Select Sires to expand bull facilities

Two new admittance/quarantine facilities to be constructed at Hoyt Program for Genetic Advancement Center.

The Select Sires board of directors, consisting of dairy and beef producers from across the country, recently voted to build new facilities to accommodate current and future growth.

Two new, state-of-the-art facilities will be constructed at the Hoyt Program for Genetic Advancement Center for the housing of five- to eight-month-old bulls entering Select Sires' facilities. This will grow the capacity of Select Sires' admittance and quarantine facilities by 50%.

"This expansion is to provide the capacity to meet our rapidly expanding semen sales today and in the future. Our veterinarians and production teams have worked with many researchers from across the country to design the barns for the highest air quality and to maximize the growth of these young bulls," Select Sires president and chief executive officer David Thorbahn said. "These new barns will provide more individual pens for personalized attention for the new arrivals as well as the ability to implement an accelerated growth plan.

"Our ultimate goal is to provide the best possible care of these bulls provided by top-quality breeders and maximize their growth and long-term production," he added.

The new admittance and quarantine facilities will follow Select Sires' strict biosecurity standards to maintain global semen availability.

"These new facilities provide flexibility for our veterinary department to manage multiple all-in/all-out intervals for enhanced biosecurity," explained Dr. Don Monke, vice president of production operations. "In addition to providing management flexibility, these buildings will provide comfort and individual housing for genomically superior bulls at a young age, which could lead to improved future performance."

Select Sires said it expects to continue to expand and develop housing and collection facilities to meet growing market demands and upgrade bull care and well-being.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc. is North America's largest artificial insemination organization and is comprised of nine farmer-owned and -controlled cooperatives.

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