Ruminant Population Health

Cutting-edge research into the health and welfare of UK cattle and sheep

Welcome to the Ruminant Population Heath Research Group at The University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science.

We conduct cutting-edge research into the health and welfare of UK cattle and sheep, with a special focus on endemic disease in populations. Together, we aim to enhance knowledge of the causes, detection, treatment and prevention of disease and poor welfare. We transfer our research findings effectively throughout the relevant sectors to help the agricultural industry become more profitable, robust and sustainable.

We’re a thriving research community, proud to work in close collaboration with farmers, vets, retailers, consumers and a whole host of other stakeholders across the UK livestock industry. Our multidisciplinary research explores the experiences and attitudes of all of these groups and the impact they have on today’s farming practices – as well as tomorrow’s livestock industry.

Explore our research themes

To find out more about how our research makes an impact, explore the group’s research themes and projects.

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Dairy herd health

Working to improve the health and wellbeing of dairy cows, and the sustainability of the industry, by conducting research of international quality and collaborating with farmers to create powerful new resources for on-farm use.

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Sheep flock health

Spanning epidemiology, flock health welfare and production, our multidisciplinary research aims to improve the health and welfare of sheep flocks and drive positive change on UK farms.

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Precision livestock, big data and animal health and welfare analytics

Using both traditional on farm data collection and innovative technologies including wearable sensors and livestock-based internet of things, to capture ‘big data’ on ruminant health and welfare. 

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Stakeholder views and decision-making in ruminant health

Using sociology, psychology, economics and consumer science to understand the attitudes of farmers, vets, retailers and consumers – and their impact on the livestock industry.

Meet our research team

Our research team

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Ruminant Population Health

School of Veterinary Medicine and Science
University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
Leicestershire, LE12 5RD