Dr. Jud Heinrichs Receives DeLaval Dairy Extension Award

Posted: August 6, 2013

Heinrichs recognized at the American Dairy Science Association Meeting in July for his work with dairy extension.
Dr. Jud Heinrichs, left, receives the DeLaval Dairy Extension Award from DeLaval representative Mario Lopez.

Dr. Jud Heinrichs, left, receives the DeLaval Dairy Extension Award from DeLaval representative Mario Lopez.


 Dr. Jud Heinrichs, professor of dairy science in Penn State's Department of Animal Science, received the 2013 DeLaval Dairy Extension Award at the American Dairy Science Association annual meeting in Indianapolis in July. The award is presented annually to an individual who has made a valuable and noteworthy contribution to the dairy industry through dairy extension.

A native of New York where he grew up on a small Holstein farm, Heinrichs has been at Penn State since 1982 with an extension emphasis on dairy nutrition and dairy calf and heifer management.

Heinrichs received his B.S. in animal science from Cornell University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in dairy science from The Ohio State University.

Terry Etherton, head of the Department of Animal Science said, "I congratulate Jud for being recognized for his exceptional contributions to dairy extension with this prestigious award. His work has had a strong impact on dairy producers, both in Pennsylvania and around the world."

A co-inventor of the Penn State Forage and TMR Particle Size Separator, Heinrichs has authored more than 135 journal articles and book chapters in addition to many extension publications, primarily in the area of dairy replacements and forages. He has sponsored the construction of the Dairy Cattle Nutrition Web site at , which provides relevant information about dairy cattle nutrition, calves and heifers for the dairy producer.  Jud also organizes the annual Penn State Dairy Nutrition Workshop which has grown into the largest conference of its kind in the US and provides information and training for the dairy feed industry. 

In 2008-2009, Heinrichs spent a sabbatical at the University of Bologna in Italy studying the physically effective fiber needs of lactating cows. During a previous sabbatical from 1991 to 1992 with the USDA, he was involved with the National Dairy Heifer Evaluation Project. He has lectured extensively throughout Pennsylvania, the United States as well as 28 countries around the world. His interest in the growth of dairy heifers has contributed to several population studies of growth rates of dairy heifers as well as revision of the Holstein weight tapes currently used worldwide.

Other Penn State extension personnel who have received the award are Richard S. Adams, in 1991 and Stephen B. Spencer in 1995.