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Alumnus Receives Bouffault International Award

Alumnus and 2008 Ohio State Animal Science Hall of Fame inductee Dr. David Notter received the ASAS Bouffault International Award. Link to ASAS notice from Taking Stock, below.

Notter receives Bouffault International Award

by Samantha Kneeskern

July 12, 2015 – Dr. David Notter is the winner of this year’s Bouffault International Award. He will be honored at the 2015 ADSA-ASAS Joint Annual Meeting in Orlando. The Bouffault Award recognizes distinguished service to animal agriculture in the developing areas of the world.

Notter was born in 1950 in Gallipolis, Ohio, and grew up on a small tobacco and cattle farm. He has a B.S. degree in Animal Science from The Ohio State University, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Nebraska.

He was a faculty member at Virginia Tech until his retirement in 2010. As Emeritus Professor, he remains active in the department and continues to do applied research in quantitative genetics.

Notter has made important global contributions to the characterization, conservation, appropriate use, and continuing improvement of farm animal genetic resources through diverse assignments with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and International Atomic Energy Agency.

His international activities focused on 1) management of global farm animal genetic resources, 2) mentoring of developing-country scientists, and 3) livestock genetic evaluation and rural community development.

With his international travels and contributions, Notter has learned to balance the existing community ideas and breed adaptations for certain environments with the fact that genetic improvements will enhance productivity.

He mentored scientists in developing countries through collaborations and cooperative research in India and Bangladesh, and recently initiated collaborations involving the genetic evaluation of sheep in Mexico and development of a breeding nucleus for alpaca in Peru.

The Bouffault International Award is sponsored by the Center for Regulatory Services, Inc. To be eligible for nomination, the nominee shall have made a meritorious scientific contribution by way of teaching, research or other service to animal agriculture in one or more of the developing areas of the world over a period of five or more years.

Please join us in honoring Dr. David Notter.