a1 Edinburgh Centre for Rural Research, Crew Building, Kings Buildings, Edinburgh EH9 3JB
I am very honoured to be invited to give this Lecture. I knew John Hammond well, and am personally in his debt for the many kindnesses and considerations he extended to me early on in my career. He was, in more ways than one, a giant of a man, and it is most fitting that this Society should honour his memory by inviting special lectures in his honour, and especially on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the British Society of Animal Production (BSAP) in 1944.
† This paper was presented verbatim at the meeting of the British Society of Animal Production in March 1994. At the same meeting, but subsequent to the verbatim presentation of the paper, the membership of the Society voted to change the name of the Society to the British Society of Animal Science and the name of its journal to Animal Science.