Nineteen professional technicians, Select Mating Service (SMS) genetic consultants, Select Reproductive Solutions (SRS) specialists, sales and marketing staff, veterinarians and information systems staff and interns participated in Select Sires' new employee orientation held on June 18 and 19 at the Select Sires headquarters in Plain City, Ohio. 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. Several employees attended an additional two days on June 20 and 21 for extensive sales training.
"Select Sires' employee orientation and sales training are great resources to provide both new and existing employees more knowledge and give them the opportunity to share concepts with their colleagues," 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."
Participants were presented with in-depth information about Select Sires' programs including the Program for Genetic Advancement (PGA), SRS, SMS, StrataGEN, Aggressive Reproductive Technologies (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 the Select Sires' gender SELECTed process were given, as well as a detailed tour of the Select Sires headquarter facilities.
Orientation and sales training participants included: All West/Select Sires-Karen Knutsen, Turlock, Calif., J.R. Fisher, Tillamook, Ore. and Peter Mathers, Lacombe, Alberta, Canada; COBA/Select Sires Inc.-Adam Fennig, Celina, Ohio; East Central/Select Sires-Josh Keenan, Lyndon Station, Wis., Garrett Madland, Lyndon Station, Wis. and Lynn Bartholomew, Big Bend, Wis.; NorthStar Cooperative-Jenny Bachelor, Angola, Ind., Scott McLaughlin, Lansing, Mich. and Annette Kingsley, Morrice, Mich.; Select Sires MidAmerica, Inc.-Kent Daniels, Neosho, Mo. and Victoria Drost, Louisville, Ky.; Select Sire Power Inc.-Carl Anderson, South New Berlin, N.Y., Summer Greenwood, Watertown, N.Y. and Shelley Lutz, Harmony, N.C.; Select Sires Inc.-Tim Baumgartner, Oakdale, Calif., Mark Chamberlain, Fredericktown, Ohio, Justin Tank, Columbus, Ohio and Jordan Simonson, Dublin, Ohio.
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.