29th March 2006




A professor from the University of Lincoln who has devoted most of his professional career to the study of rare breeds is giving an inaugural lecture on Tuesday 4th April on the biodiversity of British farm animals.

In his talk entitled, ‘Our living heritage: Britain's livestock biodiversity’, Professor Stephen Hall will discuss livestock biodiversity and why it is integral to our culture, history, environment, economy and, most importantly, our future.

According to Professor Hall Britain's agriculture is changing in ways which often seem bewildering.

“Connections between farming and the rest of society are probably weaker than they have ever been,” said Professor Hall. “It is easy today to forget that for thousands of years farm animals have been fundamental to, and have shaped, our society and culture.

“Our wealth of native breeds reflects the range of uses to which farm animals have been put, and the diversity of the biological, social and commercial environments that they inhabit. In this lecture I consider how this biodiversity arose, why it is of value for our present and future, and how its conservation and sustainable development can be achieved.”

Professor Stephen Hall came to the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture in August 1997, and is now Professor of Animal Science at the University of Lincoln.

He previously held research appointments at the Overseas Development Institute, London, the Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine and the Physiological Laboratory, Cambridge and the CNRS, France. His book ‘Livestock Biodiversity’ was published by Blackwells in 2004.

The lecture on Tuesday 4th April, in the Jackson Lecture Theatre on the Brayford Pool campus, starts at 6pm. To book a place please contact Miss Alex Gray on 01522 837003.

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