BSAS Net Zero Carbon UK Livestock: Meeting the Targets - Mark Young

24 Nov 2021

We are delighted to introduce CIEL’s Head of Innovation, Dr Mark Young, who will be joining the stellar panel at our ‘Net Zero Carbon UK Livestock: Meeting UK Livestock Targets’ event on the 3rd of December.

Mark’s presentation – ‘Net Zero Livestock – A brief introduction: Why we farm animals. How & where we farm animals’, will examine the reasons why we farm animals, and the attributes they have, which lend themselves to agricultural production. He will also draw in the idea of land type and its suitability for different types of agriculture, while explaining why livestock products play an important part in supplying adequate nutrition to human society. As co-sponsor for this event, CIEL feels it is vitally important to provide a balanced view of why we farm livestock, and why livestock are an important part of the food system that provides the nutrients our human population needs. Mark’s presentation will be of great interest to all those with a link to the food and farming industry, including food and farming industry leaders, food industry experts, natural resource managers, government policy makers on a local and national level, and any consultants and specialists who provide advice and support to deliver net zero carbon and sustainable food systems.

‘I am very much looking forward to highlighting the benefits livestock deliver while also emphasising the size of the challenge we face to simultaneously reduce emissions, use resources efficiently and continue to supply high quality and essential nutrients to our diet.’

Mark is the interface with CIEL’s research base and facilitates the use of CIEL supported research capability and leads on developing and delivering CIEL’s research programme. He also designs CIEL member R&D events to facilitate knowledge exchange, stimulate debate and identify opportunities for innovation. A former senior geneticist at Beef + Lamb New Zealand, Mark has wide-ranging knowledge and experience of the ruminant sector. Throughout his career he has worked to help breeders and farmers better understand the scientific elements of genetics, encouraging and facilitating communication and understanding between scientists and farmers.