Lallemand Animal Nutrition
Australia - English   [ change ]

COVID-19 Info
We would like to inform our customers and partners that we are making every effort to ensure the continuity of our services during this time. We applied contingency plans to our production facilities, and — to date — our production is running under strict safety measures to protect the health of our staff. We will keep our customers informed as the situation evolves.

What's new

Nov 27, 2020

Richard Scuderi, Forage Center of Excellence: “Working for Lallemand Centers of Excellence? Two words: dream job!”

Nov 27, 2020

Meet our researcher: Richard Scuderi, Lallemand forage Center of excellence

Meet our researcher: Richard Scuderi, R&D Project Leader, Forage Center of Excellence.

  • Based in Chazy, N.Y., USA
  • MSc. in animal science from the University of Vermont, USA
  • Areas of expertise: OMICS, silage, dairy nutrition


Richard, tell us a bit about yourself, your passions, why did you choose to be a researcher?

I am originally from the western U.S., and I started off working in a veterinary clinic. My passion was helping animals. I worked in the veterinary industry for about 12 years, starting off as a volunteer at a very young age and working as a veterinary assistant all the way through college. It was once I got to college that my passion really arose with dairy cows, immunology, nutrition, and lactation biology. There’s a number of reasons why I became passionate about it, not only as someone who really cares about animals but also as I care about the people around me and our environment.
What I love most about being an animal scientist is that you’re fostering all of that: you‘re taking care of the animals that are being raised for a purpose, you’re taking care of the people around you and the people in our society. We’re also being stewards of the environment: we’re always looking to improve whether it’s getting more production from using fewer animals or in how we rear animals.
I think what I love the most about research is: I’m paid to ask questions and to critically think. Sometimes we end up with more questions than what we started with but it’s still working towards progress! That’s another reason why I love being a scientist, especially being an animal scientist, as we get to ask (and hopefully answer) these questions that contribute towards a bigger picture.
I started conducting research during my undergraduate degree and continued doing so through grad school, I loved it. I do want a Ph.D. someday, but after my master’s I thought: let’s take a break! So I decided to move into the industry, and I’m so grateful that I did. It was a good experience, and it really affirmed that I’m passionate about research.
In my previous job, I did quality assurance, compliance, as well as some formulation and technical support. However, I kept finding myself turning to my core knowledge and skillsets that I obtained from my time in research. That is what was missing in that job: I wasn’t really using my research skills as much as I would like to. It was a good reminder that it’s important to do what you love.

What is exciting about your job at the Lallemand Center of Excellence?

What I love the most is the application of cutting-edge technology and especially OMICS. It’s been around for quite some time, and I feel like some companies just loosely throw that term around, but we are truly applying it in every sense. We’re going a couple of steps further to validate the products that we make and to validate the technologies that we have. I think it’s going to help not only further our understanding of the technologies, but also potentially come up with new innovations and applications. I think that’s part of being a scientist, making sure that you work to improve things and hopefully come up with innovations.

What is it like to work for a Lallemand Center of Excellence?

Two words: dream job!
I truly feel like I have won the lottery and landed my dream job because not only am I with a company that values cutting-edge science and placing a heavy emphasis on good scientific practices, but I also found a company that has the same kind of passion that aligns with my personal interests. Lallemand is dedicated to moving forward and to applying cutting-edge techniques to multiple areas. Not just in animal nutrition, but in other applications as well considering the several different business units we have. I think they all contribute to that same goal of moving forward.
In addition, everyone is just fantastic to work with: Pascal Drouin (the Manager of the Forage Center of Excellence) is a great mentor, and everyone within the R&D team is great to work with as well as everyone in the different offices including Toulouse (France) and Milwaukee (USA). It’s a really great example of how we’re all dedicated to what we do, and it really makes for a great culture.
When I got the job offer my partner agreed and said “yes, this is your dream job.” I couldn’t be happier.