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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nine top-level daughter groups to NRM

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

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

In the following table the selected daughter groups are shown:

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

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

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

Cricket will show a daughter group at the NRM

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

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

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

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

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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

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Heikes Named Genex COO

Monday, June 9th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jay Weiker Names NAAB Vice-President

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Source: Alta Genetics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SemexWorks Making A Difference in US

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Trans-America Genetics L.P.

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

Tactex F1 Private Equity Fund L.P.

The Tactex F1 Private Equity Fund focuses on direct investments in cash flow positive, small-cap entities or start-up firms through a combination of debt, preferred shares, or common shares with the intent to create long-term value. Tactex’ investment philosophy is governed by the belief that value can be created through direct involvement in management or through funding where cash-flow requirements can improve competitive positioning. For more information, please visit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Most Used Sires – 2013

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

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

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

Table 2 Sires with Most Registrations- Canada (2013)

Table 2 Sires with Most Registrations- Canada (2013)

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

Points of interest from this table include:

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

Average Indexes for Most Used Sires

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Big a Sacrifice?

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

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

Table 3 Trait Averages for Top Ten TPI A.I

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

Table 4 Trait Averages for Top Ten LPI A.I

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

The Bullvine Bottom Line

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

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Jacquelyn SherrySelect Sires Inc. is pleased to announce the hiring of Jacquelyn Sherry as a communications specialist. Sherry will be responsible for domestic and international visitor programs, the employee newsletter, updating and creating flyers and other promotional materials as well as the crossbreeding directory. She will effectively promote Select Sires genetic programs and services as well as design and produce materials to support the Select Sires brand.

“I am excited to welcome Jacquelyn to the communications team at Select Sires,” says Shirley Kaltenbach, director of communications at Select Sires Inc. “Her strong agricultural background and involvement and passion for the dairy industry will be true assets for Select Sires. Jacquelyn will be an excellent addition to our team.”

Sherry obtained a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communication from The Ohio State University in May 2014. While in college she was an active member of the Buckeye Dairy Club, serving in several leadership positions including president. Sherry was a part of the dairy judging team where she was a member of the high team at the All-American Dairy Show last fall. Sherry is no stranger to Select Sires, serving as the communications intern since August 2012. During her time, she completed the 2014 breeding calendar, assisted with high-components breeds advertising, gathered trade show material and helped with proofing. Sherry is a member of the Ohio Holstein Association and in 2012 she served as the Ohio Holstein Queen.

“After learning so much through my internship, continuing with Select Sires will allow me to combine my passion for genetics, design and the dairy industry,” explains Sherry. “I look forward to promoting excellent genetics to customers around the world.”

Select SiresBased 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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Say Goodbye to Small A.I.

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

The dairy genetics marketplace is becoming a “big” deal.  The introduction of genomics has changed the game for many Artificial Insemination companies.  While it was first thought that this would provide opportunities for the smaller A.I. companies, in the end it may be what puts them out of business.

Hearing rumors from semen salesmen is nothing new.  Almost as old as Artificial Insemination itself, semen salesmen have been a great source for the latest industry news and gossip.  Unfortunately, the “hottest” news lately has been the rumors about who is going bankrupt or what big A.I. company is purchasing what small A.I. company.  While there is no question that often the rumors have a way of getting blown out of proportion, more often than not there is some level of truth at the heart of the story.  That seems to be the case with the rumors about smaller A.I. companies.

Cash is King

While many thought that breeder’s ability to test their own sires would allow for more not fewer A.I. companies, the results have proven to be the exact opposite.  As was pointed out over two years ago, that is happening because the key issues in the A.I. world are distribution, cost of production and the cost of sire acquisition.  (Read more: Why the Ability for Breeders to Test Their Own Bulls Will NOT Change the World).  These three areas have been the most significant challenges for many smaller A.I. companies.  Most have had to invest large amounts of capital, while trying to compete with the larger A.I. companies in each of these areas.  As a result, three of the five hottest small A.I. companies now find their futures under a cloud.  Some are having cash flow challenges and others have become acquisition targets of the large A.I. companies.

As a small A.I. company, the challenges are real.  You need to be able to have a large enough distribution network that you can compete but, at the same time, you must keep your overhead low enough that you can stay afloat.  This is really what has separated those smaller A.I. companies that are still viable from the ones that are having trouble.  Two examples of this viability are St. Jacobs ABC and  Both companies have taken very different approaches.  St. Jacobs ABC has leveraged a mutually beneficial relationship with Genus/ABS Global, where they leverage the distribution power of Genus/ABS to get their semen exposed to the world.  This partnership is also beneficial for Genus/ABS Global as they then get an extremely strong brand in the high type market segment that is an area they typically do not focus as heavily on. has taken a different route.  Not having a large A.I. company to partner with, they too have focused on keeping overhead as low as possible and on choosing a niche to focus on.  While St. Jacobs has focused heavily on bulls from top show families, currently has the strongest polled sire line-up in the world.  (Read more: Stud Wars: Episode II – April 2014).

Both strategies are pretty impressive for companies with only three employees each.  Therein lies the key factor.  Both of these companies have intentionally stayed small while leveraging technology ( and relationships (St. Jacobs ABC did so in order to get greater distribution).  When we look at the smaller A.I. companies that are at the heart of the rumors these days, this is one of the key differentiators.  The ones that are finding their futures in jeopardy are the ones that have significant overhead invested in sales staff and marketing.  The cost of having sales staff on the road is not cheap and, if this is your distribution model, it can be very challenging to maintain cash flow.  (Read more: Are There Too Many Semen Salesmen Coming In The Lane?)  These are two key areas where tools like social media and the Internet can help keep operating costs down.  (Read more: Dairy Cattle Marketing).

Are we headed to a Oligopoly?

As the ability for large A.I. companies to differentiate themselves from each other becomes increasingly difficult,   we are noticing that more and more they are looking at new ways to do so.  For some of these companies, this may come from the acquisition of smaller niche market A.I. companies.  As the large A.I. companies start to see   these smaller competitors struggling, it opens up an opportunity for them.  They can come in and cost effectively acquire the smaller company’s unique product offering and, in some cases, the sales force as well.  In so doing, they are able to fill a gap of their own.  Larger A.I. companies are finding it harder to differentiate their genetic products and need to ensure that they can offer the greatest value to their customers.  (Read more: What the Experts Won’t Tell You about the Future of the A.I. Industry and A Wake-up Call to All A.I. Companies)

This is not the first time we have seen this large-swallowing-small scenario in the agriculture industry.  The plant seed industry provides a telling example.  Where once there were many medium sized competitors now there are only a few very large ones.  Interestingly it was technology, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) that changed the plant seed industry, in the same way that Genomics has changed the dairy breeding industry.

The Bullvine Bottom Line

I am sure that observing the coming changes will set off alarms for some breeders as to what the future holds.  Less competition typically means higher prices and less selection.  However, in this case these decisions are smart ones as far as the large A.I. companies are concerned.  As noted they have very limited ways to differentiate themselves and they need to use their large distribution networks and cash flow/reserves in order maintain their position in the marketplace.  (Read more: Why Good Business for A.I. Companies Can Mean Bad Business for Dairy Breeders)  Genomics has changed the game, not just from a technology standpoint but also from an A.I. company operations standpoint.  Get ready.  Over the next 2-3 years, we will more than likely say goodbye to at least half of the smaller A.I. companies that are in the world today.



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Albert ReurinkBaraboo, Wis. (May 1, 2014) – Accelerated Genetics is pleased to announce the hiring of Albert Reurink. Albert will be serving as the Vice President International Sales for Accelerated Genetics.

In his position, Albert will be responsible for providing leadership, guidance, and strategic planning for the international sales staff emphasizing established cooperative
principles, goals, and objectives for semen, products and services to ensure growth, sustainability, and profitability. He will also be the main contact with all alliance partners.

Albert brings to Accelerated Genetics a wealth of knowledge in the field of international sales and marketing of genetics. He speaks the major international languages and has extensive experience in the competitive global distributor markets.

Albert’s prior employment history includes Business Unit Director Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and India for another major A.I. company where he was responsible for sales in over 30 countries leading a team of five regional sales managers. While in this role he pioneered a business strategy for India, and opened offices in Germany and Poland. From 2002 to 2006, Albert owned a distributorship for Cogent semen into several Western European countries when sorted semen first became available on the market. Prior to that, he was Director of International Sales for Holland Genetics when this organization was first introduced into the global market. He lead a team of sales managers and support staff when key markets were developed and distributors were appointed.

Raised on a dairy farm, Albert developed interest in breeding and showing cows at a young age. He possesses a Masters degree in animal breeding from the Wageingen University in the Netherlands. He also attended North Carolina State University studying genetics under Dr. Ben McDaniel, a pioneer in the development of genetic improvements that could be made on various economical type, health, and management traits.

“I am excited to have Albert join Accelerated Genetics team with his wealth of global sales experience,” adds Joel Groskreutz, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Albert will begin his duties at Accelerated Genetics on May 1, 2014.

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

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Select Sires logoSelect Sires is excited to announce that Joel Boysel is the new supervisor of the Kellgren and Hecker Centers at their Plain City, Ohio facility. He is filling the position after the retirement of Barry Slack who worked at Select Sires for more than 40 years. In this role, Boysel will provide leadership and manage the 125 bulls that reside in these facilities.

Joel BoyselBoysel has been employed as a livestock technician at Select Sires Inc. since September of 2013. He previously served as the bull program director at Prairie State/Select Sires in Hampshire, Ill. Prior to that he was the production manager for Harmony Agriculture Products in Marysville, Ohio. Boysel has experience with reproduction and genetics through working with beef cattle on his family’s farm. He resides in Zanesfield, Ohio with his wife, Breanna and two-year-old son, Hollis.

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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If you attended the 2011 National Holstein Convention in Richmond, Virginia, you probably had the chance to meet some of the Nuckols family. And if you went on the farm tours that week, you had the added benefit of visiting Eastview Farm in Beaverdam, where some of the most well-known brood cows from the southeast have come from. Even if you didn’t attend the Convention that year, you might recognize the Eastview name from some popular A.I. sires like Eastview Influence Mattie G, as well as Eastview Garret and Eastview Ernie (who were at one time the only maternal brothers to rank in the Top 50 for Type). Cow families have always played a big part in the development of the Nuckols’ herd, and their “people” family plays an even bigger role. Family owned and operated, Eastview Holsteins has a herd average of 23,000M on 115 cows. We had the chance to sit down with one of the family members, Matt, and visit with him about their latest A.I. star, Eastview PASSION.

PASSION is a new release sire from April 2014 and is a Planet son from Eastview BI Inva LL-ET, an EX-90 DOM Boss Iron daughter. She completed her best record at 6-04 2x 365 38,860 3.3 1299 2.9 1119 and currently has one EX and three VG daughters by Bolton, Planet, Tres and Boliver. Three of the four have records over 30,000M and 1,000F. PASSION’s second dam is an EX-90 GMD-DOM “Mo V” daughter, Love Lady, who completed a 4-02 record of 41,190 3.1 1296 3.2 1327. Besides LL, Love Lady has three other EX daughters by Mtoto and Ito, again all with over 30,000M and 1100F.

“Love Lady is one of the three most influential cows in our herd history,” explained Matt. “Over 20 bulls to enter A. I. trace back to her. Her family now branches out to eight generations VG or EX. I would describe Love Lady as a cow with high functional type. She had teats that were too long and lacked style but was a great example of dairy strength with great feet and legs. Like Love Lady herself, her offspring are high producing cows that frequently end up as high Very Good young cows.” “The Planet mating on Inva was a mutual decision for a mating contract. We had a Planet full sister to Passion that was a VG 2-year-old that we lost to mastitis in her second lactation. Inva’s full sister, Ice Cream, had five Planet daughters, of which four were/are VG. Inva has an EX Bolton daughter that has VG 2-year-olds by Freddie and Domain. A couple of our highest heifers are Headliners out of the Freddie.” PASSION, a Calving Ease and FeedPro bull, writes a very nice first proof with +2077GTPI, +1585M +611NM$ and +1.81T. With a +1.86 Udder Composite ranking, it’s easy to see where that comes from with outstanding numbers for rear udder height (+2.52) and width (+2.32), fore attachment (+2.35) and udder cleft (+3.21).

So is this new Planet son a true representative of the Love Lady family? What does his proof reveal about strong family traditions? “The first thing that comes to mind is all of our Planets from that family have very short teats so that’s not consistent with his proof numbers. The family overall has been extremely consistent at making good milking young cows that score VGMS in their first lactations. They often score 83 or better first lactation and develop into high VG cows. True to Love Lady herself, they usually lack style or flash but are balanced, strong cows that produce and reproduce efficiently.” The Nuckols’ are still working with several members of the Love Lady and Mattie G families, with a greater focus on their younger animals. In fact, Matt said they genomic test all their calves and have done so for three years now. “We’re also working with a portion of the herd with a focus on show-ring type and most of those animals trace back to an EX-94 3E Lheros.

Recent flushes have been done on daughters of Supersire, Massey, McCutchen, Headliner, Petrone, Clark, Gold Chip, Freddie and Mogul.” Matt, along with his cousin Taylor, work together on the breeding and marketing program and as Matt jokes, “I couldn’t do it without him and he couldn’t do it without me!” Genetics from today’s herd truly represent a family owned and operated business.

The Eastview herd has long been known for high-producing, long-lasting cows. They were the definition of “Productive Life” before it even became a buzz-word for today’s proving system.

PASSION will follow suit with his good balance of production and type, a +5.2 rating for PL and generations of performance from the Love Lady family. Breeders from around the globe will be able to benefit from the strong maternal influence this Planet son will deliver! Beyond the cows, Matt has been extremely active in local Holstein activities, judging schools and most recently with the Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI). The well-spoken ag activist does an excellent job connecting the farming community with consumers and legislators, which is a benefit given their close location to the state’s capital.

Click here for more information on PASSION,  or contact your All-West Select Sires office at 800.426.2697.

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Limon Joins All-West Select Sires Team

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

All West Select Sires All-West Select Sires is pleased to announce that Giovanny Limon has joined the technician team. Giovanny will be working throughout southern California with salespeople and the SMS evaluators, providing professional reproductive breeding services.

Giovanny is a natural fit for the team as he was born and raised in the dairy industry. He spent the first 10 years of his life in the Chino area while his father milked cows. As the cows and dairies moved north, so did Giovanny and his family, eventually settling in Visalia. “Because my dad always worked on dairies as a milker and eventually moving up to in-house breeding and management, he never wanted me to stay home, so I’d go to work with him. I started out washing water troughs – a very exciting, but important job! I then starting reading ear tag numbers, preparing semen, working in the maternity pens, feeding, scraping and breeding.”

Giovanny Limon
It’s always been a goal of Giovanny’s to work for a well-established breeding company. “To me, All- West is the top cattle reproduction company dominating the Central Valley and also having awesome training opportunities.” Giovanny has set personal goals of learning all the reproductive programs that are offered through All-West Select Sires, as well improving his sire selection skills and improving herd genetics.

In his spare time, Giovanny loves to camp with his family, as well as doing some bowling, weightlifting and wrestling/jiu jitsu. He and his wife have two children and live in the Earlimart, CA, area.

To learn more about All-West Select Sires, visit

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No.1 GTPI Polled Bull View-Home Powerball-P-ET

The first and earliest semen is now available on the #1 GTPI Polled sire in the world, 534HO00031 View-Home POWERBALL-ET PO. POWERBALL PO is approved for U.S. orders only at this date. Visit to place your order.

At +2476 GTPI, POWERBALL PO tops the available polled GTPI list. A son of Earnhardt, POWERBALL PO comes from a well-known and respected line of cows – a direct descendant of Wesswood-HC Rudy Missy EX92 3E GMD DOM.

POWERBALL PO transmits Milk (+1716) with impressive component yields (+79 Fat, +75 Protein). Top-ranked as the #1 Net Merit Polled bull in the world, he registers at +818 NM$. He shows impressive Type and UDC values as well (+2.76 Type, +2.33 UDC), and is a health and fitness leader with outstanding traits for PL at +4.5, DPR +1.8. An additional benefit to this elite package, he carries the A2A2 milk protein.

POWERBALL’s dam is a VG86 2-year-old Robust daughter, the second dam is VG87 DOM and sired by Zenith. His third dam is VG86 DOM and sired by Shottle. The fourth dam is also VG86 GMD DOM and is an O Man daughter of Wesswood-HC Rudy Missy EX92 3E GMD DOM.

Online ordering Jetstream sires is fast, easy and secure, delivered direct to the farm. Receive the shipments within two business days. To take advantage of this outstanding genetic opportunity, go to (Online ordering is available only in the U.S.).

For more information, go to: or call 1.855.4JETSTREAM (855-453-8787). You may also contact Roger Turner at or 608-770-0012.


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The State will construct three production facilities to enhance storage of semen across the country. This is aimed at boosting dairy industry productivity. The nitrogen processing plants will assist in reduction of cost of procurement of the sperms by the farmers and enhance timely use.
The facilities will be set up in Meru, Nyandarua and Eldoret at a cost of about Sh100 million. The funds are part of Sh2.5 billion World Bank project to boost dairy productivity under Eastern Africa Agricultural Productivity Project programme that ends early next year.
Launching the 2014/15 phase at Kilimo House Monday, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries minister Felix Koskei said the project will have benefited more than 100,000 farmers in 33 sub counties by next year. It will also increase productivity and competitiveness of the agricultural sector.
During the launch Mr Koskei flagged off 19 motor vehicles and eight motorcycles worth Sh48 million to be used in 22 sub-counties. “This transport boost will upscale technology transfer and reach more farmers,” said Koskei. Project coordinator in Kenya Jane Muriuki said storage of semen has been a big headache to veterinary officers and farmers.
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Hellenbrand Joins Semex As Genetics Intern

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

988476_777783318907219_5307045554923615611_a[1]Semex is pleased to announce Lindsey Hellenbrand will join its genetics department as the 2014 Genetics Intern in the USA.

A sophomore at UW-Madison, Lindsey is working towards her bachelor’s degree in dairy science and life sciences communication. She is currently involved in Collegiate Farm Bureau and Badger Dairy Club and serves as the Service Coordinator for the Association of Women in Agriculture. Her passion for genetics began at a young age through her participation in 4-H. Since then she has joined organizations that support her interests, and has participated in dairy cattle judging as part of the Dane County 4-H team. Now, she is a member of the UW-Madison Dairy Cattle Judging Team.

In her role at Semex Lindsey will work with the Semex genetics team primarily in the Midwest, but also on the East and West coasts. Her responsibilities will include working to continue growing and expanding Premier™, the Semex young sire proving program. This work will include assisting the genetics and sales teams in those accounts, as well as aiding in the evaluation, selection, preparation and picturing of young sire daughters for promotional materials.

“We truly believe people are our most important asset,” says Paul Krueger, Semex Director, Sales and Business Development, USA. “Providing practical work experience is key to helping young people prepare for careers in our industry. Offering this kind of internship is directly beneficial to us through their work, but more importantly it offers participants real-life experience in agriculture. And, in the end, that’s Genetics for Life.”

For more information on Semex, Genetics for Life of any of Semex’s programs or services please visit

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Select Sires to Release YODER on May 1

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

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At +2554 GTPISM, 7HO12266 Woodcrest Mogul YODER-ET is the No. 9 sire on Holstein Association USA’s Top 100 Genomic Young Bulls List. A 7HO11314 Mountfield SSI Dcy MOGUL-ET son, YODER comes from a long line of high production cows and is a direct descendent of the well-known brood cow, Milkworth Manfred Yadda (VG-86-GMD-DOM). YODER transmits Milk (+1,830) with outstanding component yields (+104 Fat, +69 Protein) and positive component percentages (+.14% Fat, +.05% Protein). He ranks high for Net Merit (NM$) (+924) and Cheese Merit (CM$) (+1,002). YODER is +3.09 for Type and +2.60 for Udder Composite (UDC) with impressive udder linear values. A HealthMark™ sire, YODER is a fitness trait specialist with low Somatic Cell Score (SCS) (2.74) and terrific Productive Life (PL) (+5.3).

YODER’s dam is a Very Good (85) 7HO8081 Ensenada Taboo PLANET-ET (EX-90-GM) daughter backed by Coyne-Farms Bkeye Yvonne-ET (VG-87-DOM). His third dam is Coyne-Farms Finley Yarn-ET (VG-88-GMD-DOM), a Finley daughter of Yadda. YODER is from the same family as Top 25 TPI lineup sire, 7HO9925 Coyne-Farms Shotle YANCE-ET (EX-91-GM).

YODER semen will be available from your Select Sires representative beginning May 1 for a U.S. retail price of $150. YODER will have strong embryo export interest since his semen is not eligible for Europe or Canada.

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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Kees Gorter is the new chairman CRV

Monday, April 21st, 2014

The Supervisory Board of CRV Holding has a new chairman. Kees Gorter from Makkinga (NL) recently succeeded outgoing chairman Evert Alderkamp.

Kees Gorter (51) from Makkinga is the new chairman of the Supervisory Board of CRV Holding. Kees Gorter has been a member of the board of CR Delta, the Dutch cooperative that owns 80% of CRV, since 2006. In that capacity, he has been a member the Supervisory Board of CRV for several years and he has contributed to the great international growth that CRV has experienced in the past years.

Kees Gorter has been appointed for a four-year period. CRV wishes him the best of luck in his new and challenging role.

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Semex Delivers 12th Millionaire Sire

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

SemexRecently, Semex sire 0200HO00402 Mainstream Manifold reached the pivotal Millionaire Sire mark at Semex, joining 11 other elite Semex sires that have each produced over one million doses of semen.

Semex is an industry leader in delivering the ‘best selling’ sires of their time, which is the truest testament to breeder satisfaction and approval. As Semex’s twelfth Millionaire Sire, Manifold is joining an elite fraternity of Semex icons including: R-E-W Buckeye; Ladino Park Talent *RC; Hanoverhill Inspiration; Madawaska Aerostar; Startmore Rudolph; Comestar Lee, Leader, Outside and Lheros; Stouder Morty; and Oliveholme Aeroline.

Debuting as the #20 TPI sire in August 2009 from the US Premier™ Young Sire Sampling Program, Manifold has only gained strength as time has passed and he’s added daughters. Following the April 2014 genetic evaluations he now ranks as the #12 TPI and #6 LPI sire, with over 12,400 daughters in his MACE TPI proof.

“Manifold comes from a strong cow family that was well-known for their production potential and is backed by eight generations of VG or EX,” says Mike West, Semex Sire Analyst. “He combines his maternal line’s production and type strength with the desirable health and fertility attributes of his sire O Man. Today, Manifold is still one of the top ranked O Man sons, and it’s this combination of the best traits from his sire and maternal line that have gave us the breeding pattern so many dairymen worldwide appreciate and benefit from.”


“Manifold is a great example of Semex’s commitment to our customers and their needs,” says Brad Sayles, Semex Vice President, Global Marketing. “He continues to deliver exactly what dairymen are looking for and we’re extremely proud of the success dairymen around the world are having with him. He’s a symbol of our successful proving programs, and our belief in Genetics for Life through healthy, long-lasting and profitable cows.”

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New Hires at Accelerated Genetics

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Accelerated Genetics logoAccelerated Genetics is pleased to announce the promotion of Bob Lightner to I.S. Project Manager; the hiring of: Jeremy Persinger as Help Desk Coordinator; Ben Kinnard as District Sales Representative, Steve Rebhahn as Farm & Barn crew member, Jeffrey VanPatten as District Sales Representative, and Debbie Alt as Customer Service Representative.

In his new role, Bob Lightner is responsible for ensuring the progressive development of Accelerated Genetics’ new business system, Acumatica. He will be working extensively with a cross-divisional committee consisting of over 25 employees and consultants to manage testing and transition of this monumental endeavor.

Jeremy Persinger’s responsibilities include supporting users with email and website issues, along with laptop, tablet and phone support.
Jeremy grew up near Dodgeville, Wis. He comes to Accelerated Genetics with over 15 years experience in customer service and sales and possesses extensive knowledge in computer technology.
Jeremy is no stranger to Accelerated Genetics. He assisted the IS team when the network was converted to a new infrastructure over a year ago and has lent a helping hand on numerous other occasions.
Off hours, Jeremy has a great interest in cars, computers, and the outdoors. He has installed motors and upgrades, as well as participated at car events nationwide. When weather permits, he loves to trail hike, fish, motorbike, and stargaze. Jeremy is a member of the Iowa County Astronomers Association. He also uses his own telescope to photograph sunspots, the Moon, Jupiter, and the Orion Nebula.

Ben Kinnard is a District Sales Representative in Region 14 serving the areas surrounding Door and Kewaunee counties in Wisconsin. In this role he is responsible for developing sales leads, maintaining customer relations and selling Accelerated Genetics’ programs, products and services to ensure company growth in this region.
Ben grew up near Sturgeon Bay, Wis. on a small registered Holstein farm. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and holds a Bachelors degree in Dairy Science.
While in college he was active on the dairy judging team and to this day enjoys showing his cattle at both the state and local levels. Ben a current member of the Wisconsin Holstein Assocation. As a Junior Holstein member Ben was recognized as Wisconsin’s Oustanding Holstein Boy and served on the Junior Activities Commitee. He is also an avid Green Bay Packer fan!

Steve Rebhahn, is Accelerated Genetics newest farm and barn crew member. Steve grew up on a small farm near Viroqua, Wis., where he was active in 4-H and FFA showing registered show steers.
Steve is a recent graduate of University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelors degree in Agricultural Education and a minor in Meat Animal Science. While at UWRF, he was an active member of the meat animal judging team participating in judging contests across the country.

Jeffrey VanPatten joins Accelerated Genetics as a District Sales Representative in Region 1 covering the Finger Lakes / Upstate New York sales territory.
He comes to Accelerated Genetics with many years experience working with registered Holsteins and Jerseys throughout the United States and Canada. From fitting to showing, Jeffrey’s experience is known at both the state and national levels. He possesses a keen eye for show type animals having owned four All-American and All-Canadian nominations and being past recipient of the Master Showman at the All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, PA.
Prior to joining Accelerated Genetics, Jeffrey transported cattle and sold farm machinery. He welcomes the opportunity to use his pedigree and genomics knowledge in his new role with Accelerated Genetics.
Jeffrey and his wife and daughter live in Cuyler, NY.

In Debbie Alt’s role as the new Customer Service Representative, she is responsible for working within the call center handling incoming requests and customer orders. She is based out of the Accelerated Genetics Administration facility near Baraboo, Wis.
Debbie comes to Accelerated Genetics with a wealth of customer service experience spanning over 30 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with an emphasis in agriculture, education and animal sciences.
Debbie’s love of animals is what drives her current passion, raising and showing Arabian Horses. She is currently a member of the Wisconsin Arabian Horse Club Board of Directors. In addition, she is currently training her young German Shepherd in hopes to be qualified to participate in the local Therapy Dog Program.
Debbie and, her husband, Chuck, have two grown children and live on a small hobby farm near Mazomanie, Wis.

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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IPS Genetic Advancements

Monday, April 14th, 2014

International Protein Sires continues to show strength with their progeny proven sires while adding exciting new genomic tested young sires following the April 2014 sire summaries. “We are pleased with the growing strength of our daughter proven sires, but the advanced genetics of our genomic young sires is even more exciting. Our principle goal of meeting the dairy farmers’ requirements of bulls that transmit profitable performance along with durable confirmation has never wavered. The fortified IPS genetic lineup clearly meets these objectives,” stated Ron Sersland, President and CEO of IPS.

566HO1185 Bjorn racks up big protein numbers at +.06% and +69P, resulting in a #7 breed ranking. An excellent source of dairy-strength, Bjorn’s milk proof is +1,790M with +511 Net Merit dollars. Superb conformation, strong productive life and low somatic cell score provide Bjorn with a GTPI rating of +2104. Bjorn descends from a blue-collar family having superior milk records with high protein test.

566HO1192 Mr Apple Jack-Red continues to add excitement for the red enthusiasts. Apple Jack’s revised type proof of +3.24 ranks him #2 among progeny proven red Holstein bulls and #20 for all Holstein bulls. He also excels in udder confirmation at +2.99. And, this bull joins the superior conception bulls at IPS being ranked #4 in the breed at +5.6 SCR. Apple Jack descends from the Million Dollar Cow family with KHW Regiment Apple-Red (EX-96) being his grand dam. Apple-Red was Reserve Grand Champion at World Dairy Expo in 2014 while her clone was designated Grand Champion.

54HO0458 Bevin holds down a solid position in the World’s Top 50 TPI bulls at +2119 GTPI. Bevin’s performance stats are superlative; +1,613M, +.06% +75F along with +.01% +51P. And Bevin’s confirmation qualities match his performance; +2.35 type with +2.39 udder composite rating. Bevin is a son of Bolton while his dam is sired by Shottle. His strong sire stack continues; EX-92 grand dam by Durham with his third dam by Juror at EX-92.

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The newest genetic young sire offering is 566HO1216 Roxbury-Red who is rated #9 among genomic Red bulls at +2137 GTPI. Roxbury-Red answers the quest for greater milk production among Red bulls with +1,754 pounds. His protein yield is also superlative; +.02% +59P. He excels in conformation with a +2.37 type rating along with +3.9 productive life. Roxbury-Red is an Alchemy son from a VG-86 Super daughter. His grand dam is an Excellent daughter of Pronto while his third dam is an EX-93 daughter of Goldwyn. Roxbury’s maternal line traces directly to the Queen-Of-The-Breed, Roxy.

The #1 GTPI genomic young sire at IPS is 566HO1215 Blake, rated +2392 GTPI. Blake excels across the board in type and fitness traits; +2.92 type, +2.77 udder composite and +2.95 foot and leg composite. Also to Blake’s credit, a SCS rate of 2.38. Blake is a Mogul son from a VG-86 two year old daughter of Super. His grand dam by Shottle is Excellent. The third dam, sired by Forbidden, is Very Good while the fourth dam is a VG-87 Rudolph.

IPS offers a breed leading polled bull for milk, 566HO1214 Siren P, at +1914M. In addition, his components are off the chart; +.08% +92F and +.03% +66P, for a combined +158 pounds. And type traits are every bit as good, +1.90T with both udder and feet and legs exceeding one point. Siren P is an Earnhardt P son from a Snowman daughter, in turn from a VG-87 daughter of Planet. Martha Sheen is the next dam at VG-86-DOM.

These genetic advancements continue to bolster the IPS Holstein sire lineup. IPS semen is marketed around the world through an expanding network of independent distributors. Located in Rock Springs, Wisconsin, you may seek additional information about IPS through their website, or by calling toll free: 1.800.542.7593

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Semex logoSemex is excited to announce the release of the World’s #1 Immunity+™ sire, the international genomic superstar 0200HO10049 Rockymountain Lottomax. Semex’s rigorous genomic selection program has resulted in some of the most sought after young sires worldwide including Lottomax’s sire, the genomic giant himself, 0200HO07450 Amighetti Numero Uno.

Available worldwide May 1, Lottomax delivers on Semex’s promise of Genetics for Life to our partners, clients and genetic suppliers. Topping GTPI rankings at +2565, he is the World’s #1 Immunity+ sire and joins his own sire in this coveted lineup, siring daughters with less disease building more profitable, longer-lasting herds. All this, along with an impressive +926 NM$ and 0.13% F and breed-leading combined PL and PTAT of +7.8 and +3.52 respectively, make Lottomax one of the hottest young sires in the world.

Having an exceptional maternal line is a common thread in each of thousands of young sires Semex genomic tests each year, and Lottomax’s maternal line is without question exceptional. His dam is a VG-85 Superstition x VG-88 1* Baxter x EX-91 11* Shottle x the famous EX-94 18* Lila Z herself.

“At the time of the mating, Super Leita (Lottomax’s dam), was a high-ranking heifer and already on an IVF program,” says Sire Analyst Mike West. “The granddam was a very impressive cow at 87 points in her first lactation, and she’s a descendant of the one and only Lila Z, making the pedigree attractive. When Numero Uno became available as a mating sire, the match up with Super Leita for genomics and phenotype was great!”

“Lottomax is a bull that fits well in the marketplace, offering health, fertility, production, type and the stability of a great cow family,” says West. “As an Immunity+ and HealthSmart™ sire, he offers dairymen a decided advantage, and not just on his genetic profile, but with his ability to sire healthy and profitable cows.”

As part of Lottomax’s release, a minimum purchase of five doses is required at $150 US per dose. Contact your Semex representative regarding availability and localized pricing.

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Select Sires logoSelect Sires continues to deliver the widest variety of elite sires in the industry with leaders in many categories. 7HO10524 Roylane Socra ROBUST-ET (VG-88-GM) is the new No. 1 sire for Total Performance IndexSM (GTPISM) (+2324) and Net Merit (NM$) (+834), 7HO10506 Maple-Downs-I G W ATWOOD-ET (EX-90) continues to set the pace for Type (+4.66), 7HO10429 Horstyle Moscow MONTNEY (VG-87) leads active A.I. sires for Somatic Cell Score (SCS) (2.43), 7HO10582 Ensenada Jeeves PAUL-ET (VG-88) is the top Productive Life (PL) sire (+7.7) and 7HO10563 MD-Valleyvue CARSON-RED-ET (EX-93) remains the GTPI leader for Red and White sires at +1993. 7HO10721 De-Su 521 BOOKEM-ET (VG-86-GM) joins ROBUST as one of the elite for GTPI at +2279.

Select Sires also leads the industry with the most sires on the Holstein Association USA Top 100 TPI list and is home to over a quarter of the Top 100 GTPI sires with 97% Reliabilities for Yield and Type. This is a testament to the Program for Genetic Advancement™ (PGA™) as an identifier of the most elite genetic sires.

Type transmitters 
Select Sires is home to 10 proven sires over +3.0 for Type, the most in the industry. G W ATWOOD continues to be the only sire over +4.00 for Type. 7HO10484 Paradise-R SABATHIA-ET (EX-92) (+3.86 PTAT), new proven sire 7HO10920 Mr Chassity GOLD CHIP-ET (EX-92) (+3.70 PTAT) and 7HO9165 Regancrest S BRAXTON-ET (EX-95) (+3.70 PTAT) all rank in the top five as well. North of the border, 7HO9264 Lirr Drew DEMPSEY (VG-86) is the new leader for Conformation (+18) in Canada. G W ATWOOD ranks No. 2 at +17.

G W ATWOOD is the best feet and leg improver in the breed (+3.74 Feet and Leg Composite) while GOLD CHIP (+3.16 FLC) and 7HO10277 End-Road Bolton BRANCH-ET (EX-94) (+2.86 FLC) rank among the breed’s best.

G W ATWOOD (+3.51 Udder Composite), 7HO10228 De-Su GULF-ET*BY (EX-90) (+3.35 UDC), GOLD CHIP (+3.31 UDC), 7HO10272 De-Su FORK-ET (EX-92) (+3.30 UDC) and 7HO10723 De-Su 527 SPUR-ET (EX-90) (+3.20 UDC) are all among the top 15 sires in the breed for UDC.

Fertility frontrunners
Select Sires is the premier source for high fertility sires with 64 sires that are positive for Sire Conception Rate (SCR) which is over twice as many as our closest competitor. SABATHIA (+5.4 SCR), 7HO9722 Collins-Pride TS JERMIAH-ET (VG-87) (+3.8 SCR), MONTNEY (+3.6 SCR), 7HO10904 Sandy-Valley COLT P-RED-TW (+3.6 SCR) and 7HO9918 Foxberry JS MCFLY-ET (EX-92-GM) (+3.6 SCR) lead the Select Sires lineup. Look for the Superior Settler™ designation for the best in fertility.

Genomic giants
Select Sires’ Super Sampler™ lineup is the source for elite young sires. Nearly 30 Super Samplers exceed +2421 GTPI to rank on the Holstein Association USA Top 100 TPI Genomic Young Bulls list. At +2602 GTPI, 7HO12198 Morningview Mcc KINGBOY-ET leads the Super Sampler lineup. 7HO11836 Melarry Robust MILES-ET is the top young sire for Fat (+120F), 7HO12008 Cookiecutter Petron HALOGEN is the industry’s top Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR) young sire (+4.1 DPR) and 7HO11118 Mr Atwood BROKAW-ET leads the way for Type (+4.53 PTAT).

To view Select Sires’ new graduates and the complete Holstein lineup, visit or contact your Select Sires sales representative.

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

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053722b[1]Foundation Genetics is pleased to announce the newest member of our growing team. Dave Brand will be leading our team as the General Manager, effective Monday, April 14, 2014. Dave is an Agribusiness professional and brings with him a profound knowledge in the agriculture realm.

Dave has worked with Foundation Genetics in the past, as the Canadian Sales Manager and brings with him extensive knowledge of the AI business. His other experience includes Sales Management with DuPont Pioneer, where he developed the Corn Share program, a program for next generation farmers to learn the key components of field corn production through experts outside their farm. Dave also has a Certified Sales Professional Designation from the Canadian Professional Sales Association and is currently pursuing an MBA at University of Guelph.


Foundation Genetics Service Inc., located in Listowel ON, is a bovine semen collection and housing facility that markets bovine semen for dairy cattle worldwide.

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Advance your herd at the speed of genomics

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Five years into the genomic era, accuracy and reliability of genomic proofs is the best it’s ever been! You can certainly use top genomic sires with confidence to maximize genetic progress in the direction of your goals on your dairy.

Genetic progress with high genomic G-Stars

As genetics continue to make rapid progress, there are always superior sires joining the high genomic G-Star ranks. We added 19 new young bulls to the coveted G-Star list this spring proof round.  That brings the total G-Star list up to 76 bulls.  A whopping 34 of these sires have even earned the desirable high-fertility ConceptPlus designation based on recorded conception data from our partner herds.

The current G-Star list averages an outstanding 2300 GTPI, providing great genetic gain over the impressive list from December proofs!  A variety of pedigrees and different trait specialists offer a diverse G-Star selection to meet your goals.

FutureStars – for high genomic proofs with high fertility and low calving ease assured

If you place your confidence in the highest genomic sires to use on your cows and heifers, but still desire high fertility, and only feel at ease by using high reliability calving trait sires, Alta’s FutureStar sire line-up is just what you’re looking for.  All FutureStars:

  • are genomic-proven with highly favorable proof numbers
  • maintain our high fertility ConceptPlus status based on conception data from our partner herds
  • have real observations for calving traits with proof of low calving ease and low sire stillbirths

With the addition of 18 new FutureStars this proof round, 46 sires now have enough observations for high fertility and low calving ease to claim FutureStar status.  This entire group now averages 2194 TPI!  Ease your mind by using these high genomic sires with proven fertility and calving ease assured.

Genomic versus daughter-proven – what do you gain?

Alta’s top daughter-proven bulls like AltaGREATEST, AltaMETEOR and AltaCEASAR are tremendous sires in their own right, and have graced the top of previous G-Star and FutureStar lists themselves. Daughter proofs confirm that if you used these sires previously as genomic-proven bulls, you are years ahead of where you’d be if you waited to use them now as daughter-proven sires.

The extraordinary list of current, high genomic G-Star and FutureStar sires will certainly make genetic progress in your herd. However, if you’re still concerned about putting all your faith in genomics, Table 1 and Table 2 should help ease that fear. Table 1 shows our current top ten daughter-proven TPI sires, while Table 2 shows our top ten genomic-proven TPI sires.

You can see that even if this group of top genomic-proven sires in Table 2 would drop by the time they get their daughter proof, they are still going to be higher genetic sires than the current list of top daughter-proven bulls.

Comparison of our April 2014 daughter-proven versus genomic-proven sires

Set your own genetic plan to maximize progress toward your goals

But with so many options on those G-Star and FutureStar lists, how do you choose the right ones?  Genetic improvement is happening at the speed of light, so it’s now more important than ever to create your own genetic plan and put emphasis only on the traits that matter to you to drive profitability in your herd.  This way you not only maximize genetic progress, but you make sure it happens in the right direction.

The following tables show our highest available G-Star and FutureStar sires for production, health and conformation traits. It’s clear to see just how much you gain on any given genetic trait, just by selecting for it.

Production sires


Health Sires


Conformation sires

If you select for production traits, you’ll see more pounds in the tank and components within that milk.  When health is your focus, you’ll improve your pregnancy rate, have healthier cows and fewer calving problems.  And if type is your goal, Alta’s top genomic sires for conformation will yield higher scores for udders, feet and legs and overall type.

As you can see, the TPI and NM$ averages for these different groups are similar, but the bulls get there in very different ways.  The high production sires give up a bit on health and conformation, while the high health sires sacrifice pounds of milk and components, and are a bit lower for type composites.

In an ideal world, you’d be able to have the milk and components of the production group, the high health traits, and excellent conformation. While you won’t find a bull with the best of it all, you can certainly speed up genetic advancement on your farm by setting your own custom genetic plan.  Place emphasis on the traits that matter to you to maximize your herd’s genetic progress and profit.

Use these ever-improving sires with confidence as part of your genetic plan, knowing their proofs will hold steady as they add milking daughters.  This stability offers peace of mind knowing you are advancing your herd at the speed of genomics – creating healthier, more functional cows that will put more milk in the tank.

Source: Alta Genetics

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