Prestigious award and heartfelt tribute honours memory and work of leading animal nutritionist

One of the world's leading animal nutritionists has been awarded the British Society of Animal Science's most prestigious award in recognition for his outstanding contribution to animal science. 
The late Kevin Shingfield, who was Professor of Nutritional Physiology at Aberystwyth University, was posthumously awarded the British Society of Animal Science's Sir John Hammond award at the Society's Annual Conference in Edinburgh on 10 April.
The award is highly selective for those involved  in research, teaching, advisory, farming or affiliated professions who  have made a significant contribution to the science or development of animal production. Professor Shingfield was honoured the award for his inspirational thinking and drive to better the understanding of the link between rumen microbiology, ruminant genomics and metabolism and their impact on environmental pollutants and product quality.
Presenting the award during a heartfelt and humorous tribute, BSAS Senior Vice President Professor Michael Lee spoke fondly of a remarkable, well-loved and respected colleague, scientist and friend. 
"Someone who would have no doubt been a future BSAS president, Professor Kevin Shingfield was and is an amazing animal scientist".  
"His legacy remains and anyone working in the field of ruminant lipid biochemistry and understanding lipid metabolism deposition into milk, will be using the research that he drove and quoting Kevin Shingfield". 

Professor Lee added, "I remember the cheeky chappy, a great supporter to so many of us, many funny moments and happy memories of Kevin the friend and a truly great scientist who is deeply missed".
Accepting the award at the Society's conference dinner at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh on 10th April, was Kevin's brother Steve.  
"Since Kevin's passing, the family and I have been overwhelmed by the messages we have received telling of his research, its enduring impact and legacy," Steve said.
"I didn't fully understand or comprehend his scientific endeavours. His qualifications, his job titles, obviously made us very proud but I think on reflection, what we should have been most proud of was his actual science".
"Everyone in this room does incredible work which has never been more relevant to society, and I urge you all to shout about your achievements and especially tell people outside the scientific community about the incredible work you do".

Speaking of his brother's gregarious character, Steve said: "Kevin's belief was 'collaboration is key to success'. Events like this, he was incredibly passionate about and he rarely declined invitations to speak at an event like this, regardless of how difficult the logistics were. In a digital age, he was passionate about face to face interaction…with or without a drink in hand…occasionally coffee". 
"So I urge you to enjoy the rest of the evening, make the most of those future opportunities and believe like him, that good science can come out of a good time shared".
Closing his acceptance on behalf of his brother and family, Steve thanked the Society, BSAS Council and the BSAS members for the award, stating: "Friday [12th] would have marked Kevin's 52nd birthday and I know, had he been here today, he would have considered this the best birthday present imaginable. Myself and my family will treasure it dearly, thank you all".


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