NEW YORK (September 27, 2010)—Dr. William Herring has joined Pfizer Animal Genetics as Senior Director of Global Technical Services. In his new role he will lead the global technical services team to maintain Pfizer Animal Genetics’ commitment to customer-focused solutions through its portfolio of genomics-based products and services.
“The addition of Dr. Herring to our technical services team further demonstrates our ongoing commitment to delivering cutting-edge genetic improvement strategies to the livestock industry,” said Nigel Evans, vice president of Animal Genetics for Pfizer Animal Health. “Dr. Herring’s leadership and broad experience will enhance our ability to meet the needs of our customers and the industry.”
With the expansion of the Pfizer Animal Genetics global technical services team, Dr. Herring will spearhead and oversee efforts in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Europe and North America. The global technical services team works synergistically with local sales representatives to deliver customized on-farm solutions and decision support.
Dr. Herring’s experience and involvement with animal genetics extends over 20 years. He most recently held the position of Genetic Development Manager and head of Technical Operations and Services for Smithfield Premium Genetics. During his tenure with Smithfield Premium Genetics, Dr. Herring successfully transformed swine genetic evaluation into a state-of-the-art statistical and technical process that now impacts 19 million market swine in the United States and Mexico annually.
Prior to joining Smithfield Foods, Dr. Herring served as a professor and researcher with the University of Florida and the University of Missouri. Throughout his time in academia Dr. Herring’s peer-reviewed scientific publications focused on genetic evaluation for beef carcass traits. His beef research and extension programs involved the implementation of genetic selection strategies including economic selection indexes, feed efficiency traits, evaluation of DNA markers for carcass and production traits, and the development of genetic programs for integrated livestock production systems.
Dr. Herring grew up on his family’s seedstock ranch in Georgia. He received his B.S. from Auburn University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. In 2000 he was honored as the Outstanding Young Scientist by the Midwest Section Extension of the American Society of Animal Science.
Pfizer Animal Genetics is a business unit of Pfizer Animal Health, a world leader in discovering and developing innovative animal vaccines and prescription medicines. Pfizer Inc. is the world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical company.
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