|Indiana extension educator volunteers in Belarus
LOGANSPORT, Ind. — Craig Williams, an extension educator and County Extension Director for Cass County, recently returned from an 18-day volunteer assignment in Belarus.
Purdue Cooperative Extension Service partners with agencies such as the Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs (CNFA) to provide extension educators the opportunity for international travel in order to build their confidence and competence in working with international issues and diverse clientele.
While in Belarus, Williams worked with Sovbel Agribusiness to develop a beef production management program. Sovbel Agribusiness maintains 2,800 bulls of different ages, which are kept indoors year-round.
Impediments inhibiting Sovbel Agribusiness from achieving higher weight gain for their cattle include the lack of a sound nutrition and feeding program, lack of adequate skills to properly balance the rations for beef production that results in lower levels of production, and a lack of knowledge on what level of production of dry matter the existing rations are balanced for.
Williams worked with the beef managers of Sovbel Agribusiness and addressed each of the impediments mentioned, sharing his recommendations to them in a presentation at the conclusion of his assignment with the farm. Williams’ recommendations will also be included in a trip report that will be translated into Russian so the managers of Sovbel Agribusinees will have a written reference.
After the assistance provided by Williams and CNFA, the owner of Sovbel Agribusiness, Victor Adamovich, plans to implement the recommendations made by Williams and other CNFA volunteer consultants from the U.S. that have or will soon visit Sovbel Agribusiness in Belarus.
Mycogen Seeds adds Emery to its nutrition team
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Mycogen Seeds has hired Dr. Kathleen Emery, DVM, as an animal nutritionist for the state of Wisconsin.
In this position, Emery will serve Wisconsin and northern Illinois dairy producers who feed Mycogen Seeds Silage-Specific™ hybrids. She will provide technical support to customers and assist with nutrition, management and sales efforts.
Prior to this role, she spent 11 years as a practicing veterinarian. Most recently, she was an associate veterinarian at Sauk Prairie Veterinary Clinic in Prairie du Sac, Wis., specializing in dairy cattle.
Emery has a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and bachelor’s degree in business and public administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
She will reside in Madison, Wis. and began at Mycogen Seeds on May 8.
For more information on Mycogen Seeds, visit www.mycogen.com
New U of I Extension swine specialist named
URBANA, Ill. — A new University of Illinois Extension swine specialist is on the job and seeking input from the state’s diverse pork producers on their needs. Hans Stein, formerly an associate professor at South Dakota State University, joined the U of I Department of Animal Sciences faculty on June 15.
A native of Denmark, Stein earned his Ph.D. in nutrition at the U of I in 1998 and served as a manager and consultant in the Danish pork industry prior to joining the South Dakota State University faculty in 2000.
“The pork industry in Illinois is diverse, especially in terms of size,” said Stein. “Enterprises range from a few pigs to operations with 100,000 sows. I will be getting out in the state, meeting with producers, listening to them, and finding out what their needs are in terms of Extension programming.”
Stein’s appointment as associate professor of swine nutrition and Extension swine specialist marks the return of a U of I Extension swine specialist, a position that had been filled by various faculty members on a part-time basis following Gilbert Hollis’s retirement a few years ago.
The Illinois Pork Producers Association has committed $100,000 toward supporting the position through use of checkoff dollars.
The Swine Extension Specialist has been an invaluable resource for producers in the past, said Gary Asay, a pork producer from Osco, Ill. and current IPPA President.
This farm news was published in the June 28, 2006 issue of Farm World, serving Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee.