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Semex Releases First Cashcoin Son

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Semex is committed to delivering Genetics for Life to our clients. By genomic testing over 5400 bulls each year, we’re ensuring that only the very best call stud 200 home and are designated Genomax™ sires.

The Genomax lineup is among the most successful genomic lineups in the industry, graduating sires such the August 2014 #1 TPI and #1 MACE LPI sire 0200HO03753  Marbri Facebook. Facebook joined Semex Millionaire Sire 0200HO00402 Mainstream Manifold, 0200HO00528 Sildahl Jett Air and another new graduate 0200HO02690 Stantons Empress (Man-O-Man x Outside) in the top 25 GTPI sires in the world in August.

Joining this elite Genomax lineup on November 10, 2014 will be Semex’s first Cashcoin son, HealthSmart™ and Robot Ready™ sire 0200HO10195 View-Home Littlerock. Littlerock comes from a famous family, as his dam is the VG-86 Robust dam of Powerball P, followed by eight more VG and EX dams that have produced recognizable names including VG-87 DOM Peachy Shauna and Semex stable mate 0200HO02137 Pine-Tree Sid.

Littlerock is the breed’s #3 Cashcoin son, but offers the best combined NM$ and PTAT at 926 NM$ and +2.47 PTAT respectively. A profit-minded option, Littlerock has a +2487 GTPI, great +0.11 % Fat, +2.0 DPR, +6.4 PL and a 5.5% Calving Ease rating.

Littlerock is available beginning November 20 in the US. For more information on Semex, Genetics for Life, Genomax, HealthSmart, Robot Ready or any of Semex’s brands visit: www.semex.com

 

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More than 25 professional technicians, sales representatives, communications specialists, Select Mating Service™ (SMS™) evaluators, information services staff, administrative personnel and Select Reproductive Solutions™ (SRS™) specialists took part in Select Sires’ employee orientation held October 28 and 29 at the Select Sires headquarters in Plain City, Ohio. Employees from six member cooperatives and Select Sires Inc. were present for the two-day event where they received superior education to better serve Select Sires’ customer-owners. Following orientation, a majority of the attendees participated in an additional two days of extensive sales training.

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

The participants were presented with in-depth information about Select Sires’ programs including the Program for Genetic Advancement™ (PGA™), SRS, SMS, StrataGEN®, Aggressive Reproductive Solutions™ (ART™), CowManager® 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: All West/Select Sires—Maddie Nickel, Bainbridge Island, Wash., Alexis Gouge, Benton City, Wash., Giovanny Limon, Earlimart, Calif. and Austin Day, Turlock, Calif.; COBA/Select Sires Inc.—Brad Parker, Orwell, Ohio, Tom Mazzaro, Williamsfield, Ohio and Keith Kleman, Fort Jennings, Ohio; East Central/Select Sires—Dori Lichty, Beaver Dam, Wis. and Gene Hetebrueg, Allenton, Wis.; Minnesota Select Sires Co-op, Inc.—Shane Boettcher, Isanti, Minn., Jordan Pahl, Paynesville, Minn. and Tom Peterson, Sauk Centre, Minn.; NorthStar Cooperative—Derek Marcks, Black Creek, Wis., Skyler Buman, Seymour, Wis., Dean Dolph, Plymouth, Ind., Scott Schugel, Shawano, Wis. and Rebecca Bauer, Owen, Wis.; Select Sire Power Inc.—Trever Babcock, Shaftsbury, Vt., Jim Gagnon, Greene, N.Y., Jeff Benedict, Waynesboro, Pa., Dyllan Himmelberger, Lebanon, Pa., Jay Stoltzfus, Strasburg, Pa. and Matthew Cox, Richlands, N.C. and Select Sires Inc.—Leandro Cruppe, Columbus, Ohio, Aaron Lease, Bexley, Ohio and Jill Lokai, St. Paris, Ohio.

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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River Valley Farm Adds New Director of Sales

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

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River Valley Farm today announced the addition of Michael Hurst as the director of sales for the 7JE5000 series of sires co-marketed with Select Sires.

In this newly created position, Hurst will play a key role in the development of the River Valley Farm sales program to help meet the needs of customers and growing demand of 7JE5000 sires.

Hurst has nearly two decades of experience in the agricultural industry. He most recently was a regional sales manager for Semex USA. In that role, Hurst managed a team of sales specialist and helped develop the company’s Jersey Horizon’s program.

Hurst graduated in 1994 from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, with a Master of Science in Animal Breeding and Management and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.

In June 2014, River Valley Farm and Select Sires launched their 7JE5000 collaboration, giving Select Sires the largest Jersey sampling program in the world. The partnership comprises high-genomic young sires and several high-type sons from the show-winning cows of River Valley Farm. Bulls in the 7JE5000 program are available for purchase online at www.RiverValleyFarm.com.

About River Valley Farm

River Valley Farm is a 300-cow, family farm operated by Gregg and Cindy Sauder and their seven children. The farm is home to more than 125 of the breed’s highest genomic females,

two U.S. National Champions, three World Dairy Expo Champions, a Canadian National Champion and many All-American and All-Canadian nominees and winners. Through an aggressive on-farm IVF program, River Valley works to establish a unique herd of cows that deliver genetics to the global marketplace that producers can believe in. Visit www.RiverValleyFarm.com to learn more about River Valley Farm.

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As one of the dairy industry’s ‘must attend’ events each November, the 92nd Royal Agricultural Winter Fair will play host to hundreds of Semex’s international guests next week in Toronto, Ontario.

Semex plans to introduce and feature key products and services designed to increase dairy profitability and build lifelong partnerships with guests from Canada, the US and dozens of countries worldwide. Visitors can expect the ‘Royal’ treatment while with Semex including:

  • Immunity+™: A 2013 Dairy Herd Management Innovation Award Winner, Semex’s patented Immunity+ sires have a naturally high immune response and will improve the health of the next generation
  • SemexWorks™: Visitors are invited to use Semex’s interactive tablets to define their own genetic strategy
  • Semex Dairy Celebration: Thursday, November 13 from 3-5:00 pm gather at the Semex display for dairy refreshments as Semex salutes the world’s hard-working dairymen!
  • Semex Daughter Display: A highlight of the fair, Semex is highlighting daughters by some of the industry’s most in-demand proven sires, offering the genetics that result in healthier, more profitable and longer-lasting herds:
    • 0200HO05929 GEN-I-BEQ BRAWLER: HealthSmart™ & Robot Ready™
    • 0200HO06156 LARCREST CONTRAST: Repromax™ & Robot Ready
    • 0200HO03753 MARBRI FACEBOOK: Immunity+™, Repromax, HealthSmart & Calving Ease™
    • 0200HO00560 MONUMENT IMPRESSION: Immunity+, Repromax, HealthSmart & Robot Ready
    • 0200HO05575 GILLETTE JORDAN: HealthSmart & Calving Ease
    • 0200HO06267 GEN-I-BEQ LAVAMAN: Repromax, HealthSmart & Calving Ease
    • 0200HO02770 SULLY HART MERIDIAN: GenomaxPlus™, Repromax, HealthSmart & Calving Ease
    • 0200HO05549 REGANCREST REGINALD: Repromax & Show Time™
    • 0200HO05567 R-E-W SEAVER: Immunity+ & Show Time
    • 0200HO02644 MISTY SPRINGS SMOKIN: Repromax & Calving Ease
    • 0200HO02106 STANTONS STEADY: Calving Ease & Robot Ready
    • 0200HO02698 MISTY SPRINGS SUPERSONIC: Genomax™, Immunity+, HealthSmart, Repromax, Robot Ready
    • 0200HO07450 AMIGHETTI NUMERO UNO: Genomax, Immunity+ & HealthSmart

    Semex is a proud sponsor of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and invites attendees to visit the Semex booth and the daughter display located adjacent to the entrance to the cattle barns. For more information on any of the sires featured at the Royal Walk of Fame, Semex, Genetics for Life or any of Semex’s brands visit: www.semex.com

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OCEAN PP #1 HOMOZYGOUS POLLED BULL IN THE WORLD

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
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Dam: Hickorymea Manoman Opine-P VG-87

Accelerated Genetics is extremely excited to announce the release of 014HO07449 OCEAN PP-ET as a GeneFORCE® sire. He is a much anticipated bull that will be used as a sire of sons as he comes in with +2253 GTPI®, making him the #1 Homozygous Polled sire available in the world!

OCEAN PP comes from the popular Hickorymea Man-O-Man Opine-P cow family, but stands in Germany as he was purchased as an embryo. He is a Parker-P x  Man-O-Man x  Shottle and has no direct relationship to Lawn Boy! Parker-P is a Garrett x Goldwyn x Paradox-RED that comes from the Hickorymea Goldwyn Oought-P PO family.

Not only does this Homozygous Polled bull have elite GTPI, he also comes in at just under 3.00 PTAT and is over +2.00 point on both Udder and Foot and Leg Composites. Coming in at 6.3% on Calving Ease makes OCEAN PP ideal for use in the heifer pens. He also has great production with over +1000 pounds of Milk and plus on components with +124 pounds of Combined Fat and Protein.

“Interest in Polled dairy cattle has never been greater with customers asking for this gene all over the world,” states Amy VanderMark, Accelerated Genetics vice president domestic sales. “With Ocean PP you can ‘accelerate’ your herd to Polled genetics and still have the genetic merit gain you are looking for.”

OCEAN PP has just what you’ve been asking for and he is the highest-ranking Homozygous Polled bull in the breed that will produce polled calves EVERY TIME! That’s correct, he will make 100% Polled calves!

For more information about OCEAN PP contact your local Accelerated Genetics sales representative, call 1-800-451-9275 or go to: www.accelgen.com.

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

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New cattle breeding company Mastergen is slashing prices on four of its top Holstein sires throughout November and offering a £25 Marks & Spencer voucher for Christmas on all orders of at least 40 straws of dairy or 100 straws of beef semen.
The price cut has been made in recognition of the difficult economic conditions many farmers currently face, allowing them to refill their semen flasks with high quality genetics at a fraction of the usual cost.
Powerplay
The headline sire in the offer is the genomic leader, MG Inseme Powerplay. This bull weighs in with both the highest Profitable Lifetime Index (£PLI) at £643 and the highest Spring Calving Index (£SCI) at £430 of all sires available to UK farmers.
 
The number one £PLI and £SCI sire, Powerplay
A Guarini son out of a Cricket, this world-leading Holstein is available for one month only on a Buy One Get One Free basis. This means the average straw price for Powerplay is just £19.50 – far lower than any sire of comparable genetic merit.
Magicboy
Also in the November offer is the Canadian bred Delaberge Magicboy, a Man-O-Man son out of a Goldwyn, and backed by seven generations of VG/EX dams. With a genomic Type Merit of 2.24, 1.75 for Mammary and 2.45 for Feet and Legs, Magicboy is available as sexed semen only, for just £21 per straw.
Bowman
At the same price in the offer and also available only as sexed semen is the American bred, Sully Bowser Bowman. This Bowser son is out of the renowned brood cow and former index leader in both the USA and Canada (ranked on CTPI and CLPI), Sully Shottle May.
Backed by eight generations of VG/EX dams, Bowman scores 2.79 for Type Merit, 2.54 for Mammary and 1.47 for Feet and Legs.
Harcos
The final sire in the November offer is the proven Italian bull, Castelbosco P Harcos. A son of Planet out of a Shottle dam, Harcos scores a massive 3.18 Type Merit with 2.95 for Mammary and 2.59 for Feet and Legs.
A sire analyst’s recent daughter inspection report stated:
“Harcos is a sire with high production, good dairy strength and lovely bone quality with strong pasterns. He follows his linear pretty well, locomotion was good and temperament excellent. The udders are as tight and as good as you will find.”
Harcos is available during the offer period for just £15 per straw.
“We are delighted we have been able to negotiate further discounts with our suppliers to allow us to offer this November deal on some of our best sires,” says Mastergen MD, Alison Dunphy. “A founding principle of the company is that we will keep our overheads low and pass all the cost savings we can on to the customer, so we’re particularly pleased to be able to make this offer when many of our customers most need it.”
For more information on the offer bulls, which are only available at this price throughout November or while stocks last, please phone 01823 430317.

 

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Police are hunting a man who is targeting cattle breeders in a bid to gain tens of thousands of pounds through a mail order semen scam.

The Serious Fraud Office and the City of London police’s cheque fraud unit were notified after breeders across the UK reported the unusual behaviour of a buyer operating from an address in Liverpool. The fake buyer puts in an order then aims to extract thousands of pounds from the breeder before the cheque has cleared.

The British Charolais Cattle Society confirmed that several of its members had been targeted. The society’s chief executive, David Benson, has written to breeders advising them to be aware of fraudulent requests for semen and embryos and to contact the police if approached.

So far no breeders have parted with any money but one Charolais breeder, who asked not to be named, said he was targeted.

“The man contacted us via email and placed an order for £16,000 worth of semen,” the breeder said.

“He was believable and knew what he was talking about. He told us the quantities he required, adding that he had the right number of flasks and other equipment.”

But when the cheque arrived it was made out to a total of £36,000.

“We questioned the amount and he assured us it was a payment to secure future orders,” the breeder said.

“But I just thought, nobody would overpay by that much and contacted the police. They put me on to a fraud helpline who said ‘do not bank that cheque’.”

“They told me I would very quickly be under pressure to return the £20,000 overpayment before getting the original and agreed amount of £16,000,” the breeder said.

A police spokesman explained: “What this man is attempting to do is known to police as an ‘advance fee fraud’. The key warning sign is an overpayment.

“In such cases the fraudster will order the goods and ask for an invoice. When the payment arrives in the form of a cheque it is often thousands of pounds higher than the original invoice.”

The spokesman added that the fraudster would then, typically, keep in touch to find out whether the cheque had been banked.

“Once it enters the bank clearance system he will start to demand the overpayment back.

“Even when the unwitting seller goes ahead and transfers the excess into the fraudster’s account, the original purchase appears to be progressing normally,” he said.

It is only when the cheque bounces that the fraud becomes apparent.

“The seller has paid thousands in the form of the returned overpayment from his or her account for nothing in return,” the fraud office spokesman said.

Any attempts to recover the money from the fraudster are futile.

“The payment will have been paid into what we call a mule account, which is used to transfer the money on to another account abroad. The money is gone in a few hours. By the time the seller has been notified that the cheque has bounced, the money and the fraudster are long gone.”

Source: Farmers Weekly

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International Protein Sires releases Backdoor

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

International Protein Sires has just released a Holstein breed leader for type; 566HO1218 BACKDOOR at +4.13.  Ron Sersland, President and CEO of IPS stated, “We are excited to offer this outstanding genomic tested young sire from the highly respected Goldwyn family.  Not only does BACKDOOR have outstanding genomics, he is a striking individual.”  

Seldom will you find a bull with 566HO1218 BACKDOOR’s credentials stored in your semen tank or housed in your bull pen.  BACKDOOR rises above the most elite, regardless of qualifications.

In addition to his superior type, 566HO1218 BACKDOOR ranks supreme for udder composite at +3.52, foot and leg composite at +2.78, body composite at +3.50 and dairy composite at +2.83.  And his milk rating of +978, including high fat and protein test, qualifies BACKDOOR for Genetic Excellence with a +2277 GTPI score.

BACKDOOR surpasses all members of his prestigious cow family.  Sired by Doorman, BACKDOOR is from a Very Good-88 two-year-old daughter of Lauthority with an excellent udder.  His grandam is a Very-Good-88 daughter of Blitz with 39,096 pounds milk at 2-02.  BACKDOOR’s third dam, Braedale Second Cut, is Very-Good-86 and a full sister to the dam of Goldwyn.  Second Cut produced 41,846 pounds milk that yielded 4.9% fat and 3.1% protein as a junior two-year old.

566HO1218 BACKDOOR is currently available from IPS.  

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Attention college students, now is the time to apply for one of Accelerated Genetics’ 2015 summer internships. Accelerated Genetics has five types of internships available in the areas of Farm & Barn, Laboratory, Genetic Services, Marketing Communications, and Sales & Service.

Accelerated Genetics internships provide an excellent opportunity to work hands-on within the A.I. industry gaining experience to prepare for a future career. Applications for these internships are due November 15, 2014.

To apply for Accelerated Genetics’ internships, candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: hr@accelgen.com.For questions, please call 1-800-451-9275.

FARM AND BARN INTERN:

The Farm and Barn Intern will work directly with the bulls at the Production Facility located in Westby, Wis. This individual will be exposed to the feeding and caring of animals at an operation that houses over 700 bulls. Work will involve assisting with feeding and the nutrition program, health testing, picture taking and collection of the bulls. The intern will participate in a company-wide orientation program involving a review of all areas of Accelerated Genetics. Work will also include riding with various sales and service employees. Candidates should have animal handling experience and have an interest in animal production. Experience driving a tractor and other farm-related machinery is desired.

LABORATORY INTERN: The Laboratory Intern will be a team member in the semen processing laboratory at the Production Facility located in Westby, Wis. Work will include extender preparation and testing, semen analysis and quality control, computer entry of production and quality control data, and processing and freezing of bovine semen.

The intern will participate in a company-wide orientation program involving a review of all areas of Accelerated Genetics. Work will also include riding with various sales and service employees. Candidates should be detail orientated and able to follow specific instructions and standard operating procedures. Our goal for the intern is to expose them to a team-based environment and work in a scientific orientated laboratory.

GENETIC SERVICES INTERN: The Genetic Services Intern will assist with photography efforts of Accelerated Genetics’ dairy sires and offspring, which, includes locating, selecting, clipping, and preparing the animals. They will also assist in coordinating and hosting tours for international and domestic groups, as well as receive a broad-range of experience with all Accelerated Genetics’ services.

This internship is based out of the Administrative Headquarters in Baraboo, Wis., but does require an extensive amount of travel. The majority of the internship will be spent within Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois, but there may be the opportunity to travel into other portions of the U.S. A home base is negotiable.

A successful candidate should have a good understanding of the dairy industry, experience with dairy cattle, knowledge of dairy genetics, and the ability to judge and fit dairy cattle. Additionally, good communication and computer skills are important.

MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS INTERN: The Marketing Communications Intern is based out of the Administrative Headquarters in Baraboo, Wis. In this position, the intern will be responsible for a variety of projects within the area of public relations, written communications, print advertising, social media and web, as well as receive a broad-range of experience with all Accelerated Genetics’ programs and services.

The intern will be responsible for interviewing customers and writing feature articles and news releases, represent Accelerated Genetics at numerous functions throughout the summer, take photographs, design ads and flyers, assist with social media efforts and update the company website.

Besides having an understanding of the dairy and beef industries, a successful candidate should be proficient in both written and oral communications and have some experience with desktop publishing software. Training will be given in all areas.

SALES & SERVICE INTERN: As a Sales & Service Intern, individuals will develop skills in artificial insemination, learn about reproductive services, such as estrus synchronization programs, as well as receive a broad-range of experience in all sales division positions and Accelerated Genetics’ programs.

These interns will provide relief service for Reproductive Services Technicians, conduct market penetration studies and assist with retail sales routes. Other responsibilities will include assisting with progeny photography and representing Accelerated Genetics at various functions throughout the summer. These internships are located throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. A home base is negotiable.

A successful candidate should have an understanding of the dairy and/or beef industries. Experience with cattle is required. Interns will be trained in A.I. breeding and sales. Previous experience is advantageous, but not required.

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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Semen available for Archrival, Dozer

Friday, October 31st, 2014
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Eclipse Atwood’s Archrival-IMP

Representatives from bull studs Taurus-ST and Trans  World Genetics (TWG) jointly announced today that they are releasing for sale semen from two much anticipated elite young Holstein bulls.

Sexed and conventional semen are available from 198HO01000 Eclipse Atwood’s Archrival-IMP-ET, the top bull by type in the whole world, and 151HO00696 Mr Shot  Dozer  1492-ET, the son of Miss OCD Robst Delicious-ET-the number one GTPI Holstein cow in the world.

At 4.84 PTAT, Archrival is “the besttype sire in the world,”said David Kendall, Taurus-ST’s Director   of Genetic Advancement. “He is the numberone PTAT so nof  Atwood and the number one PTAT bull in the Adeen Family. This pedigree combined with his 5.63 rear udder height and  5.18 width should make hima breeder’s number one  choice  to produce great type and show cows.”

Dozer  boasts  2583 GTPI; +1961 pounds of milk, SCS +2.43, NM$1,010; CM$ 1,067; PR +1.7; PTAP% 0.02 percent; PTAF% 0.00 percent; UDC +2.55; and FLC+2.09

“Dozeris the latestoffering ina successful series of   Delicious sons. His pedigree and  genomics makes him   ideal for breeders who are looking to  produce the next generation of elite females,” said Louis Prange, International Sales  Manager for TWG.

Archrival’s semen is currently available to domestic  customers only through Taurus-ST(570-833-5123; 800-836-4123; info@Taurus-ST.com). Dozer’s semen is available domestically and internationally through Taurus-ST and TWG (920-921-6029;   800-525-2953;info@TWG-ST.com.  Taurus-ST and TWG  are both divisions of  Inguran LLC.

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+4.13 Type Bull from Goldwyn’s Family at IPS

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

IPS logoInternational Protein Sires has just released a Holstein breed leader for type; 566HO1218 BACKDOOR at +4.13. Ron Sersland, President and CEO of IPS stated, “We are excited to offer this outstanding genomic tested young sire from the highly respected Goldwyn family. Not only does BACKDOOR have outstanding genomics, he is a striking individual.”

Seldom will you find a bull with 566HO1218 BACKDOOR’s credentials stored in your semen tank or housed in your bull pen. BACKDOOR rises above the most elite, regardless of qualifications.

In addition to his superior type, 566HO1218 BACKDOOR ranks supreme for udder composite at +3.52, foot and leg composite at +2.78, body composite at +3.50 and dairy composite at +2.83. And his milk rating of +978, including high fat and protein test, qualifies BACKDOOR for Genetic Excellence with a +2277 GTPI score.

BACKDOOR surpasses all members of his prestigious cow family. Sired by Doorman, BACKDOOR is from a Very Good-88 two-year-old daughter of Lauthority with an excellent udder. His grandam is a Very-Good-88 daughter of Blitz with 39,096 pounds milk at 2-02. BACKDOOR’s third dam, Braedale Second Cut, is Very-Good-86 and a full sister to the dam of Goldwyn. Second Cut produced 41,846 pounds milk that yielded 4.9% fat and 3.1% protein as a junior two-year old.

566HO1218 BACKDOOR is currently available from IPS. The supreme Holstein lineup is marketed through a growing worldwide network of independent distributors and company representatives. Located in Rock Springs, Wisconsin, 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 Inc. has announced plans to offer two summer internships at its headquarters facility in Plain City, Ohio, during the summer of 2015. Positions are available within the sales and marketing and communications departments, with applications due by January 1, 2015.

“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 or video photography.

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

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

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A U.S. District Judge ruled in favor of four A.I. technicians who left Genex Cooperative, Inc., but inseminated cows on the same farms for CRV USA the very next day.

Genex sued the A.I. technicians after losing business, asking the court to uphold documents and rights they felt should be enforced:

  • Three of the defendants had signed non-compete agreements
  • Two of the defendants had non-solicitation convenants
  • Genex charged all defendants with “tortious interference of contractual obligations.”

But the A.I. technicians counterclaimed that Genex had violated state wage laws during their employment with the company.

According to court documents, Genex changed compensation and commission rates dealing with sales and service in 2011, and the technicians in the four A.I. technicians from Sunnyside, Wash., area disliked the new system. In counter to the Genex claims, the technicians said that they did not have enough, or any, days off, while their workload increased when other members of their breeding program specialist team left for other A.I. firms, nor sufficient meal and/or rest breaks.

On December 12, 2012, the four A.I. technicians signed identical letters of resignation and sent them to Genex. They were hired by CRV to begin work the next day, completely eliminating Genex’ presence in the area.

The judge refused to enforce any of the non-compete agreements and non-solicitation covenants due to either illegal terms in the agreements, as methods to eliminate competition, and/or “to strong-arm its employees to accept ever-dwindling wages and restrict their freedom to work.”

The judge also ruled that most of the defendants’ counter-claims will be allowed to continue.

A representative for CRV USA declined to comment. A  Thursday request for comment to Genex Cooperative, Inc., has not been returned.

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At the recent 68th National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) Annual Convention held on September 24-25, 2014 in Green Bay, Wis., three Select Sires individuals were honored: Randy Kortus, Select Sires Inc. and All West/Select Sires board member, earned the Member Director Award; Roy Wallace, former vice president of beef programs, received the Pioneer Award and Dr. Don Monke, vice president of production operations, was awarded the Distinguished Service Award.

Select Sires logoKortus has served for more than 25 years as a member of the All West/Select Sires board of directors and in 1994 was elected to the Select Sires Inc. board of directors. From 2007 to 2010 he served as chairman of the board of directors for Select Sires and as a World Wide Sires board member. As chairman, he led the strategic planning process that culminated in the construction of three new production barns, the development of Aggressive Reproductive Technologies™ (ART™) and other projects. He has been a member of the Holstein and Jersey Sire Committees at Select Sires and an active participant in Holstein Association USA, American Jersey Cattle Association and National Dairy Shrine. Kortus has traveled to 27 countries representing USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service and U.S. Livestock Genetics Export Inc., Holstein Association USA, World Wide Sires and Select Sires where he has developed workshops for judging, fitting and showing and judged all breeds of dairy cattle. Kortus and his wife, Jana, and their family, operate Mainstream Holsteins and Jerseys in Lynden, Wash. The Jersey herd has consistently ranked as the top herd in the nation for Milk, Fat and Protein production while the Holstein herd has received the Herd of Excellence Award and Progressive Genetics Award for 18 years. Randy and Jana are active leaders in their community working with local 4-H programs and coaching FFA dairy judging teams.

Select Sires logoWallace joined the Select Sires staff in 1969 as a beef sire analyst after graduating from The Ohio State University. He later became the vice president of beef programs and acquired more than 600 beef bulls from 19 breeds with a focus on carcass value and lighter birth weights without sacrificing performance. Wallace was a strong proponent of performance testing and national sire summaries and was one of the original cattlemen to form the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF). He was the only person to attend the first 40 BIF conventions and was eventually honored with the organization’s Pioneer Award and Continuing Service Award. In addition to advocating for genetic progress through A.I., Wallace worked with researchers to develop effective A.I. synchronization protocols. As a supporter of progeny testing and A.I. synchronization, he was a frequent guest speaker at meetings and conventions around the world. Wallace passed away in 2008, doing what he loved, attending the National Western Stock Show in Denver.

Select Sires logoDr. Monke began his employment with Select Sires in May 1977 as the first staff veterinarian after graduating from the University of Illinois College Of Veterinary Medicine. In 2003, he received a Master of Business Administration from Franklin University. Since 2003, he has served as vice president of production operations and oversees semen collection teams, farming operations, the veterinary department, bull care and maintenance and construction of facilities, which includes herds and employees in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Alberta. In 1999, Dr. Monke was elected to the NAAB board of directors, serving as chair in 2004 and 2005, and was chair of the Certified Semen Services board of directors for ten years. Previously, he was a member of the NAAB Sire Health and Management and Strategic Planning Committees. He has traveled internationally on several occasions, serving as a representative for NAAB and USDA during semen export requirement negotiations. He has published 60 articles about bull health and preventative medicine and presented at 15 different NAAB Technical Conferences. Dr. Monke enjoys spending time with his wife of 40 years, Priscilla, as well as their three children and four grandchildren.

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

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Semex Dominates 2014 World Dairy Expo

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

International Holstein Show:

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

International Jersey Show:

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

International Ayrshire Show:

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

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

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Cogent Announces 2014 Futures Winners

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

 

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

NAAB BUSINESS SESSION

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

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

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

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

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

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

DIRECTOR ELECTION

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

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

AWARDS

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

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

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

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

NAAB EDUCATIONAL SESSION

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

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

NAAB 25th TECHNICAL CONFERENCE
ON ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION AND REPRODUCTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BANKROLL semen is currently available from your Select Sires representative.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Genex to Market SCR Heatime System

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Select Sires is excited to announce they are the exclusive supplier in North America of the CowManager system, developed by Agis Automatisering. This simple, comprehensive herd monitoring system uses a revolutionary ear tag to measure indicators of fertility, health, rumination and eating behavior to provide dairy producers with powerful management information for their entire herd.

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

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

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

Souce: Select Sires Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

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Gouge Joins All-West Team In Washington

Monday, September 29th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nickel joins All-West team in Washington

Monday, September 29th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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and animal production. Learn more at www.crinet.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Bullvine Bottom Line

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ABS Global holds awards and roundtable event

Friday, September 19th, 2014

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

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

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

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SexingTechnologies-Logo[1]Inguran LLC (d/b/a Sexing Technologies), a leading provider of sex sorted semen products and services, has filed suit against bull stud giant ABS Global Inc. for fraud and breach of a long-term semen sorting services contract.

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

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

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

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

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

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Four Select Sires Earn Gold Medal Sire Status

Friday, September 12th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Will there ever be another Millionaire Sire?

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

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

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

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

Alta September 2014 Ad

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

The Bullvine Bottom Line

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


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

 

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Eclipse Atwoods Archrival 2000

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Semex Polled Lineup Expanding

Monday, September 8th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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