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Woodward to Lead CRI Research Program

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Brent Woodward pictureCooperative Resources International (CRI) announced the hiring of Brent Woodward as Associate Vice President of Research. Woodward, who holds a doctorate in animal breeding and genetics from Cornell University, has worked in agricultural research for more than 23 years.

“In this role, Brent will direct research efforts across CRI and its subsidiaries, AgSource Cooperative Services and Genex Cooperative, Inc.,” said Pete Giacomini, CRI Vice President of Business Development. “The science behind our primary services offered to agricultural producers is progressing at a rapid pace. Under Brent’s leadership, CRI will establish a more intense research program continuing the cooperative’s efforts in bringing new advancements to our members and customers.”

Previously, Woodward served eight years as the Director and Senior Scientist for IGENITY research and development. During this time, he led IGENITY to an increased portfolio of products, from single SNP DNA tests to 50,000 SNP profiles and whole genome scans for 32 traits of economic importance for beef and dairy cattle producers.

He has also held the positions of Research Geneticist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service and Extension Animal Scientist with the University of Minnesota.

Woodward will be located at CRI headquarters in Shawano, Wis.

CRI, a member-owned holding cooperative, is comprised of two subsidiaries: AgSource and Genex. The CRI mission statement summarizes the goal of CRI: “To provide products and services as effectively as possible to maximize the profitability of members and customers worldwide while maintaining a strong cooperative.” For more information on CRI, visit .

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IPS Leads with #1 & #2 SCR Sires

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

The December 2013 USDA calculations revealed that IPS (International Protein Sires) scored No. 1 and No. 2 in the Holstein breed for SCR (Semen Conception Rates).  “We are pleased to have the breed leading Holstein sires for SCR.  This marks the second consecutive year to have received these prestigious rankings.  With dairy farmers demanding high conception bulls, IPS has always strived to satisfy these requirements.  We attribute astute husbandry and quality semen processing techniques along with our standard of thirty million sperm count per unit of semen to be the contributing factors in achieving these results,” expressed Ron Sersland, President and CEO of IPS.

The #1 daughter proven SCR bull in the breed is 99HO6145 Barry at +9.1 on more than 3,800 inseminations with 94% reliability.  Note that Semen Conception Ratings are calculated using the previous 18 months inseminations.  Barry was among the top three bulls of the breed two years ago at +5.0.  The bull was therefore promoted for use on hard breeders, and yet his SCR rating continues to climb.  A solid type bull at +1.90, Barry excels in udder composite at +1.93 along with +1.49 foot and leg rating.  And, a leading calving ease sire at 6.6%.  This conception specialist descends from six generations of Very Good or Excellent dams.

An exciting genomic young sire for SCR at +6.8, 99HO7070 Jehoshaphat, is ranked #2 in the Holstein breed.  At 1,339 inseminations, Jehoshaphat’s rating increased from previous stats while being used on hard settlers.   At +2058 GTPI, Jehoshaphat is +1,742 for milk with a +2.10 type rating.  And, his productive life mark is +3.6 along with a 6.6% calving ease.  This conception specialist is sired by Planet from a Shottle daughter that is classified Excellent.

IPS has two additional highly ranked daughter proven bulls with outstanding Semen Conception Ratings.  The first of this pair is 36HO0346 Mars at +3.5 SCR and +1837 TPI.  The second daughter proven bull is 566HO1199 Cambridge with +2.6 SCR and +1900 GTPI.  The EIGHT IPS bulls over +2.0 SCR are priced for mating genomic leading females and/or flushing purposes and yet they are conception leaders.  This further exemplifies the high quality IPS frozen semen.

The IPS breed leading sires for SCR are available worldwide through an established network of independent distributors and company employees.  Located in Rock Springs, Wisconsin – U.S.A., you may learn more about IPS through their website, or by calling toll free: 1.800.542.7593

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Select Sires logoDr. Matt Utt has been named director of research while Marcus Schmelzer has taken on the role of laboratory safety coordinator at Select Sires Inc. These new responsibilities will further enhance Select Sires’ commitment to fertility and safety.


As director of research, Utt will work closely with other staff scientists to design research trials to improve semen collection, freezing, extenders, evaluation procedures and ultimately semen fertility potential in the field. He will coordinate the Program for Fertility Advancement™ (PFA™) and work with the Select Reproductive Solutions™ (SRS™) team. Utt will also serve as the Select Sires representative on industry committees as well as working closely with academic institutions. Previously, Utt had served as a research associate at Select Sires since 2012. Utt has a doctorate in reproductive physiology and animal sciences from The Ohio State University, the result of the Ohio State University Select Sires C.E. Marshall Graduate Research Associateship, and graduated with master’s and bachelor’s degrees in animal and poultry sciences from Virginia Tech.

Schmelzer began his career in early 2012 in the semen processing department, freezing semen and working with quality control. In addition to those duties he will now serve as laboratory safety coordinator. He will develop, coordinate and enforce safety procedures during semen processing through written protocols and hands-on demonstrations. A trained first responder, Schmelzer will ensure the health and safety of all personnel and visitors in the laboratory.

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.

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Accelerated Genetics would like to invite any producer-farm owners or herdspeople to the Winter Get Away event February 1-2, 2014.  The Winter Get-Away provides an opportunity to enjoy life, learn something new and stay warm inside with fellow producers. Couples, individuals, and families are encouraged to take advantage of this refreshing get-away to cure the winter blahs
While relaxing for the weekend, attendees will have the opportunity to go to sessions about a variety of topics including the agricultural industry, calf care, nutrition, social media, and reproduction. In addition to have the chance to enjoy movies, crafts and contests. (For full event details go to: )

This year’s Winter Get-Away is themed “Time Warp,” and individuals will have the opportunity to win a prize if they come to the dinner on Saturday evening dressed to represent a decade during the 70-plus year history of Accelerated Genetics.

To register for the event call 1-800-451-9275 or email producerprogram@accelgen.comTo reserve a hotel room, simply call the hotel direct at 877-253-5466 and identify yourself as a part of the Accelerated Genetics’ room block. Accelerated Genetics has reserved rooms for both Friday and Saturday night at the Kalahari Resort, 1305 Kalahari Drive, Wisconsin Dells, Wis. Attendees will receive a rate of $159.00/night for Friday and $169.00/night forSaturday, plus tax. Attendees are welcome to come early or stay late and enjoy the Kalahari Waterpark.

Elections for the Young Producer Committee will take place during the Winter Get-Away weekend. Once involved in the Producer Education Program, there are more opportunities for producers to take on a leadership role.  The program’s yearly activities are organized and coordinated by the Young Producer Committee. Individuals and couples throughout the cooperative membership area make up the committee. This dynamic group encourages producer involvement, plans annual events, and provides leadership to facilitate the continued success of the program.

Accelerated Genetics is a global provider of bovine genetics and research, reproductive services, and solution-based animal health products. With a focus on People, Products and Pride, the Accelerated Genetics vision is to be the producer’s trusted first choice.

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Select Sires’ GABOR Dies

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Select Sires regrets to announce that 7HO8477 Willow-Marsh-CC GABOR-ET (EX-94-GM) died this week. A January 2009 graduate, GABOR was a customer satisfaction sire around the world. The 10-year-old bull ranks among the top 50 GTPI active A.I. sires (+2086) and is a top 10 sire for Milk (+2,348). He is the only active A.I. sire over +2,000 Milk, +2.00 Type (+2.50 Type) and +3.5 Productive Life (PL) (+5.0 PL) and transmits one of the lowest Somatic Cell Scores (SCS) (2.69) among the top production sires.
“GABOR established himself as an elite, high milk, outcross, calving ease sire that developed into the poster bull for customer satisfaction,” said Blaine Crosser, vice president of dairy sire product line for Select Sires. “His tremendous genetic contribution to herds around the world has been well documented. Select Sires lost a tremendous bull this week!”

A limited amount of GABOR semen is available.

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.

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Select SiresSelect Sires Inc., has announced plans to offer two summer internships at its headquarters facility in Plain City, Ohio, during the summer of 2014. Positions are available within the sales and marketing and communications departments, with applications due by January 1, 2014.

“Both practical work experience within the industry and networking are extremely important in helping college students prepare for full-time employment upon graduation,” says David Thorbahn, Select Sires president and C.E.O. “That’s why Select Sires offers hands-on internship opportunities each year. These internships help introduce students to the industry side of agriculture, while they contribute to the day-to-day operation of the Select Sires federation.”

College students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in dairy science, animal science, agricultural economics, agricultural communications or related agricultural fields may apply for these internships. Applicants must be familiar with cattle pedigree information. Previous dairy judging team experience is an advantage. While important for all internships, strong writing and computer skills are a requirement for students working in corporate communications. Dairy-marketing interns must have experience working with cattle, and the ability to clip and prepare animals for still photography or video.

For more information about these internships or to submit a resume for consideration, visit or send an email message

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.

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CampogalloAactiveGaia2 Dam of Goodwhone

Goodwhone’s dam, Campogallo Gaia VG86 2yr

Outcross sires are like gold-dust in the modern Holstein population and one that also brings almost three points for PTA Type, superb daughter health and fertility, a high weight of fat and positive fat and protein percentages is rare indeed.

But these are the credentials of TW Goodwhone (Mogul x Active x Laudan), one of Cogent’s hottest young genomic sires whose first release of semen sold out in a day!

Holstein breeders were keen to snap up this bull to increase the genetic diversity of their herds, where he will complement a wide range of bloodlines, including the Shottles and Goldwyns which are widespread in the UK today.

Goodwhone’s sire is the renowned Mountfield SSI DCY Mogul whose early progeny are already beginning to exceed expectations, while his dam is Campogallo Gaia VG86 2yr, one of the leading daughters of Alpag Iron Active in Europe ranked on genomic TPI.

“Cogent was very keen to contract this cow as we, and many others, consider her to be one of the best outcross cows in Europe,” says Owain Harries, sire analyst from the UK breeding company.

Details of Goodwhone’s December 2013 index on a UK base include 400kg milk, 29.2kg (+0.16%) fat, 18.9kg (+0.07%) protein, Lifespan Index +0.4, Fertility Index +4.4, calving ease +1.4%, Somatic Cell Count Index -17, PTAT 2.99 and a Profitable Lifetime Index (PLI) of £242.

Daughters are expected to be just above breed average for stature with tidy, well-attached udders being especially high in the rear udder (+3.24), wide rumps and good legs and feet. They would fit into a variety of management systems.

On the US base, Goodwhone clocks in with an impressive 2357 GTPI, $779 Net Merit, complemented by a favourable + 5.7 for Productive Life and a +1.8 DPR.  On the type side, Goodwhone’s US PTAT is +2.72 and +2.80 for udders, excelling for rear udder height (+4.19) and rear udder width (+3.85).

“A bull with an outcross pedigree such as this will be a useful addition to any producer’s breeding programme and the more we see daughters of his sire, Mogul – who look well-balanced individuals with scope for plenty of longevity – the more we rate his prospects. Mogul has also been an important bull breeder amongst studs around the world and his sons are now starting to dominate international rankings for type, production and health,” he says.

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December Proof Highlights from St. Jacobs ABC

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

It was a quiet but successful run for St. Jacobs ABC bulls this summary. We had very few bulls receive new proofs and couldn’t be happier with our line-up of high customer satisfaction bulls!

94HO14105 AFTERSHOCK. The king of customer satisfaction just gets better. He has an amazing number of daughters in his first crop proof… just short of 5,000 daughters with the addition of over 1,100 daughters this round. His DPR and UC both im-proved slightly. His linears for thurl width 3.8W lead to his great rear udders being over 4 points high and 3.87 wide. Dozens of fresh 2nd lactation daughters are scoring high VG and EX. He is still the most logical mating on Goldwyns in the business!

94HO13666 DESTRY*RC. The hottest show bull in the business now has over 3,200 daughters in his proof and stays right at 3 points for type and udders and his FLC increased to nearly 1.5. His linear profile is outstanding and his 12 daughters that hit the top 10 at WDE make him the most talked about bull for the shows in the business. If customers want to make the great show cows, he is a must. Remember he has sorted semen available!

94HO14173 BUXTON. He now has 214 first crop daughters and remains one of the most interesting bulls in the business. He is **** on his RWD making him a great choice to get cows pregnant. Along with this, he is still over 1100m and is over 3.0 type and 3.5UC with 2.74FLC. He has an amazing linear pattern with FU of 4.66, RUH of 5.41 and RWU of 4.98….amazing. This Bolton son is another great option for breeding Goldwyn blood!

FROSTY’s IMPACT…..STJ invested in several bulls from the World Champion EX-97 Roy daughter, Harvue Roy Frosty. Take a look at what we are getting in return….

94HO0878 MAXWELL-RED. One of the most interesting bulls in the Red and White business just got better! He is outcross for many of the popular R&W bloodlines being a Mr. Burns x Talent x Roy x Sam. He now has 328 daughters and is plus on Milk, Fat and Protein. 50 new scored daughters caused his type to jump to 2.32 and UC 2.03 and 1.48FLC. He is an 8 CE and *** on RWD. People are raving about their daughters of this bull because they have great width and power and tremendous udders.

94HO14752 FORCE. He is one of our most popular young bulls and he is adding daughters fast and furious. His initial data is very impressive and while he is not a release he does have semen available and we will likely kick off promotion of this bull mid sum-mary. He is the Shottle x Roy Frosty EX 97. He is over 500M and over 2 points on Type with udders just short of 2 and is a 7 on CE. Get on this exciting bull early!

94HO16487 FREEZE….The Atwood son of Roy Frosty is creating quite a buzz. His calves are BLACK and STYLISH and will hit the show ring in the spring.

DUNDEE HEZ IMPACT…..We believe Dundee Hez could have a huge impact in the show ring through her sons as she adds just what the business needs, width, power and depth. Take a look at her 3 sons…..

94HO16187 HEZTRY*RC is the exciting DESTRY*RC son of Dundee Hez. People love their daughters and the best cows in the busi-ness are being flushed to him. He is a great cross on AFTERSHOCK daughters!

94HO16497 HEZTON is the AFTERSHOCK son of Hez and is making deep, strong calves with great front ends and

94HO16338 HEATH is the Alexander son and is one of the only high type bulls with no Goldwyn, Shottle or Jasper in the pedigree!

We look forward to a great winter selling season. Customers wanting to make next year’s fall and winter calves will be looking for our exciting product line!

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Natural Breeding – Could It Work For You?

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

The Bullvine has received the following question from readers – “Why does The Bullvine always talk about using AI and never refer to or talk about using natural sires?” After doing some research on natural use bulls, we decided to share our findings in story format.  We often list statistics and science, but we would like to present something closer to real life in order that other, like minded, producers can evaluate a possible scenario and consider it for their own operations.

Here’s The Scenario

“A couple runs, as they call it, a milk production factory of 400 (2x) milking cows. They have found that, for best results, they should have their four key (human) employees putting their focus on cow care. That means focusing on the close-up and fresh pens, feed mixing, caring for calves that are less than a month old and attending to cows that are sick. The remainder of their staff are mostly part-time and involved in milking, pushing up feed, moving animals, bedding, cleaning up and manure handling. The husband manages the operation and the wife manages the records when they are not skiing or spending time with their family of five very active high school and college students. A few years back they were having trouble catching cows in heat and the fallout from that was that they had too many late lactation cows, had too much non-producing time spent in dry pens and there were heifers calving over conditioned at 27.5 months of age. This meant not enough profit or ROI.  Their milking cow pregnancy rate was 9%, 4.1 pounds of fat plus protein were being shipped per cow per day and the cull rate was 40%. They needed to keep every heifer calf born on the farm for herd replacements. They knew drastic action was needed. So they went to focusing their attention on the most problematic areas and on using natural bulls for breeding both the heifers and the cows.

(CHECK THIS) The husband clearly understood that the system of using herd bulls instead of A.I., is not for every dairy farm, especially not for herds that do not have facilities that are bull strong, bull safe and where only one person is involved when groups are being moved or worked with in their pens.

How to Hire a Working Bull

For several years in the representative scenario, prior to the change to natural bulls, they had used 50% young sire semen. The main selection criteria had been NM$ (>$500) with the added requirement of +1.0 for both UDC and FLC. They wanted a blend price for semen of less than $20. The cattle were registered in the national herdbook so the DHI records could be used in sire proving. Numerous different staff were trained in A.I. but the results were just not there, even though they routinely used an off-sync program. Heat detection and breeding was a drag and it sapped energy from everyone.

The change to natural bulls occurred after the introduction of genomic indexes to the dairy industry. They found there were many high quality genomically tested bulls, that did not make it into A.I., that were available at a reasonable price. They have required that the young bulls, generally purchased at 9-12 months of age, are above average for size and have good feet and legs but cow families have not been considered when purchasing. They are now milking daughters of their first genomically tested bulls and find that they are, on average, quite superior to what their young sire daughters were in the past.

Their current requirements for their bulls are: NM$ >$650; FLC >+1.5; UDC >+1.5; and SCS < 2.90. But from here on they will also be requiring a positive number for DPR and >3.0 for PL.  Additionally under consideration are ways to avoid inbreeding, increasing protein percent, using only polled bulls and, if they could get it, some way of knowing the growth rate and body condition score. Definitely sons of sharp chinned, deep ribbed show cows are avoided. The reason for a higher protein percent is because the milk is shipped to a local specialty cheese factory which pays an incentive for protein content.

Cow Performance under Natural Breeding Scenario

The time formerly spent checking for and breeding cows and heifers in heat is now focused on close-up, calving and just fresh pens. These groups are housed close to the milking parlour and can be easily seen from the staff room and the office. All staff are encouraged to watch and make sure cows in these pens are getting up and eating. Temperatures are taken and recorded, twice a day, for the first three days after calving and before moving into the voluntary waiting pens. There are no bulls in these pens so staff can safely check a cow at any time.

Improvements obtained were in the magnitude of

  • average production 5.3 pounds of fat + protein per cow per day,
  • cow pregnancy rate from 22-24%,
  • cow cull rate 25% and
  • heifers calving at 22-23 months of age

Cows are grouped by staged of lactation or pregnancy. First calf heifers are housed separate from mature cows in close-up, voluntary waiting and breeding stages. Maximum group size, when cows are 150 – 300 days in milk, is 80 cows. Parlour size accommodates twenty and they like cows back to their pen within one hour.  Breeding pens are kept to 40 cows so that only one bull is needed per pen. Herd management software data is used and the movement of cows and bulls in and out of pens is recorded. All cows seen to be in standing heat are recorded but less than 50% of the actual heats are observed by staff. A milk weight is taken every Wednesday morning. Fresh cows are continually added to the fresh pens and stay there 3- 10 days. Otherwise any movement between pens takes place on Thursday after the morning milking. One staff member monitors on Thursdays for any bullying or fighting. The plan is to purchase ultrasound equipment and have two people trained to use it for pregnancy checking.

The Beef Enterprise Revenue Stream

An expanded version of the scenario sees the wife’s family owning and operating a small slaughter and retail beef business, specializing in marketing and selling lean beef that guarantees to its customers that all animals can be traced and for which there are no drug residues.

The dairy farm supplies animals to that beef processing business. As a result all calves are raised on the farm. Males calves are castrated and marketed when 1400 pounds. Heifers with poor feet and legs or not in calf by 14 months are finished for beef. Only about 60% of the heifers are raised for dairy purposes, as it costs more to raise them than they being when sold as a springing heifer or fresh first lactation cow. Young (<50 months) cows that have problem udders or feet and legs or that are not in calf are also marketed through that business. Settlement for their animals is on a weight and rail grade basis. All other animals are sold through an auction mart.

Where the beef side of the farm was once only a by-product, it now forms a significant revenue stream. It has meant that they want Holstein bulls that produce progeny that carry more condition and, therefore, go to slaughter at a relatively young age.

Other Specifics

Most details about the operation are unchanged when the farm converted to using natural bulls.  Bulls upon arrival are kept in isolation at a neighbor’s small barn that they rent. Bulls must be negative for TB, Brucellosis, Anaplasmosis and Johnes. Bulls not in use are housed in individual pens. As mentioned previously any pens with a bull in it must have two people present for movement or entry into the pen. Bulls slipping and injuring themselves during mounting has not been a problem. If and when herd expansion occurs, they are planning to use manure pack barns for the breeding pens. The bulls travel with their pen to, through and back from the milking parlour.

The farm in this scenario definitely benefits financially from less labour spent heat checking and breeding, from a younger age at first calving, from fewer days in the dry pens, and from more production per day. It must be stressed that, without genomics and 65% accuracy for the major indexes, they would not have been able to achieve the high percentage of high quality animals. All changes combined have helped them double their annual net returns from the milk sales side of their business.  This scenario strongly recommends not attempting natural breeding with bulls that only have a parent average index or much worse still have no known parental information.

Although this is a composite scenario, farmers moving to natural sires can expect to find that bull buying and maintenance expenses were balanced by  previous expenses for semen, labor for heat checking and breeding, vet checks and drugs. The higher production per day and the fewer non-productive days for both heifers and cows (without an increase in labor costs) are the profit makers.”

The Bullvine Bottom Line

The Bullvine thanks our readers who have drawn our attention to this area of dairy operation management. Using natural bulls instead of A.I. is not for every dairy farm. Definitely it does not assist with sire proving by A.I. companies. However, it can allow for labor to be focused away from reproduction and more on that critical 2-3 weeks before calving and 3-4 weeks after calving.  The Bottom Line? If designed and operated properly natural sire use can return a greater net profit and that’s a scenario we can all relate to!


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The leading global providers of bovine genetics Alta and CRV have agreed to collaborate in their North American Holstein genetic programs.

Madison, December 12, 2013: The co-operation between Alta and CRV offers economies of scale resulting in greater volumes and higher quality of genetics on the US base with the end product being a greater output of high GTPI™ bulls. Clients of both Alta and CRV can count on an even stronger and more varied portfolio of top quality bulls on a GTPI™ basis, while the breeding focus of both organizations will retain their own identity. The partnership between Alta and CRV offers significant advantages in selection processes, but both organizations will continue to make genetic selections based on their own breeding philosophy.

Co-operation Fits in Strategy
The collaboration between Alta and CRV is an extension and enhancement of their current genetic programs in North America. “Through the partnership we can strengthen our portfolio of top end GTPI™ bulls both inside and outside the United States. Alta and CRV will do this from their own vision of breeding and with mutual respect. This alliance will strengthen our ambitions” says CRV Executive Director Operations and Development Ate Lindeboom.

According to Alta Chief Operating Officer Paul Hunt “This collaboration enables both companies to make additional investments in genetics to continue to lead genetic improvement in the exciting and competitive era of genomic selection. The results of this collaboration will allow Alta to continue providing unrivaled genetic quality and value to their clients globally.”

Alta and CRV will immediately commence scale-up of this joint breeding activity.

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Select Sires’ consistently strong lineup continues to perform at a high level. Eleven “7H” sires landed among the top 25 active and limited Total Performance IndexSM (TPISM) sires including active lineup sires 7HO10721 De-Su 521 BOOKEM-ET (VG-86-GM) (+2257 GTPI), 7HO10524 Roylane Socra ROBUST-ET (VG-88-GM) (+2248), 7HO10849 Ladys-Manor Pl SHAMROCK-ET (VG-85) (+2227) and 7HO10228 De-Su GULF-ET*BY (EX-90) (+2214) in the top 10. One quarter of the top 100 GTPI sires over 97% Rel. for Yield and Type call Select Sires home. This is a list that Select Sires has dominated for several years and a testament to the Program for Genetic Advancement™ (PGA™) identifying the most elite genetic sires to graduate.

ROBUST (+765 NM$), SHAMROCK (+711 NM$), BOOKEM (+691 NM$) and 7HO10679 Cedar-Haven-NR KID-ET (VG-87-GM) (+679 NM$) are four of the industry-leading 13 Select sires over +600 for Net Merit (NM$).

The Select Sires Red and White lineup includes three of the top five GTPI sires, including No. 1, 7HO10563 MD-Valleyvue CARSON-RED-ET (EX-93) (+1974 GTPI), 7HO10647 Ladinodale AARON-RED-ET (+1937 GTPI), and new graduate 7HO10904 Sandy-Valley COLT P-RED-TW (+1919 GTPI). COLT P-RED is the highest proven, polled sire in the industry.

Type transmitters

Select Sires is home to eight proven sires over +3.0 for Type, the most in the industry. 7HO10506 Maple-Downs-I G W ATWOOD-ET (EX-90) continues to be the only sire over +4.00 for Type at +4.66 PTAT. G W ATWOOD daughters are standouts on the tanbark, capturing championships at many shows this year. August graduate, 7HO10484 Paradise-R SABATHIA-ET (EX-92) improved to +3.92 PTAT and as a Boliver son is an outcross to many high-type pedigrees. At +3.70 PTAT, 7HO9165 Regancrest S BRAXTON-ET (EX-95) is also among the top 10 active A.I. sires for Type. G W ATWOOD also excels in Canada as the No. 1 Conformation sire (+19) and the No. 7 GLPI sire (+2913). Both at +14, 7HO8190 Gen-Mark Stmatic SANCHEZ (EX-94) and 7HO9264 Lirr Drew DEMPSEY (VG-86) are also top-10 Conformation sires.

G W ATWOOD is the second best foot and leg improver in the breed (+3.85 Feet and Leg Composite). 7HO10277 End-Road Bolton BRANCH-ET (EX-94) (+2.83 FLC) also excels in foot and leg improvement.

GULF (+3.62 UDC), G W ATWOOD (+3.47 UDC), 7HO10272 De-Su FORK-ET (EX-92) (+3.24 UDC), 7HO10606 De-Su OBSERVER-ET (EX-90-GM) (+2.98 UDC) and 7HO9420 Fustead Goldwyn GUTHRIE-ET (EX-94) (+2.94 UDC) are all among the top 15 sires in the breed for Udder Composite (UDC).

Production specialists

7HO9441 Stouder JAYVEN-ET (EX-94) has held the top spot for Milk for over two years and continues to do so at +2,860 Milk. Select Sires leads the industry with 11 sires over +2,000 Milk which includes JAYVEN, 7HO8477 Willow-Marsh-CC GABOR-ET (EX-94-GM) (+2,348M), 7HO9977 Hunsberger Bolton KINLEY (EX-91) (+2,246M), 7HO8081 Ensenada Taboo PLANET-ET (EX-90-GM) (+2,179M) and 7HO7560 Zimmerview BLITZ JINTX-ET (EX-94-GM) (+2,173M) who rank among the top 20 active A.I. sires. In Canada, 7HO10632 Webb-Vue Baxter LUCIANO-TW (VG-88) is the leading Milk production sire.

New graduate, 7HO10595 Glen-Toctin LISTEN-ET is the highest active A.I. sire for Protein yield at +75P while fellow new graduate, 7HO10729 De-Su 546 DEATON-ET (VG-88) is No. 8 at +65P. 7HO10433 C-Haven SUBRARO-ET (EX-93) (+92F) and ROBUST (+87F) are in the top 10 sires for Fat.

Fitness trait leaders

Select Sires’ HealthMark™ and other lineup sires are among the best for Somatic Cell Score (SCS) and Productive Life (PL). 7HO10429 Horstyle Moscow MONTNEY (VG-87) (2.44 SCS) and 7HO10148 Gold-N-Oaks Ramos FLAX-ET (EX-91) (2.47 SCS) are the No. 1 and No. 3 active A.I. sires for SCS and are joined by 7HO9107 Ronelee SS DURABLE (EX-90-GM) (2.49 SCS) and 7HO10297 Foxberry Bax MCNUGGETS-ET (GM) (2.51 SCS) in the top 10 active A.I. sires for SCS. 7HO10582 Ensenada Jeeves PAUL-ET (VG-88) (+7.1 PL), 7HO10690 B-Hiddenhills PLAN 1023-ET (VG-88) (+7.0 PL) and SHAMROCK (+6.8 PL) are top-10 sires for producing long-living, productive cows. PAUL is a Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR) leader at +3.0 DPR.

Fertility frontrunners

Select Sires is committed to providing highly fertile semen to its customer-owners and continues to be the premier source for high fertility sires with 58 sires that are positive for Sire Conception Rates (SCR). That is more than twice as many as our closest competitor. 7HO9722 Collins-Pride TS JERMIAH-ET (VG-87) (+4.5 SCR), COLT P-RED (+3.7 SCR), 7HO9918 Foxberry JS MCFLY-ET (EX-92-GM) (+3.2 SCR), 7HO9841 Siemers Shottle HULK-ET (EX-93) (+3.2 SCR), 7HO9754 Matt-Dari Sharky DAYTON-ET (EX-92) (+3.1 SCR) and 7HO9961 Mission-Bell Gold DIENER-ET (EX-90) (+3.0 SCR) exceed +3.0 for SCR. Look for the Superior Settlerdesignation to identify the best in fertility.

Genomic giants

Select Sires’ Super Sampler™  lineup is the source for elite genomic young sires. 7HO12008 Cookiecutter Petron HALOGEN (+2507 GTPI) and new additions, 7HO12105 S-S-I Mogul REFLECTOR (+2459 GTPI), 7HO12192 Rockymountain REBEL-ET (+2455 GTPI), 7HO12165 Bacon-Hill MONTROSS-ET (+2452 GTPI) and 7HO12021 De-Su Ltm PONDER 11345-ET (+2452 GTPI) are five of the top 15 active genomic young sires. One quarter of the top 100 genomic young sires are Select sires. 7HO11787 Bacon-Hill O MOHAWK-ET is still the top young sire for Milk (+2,701) while 7HO11118 Mr Atwood BROKAW-ET (VG-86) is the leading Type young sire (+4.57 PTAT).

To view Select Sires’ new graduates and the complete Holstein lineup, visit or contact your Select Sires sales representative.

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

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Select Sires logoSelect Sires’ Jersey, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Ayrshire and Milking Shorthorn sires lead the industry, making Select Sires your source for the best high-components genetics.

Select Sires’ Jersey lineup is now home to four of the top five Jersey Performance Index™ (JPI™) sires: 523JE927 Wilsonview Jevon MAGNUM-ET (+221), 7JE1046 Sunrise/Hackline Bungy ZIPPER (+221), 7JE1038 All Lynns Louie VALENTINO-ET (+215) and 7JE1067 GR Oomsdale Tbone GOLDA-ET (+211). MAGNUM (+637), 236JE146 ISDK DJ ZUMA (+526) and ZIPPER (+520) are three of top five Net Merit (NM$) sires while MAGNUM (+680), ZUMA (+618), 236JE136 ISDK DJ HULK (+595) and ZIPPER (+587) rank in the top seven active and foreign A.I. sires for Cheese Merit (CM$).

VALENTINO regained the top active and foreign A.I. spot for Type at +2.4 PTAT while 7JE860 Maack Dairy ECLIPES-P-ET improved to the No. 4 spot at +2.1 PTAT. The Select Sires lineup also contains three of the top 10 active and foreign A.I. sires for Milk (GOLDA at +1,882, VALENTINO at +1,716 and ZIPPER at +1,400) while ZUMA (+6.7), MAGNUM (+5.5) and 7JE859 Chasin-Rainbows Act RILEY-ET (+4.8) are three of the top four for Productive Life (PL).

Select Sires’ commitment to fertility can be seen in the lineup’s industry-leading Sire Conception Rates (SCR). 7JE1036 Avon Road Impuls PAT debuts with as the breed leader for SCR at +5.3. He is followed by 7JE865 Sunset Canyon KYROS-ET (+4.8), 7JE962 Buttercrest SUCCESS-ET (+4.0), RILEY (+3.8), ECLIPES-P (+3.5) and 7JE886 Three Valleys Country MILES-ET (+3.3) in the top 10.

The Jersey lineup also stacks up well north of the border with six active lineup sires among the top 20 LPI sires including 236JE3 ISDK Q IMPULS (+1761) at No. 1 and VALENTINO (+1608) at No. 3. Other lineup sires in the top 20 are KYROS (+1507), 7JE1071 Freeman Blackstone SHINE-ET (+1503), ECLIPES-P (+1441) and SUCCESS (+1434). VALENTINO is the top Canadian Jersey sire for Milk while IMPULS is the No. 1 Protein sire.

Jersey lineup grows with three elite graduates
7JE1067 GR Oomsdale Tbone GOLDA-ET is the breed’s highest new release sire for JPI. One of the first 7JE1000 Richies Jace TBONE A364 sons available, he has outstanding component yields (+70 Fat, +60 Protein). Not only is he an exceptional Milk transmitter (+1,882), he is the third high sire at Select Sires for Type (+1.8).

7JE1073 Boyd-Lee Tbone HENDRIX is also a TBONE son and an extreme component specialist (+.29%F, +.15%P) with +111 combined Fat and Protein yield. This FeedPRO® sire is from a solid maternal line with his three closest dams being Excellent cows with over 21,000 Milk.

A Gannon son, 7JE1063 GR Senns Gannon TY LAWSON rounds out this Jersey graduating class. He transmits exceptional udders (+4.53 Jersey Udder Index™) and longevity (+3.1 PL) with solid production (+749) and positive components (+.06%F, +.00%P). LAWSON comes from six generations of consistent calving intervals and solid scores from his maternal line.

AUGUST and MVP are total performance specialists
7BS826 Oak View Zeus AUGUST *TM and 7BS828 Little Hill Ladys MVP ET*TM keep getting better and better and are among the top five active A.I. Brown Swiss sires for Progressive Performance Rating (GPPR) at +175 and +147, respectively. Both sires improved for Milk (AUGUST +778, MVP +770), NM$ (AUGUST +435, MVP +328) and CM$ (AUGUST +465, MVP +359) as well. AUGUST also ranks high for Type (+0.8), Somatic Cell Score (SCS) (2.61), Productive Live (+3.5) and Mobility (+1.2).

Showcase Selections™ sires 7BS900 Blessing Tex BRAIDEN ET*TM “E92″ (+1.2) and 7BS901 Mort Blessing Dynsty JAVA (M) “E90” (+1.0) are the No. 2 and No. 3 active A.I. sires for SCR. Additionally, JAVA is the No. 4 Type sire (+0.9) while BRAIDEN ranks in the top five for PL (+4.0) and Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR) (+1.5).

RIGGINS joins an exceptional Ayrshire lineup
7AY89 Palmyra Poker RIGGINS-ET is the newest graduate to the Select Sires Ayrshire lineup. Already well-known for siring show winners, he is the No. 4 active A.I. sire for Type (+1.3). His daughters are silky-hided with open, deep rib and well-attached udders. RIGGINS transmits outstanding components (+.11%F, +.03%P).

7AY84 Palmyra Tri-Star BURDETTE-ET continues to be the best in the breed for Type (+1.9) which comes as no surprise because of his daughters’ tanbark success. Not only do BURDETTE daughters show they perform well in the barn with his outstanding DPR (+1.1), NM$ (+350), CM$ (+386) and GPTI (+534).

At +534 GPTI, 7AY87 Anmar Peter POWER-ET is also in the top five active A.I. sires of the breed. He ranks second for NM$ (+419), CM$ (+465), DPR (+1.2), Fat (+.11%) and Protein (+.04%).

ALSTAR leads Guernseys for PTI
7GU398 Sniders Ronalds ALSTAR (+146) is back on top of the active A.I. PTI sires list. He is No. 2 in the breed for Milk (+1,106), DPR (+2.1) and NM$ (+444). No. 3 PTI sire (+133 PTI), 7GU405 Golden J Ronald GRUMPY is also one of the leading PL (+4.8) and CM$ (+443) sires. Other lineup sires earning high breed rankings include 7GU428 Golden J Skipper GARY for Protein (+26) and SCR (+1.5), 7GU434 Spring Walk Sherberts MINT for SCS (2.69) and 7GU455 Oak Knob Maxie LAREDO for Fat (+40).

Milking Shorthorn lineup has Type and component specialists
7MS347 Mysha-WO Advent LIRIANO-ET is again the No. 1 Type Milking Shorthorn active A.I. sire at +1.1. LIRIANO is also the leader for Udder Composite (UDC) (+1.41) and ranks No. 3 for Milk (+1,189) and DPR (+0.6). 7MS346 Kulp-Gen Jurist ACE-ET transmits elite components (.34%F, +.09%P, +64F) and is among the best for PL (+2.6), NM$ (+374), CM$ (+439) and PPR (+131). In Canada, ACE is the No. 2 LPI Milking Shorthorn at +1835.

For the complete list of Select Sires’ high-components breeds lineup, please visit or contact your Select Sires sales representative.

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A familiar face for many people, driven by her interest for the dairy industry, Kalyne has volunteered at many TAG events over the past few years. She brings a wealth of talent to the TAG group and her diverse interests will make her an integral part of both the Genetic and Marketing departments.

Kalyne Bertolin and Natalia Rodrigues, vice-president of TAG
Dr. Bertolin’s educational portfolio is impressive. She studied Veterinary medicine in her home country, Brazil, graduating in 2008. She moved to Quebec to study in the fields of physiology of animal reproduction, in vitro fertilization and animal reproductive biology at the University of Montreal. She completed her Master’s degree in 2010 and obtained her PhD in 2013 both under the supervision of Dr. Bruce D. Murphy. Her thesis in the animal reproduction field of basic research was indicated for the Dean’s Honor List for being rated as excellent.
Kalyne has a unique skill set and has developed a network in the research field that will be of tremendous value to TAG” affirms Patrice Simard, President of Trans-America Genetics.

Kalyne brings a dynamic attitude, great knowledge and excellent computer skills to the TAG team. Fluent in three languages, Portuguese, French and English she will be a great asset to the ever increasing TAG market network.

Kalyne will be an integral part of both the Genetic and Marketing departments
Trans-America Genetics is a unique genetic company offering economic solutions for today’s forward thinking dairy farmer. TAG products are available in over 35 countries world-wide.
Dr. Kalyne Bertolin
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Kevin JorgensenSelect Sires Inc. has added Kevin Jorgensen to the Holstein sire team. Jorgensen will be responsible for Holstein sire acquisition in Wisconsin and other states and will assist Selects’ member cooperatives in their efforts to grow semen sales. He will be based from his home in Waupun, Wis.

Jorgensen is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received a bachelor’s degree in dairy science. He holds a master’s degree from Marian College in organizational leadership and quality. Jorgensen has a 21-year history in the A.I. industry and has spent the last 15 with East Central/Select Sires. In his most recent position as director of dairy programs, he managed Select Mating Service™ (SMS™) evaluator staff, evaluated cows in southeastern Wisconsin, provided reproductive troubleshooting as part of the Select Reproductive Solutions™ (SRS™) team and coordinated and hosted international tour groups. He currently serves on the Wisconsin Holstein Association board of directors and owns a select group of registered Holsteins.

“Through Kevin’s roles as East Central’s dairy program specialist and SMS evaluator, and later in his current role as director of dairy programs, Kevin has experience in every aspect of our business,” says Charlie Will, manager of Selects’ Holstein sire program. “His knowledge of pedigrees, cow families and sire lines goes back for many generations. Kevin has judged shows and worked sales in many states in the U.S. and has represented World Wide Sires (WWS) in seven countries around the world from Germany to Japan to Australia. He is known by many people around the world, as Kevin has organized and hosted tours for as many WWS international tour groups as anyone in the U.S.”

“I am very excited for the opportunity to work with the sire department and work with producers throughout the entire Select Sires federation and World Wide Sires,” comments Jorgensen.

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.

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Accelerated Genetics Announces New Ayrshire

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Accelerated Genetics announces the release of 014AY0028 Scapeland Poker Sawyer to its Ayrshire line-up. Sawyer displays an appealing package of high type and quality production traits.

Huntzicker Sawyer Thunder

Huntzicker Sawyer Thunder, David Huntzicker, Cashton, WI.
Sawyer records +0.30 PTAT and +501 milk. In addition, he adds a solid Productive Life of +1.5. Sawyer’s pedigree combines the high type and high butterfat of his sire with the high production and long productive lives of his cow family. His sire is Poker, the high LPI Pardner son from Canada. Sawyer’s dam is an Excellent-90 Stardom daughter that produced over 130,000M lifetime with five very good lactations. Her best 305d lactation is 27460M 3.3% 907F 2.9% 783P. The maternal grand dam is sired by Battle and produced a lactation best of 18570M 3.6% 670F 2.7% 506P. Also, Sawyer offers a high PL and low SCS. Unfortunately, he is a carrier of the AH01 Haplotype.

Accelerated Genetics is a global provider of bovine genetics and research, reproductive services, and solution-based animal health products. With a focus on People, Products and Pride, the Accelerated Genetics vision is to be the producer’s trusted first choice.

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Accelerated GeneticsDuring the past decade of rapid Jersey expansion, Accelerated Genetics has kept pace with a growing and elite Jersey line-up. Accelerated Genetics announces the addition of three new proven sires to enhance an already well-equipped Jersey line-up. With the highly demanded attributes of production, type, and outcross spread throughout the line-up, Accelerated Genetics can serve as your SOURCE for Jersey genetics.

Red Top Judge 18420This class of proven sires is highlighted by014JE00552 Judge, an elite udder specialist and high milk yield sire. Judge’s proof features an extremely high JUI (+4.39) and his daughters are identifiable by elite youthful udders with a strong cleft, and a high wide rear udder attachment. To compliment his JUI, Judge records +1326 for Milk, up 90 from his last proof. In addition his +1.1 PL transmits longevity into a herd. Red Top Judge 18420, Hilmar, CA, pictured at right.

Judge is sired by T-Bone. The dam is a Dale daughter that scored Very Good-83%. She made a solid first lactation record, 1-11 305d 2x 17170M 4.0% 684F 3.6% 611P. The grandam is an exceptional Rosecrans daughter that was classified Very Good-88% and produced six impressive records including a third lactation record, 4-01 305d 2x 20140M 4.8% 968F 3.6% 735P.

OF Impuls Hancock014JE00553 Hancock (at left) brings a combination of profit enhancing traits into the line-up. Hancock displays great production +1087 Milk, up 177 pounds from his last proof. In addition, he records a high Cheese Merit (+465 CM$), and displays a profitable PL (+1.6) and positive DPR (+0.2).

Peterson Impulsive Roy014JE00555 Roy (below) follows in similar suit with longevity (+3.8 PL) and positive DPR (+0.4). Roy can fit into a component and profit focused breeding program with high fat (+64 F) and great Cheese Merit (+595 CM$).

With an outlook of more than 25% of the U.S. National Dairy Herd to be sired by a Jersey sire by 2020, Accelerated Genetics recognizes the need to offer elite Jersey Genetics. You can be confident in Accelerated Genetics to serve as your SOURCE for Jersey genetics.

Accelerated Genetics is a global provider of bovine genetics and research, reproductive services, and solution-based animal health products. With a focus on People, Products and Pride, the Accelerated Genetics vision is to be the producer’s trusted first choice.

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Chris Parreira joins All-West Select Sires

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Chris ParreiraAll-West Select Sires is pleased to announce that Chris Parreira has joined the technician team.  Chris will be working throughout southern California with the salespeople and SMS evaluators, providing professional reproductive breeding services.

Chris is a Tulare, CA, native, growing up on the 1800-cow dairy that his father managed.  A graduate of Tulare Union High School, he was very active in the FFA program and a member of the judging team.  Before joining All-West Select Sires, he was employed by Animal Health International (Walco Dairy Supply) and worked as a part-time independent breeder.  Chris has a strong dairy heritage as his grandfather and family owned & operated a dairy in Portugal, and in fact, Chris and his cousin Mike (who also works at All-West) are the first generation in their family to be born in the United States.

“I really wanted to find a career that would involve working with animals, but also working with people to help them improve their genetics,” said Chris.  “I’ve always been interested in how we can improve the dairy cattle population with great genetics, and Select Sires is one of the best companies in California and in the country to help with that.  Select is a household name and has a great reputation. I really wanted to be part of that!”

When Chris isn’t representing All-West Select Sires, he’s very much involved in his family heritage and local Portuguese events & festivals.  Once an accomplished Portuguese bull fighter, Chris admits he gave up participating, but still enjoys watching his friends and relatives compete.

Chris began work in mid-October and will continue to be a familiar face in herds in, and around, the Tulare/Visalia area.

To learn more about All-West Select Sires, visit  You can reach Chris directly at 559.827.2706 or

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Launched just one year ago, Semex’s patented Immunity+™ sires have a naturally high immune response.  By using these sires, herds can improve their overall health and longevity, breeding a herd that has less disease, a greater response to vaccines and higher quality colostrum.

“Every dairyman wants to get everything in one complete package,” says Jay Shannon, Semex Global Dairy Solutions Manager. “In the genetics and reproduction business, this is a tall order to fill, but Semex’s Immunity+ lineup is about as close as it gets to truly doing that.”

“Every analysis we’ve performed since Immunity+’s introduction offers additional validation.  And, we continually analyze the herd data of Immunity+ sires’ daughters to confirm the impact that one generation of Immunity+ bulls can have on a dairy,” says Shannon. “And, by using Immunity+ in your breeding program, each successive generation can accumulate further disease resistance.”

Joining the proven Immunity+ lineup following the December 2013 genetic evaluation are:

The following Genomax™ bulls are also designated Immunity+:

For more information on Semex, Genetics for Life, Immunity+ sires or any of Semex’s brands visit:

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In a solid December sire summary run, DORCY tops the official Holstein USA Top 100 TPISM List and ABS Global graduates seven Holstein and three Jersey sires to an already outstanding lineup.

BOLTON son 29HO14142 DORCY only continues to improve with age, as his breed-leading TPI reached +2267 this December. His combination of outstanding type and production make him a viable option for producers around the globe, as he utilizes +1600 Milk in addition to +3.00 PTAT to make daughters fun to look at that are ready to go to work.

A group of solid udder and production sires from proven ABS genetics lead the new graduate list. 29HO14627 SOTO is a JET STREAM x SHOTTLE son that yields high producing daughters at +1582 Milk with outstanding fat tests. A solid TPI sire with +2141, SOTO uses his ABS sire stack to make youthful, well attached udders from tall frame cows.

An Active x SHOTTLE son, 29HO14733 SHERAC enters the lineup with +2125 TPI. This +2.38 PTAT sire excels in calving ease at 6.1%, and with +2.1 DPR his resume shows daughters that excel across the board with solid production from great mammary systems.

29HO14748 GELDON (JEEVES x BOLIVER) and 29HO14487 SHANNON (BOLIVER x SHOTTLE) complete the conventional graduate lineup, and bring tall, strong cows with quality udders to the table. GELDON hails from the same family as ABS proven sires GARRETT and GERARD from Schillview Holsteins, and is a true feet and leg specialist. SHANNON’s sire stack of BOLIVER x SHOTTLE needs no introduction, as he is a tremendous udder and production improver that increases longevity, fertility and milk quality.

ABS continues to build on its offering of Sexation® sires, and adds three Sexation exclusive bulls to the list this December. 529HO14768 JIVES is a son of the original longevity king JEEVES and a popular ABS Primetime® bull that has surpassed expectations. At +2051 TPI, JIVES will produce trouble free cows with great locomotion and well-attached udders. A low SCS (2.62) and good DPR (+1.6) add to an impressive list of health traits.

Also graduating as a Sexation exclusive sire is 529HO14660 AYERS. This Planet x SHOTTLE son produces strong, open cows with good dairy form and great udders. Finally, 529HO14586 BENTON is a Mascol x BOLIVER that provides smaller framed cows with above average production and solid mammary systems that are ideal for commercial operations.

The ABS Jersey lineup expands with the addition of 29JE3756 PREMIER and 29JE3691 TERRY. PREMIER is the Impuls x Jace son backed by three dams averaging 93.3 points. He was a popular ABS Primetime bull that is making fancy daughters that excel in components, DPR and productive life. TERRY is a Gannon-PR x Impuls that can add size and strength from a high producing family with outstanding longevity.

“Now more than ever, ABS has the strength and diversity in an impressive lineup of sires that can fulfill any producer need or goal,” stated Wayne DeBuhr, dairy brand manager for ABS North America. “ABS continues to offer genetics that will increase producers’ bottom line no matter their breeding goal.”

To implement any of these sires into your breeding program, contact your local ABS representative or call 1-800-ABS-STUD.

Headquartered in DeForest, Wisconsin, ABS Global is the world-leading provider of bovine genetics, reproduction services, technologies and uddercare products. Marketing in more than 80 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.

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Cogent is celebrating its strongest and broadest line-up of bulls, following the launch of new Holstein indexes to the dairy industry this week.

Not only does the company feature heavily in DairyCo’s official Profitable Lifetime Index (PLI) ranking with continued solid performance from some of its proven dairy sires, but it is also claiming the best portfolio of high type sires the industry has ever seen.
It is names such as Cogent Twist (now with second crop daughters and standing his ground as one of the world’s top 10 sires); Pirolo Goldwyn Wyman (the highest type transmitter in the top 20 PLI list); and Bakombre (with unmatched transmission of milk volume and percentage fat) which are strengthening the company’s position. These daughter-proven bulls all feature in the international top 20 PLI ranking and offer exceptionally complete packages of production, fitness and type.

Annan Twist Mandy VG86

Even more type is on offer from others in the line-up, with names such as Mincio (Type Merit 4.11 and PLI £139); Bookem (TM 3.16; PLI £214); Observer (TM 3.22; PLI £201) and Shamrock (TM 3.56; PLI £179) amongst the most well-rounded.
“Some of these high type bulls have earned us an unprecedented position in Holstein UK’s December Type Merit ranking where we are proud to have six of the top 10 UK and international sires and eight of the top 12,” says Michael Phillips from Cogent. “We have always worked hard to find the most well-balanced packages when it comes to genetics and we believe that the transmission of sound conformation alongside high PLI represents the most desirable blend.

“With names such as Ballycairn Tiergan and Oman End-Story showing great staying-power and gradually becoming household names we are confident others will follow suit and be here for the long haul,” he adds.

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selectsires logoSons of 7HO8081 Ensenada Taboo PLANET-ET (EX-90-GM) dominate this class of elite Holstein graduates including the top four GTPISM proven industry newcomers, making Select Sires your source for elite PLANET sons. Additionally, this class includes outliers for health traits, components and popular former Super Sampler™ and top proven polled sire, 7HO10904 Sandy-Valley COLT P-RED-TW. All but one of the graduates receive the FeedPRO® logo while nine are Calving Ease sires and eight earn the HealthMark™ designation.

Well-known Super Samplers deliver proven results
At +2227 GTPI, +2.79 Type and +711 Net Merit (NM$), 7HO10849 Ladys-Manor Pl SHAMROCK-ET (VG-85) is the highest Select Sires graduate in those categories. His daughters are moderate in stature with exceptional udder attachments that produce a high volume of milk (+1,649). As a Calving Ease sire with a high Sire Conception Rate (SCR) (+2.1) and Productive Life (PL) (+6.8) it is hard to not find a place for him in your breeding program. SHAMROCK is available in gender SELECTed™ semen.

A PLANET from an Excellent (90) Shottle, 7HO10679 Cedar-Haven-NR KID-ET (VG-87) lands at +2170 GTPI. KID transmits excellent health traits (2.61 Somatic Cell Score, +6.2 PL) and protein (+53). Select Sires’ top new graduate for Cheese Merit (CM$) (+$729) is also a Calving Ease sire. His daughters have high, wide rear udders and deep udder clefts.

7HO10690 B-Hiddenhills PLAN 1023-ET (VG-88) joins the lineup as an extreme HealthMark sire (+7.0 PL, +1.7 Daughter Pregnancy Rate, 2.82 SCS). This Calving Ease sire and Superior Settler™ moderates size, improves protein (+45P, +.04%P) and transmits shallow udders with strong fore and rear udder attachments. His +2158 GTPI ranks him among the best in the breed.

A top five NM$ (+675) sire at Select Sires, 7HO10700 Vatland MAUSER-ET (EX-91) is also among the top five Select sires for CM$ at +717. This Calving Ease sire passes on incredible components (+78F, +51P) and durability (+5.1 PL). Because of these traits MAUSER earns the HealthMark and FeedPRO designations.

One of PLANET’s best sons for Type (+2.71), Udder Composite (UDC) (+2.81) and Feet and Leg Composite (FLC) (+2.14) is 7HO10723 De-Su 527 SPUR-ET (EX-90). SPUR is a half-brother to lineup sire, 7HO10272 De-Su FORK-ET (EX-92). SPUR daughters are tall, strong, deep, wide cows with steep foot angles and exceptional udders. He transmits productivity (+1,857 Milk), longevity (+4.7 PL) and overall total performance (+2139 GTPI). With an SCR of +2.3 he can be used to boost conception rates. SPUR is a Calving Ease and DIAMOND SELECTion™ sire available in gender SELECTed semen.

Protein, Production and Productive Life standouts round out PLANET sons
7HO10595 Glen-Toctin LISTEN-ET is from the same family as current Super Sampler, 7HO11331 S-S-I Domain LITHIUM-ET and one of the industry’s best for protein at +75 pounds. Additionally this FeedPRO sire transmits +.06%P and extreme production (+1,925). LISTEN daughters have open frames with width throughout and high, wide rear udders.

7HO10729 De-Su 546 DEATON-ET (VG-88) is another protein specialist (+65P, +.02%P). This Calving Ease sire ranks high for GTPI (+2073) and for NM$ (+593). DEATON sires cows that milk well (+1,942) with immense dairyness and impressive rear udders.

7HO10645 Garjo Planet GERRY-ET ranks No. 4 at Select Sires for protein yield (+59) and is among the best for fat (+65). Daughters of this Calving Ease sire are open, wide cows with well-attached rear udders. Their efficient medium body size and elite production (+1,931) earn him the FeedPRO logo.

The top new graduate for milk is 7HO10585 Appealing Planet HELIX-ET at +2,003. Like his paternal brothers, he passes down large protein yields (+56), longevity (+5.0 PL) and rear udder height and width. With a GTPI of +2061 and NM$ of +581, this FeedPRO sire is ideal for herd’s looking for a total performer.

7HO10575 Coyne-Farms Planet DOLCE-ET (VG-87) is the son of an Excellent (91) 9HO2575 Peckenstein Form BRET-ET (EX-94) daughter of Coyne-Farms Rudolph Daffy (EX-90-EX-MS-GMD-DOM). His outstanding SCS (2.77), PL (+5.7) and DPR (+0.8) make him a HealthMark designee. DOLCE is one of the highest proven PLANET sons for Type (+2.28) and UDC (+2.22). His daughters have shallow udders with solid attachments.

Outliers and outcross sires
From PLANET’s family, 7HO10582 Ensenada Jeeves PAUL-ET (VG-88) is Select’s new No. 1 sire for PL (+7.1) and DPR (+3.0). PAUL also ranks well for GTPI (+2090), NM$ (+620) and CM$ (+698). His daughters produce high quality milk (2.60 SCS) from tightly attached udders.

7HO10640 Dewgood O-BENNET-ET (EX-91) is a Boliver son from a Very Good (87) 7HO6417 O-Bee MANfred Justice-ET (EX-94-GM) out of a Very Good (89) Eddie. This Calving Ease and HealthMark sire specializes in component yields (+74F, +49P) and fitness traits (2.90 SCS, +2.8 PL, +0.2 DPR).

A rare Roumare son, 7HO10702 Nova-TMJ EXCEL (VG-87) hails from the UFM-DUBS Eroy (VG-87-GMD-DOM) cow family. A components transmitter (+.11%F, +.05%P) he is also a Calving Ease sire. A carrier of the FeedPRO and HealthMark logos, his daughters are healthy, long-lived (+3.0 PL) cows that are medium in stature.

Polled, Red and available
COLT P-RED has graduated into the active lineup with impressive early results and a GTPI of +1919 which puts him at the top of proven, polled sires. His 2.80 SCS, +4.2 PL and +1.2 DPR make him a HealthMark sire while he earns the Superior Settler logo because of his elite +3.7 SCR. His daughters have exceptional udders reflected in his +2.09 UDC. His ability to sire show winners and sale toppers make COLT P-RED a solid choice for your herd.

For the complete list of Select Sires’ new graduates as well as the full breed-leading Holstein lineup, please visit or contact your Select Sires sales representative today.

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Source: 12/13 USDA-CDCB Genomic Evaluation, USDA/HA Genomic Evaluation 12/13 %Rel: SHAMROCK Type 86, NM$ 87, Yield 94, SCR 99, PL 80; KID SCS 88, PL 81, Yield 94; PLAN PL 80, DPR 75, SCS 86, Yield 93; MAUSER NM$ 87, Yield 94, PL 80; SPUR Yield 91, PL 80, SCR 98; LISTEN Yield 92; DEATON Yield 92, NM$ 85; GERRY Yield 92; HELIX Yield 92, PL 80, NM$ 86; DOLCE SCS 90, PL 81, DPR 79, Type 93; PAUL PL 81, DPR 78, NM$ 89, SCS 91; O-BENNET Yield 92, SCS 86, PL 80, DPR 76; EXCEL Yield 90, PL 78; COLT P-RED SCS 79, PL 78, DPR 69, SCR 98, Type 82. ™DIAMOND SELECTion, HealthMark, gender SELECTed and Super Sampler are trademarks of Select Sires Inc. ®FeedPRO is a registered trademark of Select Sires Inc. SMTotal Performance Index and TPI are service marks of Holstein Association USA.

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New graduate 014HO06344 Pirate sails to front of a diverse Holstein line-up.014HO06344 Pirate, an elite udder specialist who sports a quality pedigree package, leads out the December class. His supporting cast excels in a variety of different areas to suit any producer’s needs.

Pirate, a Planet son with a Boss Iron dam,propels into the proven scene as an udder specialist, sporting a +2.90 UDC. His daughters are recognizable by phenomenal rear udders with a deep cleft, and a long smoothly blended fore udder. To compliment these quality udders, he transmits tall, strong frames. Pirate records an impressive +3.00 PTAT. Furthermore, his daughters display excellent fat yields (+63 Fat).

Pirate’s dam is classified Excellent-93, being Excellent in both Feet & Legs and Mammary System and has completed four high component records including 5-06 2x 327d 31970M 3.6% 1166F 3.2% 1024P. The grandam is a Very Good-87 with a pair of elite milk records, the third dam is a Very Good-88 Encore daughter and the fourth dam is Very Good as well. Pirate has an EX-90 maternal sister that is sired by FBI. Backed with a solid pedigree, production and type, Pirate offers a great package. Also, he tests negative for all Haplotypes and genetic recessive traits.

Joining Pirate as a newly released proven sire is 014HO06449 Rest another Planet son. His proof spells profit as he boasts high production numbers (+627 NM$, +637 Cheese Merit $, +1345 Milk). Rest is a calving ease specialist (5.7% Sire Calving Ease) and sires moderate sized, durable long-lasting daughters (+5.8 PL, +1.1 DPR).

Rest’s dam, Ke-Holtz O Man Fantasy, produced an impressive record over 37,000M 4.6% 1,700F 3.3% 1,252P and scored Excellent-91. The granddam is sired by BW Mashall and is classified 2E Excellent-90 being excellent in both Feet & Legs and Mammary System. She was another high producer with five elite lactations and lifetime totals over 149,000M. The third dam is classified Excellent-91 and the next dam is Very Good-87.

014HO07296 Racer sprinted into the GeneForce line-up in August 2013 as the fourth ranked genomic sire available. Now in December, he displays the same attractive blend of production, type, and health traits appealing for genomic heifer or cow matings. Racer displays an impressive +2482 TPI and 6.2 % Sire Calving Ease. He offers a unique sire stack (Lexor X Observer x Ramos) that consists of no Shottle or Bolton.

Several other recently proven sires will make an impact in the Accelerated Genetics line-up. 014HO06276 Garfield offers a unique pedigree (Socrates x Jet Stream x Lancelot), positive productive life (+2.9), and a quality blend of type and production traits. 014HO06312 Trumpet specializes in components (+34 fat, +29 Protein), calving ease (5.9% Sire Calving Ease), productive life (+5.1), and transmits superior udders (+2.23 UDC).

014HO06338 Upstate is another outcross pedigree (AltaArmstead x Tredway x Die-Hard) with a great combination of production and health traits. 014HO06348 Tristan is protein improver (+60 protein) with a high cheese merit (+621).

The December sire summary was also generous to 014HO06234 Azon who saw gains in many traits. Azon displays quality numbers for TPI (+2018), Milk (+1522), NM $ (+562) and PL (+5.3). 014HO06393 Lobo rounds out a group of profit improving sires with a +2030 TPI and quality production and health traits.

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The December 2013 genetic evaluation confirmed Semex’scommitment to offering our clients the best product to deliver profitableresults. Dairymen working with Semex are covered whether they’re looking foroutcross bloodlines, high fertility, newly released daughter proven sires orhigh reliability sires. This is Genetics for Life!

For those dairymen looking for leading genomic young sires,Semex’s Genomax™ lineup is where you want to be, as five of the top 20, 10 ofthe top 40 and 13 of the top 50 GTPI genomic young sires born over a year ago,with semen ready for use call stud code 200 home.


As the world’s only international fertility evaluation,Repromax sires offer you higher conception and non-return rates, which meansmore pregnancies on your farm. Joining this group of fertility leaders followingthe December evaluations are:

  • 0200HO03722    UFM-DUBS SHAC  (ACTIVE x SHOTTLE)
  • 0200AY00697     PALMYRA BINGO  (POKER x JERRY)


Semex’s HealthSmart sires produce profitable daughters thatare healthier, more fertile and last longer. This means lower costs and moreprofit in the ledgers. Semex’s HealthSmart sires including 0200HO00402Mainstream Manifold and 0200HO05929 Gen-I-Beq Brawler are proven to siredesirable, healthy cows. New to this roster following the December evaluationsare:



Semex clients looking for the best in genomics look toSemex’s Genomax as the youngest and brightest genomic sires available anywhere.Our rigorous selection standards ensure that Semex’s bulls are the industry’sfinest genomic stars. Our Genomax line-up is envied worldwide and includesyoung bulls that have become household names including 0200HO07450 AmighettiNumero Uno. New to this line-up in December are:

  • 0200HO02790 ROYLANE FLEX
  • 0200HO02781 STANTONS XMAS
  • 0200HO03989 KHW ANAHIEM *RDC
  • 0200HO06530 EDG SKATEBOARD
  • 0200HO03920 MACPES LONIC
  • 0200HO02951 DE-SU TRUSTY
  • 0200JE09836 BW ARES

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Following the release of the December 2013 genetic evaluations, bulls from New Generation Genetics ranked at or near the top for Milk, Components, Type, Udder Composite, Mobility, Fertility, DPR, Productive Life, NM$, and PPR.

54BS467 Bo Joy Agenda GOLDWYN *TM improved 240 pounds of milk, rounding out a very balanced proof, with strong results for components, SCS, Productive Life and DPR. His type proof confirms he makes moderate sized cows with very high quality udders. Goldwyn’s proof is +86m +22f+.09% +15p +.05% +0.9 DPR +4.0 Productive Life $346 NM$ 104 PPR +0.55 udder composite and superior calving ease at 4.7%. Goldwyn is also available in Preferred Sex Semen

54BS466 Lost Elm BERRETTA ET *TM also improved for milk and especially for components.  Like his sire, he excels for Productive Life, SCS and udders. Berretta doubled his daughters and is confirming his genomic predictions. Berretta daughters exhibit strength and great udders. Berretta’s improved proof is +535m +30f +.03% +23p +.03% +2.7 Productive Life $323 NM$ +0.7 Type and 140 PPR.

54BS468 Alfa Creek Vigor ST NICK ET *TM graduates to the active list delivering extreme milk and protein with solid health traits. He confirms his genomic predictions now with daughters in the proof and daughters will have superior udder cleft. He is also back with a unique pedigree, making him easy to use on many bloodlines. St Nick’s first proof is +1208m +34p +0.7 DPR +1.1 UC +0.8 Mobility and 117 PPR.

54BS374 Sun-Made VIGOR ET *TM VIGOR is now over 11,000 daughters in milk and continues to be a hall of fame worthy bull. Vigor’s proof is PPR 139 NM$ $438 +457m +19p +1.6 DPR +1.19 Udder Composite +0.7 Mobility and a breed leading +6.2 Productive Life.

54BS438 R N R Payoff BROOKINGS added 34 early 2nd crop bulls and maintained his production while retaining his elite type score. His production proof is now +309m +25f +.06% +21p +.05% +3.0 Productive Life, +1.1 DPR 144 PPR and +373 NM$. Brookings is tied at the top of the type list at +1.0 Type +1.0 Mobility and +1.08 Udder Composite. Brookings has been found to have a shorter gestation—similar to that of a Holstein—and the calving ease of 4.1% is superior for this reason and he is now available in Preferred Sex Semen.

196BS13528 Jolahofs Polo JONGLEUR ET *TM is without question the type leader in Europe. 50% or more of all the entries in the cattle shows are all sired by Jongleur. With over 3,000 daughters his proof is reliable and he is only available for a limited time. His type proof is +1.1 Type +1.63 UDC and +2.3 DPR.

196BS16092 Alders Wagor NELGOR *TM currently is being used for a sire of sons and is a milk and udder composite leader. There is a limited quantity of semen available for import so order before he is gone. Nelgor’s proof is +1407m +28f +38p $255 NM$ 156 PPR and +1.21 udder composite.

BROOKINGS & GOLDWYN are joined by 54BS486 Pit-Crew Wonder TANBARK ET *TM, 54BS509 Shiloh Brookings CADENCE ET *TM and 54BS513 Hilltop Acres Ali JACKSON *TM al available in Preferred Sex Semen.

New Generation Genetics has now identified bulls for the A2/A2 Beta Casein trait. AUSTIN is joined by TANBARK, JACKSON, 54BS487 Cozy Nook J TEMTATION ET *TM, 54BS500 Manis Glenn WHISKEY ET *TM and54BS493 Onword VITALIS *TM.

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CRV USA Jersey Program Excels

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

CRV logoThe December 2013 sire evaluations for CRV USA’s Jersey bulls was another excellent step forward for the program. An excellent lineup of Jersey sires that showcase functional type, high combined fat and protein, and increasing milk production, will be viable in any dairy market.

CRV’s Jersey program continues to develop with three new young sires. Two Marvel sons, SPECTRE (097JE00117) and STORMY (097JE00113) are both progeny from the remarkable Wilsonview Shauna family. SPECTRE is 196 JPI, 3.99 JUI, and +3.5 for PL. STORMY is sure to become an allstar with 241 JPI, 4.61 JUI, 2.2 PTAT, and over 1000 lbs M with +100 lbs combined Fat and Protein. PADEN (097JE00112) is a Chart out of a Gannon, offering breeders a unique pedigree. PADEN is a production star wih 1604 lbs M, 131 lbs combined Fat and Protein with 221 JPI and 4.16 JUI.

Returning stars ROYALTY (097JE00111), HEISENBERG (535JE00005), RAWLS
(535JE00002), and LEVY (535JE00001) all continue to improve. HEISENBERG is now 226JPI with 2058 lbs M and 121 lbs combind Fat and Protein. LEVY is a component expert with over 140 lbs Fat +Protein.

MUSKET (Valentino x Impuls) had an exciting proof run rising to +221 JPI and +596 CM$. He continues to be a great udder bull at +4.12 JUI and improves component percentages for both fat and protein.

KINDLE (097JE00110) continues to be a leader for CM$ at +617 while being a health expert at 6.6 PL an +1.1 DPR.

With only fourteen bulls in the lineup, but with six over 200 JPI, the CRV USA Jersey program will be sure to breed the type of Jersey cattle everyone can love.

To learn more about CRV, it’s people, or products in your area, please visit or give us a call at 1-855-CRV-COWS.

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selectsires logoPLAIN CITY, Ohio, December 3, 2013—Three Select sires (7AY84 Palmyra Tri-Star BURDETTE-ET, 7BS796 Old Mill WDE SUPREME ET *TM QS and 7GU395 Sniders Option AARON-ET) earned the coveted Premier Sire banner at World Dairy Expo. Nearly 50 different Jersey, Brown Swiss, Ayrshire, Guernsey and Milking Shorthorn sires had daughters that stood in the top five of their respective classes at the All-American Dairy Show, World Dairy Expo, Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE).

Five Junior All American Jerseys are Select-sired
At the All American Junior Jersey Show in Louisville, Ky., Showcase Selections™ Super Sampler™ 7JE1124 Avonlea CF Gt Balls of FIRE-ET sired the winning summer yearling, Bolle-Acres Fire Erin exhibited by Drew Bollenbacher of Argos, Ind. She was one of five Junior All Americans sired by “7J” sires including three 7JE867 Griffens GOVERNOR-ET daughters: Payneside GG Got Milk (E-91%), first junior three-year-old and reserve grand champion for Ben Sauder of Tremont, Ill.; SAR Governor Merry (E-91%), winning senior three-year-old exhibited by Tyler French, Newberry, S.C. and Payneside Red Solo Cup, first winter yearling owned by Morgan Betti, Goshen, Conn. In addition to her winnings in Louisville, Payneside GG Got Milk was the reserve intermediate champion at World Dairy Expo. 7JE1102 River Valley Sal SPLENDOR-ET sired the Junior All American fall yearling in milk, SW Splendor Luna, owned by Steven Wetmore of Mount Ulla, N.C.

Another FIRE daughter, Meadow Ridge Fire Jackpot finished in the top five of the summer yearling class at the All American Jersey Show and the International Jersey Show at World Dairy Expo. She is owned by Roger Riebe and Family of Cumberland, Wis. Pierstein Kyros Evangeline, sired by 7JE865 Sunset Canyon KYROS-ET and owned by Ferme Elegance of St-Gervais de Bellechasse, Quebec, was the third intermediate calf at the Canadian National Jersey Show while 7JE1038 All Lynns Louie VALENTINO-ET daughter, M-Signiture Valentino Scarlett-ET was the third spring calf at the All-American Dairy Show for Bailee and Calla Mazzaro and Duane Cole of Williamsfield, Ohio.

BRAIDEN, PEPPER and other Brown Swiss sires have success
7BS900 Blessing Tex BRAIDEN ET*TM “E92” sired three top-five finishers at the International Brown Swiss Show in Madison, Wis. including the fifth spring calf (Nolandale Braiden Jerada, Nolandale Farm, Lexington, Ill.), fourth senior three-year-old (Get-R-Done Braiden Gigi, Craig Walton and Donald Harwood, Pleasant Plain, Ohio) and fifth four-year-old (Lee-Anns Braiden Glitter “VG89,” Lee-Ann Swiss LLC, DeWitt, Iowa).

Several 7BS843 Voelkers Wndt Chilli PEPPER*TM daughters could be found in the younger calf classes including Kinnderkay Pepper Eden owned by Webb Kress of West Milton, Ohio. She was the fifth fall calf at World Dairy Expo and the winning fall calf and best bred and owned of the Southeastern National Junior Brown Swiss Show in Louisville, Ky.

7BS849 Cutting Edge THUNDER*TM and 7BS840 Top Acres GRANDSLAM ET*TM also had outstanding show seasons. Cutting Edge T Delilah, sired by THUNDER and owned by Kyle Barton of Ancramdale, N.Y., was the winning winter calf and junior champion at the Southeastern National Junior Brown Swiss show. GRANDSLAM daughter, Mase’s Manor Grandslam Lola, exhibited by Zoie Hamilton of Cochranton, Pa., was the winning fall calf and reserve junior champion of the All-American Junior Brown Swiss Show.

SUPREME sired the reserve grand and intermediate champion at World Dairy Expo as well as the reserve intermediate champion at the All-American Dairy Show.

BURDETTE dominates Ayrshire shows
BURDETTE had a banner day at World Dairy Expo where he sired the grand champion, reserve grand champion, junior champion, reserve grand champion of the junior show and junior champion of the junior show. It was no surprise that he earned the Premier Sire award that day. Sunny Acres TSB Silk (EX-92) was named grand champion for Greg Evans of Georgetown, N.Y. Melody-Lane Burdette Sally was the reserve grand champion, following up her grand champion award at the All-American Dairy Show for owner Kaylyn Wood of Saranac, N.Y. Spring Vale Burdt Applefritter (EX-91), owned by Jeffrey Hubbard of Thurmont, Md., was the reserve grand champion of the junior show at both World Dairy Expo and the All-American Dairy Show.

In the World Dairy Expo heifer show, De La Plaine Burdette Bling-ET was the winning summer yearling and junior champion for Ferme Charest and Ferme De La Plaine of Ste-Francoise, Quebec and Four-Hills Burdette Alex 3908 was the top spring yearling and junior champion of the junior show for Britney Hill of Bristol, Vt.

Another BURDETTE daughter, Palmyra-Ragimore-EV B Gigi (VG-89), owned by Palmyra Farm, Edmund Els, Ragimore Trust and Barti Volschenk Hagerstown, Md., was named reserve grand and intermediate champion at the All-American Dairy Show and reserve intermediate champion at NAILE. The reserve junior champion at the All-American Dairy Show, Sunny-Acres TSB Karma-ET, was also a BURDETTE daughter exhibited by Nancy Vaill, Pine Plains, N.Y.

7AY89 Palmyra Poker RIGGINS-ET also sired many top placing animals including, Old-Bankston Riggins Godess, owned by Hannah Halliburton, Smyrna, Tenn., who was the reserve junior champion at the Southern National Ayrshire Show in Louisville, Ky.

ALSTAR, GRUMPY and LIGHTNING sire Guernsey stars
Bluemoons L Darby, owned by Bill and Linda Blue of Circleville, Ohio and sired by 7GU445 Marodore T Les LIGHTNING-ET, was the winning winter calf and reserve junior champion of the International Guernsey Show. She was also a class winner at NAILE.

7GU405 Golden J Ronald GRUMPY daughter, Warwick Manor Grumpy Aliyah had an outstanding show season. Owned by James Riley of Williamsfield, Ohio, she was the second winter yearling at NAILE and World Dairy Expo and the third winter yearling at the All-American Dairy Show.

7GU398 Sniders Ronalds ALSTAR sired several high-placing animals this fall including Hartdale Alstar Skittles who was the winning summer yearling at the National Guernsey Show in Louisville and fourth summer yearling at World Dairy Expo.

AARON daughters performed well in cow classes with his offspring being named grand champion of the junior show at NAILE and All-American Dairy Show. These and other high placings at World Dairy Expo helped him win the Premier Sire banner.

Milking Shorthorn champions sired by LIRIANO and NITRO
7MS347 Mysha-WO Advent LIRIANO-ET daughter, Buckeye Knoll Plmamazing EXP-ET won her class at the All-American Dairy Show, World Dairy Expo and NAILE. She was named the junior champion of the open and junior shows at the All-American Dairy Show, the reserve junior champion of the open show and junior champion of the junior show at World Dairy Expo and junior champion of the Winter National Junior Milking Shorthorn Show in Louisville, Ky.

7MS349 Mysha-WO Robin NITRO EXP sired his share of champions and class winners including the reserve junior champion of the International Junior Milking Shorthorn Show, Lazy M Nitro Dez, owned by Mena Schmitt, Sun Prairie, Wis.

Former lineup sire 7MS340 Kuszmar Alfairs OTHELLO sired the grand champion of the International Milking Shorthorn show and reserve grand champion of the All-American Dairy Show while a 7MS341 Bar-D-Kuszmar CLAY daughter was grand champion of the Winter National Milking Shorthorn Show.

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The December Holstein sire indexes, published today (Tuesday 3 December) by DairyCo Breeding+, tell a story of UK success, with three of the top 10 daughter-proven bulls – in a fiercely competitive international field – home-bred in Britain.

Of the three bulls – Ballycairn Oman Pello, Sherdon Irresistable and Cogent Twist– Irresistable will attract the most interest amongst producers, as he is a newcomer to the top 10 Profitable Lifetime Index (PLI) ranking (he rises to third from 15th position) and has an outcross pedigree into the bargain. Bred by Jerry Palmer in Devon, he has no Oman, Shottle, Goldwyn or Planet in his pedigree and has been awarded 2013 Outcross Sire of the Year by an international Holstein magazine in a triumph for UK breeding.

A son of Cogent Maestro (in turn by Lukas), Irresistable has plenty of health and fitness in his pedigree and is predicted to transmit good fertility, low cell counts and long lifespans on to his daughters. His PLI is an impressive £255 while other highlights include nearly 40kg fat and positive components.

Ahead of Irresistable, the German-bred Guarini retains his number one position for PLI, rising to £268 and maintains his good Type Merit at 2.29, while Pello, ranked second, adds even more production to his high-performance index. Now with 1,104kg milk, 43.7kg fat and 35.8kg protein, he combines this phenomenal production with one of the lowest cell count indexes in the top 20 and ease of calving.

Beneath third-ranking Irresistable, a top-20 newcomer makes his debut, in the shape of the Danish-bred, VH Tirvad Goldwyn Grafit. Like Guarini, he is a Goldwyn son, and is predicted to transmit plenty of quality milk along with good health and fertility across the board, as well as a Type Merit of 1.88. On the strength of his original genomic figures he has already been used as a sire of sons in Denmark.

There is little change among the remaining top 20 bulls, although Cogent Twist starts to bring second crop daughters into his index, maintaining his PLI (£249) and edging upwards for type (TM 1.36), while Regancrest AltaIota becomes another big mover. Adding 29 PLI points to reach £232 and improving on type to 2.35, he becomes the number three conformation transmitter in the PLI top 20.

Just edging ahead on Type Merit at 2.36 is another newcomer to the PLI top 20 in the shape of Welcome Glenton. This US-bred son of Planet has a PLI of £225 and transmits solid production and fitness, as well as good type on to his daughters.

The final new name in the daughter-proven top 20 is Aurora Jeroen, a son of Beekmanshoeve Bertil, a bull which hails from the same cow family as the well-known UK-bred Ballycairn Tiergan. Jeroen’s sire and cow family both have good components, and this can be seen in the bull’s own index.

“It’s a pleasure to see three UK-bred sires in the top 10 and highlights the fact that UK breeding is on a par with the best in the world,” says Marco Winters from DairyCo. “The fact that two of these three bulls are also available as sexed semen will further assist UK breeders when it comes to producing replacements.”

Source: DairyCo

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New Genomic Sires Join the PLI Ranking

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

The December ranking of genomic sires, published by DairyCo Breeding+ this week, features many young bulls who are starting to become familiar and a smattering of newcomers to liven up the pack.

Retaining his number one position is Robust son, De-Su RB Moonray, a top fat improver at 46.1kg, whose transmission of health, fertility and conformation earn him a sky-high Profitable Lifetime Index (PLI) of £292.

Sharing second position are Mr Moviestar Mardi Gras and Hoanster Zanzibar, each with a PLI of £278.

Mardi Gras is a son of genomic sire, Mogul, and out of a Planet daughter from the Rudy Missy family. This line is well-known for breeding AI sires, including the popularSeagul-Bay Supersire, who ranks in joint fifth position. The high type transmission predicted for Mardi Gras is a particular feature, as he weighs in with a Type Merit of 3.66.

Hoanster Zanzibar features a slightly different pedigree as an RMW Armitage x Laeschway Jet Bowser from the Rud Zip family. Zanzibar, like many of the top genomic young sires, specialises in improving daughter health, with a low Somatic Cell Count Index and amongst the best for daughter fertility (Fertility Index 6.4).

For the next of the newcomers we move to equal 12th position where EDG Demanmakes his debut with a PLI of £265. Another son of Mogul and out of an Atwood from the well-known show cow Scientific Debutante Rae, this bull features by far the highest Type Merit of the top 20 at a massive 4.08.

Bomaz AltaJager features for the first time in equal 16th position, and is backed by the slightly unusual pedigree of Hunter x Russel x Lancelot. Hunter is a Man-O-Man son, and still a young sire himself. With high type, outstanding cell counts, good daughter fertility and solid production, this all-rounder has a PLI of £259.

The top 20 is rounded off by the final new entrant to the group in the shape of Seagull-Bay MVP with a PLI of £257. Another Mogul x Planet from the Rudy Missy family, he is a maternal brother to Supersire.

“These young genomic sires continue to represent a big step up from most of the daughter-proven sires and I’d urge dairy producers who are keen to make genetic progress to consider a selection for their herds,” says Marco Winters from DairyCo. “The reliability of their production indexes is around 67 per cent which is sufficiently high for most producers to feel comfortable with their use.

“By using a selection of young sires, rather than focussing heavily on a few, worthwhile progress can be expected while minimising the risk.

“However, as genetic turnover accelerates it is increasingly difficult to keep up with ancestry details, so producers should study pedigrees carefully to maintain a broad range of bloodlines when selecting their genomic sires,” he says.

DairyCo has published a ‘Guide to genomic evaluations’ which is available online and also has a video online explaining how genomic indexes are calculated and how they should be used. For details visit

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For breeds other than Holstein there has been stability within the DairyCo Profitable Lifetime Index (PLI) rankings where British Friesians in particular have remained rock solid.

Deangate Tarquin retains his position as the number one bull of the breed thanks to his consistently good production figures and excellent fitness traits which come together in a PLI of £202. The next three bulls are equally familiar as Morcourt Hilton,Lakemead Randolf and Langley Evolution retain their second to fourth positions. New into the top five from sixth position in the previous ranking is Lakemead Pinnacle. A son of Marshside Rocket from a Catlane Camelot dam, Pinnacle has a PLI of £161.


The Jersey top five sees a slight reshuffle, with DJ Broiler regaining the lead thanks to an increase in his Lifespan Index to +0.5. He now has a PLI of £223, with solid all-round transmitting ability, and his gain pushes VJ Lure into second position. Lure is followed by the third consecutive Danish bull, DJ Lix. The two North Americans, All-Lynns Maximum Vernon (with the highest milk yield in the top 20) and Sunset Canyon Athams Allstar, complete the top five.


Finnish bulls keep control of the Ayrshire ranking with V Foske still featuring as the number one sire with a PLI of £198. He is followed by Gunnarstorp (PLI £184) in second, while joint third are Asmo Andrei and Swedish Red, Pell Pers (PLI £168).

Brown Swiss

For the Brown Swiss breed, Huray retains the top position with a PLI of £228. This high milk transmitter also has good figures for lifespan and daughter fertility at 0.6 and 9.5 respectively. Second placed is Vinold and new in third spot is German bred, Hegall, whose early daughter information lifts his PLI to £168.

Other breeds

For the Guernsey breed, Sniders Option Aaron takes the top spot on Guernsey Merit Index, Odislait further strengthens his grip on the Montbeliarde listing and Marleycote Blizzard makes a high entry on to the Shorthorn listings.

Comparison across breeds

“It must be remembered that genetic indexes should not be compared directly between breeds,” says Marco Winters, head of genetics for DairyCo. “The figures for each breed are calculated to relate to that breed average, so comparing figures across breeds would be both meaningless and potentially misleading.

“DairyCo supplies specific conversion formulae for those who want to compare one breed with another for cross-breeding purposes,” he says.

Source: Dairyco

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Select Sires logo Over 30 past and present members of the Select Sires lineup sired animals that stood in the top five of their Holstein or Red and White classes at this year’s fall shows. 7HO10506 Maple-Downs-I G W ATWOOD-ET (EX-90), 7HO8190 Gen-Mark Stmatic SANCHEZ (EX-94), 7HO8221 Golden-Oaks St ALEXANDER-ET (EX-94), 7HO9264 Lirr Drew DEMPSEY (VG-86) and 7HO9165 Regancrest S BRAXTON-ET (EX-95) sired the largest number of Select-sired standouts at the All-American Dairy Show, World Dairy Expo, Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE).

In Holstein Association USA’s recently released Pedigree Analysis of National Show Winners, G W ATWOOD, SANCHEZ, ALEXANDER, BRAXTON, 7HO10920 Mr Chassity GOLD CHIP-ET (EX-92), DEMPSEY and 7HO9420 Fustead Goldwyn GUTHRIE-ET (EX-94) were among the top 22 leading sires of national show winners. G W ATWOOD ranked second overall and in heifers, while SANCHEZ was the second-leading sire of show-winning cows. Both rank as the top active A.I. sire in those respective categories and all seven sires listed have semen readily available.

G W ATWOOD led the Showcase Selections™ lineup with the highest number of class winners and champions this show season, highlighted by Cameron-Ridge Atwood Beauty, the junior champion at both World Dairy Expo and the All-American Dairy Show. Beauty is owned by Chris and Jennifer Hill and Gene Iager of Thurmont, Md. Claquato-RH Elicit-ET was the winning senior two-year-old for Gene Iager of Fulton, Md. at the All-American Dairy Show and the Mid-East Fall National Holstein Show. In Louisville, Elicit was named intermediate champion. In the International Junior Holstein Show at World Dairy Expo, G W ATWOOD dominated the heifer show siring the junior champion and reserve junior champion. St-Jacob Atwood Adria, exhibited by Andrew and Mackenzie Reynolds, Corfu, N.Y., and Gebarten Atwood Maria owned by Taylor Morrill, Dekalb Junction, N.Y., earned those honors. The winning junior calf and summer yearling at the Canadian National Holstein Show as well as the winning senior two-year-old at the All-American Dairy Show were also G W ATWOOD daughters.

SANCHEZ emerged as a top sire of cows on the tanbark. Leading the way was the honorable mention intermediate champion at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Valleyville Rae Lynn (VG-89), owned by Quality Holsteins, Granja Ponderosa, Al-Be-Ro Land and Cattle and Agriber of Vaughan, Ontario. Also at the Royal, Phoenix Sanchez Geo (VG-88) exhibited by Breamont Holsteins of Tavistock, Ontario, was the first place junior three-year-old. Jacobs Sanchez Blacky-ET (VG-87), owned by Jacob Dueppengiesser of Perry, N.Y., was the reserve intermediate champion of the junior show at World Dairy Expo. A SANCHEZ daughter was also the winning junior two-year-old at NAILE.

At the North American International Livestock Exposition, two Select-sired heifers rose to the top of the shows. Crossjen Dempsey Jana-ET, sired by DEMPSEY and owned by Jennifer Wakeley, Rockford, Ill., was the reserve junior champion of the open show while GOLD CHIP daughter, Four-Hills GC Rhyme 3846-ET was junior champion of the junior show for her owner, Elizabeth Hill of Bristol, Vt.

Daughters of 7HO10999 Regancrest-GV S BRADNICK-ET (EX-94), 7HO11118 Mr Atwood BROKAW-ET (VG-86), 7HO11283 De-Su D MAYFIELD 893-ET (EX-90) and 7HO8165 England-Ammon MILLION-ET (EX-92-GM) were also spotted at the top of their classes.

In the Red and White world, 7HO11163 Tiger-Lily LADD P-RED-ET daughter, Milksource Ld Teagin-Red-ET, was junior champion of the junior show at World Dairy Expo. Teagin is owned by Jordan Elmore and Kadyn Gibson of Eminence, Ky. 7HO10000 Big APPLE-RED-ET and 7HO10647 Ladinodale AARON-RED-ET sired animals that were at the top of their classes.

7HO7872 KHW Kite ADVENT-RED-ET (EX-94) continued to dominate Red and White shows across the country and received his fifth consecutive Premier Sire banner at World Dairy Expo. He sired top cows such as the reserve supreme champion of the junior show at World Dairy Expo, intermediate champion at the Canadian National Holstein Show and grand champion of the Canadian National Red and White Show and All-American Red and White Show. Another former lineup sire, 7HO9236 MD-Valleyvue CAMDEN-RED-ET (VG-88) had an exceptional show season as his daughters were tapped reserve junior champion at World Dairy Expo and junior champion and reserve junior champion of the Red and White show at the Royal.

For more information about Select’s complete Showcase Selections lineup visit

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Semex Genetics logo Semex and The Cenatte Group in Brazil are pleased to announce the establishment of a joint venture that enhances the strengths of both companies.

Located in Pedro Leopoldo, MG, Brazil, Cenatte is one of the world’s leading biotechnology and bovine reproduction companies, working to increase beef and dairy client productivity for nearly 30 years. Enjoying excellent client satisfaction levels, Cenatte provides embryo transfer services, in vitro fertilization and genetic solutions, all now available through Semex Brazil.

As both companies are dedicated to providing their customers and partners with the most innovative genetic solutions and technologies available, Cenatte aligns well with Semex’s global strategies and beliefs, and is well supported for future growth.

Cenatte logo “We are excited about partnering with Cenatte and its people,” says Paul Larmer, Semex Chief Executive Officer. “We know that we’re living in a global marketplace and we’re looking beyond our borders in order to provide leading genetic solutions. Cenatte will be integrated with our North American in vitro fertilization technologies, further strengthening our product line while offering the most up-to-date technologies to our Brazilian customers. We’re looking forward to working with our colleagues at Cenatte as one of our global partners, developing long-lasting and profitable herds for our clients. We believe that this is Genetics for Life and a key part of our vision and mission.”

For more information on Semex, Genetics for Life or any of Semex’s suite of genetic solutions please visit

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Jetstream Genetics LLC now makes available the much-­anticipated new release sires  MARDI GRAS and DEMAN. These high-­caliber sires, along with the complete Jetstream Genetics sire lineup, are available through their online ordering system or by contacting their worldwide distributors.

New release features include:

  • 534HO00025 MR MOVIESTAR MARDI GRAS-ET (Mogul x Planet): A new release this month, this new entry to the breeding scene is a sought-­‐after mating sire worldwide. He checks all the boxes around the globe at +3372 GLPI (CDN), +280 PLI (UK) and GTPI +2505. With so much performance to deliver in all categories, he is a must-­have addition to all breeding programs. At +883 NM$, +1307 Milk and +2.88 Type, he is one of the most unique chart-­toppers now available.
  • 534HO00026 EDG DEMAN-­ET (Mogul x Atwood): Jetstream’s #2 Type sire stands at +4.02 Type, +3.49 UDC, +3.54 FLC. Everyone’s favorite is the foundation of DEMAN’s pedigree: The Queen of the Breed, Roxy. Combining type, production and cow family, DEMAN’s Canadian figures are towering for conformation at +18 Conf. and +16 MS. Atwood as a MGS is an additional feature that this outstanding new sire delivers over and above his +2427 GTPI, deep cow family and faultless conformation.

These two great sire additions compliment the immaculate lineup already available from Jetstream Genetics.

Online ordering Jetstream sires is fast, easy and secure, delivered direct to the farm. Receive most shipments within two business days. To take advantage of these outstanding genetic opportunities, go to (Online orders available only in the U.S.) Jetstream distributors worldwide are also ready to serve.

Jetstream Genetics provides breed-­‐defining sires through the upper echelon of genomics, whether those genetics are from deep-­pedigreed cow families or high numbers, extreme type or extreme production, Red or Polled, or the very best bulls that combine these attributes. Jetstream delivers excellence to its customers and provides the tools to increase customers’ genetic rate of gain. In a rapidly changing and evolving AI marketplace, Jetstream secures the most sought-­after genetics and offers competitive and favorable contracts for customers, which allows them their greatest return. Jetstream Genetics is the catalyst in moving genetics forward.

For more information, go to: or call 1.855.4JETSTREAM (855-­453-­8787).

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Semex logoSemex is pleased to announce that Harry Schuiling and Zoltan Veres will be joining its newly expanded Global Business Development Team as Sales Managers effective early 2014.

“We truly believe that people are our most important asset,” says Paul Larmer, Semex Chief Executive Officer. “And, we’re very excited to have these two gentlemen be promoted within our global organization to these new positions. Both have an exceptional history with the Semex family and we’re pleased that they will be joining our global management team to further our growth strategies worldwide.”

Harry Schuiling has served as the Operational Manager at Semex-Holland B.V. since 1997. He has been instrumental in building and establishing this organization as a genetic leader in Holland, Belgium and Denmark, providing strategic marketing and sales programs. These programs have resulted in growth, successful partnerships and profitable joint ventures. Prior to joining Semex-Holland B.V. Harry worked for a competing genetic company as a senior manager and was a veteran classifier for the Dutch Herdbook, classifying more than 10,000 cows annually.

Zoltan Veres has been the Managing Director of Génbank-Semex Hungary Ltd. since 2002. During his tenure, Génbank-Semex Hungary has grown to be the market leader, being named the #1 Cattle Breeding Company in Hungary on the 2014 Golden List. Recently, Zoltan oversaw this facility’s expansion that will allow it to accommodate 200 bulls under the Semex Gold Standard™ for collection, processing and distribution throughout the world.

Working across territories, both gentlemen will work alongside John McDougall and Gordon Miller, two of Semex’s Directors International Sales & Business Development. Harry will focus on Asian and European markets, while Zoltan will work in Central and Eastern European markets.

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Accelerated GeneticsYouth are the foundation and next generation of agriculture. Accelerated Genetics is excited to provide the following scholarships to its customer’s families to ensure agriculture’s bright future!

Youth Scholarship: Accelerated Genetics awards four – $500 scholarships to high school seniors planning to major in agriculture at a short course, vocational technical college or a four-year university. Any high school senior who has participated in FFA, 4-H, any of the various breed organizations or any other agricultural organizations is eligible to apply.

How To Apply For Youth Scholarship: To obtain a scholarship application, download it from the Accelerated Genetics website at, call 1.800.451.9275 or The Application Deadline is: February 15, 2014!

Collegiate Scholarship: Two – $1,000 scholarships are awarded to students currently enrolled in a short course, vocational technical college or a four-year university degree program. Supported by Accelerated Genetics, the collegiate program is available to individuals who are currently in their freshman, sophomore, or junior year and are majoring in any agricultural field. This scholarship program is run by the National FFA Foundation.

How To Apply For Collegiate Scholarship: This scholarship application can only be completed online at and click on Programs link and then the Scholarship link. The Application Deadline is: February 1, 2014! . (Required Signature Page must be mailed postmarked no later than February 8, 2014.)

Applicants or their parents must be currently active customers of Accelerated Genetics to be eligible for both types of scholarships.

Accelerated Genetics is a global provider of bovine genetics and research, reproductive services, and solution-based animal health products. With a focus on People, Products and Pride, the Accelerated Genetics vision is to be the producer’s trusted first choice.

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CRVScott Feathers, New Enterprise, PA, has joined CRV as an area sales manager. Coming to the organization with more than 25 years of experience in the A.I. industry, Scott has a strong working understanding of the dairy industry and especially reproductive technologies and troubleshooting.

“Scott has a strong relationship with his customers,” stated Brett Haines, managing director of CRV USA. “His strong sales experience, dedication to his customers, and dairy industry knowledge will ensure his success.”

As an area sales manager, Scott will be responsible for developing distributor networks, service support teams and reproductive management support for dairy producers to continue improving how they operate. Working with field, office and his extensive network, Scott will identify and recruit the tools and people needed to provide better solutions to dairy owners and herd managers.

Scott has always been impressed with the diverse genetics CRV provides. “I’m excited to be able to offer such a wide variety of genetics to my producers,” Scott said. “CRV’s large bank of sires with a focus either on components, grassland, or sires to match any management style, along with the opportunity to help the company grow is what excited me about CRV USA.”

To learn more about CRV, its people, or products in your area, please visit or give us a call at 1-855-CRV-COWS.

CRV is a global cattle improvement organization that exists to improve quality of life. CRV’s USA headquarters in Madison, WI was established in September 2009. Because we genuinely care, we pay attention to your farm, industry, and the general society. Our business goes beyond genetics providing service and information on all continents with dairy and beef farmers.

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Semex firmly believes that the best genetics are where you find them. With this in mind, Semex geneticists have been actively sourcing genetics well beyond North America’s borders for years. This sourcing has netted impressive results and the Semex facility located in Mezőhegyes, Hungary has been expanded to meet increasing housing, collection, processing and distribution needs.

“A prime example of finding exceptional genetics outside of North America is certainly the world’s genomic superstar, 0200HO07450 Amighetti Numero Uno,” says Pierre Laliberte, Semex Senior Vice President, Genetics & Research. “Born in Italy, Numero Uno ranked as the world’s #1 genomic sire longer than any other to date. His sixth dam was the result of an embryo imported from the US and through the continuous use of top sires, the world’s first genomic giant was born.”

The new facility increases housing and collection capacity from 140 to 200 bulls, while also ensuring all European bulls are cared for in facilities that are governed by Semex’s stringent Gold Standard™ requirements for housing, production and distribution.

“The expanded Hungary facility solidifies Semex’s position in the European market,” says Robert McRae, Semex Vice President, Global Operations. “Having these bulls housed in the European Union (EU), and following the EU market health regulations, provides us with a product eligible for global distribution and offer us an enviable biosecurity advantage.”

“We’re genotyping more than 1500 European Holstein young sires a year,” says Laliberte. “This new facility will allow us to house nearly 200 bulls in state-of-the-art facilities and meet the growing demand for our Genomax™ product line.”

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Everyone wants enough replacement heifers to maintain or even grow their herd size. Producers have achieved this goal with relative ease throughout the past 20 years.

While the trend during that time has shown a decline in the number of U.S. dairy cows, the heifer population has remained fairly constant. This means the heifer population as a percentage of the total cow population has been on the rise.


Figure 1 shows this growth in the heifer population, according to figures from the National Agricultural Statistics Service.


Why more heifers?
What factors caused this growth?

Many people lay the blame on sexed semen, when in reality many other factors have contributed to this growth over time.

While sexed semen has played its part, it was not heavily used on a commercial level until 2006.

This means the first females resulting from sexed semen were not born until 2007, which was the same time that the cost of replacement heifers hit a peak. Therefore, growth prior to and during that time must be attributed to other, more significant factors.

When you think about how the dairy industry has evolved, the best and most progressive producers have continually become more efficient and effective in all aspects of dairy herd management.

Advances in reproductive management have allowed people to get their cows pregnant more quickly. Estrus synchronization programs and more closely monitored reproduction programs have helped increase pregnancy rates on the most progressive dairies.

Another influence on the heifer population growth is improved maternity and calf management. Producers have focused on more effectively managing maternity areas to ensure more calves are born alive.

They have also become much more knowledgeable about calves, improving their feeding programs, ventilation systems and vaccination programs to yield a lower death loss and healthier replacements.

Calf and heifer management practices gained continual focus as heifer replacement costs were on the rise to their eventual peak in 2007.

When replacements were selling at premium prices, producers were more motivated to create as many healthy heifers as possible, with the knowledge they could sell their extra heifers for top dollar.


Table 1 shows the impact of increasing overall pregnancy rate, lowering death loss and dead-on-arrival (DOA) rates on a 1,000-cow dairy.


Increasing pregnancy rates, decreasing DOA rates and lowering death loss in calves has a lower direct cost than using sexed semen.

The drop in heifer conception rate from 60 percent using conventional semen to 45 percent using sexed semen, and therefore the extra days on feed due to this drop, are costs that need to be accounted for when determining the overall value of sexed semen.

As the table shows, other management factors have clearly played a larger role in increasing the heifer population than sexed semen alone. Adding 68 extra heifers per year to your herd from using sexed semen is great, but the return will be diminished if DOA rates and death loss have not first been properly managed.

Another factor that plays into the overall increase in heifer population as a percentage of the cow population is that producers now breed their heifers to calve at an earlier age.

Improvements in nutrition programs have promoted heifer growth to a point where their size allows for breeding months sooner than previously advised.

Dairies that are aggressive in enrolling heifers in an A.I. program and start breeding 30 days earlier than previously practiced can yield up to 20 extra replacement heifers for each month sooner that the heifers first calve, due to the quicker turnover in heifer population.

Economics drive the decision to create better heifers
At a time now when market reports show that heifer and bull calves are equal in value, and the market price for replacement heifers is less than the cost of raising them on your own, producers should question whether the current market dynamics encourage the use of sexed semen.

Information about a growing heifer population paired with current market prices makes it hard to justify the added cost of sexed semen and the lower conception rates resulting from the use of it.

The decision of whether and how to use sexed semen is ultimately for each producer to decide based on his or her own economic situation, future plans and genetic strategy.

Those raising Holsteins have a different market than Jerseys, where bull calves are worth less than heifers and valued at essentially nothing. And farms in expansion mode will have different economic situations than those at a static size.

However, when considering the current market dynamics and prices for males and females, it becomes quite logical that usage of sexed semen at the current time should be to create “better” heifers, not more heifers.

The key to this statement is the definition of better. Better heifers mean those that are genetically superior. Continually improving the genetics in your herd is a simple way to drive future profit on your dairy. However, to drive this in the right direction, you need to have a sound genetic plan, not only for selection of males but also for females.

A focused approach to sexed semen usage can certainly make it worth the investment. To accomplish this, it is imperative to set a customized genetic plan to meet your farm’s goals and then use your index to rank heifers based on their genetic potential.

Only you can decide how much emphasis your dairy should place on production, health and conformation traits.

This information can be used to separate your top-end heifers from the rest and therefore help you determine which heifers are the most logical candidates for sexed semen usage.

1613pd_zwald_fg_2On those top-end heifers, use sexed semen from the best bulls that fit your genetic plan, rather than the cheapest sexed semen available, in order to make the most progress (see Figure 2).

Follow up with conventional semen on the remainder of heifers, and with the right management focus on keeping those alive, your herd will still grow.

And this growth will include more of the genetically superior and profitable animals, making them worth that extra investment to raise.

In conclusion
Management focus and factors such as pregnancy rate, DOA rate and calf survival have had a bigger impact on the number of heifers than sexed semen.

With the current economic situation, the use of sexed semen needs to be very focused because creating females that are worth the same as males for a higher input cost with lower reproductive rates does not make sense unless you use sexed semen in a focused way to create better heifers, not more heifers.

This can drive genetic progress, which may not have a cash-flow impact today but will certainly have an impact over the long haul.  

Source: Progressive Dairyman

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TAG is proud to announce a new society as owners of TAG Do Brasil. This company, headed by Jonei Bortolanza GM of Multi-Rural, is actively involved in farm pharmaceutical distribution.  They have the network and the tools to take TAG products to a new status. The new office is located in Chapecó in the state of Santa Catarina. Their exclusive distribution covers 3 states in the South: Parana, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul.

Gilberto Terribile and Jonei Bortolanza
Trans-America Genetics believes in the importance of the Brazilian Dairy Industry and its influence on global agriculture. This is the reason that Brazil was one of the first countries where TAG established a market. Brazil has one of the largest populations of dairy cattle worldwide and it is growing. TAG products have been introduced in this market and now with TAG Do Brasil in the hands of a young entrepreneurial group it’s time to move to a new level.

New team at Sales Conference
This dominant group now at TAG Do Brasil is led by the management team of Celso Barbiero, General Director, with Andre Luiz Dal Bello and Gilberto Terribile as Commercial Directors. It has a dozen distributors, 60 sales representatives, commercial support and a technical team. They are well positioned and ready to seize the potential of this important market.

Celso Barbiero
Patrice Simard, President of TAG, comments, “We are committed to this market as we have been from the beginning and we are inspired to be working with this serious group. TAG Do Brasil now has the experience and the intensity to move forward at the rapid rate that TAG is accustomed to.”

Trans-America Genetics’ goal from day one has been to increase profitability for dairy producers. We are devoted to developing new and higher quality genetic products to increase efficiency on dairy farms. Sharing information, education and knowledge to farmers remains the priority of our genetic sales consultants. Together with TAG Do Brasil we will share our philosophy with Brazilian famers, TAG…Profitability through Genetics.

TAG – Brazil 2013

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ABSFor the fourth consecutive year, 29JE3301 IATOLA earned the Premier Performance Sire Award, presented Nov. 11 at the 61st All American Jersey Show, held in Louisville, Ky.

Since the American Jersey Cattle Association introduced the award in 1975, IATOLA is only the second bull to receive the title four times, and the first to receive it in each of four consecutive years.

“Winning this award requires much more than show ring success alone,” says Larry Schirm, ABS strategic account manager. “It also requires the winner’s daughters perform in additional areas important to economic success.”

This award recognizes the bull accumulating the most points on at least two, but not more than six, daughters shown. The award is based on four criteria: 50 percent on daughter placings, 25 percent on the sire’s Jersey Performance Index, and 25 percent on production-based daughter yield deviations as calculated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory.

“Cows can be bred for milk production, cheese yield, and other factors such as type, reproduction and longevity,” continues Schirm. “With four years of winning this award, IATOLA has shown that his daughters have consistently performed in the show ring, while excelling for traits crucial to profitability, such as production, longevity and type.”

Headquartered in DeForest, Wisconsin, ABS Global is the world-leading provider of bovine genetics, reproduction services, technologies and uddercare products. Marketing in more than 80 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.

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Semex logoOn the heels of a remarkable World Dairy Expo and an impressive show season, Semex’s Show Time™ sires once again demonstrated their prowess in Toronto last week at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, with three breed champions competing for Supreme Champion accolades!

Impressively 200HO sires were on the top side of the pedigree in 58% of all animals shown by 24 different sires. Impressively, 93 of these placed in the top 10 of their classes, 52 were in the top five, 12 were class winners and seven captured champion titles! With a career like no other, Braedale Goldwyn continued his dominance of the National Canadian Holstein Show, capturing the Premier Sire Banner, siring 27% of the entire show as well as seven class winners. For the fourth consecutive year, a Goldwyn daughter was named Grand & Senior Champion Female as 1st place 4 Yr Old, Robrook Goldwyn Cameron, captured the blanket of roses and was named Best Udder of Show.

Other Goldwyn winnings include:

  • Comestar Larion Goldwyn, 1st Fall Calf & Res. Jr Champion
  • Cobequid Goldwyn Bayonet, 1st Winter Yearling
  • Belfast Goldwyn Lasenza, 1st Jr 2 Yr Old
  • Cookview Goldwyn Monique, 2nd 4 Yr Old & Res Grand & Res Sr Champion
  • Ms Goldwyn Alana, 1st 5 Yr Old & Hon. Mention Grand & Sr Champion
  • Calbrett Goldwyn Layla, 1st Mature Cow
  • Eastside Lewisdale Gold Missy, 1st Longtime Production Cow
  • 27 Goldwyns placed in the top five of their classes
  • 50 Goldwyns placed in the top 10 of their classes

The Royal also featured numerous Semex sires that impressed visitors from the heifer classes through the Longtime Production classes. 12 class winners demonstrated Semex’s complete offering from the show’s beginning to its end including:

  • Goldwyn (7) see above
  • 0200HO03603 Gillette Stanleycup: 1st Winter Calf (Altona Lea Stanleycup Gretzky)
  • 0200HO03501 Gillette Windbrook: 1st Junior Yearling (Rotaly Windbrook Hilda)
  • 0200HO05549 Regancrest Reginald: 1st Fall Yrlg and Res. Jr. Champion (Fanico Reginald Marty)
  • 0200HO02137 Pine-Tree Sid: 1st Milking Yrg (Combhaven Sid Monica)
  • 0200HO03607 Allyndale-I Attic: 1st Sr 2 Yr Old & Res Inter Champion (Charwill Attic Marcy)

The Canadian National Jersey show was a showcase of 200JE sires, with Semex sires stamping their daughters with the show-winning look, including Bridon Excitation sire of the 2013 Supreme Champion of all Breeds, Page-Crest Exitation Karlie, the 1st place Sr 3 Yr Old. Other winnings include:

  • 0200JE00131 Bridon Comerica named Premier Sire
  • 0200JE00362 Gabys Arrow a Genomax™ sire: 2nd Jr Yrlg & HM Jr Champion (Missiska Arrow Venus)
  • 0200JE00430 Lencrest On Time: Intermediate Champion & 1st Jr 3 Yr Old (Arethusa On Time Vogue)
  • Select Scott Minister: HM Intermediate Champion & 1st Sr 2 Yr Old (Budjon Minister Lighten Up)
  • 0200JE00136 Bridon Excitation:
  • Grand, Sr. Champion & 1st Sr 3 Yr Old (Page-Crest Excitation Karlie)
  • 2nd Sr 3 Yr Old (Marynole Excite Rosey)
  • Bridon Jamaica: Res Grand, Res Sr Champion & 1st Mature Cow: (RJF Jamaica Rockstar)

The Canadian National Ayrshire show resulted in nine class winners for Semex including the
Grand Champion by Labrie Wilton, Steam-Valley Wilton Magic Bri. Other winners include:

  • 0200AY00652 Nexus Dreamer a Repromax™ sire: Jr Champ & 1st Summer Yrlg (De La Plaine Dreamer Perfecta)
  • 0200AY00580 Des Champois Poker a Repromax and HealthSmart™ sire: Res Junior Champion (Bellevue Du Lac Poker Kayla)
  • Palmyra Tri-Star Reality: Hon. Mention Jr Champ & 1st Senior Yrlg (De La Plaine Reality Sting)
  • Labrie Wilton: Grand Champion & 1st Mature Cow (Steam-Valley Wilton Magic Bri)
  • Legace Modem: Res Grand Champion & 1st 5 Yr Old (Forever Schoon Ping)

The Canadian National Red & White Holstein Show saw Semex win four classes and claim
several titles including:

  • 0200HO05651 Charpentier LFG Spectrum *RC, an Immunity+™, Robot Ready™ and Robot Ready™ sire: 1st Summer Yrlg: (Lookout Elmbridge Lil Red)
  • 0200HO02427 Ardross Sterling *RC a Repromax and Red & White sire: 1st Jr 2 Yr Old (Bergeroy Sterling Dalico)
  • Deslacs Shaquille *RC: Int Champion & 1st Jr 3 Yr Old (Lochdale Shaquille Missy)
  • Ladino Park Talent *RC: Res Grand Champion & 1st 5 Yr Old (Ms Candy Apple Red)

With top placings in all classes from a variety of sires offering both profitability and longevity,
Semex and code 200 sires really are Genetics for Life.
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