Getting to Know Dr. Cody Flores
What is your official title at Novus?
Monogastric Technical Service Manager, North America, working specifically with poultry.
How long have you been with Novus?
Almost two months.
What is your background in the industry?
I recently graduated from Texas A&M University in August 2017 with my Ph.D. in Poultry Science under the guidance of Dr. Jason Lee. I also received my Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&M University in 2013.
Which product of Novus’s is your favorite?
MINTREX®. The value of organic trace minerals is downsized quite a bit due to the historical usage of inorganic trace minerals. I personally believe that incorporation of OTMs, specifically a highly bioavailable chelated source like MINTREX, into more feeds will help alleviate challenges that producers across all animal species may potentially encounter.
What accomplishment or moment in your career are you most proud of?
Since my career is relatively in its infancy, I am very proud of both of the peer reviewed published articles of which I am first author in the Journal of Applied Poultry Research focusing on the co-application of exogenous enzymes and direct fed microbial products on broiler performance and the individual inclusion of a novel xylanase on broiler performance.
In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge facing the animal agriculture industry today?
Without a doubt, the potential removal of all ionophores and coccidiostats from poultry productions. The industry is struggling to find viable options/alternatives to sub-therapeutic inclusion of antibiotics. If consumer driven pressure forces integrators to phase out ionophores and coccidiostats, the economic and animal welfare impact could be profound.
What would be your first move if you were tasked with helping the industry overcome that challenge?
I believe that there is not just one solution that would be able to solve removing these products from poultry feeds; however, I feel that the impact could be mitigated with adequate communication and cooperation amongst production and allied industries.
When you are not promoting Novus products what do you like to do?
I enjoy anything that requires me to be active and in the outdoors. Living in the Corpus Christi area, I am fortunate to be surrounded by both fresh and salt water, which provides great fishing opportunities. This area of south Texas is also known for its whitetail deer hunting, which I have been fortunate to take part in since I was six years old. I also enjoy going to the gym, playing city league softball, and spending time with my family.
If you could go to dinner with any three people dead or alive, who would you choose?
I would choose my grandfather, Franklin Raska, who was a sales manager for John Deere here in Texas before he passed. I was only nine years old when he passed and in those short couple of years, my grandfather and I had become the best of friends. I would love to get the chance to sit down with him and discuss where I’m at and how I’ve gotten to where I am today.
I would also choose one of my favorite athletes of all time, Chipper Jones, who spent his entire major league baseball career with the Atlanta Braves and is also an avid hunter much like myself.
Finally, as my last guest, I would choose Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart because who doesn’t enjoy some entertainment and music while eating dinner and who better than one of the greatest pianists who’s ever lived?
If you had to choose only one book for your library, what would it be?
What is your favorite beef/dairy/pork/poultry product to eat?
Although I’ve been working with the poultry industry for over six years now, and I believe in the continued success of our industry, it’s really hard to beat a nicely grilled ribeye steak.