John is a graduate of the University of California with a degree in Animal Science and started Metzer Farms, a waterfowl hatchery, in 1978 after graduation. Metzer Farms is now the largest duck and goose mail order waterfowl hatchery in the United States with over 35 breeds of domestic ducks and geese. Hatching is done year round with half of the birds he sells being raised for their meat and the other half going for egg production or for hobbyists. He not only exports birds around the world but also imports his Pekin duck breeding stock from Grimaud of France three times a year. Over the years new products and services have been added such as guinea keets, cornish cross chicks, and blown duck and goose eggs. Recently he and his son, Marc, have started Olinday Farms to produce fresh duck eggs for the retail and food service industry in the United States.
Abby Neu joined the University of Minnesota and has worked as an Extension Educator since 2013 and is based in Willmar, MN. Abby's varied background in animal agriculture makes her an essential asset to Extension outreach education endeavors related to biosecurity and emergency preparedness. Her programming focus is educating poultry producers and backyard poultry owners about applied biosecurity, Danish entry requirements, and newly required NPIP Biosecurity auditing. She is heavily involved in the development of innovative biosecurity outreach tools and technologies such as the Biosecure Entry Education Trailer (BEET) that is used to educate producers of multiple livestock and poultry industries, as well as the web-based Poultry Disease Planning Tool. Her expertise in reaching out to diverse audiences is unparalleled as demonstrated by her ability to reach both commercial and hobby livestock owners of different ethnicity and backgrounds. Additional research and outreach subjects include forage production, online learning and programming for women in agriculture.
Dr. Tamara Loeffler is responsible for providing technical support for the sales of poultry products in North America. As a member of the technical service team, Tamara helps train sales staff, develops technical marketing materials, plans and executes customer product trials and is involved with new product discovery and development.
She joined Novus June 20, 2016 and came to the team with a broad background and vast understanding of the U.S. poultry industry. Tamara has worked for several of Novus's customer companies through the externships during her DVM studies. She has spent time working in all facets of production starting with disease diagnostics and quality control, ranging to commercial egg production and breeder operations, broiler production and turkey production, including feed mills, hatcheries and processing.
Tamara is originally from South Florida and received her Bachelor's degree in Animal Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. From there she went on to get her Master's of Science degree in Poultry Nutrition from the University of Georgia, under Dr. Amy Batal, then continued on to Mississippi State University where she earned her DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Tamara is a member of the American Association of Avian Pathologists, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, as well as the American Veterinary Medical Association and has already authored or co-authored 7 peer-reviewed articles.
Will Marsh has been involved in the design, programming and use of management information systems for dairy and pork producers since 1973. He received his B.Sc. degree in Agriculture from the University of Reading in England, and M.S. (Agricultural Economics) and Ph.D. (Veterinary Medicine) degrees from the University of Minnesota.
Will served as Professor of Animal Health Management & Production Economics at the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine for 10 years. In 1988, he established an agricultural consulting and software distribution business. He consulted for several years with the National Pork Board's "Production & Financial Standards" initiative, writing and presenting training materials to owners and managers of more than 300 farm businesses throughout the Midwest.
Since 2005, Will has been the architect of SwineBooks Pro, a financial and production records system. His latest challenge is to develop PoultryBooks for turkey, broiler, and egg producers. Will is enjoying this new initiative and looks forward to working with poultry producers to help focus their management efforts on factors critical to business success.