This month, Select Sires will award $65,054 in grants to fund seven research projects that are expected to positively impact the A.I. industry. In addition, COBA/Select Sires has contributed an additional $5,000 for a total of $70,054 in grants.

Select's eight-person research committee reviews each research proposal and grants funds based on both the scientific merit and significance of the results to Select Sires and the A.I. industry.   Here’s a run down of the dairy-related research:

  • University of CaliforniaDavis researchers will be investigating the effects of reducing the interval from follicle development to luteal regression in lactating dairy cows.
  • UC Davis researchers will also conduct a project thatseeks to create new reproductive management strategies to offset dairy cattle infertility due to heat stress.
  • University of Idaho researchers are seeking more information regarding estrous behavior that may lead to management practices that increase reproductive performance in dairy cows.
  • University of Tennessee researchers will be trying to gain a better understanding of the cow death rate in U.S. dairy herds and how genetic evaluations such as Productive Life should and should not be used in breeding programs.
  • KansasStateUniversity researchers will be investigating why the majority of first inseminations in timed-A.I. protocols result in pregnancy loss.

  "Select Sires is a leader in investing in innovative research for the benefit of dairy and beef producers. Our commitment to research is so important, it is one of our core values," said Dave Thorbahn, general manager for Select Sires. "For more than 30 years, Select has allocated in excess of $60,000 every year in competitive research grants to universities from coast to coast. With total contributions now approaching $2 million, these funds have been largely directed to the study of new technologies to improve the efficiency and profitability of dairy and beef production."

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.

Select Sires press release