Animal Health/Nutrition and Livestock Production Recruiting
Ron has more than 25 years of livestock industry experience in a variety of disciplines. While completing his master’s degree in animal science at the University of Tennessee, he served as the livestock judging team coach, and he continues to have that same passion for the industry. After graduate school, Ron served as a Michigan State University ag agent with the Extension system, and quickly advanced into a nine-county district livestock specialist, where he was awarded state and national recognition for innovative program offerings.
Upon entering the commercial ag sector, Ron first accepted a position as a three-state swine feeds consultant for the Farmland Feeds group, with primary responsibility for building a new territory, providing swine sales and tech service support for eastern Corn Belt cooperative feed dealers. After the Farmland/Land-o-Lakes/Purina feeds mergers, Ron entered into a new role with McNess Feeds in Freeport, Ill., as a swine tech and new business development manager for the Feeds Division. Prior to joining the team at Ag 1 Source in 2012, Ron was an east Region sales and new business development manager for FAST Genetics USA.
Ron and his wife ElAyne, have two sons and reside on a small farm in southwest Michigan raising corn, hay and club calves. The family continues its passion for the livestock industry, showing cattle, lambs, and hogs at county, state and national levels. All are very active as 4-H and FFA leaders and participants, high school athletic boosters, active church members and volunteers for many local school, church, and community events.
“Using Ag 1 Source has been a great process. Extremely efficient and professional, Ag 1 Source was able to fill our needs for a national salesperson in a short amount of time. The fact that Ron pre-screened and recommended only the most qualified candidates for our interview process was well worth the investment.” — Judy M., VP Business Development, Major Worldwide Livestock Supply Company
“Ron, It was such a pleasure working with you! Your guidance not only gave me the confidence in myself, but realized I had the tools to obtain a position that suited me. It is obvious that you get to know the employers and candidates very well and match them together. As you know, everyone comes ahead and excels in a good partnership! I will highly recommend your services and Ag 1 Source to associates looking for job placement, as well as employers looking for candidates. Your professionalism and knowledge in the agriculture business excel!“ — Leanne B
“After almost 20 years progressing through various sales and management roles with the same global agriculture company I found myself on the outside looking in after a corporate reshuffle. This was new ground for me and I can honestly say that I was inexperienced on how to proceed to find my next career opportunity. I blindly sent out resumes to recruitment organizations, and I was extremely fortunate that Ron Hayden at Ag 1 Source was one of the recipients. Ron recognized the value that I offered to a future employer and took the time to get to know me, my skills and my aspirations. Within weeks Ron identified three potential employers that were seeking National Sales Manager positions with the exact skills I could deliver and proceeded to present and promote me to these organizations. Throughout the process Ron was supportive and encouraging and was great at communicating next steps. I am happy and fortunate to say that I am now the new US Sales Manager of a great company thanks to Ron and Ag 1 Source!” – Satisfied Candidate