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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Limon Joins All-West Select Sires Team

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

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

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

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

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

To learn more about All-West Select Sires, visit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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Select Sires to Release YODER on May 1

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

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

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

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

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

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Kees Gorter is the new chairman CRV

Monday, April 21st, 2014

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

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

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

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Semex Delivers 12th Millionaire Sire

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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

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

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

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


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

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New Hires at Accelerated Genetics

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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IPS Genetic Advancements

Monday, April 14th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Advance your herd at the speed of genomics

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

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

Genetic progress with high genomic G-Stars

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

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

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

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

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

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

Genomic versus daughter-proven – what do you gain?

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

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

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

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

Set your own genetic plan to maximize progress toward your goals

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

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

Production sires


Health Sires


Conformation sires

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

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

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

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

Source: Alta Genetics

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Semex Opens Expanded Facilities in Hungary

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

1010700_771786489506902_2677861357835639294_n[1]Semex is pleased to announce the opening of its newly expanded Semex-Génbank Hungary facilities in Mezőhegyes, Hungary, meeting Semex’s increased sire housing, semen collection, processing and distribution needs.

Semex’s belief that the best genetics are where you find them has netted impressive results, including the world’s genomic superstar and the Hungarian facility’s most famous resident, 0200HO07450 Amighetti Numero Uno. The new facility increases housing and collection capacity from 140 to 200 bulls, while also ensuring all European bulls are cared for in facilities that are governed by Semex’s stringent Gold Standard™ requirements for housing, collection, processing and distribution.

Semex's CEO Paul Larmer snapped this picture of genomic superstar 0200HO07450 Amighetti Numero Uno at today's 25th Anniversary Open House and Grand Opening Ceremony at Génbank-Semex Hungary!

Semex’s CEO Paul Larmer snapped this picture of genomic superstar 0200HO07450 Amighetti Numero Uno at today’s 25th Anniversary Open House and Grand Opening Ceremony at Génbank-Semex Hungary!

“The expanded Hungarian facility solidifies Semex’s position worldwide,” says Robert McRae, Semex Chief Operating Officer. “These bulls are all European Union eligible and offer us an enviable biosecurity advantage. And, as we’re genomic testing more and more European young sires and growing our Genomax™ lineup, this new, state-ofthe-art facility is increasingly important.”

Held in conjunction with Génbank-Semex Hungary Ltd’s twenty-fifth anniversary, this grand opening was truly a remarkable celebration with over 400 people attending. In operation since December 1989, Génbank-Semex Hungary Ltd is the largest semen distributor in Hungary, and received the award as Hungary’s #1 Cattle Breeding Company on the 2014 Golden List.

“We’re extremely proud of our people in Hungary,” says Paul Larmer, Semex Chief Executive Officer. “They are committed and dedicated to growing Semex’s global footprint and are truly living our corporate vision to ‘Demand the best… Of ourselves, our company and what we do for our customers.’”

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

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“She’s pregnant!” Those are very welcome words for breeders to hear at pregnancy check time. The ideal is that the pregnancy occurs after one A.I. service in the time period 70 to 100 days in milk, while the cow is producing high volumes of milk, fat and protein. In a perfect world that single A.I. heifer service should occur between 12 and 14 months of age.  Getting to that success depends on many factors, not the least of which is the skill of the inseminator.

Do What you Know or Use a Pro?

It takes a wide range of skills to successfully run a dairy operation at a level that is both sustainable and profitable.  Professional A.I. technicians recognize that many breeders rise to the challenge of taking on this most vital aspect of their dairy business. They realize that many breeders want complete control of the reproduction program on their farm. Dr. Hernando Lopez, Global Technical Service Director for Genus ABS acknowledges that control is important and sums up the breeder perspective saying, “They believe that they can inseminate successfully themselves’. Dr. Ray Nebel, Senior Reproductive Specialist for Select Sires, outlines further reasons that breeders give for doing their own artificial insemination. “They want the flexibility of when to breed. They prefer having semen available from several different A.I. organizations in their farm tank and being able to change the mating right up to the last minute”.  Of course, both Dr. Lopez and Dr.Nebel are aware that cost is one of the strongest motivating factors in choosing who inseminates the cows.

Times have Changed

Thirty years ago there were many more dairy herds and most of them had less than 50 milking cows. Shorter travel distances and labor costs per cow bred by the technician were much lower than today. In that scenario, with only two or three breedings per week, breeders could not become proficient at inseminating. However, with the current average herd size in the US being 187 milking cows, with many miles between herds and with breeders focused on costs, they often choose D.I.Y. artificial insemination for expedience and cost reasons.

Is D.I.Y Really Cheaper?

The monthly bill for technician supplied A.I. needs to subdivided into semen costs and costs for technician services. It’s easy to quote the professional technician’s bill for arm service but expenses must also be pencilled in for the D.I.Y. tech on the farm and for all the costs leading up to the actual insemination.

Remember there is a labor cost for heat detection, including the checking of cows bred 21 days previously. There are additional time related expenses as well.  Time to check computer records or activity monitors. Time to check with all staff members for heats others may have seen. Time to call in for service and time to enter breeding information into the herd records.  Furthermore for on-farm staff there are costs associated with social security tax, insurance, workers compensation, sick time and other benefits that owners must provide.  These time and employment costs are not usually quickly remembered and easily quoted when we sum up the costs of getting cows and heifers in calf. Add in gloves, rods, training and re-training, semen tank purchase and semen tank maintenance and you are getting closer to the true total cost for A.I. Although, at first glance, D.I.Y. seems cost effective and faster, the real question in every dairy manager’s mind should be, “What is the return on the investment?”

Think about it.  In a herd of 200 milking cows, it may take a farm employee up to half their time to monitor animals and carry out other aspects of the herd’s reproduction. Some owners take the next step and assign the farm’s repro staff member to the job of doing the breeding. On the surface it sounds like a cost savings but who covers on days-off? What happens when the farm breeding person is needed elsewhere and he/she does not do all the daily reproduction duties including checking for heats? Only seeing 70% of the heats can soon become a major negative factor for the farm’s bottom line. Missed heats result in more days open, lower daily herd average milk production, more non-productive days in the dry pens and an age at first calving of 26 instead of 22-24 months. Add to this the fact that the on-farm inseminator must be trained and monitored and will need to spend time on skills upgrading and, very quickly, the savings from do-it-yourself insemination are rapidly disappearing.

A.I. Results: Are You Getting Professional or Passable?

Of course, if your pregnancy rate is 23+% and you are meeting or exceeding all your established targets, you can stop reading now.  However, if your results are not at that level, working with a professional technician could be a discerning business decision for you to consider.

Times have changed from when the only service offered by the technician was insemination. Today organizations providing A.I. tech services wish to provide their customers with a full range of services.  Both Lopez and Nebel emphasize that the professional technician becomes part of the on-farm production team, where the goal is to achieve a high pregnancy rate as part of a complete reproduction program.

Dr. Nebel notes that “Herds have gotten bigger, days on the farm have become more demanding, milk per cow has increased and more cows are housed in confinement than they were twenty years ago. These are all challenges when it comes to getting cattle pregnant.” Dr. Lopez also outlines how change is affecting dairy breeding. “Today there is more focus on cow welfare, cow comfort, the successful integration of reproductive technologies like synchronization and heat detection aids and the handling and compliance for large groups of cows. Today successful breeding goes beyond the proper insemination technique. It requires all aspects of dairy management to be correctly working and their needs to be great teamwork.” When breeders work with profession A.I. companies they have access to complete reproduction services including: full cow side services including, walk, chalk, synchronization and insemination’ data entry into herd management software including report generation; management of automated activity and heat detection systems and reproductive consultation.

With all of this potential information and support, one wonders why more breeders not asking for competitive bids from companies that provided genetic and reproductive services to dairy farms.

When it comes to pregnancy rate, whether you are your own professional or hire a professional, you can’t afford less than professional results.

Jack of All Trades or Master of Pregnancy?

Professional technicians employed by A.I. companies breed between 5,000 and 20,000 animals per year. They are continually being monitored for their performance.  As new techniques become available they receive training. Their only focus is on getting animals pregnant. Their livelihood depends of delivering top notch service. Dr. Lopez provides this very sound advice: “Most operations can economically benefit from outsourcing breeding or a total reproductive service to a professional technician not only because of the superior consistent results but also due to all the technical support and resources producers have access to through the professional breeding services”.

The Bullvine Bottom Line

Every aspect of dairy farming needs to be penciled out as to cost and return on investment. Every breeder has an area of dairy farming that they like best and do to a professional level.  In the end, A.I. breeding is all about fewer breedings, less semen used, more pregnancies, fewer reproductive culls and the best use of time and services. There is too much at stake to be a jack of all insemination trades and master of none.

Breeders need to be totally objective about every step from heat detection to confirmed conception.  If you agree that insemination is all about the results, then ask yourself two questions, “How important is an excellent A.I. program?” and “Who performs artificial insemination best?”



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Select Sires logoSelect Sires offers the best in Brown Swiss, Ayrshire, Guernsey and Milking Shorthorn sires including leaders for total performance, Type, Net Merit and fitness traits.

AUGUST and MVP pace the Brown Swiss lineup
7BS826 Oak View Zeus AUGUST*TM and 7BS828 Little Hill Ladys MVP ET*TM keep improving and are the No. 2 and No. 3 active A.I. Brown Swiss sires for Progressive Performance Rating (GPPR) at +181 and +175, respectively. Both sires continue their upward trend for Milk (AUGUST +836, MVP +835) and CM$ (AUGUST +470, MVP +450). MVP jumped 72NM$ to +400 and improved Fat (+.19%F, +77F) and Protein (+36). AUGUST continues to be a source for high Type (+0.8), PL (+2.8), Mobility (+1.0) and low SCS (2.63).

Showcase Selections™ sires 7BS901 Mort Blessing Dynsty JAVA (M) “E90” and 7BS900 Blessing Tex BRAIDEN ET*TM “E92″ are in the top 10 active A.I. sires for SCR at +1.6 and +0.7, respectively. Additionally, JAVA is the No. 7 Type sire (+0.8) while BRAIDEN ranks in the top five for PL (+3.9) and Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR) (+1.5).

Select Sires’ Super Samplers™ also perform well with 7BS863 Cutting Edge SEAMAN*TM (+1.4 PTAT) and 7BS852 JoBo Wonder BOSEPHUS ET*TM (+1.3 PTAT) ranking No. 2 and No. 3 among active young sires for Type. BOSEPHUS is also the No. 5 GPPR sire at +204 and No. 2 for SCR (+2.2)

First BURDETTE son joins Ayrshire lineup
7AY90 Libby’s LOCHINVAR is the newest graduate to the Select Sires Ayrshire lineup. The first available proven 7AY84 Palmyra Tri-Star BURDETTE-ET son, LOCHINVAR delivers elite Type (+1.6) with exceptional udders and consistent production (+590 Milk). His dam is the well-known reserve All-American, Covey-Farms Wilton Libby (EX-93-2E), who is backed by generations of high lifetime production.

BURDETTE continues to be the best in the breed for Type (+1.9) which comes as no surprise with his daughters’ tanbark success. He is joined in the top four of the breed by his son, LOCHINVAR and 7AY89 Palmyra Poker RIGGINS-ET (+1.3). BURDETTE daughters perform well outside the showring too, with outstanding DPR (+1.0), CM$ (+367) and GPTI (+528). He is also one of the top Ayrshire sires for SCR (+1.0).

At +530 GPTI, 7AY87 Anmar Peter POWER-ET is in the top five active A.I. sires of the breed. He ranks in the top five for DPR (+1.2), Fat (+.11%F, +51F), Protein (+.05%P, +32P), NM$ (+380) and CM$ (+425).

Super Sampler, 7AY104 Bar-Vue BUCKY-ET is the leading active young sire for NM$ (+464) and CM$ (+497) while 7AY100 Rippling-Brook Burdette HUBERT is the No. 2 sire for Milk (+1,359).

Three new AARON sons bring outstanding performance
7GU438 Marodore Aarons LEVI-ET is the new No. 1 Type sire in the breed at +2.6. His daughters are moderate in stature with excellent udders (+2.6 Udder Composite) and correct feet and legs (+1.5 Feet and Leg Composite). LEVI, a FeedPRO® sire, transmits elite longevity (+4.4 PL) and ranks among the top five Guernsey A.I. sires for Production Type Index (PTI) (+147), NM$ (+370) and CM$ (+350).

7GU440 Ripley Farms Aaron CORDELL is tied for the No. 2 PTI spot at +149 and earned the FeedPRO designation. He offers a rare combination of high production (+722) and positive components (+.09%F, +.03%P) making him a top five Guernsey active A.I. sire for Fat (+48) and Protein (+28). CORDELL daughters are balanced Type cows (+1.5 PTAT) with well-attached udders (+1.1 UDC) and excellent FLC (+1.6) from one of the breed’s most prolific cow families. Hailing from the Conny’s, his dam has four Excellent and 31 Very Good maternal sisters.

7GU439 Jens Gold Aaron CRUNCH-ET has already sired All-American and Junior All-American nominees the last two years and has 18 Very Good daughters, over 80 percent of total daughters appraised. CRUNCH ranks No. 2 in the breed for Type (+2.5), No. 2 for SCR (+1.1), No. 3 for FLC (+2.4), No. 5 for UDC (+2.0) and No. 6 for PTI (+144). This FeedPRO sire is a big-time Fat improver (+.13%F, +44F) and makes daughters that are built to last (+3.0 PL).

7GU398 Sniders Ronalds ALSTAR leads the breed for PTI (+153) and NM$ (+479) and ranks high for Milk (+1,203), Fat (+45), PL (+4.4), DPR (+2.1) and CM$ (+437). 7GU428 Golden J Skipper GARY is the top SCR (+1.5) sire and No. 4 for Milk (+927).

LIRIANO and ACE are Type and component specialists
7MS347 Mysha-WO Advent LIRIANO-ET is again the No. 1 Type Milking Shorthorn active A.I. sire at +1.3. LIRIANO is also the leading Milking Shorthorn for UDC (+1.72) and ranks No. 4 for Milk (+1,200) and DPR (+0.8). 7MS346 Kulp-Gen Jurist ACE-ET transmits elite components (.34%F, +.09%P, +65F) and is one of the best for NM$ (+334), CM$ (+399) and PPR (+125).

For the complete list of Select Sires’ high-components breeds lineup, please visit or contact your Select Sires sales representative.

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

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Masterrind’s Successful Proof Run

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

MASTERRIND had a very successful April 2014 Sire Summary and continues to offer numerous breed leaders, both proven and genomic, plus several high ranking new graduates to help improve the genetic quality of our clients herds.

Despite the annual base change in Germany a larger number of MASTERPROVEN sires maintained or even exceeded their last genetic data in multiple areas. With an RZG of 149 our high production sire Idevra Mascol Magorian took the lead again among the German Top rankings, whose pedigree is tracing back to the popular brood cow New-Way Patron Allie VG -87. More exciting is the return of Bakombre (Baxter x Goldwyn Destiny x A-L-H Oman Destiny x Markwell Durham Daisy) into the German Top 3 for RZG based on an outstanding milk & protein performance of more than 500 additional daughters (RZG 140, RZE 122, 2139 TPI, 2,16 PTAT).
Also in the German Top 10 remains Engslevgaard Mascol Mavid (Mascol x Eminenz x T-Burma), whose pedigree is as unique as his ability to sire outstanding components, functionality, great sire fertility and calving ease (RZG 137, RZM 133, GTPI 1936 TPI).
The MASTERRIND group of Elite Bolton sons (Bowers, Borislav, Lavish, Boyle) remained quite stabile through the base change and is led by the production leader Barnkamper Björk (Bolton x Oman x Sierra) who is above 4 points for longevity and ranks as the highest Bolton son in Germany (RZG 134, TPI 1949).

Another winner this round is the Baxter son Benstrup (Baxter x Durham x Rudolph) who is a son of Windsor-Manor Z Delight EX-93-USA 2E GMD straight out of the “longevity Queen” Windsor-Manor Rudolph Zip EX-95. By overcoming the base change Benstrup climbed  2 points in production and 1 point in Total Merit and offers strength and frames, great milk production plus shallow udders (RZG 127, TPI

If you search for different pedigrees, MASTERRIND can deliver. Particularly through Mowambo (Moscow x Goldwyn x Ronald x Novalis x Jabot), who continues to be a great health trait sire and a high milk transmitter at the same time. Since he was already popular as a genomic bull Mowambo added 472 new daughters this round and rose 3 points in RZM (132) and 1 point in RZG to 131, placing him #33 of the overall German Top rankings (TPI 1898).

Last rounds new release sire Carrowcroft Jenetor (Jango x Goldwyn x Brett x Patron) made some nice increases in production this time and penetrated into the German Top 100 bull rankings. Germany’s #1 Jango son traces back to the famous Patron daughter, Regancrest Debbie-Jo-ET EX-92, and sires tremendous milk & protein production along with an optimal rump structure and high & widely attached rear
udders (RZM 128, TPI 1913).
The third highest German Jango son is MASTERRIND’s young sire graduate Dewgood Jabez (Jango x Goldwyn x Marshall x Mattie G x Luke), whose early, uniform daughter group made a nice presence at the Show of the Best in February 2014. Jabez is a great source of components, particularly protein (+.16%
protein), and transmits a desirable rump structure, great feet and legs as well as quality udders.
For those looking for high reliable type sires, KHW Elm-Park Acme-ET RC , Jotan Red (both from Kamps-Hollow Altitude-ET *RC EX-95) or Go-Farm Baxtino (Baxter x Goldwyn x BW Marshall) from the Jeffrey-Way Formation Tate EX-92- family remain appealing choices. The Baxtino daughters at the Show of the Best 2014 in 2nd lactation underlined the quality of his type & udder transmission (RZE 130, PTAT 2,78).

Shining at the top of the MASTERPROVEN Red &White line-up is Huijben Elwood Red (Elayo x September x Tulip) from the Huijben Pietje 514 family, who provides great marks for milk & protein (RZM 136), udder health (RZS 134), Feet &Legs (129) plus calving ease (118) and ranks second on the Top 100 RZG list.
Another irresistible Red sire is Levant Red (Lawn Boy x Classic x Origin), who maintained his already astounding levels of milk, fat and protein while still siring high quality udders (120) with a desirable longer teat length plus he is a calving ease bull.

There’s a New #1 in Germany, MASTERRIND’s hot genomic graduate Teemar Marce Astonishing (Maurice x Bookem x Shottle) debuts at the top of the gRZG list in April at 160 RZG (2314 GTPI, 827 NM$). He offers high milk solids, fantastic health traits and a superior udder transmission while being backed by the cow family of Dixie-Lee Aspen EX-92. Our highly demanded Genesis son Genestar (Genesis x Dorcy x Goldwyn) who sits in #8 position of the genomic Top list for RZG ranks also extremely high on different bases in Europe (Holland, France). Genestar offers the complete package of production, type, health traits and the well-known cow family of Savage-Leigh Bellwood Linda EX-92 (RZG 155, RZE 126).

Our Elite group of Mogul sons is led by Molotov (Mogul x Domain x Mascol) and Mr. President Drointon (Mogul x Man-O-Man x Baxter), both from great international cow families. Molotov hails back from the successful family of Milkworth Manfred Yadda VG-86 and offers that unique sire stack with greatest values all across the board (RZG 155, RZM 131, RZE 126). Drointon is over +1500 kg Milk, +63 kg protein, +132 for Type and +133 for Udders and originates from the well-respected Windy-Knoll Rudolph Promise EX-95 family, the same family that stands behind our highly ranked MASTERGEN sires Naberg (Numero Uno x Baxter x Durham x Rudolph; RZG 143, RZE 133) or the Polled Colt P son Polish Red P (Colt P x Advent x
Rudolph; RZG 129, RZE 118), who both can improve a variety of traits all at once.

MASTERRIND’s last round new release sires Boldi Air Force (Fernand x Observer x Shottle) from the well known Atwood family and Stantons Casual (Epic x Freddie x Lucky Star) from the popular Freddie daughter Stantons Freddie Cameo VG-2Yr, both held firm at # 19 and #30 of the German Top rankings. Air Force
combines superior components, great fitness traits and transmits remarkable udders (RZG 152, RZE 128, GTPI 2335, 2,80 PTAT) while Casual offers an impressive blend of production, type plus fitness traits and remained the #1 Epic son in the German Top rankings (RZG 151, GTPI 2372, RZE 131, PTAT 2,49).

MASTERRIND’s exciting Supersire sons from well-respected international cow families placing #1, #2 and #4 among all active sons of Supersire in the German Top list. Laeschway Ssire Starhawk (Supersire x Observer x Shottle) ranks as 12th on the RZG list and is in highest demand as he provides that great package of high production from superb udders along with a very unique Triple-A code of 516342. Second highest is Uecker Ssire Joclassic (Super Sire x Beacon x Jango) who offers an unique maternal sire stack and is currently used as a mating sire since he ranks particularly high on US base too (RZG 149, GTPI 2441).

First sons of our highly anticipated MASTERGEN bulls, Snowmaster and Poppe Snow RF, entered the German Top list in April. Monaco MR (Snowmaster x Planet x Goldwyn) from the Dutch Ebony family sprinted into the MASTERGEN line-up as the #15 genomic bull in Germany (RZG 153, RZE 118). A few places behind
him gives Socari (Snowmaster x Domain x Planet) a remarkable debut (#21) whose fine pedigree traces all the way back to Regancrest-PR Barbie EX-92, the premier brood cow in the Holstein world for type (RZG 152, RZE 126). The new Red Carrier Solaris RDC (Snow RC x Gerard x Shottle) from a deep French cow family stepped into the genomic spotlight with great figures all across the board (RZG 147,
RZE 127) to enhance our attractive group of Red carrier bulls.

The list of Polled sires includes another highly ranked son of Snow RF, Sosmar P RDC (Snow RF x Lawnboy x September), who is also an exciting descendant of the well-respected Windsor-Manor Rudolph Zip family (RZG 141, RZE 123). Our Polled group is better than ever and rounded up in April by two new Ladd P
sons, Lord Red P (Ladd P x Shottle x Rubens), one of the highest genomic bulls for type (RZG 142, RZE 141) and Lamont P (Ladd P Man-O-Man x Goldwyn), who is a great source of components and superb type straight from the world-famous cow family of Lylehaven Lila Z EX-94.

The high demand Sire of sons One-Red VRC (Numero Uno x Aftershock x Goldwyn) leads our remarkable group of Red genomic sires (RZG 149, RZE 140) followed by the newcomer and protein specialist Goch-Red (Glorious x Kylian x Spencer 2; RZG 147, RZM 136) from the popular Apina Massia family, who boasts that fantastic protein (+70 kg) along with remarkable health traits and functional type. Particularly noteworthy among our Red genomic sire group is Ackley Red (Acme RF x Observer x Forge) who displays a very attractive blend of production, type, fitness traits including easy calving plus he originates from the successful family of Curr-Vale Goldwyn Delicious EX-94 (RZG 140, RZE 130).

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Exciting proof run for St. Jacobs

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

April proofs provided more excitement for the STJ line-up.

Our two most popular bulls DESTRY RC and AFTERSHOCK now have a combined total of over 10,000 daughters and their proofs keep going up!

Our udder specialist BUXTON added a few daughters and improved on type and we released a bull with very similar breeding and a solid proof BONANZA (Shottle x Goldwyn x Barbie)

Our proven red line up got stronger with MAXWELL RED seeing nice improvement in type and udders and PRESLEY-RED taking the top LPI spots for RW bulls in Canada tremendous fat values.  Both are OUTCROSS for Red and Whites.

Our young bull line-up got even stronger with ADDICTION P RED the top GTPI RW/POLLED bull in the business and ATTORNEY, our Gold Chip son from AFTERSHOCKS dam both looking great!

From proven bulls to exciting young sires our line-up is the most complete ever! For more information, visit

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Select Sires logoThe Jersey Revolution™ is stronger than ever with four of the top five Jersey Performance Index™ (JPI™) sires calling Select Sires home, including the new No. 1 sire, 7JE1067 GR Oomsdale Tbone GOLDA-ET (+257). He is followed by 523JE927 Wilsonview Jevon MAGNUM-ET (+236), 7JE1046 Sunrise/Hackline Bungy ZIPPER (+214) and 7JE1038 All Lynns Louie VALENTINO-ET (+212) in the top five. MAGNUM (+666), GOLDA (+513), 236JE146 ISDK DJ ZUMA (+506) and ZIPPER (+504) rank among the top 10 Net Merit (NM$) sires while MAGNUM (+710), 236JE136 ISDK DJ HULK (+609), ZIPPER (+570) and 7JE1073 Boyd-Lee Tbone HENDRIX (+559) are top-10 active and foreign A.I. sires for Cheese Merit (CM$).

VALENTINO remains the top active and foreign A.I. sire for Type at +2.4 PTAT while GOLDA (+2.3) is tied for No. 2. 7JE1000 Richies Jace TBONE A364 and 7JE860 Maack Dairy ECLIPES-P-ET also rank in the top 10 at +2.0 PTAT. VALENTINO son, 7JE1163 All Lynns Valentino IRWIN-ET is tied for the top spot for Type among active genomic young sires at +2.7 while 7JE1294 Jars of Clay BARNABAS is tied for No. 4 at +2.5.

The Select Sires Jersey lineup excels at components improvement with four of the top 10 Combined Fat and Protein (CFP) sires: GOLDA (+159), MAGNUM (+142), HULK (+134) and ZIPPER (+124).

ZUMA is the only active and foreign A.I. sire to be a top-10 sire for Somatic Cell Score (SCS) (2.72), Productive Life (PL) (+6.2) and Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR) (+1.4). 7JE859 Chasin-Rainbows Act RILEY-ET is also a leading PL sire (+4.3), ranks No. 2 for DPR (+1.6) and is No. 9 for Jersey Udder Index™ (JUI™) at +5.11.

Select Sires’ commitment to fertility can be seen in the lineup’s industry-leading Sire Conception Rates (SCR). 7JE1036 Avon Road Impuls PAT leads the breed at +5.4. He is followed by 7JE865 Sunset Canyon KYROS-ET (+4.5), 7JE962 Buttercrest SUCCESS-ET (+3.9), RILEY (+3.8), 7JE1068 Den-Kel Louie JAMISON-ET (+3.7), ECLIPES-P (+3.4) and ZIPPER (+3.0) in the top 10. Select Sires’ Super Samplers™ also excel at SCR with 7JE1173 Dutch Hollow PRESCOTT-ET (+4.2), 7JE1150 Sunset Canyon DIGNITARY-ET (+4.0) and 7JE1169 Heartland Merchant TOPEKA-ET (+3.3) leading the way.

Jersey lineup grows with two graduates
7JE1082 GR HEARTland Gan Ted-1736-ET debuts in the top 20 of the breed for JPI at +182. HEART daughters are exceptional producers (+1,327 Milk) with high component yields (+116 CFP). This Gannon son comes from five generations of Very Good dams with consistent and impressive lifetime production. A HealthMark™ sire, HEART transmits low SCS (2.83), positive DPR (+0.3) and longevity (+2.0 PL).

7JE1068 Den-Kel Louie JAMISON-ET is a 7JE738 BHF-SSF Parade LOUIE-ET son from seven generations of Excellent and Very Good dams. His daughters are solid Type cows (+1.1) with excellent mobility and very good udders (+2.54 JUI). He transmits an outstanding combination of Milk (+776) and components (+.10% Fat, +.07% Protein). This Superior Settler™ is ideal for the upcoming summer breeding season.

For the complete list of Select Sires’ high-components breeds lineup, please visit or contact your Select Sires sales representative.

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

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Cattle breeding company, Cogent, has many counts on which to celebrate the DairyCo bull proof-runs published this week, ranging from the number one butterfat sire in the world to a genomic sire which is an international leader for key global indexes.
And alongside the headline names of Cogent Twist and Cogent Supershot, there’s a wealth of bloodlines to suit every dairy farmer’s needs originating from both Cogent’s own UK breeding programme and the internationally acclaimed portfolio of World Wide Sires in the USA.
Amongst the proven sires: 
Wintersell Milo earns his first daughter proof and exceeds expectations with over two points for type and as a leading cell count improver. With great daughter fertility, a high weight and percentage of butterfat, and as a jet black and easy calving sire, it’s clear why Milo has such a strong following. His Profitable Lifetime Index is £187 and he is +2.1 TM.
Wintersell Milo daughter – Wintersell Sapphire 29
Ladys-Manor PL Shamrock is a Planet x Shottle who has increased daughter numbers and continues to offer high type credentials. This includes a Type Merit of +3.2, mammary of +3.13 and legs and feet of +2.19. A jump in daughter Fertility Index (FI) helps increase his PLI to £197.
Hammer-Creek O Man Kody becomes the number one daughter fertility improver in the PLI top 10, with a massive FI of +8.4. As an improver of cell counts, lifespan and with +1.93 points for type, he’s a great all-rounder with a PLI of £234.
Cogent Twist’s reputation goes from strength to strength as he adds 149 second crop daughters and regains number one spot for UK-proven sires, with a PLI of £244 alongside the highest butterfat index in the world at a massive 39.6kg (+0.24%).
Maple-Downs-I G W Atwood becomes the new number one UK-proven type sire at TM +3.48 and reinforces his international reputation with comparable domestic performance.
Bertaiola Mincio reinforces his position as a superb type improver with a massive TM of +4.12, yet still offers a complete and easy-to-use index without extreme stature.
Dunnerdale Kestrel, as a Bolton x Allen is an outcross sire, and again transmits outstanding butterfat production at 35.6kg and +0.14% and will slightly reduce stature. With 598kg milk, he earns a PLI of £191.
Bakombre regains his top 10 position having increased his PLI to £238, through improvements in production and several fitness traits. This Baxter son’s index is without fault, and includes over two points for type.
The most modern and elite young sires
The young genomic sires add a further dimension to the stud, and with four of the top five highest PLI bulls available through Cogent, we look forward to bringing the world’s most modern and elite genetics to UK herds.
Cogent Supershot is the undisputed leader with a massive £290 PLI and sky-high performance by international standards. This includes the highest genomic TPI in America at 2625; the highest Net Merit (the USA’s key economic index) at $1047 and the highest LPI in Canada at +3511. Never before has a bull offered dairy producers such high genetic potential across such a wide range of bases.
Morningview MCC Kingboy is a McCutchen from a Charlesdale Superstition with a massive +3.58 Type Merit and is also among the elite for the USA’s TPI.
Cogent Goodwell and TW Goodwhone are half-brothers from one of the greatest cows in Europe – the Active daughter, Campogallo Gaia. Sired by Sudan and Mogul respectively, both bulls offer great milk and components while Goodwhone’s high type (TM +3.05) dwarfs that of other outcross genomic sires.a
De-Su Moonray’s global reputation grows as this Robust son breaks the £300 PLI barrier and continues to offer exceptionally high butterfat (47.5kg and +0.14%) with 902kg milk combined with outstanding daughter fertility.
Wiltor Cruise is an Iota x Planet from the Larcrest Cosmopolitan family and is the number one UK-born PLI sire at £252, with a Type Merit of +2.17 into the bargain.
Seagull-Bay Platinum and Seagull-Bay Diamond are full brothers by Snowman and from the Planet daughter, Ammon-Peachey Shauna who both offer £256 PLI and exceptional cell count improvement with high type.
Melarry Robust Miles is another exceptional PLI bull at £280, who improves all the health and fitness traits and offers a Type Merit of +2.55.
Seagull-Bay Supersire already has a big reputation, including as a sire of sons, despite being little more than three years old himself. But he earns this through a remarkable ability to transmit high type, good daughter fertility and lifespans and exceptional volumes of high quality milk. His PLI is £284.
S-S-I Mogul Defender is a high type (TM +4) Mogul son from a Man-O-Man dam, with all the health, fertility and production attributes to be expected of a sire with a PLI of £203 PLI.
“We’re absolutely delighted with the calibre of the stud we are able to offer UK producers and feel we have genetics to suit every type of farming system,” says Mike Phillips Cogent UK Sales Manager. “Over the days and weeks ahead we will be adding further bloodlines which will continue to keep our portfolio bang up to date. These will come both through our own Visions progeny testing programme and from our international partners at World Wide Sires.”
For more information about the Cogent stud, please call Cogent on 0800 783 7258.
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CRVThe April 2014 sire evaluations for CRV’s Jersey bulls provided another step forward for the growing program. CRV’s Jersey lineup showcases high combined fat and protein, increasing milk production, and beautiful udders.

The newest addition, TUCO (Allstar x Tbone) is a phenomenal all-around bull with extreme component percentages at +0.29% Fat and +0.08 Protein. With a PTAT of +1.0, he is sure to sire beautiful, productive daughters from an outcross pedigree.

Returning star, RAWLS (Valentino x Matinee) continues to impress with high type at +1.4 PTAT and 220 JPI. RAWLS will also add pounds to the tank with his high combined Fat and Protein at +144 lbs.

STORMY (Marvel x Dale) continues to dominate the Jersey lineup. His solid milk at +1214 lbs, high CM$ at 641, and exceptional JUI at +4.73 make him a widely popular bull. SPECTRE (Marvel x Dale) will sire long-lasting and fertile daughters with a PL of +3.3 and DPR of +0.2. SPECTRE will also improve udders with a JUI of +4.01.

PADEN (Chart x Gannon) excels in production and type traits. His high Milk lbs at +1578 paired with over 120 lbs combined fat and protein and +4.11 JUI makes him a bull that can be used anywhere, any time. He is a complete package bull

LEVY (Valentino x Maximum), ROYALTY (Roy x Legal), and MUSKET (Valentino x Impuls) round out our already strong lineup of high production, type and fertility bulls. These bulls bring the production and functional traits that help CRV’s customers produce premium milk.
To learn more about CRV, it’s people, or products in your area, please visit or give us a call at 855-CRV-COWS.

CRV is a global cattle improvement organization that exists to improve quality of life. CRV’s USA headquarters in Madison, WI was established in September 2009. Because we genuinely care, we pay attention to your farm, industry, and the general society. Our business goes beyond genetics providing service and information on all continents with dairy and beef farmers.

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Accelerated GeneticsWith an outlook of more than 25% of the U.S. National Dairy Herd to be sired by a Jersey sire by 2020, Accelerated Genetics recognizes the need to offer elite Jersey Genetics. You can be confident in Accelerated Genetics to serve as your SOURCE for Jersey genetics.

Accelerated Genetics elite Jersey line up continues to grow and improve following the April 2014 Sire Summary.

Accelerated GeneticsThe proven sires to take note of are: 014JE00533 VITO, 014JE00544 DAZZLE, 014JE00555 ROY, 014JE00553 HANCOCK, 014JE00472 ALEXANDER, and 014JE00473 LOUIE.

Accelerated GeneticsVITO is the #1 Milk sire with +2425 PTAM and is also the #1 Protein sire with +77 PTAP! This chart-topping sire is available in Access sexed semen. Also on the Top 10 lists for Milk and Protein is DAZZLE. He is +1848 PTAM and +50 PTAP.

If you are looking for a ‘cheesemaker’ bull use ROY. He is on the Top 10 list for Cheese Merit $ with +571. Don’t forget to take note of HANCOCK for his high Fat +76 and outcross genetics (3.3% GFI). He ranks in the Top 10 for both.

Accelerated Genetics has a powerful genomic sire lineup with Jersey GeneFORCE sires. The genetics offered is second-to-none whether you are looking for type, production, health traits or a different pedigree, this group has something for everyone.

These high-ranking sires are also available in Access sexed semen: 014JE00630 JUMBO, 014JE00614 PAGEANT, 014JE00605 SPITFIRE, 014JE00621 THOR, and 014JE00628 WARRANT.

JUMBO had an awesome proof day. He went up in JPI (+247), Net Merit $ (+585) and JUI (+5.15.) He is also a great production sire (+1591 PTAM) and outstanding type sire (+2.00 PTAT.) Two other high-ranking JPI sires are 014JE00642 MANTIS (+234) and PAGEANT (+234.)

Accelerated Genetics #1 JUI bull is still THOR at +6.64. He comes from an elite cow family that is known for type, which is also something he is phenomenal at with +2.10 PTAT. WARRANT made improvements in both JPI (+215) and NM$ (+487). He is also a SCS leader at 2.77.

New to the GeneFORCE line up are 014JE00645 HUELL, 014JE00635 ECHO, 014JE00664 NEVIN, 014JE00642 MANTIS, 014JE00647 MARCO, 014JE00625 KLOVIS, 014JE00651 BUNK, 014JE00640 SUMMARY, 014JE00644 GARDOCKI, 014JE00632 DAMBOREE and 014JE00626 ICHABOD.

HUELL is a Hulk son that is extreme on components and Cheese Merit $ (+92 PTAF, +.36%; +45 PTAP, +.14%; +703 CM$).

Taking the lead as Accelerated Genetics new Type leaders are ECHO & NEVIN at +2.50 PTAT. ECHO is also an udder specialist with +6.16 JUI and another great ‘cheesemaker’ with +597 CM$. NEVIN comes in with +5.75 JUI, +1627 PTAM, and +536 CM$.

With the highly demanded attributes of production, type, and outcross spread throughout the entire line up, Accelerated Genetics can serve as your SOURCE for Jersey genetics. No matter your herd size or genetic needs, Accelerated Genetics is large enough to serve you, yet small enough to know you.

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Cogent Twist daughter, Nortonhill Twist Berry

Cogent Twist daughter, Nortonhill Twist Berry

Cogent Twist celebrates his position as the most profitable bull with a UK index as DairyCo publish the April 2014 Profitable Lifetime Index (PLI) ranking.

As 149 extra daughters from 65 different UK herds are added to his figures, Twist becomes the highest available UK proven bull.

Twist’s PLI of £244 reflects not only his supreme production performance, but also his steadily rising type index which has continued to improve as daughters have been added. Health and fitness are further features, with Twist making big improvements to locomotion while lowering cell counts and increasing daughter lifespan. On top of that, Twist will add width to his daughters who are very efficient producers that keep body condition all the way through.

Furthermore, Cogent are pleased to see that this latest run has seen Cogent Twist’s US figures increase.  Twist is now breaking the 2000 mark for GTPI at 2027 GTPI along with $584 Net Merit, making him a very attractive and usable bull.

“We feel this makes Twist the ‘bull of the moment’, and we’ve been delighted to see his steady progress and hear outstanding farmer reports as more and more daughters have come into milk on UK farms,” says Tom Peters from Cogent.

Not only does Twist now have 245 daughters milking in 126 UK herds, but daughters are also starting to calve in herds around the world, including in The Netherlands, Italy, Australia and South Africa.

Twist is widely considered to be the leading son of Picston Shottle and is moving into a new era as his global impact is only starting to be realised.

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Stud Wars: Episode II – April 2014

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Just as we have learned with the Rebels versus the Republic in Star Wars, the Stud wars are far from over.  However, instead of clones we have Genomic Sires versus Proven Sires and large A.I. companies versus smaller organizations.  The April 2014 genetic evaluations have seen the gap between the haves and have nots decrease.  Many of the larger studs that had in the past not focused on Genomic sires greatly increased their genomic offerings and some of the smaller studs greatly increased their niche market offerings.  Stud Wars, like Star Wars, thrive on new releases, talent, unexpected changes and rivalries.



As we found in our initial stud wars (Stud Wars – The Battle for A.I. Supremacy), market share of the pre-genomic era correlates very highly with the big five being ABS, Select Sires, Alta Genetics, Accelerated Genetics and CRI.  Since the last proof run, Select Sires has taken over the top spot with two more sires entering the top 50, and CRI has doubled the number of proven sires they had in the top 50 TPI to move into the #2 Spot.  Former #1 holder ABS Global has dropped from 14 sires to 11 in the top 50 TPI and now holds the #3 position. A sign of the time is the way Accelerated has dropped market share.


Both our previous gTPI leaders from December 2013 have dropped but still hold the #1, Select Sires, and #2 Semex spots on our list.  Making a significant jump on the list is CRI who now holds the #3 spot on the list with 5 sires in the top 50 gTPI.  Also seeing an increase is Alta Genetics who now has 4 sires in the top 50 gTPI.


Select Sires continues to lead the way with top TPI offerings both Genomic and Proven. Making a jump into the #2 spot, thanks to an increase in their top TPI proven sires, is CRI. They are followed by Semex who continues to have a strong Genomic TPI offering.  .



It is no surprise that, for the larger AI centers, the focus on the commercial producer market continues to dominate the proven NM$ list.  Select Sires moves into the #1 position with the two additional sires in the top list, with CRI moving into the #2 position, almost doubling the number of top 50 NM$ sires they have to offer.  Dropping significantly was ABS Global who now finds themselves in the #3 position with 5 fewer  sires in the top 50 NM$ list.


A list that was dominated last round by Select Sires who had 32% of the top sires, now finds them tied with CRI and Semex – all with 18% each.  Also seeing a significant drop in top gNM$ sires is Alta Genetics who went from 9 last round to just 4 this round.


On the strength of their strong proven and genomic NM$ offering, Select Sires retains the strongest NM$ offering in the US.  Thanks to a significant investment in Genomic sires CRI now find themselves with the 2nd strongest NM$ offering.



Probably one of the most significant changes of this proof round is Semex moving into the strongest type proven sire offering in the world, with 5 more proven sires moving into the top 50 PTAT.  Former #1 Select Sires goes from having 18 sires in the top 50 to 11 and holds the #2 spot.


When it comes to the top 50 Genomic PTAT sires, Semex and Select Sires still top the list, but both have seen significant declines in totals.  Many small A.I. studs now find themselves with 1 to 3 sires in the top 50.


On the strength of a greatly improved proven type sire line up, Semex now find themselves on top of the overall PTAT list, followed by Select Sires.  However the ever increasing trend continues where more and more smaller AI organizations have a top 50 PTAT proven or genomic sire.



As we continue to see trends change in the industry, we see the sire line-ups in key markets are also starting to change.  Nowhere is it more evident than in the polled trend.  With that in mind, we decided to add two key niche markets to our stud wars analysis: (1) polled TPI sires and (2) Red type sires.  For both of these lists we are using the top 50 proven or genomic sires.

Not surprising the Polled specialists lead the list.  Followed by Select Sires and GenerVations.



As we saw in the overall PTAT list, Semex and Select Sires continue to lead the way in type offerings.  Also similar to the B&W PTAT lists, we find a number of smaller studs also offering 1-4 of the top red and white sires.

The Bullvine Bottom Line


Holding strong with the best proven sire line-up is Select Sires.  Seeing a significant increase and moving into the 2nd strongest proven sire line-up position is CRI.  They rise on the strength of their significant increase in top NM$ proven sires. Also seeing an increase and moving into the #3 position is ABS Global.  Semex finds themselves with 15 less proven sires on our top lists and drops from the #2 position in December to the #4 position currently.


Tied at the top genomic for genomic sires are Select Sires and Semex.  These are the same two studs that ranked #1 and #2 last round.  Moving up 2 spots from last round is CRI, powered by a significant investment in top gNM$ sires.  Also making a strong showing is the Sexing Technologies / Trans-World Genetics partnership powered by their agreement with the EDG group, who own many of the top genomic females in the world.


Retaining the title of as the strongest overall sire line-up is Select Sires, though it should be noted that Select went from 28% of the top sires in December 2013 to 21% this time.  Holding steady with increases in their proven sire line-up and slight decreases in their genomic sire line-up, Semex comes in as the 2nd strongest sire line-up.  Moving up to the #3 sire line-up with significant improvements in their proven TPI sire line-up as well as genomic offerings is CRI. ABS Global and Alta Genetics round out the top 5.

Join us in staying tuned to the next order of business in the expanding universe of the Stud Wars.

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he April 2014 sire evaluations for CRV presented a strong set of bulls with a basis to building a long-lasting, healthy herd of cows that produces milk efficiently.

A new group of InSires joined the holstein lineup. Together with the proven sires they are showcasing a strong balance between production and health.

Increase efficiency with exciting new releases
New release Grand (Mogul x Altaiota) is an efficieny specialist with a Better Life Efficiency score of +8%. He has an impressive production transmission at +2200 milk and inherits well-attached udders at +2.82 UDC and GTPI +2389.

Two sons of CRV bull Hunter join the lineup with high components and high efficiency. Anchorman (Hunter x Goli) will be sure to produce high component milk with +0.10% fat and +0.05% protein. He is a high performer on the Better Life indexes ranking +8% for efficiency and +4% for health.

Vero Anchorman Sire: Hunter

Anchorman (s. Hunter)

Lutron (Hunter x Mac) is an extreme fat producer (+0.21%) from well-attached udders at +66 lbs and +2.67 UDC. He ranks at +4% for health and +7% for efficiency.

Jones (Robust x Indiana) will add premium milk and efficiency to any herd with his extreme components at +168 lbs combined fat and protein and Better Life Efficiency score of +10%. Franchise (Supersire x Die Hard) will sire efficient daughters that have high lifetime production with a Better Life Efficiency score of +8%, PL of +5.6 and +1491 lbs Milk.

Red carrier Nemo P (Dakker x Ideal) is an efficiency expert at +9% Better Life Efficiency with +90 lbs combined fat and protein, and postive DPR and PL.

CRV’s proven sires continue to impress as they add more milking daughters. Predestine (Jetstream x Toystory) sires high volume production at +2584 lbs Milk, +2063 TPI and moderate frames. He will add efficiency to any herd with a Better Life Efficiency score of +8%.


Claytop TS Prefer, dam of Predestine

The right tools for a healthy herd
Craftsman (Large x Man O Man) is an all-around sire at +2362 GTPI. He presents a strong balance between health and production with high combined fat and protein at +119 lbs, +1.2 DPR and over +2 for UDC and FLC. He shows this balance in his Better Life Health at +5% and Better Life Efficiency at +6%.

Deluxe P (Mitey P x Shottle) will sire fertile, healthy daughters with a Better Life Health score of +8%, with a SCS of 2.60 and DPR of +0.9. Deluxe is heterozygous for polled.

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Shottle Ida 6, dam of Deluxe P

Returning InSire Pep Boy (Hill x Freddie) is a health superstar with a SCE of 6.4, +6.7 PL, and +2.1 DPR, ranking him at +5% on the Better Life Health index.

Proven sire Atlantic (Ramos x O Man) is the highest bull in the CRV lineup for Better Life Health index at +11% due to his high DPR at +1.9, PL at +3.4 and low SCS at +2.67. His daughters will help produce high quality premium milk with his component percentages at +0.07% fat and +0.12% protein.

atlantic daughters

atlantic daughters


Explanation about CRV’s Better Life figures

Better Life Efficiency
As a general rule, productivity combined with longevity leads to high efficiency. A bull with a score of +5% generates a financial gain of $335 per cow life in an average herd. Milk production and longevity are particularly important in calculating Better Life Efficiency, but persistency, maturity rate, fertility and weight are also taken into account in the calculation.

Better Life Health
Using bulls with a high score for Better Life Health has the advantage that the herd becomes easier to manage and that cows stand a better chance of ageing healthily. Better Life Health is calculated on the basis of a bull’s genetic capacity in terms of udder health, fertility, hoof health, calving ease and calf vitality. A bull with a score of +5% generates a financial gain of $95 per cow per year in an average herd.

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ABS In a solid April sire summary run, proven sire DORCY is once again the highest living sire on the official Holstein USA Top 100 TPISM List. ABS Primetime® Sire MONTEREY leads the genomic lineup at ABS Global and lands fourth on the Holstein USA Top 100 TPISM Genomic Young Bull List. These sires, in addition to seven Holstein and one Jersey graduate, complete a solid lineup of bulls for producer profitability and improving the bottom line.

BOLTON son 29HO14142 DORCY continues to get better each sire summary, with a TPI now at +2318. At +1800 Milk, +682 NM$, +.3 DPR and 2.67 SCS, in addition to +2.99 PTAT, +3.24 UDC and +2.96 FLC, DORCY is making daughters that can produce high volumes of quality milk without sacrificing type.

29HO16955 MONTEREY is one of the most intriguing genomic young sires to ever hit the ABS market. This McCutchen x Robust x Zenith x SHOTTLE son combines a unique pedigree with industry-leading TPI and Net Merit rankings at +2578 GTPI and +859 NM$. From the Rudy Missy family, MONTEREY excels in all key areas for production, health, fitness and type, with +3.74 PTAT, +1571 M, +83 F, +65 P, +.7 DPR and 6.9% CE.

With every sire run, ABS becomes increasingly committed to providing sires with outstanding health traits. The latest graduates are headlined by 29HO14961 ARMITAGE – an early Man-O-Man son out of a Goldwyn dam and previous ABS Primetime sire that provides a total package with milk volume (+1124 M), components (+68F, +49P and +630NM$), health (2.71 SCS and +2.5PL) and fertility (+1.3DPR). Add 5.1% Calving Ease and ARMITAGE is truly a complete package that can be used across a herd.

Two JEEVES sons follow closely the footsteps of ARMITAGE on the new graduate list. 29HO14802 JETTIE (JEEVES x SHOTTLE) and 29HO14684 GALLON (JEEVES x Goldwyn) both excel in TPI and Milk, but more importantly, both sires are +2.8 DPR with +5.5 PL or higher. With an extremely rare combination of high milk production, longevity and fertility, these bulls are optimal for leaving high producing, long-lived, and healthy daughters.

29HO14755 SHAQ (Leif x SHOTTLE x Rudolph x Blackstar) is a rare Leif son, unrelated to most of today’s popular sires. An excellent source of daughter fertility at +1.0 DPR, he also adds +1300 Milk, and a low cell count at 2.69 SCS providing dairy producers an appealing option to use as outcross sire.

29HO14459 MUNGO (Mascol x ALTON x Capri x Manfred) is another outcross sire to provide producers a unique sire stack without sacrificing milk production or components. At 5.6% CE, MUNGO can be used across the herd and maintain production values, consistent type and health and fitness traits.

Completing the list of Holstein graduates are 29HO14592 HOWIE and 29HO14744 CONAN. HOWIE, a Baxter x Potter son from a family long admired by U.S. AI companies, is fit for the type and longevity market, with +2.58 PTAT, +2.74 UDC and +2.57 FLC. CONAN is a Goldwyn x SHOTTLE from the Larcrest Cosmopolitan family, and is also a type specialist and outstanding udder sire. CONAN can also improve milk components and is positive for DPR.

ABS adds one Jersey to the lineup in 29JE3702 VERTEX. This Dale x Paramount son provides an Impuls-free sire stack that combines two of the all-time great female transmitters of milk production in the Jersey breed, Gratitude and Violet. VERTEX is one of the highest PTA Milk bulls today with +2078 M, and has the ability to increase total revenue through +123 lbs combined Fat and Protein.

To implement any of these sires into your breeding program, contact your local ABS representative or call 1-800-ABS-STUD. Complete proof information on graduates is available at

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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SemexWith the April genetic evaluation, Semex reaffirmed our commitment to our clients and their drive for profitable genetics. Working with our clients worldwide, we’re confident in our lineup that offers dairymen what they are looking for through newly released daughter proven sires, high reliability sires or the youngest and brightest genomic superstars.

Second to none, these genomic sires are known as Genomax™ sires at Semex. Once again in April, our Genomax lineup dominated the industry, having three of the top 10, six of the top 20 and nine of the top 30 from Holstein USA’s Top 100 TPI Genomic Young Bull list. This is Genetics for Life!

Semex’s Genomax sires are known as the brightest genomic young sires available worldwide. Led by household names including 0200HO07450 Amighetti Numero Uno, our rigorous selection standards ensure that these bulls are the industry’s finest genomic stars. New to this line-up in April are:

As the world’s only international fertility evaluation, Repromax sires provide immediate results that increase your dairy’s reproductive performance and profitability. Joining this group of fertility leaders following the April evaluations are:

Semex’s HealthSmart sires produce profitable daughters that are healthier, more fertile and last longer. This means lower costs and more profit in the ledgers. Semex’s HealthSmart sires including 0200HO00402 Mainstream Manifold are proven to sire desirable, healthy cows. New to this roster following the April evaluations are:

For more information on Semex, Genetics for Life, Genomax, Repromax or HealthSmart sires visit

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SemexRegardless of herd size or management style, dairymen want a healthy herd of profitable and efficient cows. The path to breeding and developing this kind of herd got easier when Semex launched its patented Immunity+™ sires. These sires have a naturally high immune response (HIR) and with a 25% heritability, they can help improve the overall herd health and longevity.

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. The research also shows that HIR cows have 19-30% lower disease incidence compared to herd averages. Also, these cows 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.

“The discovery of HIR was a game changer,” says Jay Shannon, Semex Global Dairy Solutions
Manager. “It revealed that high immunity is passed on from parent to progeny at rates much like production and some conformation traits. Compared to most health traits with low heritabilities of <10%, immune response is considered moderately to highly heritable at 25%. This means it can be selected for and improved upon with each generation.”

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

The following Genomax™ bulls are also designated Immunity+:

For more information on Semex, Genetics for Life, Immunity+ sires or any of Semex’s brands

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Accelerated GeneticsThe April Sire Summary brought a range of excitement to Accelerated Genetics. A combination of exciting new graduates, improving second crop sires and a rise in some key recent releases all made this sire summary one to remember.

A highlight was the improvement of PACE favorite 014HO06344 PIRATE. He added many daughters for production and type, resulting in a TPI increase to +2049. His major increase came on the type side as he jumped up to +3.26 PTAT. Don’t miss the chance to add his elite genetics to your herd!

Another high type favorite at Accelerated Genetics is 014HO06047 Favre. At +3.22 PTAT, he is also among the best of the breed. In addition, his Sire Calving Ease improved significantly with more data.


Second crop success seemed to be contagious as 014HO05359 Cars, 014HO05399 Kolton and 014HO05560 Emerald all added data and showed solid improvement overall. Their success reinforces the value of Accelerated Genetics PACE program identifying top genetics.

Big movers from the last proof run include 014HO05962 Royce and 014HO06449 Rest. Royce improved on production and health traits that resulted in a gain of +37 Net Merit. Don’t miss out on this Baxter son from an Ito dam to help the type and production of your herd. 014HO06449 Rest improved on production and type and is our high NM$ bull at +637.

High TPI 014HO06429 Man-O-Man2 and 014HO05936 Dom*BY continue their status as sources of elite total performance.

Eight new PACE graduates joined Accelerated Genetics’ active lineup this sire summary. Two Man-O-Man sons from the same family made the grade and can now be called active sires. 014HO06494 He-Man is from a Very Good Goldwyn dam and behind her is an Excellent Champion. He is +2.53 PTAT, +50 Fat, +47 Protein and is a great calving ease sire at 6.3%. Look for him to sire beautiful udders that generate lots of profit. 014HO06498 Enry is also a Man-O-Man from a Very Good Goldwyn dam that is a full sister to He-Man’s dam. Enry sires a nice balance of type, production and health traits. Both sires originate from the Cookiecutter Holsteins herd. This family is putting solid daughter data on top of high genomic estimates.

014HO06434 Presidium*BY is Accelerated Genetics’ highest Net Merit $ new release sire. At +621 NM$, he ranks near the top of the proven lineup. He is a Prentice from a Very Good O-Man and then an Excellent Ramos. Presidium combines great components, super health traits and outstanding udders.

Are you looking for some sires with unique sire stacks to use on your heifers for an easy calving while improving production and more? 014HO06416 Rush and 014HO06441 Gus are the calving ease answer for you! Rush is a Socrates from a Very Good Toystory and then an Excellent Outside. He sires good production and is rated at 6.3% Sire Calving Ease (SCE). Gus is a Hadrain from a Very Good Scoop. He transmits high Fat (+.17%, +76F), great Type (+2.32 PTAT), and outstanding calving ease (5.5% SCE.) Gus providesthat rare combination of moderate stature, calving ease, and high production while maintaining plenty of strength and width. Don’t overlook these two great PACE additions.

High type does not lack with this group either! 014HO06470 Whiskey and 014HO06428 Cury cover the high Type corner. Whiskey is a Shottle son from an EX-92 Goldwyn and an EX-94 Durham. He is +2.92 PTAT while also siring high Fat (+.09%) and great udders. Whiskey is rated a calving ease sire as well. Cury comes into the lineup as Accelerated Genetics highest Type bull at +3.36 PTAT. He has a little different sire stack being a Pagewire son from an EX-91 Shottle. Cury sires frame and sizewith great feet and legs as well as fabulous udders.

We have a newcomer to the active lineup in the Guernsey breed as 014GU00318 COPPER graduates! This proven sire offers high type and ranks in the top ten of the breed for total performance.

Accelerated Genetics has a strong genomic sire lineup with Holstein, Jersey and Brown Swiss GeneFORCE sires. Each breed has many top performing GeneFORCE sires offering a variety of genetics for your herd! The genetics offered in these breeds is second-to-none and whether you are looking for type, production, health traits or a different pedigree, this group has something for everyone.

During this spring let Accelerated Genetics be your trusted first choice to help get your cows bred! No matter your herd size or genetic needs, Accelerated Genetics is large enough to serve you, yet small enough to know you.For more information on Accelerated Genetics sires, products and services contact your local representative, email, call 800.451.9275 or go to

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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Alta1STCLASS – the real #1 GTPI sire

Friday, April 4th, 2014

With so many bulls claiming to be #1 Alta is proud to offer 11H11425 Zahbulls Alta1stCLASS, the #1 GTPI sire with semen available.

In a world of bulls declaring to be #1, there is only one Alta1stCLASS.

With April proofs, Alta1stCLASS gained momentum and increased his figures to become the undisputed GTPI leader of all available Holstein sires! He moved up to an outstanding 2611 GTPI | +895 NM | +3.85 PTAT and +4.19 UDC. His dazzling type, and elite health and production traits make him the first choice sire for the most exclusive matings.

Visit the Alta1STCLASS’s website to learn more about the unprecedented Success Warranty that is offered to those choosing to take advantage of his incredible genetic package and breeding value. Be one of the first to incorporate Alta1stCLASS in your genetic program as the Limited Edition release means a maximum of 1,000 units will be sold prior to July 1st 2014.

Alta1stCLASS qualifies for sale in all markets.

For more information and to place your order for Alta1stCLASS, please visit

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62568-scaled-900x500[1]Cogent Supershot continues to stand ahead of the pack following a very successful proof day, becoming the number one available Holstein genomic sire for both the USA’s and Canada’s key breeding indexes, GTPI and GLPI.

Supershot’s release had been widely anticipated across the world and he now enters the rankings as the number one available sire with 2625 GTPI. He also re-affirms his position as the number one available sire for Net Merit with a massive NM $1047, making him the undisputed headline bull from the April evaluations. Contributing to the increase in his indexes are the improvements in his milk (+2528 lbs) and Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR +1.9). He also increased his weight of fat plus protein to an incredible 185 lbs and maintained his Predicted Transmitting Ability for Type (PTAT) of 2.20.

His success was not only confined to the US, he is also the number one GLPI available bull in Canada at +3511, a clear 70 points higher than the second highest bull. In other global indexes he also ranks well, scoring 161 on Germany’s major index, RZG; 3315 on Italy’s PFT and in the UK he increased his Profitable Lifetime Index (PLI) to £290.

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

As part of his first release, a maximum of 1,000 doses are currently available to order for distribution after 28 April 2014, priced at US$1200 (CAN$1300, €865, £725). This is the first semen available and no matings have been made before the official release, giving any breeders who invest in his semen an early opportunity to make the next global superstar.

Interest in the release of Cogent Supershot has been unprecedented in the marketplace since his figures were first released and he is now enjoying global demand in all major dairying countries.

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Jetstream Genetics has a complete offering with the April 2014 Sire Summary. Many sires gained in GTPI this run and added reliability, with top‐ranked daughter‐proven sires now fulfilling the pedigrees. The new April 2014 Sire Portfolios are available by contacting Roger Turner: or 608‐770‐0012.

The genetic release on April 1 resulted in the following highlights.

  • 534HO00025 MARDI GRAS (Mogul x Planet): Jetstream’s top available GTPI sire. He boasts +152 RZG in Germany and his CDN figures in Canada are extreme with +3229 GLPI. The RudyMissy EX92 family continues to deliver top end performance with MARDI GRAS. This Mogul son gained GTPI points, rising to +2470. He fits nicely with his brother, MODEL, also offered by Jetstream.
  • 534HO00012 MODEL (Robust x Planet): MODEL and maternal brother, MARDI GRAS, make a great team. MODEL’s sire, Robust, is now the #1 GTPI daughter‐proven sire in the USA, adding the confidence and reliability to this top +152 RZG sire. Used as a mating sire internationally, MODEL has breathtaking daughter photos from Germany. He combines production, health and type.
  • 534HO00022 iTUNES (Epic x Watson): His heavy demand continues. Superior production traits, high components and exceptional type at +2.49. He’s a low CE sire at +6.2, making him attractive for heifers too. His dam, the former #1 GTPI heifer in the breed, is now VG85 as a 2‐year‐old, completing a deep and productive pedigree for many generations from the Rudy Missy Family.
  • 534HO00026 DEMAN (Mogul x Atwood): Very few sires have the CDN type breakdown that DEMAN offers: +16 Type, +15 Udder and +13 Feet and Legs. In the UK he is the #1 Type sire at +3.95 in the Top 40 GPLI ranking, and in Italy tops in at +3245 GPFT making him a global attraction. The Debutante EX92 branch of this family has many high‐ranked daughter proven sires, like Destry. DEMAN joins his popular brother, DELTA, at Jetstream Genetics.
  • 534HO00017 DELTA (Snowman x Atwood): Jetstream’s #2 type sire stands at +4.03 Type and +19 Conformation in Canada. DELTA’s sire, Snowman, recently claimed the #1 GLPI daughter proven sire in Canada. The Queen of the Breed, Roxy, is behind this masterpiece sire, combining type, production and cow family. He is Snowman’s highest for type and milk, making DELTA the finest of royalty.
  • 534HO11310 GOLDDUST (Goldchip x Damion): His famous dam Sonnek Damion Charlie is now EX 94 rings in at +4.51 Type. His Canadian CDN figures are just as impressive, as he scores +19 Conformation and +17 Mammary System. He is backed by great linage: EX 94 Damion x VG Shottle x EX Morty x EX Rudolph x EX Supersire x VG Elton. His Udder Composite and Type with Frame keep GOLDDUST at the top of the type charts. His Sire Goldchip continues as a renowned Type specialist.
  • 534HO00008 COLT 45 RC PO (Colt P‐Red x Shottle): His early offspring are eye‐catching individuals that are acquiring top prices in numerous sales and auctions. This RC PO sire is over +2.99 Type. The Chassity family continues to generate superior breeding with this own son and maternal brother to the popular Gold Chip and 534HO00001 CARSON. This cow family stamps them true and built to last. Plus he can make them Red and Polled.
  • 534HO00010 CASHCOIN and 534HO00009 CASHMONEY (Observer X Goldwyn) the Cash bros: Science meets reality with these genomic leaders. They have experienced tremendous fertility results worldwide, numerous CE observations make them perfect SCE sires at 6.8% & 6.3%. Their early offspring are appearing at the top of all the young genomic progeny tested lists and the beautiful calves are sure to impress. Jetstream will soon be offering elite CASHCOIN sons in the line up that are amongst the best in the world.

Online ordering Jetstream sires is fast, easy and secure, delivered direct to the farm. We ship numerous orders all across the USA each month. To take advantage of these outstanding genetic
opportunities, go to (Online orders available only in the U.S.). Jetstream distributors worldwide are also ready to serve you as we are expanding our network.

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

For more information, go to: or call 1.855.4JETSTREAM (855‐453‐8787).

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Accelerated GeneticsWisconsin-based Accelerated Genetics announces a joint marketing agreement with United Kingdom (UK)-based Cogent Breeding Ltd.

Under this new agreement Accelerated Genetics is the exclusive distributor in the United States and Canada for Cogent’s elite range of dairy and beef sires. The agreement also extends to sexed semen from selected sires. Cogent is the pioneering business behind sexed semen technology and supply, and is the UK market leader in this field.

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CRVThe April 2014 sire evaluations for CRV presented Holstein bulls with a basis to building a herd that produces high quality premium milk. CRV is also introducing two new breeding indexes; Better Life Health and Better Life Efficiency that will help producers building a long-lasting, healthy herd of cows that produces milk efficiently. Eight InSires joined the Holstein lineup showcasing a strong balance between production and health.

Increase efficiency with exciting new releases
New release GRAND (Mogul x Altaiota) is an efficieny specialist with a Better Life Efficiency score of +8% due to his impressive production at +2200 Milk and well-attached udders at +2.82 UDC and GTPI +2389.

Two sons of CRV bull HUNTER join the lineup with high component percents and high efficiency. ANCHORMAN (Hunter x Goli) will be sure to produce high component milk with +0.10% Fat and +0.05% Protein, and is a high performer on the Better Life indexes ranking +8% for Efficiency and +4% for Health. LUTRON (Hunter x Mac) is an extreme fat producer from well-attached udders at +0.21% and +66 lbs and +2.67 UDC. He ranks at +4% for Health and +7% for Efficiency.

JONES (Robust x Indiana) will add premium milk and efficiency to any breeding program with his extreme component pounds at +168 lbs combined Fat and Protein and Better Life Efficiency score of +10%. FRANCHISE (Supersire x Die Hard) will sire efficient daughters that have high lifetime production with a Better Life Efficiency score of +8%, PL of +5.6 and +1491 lbs Milk.

Red carrier NEMO P (Dakker x Ideal) is an efficiency expert at +9% Better Life Effiency with +90 lbs combined Fat and Protein, and postive DPR and PL.

CRV’s proven sires continue to impress as they add more milking daughters. PREDESTINE’s (Jetstream x Toystory) high volume production at +2584 lbs Milk, +2063 TPI and moderate frames will add efficiency to any herd with a Better Life Efficiency score of +8%.

The right tools for a healthy herd
CRAFTSMAN (Large x Man O Man) is an all-around sire at +2362 GTPI. He presents a strong balance between health and production with high combined Fat and Protein at +119 lbs, +1.2 DPR and over +2 for UDC and FLC. He shows this balance in his Better Life Health at +5% and Better Life Efficiency at +6%.

DELUXE P (Mitey P x Shottle) will sire fertile, healthy daughters with a Better Life Health score of +8%, with a SCS of 2.60 and DPR of +0.9.

Returning InSire PEP BOY (Hill x Freddie) is a health superstar with a SCE of 6.4, +6.7 PL, and +2.1 DPR, ranking him at +5% on the Better Life Health index.

Proven sire ATLANTIC (Ramos x O Man) is the highest bull in the CRV lineup for Better Life Health index at +11% due to his high DPR at +1.9, PL at +3.4 and low SCS at +2.67. His daughters will help produce high quality premium milk with his component percentages at +0.07% Fat and +0.12% Protein.

Better Life Efficiency 
As a general rule, productivity combined with longevity leads to high efficiency. A bull with a score of +5% generates a financial gain of $335 per cow life in an average herd. Milk production and longevity are particularly important in calculating Better Life Efficiency, but persistency, maturity rate, fertility and weight are also taken into account in the calculation.

Better Life Health 
Using bulls with a high score for Better Life Health has the advantage that the herd becomes easier to manage and that cows stand a better chance of aging healthily. Better Life Health is calculated on the basis of a bull’s genetic capacity in terms of udder health, fertility, hoof health, calving ease and calf vitality. A bull with a score of +5% generates a financial gain of $95 per cow per year in an average herd.

To learn more about CRV, it’s people, or products in your area, please visit or give us a call at 855-CRV-COWS.

CRV is a global cattle improvement organization that exists to improve quality of life. CRV’s USA headquarters in Madison, WI was established in September 2009. Because we genuinely care, we pay attention to your farm, industry, and the general society. Our business goes beyond genetics providing service and information on all continents with dairy and beef farmers.

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Select Sires logoSons of 7HO8081 Ensenada Taboo PLANET-ET (EX-90-GM) once again dominated Select Sires’ April 2014 class of graduates with high-ranking Total Performance IndexSM (TPISM), Net Merit (NM$) and production sires that all earn the FeedPRO® designation. This class also includes elite fitness trait sires like 7HO10804 Roylane SHOT GUN 2092-ET (VG-86) and extreme Type sires including 7HO10920 Mr Chassity GOLD CHIP-ET (EX-92).

PLANET sons lead the way
A maternal brother to 7HO10357 De-Su Billings-ET, 7HO10725 De-Su 538 HOORAY-ET (VG-87) is the highest new Select Sires graduate for GTPI (+2148). He is a production improver (+1,707 Milk) with outstanding components (+74 Fat, +.04% Fat, +58 Protein, +.02% Protein). HOORAY daughters have strong fore udders with high, wide rear udders and deep creases.

7HO10709 Springhill-OH Iron HUSKY-ET is a PLANET son from an Excellent (93) Boss Iron. One of the best at Select Sires for Fat improvement (+82F, +.15%F), he also transmits excellent production (+1,203M). He boasts a GTPI of +2135 with outstanding NM$ (+626) and Cheese Merit (CM$) (+696). HUSKY is a Calving Ease sire (6.1%DBH) that transmits low Somatic Cell Score (SCS) (2.78) and longevity (+3.8 Productive Life).

7HO10543 Garlomar Planet THORNE-ET (GM) is a HealthMark™ sire with outstanding fitness traits: +1.2 Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR), +5.1 PL and 2.94 SCS. He is among the top five Select sires for NM$ (+656) and CM$ (+724). Not only do his daughters milk well (+1,154M), they produce a high volume of components (+72F, +.11%F, +49P, +.06%P).

A PLANET son from an Excellent (92) Ramos, 7HO10818 Larcrest CALIBRATE-ETS (VG-86) is one of the top new graduates for Fat (+76F, +.13%F) and CM$ (+633). His daughters are wide, open cows with strong udder attachments reflected in his +2.58 Type score. He transmits high quality milk (2.83 SCS) and durability (+3.9 PL).

7HO10751 Eastview PASSION-ET is the No. 2 new Select Sires graduate for Milk (+1,585) and one of the leading new graduates for NM$ (+611) and CM$ (+622). PASSION daughters are long-living cows (+5.2 PL) that have exceptional rear udders. He transmits low SCS (2.83) and is a Calving Ease sire (7.1%DBH).

HealthMark sire excels at fitness traits
SHOT GUN is a maternal brother to the leading GTPI daughter-proven sire, 7HO10524 Roylane Socra ROBUST-ET (VG-88-GM). This Calving Ease sire (5.9%DBH) transmits low SCS (2.72) with high DPR (+1.0) and PL (+3.9). He is a components specialist (+.05%F, +.07%P) with a high-ranking CM$ (+649).

Elite Type from time-tested cow families
A popular Super Sampler™ and Showcase Selections™ sire, GOLD CHIP is the newest Type specialist at Select Sires. He ranks among the top three sires at Select for Type (+3.70), Udder Composite (UDC) (+3.31) and Feet and Leg Composite (FLC) (+3.16). A Calving Ease sire (4.9%DBH), he is one of the best for SCS at 2.56. GOLD CHIP is a Superior Settler™ and available in gender SELECTed™ semen.

7HO10811 Regancrest-RS San TIAGO-ET comes straight from the Dellias and is the first 7HO8190 Gen-Mark Stmatic SANCHEZ (EX-94) son to graduate into active A.I. Not only is he an elite Type sire (+2.97), his daughters are exceptional Milk producers (+1,410). He transmits outstanding udders (+2.50 UDC) and feet and legs (+2.74 FLC). This Superior Settler is a perfect fit for warmer breeding seasons.

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

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

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ABSHannah Worden joins the ABS Global team as Cornerstone specialist and GMS evaluator for the New York and New England areas.

After graduating from Cornell University, Worden has taken on various roles in the industry. She was a member of the feed laboratory team at Denele Analytical in California, where she ran feed samples and prepared reports for clients. Worden has also been an assistant herdsman for her family’s 900-cow dairy, Will-O-Crest Farm, where some of her tasks included maintaining Dairy Comp 305 and clipping and assisting with picturing cows.

Hannah WordenWorden previously held a Cornerstone specialist position in California before a move back home to New York. She is also a graduate of GMS school and is currently responsible for GMS evaluating some herds in the western New York.

“Hannah’s knowledge of the dairy industry and previous experience with ABS will make her a great asset to the team,” stated Josey Morris, U.S. progeny promotions supervisor. “We look forward to her ability to build on ABS Global’s vision, strategy and value.”

As an ABS Cornerstone specialist, Worden will be responsible for assisting field staff with education and promotion of developing new herds, as well as working with staff to evaluate and maintain data in herds already participating in the ABS Cornerstone program. She will be responsible for on-farm evaluation, coordinating and assisting with picturing of ABS sired progeny along with arranging and conducting ABS daughter and herd tours. Worden will also be working with the GMS program on farms in the northeast.

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

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Select Sires logoSeventeen professional technicians, sales representatives, Select Mating Service™ (SMS™) genetic consultants, beef specialists and information systems staff participated in Select Sires’ employee orientation held March 25 and 26 at the Select Sires headquarters in Plain City, Ohio. They were joined by 10 members of the World Wide Sires staff from Australia, New Zealand and California. Employees from six member cooperatives and Select Sires Inc., were present for the two-day event where they received superior education in serving Select Sires’ customer-owners. Extensive sales training took place on March 27 and 28 for sales staff.

“This orientation provides new employees with an opportunity to receive the latest information and training as well as visit our Ohio office,” said Lyle Kruse, vice president of U.S. market development for Select Sires. “The knowledge and experience they gain here helps them to better serve our customer-owners going forward.”

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

Orientation and sales training participants included: COBA/Select Sires Inc.—Anna Beatty, Columbus, Ohio, Nathan Davenport, West Jefferson, Ohio, Luke Hershberger, Troy, Ohio, Craig Miller, Louisville, Ohio and Pengyin Shan, Columbus, Ohio; East Central/Select Sires—Norm Bradley, Fort Atkinson, Wis., Brian Coyne, Sun Prairie, Wis. and Samuel Schweer, Waupun, Wis.; NorthStar Cooperative—Marc Bolen, Clio, Mich. and Karmen Loney, Vassar, Mich.; Prairie State/Select Sires—Kyle Musfeldt, Coon Rapids, Iowa; Southeast Select Sires—Lucky Keller, Sawyer, Kan. and Will Mayfield, Pulaski, Tenn.; Select Sire Power—Andrew Fleischer, Duncansville, Pa., Eric Lundberg, Greenwich, N.Y., Barrett Smith, Otego, N.Y. and Rachel Tari, North Rose, N.Y.; Select Sires Inc.—Ed Grant, Hilliard, Ohio and World Wide Sires—John Bannatyne, Brian Beard, John Conheady, David James, Sean Kallady, Chris Kendall, Mark Patullo, Peter Phillips, Geoff Wood and Tyler Boyd.

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

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header[1]Alta Genetics is thrilled to announce the Limited Edition release of the worldwide #1 GTPI sire, 11HO11425 Zahbulls Alta1stCLASS.

At an outstanding 2598 GTPI | +889 NM | +3.76 PTAT and +4.17 UDC, Alta1stCLASS is a true breed-leader, offering remarkable type, health and production traits. Alta1stCLASS is a Numero Uno son, backed by Zahbulls Dorcy Glamour, then EX-90 Johnan Toystory Glitter, EX-94 Johcar Rudolph Ginger and 7 more VG & EX Dams. His deep pedigree and monumental genomic figures put him in an elite class all his own. With April proofs only two weeks away we eagerly await the updated official figures on Alta1stCLASS.

With a mission to continually Create Value, Build Trust and Deliver Results, Alta is offering the added value of a unique and unprecedented Success Warranty during the Limited Edition release period. This will ensure successful usage of Alta1stCLASS for those who take advantage of this superior opportunity.

Alta will be running extensive quality control processes with Alta1stCLASS above and beyond those that have led to their industry-leading sire fertility. Most unique among these will be IVF trials on each and every batch released during the Limited Edition period. The initial results from the use of Alta1stCLASS in IVF have been very successful!

The Limited Edition release of Alta1STCLASS means a maximum of 1,000 units will be sold prior to July 1st 2014. Alta1stCLASS qualifies for sale in all markets.

For more information and to place your order for Alta1stCLASS, please visit

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