LANSING —Two well-known and successful agricultural cooperatives in the upper Midwest have signed an intent to merge.
The board of directors for East Central/Select Sires, based in Waupun, Wis., and NorthStar Cooperative, based in Lansing, reached a unanimous decision to work toward unifying the two business entities under the name CentralStar Cooperative Inc.
Currently, NorthStar Cooperative serves dairy and beef producers in northern Wisconsin, Michigan, and northern Indiana. East Central/Select Sires serves dairy and beef producers in southern Wisconsin. There is no overlapping territory between the two cooperatives, so once the merger is confirmed, service will continue as usual for patron members
According to a statement, merging the cooperatives will create even greater value for members and customers through improved economies of scale and expanding resources and services available to customers, such as Dairy Herd Improvement (DHI) services and diagnostic testing.
“The board is really excited about this potential merger,” said Paul Trierweiler, president of NorthStar Cooperative board of directors. “The dairy and beef industries are changing rapidly, and the board believes becoming one cooperative creates a lot of opportunities to better serve all members and customers.”
NorthStar Cooperative and East Central/Select Sires will follow its governing documents and conduct a vote of the common stock owners (NorthStar Cooperative) and delegates (East Central/Select Sires) to approve the merger in early 2019.
If approved, the merging of business operations will begin May 1, operating as CentralStar Cooperative Inc. with a focus on enhancing producer profitability through integrated services, and providing Accelerated Genetics, GenerVations, and Select Sires genetics; extensive artificial- insemination (A.I.) technician service; genetic consultation; reproduction services; DHI services; diagnostic testing; herd-management products; and research and development.
All current business locations are expected to remain open for the foreseeable future.