IBERS

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IBERSInstitute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (UK)
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Its Department of Agriculture opened in 1891 and two years ago IBERS introduced a new Veterinary Biosciences degree - its seventh with an animal health component.
Working with South Wales processor Celtic Pride, IBERS hopes to create protocols for the production of grass-fed beef with improved fat composition.
Professor Mike Gooding, Director of IBERS said: "I am delighted to receive this accreditation status recognising that the institute is offering an outstanding bioscience education, providing our students with the skill set required to compete and thrive in today's competitive jobs arena.
IBERS is using molecular techniques to speed up the selection process with the focus on resistance to stem nematode and sclerotinia.
Two IBERS students have already started research projects.
We are seeking to appoint a high-calibre individual as chair, who will play a pivotal role in realising the vision shared by Waitrose and IBERS.
Dr Hefin Williams, a Lecturer in the Agricultural Environment with Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol at IBERS steered the Wales rumen and liver fluke project.
IBERS scientists are seeking farms to take part in the study through a questionnaire, a faecal egg count test for livestock and a free assessment of mud snail habitats to identify high risk infection areas for livestock.
In an attempt to improve UK livestock production, IBERS is also looking to to improve the efficiency with which farm animals convert plant protein into animal protein.
IBERS is intending to retain and record its flock of pedigree Texels as these are "performing well at market".
Plant Biology student Hattie Roberts added "This was quite a find for us given what IBERS does.
Prof Iain Donnison, of IBERS, said the work would enable rapid improvements in breeding and see miscanthus being more widely used as an energy crop.