Patrick and Smith Named Interns at Select Sires Inc.

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, May 31, 2011 -Caitlin Patrick of Woodbine, Md., and Kelsey Smith of Paris, Tenn., have been named summer interns at Select Sires Inc.

Patrick has been chosen as the summer communications intern for Select Sires. During her time at Select Sires she will be responsible for creating the 2012 dairy and beef breeding calendars along with assisting the sales and marketing team with promotion and communication materials.

Patrick is a senior majoring in professional writing at The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University located in Blacksburg, Va. She is a member of the Dairy Club at Virginia Tech where she is active in the Showcase Sale and several other club activities. Patrick will be the first vice president of the Dairy Club and editor of the club's yearbook, The Milky Way, for the 2011-2012 school year.

She grew up on her family's fifth generation, 160-cow dairy farm, Maple Dell Registered Ayrshires and Holsteins, where she developed a strong agriculture background and love for the dairy industry. Over the years she has been active in dairy judging and showing both Ayrshires and Holsteins on a local, state and national level.

Smith has been selected as the summer dairy-sire marketing intern for Select Sires. While at Select Sires, Smith will be responsible for preparing cattle for photography and helping choose appropriate animals. She is also responsible for helping the dairy-sire marketing department coordinate and execute in-house projects.

Smith is a junior at The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where she is majoring in dairy science with a minor in horticulture. At Virginia Tech, Smith is active in the Dairy Club, the Horticulture Club and Sigma Alpha professional sorority where she holds various leadership positions within each organization. Smith will be a member of the dairy judging team at Virginia Tech for the 2011-2012 school year.

She grew up on her family's 100-cow dairy farm, Future Visions Registered Holsteins, where she developed a strong passion for the dairy industry and Holstein cattle. Smith has participated in numerous local and state 4-H and FFA activities over the years including showing and judging cattle, and attended National 4-H Congress, National FFA Convention and 4-H Dairy Conference to further enhance her awareness of the agricultural industry.

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.

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.