Jared Krull, Shawano, Wis. and Elizabeth Ziegler, Anville, Pa. were named Activity Systems Specialists of the Year for their outstanding work in the reproductive field and with the CowManager® activity system at the 2016 Select Reproductive Solutions (SRS) Conference held June 6 to 9 in Rochester, Minn.
Krull, an A.I. technician with NorthStar Cooperative, grew up on a dairy farm in northern Wisconsin. After his family sold the cows he worked at neighboring farms where he learned many of his cow skills, including how to breed, on the job. After receiving a fire protection degree from Fox Valley Technical College, he began working for NorthStar Cooperative in 2011. Krull now conducts A.I. training, activity system and PC Dart support and provides SRS services in northern Wisconsin.
"Jared has combined his cow-side experiences with his passion to implement the most innovative technological heat- and health-monitoring system in the marketplace today," said Mark Adam, NorthStar Cooperative general manager. "His willingness to teach and educate producers about the most efficient and effective uses of the CowManager system exemplifies his abilities in setting a new standard of customer service excellence."
A Lebanon, Pa. native, Elizabeth Ziegler received an animal science degree from Penn State and was a member of the dairy judging and Dairy Challenge teams. She joined Select Sire Power after college in 2010 as an area sales manager. Over time her role has evolved into providing Select RePRO Analysis services, participating in farm team meetings and working with activity systems. Ziegler, her husband, Eric, and their two children, Corbin and Adelyn, are active in her family's dairy, Smith-Manor Holsteins.
"Liz's ability to analyze CowManager data and provide expert advice makes her a valuable member of our team," states Norm Vincel, Select Sire Power general manager. "Customers appreciate that she constantly monitors key information provided by the CowManager system and her proactive approach in communicating findings to them on a timely basis. She is like having another set of eyes watching their cows."
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.