“Dave Smidt is a great fit for our team,” says Dave Kier, president of DFS, Inc. “Dave’s career experience as a veterinarian and a swine production operations manager has allowed him to be intimately involved in all aspects of today’s hog production. He’s well aware of how each component of the production system needs to work in order to optimize animal performance. DFS is deeply committed to delivering not only the best nutritional package we can, but also providing the best advice to assist our clients in optimizing animal performance. We’re glad to have Dave lead our new strategic nutrition initiatives.”
As director of nutritional services, Smidt will lead DFS efforts to determine current client herd and ration performance, track changes made in nutrition and assist clients in establishing performance bench marks. He will also assist producers and swine production managers in identifying obstacles that may be inhibiting their barn and facility performance levels.
Smidt earned his degree in veterinary medicine from Iowa State University and has a master of arts in Biblical studies from the Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife live near Spirit Lake, Iowa.
DFS, Inc., headquartered in Newell, Iowa, is a privately-owned provider of high-quality nutrients and knowledge to the pork and turkey industries. DFS has earned a national reputation for its exacting quality standards, aggressive innovation and unwavering commitment to exceed its client’s expectations. Today, the company’s 60 plus employees annually produce and deliver more than 600,000 tons of custom-formulated feed for integrated and independent swine and turkey producers throughout northwest Iowa, eastern Nebraska, southeastern South Dakota and southwestern Minnesota.