Animal & Veterinary Sciences
I have a wide range of applied research interests where the research outcomes directly benefit and impact the industry. Utilising large industry level datasets allow significant improvements for genetic evaluations of traits with economic Importance to the industry. Recent research has focused of utilising industry datasets and genomic selection to improve abattoir carcase traits (EUROP traits and VIA primal cuts), female fertility and calf survival.
I am also a current member of the ICAR Interbeef working group (2009 – current) and the British Cattle Breeders Club Committee, (2013 – current).
Genetic and non-genetic evaluation tools for accelerating improvement in beef cattle carcass traits within and across country
Sheep Genomics (Using SNP data in the sheep breeding programmes)
Each year I deliver several formal lectures on aspects of UK genetic evaluations for beef, sheep and dairy. The courses that I regularly teach on are the SRUC animal breeding and genetics undergrad module, the University of Edinburgh MSc animal breeding course and BCVA course for vets.
In addition I also supervise 2 PhD students as well as MSc students for their research projects.
Address: Animal & Veterinary Sciences, SRUC, Roslin Institute Building, Easter Bush, Midlothian EH25 9RG
Telephone: 0131 651 9311
Fax: 0131 535 3121