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Select Sires Graduates Exciting Group of Diverse Sires to Proven Lineups

The December sire summaries resulted in several impressive additions to Select Sires’ product lines. This class of graduates offers a nice diversity of new sire stacks and specialists for various market segments. Continue reading for lineup additions in Holstein, Brown Swiss, Guernsey and Jersey sires. 

Holstein Graduates

The much anticipated 7HO12344 RAGER-RED joins Select Sires’ lineup as the Red & White breed’s No. 1 proven sire for GTPI® and NM$. He is a Relief-P son backed by a Very Good (88) 7HO10606 OBSERVER dam and an Excellent (90-EX-MS) 7HO7872 ADVENT-RED grandam. RAGER-RED carries a Superior Settler designation and transmits appealing Type (+2.14) with powerhouse production (+1,400 Milk) numbers.

7HO12357 PENLEY is a fitness and wellness trait specialist that is siring trouble-free cows with great production records. PENLEY is among the best for Somatic Cell Score (SCS) (2.33), Productive Life (PL) (+9.1), Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR) (+2.4) and Dairy Wellness Profit Index (DWP$ ) (+1,039). This 7HO11618 PLATINUM son is an outcross sire designed to meet the needs of today’s breeding programs.

Previously a popular Super Sampler, 7HO12236 BAYONET graduates into the proven lineup with an extremely balanced linear profile. With +1.70 PTAT and +1.90 UDC, this 7HO11525 DONATELLO son is siring high-producing cows with very high and wide rear udders.

Type-giant 7HO12395 SATURN is one of only five proven sires in the breed over +2300 GTPI and greater than +3.00 PTAT. Improve udders with his breed-leading UDC of +3.08 and +3.23 Rear Udder Height. This bull is bred for longevity with his Very Good (88) Clark dam fresh again and working on her fifth lactation.

High-Component Sires

7BS871 ADVISOR graduates to Select’s active proven Brown Swiss lineup. He is an extreme health trait specialist (+7.7 PL and +1.8 DPR) and component specialist (+.09%P and +.12%F). Graduating to Select Sires’ Guernsey lineup is 7GU458 JAGUAR, an elite Type (+1.8) bull that sires cows with sensational udders (+1.5 UDC) and correct feet and legs (+1.6 FLC). Joining the proven Jersey ranks is 7JE5011 MEGAPOWER, an A2A2, high Type (+1.6) Megatron son from a cow family that delivers results.

GenerVations Graduates

250HO1131 SALT joins the GenerVations proven lineup as an all-around complete sire with favorable Calving Ease (6.2 SCE), high fertility (+1.3 DPR) and attractive Type traits (+2.29 PTAT, +2.82 UDC). He is +2518 GTPI and ranks among the top 20 GLPI sires in Canada. A 7HO11314 MOGUL son from Delaberge Planet Louisa (VG-88-VG-MS), SALT’s pedigree ensures success.

Accelerated Genetics Graduates

Two Holsteins and one Jersey sire join the Accelerated Genetics lineup. One of the lineup’s most recognizable bulls, 14HO7461 CRANK-IT, graduates to the proven ranks with an ultra-low SCS (2.63) and crowd-pleasing Type (+2.37). He’s a 7HO11477 MCCUTCHEN son from a Very Good (87) Iota from a (EX-92-3E-EX-MS-GMD-DOM) Toystory with a lifetime milk record of 295,000 pounds. 14HO7426 EQUINOX offers a MOGUL-free pedigree and is guaranteed to improve health and fitness traits, while siring moderate-framed cattle. With a +5.6 PL, 14JE670 LEMONHEAD sires long-lasting cows while improving health traits and components (+.17%F). He is the industry’s first proven Samson son from a Very Good (88%) Renegade dam.

For more details about Select Sires’ new graduates lineup, visit www.selectsires.com or contact your Select Sires sales representative.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of nine farmer-owned and -controlled cooperatives. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen as well as excellence in service and programs to achieve its basic objective of supplying dairy and beef producers with North America’s best genetics at a reasonable price.

CRV Lineups Offer Genetics Proven To Build Efficient, Healthier, And More Profitable Cows

CRV USA is excited to release strong lineups for both the Holstein and Jersey breeds—delivering on our promise to help producers build better cows for a better life. For several years, CRV USA has helped customers truly focus on ways to make their operation more profitable: building healthier herds, driving efficient production, and producing premium milk. That focus continues today and is further underscored with the release of a new CRV proprietary HerdBuilder trait—Milk Urea Nitrogen.

NEW TRAIT HELPS FARMERS FOCUS ON EFFICIENCY

MUN (Milk Urea Nitrogen) is a term that we hear constantly in the nutrition and milk production world, but did you know that MUN also has a large genetic component? MUN measures the amount of urea nitrogen in the milk, and therefore can be used to determine how efficiently a cow synthesizes protein. This new and exciting breeding value can have an impact on crude protein utilization and the amount of nitrogen excreted to the environment. The heritability of MUN is 65%, greater than Fat or Protein Percent.

  • 097HO41459 LEVATOR is the absolute lineup leader for Milk Urea Nitrogen. With a value of -3.68 this bull guarantees to lower the MUN content in your milk. Combined with a value of 11 for Better Life Efficiency LEVATOR is an efficiency champion.
  • 097HO41743 HARLEY is a second sire ensuring extremely efficient daughters. With a MUN value of -0.10 and excellent conformation, this sire surely won’t disappoint

 DRIVING EFFICIENT PRODUCTION

Using Better Life Efficiency, CRV continues to help producers breed more efficient and profitable herds. The CRV lineup averages an extreme 10% for Better Life Efficiency—moderating stature, improving feed to milk conversion, and increasing longevity.

  • New bull 097HO41885 MASON is the new lineup leader for Better Life Efficiency at 17%. He uses his +2357 value for PTA Milk to build a foundation for your herd. Combining this with is low stature of +0.36 and Lactation Persistency of 111 MASON is a sire of extremely efficient daughters.
  • 097HO41744 LIGERO is another exceptional option for Efficiency coming in at 16% for BLE. He is a fantastic bull for fat at +90 pounds to go along with very moderate frame size at +0.15 Stature. Daughters will also be Efficient in the parlor with a Milking Speed value of 105.
  • 097HO41651 FORWARD continues to excel in BLE at 13%. This AltaSpring son definitely moves your breeding program forward with his 146 pounds of CFP, high fat and protein percentages, Lactation Persistency of 108 and low Body Weight Composite of +0.06.

 BUILDING HEALTHIER HERDS

Using Better Life Health, CRV continues to help customers breed healthier, fertile, and longer lasting cows. The CRV lineup for Better Life Health is better than ever at 5% —reducing mastitis, preventing lameness, and improving fertility.

  • New addition 097HO41855 EXCLUSIVE is a one of a kind package for health traits with a Better Life Health score of 7%. He is 4.8 SCE and +4.9 DPR to go along with a Hoof Health score of 104.
  • A Jersey leader for health is proven bull 097JE00050 BARKSDALE with a score of 15% for Better Life Health. He has one of the most outstanding values for Productive Life in the Jersey breed at 10.1 and extremely healthy udders with a Somatic Cell Score of 2.63.
  • New Jersey bull, 097JE00165 SULLY, is another great option for healthier herds. He is +1.0 for DPR and excels in Livability at +2.2.

 

PRODUCING PREMIUM MILK

Using milk component and CRV proprietary HerdBuilder traits, we continue to help dairy farmers breed cows that produce more valuable milk. In uncertain milk market trends, CRV can help farmers make their milk more valuable and increase their milk checks without growing your herds.

  • Dutch Holstein and new release, 097HO41760 EMPIRE excels in his Premium Milk traits. He is +0.35% Fat and +0.17% Protein. He has a tremendous NVI value of 350, and is also an A2A2 Beta Casein sire.
  • 097HO41830 AUDIBLE, is the Holstein leader on the CRV lineup for CFP at 170 pounds. He is 106 pounds of Fat with a Fat Percentage of +0.16% and is $922 Net Merit. He is doing this all from a moderate sized cow with his 0.49 value for stature.
  • 097JE00157 CHRISTTY-P is both a great option for Premium Milk and polled genetics. This polled Jersey sire is +0.10% Fat and +0.07% Protein. In addition to being an A2A2 Beta Casein sire, he is also an udder improver at +23.9 JUI.

 

Source: CRV

CRV Offers Red Breed Sire Directory for Fleckvieh, MRY and Red Holstein

CRV USA is excited to release strong lineups for the Fleckvieh, MRY and Red Holstein breeds—delivering on our promise to help producers build better cows for a better life. For several years, CRV USA has helped customers truly focus on ways to make their operation more profitable: building healthier herds, driving efficient production, and producing premium milk. That focus continues today and the rise in popularity of the red breeds has not escaped the attention of CRV USA. CRV USA is therefore extremely excited to offer a Red Breed Sire Directory.

  • Fleckvieh bull WALK 097FL80493 headlines the lineup at an outstanding 140 TMI with 1008 kgs Milk. His high udder conformation and health means his daughters will produce well for several lactations.
  • New release Fleckvieh bull VERTIGO 97FL59510 will work well in crossbreeding situations as our leader for udder conformation at 129. This A2A2 bull has great calving ease and daughter fertility to ensure the health of his next generation.
  • MAHUTA P 097FL59680 is a polled Fleckvieh bull that brings in a tremendous amount of milk and a great linear profile. With great slope to the rump and strong feet and legs the daughters will be fertile and long lasting.
  • Newly daughter proven Fleckvieh bull DAX 097FL71420 pairs being A2A2 with strong production and component percentages. Great udders and easy calving makes DAX a great fit for any operation and can be used with daughter proven confidence.
  • MRY bull HARM 097MI41831 is a leading Rivaal son with outstanding component percentages at 0.30% Fat and 0.01% Protein, paired with below average somatic cell counts and well attached udders.

CRV USA also has a wide variety of Red, Red Carrier, and Polled sires from our breeding programs in Holland. These sires all represent the desire to increase components and breed efficient cows while allowing producers to take advantage of red and polled genes. One example of this is PERPLEX RED PP 097HO41419 who is 1281 kgs milk and over two points on udder composite. Those values paired with being homozygous polled allows him to fit in a variety of breeding goals.

To learn more about our Fleckvieh, MRY and Red Holstein lineup and how CRV can help you build BETTER COWS FOR A BETTER LIFE, check out our new red breed directory and the links below or contact a CRV Genetic Consultant today at 1-855-CRV-COWS.

  • December 2017 CRV USA Red Breed Directory

About CRV

CRV is a leading, customer focused cattle improvement organization fully committed to adding value for our farmers. With facilities in the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Germany, Luxembourg, South Africa, Brazil, the United States, the Czech Republic and Spain, CRV sells semen in more than 60 countries. CRV’s U.S. office in Madison, Wisconsin, was established in 2009, and our team delivers solutions that support farmers in building more profitable and efficient herds.

 

Source: Hoards

GENEX launches ICC$ index for Jerseys

The index includes two new proprietary traits.

With the December sire summary, GENEX releases the Ideal Commercial Cow (ICC$) index for Jersey cattle along with two new proprietary traits. The data-driven ICC$ index focuses on areas Jersey cattle producers rank as most important to their operations.“Development of this ICC$ index for Jerseys was driven by our members and customers demanding a comprehensive index that specifically looked at genetic selection for their commercial operations,” explains Huub te Plate, GENEX Chief Operating Officer.

GENEX formulated the index utilizing data points from multiple sources; the data sources mirror those of the ICC$ index for Holsteins, which was released in 2014. Data sources include the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding, the Canadian Dairy Network and the Cooperative Resources International (CRI) dairy research database, which consists of GENEX and AgSource Dairy data. The index was collaboratively calculated with the CRI International Center for Biotechnology.

The ICC$ index for Jerseys is comprised of three sub-indexes: Cheese Maximizer, Sustainability and Fertility. Producers can easily customize their genetic selection by first selecting for the ICC$ index and then narrowing their emphasis to a specific sub-index.

Also released are two proprietary traits for Jersey cattle: Age at First Calving (AAFC) and Calf Survivability (CSRV). These traits, calculated by GENEX, are the first of their kind in the industry and are included in the ICC$ index for Jerseys. AAFC highlights the importance of daughter fertility within the breed; heifers calving in early equals bottom-line profit. CSRV brings awareness to genetics that breed hardiness and survivability into newborn calves.

“It was listening to our customers’ needs and wants that inspired us to develop an index and traits that would help them better their herds,” states te Plate. “These developments are further illustrations of our commitment to providing customers with innovative excellence and science-based cattle genetics.”

The ICC$ index, AAFC and CSRV values are available on all GENEX Jersey sires and included in the sire catalog.

 

New Generation Genetics Bulls Lead the Way Following the Genetic Evaluations in December

Following the release of the December 2017 genetic evaluations, bulls from New Generation Genetics proven and genomic bulls ranked at or near the top for Milk, Components, Type, Udder Composite, Mobility, Fertility, DPR, Productive Life, NM$, PPR, & Profit.

54BS509 Shiloh Brookings CADENCE ET *TM continues to shine as the #1 PPR proven bull and #1 for Protein. His proof increased once again and is +1.1 type +1.37 UDC 203 PPR +1335m +52f +.00% +47p +.01% +5.8 Productive Life 2.82 SCS $528 NM$ +1.0 SCR and great calving ease at 4.4%.

54BS539 Jo-Dee Nemo RICHARD *TM from the Champions Collection Sire now graduates as a daughter proven sire. With leading production and type, he is the #2 Type proven bull and the #3 Milk proven bull. Richard’s proof is at +1326m, +1.25 UDC, and +1.3 Type.

54BS482 Voelkers TD CARTER *TM continues to add more new daughters and is the #1 Proven Type plus being the #5 Proven Milk bull. Carter’s type proof continues at +1.4 type, +1.18 UDC, +0.7 Mobility, +0.7 FU, +1.1 UD +1.2 RUW and +1.0 RUH. Carter’s production proof increased to +1144m +37f +27p +2.0 Productive Life and 126 PPR.

54BS526 Hilltop Acres CT DAVENPORT ET *TM continues his success with high type and udder composite. He has breed leading DPR, calving ease and production. His proof is +1.0 type +1.34 UDC 129 PPR $331 NMS$ +592m +4.2 PL 4.3% Calving ease and the #1 DPR bull at +2.2.

54BS573 Kulp-Terra LUCKY CARL ET *TM is new #1 G-PPR bull in the breed. He is from the same family as CARTER and is the #1 G-Protein & Fat bull. His proof is at +1687m +71f +.01% +58p +.00% +1.1 Type with a huge PPR at 239.

54BS581 RASTA *TM is a new addition to our Champions Collection lineup and is tied as the #3 Type genomic bull at +1.4 type. He has one of the fullest pedigrees and is out of a full sister to RICHARD. In addition to type, he has a +1.51 UDC.

With the addition of 54BS581 RASTA, the CHAMPIONS COLLECTION elite sire lineup includes 54BS539 RICHARD, 54BS568 FAST & FURIOUS, 54BS521 KINGSMAN, 54BS548 WINNING FORMULA and 54BS567 WATCHOUT.

 

Westgen celebrates barn opening in Abbotsford

November 26, 2017 marked the celebration of WestGen’s new barn in Abbotsford.
The rain held off and with it being a Saturday affair, families came out in numbers to see the recently inaugurated WestGen barns.

In attendance was Mayor Henry Braun of the City of Abbotsford; as well as both current WestGen staff and Board members; the construction crew and sub-contractors who worked tirelessly to complete on the barn, Abbotsford Veterinary Clinic and Agwest Veterinary Group and local press.

Hundreds of farm families took part to take a peek on this perfect fall day, to pay witness to the ribbon cutting and to tour the new facilities. There was food, IVF demonstrations, 70 cows and heifers and a number of exhibits.

“Our former barns now well over 60 years old, were built at a time when Langley was primarily a farming community. As the city grew around us, and many farmers moved further eastward into the valley, it was time for WestGen to reinvest in its future and move with them.

Abbotsford is in the heart of the BC dairy industry and is an ideal location from which to serve our customers in Western Canada. This barn was designed not only to gain efficiencies, but also to be used as an educational centre for our members and owners to use for generations to come. WestGen is a farmer-owned organization, and this is their building,” said WestGen CEO, Chris Parry.

With this second phase of WestGen’s move to Abbotsford now complete, the company is excited to begin the next chapter in their history.

 

About WestGen

WestGen has been in business for 73 years and is Western Canada’s Leader in Genetics and Reproduction. Their building and new barn serves as a home for both their members, and their growing subsidiary companies: Cryogen Liquid Nitrogen Solutions and Boviteq West. To learn more visit Westgen or call us at 604.426.1944.

Photo’s provided by Westgen

 

Select Sires GenerVations Appoints Stewart Ontario Sales Manager

Select Sires GenerVations is pleased to announce the addition of Lyndon Stewart as Ontario Regional Manager. Stewart will be responsible for delivering strong genetic and product sales support to Select Sires GenerVations’ valued customer owners across the province.

Growing up, and his impressive 25-year career path in the agriculture industry has allowed Stewart to truly understand the needs of today’s modern producer. An advocate of lifelong learning, Stewart has bachelor’s and master’s of science degrees  from the University of Guelph; is a 2013 alumnus of the Harvard Business School; and achieved his chartered director designation through McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business in 2015.

Stewart credits his passion for leadership and learning to a lifetime of involvement in 4-H as a member, volunteer, employee, trustee and director at local, provincial and national levels. An advocate for the future of our industry, Stewart is excited to be a part of the continued success of Select Sires GenerVations’ customer owners. 

Bill Young, general manager of Select Sires GenerVations noted, “We are excited to have Lyndon join our team. His passion, dedication and knowledge of the dairy industry in Canada are second to none. We are looking forward to having him lead our Ontario team to continue delivering the elite products and services our customer owners have come to rely on.”

Stewart, his partner Amy, and his children Vanessa and Carson reside in Guelph Ontario.

Based in Kemptville, Ontario, Select Sires GenerVations is Canada’s fastest growing A.I. organization. It provides highly fertile semen as well as excellence in service and programs to achieve its basic objective of supplying livestock breeders with the best genetics available at a reasonable price.

 

Select Sires Appoints Kerndt ART Program Manager, Announces Sire Department

Select Sires Inc., has appointed Mark Kerndt to the role of Aggressive Reproductive Technologies™ (ART™) program manager. “Mark has a broad background and skill set that will be very useful in his new role,” says Jeff Ziegler, vice president dairy cattle breeding for Select Sires. “Most recently, Mark has shown excellent technical and negotiation skills as a Holstein sire analyst for Select Sires. Some of our most highly sought after genomic sires have been developed under Mark’s watch,” Ziegler continues.

Kerndt graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in dairy science. While there he was an active member of the dairy judging team and was the high individual in oral reasons at the 1982 National Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest. After graduation, he spent 16 years as part owner and operator of Kerndtway Holsteins, Waukon, Iowa, and was recognized with the Iowa Outstanding Young Holstein Breeder award in 1996. The Kerndtway prefix can be found in the pedigrees of 7HO12228 Kerndtway KINGPIN-ET (EX-92) and 7HO12229 Kerndtway ERASER P-ET (EX-90). Kerndt then worked for the Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation and Regancrest Holsteins before owning and operating Premier Genetics until 2010. Kerndt also served as director of marketing for Prairie State/Select Sires for five years before being hired as a Holstein sire analyst at Select Sires.

Select Sires also announced a title change for Kevin Jorgensen, Waupun, Wis., and Rick VerBeek, Tunkhannock, Pa., to senior Holstein sire analysts. “Both men have developed tenure and a high degree of respect throughout the industry with their honesty, knowledge and creativity for successful genetic development,” tells Ziegler. “They will be instrumental in helping coach and mold a new member of the sire team as we seek a replacement for Kerndt’s position.” For information about the opening for a dairy sire analyst, visit the careers section of Select Sires’ website at www.selectsires.com.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of nine farmer-owned and -controlled cooperatives. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen as well as excellence in service and programs to achieve its basic objective of supplying dairy and beef producers with North America’s best genetics at a reasonable price.

Sara Kitchen Joins Select Sires as Communications Specialist

Select Sires Inc. has hired Sara Kitchen as communications specialist. In this role, she will manage the writing and production of Select Sires’ customer newsletter, Selections; coordinate all press releases; and work closely with the sales and marketing team to promote Select Sires’ many programs and services. Kitchen, a native of Pennsylvania, will join the corporate communications team on November 15.

“Sara’s experiences and specialized talents make her a valuable addition to the corporate communications team. Her passion and commitment to customer success aligns with our mission as a customer-owned cooperative. We are excited to welcome her as a member of our team,” stated Shirley Kaltenbach, director of communications for Select Sires.

Kitchen join’s Select Sires’ corporate team with a wealth of experience. She spent two years as communications specialist for Select Sire Power where she coordinated internal and external communications efforts. She is a 2015 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and a minor in Agricultural Communications. During her time at the university, she was an active member of the Penn State Dairy Science Club and contributed and designed the 2015 club yearbook. She worked with Penn State Center for Professional Personnel Development and Center for Dairy Excellence to expand curriculum for dairy education in the Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow Program and developed and implemented social media plans to promote and encourage industry involvement in the program. She has also taken active roles in the Pennsylvania Holstein Association and Holstein USA. She currently assists with the Northeast Regional Dairy Challenge as publicity and public relation co-chair and serves on the Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge Alumni Committee.

Before joining the staff of Select Sire Power, Kitchen honed her craft with internships at Filament Marketing and the Center for Dairy Excellence. She also served as a freelance journalist for Progressive Dairyman magazine and was a member of the AgChoice Farm Credit Social Media Corps for the Northeast Regional Dairy Challenge.

“I grew up on a registered Holstein and Red & White dairy farm that used Select Sires’ genetics and took great pride in the quality of cattle that resulted from those matings. Through my communications work and interactions with member-owners at Select Sire Power, I developed a passion for Select Sires genetics, programs and services. I am extremely excited to join the communications department at Select Sires Inc. and to continue promoting the Select Sires brand,” says Kitchen.

Summer Internships Available at Select Sires

Select Sires Inc., has announced plans to offer five summer internships at its headquarters facility in Plain City, Ohio, during the summer of 2018. Positions are available within the following departments: sales and marketing, communications, semen processing, information systems and veterinary, with applications due by January 1, 2018.
 
“Both practical work experience within the industry and networking are extremely important in helping college students prepare for full-time employment upon graduation,” says Dave Thorbahn, Select Sires president and C.E.O. “That’s why Select Sires offers hands-on internship opportunities each year. These internships help introduce students to the industry side of agriculture, while they contribute to the day-to-day operation of the Select Sires federation.”
 
College students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in dairy science, animal science, agricultural economics, agricultural communications or related agricultural fields as well as information systems may apply for these internships. Preference is for candidates to be in their junior or senior year of college, but underclassmen will be considered. Interns must be willing to relocate to Ohio for the summer and available to work full-time for 12 consecutive weeks.
 
For more information about these internships or to submit a resume for consideration, visit here.
 
 

New Select Sires Employees Participate in Orientation and Sales Training

Twenty-six professional A.I. technicians, sales representatives, Select Mating Service® (SMS®) genetic consultants, Select Reproductive Solutions® (SRS®) specialists, communications coordinators and administrative personnel took part in Select Sires’ employee orientation held October 24 and 25 at the Select Sires headquarters in Plain City, Ohio. Employees from eight member cooperatives, Select Sires GenerVations and Select Sires Inc., were present for the two-day event where they received superior education to better serve Select Sires’ customers. Following orientation, a majority of the attendees participated in an additional two days of extensive sales training.

“Orientation gives our employees the opportunity to visit the headquarters facilities, view our industry-renowned sires and connect with other employees from across the federation,” said Lyle Kruse, vice president of U.S. market development for Select Sires. “It is evident that our company is growing, and I’m excited about the future of Select Sires with the addition of enthusiastic and professional individuals like this orientation group. I have no doubt about their ability to provide our customer-owners with outstanding service.”

The participants were presented with in-depth information about Select Sires’ programs including the Program for Genetic Advancement™ (PGA™), SRS, SMS, StrataGEN®, Aggressive Reproductive Technologies™ (ART™), CowManager®, Breeding to FeedingSM and the Program for Fertility Advancement™ (PFA™). Instruction on the topics of reproductive solutions, fertility research, beef and dairy sire programs, cattle evaluation, herd management products and Select Sires’ gender SELECTed™ process was given. Participants were treated to a detailed tour of Select Sires’ headquarter facilities.

Orientation and sales training participants included: Mario Limon, Tulare, Calif., from All West/Select Sires; Eli Caldera, Stephenville, Texas and Chase Dunlap, West Farmington, Ohio from COBA/Select Sires Inc.; Jim Galstad, Westby, Wis., and Ryan Weigel, Platteville, Wis., employees of East Central/Select Sires; Cindy Evers, Lake City, Minn., Kourtney Meister, Brownton, Minn., and Jamie Woodard, Winona, Minn., representing Minnesota Select Sires Co-op Inc.; Andrea Pagenkopf, Fremont, Wis., Makeil Schmalfeldt, Athens, Wis., and Tim Schmidt, Warren, Ind., from NorthStar Cooperative; Andy Anderson, Emmett, Idaho, and Nicole DeMars, Pollock, S.D., of Select Sires MidAmerica Inc.; Brett Haines, Union Bridge, Md., John Jacobs, Greenwood, N.Y., Sean Johnson, Glenville, Pa., Jacob Richardson, York, Pa., Jeff Van Patten, Preble, N.Y., and Eli Williard, Lebanon, Pa., all employees of Select Sire Power Inc.; Bob Palmore, Hardyville, Ky., representing Southeast Select Sires Inc.; Normand Favreau, Acton Vale, PQ from Select Sires GenerVations Inc.; and Morgan Cook, Grove City, Ohio, Inez Finley, Marysville, Ohio, Angie Lindloff, Reedsburg, Wis., Jill Strangstalien, Westby, Wis., and Kayla Wright, Baraboo, Wis., all employees of Select Sires Inc.

 

Jetstream Genetics Releases Two New Sires From Respected Cow Families

Jetstream Genetics is excited to announce the release of two new Jetset Priority Genomic Sires at the top of their lineup. Cow families are a staple at Jetstream and two prominent families, Shottle May and Gold-N- Oaks Marbella, back these leading GTPI sires. The new sires deliver profitable genetics through a combination of health, production and type traits.

734HO00082 MONSTER (Jedi x Bombero): This new-release sire has no contract restrictions and offers +2789 GTPI, +2506 Milk and +2.24 PTAT. At +807 NM$, +84 Fat and +81 Protein, it won’t take bravery to add MONSTER to your mating list. His +1.2 DPR and +7.3 PL will produce healthy offspring backed by loads of production. MONSTER is Jedi x VG87 Bombero x Predestine x Snowman x EX DOM Planet Manitoba x EX DOM Shottle May x EX Oman. MONSTER semen is readily available and qualifies for all international markets.

734HO00083 MASTERMIND (Montana x Supersire): The Gold-N- Oaks Marbella cow family provides the genius behind MASTERMIND. Breeders love profits from production and MASTERMIND delivers with +2055 Milk, +71 Protein and +93 Fat. Those numbers combine to offer +906 NM$ and +2768 GTPI. Low SCS at +2.75 and longevity with +7.5 PL make this sire safe for the heifer barn too at +7.4% SCE.MASTERMIND is Montana x VG86 Supersire x VG88 Bookem x VG88 MOM x VG89 GMD DOM Shottle x EX94 2E Morty x VG87 GMD DOM Marshall
x EX92 Bosco x VG88 Duster. MASTERMIND semen is readily available and qualifies for all international markets.

Jetstream Genetics Inc. features deep-pedigreed cow families, high numbers, extreme type, extreme production, Red, Polled, and the best sires combining these attributes through the technology of genomics. In a rapidly changing and evolving AI marketplace, Jetstream secures the most sought-after genetics and offers competitive and favorable contracts for customers —allowing them their greatest return. Jetstream Genetics is the catalyst in moving genetics forward.

For more information, visit Jetstream Genetics or call 1.855.4JETSTREAM (855-453-8787).

Select Sires – Sire Tour 2017

In a Bullvine video exclusive join Select Sires Genomics Program Manager Jeff Ziegler, as he tours us through some of the top proven sires at Select Sires. Including MOGUL, SUPERSIRE, MONTROSS, & JEDI. See these amazing bulls as the parade around the Kellgren Center.

 

 

 

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Select Sires Honors Ripley and Hanson for Industry Contributions

During a ceremony held October 2, 2017, Select Sires Inc., dedicated their Westby, Wis., production facility as the Roger L. Ripley Production Facility in honor of retired Accelerated Genetics President and Chief Executive Officer, Roger L. Ripley. On the same day, the Roger Hanson Laboratory was also dedicated to honor Hanson who served Accelerated Genetics as vice president of production and laboratory manager for nearly 26 years and the industry for more than 40 years.

Roger Ripley

Roger Ripley served Accelerated Genetics cooperative as president and chief executive officer for more than 24 years (1984-2008). His innovative and visionary leadership elevated the cooperative to become a respected global force in the genetics industry.

After graduating from South Dakota State University with a bachelor’s of science in Dairy Science and a master’s of science in Advanced Animal Breeding, he focused on a career in the dairy genetics industry. Ripley joined Accelerated Genetics (Tri-State Breeders Cooperative) in 1970 and through the course of his 32-year tenure, served as regional marketing manager in Minnesota and Iowa, sire analyst, sire procurement manager, vice president of genetics and finally, president and chief executive officer starting in 1984.

Ripley was instrumental in the formation of Genetic Visions Inc. This wholly-owned subsidiary of Accelerated Genetics served as the research arm of the cooperative and opened the world to genetic marker research identifying genes influencing production traits, gestation length, animal health and viability in cattle. This research was at the forefront of the commercial adoption of genomic testing.

Ripley also saw the value of partnering with other cooperatives. This was made evident in the joint purchase of World Wide Sires Ltd., by Accelerated Genetics and Select Sires Inc. The synergistic approach to serving international customers allowed the sale of elite genetic product all over the world.

Ripley’s leadership skills and industry knowledge extend industry-wide. He has served as the NAAB chair; president and vice president of the World Dairy Expo board of directors; and served on the Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching and the University of Wisconsin Department of Dairy Science advisory committee. In 1999, he was recognized as World Dairy Expo’s Industry Person of the Year. He is revered as a man of great commitment and vision and is a true leader in the dairy industry.

Select Sires President and CEO, David Thorbahn, stated, “Ripley is one of the foremost and successful leaders in the cattle breeding industry. He guided Accelerated Genetics to be a major player in the bovine A.I. industry while pioneering industry innovations. Moreover, he will be remembered by those he worked with as one who cared more for the people of the business than the success he achieved!”

Roger Hanson

For nearly 40 years, Roger Hanson’s continuous education and early adoption of scientific processes enhanced the quality of sire semen production and aided in global genetic advancement.

Hanson graduated from Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in 1971. He furthered his education at the University of Minnesota, where in 1976, he received a master’s of science degree in Reproductive Physiology mentored by Dr. Ed Graham.

That same year, Hanson began his life-long A.I. career with Curtiss Breeding Service as quality control technician. He took on the role of laboratory manager for Carnation Breeding Service, later known as Landmark Genetics, from 1982 through 1990. Hanson stepped up to the role of vice president of production at Accelerated Genetics in 1990, overseeing management of the sire herd, as well as semen production and global distribution for the majority of his career. A leader both in the genetics industry as well as community, Hanson served on the NAAB Technical Committee from 1990 until 2017, most recently as chairman. He was an industry advisor for the Western Technical College Agribusiness Program and a member of the Vernon County Cooperative Association, representing Accelerated Genetics.

Hanson was instrumental in mentoring managers in each facet of the production facility with the goal to create high-quality bovine semen. In addition, he served as a role model to many lab, distribution and herd managers. He was the ultimate Accelerated Genetics ambassador and provided a warm welcome to facility visitors from many countries. Known for his diplomacy, dedication and sense of community, Hanson demonstrated the importance integrity plays in the genetics industry and the people it serves.

“Roger Hanson is a respected and selfless man who delayed his retirement to make sure the joining of forces between Accelerated Genetics lab staff and Select Sires Inc., lab staff was executed correctly and that the highest quality product continued,” said Thorbahn. He accepted the role of interim manager of Westby production facilities while a long-term manager could be found. His tenure of success, commitment and dedication has earned him our respect and admiration.”

 

Select Sires adds Brown as Facilities Operations Manager

Select Sires Inc., is excited to announce the addition of Dr. David Brown as facilities operations manager for the Roger L. Ripley Production Center in Westby, Wis. Brown will oversee all day-to-day operations at the facility.

 

Brown is a graduate of Iowa State University with degrees in Zoology (B.S.) and Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.). After an 18-year career as a self-employed veterinarian, Brown joined the Accelerated Genetics team as staff veterinarian in January of 2008. During his time there, Brown was responsible for the semen export documentation team, semen export qualifications, compliance with USDA/APHIS export regulations, as well as health testing and welfare of 700 CSS qualified bulls housed at the Westby facility.

Since 2015, Brown was vice president of veterinary services and education for Genex, Shawano, Wis. In this role, he had veterinary oversite of the Shawano production facility as well as responsibilities for their Ithaca, N.Y.; Tiffin, Ohio; Strafford, Mo.; Mitchell, S.D. and Billings, Mont., production sites. During his time at Genex, he also traveled to Russia three times and China twelve times as an international consultant.

“I’m extremely pleased to be back in Westby, Wis., with most of the old team, along with some excellent new additions. Accelerated Genetics joining forces with Select Sires is the best thing that could have happened for the Westby production group. The Westby production team is a talented, experienced group with a lot to offer, and I am excited to see the investments being made to the facilities by Select Sires. I am sure that we can repay that trust by being one of the most efficient, highest-quality teams in the company. It is great to be back home,” says Brown.

“To say that Dr. Brown was well received by the employees at our Roger L. Ripley Production Center in Westby would be an understatement. He was obviously remembered fondly for his seven years of service and was missed by the staff,” tells Dr. Tony Good, vice president of production operations for Select Sires.

Brown is a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA). In his down time, he serves as a home Bible study teacher and is a member of the United States Cycling Federation. He and his wife, Jodie, have one son, Stephen.

CowManager Celebrates Five Years in the Ear in the U.S. and Canada

CowManager® has been on the market since 2012 and has been at the forefront of cutting-edge cow-monitoring ear technology during that time.

CowManager CEO, Teo Griffioen, and his passionate team are always searching for innovation. Most team members have a background in dairy farming and therefore a desire to improve the livelihood and profitability of dairy producers. CowManager provides accurate, real-time information on fertility, health and nutrition. These measures are based on temperature, activity, rumination, eating and resting time. “To improve the welfare of dairy producers and cows, our desire was to create a system that is easy to install, maintain and understand by using graphics which are directly sent to your computer and smartphone. It simply works,” says Gerard Griffioen, owner of the family dairy and research farm, Baron van Wassenaerhoeve, and founder of CowManager. “In 2012 we started exploring the U.S. market. Since then our market reach has grown rapidly. Now, nine out of 10 cows with ear sensors, wear CowManager sensors.”

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Sander and Amy Penterman, Dutch Dairy, Thorp, Wisc., were the first to install CowManager in the U.S. “In the past five years the CowManager technology has really taken a step up. It’s the first thing I look at in the morning. The results for our farm have been very positive. The use of synchronization protocols for breeding has been reduced by 90 percent and pregnancy rate is currently 29 percent. We have also seen labor savings in animal care and reduced animal health costs. If I’m not on the dairy, I’m able to monitor the cows through my phone. We rely on CowManager daily and are very satisfied with the system,” tells Sander Penterman.

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“If only cows could speak!” This wish from Conny van Bedaf of VanBedaf Dairy, N.D., came true when they decided to purchase CowManager for their dairy. “I was very reluctant when the first computerized ‘cow translators’ came out, but have to admit: CowManager really works! The sensor observes the cow 24/7, non-stop, there is no way we will ever be able to do that. I still believe cattle farmers are the best in sensing a cow’s needs, but monitoring systems can help us to give better, faster, more efficient and selective care.” 

To celebrate its fifth anniversary and the success of dairy producers with the system in the U.S. and Canada, CowManager is offering a 5 percent discount on all hardware (ear sensors, routers and coordinators). In addition, Select Sires is offering a herd reproduction and health review with a professional Select Reproductive Solutions® specialist. 

About CowManager
Modern dairy producers need innovative solutions and insights to overcome the challenges their herds face. CowManager supports dairy producers with a simple-to-install and easy-to-use ear sensor system. Everything CowManager does is focused on the producer’s success. The system is used for research at 25 universities worldwide. Today, thousands of dairy producers in more than 30 countries rely on CowManager to monitor the activity, health and wellbeing of their cows. 

CowManager is headquartered in Harmelen, Netherlands, and works in partnership with Select Sires in the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit www.cowmanager.com. 

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of 10 farmer-owned and -controlled cooperatives. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen as well as excellence in service and programs to achieve its basic objective of supplying dairy and beef producers with North America’s best genetics at a reasonable price.

Select Sires Releases “Impact Sires of the Breed” Artwork

Select Sires unveiled a new “Impact Sires of the Breed” artwork to attendees of their National Sales Conference in Columbus, Ohio earlier this month.

The newest edition represents the Holstein breed’s greatest impact sires from this decade, including ten most influential daughter-proven sires and the two most dominating genomic sires for elite ranking sons and daughters. The new print features: 7HO11314 MOGUL, 7HO12165 MONTROSS, 7HO11351 SUPERSIRE, 7HO12600 MODESTY, 7HO13250 JEDI, 7HO10721 BOOKEM, 7HO11477 MCCUTCHEN, 7HO12198 KINGBOY, 7HO10506 G W ATWOOD, 7HO10920 GOLD CHIP, 7HO9264 DEMPSEY and 7HO10524 ROBUST.

“These great sires represent the best genetics in the breed today and offer our customers genetics that are a cut above the competition,” says Charlie Will, Holstein sire analyst at Select Sires.
“ROBUST is located in a prominent spot, reflecting his dominance in today’s pedigrees. The artwork depicts not one, not two, but three generations of great impact sires,” Will continues. MOGUL heads two of the three, with his son MONTROSS, and his grandson, JEDI. MOGUL’s other grandson, MODESTY, is the new generation genomic impact sire. Also making a three peat is BOOKEM, his son MCCUTCHEN and grandson, KINGBOY. Rounding out the artwork with three of the breeds greatest type sires of their time is G W ATWOOD, DEMPSEY and GOLD CHIP. 

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of 10 farmer-owned and -controlled cooperatives. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen as well as excellence in service and programs to achieve its basic objective of supplying dairy and beef producers with North America’s best genetics at a reasonable price.

Genus plc Introduces Genus IntelliGen™ Technologies

Genus plc, a global pioneer in animal genetics, today launches Genus IntelliGen™ Technologies, a new technology unit within the Genus organization. IntelliGen Technologies, formerly known as Genus Sexed Semen, is the global brand behind the technology that enabled ABS Global to launch Sexcel™ Sexed Genetics in September.“The introduction of IntelliGen Technologies is in strong alignment with the Genus mission of pioneering animal genetic improvement to help nourish the world,” said Karim Bitar, Genus plc CEO. “The availability of IntelliGen Technologies to the bovine market has the potential to transition the industry globally.”

The IntelliGen Technologies process to develop sexed bovine genetics does not subject cells to the high pressures, electric currents and shear forces used in other sexed semen processes. The result is a product that helps customers maximize their profitability and reach their end goals in a fast and efficient manner.

For example, the launch of Sexcel in India last month now helps dairy farmers add more females to their herd and increase the supply of high quality and safe milk. Bull calves, while unwanted by the producer, are considered sacred in the Hindu religion and therefore cannot be sent for slaughter. This results in an overpopulation of unwanted bovines and economic hardship on producers.

“Our technology was carefully designed to offer a unique and innovative solution,” said Jesús Martínez, IntelliGen Technologies Global Director. “This type of innovation will ultimately help farmers provide milk to their children and their country.”

 

Genus IntelliGen™ Technologies Partners with Geno – Leading Norwegian Genetics Breeder

Genus IntelliGen™ Technologies, a unit of Genus plc, a global pioneer in animal genetics, announces a technology transfer and license agreement of its proprietary sexed genetics technology to Geno, the leading Norwegian bovine genetics producer. Geno will produce sexed Norwegian Red genetics in Norway using Genus’ innovative genetics sexing technology. Geno has had an exclusive partnership with ABS Global (Genus’ bovine genetics division) for several years to market Norwegian Red genetics, the main dairy breed in Norway, across key global markets.

“Geno is a key partner in the industry and we have been working with them for a number of years,” said Jesús Martínez, IntelliGen Technologies Global Director. “They are well aligned with our business and we’re very excited to help make our novel proprietary technology available to them and their customers in Norway and across the world.”

The IntelliGen Technologies process to develop sexed bovine genetics does not subject cells to the high pressures, electric currents and shear forces used in other sexed semen processes. The result is a product that helps customers maximize their profitability and reach their end goals in a fast and efficient manner.

“As more farmers look to use sexed genetics in their herds, the demand for such technology will expand moving forward,” said Karim Bitar, Genus plc CEO. “We are excited to continue bringing competition to the market for bovine sexed genetics processing, ultimately benefiting dairy and beef producers around the world.”

Geno is a farmer cooperative conducting research and development for cattle breeding and distributing genetic material to more than 30 countries worldwide. Geno handles all exports of Norwegian Red genetics worldwide in cooperation with local distributors and is based in Hamar, Norway.

“As an organization, we are thrilled at the opportunity to offer this technology platform to our farmer-members,” said Lars Kristian Bredahl, Geno COO International. “Providing a differentiated sexed genetic offering will allow our Norwegian Red producers to grow their genetics as never before.”

The Norwegian Red breed is known for superior health and fitness traits. Females tend to have less difficulty calving, breed back easily, and are medium-sized, trouble-free cows that work well in commercial dairies. 

“Offering sexed genetics using IntelliGen Technologies to our customers is a natural next step for our organization,” said Sverre Bjornstad, Geno CEO. “We’re excited to work with our long-time partners on this project that will, in turn, help our cooperative grow and thrive.”

 

Dairy industry urged to revisit sexed semen

There must be an opportunity to address the lack of sexed semen in use, said chief operations officer at ABP Finbarr McDonnell.

Mr McDonnell said he believes there is a role there for sexed semen.

“There must be an opportunity in the industry to do something with sexed semen, it was looked at and it faded away, but I think it will come back,” he said.

The ICBF’s Dr Andrew Cromie predicted that sexed semen will kick in sometime in the next five to six years.

Teagasc’s Padraig French said if “sexed semen takes off”, there could be over a million beef X dairy calves.

Mr McDonnell, who launched new trial research showing an improved margin of €150 to €200 depending on the beef sire selected for dairy crosses, said market triggers will eventually influence dairy farmers to choose sires delivering good conformation for beef production.

“It will be like turning the Titanic, but why did they turn to Angus and Hereford?” he questioned. “Because they saw that the calf is going to be worth more money and they will have a market.

“I hate talking about the alternative but the ­alternative is Friesian calves, which are an animal welfare problem,” he said.

Mr McDonnell said it is something that will evolve over the next five to six years.

He said that over the last three years, carcasses have become lighter.

“There is nothing in this for us only weight cost — heavier animals are a lower cost,” he said.

However, he said the move to cut farmers for heavier cattle over 460kg has also aided in bringing the weights down.

“So we are not complaining but the worry we would have is that the 600,000 extra cattle coming through — if they were of poor sire they would have a lighter weight and that is a big cost,” he said.

“All we are trying to do is change the thinking on the 600,000.”

 

Source: Farm Ireland

Sexing Technologies® aquires majority stake in Cogent

Sexing Technologies®, the worldwide leader in sexed semen and embryo production, has acquired a majority stake in Cogent, operator of the United Kingdom’s largest bull stud. 

This transformational partnership will provide Cogent with SexedULTRA™ semen sorting technology and increased bull power, available in revolutionary SexedULTRA 4M™ sexed semen, which the company needs to become a global leader in bovine genetics and reproductive technologies.

“We believe that the integration of Cogent’s people, strong brand, expertise and customer base in combination with our bull power, genomics and reproductive technologies will deliver a truly enhanced offering for customers of both companies”, said Juan Moreno, CEO of Sexing Technologies.

The SexedULTRA™ semen sorting process combines advanced biochemistry with cutting edge flow cytometers and proprietary software to create high fertility SexedULTRA 4M™ sex sorted semen. SexedULTRA 4M™ semen products pack 4 million gender specific sperm cells per straw, which are twice as many cells as in previous sexed semen products. This revolutionary change has enabled SexedULTRA 4M™ to achieve conception rates that are very close to those of conventional semen.

Cogent will retain its name and continue daily operations with no change to its original mission — to provide U.K. dairy farmers with world-class genetics at affordable prices.

US based ST genetics has become the majority shareholder in the UK’s largest bull stud Cogent Breeding Limited

US based ST genetics has become the majority shareholder in the UK’s largest bull stud Cogent Breeding Limited

Worldwide livestock reproduction and bovine technology business ST genetics of Texas has become the majority shareholder in the UK’s largest bull stud Cogent Breeding Ltd.

Cogent will provide ST with a strong platform in the UK and Europe providing new routes to market and a creating a powerhouse of industry knowledge, technology and resources.

In turn, ST genetics will provide significant benefits to Cogent, in particular: world class bull power including the number one PLI bull in the UK; new generation sexed semen machines and processes;  genomic testing and mating programmes and access to new and innovative bovine reproduction technology.

Juan Moreno, CEO of ST genetics, said: “We are delighted to announce that ST genetics has become the majority owner of Cogent. ST will now have access to new routes to market in the UK and Europe and greater understanding of them. For Cogent, ST’s resources mean it will become a global leader in the industry and deliver a truly enhanced offering to clients.”

ST is no stranger to Cogent. It has a longstanding relationship as Cogent pioneered the commercialisation of sexed semen and was the first licensee of ST’s sexing technology.

Whilst there is a change in ownership, Cogent will continue to operate as a separate business maintaining its own proud identity, brand and culture.

Mark Roach, Managing Director of Cogent, who will continue in the role, said: “This exciting development with ST genetics, one of the market’s leading players, will enhance Cogent’s customer offering; founded on its strong brand, expertise and customer service with the integration of top quality genetics, technology and global reach.

“This is a very exciting and significant development in the future of the business which will help us fulfil our vision ‘to be a world leader in the improvement of dairy and beef genetics’.”

 

ABS Offering Expanded Opportunity for Student & Graduate Internships

ABS Global, Inc., a global producer and marketer of bovine genetics and related products, is currently seeking North America internship candidates for Summer 2018. Several positions are available in several different departments: Sales, Biotechnology, Reproduction, Genetic Management System, Genetic Data Analytics, Research & Development, Animal Handling and Embryo Transfer/IVF/OPU. For more information regarding location and qualifications, please visit www.absglobal/internships

Candidates should be eligible to work in the US and/or Canada, currently enrolled at an accredited 2 year or 4 year school, and available to work full time for 12 weeks during summer 2018. Internships opportunities in Research & Development and Embryo Transfer/In Vitro Fertilization are also available for graduate and veterinary students.

As a part of the internship experience, students will spend one week at the global headquarters in DeForest, Wisconsin and have the opportunity to view semen collection & processing, learn about the history of ABS, and gain exposure to all aspects of the business.

A summer internship with ABS provides college students the experience necessary to launch a successful career in the dairy, beef, and biotechnology industries. Please visit our website career page for more information. Applications are due by November 12th, 2017, with interviews to be held during November and December. ABS Global is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/D/VM, and we politely request no phone calls or recruiter inquiries.

About ABS

Headquartered in DeForest, Wisconsin, U.S.A., ABS Global is the world-leading provider of bovine genetics, reproduction services, artificial insemination technologies, and udder care products. Marketing in more than 70 countries around the globe, ABS has been at the forefront of animal genetics and technology since its founding in 1941. ABS Global is a division of Genus plc.

East Central/Select Sires offers three summer internships

East Central/Select Sires, based in Waupun, Wis., has three internship opportunities available for summer, 2018: two in artificial insemination (A.I) and one in communications.

The A.I. specialist interns will have the opportunity to experience a career in the A.I. industry and work with the breeds’ most elite females to produce the next generation of impact bulls and females. This internship provides the appropriate individuals the opportunity to learn and provide A.I. in both large-herd commercial operations and registered elite embryo programs throughout southern Wisconsin.

The communications intern is responsible for a variety of projects within the areas of public relations, written communications, print advertising and promotions, video creation, and social media. The appropriate applicant will also receive a broad range of experience with all East Central/Select Sires programs and services.

Visit www.eastcentralselectsires.com

MOGUL Becomes Youngest Select Sires Millionaire

Select Sires proudly announces that 7HO11314 Mountfield SSI Dcy MOGUL-ET (EX-93-GM) has exceeded 1 million units in sales at seven years of age. This milestone marks the tenth sire in Select Sires’ history to reach this milestone following 7HO9222 SHOT, 7HO8081 PLANET, 7HO8165 MILLION, 7HO7466 MOSCOW, 7HO6417 O MAN, 7HO5708 BLITZ, 7HO4213 INTEGRITY, 7HO3707 MATHIE*CV and 7HO1236 MANDINGO.

red by Mountfield Farms, Roger and Phil Marshfield, Marcellus, N.Y., MOGUL was purchased by Select Sires Inc., as an embryo and went through the Aggressive Reproductive Technologies™ (ART™) program. “Skeptics were quickly shown the value of genomic testing, and MOGUL was a serious example of the power genomics could give to us,” says Jeff Ziegler, genomics program manager at Select Sires. 

“Never in our wildest dreams could we have imagined that MOGUL would be the No. 1 sire in the world one day,” says the Marshfield family! “Although, we did realize early on that MOGUL’S dam, Mountfield Marsh Maxine-ET (VG-88-EX-MS-DOM), was an extraordinary cow that had that rare ability to transmit her extreme genetics no matter what bull is used. Before the science was available to prove it, we knew that her bulls seemed to transmit higher genetic traits than her heifer offspring. It’s really not a surprise to us that MOGUL has sired so many hot genomic sons.” 

Touted as ‘the total package,’ MOGUL debuted as the second highest ranking young sire in the breed in December 2011 with a genomic proof of +1,469M, +87F, +52P and +3.55T. Three years later, MOGUL appeared at the number one spot on the TPI® list. His first daughter-backed summary illustrated that he delivers the best combination of top Net Merit (NM$), Combined Fat and Protein (CFP), Cheese Merit (CM$) and Feet and Leg Composite (FLC) in the Select Sires lineup. 

Today, MOGUL is known as a sire that has created customer success around the globe. “His ability to dominate a mating, regardless of the type of cow he is used on, has been shown by very few sires in Holstein history,” says Rick VerBeek, sire analyst for Select Sires. “He is referred to as the modern day 7HO58 ELEVATION because of that consistent dominance, and his sons and soon to be grandsons that are dominating genetic ranking lists around the globe.” 

Criticized for siring ‘fat bred heifers,’ MOGUL’s daughters quickly turned heads, calving in with extraordinary udders and feet and legs, with great milking ability and reproductive performance that made them standouts in the herd. “Now, the number of extremely high-scored young MOGUL daughters in some of the very best genetic herds in the world show that his dominance will continue for some time,” states Ziegler. 

With the August 2017 sire summary, MOGUL continues to transmit outstanding balance: +2504GTPI, +1,220M, +119CFP, +2.22T, +3.08UDC, +2.35FLC, and +4.1PL. 

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of nine farmer-owned and -controlled cooperatives. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen as well as excellence in service and programs to achieve its basic objective of supplying dairy and beef producers with North America’s best genetics at a reasonable price.

Popular Millionaire. Sire Crackholm Fever Passes Away

Semex is saddened to announce that it’s 13th Millionaire Sire, 0200HO05592 Crackholm Fever, has passed away.

 

Debuting as the #2 Conformation sire in August 2010, Fever quickly became a stand-out in a sea of Goldwyn sons, and was dubbed the ‘Longevity King,’ as his proof only seemed to grow stronger as he added daughters from proof round to proof round. In August 2013, he was named the #1 second crop conformation sire, and with his great health traits and exceptional fertility he quickly became an international sensation, garnering his own searchable hashtag on social media… the #feverfanclub that is still active today.

 

“Fever was a truly exceptional bull,” says Paul Krueger, Vice President Global Marketing. “He stood out from all other Goldwyn sons because he offered high conformation along with desirable health traits. We’re extremely proud of the success he has had on dairies worldwide. Owners tell us that their Fevers are some of their most profitable and favorite cows they have. We’re very fortunate to have a limited quantity of Fever semen available, allowing dairymen to continue using this extremely popular Millionaire Sire.”

GENEX Releases Brown Swiss Bulls in Partnership with Progressive Brown Swiss Sires

GENEX announces the addition of two Brown Swiss bulls to its lineup. These newly-released, high genetic merit bulls are the result of a partnership between GENEX and Progressive Brown Swiss Sires.

“The objective of the partnership with Progressive Brown Swiss Sires, a breeder-based organization and a segment of the Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders’ Association, is to make high-genetic caliber Brown Swiss bulls available to GENEX members and customers on a more consistent basis,” explains Roy Wilson, GENEX senior vice president of dairy marketing, sales and product development.

“The bulls released today – 1BS00601 HANK and 1BS00602 SHAR-P (D*) – possess the elite genetic credentials today’s progressive Brown Swiss breeders demand.”

HANK, a Cadence x Driver, is a top 10 PPR bull. He stands out for his huge production figures (+1343 Milk, +48 Fat, +43 Protein) while also siring long-lived daughters (+3.4 Productive Life) and improving udders (+1.05 Udder Composite).

SHAR-P, a Jay-P son out of a Cartel daughter, is one of the highest genetic merit polled bulls available in the breed today. He stands at +173 PPR and +446 Lifetime Net Merit and is a breed leader for Fat at +52 and +0.13%. Relay on SHAR-P for fantastic fertility (+2.0 Daughter Pregnancy Rate) and longevity (+3.3 Productive Life). He’s a great mating option for Brookings daughters.

For more information on these bulls or to purchase semen, contact your local GENEX representative or visit http://genex.crinet.com.

About GENEX

GENEX is the trusted provider of world-class animal genetics, progressive reproductive solutions, value-added products and innovative services. As a cooperative business, GENEX serves members and customers – dairy and beef cattle producers – across the United States. GENEX is part of Cooperative Resources International. For more information, please visit http://genex.crinet.com.

GENEX to Market Jetstream Genetics Across U.S.

Under a new agreement, GENEX will be the exclusive distributor of Jetstream Genetics to Holstein cattle breeders throughout the U.S.

“By adding the Jetstream Genetics portfolio to our lineup, we are providing members and customers with even more genetic options to meet their individual herd goals,” states Huub te Plate, GENEX chief operating officer.

The Jetstream lineup is comprised of approximately 50 sires, including well-known bulls like daughter-proven type specialist 534HO11310 GOLDDUST and +2753 GTPI® genomic leader 534HO00049 MONTANA.

“At Jetstream Genetics, we seek to provide breed-defining sires through the upper echelon of genomics, whether those genetics are from deep-pedigreed cow families or high numbers, extreme type or extreme production, Red or Polled, or the very best bulls that combine these attributes,” explains Roger Turner, global sales and genetic manager.

Dairy producers will be able to place orders from GENEX representatives when the agreement goes into effect Oct. 1, 2017.

“This agreement,” adds te Plate, “supports our ongoing efforts of being an industry-leading supplier of science-based animal genetics.”

 

Source: Hoards

Thesing Appointed Corporate Account Manager for Select Sires

Select Sires is pleased to announce the hiring of Brandon Thesing as regional account manager. Thesing will be responsible for delivering strong genetic sales support to key clients in the I-29 region (Neb./S.D./Iowa/Minn.).

Backed by six years with Minnesota Select Sires Co-op, Inc., Thesing’s career has allowed him to sharpen his skills in sales, leadership and account management, while excelling in understanding the application of elite genetics, monitoring systems and outsourced reproductive services for large commercial dairies.

Chris Sigurdson, general manager, Minnesota Select Sires points out, “Thesing has been integral to establishing a thriving business in southern Minnesota with impressive growth results. He has helped to build a dynamic team of sales and service personnel across that region. Extending his abilities to assist key clients across the region is perfectly suited for his skill set.”

This newly appointed position is designed to leverage the collective knowledge of Select Sires and Thesing to help key clients be profitable in their dairy businesses by utilizing the people, products and services Select Sires offers.

Devin Albrecht, general manager of Prairie State/Select Sires noted, “We are excited to have Brandon join our team and help our cooperative, along with Minnesota Select Sires Co-op, Inc., and Select Sires MidAmerica teams. Brandon is passionate, dedicated and knowledgeable and will help Select Sires meet customer needs.”

Thesing will continue to be employed by Minnesota Select Sires Co-op, Inc., but will help all three cooperatives in northwest Iowa, southern Minnesota and eastern South Dakota.

 

ABS Global Launches Sexcel™ Sexed Genetics

ABS Global Inc. (ABS), a division of Genus plc, today launches Sexcel™ Sexed Genetics, made using 21st century technology and designed to deliver more high-value pregnancies to dairy herds worldwide.
 
Sexcel harnesses ABS’s best genetics and is produced through a novel, proprietary technology for sexing bovine semen. This innovative technology does not subject the cells to the high pressures, electric currents and shear forces used to produce the sexed semen historically available to farmers. The result is a superior sexed genetics product that helps customers maximize their profitability in line with their individual economic and herd goals.
 
Data from ABS Global’s Real World Data® (RWD™) database demonstrates that Sexcel achieves a 90 percent relative conception rate when compared to conventional semen and a higher relative conception rate than other sexed semen used by dairy farmers. RWD contains real results from real customers and is sourced from more than 37 million cows from herds located in key dairy markets throughout the world.


 
“This is an exciting moment for ABS and its customers,” said Nate Zwald, Chief Operating Officer – ABS Global. “Sexcel gives farmers a new option for achieving their desired genetic blueprint and will help them profit through genetic progress. We have a unique product, and trial results show it is a very effective sexed offering for our customers.”
 
Prior to today’s launch, competition was restricted in the sexed genetics processing industry. Today’s launch marks the first time sexed genetics produced from a new and differentiated technology will be available to farmers. In March 2017, the U.S. federal court held that Sexing Technologies® (ST) had willfully maintained monopoly power in the market for sexed bovine semen processing in the U.S. and granted a permanent injunction against ST. The court’s judgment validates the importance of customer technology choice for sexed genetics.    
 
“Our research has shown that our customers are seeking a stronger line-up of sexed genetics and Sexcel brings that to the marketplace,” said Olivier Hiers, Global Sexed Genetics Brand Manager – ABS Global. “Our ground-breaking technology helps farmers fast forward their genetic progress. It enables their elite heifers to produce the replacement animals they want, while also providing farmers a choice of sexed genetics tailored to their specific needs– including calving ease, milk production, feed efficiency, reduction in disease risk or any number of genetic traits.”
 
To find out more about Sexcel, go to www.abssexcel.com or join us at www.facebook.com/ABSGlobal at 10 a.m. today for our Facebook Live broadcast.

 
About ABS
Headquartered in DeForest, Wisconsin, U.S.A., ABS Global is the world-leading provider of bovine genetics, reproduction services, artificial insemination technologies, and udder care products. Marketing in more than 70 countries around the globe, ABS has been at the forefront of animal genetics and technology since its founding in 1941. ABS Global is a division of Genus plc, a global pioneer of animal genetics.

Te Plate Named GENEX COO

Huub te Plate joins cattle genetics cooperative GENEX as chief operating officer after more than 15 years in international sales for its parent company, Cooperative Resources International (CRI).

“Huub’s quarter century of cattle industry experience, his knowledge of the GENEX product line and his past success managing the cooperative’s international marketing arm will be valuable as this organization continues its mission of meeting the needs of progressive dairy and beef cattle producers across the United States,” said John Ruedinger, president of the GENEX board of directors.

Te Plate is a graduate of the agricultural university Wageningen in The Netherlands and conducted graduate work at North Carolina State University under Dr. Ben McDaniel.

He began his career at Holland Genetics, before joining CRI in 2000. During his tenure with CRI, he managed the marketing of GENEX cattle genetics through a network of distributors and owned businesses in more than 70 countries. His efforts contributed to an all-time high in export market share.

“GENEX offers some of the industry’s best cattle genetics, and I look forward to working with our leadership teams to further increase market presence, bring additional innovations to reality and forge close ties with our cooperative member-owners,” te Plate said. “With a solid track record of providing science-based cattle genetics and innovative products and services, there are many opportunities to achieve profitable growth.”

For more information about GENEX and its products and services, visit http://genex.crinet.com.

About GENEX
GENEX is the trusted provider of world-class animal genetics, progressive reproductive solutions, value-added products and innovative services. As a cooperative business, GENEX serves members and customers – dairy and beef cattle producers – across the United States. GENEX is part of Cooperative Resources International. For more information, please visit http://genex.crinet.com.

STgenetics® is seeking Account Managers and Technical Service Advisors

STgenetics® is seeking qualified individuals to join its U.S. Sales team

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing and maintaining a successful customer base with an emphasis on large herds.
  • Grow market share of dairy genetics in assigned territory
  • Implementing a business plan for assigned territory that will include the sale of sexed semen, embryos, beef semen and genomic testing
  • Positively promoting STgenetics® company image through customer service and support, a strong work ethic and the ability to share knowledge as it relates to dairy cattle breeding and the dairy industry.

Successful applicants should have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science or similar field or equivalent experience in the A.I. or dairy industry. Applicants must have clean driving records, agree to drug screening and have basic computer skills, e.g., Dairy Comp 305, DHI Plus, PC Dart and Microsoft Office programs.

Positions include a base salary plus sales commissions, health benefits, 401K and a company vehicle.

Email résumé to Gmccall@stgen.com

 

STgenetics® is one of the fastest growing A.I. companies in the U.S. and offers more than 300 breed-leading sires in SexedULTRA 4M™ sex sorted semen. 

One on One With Sexing Technologies – Video Interview

Sexing Technologies is the fastest growing company in the dairy genetics industry.  Through the acquisition of semen sexing patents as well as their own research, Sexing Technologies has become the major player in the marketplace.  Now Sexing Technologies has it sights on becoming a significant player in the artificial insemination industry.  Through the purchase of companies like TAG and Taurus and investments in AI companies in Europe, Sexing Technologies has been making waves in the dairy industry, with the potential for more to come.  Recently they have had the #1 proven TPI sire in the world and have been very aggressive in acquiring top genomic males and females around the world. To learn more about this aggressive company, The Bullvine sat down with Sexing Technologies CEO Juan Moreno and the head of dairy programs Dan Carroll to find out the secret to their success and what the future holds.

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CRV Lineups Offer Genetics Proven to Build Healthier, Efficient, and More Profitable Cows

Casein Percent helps producers tailor their milk to cheesemakers.

CRV USA is excited to release strong lineups for both the Holstein and Jersey breeds—delivering on our promise to help producers build better cows for a better life. For several years, CRV USA has helped customers truly focus on ways to make their operation more profitable: building healthier herds, driving efficient production, and producing premium milk. That focus continues today and is further underscored with the release of a new CRV proprietary HerdBuilder trait—Casein Percent.

NEW TRAIT HELPS FARMERS FOCUS ON PREMIUM MILK

Casein Percent is a progeny’s expected percent of casein in protein—where the higher the value, the higher percentage of casein per pound of milk and the more valuable the milk is for cheesemakers. Most of protein in milk is casein and casein is made up of several sub-proteins, each with their own functionality. The two most commonly referred to are Beta Casein, or A2 milk, and Kappa Casein. Beta Casein is associated with greater digestibility for individuals who are intolerant to dairy products. Kappa Casein is highly correlated with the milk’s ability to clot and form curds—essential in the cheese making process.

CRV’s Casein Percent trait has been built upon years of research from more than 14.5 million test results from over 1.3 million cows on more than 14,000 herds—and is another tool producers can use to increase the value of their milk. Look for Beta Casein and Kappa Casein values on all the CRV bulls, and Casein Percents on all CRV U.S. and Dutch Holsteins. To learn more about casein and this newly-release trait, visit our recent blog about premium milk.

“This is one of the most exciting sire evaluations our team has seen,” said Amy VanderMark, CRV USA Managing Director. “Our Jersey and Holstein lineups continue to offer our customers countless options to breed for healthy cows that produce the highest-value milk most efficiently. Plus, CRV continues to be ahead of the premium milk trend with the release of our Casein Percent trait. This trait is yet another tool in the toolbelts for dairymen across the country looking for ways to increase the profitability of their operation.”

BUILDING HEALTHIER HERDS

Using Better Life Health, CRV continues to help customers breed healthier, fertile, and longer lasting cows. The CRV lineup for Better Life Health is better than ever at 5 percent—reducing mastitis, preventing lameness, and improving fertility.

  • Proven sire, 097HO40889 Danno, continues to excel as a health trait sire with a 9% for Better Life Health. He has outstanding scores for Hoof Health (106), Udder Health (107), and Ketosis (107). He is also healthy for the calving pen at 6.7 Sire Calving Ease.
  • A Jersey leader for health is proven bull 097JE00050 Barksdale with a score of 11% for Better Life Health. He has one of the most outstanding values for Productive Life in the Jersey breed at 8.1 and extremely healthy udders with a Somatic Cell Score of 2.67.
  • New Jersey bull, 097JE00163 Corona, also is a great bull for health—especially daughter fertility. He is +1.2 for Daughter Pregnancy Rate and produces longevity at 6.9 Productive Life. These values give him a Better Life Health score of 10% with a balanced profile.

DRIVING EFFICIENT PRODUCTION

Using Better Life Efficiency, CRV continues to help producers breed more efficient and profitable herds. The CRV lineup averages an extreme ten percent for Better Life Efficiency—moderating stature, improving feed to milk conversion, and increasing longevity.

  • New bull, 097HO41780 Esperanto, is an excellent sire for efficiency at 15% along with being the number one NVI sire in the world at 425. The daughters will be long-lasting producers of high-quality milk with moderate feed intake.
  • 097HO41793 Novel is another great example of an efficiency sire at 15% Better Life Efficiency. He has very moderate feed intake with a production value of 142 pounds of CFP. Novel also excels in his production efficiency with a Casein Percent of 78. Daughters are extremely moderate sized with a stature of 0.14.
  • 097HO41865 Barkley, a new Holstein sire to the lineup, is also a leader at 13% Better Life Efficiency. He’s an excellent producer of premium milk and carries his efficiency into the calving pen at 5.2 Sire Calving Ease. Barkley is also negative for stature and positive for strength.

 PRODUCING PREMIUM MILK

Using milk component and CRV proprietary HerdBuilder traits, we continue to help dairy farmers breed cows that produce more valuable milk. In uncertain milk market trends, CRV can help farmers make their milk more valuable and increase their milk checks without growing your herds.

  • Dutch Holstein and new release, 097HO41781 Jethro, is the definition of premium milk. He has exceptional component percentages of +0.50% Fat and +0.23% Protein on the Dutch base—with over 70 kilograms Fat. Additionally, he is also BB for Kappa Casein, A2A2 for Beta Casein, and has an excellent Casein Percent of 75.
  • 097HO41830 Audible, is the new Holstein leader on the CRV lineup for CFP at 175 pounds. He is 108 pounds of Fat with a Fat Percentage of +0.16% and is $912 Cheese Merit. He is doing this all from a moderate sized cow with his 0.50 value for stature.
  • 097JE00151 Strike is a great Jersey option for cheese markets. He is nearly 125 pounds CFP with very positive percentages of +0.19% Fat an +0.08% Protein. Along with these excellent volumes and percentages, Strike is also BB for Kappa Casein and A2A2 for Beta Casein.
  • 097HO41117 Landon continues to be a fantastic premium milk option. He is at 71 pounds of protein and 77% for his Casein Percent. In addition to his great component profile, Landon is now 4.9 for SCE and is a breed leader for production among calving ease bulls as the only bull over 70 pounds of protein and under 5 for SCE.

Source: CRV

Semex’s Immunity+™: The Choice for Strategic Herd Health Improvement Globally

Semex’s Immunity+™ sires deliver a healthier herd through lowered mastitis, less lameness and less mortality. Exclusive to Semex, these sires offer the only genetic solution to herd health and are quickly becoming the choice for strategic herd health improvement globally.

“Long ago we recognized the need to help our clients breed a healthier herd,” says Paul Krueger, Semex Immunity+ Global Brand Manager. “Since December 2012 our Immunity+ lineup has offered the world’s only option to genetically improve herd health. Dairymen appreciate this and recognize the true value of a healthier herd.”

“Each proof round, our Immunity+ portfolio increases in quality, with the valuable Immunity+ brand found throughout both our proven and Genomax™ offering. Our Genomax Immunity+ lineup now has 16 sires over +2600 GTPI and 37 over +2500, offering the best genetic package possible in the world with Immunity+!”

In its elite Genomax™ lineup, Semex now has:

  • 80 Genomax Immunity+ bulls over +2400 GTPI
  • 37 Genomax Immunity+ bulls over +2500 GTPI
  • 16 Genomax Immunity+ bulls over +2600 GTPI
  • 23 Genomax Jersey Immunity+ bulls
  • 8 Genomax Ayrshire Immunity+ bulls

Leading the Holstein group is 0200HO10693 Siemers Bloomfield (Delta x Numero Uno xShottle), who is the #3 Delta available at +2808 GTPI with +8.2 PL, +4.1 DPR, 2.63 SCS, +103 PTAF with a +0.33% Fat and solid +2.29 PTAT and +2.93 UDC. Bloomfield is also a HealthSmart™ and RobotReady™ sire. His maternal line is popular worldwide, with his dam being a VG-85 Numero Uno from EX-94-2E 22* Gen-I-Beq Shottle Bombi back to Braedale Gypsy Grand herself.

2700 GTPI Bulls at IPS

Following the release of the August sire summaries, International Protein Sires unveiled an excellent group of supreme genomic tested bulls, all over 2700 GTPI. “We are pleased to announce the latest information on our genomic tested young sires, six of which exceed 2700 GTPI. Several of our mainline sires made substantial genetic gains; however the new releases exhibit even more superior numbers. With the passing of each sire summary, the IPS lineup gains prestige; sire performance that dairy farmers depend on. This performance translates into durable cattle with profitable milk production,” stated Ron Sersland, President and CEO of IPS.

A leader among the IPS pack is 566HO1281 DARK HORSE at 2714 GTPI; a member of top 200 GTPI sires. DARK HORSE excels in both performance and type. His superior production shows 1,544 lbs. milk, 68 lbs. fat ( .04%) and 54 lbs. protein ( .03%). Conformation ratings for DARK HORSE are 3.02 for type and 3.20 for UDC. According to the Holstein USA Redbook plus program, there are only three bulls in the breed above 2700 GTPI that are also over 3.00 for type and 3.00 for udders. As a member of this group, DARK HORSE is among the breed’s elite.

A new addition to the 2700 GTPI group is 566HO1284 ANIMAL. This Modesty son has supreme ratings of 2742 GTPI, 869 NM$ and 8.4 PL. The facets that elevated these ratings include: 1,364 lbs. milk, 86 lbs. fat ( .13%) and 44 lbs. protein ( .01%). In addition, ANIMAL shines in conformation with 2.19 type and 2.23 UDC. For followers of the analysis mating guide, ANIMAL has the unique aAa: 465.

566HO1269 BOOST is an exciting triple plus type bull at 2719 GTPI. BOOST has substantial ratings for all major type categories; 2.99 type, 3.03 UDC and 2.55 FLC. The bull excels for milk yield

at 1,134 lbs. His components are exceptional with 70 lbs. fat ( .10%) and 50 lbs. protein ( .03%). In addition, note his A2A2 status along with being BB for Kappa Casein. He is backed by a VG, two-year-old Meridian daughter, while his grandam is an EX-94 Shottle daughter with 55,290 lbs. milk and 2,029 lbs. fat.

566HO1282 JACKSON-Red enters the IPS lineup as the #2 type Red & White genomic tested bull in the breed. JACKSON-Red has elite ratings for conformation qualities; 3.31 type, 2.53 UDC, 1.89 FLC and 2.18 BD. Note also, his dairy form is 2.52. JACKSON is sired by Diamondback and from an Excellent daughter of Gold Chip. Look for JACKSON to sire wide cattle with spring of rib and dairy form.

Another exciting addition to the IPS stable is 566HO1280 GEORGE-Red with 2344 GTPI. This milk specialist enters the lineup at 1,956 lbs. milk and 2.74 type. These credentials rank GEORGE-Red #2 for milk and #1 for protein among Red & White genomic sires. GEORGE-Red is sired by Ladys-Manor Advice from a two-year old daughter of Dresser.

These sterling advancements serve to bolster the IPS Holstein sire lineup. And, support the IPS philosophy to provide balanced genetics for superior performance and conformation; highly sought after attributes by dairy farmers worldwide. IPS semen is available around the globe through company employees and independent distributors. Located in Rock Springs, Wisconsin, you may obtain additional information about IPS through their website, www.ipssires.com or by calling toll free: 1.800.542.7593

Semex Adds Sires Global Clients Need to be Long-Lasting & Profitable

Semex’sgeneticdevelopmentstrategyisnettingresults for our clients worldwide. In August, we’re proud to add sires to the 200 lineup that offer our global clients the genetic solutions they need to remain and become more profitable and long-lasting:

  • Genomax™ sires are also topping the North American charts, with 25 over +2700 GTPI and 108 over +2600 GTPI! These sires average $784 NM$, +2.12 PTAT, +2.07 UDC, +6.9 PL and +2.1 DPR. This group is led by 0200HO10619 Silverridge V Imax at +2811 GTPI with +1952 PTAM,+90 PTAF, +0.06% Fat, +6.8 PL and +2.53 PTAT.
  • Semex’s new #1 daughter proven GTPI sire, is HealthSmart™ sire 0200HO10079 Regancrest Brigham! He’s #26 on Holstein Association USA’s Top 100 TPI International Bulls at +2549. Impressively, for bulls over +2500 he’s #3 PTAT at +2.83, #4 UDC at +2.96 and #7 PL at +7.5.
  • 200HO sires are at the top of the August 2017 PTAT list (with daughters) with #1 being 0200HO10036 OH-River-SYC Byway +3.75 and #2 0200HO06480 Val-Bisson Doorman at +3.67! Other chart toppers include: 0200HO10363 Stantons High Octane at +3.27 (#13); 0200HO02692 Gibbs-I Claynook Dude at +3.21 (#16); 0200HO03913 Croteau Lesperron Unix at +3.10 (#21); 0200HO02770 Sully Hart Meridian at +3.09 (#23); 0200HO02667 Duckett-BH Sennet at +3.07 (#26); and 0200HO10362 Stantons Capital Gain at +3.05 (#27)!
  • 0200HO3910 Comestar Lautrust remains a top LPI sire at #2 +3248 LPI and is a high fertility Repromax™, HealthSmart™, Calving Ease and A2A2 sire.
  • 0200HO03913 Croteau Lesperron Unix, an Immunity+™, ShowTime™ and Calving Ease sire remains Canada’s #1 Conf sire at +18 and scores an impressive +3.10 PTAT, +3.25 UDC with a 6.4% SCE.
  • 200JE sires dominated the GLPI list in Canada with the top 12 GLPI all calling Semex home as well as 16 of the top 20 and 25 of the top 50.
  • Semex’s Ayrshire sires continue to dominate in Canada, holding the #1 newly proven position, the #1 GLPI for Conf, #1 GLPI and #1 GLPI Conf!

Beyond North America, 200HO sires continued to dominate:

• 0200HO10659 Stantons Applicable #1 UK Type Merit

• 0200HO10624 Silverrridge Allclass #2 UK Type Merit

• 0200HO06267 Gen-I-Beq Lavaman #1 PLI UK Proven Sire

• 0200HO06480 Val-Bisson Doorman #3 NVI in Holland

• 0200HO03927 Swissbec Brekem *RC #6 NVI in Holland

For additional information on Semex, Genetics for Life or any of Semex’s brands visit: www.semex.com

August 2017 Sire Summary Elevates the Lineup From Jetstream Genetics

The August 2017 sire summary delivers exciting changes and traits to the GTPI formula. Jetstream Performance-Proven Sires have gained greater reliability and are backed by fantastic milking daughters. New Jetset Priority Genomic Sires have joined the lineup. Custom Cut Type Sires continue to inspire dreams of showring champions. Reprojet Sires and Robotic Sires align with fertility and modern management goals.

Highlights from the Proven-Performance Sire lineup: 

  • 534HO00026 DEMAN (Mogul x Atwood): +3112 lands DEMAN at #14 GLPI sire in Canada and few sires have the CDN type breakdown that he offers. In Italy and the UK he is also a chart leader making him a global attraction. The Debutante EX92 branch of this family has many highranked daughter-proven sires. DEMAN and his popular brother, 534HO00017 DELTA, have semen readily available and qualified for all international markets.
  • 534HO00031 POWERBALL-PO (Earnhardt x Robust): POWERBALL-PO is the #1 PTAT, UDC and F&L Polled Daughter-Proven Sire available. He has changed the landscape on Polled genetics, exceeding all trait thresholds with +6.6 SCE and +3.2 DPR — a health and fertility specialist from the respected Wesswood-HC Rudy Missy EX92 DOM GMD family. Breeder satisfaction is beyond impressive with his 2-year-old results in numerous countries. POWERBALL-PO semen is readily available and qualifies for all international markets.
  • 534HO00025 MARDI GRAS (Mogul x Planet): His added daughter information makes MARDI GRAS a high-reliability Proven Performance Sire, landing high on the U.S. list and among the top in many other countries. MARDI GRAS stamps his daughters much like his sire Mogul. They are the dairyman’s dream cow — medium size, wide chested, strong, well-attached udders, and correct feet and legs. MARDI GRAS daughters represent the modern cow with health, production and ideal functional type. MARDI GRAS semen is readily available and qualifies for all international markets.

Highlights from the Jetset Genomic Sire lineup: 

  • 534HO00049 MONTANA (Montross x Uno): This A2A2 Robotic Sire continues to make ground. MONTANA brings a powerful genetic package with +2753 GTPI, +2.27 PTAT, +2.48 UDC, low SCE at only +7.2%, +8.7 PL and impressive production, health, and fitness traits. MONTANA’s dam by Numero Uno is VG at 2 years. He completes 10 generations of VG and EX dams: Montross x Numero Uno x Domain x Planet Manitoba x Shottle May. MONTANA semen is readily available and qualifies for all international markets.
  • 534HO00073 ARGO RC (Silver x Supersire): ARGO RC joins the top end of Jetset Priority Genomic Sires at +2711 GTPI, demanding attention for his Red Carrier gene. He is extreme at +830 NM$ with more than +2.27 points on Type and UDC. His health traits are solid at +1.4 DPR and +7.4 PL with low SCS of 2.64. The pedigree stack for ARGO RC is Silver x VG Supersire x VG Alchemy x Kamps-Hollow Durham Altitude EX95 2E DOM x EX93 GMD DOM Prelude x EX94 4E DOM Jubilant x EX96 4E DOM D-R-A August x EX90 2E x EX90 3E, completing eight generations of VG or EX females and six generations of EX females. ARGO RC semen is readily available and qualifies for all international markets.
  • 534HO00080 DRAGON (Superhsot x Platinum): DRAGON is fierce with genetic and cow family power. The master brood cow Vieuxsaule Allen Dragonfly EX94-3E 37* is famous for many highperforming progeny and family members and DRAGON comes from the same line. His ability to transmit is at impressive levels with +1974 Milk, +75 Fat and +65 Protein along with balanced Type will add tremendous profits to your herd. His pedigree is Supershot x Platinum x Sudan VG88 1* x Bolton VG87 11* x EX94-2E 37* Allen Dragonfly x EX95-3E 5* Outside x VG Charles x Astre x Tab x Elevation x Chief. DRAGON semen is readily available and qualifies for all international markets.
  • 534HO00081 STAR POWER (AltaSuperstar x AltaOak ): The legendary Larcrest Cosmopolitan provides STAR POWER with the genetic influence he deserves. This new-release sire is sure to be a draw for herds with +2610 GTPI, +1466 Milk, +2.10 PTAT along with +8.0 PL. The pedigree of STAR POWER is AltaSuperstar x VG AltaOak x VG85 Robust x VG87 DOM Planet x EX94 DOM GMD Ramos x VG87 DOM GMD Shottle x EX90 GMD DOM Outside x EX93 GMD DOM Juror x VG Lindy. STAR POWER semen is readily available and qualifies for all international markets.

Highlights from the Custom Cut Type Sire lineup: 

  • 534HO00079 WARRIOR (Battlecry x Tango): Welcome this WARRIOR to the Custom Cut Type Sire lineup with +2.91 PTAT. He will win type battles for herds while filling demand for A2A2 milk. WARRIOR has many traits to strengthen production with +1264 Milk, +76 Fat. Low SCE 7.4, low SCS 2.59 and high fertility strengthen his arsenal. His sire stack is Battlecry x VG Tango x EX Mogul x VG88 Man-O-Man x VG Goldwyn x EX Champion x EX Hershel x EX Rudolph x VG88 Elton x the one and only Snow-N Denises Dellia EX95. WARRIOR semen is readily available and qualifies for all international markets.
  • 534HO00065 MAMBO (Monterey x Tango): MAMBO is from the All-World and Supreme Champion Eastside Lewisdale Gold Missy EX95 family. Missy provides the groundwork for this Custom Cut Type Sire. With his GTPI at +2552 combined with +2.87 PTAT and high-rise production of +1380 Milk and +56 Protein, MAMBO is a chart-topping sire that will meet mating list needs. MAMBO delivers all those elite traits as well as 7.7% SCE to make him a well-received addition to both heifer and cow mating programs. His sire stack is Monterey x Tango x VG 86 Mogul x VG85 Man-O-Man x VG89 Dolman x EX95 Gold Missy. MAMBO semen is readily available and qualifies for all international markets.
  • 534HO00040 BRASH (McCutchen x Goldchip): BRASH is a high-type GTPI sire with a unique combination of +3.64 Type, +2.77 UDC, +2.21 FLC and +2217 GTPI. He also delivers on calving ease with +5.9 SCE. BRASH is one of the best McCutchen sons and as the early daughters hit the ground, we receive new orders and many positive comments on these outstanding, stylish heifers. The Barbie family edges out the competition for PTAT and deep cow families that deliver consistently. Semen is readily available and qualifies for all international markets.

Jetstream Genetics LLC features deep-pedigreed cow families, high numbers, extreme type, extreme production, Red, Polled, and the best sires combining these attributes through the technology of genomics. In a rapidly changing and evolving AI marketplace, Jetstream secures the most sought-after genetics and offers competitive and favorable contracts for customers — allowing them their greatest return. Jetstream Genetics is the catalyst in moving genetics forward.

For more information, visit www.jetstreamgenetics.com or call 1.855.4JETSTREAM (855-453-8787). 

CRV lineups offer genetics proven to build healthier, efficient and more profitable cows

CRV USA is excited to release strong lineups for both the Holstein and Jersey breeds—delivering on our promise to help producers build better cows for a better life. For several years, CRV USA has helped customers truly focus on ways to make their operation more profitable: building healthier herds, driving efficient production, and producing premium milk. That focus continues today and is further underscored with the release of a new CRV proprietary HerdBuilder trait—Casein Percent.

NEW TRAIT HELPS FARMERS FOCUS ON PREMIUM MILK

Casein Percent is a progeny’s expected percent of casein in protein—where the higher the value, the higher percentage of casein per pound of milk and the more valuable the milk is for cheesemakers. Most of protein in milk is casein and casein is made up of several sub-proteins, each with their own functionality. The two most commonly referred to are Beta Casein, or A2 milk, and Kappa Casein. Beta Casein is associated with greater digestibility for individuals who are intolerant to dairy products. Kappa Casein is highly correlated with the milk’s ability to clot and form curds—essential in the cheese making process.

CRV’s Casein Percent trait has been built upon years of research from more than 14.5 million test results from over 1.3 million cows on more than 14,000 herds—and is another tool producers can use to increase the value of their milk. Look for Beta Casein and Kappa Casein values on all the CRV bulls, and Casein Percents on all CRV U.S. and Dutch Holsteins. To learn more about casein and this newly-release trait, visit our recent blog about premium milk.

“This is one of the most exciting sire evaluations our team has seen,” said Amy VanderMark, CRV USA Managing Director. “Our Jersey and Holstein lineups continue to offer our customers countless options to breed for healthy cows that produce the highest-value milk most efficiently. Plus, CRV continues to be ahead of the premium milk trend with the release of our Casein Percent trait. This trait is yet another tool in the toolbelts for dairymen across the country looking for ways to increase the profitability of their operation.”

BUILDING HEALTHIER HERDS

Using Better Life Health, CRV continues to help customers breed healthier, fertile, and longer lasting cows. The CRV lineup for Better Life Health is better than ever at 5 percent—reducing mastitis, preventing lameness, and improving fertility.

  • Proven sire, 097HO40889 Danno, continues to excel as a health trait sire with a 9% for Better Life Health. He has outstanding scores for Hoof Health (106), Udder Health (107), and Ketosis (107). He is also healthy for the calving pen at 6.7 Sire Calving Ease.
  • A Jersey leader for health is proven bull 097JE00050 Barksdale with a score of 11% for Better Life Health. He has one of the most outstanding values for Productive Life in the Jersey breed at 8.1 and extremely healthy udders with a Somatic Cell Score of 2.67.
  • New Jersey bull, 097JE00163 Corona, also is a great bull for health—especially daughter fertility. He is +1.2 for Daughter Pregnancy Rate and produces longevity at 6.9 Productive Life. These values give him a Better Life Health score of 10% with a balanced profile.

DRIVING EFFICIENT PRODUCTION

Using Better Life Efficiency, CRV continues to help producers breed more efficient and profitable herds. The CRV lineup averages an extreme ten percent for Better Life Efficiency—moderating stature, improving feed to milk conversion, and increasing longevity.

  • New bull, 097HO41780 Esperanto, is an excellent sire for efficiency at 15% along with being the number one NVI sire in the world at 425. The daughters will be long-lasting producers of high-quality milk with moderate feed intake.
  • 097HO41793 Novel is another great example of an efficiency sire at 15% Better Life Efficiency. He has very moderate feed intake with a production value of 142 pounds of CFP. Novel also excels in his production efficiency with a Casein Percent of 78. Daughters are extremely moderate sized with a stature of 0.14.
  • 097HO41865 Barkley, a new Holstein sire to the lineup, is also a leader at 13% Better Life Efficiency. He’s an excellent producer of premium milk and carries his efficiency into the calving pen at 5.2 Sire Calving Ease. Barkley is also negative for stature and positive for strength.

 PRODUCING PREMIUM MILK

Using milk component and CRV proprietary HerdBuilder traits, we continue to help dairy farmers breed cows that produce more valuable milk. In uncertain milk market trends, CRV can help farmers make their milk more valuable and increase their milk checks without growing your herds.

  • Dutch Holstein and new release, 097HO41781 Jethro, is the definition of premium milk. He has exceptional component percentages of +0.50% Fat and +0.23% Protein on the Dutch base—with over 70 kilograms Fat. Additionally, he is also BB for Kappa Casein, A2A2 for Beta Casein, and has an excellent Casein Percent of 75.
  • 097HO41830 Audible, is the new Holstein leader on the CRV lineup for CFP at 175 pounds. He is 108 pounds of Fat with a Fat Percentage of +0.16% and is $912 Cheese Merit. He is doing this all from a moderate sized cow with his 0.50 value for stature.
  • 097JE00151 Strike is a great Jersey option for cheese markets. He is nearly 125 pounds CFP with very positive percentages of +0.19% Fat an +0.08% Protein. Along with these excellent volumes and percentages, Strike is also BB for Kappa Casein and A2A2 for Beta Casein.
  • 097HO41117 Landon continues to be a fantastic premium milk option. He is at 71 pounds of protein and 77% for his Casein Percent. In addition to his great component profile, Landon is now 4.9 for SCE and is a breed leader for production among calving ease bulls as the only bull over 70 pounds of protein and under 5 for SCE.

To learn more about our lineups, the newly-released Casein Percent trait, and how CRV can help you build BETTER COWS FOR A BETTER LIFE, check out our directories and the links below or contact a CRV Genetic Consultant today at 1-855-CRV-COWS.

About CRV
CRV is a leading, customer focused cattle improvement organization fully committed to adding value for our farmers. With facilities in the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Germany, Luxembourg, South Africa, Brazil, the United States, the Czech Republic and Spain, CRV sells semen in more than 60 countries. CRV’s U.S. office in Madison, Wisconsin, was established in 2009, and our team delivers solutions that support farmers in building more profitable and efficient herds.     

Deming retires after more than 40 years with East Central/Select Sires

Alan Deming, Waupun, long-time general manager for East Central/Select Sires, based in Waupun and serving southern Wisconsin, is celebrating his retirement after more than 40 years with the cooperative.”In 40 years, I’ve seen a great deal of change in genetic information, and genetic progress has been dramatic. When I first started, three traits were measured: milk, fat, and type. Today, we measure more than 30 traits.”

Deming held the title of general manager for 26 of the 40-plus years. “I’ve had the privilege to meet many great people and work with an outstanding group of members and employees. The memories are many.”

In addition to bull power, Deming is always quick to note the employees at East Central/Select Sires are who make the cooperative successful. “It has been my pleasure to work with our employees and watch them grow to the most trusted group a manager could ever ask for,” noted Deming. “Even more than bulls and products, the success of our organization is due to a group of dedicated employees who have worked together to provide our members the very best service in the industry.”

In December, 2016, the East Central/Select Sires Board of Directors hired existing East Central employee, Jerome Meyer, formerly of Viroqua and now residing in Sun Prairie, as the cooperative’s new general manager. For the past seven months, Meyer has worked alongside Deming to learn the variety of activities associated with being the general manager at East Central/Select Sires Cooperative.

“I’m passing my position to Jerome with total confidence he’ll do a great job leading this organization in the years ahead,” noted Deming. “I want to thank East Central/Select Sires employees and members for all you’ve done to make my career a very enjoyable time. Together we’ve accomplished a great deal, and the best is yet to come.”

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