As you were recently informed, the boards of directors of All West/Select Sires, COBA/Select Sires, Select Sires MidAmerica, and Minnesota/Select Sires voted unanimously to merge as one cooperative representing the Select Sires federation in 27 U.S. states and the country of Mexico. The new cooperative, Select Sires Member Cooperative (SSMC), will begin as of October 1, 2023.
Click here to read the official press release:
Merger Approved, Select Sires Member Cooperative Formed
Select Sires Member Cooperative Names Chris Sigurdson Chief Executive Officer
Our Board of Directors met for the final time as All West/Select Sires at our Burlington, Washington headquarters office in September. At this meeting, they determined which board members from our current territory will now be representing farmer-owners of the new SSMC districts. Those members are: Dennis Areias (CA), Justin Borges (CA), Jonathon DeGroot (CA), Jerry Lanting (WA), Frank Leonardo (CA), Randy Kortus (WA), and Bob Vander Poel (CA).
Pictured here are those who attended this meeting. From left to right: Chris Jansen, Randy Kortus, Jonathon DeGroot, Bob Vander Poel, Justin Borges, Rolf Veening, Dennis Areias, Jim Regli, Jerry Lanting and Secretary Christine Watters.
As a farmer-owner, you can expect to continue receiving industry-leading genetics and quality service from the passionate team who currently serves you. On October 1, Select Sires Member Cooperative will consist of over 300 employees serving over 10,000 valued cooperative members. Among the many benefits of merging as one, Select Sires Member Cooperative will remain a farmer-owned-and-controlled cooperative led by fellow producers.
We also want to assure you that you will continue to receive regular communication from your A.I. cooperative through email newsletters, such as this one, and our social media. You will begin to notice slight changes in these resources as we merge our efforts to become more efficient. Please follow All West/Select Sires on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn where we will share all of the information you need to know during this transition, including the announcement of Select Sires Member Cooperative’s inaugural summer internship program!
Thank you for your continued support and business! Together, Select Sires Member Cooperative will serve member-owners as one cooperative, For the Members: By The Members