PREMIER’S PRIZE HONOURS LOCAL LIVESTOCK INNOVATOR

PREMIER’S PRIZE HONOURS LOCAL LIVESTOCK INNOVATOR

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, right, chatting with NSW Premier’s Prize for Science and Engineering winner Dr Hutton Oddy.

NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has today congratulated Armidale-based NSW Department of Primary Industries researcher Dr Hutton Oddy, who was recently awarded the Premier’s Prize for Science and Engineering for his research to improve efficiency and enhance animal health in the livestock sector.

Mr Marshall said the work performed by Dr Oddy and his team at the University of New England was “an incredibly valuable contribution to the region.”

“It is wonderful to see agricultural research recognised through the Innovation category of the Premier’s Prize and I’m delighted to see the prize presented to such a respected international researcher as Dr Oddy,” Mr Marshall said.

“Dr Oddy is based at the Department of Primary Industries Beef Industry Centre located at the University of New England and is currently engaged in major research to understand and reduce methane emissions from livestock and to increase feed efficiency.

“His work and the work of the staff at the Beef Industry Centre have made significant contributions to the productivity of our regional and national livestock industries.”

Mr Marshall said Dr Oddy has had a long and distinguished career in various research areas including sheep and pasture plant genomics, soil biology and animal phenotyping, animal nutrition, physiology and genetics of different aspects of production and product quality in beef cattle.

“Our region has some of the world’s best scientists who are driving innovation and efficiency right across the state’s primary industries sector and Dr Oddy’s recognition is testament to that,” he said.

“I’m very pleased the government is investing in our world-class research and development programs right here in our region so we can continue to support growth of the state’s and the nation’s primary industries sector.”

Mr Marshall said the State Government, through the Department of Primary Industries, was one of the largest providers of science and research services of primary industries in Australia, with more than 600 research staff based across 50 research areas.

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