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Professor Michael Lee

Professor Michael Lee

Professor Michael Lee
BSc (Hons), PhD, PGCTHE

Professor of Sustainable Livestock Systems

Office Dolberry Building
Langford, Bristol BS40 5DU
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+44 (0) 1173319308



We are at a crucial time for livestock agriculture where we need to maximise production and minimise pollution, but great care must be taken when assessing systems due to the complexity of the algorithm required for sustainable intensification. Justification of intense production solely on the grounds of carbon can raise serious ethical and product quality issues. Clearly there is a role for ruminants to utilise feed that humans cannot consume to produce high value protein that they can. However pastoral intensification has its associated risks as with feedlot intensification such as water and air pollution, soil erosion and reduced productivity.

My research interests are to maximise livestock production efficiency through the most suitable feeding systems and animal genetics at a global scale. I am passionate about pastoral agriculture and seek systems which maximise production of high quality animal products from healthy happy animals.


Currrent Research Projects


  • Bovine mycotoxicosis - a metabonomic approach - BBSRC
  • Sustainable Intensification Platform - DEFRA
  • Global Farm Platform - GII
  • Ensuring sustainable and responsible production of healthy food from healthy animals - WUN
  • Intensive pastoral production systems for beef - impact and value - EBLEX
  • Development of silage inoculants to improve mineral composition of animal products - TSB
  • North Wyke Farm Platform Livestock Research - BBSRC


Further information about Dr Michael Lee can be found here




BVSc Veterinary Science

  • Originally from the county town of Stafford in the Middle of England
  • Graduated with first class honours degree in animal science from the University of Wales in 1997.
  • PhD from University of Aberdeen in 2001 on nitrogen and energy metabolism in ruminants
  • Post doctorate studies at the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research (IGER) working on an EU around lipid metabolism in ruminants 2001 – 2004
  • Offered a permanent position at IGER in 2005 in the plant, animal and microbial science department investigating plant attributes which had potential to improve the quality of ruminant products
  • In 2007 promoted to senior research scientist within IGER before the merger with Aberystwyth University in April 2008
  • Principal investigator in the Institute of Biological, Environmental, and Rural sciences within Aberystwyth University working on improving animal product quality and safety.
  • In April 2013 appointed as Reader in Sustainable Livestock Systems and Food Security at the University of Bristol Vet School.
  • In March 2015 took up a joint appointment with Rothamsted Research to lead the North Wyke site of the world’s oldest Agricultural research station.
  • Later the same year he was promoted to Professor of Sustainable Livestock Systems at University of Bristol.
  • Michael has published over 190 research papers and articles (including recent articles in Nature) and is an active researcher in delivering sustainable solutions for livestock production as a critical part of global food security. In 2015 he was awarded the prestigious Sir John Hammond Memorial Prize for services to Animal Science. In 2016 he was elected vice-president of the European Federation of Animal Science Livestock Farming Commission.


  • BVSc Nutrition
  • MSc Research Skills

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