McKean Receives Distinguished Service Award

US - The Pork Checkoff has honored Dr. James McKean of Ames, Iowa as winner of its Distinguished Service Award. The prestigiuos award was made during the National Pork Industry Forum in St. Louis, last week.
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McKean is a University Professor at Iowa State University, an Extension veterinarian focusing on swine and the associate director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center.

Lynn Harrison, National Pork Board president, called him an exceptional player in the pork industry, and a person that is dedicated to the industry as a whole and at local levels. "He has participated in several of the National Pork Board programs that have been developed and he really has helped advance the industry," he added.

For Dr McKean, disease control and eradication became not only areas of interest, but areas of intensive work for McKean. He authored peer reviewed articles on subjects ranging from mycoplasmal pneumonia, to coronavirus antibodies, to campylobacter enterocolitis and salmonella infections. He also was a pivotal player in the eradication of pseudorabies in Iowa and the United States.

"Jim certainly has a passion for the industry but the thing that's also very evident whenever Jim is in a meeting is that there is a level of passion for the producer and for the farm and for the veterinarian that works on the farm," said Paul Sundberg, vice president of science and technology for the Pork Checkoff. "All of those things work together and he always brings to the table the perspective of whether it will work for all producers, locally and then what effect will it have on the entire industry," he added.
The Distinguished Service Award is given annually to an outstanding leader in the pork industry; to recognise the lifelong contribution they have made to the sector.

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