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Ann McLaren

Future Farming Systems - Hill & Mountain Research Centre

Research interests

I am a research scientist based at SRUC’s Hill & Mountain Research Centre.
My main research interests include:

  • Investigating the genetic aspects of new/novel traits to help improve performance, production, health and welfare of livestock.
  • Assessing the relationships between genetic and environmental influences on livestock production systems.
  • Sheep breeding programmes
  • Hill sheep production systems

Selected research projects

Trade-offs between productivity and sustainability - RESAS (2016-21) funded project on assessing the overall sustainability of alternative upland sheep systems in terms of production, economic, animal health & welfare and wider environmental impacts.

Genetic analyses of novel traits derived from CT scanning for implementation in terminal sire breeding programmes – AHDB (2016-17) assessing the implementation of new computer tomography (CT) traits into current terminal sire genetic evaluations.

Genomics of mastitis in meat sheep – Innovate UK (2015-17) project to assess the identification of suitable phenotypes related to mastitis (and footrot) in meat sheep for future genomic selection.

PhD title – SRUC, University of Edinburgh, AHDB (2008-14 part-time) titled: “Optimising UK sheep breeding programmes by the inclusion of Genotype x Environment (GxE) interactions”.


I have given some lectures on the Animal Growth and Development and Livestock Production Technology courses as part of SRUC undergraduate courses. I have also supervised Agriculture and Animal Science students during their undergraduate honours projects.

Selected publications

Link to SRUC repository

Ann McLaren

Address: Future Farming Systems
Hill & Mountain Research Centre
Kirkton Farm
Crianlarich, FK20 8RU

Telephone: +44 1838 400 210