155th... 62... 48th... 34th... Anniversary (1864 -2019)
Flatness International Inc. is proud of its family history and accomplishments in the dairy industry. Both my maternal great grandfather, Thomas Peterson and my paternal great grandfather, Gunnar Flatness, came from Norway in the latter half of the 19th century. Thomas Peterson cleared the current family farm near Seneca, Illinois in 1864 and began dairy and grain farming. My paternal grandfather, Rasmus T. Flatness of Morris, Illinois, had a successful farm and Dairy with home delivery. My grandfather, father, and my aunts milked the cows and made deliveries. My father, Gordon G. Flatness, and my brother, Bruce, milked cows until 1994. I still own Brown Swiss and Holstein cattle. Thus we celebrate 155 years in the dairy industry, four generations of dairy farmers!
During 1956, I purchased one of my first registered Holsteins , Future Hope Commander Mistress, the Jr. All-American, Jr. Heifer Calf of 1956. Her cow family went on to become the first seven-generation Excellent family in the Holstein breed. Mistress's daughter was one of the first Excellent daughters of Woodbourne Inka Reflector. Approximately 1980, we exported a young bull to a predecessor of Genes Diffusion in Douai, France. His name was Flatness JOBSTRO. In 1985 he was the No. 1 bull in France for combination of Milk, Fat, and Protein, and he was also plus on Type. I've been a registered breeder for over 62 years. Also a aAa customer for 62 years...the longest continous aAa user in the world... for both cows and bulls.
In 1970, I began in the AI business as the Promotion Manager for Tri-State Breeders. Prior to that, I had been a Vocational Agriculture and Biology teacher for four years at Crete-Monee High School, Crete, Illinois. After Tri-State, I worked for ABS as District Sales Manager in Northwest Wisconsin, GMS Evaluator, and later Dairy Advertising Manager. In 1975, I became the Director of Marketing at Sire Power. During my eight years there, Sire Power had a 1200% increase in sales volume in my area of responsibility! I began my own AI business, Flatness International, Inc., in 1985. Thus we celebrate our 48th Anniversary in the AI business!
In 1985, Flatness International, Inc. became a reality, marketing bull semen, cattle, and embryos exclusively to the international market. In 1997, we purchased our first proven bull, Rothrock BS LIGHTNING EX(94)GM, EX(96) Feet & Legs, EX(100) Body. Also in 1997, we began the most elite young sire program in the world, the Crown Jewel Collection.
Then in 2002...the Proven Sires Graduated...BECK VG(85), PHARAOH EX(90), PYRAMID EX(91), ZADE VG(85), DELIVERANCE EX(91), DELLSTAR EX(93), EX(97) Feet & Legs. During Feb. 03, BEETHOVEN EX(95), EX(96) Feet & Legs., MAGNIFICENT EX(93),EX(93) F&L. ,is now highly plus proven for type and production, 5/04 . During May 03 our first Brown Swiss CONQUEST EX(90)graduated, formerly the breeds No.1 Longevity, Udder and Foot& Leg Improver , then our second JULIO, in Feb.04. DORON graduated during August 2005 and BRILLIANCE in 11/05, later TORNADO. then... GOLDEN EYE and MOONRAKER..Later DEFENDER then KLARK , LUST and TYBALT. lastly we added VIKING in 2018! So far 90%...have been Plus Proven for high component production and type... when graduated into our program ! We now market our sires domestically and internationally
We celebrate our 34th Anniversary at Flatness International, Inc., during the year 2019!