Select Sires' 50th Anniversary


Our History


Since 1965, the employees of Select Sires have been passionate about your success. Dairy and beef producers like you have turned to Select Sires for semen and services, and through time Select Sires has become the trusted source for breed-leading genetics and superior programs. This has all been carried out by the largest and most highly trained, professional sales and service staff in the industry.

Select Sires' story began in 1961 when four farmer-owned A.I. cooperatives in Ohio, Illinois and Kentucky met for the first time to establish a semen exchange program offering their owners a wider variety of genetic options and improving efficiency within their operations. Four years later, Central Ohio Breeding Association, Kentucky Artificial Breeding Association, Northern Illinois Breeding Cooperative and Southern Illinois Breeding Association formally incorporated Select Sires and consolidated their production facilities in Columbus, Ohio.

Through the years cooperatives merged and joined Select Sires Inc. One of the largest expansions was in 1969 when six A.I. cooperatives from Utah, Tennessee, Michigan, Mississippi and Virginia joined the federation. Over the years, more cooperatives and distributorships-turned-cooperatives evolved into the current cooperative structure with nine members that operate their own marketing, sales and service programs in a geographical region. Local, professional sales and service personnel work with the dairy and beef producers to assist them in meeting their individual management needs. Each cooperative is represented on the Select Sires board of directors by customer-owners.

In 1972, Select Sires began constructing the current facilities outside of Plain City, Ohio, northwest of Columbus. It is now the world's largest bull housing facility.

International demand for U.S. genetics has grown and Select Sires now markets semen worldwide to more than 95 countries. In 2000, Select Sires purchased half of World Wide Sires which sells semen in Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania. That same year, Select Sires Canada was established to market semen in eastern Canada and in 2014, after the purchase of GenerVations Inc., Select Sires GenerVations Inc. was formed and now serves dairy and beef producers across all of Canada. Select Sires do Brasil was founded in 2011 as a wholly-owned subsidiary in Brazil and distributors in Latin America have been established through the years. Though we have grown, our commitment to customer service, semen quality and sourcing elite genetics remains the same.

Select Sires has consistently developed and provided high-quality programs and services for its customer-owners over the past 50 years. Select's gold-standard progeny test program, the Program for Genetic Advancement™ (PGA™) involves more than 2,500 cooperator herds across the country. Select Mating Service™ (SMS™) and StrataGEN® are two of the best inbreeding solutions and SMS has helped dairy producers throughout the world improve the Type in their herds. One of Select's oldest programs, SMS, has grown to annually provide matings for more than two million new cows. The Program for Fertility Advancement™ (PFA™) field tests new semen processing technologies and is the only research network of its kind. Select Reproductive Solutions™ (SRS™) specialists and technicians are highly trained to provide a variety of reproductive services including herd management systems and technologies like CowManager®.

™Select Mating Service, SMS, Program for Fertility Advancement, PFA, Select Reproductive Solutions and SRS are trademarks of Select Sires Inc. ®StrataGEN is a registered trademark of Select Sires Inc. CowManager is a registered trademark of Agis Automatisering.