SRUC SCIENTIST Dr Joanne Conington has won a prestigious award from the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP), in recognition of her career and service to the livestock sector.

In 1992, Dr Conington took up a post as a Livestock Geneticist at SRUC leading on the development of breeding programmes for sheep. Nearly three decades later – having completed a PhD in Animal Breeding while raising three young boys and being made a Reader in Applied Livestock Genetics – she is head of the Department of Agriculture, Horticulture and Engineering Sciences at SRUC’s Central Faculty.

If Covid-19 restrictions allow, she will receive the award at the annual meeting of the EAAP in Davos, Switzerland, in September.

“I am deeply honoured," said Dr Conington. "To be recognised by my peers in academia and industry is the icing on the cake. It’s amazing.”

EAAP president, Isabel Casasús, said: “Jo has made remarkable contributions in the field of genetic and genomics of sheep efficiency, with special emphasis on ewe longevity and the survival of the offspring. Her service to EAAP, particularly in the Sheep and Goat Scientific Commission, has been very valuable to our community.”

Chief Executive of the British Texel Sheep Society, John Yates, added: “I am delighted to see Jo’s excellent work in livestock research recognised by EAAP. Jo has, throughout her career, made an outstanding contribution to the livestock sector through her research work and has also inspired many others along the way. Her dedication, passion and knowledge of her subject is second to none and she brings immense value to every project she is associated with.”