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A Fond du Lac man was recently honored by the National Dairy Shrine for his service as an industry pioneer.

Earl Kehrmeyer is recognized as one of the key pioneers in the marketing of U.S. genetics to Europe and across the globe. He was a crucial piece to well-recognized dairy countries' acceptance and use of American semen, and he helped to build markets while he traveled and held business relationships with clients in more than 70 countries worldwide, according to a press release from the National Dairy Shrine.

"Few people have more experience marketing U.S genetics than Earl, as his decades of experience encompass starting and building markets from scratch," the release states.

Born and raised on a Wisconsin dairy farm, Kehrmeyer started milking cows as a young man. He later partnered with his brother in a milk and general trucking business, a role he held until his start with ABS Global in 1956. He started as an inseminator and eventually transitioned to a sales manager.

Kehrmeyer later joined World Wide Sires to service and develop markets in Europe, Africa and Middle East countries, and later developed an initial sales training program for World Wide Sires. A teacher of all things marketing, he delivered hundreds of market presentations in more than 30 countries. He also trained more than 500 students in AI practices while serving on numerous international dairy development and genetic committees.

Kehrmeyer led the development of a joint venture in Hungary that still exists today.

Other honorees include Horace Backus, Holstein historian, pedigree expert and motivational speaker; David Kjome, distinguished Minnesota Extension dairy and livestock specialist; Ray Kuehl, real estate broker owner with profound involvement as a dairy judge and volunteer on several prominent show committees; and Dr. George Shook, professor emeritus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison who helped shape the U.S. dairy genetics industry.

Kehrmeyer's portraits will be on display at the National Dairy Hall of Fame and Museum in Fort Atkinson.

The annual National Dairy Shrine awards banquet will be Thursday, Oct. 6, in Madison. For more information about the banquet or about students, producers and industry representatives being recognized by National Dairy Shrine, contact National Dairy Shrine at info@dairyshrine.org.


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