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PLAIN CITY, Ohio – Ethan Haywood has joined the dairy sire department at Select Sires Inc. as a genetic specialist. He will provide critical genetic advisement on a global scale while driving advancement through cutting edge technologies and strategic planning. Haywood will work closely with Select Sires’ Aggressive Reproductive Technologies™ (ART™) program and partner herds to analyze data and apply key insights to mating decisions.

“Ethan’s background, education and on-farm work have prepared him well for this role. He combines science-based principles with practical experiences to make tactical decisions,” said Jeff Ziegler, vice president of dairy cattle breeding, Select Sires Inc. “We’re excited to watch Ethan grow in this role and deliver tremendous benefits to farmers around the world.”

Haywood is a 2018 graduate of Michigan State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in animal science with a focus in dairy science and genetics. His collegiate highlights included winning the 2018 North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge and founding the Spartan Production Dairy Sale. He was also a member of the Michigan State University dairy judging team, served as the Michigan FFA State vice president and was a National FFA officer candidate.

Since his graduation, Haywood returned to his family’s dairy, Sand Creek Dairy LLC, in Hastings, Michigan. He oversees genomic, embryo transfer, and reproductive programs of the 1,200-cow dairy. Sand Creek Dairy’s intense IVF program has elevated the herd to new heights, putting high-ranking progeny in the spotlight and earning the herd genetic and reproductive recognition.

Haywood has served in various advisor and committee roles in recent years. He is presently completing his term as a member of Select Sires Inc.’s Jersey sire committee. Haywood is a past chair of CentralStar Cooperative’s DHIA Advisory Committee and serves on the American Jersey Cattle Association’s GJPI™ and JUI™ Advisory Committee. He is also active in the Michigan Holstein Association and Michigan Jersey Cattle Club. In 2023, he received the Outstanding Young Breeder Award from the Michigan Jersey Cattle Club. Haywood’s industry involvement has helped develop his passion for quality genetics and strategic genetic advancement and make him an ideal fit for his new role at Select Sires Inc.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc. is committed to enhancing the productivity and profitability of dairy and beef producers. Highly fertile semen and genetic consultation are provided by three farmer-owned and -controlled cooperatives domestically, while World Wide Sires, Ltd. delivers international service. As the industry leader, Select Sires Inc. supplies farmers and ranchers with the world's best genetics, services and programs.