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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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EASTGEN UPDATE - MAY 2019

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With No Genetic Sacrifices Make The Decision To Crush Disease With Immunity+!



At Semex, we know you're facing surmounting pressure economically to reduce costs, and socially to reduce antibiotic use. And, we now are offering the best solution to help you 'Crush Disease' once and for all!

 
"Despite all of the improvements made with dairy animal husbandry there continues to be worse health performance. When all else is equal, the thing that's going to differ between two cows on your dairy is, 'How strong is their immune system? How able are they going to be to respond to that challenge?' Because no matter how well-managed a dairy is, every cow is going to encounter both bacterial and viral pathogens almost every day," says Dr. Steven Larmer, Semex Geneticist & Business Analyst.



 

In 2012 we launched Immunity+® bulls, an industry first, dramatically changing the way dairymen developed breeding strategies and managed herd health. Easy to use, Immunity is highly heritable, with Immune Response being 30%, well above other individual health traits. And the results confirmed this new breeding strategy, and a study of Semex sired animals from 35 commercial dairies in 2017 showed improvements in a number of areas on about 30,000 cows and 75,000 heifers tested. The reductions were seen in eight health incidences, with the most significant being a 20% reduction in mortality and 17% reduction in persistent mastitis. The improvements in immune response would have resulted in $72,330 savings for herds milking 1,000 cows during one lactation period. But, we didn't ... Read More...

April 2019 Component Breed Highlights

St-Lo VIDEO is the second Jersey addition and he will undoubtedly be a "home run" with our Jersey breeders. The ultra-stylish VIDEO is the #1 Conformation (+16) and #1 Mammary System (+14) sire in Canada! Unlike many high Jersey Conformation sires, VIDEO daughters ... Read More...

April 2019 Holstein Highlights

As we all finally say goodbye to this harshest of winters, it is fair to say that we are all ready for a lift. We have a sensational new group of proven sires, from the first proof round of the year, that will be 'just the ticket' to give our Holstein breeders something to get excited about. Breeders continue to strive for a herd of problem-free cows ... Read More...