Simone’s scientific career has focused on forage nutrition – from field agronomy and studies of feeding values, through to controlled research experiments into forage preference, digestibility and nutrient metabolism.
With more than 70 peer-reviewed articles to her name, Simone’s research spans cattle, horses, deer and sheep. She is respected internationally in both agricultural and veterinary science research circles and regularly presents at international conferences.
Simone has refereed for international scientific publications, including the British Journal of Nutrition, and has served on the Board of Scientific Reviewers for the American Veterinary Medical Association.
She most recently worked for AgResearch (New Zealand), leading the ruminant nutrition and greenhouse gas mitigation team, preceded by 10 years at Massey University (New Zealand), where she was a senior lecturer in ruminant and equine nutrition. Earlier in her career, Simone spent two years at the Rowett Research Institute (United Kingdom) investigating the biochemistry of protein metabolism.
Alongside her scientific and nutrition consultancy work, Simone farms her own 40-hectare block in the Manawatu, New Zealand, fattening red deer and beef.
Simone has ridden horses since she was 13 and completed her Pony Club H Certificate with Lower Hutt’s Belmont Pony Club. Her earlier riding years included showjumping to B grade (130cm) and intermediate-level eventing. In recent years, Simone’s equestrian passion has become classical dressage and she is currently working on the Spanish walk and levade, as well as teaching her two young children to ride. She is also a hobby-scale breeder of Welsh and Spanish ponies and sport horses.