Facilities

  • A metabolism unit able to accommodate up to about 30 lactating dairy cows or growing and adults beef cattle, allowing individual measurements of feed intake, digestibility and nutrient partitioning.  Chambers for the measurement of methane emissions from dairy cows are in the process of being constructed.
  • Facilities and in-house expertise enable detailed feed utilisation and digestibility work to be carried out, including in vivo rumen fermentation and digesta flow measurements.
  • A dairy cow unit, with facilities to measure individual feed intake of up to 56 lactating dairy cows, together with automatic live weight and milk yield measurements.  Out of parlour feeders enable a range of concentrate feeds to be individually allocated to cows.
  • A beef unit, with automatic feed intake measurements for up to 80 cattle, also with concentrate feeders.
  • A newly refurbished farm unit with flexible group housing for sheep and young cattle.
  • Access to field-scale plots for grazing studies for sheep, beef and dairy cattle, enabling growth and lactation studies, coupled with intake and methane emission measurements in free-ranging animals.
  • A small ruminant unit, with flexible facilities for group and individual animal observations, together with methane chambers enabling the simultaneous measurement of methane emissions from up to 8 animals.
  • Lluest Equine Centre including a dedicated research yard and an international-sized indoor riding arena 
  • Laboratories equipped and staffed to carry out detailed specialist quantitative analyses of feed and product samples for compounds including amino acids, fatty acids, methane and sulphur hexafluoride.  Dedicated
  • Animal Science analytical facilities include FTIR, GC/MS, GC, LC and spectroscopy equipment, together with the expertise to run it for specific and less targeted (metabolomics) investigations.