News last update:7 Aug 2012

Palmquist gets lifetime achievement award

Dr. Donald Palmquist, Ph.D., an expert on dairy cow nutrition at Ohio State University (OSU), was recognized for his professional achievements by the Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS) this week. Palmquist is professor emeritus of animal sciences at OSU.

The FASS New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition award, which is similar to a lifetime achievement award, was presented to Palmquist during a ceremony in Indianapolis, Ind., on July 7. This is the fifth consecutive year the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) sponsored the FASS New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition award.

Palmquist's career-long pursuit of understanding lipid metabolism in dairy cows was pioneering and innovative, and he aimed to develop practical and profitable strategies to incorporate supplemental fat into dairy cow diets. His early research provided fundamental information on the metabolism of fatty acids by dairy cows.

The use of radioisotopes to quantify the transfer of dietary fat to milk fat was particularly innovative, and it led him to conclude that supplemental fat could improve the efficiency of milk fat synthesis. He also conducted applied studies to determine the effects of dietary fat on milk production and composition.

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