Mr. John Goihl - 2019 Golden Alumni Award Recipient


Mr. John Goihl with Department Head Dr. Mike Schutz

The Department of Animal Science, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota is pleased to announce that Mr. John Goihl has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Golden Alumni Award – Achievement in Industry. The Golden Alumni Award recognizes two alumni that have achieved distinction in their professional lives for their outstanding contributions to animal science and exceptional service to their respective fields.

Mr. John Goihl  received his bachelors and master of science degrees in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Minnesota. During his time as a student, John was very involved in a number of student activities and organizations including being a member of Livestock and Meats Judging Teams, Block and Bridle Club, Farm House Fraternity, and the Alpha Zeta honorary and professional society in agriculture. As a graduate student he conducted several swine nutrition experiments and served as a teaching assistant for the undergraduate “Feeds and Feeding” course. Upon receiving his M.S. degree, he completed all necessary courses for a Ph.D. degree in animal nutrition, but was hired away from the University to serve as Research Supervisor at the Supersweet Research Farm in New Ulm, MN in 1963. This was the beginning of his impactful 56-year career in the feed and animal industry.

Early on in his career, John developed a reputation for being knowledgeable and innovative, always seeking to improve productivity and efficiency in animal production. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to form Agri-Nutrition Services (ANS) in Shakopee, MN in 1973, which he owned and successfully managed for 45 years. John and ANS have become an icon in the upper Midwest, and filled an important niche by providing consulting services to smaller livestock and poultry producers, feed manufacturers, and vendors, and ANS eventually became a major supplier of vitamin-trace mineral premixes and base mixes to numerous customers. John is perhaps best known for his monthly articles, “Bottom Line of Swine Nutrition,” in Feedstuffs magazine, which is considered one of the premier global feed industry publications. From 1974 to 2016, he identified timely and emerging swine nutrition topics, provided critical reviews of published research studies, and wrote over 500 articles that have guided swine nutritionists to use the most current technology when formulating swine diets. John has been a tireless and unselfish provider of exceptional service to his profession, the Minnesota Pork Producers Association, Minnesota Agricultural Utilization Research Institute, and the Department of Animal Science at the University of Minnesota for many years. He has been an active and contributing member to the American Dairy Science Association, American Society of Animal Science, American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, and the National Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, as well as other professional organizations.