Calf research facility
SRUC’s dedicated calf research facility is based within SRUC’s Dairy Research and Innovation Centre, Crichton Royal Farm, Dumfries. The facility consists of individual hutch housing for neonatal animals in their first days of life and group pens with ‘igloo’ shelters for calves up to weaning.
Agri-EPI Centre has recently invested in bespoke equipment at the facility, allowing for continuous assessment of individual calf growth, intake and behaviour.
This state-of-the-art facility provides an excellent platform to conduct high quality research in calves.
New equipment uses
With the new equipment, we have capacity for individual calf level recording of:
- Milk intake
- Water intake
- Animal weights
- Concentrate intake
- Forage intake