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Worming your way into science

Although the new Moredun bus will not be stationed on a farm for long periods like it was back in the 1920s and 30s, there is still some time-critical science that it can do on the spot when travelling around. "Faecal egg counts" are one such test that we will be able to carry out on board the bus.
A faecal egg count (FEC) is a monitoring tool used to count the number of parasitic worm eggs in faeces (poo) and look at how infested an animal is with worms. The results present as "eggs per gram" (epg) and the number of eggs is an indication of the number of adult worms in the gut of the animal.
A high number of worms in animals and in particular young animals, can have a negative effect. They can cause permanent gut damage, reducing nutrient absorption and diarrhoea and can affect the appetite of the lamb, which in turn affects their growth rate. 
FECs are therefore important as they help farmers determine if an animal needs treating with anthelmintics (wormers). Th…

And the Rest is History...

The birth of ADRA

In 1920, representatives of the Highland & Agricultural Society, the Scottish Chamber of Agriculture and the National Farmer's Union of Scotland agreed to form a new society:

"To promote, or assist in promoting, experimental and other research concerning the diseases of farm live stock and of other animals whose health affects that of farm live stock".

A conference held three years earlier with a keynote talk on "Problems for Veterinary Research after the War" attracted over 900 delegates, highlighting the need for research into livestock diseases. And so, the Animal Diseases Research Association (ADRA) was born, the forerunner to the Moredun Research Institute

Bus given the green light

Six years later, ADRA received a donation of £1500 from its President to purchase and equip a mobile field laboratory. The aim was to use it to facilitate field investigations into livestock diseases. Power, lighting and a 14ft tent pole attached to the roof …

Construction is underway!

Our Renault Master chassis came fresh out of the box from France, arriving onto Scottish soil at the start of December 2019.

The body, which will house the mobile laboratory amongst other exciting additions, is being built from scratch at Lothian Vehicle Bodybuilders Ltd. in Bathgate, West Lothian.

Two of our colleagues went out to visit "Trucky" (real name still TBD!) just before the Christmas break to discuss our requirements.

We will post updates on the construction phase as and when we receive them, so keep checking back!

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Something is coming...

Welcome to 2020!  This year, we celebrate the centenary of the Moredun Foundation and everything it has achieved over the past 100 years.  When Moredun was first established in the 1920s, some of the work was carried out on board a refurbished bus that housed a mobile laboratory. The bus became something of an iconic image for Moredun over the years, and so we are pleased to announce that it is making a comeback in celebration of our Centenary in 2020... With a few updates!

The new bus will be used for outreach events where mobile technology will be taken out to the field, onto the farm and into schools. Our aim is to educate the wider public about our research and to promote the benefits of raising livestock with a high level of health and welfare.

(You can watch the video in full screen by clicking the box on the bottom right corner)

The bus is currently under construction with completion scheduled for March 2020.

We will be sharing its progress as it is being constructed on this bl…