Call for input on future Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock

The industry has been encouraged to help shape the future of the Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL). 

Having reached the format interview stage to secure government funding under the AgriTech strategy, the application to create a world-class centre for livestock science in the UK remains positive, with an independent assessment panel describing it as a strong proposal.

Those from the beef, dairy, pig, poultry and sheep sectors interested in having their says, are being urged to attend an industry workshop at The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) near York on 5 June. The meeting, which is open to the whole supply chain, from genetics and genomics companies through to retailers, will give industry the opportunity to input into the future of the bid and what CIEL will look like.

Andrew Knowles, head of technical for BPEX urged the industry to have its say: “This will be the largest investment in agricultural research infrastructure in the UK for decades, therefore it’s essential that the industry is engaged in making this proposal a success.”

Andrew, who is co-ordinating the bid on behalf of the CIEL consortium, added: “CIEL has already received support in principle from more than 80 companies and nearly 30 industry organisations. We’re now keen that as many livestock sector representatives as possible attend the workshop on 5 June and help determine the future direction of the proposal.”

CIEL aims to bring together the UK’s leading academic centres and industry supporters to create a one-stop shop to access research related to livestock production and product quality. It has been developed by representatives from the Universities of Nottingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Aberystwyth, Bristol, Belfast and Harper Adams, the research institutes of AFBI, Rothamsted, SRUC, Roslin and Fera, AHDB and private sector company RAFT Solutions Ltd.

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