Smart farming

Background

£8 million investment into Dairy Innovation Centre

The Borderlands partnership have announced investment of up to £8 million into a new Dairy Innovation Centre at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

The Dairy Innovation Centre aims to provide information from sustainable breeding and management systems for dairy cows. It will draw on SRUC’s pedigree in teaching, research and consultancy services to encourage knowledge exchange and create innovative research across the Borderlands region in the South of Scotland and North of England.

The award-winning Langhill herd will be part of the new Dairy Innovation Centre at Scotland’s Rural College. Photo: SRUC
The award-winning Langhill herd will be part of the new Dairy Innovation Centre at Scotland’s Rural College. Photo: SRUC

Ways of improving health and welfare

Critical objectives include finding ways to improve the health and welfare of UK dairy herds and measuring the effect of various systems on the environment. There will be a focus on testing new products, technologies and production systems, as well as looking at how to deliver carbon neutral farming solutions.

“Through knowledge exchange and collaboration, the Dairy Innovation Centre will support economic growth across the Borderlands region. We are looking forward to working with the Borderlands partners to develop a world-class facility that will drive skills, employment and innovation,” said Professor Wayne Powell, chief executive and principal of SRUC.