At Nutrition Partners, we work with our clients; on their farms and with their livestock to help them improve their bottom line through improved performance driven by knowledge and support.  We are successful, if our customers are successful.  We, therefore, are different because our customers are our partners.

Our Philosophy:

  • We put our CUSTOMERS first and strive to provide results through top quality products and service.
  • Our EMPLOYEES are the foundation of our company and we make every effort to help them reach their full potential.

Our Promise:
We promise to provide our customers with exceptional customer service.  Through our experience and knowledge, we will help find the best solution for your modern livestock production.

Our Approach:

The Team

Lead by Jan Geurts, the swine team is focused on the results of our customers.  Using our global network of nutritionists and veterinarians, we bring our customers innovative solutions that deliver a profitable difference.

Jan Geurts – Lead of Swine Team

Jan earned his degree at HAS University of Applied Sciences in Den Bosch, the Netherlands.  He spent 11 years in the Dutch feed industry, focusing on swine.  In these 11 years Jan worked:

  • 7 years in sales and nutrition,
  • 4 years as a systems analyst for AgroVision (the main Swine Management Software company in Holland), developing “Advisor support software” and “Farm Bench-marking”.

Jan emigrated with his wife, Anneke, and 3 children to Canada in 1996.  He worked 4 years for Feed Rite, Lacombe.  Thereafter he ran his own Nutrition & Management Consulting business for 3 years.  He started working with Nutrition Partners in 2003 and was their first employee.

Pieter Van Wijck – Nutritionist & Sales
Pieter grew up on a poultry farm in Holland.  In 2009 he graduated from the HAS University of Applied Sciences in Den Bosch, the Netherlands.  After graduating he moved to Canada and worked on a farrow-to-finish operation for 3 years, where he managed the feed mill and worked in the pig barn.  Pieter joined Nutrition Partners as a nutritionist in 2012 specializing in swine nutrition.

Martin Sweeney – Nutritionist & Sales
Martin is the newest member of the swine team.  He is originally from Ireland.  Martin has worked and managed pig barns in Ireland, whilst also completing a degree in Animal Science.  Following this, Martin worked as a nutritionist as well as an on-farm management consultant for 4 years before moving to Alberta.  He was a member of the Irish Pig Health Society (IPHS) and the Irish Branch of European Pig Producers (EPP). With over 10 years’ experience with pigs, Martin brings a fresh European approach to the team.  Combining his in barn and nutritional experiences; he brings a very practical and farmer friendly approach. In Martin’s own words … ‘Its great to be part of a progressive industry.  The Canadian pig industry has so much potential.  I believe that the industry can benefit from our progressive approaches combining health, management and nutrition.  The future is bright!’

John Carr – Swine Vet – International
John started working with pigs at the age of 11 and for the next 10 years worked as a general stockperson on pig, poultry and sheep farms.  In 1982 he qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon from Liverpool University and worked in general practice in Liverpool and Dumfries for the following 6 years.  John returned to Liverpool University to obtain his PhD, following studies on cystitis in sows.  In 1992 he joined Garth Veterinary Group where he concentrated on improving pig health through stockmanship on farms throughout the world.  At the Garth, Veterinary Group, he became a Diplomat in Pig Medicine.   John is also recognized as a pig specialist by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

John has taught production medicine at several universities: in the UK in Liverpool and at the Royal Veterinary College, London, in the US at North Carolina and Iowa State, and in Western Australia at Murdoch University in Perth.  John runs a consultancy practice with clients in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa.  John specialists in maintaining the health of pigs through promoting excellence in stockmanship and production practices.

Shawn Harder – Management, Sales & Marketing – MB
Shawn has worked in sales and marketing for the last 25 years.  He has a wealth of experience in procurement, logistics, sales management as well as direct sales.  Shawn spent many years purchasing feed ingredients.  During this time Shawn established an impressive list of stable manufacturers of quality ingredients for the Canadian Feed industry.  This has given our team confidence in the products Nutrition Partners delivers to our customers.  Shawn exemplifies our company philosophy that our customers are our partners, Nutrition Partners success is dependent on our partners’ success.

Chris Latimer – Sales, Purchasing & Logistics – MB
Chris Latimer has been around agriculture all his life.  He grew up on the mixed family farm in southern Manitoba with grain, cattle and hogs.  Chris graduated from the University of Manitoba Agriculture program in 1994.  He actively farmed on the family farm until 2000 when he entered the feed industry doing sales and management for a Winnipeg feed company.  Chris started with Nutrition Partners in May of 2006 and has done all aspects of the business at Nutrition Partners doing Sales, Purchasing and Logistics.

Dean Gal – Sales & Production Management – MB
Dean grew up on a mixed family farm in South West Manitoba.  He has raised cattle, geese, swine, goats and layers.  His love of livestock production led him to enroll at the University of Manitoba and receive a degree in agriculture majoring in animal science.  His passion has always been swine production, specifically barn, and management working to decrease costs while improving performance.

Emma Clowes – NIR Specialist & Innovation Group Coordinator
Emma was raised in a village in England, and received her BSc in Animal Science from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.  Emma moved to Alberta, to pursue post-graduate studies and received her Master’s in Animal Nutrition (Nutrition-Reproduction Interactions in sows), and her PhD in Nutrition and Metabolism (Lactational Muscle Protein Mobilization and Sow Performance) from the University of Alberta.  She then worked for Alberta Agriculture in the Livestock Division as a Research Scientist and a Swine Specialist for six years.  Emma moved from Edmonton to Airdrie, where she lives with her family and now works for Nutrition Partners.

Emma’s work at Nutrition Partners includes validating their FT-Near Infrared Spectrophotometer to measure moisture, crude protein, fat, ash, crude fibre, acid detergent fibre, neutral detergent fibre, and starch in locally grown feed grains (wheat, barley, corn, fababeans, peas, canola meal, and soybean meal) and complete swine and poultry feed.  Emma also measures mycotoxins, including vomitoxin, in wheat and barley and complete swine feed.  Currently Emma also co-ordinates the company’s Innovation Group.

Technical News

The focus of the new creep and starter feeds from Nutrition Partners is “Optimal Gut Health”.

The weaning period is the most critical phase in a pig’s life.

  • Separation from the Sow, Mixing, New Environment, Solid Feed => Stress => Low Feed Intake => Damage Intestinal Wall & Compromised Immune Resistance
  • Nutri-Max Starters are highly digestible and contain specific fibers which promote feed intake and help develop a Healthy Gut, that will GUARANTEE Better Performance through life

To demonstrate the concepts, an on-farm trial was conducted looking at the effects of feeding the Nutri-Max Starter Line in the first 11 days after weaning on average daily gain (ADG) and Feed Conversion Ratio (FCR) using light-weight 28-day weaned pigs (avg. 6.5kg).  Each of the two treatment groups contained 70 of the lightest pigs.  One group (NM 1 Pellet/NM 2 Base) was fed a pelleted feed for 7 days and then transitioned onto the Nutri-Max a starter base diet.  The other group was started on a Nutri-Max Starter base diet right after weaning.  Feeding Nutri-Max Starters for the first 11 days after weaning resulted in:

  • High Intakes of Highly Digestible Starter Feeds
  • High Weight GAINS with Good FCR
  • Economic Growth of Healthy Pigs set for life

The product line can be supplied as:

A complete custom starter program can be set up for your farm depending on your specific situation:

  • Weaning age/weight ranges
  • Available grains, grain quality
  • Availability of milk products like whey powder/permeate, skim milk powder etc.
Nutri-Max Starters for a HEALTHY start!


Pigs are Smart
Winston Churchill famously said thatDogs look up to man. Cats look down to man. Pigs look us straight in the eye and see an equal.Smarter than DOGS:  Pigs are extraordinarily intelligent.  They are curious and insightful animals who are widely accepted as being smarter than young children of at least 3 years of age.  Ranking third behind apes and dolphins, pigs are the smartest animal on the farm.  Pigs learn tricks faster than dogs.
Submitted by Emma Clowes

4 lbs. of fresh, uncooked Ham
1 head of cabbage
Turnips (optional) 


  1. In a large saucepan big enough to hold the Ham and Cabbage.  Place the Ham into the pan and fill with cold water until covered.
  2. Bring the pan to simmering point on the stove and remove any salty foam that appears on the surface of the water. Replace the lid and leave to simmer for 1 hour.
  3. In the meantime, prepare the Cabbage by cutting into strips and then rinsing under the tap. Set aside.
  4. After 60 minutes, carefully place the Cabbage into the saucepan with the Ham and simmer for a further 20 minutes with the lid off.
  5. After 20 minutes, remove the Bacon joint from the water and Cabbage and slice into small steaks.
  6. Drain the Cabbage and serve onto plates. Place the Bacon on top and serve with your favorite Potatoes. 

Alternatively, you can replace the cabbage with turnips or cook both together.

Serves: 4 | Prep Time:  5 minutes | Cooking Time: 80 minutes |
545 Calories & 17g fat per serving.


Submitted by Martin Sweeney

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