Getting to Know Dr. Will Seymour
What is your official title at Novus?
Game show host. No, Ruminant Technical Manager.
How long have you been with Novus?
Three and a half years.
What is your background in the industry?
I received my BS at Cornell University and my MS and PhD at Virginia Tech University (real name is Virginia Polytechnic Institute). Since graduating, I have been fortunate to have varied experiences in research, feed formulation, regulatory affairs and technical services.
Which product of Novus’s is your favorite?
What accomplishment or moment in your career are you most proud of?
Involvement in the research and dissemination of concepts that benefit dairy producers.
What is the oddest or hardest question a customer or collaborator has ever asked you?
Regulatory demands, current and future, especially those related to animal well-being and environment.
In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge facing the animal agriculture industry today?
By far the biggest issue is to bridge the gap between nutritional knowledge and agricultural science with consumer fears and lack of knowledge in how food is produced. As scientists, we have failed miserably in explaining risk vs benefit. As an industry, we have failed in keeping up with consumer concerns by putting our heads in the sand and assuming that science would beat social media.
When you are not promoting Novus products what do you like to do?
Spending time with my wife, Erin, and our adult children, Andrew and Grace, and their families.
What is your favorite beef/dairy/pork/poultry product to eat?
Ice cream, absolutely.