David Farrell is a member of the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, England. He was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and a Masters in Animal Nutrition at the University of British Columbia and a PhD from the University of New England Australia.
In 1969, he was appointed as a Lecturer in Nutrition in the Department of Biochemistry and Nutrition at the University of New England. In 1983, David was awarded the degree of Doctor of Rural Science and in 1991, a personal chair. In 1994 he resigned from the University of New England to take up a joint appointment at the University of Queensland and as Director of the Poultry Research and Development Centre, in Brisbane. David has received a number of prestigious awards including the Australian Poultry Award, the Les Baskin Memorial Speaker award (Massey University, New Zealand) and is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Animal Production. David has made an impressive contribution as a teacher, mentor, and researcher and has always taken a particular interest in young scientists from developing countries. He would like to be remembered for his work for over 30 years in developing countries particularly with village poultry. He spent two and a half years in Indonesia and has worked in over 20 countries including Afghanistan, Burma, China, South Africa, Vietnam and recently in Papua New Guinea. He has published approximately 400 papers and articles, 150 in refereed scientific journals and has trained a total of 41 post-graduate students. David has conducted research on a range of poultry species including ostriches, emus, ducks, Japanese quail and has developed an omega-3 fatty acid-enriched egg but he is best known for his outstanding contribution to poultry nutrition, particularly in the area of energy metabolism. He is a member of many professional societies, an active organiser of symposia, a regular attendee at national and international conferences, has served on many editorial boards for scientific journals and served as examiner for many postgraduate student theses. David is Chair of the Scientific and Technical Committee for this the XXIII World’s Poultry Congress.