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EASTGEN UPDATE - NOVEMBER 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual zone meetings will be held for EastGen’s entire service area. SPECIAL KEYNOTE SPEAKER, MARC COMTOIS

From his early days milking a small herd in a tie-stall barn, Marc Comtois has transitioned Comestar Holsteins in so many remarkable ways. Marc has developed Ferme Comestar - a Victoriaville, Quebec-based dairy farm into one of the most respected names in the global Holstein industry providing outstanding dairy genetics for breeders in Canada and across the world. Marc will share
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Semex Announces Board

Semex is pleased to announce that Phil MacLean (EastGen) has been appointed as President & Chairman of the Board for 2020-2021, succeeding Gary Bowers (CIAQ). Assisting Semex’s new President is Jean-François Morin (CIAQ) as Vice President and Gerrit Wensink (EastGen) as Executive Member of the Board.

 

 

Semex President Phil MacLean first joined the Semex Board in 2017, serving on the Audit & Risk Committee from 2017-2020. Representing Semex Partner Owner EastGen, he joined their board in 2016, and was elected Vice President in 2019 and 2020. A native of Nova Scotia, Phil’s farm spans 1300 acres and is a robot operation, now focused on developing an A2A2 herd following the dispersal of his 300-head registered herd, Headline Holsteins. Active in the dairy industry, Phil has served on the boards of the Dairy Farmers of Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as Dairy Farmers of Canada. Phil and his wife Pauline Duivenvoorden also operate Barn Fine Eggs, a 7800-laying hen operation as well as Farm Fine Brood, a 25,000-bird broiler operation. Extremely successful, they were awarded the Outstanding Young Farmers Atlantic Canada Award in 1999.    

 

 

 

 

Also serving on the Semex Board of Directors are:

 

 

 

 

Jean Bissonnette (CIAQ)

Mariette Gagnon (CIAQ)

Eric Iversen (WestGen)

Richard Lagacé (CIAQ)

Curtis McNeil (EastGen)

Tom Pasco (EastGen)

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EASTGEN UPDATE - OCTOBER 2020

CALL FOR DIRECTOR AND DELEGATE NOMINATIONS: EastGen members in the following zones are invited to submit nominations for Directors and Delegates for a three year term. Early nomination forms have been mailed and have been posted at www.eastgen.ca. All nominations must be submitted prior to Friday,
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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
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EASTGEN DIRECTOR - CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

EastGen members in Zones 3, 6, 9 and 12 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 30, 2020). Fax number is 519-821-1268 and email address is brian.oconnor@eastgen.ca. Each director shall have attained the age of majority (18 years) and at the time of election
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EASTGEN DELEGATE & ALTERNATE DELEGATE - CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

EastGen Members in Zone 3, 6, 9, and 12 are invited to submit nomination(s) for Delegate(s) and Alternate Delegate(s) in their respective Sub-Zone for a three (3) year term.  This nomination may be forwarded by mail, facsimile or email to the Secretary of the Board (Brian O’Connor) but must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 30, 2020. Fax number is 519-821-1268 and email address is brian.oconnor@eastgen.ca
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EASTGEN UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 2020

WHY IS SELECTING FOR IMMUNITY IMPORTANT?
Disease frequency in the global dairy population has been increasing
each year since 1996. Selection of traits with low heritability that
do not directly measure an animal’s ability to resist diseases has not
provided a signifi cant change in health of the dairy population.
HOW CAN IMMUNITY+ HELP SOLVE THIS PROBLEM?
Immunity+ sired animals have genetics which have been proven
to provide robust immune systems capable of dealing with a large
variety of potential immune challenges, both viral and bacterial in
nature, encompassing nearly all major diseases that have an
economic impact on
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August 2020 Component Breed Highlights

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August 2020 Holstein Highlights

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EASTGEN UPDATE - AUGUST 2020

EastGen’s Role and Responsibility - Navigating Through COVID-19

Since mid-March, EastGen has continued to monitor and follow the direction of Public Health officials and all levels of government in an effort to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. We want to continue to ensure that we are taking all reasonable precautions individually and collectively to keep our customers, staff and families safe and
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