Arnold R. Hippen, Ph.D., an expert in dairy science, was recognized posthumously for his professional achievements by the American Dairy Science Association. Dr. Hippen passed away Saturday, July 9, 2011, at his home under hospice care.
A graduate student of Dr. Hippen’s accepted the Dairy Nutrition Research Award in his honor during the annual ADSA meeting in New Orleans, La., July 12, 2011. A moment of silence was also held.
Mike Dubois of Biozyme, St. Joseph, MO, presented the award, sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association. The ADSA award is part of AFIA’s continuing awards program that dates back to 1948. Dubois is the chair of the AFIA Ruminant Sub-Committee.
Born Feb. 15, 1953, Dr. Hippen began his career as a dairy farmer and was a feed dealer for Moorman Manufacturing until enrolling at Ellsworth Community College in 1988. From Ellsworth, he attended Iowa State University, earning his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in nutritional physiology.
Hippen became a professor at South Dakota State University in 1998, where he taught dairy farm management and dairy cattle nutrition. He also dedicated his career to researching how feeding byproduct ingredients to dairy cattle affected health, the prevention of fatty liver and ketosis, increasing milk production and changing milk composition. He published over 30 manuscripts and patented two products for ketosis prevention in cattle.
He is survived by his wife, Pat, and his son, Eric.