• Easter Bush, Roslin Institute Building

    EH25 9RG Midlothian

    United Kingdom


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Research interests

My current research interests are around precision livestock farming (PLF)/agritech use and big data to improve ruminant production systems. This includes:

  • Investigating the use of multi-sensor systems to remotely assess the performance and efficiency of beef animals.
  • Modelling of agritech use to improve efficiencies on whole farm GHG emissions.
  • Physiological monitoring of youngstock as a method of early detection of disease.
  • Machine learning/data analytics to improve production systems.
  • Modernisation of guidelines for beef cattle feeding systems.
  • Assessment of electronic identification (EID) in bovine systems (transportation and traceability).
  • The use of novel biomarkers (N15) as a proxy for the performance of cattle and sheep.
  • Investigating novel diet additives as methane mitigation strategies and their effects of feed efficiency.
  • Applications of near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) in forage analysis.


2021-2021 SEFARI FELLOWSHIP. Agritech, Animal Health and Aquaculture: Improving Awareness and Links for Innovation Capacity in Scotland (£11k) PI.

2020-2021 SEFARI Spark Think Tank. Identifying research priorities for the use of Agri-tech to improve productivity efficiency and sustainability in beef & sheep livestock production systems (£10k). PI.

2018-2023 AHDB Feed into Beef: Re-defining nutrition standards for improving beef production efficiency. (£283k) Co-I.

2019-2023 Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) Technologies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity of pasture-based cattle systems (£125k) Co-I.

2016-2020 AHDB Monitoring Calf Health (£262k) Researcher.

2019-2020 Agolin SA Methane emissions and feed efficiency of finishing beef steers offered diets containing ‘Agolin Ruminant’ (£30k) Researcher.

2016-2022 RESAS Strategic Research Programme. WPs 2.3.1, 2.3.6 and 2.3.9

2015-2018 PrecisionBeef (£431k) Researcher.


I am currently involved in delivering the 1st year Information Technology: Applications Software 1 module.

I have previously been involved in teaching Energy losses and efficiency in agroecosystems (livestock systems).


Jenna is a postdoctoral researcher at SRUC's Beef and Sheep Research Centre. Her main interests are focussed on improving ruminant production systems, with particular interest in agritech use to improve efficiency and health. She has worked within the Beef and Sheep Research Centre since August 2016 after completing her PhD based at Teagasc and Aberystwyth University.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth University

30 Sep 201230 Sep 2016

Bachelor, Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences

1 Sep 20091 Jul 2012


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