A beef research scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lethbridge research facility was recognized with the 2016 Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation on Wednesday.
Tim McAllister was honoured by his beef industry colleagues at the inaugural Canadian Beef Industry Conference in Calgary.
“His ongoing impact on animal agriculture is monumental,” said Bryan Thiessen, chair of the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) and manager of Namaka Farms near Strathmore, Alberta. “While maintaining a stellar scientific career, Dr. McAllister has never lost sight of the practical application of his research, and his willingness to transfer knowledge to beef producers, industry associations, and the general public never diminishes.”
As the BCRC noted in its press release, McAllister is respected internationally for his research on prions, antimicrobial resistance, beef cattle nutrition, silage science, and greenhouse gas emissions.
Dr. McAllister has conducted years of research to develop a safe means of composting specified risk materials, which is influencing new regulations for their disposal following the BSE crisis is 2003. He has made tremendous advances in the area of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in cattle, which is leading to the development of alternatives to antibiotics. In addition, he has led many other important projects related to optimizing the nutrition of beef cattle. Most recently, he led a research project that found that the amount of greenhouse gas generated in producing one kilogram of Canadian beef has dropped by 15 per cent over the past three decades.
According to the BCRC, the award recognizes scientists and academics that are actively involved in strong research programs aligned with industry priorities, continually engage with industry stakeholders, and demonstrate their passion and long-term commitment through leadership, teamwork, and mentorship.
The inaugural award was presented to John McKinnon in 2015.
Here are some of our previous reports featuring Dr. McAllister: