The Head of the School of Agriculture and Environment at Massey University, Professor Paul Kenyon, has been named the 2023 recipient of an award that has been presented annually since 1975.
The McMeekan Memorial Award, presented by the New Zealand Society of Animal Production (NZSAP), recognises an outstanding individual or joint contribution to animal production in New Zealand or the Society within the last five years.
The Award is in honour of NZSAP foundation member, past president and distinguished leader in animal production research Dr Campbell Percy ‘Mac’ McMeekan. He had a tremendous influence on New Zealand agricultural research and was instrumental in the development of a world-renowned agricultural research centre.
Professor Kenyon was nominated for the award due to his sustained level of research excellence over a prolonged period – research that is making an impact and has resulted in practice change in the New Zealand sheep industry.
His nomination reads, “This has been achieved through undertaking research which has directly addressed important industry questions and being active in various forms of technology transfer. This has allowed him to convey his findings to end users in a form that allows them to make impactful changes on their farms. Further, he has gained an international reputation as an expert in sheep husbandry, under pastoral grazing conditions, who adds value to international projects and has an ability to transfer his New Zealand-gained knowledge in an international context.”
Professor Kenyon says receiving an award like this is not possible without being part of successful research teams.
“I wish to acknowledge my colleagues and postgraduate students from Massey University’s agricultural and veterinary-based schools. They have helped create a positive, productive and enjoyable research environment. I have also been fortunate to have worked with collaborators from universities in New Zealand and internationally, and with New Zealand’s Crown Research Institutes and equivalent organisations in Australia, Ireland and Uruguay.
“I would also like to acknowledge the farmers who work with our funders. I like to think our work has helped increase the productivity and profitability of sheep and beef cattle farming systems in New Zealand.”
Professor Kenyon was first appointed to Massey in 1997 as a research and teaching technician after completing his master’s. He was then promoted to lecturer while he undertook his PhD and was promoted to Professor in 2011. He became the Head of School of Agriculture and Environment in 2018 and won a University Research Medal in 2022.
Source: Massey University