Paul Kunkel, Assistant Manager of Select Sires MidAmerica, Passes Away

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, April 1, 2015 - Paul Anthony Kunkel, 67, passed away on January 30, 2015, at his home with his family by his side. Paul was born in Covington, Ky., on February 1, 1947, to Robert Kunkel and Catherine Broghammer Kunkel. He was raised with his five siblings on a farm in Northern Kentucky, and he graduated from Simon Kenton High School. Paul went on to graduate from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor's degree in animal science, and the University of Missouri with a master's degree in animal nutrition. In addition, he served his country in the Kentucky National Guard.

Paul and Nancy McLafferty were married in 1970 just before Paul began his master's work in Missouri. When they returned to Kentucky, Paul and Nancy settled in Bedford, Ky. where they raised their son, Brian, and daughter, Anne, on their farm. Paul loved working with beef cattle, while Nancy worked with quarter horses, and the two taught their children the value of hard work, and the importance of caring for one another. Paul loved being with his children and grandchildren, and his family was a true source of pride for him.

After a short tenure working for KABA-Select Sires as a beef specialist and sales representative, Paul began work with Select Sires, Inc. in Plain City, Ohio in 1974. He served as a beef specialist and was in charge of marketing and public relations in the beef department. Paul and the late Roy Wallace worked tirelessly to improve beef genetics across the United States. Early in his tenure at Select Sires, Paul had the opportunity to work with the first European imports to the U.S. These breeds would forever change the U.S. beef industry.

Paul left the Select Sires main office in 1991 to become general manager of the Kentucky Artificial Breeders Association (KABA) where he served until KABA and Cache Valley Select Sires merged in 2012 to create Select Sires MidAmerica. Upon the merger, Paul served as assistant manager pending his upcoming retirement in 2015. Paul strived to manage KABA in a way that was beneficial to the membership as well as employees. His hard work and personality helped mold the KABA board of directors into a cohesive, trusting group who worked well together. Paul's commission-based salary structure for his employees rewarded performance and helped control expenses. In addition, in Missouri, the KABA sales staff was expanded from one representative and a distributor to a staff of five employees with defined territories. Paul's passion for the beef industry led him to implement a full service beef synchronization program at KABA, making it possible for thousands of beef animals to be serviced artificially each year. To further extend A.I. and synchronization, Paul worked with the University of Missouri to establish an internship program where students were trained in A.I. and then sent to Kentucky, Missouri and many western states to work with large herd synchronization programs.

In addition, Paul had a great passion for his family and helping others. While serving as a Little League coach for his grandchildren, Paul took a great interest in improving the Trimble County Little League. He made sure that every child had the opportunity to play; providing gloves, bats and cleats to those in need. He served as president of the Trimble County Youth Baseball League from 2009 to 2013 and helped transform the youth baseball league into a sanctioned Little League.

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.