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Semex Dominates 2014 World Dairy Expo

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

IMG_5387The world’s undeniable ‘King of the Ring,’ Braedale Goldwyn, captured World Dairy Expo’s Premier Holstein Sire banner for a record seventh year

(dating back to 2008 when he was one of the youngest and highest ranking TPI sires to ever win the award).

With a career that strengthens as the years go by, he sired 33 daughters in the top 10 and 21 in the top of five placings in their classes. This included five class winners, and for the fourth year in a row, he sired the Grand Champion Female. Two-time World Dairy Expo Grand Champion RF Goldwyn Hailey stole the show once again, topping her Aged Cow Class and parading to champion honours. Flanking Hailey were two other Goldwyn daughters, 1st 5 Yr Old, Lovhill Godlwyn Katrysha, who was named Res. Grand Champion and Jacobs Goldwyn Valana, 2nd 5 Yr Old and Best Bred & Owned of the Show, was named Honourable Mention.

Semex’s lineup of Show Time™ sires went beyond Goldwyn, with 27 different Semex sires on display, 78 daughters placing in the top 10, 10 class winners, six Best Udder in class awards and seven of the top 10 placings in the four milking classes!

Other impressive results include 10 class winners from the first to the last classes of the day by four different Semex sires:

  • Goldwyn (6): see above as well as: 1st Fall Heifer Calf (Stranshome Gold Annice); 1st Fall Yearling & Junior Champion (Comestar Larion Goldwyn) and 1st 4 Yr Old (Butz-Butler Gold Barbara)
  • 0200HO03607 Allyndale-I Attic (1): 1st Sr 3 Yr Old & Intermediate Champion (Charwill Attic Marcy)
  • 0200HO05592 Crackholm Fever (2): 1st Spring Calf (Claircrest Fever Tiki); 1st Sr 2 Yr Old (Arethusa Fever Almira)
  • 0200HO02137 Pine-Tree Sid (1): 1st Jr 2 Yr Old (Ryan-Vu Sid Molly)
  • 0200HO06480 Val-Bisson Doorman (1): 1st Winter Calf (Ms Duckett Dyment Carissa)

International Holstein Show:

  • 27 different Semex sires were represented
  • 78 daughters placed in the top 10 of their classes
  • 43 daughters placed in the top 5 of their classes
  • 10 class winners
  • 6 Best Udder awards
  • 4 Doormans were in the top 10 of the Winter Heifer Calf class
  • 7 of the top 10 placings in the Jr 2 Yr Olds, Sr 2 Yr Olds, Sr 3 Yr Olds, 5 Yr Olds and six of the top 10 in the Aged Cow class

International Jersey Show:

  • Semex sired the Grand Champion (TJ Classic Minister Venus) by Select-Scott Minister who went on to be the 2014 World Dairy Expo Supreme Champion
  • Semex sired the Res Grand Champion (Marynole Excite Rosey) by 0200JE00136 Bridon Excitation
  • Select Scott Minister sired two class winners including the Grand Champion Venus, the 1st 5 Yr Old (Double Rose Minister Adele) and the 2nd Lifetime Cheese Production Cow (Pine Haven SSM Marmie)
  • 0200JE00136 Bridon Excitation sired the Res Grand Champion Rosey, the 4th 4 Yr Old (Lorivale Excitation Kayla) and 2nd 6 Year and Older (Stoney Point Excitation Jamie)
  • 0200JE00131 Bridon Comerica sired the 2nd 5 Yr Old Cow (Arethusa Vixens Presto)

International Ayrshire Show:

  • 0200AY00652 Nexus Dreamer sired the 1st Summer Yearling & Res Junior Champion (Des Prairies Peugeot)
  • 0200AY00732 Lagace Mordicus sired the 1st Winter Yearling and Junior Champion (Onword Mordicus Ali)
  • Margot Calimero sired the 1st Jr 3 Yr Old, Futurity Winner & Res. Senior Champion (Grand-View Calimero Dea) and 1st 100,000 lb Cow (Sharwards Calimero Megan)
  • Labrie Wilton sired the 1st 4 Yr Old (Onword Wilton April)

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

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Cogent Announces 2014 Futures Winners

Thursday, October 16th, 2014
Owain Harries and Matt House
Matt House, a dairy farmer’s son from Somerset, has been announced as the overall winner of this year’s Cogent Futures programme, with Tom Jones from Pembrokeshire taking the competition’s runner-up spot.
The annual ‘Futures’ programme is aimed at providing a comprehensive introduction to genetics and sire analysis for devotees of cattle breeding.  Four short-listed candidates (Tom Riley from Lancashire, Robert McConaghy from County Antrim, Tom Jones from Pembrokeshire and Matt House from Somerset) were selected and given the opportunity to experience the role of a sire analyst with Cogent.  As part of the experience, the Futures candidates visited a range of dairy herds throughout the UK and were assessed on their ability to select potential bull mothers and to match these cows to a suitable sire.
As their prize in the competition, Matt and Tom will be invited to travel to Holland with Owain Harries, Cogent’s Genetics Procurement Manager and a Futures winner in 2009, to visit a selection of top herds in the country and to attend the well-known Tulip Holstein Sale in IJsselhallen.  Matt will also receive a package of elite quality Holstein embryos for use within his own dairy herd.
“The standard of this year’s Futures candidates was once again extremely high,” Owain Harries explains. “All four participants showed great depth of knowledge, with their passion for pedigree cattle breeding and their excellent understanding of the dairy industry obvious from the outset.  Selecting an overall winner and runner-up was immensely challenging, with very little to choose between the four.
Owain Harries, Tom Riley, Robert McConaghy, Tom Jones, Matt House
“However, Matt and Tom proved themselves to be worthy winners of this year’s top prizes by exhibiting a real understanding of dairy cattle genetics.  They obviously learnt a lot during their time on the Futures programme and I’m sure all four candidates have a very bright future ahead of them in dairy cattle breeding.”
Matt says: “I have gained a huge amount of knowledge during my time as a Futures finalist and am absolutely thrilled and very surprised to have been chosen as the winner.
“It was a privilege to go to some of the UK’s top herds and look at great bull mothers and working with Cogent sire analysts has taught me so much. I used to just look at a my service sires’ pedigrees for overall type, mammary traits and to make sure the mating would not be inbred, but now I look for so much more,” he says.
Matt milks 190 cows plus 150 followers on 450 acres of rented land at Fowlers Plot Farm in Somerset.  With his father, John, focusing on the farm’s arable crops, Matt has a free rein to focus on the dairy herd’s breeding strategy, using genomic sires and sexed semen on the herd’s 80 best cows and an Aberdeen Angus stock bull on heifers.  In recent years he has concentrated on cow nutrition to radically improve the herd’s health status, and in doing so has cut veterinary bills by more than £500 per month.  His ongoing focus is to produce a uniform herd with cows that are long-lasting and with enough dairy elegance to deliver high milk yields.
Runner-up, Tom Jones returned to his family’s Pembrokeshire farm following his degree, and has since worked hard to ensure every cow within the herd has full pedigree status.  Over the next five years he plans to expand the dairy herd, which consists of Holstein and British Friesian animals, from 160 to 300 cows.
Other young cattle breeding enthusiasts wishing to follow in the footsteps of Matt, Tom and Owain Harries should look out for the start of the 2015 Cogent ‘Futures’ cycle which will be inviting applicants this coming autumn.

 

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Semen sexing has been taken to a new level of efficiency and accuracy thanks to an investment in the very latest sperm sorting technology by the UK’s largest stud, Cogent Breeding Ltd.
Cogent has recently invested in digital sperm sexing machines to replace its analogue machines.
The new semen sexing machines and purpose-built quality control laboratory will enable dairy and beef farmers to improve the way they manage their herds’ breeding programmes and increase production capacity, resulting in a boost for farm profits.
In 2000, Cogent became the first bovine breeding company in the world to offer sexed semen to farmers on a commercial basis.  In those early days, the technology was only 85% accurate, with limited production output.
Since then, an ongoing research and development programme has improved sexing accuracy rates to an average of 92%, with semen sorting at Cogent’s Beachin Stud near Chester becoming a 24 hours a day, seven days a week process to accommodate growing demand.
Improvement in semen sexing efficiency will be of benefit to beef and dairy farmers at a time when farmgate prices are experiencing severe downward pressure.
Innes Drummond, Cogent’s UK Operations Manager said: “Cogent sexed semen reliably produces in excess of 90% female calves, with conception rates that are approaching that of conventional semen. We offer the most robust and successful product available anywhere in the world, but that hasn’t stopped us from investing in the latest technologies to improve our product even further. The new machines are a huge improvement in terms of optical clarity, sorting accuracy and finished product quality.”
Despite the improved production efficiency of the new machines, Mr Drummond stresses that Cogent will continue to focus on quality rather than quantity.
“We ensure that every single straw of semen sexed or conventional meets or exceeds our industry-leading quality standards.  We perform a total of seven different tests for sperm functional ability/viability and continue to use an exclusive freezing technique to ensure that our customers receive only the very best product.”
The new machines are accurate to an average ratio of 92% sexed semen.
Mike Phillips, Cogent’s UK Sales Manager said: “Cogent’s investment in the new machines will be a great benefit to our customers. Using sexed semen not only ensures adequate numbers of dairy replacements but also frees up more dairy cows to breed high quality, high value commercial beef calves. At a time when farm profits are once again coming under severe pressure from falling milk prices and a depressed beef market, anything that can improve the efficiency and viability of our customers’ businesses is not only good for us, but also good for them.”
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Over the dates of September 24-25, the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) held their annual meeting at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, Green Bay, WI, in conjunction with the 25th NAAB Biennial Technical Conference on Artificial Insemination and Reproduction. Both functions combined, drew a crowd of approximately 250 attendees with 12 companies exhibiting their products, and eight international and 15 Canadian participants. A Convention Welcome reception sponsored by NAAB was held the evening of Wednesday, September 24th, and on Thursday, September 25th participants attended a special Awards Luncheon where 19 recipients received an award.

NAAB BUSINESS SESSION

The Convention Business Session was held Wednesday afternoon, September 24th. In his Chairman’s Address, Keith Heikes discussed the Strategic Planning session at which a new vision statement for NAAB was developed. It reads as follows: “To be a globally respected, proactive service organization that promotes growth and provides more value for its members than they can achieve individually.” Priority areas for NAAB were identified as Market Access; Governance; Genetic Evaluations, Databases and Infrastucture; Developing on Technologies and Developing future leaders. Goal statements were developed for each. He further indicated that, as a group, the Long Range Planning Committee felt this provided guidance to the Board and staff on the future direction of the organization.

It was announced that Jay Weiker has accepted the position as NAAB Vice President. In this role, Jay will be working specifically with the International Marketing Committee in trade development and servicing, as well as learning the other activities of NAAB.

For the past several years you have heard considerable discussion regarding the privatization of the dairy genetics evaluation system as it moved from the USDA AIPL to the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB). This has been successfully implemented and is operating as intended.

He also reported a new SET Enrollment agreement and the associated MLA was negotiated and has been signed by those organizations participating in this HAUSA program.

In closing, Heikes thanked the NAAB Board of directors and the NAAB staff for their dedication to the association.

Dr. Gordon A Doak, NAAB president, reported that the total dairy and beef unit sales for 2013 increased 1.1% to 50,512,222 units. Export unit sales increased 6.32% to 20,582,325 units. The total dollar value for exports increased 8.22% in 2013, to $154,112,137.

DIRECTOR ELECTION

One director was re-elected to the NAAB Board this year, Wayne Glaeser. Other members of the Board include Keith Heikes, Genex Cooperative; Chuck Sattler, Select Sires; Dr. Nate Zwald, Accelerated Genetics; Les Hutchens, Reproduction Enterprises; Jesus Martinez, ABS Global; Joel Groskreutz, Alta Genetics.

At the Board reorganization meeting Keith Heikes was again elected Chairman, Chuck Sattler, Vice-Chairman and Dr. Nate Zwald, third member of the Executive Committee.

AWARDS

At Thursday’s Awards Luncheon, Dave Goedken, Genex Cooperative, presented award recipients Landis Beyor, Larry Bueth, Mark Hodge with 100,000 Cow Award plaques; Charles Shkleton with 150,000 Cow Award plaque; Doug Westenbroek received an award for 3,000,000 Unit Sales.

Amy Vandermark presented Accelerated Genetics’ award recipients Rod Andrae, Darin Klevgard, Douglas Lehman, Bruce Patnode, Dennis Syth 100,000 Cow Award plaques; Matthew Kieler with the 150,000 Cow Award plaque; Leonard Allemann with 175,000 Cow Award plaque; Edwin Corriea with 500,000 Unit Sales Award and James Iverson with the 1,000,000 Unit Sales Award.

Dr. Nate Zwald of Alta Genetics presented Gary B. Gardner with two awards, 1,500,000 Unit Sales and 50 years of Service.

NAAB Chairman of the Board, Keith Heikes, presented the 2014 NAAB Member Director award to Randy Kortus, Select Sires. The 2014 NAAB Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dr. Don Monke, Select Sires. The 2014 NAAB Pioneer Award was given posthumously to Dr. Roy Wallace. Dr. Curtis Van Tassell was presented the 2014 NAAB Research Award.

NAAB EDUCATIONAL SESSION

The educational session consisted of the entire NAAB 25th Biennial Technical Conference program, including a Semen Quality Workshop. There were a total of 23 speakers, 9 of which were non-industry.

Next year’s annual meeting will be held in St. Louis, Missouri location to be determined, August 18-19, 2015.

NAAB 25th TECHNICAL CONFERENCE
ON ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION AND REPRODUCTION

Wednesday afternoon, September 24 featured a Semen Quality Workshop in which several presentations were made including Use of Flow Cytometry for Semen Evaluation; Automated Sperm Motility Analysis; Automated Sperm Morphology Analysis; Visual Estimation of Fresh and Frozen Semen Motility; Visual Estimation of Sperm Morphology; Quality of the Physical Package: Filling Sealing and Straw Handling.

The NAAB Technical Conference proper opened Thursday morning, September 25 with a line-up of six speakers whose topics included: Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) Structure, the Cooperative Dairy DNA Repository (CDDR), Safety Training Concepts when Working with Bulls, Introduction of Student Posters, Importance and Challenges of a Beef Sires Fertility System, and Regulation of Sperm Movement Into and Through the Bovine Oviduct. Thursday afternoon attendees could choose to attend either a Barn Session or a Lab Session each including five specific topics of importance. In the evening participants were invited to a Reception hosted by NAAB which was held in the exhibit area.
The following morning, Friday, September 26, the Technical Conference continued until

noon with speakers presenting excellent information on Sexed-Ultra – Raising the Fertility Bar of Sex Sorted Sperm; Global Disease Threats; Quality Assurance in EU Pig AI Centers; Overview of AI industry in South Africa; and Technologies on the Horizon.

FY2015 NAAB Board of Directors
From left: Chuck Sattler, Select Sires, Inc.; Dr. Gordon A. Doak, NAAB President; Les Hutchens, Reproduction Enterprises; Wayne Glaeser, representing JLG Enterprises; Joel Groskreutz, Accelerated Genetics; Dr. Nate Zwald, Alta Genetics USA; Jesus Martinez, ABS Global, Inc.; Keith Heikes, Genex Cooperative.

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Crasdale BANKROLL-ET, son of three-time World Dairy Expo class winner Butz-Butler Gold Barbara-ET (EX-92-EX-MS), is available from your Select Sires representative.

7HO12310 Crasdale BANKROLL-ET is the highest GTPISM (+2284) son of Butz-Butler Gold Barbara-ET (EX-92-EX-MS), who is undefeated in milking form at World Dairy Expo. After winning the senior two-year and senior three-year-old classes in 2012 and 2013, she came out on top again, winning the four-year-old class at the International Holstein Show this year.

“With extreme Type and a balanced genomic proof, we expect BANKROLL to add wide rear ends and substance to his calves,” says Scott Culbertson, sire analyst at Select Sires Inc. “Use him and use him often on any bloodline, he will stamp greatness.”

A Let It Snow son, BANKROLL transmits outstanding Type (+4.12), excellent udders (+3.79 UDC) and solid production (+1,129 Milk) and components (+0.09% Fat, +0.07% Protein). He has equally impressive numbers in Canada with a +18 Conformation, +20 DGV for Conformation and +3037 GLPI.

BANKROLL semen is currently available from your Select Sires representative.

Select Sires logoBased 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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Gary Gardner was honored recently at the NAAB Annual Convention in Green Bay, WI for selling over 1.5 million doses of semen.

He was presented an award for this milestone achievement and his devoted service to livestock improvement during the Technical Conference Awards Luncheon.

“Gary’s impressive accomplishments over nearly the last half-century are certainly appreciated, and have had a substantial impact on the entire Northeastern US,” comments Nate Zwald, US Sales Manager. “He is never short of 1-liners, and his positive attitude and insight are appreciated for both the Alta team and his clients alike. Gary is always looking for ways to learn – even today, just a few months from retirement!”

Northeastern US Sales Team Leader, Preston Vincent adds “Gary has dedicated his career to the AI industry and to Alta. This award is one of many achievements he has made throughout the industry, the Northeast and Alta Genetics.  Gary’s passion for Alta, for his customers and his colleagues is evident each and every day and clearly a key reason to his success.” 

We’d like to congratulate Gary on his tremendous accomplishment and years of service to Alta Genetics and the entire AI Industry.

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During a special event at World Dairy Expo, CRV announced the global launch of its new Feed Intake Value for dairy cows. With dairy genetic selection becoming increasingly data driven, this first-of-its-kind value is designed to help producers predict how much feed a cow will need to produce milk over her lifetime.

CRV announced the new Feed Intake Value at the global center of the dairy industry during a breakfast held Oct. 2 at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. Roel Veerkamp, lead researcher for the Feed Intake Value from Wageningen University, located in the Netherlands, spoke about the research and development of the value. Brett Haines, U.S. managing director for CRV, discussed how U.S. dairy producers will be able to utilize the Feed Intake Value for more efficient production.

“At CRV, we believe in Genetics with a Purpose,” says Haines. “With constantly fluctuating feed prices, we know feed efficiency is important to all producers. The Feed Intake Value can help producers select bulls to produce cows that meet a crucial need.”

By combining genomic predictions with yield and type trait values, the research team was able to develop a value to predict a cow’s lifetime feed intake. Utilizing this research, producers can select for cows that are more feed-efficient, saving valuable feed and money. The development of the breeding value for feed intake was possible thanks to feed intake data collected at the Dairy Campus at Wageningen University & Research Centre.

To download the entire global launch presentation, click here. For more information on the values, click here.

The Feed Intake Value from CRV will be available for all bulls starting in December 2014 along with a new breeding value for Ketosis. For more information about the Feed Intake Value, CRV or CRV bulls, contact a CRV sales representative.


Read more at http://crv4all.us/october-2-2014/#HdYMGOH086R0zMro.99

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Genex to Market SCR Heatime System

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

CRI logoGenex Cooperative, Inc. and SCR Dairy Inc. have announced a new partnership in which Genex will market the SCR Heatime® system. This advanced, real-time, system enables dairy producers to power-up their cow monitoring capabilities.

“We are excited to align with SCR Dairy, the market leader in cow activity and rumination systems,” says Roy Wilson, Genex vice president of U.S. marketing, sales and service, “and to deliver this innovative cow monitoring system to Genex members and customers so they can make better data-driven decisions.”

The Heatime system combines one-of-a-kind rumination monitoring with accurate heat detection, allowing dairy producers unmatched access to information about cow health, nutrition, reproduction and comfort. The precise data allows for better individual and whole-herd management because health and reproductive problems are identified early and can be solved more quickly.

The Heatime system is available for purchase through Genex representatives. For additional information on the system, contact a Genex representative or visit www.SCRDairy.com.

About SCR
Building on over 35 years of meaningful innovation, SCR is the leading pioneer of Cow and Milking Intelligence.

Monitoring millions of cows worldwide, our data-driven solutions are trusted by successful dairy farmers to deliver the insights and analytics needed to optimize the productivity of every cow. Improving efficiency and driving growth, we help to ensure a secure and prosperous future for farmers and their families.

About Genex
Genex Cooperative, Inc., headquartered in Shawano, Wisconsin, is the trusted provider of world-class animal genetics, progressive reproductive solutions, value-added products and innovative services to members and customers across the U.S. This is accomplished through 950 dedicated employees working in three product and service segments: cattle genetics and reproduction, livestock marketing, and milking and farmstead equipment. Genex is a subsidiary of Cooperative Resources International. Learn more at Genex CRI.

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Ashley is a new member to the North American ABS udder care team. In her role, Ashley will be responsible for the sales support of the ABS premium udder care product-line throughout the western division. She will cultivate business within the western region and seek to establish relationships throughout the territory to support the milk quality efforts of producers in the market.

Ashley brings a wealth of experience in the agricultural sales sector after spending five years with Dow Agrisciences & Mycogen Seeds, LLC, managing a sales territory on the west coast. Bill Meulemans, ABS North America udder care team leader says, “Ashley’s previous experiences within the area and knowledge of the dairy industry will serve her well in her new role within this fast growing market.”

ABS GlobalHeadquartered in DeForest, Wisconsin, ABS Global is the world‐leading provider of bovine genetics, reproduction services, technologies and udder care 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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Select Sires is excited to announce they are the exclusive supplier in North America of the CowManager system, developed by Agis Automatisering. This simple, comprehensive herd monitoring system uses a revolutionary ear tag to measure indicators of fertility, health, rumination and eating behavior to provide dairy producers with powerful management information for their entire herd.

CowManager includes three modules: fertility, health and nutrition. The system reliably detects heats, provides early detection of sickness through ear temperature and measures the number of minutes spent eating and ruminating. The system also includes Find My Cow, an innovative application that locates cows on the alert list as you walk behind them. CowManager is easy to install, consisting of solid state equipment that is covered by a five-year warranty. A multi-view option allows consultants, including Select Reproductive Solutions™ (SRS™) specialists, to review data and troubleshoot potential issues. All data from the CowManager system can also be viewed from a smartphone or tablet.

To learn more about the CowManager system visit the Select Sires (Exhibition Hall at 4001-4003, 4101-4103 and in the Coliseum on the Arena Level at 167-169) or GenerVations booth (Arena Level of the Coliseum at booth 216) at World Dairy Expo, September 30 through October 4. More information can also be found online at http://www.selectsires.com/products/cowmanager.html or by contacting your local Select Sires sales representative.

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

Souce: Select Sires Inc.

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Semex leads the industry with its high-ranking GTPI Red Carrier (RC) and Red sons, having eight of the top 15 GTPI sires calling Semex and stud code 200HO home. These sires include August 2014’s #1 GTPI *RC sire and Genomax™ hotshot 0200HO03949 Ladys-Manor Olympian *RC (Alchemy *RC x Dorcy).

Laced throughout the top 15 GTPI line-up is the industry’s most famous Red & White cow family, the Apples. And, with the release of Genomax™ sire 0200HO10064 Mr Aderyn Andiron *RC, Semex has made the #1 GTPI Apple bull available.

Andiron *RC is the top-ranking *RC McCutchen son at +2365 GTPI, and is from a VG-85 Superstition from KHW Goldwyn Aiko EX-91 DOM 3*, a popular Goldwyn daughter from Apple’s Durham sister Kamps-Hollow Altitude EX-95-2E DOM 1*. Andiron *RC’s numbers are solid with a +719 NM$, 2.86 SCS, +4.7 Productive Life, solid +3.00 PTAT and positive deviations, making him an extremely popular option for Red enthusiasts.

“The Apple family has never been hotter,” says Paul Krueger, Semex Director Sales and Business Development, United States. “And along with Apple’s popularity has come an increased interest and demand for the very best Red genetics. We’re proud of our Red Carrier and Red lineup and adding this Apple relative just strengthens what is already the industry’s #1 GTPI red lineup.”

Andiron *RC is available beginning October 1 in the US. For more information on Semex, Genetics for Life, Genomax, Red & White sires or any of Semex’s brands visit: www.semex.com

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Gouge Joins All-West Team In Washington

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Lexi GougeAll-West Select Sires is pleased to announce the addition of Lexi Gouge to the technician team.  Gouge grew up in Astoria, Oregon and is a 2014 Oregon State University graduate with a degree in Agricultural Sciences.  She also obtained minor degrees in Agriculture Resource & Economincs and Animal Sciences.  Lexi is part of an All-West internship training program and will spend the majority of the fall and winter breeding cows in southcentral Washington.  She’ll also work with the All-West team to assist in heat detection and Select Reproductive Solutions (SRS) work.

Lexi has a diverse background, participating most recently in a study-abroad program through Oregon State where she spent several months in Lanco, Chile, working in the Chilean performance horse industry and the Chilean Rodeo.  She’s also completed a summer internship at both the Six Mile Land & Cattle Company (a division of Three Mile Canyon Farms) in Boardman, Oregon and at World-Wide Sires, assisting A.I. technicians implant Angus embryos into dairy heifers.

At school she was very active in the Meat Science and Steer-A-Year Clubs, as well as the Young Farmers & Ranchers Club.  She served as the Astoria High School FFA Vice President and was a 4-H member for 10 years.

“I wanted to work for All-West Select Sires because it’s a reputable company that presented an opportunity of employment that fell right in line with my career goals,” said Lexi.  “I’m really enjoying learning the details of bovine reproduction and working with the technician team, and the dairymen, in central Washington!”

Gouge began her work with the All-West team in September.

For more information about All-West Select Sires, visit www.allwestselectsires.com or call 800.426.2697.

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Nickel joins All-West team in Washington

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Maddie NickelBurlington, WA-All-West Select Sires is pleased to announce the addition of Maddie Nickel to the technician team.  Nickel grew up in Bainbridge Island, Washington and is a 2013 Washington State University graduate with a degree in Animal Science.  Maddie is part of an All-West internship training program and will spend the majority of the fall and winter breeding cows in southcentral Washington.  She’ll also work with the All-West team to assist in heat detection and Select Reproductive Solutions (SRS) work.

After graduation from Washington State, Maddie spent her time working as a Veterinary Technician at the Yreka Veterinary Hospital.  In school, she spent time on the WSU Knott Dairy milking, and working in calf care, breeding and feeding.  She also became the WSU Herd Manager for the Student Swine Co-Op and spent three years in the 150 sow farrow-to-finish hog operation.

Maddie served as president of the Kitsap County 4-H Club and earned a Pork Plus Quality Assurance Certification.

“I’m anxious to learn everything that goes on with day-to-day operations of All-West,” explained Maddie.  “I’ve already experienced so much and can’t wait to gain more valuable, hands-on training.  I look forward to learning about the SMS mating program and other new genetic technologies that are available to producers in the All-West area!”

Nickel began her work with the All-West team in September.

For more information about All-West Select Sires, visit www.allwestselectsires.com or call 800.426.2697.

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Sexing Technologies’ sex sorted semen has achieved a comparable conception rate to conventional semen for the first time since becoming commercially available about a decade ago, the company’s head researcher said today.

Dr. Vish Vishwanath told an audience at the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) Technical Conference on Artificial Insemination and Reproduction that sperm sorted using an improved SexedULTRA™ semen sorting process and packaged at a concentration of 4 million cells per straw delivered a conception rate similar to conventional semen packaged at a concentration of 15 million cells per straw during a field trial involving more than 6,000 inseminations.

Dr. Vishwanath credits the improved conception rate to improvements in sperm biotechnology, the media that nourishes and invigorates the sperm during the sorting process and improved sorting machine technology.

“Over the past three years we have continuously worked to improve the SexedULTRA™ semen sorting process in an effort to produce the best sexed semen product possible,” Dr. Vishwanath said. “I believe the results of this first field trial are confirmation that our sorting process is built on very solid technology, and it’s a technology that we’ve invested many years and tens of millions of dollars into in order to continue providing quality products to our customers.”

During the field trial, done in Germany with German Genetics International, researchers inseminated cows with SexedULTRA™ semen products packaged in concentrations of 2 million, 3 million and 4 million cells per straw.

All of the concentration levels delivered higher conception rates than past sex sorted semen, but only the 4 million cell concentration produced results comparable to conventional semen.

There is no timeline for introducing the improved SexedULTRA™ semen sorting process into the commercial A.I. market, Vishwanath said. The next step will be to duplicate the results from the German field trial during further field trials in Europe and the U.S.

Sexing Technologies is a worldwide leader in livestock reproductive services, including sex sorted semen and embryo production.

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Joel StevensonCooperative Resources International (CRI) names Joel Stevenson to the position of Vice President of Wholesale Markets within the International Marketing Division.

“In this role, Stevenson will provide oversight to and coordinate marketing activities with CRI distributors in approximately 60 countries around the world,” explains Huub te Plate, CRI vice president of international marketing. “Under his leadership, CRI will continue to grow market share while providing world-class dairy and beef cattle genetics and innovative services.”

Stevenson previously worked in the animal protein industry marketing beef, pork, poultry and processed meats within the U.S. and abroad. Most recently, Stevenson was employed as the military sales leader for Cargill.

Stevenson has a Bachelor of Administration in economics and psychology from Hobart College and his Master of Business Administration in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

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On September 12 The Bullvine broke the news that Sexing Technologies was suing ABS Global for fraud and breach of contract (Read more: Sexing Technologies sues ABS Global for fraud, contract breach), kicking off what has become a much debated discussion in the A.I. industry. This was the first public announcement of a legal battle that has been going on behind the scenes for some time now.

At the heart of the issue are two companies simply trying to do what is best for their business. However, as is usually the case in the passionate dairy industry, routine business procedures have turned into a heated debate.

In 2003 Inguran LLC., which does business as Sexing Technologies or ST, licensed the semen sexing technology from XY technologies who had performed considerable research in the 1990’s to optimize the efficiency of the sorting procedures first initiated in the 1980’s by USDA. The partners in the business eleven years ago went heavily into debt to obtain a license from XY Inc. Additional partners came into the business, and Sexing Technologies started its commercial sexed semen production ten years ago having Select Sires as its first large commercial customer.  The technology has changed dramatically, especially in the last five years. A considerable amount of time and resources have gone into developing new generations of equipment, changing procedures, making media improvements and raising user awareness. For example in the last five years we have gone through five different new models of sperm sorters, each one an improvement on the previous one. Thus, production efficiency has improved considerably, and the end user has benefitted by seeing a significant price reduction in the cost for their sexed semen compared to when ST introduced it in the marketplace ten years ago. Juan Moreno, Co-CEO of Sexing Technologies, (Read more: SEXING TECHNOLOGIES: Gender Vendors in a Changing Marketplace) shared the following stats:

  • 1984 to 2000
    Purity Under 80%
    Low Fertility (below 50%)
    1000 doses of conventional semen would produce 200 doses of sexed semen.
  • 2002 to 2012
    85% Purity
    About 80% fertility rate of that of conventional semen.
  • 1000 doses of conventional semen would produce 400 doses of sexed semen.
  • Current
    93% Purity
    98% fertility rate of that of conventional semen.
    1000 doses of conventional semen can now produce 1100 doses of sexed semen.

As a result of making these leaps and bounds in the efficiency and increased fertility, the marketplace has certainly taken a liking to using sexed semen (Read more: Sexed Semen from Cool Technology to Smart Business Decision).  This increased demand has also led to higher profits for ST and has propelled them into even more significant research as well as very aggressive protection of their license and their patents.  During this time there have been other attempted developments of sexed bovine semen sorting such as Gensel, Heifer Plus, Microbix as well as efforts by Monsanto, though ultimately it has been ST which has prevailed.

It’s these aggressive tactics that are in question in the legal proceeding between ABS Global and ST.   According to Jesus Martinez, ABS Global Director of Business Development “ST’s practices not only limit choices for genetics and artificial insemination companies, but more importantly, they inhibit scientific progress important to our dairy and beef customers” On July 14th  ABS filed legal action against Sexing Technologies in the U.S. district court of western WI, based in Madison. (Read more: ABS Global, Inc., files suit against Sexing Technologies) “We believe it is in the interests of both ABS and the whole bovine genetics industry to have free and fair competition in the market for processing sexed bovine semen.”

The counter suit filed by ST, filed in Houston federal court, claims ABS Global committed fraud by signing the five-year contract, and inducing Sexing Technologies to sign, with no intention of honoring the contract’s provisions. ABS Global breached the agreement, signed in 2012, when the company sought to avoid meeting some of its contractual obligations, the lawsuit claims. Sexing Technologies is seeking unspecified monetary damages and a ruling by the court that the contract is valid and enforceable. “We consider our customers to be our valued business partners in a relationship built on trust,” said Maurice Rosenstein, Sexing Technologies Co-CEO. “Based on that trust and on the certainty that long-term sorting contracts provide, we invest in sophisticated and expensive semen sorting labs on the customer’s premises to provide the high level of service demanded by the larger bull studs, such as ABS. This is a major commitment on our part, and we take it very seriously. ’We honor our contracts with our customers, and we expect our customers to honor them as well,’” Rosenstein said.

What it boils down to is that ST has been very aggressive in their research but also in limiting the development of competing products.  They have done this either by acquiring patents developed by competing organizations or signing contracts with those who  license their equipment that limit them from developing their technologies.  And that is the crutch in this agreement.  ABS contends that the contract that they signed with ST had provisions that would make it impossible for the development of a competing technology.  Something that ABS has now done.  ST contends that by signing the contract they had access to patented technology that greatly enhanced their ability to develop a competing technology, something that ABS did do.  So it really boils down to the fact of determining if  ABS breached their contract by developing their own technology, or was the contract null and void because  it contained provisions that should never have existed in the first place

The Bullvine Bottom Line

Whether the legal proceedings say it or not, at the heart of the matter is the situation where Sexing Technologies, through intensive research, patent acquisition, and aggressive legal defense of their position has developed a dominant position on the sexed bovine semen sorting business.  This has been a lucrative endeavor for ST as they can charge significant premiums for the use of their technology. Anyone who has ever run a business knows that the way to get the highest premium is to have no direct competitors. This is something ST has been able to achieve.  That’s just plain smart business.  Now ABS is trying to use the US laws that inhibit any company from having a monopoly on an industry to declare the contract null and void that they signed with ST.  Again smart business from ABS because they have to do something in order to decrease the expense and the only way to do so is to make sure there is more than one option available.  US laws are in place to protect consumers from being gouged due to monopolistic behaviors. In reality, you can see arguments from both sides.  ABS Global’s contention that ST has a monopoly on the marketplace would indeed appear valid though ST contends that sexed bovine semen is just a small part of a much larger industry, rather than an industry upon itself.  Sexing Technologies’ contention that ABS Global did not honor their contract and as a result had access to their patented technology that then enabled them to develop their solution also has merit.    So this really comes down to two companies who are doing smart business and trying to use the courts to uphold  their position or, in the case of ABS, remove the monopoly they contend ST has on the sexed bovine semen sorting business.

So, when you look at it objectively, the legal battle between ABS Global and Sexing Technologies are good business strategies. The courts will decide the outcome.

 

 

 

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ABS Global, Inc., a world leader in bovine genetics, confirms the filing of legal proceedings against Inguran LLC (doing business as Sexing Technologies, or “ST”), alleging that ST has acquired and maintained a monopoly in processing sexed bovine semen through anti-competitive and exclusionary conduct, in breach of various U.S. state and federal competition statutes. These proceedings were filed on July 14 in the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Wisconsin.

“ST’s practices not only limit choices for genetics and artificial insemination companies, but more importantly, they inhibit scientific progress important to our dairy and beef customers,” says Jesus Martinez, ABS global director of business development. “We believe it is in the interests of both ABS and the whole bovine genetics industry to have free and fair competition in the market for processing sexed bovine semen.”

The legal proceedings arise around technologies used to process bull semen into products which farmers use to increase the likelihood of gender specific offspring.

The ABS proceedings allege that ST has acquired and maintained a monopoly for its technology through unlawful contractual provisions that lock up potential customers and limit research on alternative technologies. ABS also filed an Inter Partes Review (IPR) petition before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, challenging the validity of one of ST’s patents. The IPR also was filed on July 14.

ABS and ST entered a semen sorting agreement in September 2012 for the processing of raw bovine ejaculate to produce sexed bovine semen. Given ST’s monopoly position, ST imposed onerous provisions in the contract, which ABS contends are unlawful. ABS has notified ST that this agreement will not extend beyond August 2017.

On September 3, ST filed separate proceedings against ABS in Houston, Texas, seeking declarations from the court on the enforceability of certain provisions of the semen sorting agreement and alleging that ABS had fraudulently induced ST to enter into the agreement. ABS strongly disputes ST’s claims and has moved to dismiss these allegations and transfer the matter to Wisconsin.

ABS believes the Wisconsin proceedings will allow it and, potentially, other third parties to enter and compete in the market for processing sexed bovine semen through the launch of competing technologies. For some time, ABS has been developing its own sexed semen technology and has recently completed successful field trials for this technology.

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Semex logoOn the heels of an award-winning 2013 and with record worldwide sales since its release, Semex is proud present daughters of Immunity+™ sires at this year’s World Dairy Expo (WDE) in its Semex Tent.

Using a patented technology, Semex measures an animal’s immune response and their ability to combat infection and disease. These animals are considered High Immune Responders (HIR) and at Semex they’re known as Immunity+ bulls.

“Dairymen are looking for long-term solutions to herd health,” says Brad Sayles, Semex Vice President Global Marketing. “With Immunity+ sires, dairymen can now ask how well a bull’s daughters respond to infection instead of how often they get diseases like mastitis. It changes the conversation from result-oriented measurements with heritabilities of less than 10%, to immune response that is highly heritable at 25%. We’re excited to share the future of herd health with dairymen this year at World Dairy Expo.”

On display will be daughters of popular Immunity+ sires including:

  • 0200HO03753 Marbri Facebook: Immunity+, HealthSmart™, Repromax™ and Calving Ease™ sire
  • 0200HO07450 Amighetti Numero Uno: Immunity+, Genomax™ and HealthSmart sire
  • 0200HO05567 R-E-W Seaver: Immunity+ and Show Time™ sire
  • 0200HO00560 Monument Impression: Immunity+, Repromax, HealthSmart and Robot Ready™ sire
  • 0200HO02698 Misty Springs Supersonic: Immunity+, Genomax, HealthSmart, Repromax and Robot Ready sire

To find out more about Immunity+ or any of Semex’s suite of solutions, stop by Semex at World Dairy Expo at the Semex Tent or in the Exhibition Hall at booth #2608-2709 or by visiting www.semex.com If you can’t be with us at this year’s World Dairy Expo, we encourage you to follow Semex on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or on our YouTube Channel and search #semextent for all the latest news from Semex at the show!

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ABS Global, Inc., a world leader in bovine genetics, confirms the filing of legal proceedings against Inguran LLC (doing business as Sexing Technologies, or “ST”), alleging that ST has acquired and maintained a monopoly in processing sexed bovine semen through anti-competitive and exclusionary conduct, in breach of various U.S. state and federal competition statutes. These proceedings were filed on July 14 in the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Wisconsin.

“ST’s practices not only limit choices for genetics and artificial insemination companies, but more importantly, they inhibit scientific progress important to our dairy and beef customers,” says Jesus Martinez, ABS global director of business development. “We believe it is in the interests of both ABS and the whole bovine genetics industry to have free and fair competition in the market for processing sexed bovine semen.”

The legal proceedings arise around technologies used to process bull semen into products which farmers use to increase the likelihood of gender specific offspring.

The ABS proceedings allege that ST has acquired and maintained a monopoly for its technology through unlawful contractual provisions that lock up potential customers and limit research on alternative technologies. ABS also filed an Inter Partes Review (IPR) petition before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, challenging the validity of one of ST’s patents. The IPR also was filed on July 14.

ABS and ST entered a semen sorting agreement in September 2012 for the processing of raw bovine ejaculate to produce sexed bovine semen. Given ST’s monopoly position, ST imposed onerous provisions in the contract, which ABS contends are unlawful. ABS has notified ST that this agreement will not extend beyond August 2017.

On September 3, ST filed separate proceedings against ABS in Houston, Texas, seeking declarations from the court on the enforceability of certain provisions of the semen sorting agreement and alleging that ABS had fraudulently induced ST to enter into the agreement. ABS strongly disputes ST’s claims and has moved to dismiss these allegations and transfer the matter to Wisconsin.

ABS believes the Wisconsin proceedings will allow it and, potentially, other third parties to enter and compete in the market for processing sexed bovine semen through the launch of competing technologies. For some time, ABS has been developing its own sexed semen technology and has recently completed successful field trials for this technology.

Headquartered in DeForest, Wisconsin, ABS Global is the world‐leading provider of bovine genetics, reproduction services, technologies and udder care 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.

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ABS Global holds awards and roundtable event

Friday, September 19th, 2014

ABSABS Global, Inc. recognized 13 of its best dairy representatives during its dairy rep roundtable event on September 8th and 9th. The event included multiple roundtable discussion forums, industry speakers, and the awards program. Richard Williams, ABS Global general manager for North America, stated, “One of the goals for this event was to be a source of idea transfer for ABS’s top performing and fastest growing dairy reps, and how they can improve their own businesses.”

Receiving awards for Sales Increase were: Hank Veenendaal, Hanford, Calif., John Coleman, Valders, Wis., Jeff Moore, Cass City, Mich., and Henk Schuurman, Mossley, Ontario, Canada. Receiving the Volume awards were: John Nelson, Los Banos, Calif., Tom Scheller, Fort Collins, Colo., Bob Driesenga Jr., Zeeland, Mich., and Hal Muxlow, Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. Receiving awards for Divisional Choice were: Ricardo Delatorre, Visalia, Calif., Bob Brink, Spicer, Minn., William David Armstead, Falmouth, Mich., and Mario Benjamin, St. Ignace De Standbridge, Quebec, Canada. Special recognition was given to Tim Timmons from Clear Lake, S.D. for his contributions to the company.

ABSHeadquartered in DeForest, Wisconsin, ABS Global is the world leading provider of bovine genetics, reproduction services, technologies and udder care 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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SexingTechnologies-Logo[1]Inguran LLC (d/b/a Sexing Technologies), a leading provider of sex sorted semen products and services, has filed suit against bull stud giant ABS Global Inc. for fraud and breach of a long-term semen sorting services contract.

The lawsuit, filed in Houston federal court, claims ABS Global committed fraud by signing the five-year contract, and inducing Sexing Technologies to sign, with no intention of honoring the contract’s provisions.

ABS Global breached the agreement, signed in 2012, when the company sought to avoid meeting some of its contractual obligations, the lawsuit claims. Sexing Technologies is seeking unspecified monetary damages and a ruling by the court that the contract is valid and enforceable.

“We consider our customers to be our valued business partners in a relationship built on trust,” said Maurice Rosenstein, Sexing Technologies Co-CEO. “Based on that trust and on the certainty that long-term sorting contracts provide, we invest in sophisticated and expensive semen sorting labs on the customer’s premises to provide the high level of service demanded by the larger bull studs, such as ABS. This is a major commitment on our part and we take it very seriously.

”We honor our contracts with our customers, and we expect our customers to honor them as well,” Rosenstein said.

Sexing Technologies provides livestock reproductive services for a variety of species, including cattle, in both the international and domestic markets. The company is best known for its patented process for sex sorting of semen, which it provides to many major livestock reproductive services companies around the world.

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Four Select Sires Earn Gold Medal Sire Status

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Gold Medal Sire honors were awarded to 7HO10700 Vatland MAUSER-ET (EX-92-GM), 7HO10723 De-Su 527 SPUR-ET (EX-92-GM), 7HO10725 De-Su 528 HOORAY-ET (EX-90-GM) and 7HO10848 Ladys-Manor Rd GRAFEETI-ET (GM) by Holstein Association USA following the August 2014 sire summaries, in recognition of their officially tested and classified offspring’s superior type and production.

To qualify for this honor, bulls must meet a specified type level for Total Performance IndexSM (TPISM), have a minimum Reliability of 90 percent for their Fat and Type genetic evaluations and be free of all recognized genetic defects. This award is only given to about 25 Holstein sires each year, putting these four sires in elite company.

MAUSER is the No. 3 proven Net Merit (NM$) sire at Select Sires. He is an exceptional components transmitter (+81 Fat, +0.10%F, +50 Protein) which leads to his high Cheese Merit (+744 CM$) ranking. At +2177 GTPI, he is one of the best at Select Sires. He earns the HealthMark™ designation for his low Somatic Cell Score (SCS) (2.75) and high Productive Life (PL) (+5.1). MAUSER is a Calving Ease (6.1%DBH) and FeedPRO® sire available in gender SELECTed™ semen.

SPUR, a top-35 GTPI sire at +2163, is one of 7HO8081 Ensenada Taboo PLANET-ET’s (EX-90-GM) best sons for Feet and Leg Composite (FLC) (+2.36), Udder Composite (UDC) (+3.00) and Type (+2.85). His daughters are high milk producers (+1,864 Milk) that stand the test of time (+4.4 PL). SPUR is a Calving Ease sire at 6.5%DBH.

HOORAY sires cows with moderate stature and functional Type (+2.45). He transmits production (+1,827 Milk) with excellent component yields (+74F, +60P). HOORAY is among the best at Select Sires for GTPI (+2179), NM$ (+611) and CM$ (+642). He is a FeedPRO and DIAMOND SELECTion™ sire.

GRAFEETI debuted in the active lineup this sire summary as a high reliability sire with outstanding NM$ (+697), CM$ (+774) and Type (+2.53). His daughters produce excellent components (+.19%F, +71F, +.05%P) and are moderate in stature with exceptional udders (+2.75 Udder Composite) and feet and legs (+2.56 Feet and Leg Composite). His low SCS (2.70), high PL (+4.8) and positive Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR) earn him the HealthMark designation. With over 4,000 observations, GRAFEETI is a Calving Ease (7.1%DBH) sire and earns the FeedPRO and DIAMOND SELECTion designations.

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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Source: 08/14 USDA-CDCB Genomic Evaluation, USDA/HA Genomic Type Evaluation. 08/14 %Rel: MAUSER NM$ 90, Yield 97, SCS 92, PL 83, CE 96; SPUR Type 93, Yield 96, PL 83, CE 98; HOORAY Type 92, Yield 94, NM$ 88; GRAFEETI NM$ 89, Type 92, Yield 96, SCS 90, PL 81, DPR 77, CE 99. SMTotal Performance Index and TPI are service marks of Holstein Association USA. ™DIAMOND SELECTion, gender SELECTed and HealthMark are trademarks of Select Sires Inc. ®FeedPRO is a registered trademark of Select Sires Inc.

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Will there ever be another Millionaire Sire?

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Over the past week, we have seen the announcements for two Millionaire sires.  Semex announced the passing of Buckeye (Read more: Semex Millionaire Sire Buckeye Passes Away) and Shot, from Select Sires, was noted as the youngest millionaire sire ever at Select. (Read more: SHOT Becomes Youngest Select Sires Millionaire) With dairy breeders using more and more young sires, to the point where young sire semen sales are now a larger portion of the overall sales worldwide than proven sires, it has us asking, “Will there ever be another Millionaire Sire?”

It is interesting to understand how Shot became the youngest ever. This is perhaps a sign of things to come.  You see Shot is not a total product of the “Genomic Era.” However “with the release of genomic data, SHOT was identified as one of Shottle’s most elite sons,” explains Rick VerBeek, sire analyst with Select Sires. “This helped drive his semen sales significantly.  SHOT has been the No. 1 selling bull for Select two out of the past three years and is on pace to be the No. 1 selling bull in 2014.  He has shattered nearly every semen production and sales record at Select Sires, including setting the record for yearly sales in 2012 with 311,824 units sold.”  The interesting part about this is that SHOT’s second-crop daughters are just entering his proof now.  So, for the most part, he has driven this level of interest heavily on his genomic proof and about 300 daughters (# of daughters in his proof in April 2013).  Unlike sires in the past that did not receive significant use until they had a solid proven sire proof, Shot has been Select’s top selling sire based mainly on a limited number of daughters in his proof but especially because of  his Genomic data.  This is certainly a sign that times are changing and young sires are indeed accounting for a much more significant portion of the overall sales for A.I. units.  The challenge with this is that, unlike the case with SHOT, most young sires are not great semen producers. Indeed it is very hard for A.I. units to keep up with the demand for these elite genomic sires.  So there is a supply and demand issue in the industry today. As is the case in any industry, when supply is less than demand, the price is sure to increase.  This has been the case for elite young sire semen in recent years.

Further sparking my thoughts on this matter is Alta Genetics recent advertisement in regards to the fact that Alta’s Top 100 gTPI bulls have achieved triple Millionaire status before their first daughter proofs.  This is certainly an indicator of the times.   Instead of a few proven sires being the headliners for A.I. units around the world, it is now a group of Genomic sires that are leading the charge, when it comes to semen sales.  According to our estimates, that is about 100,000 doses per sire per year (Alta has about 8-11 sires in the top 100 gTPI over the past 3 years).  So gone are the days when it was hard to sell enough semen to get a reliable 1st crop daughter proof. Now Genomic Young Sires among the headliners for each stud.

Alta September 2014 Ad

The one monkey wrench in this whole equation is the supply challenge.  It is a well-known fact that young sires do not produce as much semen as proven sires.  As we mentioned above, that limited supply in relation to demand does typically lead to an increase in price.  The challenge with that is the commercial milk producer, who represents over 90% of the marketplace, is not willing to pay more for their semen.  This leaves the A.I. units in a challenging circumstance.  With greater demand coming for their most costly entity, what can they do?  You see a young sire is like a 2-year-old cow. It costs money to get them there: Time and money in raising them (in the case of A.I. units, testing them and getting them into the unit. It takes time to get them to an output level that is significant enough to maximize their profitability.  So what are the A.I. units to do?  Well, the only logical thing…sample more young sires.  Yes, Genomics was first heralded as a significant cost savings for A.I. units because they would have to sample fewer young sires in order to get highly profitable proven sires. In the end, the opposite may prove to be true. It may change the industry to such a point that most sires are long since passed before they ever receive their first official daughter proof.  Which, due to semen production issues, may mean that many sires will never receive the opportunity to reach the Millionaire status. Most due to production issues will be lucky to hit 300,000 units and even the most elite may only ever reach 500,000 units.

The Bullvine Bottom Line

While millionaire status is certainly an achievement to celebrate, it may not be a realistic expectation for top sires heading into the future.  The marketplace has changed to the point where genomic sire semen sales is now greater than proven sire sales and could reach as high as 84% market share (Read more: Why 84% of Dairy Breeders Will Soon Be Using Genomic Sires!). Combining that statistic with the fact that young sires do not produce nearly as much semen per year, we could be about to see the last few sires that will ever achieve this lofty benchmark.


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A new cattle genetics company launched this week (Tuesday, 9 September, 2014) has achieved a major industry coup with a brand new number one Holstein bull in its portfolio at the start of its trading.
The company, called Mastergen, will specialise in both dairy and beef genetics, and has a particularly strong selection of young genomic dairy sires alongside a keen focus on polled genetics.
Amongst its launch offering is the highest ranking genomic sire of the Holstein breed in the shape of MG Inseme Powerplay, a son of Guarini out of a cow by Ralma Oman CF Cricket. Powerplay’s colossal PLI (Profitable Lifetime Index) of £643 will earn him the number one position of all genomic bulls when his semen becomes available to UK breeders in October.
Guarini, sire of Mastergen’s headline young sire, MG Inseme Powerplay
Powerplay is also joined by a strong portfolio of polled Holsteins which will be featured in their own polled catalogue, shortly to be published by the company.
“There’s a growing demand across Europe for cattle which do not need to be disbudded as calves, as both concerns about animal welfare and a lack of time amongst farmers favours bulls with the polled gene,” says Alison Dunphy, Mastergen’s managing director. “We believe we are the first cattle genetics company to cater so strongly for this demand, and the first company in the UK to publish a specifically polled catalogue.”
The pages of the polled catalogue include homozygous bulls (carrying two copies of the polled gene) of the Holstein, Jersey, Limousin, Simmental and Charolais breeds.
Other heterozygous polled bulls include some with world-leading pedigrees including polled sons of Bookem, Numero Uno and Lithium.
The company’s main catalogue will have a strong focus on genomic Holsteins plus nine proven bulls, two British Blues, a triple mix from Twyning Ash, a Hereford and an Angus.
“All bulls will be priced competitively as our ethos is to cut costs out of the supply chain and pass the savings we make on to the farmer,” continues Mrs Dunphy. “We have no costly reps driving up farm drives and very low overheads, preferring to take orders over the phone or internet.
“Our experience is that farmers are becoming more and more savvy about their breeding needs, and can find much of the information they need on independent cattle websites. Once they’ve weighed up their options, we believe they will find Mastergen has many sires to meet their needs, and they can order semen at their convenience on 01823 430317.”
They can also view catalogues on Mastergen’s website at www.mastergen.com, which goes live today.
An introductory offer of 50% of beef semen free is available until the end of October (minimum order applies).
The portfolio of Holstein bulls from Mastergen comes predominantly from Masterrind, one of Europe’s largest farmer co-ops, which runs the largest Holstein programme in Germany and sells over 3.3 million doses of semen per year.

 

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Eclipse Atwoods Archrival 2000

Eclipse Holsteins is proud to announce the new Number 1 type bull with 4.84 PTAT lives in Australia. Eclipse Atwood’s Archrival IMP ET boasts breed leading figures for Rear udder height of 5.63 and stature of 4.28 to make the fancy show winning kind. To compliment his breed leading proof in USA he is also the number 2 DGV Type bull in Canada with +22.

Archrival arrived in Australia from a purchase on the Eurogenes Internet auction and is is sired by Mapple Downs I GW Atwood & from Dam Bolleholster Shottle Anya VG 87 2yrs.

Richard Hull of Eclipse Holsteins is excited about this great result. “I could see that Anya had already produced high PTAT daughters with sires such as Sanchez & now crossed with high type Atwood the calves could be even better. I loved my Atwood heifers from Shottle dams & wanted to breed a high type heifer in Australia from this combination & so I purchased them. Little did i know the number 1 PTAT bull worldwide was on his way to Australia.”

Archrival’s pedigree traces maternally through Shottle Anya VG 87 2yrs, Sherona-Hill Champ Angel VG 89 , Amlaird Lee Alice EX94 back to Kingstead chief Adeen EX 95 which is also of course the third dam of Atwood. Therefore Archrival has Chief Adeen as the 4th dam on both sides of his pedigree. This further proves the point on how powerful Chief Adeen’s genetics are & also how complimentary it can be to put such great genetics into a pedigree more than once.

Eclipse Holsteins is not new to breeding high PTAT holsteins with Eclipse Atwood Princess 7 from Eclipse Damion G Princess VG 86 2yr being the number 1 PTAT heifer worldwide too with 4.85 PTAT.

Archrival stands at Total Livestock Genetics, Camperdown Australia (previous home of Millionaire High Type sire Ladino Park Talent). He qualifies for all markets except EU & China. Archrival is being marketed by Peter Semmens of Universal Sires in Australia, with Sexing Technologies marketing him in all other international markets.

Archrival is available now in Australia & will be released the week of WDE in the USA & Canada.

 

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Semex Polled Lineup Expanding

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Semex logoSemex understands the potential of the polled gene in the marketplace and on the dairy. Genetics for Life ensures that our clients have access to the tools and solutions they need to be successful. For our clients who are seeking a non-invasive solution to dehorning, the polled gene is extremely valuable.

New to the Semex Polled™ and Genomax™ lineups in the US is Semex’s new #1 Polled™ bull, 0200HO06652 Lorka Zumba P. Ranking high on the heterozygous polled listing at an impressive +2326 GTPI, Zumba P offers +751 NM$, +1412 PTAM, 5.5 Calving Ease, +1.8 DPR, +5.8 PL and a solid +2.05 PTAT with fantastic udder traits.

A son by the popular Earnhardt P, his dam is a Meteor from a VG-87 4* Bolton with nine VG daughters to date and over 121,000 lbs of milk in just three lactations. Next is an EX-90 Cevis and then multiple generations of high producing, high scoring, profitable cows.

“We’re working to meet the needs of the polled breeder,” says Brad Sayles, Vice President Global Marketing. “The interest in these bulls has skyrocketed in recent years and our clients are looking to take advantage of the polled gene while incorporating the most profitable genetics possible. Adding Zumba P to our lineup certainly does this by offering high GTPI as well as great functional traits, tremendous mammary systems and solid type.”

Zumba P is now available in the US. For more information on Semex, Genetics for Life, Genomax, Polled sires or any of Semex’s brands visit: www.semex.com

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Lincoln-Hill SHOT Laser-ET

Lincoln-Hill SHOT Laser-ET

Select Sires is proud to announce that 7HO9222 Lincoln-Hill SHOT Laser-ET (EX-92) has exceeded 1 million units in sales at just under nine-years-old. He is the ninth sire in Select Sires’ history to reach this milestone following 7HO8081 Ensenada Taboo PLANET-ET (EX-90-GM), 7HO8165 England-Ammon MILLION-ET (EX-92-GM), 7HO7466 Robthom MOSCOW-ET (EX-94-GM), 7HO6417 O-Bee MANfred Justice-ET (EX-94-GM), 7HO5708 Fustead Emory BLITZ-ET (EX-95-GM), 7HO4213 Robthom INTEGRITY-ET (EX-96-GM), 7HO3707 Paradise-R Cleitus MATHIE*CV (EX-96-GM) and 7HO1236 Fisher-Place MANDINGO-Twin (EX-95-GM).

Bred by Leonard W. and Rebecca J. Austin of Eagle Bridge, N.Y., SHOT graduated in August 2010 and was one of the first proven Shottle sons to join the Select Sires lineup. He sires cows with exceptional udder quality and functional feet and legs and calves that are delivered with ease (5.4% DBH). SHOT was the top-selling sire at Select Sires for nine straight months during 2012 and 2013 and over the past year can be found at the top, or near the top, of Holstein Association USA’s Highest Registry Activity Bull List.

“With the release of genomic data, SHOT was identified as one of Shottle’s most elite sons,” explains Rick VerBeek, sire analyst with Select Sires. “SHOT’s first daughter proof substantiated his early genomic predictions. In his relatively short career, SHOT has been the No. 1 selling bull for Select two out of the past three years and is on pace to be the No. 1 selling bull in 2014. He has shattered nearly every semen production and sales record at Select Sires, including setting the record for yearly sales in 2012 with 311,824 units sold. SHOT has been well received by breeders because of his breeding pattern, user-friendly pedigree, calving ease and semen availability and fertility. SHOT’s second-crop daughters are just entering his proof now and he will join the most important club at Select – the Customer Satisfaction Club.”

SHOT, a DIAMOND SELECTion™ sire, transmits an outstanding balance of Type (+2.65) and production (+1,110 Milk) with exceptional Fat (+0.11% Fat, +71 Fat). SHOT earns the FeedPRO® designation and has gender SELECTed™ semen 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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IPS – Industry Leader for SCR

Friday, September 5th, 2014

“It is with great excitement that we received the August 2014 Sire Summary rankings for SCR indicating that IPS is the industry leader with the Top 4 Holstein bulls. It is also important to note that two new bulls received an SCR higher than +6.0 in the previous two Sire Summaries. IPS now has a total of six bulls during the past two years with an SCR rating above +6.0. These results demonstrate that IPS has focused on a high fertility product for their customers. This SCR information is a result of semen being used in many different herds across the entire United States. Dairy farmers have used IPS sires with excellent results as the unbiased SCR data demonstrates. A major contributing factor is the 30 million sperm count per straw of semen,” stated Ron Sersland, President and CEO of IPS.

The No.1 daughter proven SCR bull in the Holstein breed is 99HO6145 Barry at +14.2 with more than 4,400 inseminations and 94% reliability. Note that Semen Conception Rates are calculated using the previous 18 months inseminations. Barry has been used heavily the past two years from coast to coast on hard breeding cows and yet his SCR continues to rise. A solid type bull at +1.78, Barry excels in udder composite at +1.89 along with +1.53 foot and leg rating. And, he is a leading calving ease sire at 7.0%. This semen conception professional descends from six generations of Very Good or Excellent dams.


The No. 1 ranked SCR Genomic young Holstein sire and No.2 ranked Holstein bull overall is 99HO7660 Axford at +10.0. Axford has enviable states with +3.08 type, +2.59 udder composite, and +2.00 feet and leg composite. His projected milk is +1,351 for a GTPI rating of +2163. Axford is sired by Bookem and from a Very Good, high performing Colby daughter. The next two dams are both Excellent with Excellent mammary.

 

Nailing down the No. 3 SCR ranking is an exciting genomic young sire at +8.8 for SCR, 99HO7070 Jehoshaphat. At 1,444 inseminations, Jehoshaphat’s rating increased from previous stats while being used on

hard settlers. At +2033 GTPI, Jehoshaphat is +1,548 for milk with a +1.98 type rating. And, his productive life mark is +3.6 along with 5.9% for calving ease. This conception specialist is sired by Planet from an Excellent Shottle daughter.

The No. 4 breed leading SCR bull is 566HO1192 Apple Jack-Red at +6.6. Apple Jack’s superior type proof of +3.32 ranks him No.2 among progeny proven Red Holstein bulls. Among the same group of Red Holstein bulls, Apple Jack is ranked No. 2 for udder composite at +3.07 along with the No. 4 ranking on feet and leg composite at +2.30. This exciting Red Holstein descends from the Million Dollar Cow family with KHW Regiment Apple-Red (EX-96) being his dam. Apple-Red was Reserve Grand Champion at World Dairy Expo in 2013 while her clone was designated Grand Champion.

Delayed breeding is a costly proposition for dairy farmers. Jeff Stevenson of Kansas State University reported in the May 10, 2009 issue of Hoard’s Dairyman, “For every day open after 100 days in milk, you lose from $2 to $3 per cow per day.” With today’s high input costs, extended days open can erode the profit margin. In his June 2009 Hoard’s Dairyman article, Mr. Stevenson stated, “With a pregnancy rate of 10 to 12 percentage points, the value of each percentage point bump runs about $66… so moving 2 points would yield an additional $132 per cow.” Selecting bulls with high semen conception rates is the most fundamental way to reduce days open and improve the bottom line.

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

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CRV continues to grow in Washington

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

CRVCRV has added three new team members in Washington to continue to grow the service business and to provide solutions to the WA area for years to come. Joining the team are Korben Kosters, Matias Verduzco and Marlo Buchanan.

Korben Kosters, Othello, WA has joined CRV as a Technician Team Leader. With over 15 years of experience in AI and experience with owning and operating a dairy farm, Korben is a great addition to the CRV team. Marlo Buchanan, Toppenish, WA joins CRV as a Service Technician. Marlo has over 20 years of experience in AI. “What attracted me to CRV was the diversity of genetics for service,” states Marlo. “I am excited for my ability to grow within the company.” Matias Verduzco, Grandview, WA also joins CRV as a Service Technician. Matias has previously worked delivering dairy products. “I have heard great things about CRV and am excited to be a part of the team.”

These three individuals join an already prominent team that services WA by offering service and genetic solutions to dairy farms in the area. “At CRV we are excited to be expanding our Sales and Service team in WA,” states Jim Bayne, CRV National Sales Manager. “Our tailor made solutions and breeding program will help meet producer’s goal’s for generations to come.”

To learn more about CRV, its people, or products in your area, please visit www.crv4all.us 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. We use our passion for the dairy industry to achieve our main goal of improving quality of life for both animals and people alike. We truly care about you and your business, and want your operation to continue for generations to come.

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Semex Millionaire Sire Buckeye Passes Away

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

buckeye[1]Semex is saddened to announce the passing of its 11th Millionaire Sire, 0200HO04779 R-E-W Buckeye.

Proven through Semex’s Premier™ young sire proving program in the US in August 2005, Buckeye’s popularity was instantaneous, arriving as one of the world’s most popular BW Marshall sons and ranking #4 TPI. In February 2006 Buckeye climbed to the #2 TPI position, commanding international respect for his desirable production, solid type and in-demand health traits.

Buckeye daughters were known for exceptional feet & legs, mobility and flatness of bone. They had tremendous udders that were silky, very well-attached and were designed to handle large volumes of milk. His status as a calving ease sire only added to his popularity, selling into well over 50 countries worldwide.

“Buckeye was one of the ultimate breeder satisfaction bulls,” says Brad Sayles, Semex Vice President Global Marketing. “He delivered long-lasting, profitable cows that their owners loved because they were milky, dairy and profitable. His daughters are still impacting their herds, being long-lasting and profitable.”

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East Central/Select Sires awarded five, $1,000 scholarships on Aug. 19, at the East Central/Select Sires Annual Meeting at the Crowne Plaza, Madison. The scholarships were open to incoming and current college students at two- and four-year universities, pursuing agriculture majors. Applicants were judged on academics, agricultural and community involvement, as well as dedication to the agriculture industry.

The scholarship winners are as follows.

· Chad Bruss, Markesan, will be a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville this fall studying dairy science. In high school, Bruss was involved in 4-H, FFA, National Honor Society, basketball, cross country and student council. After college he plans to return home to farm.

· Karsen Haag, Mount Horeb, is starting her second year at Southwest Technical College to study agribusiness after studying dairy herd management last year. At Southwest, Haag serves as a student ambassador, on student senate, and is a member of the dairy judging team. She also plans to own her own registered Holstein farm, continue to advance the genetics of her herd, and promote the dairy industry.

· Taylor Holterman, Watertown, is entering her senior year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in life sciences communication with certificate in entrepreneurship. Holterman is very involved on campus serving as the Collegiate Farm Bureau President and also being a member of the Association of Women in Agriculture and the Badger Dairy Club. Upon graduation, she hopes to work in administration or communications within agriculture.

· Elizabeth Sarbacker, Verona, will be a freshman this fall at University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying dairy science. In high school, Sarbacker was involved in FFA, National Honor Society and Spanish Club. On campus, Sarbacker plans on becoming a member of the Association of Women in Agriculture and the Badger Dairy Club. She will be pursuing a dairy-related career.

· Jordan Siemers, Newton, will be a freshman this fall at Cornell University studying dairy business and dairy cattle genetics. In high school, Siemers was involved in various sports, FFA, 4-H, National Honor Society, Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association, and church functions. After graduation, he hopes to gain experience in the agriculture industry before returning to his family’s dairy farm.

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

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Ate Lindeboom is standing down as Executive Director Operations & Development at CRV Holding B.V. with effect from 1 January 2015 to enjoy a well-deserved retirement. He will be succeeded by Alfred de Vries, CRV’s current manager of Genetic Products.

After a successful 41-year career at CRV and its predecessors, Executive Director Operations & Development Ate Lindeboom has decided to retire on 1 January 2015. He joined the board in 2001, where he played a major role in CRV’s evolution from a regional player to a leading world player in herd improvement.

As Executive Director, Ate Lindeboom was involved in several important acquisitions and was a driving force behind the innovation that has taken place at CRV. For example, he was instrumental in applying and developing genomics in breeding and expanding CRV’s portfolio of management products and services. Ate Lindeboom will continue to be at CRV’s disposal for projects after he retires.

Those in the know are familiar with Ate Lindeboom’s enormous expertise and experience in breeding. During the 1970s for example, he was one of the initiators behind the introduction of the Holstein breed in the Netherlands. Later he went on to establish CRV’s internationally renowned Delta Nucleus breeding programme.

Succession
Ate Lindeboom is to be succeeded by Alfred de Vries, who has been the Manager Genetic Products at CRV since 2007. In this position he also managed the breeding, R&D and production departments.

In Alfred de Vries, CRV will be getting an executive director with wide-ranging management experience in both cooperative and non-cooperative breeding organisations. He has an in-depth knowledge of genetics and data management and has headed up several major international breeding programmes.

As the incoming Executive Director Operations & Development, Alfred de Vries will be taking over Ate Lindeboom’s responsibilities with a significant focus on the development of breeding and information products that support herd management.

Ate Lindeboom will remain a member of the executive board of CRV Holding B.V. until 1 January 2015. Alfred de Vries will take over his duties thereafter as new member of the executive board.

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Semex’s Facebook world’s #1 TPI sire

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Semex’s Genomax sires meet the industry’s most rigorous genomic young standards. This results in some of the most in-demand genomic and progeny proven bulls in the world. The newest graduate of this program, 0200HO03753 Marbri Facebook, now ranks as the world’s #1 TPI sire!

Facebook joined Semex’s elite Genomax lineup as the #3 GTPI sire in December 2010. Identified quickly as a top sire, Semex sampled 17 sons that have now entered the Genomax program themselves. They are now some of the most highly respected and in-demand geomic sires in the breed including 0200HO02870 Mr Lookout P Enforcer and 0200HO03877 Coyne-Farms Jabir who have each previously topped the GLPI and GTPI charts.

Now as a progeny proven sire, Facebook’s international demand will only increase as his #1 TPI and #1 MACE LPI rankings combined with his Immunity+ status make him one of the most valuable sires in the world. With impressive statistics of +2356 GTPI/+3469 MACE GLPI, +2.49 PTAT, breed-leading +175 lbs combined Fat and Protein, moderate stature and fantastic udder traits of +3.04 RUH, +2.80 RUW and +2.90 UC, Facebook and his sons are only just beginning.

“Facebook is exactly the kind of bull our clients are looking for,” says Brad Sayles, Vice President, Global Marketing. “He was an extremely popular Genomax young sire who has proven himself through his milking daughters. He is truly more than a triple-threat sire, being Immunity+, a high fertility Repromax sire, Calving Ease and HealthSmart. He’s got everything our global clients are looking for to be profitable at the farm gate.”

For more information on Semex, Genetics for Life, Immunity+, Genomax, Repromax, Calving Ease or HealthSmart sires visit www.semex.com

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Select Sires logoSelect Sires continues to deliver the widest variety of elite sires in the industry with leaders in many categories. 7HO10524 Roylane Socra ROBUST-ET (VG-88-GM) leads active A.I. for Net Merit (NM$) (+852), 7HO10506 Maple-Downs-I G W ATWOOD-ET (EX-90) continues to set the pace for Type (+4.79) and 7HO10429 Horstyle Moscow MONTNEY (VG-87) leads active A.I. sires for Somatic Cell Score (SCS) (2.42).

Select Sires also leads the industry with the most sires (28) on the Holstein Association USA Top 100 TPI list and is home to over a quarter of the Top 100 GTPISM sires with 97% Reliabilities for Yield and Type. Select Sires has consistently offered more elite, highly reliable genetics than any other A.I. organization.

Type standouts
Select Sires is home to 10 proven sires over +3.00 for Type, the most in the industry. G W ATWOOD improves again to +4.79 as the industry leader. 7HO10484 Paradise-R SABATHIA-ET (EX-92) (+3.90 PTAT), new proven sire 7HO10999 Regancrest-GV S BRADNICK-ET (EX-94) (+3.89 PTAT), 7HO10920 Mr Chassity GOLD CHIP-ET (EX-92) (+3.63 PTAT), 7HO9165 Regancrest S BRAXTON-ET (EX-95) (+3.58 PTAT) and new graduate 7HO10796 Twin-Crik Schez SHAMAN-ET (+3.54 PTAT) all rank in the top 10 as well. North of the border, 7HO9264 Lirr Drew DEMPSEY (VG-86), is the leader for Conformation (+20) in Canada. G W ATWOOD and GOLD CHIP rank No. 2 at +18.

G W ATWOOD is the best feet and leg improver in the breed (+3.86 Feet and Leg Composite) while GOLD CHIP (+3.44 FLC), BRADNICK (+3.30 FLC) and 7HO10277 End-Road Bolton BRANCH-ET (EX-94) (+2.94 FLC) are among the breed’s best.

G W ATWOOD (+3.54 Udder Composite), 7HO10228 De-Su GULF-ET*BY (EX-90) (+3.51 UDC), GOLD CHIP (+3.37 UDC), BRADNICK (+3.30 UDC), 7HO10272 De-Su FORK-ET (EX-92) (+3.26 UDC) and 7HO10606 De-Su OBSERVER-ET (EX-90-GM) (+3.15 UDC) are all among the top 15 sires in the breed for UDC.

Component leaders
With 17 sires at or above +120 Combined Fat and Protein (CFP), Select Sires is the industry leader. ROBUST is the No. 2 active A.I. CFP sire at +166 while 7HO10172 De-Su MASKILL-ET*BY (VG-88) (+137 CFP) and 7HO10725 De-Su 538 HOORAY-ET (EX-90) (+134 CFP) are among the best. ROBUST (+103 Fat) and 7HO10433 C-Haven SUBRARO-ET (EX-93) (+92F) rank well for pounds of Fat while 7HO10595 Glen-Toctin LISTEN-ET (VG-87) remains one of the best Protein yield sires in the breed at +75.

Fertility frontrunners
Select Sires is the premier source for high fertility proven sires with an astounding 63 lineup sires that are positive for Sire Conception Rate (SCR) and 12 that are +3.0 SCR or higher. Select’s fertility leaders include: 7HO10904 Sandy-Valley COLT P-RED-TW (+3.9 SCR), SUBRARO (+3.7 SCR), 7HO10563 Md-Valleyvue CARSON-RED-ET (EX-94) (+3.4 SCR), 7HO10585 Appealing Planet HELIX-ET (+3.4 SCR), 7HO10729 De-Su 546 DEATON-ET (VG-88) (+3.3 SCR) and 7HO9754 Matt-Dari Sharky DAYTON-ET (EX-92) (+3.3 SCR).

Select’s Super Sampler™ lineup also includes exceptional SCR sires including 7HO12165 Bacon-Hill MONTROSS-ET (+5.1 SCR), 7HO12115 OCD Mayfield DECEIVER-ET (+5.1 SCR) and 7HO11945 Mr Numero Uno ST-LOUIS-ET (+4.3 SCR).

Genomic giants
Select Sires’ Super Sampler lineup is the source for elite young sires. More than 50 Super Samplers exceed +2400 GTPI. New addition, 7HO12255 Welcome SS PETERPAN-ET is one of the leading genomic young sires for CFP (+207) and Protein (+91), while MONTROSS remains near the top for Milk (+2,835M) and 7HO11836 Melarry Robust MILES-ET is the No. 1 Fat (+120) genomic young sire. 7HO12314 Four-Hills Clark BAIRD 4491 (+4.45 PTAT) and 7HO12353 Pol Butte Mc BEEMER-ET (+4.40 PTAT) debut in the top-10 for Type.

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

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

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Select Sires logoGenerVations Inc.’s commitment to providing elite genetics from North America’s best cow families is evident in their genetic offering in the United States. Four of the top 50 GTPISM genomic young sires and elite and well-proven sires are part of this exciting lineup.

Time-tested genetics
Popular young sire, 250HO1002 Genervations EPIC (EX-94) received his first production proof with excellent results. His daughters milk well (+1,411 Milk), yield outstanding Protein (+44 Protein) and produce high quality milk (2.72 Somatic Cell Score). EPIC transmits longevity (+5.1 Productive Life), fertility (+1.8 Daughter Pregnancy Rate) and overall total performance (+2214 GTPI).

A full brother to EPIC’s dam, 250HO933 Tramilda-N ESCALADE-ET (EX-93) is an exceptional feet and leg (+2.71 Feet and Leg Composite) and udder (+2.49 Udder Composite) improver and fitness trait specialist (+5.0 PL, 2.62 SCS).

250HO914 Gillette WINDHAMMER (EX-97) continues to sire show winners on both sides of the border with a +2.81 PTAT. He improves udders (+2.64 UDC) and Fat (+61 Fat, +.17% Fat) while creating pregnancies with a +1.7 Sire Conception Rate (SCR).

Elite GTPI
A top-10 genomic young sire at +2579, 250HO1127 Stantons MAIN EVENT also ranks outstanding for Net Merit (+906 NM$), Cheese Merit (+983 CM$) and FLC (+3.06). He is a Mogul son from the Crockett-Acres Elita-ET (VG-87-GMD-DOM) family and transmits exceptional health traits (+6.8 PL, +2.6 DPR and 2.65 SCS), Type (+3.15 PTAT) and components (+.10%F, +77F, +.05%P, +56P).

Full brothers, sired by Mogul, 250HO1118 Delaberge PEPPER (VG-86) and 250HO1131 Delaberge SALT (VG-85) are top young sires for GTPI (+2497), CM$ (+976) and NM$ (+865). They will improve udders (+3.34 UDC), overall Type (+3.11 PTAT) and components (+.13%F, +78F, +.08%P, +59P).

At +2494 GTPI, 250HO1136 Lonsdale Bt SHERPA is among the top 50 genomic young sire for GTPI. A Mogul son, he is a production (+2,158 Milk) and component (+76F, +70P) specialist with solid Type (+3.16 PTAT).

Production powerhouses
250HO1115 Stantons EXTRAVERT (VG-85) is a Mogul son from an Observer dam who ranks among the best for Milk (+2,571M) and Protein (+74P). At +2,561 Milk, 250HO1106 Stantons COLLATERAL (VG-85) is among the elite. An EPIC son, he transmits outstanding Type (+3.59 PTAT) as well.

250HO1049 Genervations LIQUID GOLD (EX-90) (+157 Combined Fat and Protein, +.18%F, +91F, +.11%P, +66P) and 250HO1140 Ste Odile PETRUS (+155 CFP, +.13%F, +92F) are the leading component specialists in the GenerVations lineup.

Type superstar
250HO1123 MOTIVATOR, a Mogul son from a Very Good (85) Fork dam, is among the best for UDC (+3.89), FLC (+3.18) and overall Type (+3.52). With a +2485 GTPI and outstanding fitness traits (2.43 SCS, +6.2 PL), he can work in a variety of breeding programs.

Red genetics
A Snowman son from the Altitudes, 250HO1043 Gen-I-Beq AIKMAN (VG-86) transmits outstanding components: +153 CFP, +.15%F, +94F. A solid Type (+2.53 PTAT) red carrier sire, AIKMAN has an exceptional SCR of +3.6.

Also available from GenerVations in the U.S. are the following sires:

  • 250HO1010 Genervations LEXOR (EX-91) (Man-O-Man x Goldwyn)
  • 250HO1073 Boldi V S ANTON (VG-89) (EPIC x Man-O-Man)
  • 250HO1083 Suntor JOYRIDE (EPIC x Man-O-Man)
  • 250HO1092 Gen-I-Beq LUXUEUX (VG-86) (Numero Uno x Baxter)
  • 250HO1101 Ste Odile SATISFACTION (EPIC x Man-O-Man)
  • 250HO1102 Ste Odile OCEANIC (VG-85) (EPIC x Man-O-Man)
  • 250HO1109 Stantons CAMARO (VG-85) (EPIC x Freddie)
  • 250HO1112 Stantons BERETTA (VG-85) (LEXOR x Super)
  • 250HO1120 Stantons CAPTIVATE (Mogul x Observer)
  • 250HO1124 Stantons ENCOUNTER (Mogul x Super)
  • 250HO1134 Stantons SERONA (Supersire x Super)
  • 250HO1141 Gillette Sgo MESSENGER P (Earnhardt P x Planet)

 

To order semen from these sires or other GenerVations sires in the U.S. contact your local Select Sires representative or call (614) 873-4683.

Founded in 1999, GenerVations Inc. is a product line of Select Sires Inc., North America’s largest A.I. organization comprised of nine farmer-owned and -controlled cooperatives. As the industry leader, Select Sires provides highly fertile semen as well as excellence in service and programs to achieve its basic objective of supplying dairy and beef producers with North America’s best genetics at a reasonable price.

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Genex Releases Ideal Commercial Cow Index

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

ICC_Index_Logo[1]Dairy producers have asked for a better way to rank Holstein sires that create cows which excel in commercial conditions. In answer, Genex Cooperative, Inc. has delivered the Ideal Commercial Cow (ICC) index. This new sire index addresses commercial producers’ needs by putting greater emphasis on longevity, health, and optimal body size and condition without sacrificing yield and udder traits.

“The Ideal Commercial Cow index is probably the largest step forward we have seen in meeting the commercial producers’ needs,” comments Don Bennink of North Florida Holsteins, Bell, Florida. “The index really looks at the characteristics commercial producers, those making a living from their dairy herd, need from their cattle for maximum profit.”

The ICC index was released with the August sire summary. Based on August proof data, the top Genex sires creating cows for commercial conditions include: 1HO11056 TROY, 1HO11097 MAGNATE, 1HO11511 TAMPA, 1HO08784 FREDDIE, 1HO11426 TUFFENUFF, 1HO11545 LAWMAN, 1HO10890 ADRIAN, 1HO11528 EMERALD, 1HO11316 GEMSTONE and 1HO11541 STAMINA.

These top 10 ICC bulls average +$983 ICC and +$848 Lifetime Net Merit. In further analyzing their genetic averages, these sires combine production (+1533 Milk and +125 combined Fat and Protein) with elite health traits: +6.4 Productive Life, +1.9 Daughter Pregnancy Rate and 6.8% Sire Calving Ease. At the same time, they transmit moderate stature (+1.4) and improve udder traits (+2.39 Udder Composite).

In addition to the ICC value, Genex published five ICC sub-indexes providing dairy producers the opportunity to emphasize genetic selection for specific areas of farm management. These areas include production, health, fertility and fitness, milking ability and calving ability.

To learn more about the ICC index and sub-indexes and view ICC rankings on all bulls industry-wide, visit http://genex.crinet.com/page5854/IdealCommercialCowIndex

Genex is a subsidiary of Cooperative Resources International (CRI). 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.”

Source: Genex

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High-Components Breeds Shine at Select Sires

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Select Sires logoSelect Sires’ Jersey, Brown Swiss, Ayrshire, Guernsey and Milking Shorthorn lineups maintain their position as the top source for elite genetics.

The Jersey Revolution™ persists as five of the top 10 active A.I. Jersey Performance Index™ (JPI™) sires call Select Sires home: 523JE927 Wilsonview Jevon MAGNUM-ET (+225), 7JE1067 GR Oomsdale Tbone GOLDA-ET (+220), 7JE1038 All Lynns Louie VALENTINO-ET (+207), 7JE1082 GR HEARTland Gan Ted-1736-ET (+207) and 7JE1046 Sunrise/Hackline Bungy ZIPPER (+203). MAGNUM (+631 Net Merit), HEART (+493 NM$) and ZIPPER (+486 NM$) are also top-10 NM$ sires.

“7JE” sires also lead the industry for Combined Fat and Protein (CFP) with GOLDA ranked as the No. 1 CFP active A.I. sire at +149 and MAGNUM (+143) and HEART (+129) in the top 10.

VALENTINO continues to be the breed leader for Type at +2.6 PTAT while GOLDA is the No. 3 active A.I. sire at +2.2 PTAT and 7JE962 Buttercrest SUCCESS-ET joins them in the top 10 at +2.0 PTAT. Newcomer, 7JE1088 Chilli Action COLTON-ET and SUCCESS are top-10 Jersey Udder Index™ (JUI™) sires at +6.02 JUI and +5.26 JUI, respectively. Super Sampler™, 7JE1163 All Lynns Valentino IRWIN-ET is the leading genomic young sire for Type at +2.9.

Select Sires’ commitment to fertility can be seen in the lineup’s industry-leading Sire Conception Rates (SCR). 7JE865 Sunset Canyon KYROS-ET leads the breed at +4.5 and is followed by 7JE1036 Avon Road Impuls PAT (+4.3), 7JE859 Chasin-Rainbows Act RILEY-ET (+3.8) and SUCCESS (+3.5) all in the top five. Select Sires’ Super Samplers also excel at SCR with 7JE1173 Dutch Hollow PRESCOTT-ET (+4.6), 7JE1242 All Lynns Hendrix NITRO (+3.0), 7JE1169 Heartland Merchant TOPEKA-ET (+2.9) and 7JE1274 Sugar Grove Valentino AXIS (+2.8) leading the way.

COLTON joins active lineup, HEART makes strides
Showcase Selections™ sire, COLTON graduates into the active lineup with outstanding Type data and a show-winning pedigree. A 7JE590 Forest Glen Avery ACTION-ET grandson of national grand champion, Pleasant Nook F Prize Circus (E-97%), breeders across North America have been talking about COLTON’s fancy milking daughters. The No. 3 active A.I. sire for JUI, he also ranks among the best for Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR) at +1.1 and transmits components (+.20% Fat, +.07% Protein) and longevity (+3.3 Productive Life).

April 2014 graduate HEART, made vast improvements in nearly every category to become one of the elite JPI, NM$ and CFP sires in the breed. He now ranks among the top-10 active A.I. sires for Milk (+1,611), Fat (+76), Protein (+53), Somatic Cell Score (SCS) (2.79) and Cheese Merit (CM$) (+529).

AUGUST leads the Brown Swiss lineup
7BS826 Oak View Zeus AUGUST *TM remains one of the best all-around sires in the Brown Swiss breed. The No. 2 active A.I. sire for NM$ (+437) and GPPR (+180), he also ranks in the top 10 for Type (+0.8) and Milk (+862). AUGUST is one of the breed’s best udder and mobility improvers at +0.91 UDC and +1.0 Mobility. Additionally, he is a Calving Ease sire (4.6%DBH) with gender SELECTed™ semen available.

Showcase Selections™ sires 7BS901 Mort Blessing Dynsty JAVA (M) “E90” and 7BS900 Blessing Tex BRAIDEN ET*TM “E92”, are among the top five active A.I. sires for SCR at +2.7 and +0.6, respectively. JAVA continues to be one of the best for Type (+0.8) while BRAIDEN ranks exceptionally high for DPR (+1.7), PL (+3.4) and Udder Composite (UDC) (+1.05).

New Super Sampler, 7BS871 Blessing Brookings ADVISOR, leads Brown Swiss genomic young sires for NM$ (+603), PL (+6.3) and SCS (2.62).

Ayrshire lineup dominates for Type
Three of the top five active A.I. Type sires are at Select Sires: 7AY84 Palmyra Tri-Star BURDETTE-ET (+1.9), 7AY90 Libby’s LOCHINVAR (+1.8) and 7AY89 Palmyra Poker RIGGINS-ET (+0.9). The long-time Type leader, BURDETTE added 340 daughters to his production proof and improved his ranking for GPTI (No. 3 at +528), NM$ (No. 5 at +306) and CM$ (No. 4 at +340). LOCHINVAR increased his SCR (+1.2) to rank No. 2 and leads the breed for every major udder trait.

7AY87 Anmar Peter POWER-ET continues to be a health trait specialist (+0.9 DPR, +2.6 PL) and component improver (+0.12%F, +50F, +0.04%P, +29P).

Guernsey sires rank well for Type and production
Four members of Select’s Guernsey lineup rank in the top 10 for PTI: 7GU398 Sniders Ronalds ALSTAR (+151), 7GU440 Ripley Farms Aaron CORDELL (+139) 7GU438 Marodore Aarons LEVI-ET (+132) and 7GU439 Jens Gold Aaron CRUNCH-ET (+120). ALSTAR continues to rank high for Milk (+1,206), PL (+4.2), DPR (+1.9), NM$ (+452) and Feet and Leg Composite (FLC) (+2.3) while LEVI and CRUNCH are the No. 2 and No. 3 sires in the breed for Type at +2.4 and +2.0, respectively. LEVI leads the breed for UDC at +2.4.

LIRIANO and ACE improve udders and components
7MS347 Mysha-WO Advent LIRIANO-ET is again the breed’s No. 1 Type active A.I. sire at +1.2 and leads the breed for UDC (+1.66) and Mobility (+0.8). 7MS346 Kulp-Gen Jurist ACE-ET improved his UDC (+0.31) to become the No. 5 sire in the breed. LIRIANO (+38F, +24P) and ACE (+0.30%F, +62F, +0.08%P) have established themselves as proven component improvers.

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

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

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With an excellent August 2014 proof run, ABS has graduated 24 new bulls that will join elite company led by DORCY – the number two proven TPI sire at +2352. 29HO14142 DORCY continues to excel and improve each sire run, and leads the ABS pack with credits that include +1907  PTAM, over +3.00 PTAT, UDC and FLC, and +702 NM$.

“The graduates we added to our August lineup show the strength of our genetic offering and our robust genetics pipeline,” says Kris Scott, ABS global dairy brand manager.  “At ABS, we recognize that the needs and expectations of our customers are ever increasing, and the recent graduates demonstrate how our lineup is taking dairy genetics to new levels.”

Leading this class of graduates is 29HO14828 MYRLE, an outcross sire (Leif x Encino) at +2251 TPI, with outstanding health and fertility traits (2.57 SCS, +4.4 PL and +1.1 DPR). MYRLE daughters are long lasting, trouble free cows with youthful udders. 

Additional daughter-proven graduates
Three of the new graduates, LARGE, PLUMBER, and BEAU are former ABS Primetime standouts. 29HO16090 LARGE (Super x SHOTTLE) is elite for TPI (+2256), type (+3.06 PTAT), and udders (+3.08). His early daughters are living up to the promise of his lofty genomic predictions.

529HO14968 PLUMBER (Planet x SHOTTLE) is an ABS Sexation exclusive sire with tremendous calving ease (6.6%), producing daughters that excel in milk production (+1846 M), milk quality (2.65 SCS) and longevity (+4.8 PL). 529HO14925 BEAU (Man-O-Man x Goldwyn) reigns from the globally popular Regancrest Barbie family. This ABS Sexation sire is outstanding for calving ease (5.3%) and transmits high type (+2.12 PTAT) from healthy udders.

Another group of graduates are from familiar faces to the ABS family. Holstein breeders that had success with popular Rock Solid Genetics Diamond sire, 29HO13366 BEACON, should consider 29HO14976 FRANCHISE – an early Freddie son from a full sister to BEACON that sires high, wide rear udders and excellent fertility (+1.30 DPR).

Also graduating are full brothers 29HO14821 PAMPA and 29HO14825 PICARDUS, Planet sons from the world-renown Rudolph Missy family at Pine-Tree. Like his brother, PAMPA sires daughters that excel in producing high levels of fat and protein (+130 CFP). PICARDUS is an international superstar and future sire of sons with extreme production (+2416 M) and components (+72 P and +76 F).

Type-focused breeders can look to top ten PTAT sire (+3.68 PTAT and +3.00 UDC) 94HO14912 EMBASSY – a new addition from St. Jacobs ABC. This Sanchez son from Golden Erin, an EX-90 GMD DOM, hails from a tremendous family known for its ability to transmit breed-leading type.

Primetime genomic Holsteins

On top of the exciting new additions to the daughter-proven lineup, ABS Primetime genomic bulls SILVER and MONTEREY are making headlines of their own. 29HO17573 SILVER (+2621 GTPI) and 29HO16955 MONTEREY (+2600 GTPI) are two of the highest-ranked, readily available bulls for GTPI in the entire industry. SILVER, a Mogul x Snowman son also excels in lifetime profit (+949 NM$ and +1019 CM$), and MONTEREY, a McCutchen x Robust, is a tremendous type sire (+3.71 PTAT and +3.53 UDC) in his own right. Both of these young bulls provide producers the opportunity to reach new heights in their genetic programs.

Daughter-proven Jerseys

The ABS Jersey lineup once again leads the breed in JPI with full brothers VOLCANO and VISIONARY both graduating from the Primetime lineup. These LEGAL x Paramount sons provide lifetime profit through daughters with remarkable production and longevity, from quality udders. 29JE3762 VOLCANO has a remarkable JPI at (+265) and transmits tremendous production (+2020 M). 29JE3761 VISIONARY’s daughters are confirming his elite genomic predictions (+249 JPI) and outstanding production and udder quality (+1700 M and 3.83 JUI).

Primetime genomic Jerseys

ABS leads the way, with 29JE3866 HARRIS (+283 JPI) ranking first among all available genomic sires.  At +2,064 PTAM, this exciting VOLCANO son is a production star (+79 F and +69 P) with great udders and strong fitness traits (+5.7 PL).  29JE3915 HECTOR (+259 JPI) is a JUPITER son with +156 pounds of combined fat and protein. 29JE3927 WALTER (+249 JPI) is a HILARIO son at +5.05 JUI that completes this diverse trio of elite genomic sires.

For more information on these and additional August graduates, visit the ABS website at www.absglobal.com.

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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Limousin genetics are making an impact in the U.S. dairy population.

Over the past 30 months, Genex Cooperative, Inc. has marketed more than 300,000 units of beef semen to dairy herds. The marked increase in sales of beef genetics to dairy herds is attributed to technological advances enabling producers to target matings to a specific purpose as well as tight beef supplies and record low beef cattle numbers.

Realizing an opportunity to capture additional revenue, dairy producers from locations across the U.S. have chosen to breed low genetic merit dairy animals with beef semen and produce high value feeder cattle. At the same time, the breeding strategy is benefitting their dairy herds. Some producers are simply placing bias against old cows as potential dams of future replacements, through use of beef semen. Others are also incorporating use of high genetic merit gendered semen on heifers to drastically shift genetic progress within a herd.

While dairy producers have utilized Simmental, Angus, Gelbvieh and Limousin genetics for the beef and dairy mating, the Limousin cross has proven the most successful to date according to packing industry carcass assessments.

The Limousin cross infuses the correct genetics to improve feed efficiencies, carcass quality and capture the most market premiums.

Genex was the first artificial insemination organization to pave the way for Breeding to Feeding, a program utilizing Wulf Cattle Limousin genetics on dairy cattle with guaranteed calf buyback from Wulf Cattle. Genex and Wulf Cattle earned a 2013 World Dairy Expo Innovation Award for Breeding to Feeding.

Source: North American Limousin Foundation

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Cooperative Resources InternationalThrough the first half of 2014, Genex Cooperative, Inc. and Cooperative Resources International experienced a 33 percent growth in Jersey semen sales over the same period last year. The increase follows a 26 percent growth in the cooperative’s Jersey sales for 2013 versus 2012.

“This growth is a result of the cooperative’s commitment to the growing Jersey breed,” states Keith Heikes, Genex Chief Operating Officer. “In October 2012, the Genex board of directors adopted a delegate-backed Jersey cattle initiative and Genex staff developed an aggressive five-year growth plan. Those initiatives are leading Genex to be the elite genetic resource for Jersey producers.”

Also playing a role in sales growth is the availability of GenChoice™ sexed semen from more than 30 Jersey sires and PregCheck+™ sexed semen fertility ratings.

“Further demonstrating our commitment to the Jersey breed was the addition of Jerseys to the GENESIS Cooperative Herd in 2013,” notes Heikes. “Jersey GENESIS will allow the cooperative to increase the availability of Jersey semen globally and develop genetics that provide maximum profit potential and adequate diversity for our members and customers.”

For more information on Genex Jersey sires visit www.crinet.com or contact customer service at 888-333-1783.

Genex is a subsidiary of Cooperative Resources International (CRI). 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.”

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