Dieter Named Select Reproductive Solutions Specialist of the Year

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, June 22, 2011 - East Central/Select Sires Inc.'s Select Reproductive Solutions™ (SRS™) specialist, Phil Dieter, was named Select Sires' 2011 SRS Specialist of the Year. Dieter received this honor at Select Sires' SRS Conference, held in Green Bay, Wis., May 16-20, 2011.

This national award is presented to an SRS specialist that exemplifies the qualities that best accomplish the mission of SRS - to do whatever it takes to increase the production of pregnancies in dairy and beef operations. Highly trained SRS specialists are the foundation of accomplishing that mission.

Dieter Named Select Reproductive Solutions Specialist of the Year Phil Dieter (left), receives the SRS Specialist of the Year award from Dr. Ray Nebel, vice president of technical service programs at Select Sires, (right) at the SRS Conference in Green Bay, Wis.

"Phil Dieter is a very talented employee of our cooperative with a great future ahead of him," noted Al Deming, general manager of East Central/Select Sires. "He has been one of the key resources for the Select Sires Inc. federation's Select Detect™, an advanced estrus detection technology and has also been a leader in utilizing Select RePRO Analysis™ to measure reproductive success in our customer-owners' herds."

Dieter was raised on a dairy and beef farm in southwest Wisconsin and always had a passion for showing cattle. He started with Select Sires as a technician in 2001 and landed his current role as a Select Reproductive Solutions (SRS) specialist seven years later. Dieter oversees many programs at East Central/Select Sires including reproductive services, beef programs, Program for Fertility Advancement™ (PFA™) and the newly released activity monitoring system, Select Detect. He helps technicians improve efficiency and effectiveness in producing more pregnant cows. In addition, he is an A.I. trainer, personnel trainer, technician supervisor, Dairy Comp 305 instructor, herd consultant and coordinates research and field trials. Throughout his time with SRS, Dieter has participated in advanced training and workshops and has often served as an instructor. Along with his responsibilities at East Central/Select Sires, he also serves at a national level on numerous Select Sires committees.

SRS offers a Portfolio of Reproductive Solutions™, including reproductive troubleshooting, professional turnkey technician service, estrus-synchronization programs, heat detection training, English and Spanish training resources and professional A.I. training in addition to heat detection aids and nutritional supplements. These tools, along with the guidance of SRS specialists, support producers in accomplishing the SRS mission.

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 Reproductive Solutions, SRS, Select Detect, Select RePRO Analysis, Program for Fertility Advancement, PFA and Portfolio of Reproductive Solutions are trademarks of Select Sires Inc.