Burlington, WA-All West/Select Sires is pleased to announce the addition of Kelby Stadt to the team as a Member Service Representative. Stadt, an Everson, WA native, graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science, focusing on production management, and a minor in agribusiness economics.
Kelby’s interest in the dairy industry began in high school when he got his first job of calf feeding at TJ Veen Acre Farms, owned by his uncle. Kelby clearly remembers the times he enjoyed coffee breaks with All West/Select Sires salesman, Ken Haak. As he grew older, he was given more responsibilities and eventually participated in an artificial insemination course held at the dairy by Larry Nootenboom, also a salesman for All West/Select Sires. “Being able to meet and learn from both of these All West veterans was extremely motivating and beneficial,” he explained. “It inspired me keep learning about the genetics side of our industy.”
This interest only grew after Kelby enrolled at WSU. “To me, it’s one of the best parts of the industry, getting to work with breeders in developing future generations of profitable cattle. I get to work with, and learn from, a team that focuses on the customer first, and that’s cool.”
“I was able to attend the Dairy Challenge Academy this spring as a member of the champion team. While winning was exciting, another highlight of the trip was being exposed to the quality employees of Select Sires, so I applied for an internship with All West. I was pretty excited to earn an internship position in the summer of 2014 and be immersed in the culture of All West. It only seemed natural to accept a full-time position after graduation!” said Stadt.
When Kelby isn’t assisting farmers in discovering products and services that All West/Select Sires offers, he enjoys reading and would like to purchase a horse to continue his childhood hobby of horseback riding.
Stadt started work with All-West Select Sires in May.