Over £4.7 million has been invested in creating a new laboratory for the Cattle Information Service (CIS).

The new lab for CIS, which is a farmer-owned provider of milk recording and health testing services for dairy farmers, is located at the new headquarters of Holstein UK in Telford.

The new site covers 1,557 square metres which is over double the area that the business previously occupied at its old Spier House site.

Investment has seen all testing machines upgraded to new-generation technology with dedicated areas for testing milk samples, cattle blood tests and tissue samples. 

Head of laboratory operation for CIS, Dena Snidall, said: “Our new laboratory now features the most up to date FOSS testing technology to be operating in the UK. 

“We have installed four FOSS 7 machines with the capacity to process 20,000 samples per day.  

“There has also been investment in our Animal Health department, with additional equipment to enable us to increase our testing capabilities.”

The new testing facility is under a quality management system and is UKAS accredited to ISO/IEC.

It will operate seven days a week and include environmental measures aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 6539t/year.

CIS said employment opportunities have been provided to the local community as the business grows and income will be generated for the group and local businesses from hosting external meetings and conferences.

The new Holstein UK headquarters are named Scope House in honour of former group chief executive Sue Cope to recognise her contribution to the society and celebrating her legacy.

Before her illness, Holstein UK said Cope dedicated a huge amount of time and effort to securing and refurbishing the new headquarters to futureproof the society.