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Dr. Jim Pettigrew awards Alltech’s Medal of Excellence

pettigrew.jpg [Lexington, KENTUCKY]- Alltech, global animal health company, opened their 26th Annual International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium by awarding Dr. Jim Pettigrew with Alltech’s Medal of Excellence, which is Alltech’s highest honor given annually to a scientist completing innovative work in a particular field. Professor Pettigrew earned the Medal of Excellence for his insight into and recognition of cutting-edge technologies leading to the advancement of pig nutrition globally.

“It is truly an honor for me to receive this Medal of Excellence from Alltech, a company joined in the effort to produce enough food,” said Pettigrew. “One of the grand challenges of the coming decades will be to produce enough food to satisfy a world with a rapidly increasing appetite. As in the past, we will succeed in that challenge to the extent we make the investments and take the creative actions necessary for success.”

“Having travelled extensively, Professor Jim Pettigrew has firsthand experience of the challenges that face our world as we struggle to provide safe food for a growing population. Professor Pettigrew has produced pioneering solutions looking at how the food producing industry can reduce its dependence on grains, corn and soya diets and instead utilize alternative materials as a viable diet for protein production,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech president and founder.

After being awarded the Medal of Excellence by Dr. Lyons, Professor Pettigrew went on to make some predictions on the future of global hunger, stating that “to address the problem of hunger, we must also address the problem of poverty.” He also said that recognizing the challenge and becoming innovative with fixing the problem are the first two steps. After that we must make some investments and target small land owners, who are the gate keepers to our global food production.

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Attached Picture: L to R: Dr. Mark Lyons, Dr. Jim Pettigrew, and Dr. Pearse Lyons.

Professor Pettigrew is a native of Wayne County, Illinois, and earned degrees from Southern Illinois University (B.S. in Animal Industries), Iowa State University (M.S. in Animal Nutrition), and the University of Illinois (Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition). After receiving his Ph.D., he worked for several years in industry before accepting a faculty appointment at the University of Minnesota. Here, his research included mathematical modelling and the connections between nutrition and reproduction. He led the development of the first mathematical model of pig metabolism, with a focus on the lactating sow. Seventeen years later he left the University of Minnesota and founded Pettigrew Consulting International, LLC. In that role, he worked across a wide range of activities in several different countries, especially in Latin America.

He was recruited to the University of Illinois in 2001, under the Faculty Excellence Program. His current research emphasizes connections between diet and health, with special attention to gut bacteria.

Jim Pettigrew has served as President of the Midwest Section of the American Society of Animal Science, and was a member of the National Research Council subcommittee that produced the 10th Edition of Nutrient Requirements of Pigs. He served on a World Health Organization panel to evaluate the termination of antimicrobial growth promoters in Denmark. He supports the National Pork Board through membership on the Pork Safety Committee, the Non-Antibiotic Production Enhancers Committee, and the Antibiotic Use Decision Tree group.

Alltech is a global leader in natural animal nutrition, headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky. With more than 2300 employees in 120 countries, the company has developed a strong regional presence in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle-East, Africa, and Asia-Pacific.

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