£2.5m funding injection for dairy research7 July 2011
Scientists at the University of Nottingham are to lead a new research programme aimed to help British dairy farms "compete on a global stage".
The five-year programme has been funded with £2.5m from industry body DairyCo.
Research will focus on herd welfare, diet, grazing, health and disease.
Academics are aiming to develop programmes to ensure the health of the national dairy herd is maintained to world class standards, improving the efficiency of milk production on British dairy farms and enabling the industry to "compete in the global market".
The research will be undertaken as a joint project between the university's school of biosciences and its school of veterinary medicine and science.
Five other institutions - Harper Adams University College, the Royal Veterinary College, Bristol University, the Scottish Agricultural College and the University of Aberystwyth - will also be involved in the research project.
Professor Phil Garnsworthy, of the University of Nottingham's school of biosciences, said: "This partnership brings together the top UK institutions for research in dairying, whose combined expertise in the fields of animal health, welfare and nutrition constitutes a world-leading team.
"Each of the partners has experts with complementary research interests and a proven track record of multi-centre collaborations that will ensure success of the partnership."