Meek Named Select Reproductive Solutions Specialist of the Year

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, April 30, 2010 — Cache Valley Select Sires Inc.'s Select Reproductive Solutions™ (SRS™) specialist, Brad Meek, Preston, Idaho, was named Select Sires' 2010 SRS Specialist of the Year. Meek received this honor at Select Sires' SRS Conference, held in Phoenix, Ariz., in early March 2010.

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 reproductive performance of dairy cattle. Highly trained SRS specialists are the foundation of accomplishing that mission.

"Meek is highly respected by his fellow workers as well as all of the dairies he works with," said Randy Hill, manager, Cache Valley Select Sires Inc. "His many talents allow him to excel in every situation that he has been asked to serve. Clients and salesmen appreciate and depend on his hard work and dedication to improve the reproductive efficiency on dairies throughout Cache Valley's territory."

He attended the first SelectCheck™ large herd training school in 2008 and is on the cutting edge of new research from cow comfort to synchronization protocols.

Meek grew up on a dairy and beef operation in Preston, Idaho. He earned his bachelor's degree in animal science with a minor in business from Utah State University. Following his graduation in 1999, he joined the Select Sires family as a Select Mating Service™ (SMS™) evaluator. In 2005, he received his new position and was named a SRS specialist.

Using Select RePRO Analysis™, a software program that helps dairy producers use records effectively to find ways to improve reproduction, is a main portion of Meek's responsibilities in 46 herds. In 2009, he analyzed more than 75,000 cows with the RePRO Analysis program.

Select Reproductive Solutions 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 Mating Service, SMS, Select RePRO Analysis and Portfolio of Reproductive Solutions are trademarks of Select Sires Inc.