Hartpury Agri-Tech Centre

The agricultural industry is going through unprecedented change to meet the food demands of a growing global population. New technologies are being integrated for their unrivalled ability to drive growth in a sustainable way.

The Hartpury Agri-Tech Centre will give farmers, agricultural businesses and our students greater access to commercially proven technology. We will showcase the latest smart farming practices and techniques available to the livestock industry through knowledge transfer and practical demonstration.

This exciting Tech-to-Plate project will support Gloucestershire's farming businesses to increase productivity and profitability. The project will work side by side with industry, offering realistic practical demonstrations and the latest technical information to help put Gloucestershire on the map for agricultural innovation.

We’re at the start of a revolution in farming as technology begins to transform the way our food is produced. This includes robotic fruit pickers, crop inspection by drone, and use of precision data to boost productivity and protect the environment. Making these technologies work in farm conditions is a real challenge and that is where the Hartpury Agri-Tech project comes into its own.

David Harrison Farming and Agriculture Sector Lead, NFU Mutual

Facilities

The Agri-Tech Hub
Access key information and case studies about smart farming technology used across the commercial beef, sheep and dairy sectors, including live information from our own commercial farm.

Livestock Handling Unit
Experience the latest cattle handling technologies in our state-of-the-art handling unit. Our viewing gallery will allow you to see live demonstrations in practice.

Biosecurity Building
Biosecurity is at the forefront of our project.
This area showcases best practice around protecting farms from disease and pest transfer through modern biosecurity measures.

Industry research and events

The Agri-Tech Centre encourages industry-led research to improve farm productivity and address common issues facing the industry.

Industry professionals and tech manufacturers use our Home Farm facilities to help shape innovation and technology advancements.

Our hands-on events, live data gathering and on-farm demonstrations enable the sheep, beef and dairy sectors to have a voice and help shape innovation and technology advancements using their own practical experiences.

The Hartpury Agri-Tech Centre is an opportunity to give back to industry producers and to drive new ideas. Through first-hand experience of technology in practice, farmers can be sure that investments they make will suit and improve their business.

Ben Thompson Agri-Tech Project Manager