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1656_1071350579381_9283_n[1]Francis Bilodeau of Victoriaville, Quebec, has been named as an area sales representative for ABS Canada. 

Bilodeau will be covering Quebec in the region known as QCD, which covers the central part of the province. He received a technical degree in animal production from the Institute of Food Technology in La Pocatiere, Quebec. From Bilodeau’s previous experiences of working as a dairy adviser for the Coop des Bois-Francs and independent dairy consultant, he gained a large amount of knowledge and experience which he is eager to share with his customers. While with ABS Canada, Bilodeau will be responsible for direct sales to customers and territory development.

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Select Sires had an outstanding classification day in July with 38 new Excellent sires highlighted by 7HO9841 Siemers Shottle HULK-ET being nominated for committee to be raised from Excellent (93). HULK, a DIAMOND SELECTion™ sire and Superior Settler™, combines outstanding Type (+2.90), solid milk production (+1,387) with low Somatic Cell Score (SCS) (2.71).

7HO10524 Roylane Socra ROBUST-ET (VG-88-GM) sons were particularly impressive with 18 achieving scores from Very Good (85) to Excellent (90) including 7HO11351 Seagull-Bay SUPERSIRE-ET (VG-87), 7HO11419 Seagull-Bay HEADLINER-ET (VG-85) and 7HO11700 De-Su Rb MOONRAY 11038-ET (VG-85) who received their first score at under four-years-old.

Two young sons of 7HO10920 Mr Chassity GOLD CHIP-ET (EX-92) also scored exceptionally well at just over two-years-old. HealthMark™ sire 7HO12070 Scottmore MOREGOLD-ET (EX-90) and Showcase Selections™ sire 7HO12042 Sonnek GC CORVETTE-ET (VG-87) are following in their father’s footsteps with high Type genomic evaluations at +3.98 PTAT and +4.17 PTAT, respectively.

Proven sires improve in score
The leading GTPISM Red and White proven sire, 7HO10563 MD-Valleyvue CARSON-RED-ET, was raised to an outstanding Excellent (94). An outcross for many popular black and white bloodlines, he is a fitness trait specialist, Superior Settler and can produce fancy heifers through gender SELECTed™ semen.

Five other proven sires were raised to Excellent (92): 7HO9222 Lincoln-Hill SHOT Laser-ET, 7HO10233 Foxberry Bax MIZZOU-ET, 7HO10700 Vatland MAUSER-ET, 7HO10723 De-Su 527 SPUR-ET and 7HO10811 Regancrest-RS San TIAGO-ET while 7HO10643 Mr BC Dana Pronto DWAYNE-ET was raised to Excellent (91) and 7HO10725 De-Su 538 HOORAY-ET improved to Excellent (90).

Outstanding results for popular Super Samplers™
At three-years and nine-months-old, 7HO11477 De-Su Bkm MCCUTCHEN 1174-ET increased in score to Excellent (92). As a HealthMark sire and Superior Settler, he is known for siring high-Type heifers (+3.72 PTAT) and for his low Calving Ease (7.3%DBH). He is also available in gender SELECTed semen.

Other new Excellent Super Samplers included one of the biggest movers of the day, 7HO11313 Mountfield SSI Dcy MIXER-ET, who was raised six points to Excellent (91). A HealthMark sire, MIXER has a unique sire stack and excellent Sire Conception Rate (SCR) of +3.1. 7HO11163 Tiger-Lily LADD P-RED (EX-91), 7HO11547 Ladys-Manor Man-O-SHAN-ET (EX-90) and 7HO11383 S-S-I Bookem MORGAN-ET (EX-90) were also among the new Excellent sires.

At under three-years-old, 7HO11777 Ronelee SNOWMOBIL-ET (VG-88) and 7HO11852 Ammon-Peachey MANUEL P-ET*RC (VG-88) scored Very Good for the first time. Popular, young Showcase Selections sire, 7HO11703 Mr Apples ARMANI-ET*RC received a score of Very Good (87) during his first classification.

To learn more about these and other Select sires, visit www.selectsires.com.

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

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ABS The most influential ABS Global, Inc. Holstein sire of all time, 29HO12209 SHOTTLE EX-96, celebrates his 15th birthday on July 23rd.

“SHOTTLE captivated the dairy and AI industries for more than a decade, with strong characteristics such as semen fertility, production, low somatic cell counts, consistent type and fantastic temperament. These traits assisted him in becoming one of the greatest ‘customer satisfaction’ bulls of all time,” Mark Smith, ABS global production director, explained during a recent birthday celebration for SHOTTLE at ABS Global.

According to Smith, who was responsible for the company’s breeding program in the United Kingdom at the time, SHOTTLE was born at Spot Acre Grange near Stafford, England, the home of the Pickford family and Picston Holsteins. He was the son of dam Condon Aero Sharon EX-91 and sire Carole Prelude Mtoto.


Former Genus ABS sire analyst, Louise Pickford, identified SHOTTLE for the company. He was brought into the Cornerstone progeny testing program, and began his illustrious career after he graduated in May 2004.

 

For seven straight sire summary releases — January 2008 to January 2010 — SHOTTLE sat at the peak of the Top 100 TPI list. After those seven straight runs, he remained a top 15 sire for the next five sire summaries. In December 2011, SHOTTLE became the 11th ABS sire to achieve “millionaire” status, with one million units of semen sold. When he turned 12, he still out-performed bulls half his age, remaining in the top 25 of the Top 100 TPI list.

Despite his age, SHOTTLE remains in great physical shape and has the same quiet temperament seen in his daughters. This makes him an obvious favorite for the team that has taken care of him for all his years at ABS, says Smith.

“Not only was SHOTTLE popular in the dairy and AI industries, but he received enormous amounts of press coverage from all over the world early on in his career,” says Smith, “In addition to dairy trade publications, stories about SHOTTLE appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines, including the Times of London and Daily Mail. Perhaps the most notable was his feature in Playboy magazine, a feat no other bull at ABS Global has accomplished.”

Over the years, 1.1 million units of SHOTTLE semen have been sold worldwide. Currently in his official Interbull proof, he has 99,954 daughters in 19,000 herds in 22 countries.

Conservatively, those 99,954 SHOTTLE daughters have produced more than five billion pounds of milk – which translates to about 581 million gallons, or 2.25 billion liters. SHOTTLE daughters have contributed to nourishing the world, as their combined lifetime milk production equals more than 115,000 tanker loads, totaling over 9.3 billion cartons of milk!

Even at age 15, SHOTTLE remains relevant, boasting a TPI above +1900. He continues to be a tremendous improver of health traits, and is over 2.0 for type. Today, he still impacts the Holstein USA Top 100 TPI list, with three sons and 14 maternal grandsons listed.

ABS remains the premier source for SHOTTLE influenced genetics, marketing conventional and sexed semen from 17 direct sons and 29 maternal grandsons. With 27 maternal grandsons awaiting proof information, SHOTTLE will continue to influence the industry for years to come.

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

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Semex Releases Breed-Leading Supersire

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

SemexSemex believes that Genetics for Life is about delivering the best possible product to our clients. By genomic testing over 5000 bulls each year, we’re ensuring that only the very best call stud 200 home and are designated a Genomax™ sire.

The Genomax lineup continues to be the strongest in the business and has been anchored by the Genomic Giant himself, 0200HO07450 Amighetti Numero Uno. In the April 2014 genetic evaluation, five of Holstein USA’s top 10 TPI™ Genomic Young Sires belonged to stud code 200. These sires offer maximum genetic gain and profitability to our clients that are putting them to work in their herds.

Joining this elite Genomax group on August 1 in the US is 0200HO010088 Zahbulls Aviator, a high-ranking Supersire from a deep maternal line. His dam is a GP-83 Freddie x VG-86 Larcrest Chenile x EX-90 GMD DOM Oside Champagne x EX-93-3E GMD DOM Juror Chanel. Aviator offers an excellent genetic package with an impressive +2497 GTPI, +0.13 Fat, +6.2 PL, a moderate +1.09 Stature with a +2.65 PTAT.

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

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Sexing Technologies has purchased Taurus-Service Inc. in a deal that will strengthen Sexing Technologies’ developing young sire program while preserving the outstanding genetic services offered by both companies.

The newly established Taurus-ST is a division of Inguran, LLC. and will continue to operate from its existing Mehoopany, Pa., facility. Dick Witter, Taurus-Service Founder, continues to lead Taurus-ST and remains committed to carrying on the company’s rich history of close partnerships with its customers, as it has for more than 40 years.

Sexing Technologies is a world leader in sex-sorted semen and has an evolving young sire program. Taurus-Service has been a well-respected A.I. company with an experienced and professional sales force that will distribute the additional SexedULTRA™ semen products needed to accurately sample Sexing Technologies’ young sires.

SexedULTRA™ semen products are the result of improved biotechnology combined with cutting edge machines to produce sexed semen that can deliver conception rates rivaling those achieved through A.I. using conventional unsexed semen.

 

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All West Select Sires All-West Select Sires is pleased to announce the addition of Austin Day to the team as a Reproductive Sales Technician. Day, a native of Denair, CA, is a recent graduate of CalPoly with a B.S. degree in dairy science and a minor in ag business. He joins the northern California sales team providing assistance with breeding, heat detection and Select Reproductive Solutions (SRS) work.

Austin DayAustin grew up showing beef from the time he was 13 years old. Good friend and breeder of several Select Sires beef bulls, Todd Fair, got Austin very involved in production agriculture. “Todd helped me pick out project steers each year and really taught me the ropes. He also let me ride along on his sales route for Associated Feeds. It really inspired me to pursue a degree in dairy science after spending time on so many dairies.”

In school, Austin was involved with the CalPoly dairy club, Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and the Livestock Show Management team. He also helped with the Society for Handicapped Children & Adults, where he volunteered in the adaptive snow ski and water ski programs.

“I’m really looking forward to starting my job with Select Sires. Having worked for other A.I. companies in the past, I enjoy working with producers to advance genetics and help with bull selection. This is one job where you can see the actual results of your decisions when calves hit the ground,” said Austin.

Day started working with the All-West team in June and can be reached at aday3641@gmail.com or 209.988.5643.

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ABS As the popularity of the Jersey breed continues to rise, ABS Global, Inc., reached a major milestone of selling one million Jersey units in a fiscal year for the first time. The company’s fiscal year ended in June.

Jerseys are gaining in popularity compared with other breeds because they are smaller and more feed efficient, calve sooner and more often, and have higher levels of fat and protein in their milk. Customers also prize Jerseys because of their genetic capabilities for calving ease, high fertility, and the opportunity to crossbreed in dairy and beef cattle.

Aaron Horst, the ABS Jersey sire analyst, says ABS Jersey bulls are known to customers for their genetic capabilities: “Our customers continue to show their appreciation for genetics that result in high-value milk from low maintenance cows with good udders. Bulls such as 29JE3506 LEGAL, 29JE3576 PREMIER, and 29JE3624 VERNON have been important to our program’s growth. 29JE3866 HARRIS, and 29JE3870 NIKON-P have expanded popularity for our Primetime lineup. We look forward to 29JE3761 VISIONARY and 29JE3762 VOLCANO receiving daughter’s proofs. New 29JE3791 HILARIO sons, such as 29JE3927 WALTER, will continue to provide our customers the Jersey genetics they seek from diverse pedigrees.”

“As the world leader in bovine genetics, ABS is committed to understanding and meeting the needs of our customers and the dairy industry,” says Kris Scott, ABS global dairy brand manager.

“The million-unit milestone is a key indication ABS is aligned with the genetic goals of our customers,” he continues. “We will continue to provide the most sought-after Jersey genetics that meet the needs of our customers today and in the future.”

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

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ABS Nearly thirty professional technicians, sales representatives, human resource professionals, technical service staff, and interns took part in ABS Global’s new employee orientation held June 9 through the 13 in Madison, Wis. Employees from all over the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Mexico were present for the event. Participants learned about ABS Global’s history, sales techniques, communication standards, team building, goal setting, and time management skills.

“This training gives our employees a foundation to better service ABS Global customers. It gave participants a variety of different opportunities, including a visit to an ABS customer farm and the chance to connect with the office staff in DeForest,” Sadie Gunnink, the North America training manager explained, “For our sales team, this was the first step in a comprehensive sales curriculum to ensure success for our staff and their customers.”


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

For more information about the career opportunities at ABS Global, please visit: http://www.absglobal.com/career-opportunities1

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New Generation Genetics introduces a brand new sire line-up focused on genomic type, All American winners & strong cow families called “Champions Collection.”  Champions Collection will be elite offerings of unique bulls that combine show winning cow families with elite genomic type while maintaining positive production traits.

Champions Collection will be launched officially in the August 2014 New Generation Genetics sire catalog. The goal is for at least 2 elite bulls per year be qualified and offered through Champions Collection.

Champions Collection was created for all Brown Swiss cattle breeders who breed for elite type from proven cow families while not sacrificing production.

New Generation Genetics Inc. has the largest Brown Swiss young sire sampling program in North America. They offer their customers diverse choices; with major emphasis placed on production, performance, and profit. For further information, email   dan@brownswiss.com , visit their website at    www.BrownSwiss.com, visit their facebook page at  www.facebook.com/newgeneartiongenetics or call 920-568-0554.

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Semex Genetics logoNo matter your management preference, maintaining a healthy herd of profitable and efficient cows is challenging. Semex’s patented Immunity+™ sires have a naturally high immune response, and by using them you can improve your herd’s overall health and longevity.

Immunity+ sires are those possessing an extremely high immune response rate, with only one in 10 bulls qualifying. Based on the extensive research of high immune females by Dr. Bonnie Mallard and her colleagues at the University of Guelph, and by applying genetic transmitting principles that go with a 25% heritable trait, we can estimate that Immunity+ sires’ daughters will have 4-8% less disease incidence.

Recently released Genomax™ sire and the world’s #3 GTPI McCutchen son, 0200HO06639 Stantons Pulsar now adds Immunity+ status to his impressive resume. Already a HealthSmart™ and Robot Ready™ sire, Pulsar’s impressive statistics rank him as the #12 GTPI sire on Holstein USA’s Top 100 Genomic Young Bull listing! With a +2541 GTPI, 816 NM$, +2.3 DPR and +6.2 PL and solid +3.62 PTAT and +3.21 UDC, Pulsar is Semex’s #4 GTPI sire, our #3 GLPI sire (#10 GLPI overall) and the #3 Immunity+ sire in the world!

Ask your Semex representative today about Pulsar or any of Semex’s sires in the Immunity+ lineup today! For additional information on Semex, Genetics for Life, Immunity+, Genomax™ or any of Semex’s products or services visit www.semex.com

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Baker named manager at St. Jacobs Cows, LLC

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

1503928_545769902200553_3685544114989252295_n[1]St. Jacobs Animal Breeding Corp (St. Jacobs ABC) is pleased to announce the addition of a new business, St. Jacobs Cows, LLC. The newly formed business will focus on breeding and development of elite dairy cattle, working closely with St. Jacobs ABC. St. Jacobs Cows, LLC will consist of approximately 60 cows and 60 heifers in a Richford, VT facility leased from Mark and Amanda St. Pierre.

The herd will focus on elite females with the extensive use of ET and IVF to breed exclusive cow families. This will allow for the development of cattle and embryos to offer for sale around the world. The operation will also focus on showcasing daughters of certain St. Jacobs ABC bulls for tours and promotion. St. Jacobs ABC currently sells bovine genetics from their sire program around the world through their sales partners at ABS Global, Inc. The facility will also be a host for future events, and recently kicked off its operations by hosting the Best of Both Worlds Sale on June 25. The Best of Both Worlds Sale featured nearly 200 lots of exceptional Holsteins, selling for an average price of $5,600 with buyers traveling to the sale from all across the US, Canada, and even Mexico.

“The creation of St. Jacobs Cows, LLC will allow us to grow our product lines to provide elite genetics for cattle breeding around the globe,” said St. Jacobs ABC owners, Tim and Sharyn Abbott.  They added, “We are excited to have all of our cattle in one location and look forward to hosting visitors from around the world.”

The operation will be driven by Renee Baker, who will be a managing partner of the facility. Renee is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Vermont State funded 2+2 FARMS scholarship program in 2002, receiving her Associate’s degree from Vermont Tech in 2000, and her Bachelor’s degree from the Universit y of Vermont in 2002. She has worked for top breeding herds in the US and Canada, including Lookout Holsteins and Jerseys in Quebec and Cowtown Holsteins in Vermont. She has worked in animal nutrition and most recently has started her own herd, which will be joining the St. Jacobs herd in Richford. “Renee is one of the top people in the business today. She knows how to care for and manage great cattle and will be a great asset to our business. We look forward to her leadership to develop the herd into one of the finest in the country,” said Tim Abbott.

Located in Franklin, Vermont, St. Jacobs ABC has been in the development of elite dairy genetics since 1958, supplying some of ABS’ most prestigious genetics. Headquartered in DeForest, Wisconsin, ABS Global is the world leader in bovine genetics, reproduction services and technologies. ABS has been at the forefront  of animal genetics and technology since its founding in 1941, and is a division of Genus plc.

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 Genex logoThe Ideal Commercial Cow (ICC$) index, a profit-indicating measure for Holsteins, will be published exclusively by Genex Cooperative, Inc. beginning in August 2014. ICC$ is designed to breed for farm profitability and efficiency, using real-time economic indicators and science-based genetic principles to address the needs of progressive dairy producers. The index incorporates elements from the U.S. national evaluation and other data sources.

In addition to ICC$, Genex will publish five sub-indexes providing dairy producers the opportunity to emphasize genetic selection for specific areas of farm management.

The Production Efficiency (PREF$) sub-index pinpoints genetics resulting in high yielding cows with lower feed costs, at a ratio of 60% total yield and 40% feed efficiency indicators. Emphasis is placed on pounds or kilograms of protein. Use of PREF$ and ICC$ will reverse the trend for taller cows.

The key elements of the Health (HLTH$) sub-index provide opportunity for producers to breed for improved and sustainable health and longevity. High-ranking HLTH$ bulls have daughters with proper body condition, low somatic cell scores and excellent locomotion.

With nine measures of cow and heifer fertility, Fertility and Fitness (FYFT$) will meet the needs of producers looking to emphasize reproductive efficiency. Selection of bulls with high rankings for FYFT$ results in optimal age of first calving, reduced days open and shorter calving intervals.

Milking Ability (MABL$) optimizes farm efficiencies with trouble-free milking cows. Components of MABL$ include mastitis resistance, milking speed and temperament, and udder form and function. Ideal commercial cow udder conformation can be described as strongly attached above the hock with appropriate teat placement and length. Choosing bulls using MABL$ will enhance udder texture and manage the emerging trend of shorter teat length.

Calving Ability (CABL$) focuses on live calves born without difficulty. Select high-ranking CABL$ sires that are also high for ICC$ to use on virgin heifers and give them the best chance to have a successful and profitable first lactation.

ICC$ and the five management sub-indexes provide producers the option to select for greater genetic improvement for fertility traits, body condition, milking efficiency and overall longevity, while continuing genetic progress for yield and udder traits. Furthermore, use of ICC$ will select for improved feed efficiency and better address the alarming trend for increased stature and body size.

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

Genex is a subsidiary of Cooperative Resources International (CRI). The CRI mission statement summarizes the goal of CRI: “To provide products and services as effectively as possible to maximize the profitability of members and customers worldwide while maintaining a strong cooperative.”

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Chad Horst Chad Horst of Newmanstown, Pa., has been named the 2014 ABS Global progeny promotions intern. Horst brings a wealth of experience to the ABS Global team from his work with the Pennsylvania State University Dairy Science Club and Pennsylvania Junior Holstein Association. In his role, he will be responsible for tracking and preparing ABS Global progeny for picturing along with helping to coordinate daughter tours.

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

For more information about the internship opportunities at ABS Global, please visit: http://www.absglobal.com/career-opportunities1

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Select Sires logoSelect Sires Inc. welcomes eight interns into their summer internship program. Jacob Ruffing, Mandi Ramsburg, Rachel Friese, Emily Henceroth, Austin Ogarek, Holden Hutchinson, Nicole Steiner and Michael Liszeski will be interning at North America’s largest A.I. organization this summer.

“Both practical work experience within the agricultural industry and networking are extremely important to help college students prepare for full-time employment beyond graduation,” says David Thorbahn, Select Sires president and C.E.O. “That’s why Select Sires offers hands-on internship opportunities to work with trained professionals each year. These internships help to expand knowledge of the industry, while interns contribute to the day-to-day operation of the Select Sires federation.”


Jacob Ruffing has been selected as the 2014 beef intern. Ruffing is from Republic, Ohio and is a senior at The Ohio State University majoring in animal science. Growing up on his family show cattle and seed stock operation and showing cattle and market lambs sparked his interest for the agricultural industry. He is involved in Saddle and Sirloin Club, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) Student Council, Animal Science Community Alliance, Ohio State Livestock Judging Team and Farmhouse Fraternity.

 

Virginia Tech (VT) dairy science graduate, Mandi Ramsburg, is the dairy sire marketing intern. She hails from Walkersville, Md., where her dad milked a small herd of Holsteins and crossbreds. Growing up she competed at the national level with her 4-H dairy bowl and dairy judging teams and was named the high individual at the World Dairy Expo Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest last fall. At VT she participated in Dairy Club, Agronomy Club, FFA, Young Farmers, Sigma Alpha Sorority and the Dairy Judging Team.

In first grade, Rachel Friese dressed up as a veterinarian for Halloween and hasn’t changed her mind about her career path since. She is welcomed to Select Sires Inc. as the summer veterinary intern. Friese was raised on a Holstein farm in Wanamingo, Minn., where she showed animals at various shows. In May 2014, Friese graduated from the University of Minnesota in animal science and plans to start their Veterinary Medicine program in the fall. As an undergraduate, Friese was active in Gopher Dairy Club.

Livestock technician intern, Emily Henceroth, earned her associate’s degree in livestock science with a beef specialization at Ohio State’s Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) in May 2014. Growing up on a small family beef farm in Lisbon, Ohio, she developed her appreciation for the agricultural industry and interest in Select Sires. At ATI, Henceroth was a member of Hoof-N-Hide, Director’s Dozen, Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society and was a student orientation leader.

Hocking College wildlife resource management student, Austin Ogarek, has been selected as the headquarters production department intern. He moved from Grand Rapids, Mich. to his grandparent’s farm in Marysville, Ohio six years ago, where he helped friends get their livestock ready for the fair. At school he is involved in Wildlife Club.

With the aspiration of being a veterinarian one day, Ohio State junior, Holden Hutchinson has been named as the 2014 semen processing and research intern. Hutchinson is studying animal science and is a member of Alpha Zeta Partners Professional Fraternity, Shades of Animal Science, Farmhouse Fraternity and CFAES ambassadors. He was exposed to agriculture through various 4-H programs, while growing up in Urbana, Ohio. Hutchinson found his way to Select Sires after Matt Utt, Ph.D., director of research, gave an influential guest lecture in his freshman honors seminar class.

Nicole Steiner, 2014 corporate communications summer intern, developed her passion for the agricultural industry while growing up on her family dairy farm in Creston, Ohio. Steiner plans to graduate from Ohio State in December with an agricultural communications degree and minors in psychology and economics. She has judged dairy cattle at the national level and is active in Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, Ohio Union Activities Board (OUAB), Young Life and College Republicans. Select Sires was an interest to her because of their dairy focus and the experience she would gain in design and public relations.

Select Sires Inc. welcomed back previous livestock technician intern, Michael Liszeski, as the veterinarian intern earlier this summer. Liszeski grew up on a small livestock farm in Ostrander, Ohio and will be a junior at the University of Findlay pursuing a degree in animal science and pre-veterinary science. He plays on the club lacrosse team and is a member of the Pre Vet Club and Habitat for Humanity.

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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Summer interns named at ABS Global

Friday, July 11th, 2014

ABS Three interns have been welcomed to the ABS Global family for the summer of 2014. Interns include: Lynn Bartholomew, Michael Ihland, and Carmen Metzger.

Lynn Bartholomew was selected as the advertising and promotions intern for the marketing department. Her responsibilities include managing the ABS Global bull board on the side of Interstate 94, producing advertisements, compiling the ABS Global 2015 calendar, and writing news releases. In the fall, she will be a senior at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Michael Ihland has been serving as the livestock handling intern while working with the DeForest Genetic Venture Barn team. His responsibilities focus on collecting semen, handling the bulls during collection, feeding, and bedding. Ihland currently attends the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and will be a junior in the fall.

Carmen Metzger was named the genetic management service (GMS) intern. She is currently a senior at Michigan State University and will graduate in the fall. While at ABS, she is responsible for processing herds for the GMS evaluators.

 

Pictured from left to right: Carmen Metzger, Michael Ihland, and Lynn Bartholomew.

“These several internship opportunities ABS offers each year give students in the agriculture field a chance to learn and grow in an ever-changing market. At ABS, it is great to have the opportunity to provide these valuable experiences outside of the classroom to better prepare these future leaders of the agriculture industry,” stated Wayne DeBuhr, North America regional dairy brand manager.

 

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

For more information about the internship opportunities at ABS Global, please visit: http://www.absglobal.com/career-opportunities1

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

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

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

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

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

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

Located in Frankin, Vermont, St. Jacobs ABC has been in the development of elite dairy genetics since 1958. St. Jacobs ABC is the supplier of some of ABS’ most prestigious genetics. Headquartered in DeForest, Wisconsin, ABS Global is the world leader in bovine genetics, reproduction services and technologies. ABS has been at the forefront of animal genetics and technology since its founding in 1941. ABS Global is a division of Genus plc.

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Beat the Heat This Summer

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

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

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

Basic Practices

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

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

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

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

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Estrus Synchronization

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

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

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

A.I. Best During Heat Stress

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

Summary

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

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

Source: All West Select Sires

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CRV sells 50% share of ST Brazil  

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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MISS AMERICA Conquering the Holstein Breed!

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

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

Like Mother, Like Son!
A prolific donor crowned by the success of her many descendants; MISS AMERICA accumulates success after success since her purchase at the 1st edition of the Genomic Power Sale in 2011 for $165,000. Recently classified VG-86 at 2 years, MISS AMERICA has the conformation sought after by today’s breeders, a supple mammary system that is well attached, a wide, open chest and she moves well on ideal feet & legs.  Armed with a 5 star pedigree and direct genomics that place him with the elite of the breed, MILESTONE is poised to repeat his dam’s success story in herds around the world! Mr America MILESTONE was bred by Tranquillity Farms, from Brownsburg-Chatham, Québec
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CRI logoOver the past 30 months, Genex Cooperative, Inc. has marketed more than 300,000 units of beef semen to dairy herds. The marked increase in sales of beef genetics to dairy herds is attributed to technological advances enabling producers to target matings to a specific purpose as well as tight beef supplies and record low beef cattle numbers.

Realizing an opportunity to capture additional revenue, dairy producers from locations across the U.S. have chosen to breed low genetic merit dairy animals with beef semen and produce high value feeder cattle. At the same time, the breeding strategy is benefitting their dairy herds.

“Strategic incorporation of beef semen into dairies enables producers to expedite genetic progress by simultaneously increasing selection intensity of desired traits and decreasing the generation interval within a herd,” states Colten Green, a Genex Dairy National Account Manager in California. “Some producers are simply placing bias against old cows as potential dams of future replacements, through use of beef semen. Others are also incorporating use of high genetic merit gendered semen on heifers to drastically shift genetic progress within a herd.”

While dairy producers have utilized Simmental, Angus, Gelbvieh and Limousin genetics for the beef x dairy mating, the Limousin cross has proven the most successful to date according to packing industry carcass assessments. The Limousin cross infuses the correct genetics to improve feed efficiencies, carcass quality and capture the most market premiums. Genex was the first artificial insemination organization to pave the way for Breeding to Feeding, a program utilizing Wulf Cattle Limousin genetics on dairy cattle with guaranteed calf buyback from Wulf Cattle. Genex and Wulf Cattle earned a 2013 World Dairy Expo Innovation Award for Breeding to Feeding.

 

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

The online, interactive version of Calf Math is available at calfmath.crinet.com. For more information, contact your Genex representative or call customer service at 888-333-1783.

Genex is a subsidiary of Cooperative Resources International (CRI). The CRI mission statement summarizes the goal of CRI: “To provide products and services as effectively as possible to maximize the profitability of members and customers worldwide while maintaining a strong cooperative.”

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Rainy weather didn’t dampen the mood during the 14th Alta Advantage Showcase Tour held June 18-20 in central Michigan.

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

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

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

Partnerships make the difference

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

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

Sire Performance

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

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

 

The Performance Pen at Dutch Meadows Dairy

A tour to remember

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CRV Ambreed Press Release

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Sylvain Boyer

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

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

David Jr Crack

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

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

ABOUT CIAQ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Genex to Launch New Holstein Sire Index

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Genex is a subsidiary of Cooperative Resources International (CRI). The CRI mission statement summarizes the goal of CRI: “To provide products and services as effectively as possible to maximize the profitability of members and customers worldwide while maintaining a strong cooperative.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Accelerated Genetics Hires Summer Interns

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

Joseph Adams 

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

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

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

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

Victoria Barman

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

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

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

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

Nathan Donnay

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

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

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

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

Ethan Giebel

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

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

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

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

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

Cassandra Krull

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

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

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

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

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

Jacob Leum

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

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

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

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

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

Brittany Nelson

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

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

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

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

Katyra Von Ruden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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


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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nine top-level daughter groups to NRM

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

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

In the following table the selected daughter groups are shown:

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

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

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

Cricket will show a daughter group at the NRM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jesus spends his spare time with his girlfriend and friends, checking out new restaurants, traveling and going to the lake. To contact him for more information on the All-West Select Sires lineup, or technician service, please call 559.731.7177 or email jesustoro661@gmail.com.

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Heikes Named Genex COO

Monday, June 9th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jay Weiker Names NAAB Vice-President

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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