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Ag Alumni in the Classroom - Kirk Sattazahn '94 AG BM

Posted: November 30, 2012

One would say that Kirk Sattazahn is a busy guy. Sattazahn was born into the dairy business, coming from a family that managed their own farm. He had to make a choice between taking over the family dairy farm or continuing his education. He choose Agribusiness Management and graduated with a B.S. in 1994 and now is the Director of Marketing with Select Sire Power.
Kirk Sattazahn '94 AG BM came to Careers in Animal Sciences to speak on his career with Select Sire Power.

Kirk Sattazahn '94 AG BM came to Careers in Animal Sciences to speak on his career with Select Sire Power.

By Jena Sigel, Ag Alumni Relations Intern

Select Sire Power


Sattazahn came to speak in my Careers in Animal Sciences class about his career with Select Sire Power. Being a reproductive solution specialist, Sattazahn  must keep up to date on changes in the company. He must have knowledge of Select Sire's new products and innovations the company promotes and market those ideas to customers. Select Sires Inc., the overhead of Select Sire Power, is the largest Artificial Insemination company in North America. 

"The beef and dairy industry has changed in the last three to four years more than it ever has in the last fifteen years," states Sattazahn.

Sattazahn described many career positions in the beef and dairy reproductive industry, including direct herd salesmen, technicians to breed cows, reproductive specialists, dairy coordinators, technician supervisors, and his position of regional marketing director. All of these positions lead to a very important aspect in the animal food industry--improving the herd in one generation.

With a career in genomics and reproduction, an individual is creating products to best meet the needs of the farmers. With the many innovations that Sattazahn described, farmers can use new products to further advance their herd to improve attributes such as milk fat, protein content, and low somatic cell count.

From designing new tools to detect estrus cycles in cows, to breeding efficiently and effectively, a career in the beef and dairy industry is a fast-paced and ever-changing  path to new and improved technology.

 For more information, contact Jena Sigel, Ag Alumni Relations Intern at jls6196@psu.edu