Newcastle University arrives at Cereals 2017 celebrating 125 years of Agriculture research and teaching, and hot on the back of our Agriculture degrees being ranked second in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2018.
Date/Time: 14 - 15 June 2017,
Venue: Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire
A key feature in the Fields of the Future area of Cereals 2017 will be one of our new mobile laboratories. Developed by the Centre for Applied Crop Science, formerly known as CHAP, a key feature of the mobile laboratory fleet is our black grass diagnostic kit along with other agri-diagnostics exhibits. The mobile lab scientific services are ready for hire nationwide.
We’ll also be able to share exciting news about our two University Farms.
Through our work with the national Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock, we’re developing our new Centre for Digital Innovation and Analysis in Livestock (C-DIAL). C-DIAL will consist of a purpose-built facility bringing the latest sensor-based and automated technologies to precision livestock farming, and equipment for the continuous monitoring of the performance, health and welfare of livestock. Secure storage and processing of the large body of data generated can be carried out at the Centre and there are also conference and demonstration facilities on site.
We’re delighted to report that at Cockle Park Farm, our 75kW anaerobic digester (AD) is now ‘grid connected’. Part of the University’s £20m National Centre for Energy Systems Integration, the AD is now connected to a combined heat and power unit (CHP) and is supplying energy to the farm, the grid, and enabling rural energy research.
We’re also exploring incorporating some urban farming experiments in to the University’s new £60m Urban Science Building on the £350m Science Central development.
Our work on rural economics and policy continues apace too. Our Centre for Rural Economy has recently published 10 issues that will need priority attention during Brexit and we’re currently advertising a five-year research Fellowship in Rural Economy. We have also recently published a ground-breaking report that sets a benchmark for pig welfare.