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PSA: Alltech Honors Auburn University Student, Showcases Latest Research

LEXINGTON, Ky.] – Kate Meloche, an Auburn University doctoral student, took home the Alltech Student Research Manuscript Award at the recent 2014 Poultry Science Association (PSA) meeting in Corpus Christi, Texas.

A native of Edina, Minnesota, Meloche received her bachelor of science in animal science with a minor in human nutrition from the University of Minnesota in 2011. During her undergraduate studies, Meloche worked as a research technician in the turkey nutrition research laboratory at the University of Minnesota and completed two consecutive summer course programs held by the Midwest Poultry Consortium Center of Excellence at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After completing her undergraduate degree, she participated in a live production internship program with GNP Company in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Meloche completed her master’s degree at Auburn University under the advisement of William A. Dozier, III. The focus of her work was the development and validation of prediction equations for the apparent metabolizable energy of distillers dried grains with solubles in broiler chicks. Currently, Meloche is pursuing a doctorate at Auburn under the continued guidance of Dozier, where she is investigating the effect of nutrition and management strategies on the development of breast meat quality defects in broiler chickens.

The Alltech Student Research Manuscript Award is presented each year at the PSA conference and is bestowed upon a student for his or her presentation and publication as senior author of an outstanding research manuscript in Poultry Science or The Journal of Applied Poultry Research. Only students awarded certificates of excellence for research presentations at an annual PSA meeting can compete for this award. The winner receives a plaque and a $500 check.

“We encourage poultry science students to push the traditional boundaries as they tackle today’s most challenging issues in the industry,” said Dr. Ted Sefton, poultry director, Alltech Guelph. “Through the Alltech Student Manuscript Award, we recognize young leaders in scientific innovation for not only pursuing new technologies and discoveries in the lab but also for their commitment to publishing and sharing the work within the poultry sector.”

Also at this year’s PSA meeting, Alltech presented eight abstracts, highlighting the company’s latest breakthroughs in poultry nutrition:

  • Effects of enzyme supplementation on fat pad and nutrient digestibility of first-cycle laying hens fed various concentrations of dietary energy E. Gareis*1, P. Rigolin2, T. E. Sefton2, and M. E. Persia3 1Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2Alltech, Nicholasville, KY, 3Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
     
  • Modulating coccidiosis and performance with dietary supplementation strategies or salinomycin fed to coccidia vaccinated broiler chickens G. Mathis*1, B. Lumpkins1, W. D. King2, and T. Sefton2 1Southern Poultry Research, Inc., Athens, GA, 2Alltech, Nicholasville, KY
     
  • Evaluation of inorganic (sulfates) and chelated trace minerals zinc, copper, manganese, and iron in low levels for broiler R. A. Vieira*2, R. D. Malheiros1, L. F. T. Albino2, M. I. Hannas2, R. Crivellari1, L. L. Borges1, and P. R. Ferket1 1Prestage Department of Poultry Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 2Department of Zootecny, UFV, Viçosa, MG, Brazil
     
  • Effects of dietary supplementation of Allzyme SSF on the performance of broiler chicks fed different types of diet T. Ao*, K. McKinney, L. M. Macalintal, M. A. Paul, A. J. Pescatore, A. H. Cantor, M. J. Ford, and K. A. Dawson Alltech-University of Kentucky Nutrition Research Alliance, Lexington, KY
     
  • Effects of dietary microalgae and time to initial feeding on growth performance and humoral immune response of broiler chicks L. M. Macalintal*, T. Ao, A. J. Pescatore, A. H. Cantor, M. J. Ford, and K. A. Dawson Alltech-University of Kentucky Nutrition Research Alliance, Lexington, KY
     
  • Effects of Programmed Nutrition (PN) strategy and post-hatch delayed feeding on the early growth performance of broiler chicks M. A. Paul*, A. J. Pescatore, T. Ao, M. J. Ford, A. H. Cantor, R. J. Lakarosky, J. D. Hawkins, W. D. King, and K. A. Dawson Alltech-University of Kentucky Nutrition Research Alliance, Lexington, KY
     
  • Effects of early imprinting and replacing inorganic Zn with different levels of Zn proteinate in broiler diets on growth performance and tissue zinc status of broiler chicks S. Mwangi*1, T. Ao2, J. Timmons1, M. Paul2, L. Macalintal2, A. Pescatore2, A. Cantor2, and M. Ford2 1University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD, 2Alltech-University of Kentucky Nutrition Research Alliance, Lexington, KY
     
  • Effects of dietary antioxidants on broiler breeder egg production, egg traits, embryo development, chick quality, and early broiler growth traits R. A. Renema*1, A. Pishnamazi1, R. Samuel2, and A. E. Sefton3 1University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada, 2Alltech, Nicholasville, KY, 3Alltech, Guelph, ON, Canada