Rodger Main, DVM, Ames, Iowa, is named the recipient of the Allen D. Leman Science in Practice Award. The award, sponsored by the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and Pfizer Animal Health since 1994, is recognized as one of the most prestigious in the swine industry.

“I feel fortunate for the opportunity to pursue a career in the ever-changing world of commercial pork production and work in an industry rich in quality people and professional mentors,” says Main.
The award is presented annually at the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, an international, multi-session gathering where leaders in the swine industry meet to present new information and research.

Main received a DVM degree from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996 and has since worked in an array of veterinary, production and project management roles for Murphy-Brown. In 2005, he completed a doctorate degree in clinical swine nutrition and production with the Food Animal Health and Management Center and Department of Animal Science at Kansas State University.

Currently serving as the director of production systems for Murphy-Brown in Ames, Iowa, Main coordinates herd health activities and leads production research. With operations located throughout the Midwest and in southwestern Utah, Main works with hog production operations consisting of about 400,000 sows, producing 8 million market hogs per year.

The Leman Conference and the Allen D. Leman Science in Practice Award is named in memory of swine industry leader Al Leman, DVM, who was committed to understanding and defining the association of disease and production in swine. Leman was a University of Minnesota veterinarian dedicated to the education of practicing veterinarians. He also developed many new production and management technologies for the swine industry.