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Swine Research

NutriQuest® is dedicated to research that delivers innovative solutions that provide consistent and reliable results for producers and their operations. We are passionate about understanding the needs of our customers and providing research-proven products that are applicable in everyday production.

NutriQuest Innovation Targets

  • Feed Conversion

  • Fiber Utilization

  • Carcass Characteristics

  • Pigs Marketed Per Sow

Meet the Researchers

Ran Song, Ph.D.

Director of  Swine/Poultry Innovation

  • Completed her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota in Swine Nutrition

  • Also received her undergraduate degree at the China Agriculture University & Master of Science degree from the University of Minnesota

  • Over 10 years of experience planning, managing, & summarizing the company's research trials

  • Provides leadership in technical representation & customer research efforts

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Sue Knudtson, MS

Swine Innovation Manager

  • Received her M.S. in Swine Nutrition from South Dakota State University

  • Experience in leading swine research projects, collaborating strategically with internal & external technical teams & laboratory providers to effectively deliver finals reports for review


Kim Friesen, Ph.D.


  • Received his Ph.D. in Swine Nutrition from Kansas State University

  • 25+ years leading research & innovation

  • Has worked in research and nutrition leadership roles for Tyson Foods, Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Elanco

  • Instrumental in providing overall leadership to NutriQuest research and product development efforts in swine, broiler and dairy species

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