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New Hire Chris Dschaak

PD Staff Published on 06 December 2011
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Chris Dschaak
Logan, Utah
Forage Nutrition Specialist
Mycogen Seeds


Please describe your agricultural background.

I spent nine years working on a dairy in south-central Utah. I started out feeding calves, worked my way up to herdsman and eventually became the dairy manager. We raised our own alfalfa and corn silage, so I was involved with growing and harvesting these crops as well as feeding. Therefore, I understand how the different aspects of the operation come together and what it takes to manage them properly for best results.

What education are you bringing with you to this position?
I have a bachelor’s degree in biology from Southern Utah University and a master’s degree in dairy science from Utah State University. I recently earned my Ph.D. at Utah State University in animal science with an emphasis on dairy nutrition.

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What territory will you cover?
Utah, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and California.

What are your new responsibilities?
I will provide technical support to dairy producers, helping them to take advantage of the benefits of our silage-specific corn silage hybrids. I’ll also work with dairy nutritionists and company sales representatives to provide the information and support they need.

What excites you most about working in your new role?
I’m excited about the full line of proven BMR and TMF corn silage hybrids that Mycogen offers and excited to have the opportunity to provide dairy producers in my territory with advice and guidance to help them use these products successfully.

How will you be of most help to producers in your region or area of expertise?
My practical “hands-on” experience from working on a dairy, combined with my educational background, will allow me to help my customers make informed decisions when it comes to silage management. I am confident that I can be a valuable resource, especially in these times when feed prices are high and dairy producers are looking for ways to reduce ration costs.

Why did you choose this company?
Prior to joining this company, I had the opportunity to work with several of its employees, and I participated in some BMR corn silage research through Utah State University. I learned firsthand that this company invests heavily in research, providing its employees with the knowledge and resources needed to help progressive dairymen achieve their goals.

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What goals would you like to accomplish while in this position?
I look forward to becoming a valuable resource to dairy producers and their nutritionists. I want to be someone they can call when they need advice or help with troubleshooting. It’s my wish to provide them with the service and the products they need to be successful in today’s dairy industry. PD

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