Calf and Heifer Research & Technical Manager
Jim leads the Research and Technical program as well as supports both the Deployment and Technical Teams. He works closely with the Research and Development Teams to leverage our strengths and utilize our facilities and talents to maximum advantage. Jim is the creator and architect of the Cargill Calf and Heifer Growth Prediction System (GPS). The GPS model predicts growth of calves from calf to calving and provides information to help producers make the right decision for their calves and profitability.
Jim is an accomplished runner, having competed in more than 25 marathons and dozens of shorter races. He has recently taken up the additional challenge of swimming and biking and will compete in several triathlons. In his free time, Jim maintains a website named “Calf Notes” which is recognized globally as a resource for calf raisers.
Member of Team Provimi since:April 2, 2012
B.S. Animal Science, University of New Hampshire
M.S. Animal Science, University of New Hampshire
Ph.D. Animal Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Mark spends the majority of his time in Technical Support for dairy calves and heifers, while also managing the Calf and Heifer product line for Provimi. In 1999, he helped to establish the Nurture Research Center for dairy calf research and continues to outline research projects with the research center team. In his spare time, Mark writes various articles about calf nutrition and management.
Mark spends all of his free time with his wife and three children. Much of this time revolves around his children’s sporting events. Mark and his wife have spent thousands of hours with various children’s ministries activities over the last 25+ years of marriage. One highlight of Mark’s week is talking with his mom and dad, who live 6 hours away, on the phone every Sunday afternoon.
Member of Team Provimi since:March 7, 1995
B.S. Animal Science, Auburn University
M.S. Animal Science, Auburn University
Ph.D. Nutrition, Texas A&M University
Area Sales Manager Calf and Heifer Specialist
As a member of the Provimi Team, Dennis is charged with helping dealers find solutions for livestock producers on a daily basis throughout his territory in the Great Lakes region and Ontario. He is constantly working with customers to develop relationships and help them to be a valued contributor in their local markets. Dennis also works closely with both Provimi Milk Replacer and Calf Starter products in order to help producers employ the most economic and sustainable program for their specific operations.
Dennis is involved in both production forage and beef cattle operations outside of work. He also spends much of his time raising his kids and paying tuition! Dennis loves supporting his daughter during her flag corps performances and has many years of memories with his two sons and their consecutive three-year state championship high school football teams.
Member of Team Provimi since:February 2, 1982
B.S. Agricultural Economics, Purdue University
Calf and Heifer Specialist
Tana is responsible for serving dairy calf and heifer customers in the Northeast, covering Pennsylvania, New York, and Vermont. She provides technical and sales support to feed mills and independent nutritionists in the region for the Provimi Nurture™ Milk Replacers and Starter/Grower Premixes, NeoTec5g® Technology, and Genesis® Colostrum Replacement products. She also contributes to research activities at the Provimi Nurture Research Center to help address nutrition and management questions from the field. Tana is most passionate about providing comprehensive solutions to customers that make economic sense without compromising animal performance in order to build successful calf and heifer programs.
Tana is always torn during college football and basketball seasons as she’s an avid Gator and Boilermaker, but enjoys cheering on both alma maters. She also loves spending time at the dog park with her two “fur-children”, and hunting and camping with her family in the fall.
Member of Team Provimi since:August 10, 2015
B.S. Animal Sciences, University of Florida
M.S. Dairy Nutrition and Management, Purdue University
Ph.D. Dairy Nutrition and Management, Purdue University
Calf and Heifer Specialist
As a Calf and Heifer Nutritionist with Provimi, Xavier provides technical and sales support to customers in the Upper Midwest. While working with feed mills and independent nutritionists, Xavier provides his support to Provimi Nurture™ Milk Replacers and Starter/Grower Premixes, NeoTec5g® Technology, and Genesis® Colostrum Replacement products. He is also responsible for conducting studies with the Provimi Nurture Research Center Team.
Though he loves his work, Xavier still enjoys time away from the field. He is an avid outdoorsman and spends much of his free time running, hiking or hunting. If he can’t be found in the wilderness, Xavier is most likely close to home tending his beehives.
Member of Team Provimi since:February 9, 2015
B.S. Animal Science, Zamorano University, Honduras
M.S. Animal Science, Penn State University
Ph.D. Animal Science, Penn State University