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Select Sires Inc. Introduces Summer Interns

Select Sires Inc. is pleased to welcome 13 interns to their summer internship program. Thomas Allen, Saul Boysel, Sydney Good, Matthew Hall, MaryKate Harrod, Lauren Hendel, Kennedy Horn, Sarah Lehner, Max McCoy, Samantha Oftedahl, Jacob Rigsby, Matthew Snyder and Meghann Winters will be spending their summer interning at North America’s largest A.I. organization.

“Both practical work experience within the agricultural industry and networking are extremely important to help college students prepare for full-time employment beyond graduation,” says David Thorbahn, Select Sires president and C.E.O. “That’s why Select Sires offers hands-on internship opportunities to work with trained professionals each year. This program helps to expand knowledge of the industry, while allowing interns to contribute to the day-to-day operation of the Select Sires federation.”

Thomas Allen, Matthew Hall, Kennedy Horn and Sarah Lehner are serving as livestock technicians this summer. Allen, hailing from Urbana, Ohio, currently attends Miami University. Hall of Powell, Ohio, currently attends The Ohio State University. Horn, of Plain City, Ohio, currently attends Wilmington College, where she studies animal science with a minor in biology. Lehner of Delaware, Ohio, is currently an animal sciences student at The Ohio State University.

Returning interns who are serving as livestock technicians this summer are Saul Boysel, Sydney Good and Jacob Rigsby. Boysel, of Zanesfield, Ohio, is set to earn his degree in agriculture business from Wilmington College in 2019. Good, a native of Marysville, Ohio, currently attends Columbus State Community College with plans to transfer to The Ohio State University to major in animal sciences. Rigsby, of Marysville, Ohio, currently attends Heidelberg University. During their internship, livestock technicians will assist with semen collection, livestock care, barn upkeep and assist the veterinarians when needed.

MaryKate Harrod of Flat Rock, Indiana, joins Select Sires as the semen processing and research intern. She attends Purdue University and will earn her animal sciences degree in May 2019. Harrod will assist with evaluation and initial processing of semen within the laboratory, in addition to various projects involving processing and cryopreservation. She will also complete an independent project focused on extender artifacts and their impact on flow cytometry.

Lauren Hendel of Caledonia, Minnesota, returns to Select Sires this summer, where she will serve as the dairy sire marketing intern. She is set to graduate from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in May 2019. There, she studies animal science – dairy production and agricultural and food business management. Lauren will assist with facilitating all dairy cattle photography in North America, organizing and conducting dairy cattle tours, among other responsibilities within the marketing department.

Max McCoy, a native of Ravenswood, West Virginia, joins Select Sires as the veterinary intern. McCoy graduated from West Virginia University in 2016 with a degree in animal and nutritional science. He will be entering his third year as a student at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. This summer, McCoy will assist with daily veterinary duties to provide for the health and welfare of livestock in order to collect quality semen product.

Samantha Oftedahl joins the Select Sires team in Westby, Wisconsin this summer as the laboratory intern. Oftedahl hails from Westby, Wisconsin and currently attends the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, where she will earn her agribusiness degree in 2019. This summer, Oftedahl will assist with daily operations of the lab, initial processing of semen, data entry and extending product life.

Matthew Snyder of Plain City, Ohio, joins Select Sires as the business analysis intern. He currently attends Miami University where he studies mathematics and statistics. Snyder will become familiarized with the organizational structure of Select Sires and its federated cooperatives while learning how each department contributes to Select Sires’ brand promise, Your Success, Our Passion. Snyder will gain working knowledge as he rotates through each department at Select Sires.

Meghann Winters, from Old Washington, Ohio, is serving as Select Sires’ corporate communications intern. She is currently a student at The Ohio State University, where she will earn her degree in agricultural communication with a minor in agribusiness in 2019. This summer, she will design the 2019 breeding calendar and promote Select Sires as a member of the communications department.


Semex’s Elevate™ Program Delivers Female Immunity+ Test

Five years after the introduction of Immunity+®, the revolutionary, award-winning genetic technology that was developed by Dr Bonnie Mallard at the University of Guelph, Semex is taking the next step and bringing it to clients worldwide. With the Elevate program, Semex is now offering a genomic test that ranks and selects cows based on their genetic merit along with their Immunity+ genomic test results!

Immunity+ results speak for themselves with results achieved on large commercial herds comprised of 35,000 cows and 75,000 heifers being analysed for disease reduction. It was found that Immunity+ sired animals had anywhere from 2%-20% less disease, depending on which disease was analysed. The most significant reductions in this dataset were found in the traits with the biggest economic impacts, including a 20% reduction in cow mortality among the Immunity+ sired animals. Dairy producers worldwide have seen healthier herds as a result of using Immunity+ sires, resulting in less treatment costs, less drug and antibiotic use and less time spent dealing with sick cows. The introduction of Elevate only speeds up the process.

“With Elevate and its Immunity+ genomic test, producers no longer have to guess which cows are their healthiest,” says Gordon Miller, Semex Sr. Vice President, Sales & Business Development. “Instead, they’re able to tailor their breeding program with both genomic information as well as Immunity+ results categorized as high, average or low health. They’re able to make faster genetic progress towards a stronger, more disease resistant herd, reducing losses and drug use. Immunity+ heritability is 30%, similar to that of milk production. We’re excited for herd health gains that can be made by both identifying female health and utilizing Immunity+ sires!”

Currently available in Canada, the US, Germany and the UK, Elevate and its Immunity+ genomic test supplies Semex clients with the same information as other commercially available genomic tests, with exclusive Immunity+ results at a competitive price.

“Elevate is the only program that makes genomic testing completely seamless,” explains Paul Krueger VP, Global Key Account & Solutions Strategy. “We’ve taken feedback from our clients in the field and simplified the process. Semex’s App collects and identifies the genomic samples and minimizes labor and time invested. There’s no paperwork involved and no hair to pull. The information is automated between the Semex App, the Elevate test as well as SemexWorks™ and OptiMate™, our sire selection and mating programs. All our clients need to do is take an ear tissue sample and ship it to the lab. The rest of the process is seamless.”

Miller adds that Elevate and the Immunity+ test is yet another example of Semex delivering practical solutions to farmers, widening the gap between those simply selling genetics, and those offering the technological advancements needed on today’s farms.

New Zealand’s top bull breeders celebrated at annual awards

Some of the country’s top bull breeders came together in Hamilton last week (23 May) to celebrate their contribution to the New Zealand dairy industry.

The elite group of farmers were invited to attend LIC’s prestigious Breeders’ Day event after supplying a bull calf to the farmer-owned co-operative which went on to form part of their elite teams of artificial breeding bulls last Spring, called Premier Sires. 

The Premier Sires teams are responsible for up to 80 per cent of dairy cows being milked on New Zealand dairy farms.

LIC Board chair and Nelson dairy farmer, Murray King, said the breeders are an integral part of LIC and the event recognises their special partnership. 

“LIC is immensely proud of our partnership with these farmers, and the value it delivers – not just this year, but for years to come, on the average Kiwi dairy farm, to the industry and the New Zealand economy.

“It’s always an honour to celebrate this elite group and acknowledge the pinnacle they have achieved in breeding a bull good enough to sire future generations of dairy cows.” 

When the bull calves were purchased by LIC, they entered the co-op’s Sire Proving Scheme to see if they have what it takes to become a Premier Sire – a process which can take up to four years.  Only the very best are chosen. Since its inception 57 years ago, close to 10,500 bulls have graduated from the scheme and received the Premier Sires title. 

“This robust scheme gives farmers the confidence that their herd replacements will be better than their mothers – more efficient, more fertile, more productive and more profitable.

“There are many things that LIC does which embody what it means to be a co-operative – to work closely with and for our farmers – and there’s no better example than Sire Proving and the Premier Sires team of bulls.  By pooling information from the national herd LIC is able to select potential sires which in turn benefit the full membership.

“We don’t prescribe what is right for individual farmers.  We provide choice so they can select the breeding programme best for their herd and business. The breeders of these bulls, and the elite cow families they have bred over the years, are a crucial part of that,” said Murray King.

Two of the industry’s most exceptional bulls were also recognised at the event and inducted into LIC’s prestigious Hall of Fame – the highest acknowledgement a bull can receive, to celebrate the significant value he has delivered to the industry.

Lynbrook Terrific (Jersey bull, bred by Steve and Nina Ireland from Temuka) and Priests Solaris (KiwiCross bull, bred by Rowan Priest from Te Aroha) are the 55th and 56th animals to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. 

Terrific and Solaris have produced more than 140,000 daughters for the national dairy herd combined, as well as many sons and grandsons for the artificial breeding (AB) industry.

The Hall of Fame is exclusively reserved for animals whose achievements have had, and will continue to have, a profound influence on the profitability of New Zealand’s dairy farmers and in-turn, the economy. 

A bull’s influence can be measured by number of inseminations, daughters milking in dairy herds around the country and/or sons which have also gone on to sire future generations of dairy cows. 

Lynbrook Terrific ET S3J

  • Born in 2008, on Steve and Nina Ireland’s Temuka farm
  • Sired by Fernaig Admiral SJ3
  • Debuted on the Premier Sires team in 2010
  • 200,000 inseminations
  • 38,000 daughters, 13,500 have been herd tested 
  • 57 sons entered sire proving, with an outstanding graduation rate
  • Current BW204
  • 55th inductee, 26th Jersey


Priests Solaris

  • Born in 2007, bred by Rowan Priest
  • Sired by Ingrams Ramrod
  • Debuted on the Premier Sires team in 2009
  • 550,000 inseminations
  • 105,000 daughters, 47,000 have been herd tested
  • Current BW181
  • 56th  inductee, 3rd KiwiCross


Source: LIC

Recombinetics and Semex Form Alliance to Improve Animal Well-being

Precision Breeding Partnership to Eliminate the Need to Dehorn Cattle 

Recombinetics has formed an alliance with Semex, a Canadian-based, farmer-owned cattle genetics organization, to implement a precision breeding program that improves animal health and well-being through hornless dairy cattle genetics.

The dehorning of calves is a routine procedure, designed to prevent injuries both to other animals and to handlers. This is uncomfortable for animals and is an unpleasant task for farm personnel. By using precision breeding technology, polled genetics can be reliably introduced into elite dairy lines, eliminating the need to dehorn calves.

Dairy farmers prefer hornless (polled) cattle, but traditional breeding for this trait, more commonly found in certain breeds of beef cattle, is inefficient and reduces productivity. The alliance’s objective is to seamlessly integrate the polled trait into high-merit dairy genetics through precision breeding.

The project is being led by Tad Sonstegard, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer of Acceligen, Recombinetics’ agriculture division. Sonstegard states, “The polled trait has been part of bovine genetics for more than 1,000 years, and it has been conventionally bred and selected for in some cattle breeds, but not in most high-merit dairy breeds. We have proven we can safely introduce the polled trait into any breed of horned dairy cattle with complete precision. This new partnership will provide unique opportunities for dairy farmers and artificial insemination companies to introduce polled genetics without losing genetic diversity or production potential.”

Precision breeding uses gene editing to make small adjustments to the genome of an animal to delete, repair, or replace individual elements of DNA. In this case, the cell’s natural repair function is used to replace the horned gene with a naturally occurring polled gene. The result is dairy calves that are born naturally hornless, providing a direct benefit to the animals’ well-being and health.

Francois-Xavier Grand, Corporate Veterinarian for Semex says, “By eliminating the need to dehorn, we eliminate the stress and health concerns associated with the procedure. This benefits the cattle, the farmers and consumers who value animal health and well-being.”

This alliance will begin with a multi-year implementation and regulatory process that will include government regulators, food processors, retailers and other stakeholders.

“The partnership is another example of Recombinetics working with industry leaders to provide solutions that improve animal health and well-being. Recombinetics has a proven track record of delivering science-based solutions across many species for animal and aquaculture health. By partnering with an industry leader like Semex, we’re able to provide a solution that benefits dairy farmers and meets the customer’s desire to buy food from animals raised in a safe and healthy manner,” said Recombinetics’ Chief Commercial and Scientific Officer, Dr. Mitchell Abrahamsen.

“Semex has a long tradition of delivering world-class genetics and reproductive solutions for our customers around the world. We are pleased to be working with Recombinetics to further develop innovative solutions that best serve the needs of farmers while addressing a long-time welfare issue in the dairy industry,” said Dr. Michael Lohuis, Vice President of Research & Innovation at Semex.

$300 bonus per cow from proven bulls

USING HIGH genetic merit bulls can improve gross margin per cow, with new research showing the top 25% of cows averaged a $300 margin over feed and herd costs annually, compared with cows in the bottom 25% of the herd.

These results, gathered through research as part of the Improving Herds program, were shared by Data Gene Genetic Evaluation Manager Michelle Axford at the Genetics Australia open day last month.

Ms Axford said dairy farmers often question her on whether choosing higher genetic merit bulls, as ranked in Australian Breeding Values, has a commercial result on farm.

“I’m often asked: Does this stuff work? Does it make a difference?” she said.

One of the goals of the Improving Herds program is to evaluate the contribution of genetics to herd profit.

The basis of the project is the Balanced Performance Index.

“BPI is the one we focussed on most for this project,” Ms Axford said. “BPI is half production but the other traits that contribute to profit are fertility, cows that last a long time, have low cell counts, and are easy to work with.”

Data for the project was collated from 27 focus farms located around the country — incorporating different regions and different sizes.

They collected herd records, detailed financial data and genomically tested heifers, which enabled them to compare the high and low BPI cows within a herd.

“What we found was across all animals, there’s a wide range in gross margin of those animals. Some lost as much as $1290 because essentially they didn’t get past the first gate. We invested money to rear that animal but they only lasted in the dairy for a short time.

“At the other end, cows were generating gross margin of over $2000 per year.”

On average the top 25 per cent of cows produced $300 per cow more than the bottom 25 per cent. This was the margin over feed and herd costs each year.

To get the $300 figure, income was derived from milk income, calf income and cull income, minus rearing cost, feed cost, mastitis cost, repro cost and herd cost.

Toby and Nick Leppin, from Bena, South Gippsland, are one of the Improving Herds focus farms.

“In their case, their top 25 per cent of animals produce a lot more milk. To do that they need more feed, so there are higher feed costs, but the gap between income generated minus feed costs in their case was a $268 margin over feed cost per cow per year.

“The high BPI cows generated more fat, more protein, and lasted 10 months longer in the herd.”

Ms Axford said the research was backed up several other studies, including– Feeding the Genes, which measured 500 herds across five different feeding systems.

“In all five feeding systems, those high BPI cows produced more and lasted longer.”

The Improving Herds program is funded by the Gardiner Foundation, the Victorian Government, Dairy Australia, Data Gene, Holstein Australia and the National Herd Improvement Association of Australia.


The Rumours are True – There is a NEW AI Stud in Town!

799 – THE NEW STUD IN TOWN! Yes, the rumours are true. We have separated from Cogent/ST to create our own independent AI company.

We want to thank Cogent & ST for their work together with us.

Stud code 799 will now be home to BLONDIN SIRES INC!

This means our bulls will be available through a number of different distributors around the world. As we create new distribution agreements we will be sure to keep you updated on who is carrying our bulls in your country.

If you have an interest to distribute our bulls, please send Dann Brady an email at We would love to discuss things further.

Finally, we cannot thank everyone enough for all the help and support of our bulls for the last 2 years. Calves by Capture, Chill, Army and soon Unstopabull-Red are being born across the country and around the world.

The passion you the breeders have shown us for Bringing Back the Art of Breeding has been tremendous! Thank you.

#1 Conformation Sire, Walnutlawn Solomon, Dies

Semex regrets to announce the passing of 0200HO10146 Walnutlawn Solomon. Solomon was a young star in the Semex stables, ranking as Canada’s #1 Conformation Sire at +16 and the #2 PTAT Sire in the US at +3.70 in April 2018. With tens of thousands of doses sold globally and breeders worldwide appreciating his high type and eye-catching daughters, Solomon’s impact will be seen for years through his striking daughters in the show ring and on farm. The Doorman son comes form a family line tracing back to Splendor. Solomon daughters have been dominant at shows around the world. Unfortunately, very limited semen remains.

“Solomon was an exceptional sire,” says Brad Sayles, Semex Chief Operating Officer. “He was a stand-out bull, and we’re pleased to see his daughters dominating show rings worldwide for their owners already this show season. Unfortunately, we have very limited semen available as he was always highly demanded globally.” 

Genetics Australia Celebrates 60 Years

Genetics Australia Current Chairman since 2016 Trevor Henry, Tinamba Vic, Peter Stewart, Chairman 1993 -1997, Stratford, Vic, John Harlock, Chairman 1998-2006, Warrnambool, Vic, Colin Gardner Chairman 2007-2010, Longwarry North, Vic and Ross Gordon, Chairman 2011 – 2015, Cohuna, Vic.

Industry representatives have gathered to celebrate Genetics Australia’s contribution to genetic improvement in Australian herds over the past 60 years.

More than 100 industry leaders, shareholders, breeders, farmers and international guests attended a celebration dinner on April 18, with a further 100 people attending an open day at Genetics Australia’s headquarters in Bacchus Marsh the following day.

Australia’s leading dairy breeding organisation started in 1958 as Victorian Artificial Breeders.

Current Chairman Trevor Henry, was joined at the dinner by Peter Stewart, Chairman 1993 -1997, John Harlock, Chairman 1998-2006, Colin Gardner Chairman 2007-2010, and Ross Gordon, Chairman 2011 – 2015, to cut a celebratory cake.

Mr Henry said the vision and foresight of Genetics Australia’s forefathers to create the organisation had been fantastic for Australian farmers.

“It was a time when this was new technology but our founders had faith in the technology and took a leap of courage,” Mr Henry said.

He added that Genetics Australia had continued to grow and innovate and be a vehicle for change and progress.

Dairy Australia Managing Director Ian Halliday said the cooperative had remained true to its mission and its owners – Australian farmers – for six decades.

“Genetics Australia has continually worked with industry and adopted science and acted in the global market to bring the products that it thought to be best for farmers,” Mr Halliday said. 

“The entire breeding industry in Australia has relied on Genetics Australia in some shape or form – as a distributor of new products, as a source of specialised merchandise, as a key partner, as an entity that has driven elite performance in the whole market.”

Mr Halliday added that Genetics Australia had worked with elite breeders and breed societies to improve breeds and strive towards their definition of an “ideal cow”- one that is suited to Australian conditions and Australian dairy farming systems. 

“The prize of getting genetic and herd improvement right is vital to the profitability of Australian dairy farmers.”

Auctioneer Brian Leslie recounted some of the impressive Genetics Australia bulls that have serviced the industry across the years.

“Genetics Australia has bought great genetics at a reasonable price to the industry,” Mr Leslie said. “They proved and continually searched for the best bulls and made them available for farmers. Their staff and their bulls have improved the profitability of all dairy farmers.”

Select Sires’ Young Sire Offering Dominates the Industry

The April sire summaries reveal that Select Sires’ Super Samplerlineup once again dominates the industry with availability of elite GTPI® and high Net Merit Dollar (NM$) genomic young sires.

There are 30 Select Sires Super Samplers and GenerVations young sires that rank among the Top 100 GTPI Active Holstein Genomic Young Sires. If it is Net Merit you seek, Select Sires has you covered there too; with 97 Active Holstein Genomic Young Sires greater than +$800 NM$. Twenty-eight rank among the top 100 for NM$ with an average Net Merit value greater than +$888!

Topping the list of high GTPI Super Samplers at Select Sires is 507HO13740 ROLAN at +2824. A 7HO12600 MODESTY son, he is the No. 3 GTPI sire on Holstein Association USA’s young sire ranking list with semen available. To call ROLAN balanced would be an understatement. At +$957 NM$, he ranks among Select Sires’ top three genomic young sires. Add to that a Dairy Wellness Profit Index (DWP$) of +$1,071, Wellness Trait Index (WT$) of +$111 and fantastic type indexes (+2.29 PTAT, +2.57 UDC, +1.85 FLC) and you have the complete package!

ROLAN’s full brother, 507HO13715 RAPTOR, is another well-balanced bull with high NM$ (+$934) and GTPI (+2766) values. In addition, he excels for DWP$ (+$1,025) and WT$ (+$106), indicating that he can produce healthier cattle that are long-lived (+7.6 PL). If it’s your desire to boost milk yield and components within your herd, 7HO12788 FRAZZLED offers +2,549 Milk, +77 Protein, and +103 Fat and is the breed’s best for DWP$ (+$1,180) and WT$ (+$107). He ranks No. 2 in the prestigious Select Sires genomic young sire lineup for NM$ at +$959. Additionally, both RAPTOR and FRAZZLED earn Select Sires’ WellnessPROand FeedPRO® designations and are available in gender SELECTed semen.

Wellness and Fitness Specialists
Lessen the risk of costly health incidents by selecting sires that carry Select Sires’ WellnessPROdesignation. With the introduction of the Calf Wellness Index (CW$) by Zoetis in March, Select Sires modified the criteria for a sire to earn the WellnessPRO designation to include a combination of WT$ and CW$.

7HO12556 PAGEONE firmly holds the breed’s No. 1 spot for WT$ at +$231 and is an impressive +$59 for CW$. This Jacey son from a 7HO11314 MOGUL dam offers commercial appeal at +1,326 Milk and 2.58 Somatic Cell Score (SCS) from petite-stature offspring (-.23 Stature). PAGEONE is available in gender SELECTed semen and is perfect not only for the heifer pens (4.6% CE), but for use in any mating where managers are anxious to return their fresh cows back into production quickly with as little trouble as possible after calving.

Exciting fitness trait sires include: 7HO13731 FLYER, 7HO13398 SUPERFLY and 507HO13737 EINSTEIN. Ranking No. 3 in Select’s genomic lineup for Daughter Pregnancy Rate (+3.6 DPR), FLYER will also lower Somatic Cell Score (SCS) (2.49) and notch up the Productive Life (+7.7 PL) of his offspring. SUPERFLY is a Supershot son from a Galaxy dam, offering a bit of a different pedigree for Select Sires’ bloodlines. He is positive for DPR (+3.0), Heifer Conception Rate (+1.7 HCR) and Cow Conception Rate (+4.8 CCR). A check can also be made beside his name for heifer matings. At +5.9% CE, he is a Select Sires CalvingPRO and he is available in gender SELECTed semen.

Ranked among Holstein Association’s top 20 for GTPI, and No. 2 at Select Sires, 507HO13737 EINSTEIN descends from a very different sire stack on the maternal side of his pedigree (MODESTY x LUCID x LEXOR). Another Select Sires WellnessPRO sire, EINSTEIN is +$1,082 DWP$, among the top 10 in the breed, and +$188 WT$. EINSTEIN can boost milk solids (+131 CFP) and components percentages (+.06% P, +.10% F) and is Select Sires’ best for the CDCB’s new Mastitis STA at +2.9. Look for EINSTEIN to improve udder traits (+2.59 UDC), especially fore udder attachment (+3.21) and rear udder height (+3.44) and width (+3.16).

Focusing on Fertility
7HO12954 ATLAS-RED, a 7HO12388 DESIRED son jumps to the top of the young sire lineup for Sire Conception Rate (SCR) at +4.3. In addition, there are 16 sires in Select’s genomic young sire lineup at +3.0 or greater for SCR and 12 of these sires are also greater than +2500 GTPI. If you want high-fertility, high-performing sires, check out 7HO12998 THONMAKER (+2781 GTPI, +3.1 SCR), 7HO12978 HOUSE (+2781 GTPI, +3.2 SCR) and 7HO13504 JAGUAR (+2749 GTPI, +3.0 SCR). If your preference is for high-fertility sires that excel for Net Merit, Select Sires offers 10 Super Samplers and one GenerVations young sire at or over +850 NM$ and +2.0 SCR.

Select Sires continues to innovate the use of data to benefit customer-owners and is the first and only A.I. organization to identify their highest performing sires for sex-sorted semen in both 2M and 4M products. In March, Select Sires introduced a new designation for sires achieving high fertility in sex-sorted semen to provide a useful tool to help breeders maximize success with sex-sorted semen and enhance the return on their semen investment. The Elite Sexed Fertility designation is based on Select’s Combined Fertility Index (CFI), which combines information from several large-scale sire fertility analysis systems. New data will be reviewed monthly to track performance and new sires may earn the designation between sire summaries. In April, six young sires qualified for this designation, including 507HO12837 ZAMBONI, 507HO12897 SAMURI, 507HO13276 BOWEN, 507HO13328 YALE, 507HO13373 FLAGSHIP and 509HO12742 FOXHOLE. For the most up-to-date listing of designees, visit the Select Sires website.

Type Standouts
7HO12922 DELIGHT tops Select Sires’ Type rankings at +4.25, followed closely by 7HO13730 UNDENIED at +4.24. DELIGHT is a 7HO11596 DEFIANT son from the famous Barbie cow family. He is an udder improvement specialist, ranking extremely well for fore udder attachment (+4.59), udder cleft (+3.28), udder depth (+3.82), all contributing to a superior Udder Composite (+3.13). Both DELIGHT and UNDENIED rank in the top five young sires within the Holstein breed.

Select Sires’ Showcase Selections™ lineup is packed with ultra-strong genomic young sires, including 7HO13839 TATOO (+3.97 PTAT, +3.63 UDC, +$178 WT$), 7HO12773 KENOSHA (+3.55 PTAT, +3.00 UDC, +2.00 FLC) and GenerVations sires 250HO12961 DOC (+3.97 PTAT, +2.83 UDC, +2.07 FLC) and 250HO12589 JACOBY (+3.87 PTAT, +3.12 UDC).

To view Select Sires’ complete young sire lineup, please visit or contact your local 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.

Select Sires’ Daughter-Proven Lineup Focuses on Customer Profitability

Select Sires’ daughter-proven Holstein lineup is packed with high-ranking sires from every genetic standpoint. As is the tradition, Select Sires offers balanced sires with exceptional pedigrees. Whether the breeding focus is Net Merit (NM$), production, type or fertility, Select Sires has a sire for every desire.

7HO12266 YODER (+2690 GTPI®) and 7HO12165 MONTROSS (+2641) maintained their top-10 spots on Holstein Association USA’s Top 100 TPI List. YODER and MONTROSS are true customer-satisfaction specialists, siring hard-working, functionally appealing daughters with fantastic production.

For producers honing in on the value of NM$, Select Sires presents an exceptionally strong lineup; with 20 active proven sires greater than +$700 for NM$. Topping this list is recent graduate 7HO12600 MODESTY at +$927 NM$. YODER (+$863), 7HO11351 SUPERSIRE (+$827), 7HO13250 JEDI (+$825) and 7HO12450 AMBITION (+$823) follow MODESTY’s lead and rank among the breed’s top 10 for NM$.

If increasing the profitability of your herd is important, then Select Sires is the clear choice. With 17 of the top 50 daughter-proven sires for NM$, Select Sires is the leader. No other A.I. source comes close. When the Accelerated Genetics product line is added, the selection of elite NM$ sires climbs to 21 of the top-50.

Select Sires offers the largest selection of sires to boost milk production with seven sires transmitting over +2,000M including new daughter-proven graduates JEDI (+2,480M) and 7HO12387 MADRON (+2,056M).

MONTROSS leads Select’s lineup as the No. 1 Milk (+2,910) and No. 1 Protein (+85) sire. 7HO11621 MAYFLOWER ranks second for both listings at +2,732 Milk and +84 Protein. 7HO12256 MAGUIRE and YODER lead the charge for Fat at +116 and +107, respectively.

Select Sires also offers the most proven sires at or above 120 pounds of combined Fat and Protein (CFP) with 27 sires. This is almost double the next source and is led by MAGUIRE (+177 CFP), MONTROSS (+165 CFP), SUPERSIRE (+164) and YODER (+160).

Fitness and Wellness Leaders

December graduate, 7HO12357 PENLEY, leads Select Sires’ list of sires bred to help you improve the wellness traits within your herd. Earning Select’s WellnessPRO™ designation he is an impressive +$194 for Zoetis’ Wellness Trait Index® (WT$®) and +$769 for Dairy Wellness Profit Index® (DWP$®), +2.8 for CDCB’s new Mastitis trait, and is Select Sires’ best for Somatic Cell Score (SCS) at 2.32.

Other daughter-proven Select sires earning the WellnessPRO designation include 7HO11833 RENNIE, 7HO11708 ROOKIE, 7HO11169 PETRONE, 7HO10920 GOLD CHIP, 7HO12111 DRAGONHEART and new graduates 7HO12472 ALCO and 7HO12533 HOTSHOT.

With the April summaries, Zoetis introduced the Calf Wellness Index™ (CW$™), which places economic weights on calf wellness traits directly estimating potential genetic profit contributions of calf livability, respiratory disease and scours for an individual animal. Three Select sires rank among the top-10 for CW$ with PETRONE (+51 CW$) garnering the top spot and 7HO12344 RAGER-RED (+35 CW$) and PENLEY (+27) following close behind.

Fertility Frontrunners

Select Sires continues to focus on delivering a superior fertility product to your door every time. Dedication to this mission has led to the broadest and best genetic selection of sires that excel in fertility for both conventional and gender SELECTed™ semen. A look at the daughter-proven lineup reveals five sires over +2500 GTPI with SCRs greater than +1.7: YODER (+2690 GTPI, +2.8 SCR), 7HO11985 TETRIS (+2526 GTPI, +2.2 SCR), JEDI (+2716 GTPI, +2.1 SCR), MODESTY (+2748 GTPI, +2.1 SCR) and MAGUIRE (+2553 GTPI, + 1.9 SCR) make up this elite group.

Select Sires continues to innovate the use of data to benefit customer-owners and is the first and only A.I. organization to identify their highest performing sires for sex-sorted semen in both 2M and 4M products. In March, Select Sires announced a new designation for sires achieving high fertility in sex-sorted semen to provide a useful tool to help breeders maximize success with sex-sorted semen and enhance the return on their semen investment. The Elite Sexed Fertility™ designation is based on Select’s Combined Fertility Index™ (CFI™), which combines information from several large-scale sire fertility analysis systems. New data will be reviewed monthly to track performance and new sires may earn the designation between sire summaries. In April, eight daughter-proven Holsteins qualified for the designation, including 507HO11351 SUPERSIRE, 507HO11383 MORGAN, 507HO12115 DECEIVER, 507HO12195 BUTLER, 507HO12248 SUPERIOR, 507HO12266 YODER and 507HO12353 BEEMER. From the GenerVations product line, 550HO1131 SALT earns the designation. To learn more and to view the most current list of Elite Sexed Fertility sires, visit Select Sires’ website at

Elite Type

Select Sires continues to be the world’s source for elite Type, offering five of the top 15 active proven sires for PTAT in 7HO10506 G W ATWOOD (+3.62), 7HO11596 DEFIANT (+3.47), 7HO12395 SATURN (+3.39), BEEMER (+3.36) and 7HO12198 KINGBOY (+3.21). If your desire is to enter the winner’s circle, check out Select Sires growing and exciting Showcase Selections lineup™.

To view Select Sires’ complete Holstein lineup, visit or contact your local 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.

1000th Gillette Windbrook Daughter Classified EX In Canada

On April 10th Gillette Windbrook (Ex-97-Extra) had his 1000th daughter classify Excellent. Royolait Yasmine Windbrook (Ex-90) reached that milestone for him. Yasmine is bred and owned by Ferme Royolait Inc., Ange Gardien, Que., and is a third generation Excellent or Very Good. Windbrook now EX-90-4YR is Windbrook’s 1000 EX classified daughter. Pictured Yasmine’s owner Maxime Roy with Holstein Canada Classifier Remi Bernier. “Windbrook”, who is an “FBI” son from Gillette Blitz 2nd Wind (VG-88-72*), was bred by Ferme Gillette Inc., Embrun, Ont., and T-Wave Holsteins, Hokkaido, Japan, and spent his years in A.I. service at Semex. “Windbrook” joins an elite group of bulls in Canada who have sired 1000 Excellent daughters or more. They include Braedale Goldwyn who is at 3311 Excellent daughters, Picston Shottle-ET at 1057 Excellents, and Comestar Outside at 1005 Excellent daughters.

Genetics Australia buys NZ business Genetic Enterprises

BREEDING co-operative Genetics Australia has bought a New Zealand business in a bid to expand its international footprint.

Genetics Australia today announced it has purchased the independently owned and operated artificial insemination company Genetic Enterprises at Cambridge in New Zealand’s north island.

Genetics Australia chief executive Anthony Shelly said it was the first time the co-operative had purchased an overseas business and the New Zealand market was important for Genetics Australia’s “overall export strategy”.

In a statement, Genetics Australia said the purchase of Genetic Enterprises meant New Zealand dairy farmers would continue to have access to a “wide-range of leading Australian dairy sires as well as a select group of genetics sourced from the northern hemisphere”.

Mr Shelly said bulls that have been most popular across the Tasman Sea include those “that offer a combination of medium stature, A2, high milk solids (and) outcross bloodlines”.

“The specific bulls include Medallion, with great conformation, excellent udder, A2 and Jersey sire Aussie Gold who offers great body traits, excellent udders and is also polled,” he said.

The purchase of Genetic Enterprises was finalised this month.

Genetic Enterprises service all of New Zealand “albeit their current footprint is relatively small, at Genetics Australia we see this as part of the opportunity to grow,” Mr Shelly said.

Genetics Australia chairman Trevor Henry said the co-operative was excited about investing in the New Zealand breeding industry.

“The purchase is part of our export strategy identified by the board to grow the co-operative and this opportunity came at just the right time for us. Australia has for many years been a net importer of genetics from many countries, including New Zealand and while we have been steadily growing our sales in New Zealand through Genetic Enterprises for the past three years this move gives us the chance to be a greater part of a large dairy industry very close to our shores,” he said.

“We are confident that with the emphasis we have placed in Australia for decades on breeding a moderate size cow with the will and functionality to milk for numerous lactations, our genetics can make a positive contribution to the national dairy herd in New Zealand. In Australia every decision we make is in the best interests of our shareholder members and we are committed to delivering the type of genetics New Zealand farmers demand into the future.”

Genetic Enterprises principal Allen Donald said the business was established 18 years ago after he saw a need for broader range of genetics to be made available to New Zealand producers.

Genetic Enterprises services dairy and beef clients as well as “a range of other species”, according to Mr Donald.

“We first introduced semen from Genetics Australia bulls a little over three years ago and the early reports on daughters of several of the bulls is most pleasing and demand had grown year-on-year,” he said.

“The Australian national breeding index, the BPI (balanced performance index) incorporates traits focused on producing a profitable dairy cow and was established based on both science and on what farmers wanted to see in a good dairy cow.”

Genetics Australia also sells semen to South Africa. It has been one of its strongest export markets for more than 10 years, according to Mr Shelly.

“The more recent growth has been in Latin American countries such as Chile, Costa Rica (and) Uruguay,” he said.

“China is also developing as nice market with strong interest in both dairy and beef genetics.”

Genetics Australia will also celebrate its 60th anniversary this year. It was first established as Victorian Artificial Breeders Cooperative in 1958.


Source: The Weekly Times

WestGen invests in Beef Sector Partnering with Bow Valley Genetics

WestGen, Canada’s longest serving Artificial Insemination (AI) company, located in Abbotsford, BC, is pleased to announce it is in the final stages of completing the purchase of a 50% stake in Bow Valley Genetics based in Brooks, AB. It sets the stage for strategic cooperation between the two companies to advance the genetic improvement options and their adoption by the beef sector in western Canada.

Bow Valley Genetics provides a strong, client centered approach to the genetic advancement for beef producers. Individualized treatment of donor females and bulls has built their reputation, fostering rapid growth in the Custom Semen Collection, Embryo Transfer (ET) and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) services for the beef industry.
Investment in their business by WestGen represents a significant move by the western Canadian producer-owned and directed AI company into the Beef market with a presence in the Prairies and is a clear signal of the company’s
intention to grow its Beef footprint in western Canada.

The two companies already collaborate on providing an IVF solution to owners of some of Canada’s most sought-after beef genetics. “Bow Valley Genetics, a founding XL Vets Canada member, is well known for its high standards of animal care and embryo and semen production”, states Chris Parry, WestGen CEO. “We see a great deal of potential for collaboration between the two companies and expect the synergies will add significant value for the beef producers across western Canada”.

“This is a good fit for both companies and it is expected to help our business with plans for future growth”, states Rob Stables, Owner and President of Bow Valley Genetics. “A reputation within the industry for high-quality care of the resident sires and donor cows coupled with Bow Valley’s commitment to fostering strong relationships with producers is a perfect fit with WestGen” adds Dennis Serhienko, WestGen Beef Program Manager. Set in the heart of Canada’s beef industry, the deal set to be finalized April 30th, 2018; is expected to quickly lead to Bow Valley’s Brooks, Alberta location to also become WestGen’s headquarters for its beef genetics activities.

New highest available RZG bull in the World

The #1 RZG bull: Veelhorst DG CASINO has semen available. Casino is the highest available RZG bull in the World with RZG 168, which he combines with a high American index, a very attractive pedigree and index profile. Casino has a Bookem-free pedigree, sired by DG Charley from a Mardi Gras x Planet x Snowman (Broeks Betty), he has a huge production index (DE +1956 Milk / positive components / RZM 152), >120 RZE, high fitness traits, milkability (RZD 112) and an excellent udder health (RZS 119). Casino is available in Germany through the Vost and is international available through GGI.

Introducing Elite Sexed Fertility at Select Sires

Select Sires continues its commitment to customer-owner success with the introduction of the Elite Sexed Fertility product line. Beginning this April, the cooperative will identify sires with superior fertility sex-sorted semen using an Elite Sexed Fertility designation.

Data analysis and implementation
Select Sires has collaborated extensively in research efforts, leading to improvements in fertility potential of sex-sorted semen, including gender SELECTed SexedULTRA 2M and gender SELECTed SexedULTRA 4M. However, research trials and field fertility data clearly and repeatedly confirm that some sires achieve much greater conception rates than others, irrespective of sperm dosage. Simply stated, a sire’s fertility advantage can outweigh any sperm dose advantage.

Select Sires constantly monitors the success of both conventional and sex-sorted semen products through in-house fertility analysis systems. Fertility of conventional and sex-sorted semen are independent traits with very poor correlation. A bull that exhibits above average fertility with conventional semen is not guaranteed to exhibit above average fertility with sex-sorted semen. “Select Sires’ research and field fertility data both lead us to believe that identifying sires of both 2M and 4M dosages that excel at achieving pregnancies is beneficial for our customer-owners,” explains Mel DeJarnette, Select Sires’ vice president of research and quality control. “Although there have been many advances in sex-sorting technology through the years, it remains a very expensive and inefficient process. The added cost and reduced supply created by processing at four million sperm per dose does not appear to be consistently and repeatedly offering our cooperative’s customer-owners a return on the added investment.”

Designation details and qualifications
This new Elite Sexed Fertility designation is in addition to Select Sires’ Superior Settler and Fertility PRO designations. Customer-owners use designations as a tool in making breeding decisions to fit their genetic and reproductive goals.

The Elite Sexed Fertility designation will identify gender SELECTed sires with above average conception rates through sire fertility analysis. Selection criteria will be based on Composite Fertility Index (CFI) data. CFI combines information from several large-scale sire fertility analysis systems including Select Sires’ Relative Breeding Efficiency (RBE), which includes an 18-month rolling database in excess of two million services. A large number of services adds power and reliability to estimates, while restricting data to the most recent 18 months allows for greater sensitivity to detect changes in sire fertility over time.

Only the latest CFI data will be used in identifying sires and, therefore, updates will occur monthly. Only active sires shown to have superior fertility in sexed semen use with a minimum of 500 services will qualify for the designation. Sires of all breeds in both SexedULTRA 2M and SexedULTRA 4M product lines will be eligible for an Elite Sexed Fertility designation.

With over 11,000 services, 507HO12195 BUTLER earns the designation as one of Select Sires’ best Elite Sexed Fertility sires. Additional Holstein leaders in this new product line include 507HO12266 YODER and 507HO11351 SUPERSIRE. Leading the Jersey breed, exceeding 16,000 services, 507JE5020 STRIKER earns the designation, along with 507JE1528 DISCO.

Ensuring the best return on investment
This new designation comes to Select Sires as result of extensive data analysis and the cooperative is excited to offer customer-owners another tool to enhance genetic and reproductive success. In its true cooperative form, Select Sires believes in developing and offering product lines that ensure the best return on investment for dairy producers.

“Select Sires continues to innovate the use of data to benefit customer-owners as the first and only A.I. organization to identify our highest performing sires for sexed semen in both 2M and 4M products. The addition of the Elite Sexed Fertility designation will be a useful new tool to help dairymen maximize their success with gender SELECTed semen,” explains Lyle Kruse vice president of U.S. market development for Select Sires.

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.


Elite Sexed Fertility, Superior Settler Fertility PRO and gender SELECTed are trademarks of Select Sires Inc. SexedULTRA and SexedULTRA 4M are trademarks of Inguran LLC. gender SELECTed™ semen processed by Sexing Technologies for Select Sires shall be used only for the single insemination of one female bovine during natural ovulation with the intent to produce single offspring unless specifically approved on an individual customer basis by Sexing Technologies in writing. This semen is produced using the proprietary technology of XY LLC and Inguran LLC, as partially represented by U.S. Patents: 6372422, 7094527, 7208265, 7371517, 6357307, 7723116, 7758811 and 7799569. Patents pending in U.S. and foreign markets. XY® is a trademark of XY LLC. All gender SELECTed semen is processed using SexedULTRA technology.

ABS Global Releases Icon Sire™ SKYWALKER

ABS Global, Inc., the world leader in bovine genetics, reproduction services and technologies, announces the release of Icon Sire™ 29HO18611 BOMAZ SKYWALKER-ET.

“We’re beyond thrilled to release SKYWALKER to the market,” says Katie Olson, Ph.D., Global Director Dairy Product Development – ABS Global. “This sire is the complete package when it comes to semen available for sale today. He ranks #1 with 2938 TPI® and is #2 with 1058 NM$ and 1102 CM$, second only to 29HO18296 ABS ACHIEVER-ET. We expect this Icon Sire to be one of the hottest bulls available and are happy to offer him to our customers.”

As one of the most exciting Icon Sires to be released, SKYWALKER is a production, health and calving ease specialist that ranks 5-star for TransitionRight®. The sky is the limit with this sire! 

Contact your local ABS representative to add SKYWALKER to your herd today!


Shareholders approve simplified share structure for dairy genetics company

Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) will proceed with a proposal to simplify its share structure after receiving approval from its shareholders.

The proposal will bring the farmer owned dairy genetics co-operative’s existing two classes of shares together into a single class. The move was done to remove potential conflicts between co-operative and investment shareholders.

Of the votes received at a special meeting on March 14 at LIC’s headquarters in Hamilton, 87.69 per cent of co-operative shareholders and 83.39 per cent of investment shareholders voted for the proposal. Turnout was 27.28 per cent of co-op shares and 37.36 per cent of investment shares.

The change required a three-quarters majority support from the two classes of shareholders.

LIC board chairman Murray King said the result was an emphatic endorsement of the proposal from shareholders and that the board would now proceed with the next steps in implementing the simplified share structure.

“This result is good news for LIC, our shareholders and New Zealand dairy farmers. It will allow us to decisively address the increasing disparity between the two existing classes of shares and ensure a resilient and agile co-op for the future.”

Under the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act, LIC now required to seek ministerial consent for the changes to LIC’s constitution that would enable the proposal to be implemented, King said.

“We have written to the Minister of Agriculture seeking his consent and given the clear shareholder support for the proposal we are hopeful that this will be granted shortly.

“It is then the board’s intention to carry out the implementation of the proposal over July 2018 with the aim to have trading in the new single class of ordinary shares open on July 23.”

King said the board would keep shareholders and the market updated on its progress and all shareholders will shortly receive further information on the next steps in the implementation process.

“It’s great to finally have an end in sight to what has been an exhaustive process. This has been an important step in the future proofing of LIC and the board is pleased to see it receive strong shareholder support.”


Source: Stuff

Select Sire Power returning $2.1 million to customers in 2018

James Cook, Sandra Krone and Justin Ayers

Virginia dairy producer James Cook, the President of the Board of Directors for Select Sire Power, announced at the recent annual meeting of the cooperative that Select Sire Power’s successful sales year would allow $2.1 million to be returned to member-owners in an accelerated patronage dividend. “Select Sire Power has just completed the largest sales increase in our history, growing over 104,000 units in our Maine to Florida sales area. This influx of new customers allows the cooperative to be more aggressive in getting profits back to our customers,” Cook stated. The $2.1 patronage returns includes 50% of the profits from 2017 returned immediately to customers of Select Sire Power.

The meeting also recognized the accomplishments of retiring General Manager Norm Vincel. Vincel became General Manager in 2011 and oversaw a tremendous period of growth for Select Sire Power. During his tenure, sales increased by over 230,000 units and the cooperative was profitable every year returning $15 million to customers. He will retire April 1, 2018 and Chief Financial Officer Mark Carpenter will then assume his duties.

The cooperative also heard from Pennsylvania Alternate Dairy Princess Casandra Blickley, along with reports on marketing, beef, and the announced intent to merge with Southeast Select Sires. An annual highlight is recognizing the students of Select Sire Power customers receiving $15,000 in scholarships from the cooperative.

This year’s Wayne Dudley $3000 Scholarship winner was Jared Dueppengiesser of Perry, New York from Cornell University. Other recipients include Isabelle Leonard from Spottswood, Virginia, Stephanie Bishop from Delhi, NY, Emma Currie from Tully, New York, Sandra Krone from Fountainville, Pennsylvania, Willow Voegtlen from Columbia Crossroads, Pennsylvania, Kayla Windecker from Frankfort, New York, Justin Ayers from Annville, Pennsylvania, Mariah Casaday from Charlottesville, Virginia, Courtney Gould from Salisbury Massachusetts, George Lamb from Buskirk, New York, Jessica Skellie from Newark, New York, Sarah Thomas from Pittsboro, North Carolina, and Tony Rice from Mount Pleasant Mils, Pennsylvania.

Select Sire Power is one of nine member cooperatives forming Select Sires. Current sales coverage area is 15 states from Maine to Florida. The annual meeting reported a growth in sales to 1,541,574 units and 157 employees serving the member owners.

WEH Beatstick #1 in Germany

Masterrind’s WEH Beatstick is from the Italian Bersaglio O-Man Qualsiasi family.

Germany has just released it’s list of bulls with the most first inseminations in 2017. Leading the way by quite a margin is WEH Beatstick (Balisto-Gold Chip) with 32,937 first inseminations.  Nr.2 is the Kingpin-Mogul son Kaluscho (28,408 first inseminations) and he is followed by the first daughter-proven sire to make the top rankings – Heidenskipster Beart (Beacon-Goldwyn). Most popular in the Red-Holsteins was the homozygous polled Esperado-son MHD Ems-Red-PP (16,512) followed by Werler Julandy-Red.

GENEX Releases Four New Jersey Sires

GENEX announces limited availability of new-release Jersey sires 1JE01047 ARENA {3}, 1JE01041 KAZAN {3}, 1JE01040 BRANCH {3} and 1JE01048 EVERLASTING {3}. Debuting mid-term between official sire summaries enables producers to utilize the latest in elite Jersey genetics.

ARENA {3} is a standout for producing cows that excel in commercial herd environments. This Avon x Mackenzie debuts in the top 10 for the Ideal Commercial Cow (ICC$) index at +846. He also boats an impressive +719 Cheese Merit (CM$) and +210 JPI™ with a +28.8 JUI™. ARENA {3} daughters should demonstrate longevity (+8.3 Productive Life) and meet production demands based on his +1275 Milk and +117 combined Fat and Protein (CFP). ARENA {3} is available in GenChoice™ sexed semen.

KAZAN {3}, an Avon x Magnum, is another great commercial cow producer. This new release stands at +805 for the ICC$ index and is among the lineup’s best for Cheese Maximizer (ChMAX$), one of three sub-indexes that comprise the ICC$ index. If focusing on component production, look to this bull with his +564 ChMAX$, +58 Protein and +69 Fat. He’s also +667 CM$, +198 JPI™ and +15.3 JUI™.

BRANCH {3}, Avon x Daybreak, is the choice for improving herd fertility. He’s a top five bull for ICC$’s Fertility (FERT$) sub-index with his +2.7 Daughter Pregnancy Rate, +4.4 Cow Conception Rate and +4.3 Heifer Conception Rate. His impressive +7.8 Productive Life (PL) and +3.3 Livability (LIV) means daughters should remain profitable and in the herd too. BRANCH {3} is +647 CM$, +196 JPI™ and +16.9 JUI™.

New sire EVERLASTING {3} debuts at +798 ICC$, +665 CM$ and +180 JPI™. This Marlo {2} son out of a 1JE00791 DIVIDEND daughter ranks exceptionally well for ICC$’s Sustainability (SUST$) sub-index. SUST$ encompasses traits like PL, LIV, Somatic Cell Score, Mastitis Resistance (MR), functional udder traits and the new GENEX proprietary trait Calf Survivability. Notable for EVERLASTING {3} is his 101 MR, +8.1 PL and +3.3 LIV.

For more information or to purchase genetics from these genomic giants, contact your local GENEX representative.

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 world. GENEX is part of Cooperative Resources International. For more information, please visit


STgenetics expands New Zealand operations

Sexed semen has advanced significantly over the last few years and now offers comparable conception rates as conventional semen. At the forefront of these advances are Texas based Sexing Technologies® and STgenetics®. Little known to most is that Ruakura NZ is one of the places where the STgenetics global R&D program started back in 2009 and this facility is continuing to lead these advancements. The semen sorting facility has now been complimented by offices in Rolleston as a base for the newly formed STgenetics New Zealand advisory team.

At the core of STgenetics offering is the use of sexed semen to advance the genetic progress of the herd. The advisory team are able to evaluate the herd and work with farmers to establish the breeding objectives for each animal. For those cows which exhibit the most valuable traits for the farm system, the use of sexed semen and nominated sires ensures the best replacements from the best cows. Sexed semen removes the risk of missing out on what could be the farm’s next star performer.

For the remainder of the herd the sexed semen story does not end there. Every herd has a group of animals that could deliver more value if male sexed semen from selected beef sires was used to produce beef bull calves.

Breeding is only one part of herd management, so STgenetics also have nutrition advice on hand to ensure that farmers have the best team to ensure the herd gets in calf and produces to its genetic potential.

As a large global player, STgenetics® has a wealth of expertise and resources for use by New Zealand farmers to help meet the challenges ahead. The company’s core strapline is “The best way to predict the future is to create it”, a principle which has seen New Zealand agriculture flourish in the past and will ensure it remains strong for the future.

To find out more about STgenetics please visit the website  or call on 0800 STGENETICS

East Central/Select Sires scholarship applications due June 1

East Central/Select Sires, based in Waupun and serving southern Wisconsin, is offering seven, $1,000 scholarships this year — two of which are designated to technical-school or short-course students. Those interested can find the application at The deadline is June 1, 2018.

Scholarships are available for two types of students. Applicants must be presently enrolled in a four-year college or a one- or two-year technical college or short-course program in an agricultural-related field. Applicants can also be a high-school senior admitted into one of the aforementioned programs. The applicant or their parent(s) must be currently purchasing semen and/or farm products from East Central/Select Sires.

Winners will receive notification in July, prior to the official award presentation at the East Central/Select Sires Annual Meeting in August.

East Central/Select Sires is a professional-, artificial-breeding cooperative serving dairy and livestock producers in southern Wisconsin. As a member owner of Select Sires located near Plain City, Ohio, East Central/Select Sires helps make up the largest A.I. cooperative in the world. They provide highly fertile semen as well as excellence in service and programs to achieve the basic objective of supplying livestock breeders with America’s best genetics at a reasonable price.

Giacomini Retires from CRI as Senior VP of Business Development

Pete Giacomini, Senior Vice President of Business Development for Cooperative Resources International (CRI), retired Feb. 12, 2018. Throughout his career, Giacomini dedicated 32 years to the cooperative and contributed much to the dairy industry.

“Pete is a strong leader who will be missed,” states Keith Heikes, CEO of CRI. “His intellect, articulation and ambition were a great asset to CRI. His work and leadership were always for the betterment of the cooperative.”

In 1985, Giacomini began employment with Wisconsin DHI Cooperative which later became known as AgSource Cooperative Services. For 27 years he served as the cooperative’s Chief Operating Officer. During his tenure, AgSource – both a full service dairy management information provider and an environmental, food and agricultural laboratory analysis and information management services provider – grew and gained recognition as an industry leader. In 2012 he accepted the position of Senior Vice President of Business Development with CRI, parent company of AgSource.

Giacomini was also a pioneer in the formation of CRI. Through his leadership and collaboration with two other great visionaries – Doug Wilson and Tom Lyon – CRI became the nation’s first and largest holding company for cooperatives.

“Pete’s tenacity and drive for success continually propelled CRI to reach new heights and new advancements,” adds Heikes. “Now, we wish him the best in his retirement.”


Source: CRI

Boatman and Andrae achieve major A.I.-career milestones

In recent months, two East Central/Select Sires artificial insemination (A.I.) technicians achieved significant milestones in their careers. Bob Boatman, Darlington, Wis., made East Central/Select Sires history by being the first to achieve 200,000 A.I. services, and on Feb. 12, we celebrated Rod Andrae, also of Darlington, and his achievement of 150,000 A.I. services.

“Both of these men are very successful A.I. technicians and offer their customers the very best customer service in the business,” noted Jerome Meyer, East Central/Select Sires general manager. “Their dedication to the reproductive success of the dairy and beef producers they serve is commendable.”

It is customary for East Central/Select Sires to recognize their employees with lunch parties when they reach certain milestones, such as 100,000, 150,000, and 200,000 A.I. services. Prairieland Dairy, Belleville, allowed the staff at East Central/Select Sires to use their break room on the farm and have a celebration in Boatman’s honor. A variety of speeches from Boatman’s customers made it clear his dedication over the years has been instrumental in making their farms successful.

Andrae’s celebration party was at Highway Dairy Farms, LLC., Darlington. He was with Accelerated Genetics for 16 years prior to joining the family at East Central/Select Sires with the partnership between Select Sires Inc. and Accelerated Genetics in 2017.

East Central/Select Sires is a professional-, artificial-breeding cooperative located in Waupun and serving dairy and livestock producers in southern Wisconsin. As a member-owner of Select Sires Inc. located near Plain City, Ohio, East Central/Select Sires helps make up the largest A.I. cooperative in the world. They provide highly-fertile semen as well as excellence in service and programs to achieve the basic objective of supplying livestock breeders with America’s best genetics at a reasonable price.

Charlie Will – Four Decades of Bringing You the Best

Recently retired Select Sires Holstein Program Manager, Charlie Will spent over four decades working to bring the world’s best bulls to Select Sires customers. He kicked off his world-renowned career with his first acquisition, 7HO1897 To-Mar BLACKSTAR, and throughout the next 43 years, he traveled to 21 countries spanning five continents to introduce and promote Select Sires genetics, and more importantly, to make a personal connection with every Select Sires customer he could.  Known as a “rockstar” in the industry for the bulls he made available to customers, Charlie says, “The best thing about working for Select Sires for so many years was the opportunity to meet some amazing people both within the Select Sires federation and around the world.”

As All West also acknowledges the importance of not only our bulls, but more importantly our people, we were honored when Charlie insisted on visiting All West Territory during his “Farewell Tour” as he prepared for retirement at the end of 2017. “When asked where I would like to visit before officially retiring, I contacted Jim Wells and said I would really like to come back to California. I think about the bulls and the cows over time, but nearing the end of my career, what I think about most are the people. The people who have touched my life and my career in a positive way and those are the people who I want to see.” In December, we had the pleasure of granting Charlie’s request by hosting him in California for a week of festivities and farewells.

Our very own All West retiring legend, Bill Genasci, was responsible for touring Charlie to his favorite west-coast destinations. They visited the All West/Select Sires office in Turlock, CA as well as the World Wide Sires headquarters where they met with the marketing team. They spent time with dairy producers including Bob La Salle, Dino Migliazzo, the Matheron family, and more. And of course, no trip would be complete for Charlie and Bill without enjoying Northern California’s wine country for a few tastings. The highlight of Charlie’s trip for the All West team was having him spend two nights at our company holiday parties as our honorary guest speaker. In his presentations, he shared his excitement about joining forces with Accelerated Genetics, his extensive knowledge from years of experience, his admiration of the All West family, his pride in our competitive advantage and sales totals, and his confidence in our bulls and the future of Select Sires.

Charlie mentioned, “One thing I have always admired about the All West team is that you work hard, and you play hard… in that order! I always enjoy coming back here to learn.”

At the end of his presentations, Jim Wells and Bill Genasci honored Charlie with a special token of our appreciation. Charlie has bent over backwards for many years to provide us a “sire for every desire”, and in return our customers have done backflips over the successful herds that those bulls have created. He is also a longtime St Louis Cardinals fan, and we thought there was no better way to honor Charlie than to gift him an autographed portrait of Ozzie Smith doing his signature backflip.

We hope that this will always remind Charlie of the excitement, success, and friendship he brought to our staff and customers during his impactful career. From every member of the All West/Select Sires family, THANK YOU CHARLIE! To learn more about Charlie’s lengthy and successful career and accomplishments, watch this video interview produced by The Bullvine.


“A Career With Impact” – by The Bullvine

Hanson Retires, Solverson and Hansen Accept New Roles

Solverson (L) Hansen (R)

After 28 years as laboratory manager for Accelerated Genetics and Select Sires at the Westby, Wis., laboratory, Roger Hanson retired in January 2018. In October of 2017, the cooperative dedicated the laboratory in his honor and it was renamed the Roger Hanson Laboratory. Select Sires thanks Hanson for his many years of dedicated service and is pleased to announce that Amanda Solverson (pictured left) and Leah Marie Hansen (right) have accepted Hanson’s management responsibilities as their own in their evolving roles at the Westby laboratory.

Solverson is a native to Westby, Wis. and graduated from Western Wisconsin Technical College in 2001 with a degree in agri-business science technology. With more than 16 years of experience working in the Hanson laboratory, she is well-equipped and excited to accept the new role of semen processing and packaging coordinator. She will supervise laboratory personnel in processing semen according to Select Sires’ standard operating procedures as well as CSS standards to maintain a quality product. Solverson will also collaborate with the staff in Westby to develop and coordinate semen collection schedules for conventional and sex-sorted product lines.

Hansen, of Blue River, Wis., joined the Hanson laboratory team after earning her bachelor of science degree in animal science from University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Since her hire in 2006, she has been the lead quality control technician, which will transition into her new role as quality control and quality assurance manager. In this role, Hansen will work to ensure that all Accelerated Genetics and Select Sires semen meet quality standards and is a product that yields excellent conception rates. She will conduct microscopic morphological examination of fresh semen to evaluate and determine semen quality. Following examination of semen quality, she will review collection frequency, dose rate and bull health and consult with appropriate personnel to see that semen production goals are on target. Additionally, she will oversee daily quality control data and maintain all laboratory equipment.

Mel DeJarnette, vice president of research and quality control for Select Sires, says, “Amanda and Leah Marie have more than 25 years of combined experience in semen processing, cryopreservation and quality control under the guidance and mentorship of former laboratory manager, Roger Hanson. These ladies are well-trained and well-prepared to accept Roger’s responsibilities as he embarks on a well-deserved retirement. We are very pleased they have accepted this challenge and we look forward to the growth and success of the Hanson production facility under their leadership.”


Dr. Mehdi Sargolzaei Appointed Semex Senior Geneticist

Semex is pleased to announce that Dr. Mehdi Sargolzaei was promoted to the position of Senior Geneticist at Semex, effective January 1, 2018.
Reporting to Dr. Michael Lohuis, Semex Vice President, Research & Innovation, Dr. Sargolzaei continues working with Semex’s Genetics Research Team, expanding his responsibilities to include genomics project management and platform development.
Dr. Sargolzaei is extremely familiar to the Semex family, having first joined Semex’s Research & Development Team at Boviteq in June 2009 as a Research Genomicist. In January 2014, he joined Semex’s Genetic Team as Research Genomicist.
“We are excited to have Dr. Sargolzaei take a leadership role in Semex’s genetic and genomic programs,” says Lohuis. “Mehdi brings a wealth of experience in genomic evaluations, imputation and software development that will enable Semex to provide an even greater array of products and services to the global cattle breeding industry.”
An accomplished geneticist with a Ph.D. in Animal Breeding & Genetics from Niigata University in Japan, an M.Sc. in Animal Breeding & Genetics from Isfahan University of Technology, Iran, and a B.Sc. in Animal Science from Sistan & Baluchestan University, Iran, Sargolzaei’s extensive career began as a Research Assistant, National Animal Science Research Institute, Karaj, Iran. He later joined the University of Guelph, Centre for Genetic Improvement of Livestock in 2006 as a Research Associate. In this position, he developed several statistical methods and software tools, including “FImpute” and “snp1101”, aiming at analyzing large scale genomic data encountered in livestock populations. The driving force behind his software developments has been a keen interest in applying newer statistical methods and advanced programming techniques for analyzing big genomic data.
He has authored/coauthored 65 peer reviewed papers, 42 conference papers, 85 conference abstracts, 81 technical articles and served as an invited speaker and member of thesis examining committees, as well as qualifying committees. Additionally, he has resided on numerous industry boards and committees, as well as having received several honours and awards for his work.

GENEX reports progress, improved outlook for 2018

Member-elected delegates of GENEX attended the cooperative’s annual meeting Jan. 24 in Bloomington, Minnesota. The delegates – dairy and beef cattle producers from across the U.S. – gathered to reflect on the past year’s operational successes and financial results. Discussion also focused on the proposed merger of GENEX parent company Cooperative Resources International (CRI) with Koepon Holding BV, the parent company of Alta Genetics and Valley Ag Software.

GENEX chief operating officer Huub te Plate addressed  the co-op’s member-elected delegates at the Jan. 24  annual meeting, stating, “The proposed merger with  Koepon is a great opportunity for us to move forward  and make changes to be ahead of the curve. We can  manage change and not let change manage us.”
Huub te Plate, chief operating officer since August 2017, addressed the member-elected delegates of GENEX highlighting progress made during the 2016-2017 fiscal year. He noted the debut of several new products, programs and services. “A prime example is the Ideal Commercial Cow or ICC$ index for Jerseys. This index is innovation at work. We listened to the desires of our members and customers and took action.”

In collaboration with the CRI International Center for Biotechnology and AgSource, GENEX also released new proprietary health traits for dairy cattle. “Subclinical Ketosis, Metritis, Foot Health, Age at First Calving and Calf Survivability are measurable and heritable traits that have an economic value. These traits are unique to our ICC$ index. In the future, the list of traits like these will continue to grow.”

Te Plate also mentioned the addition of Jetstream Genetics to the cooperative’s sire portfolio, market acceptance of the new RumiLife® CAL24™ nutritional supplement and increased demand for the SCR Heatime® system.

Despite progress in new products and services, the 2017 GENEX financial results were below expectations. Te Plate states, “Domestic dairy marketing had a good year, breaking records for sales and beef unit sales continue to increase, but the strong dollar inhibited international sales during the first six months of the fiscal year. While international sales recovered in the second half of the year, the financial shortfall of the first half was too big to overcome.

“Additionally, the 2017 financials included a one-time write-down of our investment in semen sorting research through MOFA GLOBAL and paydown of debt. With this, however, the stage is set for a profitable 2018; we enter the year with an improved balance sheet.”

John Ruedinger, GENEX board president and dairy producer from Van Dyne, Wisconsin, addressed his fellow cooperative members regarding the proposed merger with Koepon Holding. “The most significant event this year was your board of directors’ unanimous vote to continue merger discussions with Koepon. Your board feels this merger is the most positive way for GENEX to continue to add value to members and customers.

“In the proposed merger, the business model preserves our cooperative principles; yet, it leads to synergies that enable higher innovation levels and better products and services. At the same time, the GENEX employee you are familiar with will still pull into your driveway and GENEX will continue to have members, delegates and a board of directors.”

Currently, the merger is in the business planning and due diligence phase. If these processes are successful and following management recommendations and board approvals, the formal merger will require the support of two-thirds of CRI voting delegates. The delegate vote is expected to take place in May. The merger could then formally occur by early to mid-summer.

In closing, Ruedinger shared what GENEX has become and what it will continue to represent in the future. “We have developed a reputation as an industry leader and innovator. We need to carry this reputation to the next generation of dairy and beef producers, domestically and internationally. In the 88-year history of predecessor cooperative innovation, and the short 25-year history of our parent company CRI, we will always have a cooperative business to be proud of, now and for future generations to come.”

President John Ruedinger shared with fellow GENEX members his pride in the cooperative, “Our  cooperative continually strives to lead the way with science-based cattle genetics and innovative  services producers can trust. Put more simply, GENEX is innovative excellence in animal genetics.  We need to carry this incredible reputation in leadership to the next generation of dairy and beef  producers, domestically and internationally.”
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 world. GENEX is part of Cooperative Resources International. For more information, please visit

The sexed semen revolution starts here

Having double the amount of cells in every sexed semen straw means the Pratt family now has the confidence to use 4M on cows and heifers, safe in the knowledge conception rates will not be compromised. Traditionally, the Pratt family would have only used sexed semen on heifers, following concerns conception rates would drop off in less fertile cows on a more inconsistent diet.

However, that was at a time when they were reliant on using straws containing the usual two million sexed semen cells per straw. Since then, they have swapped to SexedULTRA 4M, in which every straw contains 4million sex-sorted sperm cells (see Q&A panel). As a result, conception rates have become more consistent, as James Pratt explains. “Until recently, we had mixed success with sexed semen,” he says. “We would have a run of nine in-calf heifers when we served 10, then five in-calf out of 10.

It was just a bit inconsistent. It did not seem as consistent as it does now.” James farms with his parents Alan and Edith and brother Richard at Studdah Farm, Bellerby, Leyburn. They run the Studdah herd of 130 pedigree Holsteins, yielding 9,811kg a cow a year at 4.31% fat and 3.19% protein. Cows calve year-round, with all replacements reared on farm.


Recently, the family decided to focus on producing more beef from the dairy herd in response to low milk and heifer prices. As a result, they were keen to breed replacements from their best animals and put the lower end to beef. To do so, they wanted to produce females from their top-end cows, as well as their heifers.

This was where 4M came in. James says: “There were trials to show SexedULTRA 4M had similar conception rates to rival conventional semen. So, if conception rates are similar, you have more chance to get heifers off your top cows and put beef on the bottom.” Now, about 50 cows are served to 4M and the remaining go to a three-sire British Blue semen straw; 50% of heifers are also served to 4M with the rest put to Aberdeen-Angus or used as embryo recipients. The best cows are selected based on classification data and the family’s knowledge, opting to breed for balanced type, quality udders, feet and legs, and positive milk, fat and protein.

In October, the business began genetically testing heifers with the view to using this knowledge to make more informed decisions on which heifers to breed replacements from, and to make faster genetic progress. This will help select embryo recipients when flushing cows to sexed semen.

The business is now achieving similar conception rates with sexed semen as they were with conventional. Cows are currently achieving 55% conception rate to first service with a 100-day in-calf rate of 68%. This figure includes beef semen and some overlap with using sexed semen straws with 2M cells. Of 10 heifers recently served to 4M, they achieved conception rates to first service of 80%.

The business also saw no effect on conception rates in cows during summer grazing. James says good conception rates from using the combination of 4M and the three-sire beef straw on cows has helped reduce calving interval from 395 days to 376 days between 2016 and 2017.

Select Sires Appoints Utt and Harstine to New Roles

Select Sires announces restructuring to the research program within the cooperative. Mel DeJarnette, Select Sires’ vice president of research and quality control explains, “As Select Sires grows, it is paramount that our investment in research mimics this growth. With the amount of data that we are harvesting from many research endeavors, there is a calling to use this data for the betterment of our industry.”

After four years as director of research, Dr. Matthew Utt will lead this charge as the newly appointed director of data innovation for Select Sires. “We look forward to Dr. Utt’s enthusiasm and technical expertise being applied to this new venture at Select Sires,” says Todd Kranz, chief development officer. “Our ability to identify and use data in all aspects of our business, including genetics, reproductive efficiencies and marketing will be critical to the future of our cooperative.”

In this capacity, Dr. Utt will collect and analyze data from various on-farm data management systems and develop tools and services for the benefit of Select Sires and their customer-owners. His efforts will focus on the development of reproductive solutions, genetic advancements and on-farm management tools that will provide innovative products to producers. Additionally, Dr. Utt will offer advanced technical support for the reproductive management of females in both the dairy and beef departments. 

Also appointed to a new position, Dr. Bo Harstine will lead the cooperative as the director of research. Previously a research and quality assurance associate at Select Sires, Dr. Harstine has many years of experience within the research department. After completing an undergraduate internship at Select Sires, he went on to earn master’s and doctorate degrees in animal science studying the endocrinology of puberty attainment in bulls. His roots in the dairy industry make him well-aware of the challenges that are facing dairy producers and the A.I. industry. 

“When Dr. Harstine was hired as a research associate in 2016, he already had many years of experience working closely with Select Sires’ research and semen processing teams,” explains DeJarnette. “In his time with Select Sires, he has excelled in his accomplishments and is now well prepared to accept the role of director of research.” 

In this new role, Dr. Harstine will work with Select Sires’ research teams to design various trials to improve semen collection, processing, preservation and overall quality. He will work with Select Sires’ Program for Fertility Advancement™ (PFA™) to implement field trials to collect and analyze data for fertility improvement. In addition to his laboratory research responsibilities, Dr. Harstine will collaborate with Select Reproductive Solutions® (SRS®) and Aggressive Reproductive Technologies™ (ART™) program personnel to implement the latest reproductive technologies and enhance genetic success. 


New General Manager at Select Sire Power

Select Sire Power announces Mark Carpenter as the next general manager of the cooperative. After 43 years with Select Sire Power and seven years serving as the general manager, Norman Vincel will retire on April 1, 2018.


Carpenter is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and earned a master of business administration in management and finance from Marywood University. Previously, he was employed by Penn Foster as a senior marketing and operations analyst. In 2014, Carpenter was recognized as a “Top 20 Under 40” by the Pennsylvania Business Journal.

Since October 2006, Carpenter has served Select Sire Power as director of finance and chief financial officer, overseeing and managing the financial operations of the cooperative.

“Mark’s diverse background and experiences will bring a fresh approach to Select Sire Power. These experiences combined with the knowledge Mark has gained within our cooperative will allow him to be an effective leader, innovator and champion for the success of Select Sire Power in serving its customer-owners,” says Vincel.

In addition to Carpenter’s financial responsibilities, he envisioned and managed the development of the Bulls-I electronic sales system. Development of this system has had far-reaching impact with several organizations throughout the Select Sires’ federation. The technology has revolutionized the resources available to Select Sires’ sales and service teams. Carpenter has also been instrumental in a company-wide branding initiative to promote the cooperative’s image and enhanced operations through process improvements that bridge tradition with innovation. Carpenter has been a leader for the Select Sire Power cooperative on a national level to increase value for its customer-owners and has represented the cooperative on a variety of Select Sires’ committees.


“I’d like to express my sincere gratitude to the Select Sire Power board of directors for the opportunity to serve our customer-owners and employees as general manager and chief executive,” says Carpenter.

Carpenter and his wife Tiffany live in Factoryville, Pa. with their two daughters, Paige and Madeline.


Select Sires’ Proven and Young Sire Jersey Offering Excels Across the Board

Select Sires’ Jersey lineup offers producers elite proven and young sires that excel in total performance, fertility and type. Following the results of the December sire summaries, Select Sires’ Jerseys ranked very well in the industry. Of the top 15 active proven non-JX sires for Jersey Performance Index (JPI), eight carry the 7JE stud code and four carry the 14JE stud code from the Accelerated Genetics product line.

Proven Sires
For sires without a JX prefix, 7JE5004 CHROME (+182) ranks third in the breed for JPI, while 7JE1331 VARICK (+519), and new graduate 7JE5011 MEGAPOWER (+519) join CHROME (+576) in the top 15 for Net Merit (NM$).

MEGAPOWER (+124) also ranks third for Combined Fat and Protein (CFP) among bulls without a JX prefix and transmits high Type (+1.6). From a cow family that delivers results, MEGAPOWER is a Megatron son from Excellent Hi-Kel Tbone Pfennig-ET (E-90%).

This excellent lineup of proven sires excels in health and fitness traits. 7JE1274 AXIS and CHROME rank among the top 10 for Somatic Cell Score (SCS) +2.76 and +2.77, respectively. When JX bulls are removed from the rankings, CHROME (+7.4), 7JE1038 VALENTINO (+6.6) and VARICK (+6.4) rank in the top 20 active sires for Productive Life (PL).

7JE1219 OLIVER-P (+2.4), 7JE1294 BARNABAS (+2.3), 7JE1354 TEXAS (+2.3) and CHROME (+2.2) hold top five spots for Type. TEXAS (+29.3) and CHROME (+28.9) also rank in the top ten for Jersey Udder Index (JUI).

Select Sires continues to be the leader in high-fertility sires having the most active proven sires greater than or equal to +100 JPI with an SCR greater than or equal to +1.0. Leading this group are sires like TEXAS (+3.6), 7JE1242 NITRO (+3.2), BARNABAS (+2.3) and 7JE1332 RENO (+1.9).

Super Samplers
For JPI leaders, look to 7JE1600 JX FOURNETTE {3} (+210), 507JE1569 AVON KLAY {3}-P (+205) and 507JE1604 JX MALDINI {4} (+204).

For CFP, Select Sires has high-ranking JX sires and non-JX sires. Highlights from this listing include 7JE1503 JX RONALDINHO {3} (+154), 7JE1607 JX HAWK {5} (+149), and JX MALDINI {4} (+142). Non-JX bull highlights include 7JE5069 CHEDDAR (+131) and 7JE1545 DREW (+128).

Sires like 7JE1528 DISCO and 7JE1547 DIEGO are standouts in health and fitness traits for non-JX sires. Both sires rank very well for PL at +9.9 and +8.1, respectively. DISCO also boasts elite Livability (LIV) at +2.6 and SCS at 2.79.

7JE5032 VICTORIOUS (+32.9), DISCO (+31.5) and 7JE1605 MR SWAGGER (+31.4) are among the breed’s best sires for JUI. VICTORIOUS and 7JE5020 STRIKER rank in the top 15 non-JX sires for Type, both with +2.0 PTAT.

Accelerated Genetics highlights
14JE673 JX AVON {2} (+226), 14JE652 JX MARLO {2} (+218) and 14JE648 JX LEONEL {3} (+218) lead the breed as the top three proven JPI sires. These three sires also lead in the NM$ rankings with JX MARLO {2} in the top spot at +773, JX AVON {2} in second at +728, followed by JX LEONEL {3} at +719.

Exciting young sires in the Accelerated Genetics product line, include high-JPI sires 14JE769 JX STONEY {3} (+210) and 14JE742 JX PRIAPUS {3} (+208). Among the top 20 sires for JUI are 14JE749 JX DENTINE {3} (+30.2), 14JE764 JX NAPOLEAN {3} (+29.0) and 14JE707 JX CAMPEONE {3} (+28.9).

For the complete list of Select Sires’ Jersey lineup, please visit 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.

Jordan Siemers Joins Select Sires as Dairy Sire Analyst

Select Sires announces the hiring of Jordan Siemers as a dairy sire analyst. Siemers will work with Holstein breeders in western and mid-western regions of the U.S. and the eastern Canadian provinces and will be Select Sires lead sire analyst for Milking Shorthorn procurement. He begins his role in a part-time capacity pending his graduation later this year.

“Jordan’s background, education and involvement in the industry add a unique perspective to the sire department. We look forward to his next-generation thoughts in sire development to bring additional value to our existing team of sire personnel,” explains Jeff Ziegler, vice president of dairy cattle breeding.

Siemers has a lifetime of experience in the dairy industry, having grown up on his family’s dairy in Newton, Wis. Siemers Holsteins is synonymous with elite, home-bred genetics. Siemers has had great success in the show ring and has earned multiple Junior All-American honors. For several years, he has been the genomic and genetic manager for the herd and has been instrumental in developing elite bulls like 7HO12139 Siemers Mogul PETY (EX-90) and 7HO12951 Siemers Modesty HAIL-ET.

In addition to his leadership and genetic development experience on his home farm, Siemers has vast industry experience. In recent years, he interned with Butlerview Farms in Illinois, Land O’Lakes Inc. in Minnesota and Rancho Teresita Dairy in California. 

During his youth, Siemers was very successful in the Wisconsin Holstein Association and Holstein Association USA. He served on the National Junior Holstein Advisory Committee from 2014 to 2015 and was named a Distinguished Junior Member in 2016.

“Working for Select Sires is really a dream come true,” says Siemers. “From a young age, I can remember sitting down with my dad picking out bulls to use and asking many questions to all of the Select Sires representatives that pulled into the farm. I am really looking forward to working with the collective Select Sires team.” 

Siemers is on schedule to graduate from Cornell University in May of 2018 with a bachelor of science degree in animal science. At Cornell, he is an active brother of Alpha Gamma Rho and contributing member of the Cornell Dairy Science Club. This past fall, Siemers placed sixth overall and third in reasons in the National Intercollegiate Dairy Judging contest at World Dairy Expo. 


ABS & LIC Sign Exclusive Distribution Agreement

ABS Offering Expanded Opportunity for Student & Graduate Internship

ABS Global Inc. (ABS), a division of Genus plc (GNS:LSE), a global pioneer in animal genetics, today announces an exclusive distribution agreement with New Zealand farmer-owned cooperative, Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC), the worldwide provider of elite pasture-based dairy genetics. ABS will now supply and market these grassland genetics in the United States starting in January 2018.

Nate Zwald, ABS COO comments, “The addition of LIC’s pasture-based genetics to ABS adds to our industry-leading position with our Holstein, Jersey and HYVIG programs, and shows our commitment to delivering the type of animals that our clients desire. We are excited about the new herds that our agreement with LIC and their product lineup attracts, and are looking forward to servicing them through the familiar LIC representation, and the broader ABS team.”

“ABS has shown a long history of commitment to the success of dairy producers, and make for a logical partner for LIC because of their extensive marketing network throughout the U.S., and our mutual desire to help producers define their genetic goals and make genetic progress toward those goals,” said Trina Dunning, LIC International Manager.

LIC’s current representative in the United States, Wayne Meyers will continue to service U.S. customers through ABS. “Wayne Meyers and LIC have helped their customers reach their goals for years through their genetics and solutions, which aligns with our goals at ABS to help our customers profit from genetic progress through our commitments to technology and genetic selection,” said Andy Zich, North American Marketing and Communications Manager for ABS.

Herds utilizing pasture-based dairy genetics or considering using the program can now look to ABS as the source in the United States. Contact Wayne Meyers at 810-531-3125 or for more information about LIC genetics.


Engender Technologies has $2.8b market in its sights

Engender Technologies, the agricultural technology company spun out of the University of Auckland, is moving to scale up its sex-selection product for the dairy industry to full commercialisation in the next 18 months and is targeting the US$2 billion ($2.8b) dairy artificial insemination industry.

Co-founded by the University of Auckland and seed investment company Pacific Channel in 2011, Engender has secured option-to-license agreements for its technology with three of the world’s largest artificial insemination companies, has successfully concluded laboratory trials and is preparing for scaling commercialisation, the Auckland-based company said.

In August, the company’s first key patent was allowed in the US and its patent attorneys have confidence that it will be granted in its other key markets, it said.

Engender is hoping to capitalise on demand for technology which can control whether calves are born male or female, enabling dairy farmers to focus their production on higher-value milking cows.

In the US, it will compete with the dominant market player Inguran, which claims it can deliver heifer calves in about 90 per cent of pregnancies, according to a Bloomberg report.

Engender claims its technology is gentle on cells – which helps preserve the sperm’s fertility and results in higher conception rates – and can be brought to market with low capital and low operating costs.

The company said having control over whether a calf will be born a male or female is “extremely attractive” to artificial insemination businesses and dairy farmers as elite female calves bred for their dairying characteristics can be slotted into the production scheme, while male calves are of less use to dairy farmers.

“Access to a low-cost sex selection technology for dairy would enable farmers to breed off the top half of their herd to double the current rate of genetic gain,” said Engender founding scientist Professor Cather Simpson.

“There is an unmet need in the international animal breeding industry for an affordable and effective sperm sex sorting product, notably in the dairy sector,” the company said.

Engender said it is preparing a further 11 patent applications related to individual aspects of its technology.

The company said its patents will assist in future discussions with potential licensees, significant investors or acquirers.

Sex-determined semen for breeding remains relatively new and accounts for only 3 per cent of a global market, according to Bloomberg.


Source: NZ Herald

GENEX Brand Goes Global

GENEX will begin marketing dairy and beef cattle genetics across the globe under one brand name.

Previously the organization’s cattle genetics were marketed under the GENEX brand name within the USA and Canada, while the same products were distributed globally by Cooperative Resources International (CRI) – the parent company of GENEX.

“As we begin this global branding initiative, for the first time all dairy and beef producers around the globe will know and refer to this organization as GENEX. This change to one uniform global brand will enable us to better serve all our customers, incorporating our value-added programs and communications across borders,” explains Huub te Plate, who oversaw CRI international marketing for more than 15 years before being named GENEX chief operating officer in August 2017.

“In this transition, our customers outside the USA and Canada – whether purchasing our products from a GENEX-owned entity or our network of distributors in more than 65 countries – will continue to receive the same high-quality semen from both a fertility and genetic perspective that they have thus far from CRI,” adds te Plate. “The GENEX product continues to be produced according to the same stringent standards by the same professional and experienced staff.”

This transition to one brand will create synergies as producers all over the world will be served by one organization with one overall purpose: GENEX is the trusted provider of world‑class animal genetics, progressive reproductive solutions, value-added products and innovative services to members and customers.

This transition is the next step in the GENEX brand evolution which also included rebranding and the unveiling of a new logo in December 2016.

Engender moves to commercialisation of genetic dairy tech

Engender Technologies, the agricultural technology company spun out of Auckland University, is moving to scale up its sex-selection product for the dairy industry to full commercialisation in the next 18 months and is targeting the US$2 billion dairy artificial insemination industry.

Co-founded by the University of Auckland and seed investment company Pacific Channel in 2011, Engender has secured option-to-license agreements for its technology with three of the world’s largest artificial insemination companies, has successfully concluded laboratory trials and is preparing for scaling commercialization, the Auckland-based company said in a statement. In August, the company’s first key patent was allowed in the US and its patent attorneys have confidence that it will be granted in its other key markets, it said.

Engender is hoping to capitalise on demand for technology which can control whether calves are born male or female, enabling dairy farmers to focus their production on higher-value milking cows. In the US, it will compete with the dominant market player Inguran, which claims it can deliver heifer calves in about 90 percent of pregnancies, according to a Bloomberg report. Engender claims its technology is gentle on the cells which helps preserve the sperm’s fertility resulting in higher conception rates, and it can be brought to market with low capital and low operating costs.

The company said having control over whether a calf will be born a male or female is “extremely attractive” to artificial insemination businesses and dairy farmers as elite female calves bred for their dairying characteristics can be slotted into the production scheme, while male calves offer less utility to dairy farmers.

“Access to a low-cost sex selection technology for dairy would enable farmers to breed off the top half of their herd to double the current rate of genetic gain,” said Engender founding scientist Professor Cather Simpson.

“There is an unmet need in the international animal breeding industry for an affordable and effective sperm sex sorting product, notable in the dairy sector,” the company said.

Engender said it is preparing a further 11 patent applications related to individual aspects of its technology.

The company said its patents will assist in future discussions with potential licensees, significant investors or acquirers.

Sex-determined semen for breeding remains relatively new and accounts for only 3 percent of a global market, according to Bloomberg.


Source: Scoop

Select Sire Power scholarship

Scholarship opportunities total $15,000 in 2018

Select Sire Power will award $15,000 to students in 2018. Students who have completed their first full year of college in an agricultural study are encouraged to apply for the Wayne Dudley Scholarship program. The scholarship program provides additional return to the cooperative’s member-owners by supporting the next generation of young people desiring to study and work in the agricultural industry. Scholarship forms are available beginning November 27, 2017 at, by calling (540) 483-5123, or by emailing Kirk Sattazahn at Completed scholarship applications are due January 31, 2018.

The Wayne Dudley Scholarship program provides financial support to eligible college undergraduates in agriculture majors. Select Sire Power, Inc. board of directors has made a commitment to providing money to support this scholarship program on an ongoing annual basis. In 2018, one recipient will receive $3,000. Several other students will receive scholarships of $750-$1,000 in value. Since the year 2000, Select Sire Power has given over $150,000 to deserving future farmers and young agricultural leaders in the Select Sire Power sales area.


Westgen announces the winners of the 2017 Education Awards

WestGen is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 WestGen Education Awards. Each of these selected students will receive $2,000 to assist them with their post-secondary agriculture studies. The selection committee was extremely pleased with the quality of applicants this year, and encourages remaining applicantsto apply again next year if they remain in a qualifying post-secondary educational endeavor. Here is a brief synopsis of our 2017 winners:

Angela Grob of Quesnel, British Columbia is in her 1st year of studies at the University of Saskatchewan in the Bachelor of Animal Science program. She has been active in her families mixed operation farm of dairy, cow-calf and farrow-finish
swine. Angela’s goal is to enter the Veterinary Medicine program and focus her studies on production animals including dairy and beef cattle.

Lars Iversen of Olds, Alberta is in his 3rd year of studies in the Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness program at the University of Saskatchewan. Lars in interested is passionate of milking functional and well pedigreed animals. He as an interest in the economics and business side of agricultural and hopes to bring these skills back to his family dairy farm once her finishes his studies.

Nicki Meier of Abbotsford, British Columbia is a 1st year student in the Animal Science Technology program at Lakeland College. Growing up her parent’s dairy farm, gave her a love of the dairy industry at a young age. Nicki has been a long-time member of the Sumas Holstein Club and will be joining the Student Managed Farm team next year. Nicki is looking forward to returning to her family’s operation with her new knowledge once she has completed her studies and creating a more efficient dairy operation.

Rachel Boonstoppel of Grunthal, Manitoba is a 2nd year Animal Science Technology student at Lakeland College. Angela is planning on expanding her dairy studies with an Ag-Business Diploma once she has completed this program. She is looking forward to a work-study tour of New Zealand before she returns to her family’s herd where she will work to improve the genetics of their dairy. Her goal is to own her own dairy farm in the future.

WestGen is extremely proud of all four winners of this award. Supporting youth and the development of the Western Canadian cattle industry are mandates of the WestGen Endowment Fund, and the Education awards are a means by which to ensure the future caliber of our western Canadian bovine sector remains strong. We will follow with pride their growth and development in the future.

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Nutramix signs major cattle semen deal in the Caribbean

Nutramix signs major cattle semen distribution deal with US firm

Nutramix has inked a deal with American firm Select Sires under which the Jamaican company will distribute highly fertile, superior genetics for cattle across the island and the throughout the Caribbean.

Yesterday, Nutramix pointed out that while it started distribution of genetic semen from Select Sires on a small scale locally in June 2016, the deal that was recently signed comes into effect this month, offering a wide range of breeds and sires to customers.

“Select Sires is recognised worldwide as one of, if not the leading supplier of top quality genetics for cattle,” Dr Gabrielle Young, livestock and support manager at Nutramix, said. “Partnering with a company with this reputation signifies the high quality and standards that Nutramix already exemplifies. Through the distribution network that Nutramix already controls within the Caribbean with feed, we can add superior quality genetics for cattle that is badly lacking in the Caribbean.”

Dr Young explained that the popular breeds for dairy and beef are Jersey, Holstein, and Brown Swiss for dairy, and Black and Red Angus, Brahman, and Simental for beef.

If farmers wish to cross breed cattle, there is semen available of other breeds as well, she noted.

Yesterday, Nutramix pointed out in a news release that farmers of any size can benefit from the use of the improved genetics; however, they must have access to an inseminator.

Dr Young explained that farmers have the option of doing pure breeding or cross-breeding. Pure breeding, she explained, is taking the semen of a bull of the same breed as the cow and producing offspring of the same breed.

“For example, a Jersey cow is bred using Jersey bull semen to produce a pure-bred Jersey offspring. Cross-breeding is taking semen of a different breed to the cow to produce a crossed bred offspring. A Red poll cow is inseminated with Brahman semen to produce a crossed Red poll /Brahman offspring. Crossed breed animals often benefit from hybrid vigour, which means the best traits of both parents are combined in the offspring to produce a superior animal,” Dr Young said.

“Sexed semen,” she continued, “is semen that has been sorted and gives [a] minimum 90 per cent assurance for a specific sex of offspring. In the dairy industry farmers would prefer female calves as replacement heifers. Sexed semen allows farmers to quickly multiply the best genetics within their herd.”

She explained that a straw of sexed semen can cost three times the price of regular non-sexed semen. However, she advised that price should not be the only consideration as the technology will allow for the rapid expansion of the dairy industry in Jamaica, which is urgently needed.

“Good-quality heifers are needed immediately to contribute to the increased demand for local fresh milk. Sexed semen insures that farmers do not have to wait nine months to determine if they will get a heifer or bull calf. They know that at the end of the nine months they will get a heifer calf of good quality,” Dr Young said.

Nutramix outlined that regular semen straws cost from $800 to $2,000 per straw, while sexed semen can range from $6,000 to $8,000 per straw with a guarantee of minimum 90 per cent of the desired sex chosen.

“Cost per straw is highly dependent on the desired traits of the bulls. Select Sires retain bulls with improved production traits, including increased milk production, calving ease and increased average daily gains. The better the bull, the higher the price of the semen,” Nutramix stated, adding that the semen is being distributed from its main office at Newport East in Kingston.

“Cattle semen is particular and needs to be stored under certain conditions (liquid nitrogen),” Dr Young explained. “We have four inseminators that travel islandwide, but would need many more inseminators to effectively cover the island. Early next year we are hosting a workshop in conjunction with Select Sires to train an additional 15 persons in the insemination of cattle. We believe that all cattle farmers should be trained or have someone on their farm trained in this technology for them to see the true benefit of improved genetics.”

The company said that the feedback it has received from farmers using the semen has been extremely positive.

It also said that as part of its dedication to the Drink Real Milk project implemented in early 2016, there has been a noticeable increase in milk production in the local economy.

“Considering the availability of the Nutramix-distributed Kalvolac milk replacer and Nutravit vitamin pack, as well as farmers utilising artificial insemination, it is hoped that more farmers will join the mission to continue the revitalisation of our local dairy industry,” the company stated.


Source: Jamaica Observer

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