Ruminant Innovation Networking Event 2011
8th May 2011, George Hotel, Edinburgh

New technology provides excellent innovation opportunities.

This networking event bought together over 60 organisations interested in harnessing the substantial potential of the rumen ecosystem, and also those interested in technology to benefit ruminant livestock, to identify new innovation opportunities.

Dairy, beef and sheep production now has the opportunity to utilise new technologies like measurement and diagnostic tools, and genomics, to improve important traits (e.g. reproduction, feed efficiency, health etc). There are also opportunities for the ruminant sector to help other sectors such as grass breeding, or industrial biotech. For example the rumen flora could potentially deliver new bioactives, or industrial enzymes for biofuels production.

The ultimate aim of this event was to provide new collaboration and business opportunities by bringing together different sectors, who may not usually meet.

The event was organised into four main sessions each starting with an introductory presentation by a keynote speaker followed by short 5 minute presentations by delegates detailing "Who we are, what we provide, what we need", providing an excellent showcase opportunity.


  • Mike Coffey, SAC - Genetic and genomic evaluation of farmed livestock: the work of EGENES
  • Short presentations by participants
  • Networking session
  • John Wallace, Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health,
  • University of Aberdeen – Rumens and ruminants: new technologies that have changed our horizons
  • Pete Williams, AB-Agri - Making a Paradigm shift in Ruminant Nutrition
  • Short presentations by participants
  • Networking session & Lunch
  • Mike Theodorou, Durham University and The Centre for Process Innovation - Opportunities in industrial biotechnology
  • Short presentations by participants
  • Networking session
  • Ivan Andonovic, Embedded Technology Solutions – Measurement and Diagnostic Technologies for Cattle and Sheep (Co-authors Craig Michie, 
  • ETS Ltd, and Willie Thompson, Harbro Ltd)
  • Short presentations by participants
  • Networking session


This was a Cross-KTN event involving the Biosciences KTN, Electronics, Sensors and Photonics KTN, and the Environmental Sustainability KTN.