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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.

Semex International Sales & Support Departments Grow

Semex, the Guelph, Ont., based A.I. company, has announced the appointment of two individuals to key positions within the organization:

  • Matthew McCready has accepted the role of Director, International Sales & Business Development, effective September 10, 2018
  • Peter Van Beek has accepted the role of Key Account Manager, effective September 1, 2018

Reporting to Drew Sloan, Vice-President, International Sales, Matthew McCready will lead Semex’s Asian business unit, providing leadership for the ongoing development of their product portfolio, including both Semex’s genetic products and solutions.

“We look forward to Matt contributing to our growth and profitability in these key markets,” says Sloan. “This market, including China, is key to Semex’s future. Matt’s passion for connecting with clients and global marketing experience make him a valuable asset to our team.”

Most recently McCready was Director of Business Development, Hybrid Turkeys at Hendrix Genetics, leading their global marketing and working closely with global sales directors and region managers. Previous to that, he held several positions at PepsiCo Canada. A graduate of the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Commerce, Agriculture Business degree, McCready comes from an agricultural background.

Reporting to Paul Krueger, Vice-President, Global Key Account & Solutions Strategy, Peter Van Beek will be the lead key account management resource for all of Semex’s European sales teams. Van Beek will have a hands-on role in Semex’s key account strategies and will serve as Semex’s technical expert, working closing with their sales teams to provide clients with custom solutions.

Van Beek is excited to return to the A.I. business after managing a portfolio of calf milk replacers for Nukamel. Previous to that, he was an International Sales Manager and International Elite Account Manager at Alta, working in Europe and the Middle East, as well as a Business Development Manager at AI Total. Van Beek completed his Bachelor of Animal Sciences & Aquaculture and his Master of Animal Sciences degrees at Wageningen University in The Netherlands. He played an active role on his family’s Mts. Van Beek-Goos dairy, and earlier completed an internship within Semex’s genetics department.

“We’re extremely fortunate to have Peter join our team,” says Krueger. “He will work side-by-side with our team and their clients, finding the solution that best fits their needs. His experience, knowledge and enthusiasm make him the right fit to help lead us into the future.”

Leading Jersey Genetics at IPS

International Protein Sires (IPS) has bolstered their sire lineup with an expanded offering of high quality Jerseys. The August sire summaries reveal substantial genetic gains. “We are excited with the recent proofs on our genomic proven Jersey sires. Our primary goal at IPS is fulfilling the dairy farmer’s objectives; bulls that transmit profitable performance along with durable confirmation. The continual fortification of the IPS Jersey lineup clearly meets these objectives,” stated Ron Sersland, President and CEO of IPS.

One of the IPS headliners is 566JE106 PHAROAH-P with a JPI rating of +126 and ranked #14 among polled Jersey sires. At +557 lbs. milk, PHAROAH-P excels in health traits at +5.3 productive life, +3.4 LIV and +3.0 DPR. His type profile indicates exceptional fore udders with high rear udders. PHAROAH’s solid genetic inheritance has created great interest. Note; PHAROAH is A2A2 along with being rated 456231 aAa.

566JE105 PARAGUAY(6)’s JPI index is +172. This breed pacesetter is exceptional for production at +1,085 lbs. milk, +62 lbs. fat (+.05%) and +49 lbs. protein (+.05%). Conformation traits are equally good; +1.56 type and +23.8 GJUI. And, productive life is rated +4.2. PARAGUAY is sired by Stevens(5) from a VG-85 Formidable, backed by multiply generations of solid type with superior performance and high components.

566JE107 BANDIT is a breed leader at +172JPI. He’s a component specialist at 61 lbs. fat (+.16%) and +0.08% protein. Performance is also noteworthy; +611 lbs. milk, +550 NM$ and +587 CM$. Expect average size daughters with steep foot angle and sound udders. BANDIT is a Disco daughter from an VG-86 Volcano daughter from an EX-90 Rebel daughter. And, his next dam is a Very Good Lemvig daughter.

566JE104 QUATRO is a breed leader for udders at +34.3 GJUI with strong linear traits to support this rating. QUATRO’s breed index is +124 JPI along with being A2A2. Health traits are commendable at +2.9 productive life, +1.2 LIV and +0.9 DPR. QUATRO is sired by Kwynn from a VG-86 Lexicon daughter. And, his pedigree is loaded with high components from superior performance.

As a major player in the A.I. industry, International Protein Sires offers a formidable Jersey sire lineup. IPS semen is available through company employees or a growing network of independent distributors worldwide. Located in Rock Springs, Wisconsin, you may learn more about IPS through their website, www.ipssires.com or by calling toll free: 1.800.542.7593

GENEX employees recognized for dedication to members, co-op

Nine awards were recently presented to GENEX employees at the cattle genetics cooperative’s Dairy National Marketing and Sales Conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

“These employees are leaders in what they do and deserve to be recognized for their hard work,” states Roy Wilson, senior vice president of dairy marketing, sales and product development. “Their dedication to GENEX and the producers they serve is what makes GENEX a leader in the industry. These awards truly were well deserved.”

The Kevin Boyle Leadership award went to value-added programs manager Joe Binversie, of Shawano. He earned the award for demonstrating vision, devotion and pride for the cooperative while managing the cooperative’s array of producer-focused programs such as the Calf MathSM and Sort-GateSM programs.

National account manager & consultant Allison Wood, of Fair Haven, Vermont, received the Outstanding Strategic Dairy Employee award for her outstanding consultation work with members and customers.

A.I. training instructor manager Carlos Marin, of Freedom, Wisconsin, was named the Outstanding Sales Support Employee. He was recognized for his unwavering leadership and support to GENEX Dairy field service staff.

The Outstanding Product Development Employee award was presented to dairy data manager Sami Gangl, of Shawano, for her commitment to quality cattle genetics data analysis.

The Outstanding Sales Manager award went to Briana Schumacher, dairy area sales manager. Schumacher, who serves producers in the northwest U.S., stands out as a devoted leader not only to her local team but the entire cooperative.

In addition to these awards, four Mission Awards were presented to employees for earning top sales in the respective categories.

Territory sales manager Hannah Wasley, of Boardman, Oregon, received both the Total Income Growth and Total Semen Growth Mission Awards.

A team of field employees – Mauricio Garcia, Juan Venegas, Luis Uribe, Ruben Ruiz, Pedro Bellido and Enrique Morales – who serve dairy producers in northern Texas were recognized with the Total Service Growth Mission Award.

Lastly, the Total Herd Care Line Growth Mission Award was presented to John Field, territory sales manager, of Canyon, Texas.

Select Sires’ Jersey Lineup Meets Genetic Demands

The Jersey sire lineup at Select Sires continues to offer customer-owners a diverse selection of proven and genomic young sires that excel in total performance, type and fertility.

Proven Sire Lineup
Select Sires is home to nine active proven sires at or above +100 GJPI. Ranking No. 3 in the breed for GJPI is customer-satisfaction sire, 7JE5004 CHROME (+193). Also ranking well are 7JE1331 VARICK (+157), new graduate 7JE1477 JX SAINT {4} (+152), 7JE5011 MEGAPOWER (+126) and 7JE1344 MATT (+108).

MEGAPOWER (+115), JX SAINT {4} (+114) and CHROME (+114) lead Select’s daughter-proven lineup for Combined Fat and Protein (CFP) values. Leading Select’s Cheese Merit (CM$) lineup is CHROME (+593), JX SAINT {4} (+541) and VARICK (+522).

With eight of the top 25 active proven sires for PTA Type, Select Sires offers more elite Type sires than any other lineup in the industry. As the breed’s No. 1 sire, CHROME is +2.6 PTAT and +30.9 Jersey Udder Index(JUI&tade;). Following CHROME in second, third and fourth ranking for Type is 7JE1354 TEXAS (+2.5), 7JE1294 BARNABAS (+2.4) and 7JE1219 OLIVER-P (+2.3). For those focused on JUI values, Select offers eight proven sires at or above +20.0 JUI, including TEXAS (+32.7 JUI), CHROME and 7JE1088 COLTON (+25.4).

Select Sires continues to put an emphasis on high Sire Conception Rate (SCR) values and this can be seen throughout the Jersey sire lineup. TEXAS leads the industry as the No. 1 ranked sire for SCR at +3.8. Also ranking very well among the industry’s best are 7JE1332 RENO (+2.2), MATT (+1.9) and BARNABAS (+1.3). In total, Select’s lineup includes eight proven sires with positive SCR values.

Genomic Young Sire Lineup
Elite JPI and high SCR values combine for standouts like 7JE1642 UR KYRIE (+198 GJPI, +2.2 SCR), 7JE5069 CHEDDAR (+187 GJPI, +0.2 SCR) and 7JE1606 JX SHOCK {5} (+185 GJPI, +5.0 SCR). The strength in young sire SCR values is unmatched. Nine of the breed’s top 10 young sires for SCR are available from Select Sires. Topping this listing is JX SHOCK {5}, followed by 7JE1503 JX RONALDINHO {3} (+4.5 SCR), 7JE1602 JX FIGO {3} (+3.8) and 7JE1598 JX CHAUNCY {6} (+3.1).

Select continues to be the source for elite production and components. UR KYRIE boasts +1,848 Milk with +144 CFP and is +674 CM$. CHEDDAR transmits +1,455 Milk with +147 CFP and is +660 CM$.

7JE1528 DISCO’s data shows his ability to improve fitness traits as the breed’s leader for Productive Life (PL) (+7.2), extremely low Somatic Cell Score (SCS) (+2.73) and positive values for Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR) (+1.8), Heifer Conception Rate (HCR) (+2.8) and Cow Conception Rate (CCR) (+2.1).

Leading Select Sires’ genomic young sire PTAT listing, and ranking No. 4 in the breed, is 7JE1638 RESPECT (+2.4). RESPECT is a Kwynn son from Select’s partnership with Jerseyland Sires. Also ranking well for PTAT is UR KYRIE (+2.4) and Showcase Selections sire 7JE5032 VICTORIOUS (+2.0).

To view Select Sires’ complete Jersey sire lineup, visit www.selectsires.com or contact your local Select Sires sales representative.

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

GENEX offers udder edema lotion and spray to soothe cow’s udders

Producers can maintain optimal cow udder health with UdderLife™ Mint-eez™ udder edema lotion and spray, a new herd care product from GENEX.

The product’s blend of natural plaint oils – mentha arvenis (mint), calendula oil and tea tree oil – has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties that work to increase blood flow in the udder. This allows the udder to better fight infections. It also works as an analgesic to soothe and soften the udder.

“UdderLife™ Mint-eez™ udder edema lotion and spray are safe and completely natural herbal products,” states Bob East, senior manager of herd care line. “This product can help reduce udder edema that can damage mammary supportive ligaments and shorten milk longevity. It allows for better milk letdown and easier milking unit attachment.”

UdderLife™ Mint-eez™ udder edema lotion and spray is available in a blue spray, blue lotion, yellow spray or white lotion. The lotions are available in 1000 mL bottles, with six bottles per case. The sprays are available in six 500 mL bottles per case, 1 gallon, 5 gallon or 15 gallon options. The blue spray maintains a bright blue color on the udder while the yellow spray dries clear. Additionally, the yellow spray and white lotion do not contain artificial dyes.

To purchase UdderLife™ Mint-eez™ udder edema lotion and spray or for more information about GENEX products, visit www.genex.coop.

 

Source: Hoards

NAAB to Hold 72nd Annual Convention and 27th Biennial Technical Conference

The National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) will hold its Annual Convention and Biennial Technical Conference on September 19-21, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The host hotel will be the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center located just across from the Austin Straubel International Airport.

The NAAB 72nd Annual Business meeting will be held Wednesday afternoon, September 19th and will include reports from the NAAB Chairman of the Board, Chuck Sattler, Select Sires, Inc.; Certified Semen Services Chairman, Dr. Charles Brown, Alta Genetics as well as NAAB President, Jay Weiker. Keith Heikes, CRI, as a member of the Nominating Committee will report on candidates for the NAAB Board of Directors. NAAB voting delegates will elect four directors. Paul Hunt, Alta Genetics and Roy Wilson, GENEX, have completed unexpired terms and will be eligible for a full three-year term. Chris England, Select Sires, is completing the unexpired term due to the resignation of Ryan Weigel and will be eligible for a full three-year term. Chuck Sattler has served his two full terms and is no longer eligible for re-election. Delegates will also review the finances of the Association and act on any resolutions brought before the Convention.

The Laboratory/Semen Quality Workshop will run concurrently with the Annual Meeting on Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m., September 19th.

The 27th Technical Conference on Artificial Insemination and Reproduction will begin Thursday morning, September 20th. The conference will feature speakers and topics in the field of artificial insemination, reproduction science and genetics. It will include academic researchers as well as industry technical personnel involved in semen production, sire management and sire health. They will discuss and review scientific developments and important technical issues relevant to the AI industry. The Student Posters will be available for review during breaks and Happy Hour. The students will be available to discuss their projects. This is an excellent opportunity to see on-going research related to the AI Industry.

We encourage all registrants to view the industry specific vendor exhibits and their many products. Representatives will be available for conversation throughout the three days during the coffee breaks and Happy Hour.

Thursday, September 20th, a special Awards Luncheon will feature this year’s recipients of the NAAB Research, Distinguished Service and Member Association Director Awards.

Following the Awards Luncheon, the Technical Conference will continue with Breakout Sessions for lab and barn personnel. Friday, September 21st, the Technical Conference will resume at 8:00 a.m. and include several other speakers with current topics of interest. Pam Jahnke, the Fabulous Farm Babe, will be speaking at 11:00 a.m. Friday on “The Grand Canyon-That’s Nothing Compared to the Farmer/Consumer Great Divide”.

For registration information please contact Jani Carlon, NAAB, 8413 Excelsior Dr. Suite 140, Madison, WI 53717. Tel: 608-827-0277; Email: naab-css@naab-css.org; or visit our website www.naab-css.org and click on “What’s New” or “27th TECHNICAL CONFERENCE” to access information and the links to hotel and registration forms.

 

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

Following the release of the August 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 #1 PPR proven bull and #1 for Protein. His proof is +1.1 type +1.11 UDC 184 PPR +1368m +53f -.01% +51p +.02% +2.1 Productive Life 2.81 SCS $442 NM$ +1.3 SCR and great calving ease at 4.5%.

54BS539 Jo-Dee Nemo RICHARD *TM from the Champions Collection Sire as a proven sire is #3 Type. Richard’s proof is at +1093m, +1.01 UDC,+1.4 PL and +1.2 Type. Watch for his standout daughters at the shows this fall as they have proven to be leaders of the pack this spring and summer!

54BS482 Voelkers TD CARTER *TM continues to add more new daughters and is the #1 Proven Type plus being the #5 Proven Milk bull. Carter’s type proof continues at +1.4 type, +1.11 UDC, +0.7 Mobility, +0.75 FU, +1.1 UD +1.1 RUW and +1.0 RUH. Carter’s production proof increased to +1210m +36f +28p and 105 PPR.

54BS543 Swistzer Tals Cdnc DANE ET *TM graduates into our proven lineup with exciting numbers as the #4 milk and #7 PPR proven bull. His production numbers are at +1218 milk, +40f, +39p with a 142 PPR. He is +0.8 Type with a +0.43 UDC.

54BS548 Brown Heaven WINNING FORMULA ET *TM graduates into our proven lineup and is a Champions Collection bull with sexed semen available. His type is +0.6 with an +1.02 UDC.

54BS578 Hilltop Acres D DEFENDER ET *TM is a new addition to our Genomic Gem lineup and is the #4 Type genomic bull at +1.3 type. In addition to type, he has a +1.29 UDC. DEFENDER comes on strong with +1065 milk, +39f, +40p, $387 NM$ and a 5.5% CE.

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

GENEX now markets ReMOOV™ horn paste

GENEX now offers ReMOOV™ horn paste for safe, efficient horn bud removal in calves.

ReMOOV™ horn paste is an accurate, easy-to-use caustic paste that inhibits horn growth before it starts. The product contains a mixture of calcium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide in an aqueous glycerine gel and comes in a unique syringe with a special tip enabling precise application to the horn bud. Additionally, the syringe features a dial that measures out the appropriate amount of paste needed for each horn button. 

“Not only does the syringe make this product easy to administer but it is also less painful to the animal, less stressful for the animal and the handler, and there is no bad burning smell like there is with hot irons,” states Bob East, senior manager of the herd care product line. 

ReMOOV™ horn paste comes in a 1.6 oz syringe that can disbud approximately 24 animals, with six syringes per box.

 

Select Sires Offers Industry’s Most Complete Proven Holstein Lineup

With industry-leading GTPI®, elite new graduates and high-ranking Net Merit (NM$) sires, the August 2018 sire summary results show Select Sires’ continued commitment to meet the genetic demands of customer-owners. The daughter-proven offering continues to strengthen, lead multiple indexes and add genetic diversity to the lineup.

Seventeen of the industry’s top-50 GTPI sires carry Select Sires’ 07 stud code, with 7HO12266 YODER (+2730) ranking No. 6 and 7HO13250 JEDI (+2729) No. 7. Eight of Select Sires’ nine new graduates are over +2500 GTPI, including: 250HO13267 DUKE (+2710), 7HO12602 HANG-TIME (+2631), 7HO12449 MARTY (+2595), 7HO12601 FRANCHISE (+2566) and 7HO12569 HEISENBERG (+2564).

Once again, Select Sires dominates Holstein Association’s 97 percent Reliability listing with more high-ranking sires than any other stud. YODER, 7HO11621 MAYFLOWER (+2599) and 7HO12165 MONTROSS (+2597) rank among the top-five sires for GTPI on the high reliability sire list.

YODER (+904), 7HO11985 TETRIS (+841) and 7HO11351 SUPERSIRE (+841) rank among the breed’s top-10 proven sires for NM$. In total, Select Sires’ lineup offers 25 daughter-proven sires over +720 NM$. New graduates DUKE (+831), MARTY (+759), HANG-TIME (+752) and 7HO13251 JETT (+732) are among this impressive grouping.

If production traits are the focus, MONTROSS (+2,773M), MAYFLOWER (+2,627M) and 7HO12418 SPARK (+2,574M) continue to show their strength with extreme milk yield numbers. Leading Combined Fat and Protein (CFP) pounds is DUKE (+192), 7HO12255 PETERPAN (+179), MARTY (+172) and 7HO12256 MAGUIRE (+169).

Healthy Herd, Healthy Profits
Improve the health of your herd and turn up profits by adding the Dairy Wellness Profit Index® (DWP$®) to your selection criteria. Select Sires’ quality and quantity of DWP$ leaders is unmatched. Ranking No. 2 in the breed is new graduate 7HO12556 PAGEONE (+1,043 DWP$), a Jacey son from Bacon-Hill Mogul Paige-ET (EX-90-EX-MS-DOM). Also ranking extremely well for DWP$ is TETRIS (+981), 7HO13195 PROFIT (+973), 7HO11708 ROOKIE (+921) and 7HO11833 RENNIE (+890). Offering mega production values combined with elite DWP$ are MAYFLOWER (+870) and SPARK (+848).

Using a combination of the Wellness Trait Index® (WT$®) and Calf Wellness Index (CW$) through CLARIFIDE® Plus genomic testing, Select Sires identifies sires excelling in these traits as WellnessPRO® sires. In addition to WellnessPRO leaders like PAGEONE, PROFIT and ROOKIE, Select has stamped 7HO11169 PETRONE (+778 DWP$, +48 CW$, +164 WT$) and 7HO12472 ALCO (+755 DWP$, +14 CW$, +151 WT$) with WellnessPRO logos.

Fertility Leaders
For the best selection of sires that excel in both conventional and sexed-semen fertility, customer-owners can depend on Select Sires. There are 27 sires in Select’s lineup at or above +1.5 SCR, ensuring a highly fertile sire for any dairy producer’s genetic goals. YODER (+2.8 SCR), JEDI (+2.2), 7HO12600 MODESTY (+2.2) and DUKE (+2.1) represent an incredibly elite selection of sires above +800 NM$ and +2600 GTPI coupled with elite SCR values. Also leading the proven lineup with chart-topping SCR values are 250HO1131 SALT (+2.9), 7HO12248 SUPERIOR (+2.7), 7HO10506 G W ATWOOD (+2.7), 7HO12115 DECEIVER (+2.6) and 7HO12095 MALLINGER (+2.4).

The Elite Sexed Fertility designation was introduced in April and identifies sires with the highest fertility sex-sorted semen. High-ranking sires like YODER, MODESTY, PROFIT, 7HO11383 MORGAN and SUPERSIRE are among the extensive offering of sires that carry this designation. New graduates HEISENBERG and 7HO12587 DIAMONDBACK also qualify to join this innovative lineup.

Topping Type
With G W ATWOOD (+3.64 PTAT, +2.52 UDC, +2.67 FLC) and 7HO11596 DEFIANT (+3.55 PTAT, +2.48 UDC, +1.62 FLC) leading the charge, Select Sires continues to be an unrivaled source for elite Type. DIAMONDBACK (+3.22 PTAT, +2.74 UDC, +2.27 FLC) makes his debut to the proven lineup as No. 17 among the breed’s top Type sires. Backed by seven generations of Excellent cows, this Doorman son traces back to the one and only Apple family and has already sired numerous All-Americans. Also adding value and strength to Select’s esteemed Showcase Selections lineup are 7HO12353 BEEMER (+3.35 PTAT) and 7HO12042 CORVETTE (+2.80 PTAT).

In addition to the Showcase Selections lineup, Select Sires is the source for well-balanced sires that improve the next generation’s functional Type traits. New graduate 7HO12351 CARNEY is a 7HO11547 SHAN son that improves overall health and fitness traits with elite +3.04 PTAT and +3.64 UDC. 7HO12198 KINGBOY continues to excel in this area, at +3.13 PTAT and +2.57 UDC while maintaining high production and component yields. For those looking for superior Red genetics, 7HO12344 RAGER-Red is the complete package—extreme GTPI (+2578), high PTAT (+2.45), coupled with favorable wellness and production trait values.

The strength, quality and diversity of Select Sires’ daughter-proven lineup is a testament to Select Sires’ commitment to the cooperative’s customer-owners. To view Select Sires’ complete Holstein lineup, visit www.selectsires.com or contact your local Select Sires sales representative.

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

Leum Joins Semex as Jersey Product Development Lead

Semex is pleased to announce that Jacob Leum has joined the Semex Team as the Jersey Product Development Lead effective August 1.

Reporting to Jay Shannon, Director, Genetic Programs & Solutions, Jacob will implement and monitor Semex’s Jersey product strategy, aligning with changing international market demands. Additionally, he will work with the Product Development Team to develop longterm relationships with genetic suppliers globally, coordinate Semex’s internal female program and provide integral product support to foster sales worldwide.

“Jacob brings both the knowledge and passion for the Jersey breed we’ve been looking for,” says Shannon. “We’re excited to have him join our Product Development Team and lead our growing Jersey product lineup. As Semex’s global client base continues to grow, so does the demand for more great Jersey bulls. Jacob is the ideal candidate to meet this growth and propel our 200JE lineup further!”

 

Most recently, Jacob was the US and Canadian Business Development Manager for Evolution International, a French AI company. In this role, he developed the organization’s first North American sales network, built relationships with associations, finalized research partnerships and developed key infrastructure for additional employees. Previous to that, he was Accelerated Genetics’ Jersey Marketing Specialist, linking the marketing, sales and genetics teams to maximize communication flow and effectiveness. A lifetime Jersey enthusiast, Jacob grew up on his family’s Jersey farm before receiving his animal science degree with an emphasis in dairy and minor in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

 

Jessica Peter to Coordinate Ayrshire Sire Development at Select Sires

Beginning August 1, 2018, Jessica Peter will assume the responsibilities of Ayrshire sire development within Select Sires’ industry-leading sire department. In accordance with Select Sires’ mission statement, Peter will coordinate and develop Ayrshire genetics that enhance the productivity and profitability of Ayrshire producers world-wide. 

 

“As an owner and breeder of Ayrshire cattle, Jessica has a personal passion for the future of the Ayrshire breed. Her past experiences in sire acquisition will be a tremendous benefit to her new role,” explains Jeff Ziegler, vice president of dairy cattle breeding at Select Sires. “Passion is synonymous with the entire Select Sires sire development team—making Jessica an exceptional fit.”

Peter joined the Select Sires team following the 2017 merger with Accelerated Genetics. In her six years with Accelerated Genetics, she worked exclusively in sire development and marketing. At the start of her career, she processed sire contracts and genomic samples and later coordinated and attended SETS and cattle picturing. In late 2014, Peter transitioned to a sire analyst role and procured Ayrshire, Holstein, Brown Swiss and Milking Shorthorn sires.

In addition to her new leadership role in Ayrshire sire development, Peter will continue in her current capacity, working with industry data as coordinator of dairy development programs at Select Sires. Peter is a 2011 graduate of Iowa State University with a bachelor of science degree in agricultural studies.

 

GENEX Releases Dairy Bull Search App

Searching and sorting dairy bulls from across the industry just got easier with the release of a new app from GENEX. The GENEX Dairy Bull Search app – available for iOS, Android and Windows devices – includes genetic and pedigree data on over 40,000 bulls.

The app enables producers to search for Holstein, Jersey, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Ayrshire or Milking Shorthorn bulls by entering their short name, NAAB code or registration number.

“The app also allows users to filter active bulls by genetic criteria to generate a list of sires that meets the dairy’s breeding objectives,” explains Joe Binversie, GENEX Value Added Programs Manager. “This list can then be downloaded as a Microsoft Excel or CSV file which users can save to their device or send via email or text message. It makes bull searching and sorting quick and easy.”

 

New Employees Gather at Select Sires for Orientation and Training

Thirty-nine new employees and summer interns participated in Select Sires’ orientation program held July 10 and July 11. Employees and interns from eight member cooperatives, Select Sires GenerVations, World Wide Sires and Select Sires Inc. gathered at the Select Sires headquarters in Plain City, Ohio. Following the two-day orientation, many of the attendees participated in an additional two days of extensive sales training.

“As our organization continues to grow, Select Sires is privileged to add professional, knowledgeable and passionate individuals to our sales and service force,” says Lyle Kruse, vice president of U.S. market development for Select Sires. “Our orientation program provides new employees and student interns an opportunity to visit our facilities and network with colleagues from across North America.”
 
Select Sires’ orientation program highlights the cooperative’s unique history and provides a comprehensive overview of the current programs and services. Presentations delivered by industry experts include: Select Reproductive Solutions® (SRS®), Select Mating Service® (SMS®), Program for Genetic AdvancementTM (PGATM), StrataGEN®, Aggressive Reproductive TechnologiesTM (ARTTM), CowManager®, Breeding to FeedingSM and Program for Fertility AdvancementTM (PFATM). 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 SELECTedTM semen process. Participants also tour the facilities in Plain City and preview a selection of bulls on parade. 
 
Orientation participants included: All West/Select Sires: Amber LaSalle, Turlock, Calif.; COBA/Select Sires: Kate Sherman, Columbus, Ohio, Garrett Steinberger, College Station, Texas, Collin Berg, Bellville, Ohio, Nate Leland, Cardington, Ohio, Luke Hilton, East Rochester, Ohio and Nathaniel Kinney, Shreve, Ohio; East Central/Select Sires: Julie Anderson, Viroqua, Wis., Chloe Vosters, Freedom, Wis., Scott Casto, South Vienna, Ohio and Slade Norton, Darlington, Wis.; Minnesota/Select Sires: Jennifer Huhe, Cresco, Iowa; NorthStar Cooperative: Bailey Larson, Alma Center, Wis., Tori Matz, Oshkosh, Wis., Rachael Raddatz, Krakow, Wis., Deanna Kronk, Goshen, Ind. and Peter VanderHoff, Hillsdale, Mich.; Prairie State/Select Sires: Royce Demmer, Peosta, Iowa; Southeast/Select Sires: Henry Mitchell, York, S.C.; Select Sires GenerVations: Martin Rypma, Abbotsford, BC; Select Sires Inc.: Lauren Hendel, Caledonia, Minn., Keith Green, Lancaster, Ohio, Jordan Siemers, Hilliard, Ohio, Matthew Snyder, Plain City, Ohio, MaryKate Harrod, Flat Rock, Ind., Meghann Winters, Old Washington, Ohio, Jordan Ziegler, Irwin, Ohio; Select Sire Power: Erin Norris, Westhampton, Mass., Madison Risley, Addison, N.Y., Teddy Dedominicis, Oneonta, N.Y., Christian Harvey, Cleveland, N.Y., Liette Viens, Enosburg Falls, Vt., Laura Ritchey, Martinsburg, Pa., Lee Burgard, Clymer, N.Y. and Ridge Irvin, Concord, Pa.; World Wide Sires: Marco Falk, Germany, Mareike Henkelmann, Germany, Marc Waldner, Germany and Emil Bælum, Denmark.
 

Gudex and Ludeman take top honors at East Central/Select Sires employee awards banquet

East Central/Select Sires, based in Waupun, Wis., held their annual employee awards banquet on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at the Crowne Plaza, Madison. Eric Gudex, Oakfield, was named member service representative (MSR) of the year, with Mohammed Touir, Madison, as runner-up. Jay Ludeman, Lake Mills, was awarded area sales manager (ASM) of the year, with Brad Fossum, Lodi, recognized as runner-up.

The honorable outstanding-effort awards were presented to Norm Bradley, Fort Atkinson, MSR; Aaron McMillan, Oshkosh, relief MSR; Duey Vande Zande, Waupun, inventory and warehouse manager; and Bill Langel, McFarland, Select Mating Service evaluator.

“It is enjoyable to work with such an outstanding group of employees at East Central/Select Sires,” commented Al Deming, East Central/Select Sires general manager. “Our dedicated staff has never been stronger than it is today.”

Outstanding achievement awards were presented to MSRs as follows. Eric Gudex, Oakfield, was honored for area total service volume, area direct-herd and insemination/direct-herd unit volume, area total unit volume, SMS volume, and area contribution; Katherin Parsons, Portage, personal total service volume; Nick Fischer, Germantown, personal total service percent increase; and Mohammed Touir, Madison, area total service percent increase and area direct-herd and insemination/direct-herd unit percent increase. Gary Fredrick, Mayville, was honored for area total unit percent increase and Howie Minnema, Fond du Lac, for accounts receivable. Rod Alton, Monroe, was recognized for personal diversified product dollar volume; Nick Fischer and Gene Hetebrueg, for personal diversified product dollar percent increase; Kevin Farnsworth, Deerfield, for semen blend, and Norm Bradley for semen blend percent increase.

One MSR/MSR team in each region was recognized for top honors: Eric Gudex, region A; Dave Hahn, Fond du Lac, and Casey Degnitz, Fredonia, region B; Mohammed Touir, Madison, region C; Jeremy Konen, Mazomanie, region D; Matt Staner, Potosi, region E; Joel Franke, Hillsboro, region F; and Katherin Parsons, large herd specialist.

Individual ASM awards were bestowed upon four employees. Kevin Cox, Sparta, was honored for area diversified product dollar percent increase. Eric Westphal, Byron, was recognized for personal total unit volume, Select Mating Service volume, and area diversified product dollar volume. Brad Fossum took home awards for personal total unit percent increase, area direct-herd unit volume, area total unit volume, and accounts receivable. The final awards in this category went to Jay Ludeman for area direct-herd unit percent increase and area total unit percent increase.

East Central/Select Sires has consistent longevity among our employee staff, and several were honored for their years of service at the banquet: Duey Vande Zande and Al Deming, Waupun, 40 years; Tom Wendt, Beaver Dam, 35 years; Dale Griebenow, Watertown, 20 years; Deb Hoekstra, Waupun, Jenny Hintz, Sparta, and Roger Belling, Fond du Lac, 15 years; Casey Degnitz, Aaron McMillan, Don Bahr, Platteville, and Dennis Meyer, Waupun, 10 years; and Scott Nelson, South Wayne, Matt Staner, and Jonathan Westphal, Eldorado, five years.

In addition to Frank Blahnik, Cuba City, being recognized for exceeding 100,000 first services, 28 MSR employees were awarded for achieving additional milestones in lifetime first services. Winners included: Eric Gudex, 90,000 first services; Aaron McMillan, 90,000; Jeremy Konen, 80,000; Roger Belling, 70,000; Dan Potterton, Mineral Point, 70,000; Sandy Hoppmann, Wilton, 60,000; Joel Franke, 60,000; Casey Degnitz, 60,000; Katherin Parsons, 40,000; Matt Staner, 40,000; Jonathan Westphal, 40,000; Bill Daentl, Portage, 35,000; Eric Bierman, Livingston, 35,000; Ken Nehls, Horicon, 35,000; and John Hulbert, Monticello, 35,000. The list went on to include Mohammed Touir, 30,000; Shannon Sauer, Berlin, 30,000; Gary Fredrick, 30,000; Wayne Dieter, Platteville, 30,000; Travis Hartman, Ripon, 20,000; Cory Gabor, Westfield, 20,000; Dennis Gunst, Hartford, 20,000; Julie Retzlaff, Elroy, 20,000; Chris Danielewicz, Fond du Lac, 20,000; Gary DeJager, Waupun, 10,000; Nick Fischer, 10,000; Gary Genz, Waupun, 10,000; and Gene Hetebrueg, 10,000.

Bree Muilenburg recognized as CowManager Specialist of the Year

Bree Muilenburg of NorthStar Cooperative was honored at the 2018 Select Reproductive Solutions® (SRS®) Conference as the CowManager® Specialist of the Year. The annual conference was held in Battle Creek, Mich., June 4 to June 7.

 

“In her first year as an activity system specialist, Bree sold, installed and serviced the most CowManager systems in the United States. Not only is Bree outgoing, but she is dedicated to the success of her customers and extremely well-informed on the latest CowManager developments,” says Dr. Ray Nebel, vice president of technical service programs for Select Sires.

Muilenburg was raised on a Christmas tree farm in Stanton, Mich. and graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor of science degree in animal science. Her responsibilities at NorthStar Cooperative include milk sample collections and management of on-farm records for 15 dairy farms, in addition to sales and tech support for CowManager systems throughout the state of Michigan.

“Bree’s efforts have positioned her as the go-to person in Michigan for CowManager support. She effectively demonstrates and explains how to use the system most efficiently and details how herds can go beyond just heat detection to incorporate health and rumination monitoring. Bree takes great pride in making the system simple and easy-to-use for the producer,” says Mark Adam, general manager, NorthStar Cooperative.

 

Select Sires’ Communications Department Receives Multiple Awards at Cooperative Communicators Association Conference

Select Sires’ Communications Department was recognized at the 2018 Cooperative Communicators Association (CCA) Institute, held in Fort Worth, Texas June 3 through June 5.

CCA is an organization of more than 300 professionals who communicate for cooperatives across the country. Through conferences and webinars, the organization provides extended learning and networking opportunities for professional development. The annual institute offers members an opportunity to showcase their work in a competitive setting. Divisions include all facets of communications work from writing and photography to videography, layout and design.

In the miscellaneous promotional category, Select Sires’ Communications Department was awarded second place for their creative window displays at the 2017 World Dairy Expo. An advertisement titled “King of DPR” placed third in the print advertising category. Leslie Maurice, Select Sires communications specialist, earned third place in the smartphone photography category for her photo entitled “Pure Joy.”

“I continue to be impressed by the creativity, professionalism and effectiveness of Select Sires’ communications team,” says Shirley Kaltenbach, director of communications for Select Sires Inc. “To be recognized nationwide and among industry experts for superior materials and messaging is an honor. This team exhibits tremendous passion for Select Sires and an unwavering ambition to support our brand.”

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.

Melanie Herman Receives SRS Specialist of the Year Award

Melanie Herman of St. Cloud, Florida was named Select Sires’ Select Reproductive Solutions®(SRS®) Specialist of the Year at the 2018 SRS Conference. The conference was held in Battle Creek, Mich., from June 4 to June 7. 

“Melanie is ambitious and proactive. She is a leader in the SRS community in providing solutions to alleviate heat stress in herds. Her first-hand experience working with dairies in Florida made for a valuable presentation at this year’s conference,” says Dr. Ray Nebel, vice president of technical service programs, Select Sires. “She has also advanced her skillset by taking formal Spanish-language classes to better communicate with the growing Hispanic dairy workforce.”

Herman is a graduate of the University of Florida and has a bachelor of science degree in animal sciences. From May 2004 to December 2015, she worked as a relief A.I. technician, AntelBio laboratory supervisor, SRS specialist, A.I. trainer, SRS coordinator and account team leader at NorthStar Cooperative in Michigan. In January 2016, she joined the Select Sire Power team in Florida. Her current responsibilities include SRS, conducting Select Mating Service® (SMS®) consultations, and A.I. training.

“Her enthusiasm is contagious and she attacks every opportunity with a passion that is second to none. Melanie’s ability to analyze situations and prepare solutions is incredible. She continues to push herself and find ways to be better prepared to serve her customers-owners and help them achieve success,” says Dave Whitlock, regional marketing manager, Select Sire Power.

Select Reproductive Solutions Specialists Engage in Training

More than 75 Select Reproductive Solutions® (SRS®) specialists from each of Select Sires’ nine member organizations, Select Sires GenerVations and World Wide Sires, as well as Select Sires staff and guests, gathered for Select’s annual SRS Conference held June 4 through June 7 in Battle Creek, Mich. The four-day conference was hosted by NorthStar Cooperative and incorporated both classroom-style learning opportunities and on-farm training.

“Largely due to the addition of field staff from Accelerated Genetics, the 2018 conference boasted the largest attendance in the last 15 years,” says Dr. Ray Nebel, vice president of technical service programs for Select Sires. “The speakers were outstanding industry leaders and spoke on topics ranging from dairying in the future and feed efficiency to robotic solutions.” 

This annual conference encourages collaboration, brainstorming and skill development across the Select Sires federation, strengthening the services provided to customer-owners. Attendees engaged with industry experts, including: Dr. Jack Britt, Dr. Michael VandeHaar, Dr. Nancy Charlton, Dr. Dan Weigel and Dr. Matt Utt. Curtis Horsens of Horsens Homestead Dairy in Cecil, Wis. gave an outstanding presentation on the genetic and reproductive management program implemented in their herd. A highlight among the discussions was the latest developments regarding CowManager® and its success in herds nationwide.

Specialists visited three impressive dairies, Cary Dairy, Hollo Farms, and Preston Dairy, and performed evaluations in teams of four, similar in concept to the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge. Fifteen four-member teams participated in the contest. The PCDART winning team leader was Adam Hahlen of COBA/Select Sires and the DairyComp winning team leader was Greg Collins of All West/Select Sires. 

 

Bob Sabo recognized as 2018 Genetic Consultant of the Year

Select Sires honors Bob Sabo of Green Bay, Wis. with the 2018 Select Mating Service® (SMS®) genetic consultant of the year award. Sabo was recognized at the 2018 SMS Conference among more than 115 genetic consultants and support staff from the United States, Canada and Brazil. The event was hosted by Select Sires MidAmerica, Inc. and held in Boise, Idaho from May 7 through May 11.

This national award is presented annually to a genetic consultant who exemplifies the qualities that make SMS known throughout the world as the premier mating program in the industry. The recipient must have multiple years of superior service, a history of high-quality evaluations and the ability to build and maintain successful relationships with dairy producers.

Bob Sabo’s accomplishments and sheer passion make him a deserving recipient of this distinguished award. In August of 1994, he began his career as an SMS genetic consultant at NorthStar Cooperative. Through the years, he has developed strong relationships with customer-owners, enhancing herd genetics and becoming a trusted advisor. His commitment to customer-owner success is demonstrated in detailed SMS reports that he prepares for herds. He has been an asset to the entire Select Sires federation and sire development through his work with the Program for Genetic AdvancementTM (PGATM) and assisting Holstein classifiers with SETS. Sabo also serves on the selection committee for Select Sires’ Showcase SelectionsTM lineup.

“He understands the producers’ mentality and places himself in their shoes. Producers work with Bob as a partner in their breeding program. They appreciate his candidness and insights,” says Mark Adam, general manager, NorthStar Cooperative.

For much of his career, Sabo operated his family dairy, Sabo Farm. He developed an outstanding herd of registered Holsteins that have been recognized nationwide for high Breed Age Average (BAA) and has received honors throughout his home state and at nationally-ranked shows like World Dairy Expo and the North American International Livestock Exposition.

Now in its 45th year, SMS added more animals (more than 3.3 million) to the program than any year in its history. SMS genetic consultants continue to help dairy producers control genetic recessives, haplotypes, inbreeding levels and provide a means to create custom selection indexes based on customer goals.

Over the course of three days, attendees of the SMS conference engaged in continuing education sessions and viewed progeny of Select Sires’ current lineup and potential graduates throughout the state of Idaho. Select Sires thanks the following herds for their hospitality: DeGroot Dairy, Snake River Dairy, Desert Ridge Dairy, Vis-Sir Dairy, Gerald Withers Dairy, Davis Dairy, Crosswinds Farm, Kowz R Us, Snake River Holsteins, Box Canyon Dairy, Double A Dairy, and Si Ellen Farms.

 

Select Sires Introduces Fertility Insights with CowManager

Select Sires is proud to partner with CowManager®, the leading cow monitoring company, to introduce Fertility Insights. New data integration capabilities within the CowManager system accelerate cow fertility insights and have been designed to collect, manage and process the enormous amount of data being created 24/7 about a cow’s fertility status.

With the average herd size increasing, producers are facing more challenges detecting cows in heat and identifying sick cows quickly. Accurate cow health information is essential to their success. CowManager monitors each cow’s condition with great precision, enabling producers to give their cows the attention they need. To provide producers with the most accurate information about a cow’s fertility status, CowManager has created a smart algorithm, which continuously combines fertility data from various management systems that are available worldwide. The data from CowManager’s ear sensors is combined with cow events and alert intervals to create a new set of alerts in the system called, Fertility Insights.

Data is synched continuously and can be configured specifically for every business. Combining cow data gives clear answers about the fertility status of a cow. Is she cycling or cystic? What is her heat interval? Was the insemination successful? Is she still pregnant or has she aborted? Is her uterus clean after calving? All this data can be downloaded in reports, which are easy to use for reproductive management and veterinary checks. A quick overview of all cow data enables producers to make faster and more accurate decisions. It will support producers in selecting for insemination, minimizing pregnancy checks and stress, and save management time.

The pie chart in Figure 1 is based on lactating cows only. The combination of heat detection with Fertility Insights provides producers a total overview of their herd’s reproduction status. For example, the 14 percent fertility issues are being picked up based on a couple of Fertility Insight statuses. It shows that CowManager detects every cow’s fertility status; even when a cow is not coming into heat or when she has aborted.

Koen van Meurs, head of research and development at CowManager, explains, “CowManager is continuously developing ways to improve support systems for producers to enable them to make better business decisions. We listen to the wishes of modern producers who need innovative solutions and insights to overcome the challenges they are faced with. In our 8-week update cycle, we deploy as many requests as possible. Fertility Insights has been available since our last global update in June. Customers already using the fertility module [within the CowManager system] now have access to Fertility Insights. With Fertility Insights, CowManager supports producers in a very practical way, day by day.”

CowManager is distributed by Select Sires Inc. in North America, Select Sires GenerVations in Canada and World Wide Sires in Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Ask your representative for more information, or visit our CowManager page here.

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

Select Sires Inc. Introduces Summer Interns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Semex’s Elevate™ Program Delivers Female Immunity+ Test

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

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

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

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

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

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

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