Accelerated Genetics is a farmer-owned cooperative offering beef and dairy genetics; a variety of animal health products; and solution-based services tailored to meet each herd’s individual needs. Led by a 10-member board of directors, Accelerated Genetics’ members operate dairy and/or beef farms located throughout the Midwest states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois. Since the beginning of Tri-State Breeders in 1941, the company continued to grow and become not only one of the largest A.I. companies in the Midwest but also one of the largest A.I. companies in the world. Tri-State Breeders was dedicated to its membership area of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa, but realized the potential sales growth world-wide.
The year was 1941. It was in that year that 120 farmers organized Vernon County Breeders in Wisconsin, an artificial breeding organization that would one day become known as Tri-State Breeders, later to become Accelerated Genetics.
While Vernon County Breeders continued to grow, a breeding ring in a neighboring county was developing. Trempealeau County Breeders Cooperative was also formed in 1941. During its first year it served 161 members and inseminated 1800 cows.
The two A.I. cooperatives grew and in 1947 they consolidated to form Tri-State Breeders. The cooperative had 26 sires and employed 16 technicians that serviced 30,000 cows. During this time, another breeding organization was developing in Madison, Wisconsin. Begun as an experimental artificial breeding ring at the University of Wisconsin, Southern Wisconsin Breeders became a cooperative in 1950. Ten years later, Southern and Tri-State merged, a move that almost doubled Tri-State's membership area.
Members can attend the annual Cooperative Initative as well as participate in the Producer Program and other local educational events.
Delegates are elected each year to represent the entire membership and attend two specific meetings each year. The delegates elect the board of directors and each board member represents an assigned district that is divided according to membership and geography of the region.
The Accelerated Genetics cooperative has the unique position of being a global business, serving customer needs in over 90 countries. As Accelerated Genetics grows, the cooperative reinvests in both the business and the industry to help move agriculture forward.
Thus Tri-State began expanding their service and genetics to non-member areas across the world. Because of that worldly growth, it was decided in January of 1995 to change the branding image of Tri-State Breeders, to Accelerated Genetics.