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EASTGEN UPDATE - APRIL 2020

Our top priority is the health and well-being of our customers and staff as well as their families and employees.We will continue servicing producers as an essential service to ensure Canada's food supply is not compromised. We take the role of an essential service very seriously and ... Read More...

COVID-19 Impact on Phone Systems

We are currently experiencing inconsistent quality in our telephone services. All dispatch lines are working at this time. If you try to call and cannot reach our dispatchers, please continue to try. We ask for your patience with any call quality issues.   Please be advised that all telecom carriers in Canada are experiencing challenges due to the COVID-19 situation. There is unprecedented call volume across all regions and systems as people are employing work from home strategies, calling their loved ones, and trying to contact both provincial and federal health departments. ... Read More...

COVID-19 Customer Update

Our top priority is the health and well-being of our customers and staff as well as their families and employees. We will continue servicing producers as an essential service to ensure Canada's food ... Read More...

Novel Coronovirus Announcement

"EastGen is committed to the health and safety of our workers and to providing you, our valued customer, with continued sales and service. During the current Novel Coronavirus outbreak we are asking for your help to prevent the spread of the virus. When calling for service please advise our Call Centre staff if you or other individuals on farm have travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days. If so, we would also ask that you mention this to our staff when they are on farm and maintain the recommended social distance of staying at least one to two metres away from your EastGen Technician or Sales Rep when they are providing you with products and services. The more we all do to stop the spread of this virus is essential. Thank you for your support." ... Read More...

Semex Sr. Vice President, Sales & Business Development, Gordon Miller To Retire

Gordon Miller, Sr. Vice President, Sales & Business Development, will retire after a storied career with Semex on April 2, 2020.

Gordon says, "Thirty years ago a very green city boy joined Semex UK as company accountant from the accountancy firm EY. I was this young man and I knew a bit about Semex as I had been involved in their audit for three years. It was the charismatic leadership of the Semex UK's owner Drew Sloan that attracted me to the company."

"When I joined I was not disappointed. Semex UK was a vibrant, forward-thinking company that was punching way above their weight with marketing ideas well ahead of their time. It was not a genetics company but a marketing company that just happened to sell genetics. The dairy industry was on a high, milk prices were strong and there was lots of margin in the semen business, not just in the UK but around the world."

"In September 2000 I left Semex for a good job in banking with RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland) and went on to manage the high-risk team for RBS dealing with distressed companies. It was a great experience and really taught me about what it took to run a successful business. Seven years later Paul Larmer asked me to rejoin Semex as Managing Director of Semex UK. It was a big decision to leave the bank, but I had unfinished business at Semex. I knew there were still great people at Semex UK and that Semex still had a great product. And, so it has proved! Under the leadership of Paul Larmer, Semex has changed dramatically."

"Six years ago I was asked by Paul to take on the leadership of our Global Sales Team first as VP, and then as Sr VP of Sales and Business Development. It has been an honour and a privilege to lead the Global Sales Team, seeing growth in each of these years. We have a great team of people who have responded to the changing market conditions we face and the ... Read More...

EASTGEN UPDATE - MARCH 2020

Dairy mating programs work best when they help producers make breeding decisions that optimize genetics and milk production. Two years ago, Semex launched OptiMate, the successor to its highly successful ProMate mating program. This new ... Read More...

SEMEX ANNOUNCES EXCITING NEW APPOINTMENTS TO ITS EMBRYO DIVISION

Semex firmly believes that its people are the cornerstone to its success, and is pleased to announce two key appointments to its embryo division effective immediately. These placements underpin its commitment to global growth and leading technology within its embryo division:      Dany-Pierre Rondeau has been named Vice President, Business Development Embryo Division. Reporting to Semex CEO Paul Larmer, Dany-Pierre will lead the growth of Semex's global embryo division, focusing on global business planning, market development and operational leadership.   Dany-Pierre joined Semex in 2013, progressively adding responsibilities to his portfolio of responsibilities within Semex's global sales team. In March 2018, Dany completed his MBA at Western's Ivey School of Business. Following this, in April 2018, Dany accepted the role of Director, International Sales & Business Development, managing Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and in 2019 expanded his involvement to Western Europe, overseeing 74 markets in total. During his tenure at Semex he has established new business in Vietnam and Indonesia and has led rapid sales growth in Russia and the Middle East.   Reporting to Dany-Pierre Rondeau, Dr. Shantille Kruse has been appointed Director, Boviteq US Business Development. Shantille has been with Boviteq in the US since July 2014, collaborating with veterinarians and clients, as well as supporting OPU/IVF services technical inquiries. Shantille was raised on a diversified livestock operation near Tecumseh, Nebraska, and earned her B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Nebraska, followed by her M.S. in Biomedical Science at the Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Lab at Colorado State University. There, her research focused on improving cryopreservation techniques for both in vivo- and in vitro- produced bovine embryos. She earned her Ph.D. in Reproductive Physiology from the University of Minnesota ... Read More...

EASTGEN UPDATE - FEBRUARY 2020

Commitment to animal care, biosecurity, disease testing and traceability helps Semex raise the bar on animal health. The health and welfare of our bulls is a top priority for Semex and is every employee's shared responsibility. "Animal health and welfare and disease monitoring is not only important for the animal, but it's vital for the quality of our semen, our business, Canada's disease status and the confidence of our global trading partners," says ... Read More...

Semex's Monument Impression Passes Away

Semex is saddened to announce that global superstar 0200HO00560 Monument Impression has passed away.   Outcross sire, Impression arrived with a progeny proof in April 2013 as Semex's #1 new release sire. Six years later, his demand has never waned with sales to every corner of the Earth including Canada, the US, Germany, France, and Japan.   As one of the flagship Immunity+® sires, Impression's appeal knew no bounds! He was globally demanded because he sired healthy, long-lasting, profitable cows and ranked as the top sire of calves registered in Canada in 2016!   "His daughters were the kind that could virtually go unnoticed in herds," says Brad Sayles, Semex Chief Operating Officer. "That's why producers continued to use him again and again. Impressions do not get sick and just do their jobs day in and day out, just like we expect Immunity+ sires to do. Dairymen everywhere tell us they are their favorites because they're functional and easy to work with. Based on his 82% Good Plus and better rating on over 12,000 cows scored in Canada, we can definitely say they were appealing and will remain in herds for many, many lactations."   A 99% reliability sire, Impression's maternal line is dominated by the most popular sires of modern times including Durham, Lee and Bellwood, with his five closest dams being VG or EX. Impressions everywhere have been the beneficiary of his pedigree, as he's maintained solid type figures throughout his career, posting a +12 Conf and +2.02 PTAT in December 2019.   A limited amount of Impression semen remains. For more information on Impression, Semex or of its suite of solutions visit www.semex.com ... Read More...

EASTGEN UPDATE - JANUARY 2020

Using Genetics to Create Better Collostrum: Semex's partnership with University of Guelph plays a key role in identifying dairy cattle genetics that can produce naturally healthier animals. It's a collaboration that continues to help optimize milk production by reducing the time and money producers spend ... Read More...