Thursday, December 31, 2015

CRI Honors Employees with Tenure Awards

The year was 1970. The median household income was $8,734. A first class stamp cost six cents and a gallon of gas broke the bank at $0.36. Sideburns were of epic proportion as mutton chops and bell bottoms, belted men’s sweaters and gobs of light blue eye shadow were all the rage.

Two men joined the predecessors of Cooperative Resources International (CRI) in 1970 and are still going strong. Congratulations to Thomas Handrich and David Quick on reaching the 45 year milestone in your tenure!
David Quick

Thomas Handrich
Oh what fun it is to peruse the files looking for old dated experienced photos!

1975 brought the Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft take off for a U.S.-Soviet link-up in space, three men were found guilty in the Watergate cover-up and President Ford escaped two assassination attempts. It was also the year Willard Gowdy, George Shue, Matt Silbernick and Robert Young joined our team. Congratulations on 40 years!

George Shue
Willard Gowdy
Ah, the 80s! The number 1 song on the Billboard chart for 1980 was "Call Me" by Blondie and the Winter Olympics were held in Lake Placid, New York. It was the same year the following individuals joined our ranks.

Pattie Miklya
Richard Pinkall-Pollei
Congratulations to these 35 Year Tenure Award Winners!
Bruce Cameron
Jeffrey Cole
Matthew Furman
Jimmie Horner
Linda Marty
David Mellinger
Pattie Miklya
Richard Pinkall-Pollei
Mike Preisinger
Joseph Radtke
Mike Preisinger

Congratulations to these 30 Year Tenure Award Winners!
Terri Dallas
Pete Giacomini
Jerry Hutchinson
Tom Kramer
Sherry Krantz
Kevin Kuzdas
Robert Schell
Catherine Stewart
Ronald Thompson
Ronald Tuma
Ronald Wise

Congratulations to these 25 Year Tenure Award Winners!
Kenneth Arndt
John Eder
Brad Fischer
Judd Hanson
Keith Heikes
Eldon Lehman
Ricky Schmeiser
Jerry Sherman
Becky Simmet
Ludwig Simmet

Congratulations to these 20 Year Tenure Award Winners!
Jerry Bignell
Jim Black
Kaia Boettcher
Bob Brahmstadt
Janine Brun
John Carrigan
Robert Edwards
Robert Fritz Jr
Eric Helms
Virginia Hustad
Dennis Jahnke
Martha Kingseed
Ronda Olson
Linda Peterson
Bruce Potter
Todd Schaaf

Congratulations to these 15 Year Tenure Award Winners!
Peter Beining
Sara Brei
Justin Breunig
Joel Delzer
David Franck
Nicole Gawlikoski
Christina Helms
Dustin Hollermann
Kevin Klink
Travis Kretzschmar
Ami Lasecki
Michael Lee
John Lennox
Stan Lock
Ronald Mehr
Roger Olson
Aarron Osterhaus
Jeff Reed
Roger Robinson
Douglas Sauer Jr
Robert Schrieber
Scott Schultz
Steve Silva
Huub te Plate
Scott Vacek
Weidong Wu
Algie Ziebell

Congratulations to these 10 Year Tenure Award Winners!
Richard Aguiar
John Bagnall
Nathan "Jay" Beck
Alan Behnke
Brad Berger
Benjamin Bjork
Tammy Brandt
Thomas Dicke
JoAnn Disch
Brian Edge
Jonna Egli
Kristi Fiedler
Steven Flemke
Sergio Franco
Charles Gertken
Jenny Hanson
Jesse Harder
LaVerne Heiden
Patrick Hermann
Arvin W Hoeft
Arther Hoffman
Amy Holbrook
Scott Holman
Christine Johnson
Lindsay Johnson
Mark Johnson
Richard Koppang
Toni Lindal
Lori Luepke
Brian Meyer
Darcy Meyer
Eric Miller
Jessica Millermon
Peter Nass
Sheilee O'Malley
William Pahl
Amanda Petersen
Jeremiah Ploen
Jennifer Poole
Robert Prinsen
Tod Pubanz
James Rinaldo
Thomas Schlimgen
Kenneth "Marc" Shoemaker
Linda Stefl
Roger Weigle, DVM
Robert Schulerud
Roy Wilson

Congratulations to these 5 Year Tenure Award Winners!
Dan Beatty
Jennifer Beckard
Benjamin Bemis
Clem Bettencourt
Nania Brahmer
Lincoln Breault
Milton Brusewitz
Lonny Caswell
Jordan Ellison
Dany Fontaine
Jerry Fors
Mickeal Fosse
Michelle Gollubske
Colten Green
Nicholas Guilette
Jeff Gundrum
Martin Hahn
Lynda Hanson
Timothy Heiring
Michael Hughes
Cheyna Kary
Zachary Keehan
James Krage
Fred Krueger
Tina Kuehn
Bruce Lindauer
Denise McNew
Kaitlyn Mahar
Llamamblu Navarro
Calvin Oberg
Marcel Petrutiu
Robert Plaisted
Cindy Pulver
Gail Rauch
Jim Retzloff
Kevin Retzloff
Lon Richardson
Benjamin Roudabush
Scott Sanderson
Jordan Schuelke
Ashley Schugel
Heather Seehafer
Devin Sumption
Raymond Supan
Timothy Swiernik
Dean Uitermark
Danny Utke
Mitchell VanHavermaet
Joshua Waldera
Fred Wiesman
Terry Wissell
John A Wright

Thank you all for your time and talents. CRI wouldn't be the same without you!


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Meet Darlin-D Denim 3967

By: Morgan Kliebenstein, Genex Dairy Procurement Specialist

Meet Darlin-D Denim 3967, she is just one of the nearly 3,000 or so cows currently being milked at GENESIS Cooperator Herd, Dykstra Dairy, in Maurice, Iowa. Most days, you wouldn’t notice this 1HO10218 DENIM daughter, as she goes about her business eating, drinking, lounging and doing other normal cow stuff. As low-maintenance as she is, having no health events, and being a medium-framed, correctly-built, functional cow, she just doesn’t stand out… 

But that’s what makes her so great! 

If you were to look at her cow card on the dairy’s DairyComp305, you’d walk away never forgetting her. That’s because you’d see the epitome of the ideal commercial cow. Not only did 3967 calve in at just 2-0, but she then proceeded to get flushed several times, breed back with only one service and continued on to have a stellar lactation. At 340 DIM, she is on track to make 30,000 lb of very high quality Milk with an average of 4.4% Fat, 3.2% Protein and only 63,000 SCC, all of it done without taking any sick days! Not only does this cow look good on paper, but her solid functionality, great udder and modest frame earned her a final score of GP-84 on classification day. After hearing all of this, you shouldn’t be surprised to learn that 3967 is genomic tested at +$841 ICC, proving that the Ideal Commercial Cow index truly does promote profitable, healthy, trouble-free cows with functional type. Owner Darin Dykstra is one of her biggest fans: “She really is the ideal cow for a commercial herd. She has high components, a great udder, feet, and legs, and was bred back on the first service. What more could you want?”  We here at Genex agree.

Important Darlin-D Denim 3967 facts:
  • +$841 ICC, +$685 LNM
  • Nine daughters averaging +$735 ICC
  • Denim x Freddie x Clover (100% Genex breeding)
  • Clover grandam made over +140,000 Milk in her lifetime
  • Calved in at 2-0
  • Took one service to get pregnant
  • No health events (i.e. never had to be treated, was never lame, no calving issues)
  • Only one test (her first) over 100,000 SCC
  • 340 DIM and has made +29,290 Milk +1288 Fat and +933 Protein (only one test under 4.0% fat)

Friday, December 11, 2015

Thank You, Bill!

Admiration, sincere admiration – that’s what can be heard in people’s voices as they speak about Bill Ziese, a Genex Territory Sales Manager from California, who retired this fall after dedicating 49 years to the dairy cattle industry. Bill may be best known by some for marketing more than 3.3 million units of semen in his lifetime. According to the National Association of Animal Breeders, that number ranks him among the industry’s elite for total units sold. In fact, it places him second for total sales throughout history. Yet, that number is not why others admire Bill.

As CRI CEO Doug Wilson acknowledges, “That is only the beginning of his story.”

He went on to explain, “I first met Bill at Flo’s Cafe. It was where all the Chino Valley, California, dairy industry gathered for breakfast. As I walked up, someone said to me, ‘that fancy pickup over there is owned by the king of this area named Ziese.’”

Over the coming years, Doug learned just what it was that made Bill the king. “When the dairy rush in the Chino Valley began, Bill seized the opportunity and did so with an incredibly professional approach. He did not just sell semen. He was ahead of his time in large herd consulting. He mated cows, organized the semen inventory, interpreted DHIA data, and shared herd management tips he observed.”

Bill dedicated his time to improving the dairy industry and dairy cattle. While a fan of both commercial and registered cows, during his career Bill saw one opportunity in particular and seized it. As Doug describes, “During the breeder bull era, Bill organized a sampling structure for registered breeders. He distributed the semen, collected data and evaluated the daughters. Genex predecessors benefited from this program when we leased the bull 21HO990 Big Al.”

Back to that incredibly professional approach Doug referred to; Bill demonstrated that professionalism throughout his career. Art Marquez of Marquez Dairy alluded to it during a recent celebration of Bill’s record-setting 3 million unit sales. Art stated, “In the many years of doing business with Bill, I never once questioned the bulls he recommended; nor did I ever need to query an invoice; nor did I ever have to count the semen that was delivered; nor did I have to check on the mating recommendations.”

Josh Davis, Genex regional Director of Dairy Marketing, worked with Bill for several years. In answering what has made Bill such an admired leader, he states, “It’s Bill’s personality. Bill has always placed his customers and team before himself, and for that reason they put complete trust in him. He also has a great work ethic, working every day until his retirement at age 75.”

Thank you, Bill, for the example you have set - not only through your sales achievements, but through your professionalism, your innovative spirit, your foresight and your dedication. Along with the dairy producers of California, with sincere admiration we say “thank you” and wish you the best in retirement.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

On the Road with Lorna and Willie

Lorna Marshall, AVP of Beef Sire Evaluation and Willie Altenburg, AVP of Beef Genetics have been busy this fall checking out progeny of many of our Genex sires. Here are a few of their observations.

Lornas Notes 

Fall Progeny at Connealy Angus 

1AN01302 WESTERN CUT - These cattle are consistently moderate-framed, above depth of body and rib shape, expressively muscled with excellent eye-appeal.

1AN01226 UPROAR -They are powerful, attractive, three-dimensional and sound with good dispositions. 

1AN01278 DOUBLE VISION - Double Vision adds bone, frame size and serious performance.

1AN01281 EXTRA 0011 - They are long-bodied, strong-topped cattle with added bone. He should be protected on depth of body, rear flank and lower quarter.

Spring Progeny at Connealy Angus
1AN01334 PROTOTYPE - This was a very nice, consistent sire group. They are moderate and big-ribbed with above average muscle. 

1AN01299 FORTITUDE - These calves have consistently scored a low 6 for frame. They are long-bodied, attractive, and have above average muscle for the +13 CED he offers. 

1AN01242 FULL POWER - As usual, very consistent, balanced trait cattle that are not extreme anywhere but above average everywhere.

Weaned Calves at Schaff Angus Valley

1AN01238 RESOURCE - Calves are consistently good and the full sisters in production are awesome.

1AN01365 RENOWN - A tad more level-hipped and longer-fronted than the RESOURCE progeny. 

1AN01287 WEST RIVER - The calves are very smooth-made, moderate-framed and super sound with lots of body.

1AN01237 ANGUS VALLEY - The daughters are a little bigger-framed, but very angular with gorgeous udders. Protect a little on muscle and base width.

1AN01320 TEN SPEED - The calves had very good performance and nice profile. They are above average for body depth, with a lot of top, hip and quarter.

Willie’s Notes

Fall Simmental Tour

1SM00151 ELEVATE - I saw ELEVATE's dam, with a very nice bull calf at her side, when I visited Lassle Ranch Simmentals in Montana. She is a moderate-framed, big-bodied Dual Focus daughter with a small, tight udder. She appears to hold her flesh very well and looked quite impressive.

1SM00155 NIGHTRIDE - Lassle Ranch also had several NIGHTRIDE calves. The birth weights on heifers are consistently small and other operations are reporting the same, so calving ease appears to be a lock. Calves are very moderate-framed, thick, deep and soft-sided. NIGHTRIDE is a commercially-oriented, calving ease bull.

1SM00150 TRUE JUSTICE - When I visited Bata Bros. Simmentals in North Dakota, I saw TRUE JUSTICE's dam, now a three-year-old. She is a larger-framed, hard-working female with a snug udder, and another strapping bull calf at side. At Genex Dakota Sire Service, TRUE JUSTICE was just coming in stud after a summer out with cows. He has grown up; he's added a bit more frame, but his feet have stayed sound. He has an excellent number profile, backed by 50K.

1SM00113 TANKER - When I visited Christensen Simmentals in South Dakota, they had 100+ TANKER daughters in production. These are easy-fleshing, big-volume females with nice udders and big calves at side. Not only does TANKER make great Simmental females, but he is an excellent choice for use on Angus cows.

1SM00154 IRONHIDE - I visited both Rock Creek Ranch and EBY Ranch in Kansas to see every IRONHIDE calf they have. I did not see one bad calf. While not every calf had a blaze face, every calf I saw was thick, deep and correct. Granted, they are still young as the oldest were yearlings, but they were impressive.

1SM00153 COWBOY CUT - I saw COWBOY CUT progeny at both Triangle J Ranch in Nebraska and Cow Camp Ranch in Kansas. They are very muscular, correct and black, as I see little to no white on the underlines. I would probably protect him on rear flank and use him on deeper cows. He would be a perfect cross on Dream On and Angus cows. COWBOY CUT has an EPD number profile unmatched in the industry today.

1SM00133 BEEF KING - BEEF KING's progeny continue to impress, whether red or black. BEEF KING will add muscle while maintaining structural integrity.

1SM00131 WIDE TRACK - Werning Cattle Company in South Dakota has WIDE TRACK progeny in production, mostly half-bloods, and they really like them. WIDE TRACK is an excellent bull to make purebreds or half-bloods and to add muscle and growth.