Nonruminant Nutrition Research Award
Section Awarded: National
Frank Dunshea, Nonruminant Nutrition Research Award
Sponsored by American Feed Industry Association
Following training at La Trobe and Cornell Universities, Dr. Frank Dunshea worked as government scientist for 17 years. For the past 6 years he has been Chair of Agriculture at The University of Melbourne. His research on swine nutrition has an impressive breadth including seminal contributions on effects of metabolism modifiers on nutrient requirements. He has led the commercialization of an immunocastration vaccine and conducted research on the impact of immunocastration on nutrient requirements. Dunshea also investigated nutritional means of manipulating growth and pork quality, including the use of dietary polyenylphosphatidylcholine to reduce collagen cross-linking and Mg to reduce pork quality defects. Dunshea has also determined the nutritional value of a number of novel feeds thereby facilitating their incorporation into commercial rations. Overall, Dunshea's research in nutrition and metabolism has lead to exciting findings, many of which have been taken up by the swine industry.