Seventeen professional technicians, sales representatives, Select Mating Service (SMS) genetic consultants, beef specialists and information systems staff participated in Select Sires' employee orientation held March 25 and 26 at the Select Sires headquarters in Plain City, Ohio. They were joined by 10 members of the World Wide Sires staff from Australia, New Zealand and California. Employees from six member cooperatives and Select Sires Inc., were present for the two-day event where they received superior education in serving Select Sires' customer-owners. Extensive sales training took place on March 27 and 28 for sales staff.
"This orientation provides new employees with an opportunity to receive the latest information and training as well as visit our Ohio office," said Lyle Kruse, vice president of U.S. market development for Select Sires. "The knowledge and experience they gain here helps them to better serve our customer-owners going forward."
The participants were presented with in-depth information about Select Sires' programs including the Program for Genetic Advancement (PGA), Select Reproductive Solutions (SRS), SMS, StrataGEN®, Aggressive Reproductive Solutions (ART) and Program for Fertility Advancement (PFA). Instruction on 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: COBA/Select Sires Inc.-Anna Beatty, Columbus, Ohio, Nathan Davenport, West Jefferson, Ohio, Luke Hershberger, Troy, Ohio, Craig Miller, Louisville, Ohio and Pengyin Shan, Columbus, Ohio; East Central/Select Sires-Norm Bradley, Fort Atkinson, Wis., Brian Coyne, Sun Prairie, Wis. and Samuel Schweer, Waupun, Wis.; NorthStar Cooperative-Marc Bolen, Clio, Mich. and Karmen Loney, Vassar, Mich.; Prairie State/Select Sires-Kyle Musfeldt, Coon Rapids, Iowa; Southeast Select Sires-Lucky Keller, Sawyer, Kan. and Will Mayfield, Pulaski, Tenn.; Select Sire Power-Andrew Fleischer, Duncansville, Pa., Eric Lundberg, Greenwich, N.Y., Barrett Smith, Otego, N.Y. and Rachel Tari, North Rose, N.Y.; Select Sires Inc.-Ed Grant, Hilliard, Ohio and World Wide Sires-John Bannatyne, Brian Beard, John Conheady, David James, Sean Kallady, Chris Kendall, Mark Patullo, Peter Phillips, Geoff Wood and Tyler Boyd.
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 America's best genetics at a reasonable price.