Animal Nutrition - Africa
Hinner Köster (55)
Was raised on a large cattle ranch in Vryburg in the North Western Province. He studied at the University of Pretoria where he received his B. Sc. Agric. in 1986, his B. Sc. Agric. (Hons.) in 1987 and his M. Sc. Agric. (Animal Nutrition) in 1990.
In 1995 he completed his Ph.D. in Ruminant Nutrition at Kansas State University, USA. His groundbreaking research in the area of protein supplementation on poor quality roughages has also revolutionized the lick supplement market in South Africa and other parts of the world and has lead to significant improvements in production and fertility rates of pasture based beef cattle where his principles have been applied and commercially implemented. He has 40 international and national scientific papers and abstracts and has published more than 200 popular scientific papers.
He remains actively involved in numerous industry scientific research projects in South Africa, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, USA, Canada and Australia and has presented 16 papers at international conferences and symposia. He also recently has been appointed as an adjunct faculty member at Kansas State University (KSU), USA where he serves on post graduate research committees and where he assists in commercializing selected KSU developed IP. He still contributes to academic education of SA Animal Scientists by acting as co-supervisor for various M.Sc. and Ph.D. students at most of the major Animal Science faculties as well as the Veterinary faculty at Onderstepoort and has further acted as external examiner for pre- and post graduate students at the Universities of Pretoria, Free State and Stellenbosch. Dr Köster further is a member of the American Society of Animal Science, South African Society of Animal Science (serves on Council) and South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions.
Dr Hinner Köster has further made note worthy contributions to the animal feeds industry and to the animal science profession. He played a major role at the Animal Feed Manufacturers Association (AFMA) and acted in various capacities on the Board of Directors, Technical and Liaison Committee and Congress and Editorial Committees. In 2005, he was elected chairman of the AFMA board of directors, a position he held until 2007, and also served as chairman on all the different AFMA committees since 2000. During his term at AFMA he was instrumental in initiating and contributing to the drafting of various Codes of Practice and a Code of Conduct for the Animal Feed industry.
Currently he serves on the South African Society of Animal Science Council and was Vice President of the Witwatersrand Agricultural Society. Since 1996 he also serves as director of the SA Hereford Breeders’ Society where he acts as chairman of the World Hereford Conference Committee. He also is a senior judge of various cattle breeds and represented South Africa in Argentina (2000), Australia (2004) and Denmark (2008) at World Hereford Conferences. He also co-owns a large egg production and pig operation as well as a herd of Dorper sheep and an internationally known Hereford stud, Vicedale Herefords.
During 1999, Dr Köster was awarded the OTK Ltd. (now Afgri) Technical person of the year award and received the prestigious Barney van Niekerk/AFMA Technical Person of the Year award in 2001 for his numerous contributions in the field of Animal Nutrition in South Africa. In July 2007 he was further honoured with the Silver Medal by the South African Society of Animal Science in acknowledgement of his exceptional contributions and involvement that significantly influenced and directed the development and improvement of production in the livestock industry. More recently (September 2008), he was named Agriculturist of the Year for the Gauteng region. Until recently, Dr Köster was the Managing Director of Scinetic, the Centre for Excellence within Afgri Operations (Pty) Ltd. where he was responsible for R&D activities and a number of innovation and international business development programs within the company. In January 2009, he decided to exit the corporate environment to focus more independently on adding value to the South African as well as global animal feed and production chain. He joined Animate Animal Health (Pty) Limited as a partner and Director responsible for all Technical matters, a company that already focuses on value added animal health and nutritional products and strategies for all species.