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breeding to feedingWulf Cattle and Select Sires have teamed up to bring dairy customer-owners Breeding to FeedingSM, which connects beef supply and demand. Through the use of controlled crossbreeding, Wulf Cattle provides a guaranteed market and buy-back program for Wulf Limousin-sired calves. By developing a breeding plan with a Select Sires sales representative, dairies can use Limousin semen from homozygous black and homozygous polled sires on a section of their herd to effectively manage herd size and growth. Wulf Cattle purchases very young calves back from dairies at a predetermined, and often premium, price. Breeding to Feeding was honored with a Dairy Herd Management Innovation Award at the 2013 World Dairy Expo.

Limousin cattle are known for their calving ease, red meat yield and feedlot efficiency, making them a logical choice for a crossbreeding system. All Limousin and Lim-Flex® (Limousin x Angus) sires that enter this program have been hand-picked and are genetically designed to enhance dairy carcass value. Semen from these sires will be produced in Select Sires’ facilities and processed using the highest standards for quality and the most innovative technology available. For calving ease reasons, it is recommended to use Lim-Flex sires on Holstein animals and Limousin sires on Jersey cattle. Contact your local Select Sires sales representative to take advantage of this opportunity to add value to your calves.

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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St. Jacobs Animal Breeding Corp (St. Jacobs ABC) is pleased to announce the addition of Claire Stanley to their team as the Marketing Coordinator. Claire will be responsible for the development of strategic marketing initiatives and will provide support to the St. Jacobs ABC sales process around the world working with the ABS Global, Inc. sales team. In addition, she will work closely with the herds that are on the St. Jacobs ABC sire programs including; the Judge’s Choice Program, the Breeder’s Choice Program, and the Red and White Program. Claire will also play a critical role in the development of St. Jacobs Cows LLC where she will coordinate embryo and female production, as well as heavily contribute to sales and marketing ventures.

St. Jacobs ABC owners, Tim and Sharyn Abbott, stated, “ We have been looking for the right person to join our team at St. Jacobs ABC. Our programs are growing rapidly and one of our key goals is continuing to serve the customer at a high level while growing our business. Claire is the perfect fit for this role in our family owned business.”

Claire was a recipient of the State of Vermont funded 2+2 FARMS scholarship, receiving her associate’s degree in Dairy Herd Management from Vermont Technical College in 2009 and bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont  in Animal Science in 2011. She was raised on her family’s Jersey Farm, Paul-Lin Dairy, where she was involved in all aspects of the farm. She has worked in member relations with the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery and most recently has been the Genetic Services Technical Specialist at the American Jersey Cattle Association located in Reynoldsburg, OH. Claire will be returning to her native Vermont where she will work out of the St. Jacobs ABC office.

Located in Frankin, Vermont, St. Jacobs ABC has been in the development of elite dairy genetics since 1958. St. Jacobs ABC is the supplier of some of ABS’ most prestigious genetics. Headquartered in DeForest, Wisconsin, ABS Global is the world leader in bovine genetics, reproduction services and technologies. 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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Beat the Heat This Summer

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

It’s no secret that many areas of the United States (especially the tropical, subtropical, and arid zones) experience significant economic losses each year due to stresses suffered by cattle during warm weather. These losses are manifested directly as losses in milk production, weight gain, or indirectly as a result of decreased reproductive performance.

This decrease in reproductive performance is usually expressed as an increase in services/conception, decreased conception rates, increased average days open and decreased pregnancy rates.

Basic Practices

Obviously, the most basic management practice for handling cows in heat stress environments is to provide protection from direct sunlight. Cows should have free access to shaded areas during hot weather. Be it from a grove of trees, shade screens, or a pole barn. Shade, whether natural or artificial, can reduce the heat stress on production.  Cows which are allowed access to shaded areas have been observed to produce 10.7% more milk and had 19.1% higher conception rates than the controls without shade.

Shade is especially important at the feedbunk and watering troughs. Since heat stress reduces feed intake, cows should not be baking in the sun while they try to eat. Also, placing feed and water close to  shade structures will reduce the amount of physical activity required to move between these areas and thus, decrease the potential heat load on the animal.  While any shade would be beneficial, cows which travel some distance from shaded areas to feeding areas may easily become hot enough to lose their appetite before they get there.  Other practices which reduce daily physical activity will also help reduce the potential for heat stress. Designing walkways and loafing areas for proper drainage so cows will not have to trudge through mud and providing effective fly control are a couple of examples.

Crowding should also be avoided. Cows cannot effectively dissipate their own body heat when they are cramped and exposed to the additional body heat of surrounding cows
Decrease the number of cows per milking group to reduce the amount of time spent in hot, crowded allies and holding pens. This may require temporary fencing of additional space or moving a group of dry cows to a new location

Since cows will often decrease feed intake by as much as 25% in heat stress situations, they need to get more energy from the feed they do consume. Therefore, rations fed during periods of heat stress should contain a higher percentage of protein and energy. Also, much of the internal heat produced by animals is a result of digestion of roughage and fiber. Thus, reducing fiber intake will help to relieve the heat load on animals. Both of these strategies may be met by increasing the percentage of concentrates in the diet. Additionally, maintaining feed that is fresh and clean is critical at this point

Programs to Help You Succeed …a customized approach to reproductive management

Estrus Synchronization

The inter-estrus period has not been shown to be significantly affected by periods of high environmental temperature. However, estrus periods of cows experiencing heat stress in the southeastern U.S. have been observed to be shorter in duration and lower in intensity than those of cows in more temperate environments.

Heat stressed cows will be reluctant to spend their energy on mounting and other physical activities. Thus, cows exposed to high environmental temperatures will cycle fairly normally (every 18-24 days); but, due to the shorter duration of the estrus period and the decrease in physical activity (i.e. mounting, walking fences, etc.) it will be much harder to catch these animals in heat.

Heat-stressed cattle appear to respond extremely well to prostaglandin injections. Therefore, estrus synchronization programs could be effectively implemented with other environmental management systems.

A.I. Best During Heat Stress

Bulls are also very susceptible to heat stress. Some bulls exposed to even short periods of thermal stress have significant reductions in semen quality that may last for more than a month. Extended periods of high environmental temperatures may also reduce the quantity of sperm in each ejaculate as well as the bulls sex drive or libido. Bulls at Select Sires are housed in air conditioning or well ventilated barns to minimize effects of heat stress. A.I. during heat stress periods will expose cattle to better quality semen than a bull running with the herd could provide.


Minimizing stress is essential to achieving and maintaining maximum productivity and profitability in any cattle operation (beef or dairy). Every summer, the stress associated with increased environmental temperatures results in decreased performance in herds throughout the United States. Although we cannot change the weather, we can alter our management practices in order to minimize the effects of hot weather on our animals.

“One of the biggest obstacles facing reproductive efficiency is managing summer heat stress.” Bill VandeGraaf All West/Select Sires Select Reproductive Solutions Specialist

Source: All West Select Sires

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CRV sells 50% share of ST Brazil  

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

CRVHerd management organization CRV has sold its 50% share in the joint venture ST Brazil to Sexing Technologies, which now owns 100% of the shares.
CRV will continue to offer high-quality sexed semen in the Brazilian market from both Brazilian bulls as well as from European and American bulls.

CRV offers sexed semen from a wide range of bulls to the Brazilian market. This sexed semen comes from both locally bred bulls and European and American bulls.
Whereas ST Brazil is focusing on the production of sexed semen from local bulls in Brazil, CRV expects the demand for European and American sexed semen in particular to increase over the next few years. On the basis of this expectation CRV has chosen to sell its shares in ST Brazil to Sexing Technologies.

CEO Roald van Noort from CRV: “We have been very pleased with the joint venture with Sexing Technologies, but we want to focus more on investing in breeding (genomics) and management solutions in the Brazilian market.”

The sale of CRV’s shares in ST Brazil will have no consequences for Brazilian CRV customers as CRV will continue to offer sexed semen from local bulls, sexed in the (now) 100%-
ST-owned Brazilian production facilities.

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MISS AMERICA Conquering the Holstein Breed!

Definitely one of the females dominating the headlines of the genomic era, Seagull-Bay MISS AMERICA keeps our attention with her daughter’s exceptional results on the industries top genomic lists. Miss America has 11 of the top 400 genomic females in Canada and 5 in the highly competitive American Top 500! Out of the famous Ammon-Peachey SHAUNA, MISS AMERICA is from the MISSY family, the family that has dominated the female and male genomic lists since the beginnings of genomics. A true heiress highly skilled in transmitting her top genetics to both sexes, over the next few months MISS AMERICA will see a series of her sons monopolizing the highest levels of the breed, the first to be available is: MILESTONE.


MILESTONE: bred to reach the highest summits!
Bred from the most logic of crosses unifying the dominant conformation traits of McCutchen with the high production of his dam, MILESTONE has an elite genomic profile worthy of his pedigree. MILESTONE promises top producing daughters with an outstanding combination of 75lbs of protein and 2228lbs of milk! Add solid conformation (+3.25 GPTAT) to these exceptional production numbers and you get MILESTONE daughters that will be productive for many years.

Like Mother, Like Son!
A prolific donor crowned by the success of her many descendants; MISS AMERICA accumulates success after success since her purchase at the 1st edition of the Genomic Power Sale in 2011 for $165,000. Recently classified VG-86 at 2 years, MISS AMERICA has the conformation sought after by today’s breeders, a supple mammary system that is well attached, a wide, open chest and she moves well on ideal feet & legs.  Armed with a 5 star pedigree and direct genomics that place him with the elite of the breed, MILESTONE is poised to repeat his dam’s success story in herds around the world! Mr America MILESTONE was bred by Tranquillity Farms, from Brownsburg-Chatham, Québec
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CRI logoOver 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.

“Strategic incorporation of beef semen into dairies enables producers to expedite genetic progress by simultaneously increasing selection intensity of desired traits and decreasing the generation interval within a herd,” states Colten Green, a Genex Dairy National Account Manager in California. “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 x 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.


 Limousin picture

“Dairy producers considering a breeding strategy that speeds up genetic advancement in the dairy herd and produces high quality offspring from both dairy and beef matings are encouraged to utilize the Genex Calf Math™ program,” adds Kristi Fiedler, Genex Associate Vice President of U.S. Technical Services. “Calf Math is a calculator that helps dairy producers build breeding strategies that meet their genetic and herd growth goals by showing cost comparisons for semen type, calf value, reproduction and more.”

The online, interactive version of Calf Math is available at For more information, contact your Genex representative or call 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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Rainy weather didn’t dampen the mood during the 14th Alta Advantage Showcase Tour held June 18-20 in central Michigan.

The invitation-only Showcase event brought together 275 progressive dairy producers from 22 different countries. Guests spent three days gaining insight from seven Showcase Tour host herds and sharing management strategies with one another.

The host farms ranged in size from 850-3450 cows and included Simon Dairy in Westphalia, Maple Row Dairy in Saranac, Dutch Meadows Dairy and Rich-Ro South Dairy in St. Johns, Steenblik Dairy in Pewamo, Ber-Lyn Acres in Fowler and Double Eagle Dairy in Middleton.

At each stop, guests explored the entire dairy as they rotated through five different stations ranging in topics from reproductive strategies, to feed and bunker management, nutrition, milk quality, manure and nutrient management, genomics and genetics.

Partnerships make the difference

Each farm’s committed partnership with Alta was a common theme throughout the tour. The Alta team offers expertise in reproduction, genetic planning, efficient heifer rearing, and herd health. The local technician teams also help manage the reproductive program to maximize pregnancy rates and conception rates on several of the host dairies. Michigan Elite Account Manager, Tim Benda is the driving force behind these partnerships and a dynamic part of each on-farm management team.

These loyal partner herds have also reaped the benefits from their Alta Advantage program partnership. They work with their Alta team to customize their own on-farm genetic and reproductive plan using the Alta Genetic Plan and Strategy program. They use the genomic-proven sires to best fit their customized genetic plans in order to maximize genetic progress and drive profit on their dairies.

Sire Performance

A feature at each stop of the tour was a Performance Pen of 25 Alta-sired daughters resulting from the Alta Advantage program. These daughters highlighted the consistency delivered from using genomic-proven sires to fit their own custom-tailored genetic plans.

Nearly 175 daughters were showcased in the seven Performance Pens throughout the tour. Featured sires included Alta’s top new daughter-proven sires like AltaGREATEST, AltaCEASAR, AltaVITTEK, AltaFAIRWAY, AltaROGERS and AltaSAMOA. Guests also had the opportunity to see both first and second lactation daughters by the famous AltaMETEOR, and his full brother, AltaJUPITERAltaMARS, AltaTREASURE, AltaPORTER, AltaMAGNETO, AltaAVALON, AltaMADISON, AltaROLLIN.


The Performance Pen at Dutch Meadows Dairy

A tour to remember

For most tour guests, the Showcase experience spread beyond just the farm tours. Evenings were filled with activities to build new relationships, including a Lansing riverboat cruise the first night, followed by a Showcase banquet the next. The camaraderie among guests not only brought out friendly banter  among countries over World Cup soccer games, but shared thoughts and insight as to different dairy management strategies around the world.

After three days of touring some of the most progressive dairies in the US, guests returned home to countries all over the globe with countless memories of the excellent dairy performance and loyal partnerships showcased throughout the week.


To view tour pictures: Click HERE to check out photo albums from each farm

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Select Sires Canada Inc. and GenerVations Inc. have joined forces to form Select Sires GenerVations Inc. following Select Sires Inc.’s purchase of GenerVations. Select Sires GenerVations will market semen across all of Canada including western Canada, which was formerly served by All West/Select Sires, creating a truly Canadian company. Talented and passionate employees of these organizations have combined to form an unparalleled team to serve Canadian dairy and beef breeders. Select Sires GenerVations will be based in Kemptville, Ontario.

Select Sires GenerVations will represent two of the industry’s leading sire programs. The Select Sires and GenerVations lineups currently lead the industry with 11 of the top 40 LPI bulls in Canada. This combination will give Canadian dairy producers unmatched sire selection quality with exceptional young sires like 7HO12014 De-Su Mg DAVINCI 11288-ET, 7HO11351 Seagull-Bay SUPERSIRE-ET, 250HO1135 Alexerin SNEAK PEEK and 250HO1123 Stantons MOTIVATOR, all top-20 LPI genomic young sires. Top LPI proven sires, 250HO928 Freurehaven NIAGARA (EX-91) and 250HO954 Fleury Gen LE PLAN (EX-90) will join the likes of 7HO9264 Lirr Drew DEMPSEY (VG-86) and 7HO10506 Maple-Downs-I G W ATWOOD-ET (EX-90). Select Sires GenerVations will continue to market semen from organizations that were represented by Select Sires Canada and GenerVations.

GenerVations will continue to develop and market sires with the 250 stud code and continue to market internationally under the respected GenerVations name. The program will expand to sample 40 of the industry’s best Holstein young sires per year with emphasis on sires that excel on the Canadian evaluation system for LPI, Conformation, health and production traits and come from strong, deep cow families. These elite genetics will be available in the United States from your Select Sires sales representative and around the world through GenerVations distributors.

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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Collaboration between artificial breeding company CRV Ambreed and Crown Research Institute AgResearch under the auspices of the Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) is helping to reduce the impact of facial eczema (FE) in dairy cattle by developing genetics that make cows more tolerant to the disease.

CRV Ambreed’s genetic development strategist Phil Beatson said dairy farmers know that facial eczema is a cruel disease that can be incredibly stressful for cattle, and an economic risk to their businesses through lowered milk production, weight loss and death of stock.

“For every three in 100 cows with clinical FE, it is estimated up to 70 per cent of the herd may have subclinical symptoms. You won’t necessarily see the disease in cows with subclinical symptoms, but it will be damaging the liver and lowering milk production,” said Mr Beatson.

“Because many subclinical animals go undiagnosed and untreated, it is hard to quantify the economic impact of FE on the dairy industry – but conservative estimates in lost milk production are around $160M per year, depending on outbreaks and weather.”

He said the good news is that FE resistance in dairy cattle is a heritable trait.

“The sheep industry has proven that if you develop a long-term breeding programme you can significantly reduce the occurrence of the devastating disease.

“We’ve seen how sheep farmers have taken control and addressed the disease well, but in the dairy industry it hasn’t received the same degree of attention until now.”

DairyNZ strategic investment leader for productivity, Dr Bruce Thorrold, said the dairy industry is very supportive of the research being done.

“A key objective of the PGP programme is to use transforming technologies and information flows to help dairy farmers to sustainably improve dairy farm productivity through on-farm innovation and research,” said Dr Thorrold.

The work is being funded by CRV, Beef + Lamb New Zealand (formally Meat & Wool New Zealand), DairyNZ and the Ministry for Primary Industries as part of the Transforming the Dairy Value Chain PGP programme.

“Because FE is an issue for the industry, we have all invested in the science behind more tolerant bulls to provide dairy farmers with another option for FE management. Bull testing is available to all the industry now, and it’s good to see the science being commercialised by CRV,” said Dr Thorrold.

AgResearch scientist Dr Chris Morris and Neil Cullen have been leading the project alongside Beatson.

“Our work with CRV Ambreed over the past 10 years has resulted in a bull team which will sire cows with a degree of resistance and more resilience to a FE challenge than cows from the average bull. These bulls have been evaluated for FE tolerance, so dairy farmers can take a long-term view to developing herds resilient to a FE challenge,” said Mr Cullen.

Beatson said the research has been particularly intensive over the past four years to establish bull teams which in one round of use are predicted to breed the next generation of cows 25 per cent less reactive to a challenge from FE.

“We will never completely eradicate FE or have animals that are 100 per cent resistant. Animals will continue to react to FE, but we can reduce the severity of that reaction and potentially save the industry millions of dollars through lost milk production and cow wastage,” said Mr Beatson.

CRV Ambreed Press Release

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Select Sires logoMore than 50 professional Select Reproductive Solutions™ (SRS™) specialists from Select Sires’ member organizations and Select Sires GenerVations gathered for the annual SRS Conference held June 2-5 in St. Louis, Mo., to share ideas and learn more about the latest in reproductive technology. Hosted by Prairie State/Select Sires, the four-day conference incorporated both classroom and on-farm training.

“Besides the educational aspects, the conference is a great networking event that allows the SRS specialists from across the federation to see what others with similar responsibilities are doing,” stated Dr. Ray Nebel, vice president of technical service programs. “We had the opportunity to hear from Select Sires experts as well as reproduction and nutrition research scientists on a variety of important topics. The team challenge activity is always a highlight, as well.”


More than 50 professional Select Reproductive Solutions (SRS) specialists attended this year’s SRS Conference, hosted by Prairie State/Select Sires in St. Louis, Mo.

The SRS conference featured sessions on achieving peak milk production, transition feeding, troubleshooting, supervising employees, inventory management, software training, mycotoxins and activity and health monitoring systems.


Outside of the classroom, SRS specialists participated in the annual RePRO Analysis™ challenge. Attendees were split into small teams and worked together to evaluate a dairy and present their findings to the entire conference. Similar to Dairy Challenge, this real-world experience allows SRS specialists to collaborate with their peers from around the country. Select Sires would like to thank Westridge Dairy, Red Bud, Ill. and Riegel Farms, Washington, Mo. for taking part in the conference and the Purina Animal Nutrition Center, Gray Summit, Mo. for providing a conference location and presenting the latest in nutritional research.

Select Sires recognizes that a one-size-fits-all approach to reproductive management does not work in today’s dairy industry. That’s why dairymen trust Select Sires’ highly trained SRS specialists to help design a customized reproductive program that’s right for their needs. SRS specialists offer a Portfolio of Reproductive Solutions™ that consist of reproductive troubleshooting using Select RePRO Analysis™, dairy records and management analysis, professional turnkey technician service, estrus-synchronization programs and assistance, SelectCheck™ heat detection training, English and Spanish training resources and professional A.I. training, heat detection aids and nutritional supplements.

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 logoAt the 2014 Select Reproductive Solutions™ (SRS™) Conference held June 2-5, 2014 in St. Louis, Mo., Ted Patterson of Milledgeville, Ill., was named 2014 SRS Specialist of the Year while Phil Dieter, Middleton, Wis., was named the Activity System Specialist of the Year for their outstanding work in the reproductive field.



Ted Patterson was honored as the Select Reproduction Solutions (SRS) Specialist of the Year by Select Sires Inc. at the recent SRS Conference.
Phil Dieter (right) receives the Activity Specialist of the Year Award from Dr. Ray Nebel, vice president of technical service programs at Select Sires Inc., at the recent Select Reproduction Solutions (SRS) Conference.

Patterson, a SRS reproductive specialist with Prairie State/Select Sires, grew up in Illinois on a 60-cow dairy farm. After graduating from the University of Illinois in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in dairy science, he returned home to the family farm. Almost ten years later he joined Prairie State as a part-time technician. In 2005, he started working with the SRS program while continuing to breed cows full-time. Four years ago, he became a SRS and activity systems specialist and now works primarily with activity systems, A.I. training and reproductive consulting. Patterson and his wife Elizabeth have three daughters, Megan, Haley and Kylie Jo and one grandson, Hayden.


“Ted has been a leader in helping carry the SRS program forward at Prairie State,” explains Devin Albrecht, manager Prairie State/Select Sires. “His background as a technician has served him well as he relates to the key decision makers and support staff on all types of operations. Ted assists Prairie State customer-owners with finding solutions to the reproductive problems in their individual operations.”

Dieter was raised on a dairy and beef farm in southwest Wisconsin and always had a passion for showing cattle. He started with Select Sires as a technician in 2001 and landed his current role as a SRS specialist seven years later. Dieter oversees many programs at East Central/Select Sires including reproductive services, beef programs, Program for Fertility Advancement™ (PFA™) and activity systems. Dieter is incredibly knowledgeable about activity systems and the reproductive and health improvements they can make in a customer-owner’s herd. He customizes reports and individualizes support to fit the needs of each herd.

“His combination of reproductive, technological and customer service skills make Phil a very valuable part of our organization,” says Al Deming, East Central/Select Sires. “Phil has been the individual who has driven the sales and, most importantly, the service and maintenance of the over 90 systems in our area. We are all very proud of Phil’s accomplishments with activity systems and the reproductive improvements they have made in our customer-owner’s herds. He is a key contributor to the success of our organization and a mentor to several other SRS specialists in the Select Sires federation.”

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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CIAQ is pleased to announce that two leaders recognized and respected within the industry to join its management team. Sylvain Boyer became director of producer services as of 4 August and Mr. David Crack Jr gone, effective July 2, the position of coordinator and strategist for progressive herds.”The arrival of these two leaders, who have remarkable careers and whose values ​​match those of the new CIAQ that we are building will allow us to accelerate the implementation of our strategic development plan and to better meet the needs of all our customers. “Said Mario Hébert, CEO CIAQ. “The dynamism and expertise recognized Sylvain and David, as well as their commitment and membership in our plan, demonstrate that CIAQ has a promising future.”

Sylvain Boyer

Sylvain Boyer – As director of producer services, Sylvain Boyer will be responsible for the marketing of all services CIAQ, including genetics and reproduction. It will drive the next stages of deployment of Tandem Solutions and continuous improvement of our operations from producers in all regions.

Before joining CIAQ, Sylvain has career at La Coop network for over 25 years. He served for more than three years as consultant specializing in milk production. He was acting as a regional consultant, ruminant sector, covering cooperatives Beauce, Lotbinière and Nicolet-Yamaska. Its role was to train and advise local officials on the technical and commercial plans. Thereafter, he worked for over 14 years and until his appointment CIAQ the Senior Director, Department of ruminants (dairy, beef, sheep, equine) at The Coop. Sylvain has been serving farmers since right out of the ITA, he was hired as a dairy-plant representative by Coopexcel Granby. He then worked for cooperatives Unicoop in Saint-Anselme and SCA’s Lordship in Lotbinière until 1996.

David Jr Crack

David Jr Crack  – As coordinator and strategist for progressive herds, David will serve CIAQ and producers all its expertise developed at Alta Genetics where he worked for over 17 years. During those years, he worked in the development and management team as well as Alta specialist large herds. It will ensure the implementation of a dedicated plan to the needs of homeowners producers progressive herds.

David grew up on the family farm Crackholm Holsteins in Richmond, he still operates with his children. He twice received the title of Master Breeder herd and also received over 20 nominations All-Canadian in 2002. Judge David is official since 2000 and is recognized as Ambassador of Canadian genetics. He has participated as official judge in several exhibitions in Quebec, Canada, the United States, Australia, Europe and South America.


Located in Saint-Hyacinthe and founded in 1948, the artificial insemination of Quebec Centre (CIAQ) is the only center for the production of bovine semen in Quebec and meets the needs of breeding herds of dairy and beef.CIAQ is owned by three groups of producers in Quebec: The Dairy Farmers of Canada (LPLQ), the Quebec Council of dairy breeds inc. (CQRL) and the Provincial Council circles livestock improvement inc. (CPCAB.) For more information: Mario Hébert     Director     T. 1 450 774-1141

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Semex logoSemex believes that Genetics for Life is about delivering the best possible product to our clients. We’re genomic testing over 5000 bulls each year, ensuring that only the very best call stud 200 home and are designated a Genomax™ sire. In April 2014, these rigorous testing standards paid off with three of the top 10, six of the top 20 and nine of the top 30 from Holstein USA’s Top 100 TPI Genomic Young Bull list.

Joining this elite Genomax group is the world’s #3 GTPI McCutchen son, 0200HO06639 Stantons Pulsar, a HealthSmart™ and Robot Ready™ sire. Pulsar has impressive statistics to back up his high ranking as the #12 GTPI sire on Holstein USA’s Top 100 Genomic Young Bulls! His statistics are impressive with a +2541 GTPI, 816 NM$, +2.3 DPR and +6.2 PL with solid +3.62 PTAT and +3.21 UDC, making him Semex’s #4 GTPI sire and our #3 GLPI sire (#10 GLPI overall).

Like all Genomax sires, Pulsar’s maternal line is second to none and laced with cows that have been impacting the breed for generations. His dam is a young GP-83 Superstition with one Superior Lactation Award to date from a 2-01 record of over 27,000 lb/12,300 kg and 4.0 Fat in 305 days. Next dam is Wabash-Way Evett VG-86 DOM 11*, dam of numerous bulls in stud and then the former #1 CTPI cow Crockett-Acres Elita VG-87 GMD DOM 11*. Following Elita is Mtot Elly EX-90 GMD DOM 9* x EX-90 Rudolph Elly Mae x EX-95-3E GMD DOM Lead Mae.

“We expect Pulsar to be an extremely popular flush sire,” says Brian Carscadden, Semex Sire Analyst. “He fits well with a lot of different individuals and bloodlines. His high ranking and pedigree make him a good fit and option for many breeders and dairymen.”

Pulsar will be available worldwide beginning July 1, 2014. For more information on Semex, Genetics for Life or the industry leading Genomax sires visit

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Genex to Launch New Holstein Sire Index

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

 Genex logoWith the August sire summary, Genex Cooperative, Inc. will rank Holstein bulls with a new genetic index.

“We are excited to introduce a new genetic ranking called the Ideal Commercial Cow index. This index, designed to breed for farm profitability and efficiency, uses real-time economic indicators and science-based genetic principles to address the needs of progressive dairy producers,” states Keith Heikes, Genex Chief Operating Officer.

The Ideal Commercial Cow (ICC$) index is a profit-indicating measure to be published exclusively by Genex. The index incorporates elements – from the U.S. national evaluation and other data sources – that affect production efficiency, health, fertility and fitness, milking ability and calving ability. In addition to ICC$, five subindexes will provide dairy producers the opportunity to emphasize genetic selection for specific areas of farm management.

“ICC$ is an index that can quickly address emerging genetic trends, and new traits of economic impact can be added as they become available. Therefore, this index provides the ability to better respond to changing economic climates and dynamic environments present in the global dairy industry,” explains Heikes.

ICC$ has been thoroughly reviewed and validated by dairy geneticists with doctorates in animal breeding and previewed by commercial dairy producers for grassroots input.

The development of new and revolutionary selection indexes is not foreign to Genex. In 1987, the cooperative introduced Herdlife, the industry’s first measure of cow longevity and a precursor to Productive Life. In the early 1990s, Genex developed Lifetime Profit Rankings, or LPR, which was a model for today’s Lifetime Net Merit $ (LNM$) index.

Watch the Genex website,, and Genex August sire summary materials for more details on ICC$.

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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ssrToday, River Valley Farm announced Select Sires Inc. as its exclusive partner in the collection and distribution of sires under a new 7JE5000 stud code series. The announcement concludes a multi-year search for an A.I. collaborator by the Jersey farm.

The partnership builds on years of a strong working relationship between the two organizations. In addition, it brings together the proven consistency and technology of the market-leading A.I. organization, Select Sires, with the deep genetic resources of River Valley Farm.

“Select Sires’ commitment to providing customers with the most advanced and highly fertile product on the market was one of the major factors in our decision,” said David Jordan, general manager of River Valley Farm. “We looked at every major A.I. organization in North America and after evaluating the strengths of everything from investments in research, technology capabilities, approach to business innovation, field force service and expertise, as well as marketshare, Select Sires soared to the top of our list.”

Producers can expect to find a unique lineup of sires from deep-pedigreed cow families that will have an impact on the future of the Jersey breed in the 7JE5000 series.

“This partnership is an ideal fit for both organizations because of our shared appreciation for quality genetics that will deliver customer satisfaction results,” said Herby Lutz, sire analyst at Select Sires. “Nowhere else in the world can you find the extensive group of quality-pedigreed and diverse, purebred females that are at River Valley Farm. The genetics at the farm are second to none.”

The first bulls to carry the new 7JE5000 stud code will be available for producers in the U.S. in July 2014.

“The joint River Valley Farm and Select Sires program will include the sampling of approximately 20 high-caliber young sires each year,” added Lutz. “This will be comprised of high genomic young sires and also several high-type sons from the show-winning cows of River Valley Farm.”

Global demand for quality Jersey genetics is at a record high. Through the 7JE5000 collaboration, Select Sires will have the largest Jersey sampling program in the world and continue to lead the Jersey Revolution™.

“We are committed to providing dairy producers around the globe with genetics they can trust from cow families they can truly respect,” said Jordan. “The bulls that enter our program will be from cows we believe in. And, we’ll be using those sires in our own 300-cow commercial operation.”

About River Valley Farm
River Valley Farm is a 300-cow, family farm operated by Gregg and Cindy Sauder and their seven children. The farm is home to more than 125 of the breed’s highest genomic females, two U.S. National Champions, a Canadian National Champion and many All-American and All-Canadian nominees and winners. Through an aggressive on-farm IVF program, River Valley works to establish a unique herd of cows that deliver genetics to the global marketplace that producers can believe in. Visit to learn more about River Valley Farm.

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

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Accelerated Genetics Hires Summer Interns

Accelerated Genetics is excited to announce that eight individuals will serve as interns this summer. Interns include, Joseph Adams, Waucoma, Iowa; Victoria Barman, Black Earth, Wis.; Nathan Donnay, Glencoe, Minn.; Ethan Giebel, Lyndon Station, Wis.; Cassandra Krull, Lake Mills, Wis.; Jacob Leum, Viroqua, Wis.; Brittany Nelson, Decorah, Iowa; and Katyra Von Ruden, Bangor, Wis.

Joseph Adams 

In his role as Program Services intern, Adams will work with Accelerated Genetics newly released heifer genomic testing program, AMP Genetics.

Adams is a junior at Iowa State University, where he majors in dairy science with a minor in agribusiness.

During college, Adams has been an active member of the ISU Dairy Science Club and has served as treasurer for the organization. This fall he is looking forward to being a member of the ISU Dairy Judging Team. Adams has been very involved with 4-H and Holstein Quiz Bowl. In 2011, he received All-American Honors as the World Dairy Expo 4-H judging event.

Adams continues to be active on his family’s farm, Adaway Dairy LLC in Waucoma, Iowa. The farm is home to a herd of 260 Holstein and Jersey cows.

Victoria Barman

As a Sales and Service intern, Barman will spend the summer serving customers in southern Wisconsin.

Barman is a 2014 graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville where she obtained a degree in animal science with a dairy emphasis.

Throughout her schooling, Barman was involved in the Wisconsin Heights FFA Chapter and earned her American FFA Degree. At UW-Platteville, she was an active member of the Pioneer Dairy Club,

Barman was raised on her family’s dairy farm near Black Earth, Wis., where she is still actively involved in the management of cows and calves.

Nathan Donnay

Over the summer, Donnay will work throughout southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin as a Sales and Service intern.

Donnay will be a junior this fall at the University of Minnesota where he will obtain a degree in animal science with an emphasis in dairy production.

While at school, Donnay is active in the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, Block and Bridle Club, Crops and Soils Club and National Agri-Marketing Association. Donnay is also active in the Minnesota Junior Holstein Association where he serves as president.

Growing up on his family’s 44-cow dairy farm, Sunkist Acres Farm in ??, Minn., sparked Donnay’s interest in dairy cattle. Since 2009, he has been a co-owner of Wilvue Genetics, a business comprised of 25 registered Holstein and Jersey cattle.

Ethan Giebel

This summer, Giebel will work as a Marketing Communications intern based at the Accelerated Genetics Administrative Headquarters in Baraboo, Wis.

Throughout the summer, Giebel will work in a variety of communications roles. Some of his projects will include creating feature articles for the Genetic Trends publication, writing news releases, designing promotional materials, updating the website, working on the Accel-Link electronic newsletter, helping with advertising campaigns and representing Accelerated Genetics at various events during the summer.

Giebel will be a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville this fall where he is pursuing a degree in agricultural education. During his sophomore year of college, he served as Wisconsin State FFA President. On campus, he has been active in Collegiate FFA, Alpha Zeta and Collegiate Farm Bureau. Giebel won the American Farm Bureau National Collegiate Discussion Meet early in 2014.

Last summer, Giebel interned for the Wisconsin Agriculturist magazine and continues to write for the publication. He also works as a freelance writer for Filament Marketing.

Growing up on his family farm, EDEM Acres, near Lyndon Station, Wis., has given Giebel an enterprising nature. He enjoys being involved with the farm and other agricultural pursuits.

Cassandra Krull

Over the summer months, Krull will serve in the capacity of Marketing Communications intern based at the Accelerated Genetics Administrative Headquarters in Baraboo, Wis.

Throughout the summer, Krull will work in a variety of communications roles. Some of her projects will include creating feature articles for the Genetic Trends publication, writing news releases, designing promotional materials, updating the website, working with trade show planning,, helping with advertising campaigns and representing Accelerated Genetics at various events during the summer.

Krull will be a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville where she is pursuing a degree in animal science with an emphasis in dairy and agribusiness. Prior to attending UW-Platteville, she earned an associate degree in applied sciences from Allen County Community College in Iola, Kan.

She is active in the Pioneer Dairy Club, co-chaired the Pioneer Dairy Classic Sale and is a member of the UW-Platteville Dairy Judging Team. Krull is a member of the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association and is a Semi-Finalist for the 2014 National Distinguished Junior Member award. During her membership in the American Jersey Cattle Association, Krull served as National Jersey Queen in 2011-12 and won the National Youth Achievement Contest in 2013. Furthermore, Krull was recognized at World Dairy Expo with the prestigious Merle Howard Award in 2013.

Krull was raised on her family’s farm, Krull Farms and is an owner of Shining Star Dairy Cattle in Lake Mills, Wis., where she co-manages 50 Holsteins and 10 Jerseys. Previously, Krull has interned for Holstein World and the Red and White Dairy Cattle Association.

Jacob Leum

During the summer, Leum will work as a Genetic Services intern based out of the Accelerated Genetics Administrative Headquarters in Baraboo, Wis.

His internship experience will include locating elite young sire daughters and scouting herds to find daughters for picturing. In addition, he will provide farm tours to groups and prepare daughters for photography.

Leum will be a junior this fall at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville where he will obtain a degree in animal science with a dairy emphasis. He enjoys being a brother in the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and member of the Pioneer Dairy Club.

Some of Leum’s past experiences include working at Kamps Hollow Genetics, JTL Jerseys and Vernon Vineyards.

Being engaged on the family farm, Leum Jerseys in Wis., Leum developed a passion for Jersey cattle. He took first in the Wisconsin FFA dairy entrepreneurship proficiency award area in 2013 and was recognized by the National FFA Organization as a national finalist in the same area. Leum is a member of the American Jersey Cattle  Association and has served as president of the Wisconsin Junior Jersey Breeders Association and was selected as 2013 Wisconsin Junior Jersey Breeder of the Year.

Brittany Nelson

This summer, Nelson will work throughout northeastern Iowa and southeastern Minnesota as a Sales and Service intern. Other responsibilities will include doing some relief breeding and representing Accelerated Genetics at various events.

Nelson will graduate next May from Northeast Iowa Community College with a degree in Dairy Science. Upon graduating, she hopes to continue growing her herd of Guernsey dairy cattle and pursue a career in the AI industry.

Nelson has been an active member of 4-H and FFA. She has earned the 4-H Volunteer Award and her Iowa FFA Degree.

Although Nelson did not grow up on the farm, she has worked on her grandparent’s dairy farm. This is where she gained an appreciation for the Guernsey breed and exchanged labor for show calves. Nelson also started her own flock of ewes and has successfully marketed show lambs.

Katyra Von Ruden

Working as a Lab Technician intern, Von Ruden will spend the summer at the Accelerated Genetics Production Facility  located in Westby, Wis. She will be working in the Semen Laboratory where she will receive a well-rounded experience working in a team environment.

Von Ruden is actively pursuing a degree in agribusiness from Western Technical College in LaCrosse, Wis. After graduating, her plans include pursuing a career in agriculture, preferably at Accelerated Genetics.

Graduating from Bangor High School in 2013, Von Ruden was an honor roll student and an active member of the Bangor FFA Chapter serving as chapter president.

While Von Ruden did not grow up on a farm, she enjoys spending time at the farms operated by her grandfather and uncle. During the summer of 2013, she interned with Alforex Seeds. While at college she worked for the Monroe County Land Conservation Office to conduct soil sampling, data collection and farm plans.

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

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brian wilkinsAccelerated Genetics is pleased to announce the hiring of a new Regional Sales Manager, Brian Wilkins in the Western United States.

He will provide sales leadership, coaching and communication to his sales region by creating business plans, personnel development training and management for long-term success according to the established goals set by the cooperative. His region covers all dairy business in California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

Prior to joining Accelerated Genetics, Brian was the Territory Manager for Thatcher Company, a diversified chemical manufacturer and distributor. While at Thatcher, his primary focus was on developing their dairy industry presence in California and Southern Oregon.

Brian is no stranger to the dairy industry having grown up in California. His first job was with Babson Bros./Surge where after a few short years he was promoted and relocated. For 11 years he was the Marketing Manager at their Naperville, Illinois facility. He since moved back to California and spent the next 14 years managing sales teams through both the employee and distributor channels.

Brian comments, “My professional experience in the dairy industry is very broad from shoveling manure, to managing dairies, to coaching many sales representatives, to producing award winning advertising campaigns for new products.”

Brian and his wife, Margo, live in California and have three daughters.

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


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Select Sires logoNearly 40 professional technicians, sales representatives, communications specialists, financial staff and interns took part in Select Sires’ employee orientation held June 10 and 11 at the Select Sires headquarters in Plain City, Ohio. Employees from six member cooperatives, Select Sires Inc. and Select Sires GenerVations Inc. were present for the two-day event where they received superior education to better serve Select Sires’ customers. Following orientation, a majority of the attendees participated in an additional two days of extensive sales training.

“This large group of orientation participants had the opportunity to obtain a wealth of knowledge and information about Select Sires and have an opportunity to visit our headquarters,” said Lyle Kruse, vice president of U.S. market development for Select Sires. “It is evident that our company is growing by adding enthusiastic and professional individuals that have the ability to provide our customers with outstanding service.”

The participants were presented with in-depth information about Select Sires’ programs including the Program for Genetic Advancement™ (PGA™), Select Reproductive Solutions™ (SRS™), Select Mating Service™ (SMS™), StrataGEN®, Aggressive Reproductive Technologies™ (ART™) and Program for Fertility Advancement™ (PFA™). Instruction on the topics of reproductive solutions, fertility research, beef and dairy sire programs, cattle evaluation, herd management products and Select Sires’ gender SELECTed™ process was given as well as a detailed tour of the Select Sires headquarter facilities.


Orientation and sales training participants included: COBA/Select Sires Inc.—Matt Lawrence, Mercer, Pa., Caitlin Gehret, Columbus, Ohio, Amy Schmitz, Columbus, Ohio and Levi Wilson, London, Ohio; East Central/Select Sires—Cody Gabor, West Bend, Wis., Richmond Beckard, Ft. Atkinson, Wis., Steve Stachura, Belmont, Wis. and Cassie Endres, Madison, Wis.; NorthStar Cooperative—Willem Deinum, Middleville, Mich., Keri Colegrove, Leslie, Mich. and Samantha Ainsworth, Lansing, Mich.; Prairie State/Select Sires—Kyle Imel, Chadwick, Ill.; Select Sire Power—AnnaJo Smith, New Haven, Vt.; Southeast Select Sires—Matt Caldwell, Parker, Kans.; Select Sires Inc.—Jacquelyn Sherry, Columbus, Ohio, Holden Hutchinson, Columbus, Ohio and Mandi Ramsburg, Walkersville, Md. and Select Sires GenerVations—Mike Barnum, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Roch Duchesne, Hawkesbury, Ontario, Robert Desmarais, Otterburn Park, Quebec, Joe Folkerts, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Alain Masse, St-Jean Port Joli, Quebec, Stephane Croisetiere, Ste-Agathe, Quebec, Simon Pelletier, Wotton, Quebec, Brian Masters, East Mountain, Nova Scotia, Eric Rinker, Sunderland, Ontario, Dave Massey, Smith Falls, Ontario, Brian Pender, Foresters Falls, Ontario, David Smits, Summerstown, Ontario, Edwin Suebzon, Steinback, Manitoba, Joe Russwurm, Guelph, Ontario, Peter Scharringa, Ariss, Ontario, Dwayne Hartle, St. Thomas, Ontario, Tarah Maw, Petrolia, Ontario, Will Zevenbergen, Allenford, Ontario, Lindsey Cook, Gadshill, Ontario and Scott Swance, Tillsonburg, Ontario.

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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ABS With beef in short supply and prices rising drastically, the beef industry is starting to get a little help … from the dairy industry, according to Richard Williams, ABS Global general manager for North America.

“Quality beef crossbreds from dairy cows offer benefits throughout the supply chain, from dairy farmers, to beef cattle feeders, meat processors, retailers and consumers,” said Williams, while speaking at the 67th Reciprocal Meat Conference. The American Meat Science Association conference brings together commercial, academic and government segments of the meat industry. This year’s event celebrates the 50th anniversary of the formal incorporation of AMSA, which was founded at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

“Demand for beef is outpacing supply, and all indications point to beef prices remaining high,” said Williams. According to the USDA, the U.S. beef calf crop has declined in 14 of the last 16 years, from a high of more than 35 million in 1996, to less than 30 million in 2012.

“Because of drastic reductions in the beef cow herd, dairy cattle bred to beef bulls may help offset shortages in the beef supply chain. Dairy cull cows and bull calves have long found their way into the beef supply chain. Now, quality beef crosses from dairy cows are hitting the market and proving they can compete for growth, efficiency and quality with conventional beef product,” he added.

“Dairy industry changes, economics and advanced artificial insemination technologies – such as sorted semen – are increasing interest in cross breeding high-quality beef bulls with dairy cows,” said Williams. “The dairy industry is waking up to the opportunity.”

Since 2002, the number of dairy herds has fallen by 27 percent, to 47,000, but milk per cow has increased by 17 percent, to 21,822 pounds per year. The increases can be attributed to several factors, including genetic improvement, animal health practices and better feeding.

However, volatility in the marketplace has focused more dairy farmers on profitability than ever before. Cash flow and working capital have become more important metrics following an extreme downturn in 2008/09, and again in 2012, when a nationwide drought drove feed prices to levels that drove many dairies out of business.

In the U.S., more than 70 percent of dairy cattle are bred through artificial insemination, mostly with genetics from within dairy breeds. Typically, they produce a 50/50 mix of male and female offspring. Only a small proportion of female offspring are needed as replacements for aging milk cows, with the remainder raised for beef.

However, dairy breeds typically lack many of the physical qualities desirable in beef animals. Dairy breed calves being channeled into the beef supply chain were often sold at low prices, sometimes even at a financial loss.

Technologies such as sorted semen, which results in about 90 percent female offspring, now are being used to breed the best dairy cows to provide replacements.

“Breeding the remaining animals with beef bulls results in offspring with better beef characteristics. There is a significant incremental value opportunity by cross-breeding dairy cows with elite beef genetics,” said Williams.

For dairy operations, this management practice brings both animal welfare and economic benefits. Calving is easier; calves are healthier; and the resulting offspring from cross-breeding bring higher value in the marketplace. Also, breeding the very best cows using sorted semen can create more rapid genetic improvement within dairy herds.

Beef cattle feeders benefit by having cattle with faster growth and a more desirable consumer product. They also have a more consistent, year-round supply of animals, and improved supply chain traceability.

ABS is helping both the dairy and beef segments through its InFocus program. ABS Dairy InFocus involves the strategic use of proven beef sires on dairy cows within a comprehensive breeding plan. InFocus enables dairies to increase cash flow and improve future herd genetics. Lower performing cows are bred to beef and calves are sold at a premium. Top-performing cows are used for more desirable heifer replacements. ABS has regional relationships with calf growers and feedlots looking to buy InFocus calves at premium prices over the dairy bull-calf market.

Meat processors also benefit from year-round availability, traceability, and a better yield of meat from high-value cuts than what would come from typical dairy animals.

“Ultimately, retailers and consumers benefit,” said Williams. “They’re getting great dairy and beef products, and the added supply helps to keep prices in check.”

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. ABS Global is a division of Genus plc.

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Nine top-level daughter groups to NRM

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

In all, CRV will show five black-and-white and four red-and-white daughter groups at the All Holland Dairy Show. They are all bulls that are excellent for farmers to breed an economic herd with high longevity.
In black-and-white, CRV will show daughters of Goldmar and Jeroen for the first time. In red-and-white, the red-and-white bull Brooklyn will make his debut.

In the following table the selected daughter groups are shown:

  NVI Better Life Health Better Life Efficiency
Delta Atlantic                 (Ramos x O Man) 318 11% 5%
Midwolder Goldmar       (Goldwyn x O Man) 277 9% 5%
Aurora Jeroen                (Bertil x O Man) 242 4% 7%
Newhouse Gofast          (Goldwyn x O Man) 205 6% 3%
Ralma O-Man Cricket    (O man x Durham) 178 7% 1%
Etaregge Brooklyn        (Mr Burns x Kian) 247 -2% 8%
Delta Fidelity                  (Kian x Lightning) 220 -3% 6%
Hjr Windstar                  (Spencer x O Man) 220 9% 4%
Topspeed Kodak           (Kevin x Stadel) 198 6% 7%

With these nine daughter groups and two demonstration groups, CRV provides an up-to-date picture of its wide range of bulls and genetics, enabling cattle farmers in various business situations to improve the efficiency and/or health of their herd.

CRV cordially invites the thousands of visitors traditionally visiting the All Holland dairy show to admire the groups not only in the ring, but also in the CRV stand. There, farmers can become acquainted with the latest possibilities to boost herd management, including breeding.

Cricket will show a daughter group at the NRM

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Select Sires logoRecently, the Select Sires Communications team was honored during the annual Cooperative Communicators Association (CCA) Institute held this year in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Each year members of CCA can enter the Communications Contest in the divisions of writing, publications, photography and programs and projects. This year more than 600 entries were received across all categories. Seasoned professionals serve as judges who offer instructional critiques. Top-rated entries earn recognition at the annual CCA Institute. This year Danielle Brown, sales and marketing communications specialist for Select Sires Inc. received recognition in the writing division for her press release titled “Innovative Improvement Made to gender SELECTed™ Sorting Procedures ,” which highlighted the cutting-edge research that Select Sires has conducted to improve the fertility of sex-sorted semen for the benefit of the entire dairy industry.

CCA is an organization of 350 professionals who communicate for cooperatives. The organization is unique in both its mission and membership. CCA works toward helping members excel in communications by providing learning opportunities – from writing, photography and editing to video, layout and design.

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.

Categories : A.I. Industry

All West Select Sires All-West Select Sires is pleased to announce the addition of Jesus Toro to the technician team serving northern California. Jesus relocated to northern California in early June and will represent All-West Select Sires in the eastern Modesto area.

Jesus was born in Jalisco, Mexico, a small ranching town where his family raised cattle and farmed. He helped with milking and feeding cows, until his family moved to California when he was 7 years old. “We moved to the outskirts of Bakersfield and there I got involved in FFA, showing swine and participating in FFA events and activities. Following graduation from Arvin High School, I attended Bakersfield Junior College and then transferred to Fresno State, majoring in Agricultural Education with an emphasis in Animal Science.”

Jesus ToroJesus worked at the Fresno State Dairy while attending classes and eventually learned to breed cows there. He was also a Dairy Challenge participant and focused on reproduction during contest presentations. He began work as a relief technician with All-West immediately after graduating from Fresno State two years ago. “I’m glad I joined All-West. They’re a great team to work with and a company that really takes care of their employees and customers!”

“My goal as a technician is to do the best possible job I can do, while providing timely, efficient and helpful service to my customers. My motto has always been that if I’m going to do something, I’m going to give it my all. We have a tremendous lineup of sires to work with, and also a great variety of training programs and coaches that help us sharpen our skills and continually expand our knowledge. Since reproduction is one of the major components to the success of any dairy, I eventually plan to work with our Select Reproductive Services (SRS) Program, as well as grown my breeding service.

Jesus spends his spare time with his girlfriend and friends, checking out new restaurants, traveling and going to the lake. To contact him for more information on the All-West Select Sires lineup, or technician service, please call 559.731.7177 or email

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Heikes Named Genex COO

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Cooperative Resources InternationalGenex Cooperative, Inc., a subsidiary of Cooperative Resources International (CRI), announces Keith Heikes of Shawano as the new Genex Chief Operating Officer (COO).

“With the growth of CRI and the recent addition of the MOFA Global subsidiary, the Genex and CRI boards of directors voted to separate the Genex COO and CRI CEO responsibilities. Doug Wilson, who was Genex COO for 21 years and held the joint position for the past 12 years, will continue as CRI CEO,” states Paul Greene, Genex President and dairy producer from Berlin, N.Y.

Keith Heikes“Keith has extensive experience within the artificial insemination (A.I.) industry and within this cooperative. His experience, knowledge and dedication to the membership will assure the relevance, growth and influence of Genex in the future.”

Heikes has devoted 33 years to the bovine A.I. industry. After graduating from Kansas State University, he joined KABSU (Kansas Artificial Breeding Service Unit) where he held responsibilities in dairy sire acquisition, marketing and A.I. training.

He then moved to Noba, Inc., in Tiffin, Ohio, where he served as General Manager and led the initiative for Noba to become a part of CRI. In 1996, Heikes was named CRI Vice President of International Programs and went onto create substantial international growth for the cooperative and develop valuable global relationships.

In 2010, he became Genex Vice President of Dairy Genetics & Global Alliance Development before being named Genex Senior Vice President of Product Development and Marketing in 2013.

Heikes currently serves as chairman of the National Association of Animal Breeders board of directors and is a member of the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding and the USDA Emerging Markets Program advisory committee.

CRI, a member-owned holding cooperative, is comprised of three subsidiaries: AgSource Cooperative Services, Genex Cooperative, Inc. and MOFA Global. 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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Jay Weiker Names NAAB Vice-President

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Jay WeikerThe National Association of Animal Breeders is pleased to announce that Jay Weiker is the NAAB Vice-President. Weiker will begin his duties September 1, 2014.

Jay will work closely with the NAAB President and International Marketing Committee on international market development activities and trade servicing projects to provide direction to the association in these areas. He will also be working closely with NAAB’s genetics programs and Certified Semen Services, Inc.

With over 30 years’ experience developing international markets for US genetics, Jay has lived in Australia for the last three years in the position of Business Director, ABS Asia. Earlier experiences include; ABS Global Regional Manager, Asia Pacific, Area Director of Marketing for World Wide Sires, and International Marketing Director for Dekker North America, Inc.

“With Jay’s background and international marketing experience, NAAB’s activities to open and maintain access to markets for it members and promote US genetics will be greatly enhanced” said Dr. Gordon A. Doak, NAAB President.

After earning a BS in Agriculture from The Ohio State University, Jay earned a MBA from Purdue University. Weiker will be relocating to Madison, Wisconsin.

NAAB is the national trade association for artificial insemination businesses. NAAB members account for about 95% of dairy semen sold in the USA and market semen to more than 100 countries around the world.

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Semex is excited to release another top GTPI sire to its Immunity+™ lineup. By Numero Uno, 0200HO06551 Vieuxsaule Flame, joins his paternal brother 0200HO10049 Rockymountain Lottomax in the elite ranks of having both high GTPI and the coveted Immunity+ status.

Available worldwide beginning June 15, Flame has already been a popular sire of sons, including siring the breed’s unofficial #1 GTPI sire. Additionally, dairymen love the Flames in their heifer pens, not only because they’re great looking but 10% of those heifers genomic tested rank in the top 100 worldwide GTPI listing!

At +2549 GTPI, Flame’s daughters also receive the benefit of Immunity+, meaning they have less disease and help to build more profitable, longer-lasting herds. All this, with breed-leading +0.25% Fat, +0.09% Protein and a ranking as the #8 sire available on the April 2014 Holstein USA High Genomic List!

Like all Genomax™ sires, Flame has an exceptional maternal line. Flame’s dam is a VG-85 Freddie out of a VG-87 3* Bolton from Ferme Vieuxsaule’s famous EX-94-2E 16* Allen Dragonfly who has 25 VG or EX daughters!

Ask your Semex representative today about Flame or any of Semex’s leading genomic young sires in the Genomax lineup today! For additional information on Semex, Genetics for Life, Genomax or any of Semex’s products or services visit

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10317824_719368511459134_4545228766567491514_o[1]Cogent DG Superstyle is set to be launched exclusively to the UK market on the 1st June 2014 giving UK breeders an unprecedented opportunity to use one of the hottest bulls available on the market. This will be the very first Superstyle semen to be used anywhere in the world, and offers UK farmers and breeders the opportunity to get ahead of the rest of the world. To top this he is a full brother to the famous Cogent Supershot.

Boasting an impressive, no-holes linear, Superstyle offers +2.8 Type Merit with +2.5 for Mammary. He is expected to breed daughters with added strength whilst maintaining their dairy quality and finesse. Similar to the bull himself, his genomics suggest he will transmit wide rumps with a slight slope, making him an ideal bull for correcting rump structures. He combines this with an ideal leg set, making him the perfect choice of bull for those wanting to avoid extremely straight legs. Based on the cow family and backed up by his genomics, Superstyle offers great promise of exceptional mammary systems, with exceptional attachments and is likely to improve teat length.

However he offers more than just type. Superstyle combines massive production (+856 Kgs) with positive fertility and is a key Lifespan improver. He also offers positive protein percentage with over 30 Kg of fat, and is also a Somatic Cell Count (SCC) improver. With this he also offers above average body condition score making him a stand out bull for the profit minded farmer who appreciates good quality cows. This results in a final index of £244 PLI.

Similar to his brother, he fairs well on other global indexes such as the US, Canada and Italy. On a US base, he offers +2442 GTPI with +2.85 PTAT. Further breakdown of his US figures are similar to his UK evaluation, boasting exceptional milk (+2277 lbs) with positive Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR) and Productive Life (PL). He combines this with positive Fat and Protein percentages and a solid Type breakdown.

Combining some of the most sought after bloodlines in modern Holstein breeding, being a Supersire x Superstition x Shottle from the famous Patron Claire family that descends from Vir-Clar Holsteins in the US, he has a complete pedigree boasting eight generations of Very Good (VG) and Excellent (EX) dams. His dam scored VG86 within weeks of calving, and looks promising to develop further later in lactation.

With his superiority in the market place, and this combined exclusive offer to UK breeders and farmers, Cogent DG Superstyle is likely to be a bull that everyone will be talking about. He will be available to purchase exclusively in the UK market for the month of June, and has a RRP of £50, however is available to Cogent Visions customers at a reduced price of £35.

To qualify for the Visions price, customers must have purchased a minimum of 20 straws of Visions progeny test semen in the last 12 months.

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Cogent Breeding Limited has announced the launch of a photography competition to find 12 beef and dairy cattle related photos for the company’s 2015 calendar under the theme of ‘Herd Highlights’.
The competition is open to all, with entries judged on their composition, creativity and originality.  There are no restrictions on what the photos can depict, as long as they illustrate an aspect of dairy or beef farming life.
The successful entrants will win a Cogent goody bag as well as the satisfaction of seeing their photo appear in Cogent’s 2015 calendar.  The overall winner of last year’s competition was Hannah Atkinson with her photo, ‘The Lonely Cow’.  Hannah’s photo was taken on an evening in the Lune Valley near Lancaster where her family milks 100 cows at Abbotson Farm.
 The Lonely Cow
“We know that livestock farmers take a huge amount of pride in their cattle and their role as guardians of the countryside,” explains Laura Andrews, marketing assistant for Cogent.  “This competition gives them a prime opportunity to share their favourite image of farming life and to show off their photography skills to the rest of the industry.
“We are looking forward to seeing their perspective of dairy and beef farming life and encourage entrants to be as creative and imaginative as possible.”
Photos should be submitted in a high resolution format via email to before 30th September 2014.


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Alta Genetics owner, Wijnand Pon (left), with Doug Blair

A dedication ceremony was held recently to honor Doug Blair, the founder of Alta Genetics. In his honor, one of Alta’s newest sire facilities was renamed as the Doug Blair Sire Production and Housing Center.

In 1968, Doug Blair founded Western Breeders,  which later became known as Alta. He has remained a contributing force for the dairy industry and for Alta since then. For the past eleven years, Blair has served as the chairperson of Alta’s PD Board, and will be retiring from that position this year.

This year, the newly renamed Doug Blair Sire Production and Housing Center will produce 2 million straws of semen, and accommodate up to 220 bulls, of which 105 are housed in individual pens. This facility was built to maximize bull comfort, labor safety and labor efficiency.

The EU-qualified sire facility, located in Crossfield, Alberta, Canada was built to accommodate housing and production needs related to genomics, bio-security and the autonomous growth in Alta. Bulls moved into this facility after the building was completed in 2012, and collections began by June of that year.

Source: Alta Genetics

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Cooperative Resources InternationalGenomic testing and sexed semen offer two new ways for dairy producers to accelerate genetic progress in their herds. However, at this rapid pace, how do you know if you are maximizing genetic progress while managing inbreeding? AgSource’s new Genetic Summary Report answers this question and more.

The Genetic Summary Report (GSR) was developed by AgSource to assist producers in monitoring and managing their breeding programs. The first of its kind, the GSR is a four-page analytical tool that examines the genetic makeup within the herd, genetic progress, performance benchmarking, and inbreeding through a combination of 13 tables and graphs. The report’s extensive benchmarks allow producers to measure how well they are doing compared to other herds.

Inbreeding is the hidden thief of your genetic progress. Monitoring your current inbreeding level and risk for future inbreeding is critical to establishing an effective program that manages inbreeding while maximizing genetic progress. The GSR allows you to see a historic trend of inbreeding in your herd, the top 10 most genetically prominent bulls in your herd and a distribution of inbreeding levels in your cows and heifers. This report includes information from genomically tested cows and heifers (if applicable) and is available three times per year to AgSource members who record official animal identification and herd sires. All genetic information is obtained through the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding and is available only to herds enrolled in DHI.

When combined with the AgSource Genetic Selection Guide reports (Cows, Heifers and Progeny), AgSource members and AI representatives have four state-of-the-art tools available to monitor a herd’s genetic program and make the most informed replacement and breeding decisions.

Visit to see sample reports and learn more about each of the tables and graphs within. To enroll your herd or ask further questions about the AgSource Genetic Summary or Selection Guide, please e-mail Erin Berger, Associate Vice President Outreach, Training and Sales Support (, or contact customer service at 800-236-4995.

AgSource Cooperative Services provides agricultural and environmental laboratory analysis and management information services to clients located throughout the United States and across the globe. AgSource is a member-owned cooperative and a subsidiary of Cooperative Resources International. Find out more at

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SemexWorks Making A Difference in US

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

SemexLaunched in January 2014 in the US, SemexWorks is proving to be one of the most innovative, user-friendly technologies ever taken on to the dairy.

Utilizing a simple, touch, step-by-step process, dairymen work with their Semex Genetic Consultant to define their own breeding strategy based on individual goals and economics. Offering instant results and return on investment, Semex clients from coast to coast have been impressed with ease of use and the genetic selections that accurately meet their needs.

“A client of mine from Iowa has a family run operation that he operates with his two sons. One of his boys just graduated from Iowa State and self-admittedly doesn’t know a lot about genetics but is eager to learn,” says Scott Hodgson, Semex Genetic Consultant. “We had shown the father a demo version of SemexWorks last fall and he wanted his sons to see it. When we went back and went through the program, his son commented that ‘SemexWorks is awesome and it sure beats fumbling through a book!’ And, I couldn’t say it any better.”

“We are extremely excited to be offering our clients SemexWorks,” says Paul Krueger, Semex Director, Sales and Business Development, USA. “We know dairymen are always looking for new ways to make their lives easier, while saving time and money. Now, they have access to another exclusive tool designed to do just that. SemexWorks makes defining your breeding strategies easy, and who wouldn’t appreciate customized economics! That’s Genetics for Life!”

“Our year over year, double-digit growth is directly attributed to Semex being the industry’s only fully integrated AI company,” says Krueger. “We’re delivering solutions that have real meaning and value at the farm gate. This includes Immunity+™, Semex ai24™, a powerful genetic lineup and now SemexWorks. We’re looking forward to another exciting year, partnering with more and more dairymen from coast to coast.”

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

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10387092_673277196078856_8180893150008768735_o[1]Foundation Genetics is proud to release their latest Genomic Superstar, 080H6052 Stantons HIGH OCTANEHIGH OCTANE joins his full brother 080H6053 Stantons CAPITAL GAIN in the active line up.   Both HIGH OCTANE and CAPITAL GAIN represent a genetic package that has not been matched.  They are the only 2 bulls on the April Top 100 genomic list that are over +4.0 PTAT.   Not being content with  being just a high type bull, CAPITAL GAIN and HIGH OCTANE both boast impressive production (over +2000 Milk) as well as coming in at over +2500 GTPI.

HIGH OCTANE in his own right is +4.43 PTAT.  He reaches this impressive number on the strength of his udders:

  • UDC: +4.10
  • F. Udder Attachment: +5.08
  • R. Udder Height: +5.39
  • R Udder Width +4.96
  • Udder Depth +4.26

HIGH OCTANE also boasts a GTPI of +2512 with PTAM +2096.

HIGH OCTANE’s outstanding numbers are the result of years of careful breeding.  HIGH OCTANE is a McCutchen from MS Chassity Obs Claire VG-87-2yr.   Claire made an impressive record of 1-10 365D 43 545 3.7 1625  2.9 1263 lbs.   She is an Observer from Regancrest S Chassity. Chassity completes 7 generation of EX cows.

HIGH OCTANE semen is now at Transova and Boviteq and is available for shipment to your door.   See the complete Canadian and USA proof on HIGH OCTANE and CAPITAL GAIN and the rest of the exciting line-up at the following links:

For Canadian Sales, contact Foundation Genetics.
Phone: (519) 291-9916

For USA and European orders, contact Taurus Service Inc.
Phone: (570) 833-5123 • Toll free U.S. orders: 1-800-836-5123

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Select Sires has reached an agreement to purchase GenerVations Inc. and their bull housing and production facility, Sire Lodge Inc. This procurement will expand Select Sires’ genetic offering by adding a world-class product line as well as growing its international semen production and processing facilities.

GenerVations Inc. is a successful A.I. organization that aggressively pursues genomics and has marketed sires with household names like 250HO1002 Genervations EPIC-ET, 250HO1010 Genervations LEXOR, 250HO1049 Genervations LIQUID GOLD, 250HO1127 Stantons MAIN EVENT and many more. Two of their current proven sires, 250HO928 Freurehaven NIAGARA and 250HO954 Fleury Gen LE PLAN are top-25 LPI sires and an indication of exciting daughter-proven results.

“We feel this acquisition provides our member organizations and customers access to a globally qualified, high-ranking sire lineup and gives us more production capacity to meet our growing demand for high-quality semen,” says David Thorbahn, president and CEO of Select Sires Inc.

These elite genetics will be available in the United States from your Select Sires sales representative and in Canada from Select Sires GenerVations, a combination of Select Sires Canada and GenerVations Inc. current sales representatives. Around the world semen can be purchased through Select Sires distributors in Latin America, World Wide Sires and current international GenerVations Inc. distributors.

“We are very excited about the growth opportunities for the GenerVations product lines through Select Sires’ large distribution networks in both North America and internationally,” says Dave Eastman, CEO of GenerVations Inc. “Both organizations share a very similar sire selection philosophy which was a key factor in the decision to move forward.”

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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Saint-Hyacinthe – Quebec. Locally success story Trans-America Genetics L.P. (“TAG”) announced today that its Canadian semen sales increased 51% in the quarter ending March 31, 2014. Company officials also confirmed continuing confidence and support from its key creditor and its partners as part of an ongoing refocusing plan of business priorities.

After a lackluster 2013, management of TAG is pleased to announce that it has continued to execute on its refocusing plan, thereby generating a 51% increase in sales of semen in the Canadian market for the first three months of the year. Patrice Simard, President of TAG, declared “TAG’s key creditor, partners and dairy breeders clients have shown strong continued support for the TAG enterprise and its products, and we will continue to deliver on the market’s high expectations. Working closely with our partners has clearly paid off, as demonstrated by TAG recently releasing the exciting new sire Mr. Donalynn MILLENNIUM for general usage. MILLLENNIUM combines Extreme Type, both at CDN and USDA Systems, with a +20 in Type and +4.07GPTAT. This TAG staris believed to be one of the very best in the industry at this time. We expect great things from MILLENNIUM and we recognize and appreciate the community’s continued confidence”.

TAG also confirmed it has received strong confidence and support from the Tactex F1 Private Equity Fund LP, (“F1 Fund”), it’s largest creditor. Richard Nessof the F1 Fund was recently quoted: “Our Fund recognizes the long term potential of TAG and the technical strengths and vision of its management team, and we have taken meaningful action to promote the firm’s continued success, including our full support and expertize in order to allow the firm to grow unburdened and generally protect its interest in the most cost effective manner possible”.

About Trans-America Genetics L.P.

Trans-America Genetics is specialized in genetic and marketing strategies for Holstein, Jersey and Ayrshire markets across the globe. Trans-America Genetics is a North America based company and focuses in identifying and marketing elite dairy genetics to international markets. TAG was founded in July 2008.  For more information, please visit

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ABS Feed efficiency plays an important role in dairy sustainability, and ABS is pushing toward improving lifetime feed efficiency genetics, while using current information to identify the best sires based on the knowledge we have today, according to Carlos Saviani, head of global marketing for ABS.

Saviani was among several panelists discussing feed efficiency during a dairy forum at the 30th annual Alltech International Symposium being held in Lexington, Ky. More than 2,000 delegates from 60 countries gathered for the symposium, which focuses on the areas of crop science, life sciences, Africa, modern farming, Algae opportunities, and business and technology.

As part of the dairy forum, a global group of panelists representing several segments of the dairy industry discussed and debated various approaches to measuring feed efficiency. “There are several factors, but genetics is a critical component. However, we’re just beginning to research it. The issue is being tackled through industry-wide consortiums, involving several universities, USDA, and efforts in the U.S., the U.K., and Oceana,” said Saviani.

“We need to take a holistic view. Dairy is unlike poultry, beef and swine, in that the cows are not the final product. They produce milk, and need to last a long time. We are looking at the lifetime of the cow, versus just one lactation,” he added.

ABS already has a developed proprietary indirect methodology to measure the genetic value of feed efficiency and to identify high-ranking bulls. “To improve, we need to have a progeny test to identify animals as positive or negative for feed efficiency,” he continued. “The goal would be to select for feed efficiency and look for genetic markers. Then, we can develop the means to identify the best options to help farmers select genetics for lifetime feed efficiency and other important traits.”

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. ABS Global is a division of Genus plc.

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SemexFive years ago, Semex launched Semex ai24™ in the United States, and it quickly became synonymous with leading reproductive and herd monitoring solutions.

Working closely with their clients, Semex was quickly realizing that as producers’ herds were growing, their need to have another set of eyes seeing on the farm was also growing. Looking for a solution, Semex chose to offer clients both reliability and peace of mind with the Semex ai24 system. As the first genetic supplier to fill this need, Semex initiated conversations with dairymen about saving both time and money. Five years later, the same profit-minded discussions are still happening coast to coast.

What has changed and evolved in five years, however, is the actual technology behind the Semex ai24 heat detection and herd monitoring program. Semex has been excited to be part of the many breakthroughs that made this product one of the industry’s most exciting technologies.

First, with their partner SCR, Semex offered an extremely accurate heat detection option that had already been proven worldwide, the SCR H-Tag™. Shortly thereafter in 2011, the system was awarded the Dairy Herd Management Top 10 Innovative Product Award for the next generation of the H-Tag that included rumination monitoring, with the SCR HR-Tag™. This tag was so popular it also received a Top 10 New Product of the Year Award at World Ag Expo in 2012. And, most recently customers saw the next generation of technology released with the SCR H-LD™ and HR-LD™ tags, offering long-range, wireless connectivity. Once again, this product was recognized as a leader in its field, being named a 2013 Dairy Herd Management Top 10 Innovative Product.

“Our clients have been pleased with sooner than expected return on investment while enjoying Semex’s excellent customer service and knowledge,” says Chris Sheahan Semex ai24 Program Manager. “By working with Semex, our clients are ensured a partner that will not only walk them through these technologies, but we’ll help guide them to higher performance levels. Like our tagline says, ‘We can’t put more time in your day, but we can put more time on your side!’”

For more information on Semex ai24, Semex or any of our growing suite of services and programs visit

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Cogent Breeding Limited has appointed Graham Higgott as the company’s UK Sales Development Manager with a remit to expand semen sales, increase market share and promote Cogent’s range of technical breeding services.
Mr Higgott, who is from a dairy farming background, has almost 20 years of experience within the dairy sector as a farm manager and latterly as a herd breeding advisor.  He has previously worked for Cogent Breeding in a sales capacity covering the counties of Staffordshire and Derbyshire, and more recently, Devon and Somerset.  He has rejoined the company to focus on growing the business within the UK through increased semen sales and by expanding customer uptake of Cogent’s precision breeding services.
Mr Higgott’s role will entail working with Cogent’s UK sales team to boost sales to prospective and existing customers, with a specific remit to proactively target larger herds and buying groups.
“We are delighted that Graham has returned to the Cogent business and look forward to working closely with him to expand sales within the UK,” explains Mike Phillips, UK Sales Manager for Cogent.  “Graham has a wealth of knowledge and experience within the UK dairy sector.  His skills and expertise are ideally suited to Cogent’s goal of expanding sales through a targeted marketing campaign, with large turnover customers being the focus of his attention.”
Commenting on his appointment, Graham Higgott said; ”I’m delighted to be working with Cogent once again.  The company has a fantastic portfolio of bulls, with proven, genomic and young sires suited to every dairy and beef business.
“This wide line-up of sires is complemented by Cogent’s mating programme, WMS, PinPoint fertility analysis system and AI services, all of which offer customers the very best technical support and herd management advice.  Add to that the company’s passionate sales force and Cogent has everything in place to ensure continued and consistent growth within the UK’s dairy farming industry.”
Graham Higgott can be contacted on 07787 283117 or via email at


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Select Sires logoHugh Van Hout of Select Sires Canada was honored as the Select Mating Service™ (SMS™) genetic consultant of the year in front of an audience of his peers at Select Sires’ SMS Evaluator’s Conference held in Michigan on May 4-7. Van Hout is the first international person to receive this honor from Select Sires Inc.

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

Van Hout was born in Holland, but immigrated to Canada with his parents and sisters as a young child. His father worked on several farms until purchasing the family farm in 1968. Located in Arthur, Ontario, Woodbroek Holsteins earned many awards for production and type. Van Hout took over management of the farm from 1979 to 1989. After operating the farm he worked in the A.I. industry before becoming one of the initial employees of Select Sires Canada in 2000. Van Hout was instrumental in the start-up and development of Select Sires Canada. Currently he serves as an SMS genetic consultant and district manager in western Ontario and Manitoba.

Hugh Van Hout (right) of Select Sires Canada was presented with the SMS Genetic Consultant of the Year award at the recent Select Sires SMS Evaluator’s Conference by Lon Peters, vice president of dairy sire product services.

Besides cows, sports are a large part of Van Hout’s life. In high school and college he played basketball, broomball and softball. He coached softball for over 20 years winning a vast array of titles, championships and medals and during the winter months coached basketball at local elementary and high schools. He served as president of the Arthur Minor Softball League and the Intercounty Fastball League. Van Hout was an active 4-H leader and served as a chaperone for Wellington 4-H for many years. He and his wife of 42 years, Gail, reside in Arthur, Ontario. They have two sons, Jonathon and Bob.

“Hugh has three passions in life: cows, sports and family,” says Bill Young, general manager of Select Sires Canada. “He loves his job and whenever someone loves what they are doing, it is never considered work. His job has given him much personal growth and he has traveled thousands of miles and met thousands of people. No matter where he goes, he is never far from a cow.”

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

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Select Sires logoSelect Mating Service™ (SMS™) genetic consultants from Select Sires’ member organizations, international guests and other Select Sires staff met at the 39th annual SMS Evaluator’s Conference, hosted by NorthStar Cooperative in Michigan, May 4-7.

While at the conference, genetic consultants participated in a day of continuing education. The group discussed the latest Program for Genetic Advancement™ (PGA™) developments, discussed on-farm observations and were updated about the strengths of the Select Sires lineup and exciting sires waiting for their first daughter proofs. They learned about enhancements to the SMS program, innovative technologies and recent trends.

Select Sires professional Select Mating Service genetic consultants and staff attended the 2014 SMS Evaluator’s Conference, hosted by NorthStar Cooperative in Michigan.

Now in its 41st year, SMS added more new animals (2 million) to the program than in any year in its history. SMS consultants continue to help dairy producers control genetic recessives, haplotypes, inbreeding levels and provide a means to create custom selection indexes based on customer goals. The conference allows genetic consultants to view hundreds of Select-sired daughters and see the pattern each sire transmits to his daughters.


Over the course of three days, consultants viewed progeny of Select Sires’ current lineup and potential graduates in Michigan. Select Sires thanks the following herds for their hospitality: Bebow Dairy Farms Inc., St Louis, Mich.; Autumn Vista Dairy, McBain, Mich.; End-Road Farm, Falmouth, Mich.; Hidden Hills Dairy LLC, McBain, Mich.; Meekhof Dairy Farm, McBain, Mich.; Benthem Brothers Dairy, McBain, Mich.; Swiss Lane Dairy, Alto, Mich.; Lew-Max Holsteins, Belding, Mich.; Trierweiler Dairy Farm, Portland, Mich.; Green Meadow Farms, Inc., Elsie, Mich.; Long-Haven Farms, Inc., Clayton, Mich.; The Preston Farm, Quincy, Mich. and Westvale-View Dairy and Moo-Ville Creamery, Nashville, Mich.

“This year’s conference provided attendees with an excellent opportunity to see progeny of several recent proven graduates and sires that are candidates for active service in the next two sire summaries,” stated Lon Peters, vice president of dairy sire product services for Select Sires. “The 14 herds we toured and the Select-sired daughters we saw demonstrated the value-added advantage of Select Sires’ genetics and services. Highly productive cows with near-perfect udders and feet and legs was the consistent message from these visits. The tour served as a testimonial to what SMS and Select Sires genetics can do for our customer-owners.”

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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Semex is pleased to release top PTAT sire, 0200HO10036 OHRiver- SYC Byway, a Meridian from a VG-87 Atwood from the Barbies to its Genomax™ lineup! Available May 15, Byway posts an amazing +4.45 PTAT with +4.15 UDC and +1.9 PL, giving him the title of #1 PTAT sire at Semex and the #4 PTAT active young genomic sire of the breed!

Sired by the popular Semex Genomax Plus™ sire, 0200HO02770 Sully Hart Meridian (Domain x Planet), Byway’s maternal line is one of the most popular anywhere. His dam is a VG-87 Atwood full sister to the EX-92, show-winning Sandy-Valley Atwood Blacky.Their dam is an EX-91 GMD 2* Shottle from the EX-92 GMD Dom 6* Regancrest-PR Barbie herself, followed by five more VG or EX dams.

“Byway is the product of generations of thoughtful breeding decisions,” says Semex Sire Analyst Brian Carscadden. “His VG Atwood dam is one of five high scoring full sisters out of a 92 point Shottle daughter from Barbie herself. One of these full sisters was recently named 1st 4 Year Old at the Midwest Spring Show. Byway is sired by Meridian and is a tremendous individual that should transmit fancy, correct offspring. He will work well on many different bloodlines including Goldwyn daughters.”

Ask your Semex representative today about Byway or any of Semex’s leading genomic young sires in the Genomax lineup today! For additional information on Semex, Genetics for Life, Genomax or any of Semex’s products or services visit

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Breeders are continually searching for Mr. Right when it comes to which sire or sires to use in their herd.  It is part of both the excitement and challenge of being a breeder.  Breeders pour over the sire listings, available on-line, and in the printed materials from bull owners, marketers or breed associations. However, according to female registrations, breeders do not closely follow the list toppers. The Bullvine decided to look at what happened in 2013 on both sires used and sires available.

Most Used Sires – 2013

The progress for a population is set by which sires are the most used. In this case, we are referring to the sires with the most registered daughters.

Table 1 Sires with Most Registrations- United States (April 2013)

Table 1 Sires with Most Registrations- United States (April 2013)

Table 2 Sires with Most Registrations- Canada (2013)

Table 2 Sires with Most Registrations- Canada (2013)

The data for Table 1 comes from April 2013 Holstein USA ‘High Registry Activity by Bull’ and for Table 2 comes from the 2013 registration activity report from Holstein Canada.  The TPI and LPI proofs used were their April 2014 indexes as CDN changed the Canadian base system in 2013 and thereby the number listed will more accurately reflect what readers see now.

Points of interest from this table include:

  • Genomic Sires – four of the US sires have genomic evaluations only while for Canada all ten most used sires were proven sires
  • Sire usage in USA and Canada does not follow the sire ratings for total merit indexes: gTPI, NM$ or gLPI.

Average Indexes for Most Used Sires

There is a significant range in the average proofs for the most used sires and for most traits the average proofs of the sires were not outstanding.

Table 3 – Average Proofs in December 2102 for Most Used US Sires

Table 3 - Average Proofs in December 2102 for Most Used US Sires April 2013

Table 4 – Average Proofs in December 2102 for Most Used Canadian Sires

Table 4 - Average Proofs in December 2102 for Most Used Canadian Sires

The overall observation from Tables 3 & 4  is that both US and Canadian purebred breeders place significant emphasis on type when choosing the sires for their herds and as we have observed previously. (Read more: Top Sires North American Breeders Are Using) Breeders have not considered fertility (DPR or DF) as being important when choosing their sires. Canadian breeders place significant emphasis on component percentages, fat +0.31% and protein +0.06%.

Once breeders select a sire they appear to stick with the bull even if better sires come along.

How Big a Sacrifice?

The question that comes to mind is what were the average proofs for the top bulls in mid-2012. Those were the bulls that would have been available for use that would have resulted in daughters being born in 2013. The question that breeders need to ask themselves is how much did they give up in genetic advancement and thereby on-farm profit by not sticking to popular instead of the top sires. In this example, top sires were considered to be the top ten proven and top ten genomic sires for TPI or LPI.

Table 5 Trait Averages for Top Ten TPI A.I. Sires Available in 2012

Table 3 Trait Averages for Top Ten TPI A.I

Table 6 Trait Averages for Top Ten LPI A.I. Sires Available in 2012

Table 4 Trait Averages for Top Ten LPI A.I

For North American purebred Holstein breeders was it worth giving up considerable milk, fat, protein, longevity, fertility and udder health to use bulls that are high for type?  Even if it is acknowledged that genomic bulls are considered to be somewhat over-rated, giving up 50+ pounds of fat, another 50+ pounds of protein, 1.5 to 2.5 months of herd life, cows open a month or two longer and higher somatic cell counts does not seem worth limiting bulls to only those that have high type proofs..

The Bullvine Bottom Line

Both daughter proven and genomically evaluated sires are available that will increase the genetic level of herds and give greater on-farm profit. By limiting sires used to the higher type ones, North American purebred Holstein breeders deny themselves the opportunity to move ahead at a faster rate. Having a breeding plan (Read more: What’s the plan?) and continually buying semen from the best sires, the ones that will produce the milking females that breeders want to milk, are practices that must be followed. Following tradition and using the ‘safe’ bulls will mean breeders are leaving money on the table.

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