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( Alison Fulton, Farm Journal )

Hamlet Protein Appoints Erik Visser as New CEO
The Board of Directors of Hamlet Protein, a world leader in soy-based specialty proteins for young animals, has appointed Erik Visser as Chief Executive Officer effective June 1.

Visser has held positions in various multinational companies, based across Europe and Latin America, and has extensive experience in the animal feed industry through senior management roles at Provimi, Nutriad and Adisseo, a company release said.

“We are convinced that Erik’s industry knowledge and network, global orientation and drive makes him very well suited to help Hamlet Protein execute its growth agenda,” said Kjeld Johannesen, chairman of the Hamlet Protein Board of Directors.  

Visser replaces Søren Munch, who has reached an agreement with the Board of Directors to leave his position as CEO.  

The Maschhoffs Welcome Vet Interns

The Maschhoffs recently welcomed two vet interns – University of Illinois student Zack Tolbert of Armington, Ill., and Iowa State University student Kelly Hewitt of Ames, Iowa, as part of its summer internship program. 
Each year our health team hosts 1-2 veterinary students. This program gives them the opportunity to see how a health team works within a production system. 

“With the help of pharmaceutical company sponsors (Zoetis and Merck), each student completes a health-related research project,” said Amy Maschhoff, DVM, associate director of health. “This year, both of their projects are aimed to create better understanding around Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae control and elimination efforts. At the end of the summer, they will each submit an abstract of their findings to American Association of Swine Veterinarians. Most importantly, we want our student to gain knowledge and technical skills that will help them be successful in their future careers. “

The Maschhoffs internship program dates back to 2005. Nearly 100 students have graduated from the program since it began. 

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