University of Reading

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General information

  • Country: England
  • Institute: University of Reading
  • Research Facility/installation: CEDAR
  • Farm type: Experimental Farm
  • Stakeholder type: Public
  • Address: CEDAR, Hall Farm, Church Lane, Arborfield, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 9HX, UK. PO381XW
  • Website:
  • Primary Contact Person: Chris Reynolds

Site characteristics

  • Climate: Temperate
  • Total land (ha): 760
  • Grazing land (ha): 380
  • Grazing season length (days): 320
  • Enterprise: Dairy & Beef


  • Number of dairy cows: 560
  • Dairy cow breed: Holstein
  • Number of suckler cows: 0
  • Suckler cow breed: N/A
  • Number of steers: 350
  • Steer breed: Holstein & Holstein x Angus

Research equipment

  • Individual feed intake facility: yes
  • Metabolism facility: Yes
  • Greenhouse gas measurement: Yes (SF6 / Greenfeed)
  • Digestion facilities: Yes
  • Grazing studies equipment: Yes
  • Behavioural monitoring: Yes (Rumination ac tivity, Pedometer)

Ethical aspects

  • Animal Welfare body: Yes
  • Licence to perform experiments: Yes
  • Name of the ethical licence body: UK Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986

Laboratory facilities

  • Capacity to process blood sample: Yes
  • Capacity to process meat sample: Yes
  • Capacity to process milk sample: Yes
  • Capacity to process digestive system sample: Yes
  • Capacity to process calorimeter/metabolism sample: Yes
  • Capacity to process diet/feed sample: Yes
  • Capacity to process DMI sample: Yes