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RBST reaches out with new field workers

News Date: 10.03.2010

News release
10 March 2010
Following consultations with its membership that identified a need for more practical support in the field, the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) has created two new Field Officer posts.  Ruth Dalton has become Field Officer for the North and Richard Broad becomes Field Officer for the South.  Both will play a key role in strengthening the connection between RBST and its members.
With a rural background, Cumbria-based Ruth Dalton studied zoology at Edinburgh University and undertook a Masters degree in biology before becoming a project officer with Cumbria Wildlife Trust.  An interest in farming and conservation then led to a two-year apprenticeship in conservation grazing and Ruth currently grazes Wiltshire horn sheep, Shetland cattle and Fell ponies on a 28-acre piece of hill ground near Kendal.
From a farming background, Richard Broad has kept a smallholding in West Wales for the past 15 years.  Having spent the first part of his career in agricultural sales where he gained a wide knowledge of nutritional matters, he then spent 8 years with the Welsh Assembly Government’s Rural Inspectorate undertaking farm inspections.
Commenting on the creation of the new posts, RBST Chairman Tim Brigstocke says:  “In examining our structure, we found that we needed to strengthen our contact with members, support groups and breed societies/breeder groups.  This required having people on the ground who could be out and about providing practical support alongside our scientific work.  The Field Officers have a broad remit but essentially they will be working with our membership to provide practical help and information on a wide range of issues of benefit to the support of our rare and native breeds.”
Geographically, Ruth will be covering Scotland and Northern Ireland plus Staffordshire and north while Richard is responsible for Wales, Shropshire, Warwickshire, East Anglia and all points south.
Note to Editors
1. For further details contact RBST on 024 7669 6551
2. RBST was established in 1973 as the world’s first national non-governmental organisation created for the genetic conservation of farm animal genetic resources. During the first seven decades of the 1900’s, 26 native breeds of livestock became extinct in Britain. Since the formation of the RBST no native breeds have been lost.
3. The RBST Watchlist is published each year which monitors the registered adult breeding female numbers and vulnerability of native breeds. In 2009 an additional category of Geographical Concentration was published.
4. Information on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust can be found at: http://www.rbst.org.uk