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EASTGEN CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

EastGen members in Zones 2, 5, 8 and 11 are invited to submit nominations for a Director in their respective Zone for a three year term. Any member seeking election as a director or any current director seeking re-election must file a signed, written nomination (early nomination form attached), co-signed by another member within the same zone. The nomination may be forwarded by mail, facsimile, or email to the Secretary of the Board (Brian O’Connor) and must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the last Friday in October (October 25, 2019). Fax number is 519-821-1268 and email address is brian.oconnor@eastgen.ca. For more information on the Nomination Procedure, Qualifications for a Director, Role of a Director and Expected Time Commitment, Election of Directors, Election of Delegates, and Information on Being a Delegate, CLICK HERE.   ... Read More...

EASTGEN UPDATE - OCTOBER 2019

Best Practices for Profitability: Consider the importance of restraints when it comes to breeding time. Cows that have been stressed at the time of insemination: Exhibit spikes in adrenalin that suppress the normal hormonal interactions during estrus ... Read More...

The Best Giveaway At World Dairy Expo Now Comes In Brown!

The best giveaway at World Dairy Expo now comes in brown! This year Semex is pleased to be giving away two Immunity+® sired heifers …. One Holstein, and for the first time ever, one Jersey!

“We’re extremely excited to be giving away both a Holstein and a Jersey calf this year,” says Michael Hurst, Semex Director, US Sales & Business Development. “They’re both by in-demand Immunity+ sires and are ready to go home and literally help you build a healthier herd from day one! We’re also giving away 10 Elevate® genomic tests each day and entry is simple… Just come to the Semex Tent!”

Launched in December 2012, Semex’s Immunity+ sire lineup has proven itself to be the only way to effectively crush disease with genetics. At 30% heritability and proven to reduce disease from 5-10% in just one generation with no genetic sacrifices, Immunity+ sires are improving herd health worldwide.

“Studies analyzing health data from over 30,000 cows and 75,000 heifers on 35 herds have shown reductions in every major disease ranging from 5-20% compared to other sires. We’re hearing from herds around the world every day about how healthy these animals are,” says Hurst. “And, with the 2018 launch of our female genomic testing program, Elevate, we can now access female Immunity genomics, providing us with the best way to crush disease and help our clients make more money every day.”

Semex invites all World Dairy Expo attendees to visit the Semex Tent, have fun in our photo booth with special props and prizes, and enter to win one of these calves and 10 free Elevate tests to be announced daily. Known as the ‘place to meet’ at World Dairy Expo Semex will once again be hosting hospitality hours from 5:00-7:00 pm on Thursday and Friday nights, with a live calf draw at 6:00 pm both nights. Winners need not be present ... Read More...

EASTGEN UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 2019

Our business continues to progress and change but there is nothing quite as reassuring as some validation along the way. In our business, that comes in the form of reliably proven sires and the recent August proof round may go down as one of the most convincing endorsements Semex and EastGen have enjoyed in years. Benner Bardo leads the ... Read More...

August 2019 Holstein Highlights

With a program as diversified and broad as Semexs, we always expect some great news with each proof round. Our business continues to progress and change but there is nothing quite as reassuring as some validation along the way. In our business, that comes in the form of reliably proven sires and this proof round may go down as one of the most convincing endorsements Semex and EastGen have enjoyed in years. Benner Bardo leads the pack with an absolutely outstanding proof round which saw him leap into Canadas #1 GLPI position. Bardo saw gains in both of Canadas offical indexes, all ... Read More...

August 2019 Component Breed Highlights

Audibel JORDAN is our one Jersey addition this proof round. JORDAN, a full brother to the recently added Audibel WEBSITE, will undoubtedly be one of our top used sires this fall. JORDAN, who is Robot ReadyTM designated and an A2A2 carrier, is a Weststar son (by Mackenzie) from the high component Guimo Premier Jade VG-88. Jade has a best 305 day record of 9,873 kg of milk with 5.78% Fat and 4.23% Protein. Jades VG-2YR full-sister is the dam ... Read More...

EASTGEN UPDATE - AUGUST 2019

Inside Product DevelopmentIn this interview, we ask Paul TRA PP, SEMEX Product Acquisition Specialist, to share his insights on Semexs top sires, sire selection and the impact of genomics on product development.Q. How many young bulls enter Semex each year andwhat percentage of these bulls ... Read More...

EASTGEN UPDATE - JULY 2019

"Producers are running a business and they need good genetic consultation," says Paul Krueger, Semex's Vice President for Global Key Account & Solutions Strategy. "Genetics affect everything from the health of your herd to whether you are getting the maximum return ... Read More...

Marc Comtois To Be Inducted Into The Canadian Ag Hall of Fame

Semex is pleased to announce that Marc Comtois of Comestar Holsteins has been selected as a 2019 inductee into the Canadian Ag Hall of Fame.     The official announcement reads, "A pillar of the Canadian Holstein industry, Marc Comtois is the man behind the famous Ferme Comestar – a Quebec-based dairy farm that’s been changing the face of dairy genetics around the globe for the last four decades. A farmer, promoter, mentor, marketer and official judge, Marc has travelled the world in his drive to propagate the most outstanding dairy genetics through his Comestar family for the benefit of other Holstein breeders in Canada and around the world. Marc’s accomplishments as a Holstein breeder are legendary, beginning with his famous Comestar Laurie Sheik – the cow that launched the line and continues to deliver champion genetics seven generations later. Marc Comtois lives in Victoriaville, QC and was nominated by Holstein Québec, Holstein Canada and Semex Alliance."          Congratulations to Marc, his family and everyone at Comestar Holsteins!         Click here to read ... Read More...

Semex's Paul Trapp Featured In Holstein International

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