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Strong Young Sire Offering to Maximize Genetic Goals

Select Sires’ offering of young sires is well-balanced with index, wellness and fertility leaders to increase genetic potential and enhance herd profitability. Select Sires’ newly launched NxGEN program is now accepting membership applications and features two leading GTPI® sires, 507HO14364 EISAKU (+2878 GTPI) and 550HO14134 RENEGADE (+2878 GTPI). Also offering elite GTPI coupled with extreme production are 507HO14588 DIESEL (+2869 GTPI, +1,539 M), 507HO14229 TAHITI (+2837 GTPI, +2,033 M) and 507HO14451 BIG AL (+2835 GTPI, +1,338 M).

7HO14454 LIONEL ranks as Select’s top bull for pounds of milk (+2,575 M) and Combined Fat and Protein (+203 CFP). Also offering more than 2,000 pounds of milk are 7HO14264 SPEEDY (+2,339 M) and 7HO14420 RIVER (+2,272 M). Leading CFP sires include 7HO14545 JAMARCO (+193 CFP) and 7HO13504 JAGUAR (+181 CFP).

Ranking among the breed’s best for the Net Merit (NM$) index are BIG AL (+1,015 NM$) and TAHITI (+1,003 NM$), as well as NxGEN sires EISAKU (+979 NM$) and RENEGADE (+963 NM$). In total, Select Sires offers thirteen young sires with NM values over +$950.

Conception with Confidence
Select Sires’ designations are helpful tools to simplify genetic selection. The Superior Settler designation combines evaluations of Composite Fertility Index (CFI), Sire Conception Rate (SCR) and intense semen quality standards to add confidence in breeding decisions. There is no need to sacrifice production for fertility with Select Sires’ elite lineup of Superior Settler sires. Offering both high milk production and fertility are 7HO12943 CURRY (+1,863 M, +1.8 SCR), 7HO13832 MAXWELL-P (+1,814 M, +3.5 SCR) and 7HO13647 BIGHIT P (+1,810 M, +3.4 SCR).

Increasing Wellness, Decreasing Costs
Health and wellness data offer opportunities to more directly select for healthy cattle and improve on-farm profitability. Select Sires’ WellnessPRO® sires are identified using the Wellness Trait Index® (WT$®) and Calf Wellness Index (CW$) through CLARIFIDE Plus genomic testing. 7HO14455 FREEDOM leads as Select Sires’ top WT$ sire at +261, followed closely by 7HO14307 NEWSTAR (+224 WT$).

WellnessPRO designated sires 7HO12788 FRAZZLED (+2,113 M, +0.7 SCR), 7HO14333 FUTURE (+1,886 M +0.4 SCR), 7HO13922 KITE (+1,765 M, +2.0 SCR) and 250HO13736 HARDROCK (+1,567 M, +1.0 SCR) combine high milk values with positive SCR to maximize profit potential.

On the Dairy Wellness Profit Index® (DWP$®), 507HO14436 BIG DOLLARS is living up to his name offering +1,283 DWP$ combined with +220 WT$. Also ranking among the best for DWP$ is NEWSTAR (+1,227 DWP$) and 7HO14330 EFFECT (+1,186 DWP$).

Hub for High Type
Following the April 2019 sire summary release, Select Sires is excited to offer customer-owners three, Showcase Selections sires over +4.00 PTAT. Leading the PTAT listing is 7HO13730 UNDENIED (+4.30 PTAT), the Solomon son from Our-Favorite Unlimited (EX-94-2E-EX-MS). Following closely are 250HO14579 HANCOCK (+4.10 PTAT), a 250HO12961 DOC grandson of Cookiecutter Mog Hanker-ET (EX-94-2E-EX-MS-GMD-DOM), and 7HO14477 WARRIOR-RED (+4.05 PTAT), an Avalanche son with eight generations of Very Good (VG) or Excellent (EX) dams. Additional high Type leaders include DOC (+3.94 PTAT), 7HO14734 HANDSOME (+3.82 PTAT) and 7HO13839 TATOO (+3.72 PTAT).

For more details about the young sire lineups from Select Sires and GenerVations, visit www.selectsires.com.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of seven 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.

 

Source: 0419 CDCB/HA Genomic Evaluation Rel %: DIESEL YIELD 77; TAHITI YIELD 78, NM$ 76; BIG AL YIELD 78, NM$ 74; LIONEL YIELD 78; SPEEDY YIELD 78; RIVER YIELD 76; JAMARCO YIELD 76; JAGUAR YIELD 81; EISAKU NM$ 74; RENEGADE NM$ 74; CURRY YIELD 81, SCR 98; MAXWELL-P YIELD 80, SCR 67; BIGHIT P YIELD 80, SCR 96; FRAZZLED YIELD 87, SCR 99; FUTURE YIELD 79, SCR 95; KITE YIELD 80, SCR 97; HARDROCK YIELD 80, SCR 98; UNDENIED PTAT 80; HANCOCK PTAT 76; WARRIOR-RED PTAT 77; DOC PTAT 79; HANDSOME PTAT 76; TATOO PTAT 80. ®Wellness Trait Index, WT$, Dairy Wellness Profit Index and DWP$ are registered trademarks of Zoetis Inc., its affiliates and/or its licensors. TPI is a registered trademark of Holstein Association USA. TMSuperior Settler, NxGEN, Composite Fertility Index, CFI and Showcase Selections are trademarks of Select Sires. Calf Wellness Index, CW$, is a trademark of Zoetis Inc., its affiliates and/or its licensors.

Select Sires MidAmerica Recognizes Scholarship Winners

Select Sires MidAmerica is pleased to award $1,000 scholarships to 10 high school seniors. The annual scholarship program recognizes outstanding youth of Select Sires MidAmerica customer-owners with preference given to incoming freshmen at a university or college majoring in an agriculture-related field. Selection is based on high school and community involvement, beef and dairy activities and leadership characteristics.

Osanna Koester, daughter of Raymond and Teresa Koester, resides in Wadesville, Ind. Her extracurricular activities include swimming, lacrosse, chamber orchestra and church youth group. As an active member of 4-H, Osanna has completed both dairy and livestock projects and competes in dairy judging. She plans to pursue an education in agricultural business with a minor in German.

Kirby Latimer, son of Kenny and Imogene Latimer, attends North Shelby High School in Hunnewell, Mo. He currently serves as president of the National Honor Society and student council and as treasurer for the senior class. He plays football, basketball and baseball and is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Kirby has served as both president and secretary of his FFA chapter and has earned accolades in agronomy, parliamentary procedure and farm management contests.

Madison Leak, daughter of Matt and Lena Leak, resides in Cornish, Utah. She attends Sky View High School and currently serves as the senior class secretary. Since 2014, she has been a member of the National Honor Society. She is active in FFA, serving as reporter in 2017 and 2018, has earned awards for dairy judging and attends state and national conventions.

Kinle Lewis, daughter of Mat and Wendy Lewis, attends Caliche High School in Illiff, Colo. Kinle is extremely active in FFA, holding both district and chapter offices, contributing to committees and fundraisers, competing in a variety of Career Development Events and earning accolades for public speaking. She also holds offices in the Proctor Peppers 4-H Club and is a member of the National and Colorado Junior Limousin Associations and the National Junior Angus Association. She attends numerous jackpot shows and has exhibited market steers, market lambs, junior heifers and bulls at the Colorado State Fair.

Tyler London, son of Johnny and Lesley London, attends Metcalfe County High School in Center, Ky. As a student athlete, Tyler plays varsity basketball and tennis and is on the golf team. He is a member of the National Honor Society and president of Metcalfe FFA. He exhibits cattle at local, district, state and national levels, showing Ayrshires, Holsteins and Brown Swiss. Tyler also volunteers for the local fair board and assists in coordinating events for 4-H and FFA.

Jaron Meeks is the son of Deane and Kristi Meeks and attends Loup County High School in Taylor, Neb. He serves as president for his class, sits on the student council and participates in quiz bowl. His athletic activities include football and wrestling. Jaron is also a member of 4-H and FFA and plans to attend Chadron State College to pursue an education in Rangeland Livestock Management.

Jace Stagemeyer, son of Brent and Carla Stagemeyer, attends O’Neill Public High School in Page, Neb. Jace is a member of the National Honor Society, an honor roll student and Gold Academic Award winner. He is a trumpet player, performing in concert, marching, pep, Jazz and the Pierce Honor bands. Jace has held offices in 4-H and FFA and is active in the Nebraska Junior Angus Association. He has had success as a champion beef showman at the Aksarben Livestock Show, Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic and the South Dakota State Hereford Show. 

Boone Svoboda, son of Arnold and Teresa Svoboda, attends Lawrence/Nelson High School in Deweese, Neb. As a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, he is involved with youth group activities and church fundraisers. In his community, he participates in American Red Cross Blood Drives, volunteers as a Salvation Army Bell Ringer, Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels and is an elected deputy for Cornhusker Boys State. At his high school, he plays in the band, serves as a class officer and is involved in sports activities. Boone is a 4-H member and competes in livestock judging. He has held offices in FFA and participates in a variety of Career Development Events.

Trevor Thue, son of Dale and Crystal Thue, attends Hamlin High School in Lake Norden, S.D. He enjoys exhibiting cattle at the Watertown Winter Farm Show and the South Dakota State Fair. His extracurricular activities include youth group, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, American Legion baseball and football. Trevor is also a member of the National Honor Society and plans to pursue an education in precision agriculture and agronomy.

Faith Wilson, daughter of Dallas and Andi Wilson, attends Hillsboro High School in Dittmer, Mo. She is a member of the National Honor Society, sits on the student council, serves in student government and plays soccer. Her agricultural activities include 4-H, exhibiting cattle and she has completed A.I. certification training. She plans to attend University of Missouri – Columbia and major in biology with an emphasis in animal science.

These individuals exemplify the future of the agriculture industry and Select Sires MidAmerica, Inc. is proud to recognize these young adults for their dedication, passion and success.

Based in Logan, Utah, Select Sires MidAmerica, Inc. is a farmer-owned and -controlled cooperative that operates in 11 states throughout mid-America as a member of Select Sires Inc., North America’s largest A.I. organization. As the industry leader, Select Sires provides highly fertile semen as well as excellence in service and programs to achieve its basic objective of supplying beef and dairy producers with North America’s best genetics at a reasonable price.

 

Trend in Canadian Genomic Versus Proven Sire Usage – April 2019

Select Sires’ DEMPSEY Passes at Age Thirteen

Select Sires is saddened to share news of 7HO9264 Lirr Drew DEMPSEY’s passing. For nearly a decade, DEMPSEY was a headliner for the successful Showcase Selections program. To date, he has more than 38,700 daughters worldwide, of which, more than 27,000 are officially classified. At the time of his passing, DEMPSEY’s lifetime semen sales totaled more than 570,000 doses.

As a quintessential Showcase Selections sire, DEMPSEY earned global recognition for making champions. Cows like TK-Plainview Ripley (EX-96) and Co-Vale Dempsey Dina 4270 (EX-96) were just two of the phenomenal DEMPSEY daughters that achieved success on the colored shavings and inspired breeders around the world.

“He was often referenced as the modern-day 7HO5157 DURHAM for his ability to improve type in a single generation,” explains Kevin Jorgensen, senior sire analyst for Select Sires. “DEMPSEY sired daughters that breeders loved. They were good two-year-olds that matured into even better three-year-olds and then continued to improve lactation after lactation.”

Ryan, Randy and Robert Nigh of Viroque, Wis. were the breeders of DEMPSEY and Select Sires is tremendously thankful for the exceptional working relationship with the Nighs.

Conventional DEMPSEY semen is currently available worldwide.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of seven 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.

 

Showcase Selections is a trademark of Select Sires Inc.

Select Sires Elite Offering Backed by Superior Fertility

Select Sires’ daughter-proven lineup offers customer-owners a diverse selection of genetics while focusing on balanced sires with profitable health and wellness traits and favorable fertility values.

Index Leaders
With more than 21 of the top 50 sires on Holstein Association USA’s Top TPI® Bulls list, Select Sires exhibited incomparable strength. Furthermore, Select Sires is home to 41 sires with GTPI values +2508 or greater, twice as many as the cooperative’s closest competitor. Among these industry leaders are 250HO13267 DUKE (+2752 GTPI) at No. 6, 7HO12421 MILLINGTON (+2697) at No.8 and 7HO12659 PASSAT (+2695) at No. 9.

The combined strength of index rankings and SCR values continues with the Net Merit (NM$) index. Select Sires offers 11 sires +700 NM$ and greater with +1.0 SCR and greater, with PASSAT (+905 NM$, +1.8 SCR) and DUKE (+904 NM$, +1.4 SCR) leading the way. Additionally, six of the 11 new Holstein graduates offer NM$ values of +700 or greater, with 7HO13334 PHANTOM (+831 NM$) and 7HO12742 FOXHOLE (+816 NM$) leading.

New graduates 7HO13328 YALE (+2558 GTPI, +772 NM$) and 7HO13373 FLAGSHIP (+2597, +779) gain a position on the proven lineup, offering elite GTPI, NM$ and the highly sought after Elite Sexed Fertility designation. Customer-owners wanting the most cells per dose of sexed semen can look for 7HO12638 BENNING, 7HO12690 LOYALTY and FOXHOLE as all three are available in gender SELECTed Sexed Ultra 4M semen.

Milk Pounds and Components
Fill your bulk tank with Select Sires’ high production and Combined Fat and Protein (CFP) sires. Leading the 7HO lineup for Milk pounds is 7HO11621 MAYFLOWER (+2,624 M), 7HO13250 JEDI (+2,501 M), 7HO12611 FERDINAND (+2,414 M) and 7HO11985 TETRIS (+2,363 M). DUKE (+215 CFP) and new graduates PHANTOM (+183 CFP) and FOXHOLE (+173 CFP) will improve components with elite combined Fat and Protein values.

The commitment to fertility extends beyond index rankings and SCR values as Select Sires is home to high-production sires transmitting positive Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR) values. With 10 sires +1,500 PTA Milk or greater and +1.0 DPR or more, including MAYFLOWER (+1.8 DPR) and JEDI (+1.1 DPR). Additional sires to increase milk pounds without compromising daughter fertility, include 7HO12111 DRAGONHEART (+2,100 M, +1.8 DPR), 7HO12195 BUTLER (+1,901 M, +1.2 DPR) and new graduate LOYALTY (+1,664 M, +1.6 DPR).

Select for Healthier Cattle
PASSAT leads the breed for Dairy Wellness Profit Index® (DWP$®) at +1,101 DWP$, followed closely by 7HO12550 FARRIS (+998 DWP$), 7HO13195 PROFIT (+975 DWP$) and PHANTOM (+956 DWP$). Select Sires remains competitive on the Wellness Trait Index® (WT$®) listing with WellnessPRO® sires, 7HO11169 PETRONE (+181 WT$), 7HO11708 ROOKIE (+173 WT$) and PASSAT (+172 WT$).

The Type You Like
This sire summary highlights the strengths of Select Sires with more top-10 PTAT sires than any other genetics company. Leading the breed as the No. 1 Type sire is 250HO12589 JACOBY, the Doorman son of Bryersquart Gchip Jail-P-ET (EX-90-EX-MS), at +4.03 PTAT and +3.41 UDC. Ranking third and sixth are 7HO10506 G W ATWOOD (+3.71 PTAT) and 7HO11596 DEFIANT (+3.57 PTAT). Also above +3.0 PTAT are customer-favorites 7HO12353 BEEMER (+3.24 PTAT) and 7HO12587 DIAMONDBACK (+3.19 PTAT).

For more details about the daughter-proven lineups from Select Sires and GenerVations, visit www.selectsires.com.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of seven 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.

 

Source: 0419 CDCB/HA Genomic Evaluation Rel %: PASSAT NM$ 89, SCR 99; DUKE YIELD 96, NM$ 92, SCR 98; PHANTOM NM$ 89, YIELD 95; FOXHOLE NM$ 89, YIELD 94; YALE NM$ 88; FLAGSHIP NM$ 91; MAYFLOWER YIELD 99, DPR 99; JEDI YIELD 99, DPR 94; FERDINAND YIELD 97; TETRIS YIELD 99; DRAGONHEART YIELD 99, DPR 95; BUTLER YIELD 99, DPR 97; LOYALTY YIELD 94, DPR 85; JACOBY TYPE 91; G W ATWOOD TYPE 99; DEFIANT TYPE 99; BEEMER TYPE 98; DIAMONDBACK TYPE 98. TMShowcase Selections 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. ®Wellness Trait Index, WT$, Dairy Wellness Profit Index and DWP$ are registered trademarks of Zoetis Inc., its affiliates and/or its licensors. ®Total Performance Index and TPI are registered trademarks of Holstein Association USA.

Select Sires Graduated Fifteen Daughter-Proven Sires

Select Sires Inc. graduated eleven Holsteins, three Jerseys and one Ayrshire into the cooperative’s diverse product lineups with the April sire summary.

“We are dedicated to procuring and developing sires that fulfill a variety of market demands and maximize genetic potential in herds throughout the United States and around the world,” says Jeff Ziegler, vice president of dairy cattle breeding at Select Sires. “As customer-owners of the Select Sires cooperative, you can be assured that our genetic offering is backed by profit-minded decisions to improve your bottom line and this graduating class of proven sires is a perfect reflection of that commitment.”

Select Sires’ new graduates made an impressive debut on Holstein Association USA’s Top TPI® Bulls list with 7HO13334 PHANTOM (+2670 GTPI), 7HO12690 LOYALTY (+2601), 7HO12742 FOXHOLE (+2600) and 7HO13373 FLAGSHIP (+2597) ranking among the industry’s top-30 sires.

In terms of production, FOXHOLE, PHANTOM and 7HO12657 TOMEK lead the class, each offering more than +1,700 milk pounds and +136 Combined Fat and Protein (CFP). Ranking among the breed’s top 15 for CFP, PHANTOM impresses with +183 CFP.

The Net Merit (NM$) values of this group are extremely elite and competitive among industry rankings. Each of the new Holstein graduates offer more than +650 NM$, with PHANTOM (+831 NM$), FOXHOLE (+816 NM$) and 7HO12709 MUSTANG (+778 NM$) leading.

Beat the Heat
With summer weather and heat stress ahead, customer-owners can rely on Select Sires to offer more, high fertility and superior conception rate sires than any other genetics company. With elite Sire Conception Rate (SCR) values, 7HO12596 BENTLEY (+1.5 SCR), MUSTANG (+1.2 SCR) and TOMEK (+1.0 SCR) offer confidence in the summer breeding season. Of the new graduates, 7HO13328 YALE and FLAGSHIP carry the innovative Elite Sexed Fertility designation to indicate the highest performing sex-sorted sires.

Health and Wellness
Improving the health and wellness of your herd means a better bottom line. With data and selection tools from Zoetis and the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB), Select Sires offers strategies to breed healthier cattle.

Sires most likely to make a positive impact on wellness by reducing the genetic risk of common dairy cow diseases are identified as WellnessPRO® by using Wellness Trait Index® (WT$®) data and include BENTLEY (+147 WT$) and PHANTOM (+140 WT$). Among the industry’s best Dairy Wellness Profit Index® (DWP$®) sires are new graduates PHANTOM (+956 DWP$), BENTLEY (+857 DWP$) and FOXHOLE (+854 DWP$).

Exciting Jersey Graduates

7JE1474 SALSA-P joins the daughter-proven lineup as a top-5 bull for Jersey Performance Index (JPI) (+160 GJPI) with huge Milk yield (+1,141) and high Cheese Merit (CM$) (+582). 7JE1490 GREG is a 7JE1336 BALLISTIC son with a well-balanced proof and big production and component pounds (+872 M, +97 CFP). 7JE1516 DYNASTY is a 7JE1221 PHAROAH son offering favorable fitness traits (+2.0 DPR) and elite milk production values (+986 M).

New Ayrshire Graduate
7AY109 DIXON joins the Select Sires lineup with an impressive proven GPTI of +517. He boasts a profitable combination of Milk (+441), Fat (+45) and Protein (+25) pounds. DIXON’s pedigree will be recognized by Ayrshire enthusiasts as his dam is the famed Excellent (94) Trident daughter out of Maple Dell Zorro Darfourth (EX-95-2E).

Accelerated Genetics AdditionsAccelerated Genetics Additions
Joining the proven Accelerated Genetics lineup is 14HO7714 HURRICANE (+1,225 M, +125 CFP, +2527 GTPI) and *14HO7770 HELIX (1,637 M, +179 CFP). Both sires excel in production traits, adding values of more than +1,200 pounds of milk and +120 CFP. With a 5.8% Sire Calving Ease (SCE) and more than 3,300 observations, HURRICANE shows himself as a calving ease specialist. HELIX offers elite NM$ (+843) and ranks competitively in the breed for GTPI (+2649).

For more details about daughter-proven lineups from Select Sires, visit www.selectsires.com. For information about the Accelerated Genetics branded product line, visit www.accelgen.com.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of seven 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.

* HELIX semen available June 2019.

Source: 0419 CDCB/HA/AJCA/ABA Genomic Evaluation Rel %: FOXHOLE YIELD 94; PHANTOM YIELD 95, NM$ 89; TOMEK YIELD 94, SCR 93; MUSTANG NM$ 89, SCR 98; BENTLEY SCR 95; SALSA-P YIELD 90; GREG YIELD 86; DYNASTY DPR 69, YIELD 86; DIXON YIELD 74; HURRICANE YIELD 93, SCE 99; HELIX YIELD 94, NM$ 89. TMElite Sexed Fertility is a trademark of Select Sires Inc. Jersey Performance Index, JPI, is a trademark of the American Jersey Cattle Association. ®Wellness Trait Index, WT$, Dairy Wellness Profit Index and DWP$ are registered trademarks of Zoetis Inc., its affiliates and/or its licensors. ®WellnessPRO is a registered trademark of Select Sires. Total Performance Index and TPI are registered trademarks of Holstein Association USA.

ABS Global Strengthens Icon Sire™ Offering, Graduates 15

ABS customers have every reason to get excited as 29HO17947 ROWDY is elevated to Icon Sire™ status today with a 1040 NM$. ROWDY is among the eight sires added to the ABS Icon Sire list and 14 ABS sires graduated with proven daughters Tuesday.

“We are excited that ROWDY is the #1 daughter-proven Net Merit bull in the breed!” said Nate Zwald, COO-Dairy, ABS Global. “We at ABS are ensuring the best ROWDY sons created going forward come back to ABS through his new Icon Sire status.”

Icon Sires introduced today include Holstein sires, 29HO17947 ROWDY, 29HO18858 ENTITY, 29HO18870 VENTURE, 29HO18884 CROSBY, 29HO18903 ROYAL, 29HO18929 VALUE, 29HO18937 BUNDLE, 29HO18963 AGENCY, and 29HO19013 ATOMIC-PP, and Jersey sire 29JE4137 DALTON-P.

ABS sires graduating today also stand on solid ground. 29HO18054 JUMPSHOT, another son of April 2017 graduate 29HO17553 JOSUPER, is a strong sire with 836 NM$ and 2595 TPI®. Other graduates include Holstein sires: 29HO18054 JUMPSHOT, 29HO17912 BELLAMY, 29HO17919 TACTIC, 29HO18074 TAKECOMMAND, 29HO18023 DIRECTOR, 29HO17964 SOLARIS, 29HO17913 BENSON, 29HO18032 WALLIS, 29HO17951 COSBY, 94HO17993 DANIEL*RC, and 94HO17973 HYPNOTIC*RC, and Jersey sires 29JE3991 BANCROFT, 29JE4008 BALTAZAR {5}, and 29JE3992 LANCER.

“With the new multi-breed evaluation, the Jersey breed saw many bulls fluctuate, but ABS’ diversity shined through,” said ABS Global Jersey Sire Analyst Aaron Horst. “Long-time Icon 29JE4117 WESTPORT {6} remains one of the breed’s elite at +697 CM$ and 29JE4137 DALTON-P is a new Icon release that has full registry status and is +2.1 DPR. To cater to profit-focused herds, ABS stands tall with over 10 Jersey sires available greater than +1.0 DPR to improve female fertility and reduce days open.”

St. Jacobs had a strong showing Tuesday with DANIEL*RC and HYPNOTIC*RC graduating. “Both are red carrier bulls that sire tremendous cows,” explained Brian Behnke, St. Jacobs Business Manager. “DANIEL is one of the highest udder composite daughter-proven bulls in the breed and is now positive in his production traits. HYPNOTIC is proven to sire show winners, siring incredible style and balance with their immaculate frames. Dairymen should be excited to calve in their daughters of these two high type bulls.”

For more information on Icon Sires, go to www.absglobal.com/icon-sires or talk with your ABS representative today. You can also learn more about ABS graduates at ABS Bull Search.

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

ABS Global Newly Released Icon Sires

29HO17947 ROWDY

  • Breed-leading yield from an early JOSUPER son
  • Sires medium frame size for added efficiency
  • Reliable choice for Calving Ease

29HO18858 ENTITY

  • Sire Stack: Matters x Rubicon
  • Improves Fat & Protein percentages & yield
  • Medium-size frames & improved daughter fertility

29HO18870 VENTURE

  • Sire Stack: ACHIEVER x Delta
  • Improves component production & percentages
  • Offers medium frame size & Calving Ease

29HO18884 CROSBY

  • Sire Stack: CHARLEY x Rubicon
  • Elite PLI sire
  • Improves productivity & udder health

29HO18903 ROYAL

  • Sire Stack: Duke x Yoder
  • Extreme Fat & Protein yield
  • Medium frame size & udder improvement

29HO18929 VALUE

  • Sire Stack: Duke x Rubicon
  • Elite Fat & Protein solids & percentages
  • Moderates frame size without shortening teats

29HO18937 BUNDLE

  • Sire Stack: ACHIEVER x Rubicon
  • Elite TPI & NM$ with an attractive Calving Ease profile
  • Medium frame size with well-attached udders

29HO18963 AGENCY

  • Sire Stack: ACHIEVER x Profit
  • Improves Fat & Protein productivity
  • Combines medium frame size & Calving Ease

29HO19013 ATOMIC-PP

  • Sire Stack: Answer PO x Delta
  • Homozygous Polled
  • Increases total milk, fat & protein

29JE4137 DALTON-P

  • Full registry status & polled!
  • Big health trait improver
  • Unique sire stack for diversity

ABS Global Proven Sires

29HO18054 JUMPSHOT

  • Early JOSUPER son from a Sudan daughter
  • Offers improved yield with 4-star bull fertility
  • Sires medium frame size for added efficiency

29HO17912 BELLAMY

  • Offers increased yields of milk, fat & protein
  • Sires medium frame size
  • Well-attached udders

29HO17919 TACTIC

  • Early COMMANDER son
  • Offers improved type, without increasing frame size
  • High component percentages & 4-star bull fertility

29HO18074 TAKECOMMAND

  • Early COMMANDER son
  • Offers significant improvement in udders, feet & legs
  • A great Calving Ease option

29HO18023 DIRECTOR

  • Combines Calving Ease with 5-star bull fertility
  • Well-attached udders
  • High milk yield with improved SCS

29HO17913 BENSON

  • Improves fat & protein yield
  • Reduces frame size
  • Combines lower SCS with 4-star bull fertility

29HO18032 WALLIS

  • Offers increased yields of milk, fat & protein
  • Balanced type profile
  • 5-star bull fertility

29HO17951 COSBY

  • Early MONTEREY son offers elite type
  • Improves component percentages
  • A great Calving Ease option

29HO17964 SOLARIS

  • Reliably elite Calving Ease
  • Improves milk yield & component percentages
  • Sires medium frame size for added efficiency

94HO17993 DANIEL*RC

  • One of the highest UDC in the breed at 3.78
  • Huge components & positive DPR
  • Apple family success story

94HO17973 HYPNOTIC*RC

  • Positive production with good components
  • Beautiful, long dairy frames with exceptional feet & legs
  • Outcross for high type, no Doorman, McCutchen or Shottle

29JE3991 BANCROFT

  • Balanced genetic profile
  • Outcross pedigree & full registry status
  • Four closest dams scored 90, 93, 90, 94

29JE4008 BALTAZAR {5}

  • Compact, high producing cows
  • Closest three dams scored 93, 90, & 94
  • Three generations of 6+ lactations in large herd

29JE3992 LANCER

    • Extreme fat & protein percentages
    • Unique BOWMAN x LEGAL cross
    • Balanced traits to fit a wide variety of needs

 

Source: ABS

Select Sires Launches NxGEN

By the direction and guidance of Select Sires’ board of directors, the cooperative is pleased to bring NxGEN to the marketplace. This membership program is another initiative to minimize the generation interval on farm and maximize genetic gain, while also protecting the cooperative’s investments to benefit customer-owners.

“Today’s customer-owners value and respect genetic improvement more than at any point in history. It is our responsibility to provide them with the most elite genetics to maximize herd progress,” explains Jeff Ziegler, vice president of dairy cattle breeding at Select Sires.

For customer-owners striving for unprecedented genetic gains, the NxGEN program offers unique genetic advantages. Qualifying members who complete the contract will have access to an exclusive lineup of elite gender SELECTed sires. Member herds will benefit immensely from the impact of these profitable genetics. The opportunity to market resulting offspring back to Select Sires also exists.

NxGEN sires will be identified by a special designation logo. The inaugural class of NxGEN sires includes 507HO14364 EISAKU and 550HO14134 RENEGADE. EISAKU is an elite balanced sire from the famed Morgan Era cow family and a premier component producer, with impressive milk yield and modern type. RENEGADE, the outcross extraordinaire, is a Jaltaoak from a 7HO12421 MILLINGTON dam and an extreme component improver.

For details about the NxGEN program, more on available sires and to apply for membership, please visit the NxGEN section of our website here.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of eight 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.

NxGEN and gender SELECTed are trademarks of Select Sires Inc. All gender SELECTed semen is processed using SexedULTRA technology.

Perotti & Carson Joining Semex

Semex is pleased to announce two key additions to its global team in March 2019. Charlie Perotti has accepted the role of Director, Corporate Account Programs effective Monday, March 18 and Mark Carson has accepted the position of Genetic Solutions Manager, effective Monday, March 25.

Reporting to Paul Krueger, Vice President, Global Key Account & Solutions Strategies, Charlie will play a key role in furthering Semex’s global corporate account strategies and sales growth within key markets including: Mexico; Russia; China; and South East Asia.

Charlie has a lifetime of experience in the global dairy industry, focusing on progressive dairy herd genetic development and management. Most recently he was the Production Director at Fonterra in Beijing, China, managing their 32,000 milking cows. Charlie’s vast experience touches all facets of the dairy industry including management, sales, sales management, employee sourcing, training and development. A third-generation dairy farmer, Charlie is also a general partner in his family’s century farm.

Mark will lead the support and development of new and existing genetic solutions as part of the Semex Solutions Team, reporting to Jay Shannon, Director, Genetic Programs & Solutions.

Mark has been employed with EastGen over the past 10 years, most recently in the role of Solutions Manager, leading a team of field specialists supporting Semex ai24™ and Semex Solutions on key dairies throughout Ontario and Atlantic Canada. Mark has a BSc in Animal Science and an MSc in Epidemiology from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph.

Semex is pleased to have these two well-known dairy industry persons join our global team, delivering the best client services, support and product globally.

CentralStar kicks off new merger by sponsoring family night at National Holstein Convention

Starting May 1, 2019, NorthStar Cooperative, Lansing, Mich., and East Central/Select Sires, Waupun, Wis., will merge under the name, CentralStar Cooperative. One of the first donations from CentralStar will be a “platinum”-level contribution, in partnership with Select Sires Inc., to the 2019 National Holstein Convention.

Wisconsin is hosting this year’s event, June 24-27, in the Fox Valley region of America’s Dairyland. The convention will feature diverse farm tours, seminars, junior Holstein contests, the National Convention Sale, a National Genetics Conference, the 25th Young Dairy Leadership Institute’s Leadership Conference, and much more.

The CentralStar and Select Sires donation will be used to host family night at Lambeau Field, Tuesday, June 25. With legendary Lambeau Field in full view, attendees will enjoy a tailgate-style meal of a hog roast with tenderloin steak sandwiches and many of Wisconsin’s favorite foods. Activities will include tailgate games and the opportunity to venture into the Titletown District just a short walk away with its loads of free games and playground equipment. Lambeau Field tours can be purchased for an additional $12, with a capacity limit of 350 tour registrants.

For more information about the 2019 National Holstein Convention, visit www.2019holsteinconventionwi.com and follow the event on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

CentralStar will focus on enhancing producer profitability through integrated services, providing Accelerated Genetics, GenerVations, and Select Sires genetics; extensive artificial-insemination (A.I.) technician service; genetic consultation; reproduction services; Dairy Herd Information (DHI) services; diagnostic testing; herd-management products; research and development; and more. For more information, visit NorthStar Cooperative at https://www.northstarcooperative.com/ and East Central/Select Sires at http://www.eastcentralselectsires.com/.

2018 NAAB Members Report Record Year for Unit Sales

The National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) members report annual units for the categories of domestic sales, export sales, custom collected, imported units for dairy and beef breeds. With 95% of the US AI industry represented by NAAB members, these annual statistics give an unprecedented reflection of US cattle semen sales.
The US bovine semen industry had a record year as it achieved just over 60 million total units reported for all categories combined. This exceeded the previous record amount established in 2017 by 3.7 million units representing an overall annual increase of 6.5%. The total number of dairy units increased by 1.68% establishing a new record with 49.1 million units while beef units also set a new record reaching 11.7 million units. Dairy and beef exports along with domestic beef units made significant contributions to the new annual record.

The domestic dairy units reported for the US declined by 5.7% or 1.3 million units with a market size of 21.8 million dairy units. However, domestic beef units sold in the US increased by 1.5 million units representing an increase of 59%. While custom collected dairy units declined by 228,909 units, the custom collected beef units increased by 975,671 units for a net gain of 746,762 total custom collected units.

The international demand for US genetics continues to expand. New records were set for both dairy and beef exported units. Just over 24.5 million units of dairy semen were exported representing an increase of 2.5 million units for an 11.4% increase over 2017. Additionally, beef semen exports reached 3.97 million units for a 12.4% increase. Top three export markets for total units in 2018 were Brazil, China and Mexico.

Dairy and beef producers are faced with many changes and challenges, many of which are out of their control. NAAB members value their relationship with domestic and international producers and strive to utilize sound science and technology to deliver top quality products.

More information about NAAB and its annual statistics can be found at http://www.naab-css.org

 

Select Sires Hosts New Employee Orientation and Training

Twelve new employees, from five member cooperatives, Select Sires GenerVations and World Wide Sires, completed orientation and sales training February 5 through February 8 at Select Sires’ headquarters in Plain City, Ohio.

“Select Sires’ hosts an engaging orientation program for new employees. The in-person training event includes a tour of the facilities, preview of bulls on parade and opportunities to network with employees from across North America,” says Lyle Kruse, vice president of U.S. market development for Select Sires.

The orientation program highlights the cooperative’s unique history and provides a comprehensive overview of the current programs and services. Industry experts delivered presentations regarding Select Reproductive Solutions® (SRS®), Select Mating Service® (SMS®), StrataGEN®, Aggressive Reproductive Technologies (ART), CowManager®, Breeding to FeedingSM and Program for Fertility Advancement(PFA). New employees receive training about bull care and semen collection, semen quality and fertility, genetic evaluations, dairy and beef sire programs, herd management solutions and Select Sires’ gender SELECTed semen process.

Orientation participants included: All West/Select Sires: Geneva McCall, Galt, Calif.; COBA/Select Sires: Brian Kohler, Botkins, Ohio and Shawn Aufderhaar, Anna, Ohio; Select Sires GenerVations: Franchesca Charleston-Buissieres, Yamaska, Quebec; Premier Select Sires: Emily Heilinger, Lebanon, Pa. and Josh Nyce, Lancaster, Pa.; East Central/Select Sires: Max Shenkenberg, Madison, Wis., Andy Greenfield, Waupun, Wis. and Susie Martin, Brooklyn, Wis.; NorthStar Cooperative: Gretchen Vankauwenberg, Greenleaf, Wis.; Select Sires Inc: Dr. Mehdi Sargolzaei, Guelph, Ontario; World Wide Sires: Emily Rosa, Hanford, Calif.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of eight 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.

Members vote to merge East Central/Select Sires and NorthStar Cooperative

The voting process is complete; East Central/Select Sires delegates and NorthStar Cooperative common stock owners have officially voted in favor of merging the two cooperatives together. This news comes about two months after the board of directors for East Central/Select Sires, based in Waupun, Wis., and NorthStar Cooperative, Lansing, Mich., announced reaching a unanimous decision to work toward unifying the two business entities under the name CentralStar Cooperative Inc.

“We appreciate our members’ votes of confidence in this merger,” shared Paul Trierwieler, NorthStar Cooperative board president. “As CentralStar Cooperative, we have more than 150 years of combined experience serving the dairy and beef industries in the Midwest. Joining two organizations which are financially strong, customer-focused cooperatives better positions CentralStar to establish the next generation of integrated services that are necessary in today’s market for farm profitability.”

“The next step is for employees and management staff to iron out logistics in preparation for the May 1, 2019, merger date,” added Steve Abel, president, East Central/Select Sires board of directors. “Inventory organization, delivery, accounting, communication, customer care, and employee benefits are just a few of the areas in discussion. This process is difficult, but will be very rewarding, so please have patience with our team during this transition.”

Currently, NorthStar Cooperative serves dairy and beef producers in northern Wisconsin, Michigan, and north of U.S. Highway 50 in Indiana. East Central/Select Sires serves dairy and beef producers in southern Wisconsin. There is no overlapping territory between the two cooperatives, so once the merger is final, service will continue as usual for patron members.

Combining cooperatives will create even greater value for members and customers. This includes taking advantage of economies of scale where it makes sense; expanding resources and services available to customers, such as Dairy Herd Information (DHI) services and diagnostic testing; and removing the current business line along State Road 21 in Wisconsin.

CentralStar will focus on enhancing producer profitability through integrated services, providing Accelerated Genetics, GenerVations, and Select Sires genetics; extensive artificial-insemination (A.I.) technician service; genetic consultation; reproduction services; DHI services; diagnostic testing; herd-management products; research and development; and more. All current business locations will remain open for the foreseeable future.

 

Tim Barnes, Joe Fowler Take on New Titles and Responsibilities at Premier Select Sires

As Premier Select Sires evaluates and aligns processes within our newly expanded organization, we continue to make organizational changes to more clearly position talent and leadership to best meet our organizational goals.

We are pleased to announce that Tim Barnes will lead the effort of unifying our semen and product distribution as Distribution Director for Premier Select Sires.

Barnes has a tremendous amount of experience within the Select Sires system and has held many leadership roles. Barnes started his career in 1983 as an Area Sales Manager in central Tennessee. As his career progressed, he took on increasing responsibilities in the areas of AI training, distribution, marketing and employee training. He has also led product sales development efforts. Most recently, Barnes has developed a successful distribution network of 80 independent beef representatives across the Southeast area.

Barnes has already been working closely with PA Distribution Manager Amanda Landsiedel and her team to make improvements, and together they will work to create a dynamic, progressive program to best meet the needs of our employees and member customers.

Joe Fowler has been named Regional Sales Manager for the new Southwest Region of Premier Select Sires. This region will encompass the former Southeast area, and Fowler will directly supervise the Sales Representatives and Reproductive Service Specialists in that area.

Fowler started his career in 1982 as an Area Sales Manager and has taken on increasing responsibilities since, including implementing the SMS and PGA programs for Southeast Select Sires. He has most recently headed up the growth and development of the large herd markets and has worked closely with the Southeast Select Sires general manager and board of directors to successfully grow the entire business in many areas. Fowler will bring 37+ years of sales experience and vast knowledge in large herd development to provide council and guidance across all regions of Premier Select Sires.

In his new role, Fowler will work with other employees to continue the development of the sales market and insure we are meeting the needs of our customers.

Please join us in welcoming Tim Barnes and Joe Fowler to their new positions with Premier Select Sires.

Semex Part of New Angus Genome Project Aimed at Reducing BRD

This week, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Canada’s Minister of Science and Sport, announced $56 million in funding to support 37 research projects. This includes Semex’s new joint project with the University of Guelph’s Dr. Bonnie Mallard, the Angus Genetics Inc and Canadian Angus Association dedicated to fighting Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) in Angus Beef cattle. This project received over $500,000 in funding from Genome Canada’s Genomic Application Partnership Program.

“We’ve already done this for dairy cattle with our partner Semex,” says Dr. Mallard. “It will provide three major benefits. The first is to the animal, because healthier animals are better off all the way around. The second is to the producer. They save time and money because they don’t have to spend time treating sick animals with antibiotics or other therapeutics as much as they would under normal circumstances. And the third benefit is to the consumer, of course, because you (the consumer) can sit with confidence when you eat that steak, knowing that it came from naturally healthy animals, that were produced in a healthy and sustained environment.”

BRD is the most common and costly disease affecting feedlot cattle in North America, with estimates to be as high as $1 billion annually. Unfortunately, pharmaceuticals are temporary solutions, with antimicrobial resistance growing and antibiotics are becoming less effective over time. Additionally, the meat industry is facing mounting pressure to phase out antibiotic use, with supply chains responding to consumer demand.

“Semex is taking our Immunity+® technology to the beef industry,” says Dr. Michael Lohuis, Semex Vice President Research & Innovation. “With Dr. Mallard, the Angus Genetics Inc and Canadian Angus Association, we’re developing a High Immune Response test for Angus cattle. BRD is a costly disease, and we think we could reduce those costs by up to 50%! Our goal is to develop a more sustainable beef product for both our clients and the consumer. At Semex we believe that if we’re going to meet tomorrow’s challenges, we can’t do it using yesterday’s tools and these sorts of innovations will get us there.”

 

Find my CowTM now available in the United States and Canada

Plain City, Ohio, February 11, 2019 – The CowManager® system’s new module, Find my Cow, is now officially available for sale in the United States and Canada through the Select Sires federation. Using Find my Cow will save you time and money when looking for cows in heat, sick cows, cull cows and even cows in the wrong pens.

During the entire Find my Cow project, CowManager remained focused on the company’s vision to develop smart and easy-to-understand solutions to make producers’ lives easier, saving on labor costs. Find my Cow comes with a user-friendly cow locator device, which enables producers to quickly find cows in the barn and outside on pasture. The installation is very easy. There is no need for extra beacons or calibrations and the module is compatible with all of CowManager’s operational systems.

When using the CowManager web application or mobile app, users can select the cow number(s) they want to find and the ear sensor will receive a signal that makes them visible for the Find my Cow locator. The locator can find cows up to 300-meters (984 feet) in free line of sight.

When walking in the barn or pasture, you will be guided via the easy-to-understand seven-color user interface. Red means that you are far away from the cow with lights changing to orange, yellow and green as you get closer to the cow. Find my Cow also shows which employee found which cow at what time. The daily work-lists available on the locator are easy to use.

To introduce Find my Cow in the United States and Canada, CowManager is offering a 10 percent discount on the software. To qualify for the discount, visit www.cowmanager.com and select the Contact tab. Fill out the form to be contacted by a Select Sires sales representative in your area.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of eight 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.

Jersey generation counts and breed purity

Many elite Jersey sires have Holstein heritage somewhere in their pedigree. The Jersey Genetic Recovery and Jersey Expansion programs have allowed those bulls to upgrade to registered status.

These programs allow breeders to enroll animals that appear as Jerseys, or are sired by a Jersey bull, into the herd registry. While the programs are beneficial in growing the registered Jersey population, many producers are now confused as to just what qualifies an AI bull as a Jersey.

The American Jersey Cattle Association (AJCA) board of directors developed some visual cues within an animal’s registered name to eliminate confusion on Jersey breed purity.

Generation Count and a JX prefix have been added to full names to signify a hole in the pedigree or unknown dairy ancestry. Breed Base Representation (BBR) is now displayed on all animals recorded with the ACJA to represent the amount of Jersey blood within the pedigree.

Generation Count (GC)

Generation Count shows breed purity by telling how many generations an animal is removed from other breed ancestry. An animal’s name will include a suffix enclosed in brackets {  }. The number within the brackets tells us the number of AJCA-recoded ancestry, from 1-6.

A GC of 1 means the animal is one generation removed from an unknown or non-Jersey in the pedigree. A GC of 6 means the animal is six generations removed from an unknown or non-Jersey animal. The brackets telling the generation count are dropped when seven or more generations of ancestors are recorded by the AJCA.

Offspring of a mating will be one generation count higher than the lowest parent.

JX Prefix

In addition to the number within the brackets, a JX prefix is also found on the majority of the pedigrees that contain a generation count. The JX prefix indicates that there is unknown dairy (most commonly Holstein) parentage in the pedigree. The GC then tells us how far back in the pedigree the unknown dairy breed can be found.

If you see a bull with a GC but no JX prefix, that means that the missing part in the pedigree is an unidentified Jersey.

Breed Base Representation (BBR)

BBR is a genomic trait that compares the DNA of a genotyped animal to a Jersey reference group and all other breeds. The Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) policy is to report BBR values of 94 or greater as 100 due to standard deviations. Bulls below BBR 94 will be noted on their pedigree. The AJCA will publish a BBR value for all recorded animals.

Males will be published on one of two reports.

Males on the main list include those who:

  • are Herd Registered
    • more than 6 generations of identified Jersey parentage
  • have a Generation Count of 4-6 and a BBR of 100

Males on the secondary list include those with a:

  • Generation Count of 3 (regardless of BBR)
  • Generation Count of 4-6, if their BBR is less than 94

The examples below show the bull pages for three bulls with different breed purity. It explains where to find generation count, the JX prefix and breed base representation.

Bull page image of AltaBAYNES

AltaBAYNES {3}

A. The 3 in brackets shows that AltaBAYNES is 3 generations removed from non-Jersey ancestry.
B. The JX prefix in his full, registered name, means that the missing link in his pedigree, 3 generations back, is not a Jersey.
C. Shows AltaBAYNES’ BBR to be 98, meaning he has 98% of his genes in common with the reference Jersey population.

Offspring of AltaBAYNES will be Generation Count 4 and Non-HR.

Bull page image of AltaMONTRA

AltaMONTRA {6}

A. The 6 in brackets shows that AltaMONTRA is 6 generations removed from non-Jersey ancestry.
B. The JX prefix in his full, registered name, means that the missing link in his pedigree, 6 generations back, is not a Jersey.
C. Shows AltaMONTRA’s BBR to be 100, meaning his genes are all in common with the reference Jersey population.

Offspring will be Generation Count 6 if he is mated to a GC 5 female. Offspring will be HR (herd registered) if he is mated to a GC 6 or HR female

Bull page image of AltaCHIVE

AltaCHIVE

A. Because there is not a bracketed number with AltaCHIVE’s name, that means he is herd registered, with either with no ancestry that is non-Jersey, or any non-Jersey ancestry is further back than 6 generations.
B. Because there is no non-Jersey ancestry within the first 6 generations of AltaCHIVE’s pedigree, he also does not have a JX prefix in his full, registered name.
C. Shows AltaCHIVE’s BBR to be 100. As expected, that means his genes are all in common with the reference Jersey population.

Offspring will be HR with no generation count if he is mated to a GC 6 or HR female.

At Alta, we are committed to providing you with the most reliable genetics available. In order to fulfill this promise, we offer a diversified Jersey product lineup focusing on the traits that are most profitable to your bottom line.

We have the highest level of confidence in the genetic and genomic predictions of BBR 100 bulls, and offer many s and the performance those daughters realize in the milking herd. We recognize that clients have choices, so we will always market with full transparency.

To learn more about the Rules for the Registration and Transfer of Jersey Cattle, click HERE.

Source: Alta Genetics

Member-Owners Elected to GENEX Council

At the GENEX annual meeting held Jan. 23 in Bloomington, Minnesota, five cattle producers were elected to three-year terms on the cooperative’s 13-member council.

Casey Dugan of Casa Grande, Arizona, was elected to his first term. Re-elected to the council were Daniel Tetreault of Champlain, New York; Lamar Gockley of Mohnton, Pennsylvania; Kay Olson-Martz of Friendship, Wisconsin; and Jody Schaap of Woodstock, Minnesota.

Following the annual meeting, the GENEX council elected officers. Those holding officer positions for 2019 include:

  • John Ruedinger, Van Dyne, Wisconsin – president
  • Bobby Robertson, Tahlequah, Oklahoma – first vice president
  • Harold House, Nokesville, Virginia – second vice president
  • Ron Totten, Stafford, New York – secretary

 

Holstein Association USA Launches Holstein Marketplace Sires

Holstein Association USA announces a new service to assist Holstein breeders to market semen to other dairy cattle breeders. Holstein Marketplace Sires – a new component of the Holstein Marketplace gives Holstein breeders the ability to directly market semen from their bulls, which will be beneficial to Holstein Association members, and dairy cattle breeders throughout the United States.

“Holstein breeder/members have been looking for a vehicle to market semen of high-quality genetics from their own herds to other breeders. Holstein Marketplace Sires does just that.

“Holstein members now have the opportunity to offer semen from bulls out of deep pedigreed cow families that excel in production, genomics, health traits, reproduction, and type. Breeders will have the opportunity to select from phenotypically proven cow families that emphasize longevity and continue breeding programs to fit their own individual goals,” states Holstein Association USA President Boyd Schaufelberger.

Holstein Marketplace Sires, a division of Holstein Services Inc., provides a new and unique avenue for Holstein breeders to market their genetics. Under the program, the bull owners retain ownership of the bulls, and Holstein Marketplace Sires provides the vehicle for the semen to be sold.

For both buyers and sellers alike, Holstein Marketplace Sires will be a trusted source for dairy cattle genetics. Bulls available at the launch of Holstein Marketplace Sires include:

  • Speek-NJ of Dewgood-ET, owned by E. Dean & Wanda Good, Oconto, Wis.
  • Golden-Oaks Imax Lotto, owned by Golden Oaks Farm, Wauconda, Ill.
  • Hurtgenlea Splnd Maurice-ET RC PC, owned by Hurtgenlea Holsteins Ltd, Elkhorn, Wis.
  • Trent-Way-JS Roddy-ET RC, owned by Trent J. Hendrickson & John R. Schneller, Blanchardville, Wis.

These bulls offer depth of maternal pedigrees, featuring multiple generations of Very Good and Excellent dams. Their strong pedigrees are complemented with the bulls’ high-ranking genomic evaluations resulting in a balance of production, health, reproduction and type. Holstein Marketplace Sires will be a unique addition to any Holstein breeders breeding program.

Purchasing semen with your credit card couldn’t be easier with two methods – online or over the phone. Buy online by visiting www.holsteinusa.com/marketplacesires, click the red “buy now” button, fill in number of units you would like to purchase, and check out using our secure online system. Or, phone in your semen order by calling customer service at 800.952.5200.

About the Holstein Marketplace
Holstein Marketplace provides easy, affordable advertising to help Registered Holstein breeders buy and sell Holstein genetics. The advertisements are grouped into broad categories for Females, Breeding Bulls, Embryos and Sales/Dispersals.

Semex’s Millionaire Sire “Manifold” Passes Away

Semex, the Guelph, Ont., based A.I. company, announced on December 20th that its 12th Millionaire Sire, Mainstream Manifold, has passed away.

“Manifold” was from a strong cow family known for production and was backed by eight generations of Very Good or Excellent dams. He combined this strong maternal line at Mainstream Holsteins in Washington, with type strength and desirable health and fertility traits to be one of the most predictable sires in Semex’s lineup for nearly a decade.

A truly unfaltering sire, “Manifold” debuted as the number 20 TPI sire in the United States in August 2009. As time passed, he only gained strength as he added daughters reaching the coveted Millionaire Status in April 2014 when he was also the breed’s number 12 TPI and number 6 LPI sire.

With over 73,000 daughters in his production proof in December 2018, “Manifold” continued to be one of the most popular “O Man” sons of our time, offering solid production, great components and a breed leading 3.9% Sire Calving Ease.

“‘Manifold’ was a truly exceptional bull and was a great example of our commitment to providing healthy, long-lasting cows to our clients,” says Brad Sayles, Chief Operating Officer. “And, he was a standout among ‘O Man’ sons. He really did it all, being a Millionaire and selling to all corners of the world. We’re fortunate to have a limited quantity of ‘Manifold’ semen still available, allowing dairymen to continue using this profitable and popular Millionaire Sire.”

Index Leaders for Production, Wellness, Type and More

At Select Sires Inc., you’ll find industry-leading sires for a variety of indexes and traits. Select Sires brings consistency, diversity and reliability to customer-owners in an incredibly strong, daughter-proven genetic lineup. Between the Select Sires, GenerVations and Accelerated Genetics branded product lines, Select Sires Inc. dominates Holstein Association USA’s Official Top 100 TPI® listing with 21 of the top-50 and 45 of the top-100 sires. This outstanding offering of TPI sires is highlighted by 250HO13267 DUKE ranking fifth (+2747 TPI), 7HO12266 YODER (+2720) at No. 6, 7HO12421 MILLINGTON at No. 9 (+2686) and 7HO12659 PASSAT (+2667) at No. 10.

In total, eight Holstein sires graduated to daughter-proven status and joined Select Sires’ 7HO product line. Of the eight graduates, six different sire fathers are represented and all eight are +2500 TPI or more. In addition to TPI leadership, six sires in the December graduating class are +700 NM$ or more, led by PASSAT (+868 NM$), 7HO13253 VERTEX (+791), and 7HO12550 FARRIS (+758). VERTEX (+2,052), FARRIS (+1,993) and 7HO13244 CREED* (+1,576), are just three of the five new graduates that are +1,500 PTA Milk or more. This graduating class puts emphasis on efficiency in today’s housing operations. Seven of the eight new graduates reduce cow body weight and all eight transmit moderate size.

When looking at the proven lineup, Select Sires dominates with a selection of elite sires in any area of genetic emphasis.

Valuable NM$

Net Merit continues to be the selection index for today’s progressive dairy operations. For genetic programs looking to reduce mature size, increase reproductive efficiency, improve health and increase the production of protein and fat pounds, Select Sires provides more breed-leading NM$ sires than any other genetics company. YODER (+882) and MILLINGTON (+847) are among the twelve 7HO daughter-proven sires that transmit +750 NM$ or more.

Improving Health and Wellness

Healthy cows mean increased profitability. Select Sires makes it easy for customer-owners to select for healthy cattle by publishing all Zoetis and CDCB health traits, and designating sires with Select’s WellnessPRO® logo. With more than half of the top 10 and 58 of the top 100, Select Sires offers DWP$® leaders like PASSAT (+1,089 DWP$), 7HO12556 PAGEONE (+1,028), 7HO13195 PROFIT (+990) and FARRIS (+974).

With mastitis and metritis contributing to costs, resistance to these ailments remains extremely important to dairies. Select Sires offers 49 sires with positive CDCB Mastitis resistance scores and 64 sires with positive CDCB Metritis resistance scores. Ranking well within both of these parameters are bulls like 7HO11169 PETRONE (+2.8 MAST, +1.2 MET), 7HO12344 RAGER-RED (+2.5, +1.0) and 7HO11383 MORGAN (+2.0, +1.5).

Production Pounds

Ranking No. 4, No. 6 and No. 7 industry-wide for milk pounds, production powerhouses 7HO12165 MONTROSS (+2,734 Milk), 7HO12418 SPARK (+2,633) and 7HO11621 MAYFLOWER (+2,591) continue to show themselves as customer-satisfaction sires. In terms of Combined Fat and Protein (CFP), 29 sires carrying the 7HO stud code offer +120 pounds of CFP or more. DUKE (+200 CFP), 7HO12449 MARTY (+170), 7HO12256 MAGUIRE (+166) and MILLINGTON (+163) earn recognition as component builders in the Holstein breed.

Leading Type

Elite, functional and appealing type sires call Select Sires home. New graduate 250HO12589 JACOBY (+3.95 Type) joins the daughter-proven lineup as the breed’s No. 2 sire for Type. Also ranking among the industry’s best sires for Type are 7HO10506 G W ATWOOD (+3.67), 7HO11596 DEFIANT (+3.60) and 7HO12353 BEEMER (+3.24).

JACOBY’s dominating Type figure is made stronger by his top-10 ranking for Udder Composite (UDC) at +3.30. 7HO12351 CARNEY, a 7HO11547 SHAN son from an EX-93-EX-MS Chairman, is Select Sires’ best sire for UDC at +3.62. 7HO12587 DIAMONDBACK (+3.16), 7HO11314 MOGUL (+3.12) and 7HO12139 PETY (+3.04) also rank among the breed’s best for improving mammary traits.

Fertility without Compromise

Genetic value is obsolete without highly fertile semen. Home of the Superior SettlerTM and Elite Sexed FertilityTM designations, Select Sires puts quality semen at the forefront. From the Select Sires and GenerVations product lines, Select Sires Inc. offers more than 20 sires with +1.5 Sire Conception Rate (SCR) or greater. Sires like 7HO12248 SUPERIOR (+2.5 SCR), YODER (+2.4) and 7HO12115 DECEIVER (+2.4) are just three of Select Sires’ incomparable offering of high SCR genetics.

For more details on daughter-proven lineups from the Select Sires and GenerVations branded product lines, visit www.selectsires.com. For information on the Accelerated Genetics branded product line, visit www.accelgen.com.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of eight 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.

*CREED available February 2019.

East Central/Select Sires and NorthStar Cooperative sign intent to merge

Both East Central/Select Sires and NorthStar Cooperative have a large team of talented professional artificial insemination (A.I.) technicians. Since the business territory for both cooperatives does not overlap, service will continue as usual for patron members upon a positive vote from members and delegates. Dan Potterton, right, A.I. technician in the Dodgeville, Wis., area, is pictured with customer Kyle Levetzow, center, Model Dairy Farms, Dodgeville, Wis., and his assistant herdsman and calf manager, Wilfredo Gutierrez, left.

Two well-known and successful agricultural cooperatives in the upper Midwest have signed an intent to merge. The board of directors for East Central/Select Sires, based in Waupun, Wis., and NorthStar Cooperative, Lansing, Mich., reached a unanimous decision to work toward unifying the two business entities under the name CentralStar Cooperative Inc.

Currently, NorthStar Cooperative serves dairy and beef producers in northern Wisconsin, Michigan, and north of U.S. Highway 50 in Indiana. East Central/Select Sires serves dairy and beef producers in southern Wisconsin. There is no overlapping territory between the two cooperatives, so once the merger is confirmed, service will continue as usual for patron members.

The goal is to combine cooperatives, creating even greater value for our members and customers. This includes taking advantage of economies of scale where it makes sense; expanding resources and services available to customers, such as Dairy Herd Improvement (DHI) services and diagnostic testing; and removing the current business line in Wisconsin.

“The board is really excited about this potential merger,” said Paul Trierweiler, president, NorthStar Cooperative board of directors. “Collaborating in strategic alliances is one element of NorthStar’s vision, which guides us into discussions like this one. The dairy and beef industries are changing rapidly, and the board believes becoming one cooperative creates a lot of opportunities to better serve all members and customers.”

“Employees will see advantages, as well,” added Steve Abel, president, East Central/Select Sires board of directors. “By combining employee numbers from both cooperatives, we can use economies of scale in areas such as benefits, insurance, and technology. There will be more opportunity for career development, and with expanded services, employees will benefit from providing more value to customers.”

NorthStar Cooperative and East Central/Select Sires will follow their governing documents and conduct a vote of the common stockowners (NorthStar Cooperative) and delegates (East Central/Select Sires), to approve the merger. Voting will occur in early 2019.

Upon a positive vote, merging business operations will begin May 1. CentralStar will focus on enhancing producer profitability through integrated services, providing Accelerated Genetics, GenerVations, and Select Sires genetics; extensive artificial-insemination (A.I.) technician service; genetic consultation; reproduction services; DHI services; diagnostic testing; herd-management products; research and development; and more. All current business locations will remain open for the foreseeable future.

For more information, visit NorthStar Cooperative at https://www.northstarcooperative.com/ and East Central/Select Sires at http://www.eastcentralselectsires.com/.

 

ABS Global Announces 13 New Icon Sires

Last week, 13 is a lucky number at ABS Global, Inc, as 13 new Icon Sires™ are added to the continually growing list of Icons.

“Never before has a group of sires been made available with as much genetic potential,” said Ryan Starkenburg, ABS Global Product Development Senior Geneticist, Dairy Strategy. “ABS is pleased to launch this exquisite group of high-ranking Holsteins and a Jersey as ABS Icon Sires.”

Icon Sires introduced include Holstein sires, 29HO17428 GLAMOUR BOGHILL VICTOR ET, 29HO18772 DENOVO 7921 ATRIUM-ET, 29HO18783 DENOVO 14400 ADVANCE-ET, 29HO18784 WILRA ABS AMPLIFY-ET, 29HO18799 DENOVO 7947 GLITZ-ET, 29HO18804 DENOVO 14378 AFTON-ET, 29HO18812 PINE-TREE ADVISOR-ET, 29HO18813 PINE-TREE DEFENSE-ET, 29HO18823 SEAGULL-BAY BRAVE-ET, 29HO18836 DENOVO 14417 GOOGLE-ET, 29HO18906 MR RI-VAL-RE FREE BILLY-ET, and 29HO18923 BOMAZ SAIGE-ET, and Jersey sire 29JE4110 JX ABS TLD HEINZ {3}-ET.

The Holstein sires impressively average over 1000 NM$, but the key to profitability is found in their individual attributes. With the genetic potential to increase combined fat and protein yield by over 160 pounds, this group also offers to improve daughter pregnancy rates by nearly 3 percentage points. This exciting profit potential is further enhanced by moderate frame size to improve efficiency and low calving difficulty scores, he explains.

Not to be outdone, the Jersey Icon Sire combines high scores for CM$ and JPI with high-component yield and considerable improvement in daughter pregnancy rate.

“This group gives producers plenty of options choosing the right genetic combination to fit the needs of the herd,” Starkenburg concludes. “ABS is very excited to have these strong sires be part of our overall offering.”

For more information on these and other Icon Sires, go to www.absglobal.com/iconsires or talk with your ABS representative today.

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

ABS Global Newly Released Icon Sires

29HO18783 DENOVO 14400 ADVANCE-ET

  • Among the breed leaders for NM$
  • Improves productivity while moderating frame size for efficient daughters
  • Improves udder health and daughter fertility

29HO18812 PINE-TREE ADVISOR-ET

  • Elite Fat yield to improve profitability
  • Lower SCS for improved udder health
  • Offers improvement in daughters’ reproductive health

29HO18804 DENOVO 14378 AFTON-ET

  • One of the breed’s highest for TPI
  • High DPR for lower days open
  • Logical choice for reduced calving difficulty

29HO18784 WILRA ABS AMPLIFY-ET

  • Lower SCS for improved udder health, also offers increased teat length
  • Moderate stature without reducing body condition for efficient, healthy daughters
  • Genomic profile suggests significant improvement in Productive Life

29HO18772 DENOVO 7921 ATRIUM-ET

  • High international rankings, with outstanding values for Net Merit, TPI®and PLI
  • High DPR for lower days open
  • Moderates stature for efficient daughters, also offers reduced calving difficulty

29HO18906 MR RI-VAL-RE FREE BILLY-ET

  • Among the breed leaders for Net Merit
  • One of the best for both fat and protein yield
  • Early elite Achiever son

29HO18823 SEAGULL-BAY BRAVE-ET

  • Elite Net Merit for improved profitability
  • Logical choice for reduced calving difficulty
  • Improves productivity while moderating frame size for efficient daughters

29HO18813 PINE-TREE DEFENSE-ET

  • Improves Fat yield for improved profitability
  • Offers udder improvement and elite TPI
  • Balanced trait profile

29HO18799 DENOVO 7947 GLITZ-ET

  • Among the breed leaders for TPI
  • High DPR for lower days open
  • High Protein yield to improve profitability

29HO18836 DENOVO 14417 GOOGLE-ET

  • Lower SCS for improved udder health
  • Improves Fat yield for higher revenue
  • Moderate stature without reducing body condition for efficient, healthy daughters

29HO18923 BOMAZ SAIGE-ET

  • High-ranking genetics with a unique sire stack
  • Combines health, fertility and production
  • Balanced linear profile

29JE4110 JX ABS TLD HEINZ {3}-ET

  • Balance of Milk with positive Fat and Protein percentages
  • Rare combination of high production, elite rank and exceptional DPR
  • Outstanding source of CM$ and JPI

29HO17428 GLAMOUR BOGHILL VICTOR ET

  • Elite PLI Verona son
  • Huge fat and protein production
  • Bred from a very strong line of the Cosmopolitan cow family in Northern Ireland

For more information on these and other Icon Sires, go to www.absglobal.com/iconsires or talk with your ABS representative today.

About ABS

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

Premier Select Sires Merger Brings Premier Opportunities for Cooperative’s Member-Owners

As their January 1, 2019 Select Sire Power/Southeast Select Sires merger approaches, the future Premier Select Sires team prepares to better serve member-owners.

When the merger takes effect, more than 200 employees and nearly 100 independent distributers will comprise the new organization. The scope of resources available after the merger, coupled with each team member’s knowledge, expertise and passion for the industry, will allow the cooperative to strengthen its service to customers in the 23-state territory.

As a true agricultural cooperative, Premier Select Sires will be owned and controlled by the producers it serves.

“This oversight keeps our focus exactly where it belongs—on the producer,” said Mark Carpenter, future CEO of Premier Select Sires. “The larger territory will allow us to provide enhanced levels of service to our customer-owners while improving access and timely delivery of products to meet producers’ needs. Shared efficiencies across the organization will also result in added economic stability of leading genetics for our member owners.”

Premier Select Sires will offer a wide range of services, products and genetics, which customers may take advantage of individually or as part of a customizable package unique to their operation.

“We are looking forward to further strengthening relationships with our member-customers and finding ways to be even easier to do business with,” said Carpenter.

Value-Added Services

For both new and old customers, producers may elect to undergo a genetic audit.This is an in-house Premier service used to determine where a herd stands in terms of production, reproduction, health and fitness—all factors that translate to dollars earned or lost. Following the genetic audit, a Premier representative can help determine the steps necessary to reach herd goals and will offer many resources to attain those goals.

A genetic consultant will be accessible in each region of Premier Select Sires to administer Select Mating Service® (SMS®), the world’s leading corrective mating program. It includes cow-based linear evaluation, pedigree mating and walk-through genetic evaluation. It helps dairy producers control genetic recessives, haplotypes and inbreeding levels. The program also provides a means to create custom selection indexes based on customer goals to help producers develop a successful and profitable herd.

Premier will also feature a strong team of Select Reproductive Solutions® (SRS®)specialists. These individuals will provide the portfolio of reproductive services, products, programs and consultation that constitute the SRS® program. SRS specialists will also administer artificial insemination trainings for those who wish to breed their own animals.

For operations seeking a breeding service, highly trained and specialized technicians called Reproductive Service Specialists will visit. They can breed cattle on an on-call cow-by-cow basis, or they can manage the entire reproductive program of a farm on a whole-herd basis.

Premier Select Sires will extend a multitude of other services depending on the specialized needs of each operation. Specialists can introduce programs like ProfitMAX® to help customers maximize potential of herd replacements and extra calves to be sold to the beef market, StrataGEN® to minimize the impact of inbreeding, SelectCROSS® to promote successful crossbreeding, and more.

Herd Management Products

Nearly 100 herd management products will allow customers to take a well-rounded approach to raising a healthy herd. Calf and cow care, microbial and nutritional supplements, heat detection aids, udder health products, fly and parasite control, nitrogen tanks and breeding supplies are among the many products that will be available via salespeople and an online store. The Premier distribution team will analyze strategies to provide those products in a convenient, efficient and cost-effective manner.

Premier will also sell, install and service CowManager® herd monitoring systems, providing producers with the ability to continuously monitor heat, health, rumination and animal location.

Superior Genetics

As a member-cooperative of Select Sires Inc., Premier Select Sires will market industry-leading genetics with a “sire for every desire.” Premier Select Sires offers bulls from three branded lineups including Select Sires, Accelerated Genetics and GenerVations. All semen for beef and dairy breeds is produced according to rigorous quality and fertility standards. Your local sales representative can keep you informed with recent company and industry developments, while providing you with the products and genetics you need.

“Our farmer-owners give us strong direction on how we can be successful in helping them on their farms,” said Kirk Sattazahn, Director of Marketing. “I see lots of competitors offering substandard products for genetics and fertility in the marketplace right now just to say they can offer the product at a cheap price. As a true farmer-owned cooperative, Premier Select Sires has leadership directly tied to the farm that knows that cutting costs simply for the sake of cutting costs can do more harm than good. Our focus remains on delivering the best value for the customer, and any profit that we do earn gets reinvested in their business.”

 

New Generation Genetics Bulls Stand at the Top Following the Genetic Evaluations in December

Following the release of the December 2018 genetic evaluations, bulls from New Generation Genetics proven and genomic bulls ranked at or near the top for Milk, Components, Type, Udder Composite, Mobility, Fertility, DPR, Productive Life, NM$, PPR, & Profit.

54BS509 Shiloh Brookings CADENCE ET *TM continues to shine as the #3 PPR proven bull and #2 bull for Fat and Protein. His proof is +1.1 type 170 PPR +1347m +52f -.01% +46p +.01% +2.0 Productive Life 2.81 SCS $416 NM$ +1.4 SCR and great calving ease at 4.5%.

54BS482 Voelkers TD CARTER *TM continues to add more new daughters and is the #1 Proven Type for the past 9 sire summaries. Carter’s type proof continues at +1.4 type, +1.22 UDC, +0.7 Mobility, +0.7 FU, +1.1 UD +1.3 RUW and +1.2 RUH. Carter’s production proof is now +1200m +36f +27p and 101 PPR.

54BS543 Swistzer Tals Cdnc DANE ET *TM completed his first crop daughter proof as the #2 milk and #5 PPR proven bull. His production numbers are at +13888 milk, +41f, +42p with a 158 PPR. He is +0.9 Type with a +0.49 UDC.

54BS548 Brown Heaven WINNING FORMULA ET *TM completed his first crop and gained over +250 in milk and is a Champions Collection bull with sexed semen available. His new proof is +251m, +10p, +1.0 DPR and +0.6 Type.

54BS577 La Rainbow Sweet SILVER ET *TM rose up to the #2 G-PPR bull at 211 PPR and now available in Preferred sex Semen from Intelligen. Silver’s new genomic proof is +1317 milk, +61f, +51p, $535 NM$, +2.6 PL, +0.9 Type, +1.30 UDC and a 5.0% CE.

54BS578 Kulp-Gen Hampton ALLBRIGHT *TM is a new high genomic young sire released and ranking tied for #7 G-PPR. Allbright’s first genomic proof is +1531m, +47f, +47p, +1.8 PL, $397 NM$, +0.7 type, +0.84 UDC and 172 PPR.

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

New Generation Genetics offers the most comprehensive Brown Swiss Sires portfolio in the U.S. For further information call 920-568-0554, visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/newgenerationgentics, email dan@brownswiss.com or visit www.brownswiss.com.

Jetstream Genetics Delivers New Top-End Sires for December 2018 Sire Summary

The December 2018 Sire Summary includes outstanding results for the Jetstream Genetics lineup including exciting milking daughters from Performance Proven Sires, new Jetset Priority Genomic Sires from renowned cow families, show ring standouts with Custom Cut Type Sires, as well as opportunities with fertility specialist Reprojet Sires and the unique Robotic Sires.

Jetset Priority Genomic Sire highlights include:

  • 734HO00091 YOLO (Bandares x Meridian): Released in August and ranking at the top of our GTPI list, this A2A2 and BB sire is a chart topper with +2835 GTPI, +92 Fat, +914 NM$ and he is +2.73 PTAT. He’s from the same family that brought you 534HO00031 POWERBALL PO and 534HO00025 MARDI GRAS. His +2.8 DPR and low +2.79 SCS will produce the health you are breeding for. Used heavily as a mating sire the past few months, YOLO is a Bandares x VG86 2yr Meridian x VG87 DOM Robust x VG87 DOM Zenith x VG86 DOM Shottle Martha Sheen x VG86 DOM O-Man x EX92 GMD DOM Rudolph Missy. YOLO semen is readily available, currently with limited market access but will qualify for expanded markets in mid 2019.
  • 734HO00095 WOODFORD (Bourbon x Rubicon): This new-release A2A2 sire is an elite addition with +2758 GTPI, +88 Fat, +62 Protein along with +1841 Milk gives him a +854 NM$ and wonderful type at +2.64 PTAT. The famous Snow-N Denises Dellia family has delivered multiple past elite sires to our breed. WOODFORD is the newest avenue to this family. His +1.5 DPR and low +2.71 SCS will produce healthy offspring and loads of production. WOODFORD is a Bourbon x VG 86 Rubicon x VG88 Supersire x VG88 Man-O-Man x VG88 DOM Goldwyn x EX90 GMD DOM Champion x EX90 GMD DOM Hershel x EX90 2E GMD DOM Rudolph x VG88 GMD DOM Elton x EX95 5* GMD DOM Snow-N Denises Dellia. WOODFORD semen is readily available and qualifies for all markets.
  • 734HO00099 EMBLEM (Bandares x Delta): This new-release A2A2 and BB sire is another chart topper addition with +2749 GTPI and +872 NM$. His Low SCS at 2.61 and is low SCE at 6.0% is attractive for all programs and heifer matings. This family is prolific for contributing elite genetics to the population over many generations, increasing the appeal of EMBLEM. His +3.9 DPR and +2.01 UDC will deliver the genetic package. EMBLEM is a Bandares x Delta x GP83 Ransom x GP83 Robust x VG DOM 17* Planet Manitoba x EX91 DOM 6* Shottle May x EX DOM Oman x VG x VG88 x VG86 x VG88 x VG89 x VG x VG x VG. EMBLEM semen is readily available and qualifies for all markets.
  • 734HO00098 AXL (King Royal x Silver): This Jetset Priority Genomic and Custom Cut Type new-release sire has beautiful type with PTAT +3.70 and +3.13 UDC along with sought after production at +1154 Milk. He’s from the same family as 534HO00031 POWERBALL PO, 534HO00025 MARDI GRAS and 734HO00091 YOLO. AXL excels at health traits with 3.9% DCE and low +2.73 SCS to produce healthy offspring. AXL is King Royal x Silver x GP McCutchen x VG87 1* DOM Robust x VG87 DOM Zenith x VG86 9* DOM Shottle Martha Sheen x VG86 DOM O-Man x EX92 GMD DOM Rudolph Missy x EX90 Elton x VG87 Mandingo x VG87 Astro Matt x VG87 Bell. AXL semen is readily available, currently with limited market access but will qualify for expanded markets in mid 2019.
  • 734HO00097 EXACT (Eldorado x Denver): This new-release A2A2 Production specialist is exactly what your check list is asking for with Fat +83, Protein +80, with high Milk +2628. He also boasts +2.46 PTAT and +2.64 UDC. EXACT is an Eldorado x Denver x Balisto x EX91 Epic x EX91 DOM Goldwyn x EX92 Best x EX90 DOM Durham x EX93 DOM Charles x EX94 DOM GMD Blackstar x EX92 DOM Valiant x EX91 DOM Matt Carlo x EX90. EXACT semen is readily available and qualifies for all markets.
  • 734HO00102 NINJA (Hotline x AltaSpring): New-release sire NINJA is A2A2. Check out his high PTAT at +3.01, low SCE at 5.9% and over +1600 of Milk and +2716 GTPI. NINJA is a Hotline x AltaSpring x VG86 Supersire x VG86 Observer x VG86 Shottle x VG88 DOM Herhsel x VG88 DOM GMD Patron x VG87 DOM Bellwood x VG86 DOM GMD Aerostar x EX93 GMD DOM Cleitus x VG88 DOM GMD Jemini x VG85 Astronaught x EX90 GMD Archie. NINJA semen is readily available and qualifies for all markets.
  • 734HO00093 HEALER (King Doc x Monterey): New-release sire HEALER is A2A2 with +3.63 PTAT, +2.94 UDC and over +1546 Milk. His +1.5 DPR and extreme type breakdown in combination with his deep maternal lines will not be overlooked. HEALER is a King Doc x VG 2yr Monterey x EX94 Mogul x VG88 Man-O-Man x VG88 DOM Goldwyn x EX90 GMD DOM Champion x EX90 GMD DOM Hershel x EX90 2E GMD DOM Rudolph x VG88 GMD DOM Elton x EX95 5* GMD DOM Snow-N Denises Dellia. HEALER semen is readily available and qualifies for all markets.
  • 734HO00094 ALLEYCAT (Copycat x Modesty): This new-release sire from Sandy-Valley Farms is +2.16 PTAT and low on SCE with 6.3% and over +1386 Milk. His +2.2 DPR and low +2.13 UDC will produce healthy daughters with loads of production from great udders. ALLEYCAT is a Copycat x GP Modesty x VG88 Pure x VG88 Uno x VG87 AltaIOTA x VG87 1* Planet x EX92 2E Bolton x VG87 GMD Forbidden x VG89 GMD DOM BW Marshall x VG87 DOM Rudolph x EX90 DOM DOM Tesk Della x EX95 5* DOM GMD Snow-N Denises Dellia x EX90 GMD DOM Bell. ALLEYCAT semen is readily available and qualifies for all markets.

Custom Cut Type Sire highlights include:

  • 734HO00090 HOTSPOT (Hotline x Monterey): This hot A2A2 sire is impressive at +2609 GTPI and +3.95 PTAT. The added allure of +1045 Milk, +3.32 UDC and + % Fat and Protein puts him in the upper echelon of active sires. From the famed Dellia family, this Custom Cut Type Sire will produce healthy offspring with strong type and super mammary systems. He is a Hotline x VG 2yr Monterey x EX94 DOM Mogul Hanker x VG88 DOM Man-O-Man x VG88 DOM Goldwyn x EX90 DOM GMD Champion x EX90 GMD DOM Hershel x EX90 GMD DOM Rudolph x VG88 GMD DOM Elton x EX95 GMD DOM Dellia. HOTSPOT semen is health restricted to limited market access.
  • 734HO00087 IMMENSE (Jacoby x Beemer): Our-Favorite Atwood Unlimited EX93 is the extraordinary PTAT transmitter behind this +4.18 PTAT Custom Cut Type Sire. He will win type battles for herds while adding great udders with +2.93 UDC and outstanding +2.60 F&L. His sire stack is Jacoby x VG87 89 MAM 2yr Beemer x EX93 Atwood x EX93 Shottle x EX93 GMD Outside x EX92 GMD DOM Convincer x EX92 GMD DOM Emory x VG89 GMD DOM Mascot x EX93 Melvin x EX91 Elevation Cap. IMMENSE semen is health restricted to limited market access.
  • 734HO00092 BREWER RC: (Diamondback x Goldwyn): This red carrier sire is from the 2017 World Dairy Expo Supreme Champion “Blexy.” She stole the show at Expo in 2017 and won the audience’s hearts. Now her red carrier Diamondback son is available, combining the Apple family and Blexy into an unbelievable type package. His sire stack is Diamondback x EX96 2E Goldwyn x EX90 Dundee x EX90 Triumphant. This pedigree is free of Atwood, Aftershock, Archrival, Byway, Beemer, Capital Gain, Defiant, High Octane, King Boy and McCutchen, allowing him to be mated on a wide variety of bloodlines to make your own Supreme Champion. Your dreams will be fulfilled with BREWER. BREWER semen is readily available and qualifies for all international markets.
  • 534HO00040 BRASH (McCutchen x Goldchip): BRASH had many daughters make the first pull in last season’s show string lineups. He now adds milking daughters worldwide that are far superior and breeders are raving about their outstanding udders. He is a high-type GTPI sire from the Barbie family with a unique combination of +3.38 Type, +2.67 UDC and +2.14 FLC. He also delivers on calving ease with +5.8 SCE. This Custom Cut Type Sire is free of Doorman, Solomon and Atwood to make BRASH an easy mating choice. The Barbie cow family delivers consistently and delivers once again with BRASH. Semen is readily available and qualifies for all international markets.

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

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

Select Sires Graduates Elite Performers

Select Sires’ class of December 2018 graduates offers an impressive combination of elite production, breed-leading, functional type, incredible fertility and wellness to maximize success. In total, 14 sires joined daughter-proven lineups for Select Sires, Accelerated Genetics and GenerVations product lines.

TPI and NM$ Leaders
7HO12659 PASSAT (+2667 GTPI®), 7HO13253 VERTEX (+2614) and 7HO13244 CREED* (+2592) make their daughter-proven debut as top-30 sires on Holstein Association USA’s Top 100 TPI list. In addition to leading TPI values, PASSAT (+868 NM$) and VERTEX (+791 NM$) shine on the Net Merit Index listing to create efficient, herd leaders. In total, six Holstein additions to Select Sires’ lineup are +700 NM$ or higher

Production and Components
VERTEX is a production powerhouse, leading the graduating class with +2,052 Milk and +130 Combined Fat and Protein (CFP). 7HO12550 FARRIS offers elite production values (+1,993 Milk) and an alternative sire stack (Altaoak x O-Style x VG-85-DOM 7HO8081 PLANET) to add diversity in mating options. For producers breeding for improved components, CREED (+154 CFP) and 7HO12623 GUMP (+112 CFP) provide incredible CFP values.

Healthy and Trouble-Free
Highly fertile, efficient cattle that stay out of the sick pen are invaluable to dairymen from coast to coast. Select Sires’ new graduates excel in fitness, fertility and health traits—maximizing the return on genetic investment.

PASSAT tops Select Sires’ Dairy Wellness Profit Index® (DWP$®) listing (+1,089) and ranks fourth on the Wellness Trait Index® (WT$®) (+190). Joining PASSAT in Select Sires’ top-10 DWP$ lineup are FARRIS (+974) and VERTEX (+931).

For an ideal balance of production and type without sacrificing health traits, dairymen will appreciate the performance and moderate size of 7HO13262 PREMIUM daughters. 7HO12605 AZOR joins the lineup as one of the best mammary improvers (+2.84 Udder Composite). He’s a great option for heifer programs (5.8% Sire Calving Ease), improves health (+3.5 Daughter Pregnancy Rate, +4.9 Productive Life) and reduces overall cow size.

Boost your conception rates with Superior Settler sires like VERTEX, GUMP and PASSAT. VERTEX, in particular, brings exciting fertility data to the lineup, with more than 20,000 observations and +2.0 Sire Conception Rate (SCR).

7JE1484 PERRY and 7JE1421 IRON MAN Graduate
Both Jersey graduates transmit a profitable combination of production, components and functional type. PERRY’s extreme rankings for fertility traits (+1.8 DPR, +1.9 Heifer Conception Rate, +2.3 Cow Conception Rate) have earned him the stamp of approval from customer-owners. With an easy-to-use pedigree, IRON MAN will boost Cheese Merit (+492 CM$) while adding strength and width to mammary systems.

Accelerated Genetics and GenerVations Additions
14HO7603 BURT and 14HO12604 HERWIN join the Accelerated Genetics lineup as daughter-proven bulls. With no 7HO11314 MOGUL, 7HO12165 MONTROSS, 7HO11351 SUPERSIRE, 7HO13250 JEDI or 7HO10524 ROBUST in his pedigree, BURT is the perfect outcross sire with production and type that doesn’t disappoint. From the iconic Cookiecutter Mom Halo-ET (VG-88-EX-MS-DOM) cow family, HERWIN transmits balanced Type traits while boosting components.

Entering the proven Jersey lineup is 14JE707 JX CAMPEONE {3}, a production powerhouse (+1,219 Milk) that sires functional type and improves mammary systems.

250HO12589 JACOBY is making a name for himself, turning fancy heifers into beautiful-uddered cows. This Showcase Selections sire ranks among the breed’s top-5 daughter-proven sires for Type (+3.95) and boasts a +3.30 UDC.

For more details on Select Sires’ new graduates and additions to the GenerVations lineup, visit www.selectsires.com. For more information on additions to the Accelerated Genetics daughter-proven lineup, visit www.accelgen.com.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of eight 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.

*CREED available February 2019.

New Employees Gather at Select Sires for Orientation and Training

Thirteen new employees engaged in Select Sires’ orientation program held October 23 and October 24 at the Select Sires headquarters in Plain City, Ohio. Immediately following the two-day orientation event, many attendees also participated in a two-day sales training program. These new employees represented five member-cooperatives and Select Sires GenerVations.

“Select Sires’ extensive orientation program provides new employees with the resources and skill development to prepare them for the field. During the orientation program, employees have the opportunity to visit the facilities in Plain City and build connections with colleagues across North America,” says Lyle Kruse, vice president of U.S. market development for Select Sires. “This group of individuals is extremely knowledgeable and driven and will be excellent additions to an already industry-leading sales and service force.”

The orientation program highlights the cooperative’s unique history and provides a comprehensive overview of the current programs and services. Industry experts delivered presentations on pertinent topics such as: Select Reproductive Solutions® (SRS®), Select Mating Service® (SMS®), Program for Genetic Advancement (PGA), StrataGEN®, Aggressive Reproductive Technologies (ART), CowManager®, Breeding to Feeding and Program for Fertility Advancement (PFA). New employees receive training on the topics of bull care and semen collection, semen quality and fertility, genetic evaluations, dairy and beef sire programs, herd management solutions and Select Sires’ gender SELECTed semen process. Participants also have the opportunity to view a selection of bulls.

Orientation participants included: All West/Select Sires: Ryan DeYoung, Snohomish, Wash. and Bryce Stampanoni, Mt. Vernon, Wash.; COBA/Select Sires: Kathy Saxour, Plain City, Ohio and Damon Bertke, Maria Stein, Ohio; Minnesota/Select Sires: John Schmitz, Eden Valley, Minn. and Adam Kramer, Sartell, Minn.; Select Sires GenerVations: Andrew Vellenga, Smithville, Ontario and Jenifer McRobert Mitchell, Ontario; Select Sire Power: Paul Moyer, Roaring Branch, Pa., David Martorana, W. Charleston, Vt., Jeff Sutton, Westminster, Md. and Bill Gaston, Enosburg Falls, Vt.

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.

 

1000 Excellents for Crackholm Fever

Crackholm Fever (Ex-95-ST) had his 1000th Excellent daughter classified on November 16th. Reaching that classification milestone for “Fever” was his daughter Mosnang Fever Chrome (Ex-90) in Alberta. She was bred by Mosnang Holsteins, Rimbey, Alta., and is owned by Marylander Holsteins, Picture Butte, Alta. “Fever” spent his years in A.I. service at Semex.

2019 Select Sire Power Scholarship

Scholarship Opportunities Total $15,000 in 2019

Select Sire Power will award up to $15,000 to students in 2019. 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 12, 2018 under the “News” tab of www.selectsirepower.com, by calling (540) 483-5123, or by emailing Kirk Sattazahn at kirk7@selectsirepower.com. Completed scholarship applications are due January 31, 2019.

The Wayne Dudley Scholarship program provides financial support to eligible college undergraduates in agriculture majors. The 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 2019, 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 $165,000 to deserving future farmers and young agricultural leaders in the Select Sire Power sales area.

 

GENEX introduces UdderLife™ OptiShield™ teat sealant

GENEX now offers UdderLife™ OptiShield™ teat sealant to help cows block intramammary infections throughout the dry period.

UdderLife™ OptiShield™ teat sealant is a sterile, antibiotic-free, off-white paste that provides a malleable barrier in the teat canal, similar to that of a cow’s own keratin plug. The product contains 65% bismuth subnitrate in a mineral oil base. While it does not treat clinical or subclinical cases of mastitis already present in a dry cow’s mammary system, it works to help prevent new cases.

“Unlike other teat sealants, the UdderLife™ OptiShield™ tube contains minimal air, forming a solid plug seal in the teat’s streak canal,” states Bob East, GENEX Global Herd Care Line Product Manager. “The tube also features a partial insertion tip which allows for consistent application and less employee error of placing the tip too far inside the teat. Additionally, this is the only teat sealant made in the USA; producers don’t have to worry about waiting on a back-ordered product.”

UdderLife™ OptiShield™ teat sealant comes in a 4g tube which holds enough contents for one teat. There are 144 tubes per pail, providing teat sealant for 36 cows.

For more information about UdderLife™ OptiShield™ teat sealant or other GENEX products, visit www.genex.coop or contact your local GENEX representative.

 

Select Sires Sire Tour 2018

In a Bullvine video exclusive join Select Sires Senior Sire Analyst Kevin Jorgensen, as he tours us through some of the top proven sires at Select Sires. Including MOGUL, SUPERSIRE, MONTROSS, & JEDI. See these amazing bulls as the parade around the Kellgren Center.

 

 

 

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Select Sire Power, Southeast Select Sires Announce Upcoming Merger

The Select Sire Power, Inc. and Southeast Select Sires, Inc. boards of directors held their first joint meeting on Oct. 4 to discuss details of their upcoming merger and to announce the new cooperative’s name and logo. The organizations will complete the 2018 fiscal year as two separate entities, then will combine forces effective Jan. 1, 2019 as a new cooperative called Premier Select Sires, Inc.

Premier Select Sires will combine the territories of the two previous cooperatives, covering a total of 23 states. The same specialists who currently serve beef and dairy customers will continue to support their local member-owners, only as part of a larger team with a wider network of in-house support. Employees will be able to share efficiencies and better utilize skills, creating more opportunities to benefit customers.

“Premier Select Sires is the result of combining two financially strong cooperatives in order to benefit both memberships with pooled resources. We look forward to working together to continue to be the Premier genetic provider,” said Tim Riley, General Manager of Southeast Select Sires.

Although the merger was publicly announced at the World Dairy Expo, this decision has been in progress for several months while both parties carefully considered the merger. Because of an aligned set of strengths and goals, the boards of Select Sire Power and Southeast Select Sires unanimously approved the affiliation agreement on July 11 and July 24, respectively. Board presidents James Cook of Select Sire Power and John Edd Harris of Southeast Select Sires made an official internal announcement on July 25. Each cooperative is now preparing for the transition.

“This is a very exciting time for both organizations and we look forward to charting a successful future together. The larger cooperative will allow us to provide greater diversity of products and services to meet the modern needs of beef and dairy producers throughout our territory,” said Mark Carpenter, General Manager of Select Sire Power and future CEO of Premier Select Sires.

 

National Association of Animal Breeders Holds 72nd Annual Convention

The Annual meeting of the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) was held September 18-19, 2018 at the Radisson Hotel and Convention Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Meeting agenda included the Business session, election of directors, and peer awards.

During the business session Board Chairman Chuck Sattler noted that 2018 completes his term on the Board. He compared the Trade Association to a referee. It’s about enforcing the laws and watching out for the players or members.

Sattler also shared how the Board of Directors have been exploring membership qualifications over the past several years to find ways of expanding membership. The objective was to be more inclusive and enable companies that are involved in the production or marketing of genetics in the USA to become regular members. The bylaw resolution that was circulated with the Call to Meeting was reviewed and approved by the delegates.

Sattler also mentioned that the Board is working with CDCB to develop a business plan for the release of full official genomic evaluations 6 times per year. This approach allows the U.S. evaluations to remain in harmony with the three Interbull evaluations while adding three more equally spaced evaluations as a way to strengthen the leadership position of the US genetic evaluation system.

Jay Weiker, NAAB president, reported that the total dairy and beef unit sales for 2017 increased 7.6% from just over 53 million units in 2016 to 57,072,208 units in 2017 representing an increase of 4 million units and establishing a new record for the total number of units sold. Export unit sales increased 11.5% to 25,586,185 units establishing a new record for exports exceeding the 2014 record by 2.5 million units. The total dollar value for exports also increased by 12.4% in 2017 to $175 million, also establishing a new record high. While the challenges continued for the global dairy industry and tariff discussions on agricultural products are daily news, unit sales for the first half of 2018 are trending upward by about 5% indicating a strong start to the year. With a strong second half, the industry is on pace to achieve a new record for total sales in 2018. The new membership criteria will go into effect in January 2019 and will expand membership opportunities. This will also enhance the accuracy of the industry statistics that are a core responsibility of a trade association. NAAB will develop application forms and materials explaining the benefits of becoming a Regular Member of NAAB. This is an exciting time for NAAB and the industry.

International activities included 5 trips to key markets to address trade barriers. Additionally, multiple workshops were conducted in Turkey, Poland, Bulgaria and Romania reaching many producers that plan to increase the use of semen imported from the USA. Exports continue to represent a significant and increasing portion of the business for NAAB members. These activities to help open and expand global markets benefit all NAAB members and make elite genetics available to dairy and beef producers around the world.

2018-2019 Board of Directors

Dr. Charles Brown, II, Head Global Biosecurity for Alta Genetics and President of the CSS Board of Directors, gave an update on membership and an overview of the CSS Board meetings and conference calls held over the past year.

The Board of Directors for the 2018-2019 year are: Dr. Katie Olson, ABS Global, Chair, David Jensen, Hawkeye Breeders, Paul Hunt, Alta Genetics, Earl Souva, Great Lakes Sire Service, Roy Wilson, GENEX, Bobby Fair, STgenetics and Christopher England, Select Sires.

Chuck Sattler, was recognized with a Retiring Board Chairman plaque as well as a Board Member plaque for serving 2 full three year terms on the NAAB Board of Directors and serving 3 years as the chairman.

 

NAAB Announces 2018 Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Dr Gordon A Doak

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual that has made a significant contribution to the furtherance of the artificial insemination industry. The 2018 recipient is Dr. Gordon A. Doak. A native of Cameron, Missouri, Gordon earned a B.S. in Agriculture, an M.S. in Dairy Science and Ph.D. degree in Reproductive Physiology from the University of Missouri in Columbia. Certified Semen Services was established in 1976 as a NAAB subsidiary and Dr. Gordon A. Doak was hired t o b e th e f i r st Service Director of CSS a n d Technical Director of NAAB. CSS was a novel concept of industry self-regulation to help unify procedures and protect the end user, to avoid potential government regulation, to enhance confidence in the AI industry and to establish inspection authority of participating AI businesses. It was a unique approach in a changing industry. Early success was important and Doak effectively carried out the CSS programs during this early and critical stage. He literally started this national audit program from a blank sheet. CSS grew under Doak’s tenure to include most of the AI semen production centers in the U.S. During his tenure as Service Director and later under his leadership as President of NAAB and CSS, CSS established itself as the standard bearer for the U.S. cattle breeding industry. Initially CSS dealt with semen and bull identification and later encompassed sire health, AI center animal management and semen quality control. As NAAB Technical Director, Gordon administered the NAAB Uniform Coding program and, also worked closely with the Research, Technical and Sire Health and Management committees among others.

Doak began his role as President of NAAB and CSS in 1988. He managed the staff and programing for the trade association during a period of tremendous growth and technology change. Semen sales for NAAB members in 1988 were just over 20 million units. In 2017, NAAB member sales exceeded 57 million units. This represents growth of 184% during his tenure. While there were numerous technology developments and challenges in the industry during this time, two major advancements stand out. The introduction of sexed semen and the use of genomic evaluations had a dramatic impact on the industry. Doak and NAAB were involved with the development of both. These technology advances are key contributors to the industry’s growth but also were very disruptive. Through his steady leadership, Doak successfully guided the trade association through these periods of great change and enabled the industry to move forward in a systematic and orderly fashion.Some of Doak’s greatest contributions are arguably his efforts in opening and growing international markets for U.S. exports. Doak worked tirelessly with USDA-APHIS Veterinary Services and FAS officials as well as making numerous international trips to work with government officials in other countries to open and maintain markets for U.S. cattle semen. Doak worked to obtain approximately $350,000 of funding annually from various government programs to promote the export of U.S. livestock genetics. U.S. exports of cattle semen by NAAB members now total over $175 million per year. As President Emeritus, Doak has supported a variety of activities. He currently serves on the Interbull Steering Committee and just completed a term as Director for the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding.

Gordon Doak has provided distinguished and dedicated service to NAAB and CSS for 42 years. For 30 of those years, he served the Association as its highest officer. His steady demeanor and solid business sense has allowed the Association to steadily grow and earn the respect and credibility of industry partners, U.S. government agencies and international government officials.

We thank Dr. Gordon Doak for his many years of faithful service to the National Association of Animal Breeders, Certified Semen Services and the Artificial Insemination industry.

Congratulations Gordon!

 

NAAB Announces Recipient of 2018 Member Director Award

Myron Czech receiving the 2018 NAAB Member Director Award

The 2018 NAAB Member Director Awardee is Myron Czech. Czech has exhibited leadership ability and commitment to the development of the A.I. industry for the past 27 years. He is a founding member of the Minnesota Select Sires Cooperative (1986), having served 26 years as a board member, as a multiple-term President of Minnesota Select Sires, a 15-year board member for Select Sires Inc. spending 9 years as an executive officer presiding over one of the strongest growth periods in company history, and service to other dairy breeding industry organizations as well.

Myron Czech from Little Falls, MN graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1980 and started a career in dairying on his home farm, Pike Hills Dairy, with 23 cows. Myron, with wife Debbie, son Brent and daughter Micki (also U of MN graduates) still actively operate a much larger Pike Hills Dairy operation as he also purchased and expanded two other existing dairy operations in the area called New Heights Dairy. Combined, the Czech family dairy operations total over 3,100 cows. They also operate and manage the crop production for feeding the dairy cows and heifers on over 3,000 acres in central Minnesota.

Along with overseeing these operations, Myron has been very involved in many leadership activities in the community and cattle industry, including: Morrison County DHIA- Board of Directors; Minnesota Holstein Association- Board of Directors and Board Officer and World- Wide Sires Board of Directors, 2013-2016.

Myron was instrumental in the formation and development of Minnesota Select Sires Cooperative Inc. Initially, he was a delegate working with the formation of the cooperative in 1985. In 1989, he was elected by the membership in District 2 to the Board of Directors and served on the Minnesota Select Sires Board until 2016. During that time, he helped lead the cooperative to significant increases in sales growth revenue and market share. Myron also served as a board officer as Vice President from 1996 to 1998 and from 1998 to 2000 he was President of the Board.

In March 2000, Myron Czech was elected to the Select Sires Inc. Board of Directors, serving for 15 years including 2nd and 1st Vice Chairman and then Chairman of the Board of Directors from 2013 to 2016. Myron served on the Farm and Building Committee, the Aggressive Reproductive Technologies Committee, the Pension Committee, and the Finance Committee through his tenure. A major accomplishment was his work on establishing the Aggressive Reproductive Technologies Committee in 2008 to allow Select Sires to embrace genomics and be a leader in the adaptation of genomic technologies for the industry.

During his term as Select Sires, Inc. Chairman, he led the organization through one of the strongest growth periods in its history, growing 2.4 million doses in 3 years. He led the expansion of the organization through the construction of important new facilities and acquisitions. He also presided over the redrafting of Select Sires Bylaws, Articles of lncorporation and Federation Membership Agreements. His work as chairman revolutionized Select Sires’ ability to grow and expand to meet the growing needs of dairy and beef producers worldwide. Out of appreciation and respect, his fellow board members elected him to a non-voting position, “Advisor at Large”, following the conclusion of his term.

For his accomplishments, Myron was chosen as the first recipient of the University of Minnesota, Golden Graduate Award, established to honor alumni for making outstanding contributions to the dairy industry.

Myron’s significant contributions through his service to the dairy industry, Select Sires, and NAAB make him a very worthy recipient of t h e NAAB Member Director Award.

 

NAAB Announces 2018 Research Award Recipient

Dr. J. Richard Pursley receiving the 2018 NAAB Research Award

The 2018 NAAB Research Award recipient is Dr. Richard Pursley. Dr. Pursley earned a B.S. in Dairy Production and M.S. in Reproductive Physiology from Kansas State University, followed by a Ph.D. in Reproductive Physiology from University of Wisconsin-Madison. During his Ph.D. training, Dr. Pursley co-developed with Dr. Milo Wiltbank what is now the world’s most widely used ovulation synchronization protocol called “Ovsynch”. According to Hoard’s Dairyman, Ovsynch is one of the best and most economical timed AI programs ever developed for the dairy industry. In 2007, the impact of Dr. Pursley’s research and extension programs was recognized as one of four USDA-CSREES projects (selected from 400) with the greatest impact in U.S. agriculture. Dr. Pursley’s seminal 1995 paper on Ovsynch was listed recently as one of the 100 most influential science papers you should read before you die (no. 7 in all reproductive biology). The Ovsynch technology caused a paradigm shift in applied reproductive research in dairy and beef cattle. Since the original paper, a significant number of applied reproductive papers presented each year at the American Dairy Science Association have dealt with Ovsynch technology.

Pursley has dairy farmer “roots” and a long-term commitment to extensive dissemination of the results of his research and extension approaches to the dairy industry that together have improved fertility in dairy cows. His extension presentations and Bovine Reproduction and Education (BRED) programs on dairy cattle reproduction have directly educated over 3000 dairy veterinarians representing an estimated 4,000,000 dairy cows.

Dr. Pursley has also garnered more than $4,000,000 in intramural and extramural grants; an impressive accomplishment. Professor Pursley emphasizes modern and in-depth training for his graduate and undergraduate students and visiting scientists, which is critical for the future development of next generation of animal scientists.

He has numerous publications and has given 349 invited and extension presentations during his 21-year career at Michigan State University, coupled with his extensive record of internal and external service. He has been an external tenure evaluator at various universities, on editorial boards, reviewer for several scientific journals and USDA NIFA proposals and has been involved with various USDA Regional Research Projects. He also continues to serve on numerous Michigan State committees including mentoring young faculty in his Department.

His original research idea was to utilize Ovsynch as a model to better understand the principles of improving fertility of lactating dairy cows. His research established that Ovsynch could be used to control follicle and corpus luteum function to enhance the success of fixed-time AI. His subsequent published work demonstrated that a pre-synchronization program for Ovsynch (G6G), enhanced fertility by controlling follicle age, size and function through the strategic use of GnRH. This research helped “pave the way” to a greater understanding of critical markers for fertility of cattle.

It’s been stated that Dr. Pursley’s discoveries related to timed AI of dairy cattle resulted in the most significant adoption of an applied reproductive technology that enhances AI use in the history of the dairy industry. He has also reached a multitude of followers with an innovative website that put his outreach programs at the leading edge of today’s extension efforts. His nationwide workshops and stimulating website illustrate his ability to reach people in multiple ways. Once one sees his two animated cows “Blaze N Star” talk about reproduction, it is easy to see why his extension innovations have been so successful.

Dr. Pursley’s educational and outreach efforts in Michigan, the U.S. and beyond are remarkable and have reached dairy farmers in almost every region of the world. His train-the-trainer seminars, workshops for veterinarians and consultants and on-line websites have been impactful and effective.

Dr. Richard Pursley is an excellent scientist and has worked in other areas including superovulation, oocyte development, and male and female fertility in cattle. His current work on the role of progesterone in fertility of dairy cattle has contributed to the understanding of how to further improve Ovsynch and manipulate the reproductive cycle to improve conception rates in dairy cattle.

Pursley’s entire life has been focused on the dairy cow. It began with his first 4-H project and continued when he was a dairy farmer. His experience growing up on a farm, owning a farm, and managing his farm instilled an indelible framework for his career. His first-hand experience with the dairy industry ensured he would better understand the significance of the issues linked to it in his 21-year academic career as an Extension Dairy Specialist at Michigan State University. Due to his well-established and instrumental role in developing, improving and explaining how to use Ovsynch technology, critical to the enhancement of AI outcomes, he is very worthy to receive the 2018 NAAB Research Award.

 

Koepon and CRI combine to form URUS

Two strong organizations – one cooperative and one privately-owned company – have combined to form a new global leader in cattle artificial insemination genetics and farm management information.

Koepon Holding BV and Cooperative Resources International (CRI) announced their intent to merge last December. Now, following due diligence and votes by each organization’s board of directors as well as the member delegates of CRI, the business combination is complete. The newly formed organization is known as URUS.

“While URUS is a new name in the global agriculture industry, its roots run deep,” states Cees Hartmans, CEO. “The companies within the URUS family – AgSource, Alta Genetics, GENEX, Jetstream Genetics, PEAK/GENESIS, SCCL and VAS – have a history of serving dairy and beef producers across the world. Now, as part of this new organization, these companies are even better positioned to meet the future needs of members and clients.”

The formation of URUS, with its size and scale, makes possible a significant increase in investment towards products and services that will benefit producers across the globe.

“The companies of URUS will be leaders in new developments for the cattle industry,” states Hartmans. “Dairy and beef cattle producers are the heart of this organization, and so we want to ensure our members and clients have access to the best products and services at a competitive price. We want to be your partner of choice for cattle genetics, reproduction and farm management information for years to come.

“Together, we can focus on producing high-quality and healthy food while contributing to a sustainable, productive and profitable global dairy and beef industry.”

About URUS
Formed in 2018, URUS (www.urus.org) is a holding company with cooperative and private ownership. URUS has strong roots in the global agriculture industry. This deep history is anchored by the companies that compose Urus: AgSource, Alta Genetics, GENEX, Jetstream Genetics, PEAK/GENESIS, SCCL and VAS. It’s also fueled by a worldwide team of professionals dedicated to providing dairy and beef  producers with genetic and farm management information solutions that improve herd quality and productivity. 

Matthew Steiner Jr Joins International Protein Sires

International Protein Sires (IPS) announces the appointment of Matthew Steiner, Jr., of Orrville, OH, as a Sales Representative responsible for serving customers in Ohio.

Matthew holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Akron. Since 1997, he has held responsibilities on his family’s Pine-Tree Dairy which include coordinating the direction and execution of a multi-breed genetics program, performing heat detection and artificial insemination, training and supervising employees and making daily management decisions.

IPS president, Ron Sersland, comments, “We are very pleased to have Matthew joining the IPS team. Matthew’s extensive on-farm experience, breeding program knowledge of several dairy breeds will be an advantage for IPS and its customers”.

IPS has been in business for more than 25 years. IPS offers Holstein, Red and White, and Jersey sire line ups with a wide range of diversity, including high GTPI, high type, polled, solid production, NM$, A2A2 and strong maternal lines.

For additional information contact International Protein Sires at 1-800-542-7593 or www.ipssires.com.

Semex Giving Away Two Calves Genomically Tested For Immunity At World Dairy Expo

The best giveaway at World Dairy Expo is healthier than ever! Semex is breaking ground once again by giving away two heifers that are genomically tested to be high immune responders.

“We all know that a healthier herd is a more profitable herd,” says Michael Hurst, Semex Director, US Sales & Business Development. “And this year at our tent, we’re actually giving away two high GTPI heifers that have been genomically tested to be more resistant to disease. They’re healthier than other calves and their genomics proves it. We’re the only company that has this test and the only exhibitor at World Dairy Expo that can literally give you a healthier herd…. All you need to do is come and enter!”

Launched in early 2018, Semex’s Elevate™ program is a genomic testing program that is unique in many ways, including that it is the only test that offers an Immunity female test. This means producers no longer have to guess which cows are their healthiest. Instead, Elevate helps tailor their breeding program with both genomic information and Immunity results, making faster genetic progress towards a stronger, more disease resistant herd.

“We used Elevate for our own testing,” says Paul Krueger, VP, Global Key Account & Solutions Strategy. “The results are easy to follow, with a designation of low, medium or high for Immune Response. These heifers were high responders, meaning they’re more resistant to common diseases. Stopping by the Semex Tent at World Dairy Expo and entering to win one of these calves could be just the start of a healthier herd for you with Semex!”

Enter to win one of these calves at the Semex Tent during World Dairy Expo, join us for hospitality from 5:00-7:00 pm on Thursday and Friday nights, with a live calf draw at 6:00 pm both nights. Winners need not be present to win.

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