St. Jacobs ABC is pleased to announce that Robert Fitzsimmons of East Montpelier, VT will be joining their staff as Director of Sales. In his new role, Fitzsimmons will be responsible for the growth of business in all aspects of St. Jacobs ABC’s product lines through the growth of St. Jacobs ABC sire programs. He will work directly with the ABS/St. Jacobs ABC sales team as a resource to provide more information and support to the customer, spending a great deal of time on farms working with breeders on the St. Jacobs ABC programs. In addition, he will be responsible for developing new markets for embryos and cattle for the St. Jacobs ABC elite female program as well.
Bob has been involved in the cattle breeding business his entire life, starting with roles at Dreamstreet Holsteins and with Holstein USA as Director of Classification. Bob went on to manage the elite breeding and marketing programs of Lylehaven Farms in VT and Carrousel Farms in IL. In these roles, Bob helped develop two of the most elite show herds in the world, garnering many honors including Premier Breeder and Exhibitor banners along with championships at both the Royal Winter Fair and the World Dairy Expo. Most recently, Bob has spent time in sales in the AI Industry.
Bob is an accomplished judge and has had assignments in many countries around the world and has judged at the World Dairy Expo and the Royal Winter Fair. Currently, he serves as an official for Holstein USA’s judges training program and has been a leader in training new judges through many programs.
“Bob is one of the most experienced cow men we know. He has dedicated his life to the industry and is world renowned for his ability to breed, select, and judge cattle. He is the perfect fit for our program that is focused on providing the best type genetics in the world,” says St. Jacobs owner, Tim Abbott. Tim added, “To be able to add the knowledge and experience of Bob to our team will help our business grow and take our commitment to customer satisfaction to the next level.” Fitzsimmons is excited to be a part of the team as well. “I have watched the St. Jacobs ABC program grow with great admiration over the past decade. Their bulls such as DUNDEE, DESTRY*RC, BUXTON, and AFTERSHOCK are all breed leaders. Their sampling programs, such as Judge’s Choice, are the most creative in the industry and their ownership of cows like Dundee Hezbollah, Gold Barbara, and Cameron add a unique piece to their business. I look forward to helping St. Jacobs ABC meet their goal of becoming the industry leader for elite Type genetics,” states Fitzsimmons.
Located in Franklin, Vermont, St. Jacobs ABC has been in the development of elite dairy genetics since 1958. St. Jacobs ABC is the supplier of some of ABS’ most prestigious genetics. Headquartered in DeForest, Wisconsin, ABS Global is the world leader in bovine genetics, reproduction services and technologies. ABS has been at the forefront of animal genetics and technology since its founding in 1941. ABS Global is a division of Genus plc.