Dr. Kelly Peper has joined Ralco Nutrition as a Swine Technical Service and Research Nutritionist to further develop its relationships with customers and provide real-life solutions for greater producer profitability.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in animal science from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a Master of Science in animal science and swine nutrition from Kansas State University and a Ph.D. in swine nutrition from the University of Illinois. She also worked as the sow farm manager on a 2,700-head sow farm in the Oklahoma panhandle.

“From my time in the barn I know what day-to-day challenges producers face. Changing one small detail on paper has the potential to disrupt the entire flow of the operation,” Peper explained. “As a nutritionist you need to think about what you’re changing before implementing that change from a desk.”

Dr. Peper’s on-farm experience in a large-scale production facility serves as a significant asset in her new position.

“It’s tough to raise hogs sitting behind a desk,” said Dr. Jim Hedges, Vice President Swine Technical Services. “Dr. Peper comes to Ralco with a practical, real-world approach. She has been in the barn and understands how throughput works. With her experience and exceptional educational training, she’ll be a dependable resource for our customers.”