Hi I'm
Dr Carol-Anne Duthie

  • Position: Head of Beef and Sheep Research Centre
  • Location: South East Scotland
  • Expertise:
    • Agriculture, Crops and Soils
    • Climate, Environment and Wildlife
    • Livestock and Fishing
    • Technology

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I am an animal scientist in the Agriculture, Horticulture and Engineering Sciences Department. I started my academic journey at the University of Aberdeen in the 1990’s, studying animal science and agriculture. From this point I was determined to pursue a career in Agriculture with a focus on livestock production science.
Following my studies in Aberdeen I moved to SRUC in Edinburgh to undertake a PhD in animal breeding. One of the key things I learned as an early-career researcher was to be flexible and open to new ideas.
Since my PhD I have continued my research career at SRUC where I have been fortunate to have worked with academic colleagues throughout the UK and internationally across a range of areas, such as animal breeding, production efficiency, climate change, meat science and more recently precision livestock farming. This has led to some memorable collaborations as far afield as New Zealand.
As a researcher I am focussed on working closely with the industry and delivering practical solutions to address real challenges – this is where I get a real buzz! These days you will find me at the Beef and Sheep Research Centre where I have a fantastic group of colleagues. As well as research I supervise PhD students and deliver lectures to undergraduate students.
Away from work I like to spend time outdoors. You can normally find me in a field somewhere competing in agility with my two border collies or spending time in the hills with friends and family.

Areas of expertise and interests

  • Agriculture, Crops and Soils
  • Climate, Environment and Wildlife
  • Livestock and Fishing
  • Technology

I'm currently working on

  • precision farming technologies to optimise the efficiency of beef production
  • novel technologies for early-health detection in dairy-bred calves
  • new techniques for measuring methane from cattle
  • methane mitigation strategies for cattle

My professional highlights

  • former chair of the British Society of Animal Science Strategy and Innovation Committee
  • current member of the British Society of Animal Science Awards Committee
  • director of the Scottish Accreditation Board
  • review editor for Frontiers in Animal Science (Precision Livestock Farming)
  • Member of KTN’s Animal Sector Advisory Board

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