Dale Miller

National Hog Farmer


PRESENTATION:  25 Years of NSIF History

DATE/TIME:  Thursday, December 7, 2000 – 1:20 p.m.


Miller attended the University of Minnesota and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science in December 1972. Shortly thereafter, on January 1, 1973, he joined the editorial staff of the National Hog Farmer magazine as an associate editor. National Hog Farmer is a national swine industry publication reporting news and production information pertinent to the nation’s pork producers. Its circulation currently stands at about 70,000 readers.

Miller was promoted to Managing Editor at National Hog Farmer in 1977. In 1993, he became the magazine’s Editor – a position he currently holds.

During his tenure, Miller has traveled to most states in the U.S., plus Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, Holland, Denmark, Germany and Italy, studying and reporting on pork production practices throughout the world. Most recently, he spent two weeks in China taking a closer look at their developing pork industry.

In addition, Miller is active in a pork production partnership, raising purebred Chester Whites, Hampshires and Yorkshires.

He has received numerous American Agriculture Editor (AAEA) and Livestock Publications Council (LPC) awards for writing and photography. Most recently, in the ’98 AAEA writing contest, he received first place in the on-farm production feature category and second place in the technical feature category. Miller also received the University of Minnesota-Waseca Alumni Association’s 1998 Minnesota Ag Award, which recognizes individuals that have made significant contributions to agriculture. Additionally, he has received the  “Best Editorial” award in the 1997 Minnesota Magazine Publishers Association Magazine Excellence Contest. He has been recognized as an Honorary Swine Honor Roll member by the Minnesota Pork Producers Association for outstanding service to the industry, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Dakota County Pork Producers Association, and was presented with the Chester White Swine Association Distinguished Service Award in 1995.

Miller lives on farm near Hampton, MN.

(Home Address: 22400 Hampton Blvd., Hampton, MN 55031; phone: 651-437-2911; Business Address: 7900 International Drive, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55425; phone: 612-851-4661; office fax: 612-851-4601; e-mail address: Dale_Miller@intertec.com


Glenn Conatser

University of Tennessee


PRESENTATION:  Impact of Performance Testing on the Applied Breeder 1938-2000

DATE/TIME:  Thursday, December 7, 2000 – 1:40 p.m.




Animal Science Department

The University of Tennessee



B.S. The University of Tennessee

M.S. The University of Kentucky



Swine Extension – Tennessee


Wayne Robison

North Carolina State University


PRESENTATION:  Technical Impact of NSIF 1975-2000

DATE/TIME:  Thursday, December 7, 2000 – 2:30 p.m.



1974‑present    Professor, Animal Science and Genetics, N.C. State University,


Consultant        Shell Chemical Company

Consultant        Kleen Leen, Inc.

Consultant        AID.

1965‑1974       Associate Professor, Animal Science and Genetics, N.C. State University,  Raleigh.

1959‑1965       Assistant Professor, Animal Science and Genetics, N.C. State University,  Raleigh.

1957‑1959       Genetics Department, Fellow, University of Wisconsin.

1955-1957             Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Fellow, University of




A.S.     1953  Cameron State Agricultural College, Lawton, Oklahoma

B.S.     1955  Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma.

M.S.    1957  University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisc.

Ph.D.   1959  University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisc.



Who's Who in the South and Southwest

Who's Who in N. C.

American Men of Science

Dictionary of International Biography

International Directory of Distinguished Leadership

1972 ‑ Elected Faculty Member Gamma Sigma Delta

1975 ‑ Gamma Sigma Delta Certificate of Merit

1982 ‑ Rockefeller Prentice Memorial Award in Animal Breeding and Genetics ‑ American Society of Animal Science

1985 ‑ Distinguished Service Award ‑ National Swine Improvement Federation

1990 - Fulbright Scholar

1993 - Student Government Faculty Award

1996 - Oklahoma State University, Animal Science, Graduate of Distinction


1996 - The American Society of Animal Science, Title of Fellow


John Webb

Cotswold, UK


PRESENTATION:  Swine Genetics for the Next 25 Years

DATE/TIME:  Thursday, December 7, 2000 – 3:15 p.m.



Director of Science and Genetics, Cotswold International



B.Sc (Honours) degree in Agriculture from the University of London

PhD in Animal Genetics from Edinburgh University



From 1973-1986 John Webb was responsible for the programme of pig research at the AFRC Animal Breeding Research Organisation (now the Roslin Institute).  Research interests included the halothane gene, international breed comparisons, improvement of litter size and the genetics of feed intake.


In 1986 John moved to the Cotswold Pig Development Co Ltd as Director of Science and Genetics.  His team at Cotswold was among the first to introduce BLUP, eliminate the halothane gene by DNA testing, produce a White Duroc and explore marker genes.  The company has investments in Edinburgh DNA-typing company Rosgen and in Guelph semen sexing company GENSEL of which John is a director.


In 1997 Cotswold entered a 10 year research alliance with London University, in which Cotswold has leased the former Wye College research farm for genetic and nutritional research.   In 1998 Cotswold was bought by Ridley Inc of Winnipeg Canada, speeding up Cotswold’s move into the new technologies of molecular biology.


John is a Fellow of the Institute of Biology, Special Lecturer at Nottingham University and Senior Honorary Research Fellow at Imperial College at Wye, University of London.



Sir John Hammond Memorial Prize for applied science from the British Society of Animal Science

The David Black Award for services to the UK pig industry

The Queens Award for Technological Achievement.

The Royal Agricultural Society of England Technology Award for the application of genetics to livestock improvement.

Roger Campbell



PRESENTATION: Trends in the USA pork industry and their impacts on breeding companies and other technology suppliers

DATE TIME: Thursday, December 7, 2000 – 4:00 p.m.

PRESENTATION: How today’s genetics differ

DATE TIME: Friday, December 8, 2000 – 8:10 a.m.



President and CEO, BMI Genetic technologies

Director of discovery and new technology for United Feeds



Ph.D in nutrition and growth biology



Genetic development, nutrition and growth and development



ASAS Animal growth and development award 1995


Jeff Veenhuizen

DeKalb Choice Genetics


PRESENTATION: Bio-Informatics and Swine Genetic Improvement

DATE/TIME:  Friday, December 8, 2000 – 7:30 a.m.



Director of Research and Development, Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs

Phone: 636-737-6857   jeffrey.j.veenhuizen@monsanto.com


Jeff leads DEKALB CHOICE GENETICS’ R&D efforts in the area of genomics and swine genetic improvement.  Jeff’s responsibilities also include leading Monsanto Company’s research in productivity improvement for dairy cattle. He has been with Monsanto Company since 1989 when he joined as a Senior Research Scientist working with the bST project for dairy.  Jeff has held a variety of roles within Monsanto including R&D, Regulatory Affairs, Quality Assurance, Human Resources and Technical Services.  Jeff, who grew up on a cattle and sheep farm, obtained a B.S. in animal science from Purdue University.  He then attended Iowa State University where he received his M.S. and Ph.D. in nutritional physiology of large animals. He completed a post-doctoral research program using swine as a model for diabetes at the University of Georgia before joining Monsanto. Dr. Veenhuizen is the author or co-author of 25 journal articles and 36 abstracts in the area of animal metabolism and physiology.


Rodger Johnson

University of Nebraska


PRESENTATION:  History of litter size

DATE/TIME:  Friday, December 8, 2000 – 9:00 a.m.


PRESENT POSITION: Professor Animal Science, University of Nebraska



 BS      1965    North Dakota State University; Major - Animal Science


MS      1971    Oklahoma State University; Major - Animal Science


Ph.D.   1973    Oklahoma State University; Major - Animal Breeding,

                        Minor - Statistics



Research: Swine genetics with emphasis on genetics and physiology of reproduction. Have conducted selection experiments for ovulation rate and embryonic survival, ovulation rate and uterine capacity, litter size, age at puberty, and testis size in pigs.


Teaching: Undergraduate and graduate courses in animal breeding and quantitative/population genetics and advisement of undergraduate and graduate students.



Society of Phi Kappa Phi, 1973, Oklahoma State University Society of Sigma Xi Outstanding Graduate Student Paper, 1973, Oklahoma State University


Gamma Sigma Delta Research Award, 1986, University of Nebraska, Lincoln


University of Nebraska Livestock Service Award, 1987, Sponsored by Walnut Grove Products Company


The American Society of Animal Science J. R. Prentice Award in Animal Breeding and Genetics. Donor: American Breeders Service, 1988.


National Swine Improvement Federation 1998 Distinguished Service Award


1998 University of Nebraska Alumni Recognition for Service to Students


Tom Long



PRESENTATION:  Methods to Improve Profitability Through Hyperprolificacy I

DATE/TIME: Friday, December 8, 2000 - 9:35am



Director of Genetics and Research




BS, University of Illinois, 1975

MS, University of Illinois, 1985

PhD, University of Nebraska, 1989



Direct the genetics and research programs for NPD (USA)


Christian Lecour

Multigene, USA


PRESENTATION:  Methods to Improve Profitability Through HyperprolificacyII

DATE/TIME:  Friday, December 8, 2000 – 9:40 a.m.


Lecour is the genetic manager at SCAPAAG Multigene, a French swine breeding organization, since 1981.  My employment before Scapaag, I was employed at Biomill, a Swiss breeding company, as a research manager for eleven years.


Two years at INRA (Agriculture National Research Institue) working on artificial insemination.

Guy Prall



PRESENTATION:  Genetic Bio-Technology and Marketing Pork to the Informed Consumer

DATE/TIME:  Friday, December 8, 2000 – 10:40 a.m.


PRESENT POSITION:  Technology Business Manager, PIC Group



-MSc in Animal Breeding, Edinburgh University, Scotland.  1976

-BSc in Agriculture, Reading University, England.  1972



My primary role is working with PIC companies in Europe, in the Americas, and in Asia in the arena of technology transfer.  Our goal is to turn PIC’s researchers’ new ideas and discoveries into products that our customers can profitably use.  Today’s principal innovations are genetic marker tests, branded under the name of PICmarq.  PIC currently uses PICmarq technology from 10 proven marker tests to enhance products in eight different countries.


Previous activities in PIC have included:

-International Contracts Manager, PIC Inc.  1989 - 1996

           -General Manager, PIC Far East Ltd. (Hong Kong, China).  1986 – 1989

           -Technical Director, Agroceres PIC (Brazil).  1978 – 1986


Todd See

North Carolina State University


PRESENTATION:  Selection for AI Stud Traits                     

DATE/TIME:  Friday December 8th at 11:20 am



Associate Professor and Extension Swine Specialist - North Carolina State University



            BS       Michigan State University

            MS      University of Georgia

            PhD     University of Georgia



As Swine Commodity Coordinator at North Carolina State University, I provide statewide leadership and coordination for Extension Swine Husbandry Programs and coordinate educational efforts with the North Carolina Pork Industry.  As an Extension Swine Specialist I provide statewide and national leadership for swine extension programs with a focus on swine breeding and genetics and production management.  Genetic program areas include breeding programs and objectives for commercial and seedstock producers, development and implementation of genetic improvement programs, and genetics of pork quality.  Other areas that I conduct technology transfer programs in are marketing, networking, artificial insemination, statistics, production management, and nutrient management. A significant effort is placed on technology transfer and education using electronic mediums and the Internet. My research program is focused on the development and application of methodology for the enhancement of across-herd genetic evaluation, the application of breeding and genetics systems to pork production, and the evaluation of genetics in a systems context with nutrition and management for the enhancement of pork quality and production throughput.



Immediate Past President NSIF


Becky Emnett

Grad. Student, Ohio State University


PRESENTATION:  An Investigation into the Genetic Controls of Meat Quality

DATE/TIME:  Friday, December 8, 2000 – 1:30 p.m.



Research / Teaching Assistant, The Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences – Dr. Steve Moeller & Dr. Keith Irvin, Advisors



’94 B. S. Animal Science, Ohio State University

’96  M. S. Animal Breeding, Clemson University

’00  Ph.D. Animal Sciences, Ohio State University



Research Focus: Association studies between candidate genes and meat quality traits.

                            Mapping of genetic markers in the pig

                            Effects of the RN gene on meat quality


Teaching Responsibilities:  OSU Teaching assistant for – Intro to An. Sci.

                                                                                               Swine Production

                                                                                               Senior Capstone Course


Clemson Instructor –Livestock Selection and Evaluation        

Courses / Livestock Judging Team Coach 94-97

2000 NSIF Proceedings