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Staples honored with dairy nutrition award

Dr. Charles R. Staples, Ph.D., a dairy cattle nutrition expert, has been recognized for his professional achievements by the American Dairy Science Association. Staples is a professor in the Animal Sciences Department at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

The Dairy Nutrition Research Award was presented to Staples during a ceremony in Indianapolis, Ind., on July 9. The award is sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association, as part of its continuing awards program that dates to 1948.

Staples is nationally and internationally recognized for his research in both basic and applied ruminant dairy nutrition. A central focus of his research has been developing information on the influence of dietary fat, protein, vitamins and minerals on production, immunity and reproductive performance of lactating dairy cows. This research has enhanced understanding of how nutrients may influence dairy cow performance and metabolism.

Another important element of Staples's research is the development of management practices for successful implementation of intensively rotated pasture systems for dairy animals in subtropical environments such as Florida. As a result, he has been in demand to speak in countries with similar environments.

In particular, Staples is at the forefront in demonstrating the potential to selectively alter nutrient delivery for metabolism in order to modify reproductive and immune functions. These findings have improved fertility and have potential application in future nutritional-reproductive management systems. His research has greatly increased understanding of subtropical forage feeding and utilization.

Dr. Staples received degrees from New Mexico State University, and he earned his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois. Dr. Clay Zimmerman of Blue Seal Feeds presented the award to Staples.

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