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Thomas Joins Marketing Department at Select Sires

Select Sires is excited to announce the hiring of Jennifer Thomas, North Lewisburg, Ohio, as the cooperative’s new dairy product specialist. In this role, Thomas will collaborate with multiple departments to provide Holstein promotional content and pedigree support, distribute dairy sire product updates to the federation and introduce dairy sires to the global market.

“Jenny has a tremendous work ethic and a wealth of industry knowledge. She has a proven record in building successful relationships and customer service, as well as an unparalleled passion for the dairy industry,” says Adam Oswalt, manager of global sire products and logistics at Select Sires.

For the past decade, Thomas has excelled as a dairy cattle photographer and co-manager of Triple-T Holsteins & Jerseys LLC. Cattle bred and developed by Triple-T have garnered national attention with many All-American and All-Canadian nominations.

Thomas is an active member in both the national and state-based associations for Holstein and Jersey breeders, as well as the National Red & White Dairy Cattle Association. Her industry knowledge and affiliations will add great value to a dynamic and talented team of marketing professionals.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of seven 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.


Source: Select Sires

Legendary Australian Holstein Sire MEDALLION Passes

The legendary Australian Holstein Sire MEDALLION – Bundalong Marks Medallion VG86, passed away last week just short of his 14th birthday.

Very few bulls have been held in such high regard by the farming community as MEDALLION. Bred by Brian and Bill Anderson of Bundalong Holstein’s, Kongwak, Victoria, this son of another breed Legend, INFORMER was born in July 2005. His breeding value contains many thousands of daughters and he still ranks amongst the breed’s best for Mammary Systems and Farmer Likeability. MEDALLION entered service just before the commencement of the genomic era but was featured in the first group of bulls anywhere in the world to be marketed based on their genomic breeding values. The recent Leading Edge Genetics Newsletter paid tribute to MEDALLION by saying, “Many sires around the world have been dubbed a ‘great bull’.

The recently retired Holstein sire Medallion from Genetics Australia is one such bull. His ability to produce a cow that suits Australian conditions is unparalleled”. Brian Anderson, MEDALLION’s breeder said, “I feel a sense of pride when I hear unsolicited comments from other farmers about MEDALLION daughters or I read positive comments about them on social media”. Genetics Australia’s Breeding and Genetics Manager, Peter Thurn said “few bulls since JUDGE have had the impact that MEDALLION has. The consistency of his daughters and their magnificent udders cannot be matched. If I had to choose one bull to exemplify our breeding program and goal, it would be MEDALLION”.

MEDALLION was hugely popular amongst the Genetic Australia staff and will be sorely missed.

Select Sires Announces Restructuring to Marketing Departments

Marketing department team pictured above left to right; Chris Sayers, the new manager of global order operations, Darryl Snyder, the new manager of global product distribution, and Adam Oswalt, new manager of global sire products and logistics.

To reflect increasing demand and facilitate future growth, Select Sires’ marketing department will experience restructuring and operate under new leadership beginning July 1.

Chris Sayers, former sales and marketing operations manager, will become the manager of global order operations. Sayers’s 31-year career at Select Sires equips her with the training and experience needed to successfully manage the growth in market share. She and her team will facilitate order processing and fulfillment, as well as product eligibility for various markets. “Chris brings an expansive skillset and distinct expertise to the role and will be a valuable asset to global markets as she manages the order operations for Select Sires’ members and international partners,” says Todd Kranz, chief operating officer of Select Sires.

Darryl Snyder, former assistant semen distribution manager, will step into a new role as manager of global product distribution. Snyder has dedicated nearly 27 years to Select Sires and his attention to detail and commitment to customer service has encouraged continued growth in the marketplace. “Darryl’s leadership, combined with our excellent team of shipping coordinators, will continue to provide quality service to customers and support the growth of Select Sires’ global business efforts,” says Kranz.

Adam Oswalt, previously the dairy sire products specialist, will assume the role of manager of global sire products and logistics. Oswalt has nearly 11 years of experience with Select Sires and has worked in several departments. In this role, Oswalt will work with global businesses and internal departments to coordinate sire product placement, qualifications and availability. He will be responsible for managing semen inventories, leading marketing initiatives and providing guidance for the progeny team. “Adam’s unique skillset will be of great value in managing the global sire lineup and product offering,” says Kranz.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of seven 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.

Crosser Retires after 42-Year Career at Select Sires

After 42 years of service to Select Sires, Blaine Crosser has announced his retirement, effective July 1. As vice president of dairy sire products and customer service, Crosser made incomparable contributions to Select Sires’ marketing efforts. In his most recent role, he was responsible for coordinating semen production and inventory management for all dairy semen sales. His extreme accuracy and expertise in predicting market sales has been invaluable to Select Sires’ success. Crosser has also worked closely with customer-owners as the sire analyst for Guernsey acquisition and breed development.

“The culture of Select Sires centers on our brand promise, Your Success Our Passion. Blaine Crosser has embodied this promise in the entirety of his 42-year career and his commitment to our customer-owners, member cooperatives and fellow Select Sires employees,” says David Thorbahn, president and CEO of Select Sires. “His passion for service was only outweighed by his love of great cattle and the people that owned them! Blaine is a cornerstone in the foundation and development of Select Sires as the leading cattle genetics organization in the United States and around the world.”

Crosser’s leadership and integrity has provided valuable guidance during cooperative mergers and shifts in the industry. His passion and fervent dedication to Select Sires is exemplified by his service to satisfied customers, member cooperatives, distributors and subsidiaries.

Crosser’s continued support of the dairy industry has been widespread. He has been honored by the American Guernsey Association with the Distinguished Service Award and has judged the International Guernsey Show in Madison, Wisc. Crosser continues to be extremely active in the Ohio Guernsey Breeders Association and the American Guernsey Association.


Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of seven 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.


Introducing the Bulls of GenoSource!

GenoSource, LLC is excited to announce the launch of their bull lineup, offering bulls with unique traits and developing qualities. GenoSource’s goal has always been to develop a more efficient and profitable cow and they believe this line of genetics will help producers achieve just that. The official launch date is June 21, 2019.

GenoSource, LLC believes this new offering will allow dairymen to achieve their genetic goals while purchasing semen at a more reasonable price.

Semen will be offered worldwide, a published bull book is available on the GenoSource website.

“We are extremely excited to bring our genetics to the marketplace at affordable prices and with a quality product – we have worked extremely hard over the years to breed a cow for the future that is efficient and profitable for dairyman around the world.“ says Tim Rauen, Genetics Manger.

-Your Leading Genetic Source

Meek and Buttars Receive CowManager Specialist of the Year Awards

Brad Meek, Preston, Idaho, and Dallin Buttars, Logan, Utah, were recognized at the 2019 Select Reproductive Solutions® (SRS®) Conference as recipients of CowManager® Specialist of the Year awards. The annual conference was hosted by Premier Select Sires in Roanoke, Va., in early June.

“Select Sires MidAmerica is very fortunate to have Brad Meek and Dallin Buttars as integral players on our team,” says Randy Hill, general manager of Select Sires MidAmerica. “Brad has a highly respected influence on many large dairies in the western region. His confidence in CowManager’s abilities has been vital in the installation and continued support of the system on several of the largest dairies in Idaho and Utah. Dallin brings innovative ideas and excitement to the team. The influence of CowManager on his family’s dairy has provided him with first-hand knowledge of the product’s success and puts him in a great position to serve customer-owners. Both Brad and Dallin have become trusted advisors for reproduction and genetics in our region.”

Meek, a graduate of Utah State University, has been with Select Sires MidAmerica for 20 years and has served as both an SRS specialist and a genetic consultant for the Select Mating Service® (SMS®) program. Beginning July 1, he will transition to the role of marketing director for the western region and assistant manager for the newly merged Select Sires MidAmerica cooperative.

Buttars has been with Select Sires MidAmerica for four years and is a graduate of Utah State University. He serves herds throughout Utah in both SRS and SMS roles and has installed CowManager systems in herds of 20 to 10,000 cows. Today, Buttars is a supervisor for the collegiate judging contest at the Western Spring National Holstein Show.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of seven 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.


Source: Select Sires

Select Sires Welcomes Summer Interns

Twelve individuals will be joining North America’s largest A.I. organization as summer interns in a variety of roles and departments. The cooperative welcomes Katie Frost, Carly Olufs, Skylar Buell, Cady McGehee, Hannah Sykes, Paige Holdridge, Seth Payne, Noah Porter, Cheyenne Baldwin, Logan Bauman, Matthew Hall and Jacob Rigsby.

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

Katie Frost is joining Select Sires as the veterinary services intern. Originally from Bloomington, Ohio, Frost graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in animal science and is now studying at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. During the upcoming school year Frost will serve as secretary of the Veterinary Public Health Club. Her experience raising livestock and showing meat goats and market lambs in 4-H and FFA has amplified her interest in agriculture and is a driving force in her pursuit of a career in food animal medicine. Frost will assist with daily veterinary duties to provide for the health and welfare of livestock in order to collect a quality semen product.

Carly Olufs of Petaluma, Calif. joins Select Sires as the dairy sire marketing intern. She is set to graduate from Oklahoma State University in the spring of 2020 with a degree in animal science emphasizing business. Her dedication to the dairy industry began on her family’s ranch where she raised her own herd of show-winning Jerseys and Holsteins. Olufs’ passion for agriculture has continued throughout college with involvement in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Ambassadors program, Dairy Science Club and the Oklahoma State dairy judging team. She will assist the marketing department with cattle photography, fitting and numerous other projects.

Skylar Buell, a native of Temperance, Mich., joins Select Sires as the corporate communications intern. Her passion for the dairy industry comes from growing up on her family’s replacement heifer operation and helping on her grandfather’s Jersey farm. Buell is a student at The Ohio State University, where she will earn her degree in agricultural communications with a minor in dairy science in 2020. She is a member of Buckeye Dairy Club and the Ohio State dairy judging team. This summer, she will design the 2020 breeding calendars and promote Select Sires as a member of the communications team.

Cady McGehee of Okeechobee, Fla. is interning in the semen processing and research department. McGehee is a student at Kaskaskia College with plans to transfer to a four-year university to study animal science and business management. McGehee has deep roots in agriculture, exhibiting multiple species of livestock in 4-H and has competed in numerous contests through Holstein Association USA and the American Guernsey Association. In the laboratory, McGehee will assist with evaluation and initial processing of semen while also working on a variety of research projects that involve processing and cryopreservation.

Hannah Sykes, from Clarksburg, Ohio, is joining Select Sires as the laboratory intern. Sykes currently attends Wilmington College and is majoring in animal science. Throughout college, she has been involved in Aggies/Collegiate 4-H and is also a member of Sigma Alpha Sorority. Growing up on a fourth generation beef operation, Sykes has had a passion for the livestock industry instilled from a young age. Sykes will assist with daily operations of the lab, initial processing of semen, data entry and extending product life.

Joining Select Sires as livestock technicians are Paige Holdridge, Seth Payne and Noah Porter. Hailing from Delta, Ohio, Holdridge currently attends The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute where she is studying animal science with a dairy specialization. Payne, of Milford Center, Ohio, will be assisting at The Hoyt Center and Calf Campus this summer. Porter, of Wooster, Ohio, is currently studying animal science at The Ohio State University.

Former interns Cheyenne Baldwin, Logan Bauman, Matthew Hall and Jacob Rigsby are returning to Select Sires to work as livestock technicians. A native of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, Baldwin is currently a student at Wilmington College. Bauman, of Sterling, Ohio, is on track to graduate from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2021. Hall, from Powell, Ohio, currently studies at The Ohio State University. Returning for his third summer at Select Sires, Rigsby hails from Marysville, Ohio, and attends Heidelberg University. Throughout the summer, livestock technicians assist with livestock care, semen collection, barn upkeep, and assist the veterinary staff when needed.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of seven 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.


Source: Select Sires

CentralStar Cooperative Offering College Scholarships

The newly formed CentralStar Cooperative is offering seven $1,000 scholarships this year to both current college students and those graduating from high school.

Applicants must be presently enrolled in a four-year college or a one- or two-year technical college or short-course program in an agricultural-related field. Others can be a high school senior admitted into one of the programs.

The students or their parents must be currently purchasing semen and/or farm products from East Central/Select Sires or NorthStar Cooperative, which recently merged.

The deadline to apply is July 1. Winners will receive notification in August.

For more information, go to:

Select Reproductive Solutions (SRS) Specialists Gather for Training

The annual Select Reproductive Solutions® (SRS®) conference was hosted by Premier Select Sires in Roanoke, Va., with 89 individuals in attendance from Select Sires’ member organizations, World Wide Sires and industry partners. The three-day educational conference and on-farm training event welcomed individuals from 23 states, Canada, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands.

“As the dairy industry innovates and evolves, so must our service specialists. The 2019 SRS conference provided excellent opportunities to collaborate and analyze information first-hand,” says Dr. Ray Nebel, vice president of technical services. “Select Sires’ SRS specialists continue to expand and refine their skillsets to bring the best in services and expertise to our cooperative’s customer-owners.”

Classroom-style sessions included discussions from experts and industry partners and featured presentations about genomics and fertility, inventory management, sire fertility, industry data, and steps to increase profitability.

Following the formal discussions and presentations, attendees engaged in on-farm training. Specialists were divided into 15 four-member teams to develop reproductive, genetic and inventory audits at Van der Hyde Dairy in Chatham, Va. After on-farm evaluation and analysis of dairy records information, the teams prepared and developed presentations regarding opportunities for improvement and points of strength for a panel of four judges.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of seven 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.


Select Sires’ Communications Recognized Among Cooperative Communicators

Members of Select Sires’ communications department attended the Cooperative Communicators Association (CCA) Institute in Savannah, Ga. June 2-5. The annual institute welcomes professionals who communicate for cooperative organizations across the country and offers opportunities for extended learning and networking. The association also hosts an extensive communications contest with multiple divisions, including writing, photography, programs and projects, and publications. Members of CCA can enter their work and in addition to competing against other cooperatives, they receive critiques from professional industry judges to help improve their efforts. There were 571 entries representing 35 different cooperatives in the 2019 contest. Select Sires’ communications efforts received award-winning recognition for multiple entries.

“The Select Sires communications team works with tremendous passion to promote, protect, build and continuously strengthen the Select Sires brand,” says Leslie Maurice, director of communications. “As winners in the CCA contest, their individual creativity and collective talents are recognized among the nation’s best cooperative communicators.”

Contest Recognition
The programs and projects division was extremely competitive, and judges were challenged with more than 135 entries. Select Sires is pleased to have winning entries in three categories in the division. Earning top honors in the miscellaneous print subcategory was the Cooperative Branding Guidelines. The “Select Calf Coat” advertisement submitted by Kayla Wright, won third place in print advertising. In social media planning and management, Select Sires Inc. and Select Sires Jerseys Facebook communications was recognized with third place honors.

Of the 127 entries in the photography division, Leslie Maurice placed third in the smartphone photography subcategory with her photo entitled “The Calm Before the Show.”

The publications division included 96 entries and in the employee publication subcategory, Select Sires’ Select Connect employee newsletter received second place honors.

Master Cooperative Communicator
During the annual CCA business meeting, Terri Smith, Select Sires’ sales and marketing specialist, earned a Master Cooperative Communicator (MCC) certificate. This program recognizes individuals for exemplary work in the communications field and rewards professional involvement and volunteer activities.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of seven 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.


Premier Select Sires Offers 7 Percent Credit on Semen Purchases for Summer 2019

Premier Select Sires, Inc. is excited to announce that the cooperative will offer 7 percent additional savings to member-customers who purchase semen through the months of June and July, 2019.

“As a reflection of the challenging dairy economy and continued sales growth, your cooperative is accelerating the member return to customers,” explains Kirk Sattazahn, Director of Marketing for Premier Select Sires.

The Premier Select Sires sales team will continue to sell superior genetics at the best semen prices available at the time of purchase. When the invoice is prepared at the end of the month, a 7 percent credit on all semen purchases will be applied, therefore reducing the total amount due. The only requirement is that accounts must be current on their balance to qualify.

“On behalf of our board of directors, I am pleased to offer this extra benefit for our cooperative members,” said Mark Carpenter, CEO of Premier Select Sires. “With summer heat stress, this is a great opportunity to make your genetic investment count with industry-leading options for SCR and Wellness.”

This 7 percent credit will provide Premier Select Sires customers an opportunity to purchase semen at an even lower cost and maximize the genetic improvement in the herd. Premier strives to serve its member-owners with high-quality genetics, effective products, and valuable services—all provided by knowledgeable, experienced employees with a passion for the industry.

Premier Select Sires is one of seven member cooperatives that form Select Sires, Inc., North America’s largest and most successful A.I. company. Covering the Eastern United States, Premier is committed to helping member-owners be more successful. Dairy and beef cattle producers can trust Premier Select Sires to deliver all of their genetic and reproductive needs.


Kevin Jorgensen Honored with 25-Year Service Award

Kevin Jorgensen was recognized with a milestone service award during Select Sires Inc.’s employee appreciation dinner on May 22 in Plain City, Ohio. Jorgensen, senior Holstein sire analyst, received a 25-year service award for his dedication and passionate service to Select Sires and customer-owners of the cooperative.

Based out of Waupun, Wis., Jorgensen is responsible for Holstein and Red & White sire acquisition and manages the Showcase Selections program. He works with breeders across North America and around the world to continually improve the Holstein breed. Jorgensen’s passion for the Holstein cow and genetic advancement is unmatched. As a sire analyst, Jorgensen brought 7HO12587 DIAMONDBACK and 250HO12589 JACOBY into the program—both of which have been extremely successful, benefited type enthusiasts tremendously and recently graduated as daughter-proven sires.

Jorgensen is active in his local, state and national dairy community. He is a member of the Wisconsin Holstein Association, serving on the board or as a director for many years, and serves on the World Dairy Expo board of directors. He enjoys judging shows, including World Dairy Expo, and has had the privilege of judging in Japan and Central America.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of seven 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.


David McAuley Named 2019 Genetic Consultant of the Year

Select Sires recognizes David McAuley of Okeechobee, Fla. as the 2019 Select Mating Service® (SMS®) genetic consultant of the year. McAuley was recognized at the 2019 SMS Conference among nearly 100 genetic consultants and support staff from the United States, Canada and Latin America. The event was hosted by COBA/Select Sires in Columbus, Ohio from May 14 through May 16.

Presented annually, this honor is awarded to a genetic consultant with multiple years of superior service, a history of high-quality evaluations and the ability to build and maintain successful relationships with dairy producers. Not only does the 2019 award recipient display these qualities, but he embodies the mission and goals of Select Sires’ SMS program.

“David’s combination of positivity and professionalism have made him very successful in the dairy genetics business,” says Lon Peters, retired vice president of dairy sire product services. “He instills trust in his dairy producers and has a passion to help them achieve success.”

McAuley has been serving customer-owners with Premier Select Sires in Florida and North Carolina as an area sales manager and SMS genetic consultant since 1979. Each year, he coordinates several large breeding projects. Six years ago, he jumpstarted a peer group for producers to collaborate and enhance herd success. He has been a phenomenal resource for dairy producers in his region and has achieved many accomplishments. Since the year 2000, McAuley has mated more than 1,066,656 cows and as a sales manager, he recently surpassed an impressive milestone of two million units sold.

“Premier Select Sires greatly appreciates David’s passion for success and the many ways he has contributed to making Premier a leader in our markets served. We are fortunate to have David as part of the Premier Select Sires team,” says Mark Carpenter, chief executive officer, Premier Select Sires.

Now in its 46th year, SMS added more than 3.2 million animals to the program. SMS genetic consultants continue to help dairy producers control genetic recessives, haplotypes and inbreeding levels, while providing service and consultation to create custom selection indexes based on customer goals.

Over the course of three days, attendees of the SMS conference learned about new technologies and industry research, and viewed progeny of Select Sires’ current lineup and potential graduates throughout the state of Ohio. Select Sires thanks the following herds for their hospitality: Andreas Dairy, Buschur Dairy Farm, Catalpadale Dairy LLC, Convoy Dairy LLC, Four Pines Farm LTD, Gasser Farms LLC, Henry Farms, L & R Dairy Farm LLC, Ohio State University Waterman Dairy and Pine Tree Dairy LTD.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of seven 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.


Source: Select Sires

Shirley Kaltenbach Retires, Leslie Maurice Appointed as New Director of Communications

After nearly 34 years of service, Shirley Kaltenbach announces her retirement as Select Sires’ director of communications. Kaltenbach has served in this role since 2012, having previously worked in multiple departments, including business and finance and veterinary health. She was also instrumental as past assistant to the president and CEO and serving as assistant to the chairman and board of directors.

“Kaltenbach used her combination of tremendous talent in writing, creative flair and an uncompromising commitment to excellence to improve communications and build a skilled and award-winning team,” says David Thorbahn, president and CEO of Select Sires.

As a champion for Select Sires’ brand image, Kaltenbach’s inspiring leadership has generated a comprehensive set of branding guidelines used in the federation of cooperatives, engaging communications pieces and booth displays to enhance messaging. She is also recognized for developing Select Sires’ brand promise, “Your Success Our Passion.”

Select Sires is excited to name Leslie Maurice the incoming director of communications. Maurice was raised on a registered Holstein farm, graduated from The Ohio State University and most recently completed Northwestern University’s Executive Scholars program in marketing communications and sales.

She started her career at Select Sires as an intern in 2003 and was hired full time in 2005. She has since worked in the marketing and communications departments in various capacities and, more recently, as a communications specialist. With her strong creative vision and graphic design skills, Maurice is responsible for the recognizable branding of the Showcase SelectionsTM program and Holstein sire advertising. She has won awards for her work in design, photography and video production coordination from the Cooperative Communicators Association.

Maurice resides in Champaign county, Ohio with her husband and children on their 145-cow Jersey dairy, 5J Farms LLC. In support of her local community, she volunteers on the school district’s levy committee and as a judging coach for 4-H and FFA dairy teams.

“It has been a blessing to work with a talented team of individuals who are on fire for the dairy industry and it has been an honor to lead them in serving our customer-owners. We all want to be led by people who are driven by a mission. Leslie’s industry knowledge, experience and intense passion combined with the support of her teammates will undoubtedly yield future success for Select Sires!” says Kaltenbach.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of seven 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.


Cooperative board says CentralStar merger poised for success

The cooperatives formerly known as NorthStar Cooperative Inc. and East Central/Select Sires open a new chapter in history, today, merging under the name CentralStar Cooperative Inc.

While CentralStar is a new name, the cooperative has a robust history with more than 150 years of combined experience meeting the needs of dairy and beef producers in the Midwest. As a merged entity, CentralStar’s genetic and reproduction service area includes all of Wisconsin and Michigan, as well as north of Highway 50 in Indiana. Additionally, new services such as Dairy Herd Information (DHI) and diagnostic testing for health, disease, and production traits, are more readily accessible to more producers.

“Merging to create CentralStar makes us a stronger organization for our members and customers,” said Steve Abel, former East Central/Select Sires board president. “Not only are we able to expand product and service offerings more easily, while taking advantage of economies of scale, but as a merged entity, it strengthens our position in the industry.”

“As the largest affiliate member of Dairy Records Management Service (DRMS) and the third largest member-owner of Select Sires, CentralStar’s representation with both organizations allows us to provide valuable direction and insight into future offerings for our members and customers,” added Paul Trierweiler, former NorthStar Cooperative board president.

Combined board April 2019

Currently, the CentralStar board of directors is comprised of 27 people, which made up the NorthStar and East Central boards of directors. Officer elections were conducted at the CentralStar board meeting late last month with Trierweiler, Portland, Mich., elected president; Abel, Fond du Lac, Wis., first vice president; Lyle Ott, Brillion, Wis., second vice president; Dan Mielke, Colby, Wis., treasurer; and Dorothy Harms, Reedsburg, Wis., secretary.

At the same meeting, the board of directors created a team leadership approach with Jerome Meyer, East Central/Select Sires general manager, as chief executive officer (CEO) and Mark Adam, NorthStar Cooperative general manager, as chief operating officer (COO).

“We’re fortunate to be able to take advantage of the knowledge and wide range of experiences Jerome and Mark bring to the table to lead our new cooperative,” said Abel. “Earlier this year, Mark shared his desire to retire Dec.31 and agreed to assist with the merger process until that time,” added Trierweiler. “We are grateful for his dedication to our organization and willingness to stay on as COO to help ensure a successful merger.”

Today, CentralStar launched a new website,, which offers online shopping for hundreds of ear-tag and herd-management products, as well as an online payment portal. Ongoing enhancements will continue with the site, including an interactive employment application, as well as diagnostic-testing resources.

CentralStar’s goal of enhancing producer profitability through integrated services is fulfilled by incorporating an array of products and services critical to dairy-and-beef-farm prosperity. CentralStar’s product and service offerings include Accelerated Genetics, GenerVations and Select Sires genetics; extensive artificial-insemination (A.I.) technician service; genetic, reproduction, and dairy records consultation; DHI services; diagnostic testing; herd-management products; research and development; and more. CentralStar’s administration and warehouse facilities are located in Lansing, Mich., and Waupun, Wis., with laboratories in Grand Ledge, Mich., and Kaukauna, Wis. For more information, visit CentralStar Cooperative Inc. at


Ryan Corrigan Joins STgenetics Canada®

With close to 20 years of experience in the Dairy Industry, Ryan Corrigan of Colpitts Settlement, NB will now offer his wealth of knowledge to STgenetics Canada®

STgenetics Canada® – An industry leader in livestock genetics and innovation announced they are pleased to welcome Ryan Corrigan to their team in the position of Atlantic Provinces Sales Manager. The company is confident that Ryan will further develop the companies expanding sales and relationships with dairy producers in Atlantic Canada.

Ryan’s career in the dairy industry was fostered through the 4H program and led to fitting work across North America.  While working for some of North America’s top type herds, Ryan transitioned to work in the A.I. business

Ryan gained valuable industry experience working as a sales representative and genetic specialist in Ontario, working alongside progressive producers. He emphasizes the importance of making smart decisions to maximize the impact of their genetic investment.

Ryan moved to New Brunswick in 2013 where he now resides with his wife Dawn Corrigan (Beckwith) and 2 children, Gabriela and Roman.  Since the move East Ryan has worked as a herdsman at Shadowave Holsteins Inc.

Ryan’s passion for the dairy industry led him to become a Holstein Canada Official Judge and through such has developed a strong understanding and appreciation for dairy producers across the dairy spectrum.  Whether small type breeder herd, or large commercial milk producer, Ryan has a demonstrated ability to tailor to individual needs.  

Ryan is looking forward to joining the team and supporting our sales representatives while developing relationships with all progressive dairy producers in Atlantic Canada. 

STgenetics Canada® is thrilled to enhance their Atlantic Canada genetic advisor and sales team with the addition of Ryan Corrigan and his expertise.  Corrigan and STgenetics® share the same passion for the dairy industry and will help the Atlantic dairy herds to achieve genetic progression, by usingSexedULTRA4M® semen, EcoFeed™, Chromosomal Mating™ and other tools and programs offered by the company.  Ryan Corrigan can be reached at (506) 899-0120 or by email at


Genetic Pacesetting Jerseys at IPS

nternational Protein Sires (IPS) added several genetic pacesetting Jersey sires to their lineup following the April sire summaries. “We are pleased with the new additions to our expanded Jersey sire lineup in particular, polled Jerseys. With their recent genetic proofs, these sires will satisfy the dairy farmer’s strict requirements; durable and high performing cattle. Additionally, their balanced qualities meets the IPS objectives of breeding cows, not numbers,” stated Ron Sersland, President and CEO of IPS.

566JE108 OSCAR-P leads the new IPS Jersey sires with a JPI of +136. OSCAR-P is ranked #1 for udders among polled Jersey sires at +30.0 JUI and #2 for type at +2.10. In addition, OSCAR-P excels in components; +62 lbs. fat (+.26%) and +22 lbs. protein (+.07%). This polled genetic pacesetter is also +460 NM$. OSCAR-P is sired by Craze from an Excellent-93 daughter of Mik-P. This excellent genetic package is backed by six generations of high components, both fat and protein.

566JE109 NIGEL-PP is an outstanding polled Jersey sire with a JPI rating of 126 which makes him the #2 JPI PP bull in the Jersey breed. His leadership among homozygous polled sires is well founded – #1 for the following indexes: +378 FM$, +387 GM$, +0.9 DPR, +2.2 HCR and +1.6 CCR. And, he is ranked #2 for these traits: +4.4 PL, +415 NM$ and +433 CM. An A2A2 sire, NIGEL-PP is also +619 lbs. milk and +1.40 for type. NIGEL-PP is sired by Listowel-P from a promising Very Good classified daughter of Dillan-P.

Another IPS headliner is 566JE106 PHAROAH-P with a JPI of +117. PHORAH-P is especially noteworthy for JUI at +19.8 and type at +1.40. A solid production bull, PGAROAH-P is +540 lbs. milk. He excels in health traits and ranked #8 for productive life at +4.8. Pharoah is ranked number one among polled bulls for both livability and DPR; +3.6 LIV and +2.8 DPR. An A2A2 sire, PHAROH-P is rated high for fore udder attachment and rear udder height. As the name suggests, PHAROAH-P is sired by Pharoah while his dam is an Oliver-P daughter. PHAROAH-P also has the rare aAa code of 456231.

566JE104 CUATRO is a breed leader for udders at +35.7 GJUI, placing him #6 in the breed. Note his excellent type rating at +2.10. CUATRO’s Jersey index is +124 JPI along with being A2A2. CUATRO is an assured component booster at +.16% butterfat and +.10% protein. His health traits are commendable at +3.7 productive life, +1.2 LIV and +0.9 DPR. CUATRO is sired by Kwynn from a VG-86 Lexicon daughter. His assured components come from a pedigree packed with superior test.

As a major A.I company, the IPS Jersey sire lineup is loaded with genetic pacesetters. IPS semen may be obtained through company employees or a worldwide network of independent distributors. Located in Rock Springs, Wisconsin, you may learn more about IPS through their website, or by calling toll free: 1.800.542.7593

Select Sires Welcomes New Vice President of Latin America Markets and Dairy Sire Services

With more than 30 years of industry experience, Jeffrey Reidman of Norco, Calif. brings an expansive skillset and tremendous leadership to Select Sires Inc. as the cooperative’s incoming vice president of Latin America markets and dairy sire services in Plain City, Ohio.

In 1990, he and his brother founded Reidman Dairy Services, a sales and service business working with herds of 75 to 15,000 cows and providing training and leadership for a team of nine A.I. service technicians. In 2007, Reidman was hired by All West/Select Sires and has since worked as a Select Mating Service® (SMS®) genetic consultant and Select Reproductive Solution® (SRS®) specialist in southern California. He also collected data and implemented field trials for Select Sires’ Program for Fertility Advancement and Program for Genetic Advancement. Reidman’s career has been extremely successful, receiving Select Sires’ President’s Club award among other accolades.

“Jeff’s extensive experience with dairies of varying size and scale, combined with his knowledge of genetic and reproductive consulting programs will lead him to make a positive impact on Select Sires’ global dairy teams,” says Todd Kranz, chief development officer.

Having facilitated sales trainings, customer outreach meetings and provided insights on large herd management in other countries, Reidman’s international experience will be an asset in this new role. As vice president, he will oversee product placement, marketing and exportation and provide leadership direction and training for a team of Latin America sales managers and their distributors. He will also work with member and global partners to develop valuable tools and technology to enhance Select Sires’ genetic consulting services.

In addition to his career in the genetic and reproductive industry, Reidman has a lifetime of experience working with dairy cattle. After growing up on his family’s dairy and beef operation in North Dakota, he graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in animal science.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of seven 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.


Program for Fertility Advancement and Program for Genetic Advancement are trademarks of Select Sires Inc. ®Select Mating Service, SMS, and Select Reproductive Solutions, SRS, are registered trademarks of Select Sires Inc.

Bill Young Accepts New Title at Select Sires

Bill Young of Collingwood, Ontario, assumes new responsibilities at Select Sires Inc. as the vice president of subsidiaries and will also continue in his current capacity as chief executive officer of Select Sires GenerVations. In this new role, he will provide leadership and direction for the managers of Select Sires’ subsidiaries in the Americas and collaborate on strategic direction, business management and policy.

“Bill has gained valuable experience while managing the growth and development of Select Sires’ long-term subsidiary, Select Sires GenerVations, including the integration of GenerVations in 2014. We are excited for Bill to share these experiences and strategies for growth with our subsidiary managers in Latin America and look forward to the continued success and market development,” says Todd Kranz, chief operating officer.

In Young’s 19-year tenure with Select Sires Canada and Select Sires GenerVations, he managed the successful amalgamation with GenerVations and Western Canada. His determination and leadership yielded exponential sales growth with expanded market share. For many of those years, Young also managed a proving program with more than 50 bulls.

Young is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with a master of business administration in international business.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of seven 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.

New Wave of Genetic Pacesetters at IPS

International Protein Sires (IPS) offers a new wave of genetic pacesetters as confirmed with the April sire summaries. “We’re pleased with the constant infusion of highly rated genetics in our Holstein sire lineup. Diversity is an added value with these additions. We have something for everyone; superior GTPI sires with excellent NM$ values. Additional strengths include, leading polled genetics, show winning type and red color along with the A2A2 attribute. These sires were selected to transmit durable, high performing cattle.” stated Ron Sersland, IPS President and CEO.

A new impact sire is 566HO1314 DRAGO at +2803 GTPI. DRAGO is one of only two bulls in the breed who is greater than +524 for milk and equal or greater than +0.35% for fat. In addition, DRAGO is +42 lbs. protein (+.09%). Further qualities include, +945NM$ and excellent health traits at +1012 DWP$. Type traits are also commendable at +1.76 and +2.28 UDC. Added to his genetic infusion, DRAGO is A2A2. DRAGO is sired by Achiever from a promising daughter of Detour. Multiple generations of 35,000 lb. pound producers dominate his maternal family.

566HO1215 GOAL is a new release at +2806 GTPI. GOAL excels with components at +104 lbs. fat (+.25%) and +49 lbs. protein (+.08%). An impact sire, GOAL is one of only two bulls in the breed who is 968NM$ and is equal or higher than +2.07 for type, +2.27 UDC and +1.97 FLC. A calving ease sire at 5%, GOAL is also noteworthy for health traits at +7.0 PL and +943 DWP$. GOAL is an Achiever son from a Delta daughter. High components are dominating qualities throughout his maternal family.

566HO1313 COMIC enters the Holstein lineup at +2795 GTPI. Another high component sire, COMIC is +90 lbs. fat (+.20%) and +51 lbs. protein (+.09%). Health traits are another strong attribute; +7.5 PL, +1110 DWP$ and +940NM$. COMIC also has noteworthy conformation; +2.60 UDC and +1.71 type. Worthy of note is COMIC’s A2A2 inheritance. A Guarantee son, COMIC is from a Duke daughter with only one cross to Mogul in the first four generations of his ancestry. His maternal family has multiple generations of 40,000 lb. milk producers.

566HO1312 REDLIGHT-Red is destined to be a dominate force with Red Holstein breeders. He is the #2 type bull and the #1 udder composite bull among R&W genomic sires. His type traits excel across the board; +3.78 type, +3.85 UDC and +1.95 FLC. REDLIGHT inherits dominate type from his superior cow family. He is a descendent of Lavender Ruby Redrose-Red (EX-96) and Stookey Elm Park Blackrose (EX-96) before that. REDLIGHT is sired by Unstopabull from a Very Good-86 daughter of Doorman.

566HO1310 CONTRAIRE at +2778 GTPI continues strong among the IPS genetic pacesetters. His strengths include; +1,690 lbs. milk, +95 lbs. fat (+.11%) and +65 lbs. protein (+.05%). Conformation qualities are highly rated; +2.33 type, +2.16 UDC and +1.50 FLC. And, CONTRAIRE’s health traits are commendable with a +5. productive life rating. CONTRAIRE descends from a dominate cow family in the Larcrest Holstein herd.

These new impact sires have set a course for genetic pacesetters in the Holstein breed. They join an excellent lineup of daughter proved sires for a balanced offering from International Holstein Sires. And, they fulfill the discrete demand for “Breeding cows, not numbers.” IPS semen may be obtained worldwide through company employees or independent distributors. Located in Rock Springs, Wisconsin, you may obtain additional information about IPS through their website, or by calling toll free: 1.800.542.7593


Strong Young Sire Offering to Maximize Genetic Goals

Select Sires’ offering of young sires is well-balanced with index, wellness and fertility leaders to increase genetic potential and enhance herd profitability. Select Sires’ newly launched NxGEN program is now accepting membership applications and features two leading GTPI® sires, 507HO14364 EISAKU (+2878 GTPI) and 550HO14134 RENEGADE (+2878 GTPI). Also offering elite GTPI coupled with extreme production are 507HO14588 DIESEL (+2869 GTPI, +1,539 M), 507HO14229 TAHITI (+2837 GTPI, +2,033 M) and 507HO14451 BIG AL (+2835 GTPI, +1,338 M).

7HO14454 LIONEL ranks as Select’s top bull for pounds of milk (+2,575 M) and Combined Fat and Protein (+203 CFP). Also offering more than 2,000 pounds of milk are 7HO14264 SPEEDY (+2,339 M) and 7HO14420 RIVER (+2,272 M). Leading CFP sires include 7HO14545 JAMARCO (+193 CFP) and 7HO13504 JAGUAR (+181 CFP).

Ranking among the breed’s best for the Net Merit (NM$) index are BIG AL (+1,015 NM$) and TAHITI (+1,003 NM$), as well as NxGEN sires EISAKU (+979 NM$) and RENEGADE (+963 NM$). In total, Select Sires offers thirteen young sires with NM values over +$950.

Conception with Confidence
Select Sires’ designations are helpful tools to simplify genetic selection. The Superior Settler designation combines evaluations of Composite Fertility Index (CFI), Sire Conception Rate (SCR) and intense semen quality standards to add confidence in breeding decisions. There is no need to sacrifice production for fertility with Select Sires’ elite lineup of Superior Settler sires. Offering both high milk production and fertility are 7HO12943 CURRY (+1,863 M, +1.8 SCR), 7HO13832 MAXWELL-P (+1,814 M, +3.5 SCR) and 7HO13647 BIGHIT P (+1,810 M, +3.4 SCR).

Increasing Wellness, Decreasing Costs
Health and wellness data offer opportunities to more directly select for healthy cattle and improve on-farm profitability. Select Sires’ WellnessPRO® sires are identified using the Wellness Trait Index® (WT$®) and Calf Wellness Index (CW$) through CLARIFIDE Plus genomic testing. 7HO14455 FREEDOM leads as Select Sires’ top WT$ sire at +261, followed closely by 7HO14307 NEWSTAR (+224 WT$).

WellnessPRO designated sires 7HO12788 FRAZZLED (+2,113 M, +0.7 SCR), 7HO14333 FUTURE (+1,886 M +0.4 SCR), 7HO13922 KITE (+1,765 M, +2.0 SCR) and 250HO13736 HARDROCK (+1,567 M, +1.0 SCR) combine high milk values with positive SCR to maximize profit potential.

On the Dairy Wellness Profit Index® (DWP$®), 507HO14436 BIG DOLLARS is living up to his name offering +1,283 DWP$ combined with +220 WT$. Also ranking among the best for DWP$ is NEWSTAR (+1,227 DWP$) and 7HO14330 EFFECT (+1,186 DWP$).

Hub for High Type
Following the April 2019 sire summary release, Select Sires is excited to offer customer-owners three, Showcase Selections sires over +4.00 PTAT. Leading the PTAT listing is 7HO13730 UNDENIED (+4.30 PTAT), the Solomon son from Our-Favorite Unlimited (EX-94-2E-EX-MS). Following closely are 250HO14579 HANCOCK (+4.10 PTAT), a 250HO12961 DOC grandson of Cookiecutter Mog Hanker-ET (EX-94-2E-EX-MS-GMD-DOM), and 7HO14477 WARRIOR-RED (+4.05 PTAT), an Avalanche son with eight generations of Very Good (VG) or Excellent (EX) dams. Additional high Type leaders include DOC (+3.94 PTAT), 7HO14734 HANDSOME (+3.82 PTAT) and 7HO13839 TATOO (+3.72 PTAT).

For more details about the young sire lineups from Select Sires and GenerVations, visit

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of seven 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.


Source: 0419 CDCB/HA Genomic Evaluation Rel %: DIESEL YIELD 77; TAHITI YIELD 78, NM$ 76; BIG AL YIELD 78, NM$ 74; LIONEL YIELD 78; SPEEDY YIELD 78; RIVER YIELD 76; JAMARCO YIELD 76; JAGUAR YIELD 81; EISAKU NM$ 74; RENEGADE NM$ 74; CURRY YIELD 81, SCR 98; MAXWELL-P YIELD 80, SCR 67; BIGHIT P YIELD 80, SCR 96; FRAZZLED YIELD 87, SCR 99; FUTURE YIELD 79, SCR 95; KITE YIELD 80, SCR 97; HARDROCK YIELD 80, SCR 98; UNDENIED PTAT 80; HANCOCK PTAT 76; WARRIOR-RED PTAT 77; DOC PTAT 79; HANDSOME PTAT 76; TATOO PTAT 80. ®Wellness Trait Index, WT$, Dairy Wellness Profit Index and DWP$ are registered trademarks of Zoetis Inc., its affiliates and/or its licensors. TPI is a registered trademark of Holstein Association USA. TMSuperior Settler, NxGEN, Composite Fertility Index, CFI and Showcase Selections are trademarks of Select Sires. Calf Wellness Index, CW$, is a trademark of Zoetis Inc., its affiliates and/or its licensors.

Select Sires MidAmerica Recognizes Scholarship Winners

Select Sires MidAmerica is pleased to award $1,000 scholarships to 10 high school seniors. The annual scholarship program recognizes outstanding youth of Select Sires MidAmerica customer-owners with preference given to incoming freshmen at a university or college majoring in an agriculture-related field. Selection is based on high school and community involvement, beef and dairy activities and leadership characteristics.

Osanna Koester, daughter of Raymond and Teresa Koester, resides in Wadesville, Ind. Her extracurricular activities include swimming, lacrosse, chamber orchestra and church youth group. As an active member of 4-H, Osanna has completed both dairy and livestock projects and competes in dairy judging. She plans to pursue an education in agricultural business with a minor in German.

Kirby Latimer, son of Kenny and Imogene Latimer, attends North Shelby High School in Hunnewell, Mo. He currently serves as president of the National Honor Society and student council and as treasurer for the senior class. He plays football, basketball and baseball and is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Kirby has served as both president and secretary of his FFA chapter and has earned accolades in agronomy, parliamentary procedure and farm management contests.

Madison Leak, daughter of Matt and Lena Leak, resides in Cornish, Utah. She attends Sky View High School and currently serves as the senior class secretary. Since 2014, she has been a member of the National Honor Society. She is active in FFA, serving as reporter in 2017 and 2018, has earned awards for dairy judging and attends state and national conventions.

Kinle Lewis, daughter of Mat and Wendy Lewis, attends Caliche High School in Illiff, Colo. Kinle is extremely active in FFA, holding both district and chapter offices, contributing to committees and fundraisers, competing in a variety of Career Development Events and earning accolades for public speaking. She also holds offices in the Proctor Peppers 4-H Club and is a member of the National and Colorado Junior Limousin Associations and the National Junior Angus Association. She attends numerous jackpot shows and has exhibited market steers, market lambs, junior heifers and bulls at the Colorado State Fair.

Tyler London, son of Johnny and Lesley London, attends Metcalfe County High School in Center, Ky. As a student athlete, Tyler plays varsity basketball and tennis and is on the golf team. He is a member of the National Honor Society and president of Metcalfe FFA. He exhibits cattle at local, district, state and national levels, showing Ayrshires, Holsteins and Brown Swiss. Tyler also volunteers for the local fair board and assists in coordinating events for 4-H and FFA.

Jaron Meeks is the son of Deane and Kristi Meeks and attends Loup County High School in Taylor, Neb. He serves as president for his class, sits on the student council and participates in quiz bowl. His athletic activities include football and wrestling. Jaron is also a member of 4-H and FFA and plans to attend Chadron State College to pursue an education in Rangeland Livestock Management.

Jace Stagemeyer, son of Brent and Carla Stagemeyer, attends O’Neill Public High School in Page, Neb. Jace is a member of the National Honor Society, an honor roll student and Gold Academic Award winner. He is a trumpet player, performing in concert, marching, pep, Jazz and the Pierce Honor bands. Jace has held offices in 4-H and FFA and is active in the Nebraska Junior Angus Association. He has had success as a champion beef showman at the Aksarben Livestock Show, Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic and the South Dakota State Hereford Show. 

Boone Svoboda, son of Arnold and Teresa Svoboda, attends Lawrence/Nelson High School in Deweese, Neb. As a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, he is involved with youth group activities and church fundraisers. In his community, he participates in American Red Cross Blood Drives, volunteers as a Salvation Army Bell Ringer, Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels and is an elected deputy for Cornhusker Boys State. At his high school, he plays in the band, serves as a class officer and is involved in sports activities. Boone is a 4-H member and competes in livestock judging. He has held offices in FFA and participates in a variety of Career Development Events.

Trevor Thue, son of Dale and Crystal Thue, attends Hamlin High School in Lake Norden, S.D. He enjoys exhibiting cattle at the Watertown Winter Farm Show and the South Dakota State Fair. His extracurricular activities include youth group, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, American Legion baseball and football. Trevor is also a member of the National Honor Society and plans to pursue an education in precision agriculture and agronomy.

Faith Wilson, daughter of Dallas and Andi Wilson, attends Hillsboro High School in Dittmer, Mo. She is a member of the National Honor Society, sits on the student council, serves in student government and plays soccer. Her agricultural activities include 4-H, exhibiting cattle and she has completed A.I. certification training. She plans to attend University of Missouri – Columbia and major in biology with an emphasis in animal science.

These individuals exemplify the future of the agriculture industry and Select Sires MidAmerica, Inc. is proud to recognize these young adults for their dedication, passion and success.

Based in Logan, Utah, Select Sires MidAmerica, Inc. is a farmer-owned and -controlled cooperative that operates in 11 states throughout mid-America as a member of Select Sires Inc., North America’s largest A.I. organization. As the industry leader, Select Sires provides highly fertile semen as well as excellence in service and programs to achieve its basic objective of supplying beef and dairy producers with North America’s best genetics at a reasonable price.


Trend in Canadian Genomic Versus Proven Sire Usage – April 2019

Select Sires’ DEMPSEY Passes at Age Thirteen

Select Sires is saddened to share news of 7HO9264 Lirr Drew DEMPSEY’s passing. For nearly a decade, DEMPSEY was a headliner for the successful Showcase Selections program. To date, he has more than 38,700 daughters worldwide, of which, more than 27,000 are officially classified. At the time of his passing, DEMPSEY’s lifetime semen sales totaled more than 570,000 doses.

As a quintessential Showcase Selections sire, DEMPSEY earned global recognition for making champions. Cows like TK-Plainview Ripley (EX-96) and Co-Vale Dempsey Dina 4270 (EX-96) were just two of the phenomenal DEMPSEY daughters that achieved success on the colored shavings and inspired breeders around the world.

“He was often referenced as the modern-day 7HO5157 DURHAM for his ability to improve type in a single generation,” explains Kevin Jorgensen, senior sire analyst for Select Sires. “DEMPSEY sired daughters that breeders loved. They were good two-year-olds that matured into even better three-year-olds and then continued to improve lactation after lactation.”

Ryan, Randy and Robert Nigh of Viroque, Wis. were the breeders of DEMPSEY and Select Sires is tremendously thankful for the exceptional working relationship with the Nighs.

Conventional DEMPSEY semen is currently available worldwide.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of seven 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.


Showcase Selections is a trademark of Select Sires Inc.

Select Sires Elite Offering Backed by Superior Fertility

Select Sires’ daughter-proven lineup offers customer-owners a diverse selection of genetics while focusing on balanced sires with profitable health and wellness traits and favorable fertility values.

Index Leaders
With more than 21 of the top 50 sires on Holstein Association USA’s Top TPI® Bulls list, Select Sires exhibited incomparable strength. Furthermore, Select Sires is home to 41 sires with GTPI values +2508 or greater, twice as many as the cooperative’s closest competitor. Among these industry leaders are 250HO13267 DUKE (+2752 GTPI) at No. 6, 7HO12421 MILLINGTON (+2697) at No.8 and 7HO12659 PASSAT (+2695) at No. 9.

The combined strength of index rankings and SCR values continues with the Net Merit (NM$) index. Select Sires offers 11 sires +700 NM$ and greater with +1.0 SCR and greater, with PASSAT (+905 NM$, +1.8 SCR) and DUKE (+904 NM$, +1.4 SCR) leading the way. Additionally, six of the 11 new Holstein graduates offer NM$ values of +700 or greater, with 7HO13334 PHANTOM (+831 NM$) and 7HO12742 FOXHOLE (+816 NM$) leading.

New graduates 7HO13328 YALE (+2558 GTPI, +772 NM$) and 7HO13373 FLAGSHIP (+2597, +779) gain a position on the proven lineup, offering elite GTPI, NM$ and the highly sought after Elite Sexed Fertility designation. Customer-owners wanting the most cells per dose of sexed semen can look for 7HO12638 BENNING, 7HO12690 LOYALTY and FOXHOLE as all three are available in gender SELECTed Sexed Ultra 4M semen.

Milk Pounds and Components
Fill your bulk tank with Select Sires’ high production and Combined Fat and Protein (CFP) sires. Leading the 7HO lineup for Milk pounds is 7HO11621 MAYFLOWER (+2,624 M), 7HO13250 JEDI (+2,501 M), 7HO12611 FERDINAND (+2,414 M) and 7HO11985 TETRIS (+2,363 M). DUKE (+215 CFP) and new graduates PHANTOM (+183 CFP) and FOXHOLE (+173 CFP) will improve components with elite combined Fat and Protein values.

The commitment to fertility extends beyond index rankings and SCR values as Select Sires is home to high-production sires transmitting positive Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR) values. With 10 sires +1,500 PTA Milk or greater and +1.0 DPR or more, including MAYFLOWER (+1.8 DPR) and JEDI (+1.1 DPR). Additional sires to increase milk pounds without compromising daughter fertility, include 7HO12111 DRAGONHEART (+2,100 M, +1.8 DPR), 7HO12195 BUTLER (+1,901 M, +1.2 DPR) and new graduate LOYALTY (+1,664 M, +1.6 DPR).

Select for Healthier Cattle
PASSAT leads the breed for Dairy Wellness Profit Index® (DWP$®) at +1,101 DWP$, followed closely by 7HO12550 FARRIS (+998 DWP$), 7HO13195 PROFIT (+975 DWP$) and PHANTOM (+956 DWP$). Select Sires remains competitive on the Wellness Trait Index® (WT$®) listing with WellnessPRO® sires, 7HO11169 PETRONE (+181 WT$), 7HO11708 ROOKIE (+173 WT$) and PASSAT (+172 WT$).

The Type You Like
This sire summary highlights the strengths of Select Sires with more top-10 PTAT sires than any other genetics company. Leading the breed as the No. 1 Type sire is 250HO12589 JACOBY, the Doorman son of Bryersquart Gchip Jail-P-ET (EX-90-EX-MS), at +4.03 PTAT and +3.41 UDC. Ranking third and sixth are 7HO10506 G W ATWOOD (+3.71 PTAT) and 7HO11596 DEFIANT (+3.57 PTAT). Also above +3.0 PTAT are customer-favorites 7HO12353 BEEMER (+3.24 PTAT) and 7HO12587 DIAMONDBACK (+3.19 PTAT).

For more details about the daughter-proven lineups from Select Sires and GenerVations, visit

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of seven 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.


Source: 0419 CDCB/HA Genomic Evaluation Rel %: PASSAT NM$ 89, SCR 99; DUKE YIELD 96, NM$ 92, SCR 98; PHANTOM NM$ 89, YIELD 95; FOXHOLE NM$ 89, YIELD 94; YALE NM$ 88; FLAGSHIP NM$ 91; MAYFLOWER YIELD 99, DPR 99; JEDI YIELD 99, DPR 94; FERDINAND YIELD 97; TETRIS YIELD 99; DRAGONHEART YIELD 99, DPR 95; BUTLER YIELD 99, DPR 97; LOYALTY YIELD 94, DPR 85; JACOBY TYPE 91; G W ATWOOD TYPE 99; DEFIANT TYPE 99; BEEMER TYPE 98; DIAMONDBACK TYPE 98. TMShowcase Selections and gender SELECTed are trademarks of Select Sires Inc. SexedULTRA and SexedULTRA 4M are trademarks of Inguran LLC. gender SELECTed™ semen processed by Sexing Technologies for Select Sires shall be used only for the single insemination of one female bovine during natural ovulation with the intent to produce single offspring unless specifically approved on an individual customer basis by Sexing Technologies in writing. This semen is produced using the proprietary technology of XY LLC and Inguran LLC, as partially represented by U.S. Patents: 6372422, 7094527, 7208265, 7371517, 6357307, 7723116, 7758811 and 7799569. Patents pending in U.S. and foreign markets. XY® is a trademark of XY LLC. All gender SELECTed semen is processed using SexedULTRA technology. ®Wellness Trait Index, WT$, Dairy Wellness Profit Index and DWP$ are registered trademarks of Zoetis Inc., its affiliates and/or its licensors. ®Total Performance Index and TPI are registered trademarks of Holstein Association USA.

Select Sires Graduated Fifteen Daughter-Proven Sires

Select Sires Inc. graduated eleven Holsteins, three Jerseys and one Ayrshire into the cooperative’s diverse product lineups with the April sire summary.

“We are dedicated to procuring and developing sires that fulfill a variety of market demands and maximize genetic potential in herds throughout the United States and around the world,” says Jeff Ziegler, vice president of dairy cattle breeding at Select Sires. “As customer-owners of the Select Sires cooperative, you can be assured that our genetic offering is backed by profit-minded decisions to improve your bottom line and this graduating class of proven sires is a perfect reflection of that commitment.”

Select Sires’ new graduates made an impressive debut on Holstein Association USA’s Top TPI® Bulls list with 7HO13334 PHANTOM (+2670 GTPI), 7HO12690 LOYALTY (+2601), 7HO12742 FOXHOLE (+2600) and 7HO13373 FLAGSHIP (+2597) ranking among the industry’s top-30 sires.

In terms of production, FOXHOLE, PHANTOM and 7HO12657 TOMEK lead the class, each offering more than +1,700 milk pounds and +136 Combined Fat and Protein (CFP). Ranking among the breed’s top 15 for CFP, PHANTOM impresses with +183 CFP.

The Net Merit (NM$) values of this group are extremely elite and competitive among industry rankings. Each of the new Holstein graduates offer more than +650 NM$, with PHANTOM (+831 NM$), FOXHOLE (+816 NM$) and 7HO12709 MUSTANG (+778 NM$) leading.

Beat the Heat
With summer weather and heat stress ahead, customer-owners can rely on Select Sires to offer more, high fertility and superior conception rate sires than any other genetics company. With elite Sire Conception Rate (SCR) values, 7HO12596 BENTLEY (+1.5 SCR), MUSTANG (+1.2 SCR) and TOMEK (+1.0 SCR) offer confidence in the summer breeding season. Of the new graduates, 7HO13328 YALE and FLAGSHIP carry the innovative Elite Sexed Fertility designation to indicate the highest performing sex-sorted sires.

Health and Wellness
Improving the health and wellness of your herd means a better bottom line. With data and selection tools from Zoetis and the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB), Select Sires offers strategies to breed healthier cattle.

Sires most likely to make a positive impact on wellness by reducing the genetic risk of common dairy cow diseases are identified as WellnessPRO® by using Wellness Trait Index® (WT$®) data and include BENTLEY (+147 WT$) and PHANTOM (+140 WT$). Among the industry’s best Dairy Wellness Profit Index® (DWP$®) sires are new graduates PHANTOM (+956 DWP$), BENTLEY (+857 DWP$) and FOXHOLE (+854 DWP$).

Exciting Jersey Graduates

7JE1474 SALSA-P joins the daughter-proven lineup as a top-5 bull for Jersey Performance Index (JPI) (+160 GJPI) with huge Milk yield (+1,141) and high Cheese Merit (CM$) (+582). 7JE1490 GREG is a 7JE1336 BALLISTIC son with a well-balanced proof and big production and component pounds (+872 M, +97 CFP). 7JE1516 DYNASTY is a 7JE1221 PHAROAH son offering favorable fitness traits (+2.0 DPR) and elite milk production values (+986 M).

New Ayrshire Graduate
7AY109 DIXON joins the Select Sires lineup with an impressive proven GPTI of +517. He boasts a profitable combination of Milk (+441), Fat (+45) and Protein (+25) pounds. DIXON’s pedigree will be recognized by Ayrshire enthusiasts as his dam is the famed Excellent (94) Trident daughter out of Maple Dell Zorro Darfourth (EX-95-2E).

Accelerated Genetics AdditionsAccelerated Genetics Additions
Joining the proven Accelerated Genetics lineup is 14HO7714 HURRICANE (+1,225 M, +125 CFP, +2527 GTPI) and *14HO7770 HELIX (1,637 M, +179 CFP). Both sires excel in production traits, adding values of more than +1,200 pounds of milk and +120 CFP. With a 5.8% Sire Calving Ease (SCE) and more than 3,300 observations, HURRICANE shows himself as a calving ease specialist. HELIX offers elite NM$ (+843) and ranks competitively in the breed for GTPI (+2649).

For more details about daughter-proven lineups from Select Sires, visit For information about the Accelerated Genetics branded product line, visit

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of seven 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.

* HELIX semen available June 2019.

Source: 0419 CDCB/HA/AJCA/ABA Genomic Evaluation Rel %: FOXHOLE YIELD 94; PHANTOM YIELD 95, NM$ 89; TOMEK YIELD 94, SCR 93; MUSTANG NM$ 89, SCR 98; BENTLEY SCR 95; SALSA-P YIELD 90; GREG YIELD 86; DYNASTY DPR 69, YIELD 86; DIXON YIELD 74; HURRICANE YIELD 93, SCE 99; HELIX YIELD 94, NM$ 89. TMElite Sexed Fertility is a trademark of Select Sires Inc. Jersey Performance Index, JPI, is a trademark of the American Jersey Cattle Association. ®Wellness Trait Index, WT$, Dairy Wellness Profit Index and DWP$ are registered trademarks of Zoetis Inc., its affiliates and/or its licensors. ®WellnessPRO is a registered trademark of Select Sires. Total Performance Index and TPI are registered trademarks of Holstein Association USA.

ABS Global Strengthens Icon Sire™ Offering, Graduates 15

ABS customers have every reason to get excited as 29HO17947 ROWDY is elevated to Icon Sire™ status today with a 1040 NM$. ROWDY is among the eight sires added to the ABS Icon Sire list and 14 ABS sires graduated with proven daughters Tuesday.

“We are excited that ROWDY is the #1 daughter-proven Net Merit bull in the breed!” said Nate Zwald, COO-Dairy, ABS Global. “We at ABS are ensuring the best ROWDY sons created going forward come back to ABS through his new Icon Sire status.”

Icon Sires introduced today include Holstein sires, 29HO17947 ROWDY, 29HO18858 ENTITY, 29HO18870 VENTURE, 29HO18884 CROSBY, 29HO18903 ROYAL, 29HO18929 VALUE, 29HO18937 BUNDLE, 29HO18963 AGENCY, and 29HO19013 ATOMIC-PP, and Jersey sire 29JE4137 DALTON-P.

ABS sires graduating today also stand on solid ground. 29HO18054 JUMPSHOT, another son of April 2017 graduate 29HO17553 JOSUPER, is a strong sire with 836 NM$ and 2595 TPI®. Other graduates include Holstein sires: 29HO18054 JUMPSHOT, 29HO17912 BELLAMY, 29HO17919 TACTIC, 29HO18074 TAKECOMMAND, 29HO18023 DIRECTOR, 29HO17964 SOLARIS, 29HO17913 BENSON, 29HO18032 WALLIS, 29HO17951 COSBY, 94HO17993 DANIEL*RC, and 94HO17973 HYPNOTIC*RC, and Jersey sires 29JE3991 BANCROFT, 29JE4008 BALTAZAR {5}, and 29JE3992 LANCER.

“With the new multi-breed evaluation, the Jersey breed saw many bulls fluctuate, but ABS’ diversity shined through,” said ABS Global Jersey Sire Analyst Aaron Horst. “Long-time Icon 29JE4117 WESTPORT {6} remains one of the breed’s elite at +697 CM$ and 29JE4137 DALTON-P is a new Icon release that has full registry status and is +2.1 DPR. To cater to profit-focused herds, ABS stands tall with over 10 Jersey sires available greater than +1.0 DPR to improve female fertility and reduce days open.”

St. Jacobs had a strong showing Tuesday with DANIEL*RC and HYPNOTIC*RC graduating. “Both are red carrier bulls that sire tremendous cows,” explained Brian Behnke, St. Jacobs Business Manager. “DANIEL is one of the highest udder composite daughter-proven bulls in the breed and is now positive in his production traits. HYPNOTIC is proven to sire show winners, siring incredible style and balance with their immaculate frames. Dairymen should be excited to calve in their daughters of these two high type bulls.”

For more information on Icon Sires, go to or talk with your ABS representative today. You can also learn more about ABS graduates at ABS Bull Search.

Headquartered in DeForest, Wisconsin, U.S.A., ABS Global is the world‐leading provider of bovine genetics, reproduction services, artificial insemination technologies, and udder care products. Marketing in more than 70 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.

ABS Global Newly Released Icon Sires

29HO17947 ROWDY

  • Breed-leading yield from an early JOSUPER son
  • Sires medium frame size for added efficiency
  • Reliable choice for Calving Ease

29HO18858 ENTITY

  • Sire Stack: Matters x Rubicon
  • Improves Fat & Protein percentages & yield
  • Medium-size frames & improved daughter fertility


  • Sire Stack: ACHIEVER x Delta
  • Improves component production & percentages
  • Offers medium frame size & Calving Ease

29HO18884 CROSBY

  • Sire Stack: CHARLEY x Rubicon
  • Elite PLI sire
  • Improves productivity & udder health

29HO18903 ROYAL

  • Sire Stack: Duke x Yoder
  • Extreme Fat & Protein yield
  • Medium frame size & udder improvement

29HO18929 VALUE

  • Sire Stack: Duke x Rubicon
  • Elite Fat & Protein solids & percentages
  • Moderates frame size without shortening teats

29HO18937 BUNDLE

  • Sire Stack: ACHIEVER x Rubicon
  • Elite TPI & NM$ with an attractive Calving Ease profile
  • Medium frame size with well-attached udders

29HO18963 AGENCY

  • Sire Stack: ACHIEVER x Profit
  • Improves Fat & Protein productivity
  • Combines medium frame size & Calving Ease


  • Sire Stack: Answer PO x Delta
  • Homozygous Polled
  • Increases total milk, fat & protein


  • Full registry status & polled!
  • Big health trait improver
  • Unique sire stack for diversity

ABS Global Proven Sires


  • Early JOSUPER son from a Sudan daughter
  • Offers improved yield with 4-star bull fertility
  • Sires medium frame size for added efficiency


  • Offers increased yields of milk, fat & protein
  • Sires medium frame size
  • Well-attached udders

29HO17919 TACTIC

  • Early COMMANDER son
  • Offers improved type, without increasing frame size
  • High component percentages & 4-star bull fertility


  • Early COMMANDER son
  • Offers significant improvement in udders, feet & legs
  • A great Calving Ease option


  • Combines Calving Ease with 5-star bull fertility
  • Well-attached udders
  • High milk yield with improved SCS

29HO17913 BENSON

  • Improves fat & protein yield
  • Reduces frame size
  • Combines lower SCS with 4-star bull fertility

29HO18032 WALLIS

  • Offers increased yields of milk, fat & protein
  • Balanced type profile
  • 5-star bull fertility

29HO17951 COSBY

  • Early MONTEREY son offers elite type
  • Improves component percentages
  • A great Calving Ease option


  • Reliably elite Calving Ease
  • Improves milk yield & component percentages
  • Sires medium frame size for added efficiency


  • One of the highest UDC in the breed at 3.78
  • Huge components & positive DPR
  • Apple family success story


  • Positive production with good components
  • Beautiful, long dairy frames with exceptional feet & legs
  • Outcross for high type, no Doorman, McCutchen or Shottle


  • Balanced genetic profile
  • Outcross pedigree & full registry status
  • Four closest dams scored 90, 93, 90, 94

29JE4008 BALTAZAR {5}

  • Compact, high producing cows
  • Closest three dams scored 93, 90, & 94
  • Three generations of 6+ lactations in large herd


    • Extreme fat & protein percentages
    • Unique BOWMAN x LEGAL cross
    • Balanced traits to fit a wide variety of needs


Source: ABS

Select Sires Launches NxGEN

By the direction and guidance of Select Sires’ board of directors, the cooperative is pleased to bring NxGEN to the marketplace. This membership program is another initiative to minimize the generation interval on farm and maximize genetic gain, while also protecting the cooperative’s investments to benefit customer-owners.

“Today’s customer-owners value and respect genetic improvement more than at any point in history. It is our responsibility to provide them with the most elite genetics to maximize herd progress,” explains Jeff Ziegler, vice president of dairy cattle breeding at Select Sires.

For customer-owners striving for unprecedented genetic gains, the NxGEN program offers unique genetic advantages. Qualifying members who complete the contract will have access to an exclusive lineup of elite gender SELECTed sires. Member herds will benefit immensely from the impact of these profitable genetics. The opportunity to market resulting offspring back to Select Sires also exists.

NxGEN sires will be identified by a special designation logo. The inaugural class of NxGEN sires includes 507HO14364 EISAKU and 550HO14134 RENEGADE. EISAKU is an elite balanced sire from the famed Morgan Era cow family and a premier component producer, with impressive milk yield and modern type. RENEGADE, the outcross extraordinaire, is a Jaltaoak from a 7HO12421 MILLINGTON dam and an extreme component improver.

For details about the NxGEN program, more on available sires and to apply for membership, please visit the NxGEN section of our website here.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of eight 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.

NxGEN and gender SELECTed are trademarks of Select Sires Inc. All gender SELECTed semen is processed using SexedULTRA technology.

Perotti & Carson Joining Semex

Semex is pleased to announce two key additions to its global team in March 2019. Charlie Perotti has accepted the role of Director, Corporate Account Programs effective Monday, March 18 and Mark Carson has accepted the position of Genetic Solutions Manager, effective Monday, March 25.

Reporting to Paul Krueger, Vice President, Global Key Account & Solutions Strategies, Charlie will play a key role in furthering Semex’s global corporate account strategies and sales growth within key markets including: Mexico; Russia; China; and South East Asia.

Charlie has a lifetime of experience in the global dairy industry, focusing on progressive dairy herd genetic development and management. Most recently he was the Production Director at Fonterra in Beijing, China, managing their 32,000 milking cows. Charlie’s vast experience touches all facets of the dairy industry including management, sales, sales management, employee sourcing, training and development. A third-generation dairy farmer, Charlie is also a general partner in his family’s century farm.

Mark will lead the support and development of new and existing genetic solutions as part of the Semex Solutions Team, reporting to Jay Shannon, Director, Genetic Programs & Solutions.

Mark has been employed with EastGen over the past 10 years, most recently in the role of Solutions Manager, leading a team of field specialists supporting Semex ai24™ and Semex Solutions on key dairies throughout Ontario and Atlantic Canada. Mark has a BSc in Animal Science and an MSc in Epidemiology from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph.

Semex is pleased to have these two well-known dairy industry persons join our global team, delivering the best client services, support and product globally.

CentralStar kicks off new merger by sponsoring family night at National Holstein Convention

Starting May 1, 2019, NorthStar Cooperative, Lansing, Mich., and East Central/Select Sires, Waupun, Wis., will merge under the name, CentralStar Cooperative. One of the first donations from CentralStar will be a “platinum”-level contribution, in partnership with Select Sires Inc., to the 2019 National Holstein Convention.

Wisconsin is hosting this year’s event, June 24-27, in the Fox Valley region of America’s Dairyland. The convention will feature diverse farm tours, seminars, junior Holstein contests, the National Convention Sale, a National Genetics Conference, the 25th Young Dairy Leadership Institute’s Leadership Conference, and much more.

The CentralStar and Select Sires donation will be used to host family night at Lambeau Field, Tuesday, June 25. With legendary Lambeau Field in full view, attendees will enjoy a tailgate-style meal of a hog roast with tenderloin steak sandwiches and many of Wisconsin’s favorite foods. Activities will include tailgate games and the opportunity to venture into the Titletown District just a short walk away with its loads of free games and playground equipment. Lambeau Field tours can be purchased for an additional $12, with a capacity limit of 350 tour registrants.

For more information about the 2019 National Holstein Convention, visit and follow the event on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

CentralStar will focus on enhancing producer profitability through integrated services, providing Accelerated Genetics, GenerVations, and Select Sires genetics; extensive artificial-insemination (A.I.) technician service; genetic consultation; reproduction services; Dairy Herd Information (DHI) services; diagnostic testing; herd-management products; research and development; and more. For more information, visit NorthStar Cooperative at and East Central/Select Sires at

2018 NAAB Members Report Record Year for Unit Sales

The National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) members report annual units for the categories of domestic sales, export sales, custom collected, imported units for dairy and beef breeds. With 95% of the US AI industry represented by NAAB members, these annual statistics give an unprecedented reflection of US cattle semen sales.
The US bovine semen industry had a record year as it achieved just over 60 million total units reported for all categories combined. This exceeded the previous record amount established in 2017 by 3.7 million units representing an overall annual increase of 6.5%. The total number of dairy units increased by 1.68% establishing a new record with 49.1 million units while beef units also set a new record reaching 11.7 million units. Dairy and beef exports along with domestic beef units made significant contributions to the new annual record.

The domestic dairy units reported for the US declined by 5.7% or 1.3 million units with a market size of 21.8 million dairy units. However, domestic beef units sold in the US increased by 1.5 million units representing an increase of 59%. While custom collected dairy units declined by 228,909 units, the custom collected beef units increased by 975,671 units for a net gain of 746,762 total custom collected units.

The international demand for US genetics continues to expand. New records were set for both dairy and beef exported units. Just over 24.5 million units of dairy semen were exported representing an increase of 2.5 million units for an 11.4% increase over 2017. Additionally, beef semen exports reached 3.97 million units for a 12.4% increase. Top three export markets for total units in 2018 were Brazil, China and Mexico.

Dairy and beef producers are faced with many changes and challenges, many of which are out of their control. NAAB members value their relationship with domestic and international producers and strive to utilize sound science and technology to deliver top quality products.

More information about NAAB and its annual statistics can be found at


Select Sires Hosts New Employee Orientation and Training

Twelve new employees, from five member cooperatives, Select Sires GenerVations and World Wide Sires, completed orientation and sales training February 5 through February 8 at Select Sires’ headquarters in Plain City, Ohio.

“Select Sires’ hosts an engaging orientation program for new employees. The in-person training event includes a tour of the facilities, preview of bulls on parade and opportunities to network with employees from across North America,” says Lyle Kruse, vice president of U.S. market development for Select Sires.

The orientation program highlights the cooperative’s unique history and provides a comprehensive overview of the current programs and services. Industry experts delivered presentations regarding Select Reproductive Solutions® (SRS®), Select Mating Service® (SMS®), StrataGEN®, Aggressive Reproductive Technologies (ART), CowManager®, Breeding to FeedingSM and Program for Fertility Advancement(PFA). New employees receive training about bull care and semen collection, semen quality and fertility, genetic evaluations, dairy and beef sire programs, herd management solutions and Select Sires’ gender SELECTed semen process.

Orientation participants included: All West/Select Sires: Geneva McCall, Galt, Calif.; COBA/Select Sires: Brian Kohler, Botkins, Ohio and Shawn Aufderhaar, Anna, Ohio; Select Sires GenerVations: Franchesca Charleston-Buissieres, Yamaska, Quebec; Premier Select Sires: Emily Heilinger, Lebanon, Pa. and Josh Nyce, Lancaster, Pa.; East Central/Select Sires: Max Shenkenberg, Madison, Wis., Andy Greenfield, Waupun, Wis. and Susie Martin, Brooklyn, Wis.; NorthStar Cooperative: Gretchen Vankauwenberg, Greenleaf, Wis.; Select Sires Inc: Dr. Mehdi Sargolzaei, Guelph, Ontario; World Wide Sires: Emily Rosa, Hanford, Calif.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of eight 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.

Members vote to merge East Central/Select Sires and NorthStar Cooperative

The voting process is complete; East Central/Select Sires delegates and NorthStar Cooperative common stock owners have officially voted in favor of merging the two cooperatives together. This news comes about two months after the board of directors for East Central/Select Sires, based in Waupun, Wis., and NorthStar Cooperative, Lansing, Mich., announced reaching a unanimous decision to work toward unifying the two business entities under the name CentralStar Cooperative Inc.

“We appreciate our members’ votes of confidence in this merger,” shared Paul Trierwieler, NorthStar Cooperative board president. “As CentralStar Cooperative, we have more than 150 years of combined experience serving the dairy and beef industries in the Midwest. Joining two organizations which are financially strong, customer-focused cooperatives better positions CentralStar to establish the next generation of integrated services that are necessary in today’s market for farm profitability.”

“The next step is for employees and management staff to iron out logistics in preparation for the May 1, 2019, merger date,” added Steve Abel, president, East Central/Select Sires board of directors. “Inventory organization, delivery, accounting, communication, customer care, and employee benefits are just a few of the areas in discussion. This process is difficult, but will be very rewarding, so please have patience with our team during this transition.”

Currently, NorthStar Cooperative serves dairy and beef producers in northern Wisconsin, Michigan, and north of U.S. Highway 50 in Indiana. East Central/Select Sires serves dairy and beef producers in southern Wisconsin. There is no overlapping territory between the two cooperatives, so once the merger is final, service will continue as usual for patron members.

Combining cooperatives will create even greater value for members and customers. This includes taking advantage of economies of scale where it makes sense; expanding resources and services available to customers, such as Dairy Herd Information (DHI) services and diagnostic testing; and removing the current business line along State Road 21 in Wisconsin.

CentralStar will focus on enhancing producer profitability through integrated services, providing Accelerated Genetics, GenerVations, and Select Sires genetics; extensive artificial-insemination (A.I.) technician service; genetic consultation; reproduction services; DHI services; diagnostic testing; herd-management products; research and development; and more. All current business locations will remain open for the foreseeable future.


Tim Barnes, Joe Fowler Take on New Titles and Responsibilities at Premier Select Sires

As Premier Select Sires evaluates and aligns processes within our newly expanded organization, we continue to make organizational changes to more clearly position talent and leadership to best meet our organizational goals.

We are pleased to announce that Tim Barnes will lead the effort of unifying our semen and product distribution as Distribution Director for Premier Select Sires.

Barnes has a tremendous amount of experience within the Select Sires system and has held many leadership roles. Barnes started his career in 1983 as an Area Sales Manager in central Tennessee. As his career progressed, he took on increasing responsibilities in the areas of AI training, distribution, marketing and employee training. He has also led product sales development efforts. Most recently, Barnes has developed a successful distribution network of 80 independent beef representatives across the Southeast area.

Barnes has already been working closely with PA Distribution Manager Amanda Landsiedel and her team to make improvements, and together they will work to create a dynamic, progressive program to best meet the needs of our employees and member customers.

Joe Fowler has been named Regional Sales Manager for the new Southwest Region of Premier Select Sires. This region will encompass the former Southeast area, and Fowler will directly supervise the Sales Representatives and Reproductive Service Specialists in that area.

Fowler started his career in 1982 as an Area Sales Manager and has taken on increasing responsibilities since, including implementing the SMS and PGA programs for Southeast Select Sires. He has most recently headed up the growth and development of the large herd markets and has worked closely with the Southeast Select Sires general manager and board of directors to successfully grow the entire business in many areas. Fowler will bring 37+ years of sales experience and vast knowledge in large herd development to provide council and guidance across all regions of Premier Select Sires.

In his new role, Fowler will work with other employees to continue the development of the sales market and insure we are meeting the needs of our customers.

Please join us in welcoming Tim Barnes and Joe Fowler to their new positions with Premier Select Sires.

Semex Part of New Angus Genome Project Aimed at Reducing BRD

This week, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Canada’s Minister of Science and Sport, announced $56 million in funding to support 37 research projects. This includes Semex’s new joint project with the University of Guelph’s Dr. Bonnie Mallard, the Angus Genetics Inc and Canadian Angus Association dedicated to fighting Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) in Angus Beef cattle. This project received over $500,000 in funding from Genome Canada’s Genomic Application Partnership Program.

“We’ve already done this for dairy cattle with our partner Semex,” says Dr. Mallard. “It will provide three major benefits. The first is to the animal, because healthier animals are better off all the way around. The second is to the producer. They save time and money because they don’t have to spend time treating sick animals with antibiotics or other therapeutics as much as they would under normal circumstances. And the third benefit is to the consumer, of course, because you (the consumer) can sit with confidence when you eat that steak, knowing that it came from naturally healthy animals, that were produced in a healthy and sustained environment.”

BRD is the most common and costly disease affecting feedlot cattle in North America, with estimates to be as high as $1 billion annually. Unfortunately, pharmaceuticals are temporary solutions, with antimicrobial resistance growing and antibiotics are becoming less effective over time. Additionally, the meat industry is facing mounting pressure to phase out antibiotic use, with supply chains responding to consumer demand.

“Semex is taking our Immunity+® technology to the beef industry,” says Dr. Michael Lohuis, Semex Vice President Research & Innovation. “With Dr. Mallard, the Angus Genetics Inc and Canadian Angus Association, we’re developing a High Immune Response test for Angus cattle. BRD is a costly disease, and we think we could reduce those costs by up to 50%! Our goal is to develop a more sustainable beef product for both our clients and the consumer. At Semex we believe that if we’re going to meet tomorrow’s challenges, we can’t do it using yesterday’s tools and these sorts of innovations will get us there.”


Find my CowTM now available in the United States and Canada

Plain City, Ohio, February 11, 2019 – The CowManager® system’s new module, Find my Cow, is now officially available for sale in the United States and Canada through the Select Sires federation. Using Find my Cow will save you time and money when looking for cows in heat, sick cows, cull cows and even cows in the wrong pens.

During the entire Find my Cow project, CowManager remained focused on the company’s vision to develop smart and easy-to-understand solutions to make producers’ lives easier, saving on labor costs. Find my Cow comes with a user-friendly cow locator device, which enables producers to quickly find cows in the barn and outside on pasture. The installation is very easy. There is no need for extra beacons or calibrations and the module is compatible with all of CowManager’s operational systems.

When using the CowManager web application or mobile app, users can select the cow number(s) they want to find and the ear sensor will receive a signal that makes them visible for the Find my Cow locator. The locator can find cows up to 300-meters (984 feet) in free line of sight.

When walking in the barn or pasture, you will be guided via the easy-to-understand seven-color user interface. Red means that you are far away from the cow with lights changing to orange, yellow and green as you get closer to the cow. Find my Cow also shows which employee found which cow at what time. The daily work-lists available on the locator are easy to use.

To introduce Find my Cow in the United States and Canada, CowManager is offering a 10 percent discount on the software. To qualify for the discount, visit and select the Contact tab. Fill out the form to be contacted by a Select Sires sales representative in your area.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of eight 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.

Jersey generation counts and breed purity

Many elite Jersey sires have Holstein heritage somewhere in their pedigree. The Jersey Genetic Recovery and Jersey Expansion programs have allowed those bulls to upgrade to registered status.

These programs allow breeders to enroll animals that appear as Jerseys, or are sired by a Jersey bull, into the herd registry. While the programs are beneficial in growing the registered Jersey population, many producers are now confused as to just what qualifies an AI bull as a Jersey.

The American Jersey Cattle Association (AJCA) board of directors developed some visual cues within an animal’s registered name to eliminate confusion on Jersey breed purity.

Generation Count and a JX prefix have been added to full names to signify a hole in the pedigree or unknown dairy ancestry. Breed Base Representation (BBR) is now displayed on all animals recorded with the ACJA to represent the amount of Jersey blood within the pedigree.

Generation Count (GC)

Generation Count shows breed purity by telling how many generations an animal is removed from other breed ancestry. An animal’s name will include a suffix enclosed in brackets {  }. The number within the brackets tells us the number of AJCA-recoded ancestry, from 1-6.

A GC of 1 means the animal is one generation removed from an unknown or non-Jersey in the pedigree. A GC of 6 means the animal is six generations removed from an unknown or non-Jersey animal. The brackets telling the generation count are dropped when seven or more generations of ancestors are recorded by the AJCA.

Offspring of a mating will be one generation count higher than the lowest parent.

JX Prefix

In addition to the number within the brackets, a JX prefix is also found on the majority of the pedigrees that contain a generation count. The JX prefix indicates that there is unknown dairy (most commonly Holstein) parentage in the pedigree. The GC then tells us how far back in the pedigree the unknown dairy breed can be found.

If you see a bull with a GC but no JX prefix, that means that the missing part in the pedigree is an unidentified Jersey.

Breed Base Representation (BBR)

BBR is a genomic trait that compares the DNA of a genotyped animal to a Jersey reference group and all other breeds. The Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) policy is to report BBR values of 94 or greater as 100 due to standard deviations. Bulls below BBR 94 will be noted on their pedigree. The AJCA will publish a BBR value for all recorded animals.

Males will be published on one of two reports.

Males on the main list include those who:

  • are Herd Registered
    • more than 6 generations of identified Jersey parentage
  • have a Generation Count of 4-6 and a BBR of 100

Males on the secondary list include those with a:

  • Generation Count of 3 (regardless of BBR)
  • Generation Count of 4-6, if their BBR is less than 94

The examples below show the bull pages for three bulls with different breed purity. It explains where to find generation count, the JX prefix and breed base representation.

Bull page image of AltaBAYNES

AltaBAYNES {3}

A. The 3 in brackets shows that AltaBAYNES is 3 generations removed from non-Jersey ancestry.
B. The JX prefix in his full, registered name, means that the missing link in his pedigree, 3 generations back, is not a Jersey.
C. Shows AltaBAYNES’ BBR to be 98, meaning he has 98% of his genes in common with the reference Jersey population.

Offspring of AltaBAYNES will be Generation Count 4 and Non-HR.

Bull page image of AltaMONTRA

AltaMONTRA {6}

A. The 6 in brackets shows that AltaMONTRA is 6 generations removed from non-Jersey ancestry.
B. The JX prefix in his full, registered name, means that the missing link in his pedigree, 6 generations back, is not a Jersey.
C. Shows AltaMONTRA’s BBR to be 100, meaning his genes are all in common with the reference Jersey population.

Offspring will be Generation Count 6 if he is mated to a GC 5 female. Offspring will be HR (herd registered) if he is mated to a GC 6 or HR female

Bull page image of AltaCHIVE


A. Because there is not a bracketed number with AltaCHIVE’s name, that means he is herd registered, with either with no ancestry that is non-Jersey, or any non-Jersey ancestry is further back than 6 generations.
B. Because there is no non-Jersey ancestry within the first 6 generations of AltaCHIVE’s pedigree, he also does not have a JX prefix in his full, registered name.
C. Shows AltaCHIVE’s BBR to be 100. As expected, that means his genes are all in common with the reference Jersey population.

Offspring will be HR with no generation count if he is mated to a GC 6 or HR female.

At Alta, we are committed to providing you with the most reliable genetics available. In order to fulfill this promise, we offer a diversified Jersey product lineup focusing on the traits that are most profitable to your bottom line.

We have the highest level of confidence in the genetic and genomic predictions of BBR 100 bulls, and offer many s and the performance those daughters realize in the milking herd. We recognize that clients have choices, so we will always market with full transparency.

To learn more about the Rules for the Registration and Transfer of Jersey Cattle, click HERE.

Source: Alta Genetics

Member-Owners Elected to GENEX Council

At the GENEX annual meeting held Jan. 23 in Bloomington, Minnesota, five cattle producers were elected to three-year terms on the cooperative’s 13-member council.

Casey Dugan of Casa Grande, Arizona, was elected to his first term. Re-elected to the council were Daniel Tetreault of Champlain, New York; Lamar Gockley of Mohnton, Pennsylvania; Kay Olson-Martz of Friendship, Wisconsin; and Jody Schaap of Woodstock, Minnesota.

Following the annual meeting, the GENEX council elected officers. Those holding officer positions for 2019 include:

  • John Ruedinger, Van Dyne, Wisconsin – president
  • Bobby Robertson, Tahlequah, Oklahoma – first vice president
  • Harold House, Nokesville, Virginia – second vice president
  • Ron Totten, Stafford, New York – secretary


Holstein Association USA Launches Holstein Marketplace Sires

Holstein Association USA announces a new service to assist Holstein breeders to market semen to other dairy cattle breeders. Holstein Marketplace Sires – a new component of the Holstein Marketplace gives Holstein breeders the ability to directly market semen from their bulls, which will be beneficial to Holstein Association members, and dairy cattle breeders throughout the United States.

“Holstein breeder/members have been looking for a vehicle to market semen of high-quality genetics from their own herds to other breeders. Holstein Marketplace Sires does just that.

“Holstein members now have the opportunity to offer semen from bulls out of deep pedigreed cow families that excel in production, genomics, health traits, reproduction, and type. Breeders will have the opportunity to select from phenotypically proven cow families that emphasize longevity and continue breeding programs to fit their own individual goals,” states Holstein Association USA President Boyd Schaufelberger.

Holstein Marketplace Sires, a division of Holstein Services Inc., provides a new and unique avenue for Holstein breeders to market their genetics. Under the program, the bull owners retain ownership of the bulls, and Holstein Marketplace Sires provides the vehicle for the semen to be sold.

For both buyers and sellers alike, Holstein Marketplace Sires will be a trusted source for dairy cattle genetics. Bulls available at the launch of Holstein Marketplace Sires include:

  • Speek-NJ of Dewgood-ET, owned by E. Dean & Wanda Good, Oconto, Wis.
  • Golden-Oaks Imax Lotto, owned by Golden Oaks Farm, Wauconda, Ill.
  • Hurtgenlea Splnd Maurice-ET RC PC, owned by Hurtgenlea Holsteins Ltd, Elkhorn, Wis.
  • Trent-Way-JS Roddy-ET RC, owned by Trent J. Hendrickson & John R. Schneller, Blanchardville, Wis.

These bulls offer depth of maternal pedigrees, featuring multiple generations of Very Good and Excellent dams. Their strong pedigrees are complemented with the bulls’ high-ranking genomic evaluations resulting in a balance of production, health, reproduction and type. Holstein Marketplace Sires will be a unique addition to any Holstein breeders breeding program.

Purchasing semen with your credit card couldn’t be easier with two methods – online or over the phone. Buy online by visiting, click the red “buy now” button, fill in number of units you would like to purchase, and check out using our secure online system. Or, phone in your semen order by calling customer service at 800.952.5200.

About the Holstein Marketplace
Holstein Marketplace provides easy, affordable advertising to help Registered Holstein breeders buy and sell Holstein genetics. The advertisements are grouped into broad categories for Females, Breeding Bulls, Embryos and Sales/Dispersals.

Semex’s Millionaire Sire “Manifold” Passes Away

Semex, the Guelph, Ont., based A.I. company, announced on December 20th that its 12th Millionaire Sire, Mainstream Manifold, has passed away.

“Manifold” was from a strong cow family known for production and was backed by eight generations of Very Good or Excellent dams. He combined this strong maternal line at Mainstream Holsteins in Washington, with type strength and desirable health and fertility traits to be one of the most predictable sires in Semex’s lineup for nearly a decade.

A truly unfaltering sire, “Manifold” debuted as the number 20 TPI sire in the United States in August 2009. As time passed, he only gained strength as he added daughters reaching the coveted Millionaire Status in April 2014 when he was also the breed’s number 12 TPI and number 6 LPI sire.

With over 73,000 daughters in his production proof in December 2018, “Manifold” continued to be one of the most popular “O Man” sons of our time, offering solid production, great components and a breed leading 3.9% Sire Calving Ease.

“‘Manifold’ was a truly exceptional bull and was a great example of our commitment to providing healthy, long-lasting cows to our clients,” says Brad Sayles, Chief Operating Officer. “And, he was a standout among ‘O Man’ sons. He really did it all, being a Millionaire and selling to all corners of the world. We’re fortunate to have a limited quantity of ‘Manifold’ semen still available, allowing dairymen to continue using this profitable and popular Millionaire Sire.”

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