July 19, 2013

Award-winning professor values research collaboration

Dr. Gerald Huntington

Dr. Gerald Huntington

A successful researcher once said, “individuals get recognized, but successful people work in groups.”

This man was none other than Dr. Gerald Huntington, an animal science professor at North Carolina State University. Huntington received the American Society of Animal Science Fellow Award at the ASAS National Awards Program on July 9.

Huntington’s current research involves measuring how much forage cattle consume. His data have improved animal productivity through better nutrition.

Huntington has collaborated with leading researchers at NCSU and USDA. Before joining the NCSU faculty in 1997, Huntington spent 14 years as a research scientist for the USDA and 5 years as an independent consultant.

Today Huntington works closely with Dr. Matt Poore, an extension coordinator at NCSU, and Dr. Joe Burn, an agronomist with USDA. This team hopes to discover how different forages affect digestion in livestock. Huntington is also working with a group of beef cattle researchers to build a database that producers can use to improve animal efficiency.

Huntington was born in South Dakota. He attended South Dakota State University, where he received his BS degree in foreign languages and MS degree in animal science. He received his PhD in ruminant nutrition from the University of Nebraska.

The ASAS Fellow Award is presented to animal scientists who have made excellent contributions to the animal industry and have had continuous membership in the ASAS for a minimum of 25 years. The American Society of Animal Science is a professional organization that serves more than 5,000 animal scientists and producers around the world.

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