Hannah Dairy Research Foundation awards three new research grants

Published: 27 January 2023

Hannah Dairy Research Foundation (HDRF) has announced three new research awards totalling £59,138 in the latest round of funding from the Foundation and includes projects with two Midlothian Science Zone partners.

The projects will be undertaken by Moredun Research Institute, SRUC and the University of Glasgow. These projects will focus on mammary gland biology, mastitis and calf health and welfare.

One of the main aims of the HDRF is to provide strategic funding to help researchers develop projects that will be of direct relevance to dairy farmers in Scotland.

“We have increased the number of research grants we funded in the last 12 months as we are receiving high quality research proposals. Each project also has clear plans to communicate the results to the dairy industry and reports will be available on the HDRF website.”

Professor Dave Roberts, Chair of the Hannah Dairy Research Foundation 

The successful projects are:

  • The development of ruminant mammary organoids to facilitate the study of mammary gland biology in vitro
  • The fungal milk microbiome of dairy cattle and its implications on mastitis
  • Identifying critical control points for colostrum contamination and Mycoplasma prevalence in first milking colostrum from Scottish dairy herds

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The Hannah Dairy Research Foundation is a charity (Registered Charity number 007058) which seeks help the Scottish dairy industry by supporting the study and understanding of dairy cattle nutrition and health. In pursuance of these objectives of the Foundation are the publication of the Journal of Dairy Research, an annual conference, and the funding of scientific research. 

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