What is your name and where are you from?
Name: Don Davis
Hometown: Sebastopol, CA
When did you start working for All West, what is your current title, and where do you work?
Start Date: September 1, 1984
Title: All West Sales Representative
Location: Hilmar, CA (Don covers All West Territory from Hilmar to the Petaluma area along the coast.)
How did you get involved in the AI industry?
“My family was not dairy oriented at all, but I had an unspeakable love for cows from a young age. I grew up across the street from a dairy and I still recall sitting on my front porch watching the cows graze in the pasture. At age 14, the dairy farmer across the street offered me a job to feed his cows and I took it in a heartbeat. One day, I asked him if I could learn how to milk cows and two weeks later, that’s what I was doing! Several years later I took the opportunity to attend an A.I. training school where I learned how to breed cows and that’s when I became interested in genetics. Eventually, I was hired by Lloyd Vierra and Tom Olson, who were distributors for Superior Sires at the time. I started out as a Select Mating Service Evaluator and then worked my way up to the sales representative position that I am in now. Being hired by this company changed my life.”
Describe a typical day in your life on the job.
“I get started early because most of my clients are near the barn at that time. I fill nitrogen tanks, deliver semen, visit with the dairymen, and make sure everything is good. I am very fortunate that the majority of my clients rely on me to choose their bulls, so most of the decision making is up to me. Once I find out what they want, I check in with the dairymen and make sure they are satisfied with the bulls I’ve selected.”
What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work?
“I enjoy being active. Kayaking, golfing and riding motorcycles are a few of my favorite activities!”
If it was your choice, what unique name would you give our next best-selling bull?
What is your favorite part of your job?
“It’s a fantastic job. My favorite part is the people. Working with dairymen who are just down-home honest people is fun! I don’t even really consider it a job!”