July 22, 2016

Boyd receives AFIA Award in Nonruminant Nutrition Research


By Jamie Hawley, ASAS Communications Intern

July 22, 2016 – Dr. R. Dean Boyd was named the recipient of the 2016 American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) Award in Nonruminant Nutrition Research by the ASAS during its annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dr. Boyd is the Technical Director for The Hanor Company and Triumph Foods Group, and is an adjunct professor in animal nutrition at North Carolina State and Iowa State Universities. Dr. Boyd’s research has led to a better understanding of energy and amino acid nutrition, ingredient mitigation of disease stress on growth, and the profound life-time effects of low weaning age. His team proved that seasonal infertility can be alleviated by specific amounts of essential fatty acids and his growth assay for calibrating ingredient net energy facilitated wide adoption of the net energy system in pigs.

Dr. Boyd has published 338 scientific papers in scholarly journals, book chapters, conference papers, and abstracts during his 35 years in academia and the private sector. He earned over $6 million in support of research over the last 10 years.AFIA Award in Nonruminant Research

Dr. Boyd earned his B.S. from Colorado State University and his Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition from the University of Nebraska. He began his career in the Department of Animal Science and Division of Nutrition at Cornell University in 1979, where he remained until 1993. He joined the Pig Improvement Company, becoming the first nutritionist hired and joined The Hanor Company in 2002. He is a member of the Gates Foundation advisory team on applying animal science knowledge to improve global maternal-infant health.

The ASAS AFIA Award in Nonruminant Nutrition Research stimulates research excellence in the nutrition of nonruminant animals. The research upon which the award is based is original and published in the 10 years immediately preceding the award. The ASAS AFIA Award in Nonruminant Nutrition Research is sponsored by the AFIA.

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