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New Hire Deanna Booijink, Van Beek Natural Science

Published on 28 October 2015

Deanna Booijink

Deanna Booijink
Territory Sales Manager
Van Beek Natural Science
Visalia, California



What education are you bringing with you to this position?
Bachelor of Science in dairy science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Please describe your agricultural background.
I grew up in San Diego County. I was in 4-H and FFA raising beef and dairy cattle. An urban kid, I rode horses and worked on a poultry ranch. As I got more involved with agriculture, I knew it would become my career path.

What territory will you cover?
Arizona, central and southern California.

What are your new responsibilities?
To bring the advantages and benefits of using the company’s product line to the dairymen, nutritionists and veterinarians in my service area. Working and training with current customers to increase the positive impact that these products can bring to each herd.

What previous positions have you held?


  • Genex/CRI area program consultant
  • Milky Way Dairy herd health manager

Who has made the biggest impact on your career?
Many people have had impact, but two people stand out, Arie DeJong and Stef Booijink. They have placed their trust in me and have allowed me to learn and increase my knowledge, basically giving me carte blanche for the past 13 years to develop the best fresh cow program we could bring to the dairy.

How will you be of most help to producers in your region or area of expertise?
The volume of fresh cow, transition and herd health management I have been able to acquire while using the company’s products at the center of our most successful programs allows me to present our products with the knowledge of how to make results happen.

Why did you choose this company?
I am a big advocate of alternative choices when dealing with livestock. Van Beek Natural Science develops and sells natural supplements, which I have used exclusively and have been advocating to others for years. This family-run business has the high values and qualities I sought out to work with.

What goals would you like to accomplish while in this position?
I would like to increase awareness with dairy as well as beef producers that alternatives to antibiotics are available with exceptional results and give them a better understanding of feed supplement use to maximize health of transition and fresh cows.  PD