Centre of excellence plan faces crucial Friday meeting

An industry workshop, designed to advance plans for the creation of a UK Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL), will be held on Friday this week to an on-site audience of at least 90 delegates, plus other potential investors who will follow the event via a webinar link.

Due to take place at the Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) near York on June 5, the workshop is geared to look at what sort of research would be carried out by the new centre, whether or not facilities already exist to meet such requirements and how to address issues relating to governance, membership, board format and staff structures.

CIEL has already received support in principle from more than 80 companies and nearly 30 industry organisations, according to BPEX head of technical, Andrew Knowles (pictured above), who is co-ordinating a bid for Government funding on behalf of the CIEL consortium.

“We’re now keen that as many livestock sector representatives as possible attend Friday’s workshop to help determine the future direction of the proposal,” he said.

CIEL workshop details

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