The American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) announced Jan Dijkstra (Animal Nutrition Group, Wageningen University) as the 2015 recipient of the American Feed Industry Association Award. The award recognizes Dijkstra’s contribution to the research of dairy cattle nutrition over the past ten years.
The international organisation of dairy researchers ADSA states that Jan Dijkstra is internationally recognized as a leader in research on energy and nutrient utilization in dairy cattle. He has focused particularly on, and has shown the importance of, the interplay between mathematical modelling and experimental research.
Reduced methane emissions
According to ADSA, the contributions of Dijkstra and co-workers have led to improvements in nitrogen use efficiency and to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from cattle, particularly methane. The models he has developed have helped improve understanding and enhance prediction of several nutritional processes, including fermentation in the rumen and milk production in the mammary gland.
Dijkstra is associate professor at the Animal Nutrition Group of Wageningen University. He has authored or co-authored more than 175 papers in peer‐reviewed journals and has co-edited three books.
American Feed Industry Association Award
The American Feed Industry Association Award is created to promote research in dairy cattle utrition. The award recognizes an individual who has made a worthy contribution to research of dairy cattle nutrition within the 10 years immediately prior to the year of the award. The winner must have had original research work published; conducted research at a public institution, hospital, or similar institution; and been a member of the American Dairy Science Association for at least five successive years.