The new Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL), part of the government’s Agri-Tech Strategy initiative, is already behind the relocation of the Scottish Rural College (SRUC)’s poultry research unit. CIEL is due to launch later this year from a base at the National Agri-food Innovation Campus near York.
The SRUC is to move its Avian Science Research Centre from its present location at Auchincruive in Ayrshire to a new facility to be built at the University of Edinburgh’s Easter Bush campus south of the city which is now home to most of its animal and veterinary scientists. The changeover should be complete by 2018. The college says that a move has been discussed for some time, due to the age and condition of the current facility, but it is co-funding from CIEL that is enabling the project to proceed.
The new unit will provide state of the art growing and production facilities, allowing research into poultry nutrition, welfare and disease across the production chain to be undertaken in commercially relevant facilities to the highest standards of welfare.
Professor Geoff Simm, Vice Principal Research at SRUC, says: “Bringing SRUC’s poultry staff together with SRUC’s animal scientists, while co-locating the poultry facilities alongside the complementary resources and expertise at the Roslin Institute and the wider Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, will create a world leading centre for poultry research.”