Select Sires Names Tim Baumgartner as Jersey Genetics and Marketing Specialist

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, July 11, 2013 - Select Sires Inc. has added Tim Baumgartner to the Jersey sire team as Jersey genetics and marketing specialist. Baumgartner will be responsible for seeking top Jersey young sires for the Program for Genetic Advancement™ (PGA™), assist sales representatives with Jersey educational needs and provide genetic support to the Jersey breed's growth. He will be based from his home in Oakdale, Calf., and will serve California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as all Canadian provinces west of Ontario.

"Select Sires has always been the leader in the A.I. industry. Their commitment to customer satisfaction is second to none and evident throughout all levels of the Select Sires team," said Baumgartner. "It is an exciting time to be involved with the Jersey breed, with its growth and expansion worldwide. Being a part of the Select Sires staff is something I have looked forward to since my college days. I look forward to making a positive contribution to the federation and being a part of Jersey breed progress."

Baumgartner is a Wisconsin native and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin−Madison. After college he was an official classifier for the Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Milking Shorthorn and Red and White national breed organizations and gained experience as a mating program coordinator and customer service representative in the A.I. industry. He also owned and operated Model Holsteins in Waukesha, Wis. Since 2001, Baumgartner has worked as an aAa analyzer throughout the United States and Canada. He has also worked closely with Jer−Z−Boyz Ranch in Pixley, Calif., to develop and market their elite genetics. Besides authoring several freelance articles for breed publications, he published Legends of the Tanbark Trail in 2007. He is a past president of the Red and White Dairy Cattle Association and received their distinguished service award in 2006.

"We look forward to what the combination of Herby Lutz and Tim Baumgartner can do in growing our Jersey program to even higher ranks among the rapid expansion of the breed today," said Jeff Ziegler, genomic program manager at Select Sires.

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.