Monday, June 17, 2013

My Genex Employee Training Experience

My name is Callie Griffin and I am the Beef Research Support intern working under Sarah Thorson, the Beef Education Manager, this summer.  Growing up on a cow/ calf operation in Eastern Montana, I acquired a tremendous amount of interest and passion for the beef industry and agriculture.  I am majoring in Animal Science at Montana State University and hope that this internship will help guide me toward the career path that is right for me.  This summer, I am going to be working with progeny test herds to help gather information.  I am also going to be taking pictures and doing some linear scoring on beef bulls. 

I recently got the opportunity to go to Wisconsin for two weeks to attend the employee training session.  I met so many unique individuals and had an amazing time.  It was refreshing to see so many people my age with that much drive and interest in agriculture.  My knowledge was tested and I got to answer a lot of questions that they had about the beef industry – hopefully I’ll get some of them out to Montana sometime! As I’m sure you already realized, my emphasis is on beef cattle!  I had never seen so many dairy cows in my life and no one believed me when I said that I had never set foot on a dairy.  Needless to say, I learned a lot during the first few days of the training class.  The advancements that have been made in dairy genetics are to be admired.  I can’t help but look forward to the advancements that will be made in my lifetime within the dairy and beef industries. 

I enjoyed the diversity the training course had to offer.  The other trainees and I learned about everything from marketing and the goal of the company to synchronization protocols.  I feel that I left Shawano with a better overall understanding of everything Genex has to offer.  I also enjoyed the A.I. training.  My classmates had a pretty good time teasing me about my height – the stool and I became pretty close over those few days!  I guess I never realized how big some of those dairy cows are!  It was great to see everyone get so much more comfortable with their technique each day. 

I feel so fortunate to have been able to meet so many terrific people and learn so much about Genex and CRI.  I am excited to see where all of my classmates are in 10 years and will always remember my experience in Shawano.  Being back in Montana, I hope that I will be able to use some of the knowledge I gained at the training to become a successful intern!

The 2013 May/June Genex Cooperative, Inc. Basic Training Class
Author Callie Griffin is our Beef Research Support intern this summer. She will be beginning her junior year at Montana State University in the fall and expects to graduate in the spring of 2015 with a degree in Animal Science and minor in Agricultural Business. She grew up on a ranch in Eastern Montana where her family raises Simmental/ Angus cattle and grows alfalfa and corn. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Artificial Insemination – Not As Easy As They Make It Look!

As a kid, I used to watch our “technician”, Orville, quickly and easily breed cows.  Actually, I admired him.  At a time when other little girls dreamed of growing up to be princesses, I wanted to be Orville!  I wasn’t  exactly sure what he did, but I observed him doing his job efficiently and effectively.  He came into our barn, discussed what was happening in our community, opened the breeder box, read my father’s notes and went to the tank to get the correct semen.  Dad would follow him to the milk house, still chatting about the things farm men talk about, as he prepared the thaw box and his equipment.  Then it was to the cows, where the real magic happened.  Again, I didn’t fully understand what he was doing, but now that I do – I’m even more amazed.  I’m amazed that people figured out how to mimic natural reproduction.  I’m amazed that we discovered a way to collect, package and freeze semen so it can be shipped across the globe. And I’m amazed by the swift and expert hands that are able to produce reliable results.  No, I never became Orville, but I did try an A.I. class once.  I discovered that it is a difficult job.  I could not find the cervix, which for those of you that know A.I. know, is pretty important.  I am not giving up though.  I am planning to take another class, this one much more involved and informative. 

Perhaps you dreamed of growing up to be like the “Orville” on your farm, or maybe you would just like to add another tool to your herd management toolbox. You are in luck, and so am I!  Genex offers just the class to help you become the A.I. Technician you always dreamed you could be.

For additional information you can head to our webpage!

Author Brenda Brady is our Communications Specialist.  Brenda graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a degree in Agricultural Education.  She went on to teach high school agriculture for 13 years.  She recently joined the Cooperative Resources International team.  Brenda grew up on a small Registered Holstein farm in central Wisconsin and now farms with her husband and in-laws.

Monday, June 3, 2013

"Reveal"ing Your Livestock Marking Solution

When it comes to heat detection, there are many different products available and Genex Cooperative carries a variety.  One heat detection aid that we are very excited about is the new Reveal™ Livestock Marker, which is a water-based, brush on tailpaint.  Now, you may be asking yourself – didn’t Genex already carry a brush on tailpaint?  The answer is yes; Reveal is replacing the paint previously marketed and the new paint is being exclusively produced and marketed by Genex and its subsidiaries. 

So what makes Reveal Livestock Marker so special? 
                -Made in the USA!
                -Contains a bittering agent to deter curious pen mates from licking.
                -Minimal touch-ups needed if animal has not been ridden.
                -Available in four fluorescent colors – red, yellow, blue and green.
                -Not only a heat detection aid.
                                -“Reveal” treated quarters to the next shift of milkers.
                                -“Reveal” breeding dates by writing it on the animal.
                                -Shot Cows?  “Reveal” them with a specific color for easily designation.
                                -“Reveal” cows that need to be sorted.
                -Available from your Genex Representative.
                -Available 24/7 on the Genex Profit Shop website.

Whatever your management style, there is a heat detection aid that will fit into your program.  Let your local Genex Representative help “Reveal” which options might fit best.


Author Katie Wolf is our Product Program Manager.  She has been a member of the Genex team since 2002.  Katie graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville, where she studied Agricultural Business.