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NMPF Announces 2016 Scholarship Winners

August 3, 2016

At their June meeting, the NMPF Scholarship Committee selected three graduate students to receive awards as part of the 2016 NMPF National Dairy Leadership Scholarship Program. These students are conducting research in areas that will benefit dairy cooperatives and producers.

Scholarships were awarded to:

  • Matthew Borchers, a PhD candidate in Dairy Systems Management at the University of Kentucky, who is studying the effect of housing environment on bedding bacterial profiles and immunological function of dairy cattle.
  • Brittany Shonka-Martin, a PhD candidate in Animal Science at the University of Minnesota, who is studying a comparison of feed intake, frame size, body weight, and production efficiency of ProCROSS versus Holstein cows.
  • Jennifer Spencer, a PhD candidate in Animal Physiology at the University of Idaho, who is studying the role of aspirin on prostaglandin secretion and alternative synchronization protocols to improve pregnancy rates in lactating dairy cows.