Leeds University launches pig centre
A new pig development centre launched at the
University of Leeds, UK last week will link academics with pig producers to help
the country's pig industry regain its position as a world
The National Pig Development Centre, funded by the British Pig Executive
(BPEX), will create the largest facility for pig research, development and
knowledge transfer in the country, bringing together the UK's top researchers in
the field from the universities of Leeds and Newcastle and the Veterinary
Laboratories Agency (VLA) in Thirsk.
Key to the project is the link, through BPEX, with pig producers to ensure
that research findings can be quickly translated into good practice on the farm
and that problems on the farm can quickly be addressed through research and
Areas already identified by the centre for research include analysing the
benefits of new sire lines, assessing how to manage variations in meat quality
without affecting customer demand, ways to reduce the seasonal effects on
production for the 25 percent of pigs produced outdoors in the UK and looking at
the best ways to refurbish buildings to improve pig health and
Co-directors of the new Pig Development Centre will be Dr Helen Miller
(University of Leeds), professor Sandra Edwards (Newcastle University) and
professor Stan Done (VLA).
The University of Leeds' Faculty of Biological Sciences is one of the
largest in the UK, with nearly 150 academic staff and over 400 postdoctoral
fellows and postgraduate students.
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