Junior Vice-President (2019-2021)
Mark Rutter is Professor of Applied Animal Behaviour at Harper Adams University in Shropshire in the United Kingdom. His interest in the automatic recording of farm animal behaviour started with his undergraduate final year project at Leeds University in 1984 which recorded social dominance in dairy cows, and he led the first ever project to use GPS satellite navigation receivers to track domestic animals (hill sheep) in 1993. Mark has studied the behaviour and welfare of a wide range of animals, including beef and dairy cattle, sheep, goats, wild deer, laying hens and broilers. More recently, he has been applying his expertise in the emerging field of Precision Livestock Farming, helping agri-tech companies develop commercial, sensor-based systems to improve oestrus detection and monitor health in dairy cows. Recent research projects have investigated cattle preference for pasture, and ongoing research aims improve our understanding of the factors influencing lying comfort in dairy cows.