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Mayne Elected BSAS President

by 5m Editor
14 April 2009, at 8:19am

UK - Dr Sinclair Mayne, Departmental Scientific Adviser with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, was recently elected President of the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) at the Society's Annual Conference in Southport in April.


Dr Sinclair Mayne
new President of the British Society of Animal Science

Dr Mayne has worked in research and development for over 25 years, initially at the Grassland Research Institute in England, and then at the Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland, Hillsborough, which became part of the Agri Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) in 2006. His research work has focused on grass production and utilisation and improving the efficiency of milk production systems. Following the creation of AFBI in 2006, he became Head of Agriculture Branch and in February this year he was appointed Departmental Scientific Adviser with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Dr Mayne has published and communicated results of his research work both nationally and internationally at scientific conferences and farmer meetings. He received the British Society of Animal Science Hammond Memorial Award in 1996 for "research in grassland utilisation under grazing and conservation" and the British Grassland Society Award (2001) for "contribution to the understanding and application of grassland and forage crop husbandry and technology." He was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Agricultural Societies in 2004.

The British Society of Animal Science was founded in January 1944, with the objective of enhancing the understanding of animal science. The Society has around 1,000 members with members from research, education, advisory services, and industry and farming backgrounds.

Plans are already well advanced to host the Society's Annual Conference, which attracts around 300 delegates, in Belfast in 2010. This will be the first time in the Society's 66 year history that the Annual Conference has moved outside England or Scotland, although a number of very successful occasional meetings have been held previously in Northern Ireland.

The theme for the 2010 Annual Conference will be 'Food, Feed, Energy and Fibre from Land - A Vision for 2020' with the conference addressing future challenges and opportunities for land use. The Conference will be held in Queen's University, Belfast from 12 to 14 April 2010.