Karen O'Callaghan Lowe

Head of Ruminant

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Email: Karen.OCallaghan-Lowe@ahdb.org.uk

Mobile: 07759 586321

Karen leads the Ruminant Knowledge Exchange Team. She joined the AHDB DairyLeader team in 2018, progressed to leading the Dairy Knowledge Exchange team in 2019 and in April 2021 Karen moved to the Head of Ruminant KE role.  The Ruminant team cover knowledge exchange for Dairy, Beef & Lamb. 

Based in North Staffordshire, before joining AHDB, Karen enjoyed 15 years full time farming beef & sheep, contract calf rearing and running an equine tourism diversification business on farm alongside being aMum.

Her early career began with an Animal Physiology and Nutrition degree from Leeds University, followed by work as a nutritional scientist with ADAS Drayton’s Feed Evaluation Unit and the Dairy Hygiene Inspectorate. In 2003, she graduated from the University of Liverpool with a PhD in Veterinary Clinical Science, having spent four years researching and treating lameness in dairy cattle. 

Livestock farming and working with people has always been at the centre of life and career for Karen. She thoroughly enjoys working with AHDB and appreciates the opportunity it provides to work with like-minded people making a difference supporting livestock farmers throughout the UK. 

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