LAWRENCE ALDERSON came into the international arena from a small family farm in the North Yorkshire Dales 

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Lawrence Alderson CBE MA(Cantab) CBiol FRBI FRAgS MSB  
He was born in Teesdale into a Yorkshire Dales farming family. Aldersons had populated Swaledale, Stainmore (Yorkshire / Westmorland) and Teesdale since the Norse Vikings arrived via Dublin and the Lake District and occupied of that region of the Pennines. He attended Barnard Castle School and Cambridge University, where he read for a degree in agricultural science and continued post-graduate studies in education and genetics. He was President of Cambridge University Agricultural Society and a heavyweight boxing Blue.

He lectured in agricultural colleges with special interest in animal breeding and business management, and became head of department, before acquiring experience as a land agent and in estate accountancy. Meanwhile in the early 1970s he established his own company, CLL (Countrywide Livestock Ltd), which developed into an international consultancy. He has been an international authority on the conservation of animal genetic resources for many years.

He was awarded the CBE for services to conservation in 2004.

Senior positions held                                                                                            

He was Chairman of CLL (Countrywide Livestock Ltd) from its formation until 2020. He has been President of the White Park Cattle Society since 1988, Trustee and Founder President of Rare Breeds International since 1991, and Principal of LIS (Livestock Improvement Services) since 2002.

Formerly he held office in RBST as Chairman (2003-2007), Executive Director (1990-2000) and Technical (Scientific) Consultant (1973-1990), and was a member of Defra's UK National Steering Committee on Farm Animal Genetic Resources (FAnGR) (2003-2006). A fuller list of the positions he has held is shown below.


He has long experience in the fields of genetics and animal breeding, animal genetic resources and sustainable agriculture. 
He has judged livestock at most of the major Shows in the UK, including at Harrogate (Great Yorkshire), Builth Wells (Royal Welsh), Balmoral (Royal Ulster) and Stoneleigh.
He is an international authority on the genetic conservation of domestic livestock, and the founder or co-founder of several national 'rare breeds' organisations. 
He has long experience of working with governments, inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations, and has been an invited plenary speaker at numerous international congresses. 
He is the author and/or editor of several books, including the standard work on genetic conservation, and of many scientific and technical papers.

Main positions held:
AGRI Editorial Board (FAO); Biotechnology for Biodiversity Platform (Europe); British Angora Goat Society (Vice-Chairman); British Caspian Horse Trust (Trustee); British Milksheep Society (Chairman); British Spotted Pony Society (President); Combined Flock Book (Chairman); EEC study on endangered pig breeds (Leader); EEC study on endangered domestic ruminants; European Livestock Association (Council); Grazing Animals Partnership (Council); International Caspian Society (Chairman); Kelmscott Rare Breeds Foundation (USA) (Director); Livestock Improvement Services (Principal); National Cattle Association (Council); National Sheep Association (Council); National Consultative Committee (Defra); National Steering Committee for FAnGR (Defra); Ovine Semen Archive (Chairman); PigBioDiv Management Board (Europe) (Chairman); RBST (Founder, Technical (Scientific) Consultant, Executive Director, Chairman); Rare Breeds International (Founding President and Trustee); RAgS (Fellow); Semen Archive Management Board of NSP (Defra); Society of Biology (Chartered Biologist);The Ark (Editor); Traditional Breeds Meat Marketing Scheme (Chairman); Traditional Livestock Foundation (Trustee); Westdown Lamb Ltd (Director); Westwater Farm Partners (Chairman); White Park Cattle Society (Chairman); White Park Cattle Society (President)