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Feed industry loses Chet Fields

Dr. Chet Fields passed away in his sleep, surrounded by his immediate family, in early November.

November 6, 2018

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Feed industry loses Chet Fields

Dr. Chet Fields passed away in his sleep, surrounded by his immediate family, in early November.

Fields founded C.L. Fields Ph.D. Inc., an independent consulting company that provided nutrition and management counseling to feedlots and ranches throughout North America and across the globe. He also served as a technical liaison to the feed, veterinary, pharmaceutical, meat packing, legal and insurance industries, universities, trade associations and government agencies.

In 1998, he joined one of his company's clients, U.S. Sugar Corp., as the manager of product development and nutrition. U.S. Sugar, which merged with Westway Feed Products in 2007, produces and markets molasses and liquid feed.

During his tenure at U.S. Sugar, Fields drafted a petition to the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) to delete the erroneous term “BRIX” from all feed definitions. This petition was presented by American Feed Industry Assn. (AFIA) staff and was approved by AAFCO with the new definitions appearing in the 2008 AAFCO Official Publication.

Fields was born in the Terrebonne parish of southern Louisiana. He served four years in the U.S. Coast Guard before earning a bachelor's degree in agribusiness from Nicholls State College, later obtaining master's and doctorate degrees in nutrition from the University of Kentucky.

Fields retired from Westway Feed Products in 2012. He was a member of the American Society of Animal Science and the American Registry of Processional Animal Scientists. In 2013, he was an inductee into the AFIA Liquid Feed Hall of Fame.

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