Thirty-nine new employees and summer interns participated in Select Sires’ orientation program held July 10 and July 11. Employees and interns from eight member cooperatives, Select Sires GenerVations, World Wide Sires and Select Sires Inc. gathered at the Select Sires headquarters in Plain City, Ohio. Following the two-day orientation, many of the attendees participated in an additional two days of extensive sales training.
“As our organization continues to grow, Select Sires is privileged to add professional, knowledgeable and passionate individuals to our sales and service force,” says Lyle Kruse, vice president of U.S. market development for Select Sires. “Our orientation program provides new employees and student interns an opportunity to visit our facilities and network with colleagues from across North America.”
Select Sires’ orientation program highlights the cooperative’s unique history and provides a comprehensive overview of the current programs and services. Presentations delivered by industry experts include: Select Reproductive Solutions®(SRS®), Select Mating Service® (SMS®), Program for Genetic Advancement™ (PGA™), StrataGEN®, Aggressive Reproductive Technologies™ (ART™), CowManager®, Breeding to FeedingSM and Program for Fertility Advancement™ (PFA™). New employees receive training on the topics of bull care and semen collection, semen quality and fertility, genetic evaluations, dairy and beef sire programs, herd management solutions and Select Sires’ gender SELECTed™ semen process. Participants also tour the facilities in Plain City and preview a selection of bulls on parade.
Orientation participants included: All West/Select Sires: Amber LaSalle, Turlock, Calif.; COBA/Select Sires: Kate Sherman, Columbus, Ohio, Garrett Steinberger, College Station, Texas, Collin Berg, Bellville, Ohio, Nate Leland, Cardington, Ohio, Luke Hilton, East Rochester, Ohio and Nathaniel Kinney, Shreve, Ohio; East Central/Select Sires: Julie Anderson, Viroqua, Wis., Chloe Vosters, Freedom, Wis., Scott Casto, South Vienna, Ohio and Slade Norton, Darlington, Wis.; Minnesota/Select Sires: Jennifer Huhe, Cresco, Iowa; NorthStar Cooperative: Bailey Larson, Alma Center, Wis., Tori Matz, Oshkosh, Wis., Rachael Raddatz, Krakow, Wis., Deanna Kronk, Goshen, Ind. and Peter VanderHoff, Hillsdale, Mich.; Prairie State/Select Sires: Royce Demmer, Peosta, Iowa; Southeast/Select Sires: Henry Mitchell, York, S.C.; Select Sires GenerVations: Martin Rypma, Abbotsford, BC; Select Sires Inc.: Lauren Hendel, Caledonia, Minn., Keith Green, Lancaster, Ohio, Jordan Siemers, Hilliard, Ohio, Matthew Snyder, Plain City, Ohio, MaryKate Harrod, Flat Rock, Ind., Meghann Winters, Old Washington, Ohio, Jordan Ziegler, Irwin, Ohio; Select Sire Power: Erin Norris, Westhampton, Mass., Madison Risley, Addison, N.Y., Teddy Dedominicis, Oneonta, N.Y., Christian Harvey, Cleveland, N.Y., Liette Viens, Enosburg Falls, Vt., Laura Ritchey, Martinsburg, Pa., Lee Burgard, Clymer, N.Y. and Ridge Irvin, Concord, Pa.; World Wide Sires: Marco Falk, Germany, Mareike Henkelmann, Germany, Marc Waldner, Germany and Emil Bælum, Denmark.
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.