Environmental & Production Specialists
Sow Production Specialist
Bruce consults on-farm with swine customers, making every effort to ensure best management practices around sow husbandry, focusing on internal biosecurity and elimination of interference with farrowing processes. His end goal is for sow farms to produce as many high quality piglets at weaning as possible; piglets that have excellent profit potential all the way to market. Bruce is also responsible for production and research at a customer-owned sow farm leased by Cargill in Iowa. Working with people and pigs is Bruce’s true passion. He enjoys meeting and conversing with owners, lenders, farm staff and anyone interested in the industry.
Bruce and his wife Julie enjoy spending time with their three children and grandchildren and run a smoked barbeque catering business. When life’s busy schedule spares him some free time, he enjoys visiting Florida and fishing in northern Minnesota.
Member of Team Provimi since: October 11, 2004
Wean to Finish Specialist
Joe is responsible for working with our customers from weaning to the finishing stage in production. Barn and room ventilation is a high priority for him, as without the proper environment swine production will always be compromised. Joe utilizes the newest technology in evaluating environments where our customers’ animals are raised. Teaching producers about the responsible use of the environment where their livestock live is an area Joe truly enjoys. He stresses the fact that having all the production and environmental components working in unison is a vital part of success for every customer’s pork production.
Joe enjoys spending time with his wife, Jolene and two children, Will and Katie. The family passion is Rodeo with both kids involved in the sport. In his spare time, you’ll find Joe outside: fishing, hunting, and trapping.
Member of Team Provimi since: September 2, 1998
Production Support Specialist
Erin is a Production Support Specialist and focuses primarily on supporting our swine nutrition customers in Michigan, Indiana, and Southwest Ohio.
Erin lives with her husband and three daughters in Zeeland, Michigan.
Member of Team Provimi since: February 27, 2017
B.S. Animal Science, Iowa State University
Ken is known as the “Ventilation Guy”. His primary responsibility is support for the Nutritional Team by auditing and optimizing the environment in customers’ facilities. He travels the country and even travels internationally speaking to swine and poultry producers and integrators on the subject of ventilation management. He has also been instrumental in developing our Benchmark Auditing Program for analyzing the barn environment.
Ken enjoys spending time with his 21 grandkids: attending baseball games, soccer matches, wrestling matches, dance recitals, football and volleyball games. He also enjoys gardening, woodworking and fishing. On nice days, Ken gets on his Goldwing motorcycle and rides Ohio’s back roads.
Member of Team Provimi since: June 1, 1998
Associate Degree in Accounting and Business Management