News from nutrition-related companies serving the dairy industry.


Steve Coop

Lallemand Animal Nutrition adds National Accounts Manager

Lallemand Animal Nutrition added Steve Coop to the North American team as National Accounts Manager. In his role, Coop will primarily focus on strengthening and managing key relationships with national business partners. He will reside in Crystal River, Fla.

Coop brings more than 25 years of experience and leadership to his new position. For the last 10 years, Coop worked for a leading animal pharmaceutical manufacturer.



Dr. Kevin Herrick

Herrick joins Purina Animal Nutrition tech services team

Purina Animal Nutrition announced the hiring of Dr. Kevin Herrick, Ph.D., as the senior manager to the dairy and livestock technical support team. In his role, he will lead a cross-functional team working with research and development, marketing and sales to deliver technical resources to consultants in the field.

 Herrick most recently worked for Kemin as a dairy technical service manager in North America. Prior to this he worked as the ruminant global product manager at Kemin; as a dairy production consultant for Land O’ Lakes Purina Feed; and as the herdsman for Cederberg Dairy, a 1,000-cow herd in Ramona, S.D. His Ph.D. work focused on the effects of butyrate supplementation on metabolism and production in lactating dairy cows, and was recognized with a Midwest American Dairy Science Association Young Scholar award in 2013 as well as the John Brandt Scholarship in 2011.



Hoeger named Vita Plus nutritionist

Jeff Hoeger recently joined the Vita Plus staff as a dairy nutritionist. Based in eastern Iowa, Hoeger will work with dairy producers and offer nutrition consulting and ration formulation services.  He will also assist with forage sampling and farm record analyses. 

Hoeger graduated with an animal science degree from Cornell University. After graduating, Hoeger was a herd manager on his family dairy.  Most recently, Hoeger worked as a regional account specialist doing reproductive consulting on large dairies in Iowa and southwest Wisconsin for a genetics company.



Cargill expands animal nutrition innovation center

Cargill has expanded and renovated its Global Animal Nutrition Innovation Center in Velddriel, The Netherlands.

"We wanted to find the best way to satisfy the nutrition research and development needs of our customers," said Dave Cook, research & development director for Cargill's animal nutrition business. "So, we designed a facility we believe will promote collaboration among our experts as well as those from local universities to accelerate innovation and allow us to more quickly deliver new products and services to our customers."

The $3.7 million expansion and renovation comprises is designed to serve dairy, poultry and swine customers. The center hosts more than 3000 visitors a year and the new viewing corridors will allow visitors to conveniently view the animal R&D facilities without changing footwear or clothes while improving hygiene standards.

The Velddriel location is one of Cargill's two global animal nutrition innovation centers. It, along with the Elk River, Minn., location, serves as the hub of the company's global network of 15 animal nutrition research and technology centers that are working around the clock to explore, innovate and think ahead of the challenges customers face in navigating today's complex and ever-changing environment.

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R&D LifeSciences promotes DuBois

R&D LifeSciences promoted Mike DuBois to the position of vice president. DuBois joined R&D LifeSciences in February 2013 as National Business Development Manager. He previously served as Dairy Business Manager with BioZyme in the High Plains region. He holds a B.S. in animal science from Southeastern Louisiana University. He resides in Albany, La.

R&D LifeSciences is a base manufacturer of enzymes and direct fed microbials (DFMs). Products include: Cattlemace®, Digestamace®, Gromace®, Lactomace®, Protemace®, Silamace® Plus, Silamace® Complete, Trigestamace® and Zymace®.


John Pocock

Pocock joins Zinpro

Zinpro Corporation added John Pocock as public relations specialist – global. He will be responsible for developing, writing and editing content for company communications, conducting media relations activities, as well as monitoring and reporting results related to communications activities. He will also support the planning, implementation and evaluation of public relations and corporate communications initiatives. Pocock has worked in areas related to agriculture and communication for more than 20 years, most recently for a variety of agricultural publications as a freelance writer and photographer. He is located at Zinpro's global headquarters in Eden Prairie, Minn.


Alltech acquires The E-CO2 Project

Global animal nutrition leader Alltech  acquired The E-CO2 Project Limited (E-CO2) – a provider of on-farm environmental assessments and programs.

CMS UK Services Ltd – E-CO2 has developed its portfolio of environmental software and services in response to the need to further understand greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and the food chain. Its clients range from small family farms to integrated livestock operations and commercial feed mills, as well as large retailers and processors increasingly under pressure to reduce their environmental footprint and meet government and corporate sustainability targets.

Based in Crewe in the United Kingdom, E-CO2 will now move forward as Alltech E-CO2, providing farm environmental impact assessments to sustainably improve farm efficiency and profitability. Alltech E-CO2 products and services will be available through all of Alltech’s global offices.