Gorica Rajcic-Spasojevic

Gorica Rajcic-Spasojevic

Gorica got her veterinary degree from the University of Belgrade, Serbia and an MS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been with the Minnesota turkey industry since 1990, and has been involved with all areas of turkey production, working on a variety of performance problems.

Gorica’s expertise is in the following areas: effect of egg quality and hatchery on hatchability and poult quality, effects of environment on flock performance, disease control, production cost and efficiency, and improvement programs.

Currently, she is managing breeders and hatcheries at Jennie-O Turkey Store in Willmar, MN.

Rob Porter

Rob Porter

Dr. Rob Porter is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and completed his pathology residency and PhD at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He is boarded by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and the American College of Poultry Veterinarians.

In 2016 he served as President of the American Association of Avian Pathologists. He is a two-time recipient of the Zoetis Excellence in Veterinary Teaching Award for the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Porter is currently a Professor at the Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory where he provides poultry diagnostic services, teaches pathology and poultry medicine, and conducts research in infectious diseases of poultry.

Steve Von Haden

Steve Von Haden

A resident of Onalaska, Wisconsin, Steve has been the Midwest territory manager for Motomco since 2009. Prior to joining Motomco, he worked as a dairy nutritionist and distributor representative in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

As Midwest territory manager, Steve serves livestock operations in seven Midwestern states from Wisconsin to Missouri.

Steve’s primary responsibilities are setting up rodent programs for all types of livestock operations and teaching livestock producers how to use bait correctly.

TJ Gaydos

TJ Gaydos

Dr. T.J. Gaydos is an Ohio native currently residing in Dallas, TX. He developed his passion for animal husbandry while living on his parent’s horse farm. He became a certified farrier, and ran a horse shoeing business while attending Kent State University, where he obtained a BS in zoology. TJ is a 2013 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

While in veterinary school his passion expanded beyond equine care to include production animal agriculture. He enjoys working at the intersection of animal health and human health. He earned a master in avian medicine from the University of Georgia and is a diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians.

Dr. Gaydos is working to improve intestinal health, animal welfare, production efficiency, and reduce zoonotic diseases in his role as the North American Poultry Technical Service Manager for Phileo Lesaffre Animal Care.

John Menges

John Menges

In 1988, I began working in the Turkey industry as a service tech for Round Hill Foods in New Oxford, PA after graduation from Penn State in Animal Production/Poultry Science.

After over 20 years in turkey commercial live production, I began working with Hybrid Turkeys in January 2008 as a technical service representative. Hybrid gave me the opportunity to see turkeys produced around the world. After 5 years, I then spent a year and a month with BVS in PA. Feeling the itch to get back to production and seeing how the ABF and Organic world operated, I spent 3 years as the PA production manager for VPGC working with growers raising ABF and organic turkeys. In Oct of 2017, I went back to BVS as the Eastern Division Manager.

I currently live just outside of Gettysburg, PA with my wife and 14-year-old son. My daughter, Hannah, is currently a junior at PSU

Mike Catangui, Ph. D

Mike Catangui, Ph. D

Entomologist, Parasitologist
MWI Animal Health
Dr. Catangui is a member of MWI's Technical Services groups. As a team, this group provides our clients with targeted expertise in integrated pest management, proactive disease/pathogen and performance management, animal drinking water quality improvement, biosecurity, and cleaning and disinfection.
In his role with the Technical Services team, Dr. Catangui provides our customers with science-based recommendations and strategies for the profitable and environmentally responsible implementation of integrated pest management programs, including best management practice recommendations on the effective, safe and responsible use of synthetic and organic insecticides and miticides on the farm. He also manages MWI Animal Health's pesticide resistance testing laboratory.

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