I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Bioveterinary Science before continuing at the University of Lincoln to study for my MSc by Research, for which I investigated how a pig’s cognitive processing may be affected by pregnancy. I have always had an interest in livestock, specifically pigs, and how science can be used to improve welfare and performance.
This project is focused on how nutrition can be used to improve welfare and performance of pigs. Commercially farmed pigs experience stressful events throughout their lifecycle and this stress can lead to aggressive behaviours. These are detrimental to the pig’s welfare, as well as performance and production. I have been researching how a mineral supplement may be used to reduce stress and aggressive behaviours, which in turn is likely to improve welfare and performance.