The boards of directors and management teams of KABA/Select Sires and Cache Valley Select Sires, Inc. are pleased to announce that an agreement has been signed for the two cooperatives to merge into one new cooperative. Select Sires MidAmerica, Inc. has been formed and will begin conducting business on Jan. 1. The new cooperative will provide its customer-owners from 11 states across mid-America cost savings and enhanced services from Select Sires MidAmerica’s personnel while offering the same high-quality products that Select Sires is well-known for.

Randy Hill, current manager of Cache Valley Select Sires, will serve as the cooperative’s manager, while Paul Kunkel, current manager of KABA/Select Sires will resume the responsibilities of assistant manager. All key personnel will continue with their current responsibilities, and semen, supplies and products will continue to be distributed from the Kentucky and Utah offices. Select Sires MidAmerica will be governed by the two combined boards of directors.

“KABA/Select Sires and Cache Valley Select Sires have confidence that working together through this merger will enhance services while controlling overhead costs,” stated Randy Hill. “The merger will provide improved programs, servicesand genetics to our customer-owners and offer broader opportunities to our employees.”

“Select Sires MidAmerica will now be able to offer the best of both cooperatives to all of our members,” noted Paul Kunkel. “We are looking forward to the benefits that we will provide to our customer-owners in the future.”

Examining their proud pasts, KABA and Cache Valley have deep traditions with the Select Sires cooperative. Incorporated in 1945, Kentucky Artificial Breeding Association (now known as KABA) joined with COBA (Central Ohio Breeding Association), NIBCO (Northern Illinois Breeding Cooperative) and SIBA (Southern Illinois Breeding Association) to form Select Sires Inc. in 1965. Cache Valley was founded in 1948 and joined the Select Sires cooperative in August of 1969. PD


—From Select Sires news release