UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Jud Heinrichs, Ph.D., Professor of Dairy Science in Penn State’s Department of Animal Science, will be recognized at the 2017 American Dairy Science Association Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh June 25-28 when he and 17 others are inducted into the inaugural Journal of Dairy Science Club 100.
The JDS Club 100 is being initiated as part of the 100th volume of the Journal; the members selected for the Club are scientists who have authored or co-authored over 100 articles in the JDS over their careers. The first class of authors will receive a plaque to honor their unique standing among all the JDS authors; annually thereafter, new members will be added as they achieve this milestone.
“This is a remarkably significant milestone to publish this prolifically in the Journal of Dairy Science, and it is a wonderful tribute to Jud for the many contributions he has made to the dairy industry through his articles in this prestigious publication. I offer my sincere congratulations to Jud for the impact he had on the dairy industry,” said Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Animal Science.
“It has always been my goal to do dairy research that is applicable to the farmer and can be put to use as soon as possible,” Heinrichs said. “It is important to me to publish it in scientific and popular press sources so that it has been shown to have scientific validation. I always tell my students that if we do research at a University and do not publish it, the world never knows that we did it, and no one gets to advance from it.”
Heinrichs received his B.S. in Animal Science from Cornell; his M.S. and Ph.D. in dairy science from the Ohio State University. He has been on the faculty of Penn State since 1982, with an extension/research appointment in dairy nutrition and management with an emphasis on replacement animals. His lab had been one of two worldwide that has done extensive research on pasteurizing colostrum to improve calf health; recently it was the first to show that bacteria have a major interference with colostrum IgG absorption by the newborn calf. This lab has also published extensively on heifer growth and nutrient requirements and has promoted updated nutrient needs of the growing heifer to achieve calving at 22 to 23 months of age.
He has authored over 185 journal articles and book chapters as well as many extension publications, primarily in the area of dairy replacements and forages, and has lectured throughout the United States and in 32 countries around the world. During his sabbatical at the University of Bologna in Italy in 2008-2009 and again in 2015- 2016, he studied physically effective fiber needs and feeding behavior of lactating cows. During a previous sabbatical with the USDA, he was in charge of the first National Dairy Heifer Evaluation Project.
Heinrichs also has sponsored the construction of the Dairy Cattle Nutrition website at http://www.das.psu.edu/dairynutrition, which provides relevant information about dairy cattle nutrition, calves and heifers for the dairy producer. This site has consistently been the number one website on Google search for dairy cattle nutrition worldwide.
He also organizes the annual Penn State Dairy Nutrition Workshop which has grown into the largest conference of its kind in the US and provides information and training for the dairy feed industry.
Heinrichs has received several awards from the American Dairy Science Association, including their Dairy Extension Award in 2013, their Dairy Forage Award in 2009 and their Applied Dairy Nutrition Award in 2000. In 2002 he received the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association Extension Award.
A native of Sullivan County, New York, Heinrichs grew up on a small dairy farm. He is a member of the ADSA, the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, the Pennsylvania Extension Professors Association and Gamma Sigma Delta.
“This award is a way to recognize those who have made truly significant contributions to the journal,” said JDS editor-in-chief Dr. Matt Lucy. “Publishing 100 papers is a great accomplishment and those who have done so solely with JDS certainly deserve commendation.” He noted that the success of JDS is the result of the hard work of our authors, and all that they share with the scientific community.
The JDS is the official journal of the American Dairy Science Association, and is the leading general dairy research journal in the world. Readers represent education, industry and government agencies in more than 70 countries, with interests in biochemistry, breeding, economics, engineering, environment, food science, genetics, microbiology, nutrition, pathology, physiology, processing, public health, quality assurance and sanitation.
— Penn State University