Larry Satter, a dairy nutritionist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the USDA Dairy Forage Research Center, has received the 1999 Award of Honor from the American Dairy Science Association. The award, which is the highest honor given by the ADSA, recognized Satter”s exceptional and long-term contributions to the group.
Satter has served ADSA in many capacities, including vice president in 1995 and president from 1996 to 1997. Under his leadership, the ADSA Fellows Program was initiated. He was a key member of the intersociety committee that developed the plans and structure for the Federation of Animal Science Societies. As past president of ADSA, Satter served as ADSA representative to FASS and was president of the FASS board of directors. He continues his service to ADSA as a member of the ADSA Foundation board of trustees and as past president of FASS, serving on the FASS board of directors.
As a professor of dairy science at UW-Madison”s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Satter”s contributions to undergraduate and graduate teaching earned him the CALS Outstanding Teacher Award, and his former students are making valuable contributions to ADSA, science, education and the dairy industry. His research program has contributed much to our present fundamental and practical knowledge of nitrogen and forage utilization by dairy cattle.
Satter studies how limitations in protein supply limit milk production in dairy cows on high-forage diets. He also studies how ensiling and other storage methods affect the nutrient content of forages, and how grain processing influences rumen microbial protein production. In addition, he is doing research to evaluate current National Research Council recommendations for phosphorus supplementation.
He has published 100 peer-reviewed research papers, eight book chapters, and 73 proceedings papers. His expertise is sought by others, as evidenced by the large number of presentations he has given in Wisconsin, the United States, and 16 other countries.
Satter”s award citation noted that he “has undertaken all of his duties with careful consideration, determination, visionary competence, fairness, and a cheerfulness that instilled cooperation among colleagues. His friendly, capable approach to leadership, scientific, and educational endeavors has given outstanding, valuable, and meaningful contributions to ADSA, the dairy industry, and agriculture of long-term significance.”
Satter received the Award of Honor during the awards ceremony of the 94th Annual Meeting of ADSA in Memphis, Tennessee.