Shaver receives dairy nutrition research award

Farm Forum

ARLINGTON, Va. — Randy Shaver, Ph.D., an expert on dairy cattle nutrition, was awarded the American Dairy Science Association Nutrition Research Award last week for his professional achievements. The annual award is jointly sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association and ADSA.

Shaver is a professor of dairy nutrition for the Department of Animal Science at the University of Wisconsin. His extension and research programs focus on applied nutrition of lactating dairy cattle. He has advised or co-advised 29 master’s or doctoral students at UW-Madison. Shaver has authored or co-authored 88 peer-review journal publications, 170 scientific abstracts, 101 popular-press articles in industry trade magazines and 249 newsletter articles, extension handouts or bulletins, and internet publications. He has presented 590 invited papers at industry conferences in 46 states and numerous foreign countries.

Shaver has previously received the ADSA Pioneer Hi-Bred Forage Award, ADSA DeLaval Dairy Extension Award, ADSA Nutrition Professionals Applied Dairy Nutrition Award and UW-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Pound Extension Excellence Award.

“Shaver is a life-long dairyman, growing up on a Pennsylvania dairy farm before transitioning to the nutrition side of the business,” said Richard Sellers, AFIA’s senior vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs. “With his tremendous track record in the field, it seems only natural he be awarded the ADSA Nutrition Research Award for his lifelong commitment.”

Shaver received a master’s degree from the University of Maryland’s Department of Animal Sciences then completed his doctorate degree in dairy science at UW-Madison in 1986 after conducting research at UW-Madison and the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center.

The award was presented to Shaver by Rick Bonander of Adisseo during ADSA’s annual meeting in Kansas City, Mo., on behalf of AFIA. The award was established in 1948 to promote and stimulate research in dairy cattle nutrition.