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Select Sires Launches New Mobile App with Sire Search

 Select Sires has developed a full-service sire search mobile application for farmer-owners. This easy-to-navigate app is available at no cost on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. 

“As we set out to create an app for Select Sires’ farmer-owners, we identified three key goals: quick, easy-to-use and offline data access,” said Jess Peter, senior business analyst at Select Sires. “We are excited to make this app available to dairy farmers and have confidence that the features will bring great value to herds of all sizes and breeding goals.” 

The Select Sires Mobile app was designed with offline capabilities and a noticeably small download size. For farmers without wireless connection or limited access to cellular data, the app remains fully functional at all times and in all places after the initial download. Customizable, in-depth search filters allow users to identify the sires that best fit their genetic criteria. With the ability to create lists and save favorite sires, genetic information is made readily available in the palm of your hand. The Select Sires Mobile app was also built for collaboration with the ability to export genetic data, sire lists and individual sires as PDF documents or CSV files. These exports can be easily shared with your local Select Sires representative, team member or trusted advisor. Data will be refreshed regularly, including sire summary releases and monthly Zoetis information, to provide farmer-owners with timely information as they make genetic decisions for their herd. 

The app is available in multiple languages, including Spanish, French, Portuguese and English. Download the Select Sires Mobile app today in your device’s app store for use on mobile phones and tablets. 

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is the largest global A.I. cooperative and is comprised of six farmer-owned and -controlled local organizations in the United States. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen, as well as excellence in service and programs to supply dairy and beef producers with the world’s best genetics. 

Premier POV Board Gets to Work

There’s a brand-new customer advisory board at Premier Select Sires, and it’s called the Premier Owners’ Voice (POV). Board members have been selected for a one-year term, and will discuss cooperative values, programs, and direction for the next 12 months. Early conversations have revolved around the value of being a member-owned cooperative and beef x dairy programs that Premier offers, such as HerdFlex beef embryos, TD Beef, and PowerGenetics.

“We feel very strongly about giving our members a way to interact with staff, give us feedback on how we’re operating in today’s market, and provide direction in terms of future plans and ideas we should be focusing on,” explained Premier Chief Executive Officer, Mark Carpenter. “Being a farmer-owned cooperative since 1938, it’s imperative that we operate as a true cooperative, and involve our owners. Their feedback on current topics has been tremendous, and we’re only just getting started!”

Board members were chosen to represent all facets of Premier, including dairy and beef owners, large and small-scale operations, and both male and female owners and operators.

“The mix of people on our new POV Board is a great example of the diversity in our 23-state member area,” stated Kirk Sattazahn, Vice President of Marketing and Development. “It’s not a new concept to ask for feedback from customers, but many companies forget to do it. We feel it’s certainly a great tool for us to continue growing and serving our customer base in the best possible way.”

Board members for the 2020/2021 Premier Owners’ Voice Group include: Bradfield Evans (AL), Joe Elliott (TN), Megan Fry (MD), Justin Veazey (ME), Emma Currie (NY), Jessica Slaymaker (PA), Barb Nedrow (NY), Jim Houser (PA), Larkin Moyer (VA), Denise Dickinson (NY), Johan Heijkoop (FL), Christy Hartman (VA), Josh Rottinghaus (KS), Kelvin Hatch (PA), and Matt DeBaugh (MD). The next scheduled POV meeting will be in early January.

Any questions about the advisory board, or about becoming future POV members, can be directed to Mark Carpenter (mcarpenter@premierselect.com) or Kirk Sattazahn (kirk7@premierselect.com). Inquiries can also be made by phone by calling the Premier Select Sires office at 570.836.3168.

Premier Select Sires is a farmer-owned cooperative that serves beef and dairy producers in its 23-state member area. Dedicated to providing its members with all they need to achieve success, Premier provides:

  • Industry-leading genetics from the Select Sires, Accelerated Genetics, and GenerVations brands
  • Effective herd health and management products, as well as artificial insemination supplies
  • Reliable services and programs backed by years of success
  • Knowledgeable industry experts who are easily accessed for consultation, advice, and on-farm assistance

Together with its five sister cooperatives across the United States, Premier owns and controls Select Sires Inc., the world’s most recognized name in bovine genetics.

Semex Announces New Subsidiary In Mexico

The Semex Board of Directors and Executive Management Team is excited to announce the creation of a new wholly-owned subsidiary, Semex Mexico, effective October 1, 2020.

“The Mexican dairy industry has seen consistent, steady growth. This is driven by their consumers turning to new healthier dairy products and a growing cheese market, the formation of the Semex Mexico subsidiary is a natural progression of our business,” says Horacio Larrea, Semex Director International Sales & Business Development, Latin America. “Mexico has always been a key market for Semex, with the Mexican dairyman demanding the product, solutions and services Semex is known for worldwide.”

Leading Semex Mexico is Ing Ernesto Padilla de Anda, with seven years of experience working shoulder-to-shoulder with dairymen across Mexico. Ernesto will work with our distribution network around the country, ensuring that Semex’s very best products and programs will be available to Mexican farmers.  

Semex Mexico joins Semex USA, Semex UK, Semex Australia, Semex Argentina, Semex Uruguay, Genbank (Hungary), Semex Deutschland, Semex N.Z. Ltd and Semex China within the Semex-owned subsidiary companies. Along with Ernesto and his distributor network, Semex is committed to Semex Mexico’s future growth and success.

Semex is a leading global genetic company focused on providing our clients with the solutions, innovations and technologies that positively impact their lives, as well as the lives of the animals on their operations and within our global community. This is Genetics for Life, our guiding compass. For more information please visit www.semex.com. For more information on Semex Mexico please visit www.semex.com/mexico

PhönixGroup – Germany’s new breeding program, from north to south

On September 17th, the PhönixGroup was presented as part of a live stream, the cooperation of five German breeding organizations from nine federal states, which will in future operate a joint breeding program, exchange bulls and invest in joint projects.  RinderAllianz (RA), Rinderproduktion Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB), Rinder-Union West (RUW), Qnetics and Rinderunion Baden-Württemberg (RBW). The partners in the newly formed cooperative together represent more than 1 million cows, 50% of the total German Holstein population 150,000 Simmental cows, 40,000 Brown Swiss and more Dairy and meat breeds united under one roof.

The organization begins as a cooperation, but does not want to rule out further steps and is open to accepting additional members. Female animals are also to be bought, and a biotechnology station is being planned. In addition to an efficient breeding program, the goals mentioned were, among other things, to improve the utilization of the bulls, to keep the semen prices stable, to take regional characteristics into account and to maintain proximity to the base. The PhönixGroup will be able to prove how successful this is from January 1, 2021, when business operations will begin. The homepage is www.phoenix-genetics.de.

MONTROSS Hits Million Mark

As 7HO12165 Bacon-Hill MONTROSS-ET (EX-92-GM) approaches his eighth birthday, Select Sires welcomes him to the millionaire club. MONTROSS has made a tremendous impact on the Holstein breed, ranking as the No. 1 TPI® sire twice and holding a spot within the industry’s top-10 for three additional sire summary runs.

MONTROSS hails from a tremendous herd in Schuylerville, New York. Select Sires is very grateful to work with the Peck family at Welcome-Stock Farm and their partners in the Bacon-Hill Prefix, Tom Kugler and Jim Copper. With nearly 30,000 daughters in his proof, MONTROSS has been extremely influential in milk yield and protein improvement for the breed.  

“He’s a bull that really modernized the Holstein cow with moderate stature, tremendous depth, width, strength and power,” said Rick VerBeek, senior Holstein sire analyst at Select Sires. “His daughters convert that strength into production performance and make milk with ease. MONTROSS is a bull that has significantly changed a lot of herds.”

In the international market, MONTROSS has garnered great attention with sales in more than 30 countries. He has been extremely popular in Italy, Spain, Poland, Japan and Korea, as well as both North and South America. 

“Since his genomic release, MONTROSS has delivered extreme milk production and sound udders – traits that are critical to dairymen worldwide,” said Scott Ruby, vice president of sales and marketing at World Wide Sires. “As MONTROSS daughters began milking, reports from the field exceeded our expectations.”  

Today, MONTROSS remains in the active, progeny proven lineup and is available with gender SELECTEDTM semen. He’s also the sire of 250HO13267 DUKE, a rising star on the proven TPI list with the stamp of customer-satisfaction. 

For more information about MONTROSS and to view daughter photos, please visit www.selectsires.com.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is the largest global A.I. cooperative and is comprised of six farmer-owned and -controlled local organizations in the United States. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen, as well as excellence in service and programs to supply dairy and beef producers with the world’s best genetics.

Homozygous Polled Leaders at IPS

International Protein Sires (IPS) has advanced homozygous polled genetics in the Holstein breed resulting from the August sire summaries. On close examination, facets of the homozygous polled offering at IPS are equal to their horned stable mates. These genetic advancements result in greater appeal for the commercial dairy farmer. “The IPS bulls are proof positive that polled genetics have an economic advantage. Dairy farmers will realize labor savings by disbudding their cattle naturally while advancing their herd performance with these superior genetics,” stated Ron Sersland, IPS President and CEO.

566HO1337 BY THE WAY-RED PP is ranked #1 GTPI among homozygous polled Red & White sires at +2544 GTPI. There is a +114 point spread between #1 and #2. This breed leader offers a balance between strong performance and quality type traits. At +565 lbs. milk, BY THE WAY-RED PP also improves component test; +.04% fat and +.04% protein. BY THE WAY-RED is the only PP R&W genomic sire who is plus for both milk and DPR according to the Holstein Association’s Redbooks Plus program. This provides a unique genetic package. Sired by Webster-P, BY THE WAY-RED PP is from a Very Good two year old daughter of Jax-P.

566HO1320 JUST IN TIME RC PP shows superior rankings in several categories among homozygous polled Holsteins. He is #1 for milk at +1,712 lbs., #7 for GTPI at +2557, and #12 for type at +1.61. This breed leader shows impressive linear traits across the board with several off the chart. Two added qualities include; 1.9% calving ease and red factor. A son of Simplicity-P, JUST IN TIME is from a Very Good Zipit-P daughter that produced nearly 35,000 lbs. milk at one year, eleven months.

Like his stable mates, 566HO1333 LIVE NOW RC PP ranks among the best homozygous polled Holsteins. With the preferred A2A2 trait, LIVE NOW PP is #2 for udder composite, #7 for GTPI at +2627, and #15 for fat pounds at +81. He also accelerates fat test at +0.30%. This breed improver has also been assigned aAa: 246; valued and complimentary breeding qualities. For those desiring stronger cattle with high rear udders, LIVE NOW PP answers the call. LIVE NOW PP is from a promising young daughter of Bandares and sired by Presley-PP.

566HO1259 RAMP UP RC PP has emerged as a leading homozygous polled daughter proven sire at +2445 GTPI. At +1,060 pounds milk, RAMP UP PP also adds quality components; +61 lbs. (.07%) fat and +49 lbs. (+.06%) protein. His daughters are showing excellent size and strength with quality, workable udders. This dehorning specialist is plus for productive life at +1.7 and the preferred A2A2 designation. RAMP UP is sired by Powerball-P and from an Excellent daughter of Man-O-Shan. And, his family is loaded with a deep line of Excellent matrons.

The superior homozygous polled lineup at IPS is a commitment to breeding top performing cows, not numbers. These genetic qualities are preferred by dairy farmers throughout the world. Semen is available worldwide from IPS employees and independent distributors. Located in Rock Springs, Wisconsin, you may obtain additional information about IPS through their website, www.ipssires.com or by calling toll free: 1.800.542.7593.

Select Sires Names Ellerbrock and Santillanez Training Services Program Managers

Select Sires is excited to announce the hiring of Rick Ellerbrock of West Salem, Ohio and Ernesto Santillanez of Ada, Ohio as Eastern regional managers of Select Reproductive Solutions® (SRS®). These gentlemen will administer reproductive-based technical service and communications, develop and coordinate employee training, and provide sales support and solutions for Select Sires’ dairy and beef customer-owners located in the Eastern half of the United States and Canada.

Ellerbrock has been an employee of COBA/Select Sires in Ohio since 2005 and has served the cooperative as a large-herd technician. He was promoted to reproductive solutions specialist in 2011 and in 2013 he was promoted to regional sales manager. Ellerbrock has extensive experience conducting genetic audits, genomic testing, and reproductive analysis; skills he has used to advance the profitability and sustainability of dairies throughout the COBA/Select Sires sales territory. Ellerbrock is a 2005 graduate of The Ohio State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in agriculture, with a major in animal science and a minor in production agriculture. 

“Rick’s service to our customer-owners throughout the past 15 years has provided him with the experience and skills that will prove invaluable as he works with our technicians and service teams to help serve customer-owners across the Eastern U.S. and Canada,” said Todd Kranz, chief development officer for Select Sires Inc.

Santillanez comes to Select Sires with 20 years of experience working in the dairy industry. He brings expertise in employee management and training to his new position. For the past five years, he has held various positions with AFIMILK. Most recently he conducted application support and sales for the Eastern United States, Canada, and South America. Santillanez was born and raised in California. He later managed his father-in-law’s large dairy in Lovington, New Mexico as well as dairy herds in the Southwest United States and Central Ohio. His bilingual skills are extremely valuable as he will collaborate with Hispanic labor in their native language to provide training or troubleshoot reproductive issues. 

“We are very pleased that Ernesto is joining the Select Sires team and we look forward to having him use his experience with very large herds, as well as the technical skills acquired in his most recent roles to assist our service teams in serving the cooperative’s customer-owners,” said Kranz. 

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is the largest global A.I. cooperative and is comprised of six farmer-owned and -controlled local organizations in the United States. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen, as well as excellence in service and programs to supply dairy and beef producers with the world’s best genetics.

Jump in use of sexed dairy semen in Great Britain

Sales of sexed dairy semen accounted for just over half of dairy semen sales in the year to March 2020, jumping up from a 32% share the previous year. At the same time, there has been an increase in proportion of beef semen sales, now up to nearly 48%. This information comes from a survey of GB semen companies carried out by AHDB’s animal genetics team.

The use of sexed dairy semen has seen particular growth over the last three years. This is thought to be in part due to improvements in success rates and more competitive prices relative to conventional semen. However, the increasing scrutiny and rules around dairy bull calves is likely to have encouraged the recent jumps in sexed semen sales.

We have also seen beef semen take an increasing share of semen sales. This ties in with the increased use of sexed dairy semen – with fewer cows needed to provide replacement heifers, more cows can be serviced with beef semen for a more profitable beef calf.

The survey results have also been used to make crude estimates of the share of each type of calf born. Here we can see the increasing share of beef calves – from about a quarter of calves born in 2012 to nearly half in the latest year. In the same time, dairy bulls have gone from a third to just 15%.

While there has been a notable shift in heifers coming from conventional to sexed dairy semen, the overall share of heifers has also changed, with estimates declining from 41% to 37% of calves born over the last 8 years. The overall size of the dairy herd is declining long-term, meaning fewer heifers are needed to act as replacements. However, increased milk yields over the same period have counterbalanced the effect of a smaller milking herd on milk production.

Source: ahdb.org.uk

August Proofs Reveal Genetic Leaders at IPS

The August sire summaries resulted in several Holstein genetic leaders at International Protein Sires (IPS). “We are gratified with these new genetic leaders in our Holstein sire lineup resulting from the August proofs. These enhanced genetics are a testament to our steadfast goal; balanced cattle with high performance and durability,” stated Ron Sersland, President and CEO.

566HO1328 DONZINO is among the breed’s genetic leaders. At +2844 GTPI, DONZINO has sterling credentials. Performance numbers come in at +1,433 lbs. milk, +72 lbs. (+.06%) fat and +47 lbs. (+.01%) protein. His functional traits are excellent as well; +1.61 type and +2.18 UDC. Rated A2A2, DONZINO’s further attributes include productive life at +4.4 and calving ease at 1.5%. DONZINO has a highly sought after analysis rating; aAa 615. This genetic leader descends from a cow family loaded with great achievements. His young two-year dam is a promising Helix daughter with 36,740 pounds of milk. And, DONZINO is sired by Rio.

566HO1334 SPEAK UP bolsters the genetic leadership at +2867 GTPI. A specialist for components, SPEAK UP transmits at +62 lbs. (+.12%) fat and +41 lbs. (+.06%) protein. Udder improvement is an exceptional quality for SPEAK UP at +2.26, while type shows a rating of +1.48. SPEAK UP daughters are slated for durability with his +6.8 productive life score. Additional qualities include A2A2 and 1.5% calving ease. SPEAK UP has the highest GTPI rating within the rare analysis assignment; aAa 516. SPEAK UP descends from the superior Missy Cow Family at Pine Tree Dairy. Sired by Aristocrat, genetic leader is from a Fortune daughter.

566HO1336 RINGLEADER-Red is the newest kid on the block for the Red & White enthusiasts at +2614 GTPI. RINGLEADER-Red is a genetic leader for Red Holsteins; ranked #3 for milk at +1,705 lbs. and #4 for protein at +45 lbs. Conformation traits provide a superior balance for this new addition at +1.97 type and +1.50 UDC. Another breed improver for IPS, RINGLEADER-Red has a notable productive life rating at +4.2. His dam is a young daughter of Salvatore that is classified Very Good. RINGLEADER-Red is a son of Swingman-Red.

566HO1332 WHY NOT is another genetic leader at +2874 GTPI. WHY NOT is a testament to the IPS banner; high performing, durable cattle. His notable performance is +1,075 lbs. milk, +58 lbs. (+.06%) fat and +37 lbs. (+.01%) protein. Conformation traits are equally impressive; +1.46 type, +1.91 UDC and +1.97 FLC. His foot and leg score is #1 for sires higher than +2874 GTPI. These quality stats are supported by strong health traits; +7.4 productive life and +900 DWP$ along with +713 NM$. WHY NOT is also #3 in the breed for CW$ at +80. As expected, his cow family is packed with high components. Sired by Solution, WHY NOT is from a Very Good two year old daughter of Frazzled.

These Genetic Leaders add further strength to the IPS Holstein sire lineup. And, their balanced performance meets the demands of dairy farmers throughout the world. IPS semen is available worldwide through IPS employees and independent distributors. Located in Rock Springs, Wisconsin, you may obtain additional information about IPS through their website, www.ipssires.com or by calling toll free: 1.800.542.7593

Westgen Presents their Pursuit of Excellence Virtual Barn Cow Competition

 

WestGen has introduced its Pursuit of Excellence Virtual Barn Cow Competition. They are inviting all dairy breeds in Western Canada to enter the Pursuit of Excellence Virtual Barn Cow Competition through AssistExpo HERE.

Thank you and Good Luck, they look forward to seeing all your great cows!

 

 

Premier Select Sires Welcomes the Voice of Cooperative Members

Premier Select Sires has formed a brand-new discovery group, which will be known as the Premier Owner’s Voice (POV), to gain insight and input from cooperative members. POV will involve all types and sizes of cooperative members to represent the more than 14,000 unique member purchasers across 23 states.

“There is no question that our industry continues to rapidly change,” said Mark Carpenter, Chief Executive Officer of Premier. “The health of our cooperative is dependent on our ability to learn and adapt to those changes. And beyond that, we need to meet—and exceed—our members’ expectations and needs going forward. This means exploring avenues of new technology, enhancing customer reach, and improving cooperative efficiencies, among other things. To accomplish those goals, we’re relying on a strong partnership with members of the Premier Owner’s Voice to generate ideas and talk about objectives. These are exciting times for Premier Select Sires!”

Members of the inaugural group include producers from Maine to Florida to Kansas, and they will serve a one-year term. Participants include dairy and beef producers from a variety of operational sizes and styles. These individuals will meet throughout the year to learn, share and strategize, giving a true voice to membership and strengthening the Premier cooperative in the process. Karen Wheatley, Premier Manager of Employee Development, Training, and Engagement, will facilitate the meetings.

“Being a cooperative doesn’t get enough attention these days, and I think we’re missing the mark when we aren’t celebrating this independence,” said Carpenter. “Not only does our cooperative return dividends to member purchasers, but with the formation of the Premier Owner’s Voice, we’re becoming better in the service we provide and better in the success we deliver because we’re doing this together.”

Any questions about the groups, or questions about becoming future POV members, can be directed to CEO Mark Carpenter (mcarpenter@premierselect.com), Vice President of Marketing and Development Kirk Sattazahn (kirk7@premierselect.com), or the Premier Select Sires office (570-836-3168).

Select Sires Now Home to Seven of the Top 10 TPI Sires

14HO7770 HELIX continues his reign as the No. 1 TPI sire and his daughters are earning the stamp of customer satisfaction. Pictured here is a second lactation HELIX daughter, B-S-D Helix Calybe 7322-ET (GP-83) from Blue Star Dairy Farms in Middleton, Wis.

For the fourth consecutive sire summary, 14HO7770 HELIX leads the breed as the No. 1 GTPI® daughter-proven sire at +2942. Accompanying HELIX in the top-10 are 7HO13454 ROCKETFIRE at No. 3 (+2869), 14HO7796 GRIFF at No. 4 (+2864), 14HO7828 ODIN at No. 6 (+2811), new graduate 14HO13666 DELROY at No. 7 (+2800), 250HO13267 DUKE at No. 9 (+2782) and 7HO12942 RESOLVE at No. 10 (+2776).

With more than 3,200 daughters in his proof, HELIX continues to impress breeders around the world, siring functional, high-producing and trouble-free daughters. He transmits production pounds at +1,919 Milk, with positive values for Type traits (+1.39 PTAT, +1.05 UDC and +0.27 FLC) and positive Sire Conception Rate (+0.4 SCR).

Profitable, Healthy Cows

Dairy Wellness Profit Index® (DWP$®), derived from Zoetis CLARIFIDE Plus testing, identifies genetics that excel for health and wellness traits. Daughters of these sires will experience fewer health issues and in return, improve herd profitability. Select Sires is home to leading DWP$ sires that offer balanced genetics to strengthen herd performance while maintaining healthy cows.

New graduate DELROY excels as Select Sires’ top sire for DWP$ at +932, followed by ODIN (+913 DWP$), 7HO12872 TRUMP (+893) and ROCKETFIRE (+868). Leading the Wellness Trait Index® (WT$®) list are TRUMP (+180 WT$), 14HO7811 RENOWN (+166), ODIN (+160) and new graduate 7HO12962 MERIADOC (+155).

Production Leaders

ROCKETFIRE ranks No. 2 in the Holstein breed for Milk yield at +2,793 with +146 CFP. DUKE (+2,357 Milk), 7HO11621 MAYFLOWER (+2,246), 7HO13250 JEDI (+2,160) and 7HO12830 SANDERSON (+2,147) are also among the breed’s best sires for yield. For producers looking to add components to their bulk tank, HELIX and DUKE are the breed-leaders at +196 and +192 CFP, respectively.

Showcase

To produce the next show winner or improve the overall type in the herd, look to Select Sires’ Showcase designation. 250HO12961 DOC is designated as a Showcase sire, while ranking as the breed’s No. 2 sire for Type at +3.32 PTAT. DOC is exceeding expectations as a production powerhouse (+1,668 Milk, +121 CFP) and a top-20 GTPI sire at +2755.

7HO10506 G W ATWOOD (+2.98 PTAT), 7HO12773 KENOSHA (+2.47) and 7HO12587 DIAMONDBACK (+2.43) rank within the breed’s top-25 sires for PTAT and continue to sire beautiful daughters stamped with customer-satisfaction.

With seven of the top 10 and nearly half of the breed’s top 50 sires, Select Sires is the undisputed source for elite TPI sires and consistent, profitable genetics. In addition to TPI leaders, Select Sires offers a diverse sire lineup to enhance genetic success, no matter the genetic goals. For more information about individual sires, please visit www.selectsires.com and use the Dairy Sire Search to locate a sire or create an index specific to your herd.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is the largest global A.I. cooperative and is comprised of six farmer-owned and -controlled local organizations in the United States. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen, as well as excellence in service and programs to supply dairy and beef producers with the world’s best genetics.

®Source: 08/20 CDCB Genomic Evaluation/HA/August Zoetis data. REL%: HELIX Yield 99, Type 98, SCR 99; ROCKETFIRE Yield 97; MAYFLOWER Yield 99; JEDI Yield 99; SANDERSON Yield 96; DUKE Yield 99; DOC Type 95, Yield 97; G W ATWOOD Type 99; KENOSHA Type 97; DIAMONDBACK Type 99.

®TPI is a registered trademark of Holstein Association USA. Dairy Wellness Profit Index, DWP$, Wellness Trait Index and WT$ are registered trademarks of Zoetis. TMShowcase is a trademark of Select Sires Inc.

Select Sires Adds Two Sires to NxGEN

Webb-Vue Pharo Group Summit Farms LLC, Plymouth, WI

7HO15151 FANTASTIC adds to NxGEN’s portfolio of balanced sires with elite GTPI and NM$ rank.

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, August 14, 2020 – 7HO15151 Melarry Eisaku FANTASTIC-ET and 7HO15349 TTM SS Renegade EXTRA-P-ET have been added to Select Sires’ NxGEN® program. Following the August sire summary, the lineup includes 12 industry-leading, well-balanced sires.

EXTRA-P

“Through the NxGEN program, Select Sires can place bulls into the market at a younger age and offer more opportunities for dairies to take advantage of shorter generation intervals,” said Jordan Siemers, dairy sire analyst. “NxGEN membership is designed for all dairy producers and offers unprecedented genetic access.”

(Pictured right: 7HO15349 EXTRA-P joins NxGEN as one of the highest available Polled sires on the market.)

FANTASTIC is a 7HO14364 EISAKU son with a very balanced genomic profile with elite +2925 GTPI® and +801 Net Merit Index (NM$) rank. He transmits tremendous Fat (+103 and +0.22%) and is an A2A2, BB: Kappa-Casein sire. FANTASTIC is designated FeedPRO® and RobotPRO®.

EXTRA-P is one of the highest-ranking Polled sires available on the market today at +2850 GTPI. This 250HO14134 RENEGADE son combines production with health and wellness, offering +1,575 Milk, +152 Combined Fat and Protein (CFP) and +991 Dairy Wellness Profit Index® (DWP$®).

Both FANTASTIC and EXTRA-P are available in Select Sires’ high-quality gender SELECTEDTM SexedULTRATMsemen.

The 12 NxGEN sires in the portfolio average +2946 GTPI, +802 NM$, +836 CM$ and +969 DWP$. The selection also includes diverse pedigrees, with eight different sire fathers.

For next level genetic gains, join Select Sires’ NxGEN program and add these sires to your breeding roster. For more information about NxGEN, or to apply for a membership, visit www.selectsires.com/NxGEN today.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is the largest global A.I. cooperative and is comprised of six farmer-owned and -controlled local organizations in the United States. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen, as well as excellence in service and programs to supply dairy and beef producers with the world’s best genetics.

®TPI is a registered trademark of Holstein Association USA. Dairy Wellness Profit Index and DWP$ are registered trademarks of Zoetis. Your Success Our Passion., NxGEN, FeedPRO and RobotPRO are registered trademarks of Select Sires Inc. TMgender SELECTED is a trademark of Select Sires Inc. All gender SELECTED semen is processed using SexedULTRA technology. SexedULTRA is a trademark of Inguran LLC.

Source: 08/20 CDCB Genomic Evaluation/HA. Type Evaluation %Rel: FANTASTIC NM$ 74, Yield 77; EXTRA-P Yield 77.

New Progeny-Proven Graduates Debut on Leading Lists

Webb-Vue Pharo Group Summit Farms LLC, Plymouth, WI

Webb-Vue Pharo Group Summit Farms LLC, Plymouth, WI

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, August 14, 2020 – Fourteen sires have graduated to daughter-proven status and joined the Select Sires, Accelerated Genetics and GenerVations lineups. This tremendous graduating class reaffirms the cooperative’s commitment to customer-owners, offering balanced genetics, wellness leaders, high Cheese Merit Index (CM$) sires, corrective type sires and diverse pedigrees.

HOUSE

(Pictured right: Morningview House 5906-ET (VG-85) Reuter Dairy, Inc., Peosta, IA)

“Sire procurement and development answers your call for balanced genetics, healthy cattle and profitable pedigrees,” said Jeff Ziegler, vice president of dairy cattle breeding. “We are excited to introduce this class of newly proven sires to enhance the genetic success of Select Sires’ customer-owners.”

Select Sires Highlights

    • 7HO12928 DEANO is an A2A2 sire that delivers on production pounds (+1,596 Milk,+70 Fat, +0.03% Fat).

 

    • 7HO12962 MERIADOC adds to Select Sires’ valuable portfolio of wellness sires, boasting +678 on the Dairy Wellness Profit Index® (DWP$®), +155 on the Wellness Trait Index® (WT$®) and powerful mastitis resistance (2.83 Somatic Cell Score, +1.9 CDCB MAST, 104 Zoetis MAST).

 

    • 7HO12978 HOUSE was a popular GForceTM sire and is delivering as promised – a true customer-satisfaction superstar. This 7HO12602 HANG-TIME son is a component improver (+91 Combined Fat and Protein) with excellent mastitis resistance traits.

JX STEPH {4}

    • 7HO13740 ROLAN ranks among Select Sires’ best for Net Merit Dollars (+634 NM$) while qualifying for the Elite Sexed FertilityTM and FeedPRO®

 

    • From Jerseyland Sires, 7JE1570 JX STEPH {3}-P offers breeders Polled genetics with superior production pounds (+1,225 Milk), plus A2A2 and BB Kappa-Casein. (Pictured right: JX JCJ Steph 40883 {4} (VG-85%) Ahlem Brothers, Hilmar, CA )

 

    • 7JE1604 JX MALDINI {4} is a leader on the Jersey Performance IndexTM (+122 JPITM) board with high production and valuable +512 CM$.

 

Accelerated Genetics Highlights

    • 14HO13666 DELROY (+2800 GTPI) lands himself the No. 7 spot on Holstein Association USA’s Top TPI list. This 250HO13267 DUKE son offers an elite combination of production, high components and health.

 

    • 14JE769 JX STONEY {3} improves components (+0.35% Fat, +0.10% Protein) while siring healthy (+517 DWP$), fertile (+0.6 Daughter Pregnancy Rate, +3.4 Heifer Conception Rate) cattle. JX STONEY {3} is stamped with the Elite Sexed Fertility, FeedPRO, RobotPRO® and GrazingPRO®

 

  • 14GU332 WATCH ME ranks as the breed’s No. 1 active proven sire for Milk at +811. With superior Feet and Legs Composite (+1.4 FLC), moderate frames, snug fore udders and shallow udder depth, WATCH ME sires beautiful daughters.

GenerVations Highlights

    • 250HO12975 PHARO is a new ShowcaseTM sire with +2.26 PTAT and +2.09 Udder Composite (UDC). PHARO is a 7HO13250 JEDI son, offering an outcross pedigree for the type-enthusiast market with no Goldwyn, Doorman or 7HO11477 MCCUTCHEN.

 

    • 250HO13553 SPIKE improves strength, width of frames and mammary systems while transmitting high production (+1,200 Milk).

 

  • 250HO13736 HARDROCK hails from the world-renowned Cookiecutter MOM Halo-ET (VG-88-EX-MS-DOM) family. He is a production leader at +1,934 Milk with mastitis protection (+1.1 CDCB MAST, 101 Z MAST).

gender SELECTEDTM SexedULTRATM

  • DEANO, HELIX, ROLAN, DELROY, PHARO, HARDROCK, JX STEPH {3}-P and JX STONEY {3} are all available with sex-sorted semen.

For more information about individual sires, please visit www.selectsires.com and use the Dairy Sire Search to locate a sire or create an index specific to your herd goals.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is the largest global A.I. cooperative and is comprised of six farmer-owned and -controlled local organizations in the United States. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen, as well as excellence in service and programs to supply dairy and beef producers with the world’s best genetics.

Source: 08/20 CDCB Genomic Evaluation, BSCBA/AJCA/HA/ABA Type Evaluation %Rel: DEANO Yield 95; MERIADOC SCS 90, CDCB MAST 71, Zoetis MAST 53; HOUSE Yield 92; ROLAN NM$ 88; PHARO Type 93; SPIKE Yield 92; HARDROCK Yield 94, CDCB MAST 71, Zoetis MAST 53; WATCH ME Yield 75, Type 67; JX STEPH {3}-P Yield 94; JX STONEY {3} Yield 90, DPR 73, HCR 92. JX STEPH {3}-P is BBR 90. All Jersey sires are JH1F. HERCULES and HILTON are BH2T.

®TPI is a registered trademark of Holstein Association USA. Dairy Wellness Profit Index, DWP$, Wellness Trait Index and WT$ are registered trademarks of Zoetis. FeedPRO, RobotPRO and GrazingPRO are registered trademarks of Select Sires Inc. TMJersey Performance Index and JPI are trademarks of American Jersey Cattle Association. GForce, genderSELECTED, Elite Sexed Fertility and Showcase are trademarks of Select Sires Inc. All gender SELECTED semen is processed using SexedULTRA technology. SexedULTRA is a trademark of Inguran LLC.

Irma Vermeer Hired as Data Coordinator at NAAB

The National Association of Animal Breeders is pleased to announce Irma Vermeer as the Data Coordinator for NAAB. Irma began fulfilling her duties on the 27th of July.

As Data Coordinator, Irma will work closely with NAAB staff and industry stakeholders to coordinate and manage the Dairy and Beef Cross Reference database. Irma will be responsible in overseeing all aspects of data processing, from the point of data entry to the distribution of associated reports and genetic evaluation information. Alongside guarding data integrity, Irma will be responsible for maintenance and improvement of NAAB system user experience. As such, Irma will be in frequent communication with cross reference participants and industry partners. Irma’s passion is to seek possibilities to enhance data automation, thereby creating efficiency of data processes for stakeholders.

Prior to joining NAAB, Irma was employed by CRV in The Netherlands where she was part of the Animal Evaluation Unit – the department responsible for the National Genetic Evaluations of The Netherlands. In her role as Breeding Values Analyst, Irma routinely performed advanced data analysis as well as provided customer service for industry representatives and cattle producers.

‘’We are very pleased to welcome Irma to our staff”’ states Jay Weiker, President and CEO of NAAB. “Irma’s familiarity with genetic data in combination with her passion to optimize those datasets is unique. As the genetics industry continues to expand with increasing volumes of data from domestic and international sources, Irma’s international background and excellent communication skills make her the perfect fit for this position. We believe Irma will be instrumental in NAAB’s continuous goal to improve the dairy and beef cross reference database for a smooth input and output of accurate and reliable data.”

Irma grew up on a dairy farm and earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Husbandry from the HAS Den Bosch in the Netherlands with special emphasis on animal breeding, reproduction and statistics. Irma is married and resides in Berkeley, CA with her husband, Sebastian. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, milking cows, joining pub quizzes and riding horses. She will be working remotely from California but will visit the NAAB office in Madison on a regular basis when travel is resumed.

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

10% Rebate for COBA/Select Sires Member‐Owner‐Customers

COBA/Select Sires realizes the challenges facing dairy and beef producers today.  They are dealing with employee and personal health concerns and practices, volatile markets for their products, and interrupted supply chains while producing a safe and healthy food product.  “COBA/Select Sires management and farmer‐led board of directors want to do all that we can to help our members continue to survive and thrive despite the challenges they face.  For these reasons, we are offering a 10% rebate on all semen purchases during August, September and October,” remarks general manager,

Duane Logan.  The rebate will allow our producers to continue to invest in the best genetics in the market place for the long‐term success of their operations. The rebate will be a credit applied monthly to all accounts who are current at of the end of each month of the rebate.

The highly trained employees of COBA continue to provide reproductive services and solutions to meet the goals of member‐owner‐customers.  Helping them reach those goals by using the very best genetics is our driving force.  This rebate allows them to continue to invest in those genetics even as the markets continue to challenge their financial plans.  We are motivated to help our member‐owner‐customers to remain financially stable in a difficult economy.  The passion of COBA leadership is with our member‐owner‐customers as we make decisions such as this 10% rebate and returning 100% of their patronage for their 2019 business in May of 2020.  

COBA/Select Sires, Inc., one of the founding members of Select Sires, Inc., has become widely respected for its clearly demonstrated ability to provide the finest service and bovine genetics available in the world.  COBA/Select Sires, Inc., operates as a true cooperative by encouraging member input and returning profits to members through patronage refunds.

Swissgenetics invests in New Generation Genetics

Swissgenetics is investing in New Generation Genetics (NGG) as of July 1, 2020. NGG has been successful in the American genetics market since it was founded in 1994 by Dan and Sandra Gilbert, and has since been run by Dan as a co-owner. The aquition will ensure the future of NGG and will continue the Brown Swiss industry’s best established name.

All jobs will remain

Through the investment by Swissgenetics, the NGG team will continue to deliver services to its loyal customer base. Dan and Sandra will then transition to retirement during the next few years. NGG produces and markets bovine semen for the Brown Swiss breed. The company produces semen via a partner in the United States and the NGG team undertakes the marketing in collaboration with distribution partners worldwide.

Swissgenetics strengthens its global leader role in the Brown Swiss market

Through the acquisition of NGG’s distribution network, Swissgenetics will obtain access to new markets and countries. Both firms will benefit sustainably from the synergistic effects. Swissgenetics is therefore not only strengthening its international leadership position in the Brown Swiss market, but its position in the global genetics market in general. This expansion of the global distribution network will also enable Swissgenetics to benefit from production sites in two countries. The aquitsion will continue to serve Swiss bull suppliers, and the entire customer base, who can all benefit from a healthy and expanding Swissgenetics.

Please direct questions and requests for further information to Dr. Christoph Böbner at +41 31 910 62 72 or cbo@swissgenetics.ch.

Breanna Bowen Selected As Intern For COBA/Select Sires Communications/Marketing

COBA/Select Sires in a press release June 25 announced Breanna Bowen has been selected as the 2020 Communications/ Marketing Intern.

Bowen is the first out of state intern for the co-op. She will be working with the COBA/Select Sires team in creating of advertisements, promotions and customer letters. Bowen will also assist in customer relations and daily office duties, according to the press release.

“We are excited to have her join our team. She brings knowledge, skill and the willingness to learn. I can’t wait to see what she accomplishes this summer,” Julie Zeigler, COBA/Select Sires Administrative Director, was quoted in the press release as stating.

Bowen in 2018 graduated from Como-Pickton High School, where she was very active in FFA, and is currently attending Tarleton State University, majoring in agricultural communication. On campus, Bowen is a member of Tarleton Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, Leadership Council, and Tarleton Dairy Club. She competed on the 2019 Colligate Dairy Judging Team and currently serves as a College of Agricultural and Environmental Science Ambassador.

After graduation, her plans are to work in the communications department of an agriculture business while pursuing her master’s degree. She hopes to use her story to advocate for farmers and ranchers to bridge the gap between those who grow it and those who eat it.

“With this internship, I hope to enhance my graphic design skills through the hands on experience offered by the internship, to communicate more effectively, and to build relationships with my fellow co-workers and industry leaders.” Bowen.

She stays active in the dairy industry with the herd of registered Jersey cattle she co-owns with her sister.

One of her most recent accomplishments is receiving her American FFA Degree and being named a 2019 National FFA Proficiency Finalist- Dairy Production Entrepreneurship.

According to the press released “COBA/Select Sires, Inc., one of the founding members of Select Sires, Inc., has become widely respected for its clearly demonstrated ability to provide the finest service and bovine genetics available in the world. COBA/Select Sires, Inc., operates as a true cooperative by encouraging member input and allowing members to share in profits through patronage refunds.

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Hecker Awarded Reproductive Specialist of the Year

Scott Hecker of Howards Grove, Wis. has been named the 2020 Select Reproductive Solutions® (SRS®) Specialist of the Year.

This award recognizes an individual with excellent knowledge of reproductive physiology and unmatched service to customer-owner herds. Hecker’s service to Select Sires began in 2006 as a large-herd A.I. technician for NorthStar Cooperative. In 2015, he transitioned to East Central/Select Sires. Today, as a member of the CentralStar team, Hecker fills the roles of  reproductive specialist, professional A.I. technician supervisor and CowManager® specialist. 

Ray Nebel, Ph.D., vice president of technical services at Select Sires, presented Hecker with the award during a federation-wide, virtual training session. “Scott wears many hats as he serves CentralStar’s customer-owners. He is highly respected and sought after for his skill in educating and training fellow team members and customer-owners about reproductive and insemination topics,” said Nebel.

In his role, Hecker works with customer-owners to review reproductive performance and develop strategies to not only meet but exceed their herd goals. He has been instrumental in A.I. training development and is invited by many large herds to lead employee trainings. Hecker’s career achievements include Select Sires’ Super Achiever A.I. Technician recognition, two Elite Club A.I. Technician awards and the NAAB 35K services honor.

“Scott’s drive, unrivaled passion and commitment to success is evident through his relationships with customers. He challenges herds to improve reproductive performance and enhance their profitability while providing guidance and solutions in the process,” said Jerome Meyer, general manager, CentralStar Cooperative, Inc. “His positive impact at CentralStar will continue far into the future with the many team members he has trained and mentored.”

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is the largest global A.I. cooperative and is comprised of six farmer-owned and -controlled local organizations in the United States. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen, as well as excellence in service and programs to supply dairy and beef producers with the world’s best genetics.

Select Sires Adds Buell to Communications Team

Select Sires is excited to announce the hiring of Skylar Buell as communications specialist. A native of Temperance, Mich., Buell graduated from The Ohio State University in May 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communication and a minor in dairy science.

In her role, Buell is responsible for promoting the Accelerated Genetics sire lineup and the Herd Management Solutions product offering. She will work closely with communications team members and other departments to develop product promotions and educational collateral for field staff and customer-owners.

“Skylar is a skilled communicator and talented designer with fresh ideas, but her sincere passion for dairy cattle, the industry and Select Sires is her most valuable attribute,” said Leslie Maurice, director of communications at Select Sires. “Her understanding of the dairy industry, and the farmers we serve, adds immense value to her contributions in the communications department. As a past intern, Skylar consistently delivered quality work and I’m excited to welcome her to the team and for her future career at Select Sires.”

Buell joins Select Sires’ communications team with extensive work experience and valuable writing and design skills. From March 2019 through April 2020, she was Select Sires’ corporate communications intern and worked as the lead designer of the yearly breeding calendar, prepared press releases and created various advertising materials.

Buell has working experience with Dairy Agenda Today, American Jersey Cattle Association and Jersey Journal, as well as her family dairies, Buell’s Bovines and JVB Red Hot Jerseys. As an undergraduate, she was a member of the Ohio State Dairy Judging team and Buckeye Dairy Club. Throughout her youth, she was active in the Michigan Junior Holstein Association and Michigan Junior Jersey Cattle Club. Buell is a graduate of the Jersey Youth Academy and served as second alternate National Jersey Queen. She remains connected to her roots and continues her involvement in dairy cattle organizations and activities.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is the largest global A.I. cooperative and is comprised of six farmer-owned and -controlled local organizations in the United States. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen, as well as excellence in service and programs to supply dairy and beef producers with the world’s best genetics.

Boettcher Recognized as CowManager Specialist of the Year

Shane Boettcher of Isanti, Minn. has been named the 2020 CowManager® Specialist of the Year.

The award recognizes an individual with exceptional knowledge of the CowManager system, expansive installation experience and expert advisement about system integration. As a key client specialist for Minnesota/Select Sires, Co-op, Inc. Boettcher analyzes genetic and reproductive performance, prepares herd inventory audits, and offers CowManager sales and support for North Dakota and Minnesota. He combines his large-herd experiences with CowManager’s capabilities to help dairy producers achieve their genetic and reproductive goals.

Ray Nebel, Ph.D., vice president of technical services at Select Sires, works closely with Boettcher and presented him with the honor during a federation-wide, virtual training session. “Shane is an excellent advocate for dairy producers. His requests and innovative suggestions have led to added features,” said Nebel.

After more than 20 years of experience managing large dairies in the western United States, Boettcher joined the Minnesota/Select Sires, Co-op, Inc. as a professional A.I. technician and now serves customer-owners as a key client specialist.

“Shane has an unquenchable desire to help dairy farmers succeed. From his life-long involvement in the dairy industry, and experience in a variety of roles across different herd sizes and regions of the country, he has developed a unique appreciation and understanding of valuable dairy-herd consultation,” said Chris Sigurdson, general manager, Minnesota/Select Sires, Co-op, Inc. “He works every day to bring maximum value to our customer-owners.”

His ambition and passion for customer success is invigorating. Boettcher’s career achievements also include receiving Select Sires’ Super Achiever award. Dairy producers are fortunate to have a dedicated advisor that always goes beyond expectations and Select Sires is excited to honor Boettcher with this prestigious recognition.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is the largest global A.I. cooperative and is comprised of six farmer-owned and -controlled local organizations in the United States. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen, as well as excellence in service and programs to supply dairy and beef producers with the world’s best genetics.

Olstad Joins World Wide Sires Team

World Wide Sires is pleased to announce that Emma Olstad will join World Wide Sires (WWS) as Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator on June 1, 2020. In her new role, Emma will be responsible for organizing tours for international groups, assisting with company-wide events and WWS brand content creation.

Emma is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Science in Dairy Science and Life Sciences Communication. While at UW-Madison, Emma was involved in several organizations including the National Agri-Marketing Association, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Badger Dairy Club and the UW-Madison Collegiate Dairy Judging Team.

Emma has held internships with World Wide Sires, Wisconsin Holstein Association, UW-Madison Dairy Science Department and most recently, Filament Marketing.

Scott Ruby, Vice President of Marketing of World Wide Sires commented, “Emma was an outstanding intern at World Wide Sires last summer, and we are very much looking forward to having her join our team full-time in June. She is a talented individual whose skills will be greatly appreciated by our international customers and all of the members of our global team.”

Emma will be based in Waupun, Wisconsin. We are pleased to have Emma join the WWS team.

World Wide Sires, Ltd. (WWS) provides genetic and management solutions to address the needs of global dairy producers and ensure the long-term profitability of their businesses. Based in Visalia, California, WWS represents the largest global A.I. cooperative, Select Sires, Inc., and its product lines, Accelerated Genetics, Genervations and Select Sires in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Oceania.

GENEX Launches Virtual Learning for Global Audience

On May 18, GENEX kicked off a live and illuminating virtual learning experience for Spanish-speaking dairy producers around the globe. For the first of six sessions, the experience – deemed GENEX Hard-Wired – drew more than 130 participants from 10 countries.

“We are excited for the opportunity this virtual learning program provides to our members and customers across the world. With the click of a button, this program is connecting dairy producers with world-class industry experts,” states Anne Davison, GENEX Director of Dairy Sales Support. “This program is helping dairy producers build their skills and be their best self for their future and for their next generation.”

While born out of necessity – as COVID-19 caused the cancellation of an in-person GENEX Academy training – GENEX Hard-Wired is providing even more producers the opportunity to build their knowledge.

These producers are hearing from industry experts who are sharing cutting-edge research, technologies and practices within the dairy industry. Topics include reproduction, genetics, colostrum management, disease prevention & management during the transition period and leadership skills.

“These sessions cover the latest topics impacting dairy producers,” states Davison. “The diverse portfolio of topics will help producers raise healthy calves, navigate the critical periods in a cow’s life, and make the most out of their genetic decisions.”

Unique to this program, participants also receive a one-year subscription to dairylearning.com, an industry-leading progressive dairy hub. This website, with its ever-growing number of courses in multiple languages, is the go-to location for information and training within the dairy industry.

For more information on the Spanish GENEX Hard-Wired program, visit https://espanol.genex.coop/genex-hard-wired. An English program will be offered in the coming months; if interested in enrolling, email GENEX customer service at info@genex.coop or call 888.333.1783.

About GENEX

GENEX is the trusted provider of world-class animal genetics, progressive reproductive solutions, value-added products and innovative services. As a cooperative business, GENEX serves members and customers – dairy and beef cattle producers – across the globe. For more information, please visit www.genex.coop.

Select Sires to Award Three Research Grants

For more than four decades, Select Sires Inc. has supported research efforts to benefit the dairy and beef industries through the Competitive Research Grants Program. Overseen by the cooperative’s board of directors, the intent and overall goals of this program have remained largely unchanged since its inception.

“We hope that this program continues to allow for the dissemination of novel research to collectively benefit agriculture, train future scientists for public and private settings and positively impact the production and efficiency of the cattle industries,” says Bo Harstine, Ph.D, director of research at Select Sires Inc.

The principle investigators of the three proposals selected for funding in 2020 are Mark Hanigan, Ph.D., Jordan Thomas, Ph.D., Pedro Fontes, Ph.D. and Tomer Avidor-Reiss, Ph.D.

Hanigan is a professor in the dairy science department at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His research project is titled, “A system to assess feeding efficiency on commercial robotic dairies.”

Thomas and Fontes will collaborate as co-investigators on their proposal titled, “Enhancing control of the estrous cycle among Bos indicus-influenced beef cows.” Thomas is an assistant extension professor in the animal sciences department at the University of Missouri, while Fontes is an assistant professor at the University of Georgia’s animal and dairy science department.

Avidor-Reiss is a professor in the department of biological science and the department of urology at the University of Toledo. His research project is titled, “Molecular markers for centriole remodeling in bovine reproduction.”

Select Sires Inc. congratulates these esteemed recipients of the Competitive Research Grants Program. As an active member of the scientific and agricultural communities, Select Sires Inc. designates resources to fund basic and applied research in academic settings for the advancement of cattle reproduction and genetics. Throughout the previous decades, the findings from these studies have allowed Select Sires to better serve customer-owners and ultimately, ensure the success of dairy and beef producers around the world.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is the largest global A.I. cooperative and is comprised of six farmer-owned and -controlled local organizations in the United States. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen, as well as excellence in service and programs to supply dairy and beef producers with the world’s best genetics.

Premier Select Sires Announces Staff Changes

Several changes to the Premier Select Sires management team will take place in the coming weeks and months. Premier excitedly announces that Brad Barham will join the team as the Southern Regional Sales Manager, David Whitlock will retire his position as the current Southern Regional Marketing Manager, and Kirk Sattazahn will become Vice President of Marketing and Development.

Brad Barham has accepted the position of Premier Regional Sales Manager for the Southern Region. Barham will bring with him years of experience in the agriculture and A.I. industries, as well as a forward-thinking and innovative attitude.

Barham was raised on a 200-head registered Jersey dairy in Southeast Tennessee. After earning a degree in finance and management, he built a career working with the American Jersey Cattle Association, River Valley Farm, and most recently, All West/Select Sires as the California Sales Manager. In three years of working at All West, Barham’s impact has been great. Specifically, he led the cooperative to tremendous growth in the Jersey business, increasing sales, market share, and customer reach; he impacted the Holstein business, specifically with his ideas centered on sex sorted semen and the NxGEN program; and he worked with his team members to help them learn and apply the Optimal Genetic Pathways (OGP) program, and provided great support to the field implementation of OGP. Barham says he looks forward to the opportunity to work closely with the great member-owners of Premier Select Sires as he transitions into his new role with Premier in July.

“We are very excited to have Brad join the management team,” said Mark Carpenter, CEO of Premier Select Sires. “His knowledge, experience, and proven track record of innovative adaptation of programs to deliver value to producers will serve our member-owners and cooperative well. We are especially glad that Brad has proven himself a leader in the Jersey breed as that is an important component of the region he will serve as well as demonstrating his commitment to serving local producers of all sizes and breeds.”

David Whitlock, current Regional Marketing Manager for the Southern Region, will retire on June 1, 2020 after 30 years working for Premier and its preceding cooperatives. Whitlock has served the cooperative in many different ways, and he charted the course in making reproductive analysis part of the everyday management and profit discussion with member customers. His efforts have enhanced the role of the Reproductive Specialist into a true partner and trusted advisor on farm.

Whitlock held the title of Regional Marketing Manager for the past four years of his career, and in that leadership role he worked closely with the Southern Region Area Sales Managers, Reproductive Service Specialists, and support staff to maximize sales and service. He attracted many new team members and helped them develop into their roles, strengthening the cooperative and the sense of teamwork in the Southern Region.

“Dave has been a champion for Premier, a mentor to many, and a thought leader in reproductive applications on farm that arguably was the basis for what we call SRS today,” said Carpenter. “Premier has such strong foundations in our organization that provide us the opportunities to let our branches grow and develop, and I personally want to thank Dave for his contributions and leadership to this foundation. Please join me in wishing Dave our collective appreciation for his service and the best of luck in his new endeavors.”

Kirk Sattazahn will assume the role of Vice President of Marketing and Development, effective May 16, 2020.Formerly the Director of Marketing for Premier, he begins this role after a few months serving the dairy industry in a different capacity. Sattazahn’s new position has been developed after more than a year of analyzing Premier systems and processes as a 23-state cooperative to determine the best way to effectively manage sales and marketing efforts.

Sattazahn will be responsible for achieving sales and service objectives for Premier Select Sires and increasing total sales and market share. He will be accountable for helping successfully translate strategy into achieving business objectives as a member of the senior leadership team. Areas of focus will include implementation and development of sales programs to include budgets, planning strategies, product mix, pricing, market research and analytics, marketing/communications, as well as suggested advertising, promotion and public relations programs. He will also assist the CEO as a senior executive to develop the mission, purpose, and priorities of the organization and collaborate on M&A targets and activity to enhance the member value proposition.

“I am very excited to have Kirk on the Premier team in this new capacity, and I look forward to working with him for the betterment of our members and employees,” said Carpenter. “With the tremendous opportunities Premier has ahead, we feel that this change will serve our cooperative well.”

Premier Select Sires is a farmer-owned cooperative that serves beef and dairy producers in its 23-state member area. Dedicated to providing its members with all they need to achieve success, Premier provides:

  • Industry-leading genetics from the Select Sires, Accelerated Genetics, and GenerVations brands
  • Effective herd health and management products, as well as artificial insemination supplies
  • Reliable services and programs backed by years of success
  • Knowledgeable industry experts who are easily accessed for consultation, advice, and on-farm assistance

Together with its five sister cooperatives across the United States, Premier owns and controls Select Sires Inc., the world’s most recognized name in bovine genetics.

Eastgen is donating $1 from sire sales to feed Canadians in need

As a Canadian, farmer-owned company, we care about and invest in the communities that we live and work in. At this time of need, we feel the responsibility to use our resources to assist those who need help to access food as we navigate through the impacts of COVID-19.

For every dose of semen purchased from the sires listed below, we will donate $1.00 to assist food banks in their efforts to relieve hunger and support families in need within our communities.

We thank our farmer-owners for your essential service each and every day as you meet the growing demand to feed Canadians in a time of crisis. #weareallinthistogether

We will donate $1.00 from the sale of these sires to feed Canadians in need. Promotion runs until May 31, 2020.

  • BOLDI V GYMNAST
  • CROTEAU LESPERRON UNIX
  • SILVERSTREAM PORTER
  • SIEMERS DARWIN
  • BENNER BARDO
  • MCINTOSH CALMAC SIDEROAD
  • STANTONS ADAGIO-P
  • LEBOLD DREAMVIEW MILANO
  • COMESTAR LAUTRUST
  • OH-RIVER-SYC CRUSHABULL 
     

Source: Eastgen 

Premier Select Sires Cooperative to Pass Nearly $1 Million in Added Benefits to Member-Customers During May, June, July

As producers face uncertainties and challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Premier Select Sires will offer a 7 percent credit on member-customer semen purchases through the months of May, June, and July 2020. Premier will also strategically retire equity to strengthen the cooperative and further benefit members.

“The Premier board of directors recently held a special vote to approve plans for the cooperative to implement the 7 percent rebate program combined with early retirement of equity that will accelerate the return to our farmer-owners during a time that may be difficult for many producers,” said Mark Carpenter, CEO of Premier Select Sires. “We want our customer-owners to know that despite nationwide uncertainties, one thing remains certain—Premier is committed to serving our producers as they continue providing for consumers. With local governance and control through our farmer-elected board of directors, we are able to respond quickly and appropriately to help our local cooperative members.”

The 7 percent credit program will provide Premier customers an opportunity to continue investing in the genetic improvement of their herds with the benefit of increased savings. As always, the Premier sales team will sell industry-leading genetics at the best prices available. However, when invoices are prepared at the end of the indicated months, a 7 percent credit on all semen purchases will be applied to reduce the total amount due. The only requirement is that accounts must be current on their balance to qualify.

Premier Select Sires continues to take precautionary measures to protect the health and safety of member-customers, employees, and the families of each. We are working to prevent the spread of the virus while maintaining the necessary services producers rely on to continue their essential work. If you have questions regarding how we are managing our COVID-19 response, please visit www.premierselectsires.com or call our office at (800) 227-6417.

Premier Select Sires is a farmer-owned cooperative that serves beef and dairy producers in its 23-state member area. Dedicated to providing its members with all they need to achieve success, Premier provides:

  • Industry-leading genetics from the Select Sires, Accelerated Genetics, and GenerVations brands
  • Effective herd health and management products, as well as artificial insemination supplies
  • Reliable services and programs backed by years of success
  • Knowledgeable industry experts who are easily accessed for consultation, advice, and on-farm assistance

Together with its five sister cooperatives across the United States, Premier owns and controls Select Sires Inc., the world’s most recognized name in bovine genetics.

IPS Scores Grand Slam from Sire Proofs

International Protein Sires (IPS) realized great progress with their Holstein lineup resulting from the April sire summaries. The greatest achievement was the Grand Slam scored by four new genomic proven sires. “We are pleased with the genetic stature of our Holstein lineup resulting from the April base change. The addition of new genomic proven sires was especially rewarding. We have strived to develop genetics that assure dairy farmers of high performing and durable cattle. The recent sire summaries are proof positive of this objective,” stated Ron Sersland, President and CEO.

566HO1332 WHY NOT leads the Grand Slam group at +2892 GTPI. This ranks WHY NOT #153 on the Holstein Association’s TOP 200 GTPI List. WHY NOT is a true testament of high performing, durable cattle advocated by IPS. His commendable performance is +1,071 lbs. milk, +.06% fat and +.02% protein. Conformation traits are equally notable; +1.60 type, +1.92 UDC and +2.14 FLC. These quality stats are backed by strong health traits; +7.3 productive life and +972 DWP$ along with +727 NM$. WHY NOT’s daughter pregnancy rate at +1.6 adds further impact to this breed leader. Sired by Solution, WHY NOT is from a Very Good two year old daughter of Frazzled.

566HO1328 DONZINO is among the Grand Slam introductions at +2890 GTPI. DONZINO’s sterling performance and superior confirmation ranks him #158 on the Holstein association’s Top 200 GTPI listing. Production is excellent at +1,431 lbs. milk, +79 lbs. (+.08%) fat and +50 lbs. (+.02%) protein. And, functional traits ring supreme; +1.53 type and +2.18 UDC. Rated A2A2, DONZINO achieves more with productive life at +4.0 and calving ease at 6.1%. DONZINO descends from a cow family loaded with great credentials. His dam is a promising daughter of Helix while is sire is Rio.

566HO1331 CAMDIN joins the IPS Grand Slam leaders at +2864 GTPI. An excellent components sire, CAMDIN is +90 lbs. (+.17%) fat and +48 lbs. (+.06%) protein. This added value for solids comes with +1,026 lbs. milk improvement. Additional CAMDIN qualities include; A2A2, +5.8 productive life, and +746 NM$. CAMDIN is backed by a maternal family with multiple generations of Excellent and Gold-Medal dams. Sired by Crimson, CAMDIN is from a young and developing daughter of Frazzled.

566HO1326 MILKNMORE rounds out the Grand Slam hitters at +2814 GTPI. High production and superior components clear the homerun fence with this great slugger. MILKNMORE is the #3 bull of the breed for milk at +2,674 lbs. and protein at +82 lbs. And, his combined components are +157 lbs. Type registers a notable level at +0.92. Added attributes include A2A2 along with productive life at +4.5. His sire is Milktime, an appropriate name for MILKNMORE. The dam of MILKNMOPRE is a VG-86 daughter of Josuper that produced 42,500 lbs. milk at one year, ten months.

These new Grand Slam genetics at IPS are testament to progressive sire development. And, these balanced performing sires fulfill the requirements of dairy farmers around the world. IPS semen is available worldwide through IPS employees and independent distributors. Located in Rock Springs, Wisconsin, you may obtain additional information about IPS through their website, www.ipssires.com or by calling toll free: 1.800.542.7593

VALENTINO Joins Half Million Club

In 2017, 7JE1038 VALENTINO surpassed 7JE590 ACTION as Select Sires’ No. 1 lifetime sales Jersey sire. Just 38 months later and at 12-years-of-age, VALENTINO adds another milestone to his record as Select Sires’ first Jersey sire to sell a half million units with 500,261 lifetime sales.

Historical significance

“VALENTINO has defined the Jersey Revolution,” says Herby Lutz. “He started out as a genomic rock star, at the top of the lists. Then his daughters calved in and the daughter data proved genomics were right and it helped Jersey breeders adopt the new technology.”

Herby Lutz has traveled around the world as Select Sires’ Jersey development manager. He has seen VALENTINO daughters on five different continents and talked with countless producers about their performance. “VALENTINO daughters are known to be tall and strong with a lot of dairyness. They are cows with fantastic fore udders and outstanding height and width to their rear udders,” says Lutz. “He’s just a bull that is so balanced in what he creates, and the daughters are stamped. You can pick them out as you walk behind them—you know they are VALENTINO daughters.”

VALENTINO’s pedigree tells a unique story, with American Jersey Cattle Association Master Breeders David Allen and Donald and Elsa Sherman playing key roles. In 2006, Allen purchased VALENTINO’s dam, D&E Paramount Violet (E-90%) from the Shermans and in January 2010, five of her sons ranked among the top-10 Jersey Performance IndexTM (JPITM) young sires with VALENTINO holding the No. 1 spot. 

As a popular young sire, VALENTINO quickly became a household name for Jersey breeders around the globe. He graduated into the proven lineup in 2012 as the No. 5 GJPI and No. 2 Type sire. Since then, he has consistently ranked high on industry lists and is known for siring beautiful, balanced and profitable daughters. Excitement for VALENTINO genetics has never stalled and his most recent sales rank him as the top-six sire for Jersey sales.

Influence and impact

VALENTINO’s progeny, both sons and daughters, have earned impressive accolades. Records from the American Jersey Cattle Association show that 93 daughters have scored

E-92% or higher with three outstanding daughters classified E-95%. VALENTINO daughters have made headlines in show arenas around the world as cows like Brookbora Valentino Fair Mavis (E-93%) and LC Valentino Clover (E-94%) have earned blue ribbons and purple banners. Jars of Clay Valentino Bridget-P (E-91%) was a highly influential VALENTINO brood cow and the dam of 7JE1294 BARNABAS.

Sons like 7JE1163 IRWIN, 7JE1219 OLIVER-P and 7JE1274 AXIS have been tremendously successful at creating the next generation of profitable Jersey cattle. To date, VALENTINO’s proof includes 19,898 daughters from 2,226 herds and he remains a top-50 sire for PTAT at +1.2 and +6.8 Jersey Udder IndexTM (JUITM).

It takes a team

Select Sires is thrilled to announce this milestone for VALENTINO and congratulate the Allen family on this well-deserved accomplishment. “I can’t believe how fortunate I was to acquire a cow like VALENTINO’s mother, the Violet cow,” says David Allen. “I am just tickled to death that we had the opportunity to breed VALENTINO and the experience has been really gratifying.”

In addition to VALENTINO’s breeders, Select Sires extends sincere gratitude to the many team members who have contributed to this accomplishment, including production staff that provide top-notch care each day to maintain VALENTINO’s health and wellbeing.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is the largest global A.I. cooperative and is comprised of six farmer-owned and -controlled local organizations in the United States. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen, as well as excellence in service and programs to supply dairy and beef producers with the world’s best genetics.

Dairy cattle genetics company donating bull semen to aid struggling farmers

The owner of Field of Dreams Genetics Corp. here is taking a bullish attitude when it comes to helping dairy farmers and the downturn they’re experiencing because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company, owned by Gary R. Tubolino, is providing bull semen at no cost to farmers who wish to get a cow bred. The three-month offer began early this month.

In the brawny business world of bull semen, it’s all about numbers, names and results. Specifically in the case of these donations, Mr. Tubolino is providing the semen from bulls 91H4629 Alabama, 91H4602 Apache, 6H4283 Antonio, 91H4408 Gusto, 6H0075 Lance, 91H4489 Leader and 36H00346 Mars.

“A lot of farmers are dumping their milk,” Mr. Tubolino said. “If we’re going to keep them in business, we’ve got to help them out. They’ve helped me out over the years.”

Mr. Tubolino plans to donate up to a total of 50,000 “straws,” or units, valued at $20 a unit. A straw contains a specified concentration and volume of semen for a dose. The straws are frozen in steel tanks filled with liquid nitrogen.

The retail value of the total donation is $250,000.

The amount provided to a farmer, Mr. Tubolino said, depends on the size of the dairy operation. For example, he said a farm with 100 cows will likely require around 300 units for the year. In that case, Mr. Tubolino would provide a “straw” donation for a third of the year.

Once bulls are known to produce high-quality progeny, they are housed with an artificial insemination company that collects semen.

“We ship our bulls out to Utah, where they draw the semen and ship it back to us,” Mr. Tubolino said.

Mr. Tubolino said his straws contain 50 million-to-60 million sperm count per straw. The industry average, he said, is much lower.

“We more or less make sure these cows are getting pregnant,” he said.

Mr. Tubolino said a farmer asked him, that among the seven bulls in the donation program, which one he would choose.

“If I was milking cows, I would pick the whole of them,” he said. “That’s how good they are.”

Mr. Tubolino, who owns Field of Dreams Genetics with his wife, Janet, is a former dairy farmer who found success in bovine reproduction. He left his family dairy farm nearly 50 years ago to seek to improve quality of dairy cattle.

Mr. Tubolino said many farmers who have found out about his offer simply can’t believe it.

“They don’t think it’s true,” he said. “I tell them it’s true, because I’ve got the semen here, why not donate it? Why let it sit there?”

Dairy farmers must pick up the straws in person at Field of Dreams on Grove Street, and they must bring their own tanks. Usually, company employees go to the farms. But not with the current pandemic.

“These farmers can’t let anybody in their place because it might affect their workers,” Mr. Tubolino said. “A lot of these farmers have 30 to 40 guys working for them.”

Jay Matteson, Jefferson County agricultural coordinator, called Mr. Tubolino’s donation program “very generous.”

“Semen can be expensive and depending on the genetic background of the bull, it can be very expensive,” Mr. Matteson said. “It was a great idea he had and very nice of him to do that. I was very impressed with it.”

Most dairy farms, Mr. Matteson said, use artificial insemination.

“It’s the safer way to go,” he said. “They can be a little bit more selective and a lot of farmers are using sexed semen, which gives them a higher percentage of females vs. males. With more farms doing artificial insemination, Gary’s donation allows that farm to ensure that they’re continuing milk production in the future.”

The only time cows produce milk is after giving birth to a calf.

“Cows give milk for several months after they give birth to their calf,” Mr. Matteson said. “But then they dry up. The cow is allowed a period of rest. After calving and milking, there’s a period of time where the farm will rest that cow. And then they’ll breed that cow back so that they can start that cycle over again.”

The calf of the cow, Mr. Matteson said, either becomes a replacement for milk production on the farm, or if it’s a male, it likely will go into beef production.

Mr. Matteson said that Mr. Tubolino is well known in the breeding industry, and he has seen him at the annual World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis.

“Gary knows how to look for the better animals,” Mr. Matteson said. “He’ll work to purchase shares of those bulls that have proven themselves to have the right genetic stock to produce the best dairy cows.”

But not even the best dairy cow can turn around the dire financial situation now faced by dairy farmers.

“Right now, the dairy industry is dumping anywhere between 65 and 100 million gallons of milk every week here in the U.S.,” Mr. Matteson said. “I’ve been working in agriculture for 30 years. I would argue that this is the worst situation that the dairy industry has ever been in.”

Most likely, Mr. Matteson said, there will be efforts to reduce milk production.

“One of the ways to do that is not having as many dairy cows on the farm,” he said.

But that doesn’t mean Mr. Tubolino’s donation program is counter to that strategy.

“Dairy farms will still need to breed their cows back in order to continue their milk production cycle,” Mr. Matteson said. “They just might cull out some of their lower producing cows and keep the better producing cows. Gary’s service is essential to that.”

When dairy farmers ship milk off the farm, its price is tallied at per 100 pounds of milk.

“The cost of production ranges between $18 and $10 per 100 pounds of milk shipped,” Mr. Matteson said. “That’s how much it costs to make what they ship. The projections we’re seeing right now is that they’ll get paid somewhere between $11 to $13 per 100 pounds of milk they ship. You can see it’s not a money-making venture right now.”

The current dairy crisis comes after five years of “horrible”prices for dairy, Mr. Matteson said.

“This is the perfect storm hitting the dairy industry,” he said.

But he added that “every little bit helps” and that Mr. Tubolino’s program is a way to assist farmers.

When Mr. Matteson heard about the Field of Dreams program, he paid a visit to Mr. Tubolino and made a short video that was posted April 4 on the Facebook pages of the company and the Jefferson County Agricultural Economic Development page. As of Thursday, it had nearly 6,000 views and more than 200 shares.

“That, for me on the agricultural side, is a viral video,” Mr. Matteson said. “I didn’t expect it to take off quite like that. I had people commenting on it who weren’t farmers. They just really love seeing this happen. It gave people that uplift.”

Mr. Tubolino said any dairy farmer interested in the program may call him at 315-405-1588. Pickup from 41 Grove St. is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment.

Source: nny360.com

FDL Barcelona “Staggering” Debut

FDL Barcelona, bred by FDL Jerseys, Coaticook, Quebec, last week (7th April) emerged as the number two (#2) listed Canadian-bred sire and the number ten (# 10) proven listed GLPI sire in the recent Canadian sire evaluation-run.  FDL Barcelona offers Canadian GLPI figures of +1860; +823kgs milk, +51kgs fat (+0.10%) and +41kgs protein (+0.11%) and +7 on Conformation score and a Pro$ value of +2044.

The bull graduated with an astonishing 101 daughter widespread proof on his debut; considered twice and thrice the norm for a Jersey breed sire in the modern genomic era. The bull’s enormous popularity within Canada, resulted in Barcelona having listed as the #1 genomic listed sire by female progeny registrations for two consecutive years by breed society, Jersey Canada.

FDL Barcelona, born in 2015, previously listed as the #1 gLPI available sire on four occasions. The bull has over 1,000 female progeny listed on the Lactanet /Canadian Dairy Network website according to FDL’s Remi Guay. He said: “Canadian-breeders have continued to use Barcelona since the bull was made available in 2016. The ongoing widespread use of Barcelona has been a tremendous vote of confidence for Canadian pure-bred Jersey cattle-breeding.

“We are delighted Barcelona’s debut evaluation ranks the bull as the second highest Canadian-bred sire on the April 2020 domestic listing. The bull has 101 records in his debut evaluation resulting in 90% reliability. Barcelona transmits significant increases on type offering +7 on Conformation score; +8 Mammary system, +5 Feet and Legs and +6 on Rump, based upon 59 classified daughters in 41 herds. The bull averages 85% Good Plus and Better with an average score of 81.8 points.

“Since the evaluation-run cut-off date, Barcelona has added an additional 15 classified daughters but on-farm classification has since been suspended due to Coronavirus. Barcelona’s update information has 74 scored Canadian-bred daughters having an 85% Good Plus and Better average,” states Remi.

Remi Guay and Renee Hamel and their young family, farm at Coaticook, Quebec, and operate a 60-cow Jersey herd under the Groupe Fleur-de-Lys (FDL) prefix. A first-generation dairy farmer, Remi started milk production in October 2009, starting with a small herd of five FDL foundation heifers, and the couple have continued to invest in milk quota; land, machinery and animals.

The FDL syndicate began as a cattle-breeding partnership between Remi and Bruce Jobson in April 2007, with the purchase of a six-month-old heifer calf, Lencrest Iatola Fleur, the third dam of FDL Barcelona. Commenting on the recent success of the evaluation-run, UK-based Mr Jobson said: ““Everyone has been blown-away by the staggering number of progeny emerging in his debut evaluation. Its an immense achievement.

“Some proven Jersey bulls emerge with a limited proof of 25 or 30 daughter records but having over 100 records has resulted in 90% reliability. We can anticipate some ‘drag-back’ due to the sheer numbers in the evaluation albeit with over 1,000 daughters; the bull will have a continuous ‘rolling’ proof. We expect Barcelona to have between 300 – 500 records entering the evaluation in 2020.”

Mr Jobson has a background in Holstein breeding and had immense Canadian contacts having acted as a PR and Marketing consultant to Drew Sloan OBE, founder and Head of Semex UK. Bruce acted as International Press Co-ordinator at the Canadian Livestock Genetics Association Visioning Conference (CLGA) at Ottawa in November 2006, an event attended by press delegates from 25 countries.

He returned to Canada in February 2007 with the view to establish a Jersey breed genetics programme based in Quebec and recruited Marie-Claire Girod of Jersey Quebec as advisor. Ms Girod suggested Remi and Bruce become cattle-breeding partners and Groupe Fleur-de-Lys (FDL) began to take shape in April 2007 with the purchase of six-month old heifer calf, Lencrest Iatola Fleur.

FDL has now bred three sires that have all ranked in the Canadian top 15 domestic sire listing including FDL Bieber, FDL Maid in Canada and now, FDL Barcelona. Foundation cow, Lencrest Iatola Fleur VG also bred FDL Minister S Blessing Ex 92 4E, the former #1 listed Canadian Conformation cow. FDL also bred the #3 LPI cow of the Jersey breed, FDL Premier Belle VG87, the dam of Barcelona.

FDL Barcelona has been marketed in Canada and internationally by Ontario-based genetics company, Semex Alliance. In the UK, the bull has over 333 registered progeny. Barcelona’s first ten (10) UK daughters have scored 90% GP or Better and average 84 points.

For further information contact Remi Guay
Telephone number: 819-578-3229

Four Top-10 GTPI Sires HELIX Remains Strong at No. 1

For the third consecutive sire summary, 14HO7770 HELIX ranks as the breed’s No. 1 GTPI® daughter-proven sire at +2997. Additional top-ranking sires include 7HO13454 ROCKETFIRE at No. 3 (+2893 GTPI), 14HO7796 GRIFF at No. 4 (+2876), 250HO13267 DUKE at No. 7 (+2825) and newly proven graduate 7HO12886 CANNON at No. 11 (+2801).

Continuing his reign

With more than 2,500 daughters from 365 herds in his latest sire proof, dairy producers can use HELIX with confidence! Reports from coast to coast and around the globe describe HELIX daughters as herd leaders and production powerhouses that are trouble-free with few health events.

Mike Santos Jr. from Terra Linda Dairy in Tulare, Calif. says, “HELIX daughters are my highest producing two-year-olds with great dairy strength, good width of rump, good udders and good feet and legs. They’re the kind of cows that are going to last.”

HELIX continues to dominate as the No. 1 sire for GTPI and offers +2,015 Milk, +204 combined Fat and Protein (CFP), +813 Net Merit Dollars (NM$) and positive values for Type traits (+1.40 PTAT, +0.95 UDC, +0.35 FLC). 

Launching to No. 3

ROCKETFIRE moves up to No. 3 on Holstein USA’s GTPI list and presents himself as a well-balanced sire with extreme production values. He transmits +2,836 Milk with +152 CFP, positive values for PTAT and UDC, and ranks as a leader for the Dairy Wellness Profit Index® (DWP$®).

“He offers breeders extreme production combined with fertility, mastitis control and tremendous linear type,” said Jeff Ziegler, vice president of dairy cattle breeding.

Breeding profitable, healthy cows

DWP$, derived from Zoetis CLARIFIDE Plus testing, identifies genetics that excel for health and wellness traits. Daughters of these sires will experience fewer health issues and in return, improve herd profitability. Select Sires is home to leading DWP$ sires that offer balanced genetics to strengthen herd performance while maintaining healthy, trouble-free cows.

New graduate 7HO12872 TRUMP leads the breed as the No. 1 DWP$ sire at +978 without sacrificing milk production (+1,516 Milk). Long-time DWP$ leader 7HO12659 PASSAT (+912 DWP$) maintains a top-10 spot on Holstein USA’s listing and also boasts +190 on the Wellness Trait Index® (WT$®). Other top-10 bulls from Select Sires include ROCKETFIRE (+912), 7HO12821 EVEREST (+853), 7HO13326 WINSTON (+839), 7HO12545 ROCKFORD (+834) and HELIX (+832).

Lifetime merit and fertility

As the season changes and temperatures rise, fertility becomes a significant factor in profitability. For long-term success, never sacrifice elite genetics for high fertility or vice versa. Select Sires offers breed-leading NM$ with positive Sire Conception Rate (SCR) values. GRIFF (+738 NM$, +2.4 SCR), PASSAT (+710 NM$, +0.8 SCR) and newly proven graduate 14HO7828 ODIN (+669 NM$, +1.2 SCR) offer high fertility without compromise.

For complete details about Select Sires’ daughter-proven lineups, please visit www.selectsires.com.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is the largest global A.I. cooperative and is comprised of six farmer-owned and -controlled local organizations in the United States. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen, as well as excellence in service and programs to supply dairy and beef producers with the world’s best genetics.


®TPI is a registered trademark of Holstein Association USA. Dairy Wellness Profit Index, DWP$, Wellness Trait Index and WT$ are registered trademarks of Zoetis Inc., its affiliates and/or its licensors. 04/20 CDCB/HA/Genomic REL%: HELIX Yield 99, NM$ 96, Type 98; ROCKETFIRE Yield 97; TRUMP Yield 97; GRIFF NM$ 94, SCR 98; PASSAT NM$ 94, SCR 99; ODIN NM$ 87, SCR 96.

 

Health and Wellness Superstars Join NxGEN

Select Sires added two sires to the NxGEN® lineup and continues to expand the offering of the industry’s most elite genomic young sires to nine. 7HO15097 T-Spruce Nugnt GRANADA (+2898 GTPI®) and 7HO15115 Aurora RAGNAR(+2940 GTPI) are now available to NxGEN member herds.

GRANADA hails from the highly influential Shottle Mindy cow family and boasts a strong, yet balanced proof. He is a production powerhouse transmitting +2,193 Milk and +151 Combined Fat and Protein (CFP). Breeders can expect healthier, trouble-free daughters from GRANADA. He is +1,113 Dairy Wellness Profit Index® (DWP$®), +112 Wellness Trait Index® (WT$®) and an exceptional +44 Calf Wellness IndexTM (CW$TM). GRANADA also carries Select Sires’ FeedPRO® and RobotPRO® designations as indicators that his daughters will be feed efficient and great candidates for robotic milking systems.

With the April sire summary, RAGNAR reveals he is a merit leader — holding competitive rank for NM$ (+831) and CM$ (+870) indexes. RAGNAR will also contribute to a healthier herd with elite DWP$ (+1,175), WT$ (+194) and CW$ (+69) values. He excels in mastitis resistance with low Somatic Cell Score (2.71 SCS) and high values for CDCB Mastitis (+3.0) and Zoetis Mastitis (+107). RAGNAR is designated as a FeedPRO and GrazingPRO® sire.

For next level genetic gains, join Select Sires’ NxGEN program and add these sires to your breeding program. NxGEN was launched in 2019 and grants early access to the breed’s most cutting-edge young sires. The program was designed with dairy producers in mind and offers an opportunity to accelerate genetic progress and performance. For more information about NxGEN sires and to apply for a membership, please visit www.selectsires.com/NxGEN.­

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is the largest global A.I. cooperative and is comprised of six farmer-owned and -controlled local organizations in the United States. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen, as well as excellence in service and programs to supply dairy and beef producers with the world’s best genetics.


™Calf Wellness (CW$) is a trademark of Zoetis Inc., its affiliates and/or its licensors. ®NxGEN, FeedPRO, GrazingPRO and RobotPRO are registered trademarks of Select Sires Inc. TPI is a registered trademark of Holstein Association USA. Dairy Wellness Profit Index, DWP$, Wellness Trait Index and WT$ are registered trademarks of Zoetis Inc., its affiliates and/or its licensors. 04/20 CDCB/HA/Genomic REL%: GRANADA Yield 77; RAGNAR NM$ 74, SCS 75, CDCB Mast. 66, Zoetis Mast. 48.

 

ABS Global Has Strong April Proof; Many Icons / Grads Added

In a time of uncertainty, April proofs gave ABS Global customers something to smile about as ABS is now the current home of 45 of the top 100 Net Merit Holstein bulls over a year old in the industry. 22 bulls were elevated to Icon Sire™ status and another 11 were named graduates. At the top of the list are the #1 and #2 daughter proven Net Merit bulls – Icon Sires 29HO18225 PINE-TREE BURLEY and 29HO18296 ABS ACHIEVER-ET with 829 & 819 NM$ respectively. Both bulls also land in the top 10 for TPI® and new graduate 29HO18343 ABS MEDLEY-ET moves up genetically with his first 99 milking daughters, coming in at 756 NM$ and 2811 TPI®.

“During a challenging time in the world, this gives us all something positive to talk about. This is one of our strongest proofs yet with so many of our sires placing high in the ranks. The ‘next generation’ in our pipeline includes the top five sires (all ages) for Net Merit, which will all begin semen production in the coming months,” said Nate Zwald, COO-Dairy, ABS Global, during a conference call Tuesday. “We should also be proud of how well our overall pipeline ranks – ensuring our committed customers have access to the best genetics in the industry over the long-term. It takes a big team effort to accomplish such a good showing – virtual high-fives to everyone involved!”

ABS’s full genetic lineup can be viewed on the new website that launched this week at www.absglobal.com. This state-of-the-art digital platform offers new content, success stories and information that is solution-oriented for the producer of today, aligning with the company’s innovative spirit.

“We’ve been developing incredible bull power at ABS, which augments the game-changing programs and technology we’ve also pioneered to help our customers get better cows faster, which is our ultimate goal,” stated Darren Peterson, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at ABS North America.

ABS strengthened its Jersey lineup with several new releases. Icon Sire TROOPER {4} is a balanced offering at +538 CM$ and +142 GJPI with an outcross sire stack (Mesquite {4} x Listowel-P), and WOODSTOCK {6} at +550 CM$ offers extreme component and udder improvement. 

“We were very pleased with the stability of our breed leading sires such as WESTPORT {5} and VERIZON {4} and are excited to add more options to help our customers to build their breeding programs,” said Aaron Horst, ABS Jersey sire analyst.

ABS sires graduating to daughter-proven status Tuesday also rank very high. Graduates include Holstein sires: 29HO18343 ABS MEDLEY-ET, 29HO18383 BOMAZ YOSHI-ET, 29HO18260 ABS ARIZONA-ET, 29HO18314 DE-SU 13149 FIGURATE-ET, 29HO18432 BOMAZ YUKON-ET, 29HO18255 ABS JAZZMAN-ET, 29HO18337 MORNINGVIEW RAWHIDE-ET, 29HO18353 MR SEAGULL-BAY MALDEVES-ET, 29HO18311 DE-SU 13139 TECHNO-ET, 29HO17334 WILDER HAMLET, and94HO18095 MR DG-TM KING BAILEY-ET.

“St. Jacobs is proud to return 94HO18095 BAILEY to graduated status. He boasts over 1100 pounds of milk to go along with his 1.74 PTAT.,” explained Brian Behnke, St. Jacobs Business Manager. “The thing that most impresses me about the BAILEY daughters is how the dairymen love them. They are medium sized with really good udders and feet and legs seems to be the consistent message.”

For more information on Icon Sires, go to www.absglobal.com/icon-sires or talk with your ABS representative today. You can also learn more about ABS graduates at ABS Bull Search

About ABS

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.

Diverse Offering Joins Progeny Proven Lineup

Fourteen sires graduate to the daughter-proven ranks in the Select Sires, Accelerated Genetics and GenerVations lineups. Graduating sires include 10 Holsteins, two Jerseys, one Brown Swiss and one Milking Shorthorn. Select Sires remains committed to match the genetic requests of all customer-owners, regardless of breed, environment or herd goals as directed by the cooperative’s sire committees.  

“This class of newly proven graduates adds to an already stellar lineup and bolsters Select Sires’ leadership among industry indexes and rankings,” says Jeff Ziegler, vice president of dairy cattle genetics. “Select Sires is privileged to work with the best breeders in the business and these sires exemplify profitable and progressive genetics designed by dairy producers, for dairy producers.”

Select Sires Highlights

    • 7HO12886 CANNON makes his debut to the proven lineup as a top-15 GTPI® sire at +2801 GTPI.

 

    • 7HO12942 RESOLVE offers an outcross pedigree with +2739 GTPI, and he’s RobotPRO® designated.

 

    • As mastitis resistance genetics prove to be increasingly valuable, 7HO12974 COPYCAT (2.69 SCS, 102 Zoetis Mastitis, +0.9 CDCB Mastitis) and RESOLVE (2.68 SCS, 102 Zoetis Mastitis, +1.7 CDCB Mastitis) offer an elite combination of udder health and milk quality traits.

 

    • For genetic programs that consider health and wellness traits a priority, this class of Holstein graduates offers quality and quantity. 7HO12872 TRUMP leads this category of sires with elite values for Dairy Wellness Profit Index® (+978 DWP$®) and Wellness Trait Index® (+249 WT$®)    .

 

    • Summer heat is bound to impede conception rates and this offering includes four sires with positive Sire Conception Rates (SCR). 7HO12999 BRENNAN (+1.7 SCR), COPYCAT (+1.4), 7HO12868 ADVANCE (+1.3) and RESOLVE (+1.1) offer breeders confidence with high sire fertility and balanced proofs.

 

    • Popular as a young sire, 7JE1569 JX AVON KLAY {3}-P joins the proven lineup as a health trait improver with extremely valuable Daughter Pregnancy Rate (+1.4 DPR) and Cow Conception Rate (+1.7 CCR) traits. From our partners at Jerseyland Sires, JX AVON KLAY {3}-P offers balanced production, A2A2 and BB Kappa-Casein coupled with Polled genetics.

 

  • 7MS360 MD JUSTICE checks all the boxes for customer satisfaction among Milking Shorthorn breeders. With solid milk yield (+798 Milk), A2A2 and breed-leading Type (+0.5 PTAT, +0.78 UDC), this Megadeth son is a great addition to the Milking Shorthorn lineup.

Accelerated Genetics Highlights    

    • 14HO7784 HECTOR transmits elite production (+1,865 Milk, +60 PTAP, +55 PTAF) as an outcross sire.

 

    • 14HO7828 ODIN offers a unique sire stack (Hotrod x (GP-83-DOM) Ransom x (GP-83-VG-MS) 7HO10524 ROBUST) with favorable wellness and fertility traits (+165 WT$, +1.2 SCR).

 

    • 14JE758 KNOCK-OUT is an A2A2, RobotPRO sire, known for lengthening teats and improving foot angle.

 

  • 14BS393 DYNAMITE is a FertilityPRO® designee and known for siring daughters with superior type and excellent mammary systems (+1.21 UDC).

GenerVations Highlights   

    • Popular ShowcaseTM sire, 250HO12961 DOC has earned his spot on the daughter-proven lineup. This elite Type sire (+3.10 PTAT) has a flawless linear and combines valuable production traits (+1,318 Milk) to sire profitable daughters.

 

  • 250HO13531 TOTEM offers an outcross pedigree with exceptional mastitis resistance and wellness traits (2.59 SCS, +690 DWP$).

For more information about individual sires, please visit www.selectsires.com and use the Dairy Sire Search to locate a sire or create an index specific to your herd goals.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is the largest global A.I. cooperative and is comprised of six farmer-owned and -controlled local organizations in the United States. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen, as well as excellence in service and programs to supply dairy and beef producers with the world’s best genetics.


Source: 04/20 CDCB Genomic Evaluation, BSCBA/AJCA/HA/AMSS Type Evaluation %Rel: COPYCAT SCS 86, Zoetis Mast. 54, CDCB Mast. 70, SCR 93; RESOLVE SCS 89, Zoetis Mast. 56, CDCB Mast. 71, SCR 93; BRENNAN SCR 95; ADVANCE SCR 99; RESOLVE SCR 93; JX AVON KLAY {3}-P DPR 72, CCR 73; MD JUSTICE Type 37, Yield 72; HECTOR Yield 92; ODIN SCR 96; DYNAMITE Type 81; DOC Type 87, Yield 92; TOTEM SCS 89. JX AVON KLAY {3}-P is BBR 92 and JH1F. KNOCK-OUT is BBR 100 and JH1F. DYNAMITE is BH2T.

™Showcase is a trademark of Select Sires Inc. ®RobotPRO and FertilityPRO are registered trademarks of Select Sires Inc. TPI is a registered trademark of Holstein Association USA. Dairy Wellness Index, DWP, Wellness Trait Index and WT$ are registered trademarks of Zoetis Inc., its affiliates and/or its licensors. 

 

Gordon Joins World Wide Sires Team

World Wide Sires is pleased to announce that Laura Gordon has joined World Wide Sires (WWS) as Area Director of Marketing. In her new role, Laura will be responsible for sales and marketing in several countries in Europe.

Laura has over five years of experience in the A.I. industry. Previously, Laura worked as a Product Development Specialist, Global Genetic Services Brand Manager and District Account Manager for another A.I. organization. Most recently, she served as a Market Development Manager in the citrus industry.

Laura holds a Master’s degree in International Agriculture, Marketing & Business Development Focus from Oklahoma State University. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and Agricultural Systems Management from The Ohio State University.

Scott Ruby, Vice President of Marketing of World Wide Sires commented, “We could not be happier to be having someone as qualified as Laura Gordon joining our dynamic team.  Her experience, skills, and positive attitude will be an excellent fit, and we are looking forward to having her interacting with our global customers soon.”

Laura will work from the Visalia, California office.

We are pleased to have Laura join the WWS team. Her experience will be a great asset to World Wide Sires and its global network of distributors.

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World Wide Sires, Ltd. remains at the forefront in providing exceptional genetics for outstanding type and phenomenal production.  A leading exporter of U.S. livestock semen, World Wide Sires represents Accelerated Genetics, Genervations and Select Sires in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Oceania.

Fifteen Students Receive a Total of $18,500 in 2020 Premier Select Sires Scholarships

Premier Select Sires awarded a total of $18,500 to 15 college students through the 2020 Premier Future Ag Leaders Scholarship competition. Two students received $2,500 scholarships through the Johnny Daniel Memorial Scholarship and the Wayne Dudley Scholarship. Thirteen other students received scholarships of $1,000-$1,500 in value.

Todd Allen of Glen-Toctin Farm, a 120-cow registered Holstein operation in Jefferson, Md., is the son of Jim and Lisa Allen. Todd received the Johnny Daniel Memorial Scholarship. He is a student at Virginia Tech studying Dairy Science with a minor in Agricultural and Applied Economics. Upon graduation, Todd hopes to combine his passion for the dairy industry and strong mathematical skills to work as a consultant for a precision dairy company. He would also like to eventually return to his family farm to help in some capacity.

Jesse Braun of Woodcrest Dairy, a 4,960-cow dairy in Lisbon, N.Y., is the son of Peter and Michelle Braun. Jesse received the Wayne Dudley Scholarship. He is a student at Columbia University studying Sustainable Development and Computer Science. Following completion of his undergraduate program, he hopes to leverage his work in the field of Sustainable Development as a path into law school to study Environmental Law. Through his future career, Jesse wants to facilitate communication between farmers and environmental agencies to help each group better achieve its goals.

Ryan Allen of Glen-Toctin Farm, a 120-cow registered Holstein operation in Jefferson, Md., is the son of Michael and Johanna Allen. He is a student at Frederick Community College majoring in General Studies. Ryan has been accepted to Penn State to study Animal Science, and after graduating he plans to work in the dairy industry so he can help dairy farmers succeed in all facets of their business.

Hannah Braun of Woodcrest Dairy, a 4,960-cow dairy in Lisbon, N.Y., is the daughter of Peter and Michelle Braun. She is a student at Cornell University studying Animal Science. Hannah plans to pursue a career in veterinary medicine, and hopes to promote sustainable agricultural development along with animal and population health through her job.

Belle Dallam of Broom’s Bloom Dairy, a 50-cow registered Holstein dairy in Bel Air, Md., is the daughter of David and Kate Dallam. She is a student at Penn State studying Animal Science – Business Option. After graduating, Belle plans to return to her family’s dairy farm and restaurant, where she wants to help grow and improve their operations to reach full potential. Her family has recently begun building an on-farm processing plant to bottle their own milk, make cheese, and make ice cream. Belle also hopes to host farm open houses and tours so consumers can better understand the dairy industry.

Hannah Diehl of Musser Run Jerseys, a 350-cow dairy farm in McVeytown, Pa., is the daughter of Joseph and Kristin Diehl. She is a student at Penn State studying Animal Science. After graduating, Hannah would like to work in the dairy industry, specifically with Jersey cattle. She is also considering eventually returning to the family farm with thoughts of diversifying by pasteurizing milk, making ice cream, and making cheese.

Jenna Harnish of Harnish Farms, a 150-cow dairy farm in Ulster, Pa. is the daughter of Eric Harnish. She is a student at Penn State studying Toxicology/Pharmacology. After graduating, Jenna would like to begin actively practicing in the ambulatory care field of pharmacy. She wants to help people through her career, emphasizing the importance of farmer and rural community health while giving back to the agricultural organizations she has been associated with.

Morgan Krick of Arl-Ja Farm, a 220-cow dairy farm in Hamburg, Pa., is the daughter of Lynn and Sherrie Krick. She is a student at Delaware Valley University studying Agribusiness. After graduating, Morgan would like to pursue a career in the agricultural industry. She is currently exploring different career paths within the industry, and has an interest in Ag Insurance.

Emily Mikel of Mikelholm Holsteins, a 40-cow registered Holstein operation in Stafford, N.Y., is the daughter of John and Sue Mikel. She is a senior at SUNY Morrisville studying Dairy Management. After graduating, Emily plans to return to work with her parents on their dairy farm. She hopes to bring new ideas home to implement on their operation, and to expand the herd to 50 registered Holsteins within the next ten years. In addition to working on the farm, Emily would like to obtain a job with a bull stud, dealing specifically with genetic consulting and heifer inventory.

Gavin Rankins of DarLin Farms, a 95-cow dairy operation in Cusseta, Ala., is the son of Linda and Darrell Rankins, Jr. Gavin is a student at Auburn University studying Animal Sciences – Animal/Allied Industries. Following the completion of his education, Gavin plans to return to his family’s diversified dairy farm and increase the number of cattle. He also hopes to pursue new enterprises and expand their existing goat, chicken, guinea, and square-bale hay enterprises.

Daniel Rohrbaugh of Buffalo Valley Angus in Seven Valleys, Pa. is the son of Doug and Cathy Rohrbaugh. The Rohrbaugh’s currently have 23 head of registered Black Angus cattle. Daniel is a student at Kansas State University studying Agribusiness, and upon graduation, he plans to pursue a career in sales, possibly selling equipment, seed, or livestock. He would also like to give back to the Pennsylvania Junior Angus Association by serving as an advisor. He wants to continue breeding and raising Angus cattle and market them to 4-H and Junior Association members.

Melanie Showers of Showerdale Holsteins, an 80-cow dairy farm in Fredericksburg, Pa., is the daughter of Tim and Andrea Showers. She is a student at Penn State Berks studying Animal Science. After graduating, Melanie would like to be a herd manager or calf manager on a dairy farm in her home area. She would also like to stay involved in promoting the agriculture industry through organizations such as Penn State Extension, 4-H, and/or a local Dairy Club.

Bryce Windecker of Windex Farm, a 100-cow registered Holstein farm in Frankfort, N.Y., is the son of Dale and Deborah Windecker. He is a student at SUNY Cobleskill studying Agricultural Business. Upon graduation, Bryce plans to obtain a job involving farm finances so he can guide farmers and agricultural businesses in the right direction to help them prosper. He would also like to remain involved with his family farm.

Taylor Wolfe of Wolfes Powerline Dairy, a 400-cow registered Holstein operation in Milton, Pa., is the daughter of Ray Wolfe. She is a student at Penn State studying Animal Science. Upon graduating, Taylor would like to obtain a part-time job in agricultural sales or consulting so she can give back to the agricultural industry and help other producers. With the remainder of her time, she wants to remain involved with an active role on her family’s dairy farm.

Addie Womack of Clear Lake Farm in Hope, Ark. is the daughter of Russell and Stacy Womack. The Womack’s currently have 300 head of beef cattle. Addie is a student at Arkansas Tech University studying Agricultural Business – Animal Science, and after graduation she would like to pursue a master’s degree and then work in the cattle industry as a nutritionist. She is interested in working for a feed company developing and testing new products, or in a research position at a university.

The Premier Future Ag Leaders Scholarship program provides financial support to eligible college undergraduates in agricultural majors, and also provides additional return to the cooperative’s member-owners by supporting the next generation of young people desiring to study and work in the agricultural industry. The Premier Select Sires board of directors has made a commitment to providing money to support this scholarship program on an ongoing annual basis.

Premier Select Sires is a farmer-owned cooperative that serves beef and dairy producers in its 23-state member area. Dedicated to providing its members with all they need to achieve success, Premier provides:

  • Industry-leading genetics from the Select Sires, Accelerated Genetics, and GenerVations brands
  • Effective herd health and management products, as well as artificial insemination supplies
  • Reliable services and programs backed by years of success
  • Knowledgeable industry experts who are easily accessed for consultation, advice, and on-farm assistance

Together with its five sister cooperatives across the United States, Premier owns and controls Select Sires Inc., the world’s most recognized name in bovine genetics.

Thirteen Producers Elected to the CentralStar BOD

Member-stockowners of CentralStar Cooperative confirmed the election of 13 dairy and beef producers to the board of directors at the cooperative’s annual meeting in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

“We are fortunate to have such a talented and dedicated group of member-owners that are passionate about the direction of CentralStar,” said Jerome Meyer, Chief Executive Officer, CentralStar Cooperative. “This group ensures the cooperative provides industry leading genetics, DHI, artificial insemination (A.I.) services, and animal health products that will enhance profitability for dairy and beef producers across our market area.”

The CentralStar board of directors includes 13 elected member-owners, each representing a specific geographic area, as well as one position which is appointed by the board. The 13 elected members include: Paul Trierweiler, Westphalia, Mich.; Steve Abel, Fond du Lac, Wis.; Lyle Ott, Hilbert, Wis.; Dan Mielke, Colby, Wis.; Dorothy Harms, Reedsburg, Wis.; Larry Voigts, Platteville, Wis.; Rick Adams, Elkhorn, Wis.; Roger Weiland, Columbus, Wis.; Lee Jensen, Elk Mound, Wis.; Andy Wolf, Oconto Falls, Wis.; Mark Ziel, Port Austin, Mich.; Jeff Horning, Manchester, Mich. and Ken Carnahan, Butler, Ind. Steve Maier, Jim Falls, Wis. holds the appointed position.

Within this group, five were elected to serve in officer positions.

  • Trierweiler of TDI Farms, LLC was elected President. In addition to serving six years on the NorthStar Cooperative board, he currently serves on the Union Bank board of directors, a position he has held for 14 years. Previously Trierweiler served two years on the Michigan State University (MSU) Dairy Advisory Committee.
  • Abel of Abel Dairy Farms, LLC was elected Vice President. Previously Abel served 16 years on the East Central/Select Sires board, seven as President. He has also served on several county committees including the Fond du Lac County Board of Supervisors, and the UW-Extension Education, Ag & Recreation Committees.
  • Ott of River Bridge Holsteins, LLC was elected Second Vice President. Ott previously served on the NorthStar board for 30 years. Currently he serves on the Select Sires board, is a member of the Calumet County Farmland Preservation Board, and the County Parks Committee.
  • Mielke was elected Treasurer. Owner of Huson Farms, LLC, Mielke previously served on the NorthStar board for 24 years, and currently serves on the Select Sires board.
  • Harms of Valley Springs Farm was elected Secretary. A member of the East Central board for 17 years, Harms served as both Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer. Harms has been a member of the Select Sires board since 2011, and currently presides as President.

CentralStar Cooperative Inc was established May 1, 2019 as a result of the merger between NorthStar Cooperative Inc. and East Central/Select Sires. The cooperative’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.) 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 in Lansing, Mich., and Waupun, Wis., with laboratories in Grand Ledge, Mich., and Kaukauna, Wis. For more information, visit CentralStar Cooperative Inc. at www.mycentralstar.com.

Select Sires Appoints New Dairy Development Data Manager and Welcomes Dairy Sire Development Intern

Keith Gibson has assumed a new role at Select Sires as the dairy development data manager. With a master’s degree in dairy cattle genetics from Penn State University, a bachelor’s degree in animal science from The Ohio State University and impressive industry relations, Gibson brings experiential knowledge and vision to this new role. 

“Keith has served Select Sires for nearly five years as a genetic testing administrator, offering expert coordination and a high degree of accuracy while improving the timeliness of results,” says Chuck Sattler, vice president of genetic programs at Select Sires. “With an ambitious drive and commitment to success, Keith has demonstrated his passion for the industry. We are excited for him to step into this new role.” 

As the dairy development data manager, Gibson is responsible for Select Sires’ genomic testing functions, directives regarding the Genetic Data Partner (GDP) program and the Program for Genetic Advancement™
(PGA™) and will provide staff leadership. He will continue to work closely with breed associations and the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) to resolve parentage and other DNA testing challenges to ensure timely and accurate genetic information.

Lauren Kimble has joined Select Sires as a dairy sire development intern to assist with genomic testing operations, GDP and PGA initiatives. She is responsible for validating and maintaining the database of test results for genetic recessives and other genetic traits, as well as coordination and evaluation of data from partner herds to enhance future genetic improvement.

Kimble hails from Reston, Va. and holds a master’s degree in animal and poultry science from Virginia Tech and a bachelor of science in environmental biology from McGill University. She has extensive and comprehensive experience working in the animal genetics industry and will be an asset to the Select Sires federation.

“Lauren’s experiences offer an impressive combination of dairy genetics and genomic testing, onboarding and training, as well as valuable data management and analytics skills,” says Sattler. “We anticipate her insightful collaborations and contributions to the dairy sire development team.”

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is the largest global A.I. cooperative and is comprised of six farmer-owned and -controlled local organizations in the United States. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen, as well as excellence in service and programs to supply dairy and beef producers with the world’s best genetics.

™PGA and Program for Genetic Advancement are trademarks of Select Sires.

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