Independent livestock sustainability consultant Dr Jude Capper is the winner of the 2021 Sir John Hammond Award.

The Award is made by the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) in collaboration with the British Cattle Breeders Club (BCBC) and goes to those who have made a significant contribution to livestock science through research, teaching, knowledge exchange, breeding, farming industry or affiliated professions. It was presented on the final day of the recent BSAS 2021 virtual conference.

Dr Capper’s research has focussed on the sustainability of livestock production systems, specifically for dairy and beef. She is currently working on projects relating to on-farm greenhouse gas emissions from UK beef production; climate footprints of smallholder farming; the impacts of livestock health and welfare on system sustainability; and technology use in South American beef production.

She is recognised for her communication of the importance of factors affecting livestock industry sustainability to enhance the knowledge and understanding of food production stakeholders from farmers through to policymakers, retailers and consumers.

“Dr Capper has played a significant role in promoting the understanding of sustainable livestock production, building on her research conducted in the US and the UK,” says BSAS president Professor Michael Lee.

“She is also helping the next generation of agriculturalists, through her activities in supporting the development of apprenticeships and her contributions to other national industry bodies. Jude has made an enormous contribution to understanding the role of livestock as part of a sustainable food system over the years and the awarding of the Sir John Hammond Memorial Prize demonstrates BSAS’ appreciation and recognition of all she has accomplished.”