Select Sires Introduces Summer Interns

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, May 31, 2013 - Select Sires Inc. welcomes six interns into their summer internship program. Kelsey Paras, Duane Shawk, Marc Bolen, Maggie Dean, Michael Liszeski and Jacquelyn Sherry will be interning with North America's largest A.I. organization this summer.

"Both practical work experience within the industry and networking are extremely important to help college students prepare for full-time employment beyond graduation," says David Thorbahn, Select Sires president and C.E.O. "That's why Select Sires offers hands-on internship opportunities to work with trained professionals each year. This program helps to expand their knowledge of the industry, while allowing these students to contribute to the day-to-day operations of the Select Sires federation."

Kelsey Paras has been selected as the 2013 veterinary intern. Paras is from Lakewood, Ohio and is currently enrolled at The Ohio State University where she is majoring in veterinary medicine. She became interested in agriculture while working at the University of Delaware farm and is now involved in the Food Animal Club, Theriogenology Club and International Veterinary Student Association.

Beef intern, Duane Shawk, grew up on a beef and crop farm in Bucyrus, Ohio. In May 2012, Shawk earned his associate degree at Allen Community College in Iola, Kan. He is currently attending The Ohio State University where he is majoring in agricultural business and applied economics with a minor in animal science. He is active in The Ohio State Livestock Judging Team, Alpha Gamma Sigma fraternity and Saddle and Sirloin Club.

Marc Bolen of Fremont, Ohio hails from a Jersey farm and is the 2013 dairy sire marketing summer intern. Bolen is a May 2013 graduate from The Ohio State University where he majored in animal science and minored in agricultural business. Bolen was on the 2012 Ohio State Dairy Judging Team where he was named an All-American at World Dairy Expo, and was active in the Buckeye Dairy Club, serving as the chairman for the Buckeye Classic Jersey Sale.

Select Sires Inc. welcomes back Maggie Dean, Michael Liszeski and Jacquelyn Sherry as interns this summer. Dean, from Marion, Ohio, is returning in the semen processing lab. She will be a junior in animal science at the University of Findlay. Spending another summer as the livestock technician intern is Liszeski of Ostrander, Ohio. He will be a sophomore at the University of Findlay majoring in animal science and pre-veterinary science. Sherry, of Greenville, Ohio, is continuing as the 2013 corporate communications intern. She will be a senior at The Ohio State University double-majoring in animal science and agricultural communication.

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.