• Easter Bush, Roslin Institute Building

    EH25 9RG Midlothian

    United Kingdom

20122021

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Research interests

My research interests focus in the area of ruminant (beef and sheep) systems. More specifically:
•    Measurement of GHG emissions from beef and sheep systems (housed and grazing).
•    Development and validation of proxy measures of GHGs from ruminants.
•    Mitigation strategies for GHG emissions from ruminant production.
•    Development of technologies for continuous, automated and real-time monitoring of animals on-farm, including monitoring of GHG emissions.
•    Development of animal mounted sensors (new sensors and novel uses for sensors on the market), 
•    Prediction of slaughter characteristics in live animals to increase production efficiency/profitability.
•    Development of improved nutrition models for use in the beef industry to improve efficiency.

Projects

  • 2021-2021 DEFRA. Methane-inhibiting livestock feed supplements: review of net impacts, barriers to success and consumer acceptance (£85k) CO-I. 
  • 2019-2020 SEFARI Fellowship with NFU Scotland: Producing materials summarising the current understanding of Scottish agriculture and GHG emissions aimed at NFU Scotland members (£13,800) PI. 
  • 2019-2020 Agolin SA Methane emissions and feed efficiency of finishing beef steers offered diets containing ‘Agolin Ruminant’ (£30,000) PI. 
  • 2018-2023 AHDB Feed into Beef: Re-defining nutrition standards for improving beef production efficiency (£282,500) Co-I with Richard Dewhurst and Jenna Bowen 
  • 2019-2023 InnovateUK. OPTI-BEEF: Precision agricultural solution to monitor lifetime productivity and product quality (£1.3M). Researcher 
  • 2018-2022 EU Horizon 2020. (INFRAIA-2017-01 call, 2018-2022). SMARTCOW: An integrated infrastructure for increased research capability and innovation in the European cattle sector. (£365k) Researcher 
  • 2017-2019 SARIC NERC. Novel animal-mounted sensor technology to improve efficiency and sustainability. (252k) Researcher
  • 2014-2018 Innovate UK. Beef Monitor. (£1.3M) Researcher.  

Supervision

PhD student (2020-present) Improving the efficiency of beef production through the use of precision farming technologies and machine learning techniques. Joint with University of Edinburgh 

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