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New Hire Mark Rose

Published on 06 May 2014

Mark Rose
Mark Rose
Nutritionist, Farm Management Support
Ontario, Michigan, New York
Lely North America

What are your new responsibilities?
In my new role as senior farm management supporter, I will join the team as a nutritionist. I will work with external feed and nutrition companies on a regular basis to promote and explain the Lely farm management philosophy. Furthermore, I will support producers in reaching their goals through Lely farm management technology and technique.

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What territory will you cover?
I will be working primarily with Lely center support in Ontario, Michigan and New York. The position will also allow me to speak with producers and industry partners throughout North America.

Please describe your agricultural background.
Having grown up in Northeastern Newfoundland, I didn't have the benefit of being raised around agriculture, so the majority of my experience has been through the university and working part-time herdsmen jobs at that time. In the summers, I would work with a government veterinarian in Central Newfoundland assisting him with herd health, which started my interest in working with the dairy industry. During the last year of my undergrad I worked on the campus farm. It ignited my passion for the dairy industry.

What education are you bringing with you to this position?
In 2006, I graduated from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (NSAC) with a BSc.Agr. in Animal Science. In 2008, I graduated from NSAC and Dalhousie University with a MSc.Agr. specializing in dairy nutrition. The focus of my thesis was enhancing the omega-3 levels in milk on pasture-fed cows.

What previous positions have you held?
Immediately after graduation I was hired by the milk-recording agency in Atlantic, Canada, as its first dairy production advisor. In 2011, I accepted a position with a national feed company as a ruminant nutritionist and territory manager in Northern and Central Nova Scotia.

Who has made the biggest impact on your career?
I think every person I meet has some impact on my career by either providing advice, a little hint or just being there. If I had to pick one, it would be my thesis supervisor, Dr. Alan Fredeen, who always challenged me to think outside the box and see the big picture. I'll never forget his last question in my thesis defense: "Can a cow ruminate on the moon?"

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How will you be of most help to producers in your region or area of expertise?
With my past experiences mainly in nutrition and management, I hope to bring new ideas and solutions to future projects at Lely, which will hopefully improve producers’ profitability and quality of life.

Why did you choose this company?
After working close to the dairy industry over the last several years, I was attracted to Lely's approach in creating innovative concepts and product lines, and their focus to increase the sustainability and profitability of their producers. I'm looking forward to bringing my own expertise to the great work that has already been done, and contributing to the projects that are just around the corner.

What goals would you like to accomplish while in this position?
My main goal in this position will be to help producers reach their goals. That makes every day a challenge. With the great support of Lely behind me, it's one I know I can accomplish.  PD

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