Will Mayfield and Matt Caldwell Join Southeast Select Sires Inc. as Beef Specialists

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, July 22, 2014 - Southeast Select Sires Inc. has added Will Mayfield and Matt Caldwell to their beef specialist team. Mayfield will be responsible for producer education and providing the tools needed to sales team members to grow business in the Southeast. Caldwell will be responsible for beef marketing and genetic improvement in the states of Kansas and Arkansas.

Mayfield, who currently serves as the beef coordinator for Southeast Select Sires, is a graduate of the University of Tennessee where he received a bachelor's degree in animal science and earned a master's degree in bovine reproductive physiology. After graduate school, Mayfield worked for two years for the American Angus Association in the northeastern territory that ranged from Virginia to Maine. In that role, he worked with producers to improve their herds through consultations and the use of genomic tools, as well as phenotypic and genetic selection.

"I am excited to work with beef producers in the Southeast and help them make progressive strides in beef production and herd management utilizing the elite sire lineup and professional services that makes Select Sires the renowned leader in the A.I. business," says Mayfield.

Caldwell is a graduate of the University of Missouri where he received a bachelor's degree in animal science. He then worked as a field representative for the Kansas Stockman magazine and has spent the last 16 years as a regional manager for the American Angus Association. Working with cattlemen in Kansas and Oklahoma, Caldwell has extensive experience in marketing and genetics. He resides in rural Linn County, Kan., with his wife, Marcie, and their three children.

"With beef herd expansion under way, I am excited to join the Select Sires team. Select Sires has a powerful offering of genetic and reproductive solutions to enhance the profitability of beef producers in Kansas and Arkansas," says Caldwell. "I am looking forward to working with the Select Sires team of A.I. professionals to deliver these solutions."

"Will Mayfield and Matt Caldwell both bring an extensive skill set and experience with many aspects of the beef value chain to Select Sires," says Dr. Aaron Arnett, vice president of beef genetics for Select Sires, Inc. "They both come from successful cow/calf backgrounds and their previous industry experience has prepared them in customer service, problem solving, genetic selection and reproductive management. We are very pleased to have both Will and Matt joining the Select Sires family."

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.