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|Tuesday, 05 June 2012 15:58|
Robert H. Fourdraine, PhD
Please describe your agricultural background.
In 1988, I moved to the U.S. and became involved with the Texas dairy industry and learned how to develop programs for dairy producers, veterinarians and nutritionists to analyze herd performance using DHIA records.
What are your new responsibilities?
This includes gathering input from producers, field staff, and allied industry [professionals] and combining this information into the development of new decision making tools that will assist dairy producers in becoming more profitable.
Communicating with the University of Wisconsin research and extension staff and other allied industry [professionals] will be a key component as well.
What previous positions have you held?
In 1996, I joined Holstein Association USA and worked with staff on developing new products geared towards commercial herds interested in animal identification and improving genetics. Some of the products developed were Redbook Plus and MultiMate.
In 2003, I became the COO for the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium and worked with the Wisconsin livestock industry implementing electronic ID into farm management and developed an information system to protect the livestock industry from a disease outbreak.
What excites you most about working in your new role?
In my new position at AgSource I believe I can be part of a team that believes in developing the next generation of products and services dairy producers of all sizes will be able to use and remain profitable.
How will you be of most help to producers in your region or area of expertise?
Dairy producers are adopting this technology at a rapid pace, however producers do not have the luxury to spend hours each day sifting through the enormous amounts of data being generated in order to make big picture decisions.
In addition, we have seen a revolution in the means by which we can deliver information to producers. I believe that we can leverage the best of each and provide producers with accurate and timely information they can use to make short-term and long-term decisions.
Why did you choose this company?
What goals would you like to accomplish while in this position?
Using new on-farm technologies coupled with using the internet as a method of obtaining and quickly delivering information, I hope to find new ways to provide services and products that will best serve the dairy industry and keep producers profitable. PD