The Royal Agricultural University is delighted to announce the Inaugural Lecture of Professor Toby Mottram, Douglas Bomford Chair of Agricultural Mechanisation at Cirencester.

Taking place on Wednesday 16th October at the Royal Academy of Engineering, Professor Mottram’s lecture will discuss ‘Beyond Boutflour: Towards the 20000 litre average cow’.

Professor Mottram explains that “food security was, and still is, a major challenge for the UK, and one of the many people who addressed that challenge was Robert Boutflour at the Royal Agricultural College Cirencester.  Sixty years ago Professor Boutflour showed how to produce over 10,000 litres of milk per year from cows bought from the Saturday market in Gloucester. He demonstrated that management was the key to achieving yields that were astonishing in his day and would still rank his herd highly.”

The lecture will present a program of research as to how we will improve management techniques to routinely produce 20,000 litres of milk from healthy long-lived cows. The systems described in this lecture will rely heavily on sensor based feedback control of all aspects of feeding, disease detection and animal management.

Professor Mottram has a wealth of experience both in applied research during his time at Silsoe Research Institute, where he did pioneering work on robotic milking, and more recently of commercial development through his own company eCow, which develops and markets electronic cow management systems. He also co-ordinated greenhouse gas research with Defra from 2010-2013 ( )

The Inaugural Lecture will take place on Wednesday 16th October at the Royal Academy of Engineering, London ( ) The lecture will begin at 7pm, introduced by George Freeman, Member of Parliament for Mid-Norfolk (, with drinks and networking at 6pm. Professor Mottram will also be hosting a post-lecture dinner at The Farmers Club, London.

Professor Mottram will also repeat his inaugural lecture at the Royal Agricultural University Cirencester, for those who cannot attend the London event. This will take place on Wednesday 23rd October at Cirencester, beginning at 6pm, with drinks and networking from 5pm.

To book your place at both events, or for further information, please contact