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Scientific Advisory Board

A strength of SAGE is it’s ability to network with some of the best minds in the Animal Health and Nutrition field.  SAGE is pleased to have on it’s Scientific Advisory Board:

Charles J. Newbold  - The University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Wales, UK.
Karen Beauchemin  - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge, Alberta
Limin Kung, Jr. PhD - The University of Delaware, Newark, De;
Randy Shafer          - The University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin


Charles J. Newbold
Director of Research
Institue of Rural Sciences, University of Wales,
Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwth, Box 3000,
Ceredigion SY23 3AL Wales UK 
(tel: (0)1970-622242,  email:

Since 2003, Jamie Newbold has been the Professor of Animal Science and  Director of Research at the Institute of Rural Science  University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Wales. UK.  Prior to that he was a Principal Scientific Officer in the Gut Microbiology and Immunology Division of the Rowett Research Institute, Aberdeen. UK. His research interests focus on the understanding and manipulation of gut ecosystems to improve animal productivity while reducing the environmental impact of animal husbandry. He has published some 135 article in refereed scientific journals and has presented over 160 papers at scientific meetings. He is Vice President and a Council member of the British Society of Animal Science, the Editor in Chief of the Proceedings of the Nutrition Society and an editorial board member of Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences.   Currently he is actively investigating the metabolism and significance of protozoa within the rumen and hindgut of horses and the control of methanogensis within the rumen.

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Karen A. Beauchemin, PhD
Research Scientist, Ruminant Nutrition
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Research Centre, Box 3000,
Lethbridge, AB T12J 4B1
(tel: 403-317-2235, fax: 403-317-2182, email:

Karen Beauchemin is a senior research scientist at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research Centre in Lethbridge, Alberta, and an adjunct professor at several Canadian universities (University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, and University of Saskatchewan).  Before starting a career in research, Dr. Beauchemin spent three years in the feed industry. She obtained a PhD in ruminant nutrition at the University of Guelph (1988), an MSc in animal nutrition at Laval University (1982), and her BSc in agriculture at McGill University (1978). 

Dr. Beauchemin has developed a broad-based research program to improve the feed utilization ruminants.  She is recognized for her expertise in the areas of acidosis, rumen function, and the fiber requirements of cattle. 

Throughout her career, Dr. Beauchemin has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and reviews, and over 300 conference proceedings and abstracts.  Dr. Beauchemin has been an invited speaker at numerous scientific and industry meetings. She is a member of the American Society of Animal Science, the American Dairy Science Association and the Canadian Society of Animal Science.  She was the 2005 recipient of the American Dairy Science Association’s Pioneer Hybrid Forage Award.

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Limin Kung, Jr. PhD
Professor & Research Scientist
Department of Animal and Food Sciences, University of Delaware, 
Newark, Delaware 19716-2150 
(tel: (302) 831-2522,  email:

Dr. Limin Kung, Jr. received his BS in Animal Science in 1976 and his MS in Ruminant Nutrition in 1978 from the University of Hawaii.   He completed his PhD in Dairy Nutrition at Michigan State University in 1982. Between 1976 and 1982, he served as research assistant at the University of Hawaii and Michigan State University , respectively.   He then served for one year as research associate for the US Dairy Forage Research Center before joining the Monsanto Company in the Animal Science Division as a Senior Research Nutritionist, Feed Ingredients in 1983 and as Research Specialist, Bovine Somatotropin in 1985.   In 1987 he joined the faculty at the University of Delaware as Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Science and Agricultural Biochemistry, and assumed duties in 1993 as Associate Professor in the Department of Animal & Food Science.   Today he is a full professor in this department and speaks throughout the US and the world on silage and forage management. Dr. Kung received the 1982 National Milk Producers Federation Award and in 1999 received the Pioneer Hi-Bred Forage Award in recognition of outstanding research and education in the area of forage production.   He is a member of the American Society of Animal Science, American Dairy Science Association and American Society of Microbiology.

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Randy Shafer
Dairy Science Depament, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
280 Animal Sciences Building, 1675 Observatory Way
Madison, Wisconsin 53706-1284
(tel: (608) 263-3491,  email:

Dr. Randy Shaver was born and raised on a western Pennsylvania dairy farm. After completing a B.S. degree in Dairy Science at the Pennsylvania State University in 1981, Randy received an M.S. degree from the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Maryland in 1982. His research focused on the use of buffers in dairy cattle rations and the effects of silage pH on the intake of silage. He then completed his doctorate degree in Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1986 after conducting research at the UW-Madison and U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center on the effects of forage fiber content and particle length on forage utilization in dairy cattle rations.

Randy spent 1986-87 working as Product Development Manager, Animal Industry Development Department, American Cyanamid Company on the bovine somatotropin project, and 1987-88 as a Dairy Nutrition Consultant for Purina Mills, Inc. in Wisconsin and Michigan. Since then he has been on the faculty in the Department of Dairy Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison with a 75% Extension, 25% Research appointment. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1994 and Professor in 1999.
His research focuses on applied nutrition of lactating dairy cattle with emphasis on B-vitamins, carbohydrates, and forages. His primary extension thrust has been the coordination of applied feeding and management conferences for veterinarians, private consultants and feed industry representatives. Randy has authored or co-authored 53 peer-review journal publications, 89 scientific abstracts, 80 popular-press articles in industry trade magazines, and over 175 newsletter articles, extension handouts or bulletins, and internet publications. He has presented over 250 invited papers at industry conferences in 40 states. Additionally, he has been an invited speaker for dairy producer and feed industry audiences in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Japan, Italy, Korea, Mexico, and seven provinces in Canada.

In 1991, he received both the Second Mile Award from the Wisconsin County Agents Association and the Educator of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Forage Council. In 1993, he received the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Pound Extension Excellence Award. In 1996, he received the Midwest ADSA/ASAS Outstanding Young Extension Specialist Award. Randy was recipient of the 2002 Nutrition Professionals Applied Dairy Nutrition Award presented at the ADSA Annual Meeting, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. In 2003, he received the Outstanding Researcher Award from the Wisconsin Forage Council. Randy was the 2005 recipient of the DeLaval Dairy Extension Award presented at the ADSA Annual Meeting in Cincinnati, OH.

Randy is a member of the American Dairy Science Association, American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, and Wisconsin Association of Professional Agricultural Consultants. He serves on the ARPAS Governing Council and the WAPAC Executive Council. He has served as Director, Secretary-Treasurer, Vice-President, and President of the Midwestern Branch of the American Dairy Science Association. He has served as Secretary, Vice-Chair, and Chair of the Production Division of the American Dairy Science Association. Dr. Shaver has served on the UW-Madison Biological Sciences Division Tenure Committee. He has served on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Dairy Science and the Journal of Animal Feed Science & Technology. Randy served on the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences Dean Search & Screen Committee.

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