February 2011: American breeder to address members at Holstein NI meeting
Moira venue on Thursday, February 10
World Wide Sires marketing assistant, Natalie Sneller, will be the guest speaker at next week’s Holstein NI meeting, which takes place at Gilgood Lodge, Moira on Thursday, February 10 commencing at 8pm.
Ms Sneller was raised on her family’s Holstein operations in the state of Maine, Conant Acres and Dirigo Holsteins. She is the fourth generation of her family to be involved in the registered Holstein business.
At Conant Acres, the Sneller family milk 75 head with a rolling herd average of more than 28,500 pounds of milk. They focus on breeding high type cattle and developing deep cow families. After the most recent classification their farm ranks among the top herds in the country with a BAA of 112.9%, with 47 Excellent and 43 Very Good cows. Well-known cow families that have been developed at Conant Acres include Elevation Sweet, Ned Boy Margot and Integrity Robin.
Growing up, Natalie was actively involved in Junior Holstein and 4-H activities, serving as president of her local 4-H club and both the New England and Pine Tree Junior Holstein Associations. She was named a Distinguished Junior Member Finalist by the Holstein Association in 2005.
Natalie Sneller attended Virginia Tech, where she graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dairy Science and Agricultural Economics. On campus, she was active in several organizations including the Alpha Zeta Fraternity and the Virginia Tech Dairy Club, where she served as president and as a member of the Virginia Tech Dairy Challenge Team that received first-place Platinum honors. She was a member of the 2006 VT Dairy Judging team, and placed first at the national contest in two breeds. Natalie was recognized as the top dairy science graduate in the United States by the National Dairy Shrine in 2007 and was named Outstanding Senior of the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Since graduating from Virginia Tech, Natalie Sneller has been employed as a marketing assistant at World Wide Sires, Visalia, California. Her responsibilities include developing promotional materials, managing non-semen product sales (embryos and other products), serving as the marketing contact for the company’s CRM program, assisting with management of the international mating program and providing additional support to the sales team.
One of her key accomplishments has been the development of World Wide Sires University, an online learning center for World Wide Sires distributors and customers around the world. Despite living across country, she remains involved with the breeding program at her home farm.