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A cutting edge bovine reproduction company Ultimate Genetics, LLC. Wheelock, Texas, has recently hired a Director of Research and Technology.

Dr Melissa McDonagh joined Ultimate Genetics staff in October 2007. Dr. McDonagh is charged with the administration of all current and future research projects for Ultimate Genetics.

“The beef and dairy industry are demanding more and more toward stabilizing reproduction technologies. All of the top seed stock producers today utilize artificial insemination and embryo transfer. Ultimate Genetics is committed in staying in the forefront of new technologies regarding bovine reproduction. We are devoting tremendous resources, toward finding breakthroughs in new techniques and procedures geared around improving efficiencies through new reproductive technologies. For this reason we felt it necessary and a responsibility to have someone on staff with an education and the experience to administer scientific “bench marks” and “quality controls” regarding all of our systems,” stated Trey Kirkpatrick, President Ultimate Genetics. He went on to say, “We are fortunate to have Melissa on staff and feel confident that she will help us secure our company's place as a leading reproductive service provider to the industry.”

Originally from New York City, McDonagh moved to Connecticut and received a B.S. with honors in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut in 1998. Melissa became the president of Sigma Alpha sorority, which promotes women excelling in agriculture. After moving to Texas in 1999 she began a Ph.D. program at Texas A&M University, where she was the recipient of a USDA Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate Study Grant and a NIH Training grant to complete her degree. In 2005 she received a Ph.D. in Veterinary Microbiology from Texas A&M University.

Dr. McDonagh joined Ultimate Genetics after being employed by the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology at Texas A&M University for the past two years as a post-doctoral research associate. Her research for the past 8 years has involved the development and testing of improved vaccine strains to prevent brucellosis for use in livestock, wildlife, and humans.

Dr. McDonagh is currently a member of the American Society for Microbiology and Sigma Xi, the scientific research society.

If you have any questions about Ultimate Genetics, LLC Research and Development you can contact Dr. McDonagh by phone 1-800-962-7466 or email


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