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Who we are
Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc. is committed to enhancing the productivity and profitability of dairy and beef producers. Highly fertile semen and genetic consultation are provided by three farmer-owned and -controlled cooperatives domestically, while World Wide Sires, Ltd. delivers international service. As the industry leader, Select Sires Inc. supplies farmers and ranchers with the world's best genetics, services and programs.

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Our Mission

With the highest integrity, maximize the productivity, profitability, and sustainability of livestock producers who feed the world.

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What is a cooperative?

Select Sires' story began in 1965 when four farmer-owned A.I. cooperatives formally incorporated Select Sires and consolidated their production facilities in Columbus, Ohio. Over the years, more cooperatives and distributorships-turned-cooperatives evolved into the current cooperative structure with three members that operate their own marketing, sales and service programs in a geographical region. Local, professional sales and service personnel work with 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 who help provide direction and guidance to Select Sires’ future. As a cooperative, patronage dividends are returned to our customer-owners.

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  • 7HO58 Elevation



    On August 30, 1965, 7HO58 ELEVATION (EX-96-GM) was born. A 2014 report by Holstein Association USA concluded that ELEVATION still had more genes present in the Holstein breed than any other sire. 

  • Three managers of the first Select Sires cooperatives. (left to right) Wilbur Goeke, NIBCO, Dick Kellogg, COBA and Marshall Carpenter, KABA


    Formation of Select Sires Inc.

    On October 12, 1965 Central Ohio Breeding Association (COBA), Kentucky Artificial Breeding Association (KABA), Northern Illinois Breeding Cooperative (NIBCO) and Southern Illinois Breeding Association (SIBA) signed the Charter of Incorporation for Select Sires Inc. The first board of directors consisted of eight customer-owners.

  • new semen straws and old ampules


    Straw Packaging for Semen

    In 1972 a transition from ampules to straws was implemented. As of September 1, 2019, more than 427 million conventional ½ cc straws have been produced by Select Sires Inc.

  • Ron Long with evaluators at the first SMS conference


    Select Mating Service® (SMS®)

    Seeing a growing concern for good functional type of high-producing cows, Select Sires began putting an emphasis on herd consultation and type evaluation. As a result, three part-time evaluators mated 5,800 cows in the first year of Select Mating Service (SMS). 

  • BOVA as a newborn calf


    First Embryo Transfer Calf Born in The U.S.

    On March 12, 1974 7HO572 Rockalli Son of BOVA was born. BOVA was the first calf born from embryo transfer in the U.S., he became a highly-proven sire at Select Sires.

  • 1974

    Program for Genetic AdvancementTM (PGATM)

    Select Sires established its young sire sampling program officially named Program for Genetic Advancement. It was, and continues to be, a truly national sampling program.  


  • 1980

    Select Embryos

    On May 13, 1980, Select Embryos, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary, was formed for the purpose of embryo transfers and research.


  • 1983


    On March 18, 1983 7JE254 BERRETTA was born. He held the top spot for JPITM for 13 consecutive sire summaries.

  • 1995

    ACTION is born

    7JE590 ACTION was born on June 2, 1995. He held the ranking as No. 1 Jersey sire for sales at Select Sires until 7JE1038 VALENTINO surpassed him in April of 2010.

  • 2000

    Select Sires' Canadian Acquisition

    In March 2000 Select Sires purchased its primary distributor in eastern Canada, TransCanada, Inc., and formed Select Sires Canada, Inc. In 2014, Select Sires Canada and GenerVations merged to form Select Sires GenerVations.


  • 2000

    Sire Power Acquisition

    On July 1, 2000 Select Sires Inc. acquired Sire Power land, bulls and production assets and began semen production at the facilities in Tunkhannock, Pa.

  • 2001

    World Wide Sires Purchase

    Select Sires purchased half of World Wide Sires which markets Select Sires semen in Asia, Europe, Africa and Oceania. In 2017, Select Sires obtained full ownership of World Wide Sires upon merging with Accelerated Genetics.


  • 2002

    Program for Fertility AdvancementTM (PFATM)

    The Program for Fertility Advancement (PFA) was developed to facilitate Select Sires' research efforts. With cooperator herds across the country, Select Sires can test new semen processing techniques and extenders. As a direct result of PFA research, Select Sires introduced a new semen extender in 2003. 

  • 2005

    gender SELECTed Semen Revolutionizes the Industry

    After extensive research and achieving 90 percent heifer calves, gender SELECTED semen was introduced to Select Sires' customer-owners.

  • 2005

    Select Reproductive Solutions® (SRS®)

    SRS was established to provide reproductive troubleshooting and consulting. In 2018, over 1.5 million cows were reproductively evaluated through the Select Repro Analysis program. There are now more than 80 SRS consultants around the world.

  • 2009

    Aggressive Reproductive Technologies™ (ART™)

    The ART program was created to develop Holsteins that are genetically unique compared to those found in the general population. Top-managed herds provide excellent proving grounds for elite bull dams of these superior young sires. 7HO11314 MOGUL (EX-93-GM) was the first ART bull to hold No.1 GTPI® spot among daughter proven sires.

  • 2009

    Genomic Selection Introduced

    In 1992, Select Sires Inc. began sending semen to the USDA repository for the future development of what is known today as genomic selection. This single genetic tool has revolutionized the breeding industry and decreased the bovine generation interval.

  • 2011

    Select Sires do Brasil established

    In January 2011, Select Sires do Brasil was created with the purchase of former Select Sires Brazilian distributorship, Semeia. In 2018, Accelerated Genetics do Brasil was also acquired by Select Sires Inc.


  • 2012

    StrataGEN® Program Created

    StrataGEN is introduced as a unique, sequential breeding system. It helps dairy producers achieve individual breeding goals while also minimizing inbreeding.

  • 2014

    Select Sires purchases GenerVations

    Select Sires Canada, All West/Select Sires Canada and former GenerVations personnel merged and now serve Canada from coast to coast as Select Sires GenerVations.

  • 2017

    Join Forces with Accelerated Genetics

    Accelerated Genetics and Select Sires Inc. joined forces.

  • 2019

    Select Sires Argentina

    Reproductores S.R.L. Argentina Acquisition - became Select Sires Argentina