Hi I’m Nicola! I have 25 years’ experience working on sheep research projects at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), mainly in the area of animal breeding. My research has 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 of sheep. More recently, my research has been concerned with understanding and selecting for new traits in sheep, such as greenhouse gas emissions, feed efficiency and disease resistance. I am part of the Integrated Land Management research group at SRUC, working at the Hill and Mountain Research Centre in the South and West Faculty. SRUC provides education, research, and consultancy services that aim to grow the natural economy and help to solve the challenges facing the planet, including climate change, biodiversity and access to nutritious food and clean water. My role in TechCare will focus on delivery of pilot trials to test technology that has potential to improve the welfare of sheep, mainly concentrating on sheep that are managed in extensive environments for the purpose of meat production.