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NMPF Presents Awards to Academics Contributing Research to Dairy Industry

July 5, 2018

At its June meeting in Arlington, Virginia, the NMPF Scholarship Committee selected two graduate students to receive scholarships as part of the 2018 NMPF National Dairy Leadership Scholarship Program. These students are conducting research in areas that will benefit dairy cooperatives and producers.

The 2018 Hintz Memorial Scholarship, given to the top scholarship candidate, was awarded to Isaac Salfer (above left), a Ph.D. candidate in animal science at Pennsylvania State University, studying the effect of nutrient intake on circadian rhythms in the mammary gland of dairy cows.

A scholarship was also awarded to Gustavo Mazon (above right), a master’s candidate in animal science at the University of Kentucky, studying the effects of yeast-derived microbial protein in transition dairy cows’ health and production.

The NMPF Dairy Leadership Scholarship Fund also sponsors the Richard M. Hoyt Award, which recognizes research efforts that have direct application to issues in the U.S. dairy industry. It was awarded to Zheng Zhou at the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) Annual Meeting in late June.

Zhou, an assistant professor of nutrigenomics at Clemson University, has conducted extensive research in assessing the efficacy of methyl donor supplementation on transition cow performance, immune metabolism and health. His studies have shed light on immune, inflammatory and metabolic status in-transition dairy cows.

NMPF also presented awards to Russell Pate and Justin Rosadiuk as part of the NMPF Graduate Student Paper Presentation Contest in Dairy Production, Ph.D. and MS divisions, respectively. Pate is a graduate student at the University of Illinois. His presentation was titled, “Aluminosilicate clay reduces the deleterious effects of an aflatoxin challenge on inflammation markers in lactating Holstein cows.” Rosadiuk is a graduate student at the University of Alberta. His presentation was titled, “Effects of differing planes of pre- and post-weaning phase nutrition on intake, growth and puberty in Holstein heifer calves.”