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Meet the hosts

Dr. John Patience

John's early career saw him employed in extension as a swine specialist and later in the feed industry as head nutritionist. However, the bulk of his career has involved research as well as management of a research organization.

He served as Director of the University of Saskatchewan's Prairie Swine Centre, which was later restructured as a non-profit corporation involved in research and extension for the pig industry. John served as its first President and CEO.


Dr. Dan Columbus

Dan completed his PhD at the University of Guelph under the supervision of Dr. Kees de Lange after which he was a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Teresa Davis at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Centre in Houston, Texas. In 2015,Danjoined the Prairie Swine Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan as the Research Scientist in nutrition. He is also Adjunct Professor in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science at the University of Saskatchewan. His research program focuses on the interaction between nutrition and pig health, factors affecting nutrient metabolism, and the incorporation of alternative feedstuffs, feeding programs, and technologies in swine production.Dan’s research also utilizes the pig as a model for both swine production and human health, with studies examining the role of birth weight and neonatal nutrition on piglet development and long-term outcomes.


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Meet the founder

Dr. Marcio Goncalves

Dr. Marcio Goncalves earned his veterinary degree from UFRGS, a top university in Brazil, and his PhD in applied swine nutrition from Kansas State University and worked as Global Nutritionist for one of the major swine genetic companies where he led nutrient requirement updates, diet formulation & feeding program for nucleus farms, development of nutritional economic models, and reviewing diets from over 100 customers. Currently, he is the founder of Wisenetix, the largest network of podcasts in the agriculture industry.

He has over 15 years of experience in swine production with exposure to over 20 countries and 120 research studies in pig nutrition/production and his life purpose is to create a positive impact in the world through knowledge dissemination in the global ag industry.

Additionally, he is a member of the Non-Ruminant Nutrition Symposium Committee at the American Society of Animal Science. More information can be found at Google ScholarResearch Gate, and LinkedIn.