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    22
    Visit the Animal Science Image Gallery


    August 22, 2016 – Have you been to the newly renovated ASAS Animal Science Image Gallery yet? The gallery, now housed at animalimagegallery.org, provides images, animations, and short videos for classroom and outreach learning.

    To supplement the visual information, each file has a description and metadata, including the origin and ownership of the image. Downloading any image within the gallery is free for ASAS members and only $5 per image for non-members. Each file in the gallery has had at least two peer reviews to optimize the image and its metadata, and to ensure that the information is sufficient and accurate.

    Submitting an image to the gallery is easy! There is no submission fee for ASAS members and only a $25 fee (per image) for non-members.

    There are more than 45 searchable categories in the gallery, and more than 600 images, so be sure to stop by the site and submit or download images today!


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    Aug
    22
    In memory: Dr. Donald C. Mahan


    August 22, 2016 – Dr. Donald C. Mahan, an outstanding researcher, teacher, and renowned swine nutritionist, died at the age of 78 at his home, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife (Amy Jo), three daughters (Melanie, Jean, and Laurie), 10 grandchildren, and his brother (Gene).

    Don was the son of Clarence and Irene Mahan and was born in East Chicago, Indiana. After living in Hessville for a few years, his family moved to a farm near Lowell where he graduated from high school in 1956. He then obtained his B.S. degree in Animal Science from Purdue University before working as a County Youth Agent in Sullivan, Indiana, where he met and married Amy Jo Osburn before returning to Purdue for graduate study. After completing his M.S. degree at Purdue and his Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition at the University of Illinois, he began his professional career as an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University in 1969.

    Dr. Mahan greatly impacted the swine and feed industries in diverse areas during his career. Although well known nationally and internationally for his Se and vitamin E research, he was also recognized for his research in other areas. His multi-parity sow research studies demonstrated the requirement for Ca and P, and that organic Se resulted in more and healthier pigs, less sow parturition problems, and greater milk Se for multiple parities. He identified the need for vitamin C, high quality dried whey, lactose, and chloride for the early weaned pig. His research was the basis for FDA’s approval for both organic and inorganic Se. Body composition research studies with sows and growing-finishing pigs helped to establish the mineral needs of swine. These are just a few of the research areas in which Dr. Mahan helped nutritionists better understand the nutrition of pigs.

    Dr. Mahan received several ASAS awards during his career, including the AFIA Nutrition Research Award, Gustav Bohstedt Award for Mineral Research, and an ASAS Fellow Award in Research. Most recently, he received the 2016 FASS-AFIA New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition Award given for his lifetime production of innovative research that significantly benefitted the livestock and feed industries. He mentored many graduate students at The Ohio State University, and authored or co-authored more than 175 refereed journal articles and over 400 other publications. He was an invited speaker at 213 conferences in several states and 50 countries.


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    Aug
    18
    Top 10 JAS reviewers in 2015


    August 18, 2016 – During the ASAS annual business meeting last month, Dr. Jim Sartin, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Animal Science (JAS), reported journal data for 2015. In 2015, 2,376 individuals served as reviewers for JAS. Among all of these reviewers, one group is distinguished for the number of papers reviewed. The top 10 reviewers for JAS in 2015 are:

    1.   Hans Stein

    2.   Jon Schoonmaker

    3.   David Buchanan


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    Aug
    18
    Wang awarded Agri-King Outstanding Animal Science Graduate Student Award


    By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

    August 18, 2016 – Dr. Xiaoqiu (Churchill) Wang was named the recipient of the 2016 Agri-King Outstanding Animal Science Graduate Student Award by the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) during its annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Dr. Wang recently graduated with a Ph.D. in Physiology of Reproduction under the mentorship of Drs. Fuller W. Bazer and Guoyao Wu. He received his B.S. degree in Animal Science from China Agricultural University (Beijing, China) and completed an internship at Tokyo University of Agriculture (Tokyo, Japan) before joining Texas A&M University. Dr. Wang’s research focused on mechanisms associated with the establishment and maintenance of pregnancy in ruminants and pigs.

    Dr. Wang has received world-wide recognition as the recipient of the 2015 U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture-Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Merit Award and 2015 Alltech Young Scientist. He also received Distinguished Graduate Student Award from Texas A&M University this April. To date, he has published 30 peer-reviewed papers (10 as first-author and 20 as co-author), one book chapter, and 14 research abstracts. Dr. Wang is now a postdoctoral fellow in National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and his long-term goal is to become a leading animal scientist who will make a world of difference.


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    Aug
    18
    Moyes awarded 2016 Young Scientist – Research


    By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

    August 18, 2016 – Dr. Kasey Moyes has been named the recipient of the 2016 Young Scientist – Research Award by the Northeast Section, American Society of Animal Science (NE ASAS), and the Northeast Section of the American Dairy Science Association® (ADSA).



    In 2001, Dr. Moyes’ career in science began as a graduate student at the University of Connecticut where she developed an interest in the field of bovine mastitis. Upon completion of her M.S. in 2004, she joined the doctoral program in Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois. Following completion of her Ph.D. in 2008, she continued her post-doctoral training at Aarhus University. Dr. Moyes joined the Animal and Avian Sciences Department at the University of Maryland as an assistant professor in 2012 where she holds a research and teaching appointment. Her research program has focused on mastitis and the interaction of nutrition and immune responses in lactating dairy cows. Her work includes the use of alternative therapeutics for the treatment of mastitis.


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    Aug
    18
    D’Amico awarded 2016 Young Scientist – Educator


    By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

    August 18, 2016 – Dr. Dennis D’Amico has been named the recipient of the 2016 Young Scientist – Educator Award by the Northeast Section, American Society of Animal Science (NE ASAS), and the Northeast Section of the American Dairy Science Association® (ADSA) during the annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

    Dr. D’Amico has spent his career serving the dairy industry in the northeast. At the University of Connecticut (UConn), he expanded his regional workshops to provide education on safe cheese‐making practices, regulations, and public policy. To date the Artisan/Farmstead Cheesemaker Food Safety Workshop program has directly reached over 750 attendees including cheesemakers, educators, retailers, and regulators across the U.S. Dr. D’Amico has worked directly with more than 40 small dairy businesses in the northeast to build an integrated research, education, and outreach program focused on supporting and enhancing the safety and quality of value-added dairy production.

    Dr. D’Amico’s laboratory group concurrently conducts basic and applied research to fill data gaps and develop preventive controls for small dairy producers to further minimize the risks of contamination. Dr. D’Amico’s research lab also serves as an educational tool through the mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students on research in dairy science and microbiology. At UConn, he developed Dairy Technology classes that emphasize hands on learning activities so students can further explore their specific interests in dairy science while developing their research and writing skills.


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    Aug
    18
    Northeast honors Young Scientists


    August 18, 2016 – Two individuals have been named recipients of 2016 Young Scientist awards, given by the Northeast Section of the American Society of Animal Science (NE ASAS) and the Northeast Branch of the American Dairy Science Association® (ADSA). Dr. Dennis D’Amico was awarded the 2016 Young Scientist – Educator Award, and Dr. Kasey Moyes received the 2016 Young Scientist – Research Award. The recipients were honored during the ASAS/ADSA Northeast Section annual business meeting, held July 22, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Learn more about Dr. D’Amico’s award in this press release.

    Learn more about Dr. Moyes’ award in this press release.


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    Aug
    18
    Five awarded Wilson G. Pond International Travel Award


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    By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

    August 18, 2016 – Ms. Deidre D. Harmon,  Ms. Faithe Keomanivong, Ms. Gloria A. Casa, Ms. Jill Larson, and Mr. Matthew Crouse were named the recipients of the 2016 Wilson G. Pond International Travel Award by the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) during its annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Ms. Harmon grew up on a cow-calf Charolais farm in Galax, Virginia. She received her B.S. in Biology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011 where she also minored in Chemistry. From there, she pursued a M.S. in Animal and Poultry Sciences from Virginia Tech University where she focused her research on phosphorus excretion in forage fed beef cattle. Upon completing her degree at Virginia Tech University in the summer of 2014, Ms. Harmon started a doctoral program in Crop and Soil Sciences at the University of Georgia.

    Ms. Harmon is currently working on an interdisciplinary project focusing on the evaluation of warm season annual forages in forage-finishing beef cattle production systems. She hopes to pursue an academic career developing comprehensive extension programs on the utilization of forages in beef cattle production systems.


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    Aug
    17
    Innovate postponed


    Innovate 2016, originally scheduled for September 14-16 in Brainerd, Minn., has now been postponed. We apologize for the misinformation in the Monday, August 15th issue of Taking Stock and any confusion it may have caused. We are postponing Innovate in recognition of the overlap with the Annual Conference of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP).

    Details about the next Innovate meeting will be available as soon as possible. We are in the process of contacting and rescheduling all speakers and contacting registrants. If you have registered, please contact us and we will help transfer or refund your registration and help with plane tickets. We will announce new dates and a slightly revised speaker list by September 1.


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    Aug
    15
    Miller awarded Meats Research Award


    By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

    August 15, 2016 – Dr. Rhonda K. Miller was named the recipient of the 2016 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Meats Research Award by the ASAS during its annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Dr. Miller grew up on a livestock/crop operation in Holyoke, CO and earned her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from Colorado State University. She conducted her Ph.D. research at the U.S. Agricultural Research Service Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, NE. Dr. Miller was Director of Research for Monfort, Inc. and developed over 300 meat products. She joined the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University in 1988 as an Assistant Professor. As a Professor in Meat Science, Dr. Miller teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Meat and Sensory Science and is Director of the Sensory Testing Facility.

    Dr. Miller’s research has focused on pre- and post-harvest factors affecting the palatability and quality of red meat, development of automated grading technology, and the use of non-meat ingredients to improve meat quality. Currently, she is examining consumer attitudes and acceptance of beef flavor. She has published 118 journal articles, 60 extension publications, 148 abstracts, 8 book chapters, trained 60 graduate students, and obtained $10 million in grant dollars. She is active in the ASAS and is president-elect of the American Meat Science Association.


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    Aug
    15
    Satterfield awarded ASAS Early Career Achievement Award


    By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

    August 15, 2016 – Dr. M. Carey Satterfield was named the recipient of the 2016 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Early Career Achievement Award by the ASAS during its annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Dr. Satterfield is an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University. Dr. Satterfield’s research focuses on understanding nutritional and environmental factors that alter placental and fetal growth and development. The primary goal of Dr. Satterfield’s research program is to unravel basic biological information and translate this newfound understanding into practices that can be applied for the benefit of both animal agriculture and biomedicine.

    Dr. Satterfield’s research has been funded by both the United States Department of Agriculture and National Institutes of Health, with current funding exceeding $4.5 million. Dr. Satterfield has been author or co-author on 42 peer-reviewed journal articles, 4 book chapters, 4 proceedings papers and has given 15 invited presentations. In 2013, he received the Outstanding Young Animal Scientist in Research Award from the Southern Section ASAS Scientific Meeting.


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    Aug
    15
    Coverdale awarded Equine Science Award


    By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

    August 15, 2016 – Dr. Josie A. Coverdale was named the recipient of the 2016 Equine Science Society (ESS) and American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Equine Science Award by the ASAS during its annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. Family, friends, and colleagues also paid tribute to her during the annual Heritage Lunch.

    Dr. Coverdale (born in Jefferson, IA and raised in Krum, TX) earned degrees from Texas A&M University (B.S., Animal Science; 1998) and Iowa State University (M.S. and Ph.D., Animal Nutrition; 2000 and 2003, respectively). Dr. Coverdale was an Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia (2003-2006) and joined Texas A&M University’s Equine Science Section in 2006. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012 and Equine Science Section Leader in 2015. A February 2016 traffic accident led to the premature passing of Dr. Coverdale.

    Dr. Coverdale’s research focused on fetal programming, promotion of foal health, and the gut microbiome. She also studied nutraceutical modulation of synovial inflammatory molecules associated with arthritis. Dr. Coverdale taught graduate and undergraduate equine science and animal nutrition courses and mentored over 25 graduate students. She presented nutrition information to equine producers in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Coverdale was an outstanding representative of the ASAS.


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    Aug
    15
    Marques awarded Joseph P. Fontenot Scholarship


    By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

    August 15, 2016 – Mr. Rodrigo da Silva Marques was named the recipient of the 2016 Joseph P. Fontenot Appreciation Club Travel Scholarship by the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) during its annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. Marques also was named a 2016 Young Scholar by the Western Section ASAS (WSASAS). Read more about his award in this press release.

    Mr. Marques is originally from Brazil where he received a B.S. in Animal Sciences from Sao Paulo State University (Unesp-Dracena). After graduating, he worked as a manager of a beef cattle feedlot facility for 2 years. In 2009, Mr. Marques started a M.S. program in Animal Science at University of Sao Paulo- Esalq under supervision of Dr. Flavio Augusto Portela Santos, with his research focusing on feedlot nutritional management to beef cattle. Mr. Marques graduated in July 2011, and immediately moved to Oregon to start a research intern program under Dr. Reinaldo Cooke’s supervision. In 2013, he started a Ph.D. program at Oregon State University with Dr. Cooke, focusing on maternal nutrition of beef cattle and its effects on the offspring performance.

    Mr. Marques has already authored and co-authored 18 published articles, as well as 2 book chapters, 9 proceedings papers, 20 professional meeting abstracts, 9 research reports, and 7 popular press articles. In 2014, he received the 1st and 2nd place Applied Animal Research Awards at the Western Section American Society of Animal Science Scientific Meeting. Moreover, in 2015, he received another 2nd place finish. Upon graduation, Mr. Marques’ ultimate goal is to work as a professor/research scientist, and apply the knowledge obtained throughout his education career to develop technologies that enhance beef production system.


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    Aug
    15
    Marques awarded WSASAS Young Scholar Award


    By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

    August 15, 2016 – Mr. Rodrigo da Silva Marques has been named the recipient of the 2016 Young Scholar Award – Ph.D. by the Western Section, American Society of Animal Science (WSASAS) during its annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. Marques also is the recipient of a 2016 Joseph P. Fontenot Appreciation Club Travel Scholarship. Read more about his travel scholarship in this press release.

    Mr. Marques is originally from Brazil where he received a B.S. in Animal Sciences from Sao Paulo State University (Unesp-Dracena). After graduating, he worked as a manager of a beef cattle feedlot facility for 2 years. In 2009, Mr. Marques started a M.S. program in Animal Science at University of Sao Paulo- Esalq under supervision of Dr. Flavio Augusto Portela Santos, with his research focusing on feedlot nutritional management to beef cattle. Mr. Marques graduated in July 2011, and immediately moved to Oregon to start a research intern program under Dr. Reinaldo Cooke’s supervision. In 2013, he started a Ph.D. program at Oregon State University with Dr. Cooke, focusing on maternal nutrition of beef cattle and its effects on the offspring performance.

    Mr. Marques has already authored and co-authored 18 published articles, as well as 2 book chapters, 9 proceedings papers, 20 professional meeting abstracts, 9 research reports, and 7 popular press articles. In 2014, he received the 1st and 2nd place Applied Animal Research Awards at the Western Section American Society of Animal Science Scientific Meeting. Moreover, in 2015, he received another 2nd place finish. Upon graduation, Mr. Marques’ ultimate goal is to work as a professor/research scientist, and apply the knowledge obtained throughout his education career to develop technologies that enhance beef production system.


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    Aug
    09
    ASAS approves Australian society as first international section


    August 2016 – The American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Board of Directors has approved the Australian Society of Animal Production (ASAP) as the first international section of ASAS. The decision comes on the heels of a recent ASAS membership vote, which allows the ASAS Board to extend membership to international sections.

    Specifically, the ASAS membership voted in favor of changes to the ASAS Constitution and Bylaws that allow non-U.S. sections to join the ASAS membership. Final results were tabulated following in-person voting at the 2016 ASAS Annual Business Meeting, held in Salt Lake City on July 22, 2016.

    The ASAS Board of Directors’ decision is in keeping with a key objective of the current ASAS Strategic Plan, which seeks to expand and diversify the membership by actively recruiting members from outside the United States.

    In 2016, ASAS achieved an all-time high membership of 6,000 members. This total membership includes 3,000 Professional Members. Approximately 30 percent of these professional members are from countries outside the United States. In contrast, international professional members made up 10% of the ASAS professional membership in 2006.


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    Aug
    08
    ASAS Constitution and Bylaws changes


    August 10, 2016 – Results of a membership vote on changes to the ASAS Constitution and ASAS Bylaws are now available. Final results, which pave the way for non-U.S. sections to join the membership, were tabulated at the annual business meeting in July. Here is a breakdown of the results.

    Vote 1: Change to the ASAS Constitution

    This passed with 84% voting in favor of the change.

     


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    Aug
    08
    Garrick awarded Bouffault International Animal Agriculture Award


    By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

    August 10, 2016 – Dr. Dorian Garrick was named the recipient of the 2016 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Bouffault International Animal Agriculture Award by the ASAS during its annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Dr. Garrick has held the Lush Chair in Animal Breeding & Genetics at Iowa State University since 2007, after 5 years at Colorado State University and 15 years at Massey University in New Zealand. He has a First Class Honors degree from Massey University and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

    Dr. Garrick has trained graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from 14 developing countries. He has been integrally involved in research, development, and implementation of a variety of genetic improvement programs in livestock and plants in developed and developing countries. He is the Executive Director of the U.S. National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium. His recent work focuses on the theory and application of genomics in animal improvement. He enjoys working with enthusiastic producer and industry groups from developed and developing countries that seek to include animal breeding approaches in the attainment of their business goals. Dr. Garrick will be returning to Massey University in January 2017.


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    Aug
    08
    Donkin awarded Animal Growth and Development Award


    By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

    August 10, 2016 – Dr. Shawn S. Donkin was named the recipient of the 2016 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Animal Growth and Development Award by the ASAS during its annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Dr. Donkin received a B.S. from McGill University (1982), M.S. in Dairy and Animal Science from The Pennsylvania State University (1987), and Ph.D. in Dairy Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1992). He has been a member of the faculty of Purdue University since 1995. Dr. Donkin has developed an internationally-recognized research program that examines hepatic function to support food animal production, animal well-being, and human health. This research has expanded the knowledge base for the biology of nutrient metabolism in mammalian liver during health and disease.

    Dr. Donkin’s laboratory was among the first to describe the molecular events that control glucose metabolism in ruminants and the role of gene promoter responses to hormones and nutrients in this regard. Dr. Donkin’s research program at Purdue University has been supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, the National Institutes of Health, commodity groups, private industry, state programs, and private foundations.


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    Aug
    08
    ASAS attends Brazilian Society of Animal Science Annual Meeting


    By Dr. Deb Hamernik, President, ASAS

    August 10, 2016 – One of my first official duties as President of ASAS since leaving the JAM (Joint Annual Meeting) and ISAG (International Society for Animal Genetics) meetings in Salt Lake City, UT was to represent ASAS at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Society of Animal Science (aka Sociedade Brasileira de Zootecnia or SBZ) in Gramado, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil on July 31 – August 4. SBZ was founded on July 26, 1951 and currently has more than 3,000 members from Brazil and around the world. The society has published the Brazilian Journal of Animal Science since 1973.

    More than 700 people attended the SBZ meeting in Gramado this year. The program included 76 lectures, 36 oral papers, and more than 700 posters. The theme of this meeting was “Animal Production for Future Generations” and there were many undergraduate and graduate students in attendance.

    There were also several presentations on sustainable livestock systems in Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay. One of the underlying themes from these presentations was the passion from scientists and livestock producers for beef cattle production, improving animal welfare, and protecting the environment. Dr. Valeria Pacheco Euclides (EMBRAPA) presented a visionary description of the Role of Brazilian Livestock Production in Feeding Future Generations. Since 1950, Brazilian beef producers have been responsible for a 79% increase in beef productivity and significant improvements in pasture quality, including increases in soil organic carbon. Without these increases in efficiencies, Brazil would need an extra 525 million hectares of pasture to produce the same amount of beef that is produced today. Dr. Euclides predicts that future livestock production systems will require more intensive knowledge and new technologies, including highly qualified personnel, the ability to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and precision management practices that will take advantage of local or regional characteristics to optimize efficient production of beef with fewer inputs and fewer natural resources.


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    Aug
    02
    Obituary of Dr. C.F.M. (Kees) de Lange, 55


    August 4, 2016 – After an eight year battle with melanoma, Dr. C. F. M. (Kees) de Lange, Professor at the University of Guelph, passed away in his home surrounded by his loving family on August 1, 2016. He was 55.

    Dr. de Lange is remembered as a beloved husband and father as well as an innovative swine nutrition researcher, effective teacher, and respected consultant. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hours spent with his family and friends cycling, canoeing, hiking and camping in the Canadian outdoors and trips abroad.

    Dr. de Lange received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Animal Science from the Agricultural University in Wageningen, the Netherlands, and his Ph.D. in Swine Nutrition from the University of Alberta. Dr. de Lange was a professor in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science at the University of Guelph since 1994, and served as pork research coordinator from 2002 to 2009. Prior to his appointment at the University of Guelph, Dr. de Lange had a distinguished career in the Ontario feed industry and applied research at the Prairie Swine Centre in Saskatchewan.

    Dr. de Lange’s swine nutrition research was focused on feed ingredient evaluation systems, liquid feeding, means to increase the nutritional value of feed ingredients, the characterization of pig genotype and environmental effects on nutrient utilization in growing pigs, and mathematical modeling of financial and environmental impact of alternative management strategies for growing-finishing pigs. He had research collaborations with colleagues at the University of Guelph, Agriculture and AgriFood Canada, Murdoch University, Massey University, Michigan State University, Iowa State University, Texas Tech University and South Dakota State University.


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