Getting to Know Dr. Yulin Ma
What is your official title at Novus?
Technical Services Manager, Monogastric. But before I began in this role I worked as a part of the global R&D team in St. Charles as Swine Nutrition Researcher.
How long have you been with Novus?
Six years in February, but it seems like yesterday.
What is your background in the industry?
Swine nutrition by training with focus on mineral nutrition in sows and pigs.
Which product of Novus’s is your favorite?
MINTREX®. The more research I have done on MINTREX, the more confidence I have with MINTREX. I would like to say, if you want to use the best organic trace mineral, MINTREX should be it because it is the best product with tremendous return based on what I have seen so far in the market.
What accomplishment or moment in your career are you most proud of?
My doctorate research on nutrition requirements, specifically minerals, for gestating sows and W-F pigs resulted in five peer-reviewed published articles and five presentations. Another moment was when I received a call from a customer, who kept talking about the benefits he saw with MINTREX, "I was like, [this is] the best moment ever."
What is the oddest or hardest question a customer or collaborator has ever asked you?
What is the best product that Novus makes? It’s too hard – we have so many good products!
In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge facing the animal agriculture industry today?
Collaboration and information sharing across the industry.
What would be your first move if you were tasked with helping the industry overcome that challenge?
Next Generation Nutritionist Council was formed across the industry to discuss issues and promote potential collaboration.
When you are not promoting Novus products what do you like to do?
As a fan of Big Blue Nation of University of Kentucky, of course I like to play basketball and watch the NCAA tournament.
If you could go to dinner with any 3 people dead or alive, who would you choose?
George Washington, Chairman Mao and my grandfather.
If you had to choose only one book for your library, what would it be?
A book on World History – it fascinates me.
What is your favorite beef/dairy/pork/poultry product to eat?
Pork chops and grilled ribs.