SRUC gears up for Royal Highland Show

The continuing growth and impact of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) will be on display at next week’s Royal Highland Show (20-23 June).

Among its array of exciting exhibits will be a virtual reality headset to give visitors an insight into SRUC’s new vertical farm and a Lego model of GreenShed, which will help demonstrate the workings of its revolutionary methane-capturing cattle waste project to visitors of all ages.

Prospective students can find out more about SRUC’s new School of Veterinary Medicine with a range of activities and information on courses, while staff from Veterinary Services will be on hand with advice and to demonstrate how their specialists diagnose disease.

The team from the recently opened Rural and Veterinary Innovation Centre (RAVIC) will be there to engage with businesses and to demonstrate how SRUC research addresses global challenges such as climate change, food security and vector-borne disease.

There will also be food and drink, with SAC Consulting showcasing some of the innovative food products developed for businesses including goat milk ice-cream and venison dog treats. Directly opposite the SRUC stand, there will be meat tasting at the Mobile Sensory Lab which boasts the latest imaging and meat quality testing technologies.

SRUC will also be hosting a number of events throughout the show, including the World of Difference seminar, which will highlight some of SRUC’s impactful research around the globe, while SAC Consulting’s popular customer lounge will be open from 11am-2pm on the Thursday and Friday.

Steven Thomson, Professor in Agricultural Economics and Policy, will lead a panel discussion on Agricultural Policy Insights on the Thursday afternoon, while an SAC Consulting panel session the following day will explore the climate and biodiversity demands across the value chain.

Professor Wayne Powell, Principal and Chief Executive of SRUC, said, “As the world faces more and more challenges, SRUC continues to address these challenges both locally and globally. This is a momentous year for the organisation, as we continue on our journey to gaining taught degree awarding powers and look forward to opening Scotland’s first new school of veterinary medicine in more than a century. We can’t wait to welcome visitors to our stand at the Royal Highland Show, where our innovative and exciting exhibits will give visitors a fascinating insight into the incredible work being done by our teaching staff, our researchers and our consultants.”

The Royal Highland Show takes place at Ingliston, Edinburgh, from 20-23 June. SRUC will be located at Stand 177, on 7th Avenue, beside the main show ring.

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