Hubert Spiekers (left) earns DVT-Award from President Jan Lahde.
Hubert Spiekers (left) earns DVT-Award from President Jan Lahde.

The Deutscher Verband Tiernahrung (German Association animal feed e. V., DVT) awards the DVT Award 2019 to Professor Dr. Hubert Spiekers. With the award, the association combines its pioneering impulses for animal nutrition in more than 20 years. At the annual gathering of the association end of September, DVT President Jan Lahde emphasized his extraordinary commitment to the feed industry: "Professor Spiekers is a thoroughbred scientist and animal nutritionist." Lahde praised his considerable expertise and his enormous personal commitment in the field of animal nutrition as well as positive work with specialist committees, legislators and other institutions to transfer scientific knowledge into the economy.
Professor Spiekers specializes in the field of complex ruminant physiology. His knowledge of nitrogen and phosphorus emissions from livestock also flowed into the Fertilizer Ordinance via the DLG Working Group on Feed and Feeding, which made the data subject to state action. "In particular, where business, official consultation and science work closely together and sometimes controversially discuss, Professor Spiekers gets involved," said Lahde in his eulogy.
Hubert Spiekers comes from a dairy farm in Heiden (county Borken) and earned his doctorate after studying agricultural science in Bonn in the field of dairy cattle feeding. He worked from 1987-1989 in the Referendardienst in Westphalia-Lippe, then scientific assistant to Prof. Pfeffer, where he also had his doctorate. From 1992 to 2003 Dr. Hubert Spiekers worked as Consultant for Feed, Feeding and Food Conservation of the Chamber of Agriculture Rhineland, Bonn, responsible for experiments on feed preservation, feed evaluation and feeding of cattle. Since December 2003 he is head of the Institute of Animal Nutrition and Feed Management of the Bavarian State Research Center for Agriculture (LfL) in Grub and since 2013 member of the presidium of the LfL. In addition, he has been active since 2004 as Chairman of the DLG Working Group Feed and Feeding (German Agricultural Society, Frankfurt) and since 1998 as a member of the DLG Commission for Silage.

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