Dr. Webel is the director of reproduction research and development for JBS United, Inc. He earned his B.S. from the University of Illinois, M.S. from Iowa State University and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. His basic and applied research has led to development of estrous cycle and ovulation control products to permit fixed time insemination for swine, sheep, cattle and horses. Webel is currently involved with developing and implementing programs for fixed time insemination in gilts and weaned sows.
Dr. Tokach is a University Distinguished Professor, extension specialist and swine nutritionist in the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University. His research focuses on practical swine nutrition and working with industry producers to promote the rapid adoption of new technology. National Hog Farmer magazine named Tokach one of the 50 people who have made the greatest impact on the swine industry in the last 50 years. He is the author of over 250 scientific journal articles, seven book chapters, and more than 800 extension publications. He has secured over $10 million in grants and gifts to support swine research, and he has given more than 250 invited lectures at national and international conferences. Tokach also has been awarded seven patents for his research.
Dr. Knol is a research director with TOPIGS-Norsvin in the Netherlands, where he has a unique type of cross assignments between the breeding company and academics. Dr. Knol has made many contributions to animal breed and breeding management having worked to understand and select for important production traits including piglet survivability, maternal traits and mothering ability including teat numbers and many aspects of reproductive performance.
Dr. Flowers is an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Animal Science at North Carolina State University where he teaches undergraduate, graduate, and veterinary courses in swine production and reproductive management. His research program focuses on improving male and female fertility in swine. He has given over 200 invited presentations in 16 countries on swine reproduction. He has served on editorial boards of 5 scientific journals and review panels/task forces for 25 different government agencies and industry groups.
Dr. Soede is a sow reproduction expert and associate professor at the Wageningen University in The Netherlands. Her original research focused on different aspects of pig reproduction, such as: timing of insemination, effects of stress on reproduction, induction of oestrus during lactation, the ‘second litter syndrome’ and effects of pre-mating nutrition on piglet uniformity; however, her more current research is more focused on the consequences of management and housing systems on pig fertility and pig behavior.