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Blood test could aid cattle health and productivity, study suggests

Blood test boost for dairy industry

Published: Tuesday, 18th September 2018

A simple blood test could be used to predict the future health and productivity of dairy cows, research shows.

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Deep impact

Published: Friday, 24th August 2018

Scotland’s Rural College has been recognised for the global impact of its dairy research by a leading scientific journal.


Crichton Royal stars in TV coverage of RHET food and farming schools event

Published: Wednesday, 23rd November 2016

Crichton Royal Farm recently hosted a food and farming event on behalf of the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) – and had a starring role on television as a result.


Audio: Animal scientists help win top veterinary award

Published: Wednesday, 9th November 2016

The contribution of three of SRUC’s animal scientists in producing an industry-leading research paper has been recognised with a top veterinary award.

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Jim’s Long Service Recognised

Published: Wednesday, 17th August 2016

SRUC’s Crichton Royal Farm Tractor Driver Jim Gordon’s 30 years of service to agriculture was recognised recently when he received a certificate awarded by the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society.

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SRUC Alerts Firefighters to On-Farm Risks

Published: Wednesday, 17th August 2016

Members of Green Watch from Dumfries Fire Station recently visited SRUC’s Crichton Royal Dairy Research Farm outside the town to increase their awareness of fire hazards on a modern dairy farm.

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Dr Chagunda’s Contribution to Scotland Malawi Partnership Recognised

Published: Thursday, 10th December 2015

SRUC researcher Dr Mizeck Chagunda, Reader in Dairy Science, has been elected Vice Chair of the Scotland Malawi Partnership in recognition of his contribution to the national network.

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SRUC’s Ig Nobel Award Attracts Russian Attention

Published: Thursday, 10th December 2015

A Russian TV crew recently visited the Scotland’s Rural College Dairy Research and Innovation centre in Dumfries after hearing about it through the Ig Nobel Award won in 2013.

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Hardworking Dairy Person Pete Nominated for Farmers Weekly Award

Published: Wednesday, 14th October 2015

Pete Little, Senior Dairy Worker at Scotland’s Rural College, was recently nominated for a prestigious Farmers Weekly Award.

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.

Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture

Crichton Plays Host to Brazilian Delegation

Published: Wednesday, 3rd June 2015

SRUC’s Crichton Royal farm in Dumfries recently hosted a Brazilian delegation exploring opportunities for UK dairy exports.

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.

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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.

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Former SRUC Student’s Plans on Malawi Dairy Farming Recognised

Published: Wednesday, 4th March 2015

A former student from Malawi, who carried out research at SRUC’s Crichton Dairy Research and Innovation Centre, recently won a prize for an idea encouraging unemployed young Malawians into dairying.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

Crichton Open Day 2014

Dairy Farmers Crowd Crichton Event

Published: Wednesday, 14th May 2014

A new calf housing system stole the show at the recent Crichton Royal Research Farm Open Day in Dumfries.

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.

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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.

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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.

Farmers Weekly Awards 2013

Hugh McClymont - Farmers Weekly Dairy Farmer of the Year

Published: Tuesday, 15th October 2013

Wigtownshire’s Hugh McClymont, Farm Manager at Scotland’s Rural Colleges Crichton Royal Farm in Dumfries was declared Dairy Farmer of the Year in the Farmers Weekly 9th annual awards ceremony.

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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.

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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.

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.

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Malawi Dairy Diploma Course Stresses the Fun

Published: Wednesday, 24th October 2012

Staff from SRUC have returned from Malawi and a Fun filled Dairy Diploma training course.

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.

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