Professor Michael RF Lee

BSc (Hons), PhD, PGCTHE

  • BS40 5DU


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Research interests


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


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External positions

Head of Site and Department, Rothamsted Research

1 Mar 20151 Mar 2022

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Research Output

Genotyping by RAD sequencing enables mapping of fatty acid composition traits in perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne (L.))

Hegarty, M., Yadav, R., Lee, M., Armstead, I., Sanderson, R., Scollan, N., Powell, W. & Skøt, L., 18 Jan 2013, In : Plant Biotechnology Journal. 11, 5, p. 572-581

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 41 Citations (Scopus)

    Natural faecal fluorophores and the potential of chlorophyll based markers to optimise fluorescence as a real-time solution for the detection of faecal contamination on carcasses

    Lee, M. R. F., Theobald, V. J., Ougham, H. J., Dahl, A. V., Lundby, F., Scollan, N. D. & Wold, J-P., Dec 2010, In : Meat Science. 86, 4, p. 966-975 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    11 Citations (Scopus)

    Application of monoclonal antibodies in quantifying fungal growth dynamics during aerobic spoilage of silage

    Le Cocq, K., Brown, B., Hodgson, C. J., McFadzean, J., Horrocks, C. A., Lee, M. R. F. & Davies, D. R., 10 Mar 2020, In : Microbial biotechnology. 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 27 Downloads (Pure)


    The Sir John Hammond Memorial Prize

    Lee, Michael RF (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Activities

    European Grassland Federation

    Michael RF Lee (Organiser)

    8 Sep 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (External organisation)

    Michael RF Lee (Contributor)

    1 Feb 20141 May 2017

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of public/government advisory/policy group or panel

    TSB - Research Project

    Michael RF Lee (Contributor)

    1 Feb 201431 Jan 2015

    Activity: Other activity types - Research and Teaching at External Organisation

    Supervised Work

    Carriage of Bacterial Pathogens in the Bovine Upper Respiratory Tract: Effects of Respiratory Virus Vaccination

    Author: Thomas, A. C., 1 Oct 2019

    Supervisor: Eisler, M. (Supervisor), Finn, A. (Supervisor), Bailey, M. (Supervisor) & Lee, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

    Impact of biostimulants on forage and silage quality of maize and ryegrass

    Author: Christou, A., 24 Mar 2020

    Supervisor: Lee, M. (Supervisor) & Cogan, T. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Reducing uncertainty in life cycle assessment of livestock production systems

    Author: McAuliffe, G., 7 May 2019

    Supervisor: Lee, M. (Supervisor) & Takahashi, T. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)