Select Sires celebrating golden anniversary
Select Sires Inc., formed 50 years ago when four farmer-owned cooperatives joined forces to offer a wider variety of genetic options to their members and improve efficiencies, is celebrating its golden anniversary.
In 1965, Central Ohio Breeding Association, Kentucky Artificial Breeding Association, Northern Illinois Breeding Cooperative and Southern Illinois Breeding Association formally incorporated Select Sires and consolidated their production facilities in Columbus, Ohio. Four years earlier they had met and established a semen exchange program to benefit their customer-owners.
In 1972, Select Sires began constructing the current facilities outside of Plain City, Ohio, northwest of Columbus. It is now the world’s largest bull housing facility, marketing semen worldwide to more than 95 countries.
In 2000, Select Sires purchased half of World Wide Sires, which now sells semen in Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania. That same year, Select Sires Canada was established to market semen in eastern Canada.
Select Sires do Brasil was founded in 2011 as a wholly-owned subsidiary in Brazil and distributors in Latin America have been established over the years.
In 2014, after the purchase of GenerVations Inc., Select Sires GenerVations Inc. was formed and now serves dairy and beef producers across all of Canada.
Today, Select Sires, based in Plain City, Ohio, is North America’s largest A.I. organization. It consists of nine cooperatives that serve the United States.
Stay tuned to www.selectsires.com and Select’s social media profiles for more information on this golden anniversary.
Schulerud joins Genex marketing team
Cattle genetics and artificial insemination company Genex Cooperative, Inc. hired Bob Schulerud, Pinehurst, N.C., as the Dairy Area Marketing Manager for the southeast U.S.
Schulerud holds an associate’s degree in animal science from SUNY Cobleskill. He previously worked for Genex and predecessor Eastern A.I. in the 1990s as a service technician, sales representative and area sales manager. Most recently, he worked as a dairy herd manager in New York. Contact Schulerud at 518-573-6884.
Genex Cooperative, Inc., headquartered in Shawano, Wis., provides animal genetics, reproductive solutions, value-added products and innovative services to members and customers across the U.S. Genex is a subsidiary of Cooperative Resources International. Visit http://genex.crinet.com.
Genex Jersey program achieves growth
Genex Cooperative, Inc. increased Jersey semen units sold 35% in 2014 compared to 2013, according to Leah James, Genex Jersey Marketing Advisor. The growth follows a Genex board commitment made in October 2012 to approve a Jersey initiative.
The year-end analysis also shows Jersey producers’ increased demand for GenChoice™ sexed semen. For the first year ever, Jersey GenChoice outpaced Jersey conventional semen in total units sold. In a year-over-year comparison, Jersey GenChoice sales increased 59%.
One of the drivers of GenChoice sales was the availability of PregCheck+™ sire fertility rankings, based on pregnancy check data for quick and accurate fertility estimates, according to James.
Genex Cooperative, Inc., headquartered in Shawano, Wis., provides animal genetics, reproductive solutions, value-added products and innovative services to members and customers across the U.S. For more information on the Genex Jersey program, visit http://genex.crinet.com.
Accelerated Genetics adds staff
Accelerated Genetics, headquartered in Baraboo, Wis. announced several staff additions:
• Chelsey Johnson joined the company as digital communications coordinator, responsible for our company websites, video production and all digital communications.
• Jeremy Schaefer, Hinckley, Ohio has been hired as a strategic account specialist, working with the sales teams in the Eastern U.S. assisting them in acquiring large herd business, as well as providing sales training and coaching.
• Michael Gehin, Baraboo, Wis. joined the sales team in the newly developed Dairy Product Manager role, responsible for managing dairy inventory, sorted semen scheduling, coordinate bull movements, and assembling large herd bids. He will also work with the communications team in developing the domestic market advertising campaigns.
• Bruce Anderson joined the sales team as a district sales representative, operating a route sales truck throughout central Minnesota.
• Mark Holmen, Fountain, Minn. is a beef specialist/district sales representative, coordinating and assisting with customer meetings, breeding projects, beef sales strategies, and promotional efforts.
• Tara Mayer and Elizabeth Loncki are new accounting clerks, joining the Finance Department
CRI offers scholarship
Cooperative Resources International (CRI) is offering a new scholarship to youth pursuing higher education in the 2015-2016 academic year.
CRI will award a minimum of four $750 scholarships to undergraduate students attending a four-year college/university or a two-year technical college this fall. Applicants must be pursuing a degree in an agricultural field. All applicants must also be affiliated with a member of a CRI cooperative subsidiary (AgSource or Genex) by having an active role on the member’s dairy or ranch.
The deadline to apply is March 31. For more information and to apply, visit http://bit.ly/CRIscholarship.