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Galyean among this year’s American Society of Animal Science award winners

image image One of the nation’s top experts in cattle nutrition and a leading professor from Texas Tech University was presented the ‘2010 Fellow Award’ in research July 15 from the American Society of Animal Science at the group’s annual meeting in Denver.

Tech’s Michael Galyean is a nationally recognized leader in blending nutritional theory and practice to help shape the future of Texas cattle producers. As the Thornton Chair in Beef Cattle Nutrition and Management, he’s responsible for training the next generation research scientists, leaders who will continue to improve the quality of beef in America’s homes for years to come.

“Almost everything we do has an immediate application – something that producers can put into action,” Galyean said. “I think that makes sense for Texas Tech and this part of the world.”

Cattle Nutrition. Much of Galyean’s work has centered on beef cattle nutrition, especially protein concentrations. He typically finds his answers in what’s known as an animal performance model: how much do the animals gain, how efficiently do they gain, and what kind of carcass do they produce at the end of the process.

The Arkansas native earned his bachelor’s degree in agriculture at New Mexico State University. His master’s degree in animal science and doctorate, which focused on animal nutrition, are from the Oklahoma State University. He spent 13 years with NMSU’s animal and range science department.

Horn Professor. In addition, he served as superintendent of NMSU’s Clayton Livestock Research Center from 1990 to 1996. Galyean then worked briefly as professor of animal science at West Texas A&M University, before joining Texas Tech in 1998. Galyean has been named a Horn Professor, the highest honor he can receive from Texas Tech.

The American Society of Animal Science is a non-profit professional organization based in Champaign, Ill. One of the group’s goals is to foster sharing and application of scientific knowledge concerning responsible use of animals to enhance human life.

Written by Norman Martin

CONTACT: Michael Galyean, Thornton Chair in Beef Cattle Nutrition and Management, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2453 or

0719NM10 / Photo: N Martin


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