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COBA Celebrates 75 Years

75 years in business – a milestone that few businesses have reached. Yet, COBA/Select Sires celebrates that exact achievement in 2021. To memorialize the 75th anniversary, a series of events was hosted in the greater Columbus area June 16-18, 2021. To begin the events, COBA’s board of directors met on Wednesday. An open house and annual meeting were held for member-owner-customers on Thursday, a special dinner celebration was hosted for the board and delegates Thursday evening, and the week was closed out with delegate meetings on Friday morning.

The open house was kicked off with guests visiting the newly renovated COBA/Select Sires office in Columbus, Ohio. At Select Sires Inc., in Plain City, Ohio, the event continued with a bull parade, which lead into lunch by Heflin’s Caterers, and COBA’s annual meeting.  General manager, Duane Logan, and board president, Chad Steinberger, lead the meeting to update attendees about the state of the cooperative, events over the last two years, and the projected future. (Livestreams of the bull parade and annual meeting are available on COBA’s Facebook page.) Upon conclusion of the meeting, guests enjoyed touring Select Sires’ facilities and learning more about their processes and procedures. Member-owner-customers representing all eight states of COBA’s service territory and Mexico were present to enjoy the festivities.

The special dinner celebration on Thursday evening, was held at the Hilton Columbus at Easton. Special guests and distinguished service award recipients were recognized. Steinberger and Logan addressed the crowd, and ag comedian, Drew Hastings, engaged the audience with his entertaining humor. Topping the night was a fun auction to raise money for college scholarships to students whose families are COBA member-owner-customers.  A total of $10,100 was raised by selling COBA memorabilia, far surpassing the $2,720 raised at the 50th celebration’s fun auction. Auctioneer for the evening was Randall Kiko, of Kiko Auctioneers in northeast Ohio, who also sits on the COBA board of directors. Kiko’s entertaining ringmen for the auction were Bob Griggs, Kirby Pair, Steve Deam, Tyler Chupp, Chad Steinberger and Kevin Jorgensen. High-dollar items for the auction included a vintage COBA thermometer that sold for $2,000, a 1986 gold-plated commemorative plate auctioned for $1,000 and a 50th COBA anniversary sperm cup that sold for $800.

Logan affirms, “The $10,100 total is truly remarkable!  It once again demonstrates what COBA is all about. These dollars will all go to support many member-owner-customer families through scholarships in the name of COBA’s 75th anniversary.  The board of directors and I are very proud of the manner in which COBA operates as a TRUE COOPERATIVE.” COBA/ Select Sires wants to say thank you to our generous buyers who participated in the highly entertaining auction to increase the COBA scholarship funds. COBA continues the tradition of making dreams reality.

It was standing room only when the bull parade began.  Ten bulls were brought out for visitors to catch a glimpse of and they included, Conway, Payload, Regal, Homecoming, Handshake, Chrome, Rager-Red, King Royal, Duke and Gold Chip.

Regal
14HO15223 Sandy-Valley R Conway-ET
 
 Payload 
7HO15348 S-S-I Eisaku Payload-ET
 
King Royal
7HO12787 Plain-Knoll King Royal-ET
 
Handshake 
7HO15524 Siemers Handshake 32706-ET
 
Rager Red 
 7HO12344 Ri-Val-Re Rager-Red-ET
 
Gold Chip
 7HO10921 Mr Chassity Gold Chip-ET
 
Duke
250HO13267 S-S-I Montross Duke-ET
 
 
 
conway
14HO15223 Sandy-Valley R Conway-ET
 
Chrome
71E5004 River Valley Cece Chrome-ET
 
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