Twenty professional technicians, sales representatives and communications staff participated in Select Sires' employee orientation held October 15 and 16 at the Select Sires headquarters in Plain City, Ohio. Employees from eight member cooperatives, Select Sires Canada, Select Sires Inc. and World Wide Sires were present for the two-day event where they received superior education in serving Select Sires' customer-owners. Extensive sales training took place on October 17 and 18 for members of the sales staff.
"As always, this orientation provides new employees with an opportunity to receive the latest information and training as well as visit our Plain City, Ohio office," said Lyle Kruse, vice president of U.S. market development for Select Sires. "At the end of these conferences, our skilled staff departs with the latest information to better serve Select Sires' customer-owners."
The participants were presented with in-depth information about Select Sires' programs including the Program for Genetic Advancement (PGA), Select Reproductive Solutions (SRS), Select Mating Service (SMS), StrataGEN®, Aggressive Reproductive Technologies (ART) and Program for Fertility Advancement (PFA). Instruction about the topics of reproductive solutions, fertility research, beef and dairy sire programs, cattle evaluation, herd management products and Select Sires' gender SELECTed process was given as well as a detailed tour of the Select Sires headquarter facilities.
Orientation and sales training participants included: All West/Select Sires?Chris Lindhout, Agassiz, British Columbia; COBA/Select Sires Inc.?Justin Welter, Mansfield, Ohio; East Central/Select Sires?Dennis Gunst, Hartford, Wis. and Ken Nehls, Horicon, Wis.; Minnesota/Select Sires Co-Op Inc.?Grant Dalquist, Brainerd, Minn. and Mike Johnson, Melrose, Minn.; NorthStar Cooperative?Matt Cracraft, Francis Creek, Wis., Kate DeVries, Grand Rapids, Mich., Allen Grile, Alto, Mich., Brian Muraski, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., Gary Spaulding, Seymour, Wis. and Brian Thornton, Columbia City, Ind.; Prairie State/Select Sires?Alan Dykshorn, Sioux Center, Iowa; Select Sires MidAmerica, Inc.?Kevin Smart, Myton, Utah and Aaron Shiflett, Fort Collins, Colo.; Select Sire Power?Chris Hess, Ephrata, Pa. and Alphie Stoltzfus, Gap, Pa.; Select Sires Canada?Jon Martin, New Hamburg, Ontario; Select Sires Inc.?Megan Buechner, Orient, Ohio and World Wide Sires?Vasilis Souldouris, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America's largest A.I. organization and is comprised of nine farmer-owned and -controlled cooperatives. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen as well as excellence in service and programs to achieve its basic objective of supplying dairy and beef producers with North America¹s best genetics at a reasonable price.