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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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624HO01141 – GUARINI-ET

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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Already well known as one of the top RED/*RC  for type in the world, Bunner Mr Top*RC, is now showing that his daughters can compete in black and white as well.

At the extraordinary 2014 Swiss Expo,  La Weabrea Mr Top Lindiana took top spot in a highly competitive class of over 20 animals.  Her extreme balance, openness of rib and overall length propelled her to top spot.

Since his release as a dominant sire for type in the RED/*RC population, Mr TOP*RC has left a mark with satisfied breeders enjoying daughters from TAG’s type specialist.  With 139 daughters scored into the Canadian system, 82% of them obtained a GP mark or better.  His Fertility rating makes him even that much more attractive.  Mr TOP RC was bred by the Brunner from Ste-Monique,QC.

Mr Top*RC – Does It in Color and Black and White

Already well known as one of the top RED/*RC  for type in the world, Bunner Mr Top*RC, is now showing that his daughters can compete in black and white as well.

At the extraordinary 2014 Swiss Expo,  La Weabrea Mr Top Lindiana took top spot in a highly competitive class of over 20 animals.  Her extreme balance, openness of rib and overall length propelled her to top spot.

Since his release as a dominant sire for type in the RED/*RC population, Mr TOP*RC has left a mark with satisfied breeders enjoying daughters from TAG’s type specialist.  With 139 daughters scored into the Canadian system, 82% of them obtained a GP mark or better.  His Fertility rating makes him even that much more attractive.  Mr TOP RC was bred by the Brunner from Ste-Monique,QC.

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CRVCRV ended the 2012/13 financial year with a net result of EUR 1.0 million before distribution of members’ profits. This was achieved partly by taking specific steps to improve the efficiency of the company’s operations, enabling costs to be reduced. As a consequence of the positive results, CRV is set to distribute approximately EUR 0.5 million in member’s profits in the spring of 2014.

In 2012/13, CRV focused on the recovery of its financial results following the losses recorded in 2011/12. By making cost savings and expanding its activities in many countries, CRV saw its margins recover and was able to end the year on a positive note. CRV’s net result in the past financial year amounted to EUR 1 million before distribution of members’ profits: EUR 1.8 million higher than the corresponding figure for the previous financial year.

Year of recovery
Despite the recovery, the 2012/13 financial year was a difficult one. The steps taken to cut costs also had staffing repercussions. In addition, CRV had to contend with difficult market conditions in Brazil. A period of drought and an economic crisis had a serious negative impact on the Brazilian agricultural sector. CRV’s activities in the country shrank as a result but, thanks to extensive cost savings, it nevertheless managed to end the year there on a profit.

CRV did succeed in achieving growth in many other countries, enabling it to absorb the shrinkage on the Brazilian market. For example, sales and market shares rose in Western Europe, including the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, as well as in New Zealand and the United States. The combined effect of these trends resulted in a net turnover in excess of EUR 168 million, virtually on a par with the previous year’s figure.

Members’ profits
Thanks to the profitable end to its financial year, CRV is set to distribute 50 % of its net results as members’ profits this spring. This means that EUR 0.5 million will be returned to the members. In the current 2013/14 financial year, CRV is aiming for further recovery of both margins and growth. Farmers can expect a very strong offer of bulls, products and services to take their herd results to the next level.

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Woodward to Lead CRI Research Program

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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IPS Leads with #1 & #2 SCR Sires

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Accelerated Genetics would like to invite any producer-farm owners or herdspeople to the Winter Get Away event February 1-2, 2014.  The Winter Get-Away provides an opportunity to enjoy life, learn something new and stay warm inside with fellow producers. Couples, individuals, and families are encouraged to take advantage of this refreshing get-away to cure the winter blahs
While relaxing for the weekend, attendees will have the opportunity to go to sessions about a variety of topics including the agricultural industry, calf care, nutrition, social media, and reproduction. In addition to have the chance to enjoy movies, crafts and contests. (For full event details go to:  http://www.accelgen.com/news/article/english/9/454/accelerated-genetics-invites-producers-and-families-to-winter-get-away/ )

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

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

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

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

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Select Sires’ GABOR Dies

Monday, January 13th, 2014

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

A limited amount of GABOR semen is available.

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

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

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

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

For more information about these internships or to submit a resume for consideration, visithttp://www.selectsires.com/aboutus/summer_internship.html or send an email message totsmith@selectsires.com.

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

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CampogalloAactiveGaia2 Dam of Goodwhone

Goodwhone’s dam, Campogallo Gaia VG86 2yr

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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December Proof Highlights from St. Jacobs ABC

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Categories : A.I. Industry

Natural Breeding – Could It Work For You?

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

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

Here’s The Scenario

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

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

How to Hire a Working Bull

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

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

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

Cow Performance under Natural Breeding Scenario

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

Improvements obtained were in the magnitude of

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

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

The Beef Enterprise Revenue Stream

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

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

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

Other Specifics

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

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

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

The Bullvine Bottom Line

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

 

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