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New nutritionist on Purina cattle team

Elizabeth Backes, Ph.D., joins Purina Animal Nutrition cattle team

“Purina has a strong contribution to the beef industry,” says Elizabeth Backes, Ph.D. “My work with Purina will help contribute to the technical side of the beef industry and provide cattle producers the knowledge they need to provide optimal nutrition to their animals.” (Courtesy Photo)

SHOREVIEW, Minn. — Purina Animal Nutrition announces the hiring of Elizabeth Backes, Ph.D., as a nutritionist on the beef technical services team.

Backes grew up on a small cow/calf operation in Saint Thomas, Mo., where she developed her passion for agriculture and sparked her interest in a career in the beef cattle industry.

“Backes’ passion for the agriculture industry and her background in nutrition and performance will be a great resource for Purina’s customers,” says Ted Perry, cattle nutritionist with Purina Animal Nutrition. “Our team focuses on providing research-backed information and products to unlock the full potential of their animals.”

More than 1,350 research projects have been conducted at the Purina Animal Nutrition Center to date. The underlying theme behind all of this research is to deliver proven, flexible solutions that give cattle producers the confidence that they’re doing what’s right for their animals and their operation.

Earning a Ph.D. in cow/calf parasitology from the University of Arkansas, Backes’ work focused on evaluating various commercial anthelmintics in cow/calf production. She received her master’s degree in animal science with an emphasis in ruminant nutrition from the University of Arkansas where she studied animal management practices, particularly grazing and weaning management, in small ruminants. Backes also completed her bachelor’s degree in agriculture with an emphasis in animal science from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo.

“Purina has a strong contribution to the beef industry,” says Backes. “My work with Purina will help contribute to the technical side of the beef industry and provide cattle producers the knowledge they need to provide optimal nutrition to their animals.”

For more information, call (800) 227-8941 or go to: purinamills.com/cattle.

Purina Animal Nutrition LLC (www.purinamills.com) is a national organization serving producers, animal owners and their families through more than 4,700 local cooperatives, independent dealers and other large retailers throughout the United States. Driven to unlock the greatest potential in every animal, the company is an industry-leading innovator offering a valued portfolio of complete feeds, supplements, premixes, ingredients and specialty technologies for the livestock and lifestyle animal markets. Purina Animal Nutrition LLC is headquartered in Shoreview, Minn. and a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O’Lakes, Inc.

–Purina Animal Nutrition LLC

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