CEDAR celebrates its 25th Anniversary and is launched as a LEAF Innovation Centre

6th January 2018Cows

The Centre for Dairy Research (CEDAR) is recognising its 25th Anniversary and celebrating the official start of its LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) Innovation Centre status, on Wednesday 14th March 2018, with a dedicated event to mark the occasion.

Professor Chris Reynolds, Director of CEDAR, says: "This event is a real celebration of our past and present successes. It is an opportunity to look back at the internationally-recognised research conducted by the centre, part of the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading, while also celebrating our new role as a LEAF Innovation Centre".

"CEDAR has a proud history of cutting-edge research in areas such as reducing the environmental impact of milk and meat production, improving milk quality for human consumption, and optimising nutritional status of ruminants and poultry, and this event will bring together key players that have contributed to our success, including researchers, academics, industry partners and students who have been and will continue to be instrumental in the delivery of our work."

The event will include a tour of CEDAR and a short ceremony to declare the site as a LEAF Innovation Centre, as well as an opportunity to view the new DiverseForages project platform, that monitors the effects of biodiverse pastures on the environment and animal nutrition.

Chris continued: "A significant part of our celebrations will be the start of our exciting collaboration with LEAF which will enable future research at CEDAR to achieve greater impact through joint knowledge exchange between us."

LEAF works with farmers, the food industry, scientists and consumers, to inspire and enable sustainable farming that is prosperous, enriches the environment and engages local communities to deliver more sustainable food and farming.

As part of its activities, LEAF has a number of Innovation Centres that are recognisedresearch organisations whose work supports the research, evidence, development and promotion of their 'Integrated Farm Management' approach by investigating and communicating practices that enable farmers to work in harmony with the environment.

Chris added: "Out of the nine innovation centres that currently exist in the UK, only four are universities. So, we are delighted to be a part of such an elite team that aims to provide robust scientific data on how to minimise the environmental impact of both livestock and arable farming, while maintaining high levels of quality food production that can be disseminated through LEAF to the agricultural community."

In addition to the celebrations at CEDAR, presentations will also be given within the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, that will discuss current research projects within the theme of sustainable livestock production, as well as giving an overview of the last 25 years of CEDAR.


Event timetable:

10:30- Arrival at CEDAR, Hall Farm, Arborfield, RG2 9EA

11:00- Tour of the research facilities

13:00- Lunch at the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development

14:00- Research talks

14:00 - 25 years of CEDAR: a review of its history and research contributions (Prof. Chris Reynolds and Richard Phipps)

14:30 - Key note: Current and Future Developments in Dairy Production (Dr Sinclair Mayne, AFBI CEO)

15:00 - The Role of Dairy Products in a Healthy Diet: Partners for Life (Prof. Ian Givens)

15:20 - Dairy Farming and the Environment: Strategies for Sustainable Milk Production (Dr Les Crompton)

15:40 - Multi-Species Forages as Alternatives to Ryegrass: Beyond White Clover (Dr Anna Thomson)

16:00- Event ends

To book a place at CEDAR's celebratory event, visit: https://cedar25th.eventbrite.co.uk


Our farm's next big event
The University of Reading will participate in Open Farm Sunday (10th June) for the first time this year, as it opens its doors to local residents to visit our research farm and learn more about the innovative research that is conducted by our crop and livestock scientists.

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