Farm Animal Genetic Resources Committee

The Farm Animal Genetic Resources Committee (FAnGR) provides advice to Defra and the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on all issues relating to farm animal genetic resources particularly its conservation and sustainable use.

Role of the Committee

The Farm Animal Genetic Resources Committee (FAnGR) gives advice to the government on the conservation and sustainable use of farm animal genetic resources. These resources include:

  • livestock
  • conserved embryos
  • eggs and semen

There are over 160 breeds of cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry and horses that are native to the UK, of which about 100 are at risk.

The committee developed the biodiversity indicators on animal genetic resources, focusing on native breeds at risk.


We are responsible for:

  • helping to improve genetics in the beef industry
  • providing advice on zootechnical legislation
  • communicating and raising awareness of key FAnGR issues
  • including FAnGR in Rural Development programme
  • advising on any changes needed to the UK breeds at risk lists

Terms of reference

The FAnGR Committee terms of reference are available on request by emailing:


The FAnGR Committee is made up of members with a range of expertise. Current members are:

  • Tim Brigstocke, MBE (Chair), Policy Director of the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers and holds a number of other appointments, including Secretary/Technical Adviser to the Houses of Parliament All Party Parliamentary Group on Dairy Farming.
  • Claire Barber, formerly Conservation officer with Rare Breeds Survival Trust
  • Marcus Bates, Chief Executive of British Pigs Association
  • Amanda Carson, Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA)
  • Professor Mike Coffey, Professor of Livestock Informatics, Scotland’s Rural College
  • Professor Will Haresign, previously Professor of Agriculture, Institute of Biological and Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth University
  • Tim Riley, Livestock Farmer
  • Elizabeth Henson, Director of Grassroots Systems Ltd
  • Julian Hosking, specialist in farm animal genetic resources diversity conservation
  • Dr. Richard Small, council member of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust
  • Huw Jones, Head of Agriculture at Knowledge Transfer Network

Our publications

You can access all our publications in this document collection.

Our main publications include:

  • reports and resources
  • breeds at risk lists
  • recognised animal breeding organisations


We publish a regular newsletter with updates on key areas of the FAnGR Committee’s work. If you would like to join our circulation list, please email:


FAnGR Secretariat
Area 1B
Nobel House
17 Smith Square
London SW1P 3JR

Telephone: 020 8026 3421



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