Ask A Pro: ADM's Equine Nutritionist, Dr. James Lattimer

We asked our featured equine nutritionist, Dr. James Lattimer from ADM Animal Nutrition, for his professional opinion on several key nutritional topics.

Here is a little background on his journey to becoming a well-respected figure within equine nutrition industry.

Dr. James Lattimer was raised in south-central Kansas, and although he grew up around horses, it wasn’t until high school that his passion really developed. He began team roping and calf roping, and the rest, as they say, is history. He attended Kansas State University, majoring in Animal Sciences and Industry and competing on the K-State Intercollegiate Horse Judging team. After graduating from KSU in 2002, he attended Oklahoma State University and graduated in 2004 with his M.S. in Equine Nutrition. From there, he taught equine-based courses at the College of Central Florida and Black Hawk Community College.

In 2009, he went back to KSU to obtain his Ph.D. in comparative nutrition on a USDA National Needs Fellowship. Following graduation in 2012, he accepted a technical nutritionist position at Nestle Purina in St. Louis, MO. In 2015, Lattimer had the opportunity to return to his alma mater as a faculty member in the Animal Sciences and Industry Department. Currently, he is an associate professor and teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses in animal nutrition. Lattimer also conducts research in the field of equine nutrition with an emphasis on the digestive physiology and gut microbiome of the horse. To date, he has obtained more than $500,000 in extramural funding to support his research program, published 13 original research manuscripts and 18 abstracts, and has one patent pending. His most recent published work can be found here.

Lattimer also serves as the faculty supervisor for the KSU Horse Teaching and Research Unit and head coach of the Intercollegiate Horse Judging Team. In 2019, his team won both the APHA and AQHA World Championship Judging Contests, claiming two world titles in a single year. Lattimer is a member of the Equine Science Society, where he sits as a member of the Nutrition Committee. He is also a member of the American Society of Animal Science and the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists.

In addition, Lattimer is the equine nutritionist for ADM Animal Nutrition. He is responsible for the technical support of all ADM equine products, including research, development and formulations.

At ADM Animal Nutrition™, we believe in feeding horses the way nature intended. Our Forage First® philosophy is supported by over 100 years of history in each bag. Every day, we source the cleanest, most nutritious and digestible ingredients for our Forage First feeds so you can feed the very best to the one you love the most.

Ask a Pro Q1 – Gut Health: We asked our resident ADM Nutrition Pro, Dr. Lattimer, for his take on identifying gastric issues in horses and how to provide the best nutrition to help them overcome it. Click here to get the scoop – literally! 

Ask a Pro Q2 – Summer Care and Heat Stress: Have you heard of heat stress? Do you know you can help prevent this in your horse with more than just electrolytes? With the heat of the summer upon us, rising temperatures across the nation—as well as an increase in insect populations—can be of concern for our horses and we asked Dr. Lattimer how we can better support our horses here

Ask a Pro Q3 – What Makes a Feed a Performance Feed? We sat down with Dr. James Lattimer, ADM’s nutrition expert, to better understand what makes a feed a performance feed and how they work to support a horse’s nutritional needs. Learn more here. 

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