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Beefing up cattle production in New Mexico

Published: Monday, 23rd September 2019

Scotland’s Rural College is part of a new multi-million dollar research project investigating how to improve beef cattle production in the United States using precision farming methods.

The new project will study weights in both upland and lowland livestock

Weight of expectation

Published: Wednesday, 12th December 2018

A new research project involving SRUC aims to improve UK production efficiency by enabling farmers to determine the optimum mature size for beef cattle and sheep.

The art of pig playtime

The art of pig playtime

Published: Tuesday, 5th June 2018

Pig KerPlunk and a popcorn-dispensing piñata are among a collection of unique objects created for an event at a Scotland’s Rural College research farm which explored how pigs like to play.

Ripe strawberries in field

Waste not

Published: Monday, 30th April 2018

Scottish farmers are being encouraged to work closely with retailers to accurately record food waste and help ensure that more fruit and vegetables make their way along the supply chain.

SRUC staff with delegation from Ghana

Precision farming research attracts international interest

Published: Friday, 20th October 2017

High level delegations from Ghana and China visited SRUC recently to learn about world-leading research into precision farming.

Group gathered outside  SRUC building

Updates from SheepNet – the EU network on sheep productivity

Published: Wednesday, 11th October 2017

In the last six months, there has been a series of interesting developments in the EU network on sheep productivity – called SheepNet – in which SRUC is one of seven core partners.

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.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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”.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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