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Utah State Student Named Young Animal Scientist

More than 700 students competed for award.

Craig Louder, a graduate student at Utah State University, was named 2008 Young Animal Scientist Tuesday at Alltech’s 24th International Animal Health and Nutrition Industry Symposium.

Louder was chosen for the top award from among four finalists from across the world and wins a $5,000 scholarship from Alltech.

Alltech says it created the program to encourage young, undergraduate scientists. The program and award requires submission of a paper on natural alternatives. This fits Alltech's mission statement providing natural, nutritional alternatives for the animal feed industry.

Each entrant in the program submitted a scientific paper of 3,000-3,500 words relating to natural solutions to animal health challenges. The four finalists also submitted a scientific poster and presentation to a panel of judges during Alltech’s annual symposium.

The finalists for the 2008 Young Scientist Award were:

• North America - Craig Louder, Utah State University, U.S.A., "The Estrogenic Mycotoxin Zearalenone and its Importance in Livestock Production"
• Asia-Pacific - Bayu Magkurat, Diponegoro University, Indonesia, "Review : Prospect of Mannan Oligosaccharide as Food Supplement for Tiger Shrimp (Penaeus monodon)"
• Europe/Africa - Zhelyazko Sabev, Trakia University, Bulgaria, "Strategies of Animal Nutrition - Decreasing the Environmental Emissions and Pollution"
• Latin America - Mateus Silveira Lopes, Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Brazil, "Effect of the Addition of Modified Glucomannan in Diets containing Zearalenone on Reproductive and Metabolic Parameters of Sheep"

Dr. Inge Russell presented the award, noting the first Young Animal Scientist Award three years ago garnered 86 applications, versus 727 entries from more than 80 universities around the world. This was double the number of entrants last year, she said.

Russell is a member of Canada's National Research Council and chair of the Young Animal Scientist review committee.

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