Select Sires Personnel and Board Members Recognized at NAAB Annual Convention
PLAIN CITY, Ohio, November 4, 2010 - Select Sires Inc. had three individuals recognized at the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) Annual Convention held on September 16, 2010, in Milwaukee, Wis. Recipients of the prestigious awards included Select Sires' vice president of production and research, Clif Marshall of Ostrander, Ohio, who was presented with the NAAB Pioneer Award; Ronald Long, Marysville, Ohio, retired Select Sires' chairman of the dairy sire department, recipient of the Distinguished Service Award; and Select Sires' board member, Wynn Gibbons, Logan, Utah, Member Director Award recipient.
Marshall has served at Select Sires for 42 years and is responsible for all semen processing and quality control, Select's in-house research program as well as Select Sires' competitive grants program. He has conducted extensive research related to maximizing semen harvest and fertility of A.I. sires. Under his guidance, Select Sires was one of the first A.I. organizations in the world to implement the use of flow cytometric analysis of semen quality in Select Sires' quality control program. Marshall maintains a great appreciation and understanding daily challenges of beef and dairy producers and has a profound insight as to the implications science can bring to the "real world." Marshall's impact on the A.I. industry is equally impressive. He has served both as a member and chairman of many NAAB committees, including the Technical Committee, Technical Conference Program Committee and the Research Committee. Marshall has become recognized world-wide as a leading authority on bovine reproduction based both on his scientific expertise as well as his practical hands-on experience.
Long entered the A.I. industry in 1973 with Select Sires, and his contributions throughout his 28 years were truly outstanding. When he joined Select as a sire analyst, his first assignment was to initiate a mating service to provide sire selection advice to dairymen in which the genetic traits of the parents would utilize strengths and minimize weaknesses in the resulting offspring. Through his vision and creativity, the program he originated became known as Select Mating Service™ or SMS™. Over the past 30 years, the SMS program has become the largest in the world, mating well over four million cows per year not only in the U.S., but in more than 40 countries. In 1988, Long's ability and experience earned his promotion to chairman of the dairy sire department at Select Sires. In this capacity, he supervised all phases of sire procurement, daughter evaluation and ultimate selection of proven sires. Long has served the industry as President of National Dairy Shrine, NAAB Standardization of Type Traits Committee, Holstein Friesian Association (HFA) Type Advisory Committee, HFA Genetic Index Committee, Ohio State University Dairy Science Advisory Committee and is a national and international dairy cattle judge. Long's successful accomplishments on behalf of the dairy industry were further recognized recently by his induction into The Ohio State University Dairy Science Department Hall of Service.
Gibbons has served on the board of directors for Select Sires Inc. and Cache Valley Select Sires Inc. for more than 22 years. He is a partner at Gibbons Brothers Dairy in Logan, Utah. The dairy is currently under expansion once again, which will enable them to milk over 800 cows, and they currently farm 1,500 acres of land. During his tenure in this leadership position, Gibbons guided both Select Sires and Cache Valley Select Sires through phenomenal growth and outstanding profitability. In his leadership term at Select Sires, Gibbons was a member of the executive committee for 12 years, serving on the budget and finance committee during the time of mergers and acquisitions. During Gibbons' term as president of the Select Sires board of directors, his foresight and leadership guided Select Sires through the continued research and successful launch of sexed semen. Gibbons has served on the executive committee of Cache Valley Select Sires since 1988. He has served as president for 15 years and guided the cooperative to unprecedented growth. Gibbons has also served on the board of directors of World Wide Sires representing Select Sires Inc. He is an influential leader, and his service to Cache Valley Select Sires and Select Sires Inc. has been long and one of significant accomplishment and change.
Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc. is North America's largest A.I. organization and is comprised of 10 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.
™ Select Mating Service and SMS are trademarks of Select Sires Inc.