Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is to benefit from an £8 million investment in a new Centre of Dairy Innovation at its Barony Campus, Dumfries.
Barony is already earmarked to be the home of SRUC’s South and West Faculty, with a substantial £35m investment planned for the site.
As part of what will be a major reorganisation of SRUC, its Langhill dairy herd will be relocated from its present home at Crichton Royal, Dumfries.
The Dairy Innovation Centre has been included in the heads of terms agreement for the Borderlands partnership, which was signed in Glentress this week.
The intention is for researchers to work with industry and academics to reduce the time it takes for research and technology to be applied in commercial dairies and the supply chain.
There will be a focus on testing new products, technologies and production systems, as well as looking at how to deliver carbon neutral farming solutions.
Prof Wayne Powell, chief executive and principal of SRUC, said: “Through knowledge exchange and collaboration, the Dairy Innovation Centre will support economic growth across the Borderlands region.
“SRUC has an important role to play in delivering economic benefits across the Borderlands region.
“We are also excited to be working with other stakeholders around ideas for a Forestry Innovation Zone and other projects in the Borderlands agreement.”
On top of the potential £8m from the Borderlands partnership, SRUC will also be investing its own capital in the Dairy Innovation Centre.