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NMR Take On Product Manager for Fatty Acid Profing Project

The granting of funding to NMR for a project on the impact of dairy herd management on fatty acid profiles and the development of its testing services has led to the appointment of Rachel Pennington as NMR product manager.

Rachel Pennington
NMR product manager: fatty acid project

Rachel Pennington, NMR product manager: fatty acid project

A graduate in agri-food production and with five years’ experience in the livestock and food industries, Rachel will co-ordinate the development of the NMR Group’s fatty acid profiling activities.

NML – the NMR Group’s milk testing and disease monitoring business - will provide fatty acid profiles on both bulk milk and individual cow samples as part of a four-year project co-funded by the Technology Strategy Board. NMR will work with the Scottish Agricultural College and Marks and Spencer to establish links with genetic and management factors.

Rachel will also work with research institutes to gain a better understanding of the relationship between the fatty acid profile and cow health, the health attributes of milk for humans and implications for the environment.

Originally from a mixed dairy farm in Shropshire, Rachel studied at Harper Adams University College and worked in ruminant nutrition with NWF Agriculture during her placement year. After graduating she worked for Heart of England fine foods as a marketing executive, then as a food technologist at Harper Adams. Rachel’s work experience to date supports her keen interest in food production from the farm to the plate.

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