Select Sires Inc. welcomes nine interns into their summer internship program. Alicia Chisholm, Rebekah Snyder, Emily Henceroth, Sarah Battista, Karen Roberts, Ashlan Wickstrom, Cassidy Buddenberg, Saul Boysel and Dillon Wilson will be part of 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. This program helps to expand knowledge of the industry, while allowing interns to contribute to the day-to-day operation of the Select Sires federation."
Alicia Chisholm is joining Select Sires as the veterinary services intern. She graduated from SUNY Geneseo before beginning the production animal veterinary medicine program at Cornell University. During the upcoming school year Chisholm will serve as the vice president of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners at Cornell as well as the secretary of the American Association of Swine Practitioners. She has always been surrounded by, involved in and passionate about dairy cattle, leading her to intern at Select Sires and pursue a career in the industry.
Rebekah Snyder, a current veterinary technology student at Kent State University at Tuscarawas, Ohio is interning in the dairy sire department. Snyder grew up on a whitetail deer farm just outside of Plain City, Ohio, beginning a lifelong passion for the agricultural industry. Through her 11 years in 4-H, she raised and showed dairy feeder calves and goats. This summer she will be working with bull and breeder files and registrations.
Sarah Battista joins Select Sires as a research intern. Originally from Suffield, Ohio, Battista is set to graduate this December from West Virginia University (WVU) with a degree in animal nutritional science. Her experience raising livestock and showing chickens, pigs and goats in 4-H over the past 12 years has amplified her interest in agriculture. She is driven to pursue a career in reproductive physiology and has focused on this at WVU. She hopes the opportunity with Select Sires allows her to gain knowledge and prepare herself to better the industry through her work. She is a member of the livestock judging and archery teams at WVU.
Karen Roberts, veterinary services summer intern, grew up raising purebred horned Hereford cattle in Douglas, Ga. Roberts graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in animal science and is now studying at the University of Georgia's College of Veterinary Medicine. Roberts is active in the student chapter of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, the Veterinary Business Management Association and the Omega Tau Sigma Professional Fraternity. She enjoys being around cattle and looks forward to working with the veterinary services team for the summer.
Ashlan Wickstrom of Hilmar, Calif., is joining Select Sires as the communications intern. Growing up on her family's Jersey dairy sparked Wickstrom's passion for promoting a positive perception and understanding of the agriculture industry. She graduated from Texas A&M last year with a bachelor's degree in agricultural leadership and development before beginning her current master's program in agricultural communications at Ohio State. Wickstrom is most looking forward to gaining experience in graphic design and advertising, while making connections in the industry.
Cassidy Buddenberg of Decorah, Iowa is the sire-marketing intern. She will be assisting the marketing department with cattle photography, fitting and several other projects. Her dedication to the dairy industry began on the dairy farm in northeast Iowa where she was involved in 4-H and FFA. Buddenberg's passion for agriculture has continued throughout college as she has been involved in the Dairy Science Club and dairy judging. She will be graduate from Iowa State University this December with a degree in dairy science.
Saul Boysel from Zanesfield, Ohio is joining Select Sires as a livestock technician intern. Boysel is entering his sophomore year at Wilmington College where he studies agricultural business with a minor in animal science. His passion for agriculture comes from growing up on his family's beef cattle farm. Through his involvement with the family operation, he has gained many valuable relationships and future opportunities. At school, he stays busy playing football and participating in collegiate 4-H, Aggies and DTS fraternity.
Dillon Wilson joins Select Sires as a research intern. He grew up in Richwood, Ohio where he spent many years in 4-H and FFA, showing pigs at the Richwood Independent Fair. Being from an agricultural family has developed his passion for the industry. Wilson is currently at The Ohio State University studying animal science, he will graduate this December.
Select Sires welcomes back Emily Henceroth for a third year as a livestock technician intern. Henceroth earned her associate's degree in livestock science with a beef specialization at Ohio State's Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) in May 2014. Emily is now a senior at Ohio State majoring in animal science with a minor in meat science. Growing up on a small family beef farm in Lisbon, Ohio and participating in 4-H and Jr. Fair Board developed her appreciation for the agricultural industry and interest in Select Sires.
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.