A new £70 million innovation centre that will bring together the food industry and academic researchers is set to transform the UK livestock industry.
The Centre of Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIELivestock) has been allocated £31.7 million funding from BIS to set up state-of-the-art facilities across the UK, providing the livestock industry with access to world-beating research.
Additional funding from industry for projects in the Centre and investments by the participating research institutions will bring total investment to more than £70 million.
Sam Hoste, interim chief operating officer of CIELivestock, said: “CIEL’s objective is to increase the economic performance of UK farming and associated industries by £12 for each £1 spent in research. By bringing together the best research in areas such as breeding, animal health, biotechnology, feeding and genomics the centre will create a state of the art, one-stop-shop for the industry that we expect to increase productivity and drive innovation.”
CIEL will be headquartered at the National Agri-Food Innovation Campus near York. It will be hosting a day specifically for industry members in May 2016 and a wider industry conference in the autumn.
Details and more information here: www.cielivestock.co.uk