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

 

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Eclipse Atwoods Archrival 2000

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Semex Polled Lineup Expanding

Monday, September 8th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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Lincoln-Hill SHOT Laser-ET

Lincoln-Hill SHOT Laser-ET

Select Sires is proud to announce that 7HO9222 Lincoln-Hill SHOT Laser-ET (EX-92) has exceeded 1 million units in sales at just under nine-years-old. He is the ninth sire in Select Sires’ history to reach this milestone following 7HO8081 Ensenada Taboo PLANET-ET (EX-90-GM), 7HO8165 England-Ammon MILLION-ET (EX-92-GM), 7HO7466 Robthom MOSCOW-ET (EX-94-GM), 7HO6417 O-Bee MANfred Justice-ET (EX-94-GM), 7HO5708 Fustead Emory BLITZ-ET (EX-95-GM), 7HO4213 Robthom INTEGRITY-ET (EX-96-GM), 7HO3707 Paradise-R Cleitus MATHIE*CV (EX-96-GM) and 7HO1236 Fisher-Place MANDINGO-Twin (EX-95-GM).

Bred by Leonard W. and Rebecca J. Austin of Eagle Bridge, N.Y., SHOT graduated in August 2010 and was one of the first proven Shottle sons to join the Select Sires lineup. He sires cows with exceptional udder quality and functional feet and legs and calves that are delivered with ease (5.4% DBH). SHOT was the top-selling sire at Select Sires for nine straight months during 2012 and 2013 and over the past year can be found at the top, or near the top, of Holstein Association USA’s Highest Registry Activity Bull List.

“With the release of genomic data, SHOT was identified as one of Shottle’s most elite sons,” explains Rick VerBeek, sire analyst with Select Sires. “SHOT’s first daughter proof substantiated his early genomic predictions. In his relatively short career, SHOT has been the No. 1 selling bull for Select two out of the past three years and is on pace to be the No. 1 selling bull in 2014. He has shattered nearly every semen production and sales record at Select Sires, including setting the record for yearly sales in 2012 with 311,824 units sold. SHOT has been well received by breeders because of his breeding pattern, user-friendly pedigree, calving ease and semen availability and fertility. SHOT’s second-crop daughters are just entering his proof now and he will join the most important club at Select – the Customer Satisfaction Club.”

SHOT, a DIAMOND SELECTion™ sire, transmits an outstanding balance of Type (+2.65) and production (+1,110 Milk) with exceptional Fat (+0.11% Fat, +71 Fat). SHOT earns the FeedPRO® designation and has gender SELECTed™ semen available.

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

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IPS – Industry Leader for SCR

Friday, September 5th, 2014

“It is with great excitement that we received the August 2014 Sire Summary rankings for SCR indicating that IPS is the industry leader with the Top 4 Holstein bulls. It is also important to note that two new bulls received an SCR higher than +6.0 in the previous two Sire Summaries. IPS now has a total of six bulls during the past two years with an SCR rating above +6.0. These results demonstrate that IPS has focused on a high fertility product for their customers. This SCR information is a result of semen being used in many different herds across the entire United States. Dairy farmers have used IPS sires with excellent results as the unbiased SCR data demonstrates. A major contributing factor is the 30 million sperm count per straw of semen,” stated Ron Sersland, President and CEO of IPS.

The No.1 daughter proven SCR bull in the Holstein breed is 99HO6145 Barry at +14.2 with more than 4,400 inseminations and 94% reliability. Note that Semen Conception Rates are calculated using the previous 18 months inseminations. Barry has been used heavily the past two years from coast to coast on hard breeding cows and yet his SCR continues to rise. A solid type bull at +1.78, Barry excels in udder composite at +1.89 along with +1.53 foot and leg rating. And, he is a leading calving ease sire at 7.0%. This semen conception professional descends from six generations of Very Good or Excellent dams.


The No. 1 ranked SCR Genomic young Holstein sire and No.2 ranked Holstein bull overall is 99HO7660 Axford at +10.0. Axford has enviable states with +3.08 type, +2.59 udder composite, and +2.00 feet and leg composite. His projected milk is +1,351 for a GTPI rating of +2163. Axford is sired by Bookem and from a Very Good, high performing Colby daughter. The next two dams are both Excellent with Excellent mammary.

 

Nailing down the No. 3 SCR ranking is an exciting genomic young sire at +8.8 for SCR, 99HO7070 Jehoshaphat. At 1,444 inseminations, Jehoshaphat’s rating increased from previous stats while being used on

hard settlers. At +2033 GTPI, Jehoshaphat is +1,548 for milk with a +1.98 type rating. And, his productive life mark is +3.6 along with 5.9% for calving ease. This conception specialist is sired by Planet from an Excellent Shottle daughter.

The No. 4 breed leading SCR bull is 566HO1192 Apple Jack-Red at +6.6. Apple Jack’s superior type proof of +3.32 ranks him No.2 among progeny proven Red Holstein bulls. Among the same group of Red Holstein bulls, Apple Jack is ranked No. 2 for udder composite at +3.07 along with the No. 4 ranking on feet and leg composite at +2.30. This exciting Red Holstein descends from the Million Dollar Cow family with KHW Regiment Apple-Red (EX-96) being his dam. Apple-Red was Reserve Grand Champion at World Dairy Expo in 2013 while her clone was designated Grand Champion.

Delayed breeding is a costly proposition for dairy farmers. Jeff Stevenson of Kansas State University reported in the May 10, 2009 issue of Hoard’s Dairyman, “For every day open after 100 days in milk, you lose from $2 to $3 per cow per day.” With today’s high input costs, extended days open can erode the profit margin. In his June 2009 Hoard’s Dairyman article, Mr. Stevenson stated, “With a pregnancy rate of 10 to 12 percentage points, the value of each percentage point bump runs about $66… so moving 2 points would yield an additional $132 per cow.” Selecting bulls with high semen conception rates is the most fundamental way to reduce days open and improve the bottom line.

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

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CRV continues to grow in Washington

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

CRVCRV has added three new team members in Washington to continue to grow the service business and to provide solutions to the WA area for years to come. Joining the team are Korben Kosters, Matias Verduzco and Marlo Buchanan.

Korben Kosters, Othello, WA has joined CRV as a Technician Team Leader. With over 15 years of experience in AI and experience with owning and operating a dairy farm, Korben is a great addition to the CRV team. Marlo Buchanan, Toppenish, WA joins CRV as a Service Technician. Marlo has over 20 years of experience in AI. “What attracted me to CRV was the diversity of genetics for service,” states Marlo. “I am excited for my ability to grow within the company.” Matias Verduzco, Grandview, WA also joins CRV as a Service Technician. Matias has previously worked delivering dairy products. “I have heard great things about CRV and am excited to be a part of the team.”

These three individuals join an already prominent team that services WA by offering service and genetic solutions to dairy farms in the area. “At CRV we are excited to be expanding our Sales and Service team in WA,” states Jim Bayne, CRV National Sales Manager. “Our tailor made solutions and breeding program will help meet producer’s goal’s for generations to come.”

To learn more about CRV, its people, or products in your area, please visit www.crv4all.us or give us a call at 1-855-CRV-COWS.

CRV is a global cattle improvement organization that exists to improve quality of life. CRV’s USA headquarters in Madison, WI was established in September 2009. We use our passion for the dairy industry to achieve our main goal of improving quality of life for both animals and people alike. We truly care about you and your business, and want your operation to continue for generations to come.

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Semex Millionaire Sire Buckeye Passes Away

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

buckeye[1]Semex is saddened to announce the passing of its 11th Millionaire Sire, 0200HO04779 R-E-W Buckeye.

Proven through Semex’s Premier™ young sire proving program in the US in August 2005, Buckeye’s popularity was instantaneous, arriving as one of the world’s most popular BW Marshall sons and ranking #4 TPI. In February 2006 Buckeye climbed to the #2 TPI position, commanding international respect for his desirable production, solid type and in-demand health traits.

Buckeye daughters were known for exceptional feet & legs, mobility and flatness of bone. They had tremendous udders that were silky, very well-attached and were designed to handle large volumes of milk. His status as a calving ease sire only added to his popularity, selling into well over 50 countries worldwide.

“Buckeye was one of the ultimate breeder satisfaction bulls,” says Brad Sayles, Semex Vice President Global Marketing. “He delivered long-lasting, profitable cows that their owners loved because they were milky, dairy and profitable. His daughters are still impacting their herds, being long-lasting and profitable.”

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East Central/Select Sires awarded five, $1,000 scholarships on Aug. 19, at the East Central/Select Sires Annual Meeting at the Crowne Plaza, Madison. The scholarships were open to incoming and current college students at two- and four-year universities, pursuing agriculture majors. Applicants were judged on academics, agricultural and community involvement, as well as dedication to the agriculture industry.

The scholarship winners are as follows.

· Chad Bruss, Markesan, will be a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville this fall studying dairy science. In high school, Bruss was involved in 4-H, FFA, National Honor Society, basketball, cross country and student council. After college he plans to return home to farm.

· Karsen Haag, Mount Horeb, is starting her second year at Southwest Technical College to study agribusiness after studying dairy herd management last year. At Southwest, Haag serves as a student ambassador, on student senate, and is a member of the dairy judging team. She also plans to own her own registered Holstein farm, continue to advance the genetics of her herd, and promote the dairy industry.

· Taylor Holterman, Watertown, is entering her senior year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in life sciences communication with certificate in entrepreneurship. Holterman is very involved on campus serving as the Collegiate Farm Bureau President and also being a member of the Association of Women in Agriculture and the Badger Dairy Club. Upon graduation, she hopes to work in administration or communications within agriculture.

· Elizabeth Sarbacker, Verona, will be a freshman this fall at University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying dairy science. In high school, Sarbacker was involved in FFA, National Honor Society and Spanish Club. On campus, Sarbacker plans on becoming a member of the Association of Women in Agriculture and the Badger Dairy Club. She will be pursuing a dairy-related career.

· Jordan Siemers, Newton, will be a freshman this fall at Cornell University studying dairy business and dairy cattle genetics. In high school, Siemers was involved in various sports, FFA, 4-H, National Honor Society, Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association, and church functions. After graduation, he hopes to gain experience in the agriculture industry before returning to his family’s dairy farm.

East Central/Select Sires is a professional, artificial breeding cooperative serving dairy and livestock producers in southern Wisconsin. As a member-owner of Select Sires located near Plain City, OH, East Central/Select Sires helps make up the largest artificial insemination (A.I.) cooperative in the world. They provide highly-fertile semen as well as excellence in service and programs to achieve the basic objective of supplying livestock breeders with America’s best genetics at a reasonable price.

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Ate Lindeboom is standing down as Executive Director Operations & Development at CRV Holding B.V. with effect from 1 January 2015 to enjoy a well-deserved retirement. He will be succeeded by Alfred de Vries, CRV’s current manager of Genetic Products.

After a successful 41-year career at CRV and its predecessors, Executive Director Operations & Development Ate Lindeboom has decided to retire on 1 January 2015. He joined the board in 2001, where he played a major role in CRV’s evolution from a regional player to a leading world player in herd improvement.

As Executive Director, Ate Lindeboom was involved in several important acquisitions and was a driving force behind the innovation that has taken place at CRV. For example, he was instrumental in applying and developing genomics in breeding and expanding CRV’s portfolio of management products and services. Ate Lindeboom will continue to be at CRV’s disposal for projects after he retires.

Those in the know are familiar with Ate Lindeboom’s enormous expertise and experience in breeding. During the 1970s for example, he was one of the initiators behind the introduction of the Holstein breed in the Netherlands. Later he went on to establish CRV’s internationally renowned Delta Nucleus breeding programme.

Succession
Ate Lindeboom is to be succeeded by Alfred de Vries, who has been the Manager Genetic Products at CRV since 2007. In this position he also managed the breeding, R&D and production departments.

In Alfred de Vries, CRV will be getting an executive director with wide-ranging management experience in both cooperative and non-cooperative breeding organisations. He has an in-depth knowledge of genetics and data management and has headed up several major international breeding programmes.

As the incoming Executive Director Operations & Development, Alfred de Vries will be taking over Ate Lindeboom’s responsibilities with a significant focus on the development of breeding and information products that support herd management.

Ate Lindeboom will remain a member of the executive board of CRV Holding B.V. until 1 January 2015. Alfred de Vries will take over his duties thereafter as new member of the executive board.

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Semex’s Facebook world’s #1 TPI sire

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Semex’s Genomax sires meet the industry’s most rigorous genomic young standards. This results in some of the most in-demand genomic and progeny proven bulls in the world. The newest graduate of this program, 0200HO03753 Marbri Facebook, now ranks as the world’s #1 TPI sire!

Facebook joined Semex’s elite Genomax lineup as the #3 GTPI sire in December 2010. Identified quickly as a top sire, Semex sampled 17 sons that have now entered the Genomax program themselves. They are now some of the most highly respected and in-demand geomic sires in the breed including 0200HO02870 Mr Lookout P Enforcer and 0200HO03877 Coyne-Farms Jabir who have each previously topped the GLPI and GTPI charts.

Now as a progeny proven sire, Facebook’s international demand will only increase as his #1 TPI and #1 MACE LPI rankings combined with his Immunity+ status make him one of the most valuable sires in the world. With impressive statistics of +2356 GTPI/+3469 MACE GLPI, +2.49 PTAT, breed-leading +175 lbs combined Fat and Protein, moderate stature and fantastic udder traits of +3.04 RUH, +2.80 RUW and +2.90 UC, Facebook and his sons are only just beginning.

“Facebook is exactly the kind of bull our clients are looking for,” says Brad Sayles, Vice President, Global Marketing. “He was an extremely popular Genomax young sire who has proven himself through his milking daughters. He is truly more than a triple-threat sire, being Immunity+, a high fertility Repromax sire, Calving Ease and HealthSmart. He’s got everything our global clients are looking for to be profitable at the farm gate.”

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

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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) leads active A.I. for Net Merit (NM$) (+852), 7HO10506 Maple-Downs-I G W ATWOOD-ET (EX-90) continues to set the pace for Type (+4.79) and 7HO10429 Horstyle Moscow MONTNEY (VG-87) leads active A.I. sires for Somatic Cell Score (SCS) (2.42).

Select Sires also leads the industry with the most sires (28) on the Holstein Association USA Top 100 TPI list and is home to over a quarter of the Top 100 GTPISM sires with 97% Reliabilities for Yield and Type. Select Sires has consistently offered more elite, highly reliable genetics than any other A.I. organization.

Type standouts
Select Sires is home to 10 proven sires over +3.00 for Type, the most in the industry. G W ATWOOD improves again to +4.79 as the industry leader. 7HO10484 Paradise-R SABATHIA-ET (EX-92) (+3.90 PTAT), new proven sire 7HO10999 Regancrest-GV S BRADNICK-ET (EX-94) (+3.89 PTAT), 7HO10920 Mr Chassity GOLD CHIP-ET (EX-92) (+3.63 PTAT), 7HO9165 Regancrest S BRAXTON-ET (EX-95) (+3.58 PTAT) and new graduate 7HO10796 Twin-Crik Schez SHAMAN-ET (+3.54 PTAT) all rank in the top 10 as well. North of the border, 7HO9264 Lirr Drew DEMPSEY (VG-86), is the leader for Conformation (+20) in Canada. G W ATWOOD and GOLD CHIP rank No. 2 at +18.

G W ATWOOD is the best feet and leg improver in the breed (+3.86 Feet and Leg Composite) while GOLD CHIP (+3.44 FLC), BRADNICK (+3.30 FLC) and 7HO10277 End-Road Bolton BRANCH-ET (EX-94) (+2.94 FLC) are among the breed’s best.

G W ATWOOD (+3.54 Udder Composite), 7HO10228 De-Su GULF-ET*BY (EX-90) (+3.51 UDC), GOLD CHIP (+3.37 UDC), BRADNICK (+3.30 UDC), 7HO10272 De-Su FORK-ET (EX-92) (+3.26 UDC) and 7HO10606 De-Su OBSERVER-ET (EX-90-GM) (+3.15 UDC) are all among the top 15 sires in the breed for UDC.

Component leaders
With 17 sires at or above +120 Combined Fat and Protein (CFP), Select Sires is the industry leader. ROBUST is the No. 2 active A.I. CFP sire at +166 while 7HO10172 De-Su MASKILL-ET*BY (VG-88) (+137 CFP) and 7HO10725 De-Su 538 HOORAY-ET (EX-90) (+134 CFP) are among the best. ROBUST (+103 Fat) and 7HO10433 C-Haven SUBRARO-ET (EX-93) (+92F) rank well for pounds of Fat while 7HO10595 Glen-Toctin LISTEN-ET (VG-87) remains one of the best Protein yield sires in the breed at +75.

Fertility frontrunners
Select Sires is the premier source for high fertility proven sires with an astounding 63 lineup sires that are positive for Sire Conception Rate (SCR) and 12 that are +3.0 SCR or higher. Select’s fertility leaders include: 7HO10904 Sandy-Valley COLT P-RED-TW (+3.9 SCR), SUBRARO (+3.7 SCR), 7HO10563 Md-Valleyvue CARSON-RED-ET (EX-94) (+3.4 SCR), 7HO10585 Appealing Planet HELIX-ET (+3.4 SCR), 7HO10729 De-Su 546 DEATON-ET (VG-88) (+3.3 SCR) and 7HO9754 Matt-Dari Sharky DAYTON-ET (EX-92) (+3.3 SCR).

Select’s Super Sampler™ lineup also includes exceptional SCR sires including 7HO12165 Bacon-Hill MONTROSS-ET (+5.1 SCR), 7HO12115 OCD Mayfield DECEIVER-ET (+5.1 SCR) and 7HO11945 Mr Numero Uno ST-LOUIS-ET (+4.3 SCR).

Genomic giants
Select Sires’ Super Sampler lineup is the source for elite young sires. More than 50 Super Samplers exceed +2400 GTPI. New addition, 7HO12255 Welcome SS PETERPAN-ET is one of the leading genomic young sires for CFP (+207) and Protein (+91), while MONTROSS remains near the top for Milk (+2,835M) and 7HO11836 Melarry Robust MILES-ET is the No. 1 Fat (+120) genomic young sire. 7HO12314 Four-Hills Clark BAIRD 4491 (+4.45 PTAT) and 7HO12353 Pol Butte Mc BEEMER-ET (+4.40 PTAT) debut in the top-10 for Type.

To view Select Sires’ new graduates and the complete Holstein lineup, visit www.selectsires.com 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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Select Sires logoGenerVations Inc.’s commitment to providing elite genetics from North America’s best cow families is evident in their genetic offering in the United States. Four of the top 50 GTPISM genomic young sires and elite and well-proven sires are part of this exciting lineup.

Time-tested genetics
Popular young sire, 250HO1002 Genervations EPIC (EX-94) received his first production proof with excellent results. His daughters milk well (+1,411 Milk), yield outstanding Protein (+44 Protein) and produce high quality milk (2.72 Somatic Cell Score). EPIC transmits longevity (+5.1 Productive Life), fertility (+1.8 Daughter Pregnancy Rate) and overall total performance (+2214 GTPI).

A full brother to EPIC’s dam, 250HO933 Tramilda-N ESCALADE-ET (EX-93) is an exceptional feet and leg (+2.71 Feet and Leg Composite) and udder (+2.49 Udder Composite) improver and fitness trait specialist (+5.0 PL, 2.62 SCS).

250HO914 Gillette WINDHAMMER (EX-97) continues to sire show winners on both sides of the border with a +2.81 PTAT. He improves udders (+2.64 UDC) and Fat (+61 Fat, +.17% Fat) while creating pregnancies with a +1.7 Sire Conception Rate (SCR).

Elite GTPI
A top-10 genomic young sire at +2579, 250HO1127 Stantons MAIN EVENT also ranks outstanding for Net Merit (+906 NM$), Cheese Merit (+983 CM$) and FLC (+3.06). He is a Mogul son from the Crockett-Acres Elita-ET (VG-87-GMD-DOM) family and transmits exceptional health traits (+6.8 PL, +2.6 DPR and 2.65 SCS), Type (+3.15 PTAT) and components (+.10%F, +77F, +.05%P, +56P).

Full brothers, sired by Mogul, 250HO1118 Delaberge PEPPER (VG-86) and 250HO1131 Delaberge SALT (VG-85) are top young sires for GTPI (+2497), CM$ (+976) and NM$ (+865). They will improve udders (+3.34 UDC), overall Type (+3.11 PTAT) and components (+.13%F, +78F, +.08%P, +59P).

At +2494 GTPI, 250HO1136 Lonsdale Bt SHERPA is among the top 50 genomic young sire for GTPI. A Mogul son, he is a production (+2,158 Milk) and component (+76F, +70P) specialist with solid Type (+3.16 PTAT).

Production powerhouses
250HO1115 Stantons EXTRAVERT (VG-85) is a Mogul son from an Observer dam who ranks among the best for Milk (+2,571M) and Protein (+74P). At +2,561 Milk, 250HO1106 Stantons COLLATERAL (VG-85) is among the elite. An EPIC son, he transmits outstanding Type (+3.59 PTAT) as well.

250HO1049 Genervations LIQUID GOLD (EX-90) (+157 Combined Fat and Protein, +.18%F, +91F, +.11%P, +66P) and 250HO1140 Ste Odile PETRUS (+155 CFP, +.13%F, +92F) are the leading component specialists in the GenerVations lineup.

Type superstar
250HO1123 MOTIVATOR, a Mogul son from a Very Good (85) Fork dam, is among the best for UDC (+3.89), FLC (+3.18) and overall Type (+3.52). With a +2485 GTPI and outstanding fitness traits (2.43 SCS, +6.2 PL), he can work in a variety of breeding programs.

Red genetics
A Snowman son from the Altitudes, 250HO1043 Gen-I-Beq AIKMAN (VG-86) transmits outstanding components: +153 CFP, +.15%F, +94F. A solid Type (+2.53 PTAT) red carrier sire, AIKMAN has an exceptional SCR of +3.6.

Also available from GenerVations in the U.S. are the following sires:

  • 250HO1010 Genervations LEXOR (EX-91) (Man-O-Man x Goldwyn)
  • 250HO1073 Boldi V S ANTON (VG-89) (EPIC x Man-O-Man)
  • 250HO1083 Suntor JOYRIDE (EPIC x Man-O-Man)
  • 250HO1092 Gen-I-Beq LUXUEUX (VG-86) (Numero Uno x Baxter)
  • 250HO1101 Ste Odile SATISFACTION (EPIC x Man-O-Man)
  • 250HO1102 Ste Odile OCEANIC (VG-85) (EPIC x Man-O-Man)
  • 250HO1109 Stantons CAMARO (VG-85) (EPIC x Freddie)
  • 250HO1112 Stantons BERETTA (VG-85) (LEXOR x Super)
  • 250HO1120 Stantons CAPTIVATE (Mogul x Observer)
  • 250HO1124 Stantons ENCOUNTER (Mogul x Super)
  • 250HO1134 Stantons SERONA (Supersire x Super)
  • 250HO1141 Gillette Sgo MESSENGER P (Earnhardt P x Planet)

 

To order semen from these sires or other GenerVations sires in the U.S. contact your local Select Sires representative or call (614) 873-4683.

Founded in 1999, GenerVations Inc. is a product line of Select Sires Inc., North America’s largest A.I. organization comprised of nine farmer-owned and -controlled cooperatives. As the industry leader, Select Sires 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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Genex Releases Ideal Commercial Cow Index

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

ICC_Index_Logo[1]Dairy producers have asked for a better way to rank Holstein sires that create cows which excel in commercial conditions. In answer, Genex Cooperative, Inc. has delivered the Ideal Commercial Cow (ICC) index. This new sire index addresses commercial producers’ needs by putting greater emphasis on longevity, health, and optimal body size and condition without sacrificing yield and udder traits.

“The Ideal Commercial Cow index is probably the largest step forward we have seen in meeting the commercial producers’ needs,” comments Don Bennink of North Florida Holsteins, Bell, Florida. “The index really looks at the characteristics commercial producers, those making a living from their dairy herd, need from their cattle for maximum profit.”

The ICC index was released with the August sire summary. Based on August proof data, the top Genex sires creating cows for commercial conditions include: 1HO11056 TROY, 1HO11097 MAGNATE, 1HO11511 TAMPA, 1HO08784 FREDDIE, 1HO11426 TUFFENUFF, 1HO11545 LAWMAN, 1HO10890 ADRIAN, 1HO11528 EMERALD, 1HO11316 GEMSTONE and 1HO11541 STAMINA.

These top 10 ICC bulls average +$983 ICC and +$848 Lifetime Net Merit. In further analyzing their genetic averages, these sires combine production (+1533 Milk and +125 combined Fat and Protein) with elite health traits: +6.4 Productive Life, +1.9 Daughter Pregnancy Rate and 6.8% Sire Calving Ease. At the same time, they transmit moderate stature (+1.4) and improve udder traits (+2.39 Udder Composite).

In addition to the ICC value, Genex published five ICC sub-indexes providing dairy producers the opportunity to emphasize genetic selection for specific areas of farm management. These areas include production, health, fertility and fitness, milking ability and calving ability.

To learn more about the ICC index and sub-indexes and view ICC rankings on all bulls industry-wide, visit http://genex.crinet.com/page5854/IdealCommercialCowIndex

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

Source: Genex

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High-Components Breeds Shine at Select Sires

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Select Sires logoSelect Sires’ Jersey, Brown Swiss, Ayrshire, Guernsey and Milking Shorthorn lineups maintain their position as the top source for elite genetics.

The Jersey Revolution™ persists as five of the top 10 active A.I. Jersey Performance Index™ (JPI™) sires call Select Sires home: 523JE927 Wilsonview Jevon MAGNUM-ET (+225), 7JE1067 GR Oomsdale Tbone GOLDA-ET (+220), 7JE1038 All Lynns Louie VALENTINO-ET (+207), 7JE1082 GR HEARTland Gan Ted-1736-ET (+207) and 7JE1046 Sunrise/Hackline Bungy ZIPPER (+203). MAGNUM (+631 Net Merit), HEART (+493 NM$) and ZIPPER (+486 NM$) are also top-10 NM$ sires.

“7JE” sires also lead the industry for Combined Fat and Protein (CFP) with GOLDA ranked as the No. 1 CFP active A.I. sire at +149 and MAGNUM (+143) and HEART (+129) in the top 10.

VALENTINO continues to be the breed leader for Type at +2.6 PTAT while GOLDA is the No. 3 active A.I. sire at +2.2 PTAT and 7JE962 Buttercrest SUCCESS-ET joins them in the top 10 at +2.0 PTAT. Newcomer, 7JE1088 Chilli Action COLTON-ET and SUCCESS are top-10 Jersey Udder Index™ (JUI™) sires at +6.02 JUI and +5.26 JUI, respectively. Super Sampler™, 7JE1163 All Lynns Valentino IRWIN-ET is the leading genomic young sire for Type at +2.9.

Select Sires’ commitment to fertility can be seen in the lineup’s industry-leading Sire Conception Rates (SCR). 7JE865 Sunset Canyon KYROS-ET leads the breed at +4.5 and is followed by 7JE1036 Avon Road Impuls PAT (+4.3), 7JE859 Chasin-Rainbows Act RILEY-ET (+3.8) and SUCCESS (+3.5) all in the top five. Select Sires’ Super Samplers also excel at SCR with 7JE1173 Dutch Hollow PRESCOTT-ET (+4.6), 7JE1242 All Lynns Hendrix NITRO (+3.0), 7JE1169 Heartland Merchant TOPEKA-ET (+2.9) and 7JE1274 Sugar Grove Valentino AXIS (+2.8) leading the way.

COLTON joins active lineup, HEART makes strides
Showcase Selections™ sire, COLTON graduates into the active lineup with outstanding Type data and a show-winning pedigree. A 7JE590 Forest Glen Avery ACTION-ET grandson of national grand champion, Pleasant Nook F Prize Circus (E-97%), breeders across North America have been talking about COLTON’s fancy milking daughters. The No. 3 active A.I. sire for JUI, he also ranks among the best for Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR) at +1.1 and transmits components (+.20% Fat, +.07% Protein) and longevity (+3.3 Productive Life).

April 2014 graduate HEART, made vast improvements in nearly every category to become one of the elite JPI, NM$ and CFP sires in the breed. He now ranks among the top-10 active A.I. sires for Milk (+1,611), Fat (+76), Protein (+53), Somatic Cell Score (SCS) (2.79) and Cheese Merit (CM$) (+529).

AUGUST leads the Brown Swiss lineup
7BS826 Oak View Zeus AUGUST *TM remains one of the best all-around sires in the Brown Swiss breed. The No. 2 active A.I. sire for NM$ (+437) and GPPR (+180), he also ranks in the top 10 for Type (+0.8) and Milk (+862). AUGUST is one of the breed’s best udder and mobility improvers at +0.91 UDC and +1.0 Mobility. Additionally, he is a Calving Ease sire (4.6%DBH) with gender SELECTed™ semen available.

Showcase Selections™ sires 7BS901 Mort Blessing Dynsty JAVA (M) “E90” and 7BS900 Blessing Tex BRAIDEN ET*TM “E92”, are among the top five active A.I. sires for SCR at +2.7 and +0.6, respectively. JAVA continues to be one of the best for Type (+0.8) while BRAIDEN ranks exceptionally high for DPR (+1.7), PL (+3.4) and Udder Composite (UDC) (+1.05).

New Super Sampler, 7BS871 Blessing Brookings ADVISOR, leads Brown Swiss genomic young sires for NM$ (+603), PL (+6.3) and SCS (2.62).

Ayrshire lineup dominates for Type
Three of the top five active A.I. Type sires are at Select Sires: 7AY84 Palmyra Tri-Star BURDETTE-ET (+1.9), 7AY90 Libby’s LOCHINVAR (+1.8) and 7AY89 Palmyra Poker RIGGINS-ET (+0.9). The long-time Type leader, BURDETTE added 340 daughters to his production proof and improved his ranking for GPTI (No. 3 at +528), NM$ (No. 5 at +306) and CM$ (No. 4 at +340). LOCHINVAR increased his SCR (+1.2) to rank No. 2 and leads the breed for every major udder trait.

7AY87 Anmar Peter POWER-ET continues to be a health trait specialist (+0.9 DPR, +2.6 PL) and component improver (+0.12%F, +50F, +0.04%P, +29P).

Guernsey sires rank well for Type and production
Four members of Select’s Guernsey lineup rank in the top 10 for PTI: 7GU398 Sniders Ronalds ALSTAR (+151), 7GU440 Ripley Farms Aaron CORDELL (+139) 7GU438 Marodore Aarons LEVI-ET (+132) and 7GU439 Jens Gold Aaron CRUNCH-ET (+120). ALSTAR continues to rank high for Milk (+1,206), PL (+4.2), DPR (+1.9), NM$ (+452) and Feet and Leg Composite (FLC) (+2.3) while LEVI and CRUNCH are the No. 2 and No. 3 sires in the breed for Type at +2.4 and +2.0, respectively. LEVI leads the breed for UDC at +2.4.

LIRIANO and ACE improve udders and components
7MS347 Mysha-WO Advent LIRIANO-ET is again the breed’s No. 1 Type active A.I. sire at +1.2 and leads the breed for UDC (+1.66) and Mobility (+0.8). 7MS346 Kulp-Gen Jurist ACE-ET improved his UDC (+0.31) to become the No. 5 sire in the breed. LIRIANO (+38F, +24P) and ACE (+0.30%F, +62F, +0.08%P) have established themselves as proven component improvers.

For the complete list of Select Sires’ high-components breeds lineup, please visit www.selectsires.com 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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With an excellent August 2014 proof run, ABS has graduated 24 new bulls that will join elite company led by DORCY – the number two proven TPI sire at +2352. 29HO14142 DORCY continues to excel and improve each sire run, and leads the ABS pack with credits that include +1907  PTAM, over +3.00 PTAT, UDC and FLC, and +702 NM$.

“The graduates we added to our August lineup show the strength of our genetic offering and our robust genetics pipeline,” says Kris Scott, ABS global dairy brand manager.  “At ABS, we recognize that the needs and expectations of our customers are ever increasing, and the recent graduates demonstrate how our lineup is taking dairy genetics to new levels.”

Leading this class of graduates is 29HO14828 MYRLE, an outcross sire (Leif x Encino) at +2251 TPI, with outstanding health and fertility traits (2.57 SCS, +4.4 PL and +1.1 DPR). MYRLE daughters are long lasting, trouble free cows with youthful udders. 

Additional daughter-proven graduates
Three of the new graduates, LARGE, PLUMBER, and BEAU are former ABS Primetime standouts. 29HO16090 LARGE (Super x SHOTTLE) is elite for TPI (+2256), type (+3.06 PTAT), and udders (+3.08). His early daughters are living up to the promise of his lofty genomic predictions.

529HO14968 PLUMBER (Planet x SHOTTLE) is an ABS Sexation exclusive sire with tremendous calving ease (6.6%), producing daughters that excel in milk production (+1846 M), milk quality (2.65 SCS) and longevity (+4.8 PL). 529HO14925 BEAU (Man-O-Man x Goldwyn) reigns from the globally popular Regancrest Barbie family. This ABS Sexation sire is outstanding for calving ease (5.3%) and transmits high type (+2.12 PTAT) from healthy udders.

Another group of graduates are from familiar faces to the ABS family. Holstein breeders that had success with popular Rock Solid Genetics Diamond sire, 29HO13366 BEACON, should consider 29HO14976 FRANCHISE – an early Freddie son from a full sister to BEACON that sires high, wide rear udders and excellent fertility (+1.30 DPR).

Also graduating are full brothers 29HO14821 PAMPA and 29HO14825 PICARDUS, Planet sons from the world-renown Rudolph Missy family at Pine-Tree. Like his brother, PAMPA sires daughters that excel in producing high levels of fat and protein (+130 CFP). PICARDUS is an international superstar and future sire of sons with extreme production (+2416 M) and components (+72 P and +76 F).

Type-focused breeders can look to top ten PTAT sire (+3.68 PTAT and +3.00 UDC) 94HO14912 EMBASSY – a new addition from St. Jacobs ABC. This Sanchez son from Golden Erin, an EX-90 GMD DOM, hails from a tremendous family known for its ability to transmit breed-leading type.

Primetime genomic Holsteins

On top of the exciting new additions to the daughter-proven lineup, ABS Primetime genomic bulls SILVER and MONTEREY are making headlines of their own. 29HO17573 SILVER (+2621 GTPI) and 29HO16955 MONTEREY (+2600 GTPI) are two of the highest-ranked, readily available bulls for GTPI in the entire industry. SILVER, a Mogul x Snowman son also excels in lifetime profit (+949 NM$ and +1019 CM$), and MONTEREY, a McCutchen x Robust, is a tremendous type sire (+3.71 PTAT and +3.53 UDC) in his own right. Both of these young bulls provide producers the opportunity to reach new heights in their genetic programs.

Daughter-proven Jerseys

The ABS Jersey lineup once again leads the breed in JPI with full brothers VOLCANO and VISIONARY both graduating from the Primetime lineup. These LEGAL x Paramount sons provide lifetime profit through daughters with remarkable production and longevity, from quality udders. 29JE3762 VOLCANO has a remarkable JPI at (+265) and transmits tremendous production (+2020 M). 29JE3761 VISIONARY’s daughters are confirming his elite genomic predictions (+249 JPI) and outstanding production and udder quality (+1700 M and 3.83 JUI).

Primetime genomic Jerseys

ABS leads the way, with 29JE3866 HARRIS (+283 JPI) ranking first among all available genomic sires.  At +2,064 PTAM, this exciting VOLCANO son is a production star (+79 F and +69 P) with great udders and strong fitness traits (+5.7 PL).  29JE3915 HECTOR (+259 JPI) is a JUPITER son with +156 pounds of combined fat and protein. 29JE3927 WALTER (+249 JPI) is a HILARIO son at +5.05 JUI that completes this diverse trio of elite genomic sires.

For more information on these and additional August graduates, visit the ABS website at www.absglobal.com.

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

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Limousin genetics are making an impact in the U.S. dairy population.

Over the past 30 months, Genex Cooperative, Inc. has marketed more than 300,000 units of beef semen to dairy herds. The marked increase in sales of beef genetics to dairy herds is attributed to technological advances enabling producers to target matings to a specific purpose as well as tight beef supplies and record low beef cattle numbers.

Realizing an opportunity to capture additional revenue, dairy producers from locations across the U.S. have chosen to breed low genetic merit dairy animals with beef semen and produce high value feeder cattle. At the same time, the breeding strategy is benefitting their dairy herds. Some producers are simply placing bias against old cows as potential dams of future replacements, through use of beef semen. Others are also incorporating use of high genetic merit gendered semen on heifers to drastically shift genetic progress within a herd.

While dairy producers have utilized Simmental, Angus, Gelbvieh and Limousin genetics for the beef and dairy mating, the Limousin cross has proven the most successful to date according to packing industry carcass assessments.

The Limousin cross infuses the correct genetics to improve feed efficiencies, carcass quality and capture the most market premiums.

Genex was the first artificial insemination organization to pave the way for Breeding to Feeding, a program utilizing Wulf Cattle Limousin genetics on dairy cattle with guaranteed calf buyback from Wulf Cattle. Genex and Wulf Cattle earned a 2013 World Dairy Expo Innovation Award for Breeding to Feeding.

Source: North American Limousin Foundation

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Cooperative Resources InternationalThrough the first half of 2014, Genex Cooperative, Inc. and Cooperative Resources International experienced a 33 percent growth in Jersey semen sales over the same period last year. The increase follows a 26 percent growth in the cooperative’s Jersey sales for 2013 versus 2012.

“This growth is a result of the cooperative’s commitment to the growing Jersey breed,” states Keith Heikes, Genex Chief Operating Officer. “In October 2012, the Genex board of directors adopted a delegate-backed Jersey cattle initiative and Genex staff developed an aggressive five-year growth plan. Those initiatives are leading Genex to be the elite genetic resource for Jersey producers.”

Also playing a role in sales growth is the availability of GenChoice™ sexed semen from more than 30 Jersey sires and PregCheck+™ sexed semen fertility ratings.

“Further demonstrating our commitment to the Jersey breed was the addition of Jerseys to the GENESIS Cooperative Herd in 2013,” notes Heikes. “Jersey GENESIS will allow the cooperative to increase the availability of Jersey semen globally and develop genetics that provide maximum profit potential and adequate diversity for our members and customers.”

For more information on Genex Jersey sires visit www.crinet.com or contact customer service at 888-333-1783.

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

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International Protein Sires marches on with sterling achievements in their genetic offering following the August 2014 sire summaries. “We are grateful with the achievements of our daughter proven sires, but the progressive genetics of our genomic rated sires is even more pleasing. Our principle goal at IPS is meeting the dairy farmers’ objectives; a requirement that bulls transmit profitable performance along with durable confirmation. The continual fortification of the IPS genetic lineup clearly meets these objectives,” expressed Ron Sersland, President and CEO of IPS.

The ‘Million Dollar’ KHW Regiment Apple-Red (EX-96) is having a profound influence on the Holstein breed. IPS has just released the genetic leader from the Apple Family in 566HO0510 Avatar RC at +1965GTPI. A son of Apple and sired by Shottle, Avatar is the #9 ranked Holstein bull for fat with +94 lbs. and +0.30%. The only known Apple son plus for milk, Avatar is also a sterling type performer at +2.61. Avatar excels in udder composite at +2.15 along with feet and leg composite of +2.03. In addition, the bull nails down the #2 TPI ranking for Red Carrier bulls!

566HO1185 Bjorn stacks up impressive protein numbers at +0.05% and +69P, resulting in a #11 breed ranking. Bjorn is an excellent source of dairy-strength along with a milk proof that was bumped to +1,846M and +527 net merit dollars. Superb conformation, notable productive life and low somatic cell resulted in a GTPI rating of +2126. Bjorn descends from a blue-collar family having superb milk records with excellent protein test.

Following great popularity as a young sire, 54HO0552 Barbwire-Red has been elevated as a daughter proven sire. Barbwire has supported his superb genomic type prediction. He shows great attributes across the board; +2.59 for type, +2.04 for udder composite and +2.19 for foot and leg composite. He is also plus for components at +0.08% fat and +0.03% protein. The show winning conformation from this Shaquille son of Rainyridge Talent Beauty (EX-94) is an added bonus.

566HO1192 Mr Apple Jack-Red moves into breed leadership for Red Holsteins; #2 for type at +3.32, #2 for udder composite at +3.07 along with a #4 ranking for foot and leg composite at +2.30. And, this bull joins the superior conception bulls at IPS being ranked #4 in the breed at +6.6 SCR. Sired by Redliner, Apple Jack-Red is a maternal brother to the aforementioned 566HO0510 Avatar RC.

Another noteworthy accomplishment is 54HO0458 Bevin at +2119GTPI and ranked #76 on the International Top 100 Holstein list. Bevin has great credentials with +1631 milk and +2.30 type. Unfortunately, Bevin’s semen availability is limited.

IPS is the A.I industry’s leader in semen conception rate (SCR). At #1 is 99HO6145 Barry with +14.2 on 4,442 inseminations and 94% Rpt. Rankled #2 is 99HO7660 Axford at +10.0. 99HO7070 Jehosaphat is positioned at #3. And, 566HO1192 Apple Jack-Red comes in at #4 with a SCR of +6.6.

For progressive dairy farmers utilizing the corrective mating guide aAa, IPS has a unique offering. 183HO2024 Marachi has been assigned aAa: 642. Marachi is the only known active A.I. bull with this rare code. He is plus for milk with a solid type proof at +1.71 along with an udder composite score of +1.94. Marachi is sired by Braedale Pagewire from a Very Good-88 daughter of Boliver.

With these sterling achievements, the IPS proven sire lineup becomes a major player in the A.I. industry. IPS semen is available through a growing network of independent distributors worldwide. Located in Rock Springs, Wisconsin, you may seek additional information about IPS through their website, www.ipssires.com or by calling toll free: 1.800.542.7593

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cogent-300x184[1]The UK has published genetic indexes for dairy sires this month along with much of the rest of the world, and the Cogent stud – a leading player in cattle genetics – has come through with flying colours.

After a proof run in which the UK’s economic breeding index, £PLI, has been revised to place more emphasis on health and efficiency of production, Cogent has risen to the challenge. Many bulls in its stud have moved up through the Profitable Lifetime Index rankings as more daughters have been added, reaffirming the quality and reliability of both the Cogent bloodlines and the UK proving system.

Wintersell Milo (Oman) has steadily climbed through the £PLI rankings as more daughters have contributed to his index, and he now joins the ranks of the international elite with a PLI of £455. He has all the qualities of health and efficiency demanded by modern breeders and rewarded in the new £PLI, and becomes Cogent’s highest proven bull on this ranking.

A recent addition to the stud is Errolston Zeus, a high-milk, high-type Bolton son who has a positive daughter Fertility Index which has helped him climb in the £PLI ranking. He is the highest bull for Type Merit in the Cogent proven line-up at +2.78.

Another barn favourite who has benefitted from the recently reformulated Fertility Index is the high type Shottle son, Woodmarsh Asterix, who now has a FI of +8.9, making him Cogent’s biggest improver of daughter fertility.

An exciting new release bull is Kirkblythe Dundeel (Maestro x Shottle x Ford), who has a very balanced proof both for production and type and is the highest available Maestro son for type with over two points.

Cogent Twist reaffirms his position as a truly great bull of the Holstein breed, more than doubling the number of daughters in his proof, which now has a reliability of 99%.

“Twist has been a flagship bull for the Cogent stud for many years and he continues to uphold the values for which we stand of consistency, reliability and outstanding performance in UK conditions,” says Gerbrich Andringa from Cogent. “Like many of our bulls, he is available as sexed semen, so helping our customers to breed the heifers they need and bring their businesses the extra profits we want to help them make.”

For more information about the Cogent stud, please call Cogent on +44(0)1244 622000.

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Fitzsimmons named Director of Sales

Monday, August 18th, 2014

St. Jacobs ABC is pleased to announce that Robert Fitzsimmons of East Montpelier, VT will be joining their staff as Director of Sales. In his new role, Fitzsimmons will be responsible for the growth of business in all aspects of St. Jacobs ABC’s product lines through the growth of St. Jacobs ABC sire programs. He will work directly with the ABS/St. Jacobs ABC sales team as a resource to provide more information and support to the customer, spending a great deal of time on farms working with breeders on the St. Jacobs ABC programs. In addition, he will be responsible for developing new markets for embryos and cattle for the St. Jacobs ABC elite female program as well.

Bob has been involved in the cattle breeding business his entire life, starting with roles at Dreamstreet Holsteins and with Holstein USA as Director of Classification. Bob went on to manage the elite breeding and marketing programs of Lylehaven Farms in VT and Carrousel Farms in IL. In these roles, Bob helped develop two of the most elite show herds in the world, garnering many honors including Premier Breeder and Exhibitor banners along with championships at both the Royal Winter Fair and the World Dairy Expo. Most recently, Bob has spent time in sales in the AI Industry.

Bob is an accomplished judge and has had assignments in many countries around the world and has judged at the World Dairy Expo and the Royal Winter Fair. Currently, he serves as an official for Holstein USA’s judges training program and has been a leader in training new judges through many programs.

“Bob is one of the most experienced cow men we know. He has dedicated his life to the industry and is world renowned for his ability to breed, select, and judge cattle. He is the perfect fit for our program that is focused on providing the best type genetics in the world,” says St. Jacobs owner, Tim Abbott. Tim added, “To be able to add the knowledge and experience of Bob to our team will help our business grow and take our commitment to customer satisfaction to the next level.” Fitzsimmons is excited to be a part of the team as well. “I have watched the St. Jacobs ABC program grow with great admiration over the past decade. Their bulls such as DUNDEE, DESTRY*RC, BUXTON, and AFTERSHOCK are all breed leaders. Their sampling programs, such as Judge’s Choice, are the most creative in the industry and their ownership of cows like Dundee Hezbollah, Gold Barbara, and Cameron add a unique piece to their business. I look forward to helping St. Jacobs ABC meet their goal of becoming the industry leader for elite Type genetics,” states Fitzsimmons.

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

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The August Sire Summary 2014 was a very exciting one for MASTERRIND and has seen many new additions to the top of our MASTERPROVEN and MASTERGEN lineups. With 31 bulls each in the German Top-100 for proven and genomic sires every third Elite bull originates from MASTERRIND, Germany’s leading Holstein breeding program. Our large group of new graduates provides numerous options for tremendous sires from alternative blood lines to fit the breeding goals of our worldwide customer base.

MASTERPROVEN: MASTERPROVEN

Our breed-leading Baxter sonBakombre Bakombre from the Markwell Blackstar Raven family remained in the German Top 5 for RZG (#4) with outstanding proof levels for production and type while adding 748 (!) new daughters for production and 169 daughters for type (RZG 140, RZE 121, 2122 TPI, 2,10 PTAT).

The newcomer to be named first is Jucator Jucator, who gave an excellent debut as #9 of the German Top 10 proven sires at a Total Merit index of RZG 138. With his outstanding proof for milk production along with functional type and good fitness traits he also ranks extremely high on US base at TPI 2173 (PTAT, 1,58). Juca-
tor offers with Jeeves x Buckeye x Titanic x Rudolph an outcross pedigree hailing back to Braedale Gypsy Grand VG-88, the former Global Cow of the year from Canada. His daughters are of medium-size with sufficient strength & power and are built to last under all kind of management systems.

Particularly noteworthy among the MASTERRIND group of Top ranking Planet sons (Planty (#6), Planay , Planay (#18),Pikeur (#39) is PIONEER PIONEER (Planet x Shottle x Durham) since he was popular as a genomic young sire and used as sire of sons within the MASTERRIND breeding program. Pioneer received his first daughter proof based on 275 milking daughters and landed strong at a Total Merit index of RZG 131 (TPI 2160). The intriguing Planet son originates from the famous US cow family of Hendel Durham Mitzi EX-90 and sires medium stature, durable cows with plenty of strength, very sound feet & legs and quality udders. Pioneer is also popular for his great fitness traits including a daughter fertility score of RZR 118 and an exceptional calving ease score of CEd 117.

Joining the ranks of Germanys elite daughter proven sires in August is our first Man-O-Man son Marsian Marsian (Man-O-Man x Shottle x Ito) who started at #26 position with a Total Merit Index of 133 RZG (2043 TPI). The previously used MASTERGEN sire offers solid figures all across the board and belongs to the Regancrest Ito Isa VG-86 branch of the Snow-N Denises Dellia EX-95 cow family.

Shining on the newcomer stage this round is Hafnar, who offers with Hayden x Laudan x Jurmel x Ronald another exciting outcross pedigree. Hafnar is a high Sire fertility bull and debuts with a good level of production (RZG 128, TPI 1902) plus the ability to sire trouble free, profitable cows with great udders (RZE 123, PTAT 1.26). He traces back to the same well-respected Dutch Barnkamper Marilyn family, that al-
ready developed our Elite Bolton son Barnkamper Björk kamper Björk (Bolton x Oman x Sierra) who maintained great ratings for production, type and udder health (RZG 131, TPI 1926).

Two more uniquely pedigreed bulls who entered the proven stage this round are Boenisch (Bolivia x September x Ronald) and Calgary (Captain x EX-93 Outside x EX-92 Convincer x EX-92 Emory). Boenisch is a great foot and leg bull and combines that with a good level of production (+1475 kg milk), functional type and that hard to find 561 Triple A score (RZG 128). Calgary is a member of the well-known Melvina EX-93 family at Our-Favorite Holsteins and is a great type source (RZE 125, PTAT 2.56) as he transmits outstanding body traits, perfect rumps (Body 122) and beautiful attached udders (Udder 125, UDC 2.46).

Grabbing most of the attention among the new release type sires is Matulla, (Mac x Shottle x EX-94 Morty) who arrived strong at 130 RZG (2106 TPI) with impressive scores for overall type (PTAT +3.03) and udders (Udder 132, UDC 3.10). Matulla makes these stylish, angular, long necked cows and is truly an udder specialist. He is a straight son of the high testing Golden-N-Oaks Marbella VG-89 GMD DOM and additionally displays desirable values for all major fitness traits, particularly longevity and daughter fertility.

MASTERGEN: MASTERGEN:

The MASTERGEN bulls continue to dominate the German genomic Top list in August. MASTERRIND’s hot genomic graduate Sunview Gold Sunview GoldDolph (Liquid Gold x Snowman x Atwood) from the Roxy family did catapult himself into the #3 position of the German genomic Top rankings with exceptional values for milk, fat and protein yield as well as excellent type and longevity (RZG 161, RZE 134). Closely following on his heels in #5 position is Pirlo (Picanto x Planet x Goldwyn) out of the Dutch Ebony family who is a production improver with outstanding marks for longevity (RZN 136) and calving ease (CEd 132 !) as well.

The previous RZG leader, Teemar Marce Astonishing (Maurice x Bookem x Shottle) slipped only one point to RZG 159 and sits now at #6 position with exceptional proofs for milk solids, fitness traits and udders (2307 GTPI, 812 NM$). Completing the German genomic Top 10 is Wendland Holstein Genestar Wendland Holstein Genestar (Genesis x Dorcy x Goldwyn x Shottle), the popular sire of sons, who performs well on all different country scales, boasting high production along with superior type and breath-taking fitness traits.

The major news, however, is the arrival of our three Elite Red Carrier bulls, penetrating into the German Top 30, all with the ability to improve a large number of traits for both Black and White & Red and White Holsteins. The Cashcoin son Mr Sunview Coin Sunfish Mr Sunview Coin Sunfish RF is the #1 Red Carrier bull in Germany from a VG-87 Snowman out of the popular flush cow, Des-Y-Gen Planet Silk EX-90 (RZG 156, GTPI 2383, PTAT 3.23). Filou RDC (Fanatic x Elburn x Malvoy) arrives as the #2 Red Carrier sire and transmits similar to his popular MASTERGEN sire Fanatic Fanatic Fanatic outstanding fitness traits (RZG 155, RZN 135, RZR 127). Piano RDC (Phoenix x Beacon x Baxter) complements that illustrious group at RZG 154 offering tremendous production and the cow family of Kamps-HollowAltitude-ET *RC EX-95.

With Stantons Skydome Stantons Skydome (Sympatico x Man-O-Man x Shottle) MASTERRIND offers the #1 Sympatico son in Germany who is also one of the highest ranked genomic sires for longevity available in the German Top list (RZN 141 !). His Shottle granddam Wabash-Way Shottle Ellyn-VG-86 is a full sister to Wabash-Way Emilyann VG-88, the former #1 GTPI and CTPI cow in the Breed.

Our breed-leading genomic sires Mikkel (Mixer x Super x Berryridge Shottle 1270-ET EX-92) and Uecker Sire Joclassic Sire Joclassic(Supersire x Beacon x Jango), both moved up one and three RZG points, respectively. Mikkel offers a powerful genetic package of high production (+1582 Milk kg), great body traits along with superb scores for longevity (RZN 129) and Daughter Pregnancy (RZR 113). He is a super star also on US base with 2496 GTPI along with 2.9 DPR, providing a rare blend of high productivity and reproductive health.

Joclassic ranks high on both systems at 152 RZG and 2455 GTPI plus he has that very balanced genomic profile specializing in production, udder quality and health traits. The famous Wind-Knoll View Promis EX-95 family stands behind the three intriguing MASTERGEN sires, Willsbro Naberg (Numero Uno x Baxter x Durham; RZG 141, GTPI 2313), Willsbro Merandy (Meridian x Man-O-Man Pammy x Baxter; RZG 151, RZE 129) and Mr. President Drointon (Mogul x Man-O-Man Pammy x Baxter; RZG 150, GTPI 2389), who all have the ability to breed outstanding cattle. Naberg is straight out of Willsbro Baxter Pammy, VG-87, the dam of Man-O-Man Pammy and a direct daughter of Windy-Knoll-View Pammy EX-95-USA, the former Reserve All-American cow. This is the source for their great type transmission as Naberg boasts a RZE of 133 and PTAT 3.51 while Drointon ranks at RZE 131 (PTAT 2.83).

Stantons Earn Energy Stantons Earn EnergyP (Earnhardt P x Snowman x Shottle) sprinted into the MASTERGEN Polled line-up in August 2014 as the #1 Polled sire in the German RZG Black &White rankings at 147 RZG (2227 GTPI) and is a first class member of the high testing cow family of Whittier-Farms Lead Mae EX-95-USA. Energy P is an elite production & protein sire that sports that quality pedigree together with good type and body traits (RZE 126, PTAT 2.73). Also of interest is the remarkable debut of another Polled MASTERGEN sire, Mr.Sizzle M izzle M izzle MoneyP (Cashmoney x Shottbolt x Goldwyn) from the Hickorymea breeding. Money P has the ability to improve type (RZE 130, PTAT, 3.04), components & heath traits all at once (RZG 142, GTPI 2163).

The Snow RF sons Burnet Red (Snow RF x Destry x Mr. Burns) and Soko-Red (Snow RF x Gerard x Mr.Burns) making the Red headlines this round as the #1 & #2 Red genomic type sires in Germany at 141 and 138 RZE, respectively. The high demand Sire of sons One-Red VCR Red VCR (Numero Uno x Aftershock x Goldwyn)completes the group of Germanys leading Red genomic type sires at 138 RZE & striking 147 RZG. All three “Red musketeers” display an attractive blend of high type, great production and desirable fitness traits.

Please enjoy studying our new active proof lists from August and let us know if you have any questions.

MASTERRIND Germany Proof lists here
MASTERRIND US Proven Holstein bulls here

 

Provided by MASTERRIND/MasterProof

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Trend in Sire Usage by Age Category1

Trend in Sire Usage by Age Category2

Source: CDN

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AI Total bulls are ready for the future!

Friday, August 15th, 2014

The April proof run has brought great news for AI Total. AI Total is excited that their highranking sires did very well and is pleased to announce a few exciting new bullsthat fit the needs of commercial dairy farmers around the globe.

AI Total is excited that Vendairy Wonder *cv did well this proof run after adding 308daughters to his proof. Wonder continues to be one of the highest sons ofShottle and farmers who are milking Wonder daughters are extremely pleased withthe results. The daughters continue to impress with great frames, outstandingrumps and fantastic udders. Which was confirmed by his progeny group at the All-Holland Dairy Show end of June, where his group was voted as one of the best progeny groups! CLICK HERE for a short YouTube clip of the Wonder daughters at the All-Holland Dairy Show (NRM 2014).

Vendairy Wonder progeny group

Already on the list was GlamourCarlo (Mogul x Robust) from the Larcrest cow family, Carlo scores GTPI+2453 including >1000 Lbs Milk, +150Lbs combined fat and protein, great health traits, compact cows with great udders and feet and legs.

From the same family is the new addition DG Condor (Mogul x Larcrest CaleVG-89-2YR). Conder sires the type of cows which is appreciated by manycommercial dairy farmers. Compact sized cows with great udders, good feet andlegs combined with great fitness and nearly +150 Lbs combined fat and protein

Another really exciting new addition to the line-up is Broeks Modius (Mogul x Toystory x Ronelee Outside Dabble). His completeprofile including >2000Lbs Milk, >3points on type, including averagedsized cows with great rumps, udders and good feet and legs and easy calving’sare making Modius an easy bull to use.

Another bull with dazzling production numbers is Anderstrup Heavey (Massey x Snowman xShottle), Heavey scores GTPI+2418 with dazzling production numbers including+160 combined fat and protein, good somatic cell score and all round type. Heavey is the #1 GTPI Massey son in the Breed!

From the Altitude family AI Total has the high Allround GTPIRED sire RH DG Adam-Red available soon. Adam scores nearly +1000Lbs for milk,positive components resulting in over +122 Lbs combined fat + protein. He hasan impressive linear profile with positive scores on nearly all traitsincluding fantastic rumps, great combination of strength and dairy and isflawless on the fitness traits. And with his maternal line he can be used on alot of the Red/*RC pedigrees!

For more information about AI Total contact info@ai-total.com or call with the office: +31 (0) 38 46044311.

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Jetstream Genetics has an enhanced offering with the August 2014 Sire Summary. New sires are now available – sires with added reliability, with top-ranked daughter- proven sires now fulfilling the pedigrees. With Jetstream Genetics, on-line ordering is open 24 hours day (online ordering available only in the U.S.), available to make your orders ready when you are: www.jetstreamgenetics.com

The genetic release on August 12, 2014 powered the following headliners.

  • 534HO00031 POWERBALL P (Earnhardt x Robust): For Polled sires, he is the #1 GTPI, #1 GLPI and #1 RZG sire in the breed. POWERBALL P has changed the landscape on Polled genetics as he exceeds all the trait thresholds for Milk +1642, Protein +72, and Type +2.65. He’s from the Productive Life (+4.9 PL) crafted family Wesswood-HC Rudy Missy EX 92 DOM GMD.
  • 534HO00032 KOOL (Cashcoin x MOM): KOOL comes to you as an early release CASHCOIN son. From the company that delivered you CASHCOIN, it is pleasing to deliver you this +158 RZG sire. Boosting at +2438 GTPI, +3225 GLPI, what is not to like about a new release sire that has the added feature of A2A2 milk? Pedigree is as genuine as it comes, going back to the Art-Acres Kay Family. This exciting Cashcoin x VG87 MOM x EX Shottle x VG88 BWM x VG Patron x VG Aerostar x VG Ned Boy x VG Chairman x VG A. Chief x EX Elevation x VG Ivanhoe could be as complete as any new release sire on the market today.
  • 534HO00025 MARDI GRAS (Mogul x Planet): He is Jetstream’s top available GTPI sire at +2480. He boasts +152 RZG in Germany and his CDN figures in Canada are extreme with +3177 GLPI. The Rudy Missy EX92 family continues to deliver top-end performance with MARDI GRAS. This Mogul son gained GTPI points, rising to +2480. He fits nicely with his brother, 534HO00012 MODEL, also offered by Jetstream.
  • 534HO00026 DEMAN (Mogul x Atwood): Very few sires have the CDN type breakdown that DEMAN offers: +16 Type, +15 Udder and +13 Feet and Legs. In Italy he tops in at +3246 GPFT making him a global attraction. The Debutante EX92 branch of this family has many high-ranked daughter-proven sires, like Destry. DEMAN joins his popular brother, DELTA, at Jetstream Genetics.
  • 534HO00017 DELTA (Snowman x Atwood): Jetstream’s #2 type sire stands at +4.06 Type and +19 Conformation in Canada. DELTA’s sire, Snowman, recently claimed the #1 GLPI daughter-proven sire in Canada. The Queen of the Breed, Roxy, is behind this masterpiece sire, combining type, production and cow family.
  • 534HO11310 GOLDDUST (Goldchip x Damion): His famous dam Sonnek Damion Charlie is now EX 94, GOLDDUST rings in at +4.51 Type. His Canadian CDN figures are just as impressive, as he scores +19 Conformation and +17 Mammary System. He is backed by great linage: EX 94 Damion x VG Shottle x EX Morty x EX Rudolph x EX Supersire x VG Elton. His Udder Composite and Type with Frame keep GOLDDUST at the top of the type charts. His Sire Gold Chip continues as a renowned Type specialist.
  • 534HO00008 COLT 45 RC PO (Colt P-Red x Shottle): His early offspring are eye-catching individuals that are acquiring top prices in numerous sales and auctions. This RC PO sire is over +2.66 Type. The Chassity family continues to generate superior breeding with this own son and maternal brother to the popular Gold Chip and 534HO00001 CARSON. This cow family stamps them true and built to last. Plus he can make them Red and Polled.
  • 534HO00010 CASHCOIN and 534HO00009 CASHMONEY (Observer X Goldwyn) the Cash bros: Science meets reality with these genomic leaders. They have experienced tremendous fertility results worldwide, numerous CE observations make them perfect SCE sires at 6.1% & 6.8%. Their early offspring are appearing at the top of all the young genomic progeny tested lists and the beautiful calves are sure to impress. Jetstream will soon be offering elite CASHCOIN sons in the line up that are among the best in the world.

The new August 2014 Sire Portfolios are available by contacting Roger Turner: info@jetstreamgenetics.com or 608-770-0012.

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

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

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In this run, many new bulls excel in efficiency and health. Delta Atlantic consolidates his number 1 position in black-and-white and moreover makes his mark as a bull sire and grandsire, for both red-and-white and black-and-white. 
 
Delta Atlantic (Ramos x O Man) is leading the black-and-white ranking head and shoulders above the rest. His NVI has increased by 14 points to a fantastic score of +332, with a towering longevity of +829 days. No wonder Atlantic is currently by far the most widely used CRV bull.

Atlantic-impact on red-and-white and black-and-white
While Atlantic is leading the ranking of black-and-white breeding bulls, red-and-white has the scoop of the first grandson becoming available worldwide. This is InSire Top Bull Delegate vd Peul (325 NVI, Deputy x Atlantic). Just like his grandsire, Delegate passes on superb practical traits, such as udder health (109), claw health (104) and longevity (+806 days), thus contributing to a healthy herd (+7%). With an extremely high NVI of 325 points, Delegate passes on high contents (+0.26% fat and +0.19% protein) and high efficiency (+8%). With an overall score of 113 for conformation, with 113 for udder, Delegate is a bull that is a good match for any modern herd, either red-and-white or black-and-white.

Delegate van de Peul

Atlantic’s dam is also the dam of Arroyo, Delta Colorado’s sire. Delta Colorado (299 NVI, Arroyo x Lawn Boy P) is a red-and-white InSire Top Bull with an excellent conformation inheritance (116), with 115 points for udder. Colorado passes on great efficiency (+7%) and health (+4%), with very high scores for udder health (107) and claw health (105).

Delta Sissy (dam of Colorado)

Quatro Patrick (309 NVI, Atlantic x Onedin) is a black-and-white Atlantic son that presents himself. Based on his genomic breeding values, this InSire Top Bull scores no less than +10% for Better Life Health, which allows him, just like his sire, to do a very good job for breeding a healthy herd. A herd that is therefore easy to manage, as is also proven by his inheritance for fertility (105), udder health (105) and claw health (108).

Quatro Patrick (s: Atlantic)

Top bulls for efficiency
Apina Norman (265 NVI, Numero Uno x Ramos) is topping the ranking in Great Britain. He is a real udder improver (111) and excels in health (+8%) and longevity (+619 days). The Numero Uno son scores high on all major health and management traits, like udder health (103), fertility (105), claw health (105) and calving ease (107). Norman also transmits a solid milk production (+994 kg) and he gives an extreme boost to the efficiency of the herd (+10%).

Apina Norman (s. Numero Uno)

De Vrendt Reality (221 NVI, Fiction x Gogo) is new on the list of red-and-white daughter-tested bulls. Just looking at his bloodline, Reality is a versatile bull that can be used in many herds. This former InSire Top Bull has many benefits. He gives the efficiency of the milk production (+8%) and the health of the cows (+5%) a great boost. His daughter produce a lot of milk (+1138 kg) and fat and protein (+72 kg). Reality daughters have a superb type (108) and good udders (108).

Delta Rosa 1 (s. Reality)

With the Dutch-Flemish ranking of red-and-white genomic Bulls, we find Delta Detective (304 NVI, Sherlock RF x Jerudo) in fourth place. He passes on a great milk production to his descendants, which will moreover be achieved very efficiently (+8%). In addition, Detective passes on a top conformation with an overall score of 115 with 114 for udder and 112 for legs. Detective achieves a high score for udder health (106), and with his profile, he is a very interesting bull to build a profitable herd.

Delta Detective (s: Sherlock RF)

An absolute specialist in efficiency is the red-and-white InSire Top bull Bronkhorster Dapper (279 NVI, Dakker x Fidelity). With an extreme score of +12% for Better Life Efficiency, he makes sure his descendants will produce much milk (+1552 kg) and much fat and protein (+106 kg) very efficiently. Dapper also passes on great udders (109) and good udder health (104).

Bronkhorster Dapper (s: Dakker)

Daughter-tested Bertil sons
In this index run, a number of daughter-tested Bertil sons draw the attention. One of those sons is
De Biesheuvel Bertoli
(Bertil x O-Man, 223 NVI). He passes on a good milk production (+743 kg), with very high contents (+0.27% fat and +0.24% protein). This combination enables him to increase the efficiency of the herd (+5%). Bertoli’s pedigree is free of O-Man and he scores high for udder health (+105) and claw health (+105). His daughters have great dairy strength (108), and their body condition continues to be very good. Both Bertoli’s dam, De Biesheuvel Javina 3 VG87, and granddam, De Biesheuvel Javina VG88, are still alive and have high lifetime productions.

Tineke 156 (s. Bertoli)

Delta Lambert (221 NVI, Bertil x Win395) is a Bertil son with an interesting bloodline. With no fewer than seven CRV bulls in his pedigree, Lambert can be traced back to Sunny Boy. With +1715 kg, this bull passes on a very high milk production. In addition, Lambert daughters produce a lot of fat and protein (+110 kg). Lambert is perfect to use on (too) large cows. Moreover, Lambert is an excellent bull to use for leg improvement (111) in the herd.

Corrie 130 (s. lambert)

After a very good performance at the NRM in June this year, Aurora Jeroen (245 NVI, Bertil x O Man) shows that he is in firm control. He combines an excellent milk inheritance (+973 kg) with high contents and this great combination results in a very high Inet (€374) and many kilograms of fat and protein (+117 kg). His daughters keep his breeding values stable, which will only increase interest in Jeroen.

Hennie 44 (s. Jeroen)

Second crop for MRIJ
For MRIJ, Marijn (147 NVI, Matthijs x Nw Weert 7) consolidates his position in this run thanks to his second crop daughters increasing his NVI by 16 points. Marijn passes on high contents (+0.35% fat and +0.18% protein) and great health (+5%). His daughters are fertile (104) and have healthy udders (104) and strong claws (107). Moreover, Marijn’s calves are born easily (104) as well.

Harte 18 (s. Marijn)

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Select Sires logoTop-10 GTPISM sire, 7HO10848 Ladys-Manor Rd GRAFEETI-ET (+2226 GTPI) and popular Showcase Selections™ sire, 7HO10999 Regancrest-GV S BRADNICK-ET (EX-94) (+3.89 PTAT) lead the Select Sires graduating class this proof run. This class of new release sires offers a wide variety of pedigrees and specialties for operations of all types and sizes.

Elite FeedPRO® sires
GRAFEETI debuts in the active lineup as a high reliability sire with outstanding Net Merit (NM$) (+697) and Cheese Merit (CM$) (+774) with outstanding Type (+2.53). His daughters produce excellent components (+.19% Fat, +71 Fat, +.05% Protein) and are moderate in stature with exceptional udders (+2.75 Udder Composite) and feet and legs (+2.56 Feet and Leg Composite). His low Somatic Cell Score (SCS) (2.70) and high Productive Life (PL) (+4.8) and positive Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR) earn him the HealthMark™ designation. With over 4,000 observations, GRAFEETI is a Calving Ease sire (7.1%DBH).

7HO8081 Ensenada Taboo PLANET-ET (EX-90-GM) son, 7HO10937 King-Emerling FUTURE-ET (VG-88) graduates at +2148 GTPI and +669 NM$. His daughters fill the tank with Milk (+1,839M) and components (+131 Combined Fat and Protein) and are long-living (+5.1 PL) cows with high, wide rear udder attachments and deep clefts.

New graduate, 7HO10970 End-Road Planet BRICK-ET (VG-85) is from the same family as lineup sire 7HO10277 End-Road Bolton BRANCH-ET (EX-94). BRICK transmits exceptional production and component yields (+1,801M, +110 CFP). His daughters are medium-sized, open, dairy cows with plenty of rump width and well-attached udders. At 7.3%DBH, BRICK is a Calving Ease sire.

7HO10884 De-Su AVERY 643-ET (VG-87) joins his maternal brothers 7HO10272 De-Su FORK-ET (EX-92) and 7HO10723 De-Su 527 SPUR-ET (EX-92) in the active lineup. A 7HO8221 Golden-Oaks St ALEXANDER-ET (EX-94) son, he is a highly reliable graduate that transmits solid Type (+2.20), outstanding feet and legs (+2.56 FLC) and longevity (+3.2 PL). AVERY daughters are moderate in stature, track straight and have shallow udders with tight udder attachments. He is a Calving Ease (5.5%DBH) specialist and DIAMOND SELECTion™ sire.

Outcross genetics
A Dotson son from a Very Good (88) Airraid dam, 7HO10947 Clear-Echo Dotson INSPECT joins the lineup at +2113 GTPI. His daughters standout for their conformation (+2.35 PTAT, +2.78 FLC, +2.18 UDC) and for their Fat production (+.13%F, +65F). INSPECT’s outstanding DPR (+1.9), PL (+3.4) and SCS (2.81) earn him the HealthMark designation while his low 6.8%DBH makes him a Calving Ease sire.

With a pedigree stack of Burt x 9HO2575 Peckenstein Form BRET-ET (EX-94) x Lynch, 7HO10895 Pine-Tree Burt BANCO-ET (VG-87) is a great mating for today’s popular bloodlines. He is a HealthMark specialist (2.56 SCS, +2.8 PL) and FeedPRO sire that ranks well for GTPI (+2083), NM$ (+610), CM$ (+702) and CFP (+112). BANCO daughters are medium-sized with outstanding feet and legs (+2.41 FLC).

7HO10976 Paradise-R Dorne DRAPER (VG-87) is a Dorne son from a Very Good (85) Burt daughter. A FeedPRO sire, he transmits production (+1,053M), Fat (+.11%F, +68F), low SCS (2.76) and sound Type (+2.22). His daughters are open and dairy with wide rumps, shallow udders, high and wide rear udders and central teat placement.

Trio of SANCHEZ sons enter lineup
A popular Super Sampler™ and Showcase Selections™ sire, BRADNICK is a highly reliable Type sire at +3.89 PTAT, +3.30 UDC and +3.30 FLC. His daughters are tall, open, strong, deep and wide so it is no surprise they perform in the showring. BRADNICK transmits excellent production (+1,307M) and with a Sire Conception Rate (SCR) of +3.0 he can create a high number of pregnancies.

At +3.54 PTAT, 7HO10796 Twin-Crik Schez SHAMAN-ET follows in his father’s footsteps. His daughters are tall, open, strong and deep with outstanding udders (+2.48). SHAMAN, a DIAMOND SELECTion sire, transmits positive components (+.08%F, +.04%P) and longevity (+2.6 PL).

7HO10998 Pine-Shelter Cesar SAN-ET (EX-91) is a grandson of World Dairy Expo grand champion, Pine-Shelter Cheyenne (EX-95-3E-EX-MS-DOM). A feet and leg improver (+2.69 FLC), he also increases production (+1,049M) and components (+.01%F, +.03%P). SAN is a HealthMark sire (+2.9 PL, 2.95 SCS) and a Superior Settler™ (+3.0 SCR).

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

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

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Semex’s Facebook Now World’s #1 TPI Sire!

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Semex’s Genomax™ sires meet the industry’s most rigorous genomic young standards. This results in some of the most in-demand genomic and progeny proven bulls in the world. The newest graduate of this program, 0200HO03753 Marbri Facebook, now ranks as the world’s #1 TPI sire!

Facebook joined Semex’s elite Genomax lineup as the #3 GTPI sire in December 2010. Identified quickly as a top sire, Semex sampled 17 sons that have now entered the Genomax program themselves. They are now some of the most highly respected and in-demand genomic sires in the breed including 0200HO02870 Mr Lookout P Enforcer and 0200HO03877 Coyne-Farms Jabir who have each been at the top of the GLPI and GTPI charts.

Now as a progeny proven sire, Facebook’s international demand will only increase as his #1 TPI and #1 MACE LPI rankings combined with his Immunity+™ status make him one of the most valuable sires in the world. With impressive statistics of +2356 GTPI/+3469 MACE GLPI, +2.49 PTAT, breed-leading +172 lbs combined Fat and Protein, moderate stature and fantastic udder traits of +3.04 RUH, +2.80 RUW and +2.90 UC, Facebook and his sons are only just beginning.

“Facebook is exactly the kind of bull our clients are looking for,” says Brad Sayles, Vice President, Global Marketing. “He was an extremely popular Genomax young sire who has proven himself through his milking daughters. He is truly more than a triple-threat sire, being Immunity+, a high fertility Repromax™ sire, Calving Ease™ and HealthSmart™. He’s got everything our global clients are looking for to be profitable at the farm gate.”

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

 

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Genetics for Life is all about ensuring that our customers everywhere have the tools they need to be successful. For our clients who are seeking a non-invasive solution to dehorning, the polled gene is extremely valuable. Semex recognizes the potential of the polled gene and we’re working with our customers worldwide to find the best possible polled genes for them.

New to the Semex Polled™ and Genomax™ lineups in August is the #1 homozygous polled bull available in the world, 0200HO10157 Calbrett Blueprint PP. He’s an impressive +2124 GTPI with a +4.6 PL, +1.10 DPR, +2.09 PTAT with a great +2.68 RUH, +2.47 RUW and 573 NM$ and is also designated a HealthSmart™ sire.

A son of the popular Earnhardt P and from the well-known PR Barbie maternal line, Blueprint’s pedigree is extremely popular and valuable. His dam is VG-85-2YR Cherry Crest Colt Bambi P, a Colt P from a VG-88 Alexander, Lookout Pesce A Brava, from VG-87 2* Regancrest MB Breyell then EX-90 GMD DOM 3* Breya, a Shottle from PR Barbie herself.

“We have seen the remarkable increased interest in polled genetics over the past few years,” says Brad Sayles, Vice President Global Marketing. “As the genetic merit of these sires increase so does the demand. Our clients are looking for homozygous polled sires with a high genetic value, and Blueprint is certainly one of those sires! This is his first semen available for use anywhere and we’re excited about the potential it holds for our clients worldwide.”

Available worldwide beginning September 1, Blueprint is priced at $150 with no minimum purchase required.

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

 

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The discovery of high immune response (HIR) and Semex’s release of Immunity+™ sires was a game-changer for the bovine industry. With a 25% heritability, Immunity+ sires can help improve a herd’s overall health and longevity.

Regardless of herd size or management style, Immunity+ sires are a valuable tool for breeding a healthy herd of profitable and efficient cows.

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

“We’ve been excited to hear from dairymen real life examples of Immunity+ sired daughters being healthier than their herdmates,” says Jay Shannon, Semex Global Dairy Solutions Manager. “For example, recently a dairyman using bulls from several studs reported that a bug hit his dairy’s calf pen. Unfortunately, he lost 11% of the daughters from other sires, but none of his Immunity+ sired calves were lost.”

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

  • 0200HO03753    MARBRI FACEBOOK…    MAN-O-MAN x AIRRAID
  • 0200HO02653    MISTY SPRINGS TRIBUTE…    MAN-O-MAN x GOLDWYN
  • 0200HO07432    REGANCREST INTIMATE…    PLANET x SHOTTLE
  • 0200HO02690    STANTONS EMPRESS…    MAN-O-MAN x OUTSIDE

The following Genomax™ bulls are also designated Immunity+:

  • 0200HO06631    MYSTIQUE ALSACE…    MCCUTCHEN x GERARD
  • 0200HO03994    MR FARNEAR MESMER…    MOGUL x PLANET
  • 0200HO06635    SNOWBIZ LIVEWIRE…    MCCUTCHEN x SNOWMAN

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

 

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With the August genetic evaluation, Semex once again reaffirmed our commitment to our clients and their drive for profitable genetics. We’re more confident than ever that our programs offer our clients everywhere what they’re looking for through our lineup of newly released daughter proven sires, high reliability sires and the very youngest and brightest genomic superstars.

Semex highlights include its Genomax™ program graduating 0200HO00402 Marbri Facebook (Man-O-Man x Airraid) who received his first official proof ranking him as the #1 TPI sire and #1 MACE LPI in the world! He joins Millionaire Sire 0200HO00402 Manistream Manifold, 0200HO0528 Sildahl Jett Air and another new graduate 0200HO02690 Stantons Empress (Man-O-Man x Outside) in the top 25 GTPI sires in the world.

Genomax™:
Led by household names including 0200HO07450 Amighetti Numero Uno and the program’s most famous graduate to date, Facebook, our rigorous selection standards ensure that Semex’s Genomax sires are the industry’s finest, most desirable and profitable young bulls available anywhere:

  • 0200AY00784    KAMOURASKA BIGSTAR…    SITUATION x JUPITER
  • 0200BS00123    LIME ROCK TOLEDO…    MOTOWN x DRIVER
  • 0200HO06304    VAL-BISSON MORNING…    AFTERSHOCK x GOLDWYN
  • 0200HO10072    CLAYNOOK DIECAST…    DAY x BEACON
  • 0200HO10085    SANDY-VALLEY DIVO…    DAY x METEOR
  • 0200HO06621    VELTHUIS B LUNDI…    DAY x PLANET
  • 0200HO10121    SILVERRIDGE ENDURE…    DOORMAN x SNOWMAN
  • 0200HO10157    CALBRETT BLUEPRINT PP *RC…    EARNHARDT P x COLT P-RED
  • 0200HO10101    MORNINGVIEW MAINTOP…    LET IT SNOW x FREDDIE
  • 0200HO10111    BRABANTDALE RACEWAY…    LET IT SNOW x MAN-O-MAN
  • 0200HO10095    CLAYNOOK DILIGENT…    LET IT SNOW x PLANET
  • 0200HO06631    MYSTIQUE ALSACE…    MCCUTCHEN x GERARD
  • 0200HO09136    LEADERWIN MUSCADET…    MOGUL x JEEVES
  • 0200HO07781    GO-FARM TAKOR…    MOGUL x MOSAIC
  • 0200HO03994    MR FARNEAR MESMER…    MOGUL x PLANET
  • 0200HO07784    HAH ROVER…    MOGUL x ROSS
  • 0200HO06628    ELI023 MASTERFUL…    MOGUL x SNOWMAN
  • 0200HO10066    MS KOENEN OVATION…    NUMERO UNO x OBSERVER
  • 0200HO07794    AMIGHETTI APPEAL…    NUMERO UNO x PLANET
  • 0200HO06633    SNOWBIZ CONDOR…    NUMERO UNO x SNOWMAN
  • 0200HO10044    CALBRETT BUDDY…    NUMERO UNO x SUPER
  • 0200HO10062    MINNIGAN-HILLS DISNEY…    SALOON x FREDDIE
  • 0200HO10135    DELABERGE LOPTIMUM…    SHOTGLASS x PLANET
  • 0200HO10097    SILVERRIDGE V EXTRICATE…    SUPERSIRE x PLANET
  • 0200HO06637    SNOWBIZ LITTLETON…    SUPERSIRE x SNOWMAN
  • 0200HO06610    LOOKOUT PESCE SNOWY…    SNOW x ATWOOD
  • 0200HO06635    SNOWBIZ LIVEWIRE…    MCCUTCHEN x SNOWMAN
  • 0200HO06642    BLONDIN INTEGRAL…    SYMPATICO x SHOTTLE
  • 0200HO10109    BENNER SLADE…    DOORMAN x SNOWMAN
  • 0200HO10122    SILVERRIDGE V ELUDE…    MCCUTCHEN x SNOWMAN
  • 0200HO10080    RI-VAL-RE SPECIAL…    SUPERSIRE x SUPER
  • 0200JE09838    JER-Z-BOYZ GAZILLION…    GALVANIZE x LENNOX
  • 0200JE00185    SUNSET CANYON MAJOR…    VIBRANT x IMPULS
  • 0200JE00236    FOREST GLEN TRACKER…    VISIONARY x IMPULS
  • 0200JE01005    PEARLMONT DAMION…    VISIONARY x RENEGADE

Repromax™:
Repromax is the world’s only international fertility evaluation, with designated sires having a 2.5% higher conception rate. These sires provide immediate financial benefits to a dairy’s reproductive performance and profitability. Joining this group of fertility leaders following the August evaluations are:

  • 0200JE00356    BRIDON LEGACY EDWIN…    LEGACY x REMAKE
  • 0200JE00474    FERMAR G BREEZER…    CARRIER x PARADE
  • 0200JE00163    GREENMOOR JAG…        IATOLA x COUNCILLER
  • 0200JE00158    LENCREST HP BLAST-OFF…    JIMMIE x GOLDEN
  • 0200HO06253    AMITIES LOVERTOP…    PLANET x GOLDWYN
  • 0200HO06254    AMITIES MICKEY *RC…    MITEY-P *RC x FBI
  • 0200HO03740    AMMON-PEACHEY STANCH…    ALEXANDER x SHOTTLE
  • 0200HO06255    BOFRAN ROCKER…        BOGART x GOLDWYN
  • 0200HO06103    DELABERGE DARE…    ONWARD x GOLDWYN
  • 0200HO06217    DES-Y-GEN SOLERO…    PLANET x BOLTON
  • 0200HO07801    DUC…                                MR BURNS *RC x O MAN
  • 0200HO07429    EBBARP JANGO JACK…    JANGO x SHOTTLE
  • 0200HO02607    ERBCREST BURKE…    MILLION x SHOTTLE
  • 0200HO06227    FAVREAUTIERE GORDI…    PLANET x GOLDWYN
  • 0200HO06170    GEN-I-BEQ BARBER…    ONWARD x SHOTTLE
  • 0200HO06267    GEN-I-BEQ LAVAMAN…    MAN-O-MAN x GOLDWYN
  • 0200HO06169    GEN-I-BEQ LAVATER…    MILLION x GOLDWYN
  • 0200HO06189    GEORGIQUE SOUND…    PLANET x MR BURNS *RC
  • 0200HO03751    GILLETTE TAVARES…    PLANET x SHOTTLE
  • 0200HO06231    GITOISE BARYMOR…    BALTIMOR x GOLDWYN
  • 0200HO02584    GRANDEUR TESLA…    MILLION x GOLDWYN
  • 0200HO03739    KING-LANE PROFILE…    ALEXANDER x O MAN
  • 0200HO06156    LARCREST CONTRAST…    ALEXANDER x SHOTTLE
  • 0200HO06247    LORKA TITAN…        ASHLAR x BOLTON
  • 0200HO03753    MARBRI FACEBOOK…    MAN-O-MAN x AIRRAID
  • 0200HO03743    MISTY SPRINGS SANFORD…    ASHLAR x SHOTTLE
  • 0200HO02644    MISTY SPRINGS SMOKIN…    LAVANGUARD x FBI
  • 0200HO09902    MR CHASSITY COACH…    PLANET x SHOTTLE
  • 0200HO06205    MR DAMOCLES…        MILLION x GOLDWYN
  • 0200HO06248    MYSTIQUE CHACAL…    JEEVES x MARBACH
  • 0200HO06232    MYSTIQUE CRYSTALGATE…    ALEXANDER x SHOTTLE
  • 0200HO06223    PARILE LOTO…        PLANET x GOLDWYN
  • 0200HO06208    POLY-KOW ACCESS…    SHOTTLE x GOLDWYN
  • 0200HO06213    RALMA CAREFUL…        MILLION x GOLDWYN
  • 0200HO07432    REGANCREST INTIMATE…    PLANET x SHOTTLE

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

 

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Jack HippenSexing Technologies has named dairy industry veteran Jack Hippen as its National Sales and Production Director. In his newly created position, Hippen will lead the company’s sales and marketing teams and oversee distribution of the semen needed to prove high genomic bulls in Sexing Technologies’ Young Sire Program.

He was raised on a dairy, beef and crop farm in northern Illinois and has almost 30 years of experience in corporate management, marketing and sales — most of it with dairy-related and livestock reproductive services companies.

 “We are extremely pleased and excited to have a man of Jack’s caliber joining Sexing Technologies,” said company Co-CEO Maurice Rosenstein. “I can’t think of a better person to harness the genetic potential of our young sires and ultimately develop the best bulls possible to meet the needs of the dairy world.”

Before joining Sexing Technologies, Hippen held senior management positions with DeLaval, ABS, Alta Genetics and BouMatic. He will be based at Sexing Technologies’ Vienna, Wisc. facility.

“I’m excited to be a part of a company which represents innovation via genetic technologies and products to the dairy producers across the globe,” Hippen said. “There are many challenges facing the livestock reproduction industry today and Sexing Technologies has positioned itself to be a global leader in providing solutions to these challenges, particularly those involving genetics. Our goal is to deliver products and information that will assist dairies in maximizing their profitability and reaching their goal of producing high quality milk.”

Hippen earned a bachelor of science degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and an MBA from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisc.

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

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VH Tirsvad Goldwyn Grafit
In new bull proofs released by Dairyco today (Tue 12 Aug), the highest Profitable Lifetime Index (PLI) sire, VH Tirsvad Goldwyn Grafit, is rated +£623 PLI, £44 ahead of second place. Other important traits score +1.74 UK type, +2.26 legs and feet, -19% SCC and +10.5 fertility.
 Grafit daughter
Semen is available immediately from Sterling Sires and Sterling Bulls Online, along with top ranked bull for Dairyco’s new multi-breed Spring Calving Index (SCI), Danish VJ Tester. He scores +£437 SCI, and sires moderate sized cattle with -14% SCC and +12.5 fertility index.
For the growing number of farmers adopting spring calving, milk-from-grazing systems, the new SCI demonstrates great innovation and market orientation by its developer Dairyco, according to Sterling Sires director Paul Westaway.
“For the first time, these farmers can select bulls specifically for their production system based on UK figures,” he says. “Dairyco deserves great credit for upgrading PLI and introducing SCI. As a result, both indexes offer more accurate measurement of genetics-based profitability gains, for both mainstream and spring calving farmers.”
Primary UK distribution rights for both bulls are held by ABA Viking, from whom semen can also be purchased.

 

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O’Keefe joins AI Total team

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

10341981_10204114294556589_5951538533284139810_n[1]AI Total is pleased to announce the hiring of Kathleen O’Keefe as US Account Manager for the company. In this role, Kathleen will be responsible for building and supplying a network of independent semen distributors to sell the AI Total product line and also for developing and implementing the print and digital marketing campaign for AI Total USA.

Most recently, Kathleen spent 7 years with DairyBusiness Communications as a Livestock Advertising Account Representative for HolsteinWorld. Her previous industry experience includes working as a Regional Representative for Holstein USA, extensive administrative work with sale managers and production of hundreds of sale catalogs. A graduate of Northwestern University, Kathleen was born and raised on Feather Field Farm in Thorp, WI where her family bred and developed a herd of high-type Registered Holsteins.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce AI Total sires to the US market following the August run. Carefully chosen and developed from the most respected cow families in the world, these high-quality and high-fertility bulls truly offer the complete production and type package. I’m most excited to be working with our new customers and distributors around the country and look forward to building long-term, beneficial relationships with them.”

Kathleen will be working out of the AI Total office in Hudson, WI. She can be reached at 715-808-8652 or email her at k.okeefe@ai-total.com.

Currently marketing semen in over 25 countries worldwide, AI Total was founded in 2010 and sources genetics from the best Holsteins in the world. The bulls are carefully chosen from elite cow families proven over multiple generations and in various environments in order to produce the most profitable cows possible for our customers.

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Accelerated - AMP logoAccelerated Genetics is pleased to introduce AMP Genetics, the most complete genomic testing service in the industry.

Increase your genetic profitability averages in your herd with AMP Genetics. AMP Genetics uses female selection, which has the largest genomic benefit in herds for reducing generation interval and increasing reliability. Trait evaluations are conducted for production, health, longevity and appearance.

Using this genomic testing service you can predict the future performance of your herd and invest wisely in herd replacements. But not only do you get the testing service, AMP Genetics also provides the consultant to help analyze your herd’s data and help develop those matings that will ultimately increase your profitability.

“At Accelerated Genetics we realize the value of your herd’s genetics and its important impact on making financially sound management decisions,” says Joel Groskreutz, President and CEO. “Through AMP Genetics, your herd will get a complete genetic analysis along with a trained genetic consultant to support your genetic goals.”

Not only does Accelerated Genetics supply a trained genetics consultant with your use of AMP Genetics, but also a way to easily manage your herd’s genomic results. AMP Genetics users can login to Accelerated Genetics industry-leading website (www.accelgen.com) for their individual female proof updates and results storage. No more waiting for an email on evaluation days or having to track multiple result files! It’s all in one place. AMP Genetics users also have access to instant analytic and genetic progress tracking features to easily interpret results.

The AMP Genetics process is simple:

1) Order a free test kit by calling 1-800-451-9275 or email genomics@accelgen.com.
2) Collect your hair sample(s). (For instructions to properly collect hair samples go to: how to pull hair samples)
3) Mail in your sample(s) to be tested.
4) Receive your secure test results via www.accelgen.com.
5) Work with an Accelerated Genetics Consultant to evaluate your results and develop a mating recommendation based on your herd goals and priorities.

Contact one of Accelerated Genetics dedicated Representatives today and let us help you spend more time on the things that matter. Get started and order your free test kit today by calling 1-800-451-9275 or email genomics@accelgen.com or go to www.accelgen.com.

Accelerated logoAccelerated 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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Three winners have been selected in the fourth annual ABS Global, Inc. photo contest. These winners will have their photo featured on the ABS Global, Inc. 2015 dairy calendar. Taking home first place was Janus Katsman with a beautiful photo of Jerseys grazing around mid-day in front of a pond. Second place was awarded to Bill Foster of the United Kingdom, who snapped an amazing picture of a herd of Holsteins walking toward him. Phil Wait captured third place honors with an adorable picture of a 29HO14142 DORCY heifer calf. Honorable mentions went to Caylei Arnold, Kajsa Johansson and Ashley Yager, whose photos will also be featured on the 2015 dairy calendar.

 

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Entries for the ABS Global photo contest were collected through June 2014. ABS would like to thank all participants. Please be sure to watch the ABS Global Inc. website, LIKE the ABS Global Facebook page, and follow us @ABSdairy on Twitter for information pertaining to the 2015 Photo Contest.

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

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Accelerated Genetics Employee Updates

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

TOPP JOINS SALES TEAM
Topp pictureAccelerated Genetics is pleased to announce the addition of Gregg Topp, Minster, Ohio, to the Region 1-3 sales team. Topp has been an integral part of the Accelerated Genetics family for over 25 years.

Previously, Topp worked within the genetics team as a Sire Analyst. He has been acquiring bulls in all but two years of his entirety with the company. Some of his more notable purchases read like a “Hall of Fame” list of sires such as Manfred, Sailor, Ito, Pyrex, Potter, Man-O-Man, Micah, Contact, Kolton, Grenade, CM, Dom, Bowser, Rest, and Pirate.
Gregg Topp
District Sales Representative

“Topp has a vast knowledge of pedigrees and possesses great rapport and integrity with the herds of which he has worked,” says Cheryl Carr, Regional Sales Manager. “With that said, he is a perfect fit for continuing his successful Accelerated Genetics career in Sales.”

In his new role, Topp will be responsible for developing and maintaining sales in Western and Central Ohio as a District Sales Representative.

PETER NAMED SIRE ANALYST

Jess Peter pictureAccelerated Genetics is pleased to announce Jessica Peter as Sire Analyst. Peter will be responsible for evaluating, creating and procuring the highest genomic quality young sires and representing Accelerated Genetics at major breed events and industry functions.

Peter is no stranger to the Genetics team. She came to Accelerated Genetics December 2011 as the Genetics Programs Assistant and quickly moved into the Administrator role.

Jess Peter
Sire Analyst

She processed sire contracts and genomic testing of bulls, generated and composed PACE pedigrees, managed/updated the PACE portion of the website and was responsible for ensuring all bulls coming into stud were tested for genetic recessives. She also assisted with picturing cows and Holstein SETS.

“With Jess’ vast experiences already on the Genetics team, she will be a great asset to the sire analyst team,” said Devan Funk, Vice President Genetics.

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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Jetstream Genetics uses Infinium® BovineSNP50 BeadChip-based data to assess the genetic merit of young elite sires, optimize sire selection, and advance genetics for improved herd production.

Introduction
With their classic black and white coloring, Holstein cattle are the highest milk producers of the dairy industry. Jeff Butler and Roger Turner ofJetstream Genetics have spent their lives driving genetic improvement of the breed. Growing up on Holstein dairy farms 700 miles apart, they first met as competitors in dairy cattle judging shows. The award-winning calves and cattle they showed became valued parents of future offspring. Later, they bought and sold the progeny of those animals as they made their way into the dairy industry, Jeff as co-owner of Butlerview Farms and Roger as Sire Analyst and International Sales Manager at Alta Genetics (1994–2012).

Through the years, they’ve seen a shift from using just phenotypic/ pedigree driven selection towards the addition of genomic information to improve the accuracy of selection. When coupled with reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer, this combination reduces genetic interval and more rapidly advances the Holstein breed genetically. The transition has taken several decades. At the competitions that they attended in the 1980s, their cows were judged solely on conformation traits such as udder shape and dimensions, structure of the skeletalframe, and overall dairy strength or appearance1. As artificial insemination (AI) and embryo transfer (ET) technologies were integrated into the breeding programs of breeders to shorten generation intervals, Holstein cattle breeders found they were breeding unproven dams and sires*, with no guarantee that the results would be positive. Genomic tools, such as the Illumina Bovine SNP50K BeadChip, now enable Holstein farmers to assess cattle through a combined statistical genetic analysis of phenotypic and genotypic data to make more informed breeding decisions.

In 2012, Jeff launched Jetstream Genetics, an AI marketing organization, and hired Roger as Global Sales and Genetic Manager. The company is focused on offering the best sire genetics to the global marketplace. iCommunity spoke with Roger to learn how genetic data from the Illumina Bovine SNP50K BeadChip adds value to their Holstein sire selection and mating programs.

Q: Why did you choose Holstein sire genetics as the product focus of your company?
Roger Turner (RT): Jeff and I grew up on dairy farms and have a combined 60 years of experience raising, breeding, and managing Holstein herds. We know a lot about the breed. We also recognize that as members of the food production service industry, dairy farmers need an efficient product to be successful. The Holstein breed delivers the highest level of milk production of any dairy breed. For that reason, it’s popular in North America and worldwide.

Q: When did genetic selection join phenotype-based decisions in Holstein breeding?
RT: In the 1950s and earlier, breeding decisions were based on estimated breeding values (EBV)† of cattle within the same herd. Progeny testing of bulls began in the 1960s, where data was collected on young sires and their offspring within a herd. In the early 1980s, a complete genetics-based model came into use. It captured ancestor and progeny information across herds, reducing herd-to-herd bias and providing a better view of the presence of detrimental and valuable traits.

Q: Did the use of in vitro fertilization (IVF) contribute to the shift from phenotype- to genotype-based breeding decisions?
RT: It’s been a combination of IVF and genetics that’s empowered the shift to more genotype-based breeding decisions. Together, they enable today’s dairy farmers to obtain hundreds to thousands of calves from an award-winning sire. The two technologies developed along parallel tracks. About the time that progeny testing began to be used, cryogenics and the use of liquid nitrogen to freeze sperm enabled IVF to shift from a local to a more regional distribution model. Although embryo transfer in cattle was demonstrated successfully in the 1950s, it wasn’t until the early 1970s that it became widely used. That was just before genetics- based progeny models began to really take off.

Leveraging the latest advancements in IVF and genetic testing, breeders can now capture more pregnancies by more sires from younger females. Unfertilized ovum can be collected from two-month old heifers or younger, fertilized with young sire semen, and the embryo transferred into a young female for gestation. This shrinks the generation intervalfrom 4.3 years to 2.2 years. Achieving a complete genetic turnover in half the time enables dairy farmers to make huge strides in advancing genetic progress in their herds.

Q: How is Jetstream Genetics enabling Holstein dairy farmers to take full advantage of what IVF offers?
RT: Jetstream Genetics was created with the goal of increasing the use of breed-defining young Holstein sires to improve herds worldwide. The genes for high milk production come through a sire’s paternal and maternal lines. While many market the ovum and embryos of their females, not all dairy farmers are tapping into the earning potential of their sires. Through Jetstream Genetics leased royalty contracts, dairy farmers receive the full value of the high- quality dams they have in their herds. The higher the genetic value and maternal pedigree of the sire, the higher royalty they’llreceive for its semen. They can then reinvest that royalty income into the female nucleus of their herd.

Butlerview Farms already has extensive experience in marketing embryos, females, and bulls from the latest generation of Holstein cows. Providing sire genetics enables us to expand our offering to the other half of the IVF equation. We’re not a “brick and mortar” business. Instead of owning bull housing, we’re partnering with Alta Genetics to leverage their high fertility expertise and logistics experience. With low operating overhead and high-quality sire genetics, we’re able to return high royalty payments to bull owners.

Q: How important are cow family pedigrees to your customers?
RT: Breeders and their clients are really looking for the depth of maternal pedigree. We look at sire stacks—the sire, the maternal grandsire, the maternal great-grandsire —that have had a lot ofsuccess within the industry. The pedigree provides reliability and credibility that a high genomically ranked bull will become a proven sire with
daughters in milk production and classification.

Q: What are the important attributes you look for in selecting Holstein genetic sires?
RT:Conformation, production, health traits, and cow family certainly play a large factor in our selection. This lineage trait information is compiled by trained people using a scoring system that classifies the animals. When you look at our current lineup, you’llsee a number ofsires that possess cow family names that are recognized globally. Families like Regancrest, Missy, and Sonnek. For example, Regancrest S Chassity has strong confirmation, was a 92 points Gold Medal, and was a Dam of Merit for a high-production cow. We have two or three of her sons and several other male descendants in our lineup. Chassity and her offspring package have sold for over $1 million USD in 2009 and have proven to be a great financial investment. Wesswood-HC Rudy Missy was a former #1 productive life cow. Cows with high production lactation months directly impact a dairy farmer’s costs. A bullfrom the Missy cow family can sire several hundred daughters, increasing productive lactation by several months, and positively impacting a farm’s bottom line. Missy now has great, great, great-grandsons that have successfully carried on that productive life trait. Sonnek Damion Charlie is the Dam of one of our outstanding bulls called Golddust. He’s the number 2 type bull in the breed today. He has been extremely popular since his release and basically sells out every month of production. What’s unique about the family is that the Sonnek name (breeding prefix) has been carried under the same ownership for 40 years. Their philosophy of breeding good cows has withstood the test of time. We now have genomics data identifying several tremendous females within the Sonnek family.

Q: How many generations of cow family data do you assemble for each sire sample?
RT: We gather as much generational data from the Holstein Association as we can, often going back 10–15 generations. It’s a comprehensive database that includes production classification and breed award information for all males and females within a cow family. Generation data validates cow family strength, enhancing the reputation of our product. We’re proud of the fact that all of our sires expect one have dams that carry VG (Very Good) or EX (Excellent) classification scores. We know of no other sire genetics organization that offers that level of quality.

Q: How does the genomic data you obtain from BovineHD BeadChip-based tools enhance the value of the pedigree data?
RT: The Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA) and the USDA- AnimalImprovements Programs Laboratory (AIPL) built a statistical algorithm to incorporate genomic information generated with the originalBovineSNP50K, and now the BovineHD BeadChip, into the statistical generational information that’s compiled on these cow families. Moving forward that information will be compiled by the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB). We use the BovineSNP50 BeadChip-based Zoetis HD50K tool to identify known traits, many of which are responsible for the success of certain cow families. Traits such as productive life (PL), somatic cellscore (SCS), daughter pregnancy rate (DPR), and sire calving ease (SCE).

Genetic tools also identify new traits that are increasingly requested by customers, including the gene marker to select for hornless or polled cattle. Polled bulls eliminate the need to put calves through the stressful dehorning process and save farm staff time and money. However, many polled bulls don’t rate as high in production traits and other attributes. Some dairy farmers haven’t been willing to accept the genetic loss that polled bulls offer. We’re pleased to have the #1 polled sire in our lineup, View-Home Powerball P. He’s about 80–90 genomic total performance index (GTPI) points higher than the next polled bull. He’s the highest priced young sire ever in the industry, with his semen selling at $1,500 USD per unit. The average price for Holstein semen is $20–30 USD per unit. He’s attracted a lot of attention and generated many sales in a short time.
Q: Are there any other new markers that represent traits valued by customers?
RT: In addition to all the modern day markers that deliver strong conformation and classification traits, there are several newly identified genetic traits that are attractive to international customers. In certain Europe countries, red and red carrier cattle are valued highly. Red hair is a recessive Holstein trait and these cows are red and white, rather than black and white. Red and red carrier Holsteins offer higher milk production, good somatic cell count, and high conformation scores. In Australia, milk containing A2 beta casein is considered to have health benefits. Beta casein is one ofsix milk proteins and is produced by the CSN2 gene. We can
identify the A2/A2 beta casein CSN2 variant through genetic testing. There are some herds in Australia that are moving to 100% A2/A2, generating a 20% premium based on that milk quality. Including data on that variant enables us to compete effectively in the Australian market.

Q: Do you have data on the impact your sire genetics have had on dairy herds?
RT: The progeny from our bulls are not into milk production yet, so it’s a little early in our lifecycle to look at production levels. We’ve had many repeat customers because we’ve shown them the value of high elite genomic young sires providing a next generation for them. Our early customers have captured revenue from the sale of male and female offspring from our sires. They’re already creating the next generation through embryo transfer and IVF, so we’llsoon have maternal grandsires in the lineage that we’llfollow to track production and genetic traits. We’ll also get some of that information through the CDCB. We remain in constant contact with our customers to receive fertility and calving ease reports. As the animals are registered into the Holstein USA breed database and move into production, we’ll be tracking the daughters and add that information about proven sire status into our reports.

Q: Are there certain reports that must accompany every exported sample?
RT: Holstein USA has been around for 125 years and the integrity of their database is recognized throughout the world. When data becomes available on the offspring from our sire genetics, we can obtain DNA reports from Holstein USA with official 3–5 generation pedigrees to accompany the semen samples we export. It’s part of the protocol that’s put in place within the industry to maintain a high level of integrity. We’re in about 30 and 35 markets internationally. There is a high demand globally for U.S. and North American Holstein genetics. Dairy farmers in the rest of the world have seen the increase in productivity and efficiency achieved here and the reliability that genetic testing provides. By marketing Holstein sire genetics, we’re enabling dairy farmers worldwide to improve their herds and offering U.S. and North American dairy farmers with a revenue stream to enhance their farms.

Q: How have genomics and Illumina Bovine BeadChip-based tools enhanced your business?
RT: We’ve been using Illumina Bovine BeadChips for years at Butlerview Farms and now at Jetstream Genetics. We started with the BovineSNP30K BeadChip, moved up to the BovineSNP50K, and now work with BovineHD (80K) BeadChip-based tools. The data these BeadChips provide add value and accuracy to the reports we provide customers.

Honestly, we couldn’t be in this business without genomics. We’re able to assess the genetic value of an animal when it’s 30–40 days old, which enhances our business
and enables customers to validate the impact of our sire genetics quickly. Genomics also enables us to capture new opportunities through the identification of new trait-linked markers, such as the polled, red and red carrier, and A2/A2 genes. Without the data showing that View-Home Powerball P carries the polled and A2/A2 genes, he would be just another Holstein bull.

Q: Do you need to educate any of your customers on the value of genetics?
RT: As a judge at dairy breed competitions, I’ve meet dairy farmers from over 20 countries and can see that the use and understanding of genomics has grown over the past decade. Yet, the education process is ongoing and a part of every conversation we have with clients. Teaching them about dairy genetics creates value and adds another link to our relationship with dairymen around the world. Jetstream Genetics is unique in that Jeff can provide information on the female side of Holstein breeding. With Butlerview Farms, he’s established an elite ranked female nucleus herd. He’s constantly buying and selling elite females and understands the value genetics brings in supporting those decisions. With Jetstream Genetics offering sire genetics, we can help customers understand how genomics impact both sides of the Holstein reproductive equation.

Q: What are the next steps in your business?
RT: I think the accuracy and acceptance of genomics is growing worldwide, which will enhance our business and enable us to enter new markets. Some countries have taken longer than others to accept genomic young sires into their breeding programs. For example, Poland willfinally be opening its markets for genomic young sires by the end of the year.

After the daughters of our genomic sires are into milk production, we’ll be able to market proven sires as well. The combination of pedigree, lineage trait information, and genomic and proven sire data will enable us to provide comprehensive reports to our worldwide customers.

Courtesy of Jetstream

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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