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Cattle breeding company, Cogent, has many counts on which to celebrate the DairyCo bull proof-runs published this week, ranging from the number one butterfat sire in the world to a genomic sire which is an international leader for key global indexes.
And alongside the headline names of Cogent Twist and Cogent Supershot, there’s a wealth of bloodlines to suit every dairy farmer’s needs originating from both Cogent’s own UK breeding programme and the internationally acclaimed portfolio of World Wide Sires in the USA.
Amongst the proven sires: 
Wintersell Milo earns his first daughter proof and exceeds expectations with over two points for type and as a leading cell count improver. With great daughter fertility, a high weight and percentage of butterfat, and as a jet black and easy calving sire, it’s clear why Milo has such a strong following. His Profitable Lifetime Index is £187 and he is +2.1 TM.
Wintersell Milo daughter – Wintersell Sapphire 29
Ladys-Manor PL Shamrock is a Planet x Shottle who has increased daughter numbers and continues to offer high type credentials. This includes a Type Merit of +3.2, mammary of +3.13 and legs and feet of +2.19. A jump in daughter Fertility Index (FI) helps increase his PLI to £197.
Hammer-Creek O Man Kody becomes the number one daughter fertility improver in the PLI top 10, with a massive FI of +8.4. As an improver of cell counts, lifespan and with +1.93 points for type, he’s a great all-rounder with a PLI of £234.
Cogent Twist’s reputation goes from strength to strength as he adds 149 second crop daughters and regains number one spot for UK-proven sires, with a PLI of £244 alongside the highest butterfat index in the world at a massive 39.6kg (+0.24%).
Maple-Downs-I G W Atwood becomes the new number one UK-proven type sire at TM +3.48 and reinforces his international reputation with comparable domestic performance.
Bertaiola Mincio reinforces his position as a superb type improver with a massive TM of +4.12, yet still offers a complete and easy-to-use index without extreme stature.
Dunnerdale Kestrel, as a Bolton x Allen is an outcross sire, and again transmits outstanding butterfat production at 35.6kg and +0.14% and will slightly reduce stature. With 598kg milk, he earns a PLI of £191.
Bakombre regains his top 10 position having increased his PLI to £238, through improvements in production and several fitness traits. This Baxter son’s index is without fault, and includes over two points for type.
The most modern and elite young sires
The young genomic sires add a further dimension to the stud, and with four of the top five highest PLI bulls available through Cogent, we look forward to bringing the world’s most modern and elite genetics to UK herds.
Cogent Supershot is the undisputed leader with a massive £290 PLI and sky-high performance by international standards. This includes the highest genomic TPI in America at 2625; the highest Net Merit (the USA’s key economic index) at $1047 and the highest LPI in Canada at +3511. Never before has a bull offered dairy producers such high genetic potential across such a wide range of bases.
Morningview MCC Kingboy is a McCutchen from a Charlesdale Superstition with a massive +3.58 Type Merit and is also among the elite for the USA’s TPI.
Cogent Goodwell and TW Goodwhone are half-brothers from one of the greatest cows in Europe – the Active daughter, Campogallo Gaia. Sired by Sudan and Mogul respectively, both bulls offer great milk and components while Goodwhone’s high type (TM +3.05) dwarfs that of other outcross genomic sires.a
De-Su Moonray’s global reputation grows as this Robust son breaks the £300 PLI barrier and continues to offer exceptionally high butterfat (47.5kg and +0.14%) with 902kg milk combined with outstanding daughter fertility.
Wiltor Cruise is an Iota x Planet from the Larcrest Cosmopolitan family and is the number one UK-born PLI sire at £252, with a Type Merit of +2.17 into the bargain.
Seagull-Bay Platinum and Seagull-Bay Diamond are full brothers by Snowman and from the Planet daughter, Ammon-Peachey Shauna who both offer £256 PLI and exceptional cell count improvement with high type.
Melarry Robust Miles is another exceptional PLI bull at £280, who improves all the health and fitness traits and offers a Type Merit of +2.55.
Seagull-Bay Supersire already has a big reputation, including as a sire of sons, despite being little more than three years old himself. But he earns this through a remarkable ability to transmit high type, good daughter fertility and lifespans and exceptional volumes of high quality milk. His PLI is £284.
S-S-I Mogul Defender is a high type (TM +4) Mogul son from a Man-O-Man dam, with all the health, fertility and production attributes to be expected of a sire with a PLI of £203 PLI.
“We’re absolutely delighted with the calibre of the stud we are able to offer UK producers and feel we have genetics to suit every type of farming system,” says Mike Phillips Cogent UK Sales Manager. “Over the days and weeks ahead we will be adding further bloodlines which will continue to keep our portfolio bang up to date. These will come both through our own Visions progeny testing programme and from our international partners at World Wide Sires.”
For more information about the Cogent stud, please call Cogent on 0800 783 7258.
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CRVThe April 2014 sire evaluations for CRV’s Jersey bulls provided another step forward for the growing program. CRV’s Jersey lineup showcases high combined fat and protein, increasing milk production, and beautiful udders.

The newest addition, TUCO (Allstar x Tbone) is a phenomenal all-around bull with extreme component percentages at +0.29% Fat and +0.08 Protein. With a PTAT of +1.0, he is sure to sire beautiful, productive daughters from an outcross pedigree.

Returning star, RAWLS (Valentino x Matinee) continues to impress with high type at +1.4 PTAT and 220 JPI. RAWLS will also add pounds to the tank with his high combined Fat and Protein at +144 lbs.

STORMY (Marvel x Dale) continues to dominate the Jersey lineup. His solid milk at +1214 lbs, high CM$ at 641, and exceptional JUI at +4.73 make him a widely popular bull. SPECTRE (Marvel x Dale) will sire long-lasting and fertile daughters with a PL of +3.3 and DPR of +0.2. SPECTRE will also improve udders with a JUI of +4.01.

PADEN (Chart x Gannon) excels in production and type traits. His high Milk lbs at +1578 paired with over 120 lbs combined fat and protein and +4.11 JUI makes him a bull that can be used anywhere, any time. He is a complete package bull

LEVY (Valentino x Maximum), ROYALTY (Roy x Legal), and MUSKET (Valentino x Impuls) round out our already strong lineup of high production, type and fertility bulls. These bulls bring the production and functional traits that help CRV’s customers produce premium milk.
To learn more about CRV, it’s people, or products in your area, please visit www.crv4all.us or give us a call at 855-CRV-COWS.

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

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

Accelerated Genetics elite Jersey line up continues to grow and improve following the April 2014 Sire Summary.

Accelerated GeneticsThe proven sires to take note of are: 014JE00533 VITO, 014JE00544 DAZZLE, 014JE00555 ROY, 014JE00553 HANCOCK, 014JE00472 ALEXANDER, and 014JE00473 LOUIE.

Accelerated GeneticsVITO is the #1 Milk sire with +2425 PTAM and is also the #1 Protein sire with +77 PTAP! This chart-topping sire is available in Access sexed semen. Also on the Top 10 lists for Milk and Protein is DAZZLE. He is +1848 PTAM and +50 PTAP.

If you are looking for a ‘cheesemaker’ bull use ROY. He is on the Top 10 list for Cheese Merit $ with +571. Don’t forget to take note of HANCOCK for his high Fat +76 and outcross genetics (3.3% GFI). He ranks in the Top 10 for both.

Accelerated Genetics has a powerful genomic sire lineup with Jersey GeneFORCE sires. The genetics offered is second-to-none whether you are looking for type, production, health traits or a different pedigree, this group has something for everyone.

These high-ranking sires are also available in Access sexed semen: 014JE00630 JUMBO, 014JE00614 PAGEANT, 014JE00605 SPITFIRE, 014JE00621 THOR, and 014JE00628 WARRANT.

JUMBO had an awesome proof day. He went up in JPI (+247), Net Merit $ (+585) and JUI (+5.15.) He is also a great production sire (+1591 PTAM) and outstanding type sire (+2.00 PTAT.) Two other high-ranking JPI sires are 014JE00642 MANTIS (+234) and PAGEANT (+234.)

Accelerated Genetics #1 JUI bull is still THOR at +6.64. He comes from an elite cow family that is known for type, which is also something he is phenomenal at with +2.10 PTAT. WARRANT made improvements in both JPI (+215) and NM$ (+487). He is also a SCS leader at 2.77.

New to the GeneFORCE line up are 014JE00645 HUELL, 014JE00635 ECHO, 014JE00664 NEVIN, 014JE00642 MANTIS, 014JE00647 MARCO, 014JE00625 KLOVIS, 014JE00651 BUNK, 014JE00640 SUMMARY, 014JE00644 GARDOCKI, 014JE00632 DAMBOREE and 014JE00626 ICHABOD.

HUELL is a Hulk son that is extreme on components and Cheese Merit $ (+92 PTAF, +.36%; +45 PTAP, +.14%; +703 CM$).

Taking the lead as Accelerated Genetics new Type leaders are ECHO & NEVIN at +2.50 PTAT. ECHO is also an udder specialist with +6.16 JUI and another great ‘cheesemaker’ with +597 CM$. NEVIN comes in with +5.75 JUI, +1627 PTAM, and +536 CM$.

With the highly demanded attributes of production, type, and outcross spread throughout the entire line up, Accelerated Genetics can serve as your SOURCE for Jersey genetics. No matter your herd size or genetic needs, Accelerated Genetics is large enough to serve you, yet small enough to know you.

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Cogent Twist daughter, Nortonhill Twist Berry

Cogent Twist daughter, Nortonhill Twist Berry

Cogent Twist celebrates his position as the most profitable bull with a UK index as DairyCo publish the April 2014 Profitable Lifetime Index (PLI) ranking.

As 149 extra daughters from 65 different UK herds are added to his figures, Twist becomes the highest available UK proven bull.

Twist’s PLI of £244 reflects not only his supreme production performance, but also his steadily rising type index which has continued to improve as daughters have been added. Health and fitness are further features, with Twist making big improvements to locomotion while lowering cell counts and increasing daughter lifespan. On top of that, Twist will add width to his daughters who are very efficient producers that keep body condition all the way through.

Furthermore, Cogent are pleased to see that this latest run has seen Cogent Twist’s US figures increase.  Twist is now breaking the 2000 mark for GTPI at 2027 GTPI along with $584 Net Merit, making him a very attractive and usable bull.

“We feel this makes Twist the ‘bull of the moment’, and we’ve been delighted to see his steady progress and hear outstanding farmer reports as more and more daughters have come into milk on UK farms,” says Tom Peters from Cogent.

Not only does Twist now have 245 daughters milking in 126 UK herds, but daughters are also starting to calve in herds around the world, including in The Netherlands, Italy, Australia and South Africa.

Twist is widely considered to be the leading son of Picston Shottle and is moving into a new era as his global impact is only starting to be realised.

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Stud Wars: Episode II – April 2014

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Just as we have learned with the Rebels versus the Republic in Star Wars, the Stud wars are far from over.  However, instead of clones we have Genomic Sires versus Proven Sires and large A.I. companies versus smaller organizations.  The April 2014 genetic evaluations have seen the gap between the haves and have nots decrease.  Many of the larger studs that had in the past not focused on Genomic sires greatly increased their genomic offerings and some of the smaller studs greatly increased their niche market offerings.  Stud Wars, like Star Wars, thrive on new releases, talent, unexpected changes and rivalries.

TPI

TOP TPI PROVEN SIRES

As we found in our initial stud wars (Stud Wars – The Battle for A.I. Supremacy), market share of the pre-genomic era correlates very highly with the big five being ABS, Select Sires, Alta Genetics, Accelerated Genetics and CRI.  Since the last proof run, Select Sires has taken over the top spot with two more sires entering the top 50, and CRI has doubled the number of proven sires they had in the top 50 TPI to move into the #2 Spot.  Former #1 holder ABS Global has dropped from 14 sires to 11 in the top 50 TPI and now holds the #3 position. A sign of the time is the way Accelerated has dropped market share.

TOP TPI GENOMIC SIRES

Both our previous gTPI leaders from December 2013 have dropped but still hold the #1, Select Sires, and #2 Semex spots on our list.  Making a significant jump on the list is CRI who now holds the #3 spot on the list with 5 sires in the top 50 gTPI.  Also seeing an increase is Alta Genetics who now has 4 sires in the top 50 gTPI.

TOP TPI SIRES

Select Sires continues to lead the way with top TPI offerings both Genomic and Proven. Making a jump into the #2 spot, thanks to an increase in their top TPI proven sires, is CRI. They are followed by Semex who continues to have a strong Genomic TPI offering.  .

NM$

TOP NM$ PROVEN SIRES

It is no surprise that, for the larger AI centers, the focus on the commercial producer market continues to dominate the proven NM$ list.  Select Sires moves into the #1 position with the two additional sires in the top list, with CRI moving into the #2 position, almost doubling the number of top 50 NM$ sires they have to offer.  Dropping significantly was ABS Global who now finds themselves in the #3 position with 5 fewer  sires in the top 50 NM$ list.

TOP NM$ GENOMIC SIRES

A list that was dominated last round by Select Sires who had 32% of the top sires, now finds them tied with CRI and Semex – all with 18% each.  Also seeing a significant drop in top gNM$ sires is Alta Genetics who went from 9 last round to just 4 this round.

TOP NM$ SIRES

On the strength of their strong proven and genomic NM$ offering, Select Sires retains the strongest NM$ offering in the US.  Thanks to a significant investment in Genomic sires CRI now find themselves with the 2nd strongest NM$ offering.

PTAT

TOP PTAT PROVEN SIRES

Probably one of the most significant changes of this proof round is Semex moving into the strongest type proven sire offering in the world, with 5 more proven sires moving into the top 50 PTAT.  Former #1 Select Sires goes from having 18 sires in the top 50 to 11 and holds the #2 spot.

TOP PTAT GENOMIC SIRES

When it comes to the top 50 Genomic PTAT sires, Semex and Select Sires still top the list, but both have seen significant declines in totals.  Many small A.I. studs now find themselves with 1 to 3 sires in the top 50.

TOP PTAT SIRES

On the strength of a greatly improved proven type sire line up, Semex now find themselves on top of the overall PTAT list, followed by Select Sires.  However the ever increasing trend continues where more and more smaller AI organizations have a top 50 PTAT proven or genomic sire.

Polled

TOP TPI POLLED SIRES

As we continue to see trends change in the industry, we see the sire line-ups in key markets are also starting to change.  Nowhere is it more evident than in the polled trend.  With that in mind, we decided to add two key niche markets to our stud wars analysis: (1) polled TPI sires and (2) Red type sires.  For both of these lists we are using the top 50 proven or genomic sires.

Not surprising DairyBullsOnline.com the Polled specialists lead the list.  Followed by Select Sires and GenerVations.

PTAT R&W SIRES

TOP PTAT RED SIRES

As we saw in the overall PTAT list, Semex and Select Sires continue to lead the way in type offerings.  Also similar to the B&W PTAT lists, we find a number of smaller studs also offering 1-4 of the top red and white sires.

The Bullvine Bottom Line

TOP PROVEN SIRE LINE UP

Holding strong with the best proven sire line-up is Select Sires.  Seeing a significant increase and moving into the 2nd strongest proven sire line-up position is CRI.  They rise on the strength of their significant increase in top NM$ proven sires. Also seeing an increase and moving into the #3 position is ABS Global.  Semex finds themselves with 15 less proven sires on our top lists and drops from the #2 position in December to the #4 position currently.

TOP GENOMIC SIRE LINE UP

Tied at the top genomic for genomic sires are Select Sires and Semex.  These are the same two studs that ranked #1 and #2 last round.  Moving up 2 spots from last round is CRI, powered by a significant investment in top gNM$ sires.  Also making a strong showing is the Sexing Technologies / Trans-World Genetics partnership powered by their agreement with the EDG group, who own many of the top genomic females in the world.

TOP LINE UP

Retaining the title of as the strongest overall sire line-up is Select Sires, though it should be noted that Select went from 28% of the top sires in December 2013 to 21% this time.  Holding steady with increases in their proven sire line-up and slight decreases in their genomic sire line-up, Semex comes in as the 2nd strongest sire line-up.  Moving up to the #3 sire line-up with significant improvements in their proven TPI sire line-up as well as genomic offerings is CRI. ABS Global and Alta Genetics round out the top 5.

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he April 2014 sire evaluations for CRV presented a strong set of bulls with a basis to building a long-lasting, healthy herd of cows that produces milk efficiently.

A new group of InSires joined the holstein lineup. Together with the proven sires they are showcasing a strong balance between production and health.

Increase efficiency with exciting new releases
New release Grand (Mogul x Altaiota) is an efficieny specialist with a Better Life Efficiency score of +8%. He has an impressive production transmission at +2200 milk and inherits well-attached udders at +2.82 UDC and GTPI +2389.

Two sons of CRV bull Hunter join the lineup with high components and high efficiency. Anchorman (Hunter x Goli) will be sure to produce high component milk with +0.10% fat and +0.05% protein. He is a high performer on the Better Life indexes ranking +8% for efficiency and +4% for health.

Vero Anchorman Sire: Hunter

Anchorman (s. Hunter)

Lutron (Hunter x Mac) is an extreme fat producer (+0.21%) from well-attached udders at +66 lbs and +2.67 UDC. He ranks at +4% for health and +7% for efficiency.

Jones (Robust x Indiana) will add premium milk and efficiency to any herd with his extreme components at +168 lbs combined fat and protein and Better Life Efficiency score of +10%. Franchise (Supersire x Die Hard) will sire efficient daughters that have high lifetime production with a Better Life Efficiency score of +8%, PL of +5.6 and +1491 lbs Milk.

Red carrier Nemo P (Dakker x Ideal) is an efficiency expert at +9% Better Life Efficiency with +90 lbs combined fat and protein, and postive DPR and PL.

CRV’s proven sires continue to impress as they add more milking daughters. Predestine (Jetstream x Toystory) sires high volume production at +2584 lbs Milk, +2063 TPI and moderate frames. He will add efficiency to any herd with a Better Life Efficiency score of +8%.

CLAYTOP TS PREFERSire: ToystoryDAM OF CLAYTOP JS PREDESTINE

Claytop TS Prefer, dam of Predestine

The right tools for a healthy herd
Craftsman (Large x Man O Man) is an all-around sire at +2362 GTPI. He presents a strong balance between health and production with high combined fat and protein at +119 lbs, +1.2 DPR and over +2 for UDC and FLC. He shows this balance in his Better Life Health at +5% and Better Life Efficiency at +6%.

Deluxe P (Mitey P x Shottle) will sire fertile, healthy daughters with a Better Life Health score of +8%, with a SCS of 2.60 and DPR of +0.9. Deluxe is heterozygous for polled.

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Shottle Ida 6, dam of Deluxe P

Returning InSire Pep Boy (Hill x Freddie) is a health superstar with a SCE of 6.4, +6.7 PL, and +2.1 DPR, ranking him at +5% on the Better Life Health index.

Proven sire Atlantic (Ramos x O Man) is the highest bull in the CRV lineup for Better Life Health index at +11% due to his high DPR at +1.9, PL at +3.4 and low SCS at +2.67. His daughters will help produce high quality premium milk with his component percentages at +0.07% fat and +0.12% protein.

atlantic daughters

atlantic daughters

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Explanation about CRV’s Better Life figures

Better Life Efficiency
As a general rule, productivity combined with longevity leads to high efficiency. A bull with a score of +5% generates a financial gain of $335 per cow life in an average herd. Milk production and longevity are particularly important in calculating Better Life Efficiency, but persistency, maturity rate, fertility and weight are also taken into account in the calculation.

Better Life Health
Using bulls with a high score for Better Life Health has the advantage that the herd becomes easier to manage and that cows stand a better chance of ageing healthily. Better Life Health is calculated on the basis of a bull’s genetic capacity in terms of udder health, fertility, hoof health, calving ease and calf vitality. A bull with a score of +5% generates a financial gain of $95 per cow per year in an average herd.

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ABS In a solid April sire summary run, proven sire DORCY is once again the highest living sire on the official Holstein USA Top 100 TPISM List. ABS Primetime® Sire MONTEREY leads the genomic lineup at ABS Global and lands fourth on the Holstein USA Top 100 TPISM Genomic Young Bull List. These sires, in addition to seven Holstein and one Jersey graduate, complete a solid lineup of bulls for producer profitability and improving the bottom line.

BOLTON son 29HO14142 DORCY continues to get better each sire summary, with a TPI now at +2318. At +1800 Milk, +682 NM$, +.3 DPR and 2.67 SCS, in addition to +2.99 PTAT, +3.24 UDC and +2.96 FLC, DORCY is making daughters that can produce high volumes of quality milk without sacrificing type.

29HO16955 MONTEREY is one of the most intriguing genomic young sires to ever hit the ABS market. This McCutchen x Robust x Zenith x SHOTTLE son combines a unique pedigree with industry-leading TPI and Net Merit rankings at +2578 GTPI and +859 NM$. From the Rudy Missy family, MONTEREY excels in all key areas for production, health, fitness and type, with +3.74 PTAT, +1571 M, +83 F, +65 P, +.7 DPR and 6.9% CE.

With every sire run, ABS becomes increasingly committed to providing sires with outstanding health traits. The latest graduates are headlined by 29HO14961 ARMITAGE – an early Man-O-Man son out of a Goldwyn dam and previous ABS Primetime sire that provides a total package with milk volume (+1124 M), components (+68F, +49P and +630NM$), health (2.71 SCS and +2.5PL) and fertility (+1.3DPR). Add 5.1% Calving Ease and ARMITAGE is truly a complete package that can be used across a herd.

Two JEEVES sons follow closely the footsteps of ARMITAGE on the new graduate list. 29HO14802 JETTIE (JEEVES x SHOTTLE) and 29HO14684 GALLON (JEEVES x Goldwyn) both excel in TPI and Milk, but more importantly, both sires are +2.8 DPR with +5.5 PL or higher. With an extremely rare combination of high milk production, longevity and fertility, these bulls are optimal for leaving high producing, long-lived, and healthy daughters.

29HO14755 SHAQ (Leif x SHOTTLE x Rudolph x Blackstar) is a rare Leif son, unrelated to most of today’s popular sires. An excellent source of daughter fertility at +1.0 DPR, he also adds +1300 Milk, and a low cell count at 2.69 SCS providing dairy producers an appealing option to use as outcross sire.

29HO14459 MUNGO (Mascol x ALTON x Capri x Manfred) is another outcross sire to provide producers a unique sire stack without sacrificing milk production or components. At 5.6% CE, MUNGO can be used across the herd and maintain production values, consistent type and health and fitness traits.

Completing the list of Holstein graduates are 29HO14592 HOWIE and 29HO14744 CONAN. HOWIE, a Baxter x Potter son from a family long admired by U.S. AI companies, is fit for the type and longevity market, with +2.58 PTAT, +2.74 UDC and +2.57 FLC. CONAN is a Goldwyn x SHOTTLE from the Larcrest Cosmopolitan family, and is also a type specialist and outstanding udder sire. CONAN can also improve milk components and is positive for DPR.

ABS adds one Jersey to the lineup in 29JE3702 VERTEX. This Dale x Paramount son provides an Impuls-free sire stack that combines two of the all-time great female transmitters of milk production in the Jersey breed, Gratitude and Violet. VERTEX is one of the highest PTA Milk bulls today with +2078 M, and has the ability to increase total revenue through +123 lbs combined Fat and Protein.

To implement any of these sires into your breeding program, contact your local ABS representative or call 1-800-ABS-STUD. Complete proof information on graduates is available at www.absglobal.com.

Headquartered in DeForest, Wisconsin, ABS Global is the world-leading provider of bovine genetics, reproduction services, technologies and uddercare products. Marketing in more than 80 countries around the globe, ABS has been at the forefront of animal genetics and technology since its founding in 1941. ABS Global is a division of Genus plc.

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SemexWith the April genetic evaluation, Semex reaffirmed our commitment to our clients and their drive for profitable genetics. Working with our clients worldwide, we’re confident in our lineup that offers dairymen what they are looking for through newly released daughter proven sires, high reliability sires or the youngest and brightest genomic superstars.

Second to none, these genomic sires are known as Genomax™ sires at Semex. Once again in April, our Genomax lineup dominated the industry, having 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. This is Genetics for Life!

Genomax™:
Semex’s Genomax sires are known as the brightest genomic young sires available worldwide. Led by household names including 0200HO07450 Amighetti Numero Uno, our rigorous selection standards ensure that these bulls are the industry’s finest genomic stars. New to this line-up in April are:


Repromax™:
As the world’s only international fertility evaluation, Repromax sires provide immediate results that increase your dairy’s reproductive performance and profitability. Joining this group of fertility leaders following the April evaluations are:


HealthSmart™:
Semex’s HealthSmart sires produce profitable daughters that are healthier, more fertile and last longer. This means lower costs and more profit in the ledgers. Semex’s HealthSmart sires including 0200HO00402 Mainstream Manifold are proven to sire desirable, healthy cows. New to this roster following the April evaluations are:


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

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SemexRegardless of herd size or management style, dairymen want a healthy herd of profitable and efficient cows. The path to breeding and developing this kind of herd got easier when Semex launched its patented Immunity+™ sires. These sires have a naturally high immune response (HIR) and with a 25% heritability, they can help improve the overall herd health and longevity.

Based on the HIR technology developed by Dr. Bonnie Mallard and her colleagues at the University of Guelph, the research surrounding this technology spans decades. The research also shows that HIR cows have 19-30% lower disease incidence compared to herd averages. Also, these cows respond better to commercial vaccines and produce higher quality colostrum. As a result, they are more profitable by bringing in more revenue, lowering costs and wasting less of the dairyman’s time.

“The discovery of HIR was a game changer,” says Jay Shannon, Semex Global Dairy Solutions
Manager. “It revealed that high immunity is passed on from parent to progeny at rates much like production and some conformation traits. Compared to most health traits with low heritabilities of <10%, immune response is considered moderately to highly heritable at 25%. This means it can be selected for and improved upon with each generation.”

Joining the proven Immunity+ lineup following the April 2014 genetic evaluation are:


The following Genomax™ bulls are also designated Immunity+:


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

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Accelerated GeneticsThe April Sire Summary brought a range of excitement to Accelerated Genetics. A combination of exciting new graduates, improving second crop sires and a rise in some key recent releases all made this sire summary one to remember.

A highlight was the improvement of PACE favorite 014HO06344 PIRATE. He added many daughters for production and type, resulting in a TPI increase to +2049. His major increase came on the type side as he jumped up to +3.26 PTAT. Don’t miss the chance to add his elite genetics to your herd!


Another high type favorite at Accelerated Genetics is 014HO06047 Favre. At +3.22 PTAT, he is also among the best of the breed. In addition, his Sire Calving Ease improved significantly with more data.

 

Second crop success seemed to be contagious as 014HO05359 Cars, 014HO05399 Kolton and 014HO05560 Emerald all added data and showed solid improvement overall. Their success reinforces the value of Accelerated Genetics PACE program identifying top genetics.

Big movers from the last proof run include 014HO05962 Royce and 014HO06449 Rest. Royce improved on production and health traits that resulted in a gain of +37 Net Merit. Don’t miss out on this Baxter son from an Ito dam to help the type and production of your herd. 014HO06449 Rest improved on production and type and is our high NM$ bull at +637.

High TPI 014HO06429 Man-O-Man2 and 014HO05936 Dom*BY continue their status as sources of elite total performance.

NEW PACE GRADUATES:
Eight new PACE graduates joined Accelerated Genetics’ active lineup this sire summary. Two Man-O-Man sons from the same family made the grade and can now be called active sires. 014HO06494 He-Man is from a Very Good Goldwyn dam and behind her is an Excellent Champion. He is +2.53 PTAT, +50 Fat, +47 Protein and is a great calving ease sire at 6.3%. Look for him to sire beautiful udders that generate lots of profit. 014HO06498 Enry is also a Man-O-Man from a Very Good Goldwyn dam that is a full sister to He-Man’s dam. Enry sires a nice balance of type, production and health traits. Both sires originate from the Cookiecutter Holsteins herd. This family is putting solid daughter data on top of high genomic estimates.

014HO06434 Presidium*BY is Accelerated Genetics’ highest Net Merit $ new release sire. At +621 NM$, he ranks near the top of the proven lineup. He is a Prentice from a Very Good O-Man and then an Excellent Ramos. Presidium combines great components, super health traits and outstanding udders.

Are you looking for some sires with unique sire stacks to use on your heifers for an easy calving while improving production and more? 014HO06416 Rush and 014HO06441 Gus are the calving ease answer for you! Rush is a Socrates from a Very Good Toystory and then an Excellent Outside. He sires good production and is rated at 6.3% Sire Calving Ease (SCE). Gus is a Hadrain from a Very Good Scoop. He transmits high Fat (+.17%, +76F), great Type (+2.32 PTAT), and outstanding calving ease (5.5% SCE.) Gus providesthat rare combination of moderate stature, calving ease, and high production while maintaining plenty of strength and width. Don’t overlook these two great PACE additions.

High type does not lack with this group either! 014HO06470 Whiskey and 014HO06428 Cury cover the high Type corner. Whiskey is a Shottle son from an EX-92 Goldwyn and an EX-94 Durham. He is +2.92 PTAT while also siring high Fat (+.09%) and great udders. Whiskey is rated a calving ease sire as well. Cury comes into the lineup as Accelerated Genetics highest Type bull at +3.36 PTAT. He has a little different sire stack being a Pagewire son from an EX-91 Shottle. Cury sires frame and sizewith great feet and legs as well as fabulous udders.

We have a newcomer to the active lineup in the Guernsey breed as 014GU00318 COPPER graduates! This proven sire offers high type and ranks in the top ten of the breed for total performance.

Accelerated Genetics has a strong genomic sire lineup with Holstein, Jersey and Brown Swiss GeneFORCE sires. Each breed has many top performing GeneFORCE sires offering a variety of genetics for your herd! The genetics offered in these breeds is second-to-none and whether you are looking for type, production, health traits or a different pedigree, this group has something for everyone.

During this spring let Accelerated Genetics be your trusted first choice to help get your cows bred! No matter your herd size or genetic needs, Accelerated Genetics is large enough to serve you, yet small enough to know you.For more information on Accelerated Genetics sires, products and services contact your local representative, email info@accelgen.com, call 800.451.9275 or go to www.accelgen.com.

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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Alta1STCLASS – the real #1 GTPI sire

Friday, April 4th, 2014

With so many bulls claiming to be #1 Alta is proud to offer 11H11425 Zahbulls Alta1stCLASS, the #1 GTPI sire with semen available.

In a world of bulls declaring to be #1, there is only one Alta1stCLASS.

With April proofs, Alta1stCLASS gained momentum and increased his figures to become the undisputed GTPI leader of all available Holstein sires! He moved up to an outstanding 2611 GTPI | +895 NM | +3.85 PTAT and +4.19 UDC. His dazzling type, and elite health and production traits make him the first choice sire for the most exclusive matings.

Visit the Alta1STCLASS’s website to learn more about the unprecedented Success Warranty that is offered to those choosing to take advantage of his incredible genetic package and breeding value. Be one of the first to incorporate Alta1stCLASS in your genetic program as the Limited Edition release means a maximum of 1,000 units will be sold prior to July 1st 2014.

Alta1stCLASS qualifies for sale in all markets.

For more information and to place your order for Alta1stCLASS, please visit www.alta1stclass.com.

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62568-scaled-900x500[1]Cogent Supershot continues to stand ahead of the pack following a very successful proof day, becoming the number one available Holstein genomic sire for both the USA’s and Canada’s key breeding indexes, GTPI and GLPI.

Supershot’s release had been widely anticipated across the world and he now enters the rankings as the number one available sire with 2625 GTPI. He also re-affirms his position as the number one available sire for Net Merit with a massive NM $1047, making him the undisputed headline bull from the April evaluations. Contributing to the increase in his indexes are the improvements in his milk (+2528 lbs) and Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR +1.9). He also increased his weight of fat plus protein to an incredible 185 lbs and maintained his Predicted Transmitting Ability for Type (PTAT) of 2.20.

His success was not only confined to the US, he is also the number one GLPI available bull in Canada at +3511, a clear 70 points higher than the second highest bull. In other global indexes he also ranks well, scoring 161 on Germany’s major index, RZG; 3315 on Italy’s PFT and in the UK he increased his Profitable Lifetime Index (PLI) to £290.

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.

As part of his first release, a maximum of 1,000 doses are currently available to order for distribution after 28 April 2014, priced at US$1200 (CAN$1300, €865, £725). This is the first semen available and no matings have been made before the official release, giving any breeders who invest in his semen an early opportunity to make the next global superstar.

Interest in the release of Cogent Supershot has been unprecedented in the marketplace since his figures were first released and he is now enjoying global demand in all major dairying countries.

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Jetstream Genetics has a complete offering with the April 2014 Sire Summary. Many sires gained in GTPI this run and added reliability, with top‐ranked daughter‐proven sires now fulfilling the pedigrees. The new April 2014 Sire Portfolios are available by contacting Roger Turner: info@jetstreamgenetics.com or 608‐770‐0012.

The genetic release on April 1 resulted in the following highlights.

  • 534HO00025 MARDI GRAS (Mogul x Planet): Jetstream’s top available GTPI sire. He boasts +152 RZG in Germany and his CDN figures in Canada are extreme with +3229 GLPI. The RudyMissy EX92 family continues to deliver top end performance with MARDI GRAS. This Mogul son gained GTPI points, rising to +2470. He fits nicely with his brother, MODEL, also offered by Jetstream.
  • 534HO00012 MODEL (Robust x Planet): MODEL and maternal brother, MARDI GRAS, make a great team. MODEL’s sire, Robust, is now the #1 GTPI daughter‐proven sire in the USA, adding the confidence and reliability to this top +152 RZG sire. Used as a mating sire internationally, MODEL has breathtaking daughter photos from Germany. He combines production, health and type.
  • 534HO00022 iTUNES (Epic x Watson): His heavy demand continues. Superior production traits, high components and exceptional type at +2.49. He’s a low CE sire at +6.2, making him attractive for heifers too. His dam, the former #1 GTPI heifer in the breed, is now VG85 as a 2‐year‐old, completing a deep and productive pedigree for many generations from the Rudy Missy Family.
  • 534HO00026 DEMAN (Mogul x Atwood): Very few sires have the CDN type breakdown that DEMAN offers: +16 Type, +15 Udder and +13 Feet and Legs. In the UK he is the #1 Type sire at +3.95 in the Top 40 GPLI ranking, and in Italy tops in at +3245 GPFT making him a global attraction. The Debutante EX92 branch of this family has many high‐ranked daughter proven sires, like Destry. DEMAN joins his popular brother, DELTA, at Jetstream Genetics.
  • 534HO00017 DELTA (Snowman x Atwood): Jetstream’s #2 type sire stands at +4.03 Type and +19 Conformation in Canada. DELTA’s sire, Snowman, recently claimed the #1 GLPI daughter proven sire in Canada. The Queen of the Breed, Roxy, is behind this masterpiece sire, combining type, production and cow family. He is Snowman’s highest for type and milk, making DELTA the finest of royalty.
  • 534HO11310 GOLDDUST (Goldchip x Damion): His famous dam Sonnek Damion Charlie is now EX 94 rings in at +4.51 Type. His Canadian CDN figures are just as impressive, as he scores +19 Conformation and +17 Mammary System. He is backed by great linage: EX 94 Damion x VG Shottle x EX Morty x EX Rudolph x EX Supersire x VG Elton. His Udder Composite and Type with Frame keep GOLDDUST at the top of the type charts. His Sire Goldchip continues as a renowned Type specialist.
  • 534HO00008 COLT 45 RC PO (Colt P‐Red x Shottle): His early offspring are eye‐catching individuals that are acquiring top prices in numerous sales and auctions. This RC PO sire is over +2.99 Type. The Chassity family continues to generate superior breeding with this own son and maternal brother to the popular Gold Chip and 534HO00001 CARSON. This cow family stamps them true and built to last. Plus he can make them Red and Polled.
  • 534HO00010 CASHCOIN and 534HO00009 CASHMONEY (Observer X Goldwyn) the Cash bros: Science meets reality with these genomic leaders. They have experienced tremendous fertility results worldwide, numerous CE observations make them perfect SCE sires at 6.8% & 6.3%. Their early offspring are appearing at the top of all the young genomic progeny tested lists and the beautiful calves are sure to impress. Jetstream will soon be offering elite CASHCOIN sons in the line up that are amongst the best in the world.

Online ordering Jetstream sires is fast, easy and secure, delivered direct to the farm. We ship numerous orders all across the USA each month. To take advantage of these outstanding genetic
opportunities, go to www.jetstreamgenetics.com (Online orders available only in the U.S.). Jetstream distributors worldwide are also ready to serve you as we are expanding our network.

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

For more information, go to: www.jetstreamgenetics.com or call 1.855.4JETSTREAM (855‐453‐8787).

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Accelerated GeneticsWisconsin-based Accelerated Genetics announces a joint marketing agreement with United Kingdom (UK)-based Cogent Breeding Ltd.

Under this new agreement Accelerated Genetics is the exclusive distributor in the United States and Canada for Cogent’s elite range of dairy and beef sires. The agreement also extends to sexed semen from selected sires. Cogent is the pioneering business behind sexed semen technology and supply, and is the UK market leader in this field.

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CRVThe April 2014 sire evaluations for CRV presented Holstein bulls with a basis to building a herd that produces high quality premium milk. CRV is also introducing two new breeding indexes; Better Life Health and Better Life Efficiency that will help producers building a long-lasting, healthy herd of cows that produces milk efficiently. Eight InSires joined the Holstein lineup showcasing a strong balance between production and health.

Increase efficiency with exciting new releases
New release GRAND (Mogul x Altaiota) is an efficieny specialist with a Better Life Efficiency score of +8% due to his impressive production at +2200 Milk and well-attached udders at +2.82 UDC and GTPI +2389.

Two sons of CRV bull HUNTER join the lineup with high component percents and high efficiency. ANCHORMAN (Hunter x Goli) will be sure to produce high component milk with +0.10% Fat and +0.05% Protein, and is a high performer on the Better Life indexes ranking +8% for Efficiency and +4% for Health. LUTRON (Hunter x Mac) is an extreme fat producer from well-attached udders at +0.21% and +66 lbs and +2.67 UDC. He ranks at +4% for Health and +7% for Efficiency.

JONES (Robust x Indiana) will add premium milk and efficiency to any breeding program with his extreme component pounds at +168 lbs combined Fat and Protein and Better Life Efficiency score of +10%. FRANCHISE (Supersire x Die Hard) will sire efficient daughters that have high lifetime production with a Better Life Efficiency score of +8%, PL of +5.6 and +1491 lbs Milk.

Red carrier NEMO P (Dakker x Ideal) is an efficiency expert at +9% Better Life Effiency with +90 lbs combined Fat and Protein, and postive DPR and PL.

CRV’s proven sires continue to impress as they add more milking daughters. PREDESTINE’s (Jetstream x Toystory) high volume production at +2584 lbs Milk, +2063 TPI and moderate frames will add efficiency to any herd with a Better Life Efficiency score of +8%.

The right tools for a healthy herd
CRAFTSMAN (Large x Man O Man) is an all-around sire at +2362 GTPI. He presents a strong balance between health and production with high combined Fat and Protein at +119 lbs, +1.2 DPR and over +2 for UDC and FLC. He shows this balance in his Better Life Health at +5% and Better Life Efficiency at +6%.

DELUXE P (Mitey P x Shottle) will sire fertile, healthy daughters with a Better Life Health score of +8%, with a SCS of 2.60 and DPR of +0.9.

Returning InSire PEP BOY (Hill x Freddie) is a health superstar with a SCE of 6.4, +6.7 PL, and +2.1 DPR, ranking him at +5% on the Better Life Health index.

Proven sire ATLANTIC (Ramos x O Man) is the highest bull in the CRV lineup for Better Life Health index at +11% due to his high DPR at +1.9, PL at +3.4 and low SCS at +2.67. His daughters will help produce high quality premium milk with his component percentages at +0.07% Fat and +0.12% Protein.

Better Life Efficiency 
As a general rule, productivity combined with longevity leads to high efficiency. A bull with a score of +5% generates a financial gain of $335 per cow life in an average herd. Milk production and longevity are particularly important in calculating Better Life Efficiency, but persistency, maturity rate, fertility and weight are also taken into account in the calculation.

Better Life Health 
Using bulls with a high score for Better Life Health has the advantage that the herd becomes easier to manage and that cows stand a better chance of aging healthily. Better Life Health is calculated on the basis of a bull’s genetic capacity in terms of udder health, fertility, hoof health, calving ease and calf vitality. A bull with a score of +5% generates a financial gain of $95 per cow per year in an average herd.

To learn more about CRV, it’s people, or products in your area, please visit www.crv4all.us or give us a call at 855-CRV-COWS.

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

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Select Sires logoSons of 7HO8081 Ensenada Taboo PLANET-ET (EX-90-GM) once again dominated Select Sires’ April 2014 class of graduates with high-ranking Total Performance IndexSM (TPISM), Net Merit (NM$) and production sires that all earn the FeedPRO® designation. This class also includes elite fitness trait sires like 7HO10804 Roylane SHOT GUN 2092-ET (VG-86) and extreme Type sires including 7HO10920 Mr Chassity GOLD CHIP-ET (EX-92).

PLANET sons lead the way
A maternal brother to 7HO10357 De-Su Billings-ET, 7HO10725 De-Su 538 HOORAY-ET (VG-87) is the highest new Select Sires graduate for GTPI (+2148). He is a production improver (+1,707 Milk) with outstanding components (+74 Fat, +.04% Fat, +58 Protein, +.02% Protein). HOORAY daughters have strong fore udders with high, wide rear udders and deep creases.

7HO10709 Springhill-OH Iron HUSKY-ET is a PLANET son from an Excellent (93) Boss Iron. One of the best at Select Sires for Fat improvement (+82F, +.15%F), he also transmits excellent production (+1,203M). He boasts a GTPI of +2135 with outstanding NM$ (+626) and Cheese Merit (CM$) (+696). HUSKY is a Calving Ease sire (6.1%DBH) that transmits low Somatic Cell Score (SCS) (2.78) and longevity (+3.8 Productive Life).

7HO10543 Garlomar Planet THORNE-ET (GM) is a HealthMark™ sire with outstanding fitness traits: +1.2 Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR), +5.1 PL and 2.94 SCS. He is among the top five Select sires for NM$ (+656) and CM$ (+724). Not only do his daughters milk well (+1,154M), they produce a high volume of components (+72F, +.11%F, +49P, +.06%P).

A PLANET son from an Excellent (92) Ramos, 7HO10818 Larcrest CALIBRATE-ETS (VG-86) is one of the top new graduates for Fat (+76F, +.13%F) and CM$ (+633). His daughters are wide, open cows with strong udder attachments reflected in his +2.58 Type score. He transmits high quality milk (2.83 SCS) and durability (+3.9 PL).

7HO10751 Eastview PASSION-ET is the No. 2 new Select Sires graduate for Milk (+1,585) and one of the leading new graduates for NM$ (+611) and CM$ (+622). PASSION daughters are long-living cows (+5.2 PL) that have exceptional rear udders. He transmits low SCS (2.83) and is a Calving Ease sire (7.1%DBH).

HealthMark sire excels at fitness traits
SHOT GUN is a maternal brother to the leading GTPI daughter-proven sire, 7HO10524 Roylane Socra ROBUST-ET (VG-88-GM). This Calving Ease sire (5.9%DBH) transmits low SCS (2.72) with high DPR (+1.0) and PL (+3.9). He is a components specialist (+.05%F, +.07%P) with a high-ranking CM$ (+649).

Elite Type from time-tested cow families
A popular Super Sampler™ and Showcase Selections™ sire, GOLD CHIP is the newest Type specialist at Select Sires. He ranks among the top three sires at Select for Type (+3.70), Udder Composite (UDC) (+3.31) and Feet and Leg Composite (FLC) (+3.16). A Calving Ease sire (4.9%DBH), he is one of the best for SCS at 2.56. GOLD CHIP is a Superior Settler™ and available in gender SELECTed™ semen.

7HO10811 Regancrest-RS San TIAGO-ET comes straight from the Dellias and is the first 7HO8190 Gen-Mark Stmatic SANCHEZ (EX-94) son to graduate into active A.I. Not only is he an elite Type sire (+2.97), his daughters are exceptional Milk producers (+1,410). He transmits outstanding udders (+2.50 UDC) and feet and legs (+2.74 FLC). This Superior Settler is a perfect fit for warmer breeding seasons.

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

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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ABSHannah Worden joins the ABS Global team as Cornerstone specialist and GMS evaluator for the New York and New England areas.

After graduating from Cornell University, Worden has taken on various roles in the industry. She was a member of the feed laboratory team at Denele Analytical in California, where she ran feed samples and prepared reports for clients. Worden has also been an assistant herdsman for her family’s 900-cow dairy, Will-O-Crest Farm, where some of her tasks included maintaining Dairy Comp 305 and clipping and assisting with picturing cows.

Hannah WordenWorden previously held a Cornerstone specialist position in California before a move back home to New York. She is also a graduate of GMS school and is currently responsible for GMS evaluating some herds in the western New York.

“Hannah’s knowledge of the dairy industry and previous experience with ABS will make her a great asset to the team,” stated Josey Morris, U.S. progeny promotions supervisor. “We look forward to her ability to build on ABS Global’s vision, strategy and value.”

As an ABS Cornerstone specialist, Worden will be responsible for assisting field staff with education and promotion of developing new herds, as well as working with staff to evaluate and maintain data in herds already participating in the ABS Cornerstone program. She will be responsible for on-farm evaluation, coordinating and assisting with picturing of ABS sired progeny along with arranging and conducting ABS daughter and herd tours. Worden will also be working with the GMS program on farms in the northeast.

Headquartered in DeForest, Wisconsin, ABS Global is the world-leading provider of bovine genetics, reproduction services, technologies and uddercare products. Marketing in more than 80 countries around the globe, ABS has been at the forefront of animal genetics and technology since its founding in 1941. ABS Global is a division of Genus plc.

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Select Sires logoSeventeen professional technicians, sales representatives, Select Mating Service™ (SMS™) genetic consultants, beef specialists and information systems staff participated in Select Sires’ employee orientation held March 25 and 26 at the Select Sires headquarters in Plain City, Ohio. They were joined by 10 members of the World Wide Sires staff from Australia, New Zealand and California. Employees from six member cooperatives and Select Sires Inc., were present for the two-day event where they received superior education in serving Select Sires’ customer-owners. Extensive sales training took place on March 27 and 28 for sales staff.

“This orientation provides new employees with an opportunity to receive the latest information and training as well as visit our Ohio office,” said Lyle Kruse, vice president of U.S. market development for Select Sires. “The knowledge and experience they gain here helps them to better serve our customer-owners going forward.”

The participants were presented with in-depth information about Select Sires’ programs including the Program for Genetic Advancement™ (PGA™), Select Reproductive Solutions™ (SRS™), SMS, StrataGEN®, Aggressive Reproductive Solutions™ (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.—Anna Beatty, Columbus, Ohio, Nathan Davenport, West Jefferson, Ohio, Luke Hershberger, Troy, Ohio, Craig Miller, Louisville, Ohio and Pengyin Shan, Columbus, Ohio; East Central/Select Sires—Norm Bradley, Fort Atkinson, Wis., Brian Coyne, Sun Prairie, Wis. and Samuel Schweer, Waupun, Wis.; NorthStar Cooperative—Marc Bolen, Clio, Mich. and Karmen Loney, Vassar, Mich.; Prairie State/Select Sires—Kyle Musfeldt, Coon Rapids, Iowa; Southeast Select Sires—Lucky Keller, Sawyer, Kan. and Will Mayfield, Pulaski, Tenn.; Select Sire Power—Andrew Fleischer, Duncansville, Pa., Eric Lundberg, Greenwich, N.Y., Barrett Smith, Otego, N.Y. and Rachel Tari, North Rose, N.Y.; Select Sires Inc.—Ed Grant, Hilliard, Ohio and World Wide Sires—John Bannatyne, Brian Beard, John Conheady, David James, Sean Kallady, Chris Kendall, Mark Patullo, Peter Phillips, Geoff Wood and Tyler Boyd.


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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header[1]Alta Genetics is thrilled to announce the Limited Edition release of the worldwide #1 GTPI sire, 11HO11425 Zahbulls Alta1stCLASS.

At an outstanding 2598 GTPI | +889 NM | +3.76 PTAT and +4.17 UDC, Alta1stCLASS is a true breed-leader, offering remarkable type, health and production traits. Alta1stCLASS is a Numero Uno son, backed by Zahbulls Dorcy Glamour, then EX-90 Johnan Toystory Glitter, EX-94 Johcar Rudolph Ginger and 7 more VG & EX Dams. His deep pedigree and monumental genomic figures put him in an elite class all his own. With April proofs only two weeks away we eagerly await the updated official figures on Alta1stCLASS.

With a mission to continually Create Value, Build Trust and Deliver Results, Alta is offering the added value of a unique and unprecedented Success Warranty during the Limited Edition release period. This will ensure successful usage of Alta1stCLASS for those who take advantage of this superior opportunity.

Alta will be running extensive quality control processes with Alta1stCLASS above and beyond those that have led to their industry-leading sire fertility. Most unique among these will be IVF trials on each and every batch released during the Limited Edition period. The initial results from the use of Alta1stCLASS in IVF have been very successful!

The Limited Edition release of Alta1STCLASS means a maximum of 1,000 units will be sold prior to July 1st 2014. Alta1stCLASS qualifies for sale in all markets.

For more information and to place your order for Alta1stCLASS, please visit www.alta1stclass.com.

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ABS Laura Gordon has joined the ABS Global, Inc. team as an ABS Cornerstone® specialist for California.

A graduate of Ohio State University, Gordon majored in animal science and agricultural systems management and has strong work experience in dairy calf management, farm marketing and advertising.

Laura Gordon As an ABS cornerstone specialist, Gordon will be responsible for assisting in the development of new herds, as well as working with staff to evaluate and maintain data in herds already participating in the ABS Cornerstone program. She will be responsible for on-farm evaluating, coordinating and picturing of ABS-sired progeny, as well as arranging and conducting ABS daughter and herd tours. Gordon will be based in California and will work with herds throughout that state.

“We are extremely fortunate to have a person with Laura’s hands-on dairy experience and agriculture industry background,” stated Josey Morris, ABS progeny promotions supervisor. “We look forward to Laura’s expertise in this role, as well her ability to serve our customers and develop new ABS Cornerstone herds. She is an outstanding addition to the cornerstone team.”

Headquartered in DeForest, Wisconsin, ABS Global is the world‐leading provider of bovine genetics, reproduction services, technologies and uddercare products. Marketing in more than 80 countries around the globe, ABS has been at the forefront of animal genetics and technology since its founding in 1941. ABS Global is a division of Genus plc.

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Dam: Rose Super Shot VG86 – One of the greatest Superstition daughters in the world

The countdown has begun to the launch of semen from Cogent Breeding Limited’s world-leading Holstein bull, Cogent Supershot.

Cogent Supershot is the first bull to be marketed over $1,000 NM (the most important American index for the profit-minded farmer) but also is a world-leader in several other global indexes.

Interest in this young bull has been phenomenal across the globe, resulting in a release strategy designed to give everyone in the world an equal chance of acquiring some of Supershot’s first semen to make the next generation of Superstars. “Since announcing the purchase of Supershot last autumn we have been overwhelmed with enquiries for semen,” says Owain Harries, Cogent Breeding’s Genetic Procurement Manager.

The price per straw clearly reflects the superiority of this global leader within the marketplace and the record level of interest, with a purchase price to the farmer of US $1,200 (€865, £725, $1300 CDN).

A maximum of 1,000 doses of semen will be available for delivery from 28th April 2014. No further semen will be distributed until 1st August 2014. The first 1,000 doses will be individually numbered from 1-1,000 and will be available worldwide at the same time giving every breeder equal opportunities to create early matings.

“The industry has never seen a bull perform so consistently across global indexes at this extremely high level,” comments Mr Harries. “Supershot boasts a highly impressive GTPI of 2563, 3528 GLPI in Canada, 3413 PFT in Italy, 162 RZG in Germany, not forgetting his PLI of £281 here in the UK.”

On every base, Supershot demonstrates consistent key strengths, milk, health and fitness traits combined with highly desirable conformation. December figures on the US base show an impressive +2,366 lbs of milk, with +174 lbs combined fat and protein and +7.4 for productive life. Sired by the former No.1 GTPI sire, Seagull-Bay Supersire, and from the No.1 Superstition daughter in Europe, Supershot’s impressive credentials come as no surprise. With his dam, Rose Super Shot, now in first lactation and already classified VG 86, confidence in his figures has never been stronger.

With the advent of genomic testing, breeders have demonstrated an increasing need to access high ranking bulls at an early age and the opportunity that Supershot brings is unique in his offering.

To purchase Supershot semen, please contact Cogent Breeding Ltd or your local Cogent distributor. http://www.cogentinternational.co.uk/contact/

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ABS Global, Inc. welcomes Paul Lloyd as Division Manager for the Western United States.

Paul joins an exceptionally strong ABS management team. In his role, Paul will be responsible for leading and developing the sales of dairy semen, as well as other ABS products through the effective management of the company’s sales and service teams. He will develop and lead the implementation of the sales and business strategy to optimize profitability and market segmentation in the Western United States.

With a wealth of experience in the agriculture sector, Paul was with ag giant, Dow AgriSciences, and before that with Bayer CropScience and Glanbia Foods. “We are excited to have Paul Lloyd join our team,” said Richard Williams, ABS General Manager. “His experience leading a multi-channel sales team, as well as his deep understanding of market segmentation and herd management will be of great value to our business.”

Headquartered in DeForest, Wisconsin, ABS Global is the world‐leading provider of bovine genetics, reproduction services, technologies and uddercare products. Marketing in more than 80 countries around the globe, ABS has been at the forefront of animal genetics and technology since its founding in 1941. ABS Global is a division of Genus plc.

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Laura Gordon has joined the ABS Global, Inc. team as an ABS Cornerstone® specialist for California.

A graduate of Ohio State University, Gordon majored in animal science and agricultural systems management and has strong work experience in dairy calf management, farm marketing and advertising.

As an ABS cornerstone specialist, Gordon will be responsible for assisting in the development of new herds, as well as working with staff to evaluate and maintain data in herds already participating in the ABS Cornerstone program.  She will be responsible for on-farm evaluating, coordinating and picturing of ABS-sired progeny, as well as arranging and conducting ABS daughter and herd tours.  Gordon will be based in California and will work with herds throughout that state.

“We are extremely fortunate to have a person with Laura’s hands-on dairy experience and agriculture industry background,” stated Josey Morris, ABS progeny promotions supervisor.   “We look forward to Laura’s expertise in this role, as well her ability to serve our customers and develop new ABS Cornerstone herds.  She is an outstanding addition to the cornerstone team.”

Headquartered in DeForest, Wisconsin, ABS Global is the world‐leading provider of bovine genetics, reproduction services, technologies and uddercare products.  Marketing in more than 80 countries around the globe, ABS has been at the forefront of animal genetics and technology since its founding in 1941. ABS Global is a division of Genus plc.

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CRV USA and Taurus Service are excited to partner to provide grazing producers with a wide portfolio of genetics proven successful in grazing systems around the world. Taurus Service will serve as a distributor for the CRV Ambreed product.

“We have a tremendous amount of respect for the Taurus Service network,” states Brett Haines, Managing Director. “This partnership allows us to offer our grass-based solutions to a broader group of producers and help them achieve their breeding goals.”

Taurus Service Inc. has been providing “Profitable Genetics”™ to dairymen since 1971 and established a grazer market importing semen from New Zealand since 2001. Dick Witter, President and CEO of Taurus, says “adding CRV Ambreed New Zealand Genetics to the market through Taurus reps, dealers, and technicians offers dairy farmers utilizing pasture and forage as primary feed sources a great line-up of CRV sires that excel on the TGraze index, plus a selection group of bulls from New Zealand that will better maintain size and feed conversion efficiently.”

For more information on the CRV Ambreed product, contact your local CRV or Taurus Service representative.

To learn more about CRV, its people, or products in your area, please visit www.crv4all.us or give us a call at 1-855-CRV-COWS. Contact Taurus toll free at 1-800-836-5123 or email taurus@epix.net.

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

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There is no question that when it comes to maximizing your revenue you need cows that milk hard, have strong components and are built to last through multiple lactations.  That is exactly what BRU-DALE ZIMMER daughters will do.

ZIMMER is the all-around EPIC son from the highest gTPI Browser daughter in the world. ZIMMER traces back to the legendary brood cow Windsor-Manor Rud Zip EX-95-USA.  The Zip family has been high sought-after.  Not only do the female offspring garner interest but also the males.  As the Zip family has proven to deliver the same tremendous qualities of long-lived high production cattle generation after generation through both the female and male sides of the pedigree.

Look for ZIMMER to sire daughters that are strong lifetime production with solid components and outstanding durability.  A significant mammary improver, ZIMMER daughters will poses shallow udders that are extremely well attached. Also expect ZIMMER daughters have high fertility and easy calvings.

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Since its inception in the late ‘90’s Google has become the answer to most everyone’s questions.  For search, news, shopping and maps Google has become the all-around answer to your internet problems.  Just like the internet mogul, JOLICAP GOOGLE has become the answer to your breeding problems.  With strong rankings for production, type, health, and fertility, GOOGLE is the complete package.

This hot sire from the TAG Holstein program, GOOGLE (Sherac x Baxter) is from the world renowned “White Cow” Emily.  Making GOOGLE the maternal brother to such popular sires as Epic and Highway.  Just like his brothers, GOOGLE excels on delivering genomic values higher than their parent averages.   This  cow  family  has  shown  that  it  is  able  to  do  many  things right in a great ‘Lead Mae way’.   They are super uddered cows with exceptional feet and legs.  €They have the ability to produce large amounts of milk and have enough strength to do this easily.

GOOGLE offers unique combination of GTPI+2300 +1506M +76F +42P +2.3DPR and 5.6% Calving Ease.  GOOGLE really is that consistent solid sire that delivers repeatedly.  His strong numbers in all the key profitability traits make him the best answer when looking to solve your breeding questions.  It’s GOOGLE Time!

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The End of the Daughter Proven Sire Era

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

For almost sixty years dairy cattle breeders have relied on daughter proven sires to drive the industry forward. There was a time when over 70% of the genetic advancement depended on knowing which sires left the best daughters and using them extensively. However that era is fast coming to a close. The Bullvine sees changes in the not too distant future for both breeders and breeding companies, all of whom have built their business and breeding models around the daughter proven sire.

A Quick Look at History

Before the 1950’s unproven sires were the norm. Yes some of them may have had some limited daughter information but it was most often in a single herd and was actually just phenotypic observations (i.e. 12,500 lbs milk, 3.8%F, 5 VG & 10 GP daughters). A.I. was primarily a tool to get cows in calf without having to feed and handle a mature bull. Truth is that genetic progress, at that time, was only slightly above zero.  From the 1970’s onwards considerable progress was made, based on the use of proven sires. During that time breeders and breeding companies were more selective in which young sires were sampled, more herds were milk recorded and type classified, genetic evaluations used B.L.U.P. technologies (i.e. +1100 lbs milk, +0.25%F, PTAT +2.24) and high ranking total merit proven sires got extensive use.

New Technologies Will Turn the Tide

Now let’s deal with how new technologies will change the timing and accuracy of genetic decision making. Simply put ‘time waits for no one’ and ‘the future is in the hands of those that search out the new, decide and apply the best of the new”. That applies to all areas of dairy farming but just now let’s stick to the genetic component. Let’s focus on why daughter proven sires will become a thing of the past

Accurate and More Accurate

To date genomic genetic evaluation has resulted in a doubling of the accuracy of indexes for young animals. It will not stop there. With refined knowledge in the genome we can expect production indexes on young animals to go from 65-70% REL. to as high as 85-90%. in the next five years. As well with more on-farm data being captured and collected in Genetic Evaluation Centers we can expect the REL for productive life, type, health and fertility traits to approach 70-80%. Part of the increase in REL, from their current 50-65%, will come from more accurate field data and part from in-depth study of the genome. The end result will be that if total merit is known with 85% REL for young animals, then daughter proven bulls and older brood cows will not be used as the parents of the next generation. In short the pace of the trend of using younger and younger animals as the parents of the next generation will speed up even more.

Sexing Technology

Dairy cattle breeders are hearing that genomics is the biggest advancement in genetic improvement since the introduction of the proven sire.  Recent information on what’s ahead in sexing technology is on the brink of speeding up the rate of genetic gain. (Read more: Sexed Semen from Cool Technology to Smart Business Decision and SEXED SEMEN – At Your Service!) That does not even factor in epigenomics and nutrigenomics will hold out significant promise. (Read more: Forget Genomics – Epigenomics & Nutrigenomics are the Future) Proactive breeders will need to stay tuned to what’s ahead and be ready to adapt the breeding plans. (Read more: What’s the Plan?)

We know that young bulls do not produce large volumes of sperm per ejaculation as mature bulls do, so we’ll need to collect from extra young bulls but there will come a day when all young bull semen will be sexed. Having more young bulls being used will help to counteract inbreeding.

The changes could well go much further than that.  How much sexed semen will be needed in another fifteen years?  It could be that embryo and embryo transfer technology will advance to the stage that, once identified, the very top genetic ten to twelve month old heifers will have many oocytes collected and fertilized in vitro and then implanted into 99% of the females on a farm.

Of course exactly what will happen has yet to play out but we need to be prepared for major advances in the technologies relative to both genetics and reproduction. Regardless the use of daughter proven sires will be a thing of the past.

Maximum of 50,000 Doses Only

In the past superior proven bulls have remained active and in use well past ten years of age. They have produced, on average, 130,000 – 140,000 doses per year. In some cases they have sold more than one million doses of semen in their lifetime. Although profitable for their owners this extensive use has contributed to inbreeding and narrowing of the genetic base. The question that has always been asked ‘what do we do about too much Blackstar, Valiant or more recently Oman and Planet?’. We will not need to have that concern in the future as genetic progress will be so quick that the maximum a sire will get used in his lifetime is 50,000 doses. That does however change the value that any one sire will have. The industry savings on feed and maintenance costs beyond collecting 50,000, likely sexed, doses is significant considering the thousands of bulls that have been annually sampled around the world in the past.

It could be that 50,000 is far too high a number of doses. Take the case of Kulp-Dale Golden PP Red.  (Read more: $10,000 a dose Polled Semen and The 24 Polled Bulls Every Breeder Should Be Using To Accelerate the Genetic Gain in Their Herd) Five doses and $50,000 may be the numbers that will be attached to his contribution to changing the Holstein breed from horned to polled. Another factor to think about is that high genomically evaluated young sires are often used exclusively by breeding companies before general release and, when released, are priced at $200 to $1000 per dose. However after a few months their semen price is dropped to the $40 – $60 range. By the time they have been on the market for a year they are often down to less than $20. Why? Because their time of demand has passed. If the sire is no longer a list topper for at least one important trait he is history.

Alternatives Exist

A couple of months ago The Bullvine wrote about using all natural sires in a herd. (Read more: Natural Breeding – Could It Work For You?) These sires can quite easily have high genomic indexes. Think about it. A breeder focused on producing milk saving on labor to heat detect and inseminate his cows and heifers. Perhaps 10% of a herd’s labor cost could be saved. With robotic technology advancing quickly it could well be that the safety factor for workers by having yearling and two year old bulls around the farm may be minimized as there will be fewer workers to be exposed to the bulls. Definitely the need for daughter proven A.I. sires would be zero.

Are We Ready?

The pace of change is fast and will become faster. In a few years it could be that the only need for daughter proven sire information will be to check the accuracy of genomic indexes or to develop the formulae for indexing for new traits that breeders wish to include in their breeding programs. It could well be that breeders are more ready for the future than are some breeding co-ops and companies that have built their business model on having the vast majority of their revenue coming from daughter proven bulls. Having said that, progressive breeding companies are taking steps to control their costs and to specialize their product lines, including owning high ranking females. Daughter proven bulls will not be the focal point for those companies.

The Bullvine Bottom Line

Having moved to daughter proven sires for accuracy and selection intensity reasons, we can now expect to see a move away from those sires for the reasons of speed of turning of generations and of having very accurate knowledge at the gene level. Anyone doubting these changes needs only to look at male selection in the plant, fish, poultry and pig industries. The downside for bull breeders is that their bulls will have less value. The upside for all other breeders is that they can continue to make rapid progress in breeding profitable healthy cows. Daughter proven sires were a major force in getting us to where we are but they will now be replaced by more advanced technology.

 

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cowsmoweb_cogent2014-300x99[1]The Board of Cogent Breeding Limited (Cogent) has announced a number of senior level changes effective from 1 March 2014.

Following a major strategic review, Andrew Turner, most recently President and CEO, India, Middle East and Africa Region at DeLaval , the leader in milk extraction and farm management for the dairy industry, will join as CEO. Mark Evington, MD of Cogent, who led the review, will continue as MD for the UK, supporting Andrew and the Board as a key member of the senior management team.

John Alvis has decided to step down as Chairman but has agreed to continue on the Board. John’s experience in the agricultural, dairy and food sectors is invaluable. Ian Hamilton, who joined the Board in early 2013, will succeed him as non-executive Chairman and, with Andrew, will lead the next phase of Cogent’s evolution.

Speaking about the changes, Graham Ramsbottom, CEO of Cogent’s parent company Wheatsheaf Group, said, “These changes herald an exciting new phase in Cogent’s development as a business and as part of Wheatsheaf. We welcome Andrew and Ian to their new roles and thank John and especially Mark for their very significant contributions and continuing commitment to Cogent.”

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Accelerated GeneticsAccelerated Genetics is excited to host its annual Leadership Conference March 21-23, 2014. This event is designed for farm owners, herdspeople or employees seeking to acquire some leadership skills, and learn how to look at life with a new perspective.

This year’s conference titled “Surviving the Jungle: A lesson in Leadership,” is specifically tailored for emerging agricultural leaders who are positioned to lead the farm business and agricultural industry in the future.

Speakers Jolene Brown, Stan Erwine, and Jolene Griffin, Nate Janssen and Eliz Greene will be featured at the conference, along with educational and fun sessions created to help producers manage and lead their family, farm and cooperative in the future.

Accelerated Genetics conference attendees

The conference offers an opportunity to sit back, spend time with others and enjoy time away from the home and farm business. Any dairy or beef farm owners, herdspeople or employees are eligible for this conference, and the event is designed for persons who have not previously attended. Accelerated Genetics believes the producer holds the key to the future and will be the agricultural leader of tomorrow.

This year’s event will be held at the Three Bears Lodge in Warrens, Wis. To register for the Leadership Conference call 1-800-451-9275 or email ProducerProgram@accelgen.com. The registration deadline is March 10, 2014.

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

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accelerated-genetics-logo-300x121[1]Accelerated Genetics is excited to host its annual Leadership Conference March 21-23, 2014. This event is designed for farm owners, herdspeople or employees seeking to acquire some leadership skills, and learn how to look at life with a new perspective.

This year’s conference titled “Surviving the Jungle: A lesson in Leadership,” is specifically tailored for emerging agricultural leaders who are positioned to lead the farm business and agricultural industry in the future.

Speakers Jolene Brown, Stan Erwine, and Jolene Griffin, Nate Janssen and Eliz Greene will be featured at the conference, along with educational and fun sessions created to help producers manage and lead their family, farm and cooperative in the future.

The conference offers an opportunity to sit back, spend time with others and enjoy time away from the home and farm business.

Any dairy or beef farm owners, herdspeople or employees are eligible for this conference, and the event is designed for persons who have not previously attended. Accelerated Genetics believes the producer holds the key to the future and will be the agricultural leader of tomorrow.

This year’s event will be held at the Three Bears Lodge in Warrens, Wis. To register for the Leadership Conference call 1-800-451-9275 or email ProducerProgram@accelgen.com. The registration deadline is March 10, 2014.

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.

Conference flyer available at www.accelgen.com

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Chart Topping GTPI Sire Available Soon

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

With great anticipation, Select Sires is pleased to announce the release of 7HO12198 Morningview Mcc KINGBOY-ET (+2598 GTPISM) on March 1. A fancy son of 7HO11477 De-Su Bkm MCCUTCHEN 1174-ET (VG-88), he combines outstanding merit values (+$839 Net Merit, +$878 Cheese Merit, +$806 Fluid Merit) with outstanding production (+1,988 Milk) and exceptional Type (+4.05). KINGBOY is a HealthMark™ sire, with excellent Productive Life (PL) (+5.9) and Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR) (+1.4) and low Somatic Cell Score (SCS) (2.73).

KINGBOY’s dam is a Very Good (85) Super out of Morningview Shtle Madilyn (EX-94-2E-EX-MS-GMD-DOM). His third dam is Morningview Chmpn Martha-ET (EX-92-2E-EX-MS-GMD). His direct maternal line includes 12 generations of Excellent and Very Good dams including the sixth dam, Whittier-Farms Lead Mae-ET (EX-95-3E-EX-MS-GMD-DOM).

KINGBOY semen will be available from your Select Sires representative for a retail price in the U.S. of $200. KINGBOY semen is available for export to Canada and Mexico.

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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CRVInternational herd improvement organization CRV has acquired 100% of the shares in the breeding advisory company Avoncroft Genetics. CRV Avoncroft – the new name of the company – will focus on the upcoming markets for grazing genetics and high milk solids in the United Kingdom.

CRV Avoncroft specializes in offering top quality genetics and advisory services to farmers aiming for efficient herd production with high milk solids and also to farmers who run their herds under grazing conditions. The portfolio of CRV Avoncroft includes Holstein bulls from the European breeding program and both Holstein and Jersey grazing genetics from the CRV breeding program in New Zealand.

Strengthening market position
The ambition of CRV Avoncroft is to expand its position in the United Kingdom market.
Roald van Noort, CEO of CRV: “This acquisition is in line with CRV’s growth strategy in North Western Europe. With CRV Avoncroft we intend to supply British farmers with the precision genetics they need as the basis for their herd management”.

David Matthews, on behalf of the former shareholders of Avoncroft Genetics says: “Being a member of the CRV group provides a lot of opportunities to strengthen our position. At the same time we will continue the high service level our customers are used to and we will keep on offering a wide range of bulls that meet their herd conditions”. The new general manager of CRV Avoncroft will be Barry Ward.

As one of the world’s leading and most innovative companies in the field of herd improvement, CRV aims to add extra value to the British market. The strong team of CRV Avoncroft looks forward to a challenging future of strengthening the performance of United Kingdom herds.

To learn more about CRV, it’s people, or products in your area, please visit www.crv4all.us or give us a call at 855-CRV-COWS.

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

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Annual Photo Contest Announced by ABS

Friday, February 7th, 2014

ABSABS Global, Inc. announces the 2014 photo contest, open to all photographers. ABS is searching for outstanding photos to use in promotional materials, including but not limited to the yearly calendar, posters, brochures and company website.

Participants are asked to submit no more than five photos each, while a maximum of two photos per entrant will be published in the annual calendar. All photos must be submitted through an online entry form via the ABS Global, Inc. website by May 31, 2014. Photos should be a high resolution (at least 300 dpi or 3200 x 2400 pixels) JPEG image and 8”x10” or larger. The contest includes both vertical and horizontal photos.

Entries will be judged and some preference will be given to photos that include ABS-sired cattle and products. ABS promotional items will be awarded to the top entries, which will be announced by June 30, 2014.

Photographers will receive credit for any photo used in the ABS calendar. By submitting a digital photo for consideration in this contest, you are stating that you have secured the necessary permissions for all photo content and are authorizing ABS Global, Inc. to use the photo in any and all ABS Global, Inc. promotional materials or as ABS Global, Inc. deems appropriate. ABS Global, Inc. does not accept responsibility for photos that may be reproduced or used without these permissions.

To submit your entries, visit the online form at www.absglobal.com/2014-photo-contest. Questions? Feel free to contact ABS Global, Inc. at ABS.Marketing@genusplc.com .

Headquartered in DeForest, Wisconsin, ABS Global is the world-leading provider of bovine genetics, reproduction services, technologies and uddercare products. Marketing in more than 80 countries around the globe, ABS has been at the forefront of animal genetics and technology since its founding in 1941. ABS Global is a division of Genus plc.

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Genex Cooperative, Inc. has announced the winners of the 2013 employee mission awards and the recipient of the Kevin Boyle Leadership Award.

Mission award winners Joel Delzer of Shawano, Wis., Marcos Castillo of Roswell, N.M., and the Fab Five service team from western New York – consisting of Doug Comstock, York, N.Y.; Chris Lowe, Pavilion, N.Y.; David Rice, Le Roy, N.Y.; Rolland Sears, Perry, N.Y.; and Howard Klein, Retsof, N.Y. – excel in meeting the cooperative’s mission of providing products and services as effectively as possible to maximize the profitability of members and customers. Bill Casey of River Falls, Wis., earned the Kevin Boyle Leadership Award in recognition of his commitment to improving farm reproduction and genetics, willingness to help others, ability to provide producers with superior support services, excellent communication skills and positive attitude.

Delzer has developed his service and leadership skills through 13 years at Genex. He first worked as an intern, became a Breeding Program Specialist providing cattle reproductive service, worked as a sales representative and served in the cooperative’s employee training department before accepting the position of Area Marketing Manager. Today, Delzer dedicates his time to developing the 30 employees who serve Genex members and customers throughout northeast Wisconsin and the majority of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Castillo joined Genex full time in May 2012 and in the short time since has demonstrated a high level of commitment to the cooperative and local producers. He works as a Territory Sales Manager operating a sales route that covers a large portion of New Mexico – including the Albuquerque, Roswell and Las Cruces areas – as well as a portion of the Texas Panhandle.

The Fab Five team has a strong dedication to the Genex members they serve in western New York between the cities of Avon, Nunda, Pike and Pavilion. Demonstrating their effectiveness and commitment, herds outside their primary service area have requested their professional service too. In total, the team provided cattle reproductive service to 80 herds during 2013 with outstanding results; together they averaged a 25.3 percent pregnancy rate.

Casey has dedicated more than 30 years to providing cattle genetics, reproductive service and herd management supplies to Genex members and customers. Currently, and for most of his career, Bill has worked in western Wisconsin and a portion of eastern Minnesota. As Casey states, this role in the cattle industry is what he truly enjoys. “I enjoy the genetics part of the business, to see the herd improvements made through the selection of good genetics. The second part of what makes this job so great is the relationships formed with members and customers.”

The Kevin Boyle Leadership Award is presented to one Genex employee annually. The award was established in honor of Kevin Boyle, a former Genex Senior Reproduction Specialist who demonstrated vision, devotion and pride for the cooperative. Boyle passed away unexpectedly in February 2011 at the age of 47.

For more information on Genex representatives in your area, visit www.crinet.com or contact customer service at 888-333-1783.

Genex is a subsidiary of Cooperative Resources International (CRI), a member-owned holding cooperative. The 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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PLAIN CITY, Ohio, Feb. 3, 2014— Select Mating Service™ (SMS™) genetic consultants added more than 2 million new animals to the program in North America last year, the largest number of additions in Select Sires’ history. This included over 900,000 linear evaluations and 1.2 million pedigree matings. Select Sires’ team of genetic consultants has been helping dairy producers manage inbreeding and improve the quality of their herds through corrective matings since 1973.

“The inbreeding level for the Holstein breed increased more in one year (2012 to 2013) than any one year since 1997,” explains Lon Peters, vice president of dairy sire product services. “Genetics is a large component of a herd’s profitability and managing the genetic thief called inbreeding is as important as ever. Accurate parentage identification is critical to managing inbreeding and genetic defects. With the growth in the number of haplotypes that impact fertility, and the inbreeding problem, management of these genetic issues will continue to be more and more of a concern.”

Professional genetic consultants use research, computerized analysis, cow knowledge, experience and good relationships with dairy producers to make the correct selection of sires to meet breeding goals, one corrective mating at a time. With a watchful eye on industry trends and customer-owners’ needs, Select Sires continues to adapt SMS to fit with the improved genetic research and changing industry.

To learn more about SMS, contact your local Select Sires representative or visit the Select Sires website www.selectsires.com today.

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 logoOver 70 Semex Genetic Consultants gathered near Chicago, Illinois last week for Semex’s National Sales Conference. Employees from each region were on hand for the three-day event, receiving advanced training on Semex’s newest technology, SemexWorks™, designed to change the way Semex clients do business.

“We are extremely excited to have launched SemexWorks nationwide last week,” says Paul Krueger, Semex Director, Sales and Business Development, USA. “Now, Semex clients everywhere have access to yet another exclusive and innovative tool designed to increase profitability and drive efficiency. SemexWorks is an easy, step-by-step digital process that will not only help define breeding strategies with customized economics,
but it’s flexible and will fit anyone’s goals. That’s Genetics for Life™!”

All participants received in-depth training, expanding their ability to be one of the most valuable members on any dairy’s team. Specific SemexWorks training included sessions on designing customized economics and genetic plans, return on investment and real-life scenarios in order to ensure the Semex Genetic Consultants are ready to assist dairymen in designing their own customized breeding strategy.

“As the industry’s only fully integrated AI company, Semex is leading the way with another new technology,” says Krueger. “SemexWorks, along with our other programs and services including Semex ai24™, Immunity+™ and our genetic line-up, has helped to propel us to the forefront of the AI industry. We’ve experienced double-digit growth year over year, and we see this as a direct result of offering more and better programs, services and products to our clients. We’re extremely excited about the year ahead of us and the opportunity to partner 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 www.semex.com

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A son of the highly rated Holstein Bookem transmitting outstanding milk, fat and protein along with over three points for type has joined Cogent Breeding’s newly re-branded ExcelGen genomic sire line-up.

Cogent Diego is a young sire with exceptional breeding potential whose pedigree and genomic index have generated keen international interest.

Out of the French heifer, Daisy, which gave 12,100kg in her first (305 day) lactation, Diego’s index is a reflection of her exceptional production. On a UK base, his Predicted Transmitting Ability for milk weighs in at +938kg (1,841lbs in the USA) with 28kg fat and 27.9kg protein, while his BB genotype for kappa casein is a further attraction amongst those selling milk for cheese.

His type is equally impressive at PTAT +3.08 which reflects his outstanding transmission of udder conformation (+2.73), with exceptionally high, wide rear udders, and his great body traits of width, depth and dairy strength. Feet, legs and locomotion are also outstanding and he scores well for the all-important health and fitness traits, earning him a positive daughter Lifespan Index of +0.3. His Profitable Lifetime Index – a key breeding goal in the UK – is £214, earning him a place amongst the esteemed ‘200 club’.

Diego’s dam, Daisy, resides at GAEC De La Pommiere in south-eastern France and is one Europe’s highest GTPI Baxter daughters. Bred from the Naurine family, his fourth dam, Naurine EX90, was the number one index cow in France for seven consecutive index runs!

“We’re delighted to have Diego in our ExcelGen portfolio as consistently good breeding runs deep through his pedigree,” says Tom Peters, from Cogent’s international department. “His maternal sister by Man-O-Man, Feinte Pom VG87 (VG88 mammary) 2yr, is breeding high index sons and daughters in France and beyond, while a branch of the same cow family produced the popular French bull, Vaucluse.

Cogent Diego

Cogent Diego

Daisy (Baxter) – Diego dam – GAEC de la Pommiere FR4241304691

Daisy (Baxter) – Diego dam – GAEC de la Pommiere FR4241304691

“We’re already exporting Diego to major dairying nations around the world where his potential to produce high type as well as longevity and production have been widely recognised,” he says.
For more information on Diego, please visit www.cogentuk.com or contact Cogent export manager, Tom Peters on +44 1244 622 000 or export@cogentuk.com

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foundation criFoundation Genetics and Cooperative Resources International (CRI) have entered into a service agreement to have Foundation Genetics house and provide semen collection services for a number of bulls owned by Genex Cooperative, Inc., a subsidiary of CRI.

“Marketing cattle genetics worldwide is an integral part of business for Genex and CRI. Transferring a set of dairy and beef sires to a Canadian custom collection facility is in concert with the Genex board’s strategic plan to mitigate potential risks associated with the international marketplace,” states Peter Giacomini, CRI Vice President of Business Development. “In this instance, producing Genex genetics in Canada provides international marketing opportunities should U.S. semen exports be interrupted.”

Giacomini goes on to say, “Foundation Genetics is qualified to ship semen worldwide, possesses a state of the art facility and upholds industry-leading standards for bull care, collection, semen quality and handling.”

Douglas Dann, Foundation Genetics Manager, and the company owners state, “Foundation Genetics is pleased to be working with a global A.I. organization such as CRI and facilitating their first major step in non-U.S. production at our Listowel, Ontario facility.”

CRI and Foundation Genetics will continue to operate independent of one another in their genetic and marketing programs; this agreement does not include joint distribution or sales.

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CRI to purchase MofA

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Cooperative Resources International (CRI) and MofA, formerly known as Minitube of America, have announced plans to align.

“We have signed a letter of intent to purchase the primary assets of MofA from owners Ludwig and Becky Simmet,” said Peter Giacomini, CRI Vice President of Business Development. “Through this acquisition, CRI will expand its operations with the addition of another U.S.-based leader in animal reproduction. MofA will become CRI’s third subsidiary, alongside AgSource Cooperative Services and Genex Cooperative, Inc.”

MofA is among the world’s leaders in the development, manufacturing and marketing of artificial insemination and embryo transfer breeding supplies and associated products for the porcine, bovine, equine and canine industries. Headquartered in Verona, Wis., MofA also maintains facilities in Mexico and Canada and markets products in several countries around the globe.

“In addition, MofA has an established research and development program, which brings yet another exciting core business to CRI,” explained Giacomini.

Through the International Center for Biotechnology, located in Mt. Horeb, Wis., MofA conducts cutting-edge science that spans across several animal species, specifically focused on advanced reproductive technologies, molecular and cell biology, and DNA and genomics research.

“For nearly 30 years, MofA has demonstrated innovation, quality and dependability while assisting customers around the globe in achieving success by supporting their use of advanced assisted reproduction technologies,” explained Ludwig Simmet. “We look forward to continuing these endeavors as part of CRI.”

Simmet will become Chief Operating Officer of the new CRI subsidiary.

“This acquisition, planned to be completed in the next several weeks, will be the largest single step CRI has taken to further increase our influence in production agriculture. The core business of MofA complements CRI’s existing agricultural focus but also creates new business relationships with the porcine industry as well as those specialized in reproduction in other species,” said Doug Wilson, CRI CEO.

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

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#1 PLI Bull in UK, Guarini, Dies

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

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Guarini, the number one PLI bull in the UK, passed away surprisingly on January 21st 2014.

Guarini held the top spot in the PLI rankings on 3 occasions, December 2012, August 2013 and as recently as December 2013. Guarini has shown improvement in his PLI in every proof run since entering the UK market in December 2011 and his popularity has also increased. Stock for this bull is in high demand internationally as his success is not just seen in the UK figures. Guarini is also the No.1 bull in his home country Germany and has shown the same consistency.

His strength in figures is not only seen in the PLI score, he has also maintained an average score of + 2.3 on his UK Type Merit. He also offers strong health traits, with a Lifespan of +0.5, Daughter Fertility of +4 and Cell Count improvement of -29%.   This adds to his popularity, offering an all round package.

“We were very surprised and disappointed by the news that Guarini had passed away; he has been a very popular bull with many UK Dairy Farmers”, says Nick Kirby, managing director of Bullsemen.com

There is very limited stock available, we are trying to endeavour to fulfil all existing orders to ensure all customers can benefit in the last remaining stock of this top class bull.  Customers requiring more information please call freephone 0808 202 3230.

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