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I have been working for SRUC for 15 years, mainly working on sheep breeding research projects. Since 1997, I have been closely involved with the work of the CT unit, undertaking a PhD based on CT scanning of breeding hill ewes to assess seasonal tissue changes. The sheep genetic projects that I have been involved in have mainly been associated with breeding for improvements in carcass and meat quality, alongside traditional production and reproductive traits, and have considered both hill and terminal sire breeds. These projects have also involved evaluation of several techniques for measuring carcass and meat quality in live animals and carcasses, including ultrasound, CT, video image analysis and several mechanical, chemical and sensory meat quality tests. I have more recently been involved in similar projects with beef cattle and pigs.
I am currently involved in projects concerned with increasing the economic viability and product quality of sheep and beef production systems, whilst minimising negative environmental impacts of such systems.
Neil Clelland - Use of computer tomography based predictors of meat quality in sheep breeding programmes
I teach modules on Animal Growth and Development , Livestock Production Technology and Breeding for better welfare as part of SRUC undergraduate courses.
Address: Animal & Veterinary Sciences, SRUC, Kirkton Farm, Crianlarich FK20 8RU
Fax: 01838 400 248