The temperate climate of the UK is ideally suited to pastoral farming and animal production is essential to the rural economy, with around 60 per cent of UK agricultural output derived from the livestock sector.
In addition to the science and technology associated with modern animal production, livestock specialists need to understand the animal welfare, food quality and environmental issues facing the industry. They must also be able to evaluate and apply advances in biotechnology to ensure a sustainable future for livestock farmers and a competitive market for animal products. Harper Adams has a long history in applied livestock research, close links with industry, and highly qualified and experienced staff. All agriculture students share a common first year, studying the same modules, before focussing on their specialism.