Dr. Dan PAC

(Nels) Welcome to AGam in Kansas. We’re gathered here at Oberlin with Dr. Dan
Thomson at the PAC Production Animal Consultation 4th Annual Summit Meeting.
Got Dr. Dan here, we’re talking to speakers and Dr. Dan tell us a little bit
about yourself and your association with PAC and how that all came about.
(Dan) Well, I was a consulting veterinarian in Amarillo with Cactus Feeders
and that’s when I started to get to know a lot of the PAC members and their
individual organizations. And then I moved to K-State and was fortunate
enough when PAC first started, going to the meetings in the bank basement in
Oakley. (Nels) Yea, you bet. (Dan) We used to have the quarterly meetings and
watched you all grow and been very fortunate to be able to be someone that
can stay engaged with what you all are doing. I feel like we serve PAC, or
try to serve PAC and whether it’s research or if you need information or
something like that, our job is to support you and to help you with your
practice. (Nels) And you do a fine job not only for us but for all the
veterinarians in Kansas. Today we have you here speaking; tell us a little
bit about your topics and how you’re trying to help us. (Dan) Well, the first
thing we talked about was the Veterinary Feed Directive and really that’s
talking about what’s going to come down the pipe in December 2016, January
2017 about increasing veterinary feed directives for use of antibiotics in
feed. And then this afternoon we talked about the consumer, the One Beef. And
my thought process is, if you’re involved in the beef industry, it means if
you own a calf on a ranch, or a calf in a feedlot or if you’re involved in
the packing industry or the processing or a retailer, or if you’re a consumer
than owns beef in your refrigerator, we’re all part of the industry. And
doing something that’s good for all, is something all of us should focus on
as a team, to continue to provide that wholesome, nutritious product, so
everybody could enjoy it. (Nels) So, when you talk about the team and being a
producer, give us two or three things that a producer can do or think about
to help us as a team. (Dan) Well I think the big thing is, it kinda goes back
to the number one thing-is it takes a lifetime to build a reputation and it
can be gone in a blink of an eye. And we have…the first thing is become a
member of organized agriculture, understand the issues at hand, understand
what’s legal, illegal and just be good stewards of the animals and the land
that the good Lord gave us the dominion over. (Nels) You bet. So, we talked
to the other Dr. Dan. Dr. Dan Frese talked about getting some of his Nebraska
money and turning him into a K-Stater. Dr. Dan was an Iowa Stater, then a
Texas Techer, red and maroon, or maroon and yellow, and red and black and now
it’s purple. (Dan) Yep. Purple pride. (Nels) Royalty, the best color in the
nation. (Dan) Absolutely. (Nels) How proud of the purple are you? (Dan) Well,
you know it’s one of those things that if I’d only known then what I know
now, I’d probably gone to K-State throughout. And I’m proud to be a part of
the K-State family, very proud of our alumni, very proud of our faculty, our
students. You know the students are why we’re there. (Nels) Correct. (Dan)
And getting the students there, helping them be…the formal education occurs
in the classroom, the informal education occurs in the hallways and in the
trucks and really getting to know ’em, building that trust, building that
relationship, so that when they get out like you and I, they have a person to
call and bounce things off of and just enjoy each other and enjoy the beef
industry. But there’s no doubt that we’ve got the Wildcat Pride at Kansas
State University. (Nels) Well very good. With that, thanks to AGam in Kansas.
And thanks for being a great Kansan. (Dan) See ya.

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