18 June 1999

Services to farming given recognition in Queens honours list

RECOGNITION for agriculture in this years Queens birthday honours list was headed by the knighthood awarded to John Marsh, professor of agricultural economics at Reading University.

Other awards included OBEs for Alistair Donaldson, general manager of the Meat and Livestock Commission in Scotland, and Barclay Forrest, chairman of the advisory committee of British Cereal Exports.

Brian Pack, chief executive of the Aberdeen-based ANM group also received the OBE.

In what has been a most difficult year for pig farmers, British Pig Association chief executive Grenville Welsh was awarded the MBE.

KNIGHTS

Professor John Marsh CBE, for services to the agricultural industry and to agricultural education.

CBE

David Taylor assistant chief veterinary officer, MAFF.

OBE

Professor Ian Bremner deputy director, Rowett Research Institute, for services to biological sciences; Professor Fred Brown for services to the Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee; Mungo Bryson farmer, for services to agriculture and to the community in Kirkcudbright; Anthony Duckworth-Chard for services to the Country Landowners Association and to the rural community; Margaret Clark director, Countryside Agency, for services to rural development; Robert Craig for services to agriculture and to the community; Alistair Donaldson general manager (Scotland), Meat and Livestock Commission, for services to the meat and livestock industry; Hugh Dyas for services to sugar beet research and development; Walter Elliot for services to farming; Barclay Forrest farmer, for services to UK cereals exports; Brian Pack chief executive, ANM Group, for services to agriculture, food and marketing industries in Scotland; Professor Nigel Poole regulatory affairs manager, Zeneca Plant Science, for services to biotechnology; Maj Philip Verdin for services to the Royal British Legion and to agriculture in Herefordshire; Professor Ian Wilmut project leader, Roslin Institute, Edinburgh, for services to embryo development.

MBE

James Anderson for services to organic farming; John Anderson lately senior agricultural economist, SAC, for services to agriculture; Thomas Balmer farm worker; John Doak farm manager, for services to agriculture, Ayr and Arran; George Lawrence for services to the agricultural community and young people in Cheshire; Helen McCulloch for services to the Farmers Club, London; Clare Morpurgo co-founder, Farms for City Children; Michael Morpurgo co-founder, Farms for City Children; David Taylor for services to transmissible spongiform encephalopathy research; Joseph Glyn Thomas for services to the Farm Animal Welfare Council; Grenville Welsh British Pig Association, for services to the pig industry; Alan Wilson for services to horticulture. &#42