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Poultry specialist receives Medal of Excellence

[Lexington, Kentucky] - Professor Peter Ferket of North Carolina State University, USA, has been awarded the 2006 Alltech Medal of Excellence. For the past 16 years, Alltech has presented a Medal of Excellence Award to a scientist for his or her exceptional research into natural and advanced solutions in animal health. The medal was presented to Professor Ferket at the opening of Alltech's Annual Feed Industry Symposium, in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, on Monday, April 24th, 2006.

Professor Ferket received this prestigious award in recognition of his commitment throughout his professional career to issues relating to nutrition and feeding practices. At the opening session of Alltech's Symposium, Dr. Ferket presented on "Embracing the challenges of the animal feed industry." He emphasized the importance of capturing the full value of feed ingredients, especially those derived from grains through the strategic use of supplemental enzyme preparations. These natural blends of enzymes can be produced by solid state fermentation.

?"I am delighted to be honored with such recognition," Professor Ferket said on receiving the award". The feed industry is faced with a whole new range of challenges, and in order to overcome these obstacles and find alternative solutions the industry needs to continuously advance in research and development."

Professor Ferket has a Ph.D. in animal nutrition from Iowa State and is currently a professor of nutrition for the Department of Agricultural and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University, USA. Dr. Ferket is also a faculty member at the Institution of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina. His main area of interest involves issues relating to nutrition and feeding practices of commercial poultry, with an emphasis on meat-type turkeys and broilers.

As a Medal of Excellence winner, Professor Ferket joins a list of outstanding researchers, including; Dr. Mingan Choct, University of New England; Dr. Charles Maxwell, University of Arkansas, USA; Dr. Trevor Smith, University of Guelph, Canada; and Dr. Frank Edens, North Carolina State University, USA.

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