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Select Sires Inc. is proud to offer experiences and opportunities for young professionals interested in the AI industry. This summer, Breanna Bowen, Bryan Cox, Emily Ellison, Maddie Frendberg, Sarah Quallen and Sarah Thomas will serve the communications, marketing, and veterinary departments. Emilie Brose, Adalyn Caudill, Alexus Edwards, Bryson Jacobs, Kalah Pressley and Emma Solverson intern with Select Sires in the production and semen processing departments.
“Practical work experience and networking within the agricultural industry are some of the strongest tools a college student can possess to prepare them for full-time employment,” said David Thorbahn, president and CEO of Select Sires Inc. “Select Sires offers hands-on internship opportunities each year that help to expand knowledge of the industry and give interns the chance to contribute to our day-to-day operations.”
Breanna Bowen, a Como, Texas native, joins Select Sires as a corporate communications intern. She got her start in the dairy industry at four years old with her first Jerseys. Bowen also has a background in beef production, meat processing and equine/livestock exporting. She graduated from Tarleton State University with a degree in agricultural communications and is continuing her education as a master’s student in the same area of study at Oklahoma State University. She will spend her internship helping design the 2023 breeding calendars and serve as a communications team member.
From Westby, Wisconsin, Emilie Brose is interning as a livestock laboratory technician for Select Sires. She grew up working on a family farm that grows corn, soybeans and alfalfa in addition to a herd of Angus. Brose grew up showing and judging dairy cattle through 4-H and FFA. Currently, she is double majoring in animal science and agribusiness at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. In the future, she hopes to operate a farm of her own.
Originally from San Diego, California, Bryan Cox starts at Select Sires as an international marketing intern. As a finance major at The Ohio State University, Cox is involved in the Ohio Export Internship Program which matches students with various-sized businesses in Ohio to help them grow their international export knowledge. He is not from an agricultural background but is excited to learn more about the cattle industry. With Cox’s experience traveling internationally, he will help identify new markets that have room for growth.
Adalyn Caudill serves Select Sires as a livestock technician intern. From DeGraff, Ohio, Caudill attends Morehead State University where she majors in animal science and agricultural business. Her family owns a grain operation with an Angus cow-calf herd. Her involvement in 4-H and FFA ultimately led her to pursue a career in agriculture production. This summer, she is looking forward to working with sires, becoming familiar with the collection process and learning more about the dairy industry.
Joining Select Sires as a livestock technician intern from Conroe, Texas is Alex Edwards† She began her journey in agriculture with an equine background and eventually began helping with heifers at her uncle’s farm. Edwards is majoring in animal science on a pre-veterinary track at The Ohio State University and is on the equestrian team with hopes of establishing her own veterinary clinic. This summer, she is excited to learn more about animal handling and care.
From Newport, Tennessee, Emily Ellison joins Select Sires as a veterinary services intern. After obtaining her bachelor’s in animal science from Clemson University, she is a third-year veterinary student at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine with intentions to return to her home community of eastern Tennessee to practice mixed animal medicine. Ellison grew up on her home farm where they raise a flock of registered Polled Dorset sheep. For her internship, she looks forward to reinforcing the knowledge she has gained in veterinary school and learning new skills she can use for her future.
Maddie Frendberg is from Marysville, Ohio and joins Select Sires as a veterinary services intern. She gained her first agricultural experiences in college at The Ohio State University where she majored in animal science. Currently, Frendberg attends The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Outside of school, she helps raise guide dog prospects through an organization called Guiding Eyes for the Blind. This summer, she will learn more about herd health and preventative medicine.
Serving Select Sires as a semen processing and research is internal Bryson Jacobs from Greenville, North Carolina. Despite not growing up with an agricultural background, he found a passion for animal agriculture in college showing various animals, working on a beef cattle farm and completing research in both dairy cattle and swine. Jacobs earned his bachelor’s in animal science from North Carolina State University and will be starting at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine this fall. His internship consists of semen processing/distribution and research.
Kalah Pressley from Orange Grove, Texas joins Select Sires as a livestock technician intern. She grew up in a rural community where her family crop farms and raises beef cattle, swine and show stock. Pressley now attends Tarleton State University where she majors in animal science and is involved in Sigma Alpha, Collegiate FFA and student government. She is interested in learning more about cattle care and the industry.
Coming from Wilmington, Ohio, Sarah Quallen joins Select Sires as a dairy sire marketing intern. She attends The Ohio State University majoring in animal science and animal industries. Quallen grew up on her family’s dairy farm where they milked Holsteins and Brown Swiss. She grew up showing dairy cattle through 4-H and enjoys dairy judging. Her summer will consist of assisting the marketing department with cattle photography, fitting and other projects.
Emma Solverson is from Westby, Wisconsin and joins Select Sires as a laboratory intern. When she was younger, Solverson helped at her grandparents’ farm milking and feeding. She also enjoys showing beef cattle and sheep. Solverson is a rising senior at Westby Area High School and hopes to learn more about the AI industry and improve her communication skills through her internship.
Hailing from Pittsboro, North Carolina, Sarah Thomas will work as a corporate communications intern at Select Sires. Thomas began showing Holsteins at five years old and through 4-H, FFA, the National Junior Holstein Association, as well as industry internships, she decided to obtain her bachelor’s degree in dairy science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She is continuing her education at The Ohio State University as a graduate student in agricultural communications and assists the school’s dairy judging team. This summer, Thomas will help design the 2023 breeding calendars and assist Select Sires as a member of the communications team.
Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is the largest global AI cooperative and is comprised of six farmer-owned and -controlled local organizations in the United States. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen, as well as excellence in service and programs to supply dairy and beef producers with the world’s best genetics.