Livestock Science

A group of researchers working on Animal Production and Animal Welfare are included in this strength.

The University of Leeds hosts the new £10m pig research unit of the Centre of Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL). This Unit has been expanded since 2016, thanks to a £3.5m award from the Innovate UK agritech centre programme and a match of £3.5m from the university.

This project and the farm is led by Prof. Helen Miller, who has more than 30 years of experience producing high quality research projects in animal nutrition, pig feeding and pig farm managing in different countries, including UK, Bolivia, Australia and Canada. She has produced 40 successful research projects at UoL since 2000, within a total income of 6,757,783£, supported by different private (industry) and public funders, including the UK Meat and Livestock Commission, DEFRA (Dept. for Env. Food & Rural Affairs), Home Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA) Research Development, Welcome Trust, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, Innovate UK and Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board.

We have developed diets that are fed to 40% of the UK pig population. In addition, the University is recruiting a number of key staff to open up new areas of expertise. The most high profile recruit is Professor Lisa Collins who has already been awarded a £1.2m BBSRC project on “Predicting the Impacts of Intensification on Pig Health and Disease”.