A new approach to nutrition – for a better tomorrow Prof Barry Bradford,
Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, Kansas State University Sponsored by: Meadow Feeds
Combining nutrition, health and digital tools for a holistic approach to improved feed and farm production Dr Christos Antipatis,
Strategic Marketing and Technology Director, Cargill Premix and Nutrition Sponsored by: Cargill Animal Nutrition
Plenary 4: Rising to the Challenge
Session 5: Data Driven | Session 6: Ruminant Nutrition | Session 7: Gut Health | Session 8: Consumer Perception
The digital revolution and its impact on agriculture production and quality Mr Franz Waxenecker,
Managing Director, Biomin Holding, GmbH Sponsored by: Biomin
Can Precision Nutrition, big data, IoT & AI optimise the poultry production process? Dr Johann Fickler,
VP Marketing and Sales, Precision livestock farming, Evonik Nutrition & Care, GmbH Sponsored by: Evonik Africa
The importance of critical interpretation of research results Dr Leon Marchal,
Innovation director, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences Sponsored by: Chemuniqué
Rethinking starch and fibre digestibility for lactating dairy cows Dr Luiz Ferraretto,
Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida Sponsored by: AFMA / RCL Foods
Improving the transition to lactation at the intersection of nutrition and immunity Prof Barry Bradford,
Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, Kansas State University, USA Sponsored by: Meadow Feeds
Development of a high-output grazing system for dairy farms Prof Finbar Mulligan,
Associate Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine, University College, Dublin Sponsored by: Allied Nutrition
What can we realistically expect from probiotics in poultry health and nutrition? Dr Christophe Bostvironnois,
Senior Global Poultry Products Manager, CHR Hansen Sponsored by: Envarto
The role of gut health on food safety: A new approach to managing intestinal integrity Mr Alex Turney,
Managing Director – Oceania, Lallemand Animal Nutrition Sponsored by: Vitam International
The changing face of the consumer Prof Hettie Schönfeldt,
Department of Animal and Wildlife Sciences, University of Pretoria Sponsored by: AFMA
Biofortification of animal products: Addressing consumer perceptions Mr Brecht Bruneel,
Central Technical Manager, Orffa Sponsored by: Orffa
Beef of the future – will beef survive the accusations of being a key driver of antibiotic resistance and global warming? Dr Vaughn Holder,
Ruminant Research Director, Alltech Inc. Sponsored by: Alltech Biotechnology SA
A One Health approach to antibiotic stewardship in South Africa Dr Moritz van Vuuren,
Food Safety and Security Portfolio Director, South African Veterinary Council Sponsored by: AFMA
Transitioning from conventional to antibiotic-free broiler production – challenges and strategies from a nutritionist’s perspective Dr Roy Brister,
Nutrition and Feed Milling Director, Tyson Foods Inc. Sponsored by: Biomin
David started his career as a corporate banker but had long been fascinated by the opportunities to exploit emerging technology in various agricultural areas, so in 2016 co-founded Cainthus. As a startup founder, David has led many different initiatives pivotal to building the company to where it is today. He now leads the company’s strategic focus.
David has provided consultancy for the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the United States Department of Energy on sustainable agriculture and the European Union Agriculture and Rural Development Cabinet on agricultural legislation and entrepreneurship. He is also an accomplished public speaker, chiefly discussing the intersection of technology and agriculture.
Nick Serfontein was born near Edenville in the Free State. He matriculated in 1966 from the Edenville High School as part of a class that consisted of only eight learners. His family had a small mixed farming operation and Nick grew up with a keen interest in farming. His parents convinced him that there was no future in farming and he left to study engineering at the University of Pretoria after finishing school.
In 1977 he moved to Mafikeng in the former Bophuthatswana which he established himself as a consulting engineer. In 1983 he bought a 250ha piece of land, 30 commercial Bonsmara heifers and started his Bonsmara stud. This was the realization of a lifelong dream and the start of what would one day become the Sernick Group.
Today the Sernick Group consists of an integrated value chain producing Bonsmara cattle, a feedlot, feed factory, abattoir, meat processing plant and retail butcheries. The Sernick Group currently employs ±600 people and has a yearly turnover of R1.8 billion.
During 2016 Serfontein received the following achievements:
ARC Herd of the Year
Free State Farmer of the Year
Mentor of the Year.
In 2018 he also received an accolade as Beeld’s newsmaker of the year after his open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa on the plight of emerging farmers in South Africa went viral.
During 2018/19 Nick served on the Advisory Panel on Land Reform appointed by the President.
In 2019 Nick received the National Farmer of the Year award.
Professor Schönfeldt research focuses on linking nutrient quantity and quality of foods to sustainable food systems for attaining nutrition and food security for all. She publishes evidence on why country-specific food composition data is essential to make it possible to interpret the dietary outcomes of countries. She serves as scientific advisor to AFROFOODS, a network on the African continent, forming part of IUNS/UNU/FAO INFOODS Task Force. She is the director of the African Research Universities Alliance Centre of Excellence for Food Security and holds a Department of Science and Technology /National Research Foundation Research Chairs Initiative chair in Nutrition and Food Security. She is the manager of Red Meat Research and Development South Africa (RMRD SA).
Moritz van Vuuren is Emeritus Professor in Microbiology. His involvement with the control of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) started in 1999 when he was invited to become a member of the World Organisation for Animal Health’s ad hoc committee on AMR. In 2007 he and his research team published the first national surveillance data for resistance to antimicrobial drugs in bacteria from animals in South Africa.
His current activities include: Member of World Organisation for Animal Health’s permanent Working Group on AMR; Joint-chair of the South African Antibiotic Stewardship Programme; Member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on AMR; Member of the Veterinary Clinical Committee of the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority; Director of the Food Safety and Food Security Portfolio of the South African Veterinary Council; and Member of the Pharmaceutical Stewardship Working Group of the World Veterinary Association.
Bradford completed dual BS degrees at Iowa State University and a doctorate in animal nutrition at Michigan State University. He served on the faculty at Kansas State University from 2006 to 2019, and in 2020 he returned to Michigan State as the Clint Meadows Chair in Dairy Management. Bradford’s research focuses on dairy cattle nutrition and metabolism, with a particular emphasis on attempting to translate novel findings in fundamental metabolic physiology to practical applications in animal agriculture. Contributions by Bradford’s group have largely focused on dietary utilization of byproducts in lactation diets, the physiological impacts of systemic postpartum inflammation, and the roles of nutrients as signals. Working closely with 23 graduate students and post-doctoral scholars as well as dozens of collaborators, Bradford has contributed to more than 85 refereed publications and shared those findings in more than 130 invited presentations around the world.
Christos joined Cargill in June 2016 as Global Technology Director for Cargill Animal Nutrition following 15 years in marketing, innovation, and other business and technical roles at DSM Nutritional Products.
Christos’s career in the animal nutrition and health sector has spanned more than 20 years with international experience in both academia and industry. Following several years in nutrition-related scientific research at the Rowett Research Institute, Scotland, Christos joined DSM Nutritional Products where he spent 7.5 years based at global headquarters in Switzerland and 7.5 years at the Asia Pacific regional hub in Singapore working closely with customers.
Originally from a small village in mainland Greece, Christos grew up in a culture that was passionate about food and agriculture. He left the village to study at the Agricultural University of Athens where he earned his undergraduate degree in Agricultural Engineering with specialization in Animal Science. Following 2 years as an assistant manager in a pig farm, Christos left Greece for the first time to study at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, where he earned a Master of Science in Animal Nutrition and, subsequently, a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nutrition and Reproduction.
Christos lives with his wife, son, and daughter in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Past speaking invitations:
International Egg Commission Business Conference London 2018, Strategies for the future
Bangkok Poultry Conference 2017, Innovation a key success factor for the future
Poultry Business Exchange US 2017, Innovation pipeline for future success
Farming of the future Jordan 2019, Farming of the future: Global trends and challenges
Farming of the future Jordan 2019, Farming of the future: How to improve feed efficiency
Several other presentations in different forums
Nicolas Martin joined Ajinomoto in November 2018, as Sustainability Director. His brief covers the development and dissemination of nutritional solutions based on amino acids to improve the sustainability of animal products, as well as the sustainability aspects of amino acids production.
Before joining Ajinomoto, he worked as Policy Advisor for the European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC) for 7 years, with management responsibilities in the area of sustainability and agricultural markets. Among other tasks, he was responsible for the harmonisation of environmental footprinting methodologies in the feed and livestock sector.
He started his career in the dairy sector working on market analysis and marketing. He then spent four years with the French feed manufacturers association before joining FEFAC and then Ajinomoto. He graduated in agronomy from the National Institute of Agronomy in Paris, with a specialisation in economics.
Dr Ing Matias Jansen obtained a Master in Biosciences at the KU Leuven. He graduated summa cum laude in 2011. It is with his master thesis that he developed his passion for science and technology. After graduating, he achieved a research fund from the Flemish government and started his career as a scientist with Kemin.
Matias further specialised in lipid nutrition during his Ph.D. studies in collaboration with the Laboratory of Livestock Physiology of the KU Leuven. In his role as a scientist, he has been heavily involved in the worldwide efforts of Kemin to understand better the mode of action of lysophospholipids. Based on these scientific insights he has been the driving inventor of products such as LYSOFORTE® EXTEND. He has published his research in prime journals such as Poultry Science and presented his results at key industry conferences such as the European Symposium of Poultry Nutrition and the European Poultry Conference.
In 2017, Matias engaged in a product management role for absorption enhancers and enzymes to further support the implementation of these nutritional products in the industry. In this role, he transferred with passion his scientific insights to the industry with the aim to improve nutrient efficiency as a driver for profitability and sustainability.
January 2020, Matias transitioned into a business management role to support Kemin’s worldwide efforts to support the industry with innovative solutions to improve intestinal health.
Dr Michele De Marco, after getting his Ph.D. in animal nutrition end 2011 and being a researcher at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Turin (Italy) working on unconventional feed ingredients on various species (poultry, swine, rabbit, and fish), he became a freelance poultry nutritionist consultant for two years in Italy. In March 2016 he went to France to work for French premix company as R&D poultry manager. In April 2018 he joined Adisseo as a Global Scientific and Technical Manager for the Adisseo’s Health by Nutrition additives portfolio. To today he is the author or co-author of more than 30 peer-reviewed publications.
Kurt obtained his BSc in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He then spent two years working for Ajinomoto Heartland before enrolling at Auburn University to begin his graduate studies. With guidance from his major professor, Dr. William Dozier, III, Kurt completed his MS degree in 2012 investigating the feeding potential of low-oligosaccharide soybean meals. Kurt remained at Auburn University to pursue his Ph.D., which focused on validating different methods for the determination of phosphorus digestibility of corn. Kurt obtained his Ph.D. in the winter of 2015. Kurt joined Micronutrients USA LLC in December 2015 as a Poultry Technical Service Manager and now has a roll in research and development. He is the primary author on 6 Poultry Science Journal papers and has published over 10 popular press articles ranging and has presented at 18 agricultural conferences on topics from amino acid nutrition to mineral source quality.
Dr Mark Wilson received both his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in reproductive physiology at the University of Kentucky in the United States of America. He was a professor at the University of Minnesota, Waseca for 11 years and was awarded the Morse Amoco Award for undergraduate education, while also coordinating the swine research at the Southern Experiment Station. He spent nine years as director of technical service at United Feeds while overseeing the boar and sow research, and seven years as vice president of technology transfer at Minitube of America. For the past 11 years, Mark has been a member of the Swine Research and Nutritional Services team for Zinpro Corporation. Mark is an adjunct professor for the University of Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota in the USA and has been fortunate to have presented in more than 40 different countries. He and his wife, Molly, raised three daughters and are enjoying time with their three grandchildren.
Jannie Maritz founded the consulting company Adlibio (Pty) Ltd in 2014 and consults to numerous clients in South Africa and other African countries. Jannie has extensive experience in monogastric nutrition, poultry production as well as planning and managing Greenfield projects in Africa. Between 2012 and 2015 he was a director of Valadd Services (Pty) Ltd, a consulting company which he co-founded. Jannie was permanently employed by AFGRI Operations Limited for almost 15 years, firstly at AFGRI Animal Feeds for 10 years and then at AFGRI Poultry for 5 years. Jannie started his working career in 1996 when he joined Elanco Animal Health. He holds B.Sc. Agric; B.Sc. Agric (Hons) and M.Sc. Agric degrees from the University of Pretoria. Jannie is married to Christa for 23 years and has 2 kids – a daughter of 20 years and a boy of 15 years.
Henk Enting is the poultry technology director for the Cargill Animal Nutrition (CAN) businesses globally. He started January 2013 in this position. In his current role, he is responsible for developing and implementing poultry technology within CAN and contributes to the innovation project portfolio. His main focus is on the development and application of poultry models and farm management tools, responsible use of antibiotics including the effect of microflora on bird performance, feed, and raw material evaluation, the interactions between raw materials and feed additives, and problem-solving with and for customers.
Henk graduated with distinction in 1991 from Wageningen University in The Netherlands, with the main focus on animal breeding, animal nutrition, and agricultural economics. From 1991 to 2005, he worked as poultry nutrition researcher and poultry cluster coordinator at Schothorst Feed Research in Lelystad, The Netherlands. At Schothorst Feed Research, he carried out nutrition research for Dutch and European feed cooperatives and for suppliers to the feed industry. In 2005, he obtained a Ph.D. from Wageningen University on the effect of low-density diets in broiler breeders. In the same year, he started as a poultry researcher at the Nutreco Poultry Research Center in Casarrubios del Monte, Spain. He moved back to The Netherlands in 2008 and worked for Trouw Nutrition and Nutreco in different roles, after which he moved to Cargill.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 01/2017 – today: Director of Food Safety, Bühler Inc. Plymouth, MN, USA
Dr Morantes is the Director of Food Safety-North America for Buhler Inc. In this position, he has the opportunity to interact with the entire Food and Feed Value chain and is a member of the Buhler Global Food and Feed Safety team, driving innovations in technologies to develop customer solutions for both Mycotoxin risk management and Bacterial contamination reduction. He is also the Food Safety Leader for the Buhler’s Food Innovation and Food Application Centers in Minneapolis, and represents Buhler in different food and feed trade associations.
04/2008 – 11/2016: Food Safety, Quality, and Regulatory Leader for the Cargill Grain and Oilseed Supply Chain – North America (GOSCNA) where he provided technical leadership to the Food Safety and Quality Operations team across North America (US, Canada, and Mexico).
07/1999 – 03/2008: Dr Morantes held different positions in the Cargill Agricultural Supply Chain Platform and Cargill Animal Nutrition businesses where he provided leadership for Technology Deployment to customers worldwide (South America, South Africa, SE Asia).
07/1992 – 06/1999: Continental Grain Co. Chicago, Illinois. Manager of Nutritional Services for Latin America (Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean, Northern South America).
Dr Morantes educational background includes an Agricultural Engineer degree from the University of Costa Rica. He completed both his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Master of Science degrees in Nutrition and Biochemistry at the University of Florida, USA.
Dr Elke Schoeters holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Her Ph.D. thesis consisted of the development of alternatives to animal models for the screening of the sensitizing and irritating potential of chemicals.
She joined Kemin Industries in Belgium as a scientist in 2007, responsible for product development in the areas of surfactants, mycotoxin binders, antimicrobials,… In 2014 she joined Kemin Asia in Singapore as a Research Director, leading the research, quality and regulatory team. Since June 2017 she fulfills a similar role in Kemin Sub-Saharan Africa, located in South Africa. Elke is the first author of several peer-reviewed articles, has spoken in front of many audiences and is an inventor on two patents.
Dr Mercedes Vázquez-Añón is the Senior Director of Animal Nutrition Research and Facilities for Novus International, Inc. In this role, she directs monogastric and ruminant nutrition and physiology research activities and facilities, which are geared to provide globally recognized research with differentiated solutions that support current products and the development of new products. In addition, she is responsible for nutrition research teams across production species internationally.
Mercedes is a native of Spain, where she grew up in a dairy farm in Galicia, the dairy region of Spain. She received her Bachelor’s degree in 1989 in Zoo-technical Agricultural Engineering from Universidad Politécnica in Madrid, Spain. She received her Master’s in Science degree in 1992 from Penn State University. She obtained her Ph.D. in Dairy and Nutritional Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996.
She has been an active member of America Dairy Science, American Society of Animal Science and Poultry Science Associations for more than 20 years, where she has served as reviewer. She served for six years as a board member at the National Academy of Science and is currently serving as a board member in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Illinois and at the Conservation Council for Wild Care in St Louis Zoo.
Her research expertise encompasses the disciplines of nutrition, physiology, and metabolism of sulfur amino acids, trace minerals, antioxidants, and dietary enzymes.
She holds 9 patents of different technologies. She travels extensively to give presentations at nutritional conferences, scientific forums and customer events in Latin America, Europe, Asia, and North America. She has published more than 30 refereed scientific articles and more than 100 abstracts, technical reports, articles in conferences proceedings and popular press articles.
Franz Waxenecker is the Managing Director of BIOMIN since October 2019.
Franz obtained a Master’s degree in Agricultural Sciences in livestock production at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. His research focused on nutrition of monogastric animals. He joined BIOMIN in 1997 as a Specialist in swine nutrition and premix formulation. He was appointed Chief Nutritionist in 2000 and became Director of the Strategic Business Unit Natural Growth Promoters in 2003.
Franz Waxenecker implemented the first Center of Applied Animal Nutrition (CAN) of BIOMIN in 2004 with state-of-the-art equipment for feeding trials and is in charge of all BIOMIN CAN facilities worldwide. In 2007, he became Head of the Global Product Management teams and in 2013 Vice President for Development and Innovation at BIOMIN, being also responsible for digitalisation and industry 4.0 projects.
Grew up at a dairy farm in Bavaria
Apprenticeship in Agricultural Production
M.Sc. in Agriculture at the Technical University of Munich-Weihenstephan, Germany
Ph.D. Thesis in Animal Nutrition at the Institute for Nutritional Physiology at the same University. The studies were related to the influence of non-essential amino acids on nitrogen accretion and excretion in piglet nutrition.
After graduation in 1993 had been working for a feed manufacturer (Deuka) (2 Mio ton feed/year)
1994-95 with Degussa AG, Applied Technology Feed Additives (Responsibilities: Scientific and applied for work in poultry, pig and ruminant nutrition; customer service activities worldwide)
1995-2004 – Global responsibility for Technical Sales @Degussa-Huels
2004-2011 – Technical Director for Europe, Middle East, and Africa @ Evonik Industries AG
2011-2017 – Vice President Know-how and Service Development @ Evonik Industries AG
Since 2017 – Vice President Know-how, Services & Digitalization @ Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH
Since 2019 – Vice President Marketing and Sales @ Precision Livestock Farming Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH
A bioprocess engineer by education, Leon Marchal obtained his Ph.D. in enzymology from Wageningen University in the Netherlands. For more than 20 years, he has been active in research and product development in different parts of the food and feed industry. Over time, he slowly shifted from food ingredients to animal feed. For 10 years Leon Marchal was Director Nutrition and Innovation for the largest feed compounder in Europe (ForFarmers) responsible together with his team to run both the innovations portfolio as being accountable for the technical performance of all the feeds in the market. Also, over the years, highly engaged in a lot of different collective research programs of the feed industry together with academia and involved in sector sustainability initiatives.
Since April 2018 Leon joined Dupont Nutrition & Biosciences as Innovation Director for Animal Nutrition developing, with his team, new global solutions for more economic, sustainable, antibiotic reduced and antibiotic-free animal production. A Ted speaker on raising awareness with the wider audience for the need of antibiotic reduction. Since 2013 also connected to the Animal Nutrition Group of Wageningen University.
Dr Luiz Ferraretto is originally from Brazil where he earned his B.S. in Animal Science from São Paulo State University in 2008. Immediately after the completion of his B.S. Degree, Luiz joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison for an internship (2009) followed by an M.S. (2011) and Ph.D. (2015) in dairy science with focus on applied dairy nutrition and forage quality. After the completion of his Ph.D., Luiz joined The William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute as a Post-doctoral Research Associate. Currently, Luiz is an Assistant Professor of Livestock Nutrition in the Department of Animal Sciences at University of Florida and his research interests are applied dairy cattle nutrition and management with emphasis on starch and fiber utilisation by dairy cows, corn silage and high-moisture corn quality and digestibility, the use of alternative by-products as feed ingredients, and supplementation of feed additives to lactating cows.
Prof Mulligan completed his Ph.D. in the area of ruminant digestion and has published more than 50 international scientific publications in the areas of dairy cattle nutrition and production diseases in dairy cows. He is currently Associate Professor of Animal Nutrition at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin and works closely with veterinarians within the School. He has several current research projects at UCD Lyons Research Farm which concentrate on dairy cow nutrition, transition cow health, and dairy production systems. He is programme coordinator for the Graduate Certificate in Dairy Herd Health. He regularly participates in dairy herd health investigations as well as giving presentations on this area to farmers, nutritionists and veterinarians. He is an associate diplomat of the European College of Comparative Veterinary Nutrition and regularly presents key-note papers at international scientific meetings.
Christophe Bostvironnois was graduated from the National Veterinary School of Lyon (France) in 1992. After a short period in a vet practice, he started as a veterinary consultant in the swine industry in Brittany (France). In 1996 and since then, he joined the poultry industry in various roles, geographies, and companies. Firstly, he started working for the IN VIVO group (now ADM), a leading premix company in France. There he was veterinary and nutritionist. He had the opportunity to understand the interactions between feed and health as well as dealing with broilers, turkeys, layers, ducks and game birds. In 2002, he joined a leading animal health company, Elanco Animal Health (USA). He had several positions both in the technical, marketing or sales area. During these years, he published several articles and papers in the area of intestinal health, respiratory health and salmonella management in poultry. In 2008, he was certified in Advanced Industrial Strategic Marketing by INSEAD (European Institute for Business Administration). During the last 12 years, he had the opportunity to start his international career visiting more than 50 countries in the world on all 5 continents.
In 2018, he joined the fast-growing Chr Hansen company specialised in microbial solutions. He oversees the development of the global poultry portfolio in the Commercial Department team.
Christophe is also president of the French branch of the WPSA since 2014. He is also president of a charity organization: “Children of Ethiopia” which aims to provide food and education to children from a poor community located in Jimma (Ethiopia).
In his spare time, he likes both mountain and road biking and also sailing. He has 4 beautiful kids who are keeping him away from the television when he is at home.
Alex has spent over 20 years across the intensive livestock sectors of pigs, poultry, dairy, feedlot, and aquaculture in Australia and New Zealand. He spent many years in Poultry Health with Antibiotics and Anticoccidials before joining Lallemand in 2011 to develop a deeper understanding of proactive nutrition and the role of gut health and its impact not only on performance, bird health, and nutrition but also food safety. Alex will explore the linkages we are learning about a proactive approach to nutrition and its impact on food safety.
Pietro Celi is the Global Science Lead for Eubiotics at DSM Nutritional Products. He graduated in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Bari (Italy), moved to Perth, Western Australia, to complete a Ph.D. in Animal Science (University of Western Australia). In 2000 he took a lectureship position in Animal Physiology at the University of Basilicata (Potenza, Italy) and in 2005 he joined the University of Sydney as Senior Lecturer in Ruminant Health and Production. He has been involved in studies into animal physiology, nutrition, and reproduction for over 20 years and during this time he has worked on a variety of livestock species. Dr Celi’s main interest is in the characterisation and development of biomarkers of gastrointestinal functionality and redox balance. Dr Celi has published 110 peer-reviewed journal papers, 4 book chapters, and over 160 conference papers. He is a member of the Editorial Board for the following international journals: Animals, Frontiers in Veterinary Science and Journal of Dairy Research.
After graduating as a master in biochemistry and biotechnology from the University of Ghent (Belgium), Brecht Bruneel, joined Orffa Additives BV, a global feed additive supplier, as a central technical manager. Responsibilities include: managing technical dossiers, perform market analyses and support key customers. Within the broad portfolio of Orffa Additives BV, he focusses on the Excential products. These products are in-house developed concepts and in collaboration with universities finetuned for the animal feed industry. Flagship products, under his technical lead, are a dust-free preparation of L-selenomethionine, hydroxy trace minerals (copper, zinc, and manganese) and a third-generation nutritional emulsifier.
Vaughn Holder received his B.S. in Animal Sciences and M.S. in Ruminant Nutrition and Microbiology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. M.S. thesis work focused on the effects of various yeast culture strains on the growth of ruminal microorganisms in vitro. His Ph.D. in Ruminant Nutrition was completed at the University of Kentucky in 2012. The title of his dissertation was: “The effects of slow release urea on nitrogen metabolism in cattle”. Vaughn then joined Alltech in a postdoctoral traineeship position with focus on advanced technical support in ruminant protein nutrition. In 2013, Vaughn was transferred to Alltech South Africa as National Director: Research and Technical. In 2015 Vaughn was transferred back to Alltech’s research headquarters in Nicholasville, KY as a Research Project Manager for beef. Since 2017 he has served as Ruminant Research Group Director where he heads up global nutritional research in ruminant species.
Roy was born and raised in Texas, attended and graduating from Orange Grove High School in Orange Grove, TX. After graduating from high school, attended Bee County Jr. College for two years before transferring to Texas A & M University. Received a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture Education followed by a Masters Degree and Ph.D. in Poultry Nutrition at Texas A&M University. After graduation worked as a Nutritionist/Technical Consultant for Nutrius Inc./BioProducts for four years before taking a job in the poultry industry. He has worked for Tyson Foods for the past 34 years in various nutrition-related areas.