The presentation of the Henneberg-Lehman Awards of the Agricultural Sciences Faculty of Göttingen University was held in mid-March at the university’s Old Auditorium. The Board of Trustees of the Henneberg-Lehmann Foundation and its parent, the Deutsche Verband Tiernahrung e. V. (DVT – German Animal Nutrition Association), congratulate the main award winner, Prof. Dr. med. vet. Siegfried Wolffram of the Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology at the Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel, and this year’s promotional award winners Dr. rer. nat. Denise Gessner, Giessen, PD Dr. med. vet. Anne Mößeler, Hanover, and PD Dr. med. vet. Mirja Rosmarie Wilkens, Hanover. Dr. Walter Staudacher received a special award for his services to the practical application of scientific animal nutrition.
Prof. Wolffram received a lifetime award for his work on animal nutrition. The encomium, delivered by Prof. Klaus Eder, was necessarily limited to extracts from his activities and successes. As a veterinarian he devoted himself from the start to nutritional physiology. Key areas in his research included the physiology and pathophysiology of the gastrointestinal tract, characterisation of transport mechanisms of nutrients in the bowel (aminoacids, selenium, carboxylic acids) in various animal species (rat, pig, cow, sheep, cat), the bioavailability of phytochemicals (e.g. flavonoids) and the absorption and metabolism of mycotoxins.
In close interdisciplinary cooperation with veterinary medicine, animal nutrition is more than ever a central link between animal performance and animal health. Given this, it is not surprising that two of the three promotional award winners are veterinarians. The purpose of the Henneberg-Lehmann Foundation is to promote work in the field of animal nutrition whose results contribute scientifically, technically or economically towards improving the nutrition of agricultural livestock and the resulting products. The work of the three award winners as reflected in their acceptance lectures displays interesting possibilities for using specific feed compositions and ingredients and strategic feeding of individual components in specific phases of life to positively influence the animals’ metabolism and health. The science of animal nutrition is significantly more concrete and often more advanced than human nutrition.