Research and Development

We are passionate about the future of the livestock industry, and believe that vets have a key role in the future health and productivity of the farming industry.

The pig veterinary team at Bishopton have been heavily involved in both primary science and clinical research for a number of years, taking part in many collaborations between both Universities, industrial partners and clinicians in the field.

So in 2010, we launched RAFT Solutions Ltd to provide a dedicated company and focus on the growing number of research projects we were becoming involved in.  This allows us to provide national co-ordination to many of our projects, allowing us a far wider approach to the industry with a greater applicability to the farming community as a whole and the opportunity to help bridge the gap between emerging research findings and practical ‘on the ground’ application.

We cover a wide variety of different areas, including those involved around the concepts of:

  • Research – clinical research and field trials, carried out accurately and efficiently to budget
  • Advanced Breeding – ranging from cattle embryo transfer work through to pig genomics and proteomics
  • Food Futures – working with government agencies, among others, to shape the future of food in the UK
  • Training – developing key skills within the farming community to improve animal health and welfare

We have experience of many different projects, including managing large scale multidisciplinary grant applications and budgets, and are always interested in discussing future partnerships to gain the best for the industry. Please check out our dedicated RAFT website for further information and contact details.