An international animal science award will be presented to a Charles Sturt University (CSU) academic this month for his commitment to animal production in Australia and throughout Asia.
Professor Peter Wynn, Professor of Animal Production in the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at CSU in Wagga Wagga, will receive the 10th Asian-Australasian Association of Animal Production (AAAP) Animal Science Award for his 'outstanding contribution to animal production'.
He was nominated for the award by the Australian Society of Animal Production.
Society President Dr Russell Bush said, "Peter is well known throughout the Asia region for his dedication and service to education and research in animal production.
"His distinguished career spans four decades with service given to
Australia's leading research and educational institutions, including the Australian Wool Innovation company, Australian Department of Agriculture, CSIRO, University of Sydney, and Charles Sturt University," Dr Bush said.
Professor Wynn leads an Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)-funded team to help smallholder dairy producers in Pakistan through improved dairy extension services. He has initiated training programs for many Australian and Pakistani students and has raised sponsorship for numerous young scientists from developing countries to attend international conferences.
Professor Wynn is involved in Pork CRC research projects exploring nutritional and endocrine strategies to improve growth efficiency of piglets.
Professor Wynn also lectures in both the Animal and Veterinary Sciences programs at CSU. As coordinator of the University's Master of Animal Science, Professor Wynn has gained a reputation for nurturing young animal science researchers from Africa, South America and Asia along with North American and Australian students. He also currently supervises or co-supervises six PhD students.
Each year, Professor Wynn provides guidance and support for a CSU undergraduate student team in the Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging competition held in Wagga Wagga. He was the instigator of the national workshop format for this important event and coordinates teams from across Asia and the USA to participate in the competition.
Professor Wynn will receive the 10th AAAP Animal Science Award during the opening ceremony of the 16th AAAP Animal Science Congress at Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyarkarta, in Indonesia on Tuesday 11 November.
The CSU academic will address the conference on the topic of genetic selection strategies to improve the productivity of sheep.
In 2010, Professor Wynn was made a Fellow of the Australian Society of Animal Production in recognition of his distinguished international service to animal science.