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Director of Applied Research, Pipestone Veterinary Services
Dr. Scott Dee is a board-certified veterinary microbiologist and the director of Pipestone Applied Research (PAR) at Pipestone Veterinary Services. PAR is a business unit that conducts collaborative research efforts with production companies comprised of approximately 2 million sows across North America and Asia.
Dr. Dee is a past president of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians. After working in the swine practice for 12 years, Dr. Dee became a professor at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, where he studied the transmission and biosecurity of PRRSV. He also chaired the college's Admissions and Scholastic Standing Committee for 12 years.
Dr. Dee has been awarded more than $11.8 million in research funds. He has also published 162 papers in peer-reviewed journals (including the initial publications providing proof of concept of PEDV transmission in feed and the transboundary survival of ASFV in feed), as well as 202 scientific abstracts, 31 textbook chapters and 449 proceedings papers. Dr. Dee has been named the AASV Practitioner of the Year and has been the recipient of the Howard Dunne Memorial Award, the Leman Science in Practice Award and a Warrior Chip from the FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate. In 2019, he was named a Master of the U.S. Pork Industry.
Dr. Dee received a master's degree in science, a doctoral degree in veterinary medicine and a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Minnesota. He and his wife, Lisa, live in Alexandria, Minnesota, with their two children, Nicholas and Ellen, and their Scottish Terrier, Matilda.
President, Summit SmartFarms
Jon Hoek grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, and was inspired to study agriculture by his grandfather. He holds a degree in agricultural production with an emphasis on swine management.
Hoek and his family owned and operated a farrow-to-finish swine operation for 10 years. Hoek also spent 20 years with Belstra Milling Company, where he most recently served as the vice president of pig production. In 2019, he co-founded Summit SmartFarms with Ed Bahler to serve the protein industry as a people-centric innovation broker and to create and assemble technology for optimizing results.
Hoek has lectured both domestically and internationally on the topics of pig production optimization and agri-tourism. He and his wife, Laureen, have four children and three grandchildren. Hoek enjoys participating in outdoor activities, reading, going to church and spending time with his family.
Co-Owner and Swine Nutritionist, Groupe Cérès Inc.
Dan Bussières is a swine nutritionist and the co-founder of Groupe Cérès Inc. Based in Lévis, Quebec, Groupe Cérès specializes in all areas of swine production and offers many services, including consulting for swine production, the production and distribution of breeding stock, and sales of nutritional products. Today, Groupe Cérès and its other business partners employ more than 100 people, and the company is committed to working with Canadian pigs and producers.
Groupe Cérès and its affiliates influence the feeding of more than 5.5 million pigs annually, including those at HyLife, one of the top two swine producers in Canada. Groupe Cérès is also involved in swine production, managing a network that produces more than 300,000 pigs every year. Bussières also consults about the nutrition and production at Tianzow, a breeding company in China that has 80,000 sows in production.
Bussières helps develop and monitor nutrition programs for swine producers all over Canada. He also works with many industry partners to conduct field research projects to develop new feed programs that help optimize the performance, profitability and meat quality of pigs. He has given many presentations at producer meetings and various swine production conferences and seminars.
Bussières graduated from Laval University in Quebec in 1996.
Chairman, Founder and Designer of Yu’s Design; Executive Director and President of Sichuan Tianzow Breeding Technology Co.
Yu Ping is the chairman, founder and designer of Yu’s Design pig farm. He is also the executive director and president of Sichuan Tianzow Breeding Technology Co., Ltd.
Ping previously served as a civil engineer for the China Civil Construction Corporation, as well as technical manager of Asia-Pacific and technical director of Beijing for PepsiCo. He has also served as general manager of operations for the Kimberly-Clark Corporation in China.
Ping received a bachelor's degree in engineering with a focus on roads and bridges from Chongqing Architecture University and a master's degree in business administration from the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS).
President, Pipestone Management
Dr. Barry R. Kerkaert is a veterinarian with a passion for pigs and people. He has served many swine clients over the years as a consulting veterinarian, promoting excellence and growth.
In addition to his work as a veterinarian, Dr. Kerkaert has also helped facilitate the growth and success of Pipestone Management Company, where he currently serves as president. Today, the company manages more than 400,000 sows in the United States, China and Mexico.
Dr. Kerkaert received his veterinary degree from the University of Minnesota in 1994. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family.
President, Pipestone Nutrition
Dr. Jon De Jong is the president of Pipestone Nutrition. In this role, he is responsible for employee development, research and development, and business development.
Dr. De Jong received his bachelor's degree from South Dakota State University and his master's degree and doctorate in swine nutrition from Kansas State University. He resides in southwest Minnesota with his wife and two children.
U.S. Swine Business Leader, Alltech
Russell Gilliam is the U.S. swine business leader at Alltech. In this role, he is responsible for leading the company’s sales, marketing and research interests in the pork industry. His main area of interest is lowering the cost of production for swine production systems.
Before joining Alltech, Gilliam was an assistant beef herdsman and, later, an assistant swine herdsman at Ames Plantation. His responsibilities in those roles included increasing reproductive efficiency and reducing pre-wean mortality in Ames’ swine research herd.
Gilliam joined Alltech in 2000 as a territory sales manager in Iowa and Illinois, with a focus on the swine market. In 2004, he was promoted to regional sales manager in Ohio and Michigan, and in 2009, he was named regional sales manager of the northeastern United States and New England.
Gilliam received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in animal science from the University of Tennessee.
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