Richard is Professor of Ruminant Nutrition & Production Systems and Head of Future Farming Systems Group at SRUC. He joined SRUC in 2013, having previous headed leading ruminant research units in Wales (IGER), New Zealand (Lincoln University) and Ireland (Teagasc). He is the author of over 100 primary research papers with an H-index of 32. He received the Sir John Hammond Memorial Award in 2008 and is current President of the British Society of Animal Science.
Richard’s research has made significant contributions at the interfaces between nutrition, product composition and rumen function - notably modelling of forage composition, dry cow feeding strategies, forages and fatty acids, fatty acids and fertility, and rumen diagnostics. Current research is developing markers for feed conversion efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions in ruminants and exploring host interactions with the intestinal microbiome. He was prominent in the establishment of Agri-EPI Centre Ltd.