Dr Robert Wilkinson

Dr Robert Wilkinson BSc, MSc, PhD

Principal Lecturer 

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Tel: +44 (0)1952 815326
Fax: +44 (0)1952 814783
Academic Department: Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences
Research profile: ORCID

Teaching Duties

Currently teaching animal nutrition and related animal science subjects to MSc, BSc and FdSc students. In addition contributing to range of short courses for industry including the Diploma in Ruminant Nutrition (Dip RN) and AMTRA.

Research Interests

Interested in energy/protein interactions in ruminants, production and utilisation of alternative forages and manipulation of the fatty acid composition of ruminant products. Recent research has concentrated on late pregnancy nutrition of ewes and the effects of fatty acids and vitamin E on neonatal lamb vigour.



Professional Memberships

  • Member British Society of Animal Science
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy



Research projects

Module Leader

Publications

  • Hart, K.J., Huntington, J.A., Wilkinson, R.G., Bartam, C.G. and Sinclair, L.A. (2015) The influence of grass silage-to-maize silage ratio and concentrate composition on methane emissions, performance and milk composition of dairy cows. Animal 9 (6): 983-991
  • Weerasinghe, W.M.P.B., Wilkinson, R.G. Lock, A.L. Veth, M.J.de., Bauman, D.E. and Sinclair, L.A. (2012) Effect of a supplement containing trans-10, cis-12 conjugated linoleic acid on the performance of dairy ewes fed two levels of metabolisable protein at a restricted energy intake. Journal of Dairy Science 95 (1): 109-116
  • Kasapidou, E., Wood, J.D., Richardson, R., Sinclair, L.A., Wilkinson, R.G. and Enser, M. (2012) Effect of vitamin E supplementation and diet on fatty acid composition and on meat colour and lipid oxidation of lamb leg steaks displayed in modified atmosphere packs. Meat Science 90 (4): 908-916
  • Ramirez, A.D., Humphries, A.C., Woodgate, S.L. and Wilkinson, R.G. (2012) Greenhouse gas life-cycle assessment of products arising from the rendering of animal by-products in the UK. Environmental Science and Technology 46: 447-453
  • Hart, K.J., Sinclair, L.A., Wilkinson,R.G. and Huntington, J.A. (2011) Effect of whole-crop pea (Pisum sativum L.) silages differing in condensed tannin content as a substitute for grass silage and soybean meal on the performance, metabolism and carcase characteristics of lamb. Journal of Animal Science 89: 3663-3676
  • Kirby, M., Brizuela, C. and Wilkinson, R. (2010) Investigation of farmers' perspectives on the disposal of fallen livestock and animal by-products in Great Britain. Veterinary Record 167: 606-609
  • Sinclair, L.A., Weeransinghe, W.M.P.B., Wilkinson, R.G., Veth, M.J. de., Bauman, D.E. (2010) A supplement containing trans-10, cis-12 conjugated linoleic acid reduces milk fat yield but can alter organ weight or body fat deposition in lactating ewes. Journal of Nutrition 140 (11): 1949-1955
  • Sinclair, L.A., Hart, K.J., Wilkinson, R.G. and Huntington, J.A. (2009) Effects of inclusion of whole-crop pea silages differing in their tannin content on the performance of dairy cows fed high or low protein concentrates. Livestock Science 124: 306-313
  • Kasapidou, E., Enser, M., Wood, J.D., Richardson, R.I., Wilkinson, R.G. and Sinclair, L.A. (2009) Influence of vitamin E supplementation and basal diet on the vitamin E status, performance and tissue fatty acid concentration in lambs. Animal 3 (4): 516-526
  • Lloyd, A.S., Martin, J.E., Borrett-Gauci, H.L.I. and Wilkinson, R.G. (2008) Horse personality: Variation between breeds. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 112: 369-383
  • Capper, J.L., Wilkinson, R.G., Mackenzie, A.M. and Sinclair, L.A. (2007) The effect of fishoil supplementation of pregnant and lactating ewes on milk production and lamb performance Animal 1:6 889-898
  • Lloyd, A.S., Martin, J.E., Borrett-Gauci, H.L. and Wilkinson, R.G. (2007) Evaluation of a novel method of horse personality assessment: Rater-agreement and links to behaviour. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 105 205-222
  • Capper, J.L., Wilkinson, R.G.,Mackenzie, A.M. and Sinclair, L.A. (2006) Polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation during pregnancy alters neonatal behaviour in shhep Journal of Nutrition 136 397-403
  • Capper, J.L., Wilkinson, R.G., Kasapidou, E., Pattinson, S.E., Mackenzie, A.M. and Sinclair, L.A. (2005) The effect of dietary vitamin E and fatty acid supplementation of pregnant and lactating ewes on placental and mammary transfer of vitamin E to the lamb. British Journal of Nutrition 93 549-557
  • Elmore, S.J., Cooper, S.L., Enser, M., Mottram, D.S., Sinclair, L.A., Wilkinson, R.G. and Wood, J.D. (2005) Dietary manipulation of fatty acid composition in lamb meat and its effect on the volatile aroma compounds of grilled lamb. Meat Science 69 233-242.
  • Chikunya, S., Demirel, G,. Enser, M. Wood, J.D., Wilkinson, R.G and Sinclair, L.A. (2004) Biohydrogenation of dietary n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and stability of ingested vitamin E in the rumen and their effects on microbial activity in sheep. British Journal Nutrition 91 539-550.
  • Cooper, S.L., Sinclair, L.A., Wilkinson, R.G., Enser, M and Wood, J.D. (2004) Manipulation of the n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid content of muscle and adipose tissue in lambs. Jounal of Animal Science 82 1461-1470.
  • Demirel, G., Wachira, A.M., Sinclair, L.A., Wilkinson, R.G., Wood, J.D. and Enser , M. (2004) Effects of dietary n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, breed and dietary vitamin E on the fatty in lamb muscle, liver and adipose tissue. British Journal of Nutrition 91 551-565.
  • Richardson, J.M., Wilkinson, R.G. and Sinclair, L.A. (2003) Synchrony of nutrient supply to the rumen and dietary energy source and their effects on the growth and metabolism of lambs. Journal of Animal Science 81: 1332 - 1347.
  • Sinclair, L.A., Wilkinson, R.G. and Ferguson, D.M.R. (2003) Effects of crop maturity and cutting height on the nutritive value of fermented whole crop wheat and milk production in dairy cows. Livestock Production Science 81: 257 - 269.
  • Wachira, A.M., Sinclair, L.A., Wilkinson, R.G., Enser, M., Wood, J.D. and Fisher, A.V. (2002) Effects of dietary fat source and breed on the carcass composition, n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid and conjugated linoleic acid content of sheepmeat and adipose tissue. British Journal of Nutrition 88: 697 - 709.
  • Wachira, A.M., Sinclair, L.A., Wilkinson, R.G., Hallett, K., Enser, M. and Wood, J.D. (2000) Rumen biohydrogenation of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and their effect on microbial efficiency and nutrient digestibility in sheep. Journal of Agricultural Science 135: 419 - 428.
  • Wilkinson, R.G., Sinclair, L.A., Powles, J and Minter, C.M. (2000) Response of lactating ewes grazing grass to variations in effective rumen degradable protein and digestible undegradable protein supply from concentrate supplements. Animal Science 71: 369 -379

Additional Information

Books and book chapters

McDonald,P., Edwards, R.A., Greenhalgh, J.F.D., Morgan, C.A., Sinclair, L.A. and Wilkinson, R.G. (2011) Animal Nutrition (7th edition). Pearson Education Limited, Harlow UK. 

Sinclair, L.A. and Wilkinson, R.G. (2000). Feeding Systems for Sheep. In: Feeding Systems and Feed Evaluation Models (eds M.K. Theodorou and J. France). CAB International Ltd, Wallingford UK.

Other Roles

Reviewer for the Higher Education Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)



Tel: +44 (0)1952 815326
Fax: +44 (0)1952 814783
Academic Department: Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences
Research profile: ORCID

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