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Diane Sparish
Michael Foods
Vice President
Corporate Communication

Animal care, veterinary expert will enhance services available to team

MINNETONKA, MN – September 18 2012 - Michael Foods Inc. recently welcomed Dr. Julie Kelly to the team as a full-time on-staff veterinarian. Kelly will work in the company’s Wakefield, Nebraska office.

“We are pleased to welcome Julie to our team,” said Tim Bebee, Vice President, Farm Operations. “Julie’s expertise in animal care and veterinary services will be an essential resource for Michael Foods.” Dr. Kelly will work alongside Dr. Richard Dutton, who has served as Michael Foods veterinarian since 1990, as he transitions to retirement in October.

In her new role, Kelly will provide day-to-day management of Michael Foods’ hen well-being initiatives. Specifically, she will maintain Michael Foods’ food safety programs and overall health programs. Kelly also will work directly with Michael Foods’ egg farmers and the company’s egg suppliers to ensure healthy flocks and provide preventative care and medical attention when needed. In addition, Kelly will work with nutritionists, farm managers, contract managers and supervisors, and production managers on a regular basis to answer questions, enhance health programs and ensure the hens receive a nutritious, well-balanced diet to produce safe, wholesome eggs for consumers. As a participant in Michael Foods’ welfare programs, Kelly will monitor records, barn conditions and birds to ensure that the United Egg Producers’ standards for hen care are being met or exceeded.

Kelly earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Oregon State University and completed her residency in avian disease at the University of California, Davis. She also has won prestigious industry awards, including the Reed Rumsey Award, Kenneth H. Eskelund Preceptorship Award, and the Dr. Joe and Jane Snyder Senior Award. Kelly is a member of the American Association of Avian Pathologists and the Association of Veterinarians in Egg Production.

Kelly and her husband, John, reside in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, with their daughter, Madelyne and have plans to move to Wakefield, Nebraska.

Michael Foods Inc., based in Minnetonka, MN, is a producer and distributor of food products to the foodservice, retail and food ingredient markets. Its principal products are specialty egg products, refrigerated potato products, cheese and other dairy products.


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