Centre opens to improve avian health

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Friday, September 13, 2013

A national centre for poultry health and welfare has been officially opened on 9 September by the Scottish Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts.

The National Avian Research Facility (NARF) at the University of Edinburgh’s Easter Bush campus will provide a resource for both UK and international researchers studying chicken health and disease.

This £14 million facility, supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council (BBSRC), the University of Edinburgh, Roslin Foundation and the Wellcome Trust, is classed as a national capability, due to its strategic importance for UK research.

Its research - dedicated to improving avian health - will have a significant impact on the UK’s economy, which has a multi-million pound poultry industry employing some 35,000 people.