More than 60 professional Select Reproductive Solutions® (SRS®) specialists from Select Sires’ member organizations, World Wide Sires, Ltd., and Select Sires GenerVations, as well as Select Sires staff and guests gathered for the annual SRS Conference held June 6 to 8 in Pasco, Wash. to share ideas and learn about the latest in reproductive technology. Hosted by All West/Select Sires, the three-day conference incorporated both classroom and on-farm training.
“This was our largest SRS conference to-date, with more than three times the participation of the first one 13 years ago,” stated Dr. Ray Nebel, vice president of technical service programs. “We had the opportunity to collaborate, brainstorm, learn new skills and hear about the latest CowManager® developments. We also heard from experts on herd inventory software program, My Dairy Dashboard, BoviSync® software management program and received an in-house research and production update. Brian Houin of Homestead Dairy in Plymouth, Ind., gave an interesting producers’ look into the future with their development of a new robotic facility.”
Outside of the classroom, SRS specialists participated in the annual RePRO Analysis™ challenge. Attendees were split into teams and worked together to evaluate George DeRuyter and Sons Dairy. They presented their findings to all conference attendees and the owners of the dairy. Similar to Dairy Challenge, this real-world experience allows SRS specialists to collaborate with their peers from around the country. Select Sires would like to thank Columbia River Dairy of Boardman Ore., DeRuyter Bros Dairy and George DeRuyter and Sons Dairy of Sunnyside, Wash., for taking part in the conference.
Select Sires recognizes that a one-size-fits-all approach to reproductive management does not work in today’s dairy industry. That’s why dairy producers trust Select Sires’ highly trained SRS specialists to help design a customized reproductive program that’s right for their needs. SRS specialists offer a Portfolio of Reproductive Solutions™ that consists of reproductive troubleshooting using Select RePRO Analysis, dairy records and management analysis, professional turnkey technician service, estrus-synchronization programs and assistance, SelectCheck™ heat detection training, English and Spanish educational resources and professional A.I. training, heat detection aids and nutritional supplements.
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.