Dr. Karen Beauchemin has been awarded the 2020 Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation.
Awarded during the 2020 virtual Canadian Beef Industry Conference (CBIC), the award recognizes Beauchemin for her work focused on developing nutritional knowledge and technologies for the beef and dairy industries to improve the efficiency of production and reduce environmental impacts.
Beauchemin is a principal research scientist of ruminant nutrition at the Lethbridge Research and Development Centre, with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and an adjunct professor at the University of Saskatchewan, University of Alberta, and Utah State University. She received her Master of Science with a Major in Agriculture from Université Laval with distinction in 1982 followed by a Ph.D. in Ruminant Nutrition with distinction from the University of Guelph in 1988.
Beauchemin has assisted producers, researchers, veterinarians, nutritionists, and policymakers across Canada with numerous research projects on ruminant nutrition, such as feed additives and diet formulations, and industry-relevant issues, such as the environmental sustainability of beef cattle production while improving animal performance. She is recognized as an international authority in the area of methane research and ruminant nutrition. She has been asked to collaborate on research projects around the world and has been an invited speaker at numerous international conferences on these topics.
Ryan Beierbach, chair of the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) says that Beauchemin is actively engaged with producers in the industry. “Dr. Karen Beauchemin is an internationally renowned researched in the area of ruminant nutrition,” he says. “Her work is referenced frequently by nutritionists and those in the feed industry who work with producers.”
As a researcher, teacher, and mentor, Beauchemin has published 390 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 29 authoritative reviews, 16 book chapters, and more than 850 technology transfer articles, abstracts, conference proceedings, and presentations. In naming Beauchemin as the recipient, the CBIC organizers say, “(Beauchemin) is an outstanding communicator, particularly in transferring technological findings to producers and industry professionals, and her commitment to beef producers, bovine, and environmental health is exceptionally evident in her efforts to provide information and advance the beef industry’s sustainability and productivity.”