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New Hire Patrick Neff, Vita Plus

Published on 10 December 2015

Patrick (PJ) Neff

Patrick Neff
Dairy Specialist
Vita Plus
New Paris, Indiana



What education are you bringing with you to this position?
I have a bachelor’s degree in animal sciences from Purdue University.

Please describe your agricultural background.
I grew up in northern Indiana, working on a 160-cow Jersey farm near my home. That is where my passion for the dairy industry started. At Purdue, I took an internship in California on James Ahlem Dairy and gained experience on a large-scale dairy farm. During my last summer of college, I took an internship with JBS United so I could see how well I liked working in the feed industry. Throughout college, I worked for Dr. Tamilee Nennich in her research lab and evaluated dairy calves and their development.

What territory will you cover?
I will work with dairy farms throughout northern Indiana and southwest Michigan.

What are your new responsibilities?
As a dairy specialist, I will provide dairy nutrition consulting to dairy farms throughout my market area.

Who has made the biggest impact on your career?
I have always looked up to a veterinarian on the farm where I worked back home. We have been on several farm calls, and he has always been to the point when explaining things. I always call him with questions and concerns about the dairy industry.


How will you be of most help to producers in your region or area of expertise?
I hope to become a great source of knowledge of the industry for producers. I plan on serving customers to help solve their problems and make dairying easier for them.

Why did you choose this company?
I picked this company because it is employee-owned and everyone cares for one another. This company has a team atmosphere that helps to pull everyone together.

What goals would you like to accomplish while in this position?
I want to serve customers and solve their problems. As for right now, I want to start working with a variety of herds to keep perfecting my techniques in dairy nutrition.  PD