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Semex Genomax Program Continues Graduating Profitable Sires

Sourcing the world’s best genetics worldwide for Semex’s leading Genomax™ program is netting impressive results. Dairymen everywhere appreciate sires that will offer profitable, long-lasting and reliable results. The April genetic evaluation solidified these efforts and ensures our clients have the very best genetic portfolio to choose from.    December graduate 0200HO02792 Sandy-Valley Saloon, added over 400 daughters to his proof and rose to the #2 High Ranking Sire position. His figures rose to +2553 PTAM, +2.70 PTAT and +2618 GTPI, making him the highest PTAT sire in the top 10 and the highest PTAM bull in the top 40. This A2A2 sire is also the #1 sire in Italy and one of the most demanded A2A2 sires worldwide Genomax star 0200HO06480 Val-Bisson Doorman graduated in Canada as the #2 LPI sire at +3106 and the #1 Conf sire at +19. This Immunity+™, Calving Ease™, ShowTime™ and A2A2 sire is also the #5 PTAT proven sire at +3.32 ShowTime sire 0200HO03829 JK Eder-I Control joined Doorman at the top of the Canadian Conf rankings as the #2 Conf sire at +18, and as the #19 LPI sire overall at +2915 with impressive +13 MS, +14 F&L, +108 HL and 2.63 SCS The 200JE code graduated the #1 newly proven GLPI sire with the popular 0200JE00384 Guimo Joel. Joel is an Immunity+, Repromax, ShowTime and A2A2 sire that is also Canada's #1 Conf bull and ranks in the top 10 for Pro$! Never stronger, our Genomax lineup has over 300 active Holstein sires including 182 over +2400 GTPI, 103 over +2500 GTPI as well as impressive averages of +581 NM$, +4.4 PL from 85 different sires and 65+ maternal grandsires! Topping this list: 0200HO10586 De-Su Fedex: #1 Lottomax son at +2681 GTPI with 94 Fat, $858 NM$, +7.7 PL with leading $1118 DWP$. This Immunity+ and HealthSmart sire’s dam is VG-85 Mogul x VG-86 Domain x Sully Planet Montana ... Read More...

EastGen UPDATE - April 2016

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SEMEX - ZOETIS PARTNERSHIP EXPANDS CLIENT SOLUTIONS

Working shoulder-to-shoulder with our clients worldwide, Semex is committed to finding synergistic relationships and offering genetic solutions based on our clients’ needs. Semex and Zoetis both believe in putting clients first, and this shared philosophy is at the heart of providing Zoetis’ Dairy Wellness Profit Index™ (DWP$™) to Semex clients. “Zoetis’ new Dairy Wellness Profit Index is another tool we’re pleased to offer Semex clients,” says Paul Krueger, Semex Immunity+ Global Brand Manager and Director, Sales and Business Development, United States. “We firmly believe in putting our clients’ needs first, and offering them the very best genetic solutions. Adding DWP$ to our lineup alongside NM$, GTPI and other profit indexes offers our clients additional information in their decision making process. This, along with having the world’s only immune genetics available with nearly 150 Immunity+™ sires, ensures Semex has the most complete and superior genetic portfolio available worldwide.” DWP$ was developed from Zoetis’ CLARIFIDE® Plus results and is a multi-trait selection index that includes production, fertility, type, longevity, wellness traits and polled results, allowing producers to use corrective matings to improve herd health. Exclusive to Semex, Immunity+ is based on 20 years of research, over 100 published papers and is 30% heritable. And, it’s the sole, full-body solution to herd health for both viral and bacterial diseases. “Our clients are looking for and deserve the best options to improve herd health,” says Krueger. “At 30% heritability, using Immunity+ is one of the easiest decisions you can make to improve the health of your entire herd, ... Read More...

EastGen UPDATE - March 2016

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EastGen UPDATE - February 2016

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EastGen UPDATE - January 2016

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Semex's Immunity+: Three Years Later Dairymen Reaping Benefits

Three years after the launch of Immunity+ sires, dairymen worldwide are reaping the benefits of Semex’s exclusive technology. Developed by Dr. Bonnie Mallard and her colleagues at the University of Guelph, the research surrounding the HIR (High Immune Response) technology that Immunity+ is based on spans decades, includes over 100 published papers and is 30% heritable. “No other product or solution available has this, or is 30% heritable with immediate effects… This starts at birth, there’s no wait,” says Paul Krueger, Semex Immunity+ Global Brand Manager. “We hear every day how dairymen are benefitting from this technology.” “When Semex asked me to start tracking our calf care and treatments, those calves that didn’t get sick were always Immunity+ calves,” comments Nate Bennet, Herdsman at Schwab Dairy Farm, a 1,000-cow dairy in Delevan, NY. “During the winter, our heifer pens in the pack barn can be up to 50% overcrowded. In the last year, we’ve only treated three heifers for pneumonia, a huge decrease from years past.” In December 2015 Semex has: 63 Genomax Immunity+ bulls over +2300 GTPI 48 Genomax Immunity+ bulls over +2400 GTPI 12 Genomax Immunity+ bulls over +2500 GTPI Two new Jersey Immunity+ bulls: 0200JE00193 Buttercrest Standing 0200JE00180 Ertl Mantra For more information on Semex, Genetics for Life, Immunity+, Genomax sires or any of Semex’s brands visit: www.semex.com  ... Read More...

Semex's Genomax Program Success Continues

Semex’s Genomax program continues to be one of the most successful genomic sire programs worldwide, delivering and graduating some of the world’s most in-demand and profitable sires. Leading the list of graduates in December is the new #12 High Ranking Sire at +2456, 0200HO02792 Sandy-Valley Saloon. A2A2™ sire Saloon brings excellent production and type traits to the table. No other sire in the top 20 can offer a complete package of +2217 PTAM, +143 combined Fat & Protein and +2.20 PTAT. Also added was the breed's leading *RC sire, 0200HO02828 Dymentholm S Sympatico *RC, at +2371 with +1773 PTAM, great +73 lbs Fat, +4.2 PL, low 2.89 SCS and solid type. He's a Repromax™, HealthSmart™, Calving Ease™, Robot Ready™ and Red & White™ sire. Never stronger, our Genomax lineup has over 300 active Holstein sires including 244 over +2300 GTPI, 175 over +2400 GTPI, 73 over +2500 GTPI as well as impressive averages of +550 NM$, +4.2 PL from 80 different sires and 65 maternal grandsires! Topping this list: 0200HO10442 Sandy-Valley Afterburner: #1 Flame son at +2662 GTPI with great health traits of +5.3 PL, 2.72 SCS, 2.5 DPR, solid +2.13 PTAT. This HealthSmart and Robot Ready sire’s dam is a Mogul from VG-87 Amethyst, from VG-87 1* Planet Sapphire 0200HO10397 Stantons Draftpick: Early Main Event son at +2658 GTPI, with a +5.8 PL, 2.9 DPR, 5.6 CE, solid +2.15 PTAT and +767 NM$. This HealthSmart, Robot Ready and A2A2™ sire is from a VG-85 Mogul x extremely profitable vein of the Saturday family 0200HO10314 Zahbulls Governor: High-ranking Flame son at +2656 GTPI, offers an extremely low 2.53 SCS, 4.4 DPR with +2.22 PTAT and +2.21 UDC. From the same family as 1st Class, Governor’s dam is a VG-86 ... Read More...

STEVEN LARMER JOINS SEMEX AS GLOBAL DAIRY SOLUTIONS COORDINATOR

Semex is pleased to announce that Steven Larmer will join its team as Global Dairy Solutions Coordinator effective October 26. Reporting to Jay Shannon, Director, Global Marketing & Dairy Solutions, Steven will be a key contributor to ongoing sales tools and genetic solutions development, a technical lead of our exclusive Immunity+™ technology, contribute to our global genetic education program and work closely with our Product Development and Research Teams. Steven is no stranger to the dairy industry from his involvement in his family farm, Vintage Land and Cattle Ltd in Ontario. Following his passion in his educational studies, Steven attended the University of Guelph completing his BSc in animal biology and his MSc in animal science. As his interest in research and genetics advanced, Steven is now in the final stage of completing his PhD in Animal Science, with a focus on dairy cattle breeding and genomics.  “We are delighted to have Steven join our Semex team,” said Shannon. “He is a very talented individual who combines practical farm and industry experience with an extensive knowledge in genetics and genomics. We certainly look forward to his fresh approach in leading many progressive development initiatives on behalf of Semex.” For additional information about Semex please visit www.semex.com ... Read More...

The #takehomebrenda Winner Is...

Nearly 900 US dairymen from coast to coast entered in Semex’s #takehomebrenda draw for a high GTPI Immunity+ sired daughter while at World Dairy Expo (WDE). Sired by 0200HO06639 Stantons Pulsar, give-away calf Pulsar Brenda is +2569 GTPI, ranking her in the top 1% of the breed. Dean Meinholz of Blue Star Dairy Farms, DeForest, Wisconsin is the winner of Pulsar Brenda. Blue Star Dairy is home to 2500 cows on three locations, has over 4000 acres of land and averages over 90 lbs milk/cow/day. Family owned and operated for several generations, is a family partnership on three locations north of Madison, Wisconsin. The original dairy in Middleton milks 470 cows and raises its own replacement heifers. The DeForest farm milks 800 cows and the Arlington farm milks 1200 cows. Congratulations to the Meinholz family! “We’re excited that Pulsar Brenda is going to such a great home. Blue Star is a modern, family operation that raises their own replacements and knows the value of healthy calves and heifers,” says Paul Krueger, Immunity+ Global Brand Manager and Director, Sales and Business Development, United States. “At World Dairy Expo people were eager to not only register for the calf, but to find out what kind of economic impact Immunity+ can have on their own herd. It’s a completely unique trait and at 30% heritability, it’s an easy decision to use. Our customers are telling us that in both their milking in heifer herds they’re seeing less mortality, diseases, lameness and more. Immunity+ is making a difference.” Semex thanks all those who visited the Semex Tent and WDE and entered to win. If you would like to find out more about Immunity+ or any of Semex’s suite of solutions, ask your Semex Representative or visit www.semex.com   ... Read More...

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