Keith Gibson has assumed a new role at Select Sires as the dairy development data manager. With a master’s degree in dairy cattle genetics from Penn State University, a bachelor’s degree in animal science from The Ohio State University and impressive industry relations, Gibson brings experiential knowledge and vision to this new role.
“Keith has served Select Sires for nearly five years as a genetic testing administrator, offering expert coordination and a high degree of accuracy while improving the timeliness of results,” says Chuck Sattler, vice president of genetic programs at Select Sires. “With an ambitious drive and commitment to success, Keith has demonstrated his passion for the industry. We are excited for him to step into this new role.”
As the dairy development data manager, Gibson is responsible for Select Sires’ genomic testing functions, directives regarding the Genetic Data Partner (GDP) program and the Program for Genetic AdvancementTM (PGATM) and will provide staff leadership. He will continue to work closely with breed associations and the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) to resolve parentage and other DNA testing challenges to ensure timely and accurate genetic information.
Lauren Kimble has joined Select Sires as a dairy sire development intern to assist with genomic testing operations, GDP and PGA initiatives. She is responsible for validating and maintaining the database of test results for genetic recessives and other genetic traits, as well as coordination and evaluation of data from partner herds to enhance future genetic improvement.
Kimble hails from Reston, Va. and holds a master’s degree in animal and poultry science from Virginia Tech and a bachelor of science in environmental biology from McGill University. She has extensive and comprehensive experience working in the animal genetics industry and will be an asset to the Select Sires federation.
“Lauren’s experiences offer an impressive combination of dairy genetics and genomic testing, onboarding and training, as well as valuable data management and analytics skills,” says Sattler. “We anticipate her insightful collaborations and contributions to the dairy sire development team.”
Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is the largest global A.I. cooperative and is comprised of six farmer-owned and -controlled local organizations in the United States. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen, as well as excellence in service and programs to supply dairy and beef producers with the world’s best genetics.