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CIEL | Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock

Genetics | Reproduction | Behaviour | Nutrition | Health & Welfare | Productivity | Food Integrity | Environmental Impact

The front door to innovation for the livestock sector

CIEL is one of the world’s foremost farm animal research alliances and a leading membership organisation.

Safe food, produced to a high standard, in a transparent and low carbon way – at CIEL we support and facilitate the delivery of efficient, sustainable and competitive livestock food production. From pre-farmgate to the finished product, we connect industry, research and governments. Through new technologies and processes we aim to reduce fragmentation and increase collaboration in the agrifood sector. Delivering results in the development of climate smart food systems and improved animal health, welfare and productivity.

Drawing on world-class research, industry and SME innovation, our goal is to successfully tackle key livestock farming challenges faced by the UK and around the world.

Our membership spans the food supply chain, including producers, processors, retailers, veterinary health, feed companies and SME innovators.

Our voice ensures important UK livestock farming issues are addressed, championing new ideas and providing our Members with unparalleled project and funding opportunities.

Our investment, thanks to the support of Innovate UK, has helped deliver the greatest livestock research capability in a generation.

Taking on the grand challenges for livestock production: climate smart food systems; endemic disease reduction; food safety, quality and integrity; health and welfare management; resource efficiency and precision nutrition; antimicrobial resistance. Together, working in partnership with our Members and Innovate UK, we’re supporting innovations that directly benefit the UK’s livestock food supply chain.

We are one of the UK’s four Agri-Tech Centres of agricultural innovation, established as a key pillar of the UK Government’s Agri-tech Strategy.


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The CIEL Insights Podcast is a great way to explore a wide range of key topics from experts in their field, at a time that suits you. From animal health to aquaculture, productivity to precision feeding, genetics to the latest ‘green’ technologies. Each podcast features headline info, insight and discussion with special guests drawn from across the livestock sectors. Listen to the CIEL insights podcast on your favourite listening app or online

CIEL Expertise

Our livestock sector support stimulates new ideas and business opportunities to drive your productivity, profitability and resilience across the agrifood supply chain.

Our world-leading research capability brings you together with the research facilities, expertise and insight your business needs.

Net Zero Challenge

The Committee on Climate Change has recommended a 64% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the agriculture and land-use sector to meet a 2050 net zero carbon target in the UK.

This is an opportunity to tackle climate change while building systems that will help to deliver a sustainable farm and food future for our nation.



As a CIEL Member you will be directly linked to new research capability and insight. We will help you connect with potential partners, widening your collaborative opportunities and making the most of your R&D budget. From potential funding to project management, ultimately, we can help you deliver the products and services your customers want, supporting the livestock sector to be more efficient, profitable and resilient.