Support nutritionist, Eloise Lawlor, joined Premier Nutrition in 2016 after graduating from the University of Nottingham with a BSc in Animal Science and MSc specialising in Animal Nutrition. Below, we find out more about her role and ambitions for the future.
Q. Have you always had an interest in the feed and farming industry?
A: I grew up in South London, which was a world away from the agricultural industry. Originally, I wanted to be a small animal vet, but that didn’t work out for me. So, I gained work experience with vets, livery yards and on dairy farms, which led me to study Animal Science at university, which is where I discovered my passion for animal nutrition and feed.
Q. What does your role as support nutritionist involve?
A. I currently work as part of the poultry team, supporting in an array of different areas. On a daily basis, I’m busy working with suppliers and customers, ranging from those mixing their own rations on-farm, to the big integrators providing feed for numerous farm businesses.
In addition to this, I carry out a lot of research projects. For example, I’ve been investigating new raw ingredients, which includes both practical and desk-based research. I also produce an annual crop survey using arable harvest results.
Q. How has your role progressed since joining the Premier Nutrition team?
A. I’ve already learnt so much in my time at Premier and worked in several roles, which have all helped to progress my knowledge. I started out as an assistant support nutritionist before progressing to my current position, through hands-on experience and training.
In addition to my current role, I’ve recently finished a year-long secondment as an NIR (Near Infra-Red) specialist, working with the quality team to develop the use of NIR within the business.
Throughout my time at Premier I’ve been a part of the Formula 24 sustainability team, getting involved with several campaigns, from volunteering to reducing waste both within the office and production.
Q. What’s your favourite part of the role?
A. I’m lucky to have lots of opportunities to travel throughout the UK and Europe, meeting new and existing customers, suppliers and stakeholders along the way. It’s very different to the London lifestyle I grew up with, but I really enjoy the challenge.
The whole atmosphere of the company is great. We have a good team spirit and work closely with members of other species teams, sharing ideas and experience to ensure our customers receive the best possible service.
Q. Have you completed any training courses or additional qualifications?
A. Yes, I’ve taken part in lots of training in my two and a half years with the company. Most notably I was put through FAR (Feed Advisers Register) training. So, I’m a now qualified member of the Register, and I regularly keep my knowledge up to date with online training modules.
Q. What are your ambitions for your future at Premier Nutrition?
A. In the short term I’d like to continue developing within my role. But in the long run I’d really like to work towards becoming a fully-qualified poultry nutritionist, working directly with customers, and advising them on all aspects of feeding and management.