James Campbell, right, chairman and vice chairman David Workman congratulated Dr Gareth Arnott, centre, on becoming AgriSearch international dairy research fellow.

Dr Gareth Arnott has joined AgriSearch as a research fellow in international dairy production based at the Institute of Global Food Security in Queen’s University Belfast.

A native of Co Down, whose school and university holidays were spent milking cows, Dr Arnott will fulfil a key role in identifying dairy research results elsewhere in the world of potential value to milk producers in Northern Ireland and make this information easily available to farmers.

This will also allow him to identify gaps in current diary science knowledge thus helping guide the direction of locally conducted research.

AgriSearch as part of the European Cattle Innovation Partnership is already sharing research findings with other levy bodies and considering areas of possible future scientific collaboration.

An industry funded organisation AgriSearch, the NI Agricultural Research and Development Council, part funds trials of practical advantage to milk, beef and lamb producers.

Aside from this knowledge transfer role as a research fellow Dr Arnott will work closely with AFBI and AgriSearch to develop opportunities for scientific work aimed at ensuring the Ulster dairy sector is both profitable and competitive.

On graduating in biological science from the University of Bristol Gareth returned to Belfast to study for a MSc. and PhD in animal behaviour at QUB.   He then undertook further research into animal behaviour and welfare at the SRUC Roslin Institute, Edinburgh for almost four years and into behavioural ecology at the University of Melbourne having been awarded a McKenzie research fellowship.

Outside of research Dr Arnott enjoys dog training and distance running in which he has competed at international level.