Sir John Hammond Award

Sir John Hammond Award

The Society’s highest award, it is awarded to those working in research, teaching, advisory, farming or affiliated professions who have made a significant contribution to the science or development of animal production.

The award is highly selective and nominated candidates must be of high merit. Candidates must have worked mainly in the UK or the Republic of Ireland.

What is the Prize?
£500

How do I apply?
This award is based on nominations, please note that self-nominations will not be considered.
A nomination needs to be supported by three members of BSAS. Please complete the nomination form.

Nomination Deadline
Email your completed nomination form to Maggie Mitchell, Chief Executive by 31 December.

Who was Sir John Hammond?

Sir John Hammond arrived at Downing as an undergraduate in 1907 and for most of his career was a Fellow of the College. He also headed the School of Physiology of Animal Reproduction of the University of Cambridge and was a founder of the Cambridge Animal Research Station.

Hammond conducted classical studies on embryo survival in the early 1920s. His famous study Rate of Intra-uterine Growth (1938) showed that crossbred foetal foals grew at the rate of their dams' pure breed. He was the first to crystallise the theory of metabolic rate-dependent prioritising of nutrient partitioning between tissues. He was also the first to report the duration of oestrus for lactating cows (19.3 hours) and heifers (16.1 hours). He studied closely the major changes in animal shape resulting from the domestication and selective breeding of farm animals.

With Arthur Walton, Hammond was one of the pioneers of artificial insemination ('AI'). As he could not practice certain AI techniques in England, because of religious and cultural taboos, Hammond sponsored work in other countries where such limitations did not apply. He sent a colleague, Dr Luis Thomasset, to Russia to work on AI with the Soviets. He himself introduced AI to other countries, such as Argentina. His book The Artificial Insemination of Cattle (1947) was the first comprehensive publication on AI published in England.

Hammond founded the British Cattle Breeders Club in 1946 and was an active member in the early days of the European Association for Animal Production, serving on its Preparatory Committee. He ended his life as the guru of the British livestock world and is widely regarded as the father of modern animal physiology.


Nomination Form    

Past Recipients

2019 Kevin J Shingfield B.Sc, PhD

(posthumous award)
In recognition of a world leader in ruminant lipid metabolism, an inspired thinker and driver for a greater understanding of the link between rumen microbiology, ruminant genomics and metabolism and their impact on environmental pollutants and product quality.

2018 David Kenny B Agr.Sc, PhD

In recognition of outstanding contribution to an improved understanding of how nutrition affects the complex underlying biology regulating economically important traits in cattle, including feed efficiency, rumen methane emissions and male and female reproduction. 

2017 Elizabeth Magowan B.Sc., B Agr., PhD

In recognition of outstanding contribution to the development of sustainable pig production systems through delivery of applied research programmes, undertaken in partnership with the agricultural industry.

2016 John O’Doherty B.Agr.Sc (Hons), M.Agr.Sc, PhD, DSc

In recognition of outstanding contribution to animal science in addressing a variety of nutritional strategies on improving the efficiency and cost of pig production worldwide in the face of numerous challenges associated with increasing health and environmental legislation and feed costs.

2015 Michael R F Lee BSc (Hons), PhD, RAnimalSci, PGCTHE

In recognition of outstanding contribution to animal science by improving the understanding of the impact of forage traits on rumen fermentation, the efficiency of ruminant production and for contributing towards global sustainable livestock production.

2014 Eileen Wall BAgrSc, MAgrSc, PhD

In recognition of outstanding contribution to animal science through enhancing knowledge of the genetics of fitness and efficiency traits and the development of integrative animal sciences.

2013 Donagh Berry BAgrSc, MSc, PhD

In recognition of outstanding contribution to animal science through the development of close-to-implementation, state-of the-art genetic and genomic tools for use in next-generation animal breeding and production.

2012 Timothy W J Keady BAgrSc, PhD, DipComm

In recognition of outstanding contribution to animal science through research on forage production, conservation and utilization, applied nutrition, and product quality for dairy, beef and sheep systems, allied with your energy and commitment to technology transfer.

2011 Liam A Sinclair BSc, PhD

In recognition of outstanding contribution to research in applied ruminant nutrition particularly on forages for dairy cows, milk and meat quality and your excellent ability to communicate research findings to students, advisors and farmers.

2010 Melissa D Royal, BSc, PhD

In recognition of outstanding contribution in disseminating knowledge within teaching, industry and the science community and expertise in dairy cattle fertility.

2009 Stephen C Bishop BAgr Sci, PhD

In recognition of outstanding contribution to research in animal disease genetics, particularly to understanding genetic resistance of ruminants to nematode parasites and to exploring opportunities to breed animals for enhanced disease resistance by combining genetic and epidemiological approaches.

2008 Richard J Dewhurst MA, PhD

In recognition of outstanding contribution to research in rumen function and dairy nutrition, particularly in understanding nutrient utilisation and milk quality effects in high-forage systems, as well as  promotion of cross-disciplinary and non-invasive approaches to these questions.

2007 Nigel D Scollan BSc, PhD

In recognition of outstanding contribution to research in Animal Science, particularly on the development of concepts in relation to environmental impact and product quality of pastoral beef farming systems and influence on the future agenda of sustainable animal agriculture.

2006 Alistair Carson BAgr, PhD, ARAgS

In recognition of outstanding contribution to the development of sustainable sheep and dairy heifer rearing systems through underpinning applied research programmes, undertaken in partnership with the agricultural industry.

2005 Kevin Sinclair BSc, PhD

In recognition of outstanding contribution to the efficiency of ruminant reproduction through molecular and cellular experimental approaches and whole animal studies, and your ability to communicate the findings to scientists and farmers.

2004 John Woolliams, MA, Dip Math Stat, DSc

For outstanding contribution to the development of both theoretical and practical applications in the fields of animal breeding and the conservation of genetic resources.

2003 Iain Wright BSc, PhD

For outstanding contribution to research in Animal Science, particularly on the nutrition and reproductive biology of beef suckler cows, and to the development of grazing systems for beef cattle.

2002 Ilias Kyriazakis B Vet Med, MSc, PhD, MRCVS

For outstanding contribution to research in Animal Science, particularly the development of new theories of food intake and of relationships between food consumption and performance, nutrition and health, across farm animal species.  These have generated new models of food intake, diet selection and growth which have relevance, both for the development of biological understanding and for the livestock industries.

2001 Christopher Simon Haley BSc, PhD

In recognition of contribution to research in animal genetics, particularly genomic analysis and the identification of genes controlling commercially important traits in pigs. Also outstanding ability to communicate genetic principles to the animal science community.

2000 Christopher Reynolds BSc, PhD

For outstanding contribution to the understanding of nutrient metabolism in growing and lactating ruminants, and your  commitment to the application of these findings to the livestock industry.

1999

Not Awarded

1998 Ian Wilmut BSc, PhD

For outstanding contribution to developments in reproductive biology, notably the nuclear transfer technique, and  to their application in agriculture and biotechnology,

1997 Geoff Simm BSc, PhD

For outstanding contribution to the science and practice of genetic improvement for both sheep and cattle, and your exceptional skills of leadership and communication, applied with unstinting commitment to benefit ruminant livestock production.

1996 C Sinclair Mayne B Agr, PhD

For outstanding contribution to animal science, particularly your research into improving grassland utilization under grazing and conservation, with particular reference to dairy cow nutrition and production, and rule in transferring these advances to industry and the farmer.

1995 Janice I Harland BSc, PhD

In recognition of outstanding contribution to animal science, in particular your contribution to the knowledge and utilisation of fibre by ruminants and pigs,  role in driving forward technological advancement in the feed industry, and work in furthering the understanding of animal science to the wider audience.

1994 Cledwyn Thomas BSc, PhD

In recognition of outstanding contribution to animal production science, particularly your research on improving milk and meat production with forage based diets, and innate ability to stimulate interaction between policy makers, research scientists, farmers and those involved in commerce.

1993 Will Haresign BSc, PhD

In recognition of outstanding contribution to animal production, particularly research into the control of reproduction in sheep, your training of students and extensive editorial work in various areas of animal science.

1992 Margaret Gill
1991 Jeff D Wood
1990 John D Oldham
1989 A John Webb
1988 Anthony J Kempster
1987 E Robertson Orskov
1986 A John F Webster
1985

Not Awarded

1984 John J Robinson
1983 Colin T Whittemore
1982 R B Land
1981 J Hodgson
1980 J B Owen
1979 P J Broadbent
1978 W H Broster & I McDonald
1977 G E Lamming
1976 T R Preston
1975

Not awarded

1974

Not awarded

1973 F W H Elsley
1972

Not awarded

1971 E J C Polge
1970 St C S Taylor
1969

Not awarded

1968 D G Armstrong