In a post-pandemic world, safety in agriculture will continue to be a top priority. What role does nutrition play in the sustainability of our global food chain, and how can we reduce the risk of viral diseases among pig populations around the world? Join us for an extensive panel discussion examining a case study of biosecurity.
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, 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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