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SRS Specialists Gather in Wisconsin for Advanced Training
June 16th 2011
PLAIN CITY, Ohio, June 16, 2011 — To further develop their skills and expertise, more than 40 professional Select Reproductive Solutions™ (SRS™) specialists from Select Sires’ member organizations recently gathered for the SRS Conference held May 16-20, 2011, in Green Bay, Wis. Hosted by NorthStar Cooperative, the four-day conference incorporated both classroom and on-farm training.
“This annual conference allows Select Sires’ SRS specialists to stay on the cutting-edge of research and practical tools to assist with our customer-owner’s profitability,” stated Dr. Ray Nebel, vice president of technical service programs. “This year marked the second conference held in Wisconsin and enabled our staff members the opportunity to evaluate four outstanding large dairies.”
On farm, the group was divided into eight teams for the Select RePRO Challenge, where the SRS specialists applied their knowledge in evaluating the four large dairies. Following their analysis of the farms, each team delivered a presentation highlighting areas for improvement and suggestions for making reproductive improvements. The four Wisconsin farms that were assessed and toured were Krueger Dairy, Schmidts Ponderosa LLC, Tauchen Harmony Valley and Tidy View Dairy.
In the classroom setting, staff members reviewed topics including cow inventories for profitability, farm management team dynamics, Dairy Comp 305 and PCDART updates, and recent results from Program for Fertility Advancement™ (PFA™) studies conducted over the past year. PFA, created by Select Sires to validate fertility potential of novel semen cryopreservation techniques, conducts multiple studies annually to enhance sire fertility.
Training and review of Select Sires’ advanced estrus detection technology, Select Detect™, was a focal point of this year’s SRS Conference. Dr. Edmond Harty, technical director and inventor of the Select Detect system from Dairymaster’s Ireland headquarters, participated in a question and answer session and workshop about evaluation of performance of the system. Key Select Detect specialists Phil Dieter of East Central/Select Sires, Ted Patterson of Prairie State/Select Sires, Adam Hahlen of COBA/Select Sires Inc. and Doug Moyer of NorthStar Cooperative led a session on the overall installation and customer support for Select Detect.
Select Sires recognizes that a one-size-fits-all approach to reproductive management does not work in today’s dairy industry. That’s why dairymen trust Select Sires’ highly trained SRS specialists to help design a customized reproductive program that’s right for their needs. SRS specialists offer a Portfolio of Reproductive Solutions™ that consist of reproductive troubleshooting using Select RePRO Analysis™, dairy records and management analysis; professional turnkey technician service, estrus-synchronization programs and assistance; SelectCheck™ heat detection training; English and Spanish training resources; professional A.I. training, heat detection aids and nutritional supplements.
Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc. is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of 10 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.
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™ Select Reproductive Solutions, SRS, Select Detect, Program for Fertility Advancement, PFA, Portfolio of Reproductive Solutions, Select RePRO Analysis and SelectCheck are trademarks of Select Sires Inc.