Iowa firm sends livestock genetics around the world

Iowa firm sends livestock genetics around the world
Bob Kirkland, right, shipping manager at Hawkeye Breeders Service, Inc., explains how semen is packaged and shipped worldwide from their headquarters in Adel.

Farm Bureau members last week got a behind-the-scenes look at one of the largest semen collection facilities in the world, Hawkeye Breeders Service Inc. in Adel.

The family-owned company began in the 1960s as a custom semen collection facility and bull fertility testing lab. In addition to collection and processing, the company also ships semen from bulls all around the globe, according to David Jensen, who owns and operates the business with his wife, Brandy. Jensen’s grandfather started the business.

Hawkeye Breeders Service is the largest bull custom collection facility in the United States. ...

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