Beginning August 1, 2018, Jessica Peter will assume the responsibilities of Ayrshire sire development within Select Sires’ industry-leading sire department. In accordance with Select Sires’ mission statement, Peter will coordinate and develop Ayrshire genetics that enhance the productivity and profitability of Ayrshire producers world-wide.
“As an owner and breeder of Ayrshire cattle, Jessica has a personal passion for the future of the Ayrshire breed. Her past experiences in sire acquisition will be a tremendous benefit to her new role,” explains Jeff Ziegler, vice president of dairy cattle breeding at Select Sires. “Passion is synonymous with the entire Select Sires sire development team—making Jessica an exceptional fit.”
Peter joined the Select Sires team following the 2017 merger with Accelerated Genetics. In her six years with Accelerated Genetics, she worked exclusively in sire development and marketing. At the start of her career, she processed sire contracts and genomic samples and later coordinated and attended SETS and cattle picturing. In late 2014, Peter transitioned to a sire analyst role and procured Ayrshire, Holstein, Brown Swiss and Milking Shorthorn sires.
In addition to her new leadership role in Ayrshire sire development, Peter will continue in her current capacity, working with industry data as coordinator of dairy development programs at Select Sires. Peter is a 2011 graduate of Iowa State University with a bachelor of science degree in agricultural studies.