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Donation benefits students at Barony

Published: Thursday, 17th August 2017

Barony Campus of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) have benefitted by receiving a very generous donation from John Deere Forestry.

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Over 40 ground-breaking research projects highlighted in new SRUC publication

Published: Wednesday, 16th August 2017

Over 40 ground-breaking livestock research projects are highlighted in a new publication from SRUC to promote agricultural innovation that can benefit producers and the wider industry.

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£5.5m initiative bids to boost farm livestock health in Africa

Published: Wednesday, 16th August 2017

SRUC is one of the key partners in a new £5.5 million initiative to improve the health and productivity of farmed animals in sub-Saharan Africa.

pictured: Some of the S2 pupils at Kemnay Academy taking part in the Learning for Sustainability event

Firm evidence of the ‘Scottish System’ at Aberdeen

Published: Wednesday, 16th August 2017

SRUC Aberdeen showed a display of cross collaboration between the three core divisions at a recent Learning for Sustainability event hosted by Kemnay Academy.

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Over 400 ECPA2017 delegates discuss challenge of feeding growing world population

Published: Wednesday, 19th July 2017

The technical challenges of feeding a growing world population from less land is a key focus for over 400 delegates gathering in Edinburgh this week for a major conference.

Photo caption: World Angus Forum delegates visiting Easter Howgate Farm.

Easter Howgate Farm hosts World Angus Forum

Published: Wednesday, 19th July 2017

Over 100 Angus breeders and industry leaders from across the world have visited SRUC’s Easter Howgate Farm as part of the World Angus Forum tour of the UK and Ireland.

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SRUC research on cereal disease management presented in Lithuania

Published: Wednesday, 19th July 2017

Recently Dr Henry Creissen of SRUC and Dr Thies Heick of Aarhus University were invited to present their research findings to the Lithuanian State Agricultural Advisory Service.

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Lifetime Achievement in Teaching Award for SRUC Lecturer Bill Dingwall

Published: Friday, 7th July 2017

Bill Dingwall, Agriculture Lecturer and Team Leader, has received the Principal’s Lifetime in Teaching Award from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

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Professorship for Ian Bingham “a rather unique and influential plant scientist”

Published: Friday, 7th July 2017

A Scotland’s Rural College crop scientist has been awarded a personal Professorship in Crop Physiology.

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Professorship for Animal Welfare expert who begins by asking them the questions

Published: Friday, 7th July 2017

Marie Haskell, a respected animal welfare expert who focuses on what animals tell her about what suits them, has been awarded a Professorship.

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Gillian Inman receives award for establishing SAC Consulting’s Farm Carbon Calculator

Published: Friday, 7th July 2017

Gillian Inman’s work on calculating Scottish farming’s carbon footprint has won the RC Stewart Prize for effort and excellence.

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New research validates traditional healers’ claims over parasite infections in Ethiopia

Published: Wednesday, 5th July 2017

New research from SRUC has validated claims of traditional healers in Ethiopia that indigenous plants have strong anti-parasitic properties.

Luise Seeker

SRUC student wins top prize at SEFARI inter-institute PhD competition

Published: Wednesday, 5th July 2017

SRUC student Luise Seeker recently won the top prize at the inter-institute PhD competition across the Scottish Environment Food and Agriculture Research Institutes (SEFARI).

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Researchers receive award from Humane Slaughter Association

Published: Wednesday, 5th July 2017

Staff at the Edinburgh Campus of SRUC have been announced as joint winners of the Humane Slaughter Award by The Humane Slaughter Association (HSA).

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Researchers at SRUC host European project meeting

Published: Wednesday, 31st May 2017

Researchers at SRUC recently hosted the annual meeting of iSAGE - a multi-million pound EU-funded research project aiming to future proof our sheep and goat farming industry.

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SRUC is key partner in new EU ReMIX project

Published: Wednesday, 31st May 2017

A team from SRUC's Crop and Soil Systems (CSS) and Land Economy Environment and Society (LEES) research groups recently attended the kick-off meeting of the new EU project ReMIX.

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New research shows Scottish public supports investments to restore peatlands

Published: Wednesday, 31st May 2017

New research has found that the general public is supportive of ambitious plans by the Scottish Government to restore Scotland’s peatlands - which benefits water quality, wildlife and carbon storage.

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SRUC and RBST workshop to protect UK’s native livestock breeds

Published: Wednesday, 31st May 2017

SRUC researchers recently facilitated a workshop hosted by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) to discuss the conservation of UK’s native livestock breeds which are at risk. 

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Researchers working on pollinators project to boost sustainability

Published: Wednesday, 17th May 2017

SRUC researchers are working with the Lothians Monitor Farm on a three year research project which aims to increase the number of pollinators on farm.

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SRUC course receives top animal welfare award

Published: Wednesday, 3rd May 2017

A leading SRUC course in animal welfare education has been recognised for its contribution in driving innovation in animal welfare for more than quarter of a century.

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SRUC researchers work on new £8.6m greenhouse gas programme

Published: Wednesday, 3rd May 2017

SRUC researchers are co-investigators on a new £8.6 m research programme to investigate ways to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere to counteract global warming.

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Director appointed to lead Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health

Published: Wednesday, 3rd May 2017

Professor Appolinaire Djikeng has been appointed to head the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTGH).

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Precision farming conference shaping up to be best yet

Published: Wednesday, 3rd May 2017

Edinburgh is hosting the 11th ECPA (European Conference on Precision Agriculture) this summer - 20 years since it was first held in the UK.

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Richard Dewhurst elected BSAS President

Published: Wednesday, 3rd May 2017

Professor Richard Dewhurst, Head of Future Farming Systems at SRUC, has been elected as the new President of the British Society of Animal Science.

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Successful MSc field study trip in Atlas Mountains

Published: Wednesday, 3rd May 2017

Students from the MSc courses in Environmental Protection and Management, and Soils and Sustainability recently completed a successful field study tour in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco.

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SRUC on show at Roslin for Secretary of State visit

Published: Wednesday, 19th April 2017

SRUC's role in supporting innovation in agriculture was highlighted when Greg Clark, Secretary of State for the UK's Government Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, visited. 

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Dairy researcher in Dumfries uses mobile phone to monitor cows in Nairobi

Published: Tuesday, 18th April 2017

For Dr Mizeck Chagunda a mobile phone means more than just access to social media.

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SEFARI research initiative launched by Cabinet Secretary Roseanna Cunningham

Published: Tuesday, 18th April 2017

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham launched SEFARI – a new collaborative project between six of Scotland’s leading research institutes - during a visit to SRUC’s GreenCow facility.

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SRUC researchers interact with over 2000 children at Edinburgh International Science Festival

Published: Tuesday, 18th April 2017

Over 2000 children (and enthusiastic parents!) took part in two activities hosted by SRUC researchers as part of this years’ Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Post grad conference winners

Inspiring through research - SRUC Postgraduate Conference 2017

Published: Tuesday, 28th March 2017

Over 50 PhD students displayed their research at the annual SRUC Postgraduate Conference which was praised for its exceptionally high quality of work.

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£2.2m AgriTech funding offers new R&D opportunities

Published: Wednesday, 15th March 2017

Special funding of more than £2.2m - just awarded to SRUC - means three exciting new research facilities can be built.

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Contribute to the One Welfare framework

Published: Wednesday, 15th March 2017

The SRUC Animal Behaviour and Welfare (ABW) group has been running a series of workshops to contribute to the One Welfare framework consultation.

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World leading animal welfare expert Temple Grandin speaks at SRUC seminar

Published: Tuesday, 28th February 2017

A world renowned animal behaviour professor has told an SRUC seminar that to increase animal welfare we must move away from words and take a more sensory based approach.

Dr Peter Alexander

SRUC researcher leads study into food waste to improving global food security

Published: Tuesday, 28th February 2017

Almost a fifth of the food made available to consumers is lost through over-eating or waste, according to a study led by an SRUC researcher.

Mike Coffey (second from right) with BCBC office holders.

Professor Mike Coffey named President of the British Cattle Breeders' Club

Published: Tuesday, 28th February 2017

SRUC researcher Professor Mike Coffey - based at East Bush Campus - has been appointed President of the British Cattle Breeders’ Club (BCBC).

View of a beef cow through a thermal imaging camera.

Discover healthy soils and thermal imaging with SRUC at Edinburgh International Science Festival

Published: Tuesday, 28th February 2017

SRUC staff will be running interactive family activities based around thermal imaging of animals and healthy soils at this year’s Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Davy McCracken and fellow panel members discussing Landcare Europe’s proposals for a public goods premium to be incorporated into the basic payment of the CAP.

Helping highlight a potential new structure for the CAP

Published: Tuesday, 14th February 2017

Davy McCracken, Head of SRUC's Hill & Mountain Research Centre, recently paid a flying visit to Brussels.

Postgraduate research student Xin Shu making her presentation at Nanjing Agricultural University in China.

PhD student hosts presentation on soil to Chinese university

Published: Wednesday, 1st February 2017

Xin Shu, an SRUC postgraduate research student with Crops and Soil Systems, recently hosted a high profile presentation to the Nanjing Agricultural University (NAU) in China.

John Forster of SAC Consulting’s Campbeltown office who led the Campbeltown Milk Quality Improvement Project

Innovative milk project shortlisted for Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards

Published: Monday, 30th January 2017

Consultants and researchers behind an innovative project which improved milk quality and boosted cheese yield have been shortlisted for the prestigious Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards.

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Christine Watson speaks at “alternative” Oxford Farming Conference

Published: Wednesday, 18th January 2017

Aberdeen-based Professor Christine Watson, Team Leader Soil Science, was one of the keynote speakers at the “alternative” event to the Oxford Farming Conference.

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Free tests offered in survey of joint disease in new-born lambs

Published: Wednesday, 18th January 2017

With anecdotal evidence of an increase in “joint-ill” - a disease affecting the joints of young lambs - investigators from SRUC are offering free post mortem tests to sheep farmers and their vets.

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New Mobile CT scanner offers greater insight for livestock researchers and breeders

Published: Wednesday, 23rd November 2016

A new mobile CT scanner, currently undergoing calibration tests with SRUC, offers yet more clarity and inside knowledge for both livestock researchers and pedigree breeders.

Maureen Steel with her rose bowl marking 25 years of service.

Maureen Steel clocks up 25 year long service award

Published: Wednesday, 23rd November 2016

Maureen Steel of SRUC’s Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Research Division was recently presented with a crystal glass rose bowl in recognition of 25 years of service to SAC and latterly SRUC.

Worm in a person's hand

Taking a worms eye view with workshops on worm empathy

Published: Wednesday, 9th November 2016

For those who have never got past the fright of having a wriggly creature dropped down their necks as children worms can have an image problem.

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North South Divide Over Wheat Bulb Fly Risk – Scottish Growers Alerted

Published: Thursday, 13th October 2016

Scientists from Scotland’s Rural College are warning Scottish cereal growers of a north south divide over the threat from the wheat bulb fly pest.

The group from the Scottish Association of Young Farmers’ Clubs at SRUC’s Crichton Royal Farm

Crichton Royal Farm Hosts Young Farmers Dairy Event

Published: Thursday, 13th October 2016

SRUC’s Dairy Research Centre at Crichton Royal Farm in Dumfries recently hosted a Scottish Association of Young Farmers’ Clubs event which focused on “surviving and thriving” within the dairy sector.

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Edinburgh Sunshine for European Agronomy Conference

Published: Wednesday, 28th September 2016

Edinburgh sunshine welcomed some 270 international crop and systems specialists attending the 14th European Society for Agronomy (ESA) Conference.

Anna Talks Stress in Switzerland

Published: Wednesday, 28th September 2016

A trip to Zurich, supported by the SRUC Trust Fund, offered PhD student Anna Florence the opportunity to wide her discussions about the effects of stress and other challenges on growing crops.

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SRUC is Key Tenant at New An Lòchran Hub in Inverness

Published: Wednesday, 7th September 2016

SRUC is a key tenant of a new collaborative centre in Inverness which was opened recently by Deputy First Minister John Swinney.

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SRUC Researcher Wins Young Investigator Award

Published: Wednesday, 7th September 2016

Irene Camerlink from the Animal Behaviour & Welfare team in Edinburgh is celebrating after wining a Young Investigators award from the International Society for Research on Aggression (ISRA).

Joanne Conington getting a selfie with Skippy

Livestock Geneticist Gives Keynote Address to Conference “Down Under”

Published: Wednesday, 7th September 2016

SRUC’s Livestock Geneticist Joanne Conington recently gave a keynote address at the conference of the joint Australian-New Zealand Societies of Animal Production in Adelaide, Australia.

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Living With Leatherjackets - Start Your Planning Now, Urge SRUC Researchers

Published: Monday, 5th September 2016

With the loss of reliable chemical controls, experts at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) are advising farmers to start planning now if they want to limit leatherjacket damage to crops and grassland.

Ramularia

Sequencing Genes of Major Barley Disease an Important Step Towards Better Control

Published: Wednesday, 17th August 2016

Scientists at SRUC, together with colleagues at the University of Edinburgh and Rothamsted Research, have unravelled the genome of Ramularia, a fungal disease attacking barley crops.

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Producing Sheep and Goats Needed for the Future - SRUC Contributes to Multi-Million Pound Research Project, Future Proofing an Industry

Published: Wednesday, 17th August 2016

A team of researchers from Scotland’s Rural College is contributing to iSAGE, a new multi-million pound EU-funded research project aiming to future proof our sheep and goat farming industry.

Adrian Philbey experiencing piglets from a novel perspective.

SRUC Hosts Session on Importance of Playtime for Piglets

Published: Wednesday, 3rd August 2016

It’s one thing to make toys for your children… but what about your pigs?!

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New Project Aims to Raise Lamb Survival Rates by 5%

Published: Wednesday, 20th July 2016

Five focus farmers have been selected for a new “Live Lambs” project, facilitated by Scotland’s Rural College and aimed at improving lamb survival.

Rainer Roehe

Professorship for SRUC Expert in Livestock Genetics

Published: Tuesday, 19th July 2016

SRUC Livestock Geneticist Dr Rainer Roehe was awarded a Professorship of Animal Genetics and Microbiome during SRUC’s annual graduation ceremony in Bute Hall, University of Glasgow.

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Another Outstanding Year at the ISAE Conference!

Published: Tuesday, 19th July 2016

Over 550 animal scientists congregated in Scotland’s capital recently to discuss an incredibly diverse range of research.

Bridgit Muasa

Researcher Studies Tools to Help Cows get Pregnant

Published: Wednesday, 6th July 2016

An SRUC PhD student aims to make it far easier for females to get pregnant on the first attempt, female cows that is.

Jolinda Pollock

SRUC Student takes Third Place in Inter-institute Comp

Published: Wednesday, 6th July 2016

SRUC student Jolinda Pollock has won 3rd place at an inter-institute PhD competition.

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SRUC Board Visit to Kirkton

Published: Tuesday, 21st June 2016

Members of SRUC’s board and senior management team recently paid a visit to Kirkton and Auchtertyre farms near Crianlarich – home to SRUC’s upland research facilities.

Aluna Chawala

Developing a More Human Approach to Animal Science

Published: Tuesday, 21st June 2016

An SRUC PhD student will combine social science with animal genetics in an attempt to help African dairy farmers breed the ideal cow for their environment.

Future farming systems art competition

And the Winners are … Future of Farming Art Competition winners announced

Published: Wednesday, 8th June 2016

The winners of Scotland’s Rural College nationwide art competition have been announced - after much deliberation from the judges due to the high standard of entries.

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Cooking with Grass – Energy Production Message from SRUC Grass-Seed Trade Day

Published: Thursday, 26th May 2016

With despite uncertainty over future levels of subsidy for energy production there is still considerable interest in using grass as a feedstock for on-farm anaerobic digestors (AD).

Mizeck Chagunda

SRUC’s Mizeck Chagunda explains how Scotland is supporting Malawi’s economy through well known magic beans

Published: Thursday, 26th May 2016

SRUC’s Mizeck Chagunda, Reader in Diary Science and Vice Chair of the Scotland Malawi Partnership, has high praise for coffee growing in Malawi.

Claire Morgan Davies

SRUC Research Scientist Wins Prestigious Award from British Society of Animal Science

Published: Thursday, 26th May 2016

An SRUC research scientist has won a prestigious award from the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) in recognition for a landmark paper presented at the society’s annual conference.

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Making Big Data Work for Small Farmers in China

Published: Thursday, 26th May 2016

SRUC Professors Alistair Stott and Bob Rees have returned from Beijing where they took part in a workshop exploring ways of utilising satellite technology to make big data work for millions in China.

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SRUC Key Contributors to Animal Science Conference

Published: Wednesday, 27th April 2016

Research at SRUC was strongly represented at this year’s Annual Conference in Chester which focused on Animal Science for a Sustainable Future.

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SRUC Researchers Spur Scottish Move by AgTech Company

Published: Wednesday, 27th April 2016

A company specialising in agricultural lighting for the livestock sector has cited access to SRUC’s research specialists as a main reason for moving to new premises at Roslin, just outside Edinburgh.

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SRUC Scientists Brought the Countryside Alive at Edinburgh Science Festival

Published: Thursday, 7th April 2016

As part of Edinburgh international Science Festival, SRUC shone the spotlight on some of Scotland’s smallest wildlife and the important role they play in our countryside!

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SRUC’s Post-grad Conference

Published: Thursday, 7th April 2016

SRUC recently held its annual Postgraduate Conference at the Edinburgh Campus based at King’s Buildings which profiled a wide range of research subjects and an exceptionally high quality of work.

Local Communities Must Work Together for Superfast Broadband

Published: Thursday, 24th March 2016

A recent policy briefing from the Crichton Institute highlighted the need for Dumfries and Galloway communities to work together to ensure parts of the region don't miss out on superfast broadband.

Christine Watson

SRUC Expert Joins Group Advising on EU Innovation

Published: Thursday, 24th March 2016

Researcher Professor Christine Watson has just returned from Italy where she joined 19 other experts on an EU focus group advising on agricultural productivity and sustainability.

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SRUC Partners in New Global Hub for Agricultural Engineering and Precision Farming

Published: Thursday, 10th March 2016

Industry and academics will work together to create a new global hub for agricultural engineering and precision farming using £17.5 million of funding over the next four years.

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Discussion and Debate at Agriculture and Environment Conference

Published: Thursday, 10th March 2016

Presentations by 25 high profile speakers from the UK and Brussels stimulated successful discussion and debate at the eleventh Agriculture and Environment conference held last week in Edinburgh.

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SRUC Continues Brazilian Exchange

Published: Thursday, 10th March 2016

Three Brazilian researchers recently visited Scotland’s Rural College as part of ongoing collaboration between scientists at SRUC and EMBRAPA, Brazil’s giant agricultural research organisation.

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The Show Still Goes on at Kirkton & Auchtertyre

Published: Thursday, 10th March 2016

It may be winter with the hills covered in snow, but that doesn’t stop staff from SRUC’s Hill & Mountain Research Centre near Crianlarich spreading the word about the research being carried out!

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Dumfries Dairy Professor Highlights Need to Communicate Research Widely

Published: Friday, 26th February 2016

Dumfries-based dairy researcher Dr Dave Roberts gave his inaugural professorial lecture at Easterbrook Hall on Tuesday 23 February.

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Post CAP Reform Profitability Problems Predicted For Livestock Sector – SRUC Rural Policy Centre Briefs

Published: Wednesday, 3rd February 2016

Research published by Scotland’s Rural College confirms that under the new Common Agricultural Policy payments most of Scotland’s intensive beef farms will suffer financially.

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World Class Research Facility to be Built in Midlothian

Published: Wednesday, 27th January 2016

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) will be relocating its poultry research unit from Ayrshire to Midlothian.

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Ambitious Plans for Scotland’s Organic Food and Farming – Action Plan 2016-2020

Published: Wednesday, 27th January 2016

An ambitious action plan helping organic food and farming build a more sustainable future, regenerate the rural economy and conserve biodiversity and natural resources has been launched for Scotland.

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SRUC’s New Head of Farms Relishes the Challenge

Published: Wednesday, 27th January 2016

SRUC’s new Head of Farms Dr Martin Kennerley is looking forward to getting to grips with the college’s network of farms as he takes up his role this month.

Rafael Silva

Eating less meat might not be the way to go green, say researchers

Published: Wednesday, 27th January 2016

Reduced meat consumption might not lower greenhouse gas emissions from one of the world’s biggest beef producing regions, new research has found.

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Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane? No! It’s Super-B!

Published: Wednesday, 27th January 2016

Farmers are being asked to share their views on crop pollination as part of a Europe-wide research project.

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A Journey through Genetics and Genomics

Published: Wednesday, 13th January 2016

The importance of genomics and genetics in livestock breeding were highlighted at SRUC’s recent professorial lectures.

SRUC is Partner in N-Circle - a Major New UK-China Joint Centre on Nitrogen

Published: Wednesday, 13th January 2016

A £7 million new Centre is being established between UK and Chinese scientists to tackle the issues of nitrogen use and pollution from agriculture.

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Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead visits Easter Bush

Published: Thursday, 10th December 2015

Recently SRUC’s Professor Nick Sparks and Head of Vet Services Brian Hosie met the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment when he toured the Easter Bush Campus.

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Charting the Future for the Sheep Sector

Published: Thursday, 10th December 2015

Professor Geoff Simm, Head of Research at SRUC and Agricultural Economist Steven Thomson recently contributed to a conference in Brussels considering the future of the sheep sector in Europe.

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£10m Award Boosts Bid to Aid Plight of Tropical Farmers

Published: Thursday, 26th November 2015

Efforts to tackle challenges faced by livestock farmers in developing countries have been boosted by a £10 million research award.

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SRUC Professor Calls For Team Effort to Tackle Rural Disadvantage

Published: Thursday, 26th November 2015

At the inaugural Scottish Rural Summit, held on 24 November, rural society expert Professor Sarah Skerratt said that Scotland is well equipped to improve the lives of rural communities.

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Making the Invisible Visible at Dundee Science Festival

Published: Thursday, 26th November 2015

An intrepid team of animal behaviour and welfare scientists usually based at Edinburgh’s Easter Bush Estate took a Sunday road-trip to Dundee to take part in the city’s successful Science Festival.

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Crop and Soil Paper in Top 1%

Published: Thursday, 26th November 2015

A review article written by Dale Walters, Jaan Ratsep and Neil Havis has become a highly cited paper, in the top 1% of its academic field, according to the Web of Science.

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Sokratis Wins SCOTIA Prize for Work on Sheep

Published: Wednesday, 11th November 2015

The SCOTIA Agricultural Club Prize has been awarded to Postgraduate SRUC Research Student, Sokratis Ptochos.

Agrimetrics launch

SRUC Proud Partner of the World's First Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Published: Thursday, 29th October 2015

This week (Monday 26 October) 'Agrimetrics', the World's first Big data Centre of Excellence for the whole food system, was officially launched by ministers George Eustice MP and George Freeman MP.

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MEPs Ian Duncan and Kay Swinburne visit SRUC and The Roslin Institute

Published: Thursday, 29th October 2015

Dr Ian Duncan and Dr Kay Swinburne, MEPs for Scotland and Wales respectively, visited The Roslin Institute and Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) at the Easter Bush campus on Friday 2 October.

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SRUC Researcher Highlights Importance of Satellites to Food Security

Published: Thursday, 29th October 2015

SRUC senior researcher Dave Ross recently spoke at the Satellites for Agri-Food Consortia Building Workshop in London.

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Anti-GM Stance Not So ‘Clean and Green’ Suggests Professor Dame Anne Glover

Published: Wednesday, 14th October 2015

Opting not to grow Genetically Modified (GM) crops in Scotland might be an ‘old and dirty’ approach as opposed to a ‘clean and green’ one, according to biologist Professor Dame Anne Glover.

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SRUC Collaborates with Ipsos MORI to Evaluate Land Reform Legislation

Published: Wednesday, 14th October 2015

SRUC recently completed an evaluation of Scotland’s Community Right to Buy legislation in collaboration with research consultancy Ipsos MORI.

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Fifty Years of Animal Welfare Celebrated at SRUC

Published: Wednesday, 14th October 2015

The importance of animal welfare was highlighted by the team at Scotland’s Rural College at their Animal Welfare Day celebrating 50 years since the Brambell Report.

A Week of Wide-Ranging Events at SRUC's Upland Research Farms

Published: Wednesday, 14th October 2015

SRUC’s Kirkton & Auchtertyre upland research farms, near Crianlarich, recently held three major knowledge exchange events in the space of one week.

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SRUC Researchers Showcase the Exciting Side of Science!

Published: Wednesday, 14th October 2015

Scientists from SRUC’s Animal and Veterinary Science Group were out in force at the recent Midlothian Science Festival Open Day held at the Roslin Institute.

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Can You See the Future?

Published: Friday, 9th October 2015

That is the question Scotland’s Rural College is asking the nation’s children in their new art competition.

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FAIM of SRUC Farm Animal Imaging Spreads

Published: Thursday, 1st October 2015

There is now an international network of 330 people with expertise in Farm Animal Imaging, thanks to an SRUC led initiative which culmintated recently at a conference in Edinburgh.

SRUC’s Animal Scientists Encourage Scottish School Pupils to ‘Hangout’ Online

Published: Thursday, 1st October 2015

Scientists from Scotland’s Rural College have invited secondary school children from across Scotland to join them for a live online discussion on how best to care for our animals.

The Sampo with Alastair Dysdale, Trials Team Manager

SRUC Crop Team Invests in Future Harvest

Published: Wednesday, 16th September 2015

The Edinburgh trials team at Scotland’s Rural College are celebrating the arrival of a brand new combine harvester.

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Livestock Handling, Health and Welfare Hot Topics at Recent Farm Open Day

Published: Wednesday, 16th September 2015

There was a focus on safe and cost-effective handling of sheep and cattle at SRUC’s Kirkton & Auchtertyre upland research farms’ recent open day.

Talk on hill farming

What’s Up in the Uplands?

Published: Wednesday, 16th September 2015

A key issue for upland farmers is the need to ensure economic viability while balancing a host of competing concerns.

Neil Havis at a cereals event

SRUC Experts Warn Farmers of Fungal Disease Risk to Spring Barley

Published: Thursday, 3rd September 2015

Plant pathologists from Scotland’s Rural College believe that the recent heavy rain could greatly increase the risk of fungal disease in next year’s spring barley.

Edinburgh Attracts Prestigious Conference on Precision Farming

Published: Thursday, 3rd September 2015

Cutting edge farming technology and research will be showcased in Edinburgh at the 11th European Conference on Precision Agriculture in July 2017.

SRUC Research Reveals Popularity of Home-Grown Energy in Scotland

Published: Thursday, 3rd September 2015

Statistical research by SRUC shows that Glasgow beats Edinburgh in the home-grown power postcode league, while Inverurie is Scotland’s solar capital.

Ailsa Thomson

SRUC Aberdeen Student Heads to the Hills

Published: Thursday, 3rd September 2015

Ailsa Thomson, a 3rd year Agriculture student at SRUC’s Aberdeen Campus, has gained invaluable knowledge about farming after a summer working at SRUC’s Hill & Mountain Research Centre in Stirlingshire

SRUC Scientists Advise Scottish Farmers to be Vigilant to Protect Winter Oilseed Rape

Published: Thursday, 3rd September 2015

Scientists from Scotland’s Rural College are advising oilseed rape farmers to keep a close eye on their winter crop this year.

Potatoes in Practice

Potato (Prices) on the Up?

Published: Wednesday, 19th August 2015

SRUC experts outlined some serious challenges for potato growers at this year’s Potatoes in Practice event, held in conjunction with the James Hutton Institute.

Lutz Bunger

SRUC Professor Learns About Meat Quality Research in Italy

Published: Wednesday, 19th August 2015

Professor Lutz Bunger recently returned from a study trip to the University of Padova, Italy to learn more about their studies into the meat quality and genetic muscling of pigs and beef cattle.

Lorna Paton and Dave Roberts

Quebec Then Edinburgh for International Farm Management Congress

Published: Wednesday, 29th July 2015

Professor Dave Roberts and researcher Lorna Paton attended the recent International Farm Management Congress in Canada to both contribute and learn more before SRUC hosts the next event in 2017.

Graduation 2015

SRUC Graduates Celebrate

Published: Wednesday, 15th July 2015

More than 150 graduands attended the Scotland’s Rural College graduation ceremony on Friday 10 July 2015 at Bute Hall, University of Glasgow.

Newly recognised Professors and Readers

Eight SRUC Researchers Honoured at Graduation Ceremony

Published: Wednesday, 15th July 2015

Eight accomplished members of staff from SRUC’s Research Division were conferred with Professorships and Readerships at SRUC’s summer graduation ceremony at Bute Hall, University of Glasgow.

David McKenzie

Professor David McKenzie Retires

Published: Wednesday, 15th July 2015

The SRUC graduation ceremony on 10 July was particularly special for SRUC’s Vice Principal Education Professor David McKenzie, since it was his final working day before retiring from SRUC.

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Major peatland restoration work ongoing at SRUC’s Kirkton & Auchtertyre Farms

Published: Wednesday, 15th July 2015

A major peatland restoration project, led by Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park in collaboration with SRUC and Luss Estates, will help reduce the effects of climate change.

Valerie Dubuc, one of three lecturers accompanying the group, translating questions from the students during John Holland’s presentation out on the hills above the farms.

Auld alliance alive and well at SRUC's Kirkton & Auchtertyre Farms

Published: Wednesday, 15th July 2015

A group of 40 French students recently visited SRUC’s Kirkton & Auchtertrye upland research farms to hear about the agricultural and environmental challenges facing Scottish hill farmers.

Douglas Bell and Steven Thomson

SRUC’s CAP Crusaders Win Award for Excellence in Advisory Work

Published: Friday, 10th July 2015

Consultant Douglas Bell and researcher Steven Thomson, both well known and respected members of SRUC staff, have shared an award.

SRUC Researchers Awarded Readership Posts in Recognition of Contribution to their Science

Published: Friday, 10th July 2015

Two senior researchers from Scotland’s Rural College received advancement to the status of Reader during SRUC’s annual graduation ceremony at Bute Hall, University of Glasgow on Friday 10 July 2015.

Dr Eileen Wall Appointed a Professor for Contribution to Advances in Livestock Breeding

Published: Friday, 10th July 2015

Dr Eileen Wall, a livestock breeding expert at Scotland’s Rural College was awarded a Professorship in Integrative Livestock Genetics at SRUC’s annual Graduation ceremony.

Sarah Skerratt Appointed SRUC Professor of Rural Society and Policy

Published: Friday, 10th July 2015

Social scientist and expert in rural community issues Dr Sarah Skerratt has been awarded an SRUC Professorship in Rural Society and Policy during the Scotland’s Rural College graduation ceremony.

SRUC Professorship for Jos Houdijk, Leading Livestock Nutritionist

Published: Friday, 10th July 2015

Internationally recognised SRUC animal nutritionist Dr Jos Houdijk was awarded a Professorship in Animal Nutrition and Health at the college’s graduation ceremony at Bute Hall, University of Glasgow.

Professorship for Dumfries Diary Researcher Dave Roberts

Published: Friday, 10th July 2015

Dumfries based dairy researcher Dr Dave Roberts was awarded a Personal Professorship and the title Professor of Dairy Farming Systems at SRUC’s graduation ceremony at Bute Hall, University of Glasgow.

Professorship for SRUC Researcher Using Rocket Science to Predict Disease Spread

Published: Friday, 10th July 2015

Dr Gareth Hughes, an expert who combines biology and mathematics to devise control strategies against diseases in crop plants has been awarded a Professorship in Plant Disease Epidemiology.

Professorship for Well Known Crops Expert Dr Fiona Burnett

Published: Friday, 10th July 2015

Crop protection expert Dr Fiona Burnett, the Head of Crop and Soil Systems at Scotland’s Rural College, was awarded a Professorship in Applied Plant Pathology during SRUC’s annual Graduation ceremony.

Thermal image of the Titan Arum

A Close Encounter With One of the World’s Tallest and Smelliest Flowers!

Published: Wednesday, 1st July 2015

SRUC’s Marianne Farish has been recording thermal images of the world’s largest flower, the Titan Arum (corpse plant) at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE).

Rushes

To Control Farm Rushes - Look to Your Soil!

Published: Wednesday, 1st July 2015

Look to your soil if you want to control rushes on your farm.

Kay Russell

Award in Copenhagen for Kay Russell

Published: Wednesday, 1st July 2015

PhD student Kay Russell, working with the Animal and Veterinary Sciences Group at SRUC, won the best poster presentation award at the 1st International Conference on Necrotic Enteritis in Poultry.

Cereals in Practice – Popular Specialist Event Moves to NE Scotland

Published: Tuesday, 23rd June 2015

You are invited to attend a press briefing before this year’s Cereals in Practice event held on Kirkton farm, Kinellar, Aberdeenshire on Thursday 2 July.

Open farm Sunday at Kirkton & Auchtertyre

Dry Day Boosts Open Farm Sunday Success at Kirkton & Auchtertyre

Published: Wednesday, 17th June 2015

A dry day encouraged more than a hundred visitors to Open Farm Sunday at Scotland’s Rural College’s research farms near Crianlarich.

Jude Eze at Perth High School

SRUC Scientists Visit Perth High School Maths Classes - Welcome Addition to the Curriculum

Published: Wednesday, 17th June 2015

Researchers from Scotland’s Rural College in Inverness recently spent a day with senior maths classes at Perth High School showing them how the maths they are studying has real life applications.

Helicopter at Kirkton

More Than Bees Buzzing at SRUC's Kirkton & Auchtertyre Farms

Published: Wednesday, 17th June 2015

While SRUC’s Kirkton & Auchtertyre upland research farms are home to a variety of wild bees it was helicopter blades that were making the surrounding hills buzz recently.

Sheep with a bright pink plaster

Pink Love Down Under

Published: Wednesday, 17th June 2015

SRUC livestock geneticist Dr Joanne Conington has recently returned from a trip to New South Wales, where she was helping the Australians set up a new phase of their sheep research programme.

Bowl of Eggs

SRUC Judge Scottish Egg Quality

Published: Wednesday, 17th June 2015

Staff from the Avian Science Research Centre of Scotland’s Rural College played their usual key role in the annual Scottish Egg Quality Awards (SEQA) held recently in Perth.

Turtle in a marine protected area (photograph by Foreign and Commonwealth Office [OGL (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/1/)], via Wikimedia Commons)

SRUC Researchers Contribute to Major Marine Report

Published: Wednesday, 17th June 2015

Researchers from SRUC’s Sustainable Ecosystems Team contributed to a recently published study into the costs and benefits of expanding Marine Protected Areas around the globe.

SRUC Study Shows No Detrimental Effects on Broilers from LED Lighting

Published: Thursday, 4th June 2015

A study into the effects of LED lighting on broiler chickens has found that there were no detrimental effects in comparison to more traditional tungsten lighting.

kirkton open day

Learn About the Science of Farming at SRUC’s Kirkton and Auchtertyre Farm Open Day!

Published: Wednesday, 3rd June 2015

SRUC’s hill farming research farms, Kirkton and Auchtertyre, will be opening their gates and welcoming the general public for an action packed free day of scientific discovery and farming facts.

SRUC Chairman Lord Jamie Lindsay, Professors Richard Dewhurst, Lutz Bunger and Geoff Simm, Vice Principal SRUC Research.

SRUC’s New Professors Explain their Role in Producing Livestock Fit for Today

Published: Wednesday, 3rd June 2015

Production efficiency through well applied science lay at the heart of the public lectures delivered by two recently appointed Professors at Scotland’s Rural College.

Dr Alex Bach IRTA  (Programme Leader), Dr Geert Opsomer (Ghent University, Belgium),Prof Richard Dewhurst SRUC, Dr David Kenny (Teagasc, Ireland) and IRTA staff.

SRUC Research Links with Catalonia

Published: Wednesday, 3rd June 2015

SRUC’s Professor Richard Dewhurst has returned from Catalonia where he was part of an international group evaluating a research programme at an agricultural research institute.

Maximising Efficiency and Minimising Health Concerns the Focus for Scotland’s Rural College at Dornoch’s Highland Sheep Event

Published: Tuesday, 2nd June 2015

Ways to improve the efficiency of sheep farming businesses will be the focus of activity on the Scotland’s Rural College stand at the keenly awaited “Highland Sheep 2015” event.

kirkton farm

Rush Control on Farms and Crofts – SRUC’s Kirkton and Auchentyre Farms to Host Half Day Workshop

Published: Thursday, 21st May 2015

SRUC’s Kirkton and Auchentyre farms, near Crianlarich, will host a Soil Association Scotland two-year trial to investigate and demonstrate non-chemical techniques to control rushes on farms and crofts.

Ticks

Tackling the Tick Threat

Published: Wednesday, 20th May 2015

SRUC’s Epidemiology Research Unit, based in Inverness, is collaborating with other partners in a pioneering project to reduce the health risks in the Highlands from ticks carrying Lyme disease.

Research visit, Malawi

SRUC Research Messages and Training for Malawi

Published: Wednesday, 20th May 2015

Researchers from SRUC recently visited Malawi and outlined issues which are limiting opportunities for the country’s dairy sector, and trained local students and staff in research techniques.

Beef suckler cow

How Science Helps Breed Livestock for the Modern World: Public Lectures in Edinburgh

Published: Wednesday, 20th May 2015

As the world’s attention increasingly turns to feeding its booming population, two SRUC experts will give public lectures on the crucial science behind breeding healthy and productive livestock.

Takayuki Suzuki

Japanese Guest Takayuki Adds to SRUC Nematode Research

Published: Wednesday, 20th May 2015

Researcher Takayuki Suzuki from the NARO Kyushu Okinawa Agricultural Research Centre has joined SRUC on a six month secondment to study nematodes in sweet potatoes, carrots and radish.

Farmland

Long Term Study Shows Persistent Inequality of Scottish Farm Incomes – Little Change Between Top and Bottom

Published: Wednesday, 6th May 2015

Analysis of Scottish farm income figures over 14 years shows little change in the gap between the highest and lowest earning business, despite Government/ EU inspired policy shifts or price movements.

Biomass Investment Service

Launch of Biomass Market Assessment Service (B-MAS) set to De-risk Bioenergy Investment

Published: Wednesday, 6th May 2015

Collaboration between Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) and Ecometrica could unlock tens of millions for investment in biomass energy.

Leatherjacket

Leatherjacket Numbers Crash but Farmers Still Advised to Check Key Crops

Published: Wednesday, 6th May 2015

The most recent survey by Scotland’s Rural College indicates that after two years of record numbers, Leatherjacket densities have plummeted.

Potato Field rows

PhD student Kyran Addresses UK Research Conference

Published: Wednesday, 6th May 2015

First year PhD student Kyran Maloney, based at the Edinburgh campus of Scotland’s Rural College, joined other AHDB-funded researchers at a conference organised by levy bodies HGCA and the Potato Council.

Climate Change Workshop March 2015

Climate Change Workshop – Turning Research into Action

Published: Wednesday, 6th May 2015

SRUC’s Research Division recently hosted a successful workshop discussing how to “turn agricultural greenhouse gas research into action”.

Mizeck Chagunda, Dairy Science

Award Honour for “Pride of Malawi” SRUC Researcher

Published: Wednesday, 22nd April 2015

Respected SRUC researcher Dr Mizeck Chagunda received a Special Achievement award recently at the Malawi Association UK’s national awards ceremony in Leicester.

Edinburgh International Science Festival 2015

SRUC Success at Edinburgh International Science Festival

Published: Wednesday, 22nd April 2015

SRUC’s scientists and postgraduate students held a very successful event at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh last week as part of Edinburgh’s International Science Festival.

Farm Open Day Oatridge

Open Farm Sunday at SRUC

Published: Wednesday, 22nd April 2015

Scotland’s Rural College farms at Broxburn, Dumfries and Crianlarich are welcoming in the public on or around Open Farm Sunday on 7 June 2015.

Crichton Farm dairy cows

SRUC Helps Launch Dairy Industry’s Action Johne’s Initiative

Published: Wednesday, 8th April 2015

Experts from Scotland’s Rural College are to play a full part in the Action Johne's Initiative launched recently by the UK dairy industry.

Kirkton sheep

RamCompare to Boost Sheep Genetic Improvement

Published: Wednesday, 8th April 2015

Researchers from Scotland Rural College are playing a key role in a major new partnership driving genetic improvement in the UK sheep industry through the use of commercial data in its evaluations.

Organic pigs eating

SRUC Researchers Collaborate to Combat Painful Joint Disease in Pigs

Published: Wednesday, 8th April 2015

SRUC researcher Dale Sandercock is contributing to a Newcastle University led project looking for markers identifying pigs at risk from a painful and degenerative joint disease.

Artur Steiner with the Director of the Ruralia Institute

SRUC’s Artur’s Finnish Links Could Lead to Less Rural Isolation

Published: Wednesday, 8th April 2015

Dr Artur Steiner of SRUC’s Rural Policy Centre, visited Finland where he is collaborating on a programme focusing on improving the health, both physical and mental, of isolated rural communities.

Postgrad conference

SRUC Postgraduate Research Continues to Break New Ground

Published: Wednesday, 25th March 2015

Scotland’s Rural College’s annual postgraduate conference saw final year researcher Sarah Ison win the top prize and she will go on to represent SRUC at an inter research institute competition.

Cows and sheep

SRUC Leads Research into Parasites of Organic Ruminants

Published: Wednesday, 25th March 2015

All three SRUC Divisions were represented at the initial meeting in Edinburgh of an SRUC led, EU funded, research project into the challenges parasites pose for organic farming.

Chickens

Scottish Livestock and Poultry Farmers Asked to Give SRUC Their Views on Animal Health Planning

Published: Wednesday, 11th March 2015

Researchers from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) are appealing to livestock and poultry farmers across Scotland to take part in a short survey to discover what farmers think of animal health planning.

Beaver

SRUC Researcher Reflects on his Findings from the Reintroduction of Beavers in Scotland

Published: Wednesday, 4th March 2015

Scottish scientists gathered in Lochgilphead on 19 February to share their findings with the local community following the trial reintroduction of beavers into the wild in Knapdale, Argyll & Bute.

Technical Notes

SRUC Technical Notes Catalogue Extended and Revised

Published: Wednesday, 4th March 2015

The catalogue of SRUC’s short, practical field guides has been extended and revised with a number of additions to the list available on the SRUC website.

England NFU visit to Easter Bush - Professor Geoff Simm, Dr Helen Ferrier, Minette Batters, Professor Mike Coffey

English NFU Deputy Vice President Visits Easter Bush Researchers

Published: Wednesday, 18th February 2015

Minette Batters, Deputy President of the National Farmers Union of England and Wales visited Easter Bush this week to learn more about the research there.

Introduction to Land Based Studies students building bridges at Kirkton & Auchtertyre

Education and Research Build Bridges at Kirkton and Auchtertyre

Published: Wednesday, 18th February 2015

Students on the Introduction to Land Based Studies course at the Elmwood campus of Scotland’s Rural College recently spent two days bridge building at SRUC’s hill farms near Crianlarich.

Kirkton drainage

Kirkton and Auchtertyre Host Soil Drainage Day

Published: Wednesday, 18th February 2015

Highlighting the agricultural efficiency, nutrient and pollution management benefits gained from well managed drainage systems was the focus of an event at SRUC's Kirkton and Auchtertyre farms.

16 African PhD students - Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST)

SRUC One Step up on Sub-Saharan Africa Collaboration

Published: Wednesday, 11th February 2015

SRUC staff will be among those mentoring 16 African PhD students in a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supported programme to enhance the health and productivity of livestock.

Kirkton sheep in snow

Kirkton & Auchtertyre Progress

Published: Wednesday, 11th February 2015

Despite having to deal with snow, ice and floods SRUC’s Kirkton & Auchtertyre hill research farms have begun to prepare for the year ahead, reports Professor Davy McCracken.

Steve Hoad at 2015 SRUC-HGCA Roadshow

SRUC Expert Stresses Attention to Every Detail as Recommended Cereal List Introduced

Published: Wednesday, 28th January 2015

Introducing SRUC’s latest list of recommended cereal varieties Dr Steve Hoad of SRUC’s Crop and Soil Systems group stressed the need for growers to make decisions based on good intelligence.

Carfraemill SRUC-HGCA cereal event

Farmer Speakers a Hit at SRUC/HGCA Agronomy Events for Cereal Growers

Published: Wednesday, 28th January 2015

Innovative farmers explaining their ideas proved a highlight during recent cereal grower events organised Scotland’s Rural College and sector levy body HGCA.

EC devices measuring CO2 fluxes

Crichton Connects with the Cosmos

Published: Thursday, 15th January 2015

Scotland’s Rural Colleges’ Crichton Royal Farm is now a site for a UK wide programme using cosmic rays to help measure soil moisture and greenhouse gas emissions.

sheep with lambs, knowledge scotland, success stories

BUG Consortium Wins Research Funding

Published: Thursday, 15th January 2015

Scotland’s Rural College researchers are members of the Glasgow University led BUG Consortium just awarded £2.9m to tackle anthelmintic resistance in nematodes.

Oxford Farming Conference - Dave Nelson

Science and Technology Part of Oxford Conference Ambition

Published: Thursday, 15th January 2015

Smart Farming, definitions of sustainable intensification, calls for more near market research and knowledge exchange all featured strongly at this year’s Oxford Farming Conference.

Drambusters Whisky Festival

Drambusters Whisky Festival - it’s a hard job but Maree had to do it!!

Published: Thursday, 15th January 2015

Dr Maree Brennan, from SRUC Crop & Soils Systems group and colleagues from the James Hutton Institute attended the Drambusters Whisky Festival and explained how research contributes to the industry.

Potato Field rows

Innovation for Facing Potato Industry Challenges

Published: Thursday, 15th January 2015

With Scotland’s potato growers reeling from the fall in demand for fresh potatoes and low prices from over-supply, a conference in Perth will stress the positive messages for an important industry.

Attention to Detail the Message from Strichen Farmer to NE Cereal Growers at Forthcoming Thainstone Event

Published: Monday, 5th January 2015

A passion for doing a good job and the rewards of paying close attention to detail will come across when a respected Strichen farmer explains his approach to successful cereal production on 21 Jan.

Colour spore, knowledge scotland, success stories

SRUC and University of Edinburgh ‘Most Powerful’ in UK Agricultural and Veterinary Research

Published: Thursday, 18th December 2014

Agricultural and veterinary research at SRUC and the University of Edinburgh has been ranked as most powerful in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

BE-Efficient event

Busy Day at Beef Efficiency Event

Published: Wednesday, 17th December 2014

Experts from Scotland’s Rural College were recently joined by partners in showcasing progress of research, much of it Scottish Government funded, in efficient beef production.

Malcolm Mitchell SMART Farming Event

SRUC SMART Farming Event Draws Crowd

Published: Wednesday, 17th December 2014

The SMART farming technology showcase organised by the Research Division of Scotland’s Rural College drew an attentive crowd.

Kay Russell

Industry Recognition for PhD Student Kay Russell

Published: Wednesday, 17th December 2014

A PhD student with Scotland’s Rural College won the recent British Poultry Council Scholarship Award for her work on digestive problems in poultry.

Chinese Veterinary Conference

SRUC Researchers Invited Speakers at Chinese Veterinary Conference

Published: Wednesday, 17th December 2014

Simon Turner and Laura Dixon from the Veterinary Science Research Group of Scotland’s Rural College spoke recently about research into pig and poultry welfare at the Chinese Veterinary Conference.

Barley field

Building Marketable Yields for Scottish Cereal Growers the Focus of HGCA/SRUC Series of Winter Events – Borders, Perth and Aberdeenshire

Published: Wednesday, 17th December 2014

Building yields will be the focus of three events for cereal growers, beginning in the Borders at The Lodge, Carfraemill on Tuesday 13 January.

PigSAFE

SRUC’s Contribution to Brazilian Animal Welfare Conference

Published: Wednesday, 17th December 2014

At a recent high level animal welfare conference in Brazil Research Economist Bouda Vosough Ahmadi, explained how SRUC research can improve animal welfare without losing productivity.

Improving Farm Performance with Efficient Use of Resources – SRUC Workshop for Working Farmers at Crichton, Dumfries

Published: Wednesday, 10th December 2014

With price pressures and reductions in CAP funding many farmers are looking hard at the efficiency of their businesses and the way they use resources like energy, nutrients, soil, slurry and water.

choosing meat, knowledge scotland success stories

Morrisons and SRUC Join Forces to Reduce Waste and Increase Taste in UK Lamb Production

Published: Wednesday, 3rd December 2014

Tasting panels and the latest computerised scanning techniques are to be used in a research project between Morrisons and SRUC aimed at improving the eating quality and production of UK lamb.

Crichton Farm dairy cows

SRUC Dairy Research Published in America

Published: Wednesday, 3rd December 2014

SRUC research giving a snapshot of how UK dairy farmers house and feed their herds has been published in the official journal of the American Dairy Science Association.

Crop Science team members

Crop Club Partnerships Key to Improving Grain Quality in Malting Barley

Published: Wednesday, 3rd December 2014

Progress with some of SRUC’s research of grain quality in malting barley was presented to the latest meeting of the BBSRC’s Crop Improvement Research Club.

Highland farming

Advice on EU High Nature Value Farming

Published: Wednesday, 3rd December 2014

A consortium of continental researchers, including Professor Davy McCracken of SRUC, have had the importance of their research into High Nature Value Farming recognised by the European Commission.

Tractor grass cutting

Researcher Warns of the Dangers of Soil Compaction

Published: Wednesday, 19th November 2014

A grassland researcher with Scotland’s Rural College is warning farmers that soil compaction can lead to the loss of nearly a quarter of spring grass yields. By taking more care with machinery and livestock they can reduce that loss and cut the farm’s greenhouse gas emissions substantially.

Dave Roberts Louise Heathwaite Geoff Simm

Visit to Crichton by Scottish Government Science Advisor

Published: Wednesday, 19th November 2014

Professor Louise Heathwaite, the Scottish Government’s Scientific Advisor, recently paid a visit to SRUC's Dairy Research Centre at the Crichton Royal Farm in Dumfries and spoke to SRUC researchers.

RHET at Crichton

Annan Academy Pupils Experience “Moo-vember” at the Dairy Research Centre

Published: Wednesday, 19th November 2014

SRUC’s Crichton Farm in Dumfries welcomed 150 pupils from Annan Academy for a Food and Farming Day organised by the Royal Highland Educational Trust (RHET).

Future of Farming and Forestry Fun Day, Barony

The Future of Farming on Show at SRUC Barony

Published: Wednesday, 19th November 2014

SRUC research and education staff teamed up to tell the public about the science of farming in the latest Talking Science showcase.

Prof Andy Peters with Chinese delegation

SRUC Welcomes Chinese Delegation Visit

Published: Wednesday, 19th November 2014

Professor Andy Peters from the International Office of Scotland’s Rural College recently hosted a visit from a delegation from the Ministry of Industry and IT Technology in China.

Top Experts to Speak at Upcoming Beef Health Seminars

Published: Tuesday, 18th November 2014

SAC Consulting will be running a series of three Beef Health Seminars across the region at the beginning of December.

Beef cows in the sun

SRUC Edinburgh Beef Event Showcases Latest Research into Beef Efficiency and Production Performance

Published: Tuesday, 11th November 2014

The potential impact on beef cattle breeding of new research into the effect populations of rumen microbes have on feed efficiency and methane emissions will be presented at an upcoming SRUC event.

SMART Farming – Free SRUC Event Outside Edinburgh Reviews Latest Technology to Help Farmers Stay Ahead

Published: Monday, 10th November 2014

A free event organised by Scotland’s Rural College on Thursday 27 November at Woodhouselee farm on the A703 south of Edinburgh, will review some of the latest SMART Farming research and technology.

Peas

New Research Proves Including Peas and Beans in Crop Rotations Increases Productivity and Helps the Environment

Published: Wednesday, 29th October 2014

Farmers need to be reminded just how beneficial growing peas and beans can be to their businesses and the environment.

Crichton Farm dairy cows

New SRUC Dairy Academy Offers More Expertise for Dairy Farmer Clients

Published: Wednesday, 29th October 2014

Scotland’s Rural College has enhanced its service to the dairy industry.

Rural Scotland Refocused

Successful Rural Scotland Refocused Event

Published: Wednesday, 29th October 2014

The Rural Scotland Refocused event in Edinburgh saw more than eighty representatives from organisations involved with rural communities come together to discuss where rural Scotland should be in 2035.

Hens eating drinking

New Monogastric Science Research Centre Launched in Scotland

Published: Wednesday, 29th October 2014

Scotland’s Rural College has launched a new Monogastric Science Research Centre, a focus for the College’s work on pigs and poultry, in particular bringing together vital research on nutrition.

PASS lab

New Centre for Surveillance and Identification of Emerging Diseases in Europe

Published: Wednesday, 29th October 2014

As a member of the Easter Bush Research Consortium, SRUC is collaborating with animal health company Zoetis in a new European centre to identify emerging diseases in livestock and companion animals.

Kirkton Talking Science event

Locals Brave Torrential Rain and High Winds to find out more about Kirkton Farm

Published: Wednesday, 29th October 2014

Talking Science made its way up to SRUC’s Kirkton and Auchtertyre Farm this weekend to showcase Scottish science.

Teenager with chickens

Calling all Teenagers: Science needs YOU!

Published: Wednesday, 29th October 2014

Researchers in Edinburgh have been awarded £479,000 by the UK Government’s Rural Affairs Department (Defra) to study teenagers’ attitudes and behaviour towards animals.

French Researchers visit Crichton

French Researchers Visit Crichton

Published: Wednesday, 29th October 2014

SRUC’s Dairy Research and Innovation Centre in Dumfries recently hosted 15 scientists from the French Livestock Institute (IDELE) and left having identified several opportunities for collaboration.

German farmers visit Hill & Mountain Research Centre

An international flavour at SRUC’s Kirkton & Auchtertyre Farms

Published: Wednesday, 29th October 2014

There was a decidedly international flavour when SRUC’s Hill & Mountain Research Centre, near Crianlarich, hosted visits from two separate groups on the same day.

Dairy Herd Health - the Focus of Falkirk Farm Event

Published: Monday, 27th October 2014

While the falling price of milk is bringing some groups of dairy farmers onto the streets in protest every producer is having to take a long hard look at their costs.

Highland farming

Upcoming Public Lectures Focus on Wildlife Biodiversity and Sustainable Farming

Published: Tuesday, 21st October 2014

Balancing biodiversity and climate change with the need to feed our growing population is a key focus of much of the research at Scotland’s Rural College.

Discover the Future of Farming at SRUC’s Kirkton and Auchtertyre Farm Open Day!

Published: Thursday, 16th October 2014

SRUC’s Kirkton and Auchtertyre Research Farm is throwing open its gates to welcome the public for a free day of scientific discovery. The farm will be open from 12pm – 4pm on Sunday 26 October.

Find out about the Future of Farming at SRUC’s Barony Campus!

Published: Wednesday, 15th October 2014

The exciting science of modern day land use will be on display at the Future of Farming and Forestry Fun Day at SRUC Barony on Saturday 1 November.

Lord Jamie Lindsay, Professor Ian Boyd and Janet Swadling

SRUC Enjoying “the Most Exciting Period in its History”

Published: Wednesday, 15th October 2014

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is enjoying one of the most exciting periods in its 100 year history, Chairman Lord Jamie Lindsay has said.

Activity Tourism event - Oatridge Campus and the Loch Lomond and Trossachs Skills Partnership

SRUC and the Skills Partnership Join Forces to bring Activity Tourism to Loch Lomond

Published: Wednesday, 15th October 2014

SRUC Oatridge Campus lecturers, the Loch Lomond and Trossachs Skills Partnership, school pupils and local businesses met recently to explore the opportunities for young people in activity tourism.

Crop interesting sky

SRUC Part of New Sustainable Intensification Research Programme

Published: Wednesday, 15th October 2014

Scotland’s Rural College is one of 22 research organisations contributing to Defra’s new £4.2m series of projects investigating ways to increase production through sustainable intensification.

Bouda17

SRUC Impact at Finnish Economics Research Seminar

Published: Wednesday, 15th October 2014

Research economists from SRUC have just returned from Finland where they shared an award and presented talks at an international seminar on issues linked to animal production and climate change.

Sheep and lambs in field

Three for Copenhagen

Published: Wednesday, 15th October 2014

Three leading researchers from Scotland’s Rural College travelled to Copenhagen to take a leading part in a special event at the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP).

Talking Science Inverary

Go West! Talking Science Visits Best of the West Festival

Published: Wednesday, 15th October 2014

Inverary, Argyll, was the latest stop for SRUC’s Talking Science project, which aims to get people thinking about how our landscape could change over the next 50 years.

Professorial Lectures for Christine Watson and Tony Edwards.

SRUC Experts Look Back at Long Careers in Agriculture and Soil Science

Published: Wednesday, 1st October 2014

Two of SRUC’s experts on soil and agriculture delivered their inaugural lectures in Aberdeen recently.

Artur Steiner

Researcher Wins a Place on Visiting Scholars Programme

Published: Wednesday, 1st October 2014

Dr Artur Steiner, who is a researcher with SRUC’s Land Economy, Environment and Society Group, has a won a role as a visiting scholar at the Ruralia Institute.

Christine Watson - Highlands Conference

Food Production in the Spotlight: Public Lectures in Aberdeen

Published: Thursday, 18th September 2014

With the question of food security a growing issue worldwide, two SRUC experts will deliver public lectures in Aberdeen which tackle one of the fundamentals when it comes to producing food.

Mizeck Chagunda, Dairy Science

Mizeck Chagunda an Adviser for International Foundation for Science

Published: Thursday, 18th September 2014

Dumfries-based SRUC Researcher Dr Mizeck Chagunda, Reader in Dairy Science, has been appointed as an adviser to an international research programme operating in sub Sarahan Africa.

students chatting

Crichton Institute asks Young People in Dumfries and Galloway to look to the Future

Published: Wednesday, 10th September 2014

Young people are vital to the future of Scotland’s rural areas: they bring ideas, energy, enthusiasm and skills.

kirkton open day

BBC Alba Captures Kirkton & Auchtertyre Open Day on Camera

Published: Tuesday, 2nd September 2014

Last week saw a very successful Open Day at SRUC’s Kirkton & Auchtertyre hill farms.

Beef cows in the sun

Farmers Sought for Nationwide Dung Sampling Programme Investigating E. coli O157

Published: Tuesday, 26th August 2014

Scientists from Scotland’s Rural College are inviting farmers’ help for a GB wide dung sample survey investigating the prevalence of E. coli O157 infection amongst cattle destined for the food chain.

Life Sciences Minister George Freeman visits RIB

New Life Sciences Minister Visits Bush

Published: Tuesday, 26th August 2014

The new Life Sciences Minister George Freeman met with SRUC’s Vice Principal Research Geoff Simm on a recent tour of the Roslin Institute Building.

Emma Baxter with PigSafe sow and litter

New Project to Help Pig Producers Select the Best Mothers for High Welfare Systems

Published: Tuesday, 26th August 2014

Animal welfare scientists are helping Sainsbury’s identify ‘good mums’ for free farrowing systems on their pig farms.

Kirkton flock

Farm and Industry Open Day at SRUC’s Crianlarich Hill Farms: A Positive Way Forward

Published: Tuesday, 26th August 2014

There will be much to hear about and see during the Open Day planned by Scotland’s Rural College at their Kirkton & Auchtertyre hill farms, near Crianlarich, on Wednesday 3 September.

Taiwan vist, animal welfare

SRUC Researcher Gets an Asian Perspective

Published: Tuesday, 26th August 2014

Dr Jill Mackay, an animal behaviour and welfare researcher with Scotland’s Rural College, was invited to speak in Taiwan at an annual meeting organised by World Animal Protection.

Lord de Mauley visits GreenCow - with Prof Mike Coffey and Dave Ross

Mike Coffey A Government Advisor

Published: Wednesday, 13th August 2014

Professor Mike Coffey, Leader of the Animal Breeding and Genomics Team of Scotland’s Rural College and Head of EGENES has been appointed to the Government’s Farm Animal Genetic Resources Committee.

Louise Heathwaite, Scotland’s Chief Scientific Advisor

Senior Researchers meet with Scotland’s Chief Scientific Advisor

Published: Wednesday, 13th August 2014

Prof Louise Heathwaite, the Scottish Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor on Rural Affairs & Environment, visited SRUC last week to speak with SRUC senior research staff.

Turriff Show, Talking Science

A Summer Talking Science

Published: Wednesday, 13th August 2014

Research and education staff at Scotland’s Rural College have been kept busy over the summer with public engagement activities as part of a Government-funded Talking Science grant.

Kirkton Grassland Group

Kirkton Grassland Group Looks at Bracken Control

Published: Wednesday, 13th August 2014

Scotland’s Rural College's Kirkton and Auchertyre farms recently hosted the latest meeting of the farmers' group focused on grassland management in the uplands.

Davy McCracken speaks in Galicia, Spain

Galician Exposure for Davy

Published: Wednesday, 13th August 2014

Professor Davy McCracken, Head of the SRUC Hill & Mountain Research Centre, has just returned from Galicia, in north-west Spain, where he had been invited to speak at a Summer School.

Dave Ross (right) speaks to Bill Gates (centre)

SRUC and the University of Edinburgh Demonstrate Promising Livestock Genetics

Published: Tuesday, 29th July 2014

SRUC and the University of Edinburgh showcased their research and development work on livestock breeding and genetics during a learning visit from Bill Gates, of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Malawi cows

Tropical Farmers’ Plight is Focus of Animal Research Initiative

Published: Tuesday, 29th July 2014

Challenges faced by livestock farmers in tropical developing countries are the focus of a new alliance involving researchers from Scotland and Africa.

Lord de Mauley visits GreenCow - with Prof Mike Coffey and Dave Ross

Lord de Mauley visits Easter Bush Campus

Published: Tuesday, 29th July 2014

Lord de Mauley, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for natural environment and science, visited the University of Edinburgh’s Easter Bush Campus.

Ramularia

New Finding in Fight Against Ramularia Leaf Spot

Published: Tuesday, 29th July 2014

Researchers at the John Innes Centre and SRUC have found that barley plants which are tolerant to drought also have improved resistance to Ramularia leaf spot.

Professor Dominic Moran

New Role for Dominic Supporting UK-China Collaboration

Published: Tuesday, 29th July 2014

SRUC agricultural economist Professor Dominic Moran has been recently appointed co-chair of a group which encourages collaboration between the UK and China on issues of agriculture and climate change.

Dairy calf licking

SRUC Farms Spotlight

Published: Tuesday, 29th July 2014

SRUC manages seven farms to provide research, education and knowledge transfer resources linked primarily to its applied research programme.

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SRUC Graduation Ceremony 2014

Published: Tuesday, 15th July 2014

More than 160 graduands attended the Scotland’s Rural College graduation ceremony on 11 July 2014 at Bute Hall, University of Glasgow.

Nigel Miller Graduation 2014

SRUC Honorary Fellowship Awarded to Nigel Miller, President NFUS

Published: Tuesday, 15th July 2014

Nigel Miller, President of NFU Scotland, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Scotland’s Rural College.

Lutz Bunger Graduation 2014

SRUC Growth Genetics Expert Dr Lutz Bunger Becomes a Professor

Published: Tuesday, 15th July 2014

Dr Lutz Bunger, was conferred as Professor of Growth Genetics at SRUC’s Graduation ceremony in Bute Hall, University of Glasgow on 11 July 2014.

Simon Turner Graducation 2014

Recognition for SRUC Expert on Animal Behaviour and Aggressiveness – A Readership for Dr Simon Turner

Published: Tuesday, 15th July 2014

Dr Simon Turner, an internationally recognised expert on aggressiveness in farm animals was awarded a Readership by Scotland’s Rural College.

Gavin Hill Graduation 2014

Gavin Hill Receives SRUC Award for Contributions to Scotland’s Beef and Sheep Industries

Published: Tuesday, 15th July 2014

Gavin Hill, Assistant Regional Manager for SAC Consulting, is the latest recipient of the RC Stewart Prize.

Lou Ralph Graduation 2014

Aberdeen Lecturer Lou Voted Tops by SRUC Students – Teaching Excellence Award at Craibstone Campus

Published: Tuesday, 15th July 2014

Lecturer Dr Lou Ralph was nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award by students from Scotland’s Rural College in Aberdeen.

Soil testing sample hole

New Research Shows Soil Microorganisms Can Help Farming Contribute to Cutting Harmful Greenhouse Gasses

Published: Tuesday, 15th July 2014

Newly published research into soil microbes shows how, eventually, farmers might reduce greenhouse gas production through the way they manage their soils.

Strathfillan wigwams

SRUC Strathfillan Wigwams Celebrate 20 Years - Kirkton Hill Farm Diversification Near Crianlarich Going Strong

Published: Tuesday, 15th July 2014

What began twenty years ago with two small, bothy-style wooden tents in a hill-farm field outside Crianlarich in Strathfillan has grown into a business welcoming over 22,000 guests a year.

Eileen Wall Award

Dr Eileen Wall Appointed to Young Academy of Scotland

Published: Wednesday, 9th July 2014

Researcher Eileen Wall, Reader in Integrative Animal Sciences with Scotland’s Rural College, is one of 43 new members of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland (YAS).

Scots Pine Needle Blight

Researchers Work Together to Protect Scotland’s National Tree

Published: Wednesday, 9th July 2014

Researchers from Scotland’s Rural College are part of a new tree health project designed to protect Scotland’s national tree, the Scots pine, from new pests and diseases.

Bowl of Eggs

SRUC Seeks Excellence at Scottish Egg Quality Awards

Published: Wednesday, 9th July 2014

Once again avian scientists from Scotland’s Rural College played a key role in the recent Scottish Egg Quality Awards, acting as independent judges for the annual industry event.

RHS 2014

SRUC Interactive at the Highland Show

Published: Wednesday, 25th June 2014

Interactivity, high tech farming, Trolley the Sheep and chocolate all played their part in a busy and successful Royal Highland Show for Scotland’s Rural College.

Ewen Campbell EID

Adopting Sheep EID – Kirkton Team Video Benefits

Published: Wednesday, 25th June 2014

Researchers at Scotland’s Rural College have recently launched a new video on electronic identification of sheep (EID).

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SRUC Showcases Smart Farming at the Highland Show

Published: Wednesday, 18th June 2014

The displays have been printed, the staff rota is complete, and the pavilion stands ready, awaiting the thousands of visitors who will pour through the doors over the next few days.

Chocolate cherry truffle

New Chocolate Trail to be Launched at this year’s Highland Show

Published: Wednesday, 18th June 2014

Cabinet Secretary for Food Richard Lochhead will launch Scotland’s Chocolate Trail at the Royal Highland Show on Friday.

Dr Sarah Skerratt at Rural Scotland in Focus launch

Scotland’s Rural Poor ‘Falling Through Cracks’ Says New SRUC Report

Published: Wednesday, 4th June 2014

Nearly 60% of over-60s in rural Scotland are living in fuel poverty - evidence that the rural poor and disadvantaged are often ‘falling through the cracks’, according to the new SRUC report.

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Herbal Boost means Bigger Chickens

Published: Wednesday, 4th June 2014

Generations of cooks have known that seasoning chicken with herbs like sage, basil and thyme adds to our eating pleasure.

Chinese delegation - Signing MOU

SRUC Signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Chinese University

Published: Wednesday, 4th June 2014

Scotland’s Rural College has formalised a bond with Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University following the recent signing in Edinburgh of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

CT Scanning Training, Edinburgh

SRUC Hosts Training School on Analysing CT Images

Published: Wednesday, 4th June 2014

More than 20 trainers and trainees from across Europe met at Scotland’s Rural College in Edinburgh recently to learn more about CT scanning of livestock.

Sokratis Ptochos

“Highly Commended” for PhD Student Sokratis

Published: Wednesday, 4th June 2014

A presentation, made to the recent British Society of Animal Science conference in Nottingham, by second year PhD student Sokratis Ptochos of SRUC Disease Systems, won him a certificate and prize.

Julian Bell AgRE Calc

AgRE Calc - Scotland’s Rural College Launches New Web-Based Tool for Measuring Efficiency of Resource Use

Published: Thursday, 29th May 2014

A new web based tool for farmers needing to know how efficiently they are using resources has been launched by the Consulting Division of Scotland’s Rural College.

Grass Tech - Phil Wrigglesworth leads nitrate testing session

Aberdeen Campus Joins the SRUC GrassTech Team

Published: Thursday, 29th May 2014

A number of staff from Scotland’s Rural College were on duty at the successful Grass Tech Event held near Elgin by the Royal Northern Agricultural Society.

Keel bone hen diagram

Vicky Invited to Workshop on International Poultry Welfare Issue

Published: Thursday, 29th May 2014

SRUC Researcher Dr Vicky Sandilands recently joined 32 other specialists at a workshop in the Swiss city of Bern to discuss keel bone damage in laying hens.

Peacock butterfly

Solving the Pollination Problem

Published: Tuesday, 6th May 2014

A researcher from Scotland’s Rural College has embarked on a long-term study which aims to increase insect pollinators in commercial orchards.

Eileen Wall Award

Leading Geneticist Recognised for Contribution to UK Dairy Profitability

Published: Tuesday, 6th May 2014

A leading animal geneticist from Scotland’s Rural College has been presented with a prestigious award for her contribution to the livestock industry.

Tractor grass cutting

SRUC Fields Strong Team at GrassTech

Published: Tuesday, 6th May 2014

SRUC researchers and lecturers will join colleagues from SAC Consulting at GrassTech, the specialist grassland event held near Elgin by the Royal Northern Agricultural Society, on Tuesday 27 May.

Keira Williamson - Barony Open Day

Something for Everyone at the SRUC Barony Campus Open Day!

Published: Tuesday, 6th May 2014

Get ready for a family day filled with fun and adventure at the SRUC Barony Campus Open Day!

Scifest

Proving Science is Fun!

Published: Tuesday, 6th May 2014

Scientists from Scotland’s Rural College were almost overrun with visitors at two fascinating and fun workshops held as part of this year’s International Science Festival in Edinburgh.

Leatherjacket

Leatherjacket Numbers at Record Levels – Grassland Across Scotland Under Threat as Insects Attack Roots

Published: Wednesday, 30th April 2014

Farmers, groundsmen and park keepers across Scotland are warned leatherjacket densities are at their highest recorded levels in 39 years.

Offshore windfarm, Dumfires & Galloway

Local Communities Need Support as Wind Energy Projects Grow

Published: Wednesday, 30th April 2014

A new briefing by Crichton Institute warns that Dumfries and Galloway is predicted to soon be responsible for 18% of Scotland’s onshore wind energy capacity.

SRUC-SEPA Conference 2014

SRUC-SEPA Conference – Delivering Multiple Lessons About Land Use

Published: Wednesday, 30th April 2014

Progress is being made in drawing together the issues involved in making better use of our land, but there is more to do in developing our understanding of, and communication about, pressures.

Food Security MSc students at UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)

Paris and Rome on the Grand Food Security Study Tour

Published: Wednesday, 30th April 2014

Dr Fiona Borthwick and 10 MSc Food Security students from Scotland’s Rural College/University of Edinburgh have recently returned from a ten day study tour taking in Paris and Rome.

Dairy cattle in shed

Housing Dairy Cattle can Reduce their Greenhouse Gas Emissions by a Quarter

Published: Wednesday, 16th April 2014

Research from SRUC has found that greenhouse gas emissions from dairy cattle can be significantly reduced through housing dairy cows all year round and breeding them for increased productivity.

Crichton buildings

More Joint Working Needed to Raise South of Scotland’s Profile

Published: Wednesday, 16th April 2014

Increased collaboration between local authorities, academics, third and private sectors would raise Southern Scotland's profile nationally and beyond, says a new briefing by the Crichton Institute.

Winter Oilseed Rape

SRUC Researcher Leads Project Taking a Fresh Look at Nutritional Value of UK Oilseed Rape Meal Pigs and Poultry

Published: Wednesday, 2nd April 2014

Dr Jos Houdijk, a researcher with Scotland’s Rural College, is leading a research consortium re-examining the nutritional value of Oil Seed Rape meal fed to pigs and poultry.

Dairy Student of the Year 2014 - Andrew Taylor

Scotland’s Rural College Student from Ayrshire Takes National “Dairy Student of the Year” Title – RABDF/De Lacy Executive Award

Published: Wednesday, 2nd April 2014

Andrew Taylor, a second year student studying BSc (Hons) Agriculture at Scotland’s Rural College in Ayr has won the prestigious Dairy Student of the Year competition.

SRUC-SEPA Conference

Balancing the Demands on our Landscape - SRUC-SEPA Conference

Published: Wednesday, 2nd April 2014

The 2014 SRUC/SEPA conference to be held in Edinburgh on 15 and 16 April will address the issues involved in delivering multiple benefits from our land.

Stephanie Smith STEM lectures

Here Come the Girls!

Published: Tuesday, 25th March 2014

Some of SRUC’s female researchers have been out and about telling young girls (and boys in some cases!) why they should consider a career in science.

Animals in Art Winners

High Schools Students Ace Animal Art Competition!

Published: Friday, 21st March 2014

Local students who wowed art competition judges received their prizes at an Awards Ceremony held at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) last night.

Siena College visitors

The Special Relationship and SRUC

Published: Wednesday, 12th March 2014

Recently a group of 14 staff and students from Siena College in New York visited Scotland's Rural College.

Liver fluke cycle

Scottish Scientists Working to Reduce the Incidence of Liver Fluke

Published: Wednesday, 5th March 2014

Researchers from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) are working on a new a new campaign to tackle a disease in cattle that costs the UK economy £300m each year.

Richard Lochhead, New Entrants, douglas bell

Importance of Support for New Entrants Emphasized at Farmer Gathering

Published: Wednesday, 5th March 2014

Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead was one of many who emphasized the need to support new farmers at a recent New Entrants to Farming Gathering held at Murrayfield.

Kirkton sheep pens

Visitors Get a Taste of SRUC’s Research on Farm

Published: Wednesday, 5th March 2014

SRUC’s Kirkton and Auchtertyre Farms have been busy demonstrating their many research projects over the last few weeks.

Cathy Dwyer in India

Cathy and Fritha Take their Welfare Message to India

Published: Wednesday, 5th March 2014

Professor Cathy Dwyer and Dr Fritha Langford from the Animal Behaviour and Welfare Team of Scotland’s Rural College have just returned from a conference in India.

Harper Adams student visit

Harper Adams Students visit SRUC

Published: Wednesday, 5th March 2014

A class of students from the Harper Adams University College in England visited several of SRUC’s research sites during a study tour to Scotland coordinated by SRUC's Dr Jo Conington.

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MSPs visit SRUC’s GreenCow

Published: Wednesday, 26th February 2014

Members of the Scottish Parliament have paid a visit to the SRUC’s Green Cow project at the Beef & Sheep Research Centre near Edinburgh.

Ramularia

Researchers to Study Why Ramularia Turns on Barley

Published: Wednesday, 26th February 2014

Researchers have received over £1 million to identify why a fungus that initially lives in harmony on a barley plant, turns into a deadly pathogen which then attacks on its host.

Sheep scanner

Reducing Waste and Increasing Meat Yield in Lambs - New CT Trial of Texel Sired Lambs by SRUC

Published: Wednesday, 26th February 2014

Researchers at Scotland’s Rural College have begun a trial to test the effectiveness of using a CT scanner for selecting rams which sire lambs with an increased yield of useable meat.

Professorials

New SRUC Professors Highlight Importance of Genomics and Soil

Published: Wednesday, 26th February 2014

Four of SRUC's newest professors spoke about their career pathway and research highlights at their recent inaugural lectures.

Australian Prize for SRUC Economist Klaus

Published: Wednesday, 26th February 2014

Ecosystems Economist Dr Klaus Glenk, a member of SRUC’s Land Economy and Environment Group, has won an award presented by the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.

Grain skinning

Dr Steve Hoad Speaks at Inverness Event on Malting Barley

Published: Wednesday, 26th February 2014

SRUC Crop Science Team Leader Dr Steve Hoad gave a technical presentation on grain skinning during this year’s Maltsters Association of Great Britain event in Inverness on 13 February.

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Hungarian PhD’s Chose SRUC Crops and Soils

Published: Wednesday, 26th February 2014

A party of 6 PhD students from the Balassi Institute in Budapest recently spent 2 days with the Crops and Soils research group from Scotland’s Rural College.

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New Farm-based Appointments in SRUC Research

Published: Wednesday, 5th February 2014

SRUC’s Research Division has recently made three appointments to farm-related leadership posts.

New Soil Research Looks at Adding Good Bugs to Oust the Bad

Published: Wednesday, 5th February 2014

SRUC and the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority (Teagasc), have begun a research project that will help growers and gardeners improve their soil by encouraging beneficial soil organisms.

Crichton Maize

UK Maize Growers to Meet at SRUC Crichton.

Published: Wednesday, 5th February 2014

In an industry first UK Maize growers are holding their annual conference in Scotland, where their Chairman Hugh McClymont is manager of SRUC Crichton Royal Farms at Dumfries.

Slurry application

SRUC Contribution to International Research on Value of Soil Microbes

Published: Wednesday, 22nd January 2014

Two Environment and Design Consultants from SRUC, Dr’s Bill Crooks and Alex Sinclair, are among an international group of scientists contributing to new research on the importance soil microbes.

Cows at Dumfries

How Science in Farming is Feeding the World: Public Lectures in Edinburgh

Published: Wednesday, 22nd January 2014

Two experts from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) are to deliver public lectures in Edinburgh on the crucial science of breeding healthy and productive livestock.

Growing Global Food Citizens course

Soils - Food for Thought

Published: Wednesday, 22nd January 2014

A meeting with Professor Christine Watson, Leader of SRUC’s Soil and Systems team, sent a group of Edinburgh Primary teachers home enthused about what their pupils can learn through soil.

SRUC Crop trials

SRUC Announces Latest List of Recommended Cereal Varieties

Published: Wednesday, 22nd January 2014

The latest recommendations on cereal varieties are now available to growers on the Scotland’s Rural College website.

Kirkton flock

Weather Records at Kirkton & Auchtertyre Tell the Story of 2013

Published: Wednesday, 22nd January 2014

Sited at 500m above sea level the Met Office weather station at SRUC’s Hill & Mountain Research Centre near Crianlarich offers statistics and an insight into the past season.

Researchers Strive to Make the Diet of Broiler Breeder Chickens More Filling

Published: Tuesday, 21st January 2014

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has awarded £400,000 to researchers who will investigate how to improve the diets of broiler breeder chickens.

Sow

New Research Funding for Tackling Aggression in Pigs

Published: Wednesday, 15th January 2014

Researchers from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) have been awarded £580,000 to study possible ways to reduce pig aggression, to improve welfare and the economic benefits to farmers.

Julian Bell - HGCA/SRUC Agronomy Workshop 2014

Workshop Series for Arable Farmers Begins in the Borders

Published: Wednesday, 15th January 2014

Farmers attending the first of the series of SRUC-HGCA agronomy workshops went home with a lot to think about.

Kirkton sheep with lambs

2013: A Busy Year for SRUC's Kirkton & Auchtertyre Farms

Published: Wednesday, 15th January 2014

Thousands of West Highland Way walkers pass through SRUC’s Kirkton and Auchtertyre farms every year.

Grain skinning

Maree Impresses at BBSRC Crop Club

Published: Wednesday, 15th January 2014

Dr Maree Brennan, a Crop and Soils researcher with Scotland’s Rural College, played a prominent part at the recent meeting of the Crop Improvement Research Club (CIRC) in Edinburgh.

Resilient Soils on the Agenda for Scottish Cereal Growers Workshops run by HGCA/SRUC

Published: Tuesday, 17th December 2013

The importance of good soil health and structure will be a key discussion point during the cereal growers workshops planned for the New Year.

New Research to Shed Light on Light Leaf Spot

Published: Tuesday, 17th December 2013

New research at Scotland’s Rural College is seeking to discover better ways to predict an outbreak of light leaf spot in oilseed rape crops.

Oliver Knox - RHET week

SRUC Scientists part of the first RHET Week

Published: Thursday, 28th November 2013

As part of the first RHET week Scotland’s Rural College researchers in the east and west of Scotland have been teaching local kids about farming, and the science surrounding agriculture.

Children in Need 2013

SRUC as One(sies) About Children in Need

Published: Thursday, 21st November 2013

Staff and students have fun for Children in Need.

Dundee Science Festival - Thermal Imaging

SRUC Features Animal Science at Dundee Festival

Published: Thursday, 21st November 2013

Animal science dominated the last couple of days of Dundee Science Festival as SRUC scientists entertained and educated young and old alike.

Farming at Crichton

Busy Days at Crichton

Published: Thursday, 21st November 2013

The Scottish Rural Colleges’ Crichton Royal, Dairy Research Centre in Dumfries has been even more of a hive of activity than normal recently.

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SRUC Festival Success!

Published: Wednesday, 13th November 2013

Last week saw two very different science festival events organised by SRUC researchers with very different areas of expertise.

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SRUC Contribution to EU Animal Task Force

Published: Wednesday, 13th November 2013

Researcher Professor Alistair Stott, Group Manger Future Farming Systems with Scotland’s Rural College, was amongst the speakers at the 3rd Animal Task Force Seminar, held recently in Brussels.

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Transforming Data into Profit - SRUC Contributes to Sheep Breeders’ Round Table

Published: Wednesday, 13th November 2013

Specialists from Scotland’s Rural College played an active part in the latest, biennial, Sheep Breeders Round Table held near Nottingham.

Representatives of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

SRUC Host Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Published: Wednesday, 6th November 2013

The GreenCow research facilities at Scotland’s Rural College in Edinburgh provided the backdrop to a visit from representatives of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Laura Beeson

Poultry Researcher’s Scholarship Win Maintains SRUC Success

Published: Wednesday, 6th November 2013

In recognition of the quality of her research PhD Student Laura Beeson, has been awarded the British Poultry Council (BPC) Scholarship for 2013.

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Busy Year for SRUC CT Scanner – and More to Come

Published: Wednesday, 23rd October 2013

While the routine work of Scotland’s Rural College’s CT Scanning Unit is now over for the year the team will not be hibernating for the winter.

David Livingstone Day

Locals Celebrate David Livingstone Day!

Published: Tuesday, 15th October 2013

The recent David Livingstone Day held at SRUC’s Crichton Royal Research Farm saw hundreds of locals come together to discuss and celebrate the life of the Scottish explorer and missionary.

Bob Rees at GreenCow

FAO’s Global Target for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Livestock Too High for UK says SRUC Expert

Published: Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

The Head of the Carbon Management Centre at Scotland’s Rural College argues the recent target set by a UN Report is too high for British farming to achieve.

Aquaponics

Rooftop Farms in Cities Could Help Ensure Future Food Security

Published: Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

Delegates at a recent international environment conference were introduced to the concept of urban agriculture in Edinburgh.

Dr Tom McEvoy with award

Tom McEvoy Awarded for Contribution to Pioneering Science

Published: Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

Dr Tom McEvoy, an Animal Science Lecturer at Scotland’s Rural College has just returned from Istanbul where he was presented with the European Embryo Transfer Association’s Pioneer Award.

Sustainable Intensification Conference

Sustainable Intensification Conference Tackles the Big Issues

Published: Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

Last week’s highly successful SRUC conference discussed the vital new concept of sustainable intensification: producing more food while minimising our environmental impact.

Dr Faical Akaichi with his poster

SRUC Economics Stands Out in North Africa

Published: Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

Economists from the Land Economy and Environment Team at Scotland’s Rural College recently attended a conference in Tunisia, coming away with an award and glowing reports.

Biomass harvesting

Farming Practices Will Need to Adapt to Help Solve Problem of Food Security

Published: Wednesday, 25th September 2013

A conference organised by Scotland’s Rural College will today highlight the need for agriculture to adapt to help tackle the growing issue of global food security.

Triplet calves

Triplet Calves Born at SRUC Farm

Published: Wednesday, 25th September 2013

Staff at a Scotland’s Rural College farm on the outskirts of Edinburgh have reported the rare birth of triplet calves.

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Pedometer-wearing Cows Win SRUC International Science Award

Published: Thursday, 19th September 2013

Research by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) which measured cows’ behaviour by fitting them with high-tech ‘pedometers’ has won an international science award.

Doors Open Day 2013

Doors Open at Roslin with the Animal Welfare Team

Published: Thursday, 19th September 2013

The Roslin Institute Building, which houses much of SRUC’s Animal and Veterinary Sciences Research Group, swung open its heavy glass doors for Midlothian’s Doors Open Day last weekend.

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Creating links with Africa on David Livingstone Day

Published: Thursday, 19th September 2013

This SRUC event aims to bring together the many people in Dumfries and Galloway who have an interest in Sub-Saharan Africa, or are involved in projects in that region.

Davy McCracken RPC Associate

Davy McCracken Runs for the Hills

Published: Thursday, 19th September 2013

Professor Davy McCracken will succeed Dr Tony Waterhouse as Head of SRUC’s Hill and Mountain Research Centre.

Piglets feeding

New Project Aims to End Tail Docking

Published: Wednesday, 11th September 2013

A project which aims to end tail docking of pigs was launched this month.

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How do you feel about Food Security?

Published: Wednesday, 11th September 2013

The way we produce and consume food will change dramatically in the coming decades and UK farmers, retailers and manufacturers will have a pivotal role in implementing the UK’s food security agenda.

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Mizeck on Methane at BBC Energy Day

Published: Wednesday, 11th September 2013

Scotland’s Rural College researcher Dr Mizeck Chagunda took his laser gun to Manchester recently, where the BBC were holding their Energy Day in the surrounds of the Salford Media City.

Gwendoline Lechat and Charlotte Remy

French Take Their Leave from Auchincruive

Published: Wednesday, 11th September 2013

Two students from ENSAT (the French National Institute of Agronomy in Toulouse), have just completed a three month summer work placement with SRUC’s Sustainable Ecosystems Team at Auchincruive.

Potatoes in Practice 2013

Record numbers at Potatoes in Practice

Published: Wednesday, 14th August 2013

This year’s Potatoes in Practice event was described as the best ever.

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Another Award for SRUC Poultry Researcher Adekunle

Published: Wednesday, 14th August 2013

SRUC Poultry PhD student Adekunle Adebiyi, based at Auchincruive and supervised by Dr Oluyinka Olukosi, recently received the Jones-Hamilton Co. Graduate Student Travel Grant Award.

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SRUC Upland Research Published in US Journal

Published: Wednesday, 14th August 2013

The most recent edition of a major US journal Rangeland Ecology and Management has used a paper by SRUC’s Hill and Mountain Research team as its featured article.

Professor Bob Webb, SRUC Chief Executive & Principal

SRUC Welcomes UK ‘Agri-Tech’ Strategy

Published: Wednesday, 24th July 2013

SRUC’s Principal and Chief Executive has welcomed this week’s launch of the UK Agricultural Technologies Strategy.

Waitrose visit

Waitrose Wowed by SRUC

Published: Wednesday, 24th July 2013

A group from the Waitrose Farming Partnership ambled up north this week to visit Scotland’s Rural College.

Scottish loch

Why it can be worthwhile to adapt to climate change

Published: Wednesday, 24th July 2013

SRUC researchers recently contributed to a new report identifying key adaptation measures that could help the natural environment cope with anticipated climate change.

Natalie Pickering

SRUC and NZ Researchers Co-operate on Dairy Cow Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Published: Wednesday, 17th July 2013

Researcher Natalie Pickering from New Zealand’s AgResearch organisation is in Edinburgh working with animal science researchers from Scotland’s Rural College.

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SRUC Student CARES about Renewable Energy

Published: Wednesday, 17th July 2013

An SRUC researcher is on the hunt for help to assess the Scottish Government's Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES).

SRUC Celebrates Success!

Published: Wednesday, 10th July 2013

On a softly shimmering July day, in the elegant confines of Glasgow University’s Bute Hall, over a thousand happy souls sat; joy mingled with anxiety which bumped up against sheer unadulterated relief

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Farmers need to see the value in going green

Published: Wednesday, 10th July 2013

The way farmers are being urged to tackle climate change has been challenged by SRUC researchers in a paper published in prestigious journal Nature Climate Change.

It’s Awards Season at SRUC

Published: Wednesday, 10th July 2013

The first Honorary Fellowship of Scotland’s Rural College was one of several awards given to many deserving people on a glorious graduation day in July.

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Scotland’s Rural College Joins Centre of Excellence for UK Farming

Published: Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

SRUC has become a partner in the Centre of Excellence for UK Farming (CEUKF), an agri-food supply-chains alliance to help UK farming address production and sustainability challenges.

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Guide to CAP reforms from SRUC Rural Policy Centre

Published: Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Staff linked to the Rural Policy Centre of Scotland’s Rural College were busy in the aftermath of the agreement in Brussels over the reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy.

Cereals in Practice 2013

Cereals in Practice a Sodden Success

Published: Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Persistent rain didn’t deter about one hundred hardy souls gathering for this year’s Cereals in Practice event, but farmers will be hoping to see a lot more sunshine this month.

Professorship for Soil Scientist Dr Tony Edwards

Published: Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Dr Tony Edwards has been awarded a Personal Professorship at SRUC’s graduation ceremony, held at the Bute Hall, University of Glasgow on 5th July.

Professorship for Livestock Breeding Expert Dr Mike Coffey

Published: Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Dr Mike Coffey, Team Leader Animal Breeding & Genomics, received the conferment as Professor of Livestock Informatics at SRUC’s Graduation ceremony in Bute Hall, University of Glasgow, on 5 July 2013.

Professorship for Soil Ecologist Dr Bryan Griffiths

Published: Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Dr Bryan Griffiths has been awarded a Personal Professorship at SRUC’s graduation ceremony, held at the Bute Hall, University of Glasgow on 5th July.

Professorship for Mike Hutchings for significant work in livestock disease systems

Published: Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Dr Mike Hutchings has been awarded a Personal Professorship at SRUC’s graduation ceremony at Bute Hall, University of Glasgow on 5 July 2013.

Four Readerships Awarded at SRUC Graduation Ceremony

Published: Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Four researchers were awarded Readerships at SRUC’s annual graduation ceremony at Bute Hall, University of Glasgow on 5 July 2013.

Professorship for Soil and Agricultural Systems Expert Dr Christine Watson

Published: Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Dr Christine Watson, Team Leader Soil Science and Systems, was awarded a Personal Professorship at SRUC’s graduation ceremony at Bute Hall, University of Glasgow on 5 July 2013.

Professorship for SRUC’s Bob Rees for his outstanding contribution to soil and environmental sciences

Published: Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Dr Bob Rees has been presented with a Personal Professorship at SRUC’s graduation ceremony at Bute Hall, University of Glasgow on 5 July 2013.

Professorship for SRUC’s Davy McCracken; a world leader in farmland ecology

Published: Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Dr Davy McCracken was awarded a Personal Professorship in Agricultural Ecology at SRUC’s annual graduation at Bute Hall, University of Glasgow on 5 July 13.

Dr Mizeck Chagunda with laser methane detector

Laser methane detectors offer a new, fast and accurate way to record methane output of cattle

Published: Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Researchers from Scotland’s Rural College have explained how Laser Methane Detectors (LMD) could provide a quick but reliable method of estimating of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from livestock.

Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC) visit

SRUC Research at Bush Continues to Fascinate

Published: Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

The pulling power of SRUC’s Bush Research Farms, including the GreenCow facility was much in evidence during Highland Show week.

SRUC Researchers Attend World Milk Day in Malawi

Published: Wednesday, 26th June 2013

Three SRUC researchers were in Blantyre, Malawi for this year’s World Milk Day, which the country has been participating in since its inception in 2001.

Study Tour Discovers The Conflicts Between Development and Conservation

Published: Wednesday, 26th June 2013

Ecology Masters students studying in Edinburgh have just returned from a study tour in Tanzania where they observed the real-life conflict between development and conservation in Africa.

Brazilian visit - CT Scanner

CT Scanner proves a Magnet for Brazilian visitors

Published: Wednesday, 26th June 2013

Scotland’s Rural Colleges links with Brazil continue with a visit by a delegation of sheep breeders specifically interested in the work of the CT unit.

Calf with Cow

Major funding for research into predicting the health and welfare of dairy cows

Published: Wednesday, 19th June 2013

Researchers from the Moredun Research Institute and SRUC have received a major funding award.

OPAL - surveying trees

LEERG Staff Citizen Scientists for a Morning

Published: Wednesday, 19th June 2013

Staff from Land Economy and Environmental Research (LEERG) have been out and about in the Hermitage of Braid on the south side of Edinburgh, carrying out the OPAL tree health survey.

Sheep and lambs in field

Ground breaking study finds the offspring of stressed mothers brains develop differently

Published: Wednesday, 12th June 2013

While most mothers try to take it easy in those last weeks of pregnancy, new research involving SRUC has found that reducing stress may be vitally important for foetal brain development.

CT Scan live fish

SRUC Solves the Challenge of CT Scanning Live Fish

Published: Wednesday, 12th June 2013

While sheep and pigs are regular visitors to SRUC’s CT scanning unit, staff had to get inventive when they were asked to scan 100 live fish.

Man at laptop

Getting to Know SRUC: What is EGENES?

Published: Wednesday, 12th June 2013

EGENES, or Edinburgh GENetic Evaluation Services, is a unit running with the Animal and Veterinary Science Research Group at SRUC which is based at the Roslin Institute Building.

Bowl of Eggs

No Cracks about Auchincruive Contribution to Charity

Published: Wednesday, 12th June 2013

The sale of eggs, surplus to the requirements of the SRUC/BOCM Pauls Egg Quality Competition has raised £345 for the charity, Combat Stress.

Volunteering average 2007-2011

Caution needed over demands on rural volunteers, warns Scotland’s Rural College Study

Published: Wednesday, 5th June 2013

Policymakers expecting volunteers to play a bigger role in delivering local services may need to re-think their strategy for rural areas, according to research led by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

Rural Seil

Re-Focusing on Rural Scotland

Published: Wednesday, 5th June 2013

It is exactly a year since we launched the second edition of Rural Scotland in Focus, first published in 2010.

Emma Baxter and the SRUC research team

Better Goat Welfare and No Kidding!

Published: Wednesday, 29th May 2013

SRUC researchers are investigating how the experiences of pregnant goats can affect their offspring later in life.

Kirkton Open Day

Sun Shines on Successful Kirkton Open Day

Published: Wednesday, 29th May 2013

Farmers gathered near Crianlarich recently, at the Scotland’s Rural College Kirkton and Auchtertyre farms open day to hear about the ongoing research projects.

Scottish Agriculture Brings Texan Students to SRUC Kirkton

Published: Wednesday, 29th May 2013

Kirkton served as a learning ground for seven students and one professor from Texas A&M University (College Station) when they attended the Open Day at SRUC Kirkton and Auchtertyre Units.

Dr Maree Brennan and Monika Lenty

Crop Researchers Maree and Monika Make Their Mark at BBSRC Event

Published: Wednesday, 29th May 2013

SRUC Researchers Dr Maree Brennan and Monika Lenty presented their work at a recent dissemination event in Cambridge.

Cabbage crop

New research into protecting vegetables from disease, naturally

Published: Wednesday, 22nd May 2013

As concerns over pesticides such as neonicotinoids grow, SRUC is to work with the James Hutton Institute on a new research programme looking into ways of activating a plant’s natural defences instead.

Professorial lectures - Cathy Dwyer and Professor Nick Sparks

SRUC Welcomes Two New Professors

Published: Wednesday, 22nd May 2013

Issues linked to intensive farming were examined during special public lectures by two recently appointed SRUC Professors.

Farmers visiting cereal trials site near Duns

Getting to Know SRUC: The Crop Protection Team

Published: Wednesday, 22nd May 2013

SRUC’s Crop Protection team is part of the Crop and Soil Systems Research Group.

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Leatherjacket Numbers High

Published: Wednesday, 8th May 2013

SRUC Warns the Hard Winter Has Not Stopped March of the Daddy-long-legs grubs!

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All Roads Lead to Rome for Food Security Masters

Published: Wednesday, 8th May 2013

Seven students studying the SRUC/University of Edinburgh MSc on Food Security have just returned from Rome.

Fluke Problem Forecast to get Worse

Published: Wednesday, 1st May 2013

Farmers and Crofters hoping the suffering liver fluke is presently causing their sheep and cattle won't be repeated should take note of future forecasts.

Forecasting Flystrike Online - Farmers asked to Help

Published: Wednesday, 1st May 2013

A new web-based early warning service to help farmers decide when to protect their sheep from flies has been launched by the National Sheep Association and Scotland’s Rural College.

New Way to APPly to Scotland’s Rural College

Published: Wednesday, 1st May 2013

For the first time this year SRUC’s 2014 undergraduate prospectus can be downloaded as an app, from the App Store or Google Play.

Prof George Wiggans

SRUC and the Special Relationship

Published: Wednesday, 1st May 2013

Professor George Wiggans, from the United States Department for Agriculture (Usda), is visiting SRUC for two weeks to work with staff from EGENES.

Alistair Lawrence

Animal Welfare and the New Higher Biology

Published: Wednesday, 1st May 2013

SRUC’s Head of Animal and Veterinary Science, Professor Alistair Lawrence, was recently invited to speak to higher level students at George Watson’s College in Edinburgh.

Professor Cathy Dwyer

Welfare Award for Professor Cathy

Published: Wednesday, 24th April 2013

SRUC’s Professor Cathy Dwyer recently won a prestigious prize for her work in animal welfare; the Award for Innovation Developments in Animal Welfare.

Prof Geoff Simm

Farm Livestock as Vital for Genetic Diversity as Wildlife

Published: Wednesday, 24th April 2013

According to SRUC’s Vice Principal of Research the genetic resource provided by British farm animals must be considered as important to biodiversity as our wild species.

And Talking About the Next Generation of Scientists…

Published: Wednesday, 24th April 2013

At the spring meeting of the World’s Poultry Science Association (WPSA) two students from Scotland’s Rural College were each given the President’s Prize for their presentations.

Growing a Food Business in a Recession – SRUC Offers Practical Advice

Published: Wednesday, 24th April 2013

It is no easy task in today’s financial climate to improve business profitability but Scotland’s Rural College is running a workshop to help food and drink businesses do just that.

Clement Gravouil, science festival

Exhausting but Exhilarating - SRUC Success at the Science Festival

Published: Wednesday, 10th April 2013

SRUC scientists donned their green jumpers and ventured out to the Botanic Gardens to introduce innumerable young science buffs to the delights of DNA and thermal imaging, among other things.

Marta Piotrowska California

Californian Coup for Student Marta

Published: Wednesday, 10th April 2013

It was no dream - Marta Piotrowska returned from a Californian Research Conference with an award for her poster.

Conference hopes to help make sustainable intensification a reality

Published: Wednesday, 10th April 2013

Sustainable intensification, the idea that we can increase food production without further damage to the environment, has been growing in popularity.

Farmers Views Sought on Impact of CAP Reform

Published: Wednesday, 27th March 2013

Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) and the James Hutton Institute have asked farmers to complete a survey to help to guide policy makers after CAP reform.

Come See SRUC at the Science Festival

Published: Wednesday, 27th March 2013

As Easter draws closer, many parents may be wondering how they will entertain their little ones over the holidays.

Winter Wheat Challenge March 2013

Mains of Loirston Winter Wheat Challenge 2012-13

Published: Wednesday, 27th March 2013

Frustrated crop trials staff at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) are anxiously waiting for the snow to clear and temperatures to rise.

SRUC Genomics Researchers Develop New Online Performance Recording Service

Published: Tuesday, 26th March 2013

A new online Estimated Breeding Value (EBV) recording service developed by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) has just been launched by the British Limousin Cattle Society (BLCS).

Grain skinning

Research into Grain Skinning will Identify Resistant Varieties

Published: Wednesday, 20th March 2013

SRUC has just embarked on a new research project looking into grain skinning. Grain skinning is a physical defect in barley; the husk that coats the barley grain becomes weak and then detaches.

Mizeck Dines with President Banda

Published: Wednesday, 20th March 2013

Dumfries based Senior Researcher Dr Mizeck Chagunda was amongst those invited to dine with the President of Malawi, Her Excellency Mrs. Joyce Banda, in the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle.

SRUC Professor Evaluates DFID Climate Change Project

Published: Wednesday, 20th March 2013

SRUC’s Professor Dominic Moran recently travelled to Columbia University in New York to assess the work of an international climate modelling project.

Avian House with worker

Getting to Know SRUC - The Avian Science Research Centre

Published: Wednesday, 20th March 2013

New to SRUC News is a regular "Getting to Know SRUC" feature.

Pest Control within the Law

Published: Tuesday, 19th March 2013

A new SRUC course will provide training in snaring best practice.

Climate Week

SRUC Climate Week Success

Published: Wednesday, 13th March 2013

A freecycle swop shop, habitat creation, a beach tidy and even a pedal power smoothie maker, there was a lot going on at SRUC’s recent Climate Week.

Green Cow event

GreenCow Project Identifies Routes to Reducing Methane from Cattle and Sheep

Published: Wednesday, 6th March 2013

Researchers at Scotland’s Rural College have found the breed of the animal makes very little difference to the level of greenhouse gas emissions from cattle.

George Gunn

SRUC Researchers in Inverness Land Disease Research Contract

Published: Wednesday, 6th March 2013

SRUC’s Professor George Gunn was recently awarded £250,000 by Defra to calculate the costs of disease outbreaks in livestock to the English economy.

Tom McEvoy

Tom McEvoy to be Awarded for Pioneer work in Embryo Transfer

Published: Wednesday, 6th March 2013

Edinburgh based Animal Science Lecture Dr Tom McEvoy has been invited to Istanbul in September to receive a special award recognising his significant contribution to research into embryo transfer.

Exploring the Lessons of Johne’s Disease in Cattle

Published: Wednesday, 27th February 2013

A series of spring and summer events for livestock farmers has been planned to inform and update farmers on the progress of a research project on Johne’s Disease (paratuberculosis) in Scottish cattle.

SRUC asks farmers for help in pain perception survey

Published: Wednesday, 27th February 2013

SRUC researchers are calling on all British farmers to take part in a survey on pain and disease in animals.

Elmwood Meeting Focuses on Food & Drink at SRUC

Published: Wednesday, 27th February 2013

Staff from across SRUC met at the Elmwood Campus this week to focus on the range of activity linked to food and drink.

SRUC Research Helps Food Standards Agency

Published: Wednesday, 27th February 2013

Research by SRUC helped inform a study recommending the use of livestock feed additives and cattle vaccines should be investigated for the control of E. coli O157 on UK farms.

Glass of Milk

Maximising Milk’s Contribution to Human Health

Published: Wednesday, 20th February 2013

Researchers from SRUC, Scotland’s Rural College hosted a workshop at the Roslin Institute Building on Tuesday 19th Feb, focusing on research linked to the human health attributes of dairy products.

Alex Pirie

SRUC Double Dose at Ingliston Meeting

Published: Wednesday, 20th February 2013

There was an SRUC double bill at the latest gathering of the Scottish Fellows and Associates of the Royal Agricultural Societies.

SRUC Arable Specialists in Snowy Ukraine

Published: Wednesday, 20th February 2013

Arable specialists Julian Bell and Mark Ballingall recently visited Kiev where they spoke at an agricultural conference.

Highland farming

SRUC Researcher tells MSPs Biodiversity should be a Key Part of CAP Reform.

Published: Wednesday, 6th February 2013

SRUC’s Dr Davy McCracken urged the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee to ensure biodiversity and high nature value farming systems are supported in the coming CAP reform.

Malawi photo

Mobiles and Milk in Malawi

Published: Wednesday, 6th February 2013

It’s now five years since SRUC’s researchers first set foot on the somewhat dry and dusty soil of Malawi.

SACAPP conference

Packed Perth Potato Conference

Published: Wednesday, 6th February 2013

It was a tight squeeze at the recent Association of Potato Producers Conference, organised by SAC Consulting on Perth racecourse.

HRH Princess Anne and Professor Alistair Lawrence at RIB

Princess Royal Learns about SRUC Progress During Visit to Roslin Institute Building

Published: Wednesday, 23rd January 2013

On a recent visit to the Roslin Institute Building in Edinburgh HRH the Princess Royal took time to learn more about SRUC, Scotland’s new Rural College.

Dr Bob Rees speaks at CEUKF

SRUC Researchers Key Role in UK Farming Excellence Event

Published: Wednesday, 23rd January 2013

SRUC’s Head of Research Professor Geoff Simm led a team of SRUC scientists speaking at the recent Centre of Excellence for UK Farming Conference (CEUKF).

Sarah Skerratt

Sarah makes the case for Scotland

Published: Wednesday, 23rd January 2013

SRUC’s Dr Sarah Skerratt, Head of Land Economy and Environment Research Group, was recently asked to contribute to an Academy of Social Sciences booklet on Scotland.

Tackling Saturated Soils – Practical SRUC Event at Oatridge Focuses on Drainage, Aeration and Reseeding

Published: Wednesday, 9th January 2013

An open event planned for SRUC’s Oatridge campus on January 24th aims to help farmers facing the problems of waterlogged soils.

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Biochar poster gains Maria top marks

Published: Wednesday, 9th January 2013

SRUC researcher in Crop and Soil Systems, Maria Borlinghaus, won the John Colhoun poster prize for postgraduate students at the recent British Society of Plant Pathology Presidential Meeting in Norwich.

Ade poultry award

Scholarship for SRUC Poultry Researcher Adekunle

Published: Wednesday, 12th December 2012

Adekunle Adebiyi, an SRUC PhD student based at Ayr, has been awarded a British Poultry Council Scholarship for his outstanding research.

Bob Rees at GreenCow

Bob Went to Parliament

Published: Wednesday, 12th December 2012

Bob Rees has been to London to argue for policies that take soil more seriously.

SRUC research to explore how best to adapt to climate change

Published: Wednesday, 5th December 2012

An SRUC project – led by Professor Dominic Moran – will explore the economics of so-called ‘no regrets’ climate change adaptation measures in farming.

Artur with parrot

SRUC to learn from Australia’s rural communities

Published: Wednesday, 5th December 2012

SRUC’s Dr Artur Steinerowski has recently returned from a research trip to southern Australia where he began a study on the effects of private companies on rural communities.

Dr Claire Hall

Clare Joins the Campaign Against Ash Dieback

Published: Wednesday, 5th December 2012

SRUC Rural Sustainability Researcher Dr Clare Hall has joined the DEFRA team tackling the outbreak of Chalara threatening Britain’s Ash Trees.

Dr James Fountaine

James Takes on New Task

Published: Wednesday, 5th December 2012

Edinburgh based SRUC Plant Pathologist Dr. James Fountaine is to join the Board of the British Society of Plant Pathology.

Labex Europe visit

SRUC Strengthens its links with Brazil

Published: Wednesday, 5th December 2012

The Animal and Veterinary Sciences Research Division recently welcomed visitors from the Brazilian agri-business and research organisation Embrapa.

Dairy Farmers Asked to Complete SRUC Survey

Published: Wednesday, 28th November 2012

SRUC has launched a survey of Scotland’s dairy farmers to investigate their views on practices that may improve their businesses’ financial and environmental performance.

Sarah Skerratt

Meet our new – somewhat familiar – Head of Land Economy and Environment

Published: Wednesday, 14th November 2012

Dr Sarah Skerratt has been appointed Head of SRUC’s Land Economy and Environment Research Group. She will also take on the role of Reader in Rural Society with both positions starting on 1st December

Davy McCracken

Davy gets on Board

Published: Wednesday, 14th November 2012

Sustainable Ecosystems Team Leader, Dr Davy McCracken, has been appointed to the Conservation Committee of the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

Celebrating 20 Years of the Marine Stranding Scheme

Published: Wednesday, 7th November 2012

The SRUC-led scheme that investigates why marine mammals strand on Scottish beaches celebrated its 20th birthday with a major conference attended by marine specialists from across the UK.

Gareth’s Book Breaks New Ground

Published: Wednesday, 24th October 2012

A new book by SRUC Plant Pathologist Dr Gareth Hughes explains the theory behind many of the practical recommendations that help farmers decide how to control crop infections.

Liver Fluke Infection Levels Rising – SRUC Warning to Livestock Farmers about Parasite Spread

Published: Wednesday, 17th October 2012

Surveillance figures collected by SAC Consulting Veterinary Service (a division of SRUC) show a high level of liver fluke infection in both sheep and cattle throughout Scotland.

Marta makes her Mark

Marta Makes her Mark

Published: Wednesday, 17th October 2012

Second year postgraduate student Marta Piotrowska’s recent presentation at a Syngenta-organised conference won her the top award.

Drew Easton talks about Soil Compaction

Barony Event Delivers for Dairy Farmers

Published: Wednesday, 10th October 2012

Local dairy farmers turned out in force for the specialist Dairy Event held at the Barony Campus by Scotland’s Rural College, SRUC.

Scottish parliament

SRUC Warning over CAP to Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group

Published: Wednesday, 10th October 2012

Scotland may struggle to meet its environmental targets if CAP reform is delayed further.

Spring Barley crop

“Paper of the Month” for SRUC Researcher

Published: Wednesday, 10th October 2012

A research paper by SRUC’s Dr. Ian Bingham (Crop and Soils Systems) and colleagues at the James Hutton Institute was selected as “Paper of the Month” by the European journal of Agronomy.

Marginal Farming Suits Wildlife - SAC Research on Managing Waterside Strips on Ayrshire Farms

Published: Friday, 14th September 2012

An SAC study on intensive grassland farms in Ayrshire has raised questions over the size and management of the fenced off margins created beside watercourses.

SAC Opening doors with Roslin

Published: Monday, 3rd September 2012

The Roslin Institute Building, shared by SAC and University of Edinburgh is opening its doors on the afternoon of Saturday 8th September, from 1.00pm until 4.00.

Sian’s Canadian Quest

Published: Monday, 3rd September 2012

Assistant researcher Siân Ringrose has just returned from Canada and a quest to learn about international rural policy, knowledge mobilization (KMb) and programmes integrating research into practice.

European Maize Growers Meet at SAC

Published: Monday, 3rd September 2012

The facilities at SAC’s Crichton Royal Farm are being used to host a meeting of the European Maize Growers Association during September 10th and 11th.

Next Steps with Nanjing

Published: Monday, 3rd September 2012

A recent visit to SAC by Professor Zhu Wei-Yun, Head of the College of Animal Sciences, Nanjing Agricultural University, marked another step in the development of relations with the University.

SAC and RSPB partnership

A Welcome to Wildlife At Crichton

Published: Monday, 20th August 2012

SAC and RSPB Scotland have announced an official partnership aimed at making SAC’s Crichton Royal Dairy Research Farm in Dumfries an exemplar for wildlife-friendly dairy farming.

Sarah Skerratt on stage

Dr Sarah Skerratt appointed to Land Reform Review Group

Published: Monday, 20th August 2012

Dr Sarah Skerratt, SAC’s Rural Society Research Team leader, has been appointed as a Vice-Chair of the Land Reform Review Group.

Kirkton, Going Forward - SAC Outlines Plans and Progress on Hill Farming Research Unit

Published: Tuesday, 7th August 2012

SAC is hosting an open day on its Kirkton and Auchtertyre hill farms near Crianlarich, to inform farmers and crofters about new research projects now underway.

Major Farm Survey to Aid SAC Animal Welfare Research

Published: Monday, 6th August 2012

SAC is involving 4000 UK farms in research to improve knowledge of how the on-farm management of pregnant animals influences the health, welfare and productivity of their offspring later in life.

SAC Statement On Dr Sarah Skerratt’s Appointment to Land Reform Review Group

Published: Tuesday, 24th July 2012

In response to today’s Scottish Government announcement that Dr Sarah Skerratt as been appointed Vice-chair of the Land Reform Review Group, SAC Chief Executive and Principal Professor Bob Webb said:

Bruce’s Kiwi Tramping

Published: Monday, 23rd July 2012

SAC soil specialist Dr Bruce Ball endured record low temperatures and dumps of snow in Canterbury in New Zealand’s South Island.

Davy McCracken Adds Value To EU Book on Farming

Published: Friday, 20th July 2012

SAC researcher Dr. Davy McCracken was in Brussels recently for a conference and the launch of a new book on High Nature Value farming (HNV) to which he contributed.

SAC Contribution to Book Outlining the Need for CAP Support for High Nature Value Farming Systems

Published: Monday, 16th July 2012

Research carried out by SAC features in a new book on High Nature Value Farming which will be launched on Thursday in Brussels.

Dumfries Researcher Wins SAC Award

Published: Friday, 6th July 2012

Dr Mizeck Chagunda, the well respected senior researcher at SAC’s Dairy Research Centre in Dumfries was presented with the 2012 Inverarity Award during SAC’s annual graduation ceremony.

Dr. Poo Gets Promotion

Published: Friday, 6th July 2012

Researcher Dr Jos Houdijk has been awarded a Readership in Animal Nutrition and Health at SAC’s annual Graduation ceremony, held in Bute Halls, University of Glasgow, on Friday 6th July.

Professorship for SAC Poultry Expert

Published: Friday, 6th July 2012

SAC’s, Ayr based Head of Avian Science, Dr. Nick Sparks, has been conferred with a Personal Professorship during the annual graduation ceremony in Bute Hall, University of Glasgow.

Academic Recognition for SAC Expert on Cattle and Climate Change

Published: Friday, 6th July 2012

SAC has awarded a Readership to Dr Eileen Wall, who is increasingly recognised as an international authority on the role of livestock in greenhouse gas emissions.

SAC Expert in Dairy Cow Welfare Awarded Readership

Published: Friday, 6th July 2012

Dr. Marie Haskell, an internationally recognised SAC expert in the behaviour and welfare of dairy cows, has been awarded a Readership.

Lothian Cereal Growers Open Day – SAC Reveals Results of Local Variety Trials

Published: Wednesday, 20th June 2012

The drought in the south of England may have ended for the moment, but many crops in the Lothians and Borders have been at the other end of the water stress scale.

Passing Disease Resistance to Next Generation

Published: Monday, 18th June 2012

Parents are always anxious to protect their young from infection and now research by SAC has shown that crops like barley can pass on defence against threats of disease to their offspring.

Christine Goes Scandinavian

Published: Tuesday, 12th June 2012

Christine Watson Team Leader SAC Crop and Soil Systems, has been spending 3 months at SLU (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) in Uppsala on an OECD Fellowship.

Sarah Joins Rural Housing Service Board

Published: Tuesday, 12th June 2012

Dr Sarah Skerratt, SAC Senior Researcher and leader of the Rural Society Research Team, has joined the Board of the Rural Housing Service (RHS) in Scotland.

Hopes for Policy Change after Copenhagen Consensus

Published: Tuesday, 12th June 2012

SAC Ecological Economics Researcher Salman Hussain presented the findings of a United Nations biodiversity study to a panel of world leading economists at the recent Copenhagen Consensus.

Sophie’s Presentation Wins Inter-institute PhD Event

Published: Monday, 11th June 2012

Third year SAC PhD student, Sophie Eaglen, pipped researchers from SAC and Scotland’s other Main Research Providers to win the 2012 Inter-Institute PhD competition.

Focus on Farming’s Contribution to Stemming Wild Bird Decline

Published: Wednesday, 6th June 2012

While the accusations linking modern farming with falling wild bird populations often make the headlines, the positive steps farmers are taking to help the situation receive less attention.

SAC Develops Research Links with Denmark

Published: Tuesday, 29th May 2012

Research links between SAC’s Auchincruive-based researchers and scientists from Germany and Denmark are helping to increase our understanding of pain in animals.

Westminster Minister Visits SAC

Published: Tuesday, 29th May 2012

Lord Taylor of Holbeach, the Parliamentary Under Secretary at DEFRA, recently visited SAC to see at first hand the research being carried out with DEFRA funding.

Tailored policies needed now for rural Scotland, argues new SAC report

Published: Sunday, 27th May 2012

National policies must be better tailored and localised for supporting rural Scotland, argues a new SAC Rural Policy Centre report.

No Easy Answers About Poultry Systems

Published: Tuesday, 22nd May 2012

Ask the average consumer whether poultry should lead better lives and the answer is affirmative and simple.

SAC Welfare Work Impresses Iowa Students

Published: Thursday, 17th May 2012

A group of 14 students from Iowa State University include SAC Edinburgh in their recent UK study tour of Farm animal Welfare.

Brazilians Brave Scotland

Published: Thursday, 17th May 2012

After the recent SAC trip to the warmth of Brazil it was the turn of a small, hardy party of Brazilians to brave May in the Pentlands and visit SAC’s research facilities outside Edinburgh.

SAC Establishes Further Links with China

Published: Thursday, 17th May 2012

SAC Professors, Geoff Simm and David McKenzie have just returned from a productive visit to China.

Inaugural SAC Prize for Epidemiologists

Published: Thursday, 17th May 2012

An epidemiologist from France is the first winner of the SVEPM SAC Prize.

Exploring the Lessons of a Debilitating Cattle Disease

Published: Tuesday, 15th May 2012

A series of four early summer, free events for livestock farmers are being planned to discuss research underway into a debilitating cattle disease.

SAC’s Visitors from Shandong

Published: Tuesday, 1st May 2012

A delegation of senior officials from Shandong in China saw some of SAC’s leading research projects during a visit to Scotland.

Naomi Picks up her Prize

Published: Tuesday, 1st May 2012

SAC PhD student Naomi Fox collected her Presidents Prize at the recent British Society of Animal Science conference in Nottingham.

SAC Helps Science and Industry Club Deliver Better Crops

Published: Tuesday, 1st May 2012

Dr Steve Hoad, of SAC’s Crop and Soil Systems Group, has been successful in winning one of nine new industry-relevant crop science projects forming part of the Crop Improvement Research Club (CIRC).

SAC Delegation Back Bouyant after Brazil Visit

Published: Tuesday, 1st May 2012

An SAC-led party of 19 UK scientists has returned from the Brazilian capital Brasilia.

Marianna Defends her PhD in the Netherlands

Published: Tuesday, 1st May 2012

Researcher Marianna Markantoni defends her PhD at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands this week.

Increased Sclerotinia Risk for Oilseed Crops, Research Suggests

Published: Tuesday, 1st May 2012

This is a time when oilseed rape growers are nervous about crop disease.

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