THE contribution of local scientist, the late Dr T P Lecky to the development of tropically adapted cattle breeds was highlighted yesterday, at the launch of the book: The Jamaica Red Poll 50th Anniversary Commemorative Herd Book.
The launch took place at the annual conference of the Jamaican Society for Agricultural Sciences (JSAS), held at the Jamaica Bureau of Standards in Kingston.
This book will mark the anniversary of the development of the Red Poll, which has been termed a "highly productive tropically adapted breed".
It will also underscore this achievement as a "triumph in the use of applied sciences", said Dr Lyndon McLaren, treasurer of the JSAS.
Dr McLaren has described the Red Poll, which was developed by Dr Lecky, as perhaps one of the best tropical breeds developed locally as it has gained worldwide recognition.
"This breed has maintained its excellence and integrity since it was developed in 1952 up until now," he told JIS News.
The publication of the herd book, which lists all the animals within the Red Poll breed and their pedigree, is a landmark in the business of breed development locally, said Dr McLaren, adding that "not since 1933 has a cattle herd book been published in Jamaica".
The book was written by Dr Karl Wellington, chairman of the Jamaica Red Poll Breed Society.
Dr Lecky, who also developed other breeds such as the Jamaica Braham, Jamaica Black and Jamaica Hope, was instrumental in promoting the development of cattle that could produce under tropical conditions.
The impact of the scientist's work has also resulted in the development of a number of tropical breeds, such as the Australian Milking Zebu and the Israeli Holstein.
The book also highlights the contribution of the government, through the Ministry of Agriculture, to the development of the breed.