Richard Dewhurst, head of future farming systems, Scotland’s Rural College, has been selected as the new president of the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS).
Dewhurst succeeds Liam Sinclair from Harper Adams University, who held the position for a year.
Speaking at the society’s annual conference in Chester, 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 (CAP).
“Having worked for a few years in New Zealand, I have seen first-hand how the industry functioned without subsidy payments," he said.
“I will be looking at what the new opportunities are for livestock production and how we can help the industry evolve."
At next year's conference in Dublin, Dewhurst said he would like to explore life outside the CAP.
“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 BSAS understand how Brexit might impact upon animal scientists and the wider livestock sector.
Last week the society 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.