What is your name and where are you from?
Name: Rodney Paulo
Hometown: Hanford, CA
When did you start working for All West, what is your current title, and where do you work?
Start Date: July 16, 2016
Title: All West Dairy Program Specialist
Location: Hanford, CA (Rodney covers All West Territory mostly in the Tulare, Hanford, and Visalia area, but also the central coast and southern California.)
How did you get involved in the AI industry?
“I have been in the dairy industry my whole life. I started out as a dairy producer and served as a Delegate, then as a Director, and even a Director of the All West/Select Sires Executive Board. In 2016, I officially became employed by All West/Select Sires in my current role as an SMS Evaluator and Dairy Program Specialist.”
Describe a typical day in your life on the job.
“There is no such thing as a typical day, but for the most part it consists of being up before dawn and behind cows before the breeder arrives or the herd health person gets there to check cows. On most days, I do a quick check in with the owner or manager to address any needs or questions I can help with, then off to the next stop to do the same.”
What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work?
“My wife would say I’m never “not at work” as my computer and phone are always within arm’s reach to answer any customer needs as they may come up, but when I do find time I enjoy visiting new travel destinations that I’ve never been to and checking places off of my Bucket List.”
If it was your choice, what unique name would you give our next best-selling bull?
“Well, to start I would hope he would have either our Paulo-Bro or Designer-Genes prefix, then with a code name of perhaps CORNERSTONE or something like that so you could use him to build the foundation of a great herd.”
What is your favorite part of your job?
“This is the easiest question to answer. Without question it is when an owner asks me for help with something outside of my role as an evaluator, such as helping select a heifer for a show project, or helping with their child’s judging team, or simply just my opinion on something they may be dealing with on their dairy that I may have experienced on my own dairy. I get a feeling of worth when they have the confidence and trust in me to ask for my help. It makes me feel like I’m making a difference in their lives and contributing to their success by helping them reach their goals. This is what gives me the most gratification.”