30th August 2002
An animal scientist at the University of Lincoln has been co-opted onto the Council of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.
Professor Stephen Hall has been involved in research into rare breeds since his student project on the seaweed-eating sheep of North Ronaldsay, Orkney, in 1973.
This research led to a four-year project on the Chillingham Wild Cattle and then (at the laboratory of the late Professor Peter Jewell in Cambridge) to research on breed structures of rare sheep and pigs and the commercial evaluation of rare sheep.
He also co-authored a book with Dr Juliet Clutton-Brock entitled ‘200 Years of British Farm Livestock’ in 1988.
Professor Hall has worked in animal behaviour and welfare in France and at Cambridge Veterinary School and more recently studied traditional livestock systems and breeds in Africa.
“I’m particularly interested in global issues of conservation and sustainable development of livestock biodiversity,” he said.
Professor Hall joined De Montfort University in 1997 before the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture transferred to the University of Lincoln last year.
He has been a member of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust since 1977.
Between 1900 and 1973 more than 20 unique breeds of British farm animals became extinct. The Rare Breeds Survival Trust was founded in 1973 to conserve Britain’s native livestock heritage and no breed of British farm animal has become extinct since.
Professor Hall will oversee the launch of a new degree in Conservation Biology (Animal Behaviour) at the University of Lincoln next month.
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