Select Sires Beef Specialists Attend National Beef Tour

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, November 20, 2012 - Eighty-nine Select Sires professional beef specialists and sales representatives from across the U.S. met in North Dakota for the 2012 Select Sires' National Beef Tour. These beef program experts serve as a resource to Select Sires' customer-owners nationwide. During the tour, the sales force met for sales training, discussed current trends in the beef industry and learned more about the newest beef bulls acquired by Select Sires in the past two years.

The group visited several operations that represent a large cross-section of beef genetics, including purebred operations, commercial ranches and university research programs. Attendess were welcomed by Ellingson Angus, St. Anthony, N.D.; Schaff Angus Valley, St. Anthony, N.D.; North Dakota State University (NDSU)-Streeter Research Ranch, Streeter, N.D.; Jungels Shorthorn Farm, Kathryn, N.D.; NDSU, Fargo, N.D.; Spickler Ranch, Glenfield, N.D.; Topp Herefords, Grace City, N.D.; Talkington Angus Ranch, Belfield, N.D.; and Messerís Beaver Creek Ranch, Richardton, N.D.

At each stop participants viewed progeny and dams of several Select Sires young and proven lineup sires. For many attendees, these were some of the first calves they had seen out of the latest Angus, Simmental, Hereford and Shorthorn lineup sires at Select Sires. This gave sales representatives a better understanding of the type of cattle to expect from young sires in the Select Sires' lineup.

After touring ranches and visiting NDSU's new Beef Research Complex, participants learned more about modern crossbreeding as well as new data collection and information available for this beneficial breeding system. Dr. Bert Moore of the American Shorthorn Association and Dr. Wade Shafer of the American Simmental Association were on hand to explain the benefits that their respective breeds add to heterosis breeding programs.

Dr. Carl Dahlen of NDSU revealed his research about the economic benefits of estrus synchronization and artificial insemination in these challenging economic times. Dahlen and his staff also displayed young sire progeny, including several by 7AN327 Baldridge WORKHORSE W74, 7AN334 Sitz UPSIDE 547W, 7AN331 Haynes STERLING 924 and others.

"Select Sires continues to expand its footprint in the beef business, and the National Beef Tour allows our sales force to learn more about where the cattle business is headed through the benefits of A.I. economics, crossbreeding and the genetic advantages our young sires carry," commented Luke Bowman, beef public relations and communications coordinator. "It was a great opportunity to hear first-hand from industry experts, top researchers and some of the nation's finest breeders. With our partnerships and alliances involving some of the industry's finest cattlemen and best institutions, we can only expect exciting years ahead."

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc. is North America's largest A.I. organization and is comprised of nine 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.