Select Reproductive Solutions Specialists Advance Their Skills

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, April 22, 2010 - To further develop their skills and expertise, more than 40 professional Select Reproductive Solutions™ (SRS™) specialists from Select Sires' member organizations recently gathered for the SRS Conference held March 3-5, 2010, in Phoenix, Ariz., hosted by COBA/Select Sires Inc. The three-day conference incorporated both classroom training and herd visits.

"This annual conference allows Select Sires' SRS specialists to stay on the cutting-edge of research and practical tools to assist our member herds' profitability," stated Ray Nebel, vice president of technical service programs. "This year marked the first conference held in the southwest and enabled our staff members the opportunity to evaluate four outstanding large dairies."

Select Reproductive Solutions (SRS) specialists More than 40 professional Select Reproductive Solutions (SRS) specialists attended this year's SRS Conference, hosted by COBA/Select Sires Inc. in Phoenix, Ariz.

On the farm, the group was divided into eight teams for the Select RePRO Challenge, where the SRS specialists applied their knowledge in evaluating the four large dairies. Following their analysis of the farms, each team made presentations highlighting areas for improvement and suggestions for making reproductive advances. The four Arizona farms that were assessed and toured were Caballero Farms, Elroy; Anglin Dairy, Maricopa; Tonopah Dairy, Tonopah; and Belmont Mountain Dairy, Tonopah.

In the classroom setting, staff members reviewed topics including Double OvSynch with results from numerous dairies, comparing reproductive benchmarks, sire conception rate, BioPRYN® and the use of ultrasonography. Also highlighted was Select Sires' training site, the Center for Excellence, which was launched in 2009 and offers Select Sires staff on-line courses for advanced instruction and learning.

Select Sires recognizes that a one-size-fits-all approach to reproductive management does not work in today's dairy industry. That's why dairymen trust Select Sires' highly trained SRS specialists to help design a customized reproductive program that's right for their needs. SRS specialists offer a Portfolio of Reproductive Solutions™ that consist of reproductive troubleshooting using Select RePRO Analysis™, dairy records and management analysis; professional turnkey technician service, estrus-synchronization programs and assistance; SelectCheck™ heat detection training; English and Spanish training resources; professional A.I. training, heat detection aids, and nutritional supplements. Throughout 2009, the SRS specialists located across the country evaluated over 874,000 cows in 971 herds.

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, Portfolio of Reproductive Solutions, Select RePRO Analysis, and SelectCheck are trademarks of Select Sires Inc. ®BioPRYN is a registered trademark of BioTracking LLC.