Select Sires Inc. welcomes eight interns into their summer internship program. Jacob Ruffing, Mandi Ramsburg, Rachel Friese, Emily Henceroth, Austin Ogarek, Holden Hutchinson, Nicole Steiner and Michael Liszeski will be interning at North America's largest A.I. organization this summer.
"Both practical work experience within the agricultural industry and networking are extremely important to help college students prepare for full-time employment beyond graduation," says David Thorbahn, Select Sires president and C.E.O. "That's why Select Sires offers hands-on internship opportunities to work with trained professionals each year. These internships help to expand knowledge of the industry, while interns contribute to the day-to-day operation of the Select Sires federation."
Jacob Ruffing has been selected as the 2014 beef intern. Ruffing is from Republic, Ohio and is a senior at The Ohio State University majoring in animal science. Growing up on his family show cattle and seed stock operation and showing cattle and market lambs sparked his interest for the agricultural industry. He is involved in Saddle and Sirloin Club, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) Student Council, Animal Science Community Alliance, Ohio State Livestock Judging Team and Farmhouse Fraternity.
Virginia Tech (VT) dairy science graduate, Mandi Ramsburg, is the dairy sire marketing intern. She hails from Walkersville, Md., where her dad milked a small herd of Holsteins and crossbreds. Growing up she competed at the national level with her 4-H dairy bowl and dairy judging teams and was named the high individual at the World Dairy Expo Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest last fall. At VT she participated in Dairy Club, Agronomy Club, FFA, Young Farmers, Sigma Alpha Sorority and the Dairy Judging Team.
In first grade, Rachel Friese dressed up as a veterinarian for Halloween and hasn't changed her mind about her career path since. She is welcomed to Select Sires Inc. as the summer veterinary intern. Friese was raised on a Holstein farm in Wanamingo, Minn., where she showed animals at various shows. In May 2014, Friese graduated from the University of Minnesota in animal science and plans to start their Veterinary Medicine program in the fall. As an undergraduate, Friese was active in Gopher Dairy Club.
Livestock technician intern, Emily Henceroth, earned her associate's degree in livestock science with a beef specialization at Ohio State's Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) in May 2014. Growing up on a small family beef farm in Lisbon, Ohio, she developed her appreciation for the agricultural industry and interest in Select Sires. At ATI, Henceroth was a member of Hoof-N-Hide, Director's Dozen, Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society and was a student orientation leader.
Hocking College wildlife resource management student, Austin Ogarek, has been selected as the headquarters production department intern. He moved from Grand Rapids, Mich. to his grandparent's farm in Marysville, Ohio six years ago, where he helped friends get their livestock ready for the fair. At school he is involved in Wildlife Club.
With the aspiration of being a veterinarian one day, Ohio State junior, Holden Hutchinson has been named as the 2014 semen processing and research intern. Hutchinson is studying animal science and is a member of Alpha Zeta Partners Professional Fraternity, Shades of Animal Science, Farmhouse Fraternity and CFAES ambassadors. He was exposed to agriculture through various 4-H programs, while growing up in Urbana, Ohio. Hutchinson found his way to Select Sires after Matt Utt, Ph.D., director of research, gave an influential guest lecture in his freshman honors seminar class.
Nicole Steiner, 2014 corporate communications summer intern, developed her passion for the agricultural industry while growing up on her family dairy farm in Creston, Ohio. Steiner plans to graduate from Ohio State in December with an agricultural communications degree and minors in psychology and economics. She has judged dairy cattle at the national level and is active in Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, Ohio Union Activities Board (OUAB), Young Life and College Republicans. Select Sires was an interest to her because of their dairy focus and the experience she would gain in design and public relations.
Select Sires Inc. welcomed back previous livestock technician intern, Michael Liszeski, as the veterinarian intern earlier this summer. Liszeski grew up on a small livestock farm in Ostrander, Ohio and will be a junior at the University of Findlay pursuing a degree in animal science and pre-veterinary science. He plays on the club lacrosse team and is a member of the Pre Vet Club and Habitat for Humanity.
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.