2 August 2002

Split unit switch

ECONOMIC pressure to expand has forced researchers to abandon milk production at one Berks unit this autumn.

Milk production at the University of Reading is based at two sites, says head of Agriculture, Richard Ellis. "But from this autumn, cows will be moved from Sonning Farm to join the herd at the Centre of Dairy Research, Arborfield." This will allow the 430-cow herd at the centre to expand to 600 cows over the next few years.

Sonning Farm will concentrate on beef rearing, housing replacement heifers and sheep. &#42