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Popular dairy nutritionist passes away

PD Staff Published on 20 November 2013

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Donald L. Bath, a dairy nutritionist, passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 26. He was 81.

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Bath, who was married to his sweetheart, Gloria, was a dairy nutrition extension specialist at the University of California – Davis’ animal science department.

He retired in the mid-1990s and was known for his contributions to the nutritional requirements for lactation in dairy cattle.

In 1996, he was recognized with a College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Award of Distinction.

During his career at UC – Davis, he authored 350 publications on dairy nutrition, including a widely used textbook titled “Dairy Cattle: Principles, Practices, Problems, Profits.”

At the time, Bath was the only extension specialist to have served as president of the American Dairy Science Association.

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Anita Oberbauer, professor and chairwoman of the college’s Department of Animal Sciences, said Bath had an “extraordinary national and international reputation for outstanding contributions to dairy science.” PD

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