Steve Trantham, recently retired AVP of Regional Production Services from GENEX, was awarded the 2019 Service to the Industry Award at this month’s Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Conference in Tennessee. This award recognizes outstanding contributions by individuals working in the artificial insemination (A.I.) industry towards the application or increased use of A.I. and estrous synchronization by beef producers.
During Steve’s tenure with GENEX he not only served as manager of the production center in Strafford, Missouri, he also consulted for other GENEX facilities in Montana, South Dakota, Louisiana and Alabama, ensuring each location produced the highest quality semen possible.
Throughout Steve’s career one of his greatest passions was to develop the next generation of bull stud employees. Over the course of his career, Steve hired over 50 University of Missouri students to work part-time at the Strafford collection facility. These students received a lifetime of experience from Steve in bull management, semen collection, processing and exporting semen. Several of these students have gone on to full-time careers in the beef industry or back to their own family ranches with improved knowledge of how to better their A.I. programs.
“In a word, integrity best describes the performance and professionalism of Steve.”
Working at a custom collection facility, Steve had many opportunities to work directly with ranchers on understanding A.I., the importance of semen handling and tight alignment to protocols. In a letter of recommendation to the award committee, one rancher who had worked with Steve for over 40 years described him this way, “In a word, integrity best describes the performance and professionalism of Steve.”
In recent years, Steve spearheaded efforts at the GENEX custom collection facilities to meet new inspection requirements developed by USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and Certified Semen Services. The written response, authored by Steve, has been used as a guideline in training workshops for APHIS veterinarians that endorse semen or embryo export papers.
Steve made many incredible contributions to beef A.I. over the course of his career. We congratulate him and wish him the best in his retirement!