More than 30 employees from eight member cooperatives, Select Sires GenerVations and Select Sires Inc. took part in Select Sires' employee orientation held June 21 and 22 at the Select Sires headquarters in Plain City, Ohio. A.I. technicians, sales representatives, Select Mating Service (SMS) genetic consultants, Select Reproductive Solutions (SRS) specialists, communications and marketing staff and interns attended for the two-day event where they received superior education to better serve Select Sires' customers. Following orientation, a majority of the attendees participated in an additional two days of extensive sales training.
"This was another exceptional group and it is evident that our organization is growing by adding professional, knowledgeable and passionate individuals that can provide excellent service," said Lyle Kruse, vice president of U.S. market development for Select Sires. "Orientation provides the opportunity for these employees to visit our facilities, view our bulls and network with employees from across North America."
The participants learned in-depth information about Select Sires' programs including Program for Genetic Advancement (PGA), SRS, SMS, StrataGEN®, Aggressive Reproductive Technologies (ART), CowManager®, Breeding to FeedingSM 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: All West/Select Sires-Brian Lenssen, Sumas, Wash.; COBA/Select Sires Inc.-Josh Keller, Minster, Ohio, Jeremy Thornton, Marysville, Ohio, Abby Mayer, Columbus, Ohio, Michaela Price, Wellington, Ohio, Tyler Chupp, Inola, Okla., Henry Baeza, Portales, N.M. and Tyler Shields, Friona, Texas; East Central/Select Sires-Rustin Alton, Monroe, Wis., Kaila Wussow, Cecil, Wis., Abigail Martin, Janesville, Wis., Taylor Riedel, Platteville, Wis. and Tim Borgardt, Oshkosh, Wis.; Minnesota Select Sires Co-Op, Inc.-Ben Wuebkers, Freeport, Minn.; NorthStar Cooperative-Tom Mahoney, Glenwood City, Wis., Lance Peper, Turtle Lake, Wis., Amy Gunderson, New Richmond, Wis., Lauren McCann, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., Kelly Raterink, Zeeland, Mich., Mikayla Hanrahan, Kewaunee, Wis. and Tyler Gernaat, McBain, Mich.; Prairie State/Select Sires-Lars Sivesind, Waukon, Iowa; Select Sire Power Inc.-Carli Carolei, Elizabethtown, Pa. and Gabriella Domagala, Boonville, N.Y.; Southeast Select Sires Inc.-Patrick Beiler, Ochlocknee, Ga.; Select Sires GenerVations-Steve Dullard, Listowel, Ontario and Select Sires Inc.-Jackie Rausch, North Lewisburg, Ohio, Sarah Battista, St. Clairsville, Ohio, Megan Brown, Jackson Center, Ohio, Ashlan Wickstrom, Hilmar, Calif. and Cassidy Buddenburg, Decorah, Iowa.
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.