World-leading research capability for the ruminant sector
Dairy products achieve a huge penetration across UK households, although there is increasing competition from non-dairy alternatives. Our dairy capabilities address the key challenges requiring research and innovation: environmental impact, whole-lifetime health and welfare, resource efficiency, novel feeds and disease reduction. These, together with genetic improvement, can best help equip the modern dairy farmer and cow for future farm systems.
- Improving cow health & welfare through optimising production environments
- Increasing the efficiency for milk production from feed
- Enhancing the rumen microbiome and the cow genome to improve efficiency & sustainability
- Managing youngstock to enhance productivity, health & longevity of the herd
- Novel strategies and new tools to improve health e.g. diagnostics and vaccines.
CIEL provides facilities to conduct research on both housed and grazing systems, addressing all types of dairy farming in the UK.
Additional expertise and facilities to support the dairy sector are also available through the following CIEL academic partners: Aberystwyth University; Harper Adams University; Queen’s University Belfast; University of Bristol; Newcastle University; and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).