The award is co-sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and the Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS). A committee of FASS members selected Mahan for the honor. The award was presented by Juan Tricarico, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, on AFIA's behalf.
This is the 69th year AFIA has presented the Nutrition Research Awards, and the 13th consecutive year the organization has sponsored the FASS award. The purpose of the New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition Award is to stimulate, acknowledge and reward pioneering and innovative research relevant to animal nutrition. The award recipient must demonstrate outstanding and innovative contributions to nutrition research concerning animals that benefit mankind and/or the nutritional value of food from animals.
Mahan is a leader in swine nutrition and focused his attention mainly on vitamin and mineral requirements.
"Donald is a leader in swine nutrition and is well known nationally and internationally for his selenium and vitamin E research in pigs," said Richard Sellers, AFIA senior vice-president of public policy and education. "His extensive research set the foundation for FDA's approval of organic and inorganic selenium."
"Donald's work also reflected the importance of vitamin E for sows and neonatal/nursing piglets," said Sellers.
John Patience, an animal science professor at Iowa State University, was the recipient in 2015.