Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan dairy and beef producers recently received $335,251 through the CentralStar COVID-19 semen rebate relief program. The program was launched earlier this year to help ease the financial challenges customers and member-owners were experiencing due to disruptions created by the pandemic with supply chain and consumer demands.
“As a cooperative, CentralStar has and continues to focus on balancing the needs of our customers and member-owners with those of the business,” says Paul Trierweiler, CentralStar Cooperative board president. “While COVID definitely threw CentralStar’s operations a curve ball, the board of directors assessed our position and reprioritized needs, allowing us to provide the rebate program.”
CentralStar’s COVID-19 semen rebate relief program was introduced in June and culminated Aug. 31 with 4,183 dairy and beef producers receiving benefits.
“The rebate program is the most recent example of how CentralStar keeps the needs of our customers and member-owners first,” Trierweiler says. “Our cooperative has a long history of providing opportunities that effectively offset on-farm expenses through rebates, dividends, year-end prepay rewards and more.”
Earlier this year, CentralStar implemented precautionary measures to protect the health, safety and well-being of customers, employees and their families. These safeguards remain in place today, allowing CentralStar to provide uninterrupted service for artificial insemination, Dairy Herd Information services, diagnostic testing, as well as genetic and reproductive consultation to herds.
“We appreciate the efforts and dedication of the CentralStar team during this time,” Trierweiler says. “In good and bad times, trust that the employees and board of directors are committed to our customers and member-owners to meet our mission of enhancing producer profitability through integrated services.”