Two supporters of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust were recognised for their long-term work in the cause of the charity’s work to conserve Britain’s rare and native livestock breeds.
Two supporters of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) were recognised for their long-term work in the cause of the charity’s work to conserve Britain’s rare and native livestock breeds at a presentation to launch the charity’s 2012 Watchlist.
Having nominated Tullis Matson of Stallion AI Services and founder RBST member John Brigg, the charity was delighted to see them both receiving Marsh Awards for their work.
The awards are the brainchild of Brian Marsh, chairman of the Marsh Christian Trust, who made the presentations at the Royal Society of Arts in London.
Tullis Matson received the Marsh Award for Conservation in Genetic Bio-Diversity for the technological advances he has brought to the field of equine semen collection and freezing in the UK and his work to further the knowledge of these processes.
Commenting on the work carried out by Mr Matson, RBST president Peter Titley said: “It is thanks to the work by Tullis and his staff that we have some breeds and certain bloodlines in the RBST gene bank which have been difficult to collect from in the past. In addition he has helped raise the profile of and confidence in the use of frozen stallion AI, which was not so well thought of only a decade ago.”
Mr Matson now guest lectures at a number of institutions, including Writtle College, and runs training courses in AI to pass on such techniques and knowledge to others.
John Brigg, a founder member and a Silver Badge holder of RBST, received a Lifetime Achievement Award. Prior to the formation of the trust, Mr Brigg was secretary to the Longhorn Cattle Society and was particularly responsible for greatly improving the fortunes of that breed. It was in this capacity that he first attend meetings at Stoneleigh, which led to the creation of the RBST under the chairmanship of Joe Henson.
Mr Titley added: “Both John and Tullis have made significant contributions to the work of livestock conservation that RBST exists to support. Without the efforts they have made in their specific spheres, some of our heritage breeds would still today be struggling to survive.”
- The Marsh Awards are designed to recognise, amongst others, unsung heroes from within the scientific fields of genetic biodiversity and conservation biology. Further details of the awards programme can be found here.