Select Sires Employees Receive Advanced Training

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, April 3, 2013 - Nineteen professional technicians, Select Mating Service™ (SMS™) genetic consultants, Select Reproductive Solutions™ (SRS™) specialists and sales and marketing staff participated in Select Sires' employee orientation held on March 26 and 27 at the Select Sires headquarters in Plain City, Ohio. Employees from five member cooperatives, Select Sires Canada and Select Sires Inc., were present for the two-day event where they received advanced education in serving Select Sires' customer-owners. Several employees attended an additional two-day session for extensive sales training on March 28 and 29.

"Select Sires' employee orientation and sales training provide great resources to both new and existing employees, giving them more knowledge and the opportunity to share concepts with their colleagues," said Lyle Kruse, vice president of U.S. market development for Select Sires. "At the end of these conferences, our skilled staff departs with the latest information to better serve Select Sires' customer-owners. As a company, we are committed to providing the best training opportunities for our employees."

The participants received in-depth information about Select Sires' programs including the Program for Genetic Advancement™ (PGA™), SRS, SMS, Aggressive Reproductive Technologies™ (ART™), Program for Fertility Advancement™ (PFA™) and StrataGEN™. They also received advanced training on the topics of reproductive solutions, fertility research, beef and dairy sire programs, cattle evaluation, herd management products and Select Sires' gender SELECTed™ process.

Orientation and sales training participants included: All West/Select Sires-Angie Kennedy, Visalia, Calif.; COBA/Select Sires Inc.-Katie Henson, Ashville, Ohio, Joe Hernandez, Farwell, Texas and Justin Williams, Prospect, Ohio; Minnesota/Select Sires Co-op Inc.-Jennifer Becker, Eden Valley, Minn.; NorthStar Cooperative-Nicole Hoff, Ithaca, Mich., Jim Mayer, Amery, Wis., Jennica Vander Boon, Charlotte, Minn.; Select Sire Power Inc.-Dan Alleger, Cameron, N.Y., Doug Lull, Schenevus, N.Y., Melissa Magini, Richford, Vt., James Martens, Dansville, N.Y.; Select Sires Canada Inc.-Ashlee Aldred, West Lorne, Ontario, Derek Clark, Woodville, Ontario, Fred Fillion, St-Marc des Carrieres, Quebec, Travis Syme, Almonte, Ontario and Stephanie Tardif, Compton, Quebec; Select Sires Inc.-Marshall Bargar, Hilliard, Ohio and Chris Tracy, Pickerington, Ohio.

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.

™Select Mating Service, SMS, Select Reproductive Solutions, SRS, Program for Genetic Advancement, PGA, Aggressive Reproductive Technologies, ART, Program for Fertility Advancement, PFA, StrataGEN, gender SELECTed are trademarks of Select Sires Inc.