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Whale leaping out of ocean

Whale stranding sheds new light on mysterious species

Published: Wednesday, 10th June 2020

One of the world’s most mysterious species of whale was stranded in Britain for the first time, according to new research.

The Sowerby’s beaked whale is removed from Gullane Beach in East Lothian

Whale's entanglement wounds among 'most severe'

Published: Thursday, 17th October 2019

A Sowerby’s beaked whale found on an East Lothian beach suffered some of the “most severe” entanglement wounds ever recorded by the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS).

SRUC research will look at the sleep behaviour of laying hens. Picture: Flickr/Creative Commons

Improving the welfare of laying hens

Published: Friday, 4th October 2019

A multi-million pound European-wide project to improve the conditions of egg-laying chickens is launched today (Friday 4 October), to coincide with World Animal Day.

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

Supercomputers target TB

Published: Tuesday, 19th February 2019

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

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

SRUC Researchers Develop New Online Performance Recording Service

Published: Wednesday, 10th April 2013

Experts from Scotland’s Rural College helped develop a new “on-line” tool for cattle breeders just launched by the British Limousin Cattle Society.

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