Select Sires has received a $300,000 Rural Business Cooperative Service, Value-Added Producer Grant from USDA to help support commercialization of gender SELECTed(TM) sexed semen for American dairy and beef producers. Select Sires will match the grant dollar-for-dollar to enhance the profitability of dairy production through marketing and producer education programs, highlighting the benefits and possible drawbacks in the use of sexed-semen.
"We're very excited and honored to put these funds to good use on behalf of the
The working capital grant will be used to purchase inventory and specialized insemination equipment, develop marketing and educational material and conduct producer education symposia. "Our gender SELECTed sexed semen can enhance the productivity and profitability of dairy producers, which is the primary goal in Select Sires mission statement. This grant will help us fullfill that mission," DeJarnette said.
Select Sires has monitored the progress of sorting technology since its inception in the mid 1980's. Through the late 1990's, Select assisted the technology licensee, XY, Inc.,
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