Dr. Kevin Herrick, dairy technical services manager with Kemin Industries, is the 2013 recipient of the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) Graduate Student Paper Publication Award presented at the organization's annual meeting held in Indianapolis, Indiana, on July 10.
Herrick was awarded for his work appearing in the June 2012 issue of the Journal of Dairy Science. In the article, Herrick investigated feeding a sugar co-product to lactating Holstein cows and demonstrated the co-product improved fiber digestibility, particularly of the structural fiber fraction. Feeding this co-product has the potential to improve animal performance as well as allow producers to feed lower quality forages and maintain dietary energy.
Earlier this year, Herrick received the Midwest ADSA Young Scholar Award for his presentation, "Butyrate supplementation effects on metabolism and production in lactating dairy cows." In his presentation, Herrick offered research investigating supplementation of individual or intermediate volatile fatty acids as a potential treatment for metabolic diseases in the post-partum ruminant. The presentation featured trials in which rumen butyrate concentration was increased to investigate the performance and metabolic responses of lactating dairy cows. Results from Herrick's research demonstrate butyrate supplementation has the potential to improve the energy balance of lactating dairy cows.
Herrick joined Kemin in 2012 and serves as the technical service manager for dairy in North America. Prior to joining Kemin, Herrick worked as a dairy production consultant for Land O' Lakes Purina Feed and as a herdsman for a large dairy in South Dakota. Herrick completed a Bachelor of Science in animal science, a Master of Science in ruminant nutrition from South Dakota State University and a Ph.D. in dairy science from South Dakota State University.
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