Select Sires Employees Received Advanced Training

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, July 27, 2011 -Twenty-six professional technicians, Select Mating Service™ (SMS™) genetic consultants, Select Reproductive Solutions™ (SRS™) specialists and sales and marketing staff participated in Select Sires' employee orientation held on June 7 and 8, 2011, at the Select Sires headquarters in Plain City, Ohio. Employees from seven member cooperatives, Select Sires Canada and Select Sires Inc. were present for the two-day event where they received advanced education in serving Select Sires' customer-owners. Fifteen Select Sires federation employees gathered for an added two days on June 9 and 10, 2011, for extensive sales training.

Select Reproductive Solutions (SRS) Specialists Gather in Wisconsin for Advanced Training Front Row (Pictured left to right): Ray Van Der Wielen, Hernando Duarte, Dean Hibbs, Parke Helsey, Benjamin Perron, Ron Riedel
and Chad Smith. Middle Row: Fatos Tome, Caitlin Patrick, Ashley Schnell, Linda Horner, Lynnae Slavik, Mary Ann Walker, Angela Oesterle
and Steve Deam. Back Row: Adam Gross, Terry Walker, Alex Wilkerson, Michael Davis, Jarid Jablonski, Johan Spellman, Cameron Houle, Jon Lengerich, Stephen Dodds and Matt Staner. Missing from photo is Jeff Riethman.

"Select Sires' employee orientation and sales training are a great resource to provide both new and existing employees more knowledge and give them the opportunity to share concepts with their colleagues," said Lyle Kruse, vice president of U.S. market development for Select Sires. "At the end of these conferences, our skilled staff departs with the latest information to better serve Select Sires' customer-owners."

The participants received in-depth information about Select Sires' programs including the Program for Genetic Advancement™ (PGA™), SRS, SMS and Program for Fertility Advancement™ (PFA™). They also received advanced training on the topics of reproductive solutions, fertility research, beef and dairy sire programs, cattle evaluation, herd management products and Select Sires' gender SELECTed™ process.

Orientation and sales training participants included: All West/Select Sires - Dean Hibbs, Richland, Wash., and Cameron Houle, Osler, Saskatchewan, Canada; COBA/Select Sires - Steve Deam, Hilliard, Ohio, Adam Gross, Laurelville, Ohio, Jon Lengerich, Gibsonburg, Ohio, Jeff Riethman, Minister, Ohio, Chad Smith, Stephenville, Texas, Johan Speelman, Amarillo, Texas, and Alex Wilkerson, Muleshoe, Texas; East Central/Select Sires - Hernando Duarte, Madison, Wis., and Matt Staner, Platteville, Wis.; Minnesota/Select Sires - Ashley Schnell, Rice, Minn.; NorthStar Cooperative - Angela Oesterle, Mason, Mich., Lynnae Slavik, Ashley, Mich., Fatos Tome, Troy, Mich., and Mary Ann Walker, Dansville, Mich.; Select Sire Power - Michael Davis, Leesport, Pa., Stephen Dodds, Cohocton, N.Y., Parke Helsey, Hershey, Pa., Jarid Jablonski, Argyle, N.Y., Benjamin Perron, Mooers Forks, N.Y., Ron Riedel, Corry, Pa., and Terry Walker, Addison, N.Y.; Select Sires Canada - Linda Horner, Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada, and Ray Van Der Wielen, Chelsey, Ontario, Canada; Select Sires Inc. - Caitlin Patrick, Woodbine, Md.

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, SMS, Select Reproductive Solutions, SRS, Program for Genetic Advancement, PGA, Program for Fertility Advancement, PFA and gender SELECTed are trademarks of Select Sires Inc.