Kirsty is based in the School of Agriculture and Environment at Massey University, Palmerston North and has been involved in the New Zealand pork industry since beginning her post graduate studies in 2010. After completing a Masters in sow welfare, she went on to complete a PhD in 2016, investigating aspects of sow and piglet performance and behaviour in an alternative farrowing system. She is interested in practical, science-based research that benefits and enhances on-farm practice.
Kirsty provides science-based advice on aspects relevant to animal welfare. She is also involved in overseeing the on-farm welfare certification programme, PigCareTM, delivering stockperson training in areas covering animal welfare, behaviour, and handling; and works closely with our policy and technical personnel.