Dairy Industry Loses a Pioneering Nutritionist
Jan 02, 2012
With the recent passing of Dr. Raymond Hinders, the dairy industry lost a good friend and a real gentleman. He was honored in October with the Distinguished Member Award of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists.
|Dr. Raymond Hinders.
Ray was born on a farm in the Texas Panhandle between the towns of Canyon and Happy on April 18, 1934. He attended school in Canyon and graduated from West Texas State University, where he met his wife, Sarah Beth in 1957. Ray and Sarah Beth have four sons and 11 grandchildren.
Ray went on to receive a master’s degree from Colorado State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. He worked as Dairy Extension Specialist at the University of Missouri and as nutritionist for Funk Seed Company and Producer Grain in Texas.
Ray and Sarah Beth moved to California in 1981, where he worked as nutritionist for Carnation Milling. After two years, he struck out on his own and began working as an independent dairy nutritionist. Ray was one of the pioneers of independent nutritionists during a time when the California dairy industry was rapidly expanding and setting the trends in feeding dairy cattle that the rest of the country would eventually follow.
Although I knew Ray professionally for many years, I was fortunate to get to know both Ray and Sarah Beth on a personal basis over the past few years as a member of a small group of independent nutritionists that meet for a couple of days each year. We get together to discuss nutrition and management topics as well as socialize with families.
Ray’s contributions to our group were greatly valued. He brought a practical insight to our discussions, with his years of experience in the industry. When Ray weighed in on a topic, he gave a well thought out, down-to-earth, science based approach. I’m sure he gained the trust of his clients with this approach.
After Ray got sick, he submitted his resignation to our group to “make room for someone else.” But we wouldn’t let him resign, because we valued his contributions and his mentoring.
Ray was a real gentleman, a man of faith, and a professional. He set a standard for our profession that we should all strive to attain. Ray was honored with the Distinguished Member Award of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) last October. On Dec. 1, 2011, he sent out his “retirement” letter to his clients. Ray will be greatly missed.