Kenneth Blaxter Award

Awarded every year, the Sir Kenneth Blaxter Award is aimed at providing opportunities for younger BSAS members such as postgraduate students or those in the early years of their animal science career (less than 2 years post PhD or MSc).

Worth up to £1500, the scholarship can be used for travel in the UK or overseas, or for a specified overseas study tour.  

The award may be used for travel to conferences but in this case the awards panel will seek evidence of added value such as giving a presentation or poster and particularity where funding is used to visit establishments or engage with other scientists.  

The Kenneth Blaxter Award is open to applicants from all branches of animal science and any reasonable proposal within the scope of the scheme will be considered.   

Who was Kenneth Blaxter?

Sir Kenneth Blaxter was a key researcher in the second half of the 20th century in the fields of animal and human nutrition and animal husbandry.  He studied at Reading, where he wrote his PhD thesis, 'The maintenance of the winter milk supply in wartime'.  

As head of the nutrition department at the Hannah Dairy Research Institute in Ayr, Scotland, he wrote over 200 papers focusing on energy metabolism and feed usage by ruminants.  

He also looked at nutritional diseases and magnesium deficiency in calves, the effect of temperature and other environmental effects on sheep, and ruminant digestion and feed intake.  

Sir Kenneth finished his career as director of the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen, where his research studies expanded to include deer farming, llamas, human nutrition, feed evaluation, environmental stress and animal calorimetry. 

  • Date for submissions: 31 October  (open to BSAS members only)

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Kenneth Blaxter awards 1999-2016