Congratulations to Hugh Dove for his recognition as a Member in the General Division of the order of Australia (AM) in this year’s Australia Day Honours list. The Award citation for Hugh’s AM was, ‘For significant service to agricultural science as a researcher and editor, and to the study of animal nutrition.’
Hugh Dove was an Honorary Research Fellow at CSIRO Agriculture, Canberra, but recently retired after a 40-plus year career with the organisation. After completing an agricultural science degree, a diploma in education and then a PhD at the University of Melbourne, he joined CSIRO Plant Industry in 1975 and since then, has been involved in studies on the nutrition of grazing animals, principally sheep and cattle. Much of his work has been directed toward obtaining data with which to relate animal performance to pasture conditions, and data on the interaction between pastures and supplements. His work has been mainly with sown pastures but in the past decade, he has also worked extensively on the role of dual-purpose winter crops in grazing systems. In 2007, he was awarded the Research Medal of the Nutrition Society of Australia for services to animal nutrition research.