Select Sires Endorses Cooperation Between the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding and USDA

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, October, 2011 - A new relationship between the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is being discussed. The Select Sires Inc. federation, owned by over 44,000 dairy and beef producers from across the U.S., endorses the cooperative efforts of the members of the CDCB to grow, improve and maintain the national dairy database for the benefit of U.S. dairy producers. Select Sires encourages the ratification of the Cooperative Agreement between the Council and the USDA for the betterment of dairy producers nationwide.

Dairy producers have benefited from the United States being the gold standard in global genetic evaluations and management data for over half a century due to the great research efforts of the USDA, coupled with the large database that has been provided by the cooperation of farmer-driven organizations that make up the CDCB. Members of CDCB include National Dairy Herd Information Association, National Association of Animal Breeders and Purebred Dairy Cattle Association.

Johnny Daniel, the chairman of the Select Sires board of directors and dairy farmer from Tennessee, stated, "It was cooperation and good stewardship that allowed the U.S. to develop one of the largest dairy databases in the world, which allowed the current industry-leading genomics tools and management data we receive to become a reality. Select Sires commends the forward thinking volunteers of the organizations from all segments of the dairy cattle breeding industry. They have been working for the past 16 months to ensure the continued data flow and cooperation for the maximization of the U.S. dairy industry genetics and management tools for years to come for dairy producers like me. This effort will ensure that the U.S. will continue to be the gold standard for the world. In this time of extreme technology change, the industry must be forward-thinking and must protect ourselves from the greed and individualism that would harm cooperative effort. This greed could cause a valuable tool like genomic evaluations to divide us and halt cooperation, resulting in the loss of the leading genetic data and management tools that keep the U.S. competitive."

Select Sires supports the continued efforts of the Council that will ensure the success for current tools and develop better management and genomic data for all dairy producers. Select Sires encourages CDCB organizations that are primarily farmer-owned and -controlled to cooperate for the best interest of their stake holding dairy producers to maximize the quality of tools and data to allow U.S. dairy producers to be globally competitive for years to come.

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.