Hershey and James Receive 2013 Select Reproductive Solutions™ (SRS™) Awards

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, July 11, 2013 - At the 2013 SRS Conference held June 3-6, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio, Matt Hershey of Lancaster, Pa., was named 2013 SRS Specialist of the Year and he and Julia James, Norwich, Ontario were named Select Detect™ Specialists of the Year for their outstanding work in the reproductive field.

Hershey, a SRS specialist with Select Sire Power Inc., works with record analysis, installation and service of activity systems, teaches A.I. training schools and coordinates the Program for Fertility Advancement™ (PFA™) for Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware. He also provides SRS services for a 70,000 cow dairy in Saudi Arabia. Hershey graduated from the State University of New York and joined the Select Sires team in 1995.

"Matt's professional, yet personal, approach has endeared him to his clients. His knowledge and experience combined with his ability to relate to all levels of farm management and personnel have made him an invaluable member on many on-farm profit teams," said Norm Vincel, general manager of Select Sire Power. "Matt has the respect of professionals, owners, managers, herdsmen and breeders and his work positions Select Sire Power as a leader in reproduction throughout the region."

James is a reproductive specialist handling sales, installation and support of the Select Detect activity monitoring system in Canada. She works with large dairies providing SRS services, teaches A.I. schools and helps train new employees. She has been with Select Sires Canada since 2009 after graduating from the University of Guelph in 2006 with an animal science degree. Besides her position at Select Sires Canada, James owns and manages a herd of 30 cows.

"Julia James has been instrumental in establishing our SRS program in Canada. Julia is an expert in her field and is always ready for a new challenge. Her expertise allows her to problem solve, making her indispensable to our customer base. She has been able to launch our Select Detect business in Canada and this has allowed Select Sires Canada to grow our business," said Bill Young, manager Select Sires Canada. "This will not be the last award this extremely talented young lady will receive in her career."

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.