IDEAL Animal Nutrition was started in 2014 by owner, Jeff Knott, Ph.D. -- Founded on integrity, service, science and innovation to advance the performance and efficiency of the global production animal industry. Providing you with cutting edge swine nutrition and research capabilities.
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Jeff Knott, Ph.D. - Owner
Dr. Knott has over 15 years industry experience and is a specialist in providing technical nutritional support to swine producers around the world. Jeff has a B.S. in Animal Science from North Dakota State University, M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Animal Science (Swine Nutrition). He has vast domestic and international swine nutrition and business experience. Jeff spent 10 years with a national nutrition company before founding IDEAL Animal Nutrition. He is a solutions based, big picture thinker that can communicate the details. Jeff is very good at implementing technical nutrition and technologies into practical field application.
Simon Kern, M.S. - Swine Nutritionist
Mr. Kern has over 5 years industry experience and specializes in providing technical nutrition and production support to livestock producers and feed manufacturers. Simon has a B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science from South Dakota State University. After completing his formal education, Simon spent five years with a regional nutrition company where he served in multiple roles from feed formulation and technical service to product and customer solutions development. He joined Ideal Animal Nutrition in the Fall of 2018 in order to further pursue his passion of providing swine producers with practical, slat-level solutions to the every day production challenges they face being a part of the ever-changing global swine industry.
Molly Renken, B.S. - Research Manager
Molly is a 2017 graduate from South Dakota State University where she received her bachelor of science degree in Animal Science. While attending South Dakota State University she was actively involved with the Swine Club. Molly completed undergraduate swine research and was heavily involved helping swine graduate students complete their research both in the monogastric lab and the new swine research facility. She also interned for a summer with South Dakota Pork Producers Council where she learned a lot about promotion and funding of the swine industry. Molly is currently serving as the Research Manger while working conjointly with Boerboom Ag Research as a grow-finish supervisor and serving on the Minnesota Pork Board Research Committee.