Following the completion of my BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and MSc in Animal Biology and Welfare I went on to gain my PhD on 'The welfare implications of grazing high yielding dairy cows' from Harper Adams University. The research focused on investigating whether dairy cattle have a preference to be indoors or at pasture and to determine what factors affect this preference. Following my PhD I moved to British Columbia, Cananda to work as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. I worked on a large epidemiological study 'Improving cow comfort to increase cow longevity in tie-stalls and free-stalls in Canadian dairy herds'.
I am currently involved in the DASIE (Dairy Animal Sensor Integrated Engineering) project which aims to improve dairy cow health and welfare through the use of sensor technology.
The project focuses on data and farm system integration, as well as the development of dedicated sensor technology which will enable dairy farmers to improve cattle health and welfare through continuous monitoring of animal behaviour.
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The DASIE project has been co-funded by the UK’s innovation agency – Innovate UK, and is led by IceRobotics Ltd in association with Harper Adams, Muller and Kingshay.
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