Jim Drouillard, Ph.D., an expert in beef cattle nutrition, was recognized for his professional achievements by the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) and the American Feed Industry Association. Dr. Drouillard is an animal science professor for Kansas State University.
Dr. Drouillard’s career included serving as a nutritionist, product manager, and research director in the commercial feed industry for six years before joining K-State in 1995 as professor of feedlot cattle nutrition. Focusing on teaching and research, Dr. Drouillard is the faculty coordinator for the Beef Cattle Research Center. His research has focused on feedlot cattle production, emphasizing grain processing, pre-harvest food safety, byproduct utilization, and the effects of diet on cattle health, performance, carcass quality and meat composition.
Drouillard has authored nearly 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts, four patents, more than 200 abstracts and experiment station reports, and has served as principal investigator for grants exceeding $5 million. He has also served as major advisor for more than 30 graduate and post-doctoral programs, and has mentored dozens of undergraduate student research projects.
Dr. Drouillard received both his Bachelor of Animal Science and Master of Animal Breeding from the University of Florida, and his doctoral degree from the University of Nebraska.
The Ruminant Animal Nutrition Award was presented to Dr. Drouillard by Cathy Bandyk, during the annual ASAS meeting in Indiana, last week. Bandyk presented the award on behalf of AFIA.
Dunshea Receives Nonruminant Animal Nutrition Award
Frank Dunshea, Ph.D., an expert on swine nutrition, was recognized for his professional achievements by the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) and the American Feed Industry Association. Dr. Dunshea, an animal scientist and professor, serves as chair of agriculture for the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Dunshea’s research in swine nutrition and metabolism has greatly impacted the industry, with many of his findings having been taken up by the swine industry. He has made important contributions on effects of metabolism modifiers on nutrient requirements, and has led the commercialization of an immunocastration vaccine and conducted research on the impact of immunocastration on nutrient requirements. He also investigated nutritional means of manipulating growth and pork quality to reduce defects.
Dr. Dunshea has chaired the University of Melbourne’s agriculture department for six years. He also trained at La Trobe University, Melboure, Australia, and Cornell University, New York, before working as a government scientist for 17 years.
Dr. Dunshea has published over 500 journal, conference, book or technical articles. His notable achievements include being awarded the Daniel McAlpine Outstanding Achievement Award for Innovation in Agricultural Research for his biomedical and functional foods research and being named the 2007 recipient of the Australian Minister of Agriculture’s prize for his role in reducing, replacing and refining the use of animals in research. He is also a Fellow of the Nutrition Society of Australia.
The Nonruminant Animal Nutrition Award was presented to Dunshea by Chad Risley, during the annual ASAS meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. Risley presented the award on behalf of AFIA.
Both awards are sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association as part of its continuing awards program that dates back to 1948.
AFIA, based in Arlington, Va., is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to representing the business, legislative and regulatory interests of the U.S. animal feed industry and its suppliers. Founded in 1909, AFIA also is the recognized leader on international industry developments. Members include more than 500 domestic and international companies and state, regional and national associations. Member-companies are livestock feed and pet food manufacturers, integrators, pharmaceutical companies, ingredient suppliers, equipment manufacturers and companies which supply other products, services and supplies to feed manufacturers.
The feed industry makes a major contribution to food safety, nutrition and the environment, and it plays a critical role in the production of healthy, wholesome meat, milk, fish and eggs and pets. More than 70 percent of the feed in the United States is manufactured by AFIA members.