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EastGen Announces Virtual Event for Beef and Dairy Youth from Ontario and Atlantic Provinces

EastGen Youth Ag-Stravaganza - A virtual, future-ready skills competition for 4-H beef and dairy members across five provinces. ENTRY DEADLINE: JUNE 27th (8:00 p.m. EST) REGISTER NOW: CLICK HERE  GUELPH, ONTARIO - Accepting the reality that their four traditional youth events could not be safely held this summer, EastGen has pivoted to create the EastGen Youth Ag-Stravaganza. This exciting virtual event for beef and dairy 4-Hers will be held July 6th and 7th, 2021. Details will be finalized soon for this free event, to be held over two successive evenings. The four components of the competition are: 1) TikTok-style video entries; 2) a recorded speech submission; 3) judging of dairy and beef classes; and 4) completion of a written quiz. Pre-event how-to sessions, educational presentations from experts in their field, celebrity judges, and a plethora of prizes will entice and reward participants. In addition, all youth who successfully complete the competition will receive, via courier, their own swag box chock full of surprises. A live announcement of the winners will take place later in July, and will include a reveal of the top teams and the first time-ever grand champion competitor over all five provinces. The EastGen Youth Ag-Stravaganza was created with the following goals in mind: Support agricultural youth by providing educational and competitive activities. Connect beef and dairy enthusiasts in the same fun event. Create a safe venue for 4-Hers to develop their future-ready skills while embracing virtual opportunities and technology. Bridge the distance for EastGen’s first-ever interprovincial event. “Even during these trying times, EastGen is dedicated to the future of our industry, with an unparalleled commitment to youth programs,” said Brian O’Connor, EastGen General Manager. “We are excited that Ag-Stravaganza will provide a rewarding, challenging learning experience for our future dairy and beef agriculturalists in five ... Read More...


At an EastGen Board of Directors Meeting held immediately following the EastGen AGM on Monday, April 5, 2021, EastGen’s 2021 Board Executive, including a new
President, was elected as follows: President - Gerrit Wensink, Vice-President - Phil MacLean Other Members - John den Haan and Amanda Jeffs. Phil MacLean and Curtis McNeil were previously electedas Directors of the Semex Board for a two year term. Tom Pasco and Gerrit Wensink remain Directors of the Semex Board for a one year
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Boviteq is extremely excited to announce the opening of Boviteq California in Hilmar, California. Open now, Boviteq California is a fully-operational, accredited Boviteq satellite center offering elite donor housing with OPU and ET services. This location is uniquely equipped to handle young genomic donors, lactating dairy show cows and has robust handling facilities for beef donors.  

“With the growth we’ve seen nationwide for our IVF services and the extreme service demand on the West Coast, California was a logical choice for expansion,” says Dr. Shantille Kruse, Boviteq Director Embryo Business, North America. “Boviteq, and our parent company Semex, have a long-standing relationship with the folks at Vierra Dairy, making them a natural partner for Boviteq California.”

“Our world-class, state-of-the-art IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) facility in Madison, Wisconsin, is ready to accept oocytes from California and for the first time, offer the industry’s best IVF service and results to the West Coast,” says Kruse. “We have seen first-hand the care and quality that Vierra puts into their dairy, and we’ve worked together every step of the way to ensure that this facility, its people and its services meet and exceed industry standards.”

“We’ve been hearing from dairymen for months, asking when we will be ready for them and we’re so excited to let them know that we’re open and ready for business!” says Peter Cipponeri, Vierra Dairy Manager & Boviteq California General Manager. “We really feel that we are offering the very best in donor housing, and coupled with the next level results from Boviteq, Boviteq California will be the most in-demand OPU service provider on the West Coast.”

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Although we are facing relentless challenges again in 2021, our persistence and tenacity as an industry continues to be rewarded with unprecedented genetic results. This most recent proof round is evidence to that rivaling any other in recent history in Canada. We will start with Canada’s ground-breaking newly proven Westcoast Alcove. Alcove, Canada’s new #1 GMACE LPI and Pro$ sire, debuts
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April 2021 Component Breed Highlights

We have expanded our respected BREEDER’S EDGE line-up to include our very first Jersey sire and we know you will agree that this is one heck of an introduction. Avonlea CHOCOCHIP is a V I P from the phenomenal Avonlea Premier Chocolate Chip EX 96-2E, voted as the 2018 All-American & All-Canadian after winning both the World Dairy Expo and Royal WInter Fair! The two-time Silver Award winner is
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April 2021 Holstein Highlights

Although we are facing relentless challenges again in 2021, our persistence and tenacity as an industry continues to be rewarded with unprecedented genetic results. This most recent proof round is evidence to that rivaling any other in recent history in Canada. We will start with Canada’s ground-breaking newly proven Westcoast Alcove. Alcove, Canada’s new #1
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Semex is pleased to announce its 2021-2022 Board of Directors with one new member, Normand Barriault, joining the Board, replacing outgoing director Jean Bissonnette, representing Centre d'insémination artificielle du Québec (CIAQ).   Phil MacLean will continue to serve as President of the Board (EastGen), assisted by Vice President Jean-François Morin (CIAQ) and Executive Member Curtis McNeil (EastGen). Other members of the Board of Directors include: Mariette Gagnon (CIAQ); Eric Iversen (WestGen); Richard Lagacé (CIAQ); Gerrit Wensink (EastGen); Tom Pasco (EastGen); and James Ross (WestGen).   Photo Caption: Top from L to R: Phil MacLean, Jean-François Morin, Curtis McNeil; Middle from L to R: Normand Barriault, Mariette Gagnon, Eric Iversen; Bottom from L to R: Richard Lagacé, Gerrit Wensink, Tom Pasco, James Ross                                                                          
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With April’s genetic evaluation release, breeders can expect the usual update on the genetic base for each trait in each breed, as well as the annual update of the Pro$ formula. In addition, we can expect three areas where Lactanet Canada
will be introducing new and/or improved services that will impact Canada’s genetic
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EASTGEN UPDATE - February 2021

The overall goal of herd health management programs is to ensure the optimal care and well being of dairy cattle. The two key aspects of a successful health management program are 1) timely intervention, and 2) the administering of effective treatments. The earlier a sick cow is identified and effectively treated, the lesser the negative economic impact of the
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Election Results - Director Amanda Jeffs, Board appointed Election Officer, announces that the result of the Director mail-in ballot election forZone 9 and Zone 6 is as follows:
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