Poultry Team

Maury Ore

Poultry Team Director

As Director of the North American Poultry Business Maury is responsible for the sales and technical activities of the Poultry Team at Devenish. Maury carries 35 years of experience in the medicated feed additive, water soluble, and vaccine markets prior to Devenish as he has previously worked for American Cyanamid, Bayer, Alpharma, Pfizer, and Zoetis. Maury has grown the Devenish Poultry Team over the last few years in order to continue to bring innovation and service to the poultry market.

Judd Culver

Poultry Technical Sales

Judd graduated from Virginia Tech with his B.S. degree in Animal and Poultry Science, as well as his M.S. degree in Poultry Science. He went on to work for Butterball Turkeys in the largest meat manufacturing facility in the world. Judd's work experience also includes processing both raw and cooked meat, food safety, quality assurance, R&D and technical support both internally and with external account managers. After a position as Poultry Sales Director for Alltech UK developing the poultry market, Judd joined Devenish in 2014. Having spent seven years in the UK/European market Judd gained insight into alternative production methods to minimize antibiotics and maximize animal welfare.

Chris Rude, Ph.D.

Poultry Nutritionist

Chris comes to Devenish with a B.S. in Agriculture, a M.S. in Poultry Nutrition, and a Ph.D. in Poultry Nutrition from Kansas State University. Focusing on laying hen and turkey nutrition for Devenish, Chris works extensively in non-traditional markets and cage free. Prior to Devenish, he worked as a Nutritionist for Willmar Poultry Farms where he was responsible for breeder and market turkey nutrition, the feed mill quality control program, and a small ingredient analysis laboratory. Followed by a position at Kemin as a technical services manager for nutritional products and Sal-CURB.

Paul V. Twining, Jr., Ph.D.

Poultry Nutrition Consultant

With three degrees from the University of Maryland, including a Ph.D., Paul has a wealth of experience in the chicken industry. He was a Chemist and Nutritionist for Perdue in the late 1960s. He then worked as a Nutritionist for a Salisbury private consulting company, was a part-time research associate with the University of Maryland, was a chicken grower from 1956 until 2002, and has had his own company, Paul Twining Associates, Inc. since 1976 where he works with poultry companies around the world. Dr. Twining joined the team when Devenish purchased his business in order to expand the services within the broiler market.

H. John Kuhl, Jr., Ph.D.

Poultry Nutrition Consultant

Dr. Kuhl's focus at Devenish is primarily layer nutrition consulting along with overseeing the feed analysis laboratory. John grew up on a turkey and grain farm near Blair, Nebraska and holds a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. After college he relocated to California and worked for Stutts' Scientific Service, a vitamin premix company, until 1983 when he formed Nest Egg Nutrition, LLC. Devenish Nutrition bought Nest Egg Nutrition in September of 2015. John is board certified by the American College of Animal Nutrition as a charter member, ARPAS and a Poultry Science Association member.

Mike Blair, Ph.D.

Poultry Nutritionist

Dr. Mike Blair received his B.S. in Animal Sciences from Purdue University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Poultry Nutrition from Virginia Tech specializing in turkey nutrition under Dr. Larry Potter. Work experience includes Central Soya Company in the feed and premix divisions, Evonik and Adisseo in feed additives as Director of Technical Services, in broiler integration as Senior Director of Nutrition for Pilgrim's and Director, Global Antimicrobials for Phibro Animal Health Corporation. Dr. Blair has over thirty years of experience in formulation of poultry feeds and working for or with feed additive companies.

Mark W. LaVorgna, Ph.D.

Poultry Nutritionist

Providing technical support for the Poultry Team is Dr. LaVorgna's main focus for Devenish while also providing a number of commercial poultry companies' diet formulations and technical advice. Working with the Devenish Research Group on the design and implementation of our research studies throughout the U.S. is also a priority. Dr. Lavorgna received his B.S. and M.S. from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He has previously worked for Perdue Farms, Alpharma and most recently was the Director of Global Technical Services at Zoetis Animal Health.

Steven R. Clark, DVM Dipl ACPV

Poultry Veterinarian

Dr. Clark's consulting expertise in the veterinary and poultry welfare have added strong value to the Devenish customer base. His education background includes graduation from North Carolina State University, B.S. Poultry Science, DVM, Avian Internship and Diplomate ACPV, PAACO Certified Poultry Welfare Auditor and Turkey Course Master - World Veterinary Education Production Animal Health. Dr. Clark has 25-years industry expertise and active involvement in the National Turkey Federation (NTF) and Association of Veterinarians in Turkey Production (AVTP) and American Association of Avian Pathologist (AAAP). At Devenish he works with each Producer to ensure quality production.

Trevor Lutz, Ph.D.

Swine & Poultry Nutritionist

Dr. Lutz started his career at Iowa State University as an Assistant Scientist in the Monogastric Nutrition Section. From there he worked for McFleeg as an Animal Nutritionist and then joined Devenish working in both the swine and poultry markets. After earning his B.S. in animal science at North Dakota State University he went on to earn his M.S. and Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition from Iowa State University. Currently Dr. Lutz lends his expertise to the Research Team to help develop new innovations in both the poultry and swine divisions.

Nathan Avey

Broiler Research & Account Manager

Joining Devenish in 2016, Nathan is responsible for the day to day operations of the Poultry Research Facility and works in conjunction with the Devenish Poultry Team to provide nutritional solutions to the Central U.S. poultry producers. Nathan grew up raising broiler chickens on a contract farm in Northwest Arkansas. He started his career in poultry with Simmons Foods in 2008 as a Service Technician and Farm Manager. Nathan was promoted to Assistant Hatchery Manager where he was responsible for the daily operations of one of the larger hatcheries in the U.S. In 2013, he began working as an Outside Sales Representative and Project Manager for Georgia Poultry Equipment to work closely with local integrators to construct poultry housing to meet the growing performance demands.

Kristjan Bregendahl, Ph.D.

Poultry Nutritionist

Kristjan joins Devenish as a Poultry Nutritionist and will provide nutrition consulting for laying hens as well as other poultry. Academically, he has served as Assistant Professor of Poultry Nutrition at Iowa State University, and is the author or co-author of 22 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, 2 book chapters, and a college-level animal-nutrition textbook. His professional career led him to Hy-Line International as a Nutritionist and Director of Technical Service and later worked as a nutritionist for Sparboe Farms, a large Midwestern egg-producing company. Before joining Devenish, Kristjan was the Poultry Technical Manager for ADM Animal Nutrition, providing technical support for ADM’s specialty feed ingredients as well as nutritional consulting for commercial turkeys, laying hens, broilers, and ducks both in the U.S.A and internationally.

Jim Milam

Account Manager

Jim Milam, an alumnus of Texas A&M University, will primarily support customers in the central part of the United States. Jim has spent the majority of his career working as an Account Manager in the Animal Health and Animal Nutrition industry for companies like Wynco, Elanco, IVESCO and Novus. Before joining Devenish, Jim spent the last three years a Sales Specialist at Land O Lakes/Purina.

Mahmoud Masadeh, Ph.D.

Poultry Nutritionist

Joining as a Poultry Nutritionist, Mahmoud Masadeh will support customers in the central part of the United States. Mahmoud received his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the Jordan University of Science & Technology. After graduation he relocated to Nebraska where he received his PhD in Poultry Nutrition from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Mahmoud started his working career as the Corporate Nutritionist for Tecumseh Poultry “Smart Chicken”. Following this, Mahmoud worked for four years at Lallemand as Poultry Technical Services Manager. Mahmoud has spent the last four years with Land O Lakes/Purina as a Poultry Technical Sales Specialist.

Neal Matthews

Account Manager

Neal Matthews joins the team as an Account Manager focusing on Poultry customers in the Southeast portion of the United States. Neal comes to Devenish with a wide range of experiences in and surrounding our industry. After receiving his degree in Poultry Science from North Carolina State University, Neal worked for six years with Prestage Farms gaining experience with turkey live production challenges. Neal then spent over ten years working for Hog Slat/Georgia Poultry as the Poultry Division Manager. Primarily over the last three years, Neal has been working as an Account Manager for Zinpro selling their products to poultry and swine integrators.