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SRUC teams up with Waitrose on pioneering project

Understanding animals’ emotions

Published: Thursday, 2nd April 2020

Scotland’s Rural College has teamed up with a leading UK supermarket in a pioneering project to assess the emotional expressivity of animals in the supply chain.

A new survey asks for farmers’ views on animal welfare

Happy farm

Published: Friday, 28th February 2020

Researchers from Scotland’s Rural College are launching a survey for farmers to get to the heart of the debate about what makes farm animals happy.

Pig and piglets

The animal feelgood factor

Published: Wednesday, 28th February 2018

New SRUC paper highlights connections between emotion and welfare.

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.

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.

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.

Jill MacKay

Animal Welfare Course Offers Studied Approach to Heated Debate

Published: Tuesday, 15th July 2014

A free online course that offers people the chance to learn more about the ethics and science of animal welfare began on Monday 14 July.

Fritha Langford

Thousands Sign Up to Free Online Course on Animal Welfare

Published: Tuesday, 25th March 2014

Nearly nine thousand people have signed up to the first Massive Open Online Course, or Mooc, on animal behaviour and welfare.

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.

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.


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.

Animals in Art

Student Art Competition to Raise Awareness of Good Animal Care

Published: Tuesday, 15th October 2013

Scotland’s Rural College has launched an Animals in Art Competition for high school students in Edinburgh, the Lothians and the Scottish Borders.

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.

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