Kevin Jorgensen, Waupun, was awarded the 2014 Pioneer Award, the most prestigious award given by East Central/Select Sires. Jorgensen joined East Central 16 years ago and worked as director of dairy programs. In December, Jorgensen took a new role with Select Sires, Inc. as a Holstein Sire Analyst.
While at East Central, Jorgensen provided exceptional leadership in his management role. He managed the Select Mating Service™ evaluator staff and was dedicated to the improvement of members' cattle while evaluating cows in southeastern Wisconsin. Jorgensen also provided reproductive troubleshooting as part of the Select Reproductive Solutions™ team. Additionally, he coordinated and hosted numerous international tour groups throughout his years with East Central.
Currently, Jorgensen is responsible for Holstein sire acquisition in Wisconsin and other states and assists member cooperatives in their efforts to grow semen sales.
"Kevin is a very talented person, with a never-tiring energy to promote the Holstein cow and her owners. Kevin was a key part of the success East Central/Select Sires has enjoyed for the last 16 years" says General Manager Al Deming.
The East Central/Select Sires Annual Meeting included a business meeting with district caucuses. The caucuses resulted in the re-election of three board members: Jeff Buchholz, Westfield; Dorothy Harms, Reedsburg; and Larry Voigts, Platteville.
The East Central/Select Sires Board of Directors includes Steve Abel, Eden; Jeff Buchholz, Westfield; Dorothy Harms, Reedsburg; Rick Adams, Elkhorn; Jeff Hendrickson, Belleville; Randy Nigh, Viroqua; and Larry Voigts, Platteville. Harms and Voigts are also on the Select Sires, Inc. board of directors with Harms serving as second vice president.
Clifton Larson Allen LLP discussed the financial records from the last fiscal year. Al Deming also highlighted some of the key points in the general manager's report.
East Central/Select Sires increased total unit sales by 21,819 for an increase of 4.4 percent. Dairy and beef sales both increased last year with dairy sales improving by 16,507 units for a 3.4 percent increase. Beef experienced tremendous growth thanks to reproductive specialist, Phil Dieter with sales improving by 5,312 units for an impressive 48.7 percent increase. Operating revenue grew by $522,917, an increase of 4.1 percent while saving members $4,393,981 through specials and discounts.
The day also included two presentations from Select Sires, Inc. Todd Kranz discussed the success of the East Central/Select Sires Cooperative and the new programs at Select Sires, including the GenerVations acquisition, the River Valley Farm exclusive partnership, and the Wulf Cattle/Breeding to Feeding Program™. Kevin Jorgensen also informed attendees about recent sire graduates and other sire updates.
Various East Central/Select Sires employees were recognized for their achievements. The area sales manager (ASM) award winners included, ASM of the year, Brad Fossum, and runner up ASMs of the year, Brian Kelroy and Eric Westphal.
The member service representative (MSR) award winners were MSR of the year, Bob Boatman, and runner up MSR of the year, Jeremy Konen.
Two East Central MSRs also reached significant milestones this year: Dan Reilly achieved 100,000 first services and Kurt Barnes achieved 150,000 first services.
East Central/Select Sires is a professional, artificial breeding cooperative serving dairy and livestock producers in southern Wisconsin. As a member-owner of Select Sires located near Plain City, Ohio, East Central/Select Sires helps make up the largest artificial insemination (A.I.) cooperative in the world. They provide highly-fertile semen as well as excellence in service and programs to achieve the basic objective of supplying livestock breeders with America's best genetics at a reasonable price.