Nordlund has been described by others as smart, logical, communicative, mentoring and caring. His vision and leadership has helped transform veterinarians from problem-solvers to problem-preventers. And, constellations of dairy producers have benefited from his research and communication skills.
Nordlund has served in many professional associations in leadership roles, including chair of the Midwest American Association of Bovine Practitioners, Executive Committee member for the National Mastitis Council, Examination Committee member for the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and on three committees for the American Dairy Science Association.
INTERNATIONAL PERSON OF THE YEAR: Pedro Hugo Testa
Pedro Hugo Testa is a pioneer in teaching artificial insemination and a staunch supporter of building the Argentine dairy breeding industry. He has accumulated 39 years in the international A.I. industry. He began to promote A.I. to dairy breeders in Uruguay in 1973, establishing a company that represented Carnation Genetics, Select Sires, Inc., Tri-State Breeders and Sire Power.
In 1976, he established another company in Argentina, always representing U.S. A.I. companies. Testa’s current company is known as Reproductores SRL. To-date, he has imported over 4 million units of U.S. semen and embryos into Argentina alone.
In addition to being a pioneer, he was a champion for U. S. genetics through the importation of semen, embryos and live cattle. Testa has been active as a breeder and as an adviser and consultant for purebred and commercial dairies. He has been responsible for matings that produced innumerable champions across Argentina, including Grand Champion at Palermo in 2006.
Testa has spent many years educating and sharing his genetics knowledge and reproductive skills so that dairy cattle operations in Uruguay and Argentina can thrive and achieve their herd improvement goals.