Company News: Kerns and Associates, Merck and Zinpro

May 2, 2018 06:00 AM
Additions at Kerns and Associates and Merck, along with website developments at Zinpro, top our Company News this week.

Brett Stuart Joins Kerns and Associates
Brett Stuart as the newest Kerns and Associates team member, where he will provide global perspective to the company’s client base. Stuart will work intensively with Kerns’ analysts and economists to advise industry stakeholders and to design and deliver specialized presentations, models and reports. In addition, he has built a network of influential relationships that will add important perspective and scope for the speaking team.

In his role as President of Global AgriTrends, Stuart will continue to conduct and deliver global agricultural research, analysis and forecasting in the form of his regular commentary, which is available for an annual subscription fee. Global AgriTrends was organized in 2006 and provides global agricultural research, analysis and forecasting to a variety of clients around the world.

Stuart was formerly the economist for the U.S. Meat Export Federation. He has conducted numerous research and analysis projects in the global meat trade area as well as advising government representatives on international trade issues.

Raised on a cattle ranch, Stuart also worked as an auditor, market analyst, and controller in the agriculture industry. He received an undergraduate degree in accounting at Utah State University and a Masters in Business Administration degree from the University of Nebraska. He and his wife Amanda live on a small farm near Preston, Idaho with their five children.

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Merck Taps Justin Welsh, DVM, to Lead Food Animal Technical Services
Justin Welsh, DVM, has been named Executive Director of Food Animal Technical Services for Merck Animal Health’s U.S. Food Animal Team. In his new role, Dr. Welsh oversees the technical services and pharmacovigilance groups for the company’s ruminants, swine and poultry businesses.

“I am honored to lead this very talented group of veterinarians and Ph.D. nutritionists who have dedicated their careers to discovering and applying the science required to continuously improve the health and well-being of animals,” Welsh said. “The Merck Animal Health Food Animal Technical team is committed to focusing our efforts on the needs and well-being of the animals in our customers’ care. By investigating and then applying the latest science and innovation, we can then help our customers, through the science of healthier animals, ensure the safe, humane and efficient production of food.”

Welsh has more than 25 years of experience in veterinary medicine. Prior to being named Executive Director, he served in the ruminant business unit as an Associate Director of Merck Animal Health Technical Services. His role as associate director was to manage, and work alongside, a team of veterinarians specializing in field research, anti-infectives, herd health, and the application of technology in all phases of beef production. Before joining the company in 2012, he was in rural private practice for 17 years, working in and owning a mixed animal veterinary practice in western Nebraska.

Welsh holds a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Kansas State University. He is an active member of numerous industry associations, including the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, Academy of Veterinary Consultants and the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association.

Zinpro Announces Russian Language Website Launch
Zinpro Corporation is pleased to announce the addition of a Russian-language website to benefit its customers in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

“There’s no question we’re seeing a very keen interest in, and demand for, our Performance Minerals products in Russia and the CIS,” said Boudewijn Mys, Zinpro regional manager – Russia and CIS, in a news release from the company. “As of today, our current and future Russian-language customers will have detailed information about our products and services in an easily accessible, understandable and user-friendly format that will ultimately help them to improve animal performance and wellness.”

The new Russian-language website (  features information on three key species: dairy, poultry and swine. It also includes the latest company information and science-based recommendations for animal nutrition and herd management.

In addition to its English- and Russian-language websites, Zinpro has a Latin American Spanish-language website (, a (Castilian/European) Spanish-language ( website as well as a Chinese-language ( site. All Zinpro websites focus on delivering business and nutritional solutions to the people who raise and care for animals.

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