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Joanne Conington


  • Easter Bush, Roslin Institute Building

    EH25 9RG Midlothian

    United Kingdom


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Personal profile

Research interests

  • Genetic and environmental influences on sheep and goat production, performance, health and survival
  • Development and implementation of broader breeding goals and indices for sustainable hill sheep production
  • Genetics of maternal traits in sheep and goats
  • Quantitative and molecular genetic solutions for disease control in small ruminants


  • BSc Animal Science
  • BSc Agriculture
  • MSc University of Edinburgh Quantitative Genetics and Genome Analysis
  • Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security, University of Edinburgh

Other work

  • Chair of International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR) Expert Advisory Group (EAG) for Sheep, Goat and Small camelid meat recording guidelines (2016- ongoing).
  • President of the Sheep and Goat Commission, European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) (2014 - ongoing).
  • Animal Breeding workstream leader, Farm Animal Welfare Committee (2008 - 2018).
  • BSAS Science and Innovation Committee member (2013 – ongoing).
  • BSAS representative for EAAP (2011- 2013).

Previous employer

2014 - presentReader in Applied Livestock Genetics, SRUC (Grade 1)
2012 - 2014Senior Livestock Geneticist, SRUC
1992 - 2012Livestock Geneticist, SAC (part time (60%) 1995 – 2000)
1990 - 1992Sheep Specialist, Meat and Livestock Commission, England.
1987 – 1989Livestock Specialist, United Nations Association International Service, Bolivia.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Aug 1999

Master, University of Aberdeen

Award Date: 1 Aug 1990

Bachelor, Newcastle University

Award Date: 1 Aug 1984

External positions


1 Jan 20151 Jan 2020

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Research Output

Genetic analyses of live weight and carcass composition traits in purebred Texel, Suffolk and Charollais lambs

Fitzmaurice, SF., Conington, JE., Fetherstone, N., Pabiou, T., McDermott, K., Wall, E., Banos, G. & McHugh, N., May 2020, In : Animal. 14, 5, p. 899-909 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    22 Downloads (Pure)

    Genetic analysis of novel phenotypes for farm animal resilience to weather variability

    Sánchez-Molano, E., Kapsona, VK., Ilska-Warner, JJ., Desire, S., Conington, JE., Mucha, S. & Banos, G., 12 Nov 2019, In : BMC Genetics. 20, 84.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Downloads (Pure)

    The genetics of tooth loss and longevity in Scottish Blackface hill ewes

    McLaren, A., Conington, JE., Boman, I. A., Pabiou, T., McHugh, N., Waterhouse, A. & Lambe, NR., 10 Apr 2019, Animal Science Fit for the Future - Proceedings of the British Society of Animal Science. 1 ed. Edinburgh: Cambridge University Press, Vol. 10. p. 124 1 p. 124

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Towards value-based marketing of UK lamb

    Lambe, NR., Clelland, N., Smith, E., Yates, J., Draper, J. & Conington, JE., 30 Aug 2019, Proceedings of the 70th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science, August 2019, Ghent, Belgium. Commitee, S. (ed.). Wageningen Academic Publishers, Vol. 25. p. 221 1 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    42 Downloads (Pure)