Caroline Mitchell (Kealey)  -  Investigate developing and existing technologies for carcass grading and payment that can improve UK meat quality through producer/processor incentivisation.

Worshipful Company of Butchers

Having grown up on Beef, Dairy and Arable farm in West Yorkshire, I was always aware of the agricultural industry. However, it wasn’t until I actually had an Applied Biology honours degree from University of Nottingham under my belt and no idea what I wanted to do with it, that I started looking at agriculture more closely.

In May 2006 I started working for JSR Genetics Ltd.  JSR Genetics has established a global brand for profitable pig production with an unparalleled range of top quality breeding stock and semen and an exemplary health scheme, which assures customers of total biosecurity. Our aim is to breed pigs that perform profitably for the producer and create pork which is of exceptional eating quality for the consumer.

What started off as two weeks work experience to develop my CV, soon ended up being a full time job and after a year with the company I was approached with the a proposal to study an MSc in Meat Science and Technology part-time, sponsored by BPEX, at Bristol University while working in the JSR Research and Genetics Department. Such an opportunity didn’t take that much thinking about!

I have now been with JSR Genetics Ltd for nearly 12 years and I was appointed Director of Meat Science in 2014. In 2011 I established the JSR Food Quality Centre and as part of my role at JSR I lead a team that consults industry, both in the UK and internationally, on production of all meat products, specialising in consumer acceptance and supply chain optimisation of pork. With the UK market share held by pork declining, my unique position is aimed at reversing the downward trend in pork sales and maintaining a sustainable industry.  

In addition I am now nearing the end of my second term of office with the National Pig Association: Allied Industry Group Committee and have been the UK representative for the International Congress of Meat Science and Technology since 2010. I am also industry supervisor for multiple research projects at the University of Western England, sit on the Management group for the EU COST action CA15215 and am a member of the EU PiG Thematic Group – Meat Quality.

When I’m not working, or traveling the country visiting friends, I spend my time at home on my husband’s family farm in Lincolnshire. At home I am currently getting to grips with being a beekeeper and fighting a losing battle with the rabbits in my garden.  

I am extremely grateful to The Worshipful Company of Butchers for sponsoring my Nuffield Scholarship and I look forward to embarking on this exciting project.