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Rothamsted Research North Wyke will be at the Livestock Event 2016

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Livestock 2016 is a major event for the UK livestock industry

Find out about the cutting edge North Wyke Farm Platform facility and discuss the latest findings with scientists from Rothamsted Research.

Scientists from Rothamsted Research North Wyke are exhibiting this year at the Livestock Event on 6-7th July at the Birmingham NEC. The North Wyke stand, FF364, in the Field Forage exhibition is entitled “How the North Wyke Farm Platform is identifying sustainable solutions for grassland livestock production”.

The focus of the stand is the North Wyke Farm Platform—a National Capability sponsored by the BBSRC and a unique facility for studying, at the whole farm scale, the effects of alternative grassland management on livestock production. The Farm Platform compares three farming systems, each run as a separate farm enterprise. It is the world’s most instrumented farm, recording nutrient flow and losses for each system automatically, with data made publically available via the new Farm Platform Data Portal. Visitors can find out how the Farm Platform is helping to drive best practice in grassland livestock production, inform policy and maximise on-farm nutrient use efficiency.

Researchers will be on hand to describe the Farm Platform, and other innovative science in livestock production and grasslands underway at the institutes’ site at North Wyke. Visitors can meet Robert Orr, Manager of the North Wyke Farm Platform, and Professor Michael Lee, Head of the Rothamsted Site at North Wyke and reader in Sustainable Livestock Systems at the University of Bristol.

Rothamsted Research receives strategic funding from the BBSRC. Located near Okehampton, Devon, the Rothamsted Research North Wyke site is one of the UK’s leading centres for grassland research.

As one of 12 leading research institutes which make up the new Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL), Rothamsted Research North Wyke is working with industry to deliver global leading research to improved food quality and farming systems.

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About Rothamsted Research

We are the longest running agricultural research station in the world, providing cutting-edge science and innovation for over 170 years. Our mission is to deliver the knowledge and new practices to increase crop productivity and quality and to develop environmentally sustainable solutions for food and energy production.

Our strength lies in the integrated, multidisciplinary approach to research in plant, insect and soil science.

Rothamsted Research is strategically funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). In 2013-2014 Rothamsted Researched received a total of £32.9M from the BBSRC.

About BBSRC

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Our aim is to further scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.

Funded by Government, BBSRC invested over £509M in world-class bioscience in 2014-15. We support research and training in universities and strategically funded institutes. BBSRC research and the people we fund are helping society to meet major challenges, including food security, green energy and healthier, longer lives. Our investments underpin important UK economic sectors, such as farming, food, industrial biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

For more information about BBSRC, our science and our impact see: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk

For more information about BBSRC strategically funded institutes see: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/institutes