The Roslin Institute works closely with breeding companies to help them improve agricultural productivity and the welfare of farmed animals.
Global livestock production relies on small nucleus populations of breeding animals from a handful of large breeding companies. The Roslin Institute works closely with breeding companies to help them improve agricultural productivity and the welfare of farmed animals.
The impact of genetic selection for improvements in traits such as disease resistance, feed conversion efficiency and the yield and quality of products is permanent and cumulative. As such, scientific advances made at Roslin decades ago continue to generate impact today. Each year, as scientific innovation increases, The Roslin Institute’s total impact on agricultural productivity gets larger. Through our extensive links with animal breeding companies, we will implement genetic gains in animal production in the UK and low- and middle-income countries.
Total cumulative contribution to agricultural productivity made by The Roslin Institute in 2011
By 2011, the annual productivity gain attributable to The Roslin Institute amounted to around £247 million. This annual impact is currently increasing by around £5 million per year.
Marginal increase in agricultural productivity generated by The Roslin Institute in 2011
Source: BiGGAR Economics.