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PLAIN CITY, Ohio – Greg Silva, Select Sires Member Cooperative, and Emily Middleton-Gyomory, CentralStar Cooperative, were honored at Select Sires’ annual Trusted Advisor Conference in early May. The 2024 conference was held in Columbus, Ohio where more than 200 specialists gathered to hone their consultation and data analysis skills. Silva was named the Select Mating Service® (SMS®) Specialist of the Year, and Middleton-Gyomory was named the Select Reproductive Solutions® (SRS®) Specialist of the Year.

“Dairies across the U.S. lean on Select Sires consultants to troubleshoot challenges, direct change and exceed expectations,” said Jeff Reidman, vice president of Latin America marketing and dairy sire services, Select Sires Inc. “We are proud to honor Greg and Emily for their immense contributions and recognize their expansive skill sets.”

Greg Silva has mated more than one million cows and sold more than one million units of semen in his 28 years with All West/Select Sires and Select Sires Member Cooperative. He resides in Hanford, California and serves herds in the Central Valley. Silva is a seven-time recipient of Select Sires’ President’s Club award and five-time recipient of the Super Achiever award. Outside of his role as a genetic consultant, Silva is active in the agriculture industry through 4-H, FFA and various youth dairy events. He has judged dairy cattle shows throughout the western U.S. and around the world, with stops in Japan, Australia and Costa Rica.

Emily Middleton-Gyomory is a regional consulting manager in eastern Michigan and surrounding areas. She specializes in evaluating past and present herd performance to make data-driven decisions and uncover opportunities for her customers. Middleton-Gyomory has done extensive research in bovine reproduction which led to the creation of the high fertility cycle, a model that is now used widely across the industry. Prior to joining the team at CentralStar Cooperative, she worked in dairy nutrition, and maintains a working knowledge in that area to add value to customers she serves. In addition to her duties as a consultant, Middleton-Gyomory oversees and plays an integral role in the training and development of several Michigan and Indiana-based specialists.

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.