Michael Galyean, Ph.D., an expert in animal science, has been recognized for his professional achievements by the Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS) and the American Feed Industry Association. Galyean is dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Texas Tech University.

This is the 66th year AFIA has presented nutrition research awards, and the tenth consecutive year AFIA has sponsored the FASS award. The purpose of the New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition Award is to stimulate, acknowledge and reward pioneering and innovative research relevant to animal nutrition. Among the qualities the award recipient must demonstrate are outstanding and innovative contributions to nutrition research concerning animals that benefit mankind and/or the nutritional value of food from animals.

Galyean's research has been on the cutting edge of several aspects of ruminant nutrition and animal health. In particular, his contributions in prediction of feed intake by beef cattle have led to practical management approaches that are used throughout the beef feedlot industry.

Galyean joined the faculty at Texas Tech in 1998, where he chaired the Animal Care and Use Committee and was also named a Paul Whitfield Horn Professor and holds the Thornton Distinguished Chair in Animal Science. Prior to Texas Tech, for 19 years he worked for New Mexico State University as an assistant professor, associate professor and professor in the department of animal and range sciences. He also served as professor and superintendent of the New Mexico State University Clayton Livestock Research Center and was a professor of animal science at West Texas A&M University and the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station in Amarillo, Texas.


Galyean has authored 228 journal articles and numerous other scientific publications. He earned a bachelor's degree in agriculture from New Mexico State University, and both a master's in animal science and doctoral degree in animal nutrition from Oklahoma State University.

He served on the National Research Council's Committee on Animal Nutrition and Beef Cattle Nutrition Subcommittee, and is currently the Chair of the Committee on Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle. Mike has served ASAS as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Animal Science and is currently president-elect of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS).

Galyean has received the AFIA Ruminant Nutrition Research Award, the ASAS Animal Management and Fellow Awards, and most recently, the 2012 ASAS Morrison Award. He is a member of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, American Dairy Science Association and American Society for Nutritional Sciences.