The N8 AgriFood programme brings together world leading crop and livestock expertise, with the translational capabilities of seven university farms, to create a single research initiative focused on improving the sustainability of food production.

Collectively our research focuses on the challenges involved in securing sufficient, safe and nutritious food in the face of climate change and increasingly unpredictable water supplies on both a national and global scale.

To achieve this, we take a ‘whole system’ approach bringing together industry and academics from a range of disciplines to combine hands-on practical and business experience with scientific know-how in working jointly towards solutions which apply the insights generated to increase the resilience and economic competitiveness of agriculture.

Our University Farms

We undertake a wide range of research on our University farms with relevance to both the arable and livestock agricultural sectors. Through the N8 we are able to access knowledge and share facilities across sites, increasing the reach and impact of field-based research.

The N8 research farms are located across three of our institutes:

Examples of our research activities on-farm include:

  • Ecological and agronomic studies of crop pests and beneficial insects
  • Intercropping approaches
  • Soil health
  • Farm scale research and demonstration of new technology and farm techniques
  • Long-term split-farm comparisons of organic and conventional cereal rotations
  • Effects of different management practices on crop yield, health and quality factors 
  • Pig nutrition and wellbeing
  • Lameness diagnosis and treatment in cattle
  • Control of liver fluke in sheep
  • Sustainable use of antimicrobials
  • Economics of animal health, livestock production and livestock food systems
Visit our events pages for more on our N8 AgriFood Farm Open Day taking place at the University of Leeds Farm, Friday 21st June 2019

Below are some examples of N8 AgriFood research projects involving farmers and N8 partners