Dr Laura Beeson, who recently completed her PhD focusing on super-dosing of phytase in broilers, has joined feed manufacturer ABN as its new poultry product development nutritionist.

Dr Beeson graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2012 with a degree in Animal Science, and followed this with a PhD at the SRUC. In 2013 she was awarded the British Poultry Council Scholarship for 2013 to recognise the quality of her PhD research. 

“During my degree, I carried out a work placement with AB Vista, which, like ABN, is a division of AB Agri,” says Dr Beeson. She continues: “I was particularly interested to get involved with the commercial application of scientific work and how this could make a difference at a farm level. Consequently, my new job role involves looking at the ways in which we can improve our products to support bird health and productivity, and understand and develop the best ways in which our products meet the needs of our customers.”

ABN has made major and sustained investment in research and development, which supports the team. Dr Beeson comments: “There is no such thing as a typical day at ABN. Things are always developing as we’re involved with a lot of R&D work. One day I could be reviewing scientific literature to inform trial work. Another day, I could be working closely with the commercial team, to discuss and implement relevant findings from trials we’ve been carrying out that may help support our customers in meeting their end goals.

“I find it particularly rewarding when concepts from our research can be applied commercially, providing benefit to producers and the industry. For example, the industry currently faces big challenges from antibiotic resistance and avian influenza, but we know nutrition has a role to play in maintaining a sustainable poultry industry in light of these issues. It’s an exciting time to be involved with poultry nutrition.

“In the next five years, I hope to be continually challenged and strive to remain at the forefront of scientific developments within ABN,” concludes Dr Beeson.