A Tribute to Pierre Morand-Fehr
Written by Rosalee Sinn
On the occasion of his formal retirement from INRA, The French National Institute for Agricultural Research, the International Goat Association sends a message of appreciation to Pierre Morand-Fehr, celebrating excellence in leadership.
As a member of the INRA staff Morand-Fehr has explored many of today’s complex agricultural issues. He has extended his leadership as an active member of the International Goat Association. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors and was President of IGA from 2000-2004. Morand-Fehr provided leadership for two of IGA’s outstanding conferences held in Tours in 1971 and 2000.
His scientific contributions to research and books on goats and sheep have been key in helping accomplish the mission of IGA . Pierre published extensively on goat nutrition and physiology. His book, Goat Nutrition (1991), became a global reference on the topic. He has a sharp insight into the world of goats displayed in numerous publications including “Recent Advances in Goat Research” (1997). He together with his close friend and colleague, Jean Boyazoglu, edited the special issue: “Sheep and goat farming: grazing systems of production and development” (SRR, 77, Issues 2-3, 2008), which addresses the use of goats in society including the potential to improve the wellbeing of the poor. His creative scientific mind has continued to produce interesting scientific articles, the latest published in 2014. His professional commitment and collegiality have inspired young scientists and encouraged many interested in the field of animal agriculture.
Norman Casey, an IGA Colleague from South Africa wrote: “My remembrances of working with Pierre are from the 7th ICG in Tours, in 2000. There I met a Frenchman who was passionate about animal agriculture, especially goats, but exuberantly passionate about being French. Our working together began with Pierre as president of IGA and me the organizer of the next ICG that was to be held in South Africa. But “all work and no play” as the saying goes “makes Jack a dull boy.” Pierre introduced me to the fine French cuisine at a memorable dinner at which he was the host. Adel Aboul-Naga, Rosalee Sinn and her husband Paul and Jean Boyazoglu were present, among others. The conference dinner was held in a chateau with much excellent entertainment. On his retirement, I wish Pierre the best of life from me, the South African Society for Animal Science and the many colleagues he has inspired.”
Congratulations on your many accomplishments Pierre. Thank you for your collegiality . . . always with a broad smile . . . always with encouragement . . . and always with gracious hospitality.
To quote Jim De Vries, “Pierre is a true statesman with an excellent scientific mind and a good sense of humor.”
Pierre will continue to serve as a member of the Advisory Board of IGA. He will keep an office at INRA several days a week. Those who wish to offer personal greetings may contact Pierre at email@example.com.
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