COVID-19 Update: Select Sires’ Commitment to Safety and Service

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, March 17, 2020 — Select Sires cares deeply about the health and wellness of our employees, their families and our customer-owners. COVID-19 is having a substantial impact on our lives, businesses and supply chains. As we continue to gain understanding of the situation, we are taking serious precautions to protect against the spread of the virus and our thoughts are with all those affected. At this time, we want to share an update about Select Sires’ business and our action plan to keep our employees and customer-owners safe while we continue to deliver products and services around the globe.

COVID-19 Update

Select Sires Inc. staff

Select Sires and our partners are following the guidance of global health experts at the World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about prevention of the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We are reminding our employees about frequent hand washing, and we are regularly cleaning and disinfecting our facilities and equipment. Most importantly, we have asked that our employees stay home from work if they feel sick. 

To help protect our employees from the spread of COVID-19, travel has been limited both domestically and to international destinations. Additionally, Select Sires Inc. is closing our facilities to visitors, and decreasing face-to-face interactions during vendor drop offs.

Select Sires Inc. has implemented a temporary work-from-home policy for all employees who are able to perform their responsibilities remotely and asked that any employees who report to work not congregate in common areas. We have suspended all face-to-face meetings and are utilizing video conferencing systems.

Semen collections, processing and shipments

In addition to our commitment to staff and customer-owners, Select Sires has a responsibility to maintain the care of young calves and bulls. Our staff is highly trained and will continue to deliver the most elite care and meet our established animal-welfare policies while adhering to COVID-19 precautions. We will continue normal business processes including collections, processing and shipments of product to our member cooperatives and to international markets.

On-farm service

Amid this pandemic, we know that our dairy and beef producers will continue to provide care to their cattle and provide our nation with safe and nutritious products. We commend our farmer-owners for their dedication and compassion during these challenging times. Select Sires will continue to take measures to keep our customer-owners safe while we continue to serve your needs. Adjustments can be made to limit contact during semen and herd management product deliveries and services. Please contact your local member cooperative with questions regarding technician services and product deliveries in your area.

Our commitment

At Select Sires, people are our number one asset. We are committed to protecting our employees and have implemented safeguards to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As a customer-owned cooperative, we are following the guidance of our board of directors and senior leadership to minimize the impact of this pandemic while we continue to serve dairy and beef customer-owners. We acknowledge that this is an evolving situation and we will provide updates as necessary.           

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is the largest global A.I. cooperative and is comprised of six farmer-owned and -controlled local organizations in the United States. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen, as well as excellence in service and programs to supply dairy and beef producers with the world’s best genetics.