Prof Richard Dewhurst elected as BSAS President

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Head of Future Farming Systems Group at SRUC, Professor Richard Dewhurst, has been elected as the new President of the British Society of Animal Science.

He succeeds Professor Liam Sinclair from Harper Adams University, who held the position for a year.  

Speaking at the Society’s annual conference in Chester, Professor Dewhurst said one of his main focus areas will be looking at how the livestock farming industry can develop under different models of agricultural support outside the Common Agricultural Policy.

“Having worked for a few years in New Zealand, I have seen first-hand how the industry functioned without subsidy payments.

I will be looking at what the new opportunities are for livestock production and how we can help the industry evolve,” he said.

At next years’ conference in Dublin, Prof Dewhurst said he would like to explore life outside of the Common Agricultural Policy.

“We will be bringing in plant scientists, soil scientists and economists, so we can look at the bigger picture,” he added.

One of his first challenges will be helping the Society respond to Brexit.

Last week, BSAS launched a five-point action plan which sets out key areas policy makers need to focus on to ensure the long-term sustainability of UK livestock production and research. Read more

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anonymous's picture

Dear Richard,

I just read this press release ... Congratulations, I am confident that you are the best choice.

Best wishes,

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