BSAS unveils finalists for its prestigious 2020 Industry Prize

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“We received a wealth of outstanding entries to this year’s award and our finalists were selected based on the superior quality and innovative nature of their research, as well as their diligence in ensuring that their work fulfilled the need of the end-user. Their demonstrated thought around providing maximum impact to industry across aspects, including return on investment and feasibility of introducing new concepts derived from research”, commented Helen Warren, Chair of the BSAS Stakeholder Group.’

The 2020 Industry Prize Finalists (in no particular order) are:

Kimberley Slinger from the University of Nottingham for her abstract titled “Identification of the origin of host DNA content in the gastrointestinal tract of the broiler chicken.

Kimberley Slinger recently completed her PhD in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Nottingham. Her research, sponsored by AB Vista Feed Ingredients, focused on the development of a method designed to assess host DNA in pig and chicken faecal samples, which potentially acts as a marker of gut cell loss. During the final stages of Kimberley’s PhD, she worked as a Research Assistant on two separate projects in the Division of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, also at the University of Nottingham. First, examining the nutrient composition of grasslands and, second, utilising computer vision to predict dairy cow behaviour.

Kerensa Hawkey from the University of Nottingham for her abstract titled “Can commercial enzymes be used to enhance the nutritional composition of Tenebrio molitor (yellow mealworm) as an alternative protein source.”

Having grown up on the family farm in Cornwall, Kerensa moved to the University of Nottingham’s Sutton Bonington Campus to study BSc Animal Science, with a specific interest in nutrition and production science. Following her degree, she went on to work for Mole Valley Feed Solutions as a Trainee Feed Formulator for a year. Kerensa then resumed her PhD at the University of Nottingham’s Sutton Bonington Campus, looking at insects as nutrient concentrators for sustainable animal feeds. Her PhD links in with her interest in sustainable agriculture and utilising nutrition to improve environmental impacts.

Lucy Ross from Nottingham University for her abstract titled “Effect of calfhood respiratory disease on rearing targets in Holstein-Friesian dairy heifers.”

Lucy Ross is a second year PhD student at the University of Nottingham researching heifer rearing and whole-farm feed efficiency in UK dairy systems in partnership with AHDB. Lucy is also a committee member of the BSAS Early Careers Council where she is involved in writing blogs and articles for the website. To date Lucy has presented her work at AHDB’S Livestock Conference 2020, TotalDairy 2019 and at the University of Nottingham’s PhD Symposium 2019 where she was awarded second place for her presentation. Lucy’s other achievements include winning the RABDF Farm Health Management Award 2020 presented at DairyTech in February.

Ashraf Alkhtib from Nottingham Trent University for his abstract titled “Effect of olive tree pruning by-products on intake, digestibility, growth performance and blood parameters of Shami goats.”

Ashraf has a PhD in animal nutrition and his main area of interest lies in practical animal nutrition. He is currently working as a post doc fellow in agricultural sciences in Nottingham Trent University, school of animal, rural and environmental sciences (poultry research unit).

Rosie Barraclough from Roslin Institute, the University of Edinburgh for her abstract titled “The behaviour of dairy cattle in late gestation: Effects of parity and dystocia.”

Rosie is a final year PhD student at Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and the Roslin Institute. The aim of her PhD is to look at how we can use technology to enhance dairy cow health and welfare with the main areas of focus being to understand the uptake of technology on UK dairy farms, and to identify how we can use technology to detect calving and transition cow disease.

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