Roger Miller, Reproductive Services Specialist (RSS), retired on January 31, 2024 after 50 years of dedicated service to Premier Select Sires and its preceding cooperatives. Please join us in congratulating Roger and thanking him for his service!
Roger grew up on his family’s Holstein dairy farm, Lime Rock Farms in Myerstown, Pennsylvania. Roger, his grandfather Hubert S. Miller, father Roy F. Miller, and siblings especially enjoyed showing cattle.
“Often when you grow up in agriculture, you end up in agriculture for the rest of your life!” he said.
After graduating high school in 1969, Roger worked mornings at his family’s farm and the rest of the day at another farm nearby. After a few years, Roger learned to breed cattle and began working for the Northeastern Breeders Association (which would eventually become Premier Select Sires after several mergers over the years). His first day on the job was January 28, 1974 and he has remained with the organization ever since, working in different areas throughout Pennsylvania. Most recently, Roger served farms in Northampton, Bucks, and Montgomery counties.
Roger was a two-time recipient of the Sire Power (another preceding co-op of Premier) Technician of the Year, and he says that he’s truly enjoyed his career.
“I’ve formed a lot of relationships and it’s been rewarding to talk to customers and get to know them,” said Roger. “I’ve always enjoyed cattle and trying to improve herds. It’s been exciting to see how the mating program has helped farms over the years, and it’s been interesting to watch the changes in the industry over the past 50 years.”
“I’ve enjoyed working with Roger over the past few years. Roger has always taken pride in his job, and his attention to detail has helped him to be successful as an RSS for many years,” said Dave Miklic, Reproductive Service Manager for Premier Select Sires.
In retirement, Roger plans to look for ways to continue being involved in the agriculture industry. He enjoys helping at his local fire company’s bingo nights as the bingo caller, which he’s done for the past 35-40 years, and someday he “just might sit down and write a book” about the amusing and interesting things he’s come across after 50 years as an A.I. technician.
Photo: Roger and his late wife, Sandy