Dr. Jerry Spears Receives the FASS-AFIA New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition Award
July, 2019 – Dr. Jerry Spears is the recipient of the 2019 FASS-AFIA New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition Award, presented to him during the Opening Ceremony, at the 2019 ASAS-CSAS Annual Meeting held in Austin, Texas.
Jerry W. Spears is a native of Kentucky and received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky. He was awarded his Ph.D. degree in Animal Nutrition from the University of Illinois in 1978. Spears joined the Animal Science Faculty at the University of Arkansas in 1979. In 1981, he accepted a position at North Carolina State University and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1985 and to Professor of Animal Science in 1990. He retired from the University in 2012 and is currently Professor Emeritus. He is recognized as a leading authority in the area of mineral nutrition of domestic animals. His research has advanced our understanding of mineral metabolism in ruminants and nonruminants, and much of his research has had an impact on the livestock industry. He has given over 150 invited presentations in 27 countries and has published 185 referred journal articles and 14 book chapters. He has chaired or co-chaired 23 Ph.D. and 14 M.S. students. Spears received the Young Animal Scientist award from the Southern Section ASAS, and the AFIA Ruminant Nutrition Award and the Cromwell Mineral Nutrition Award from ASAS. In 2012 he was named a Fellow of ASAS. He has served on the NRC subcommittee on Beef Cattle Nutrition, NRC Committee on Minerals and Toxic Substances in Diets and Water for Animals, and the editorial boards of the Journal of Animal Science and the Journal of Dairy Science.
This award is sponsored by the FASS, Inc. and the American Feed Industry Association.