Championships - photo by WCF Rachel MacRae

SRUC student curler sweeps closer to Olympic ambition

Published: Monday, 11th March 2019 in Study at SRUC news

A Rural Business Management student from Scotland’s Rural College has Olympic ambitions after being part of a team which won Great Britain’s first medal at the World University Games.

Winners at the Lantra Scotland’s Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year awards

Student success at Lantra awards

Published: Friday, 8th March 2019 in Study at SRUC news

Students from Scotland’s Rural College swept the board in four categories at Lantra Scotland’s Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year awards.

Gender pay gap decreases in rural areas

Study shows decline in rural gender pay gap

Published: Friday, 8th March 2019 in Research news

Researchers in SRUC’s Rural Policy Centre have completed a scoping study on the gender pay gap in rural Scotland.

Dave Pearson (left), Chair of the CeeD Board, presents the Low Carbon and Energy Award to Teresa Shutter, Head of the SRUC Innovation Hub; Senior Rural Business Consultant Julian Bell; and Andrew Lacey, Head of SAC Consulting

Calculator adds to SRUC success

Published: Thursday, 7th March 2019 in SAC Consulting news

An online tool which has helped thousands of UK farms to reduce their carbon footprint has won a major industry award.

4,5 Billion

Strategic Economic Case for a Rural University

Published: Wednesday, 6th March 2019 in About SRUC news

When SRUC becomes a new rural enterprise university it could lead to a £4.5 billion boost to the Scottish economy, according to a new report.

Ken Macintosh MSP and Eilidh Fletcher at NTS Greenbank Garden

Horticulture apprentice hones skills in National Trust garden

Published: Tuesday, 5th March 2019 in Study at SRUC news

Horticulture student Eilidh Fletcher showed off her new skills when MSP Ken Macintosh visited Greenbank Garden, near Glasgow, at the start of Scottish Apprenticeship Week (March 4-8).

Careers Event at Ayr Campus

SRUC’s annual careers event a big success

Published: Monday, 4th March 2019 in Study at SRUC news

Scotland’s Rural College recently hosted a successful careers event at its Ayr campus.

Modern apprentice jack marshall hones his forestry skills on a jJohn Deere  simulator

Forestry apprentices use cutting-edge technology to log progress

Published: Monday, 4th March 2019 in Study at SRUC news

Scotland’s Rural College is the first institute in the UK to have used cutting-edge technology to log students’ progression towards operating forest machinery.

Plant extracts have the potential to improve growth performance and health.

Harnessing daffodils’ flower power on St David’s Day

Published: Thursday, 28th February 2019 in Research news

The national flower of Wales has found a new role this St David’s Day – helping scientists to better understand the value of plant extracts as an alternative to antibiotics in animal feed.

Speakers at New Entrants to Farming Gathering (L-R: Rebecca McEwen, Gethin Roberts, Richard Rogers, Graeme Jarron, Andrew Marchant and Robert Taylor)

Aspiring farmers told “attitude is key”

Published: Wednesday, 27th February 2019 in SAC Consulting news

Aspiring farmers were told “attitude is key” at an event for new entrants to the agricultural industry this week (Tuesday 26 February).

Dairy cows must eat several different crops to meet their dietary requirements

A ‘win-win’ for farmers, consumers and conservationists

Published: Tuesday, 26th February 2019 in Research news

A new study illustrating how British farms could produce more food while also supporting wildlife has been described as a “win-win” for farmers, consumers and conservationists.

Mongolian visitors touring SRUC's Elmwood campus

Mongolia takes lessons from Scotland’s Rural College

Published: Monday, 25th February 2019 in Study at SRUC news

A delegation from Mongolia visited SRUC to see first-hand how education is being delivered on the ground in the UK.

Whale Detective taking notes for stranding whale case

A celebration of citizen science

Published: Wednesday, 20th February 2019 in Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme news

A celebration of citizen science following a year that saw more reportings of stranded marine life around Scotland’s coasts than ever before is to be held in the Highlands.

Researchers will use supercomputers to predict the bTB status of dairy cows

Supercomputers target TB

Published: Tuesday, 19th February 2019 in Research news

It is used regularly by global tech giants such as Google and Facebook, but now “deep learning” is set to become a key weapon in the fight against tuberculosis in cattle.

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Classroom of the future

Published: Friday, 15th February 2019 in Study at SRUC news

A new state-of-the-art digital classroom has been unveiled at Scotland’s Rural College Barony campus in Dumfries. It is believed to be the first of its kind in the region.

One of the PhDs will investigate the causes of lamb loss on Highland farms and crofts

New PhD projects to tackle rural issues

Published: Thursday, 14th February 2019 in Research news

Farmers are set to benefit from 18 new PhD research projects being funded by Scotland’s Rural College to address a wide range of issues within the rural sector.

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