Dr Firkins is a professor of animal science and director of nutrition for The Ohio State University (OSU).
The Dairy Science Ruminant Animal Nutrition Award was presented to Firkins by Mike Dubois, Omega Proteins, during the annual ADSA meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. The award is sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association as part of its continuing awards program that dates back to 1948.
As a professor of animal science in OSU’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the Food Innovation Center, Dr Firkins focuses on the supply of microbial protein to the small intestine of dairy cattle to reduce losses of nitrogen and emission of methane into the environment. His research helps to improve the fatty acid composition of milk to improve consumer acceptance and profitability of dairy production.
Dr Firkins earned his bachelor’s degree in animal science and his master’s and doctorate degrees in ruminant nutrition from the University of Illinois. His past honors include the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s Junior Faculty Research Award, the ADSA Applied Dairy Nutrition Award and the Research Award of Merit of the OSU chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta.
In addition to authoring and serving as reviewer for numerous academic journal articles, Dr Firkins is the associate editor of the British Journal of Nutrition and has served as editor of Invited Papers and Ruminant Nutrition sections of the Journal of Animal Science.