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EastGen UPDATE - September 2017

Read all about the August Proofs, the SexedULTRA Special, dealing with Udder Health challenges and ai24 which is now eligible for the Dairy Farm Investment Program. ... Read More...

SEMEX NAMED FOUNDATIONAL SPONSOR OF THE ROYAL AGRICULTURAL WINTER FAIR

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and Semex are happy to announce that they have entered into a three-year agreement in which Semex extends and deepens its foundational sponsorship of The Royal. Semex is the presenting sponsor of what will now be known as the Semex Ring of Excellence, the main cattle show venue at the annual 10-day Fair. Semex will also expand its commercial presence and assume presenting sponsorship of the International Business Centre.   “Semex has a long and proud history with The Royal, and we are thrilled to be able to expand our partnership on behalf of all Canadian breeders,” says Paul Larmer, Semex’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our global clients come to watch this amazing showcase of Canadian agricultural excellence each year. And, in 2017 we’re excited about our expanded presence, and we once again look forward to welcoming hundreds of guests worldwide to experience The Royal in the newly named Semex Ring of Excellence!”   The 2016 Fair saw the Ring of Excellence expand and relocate to accommodate the growing breeding cattle shows as well as host three significant 4-H youth shows. It was also the first year that all shows were webcast with state of the art webcasting technology. This premier show venue places agriculture front and centre on the fair floor.   “Semex and The Royal have a long and thriving relationship,” says Charlie Johnstone, Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. “We’re taking that relationship to the next level with this new agreement. With Semex’s generous sponsorship, we can continue to build on our mission to improve exhibitor experience for our world-class livestock shows.”   World renown for delivering high quality bovine genetics, Semex has been solving problems and satisfying producers through its distributor network ... Read More...

SEMEX'S IMMUNITY+™: THE CHOICE FOR STRATEGIC HERD HEALTH IMPROVEMENT GLOBALLY

Semex’s Immunity+™ sires deliver a healthier herd through lowered mastitis, less lameness and less mortality. Exclusive to Semex, these sires offer the only genetic solution to herd health and are quickly becoming the choice for strategic herd health improvement globally.   “Long ago we recognized the need to help our clients breed a healthier herd,” says Paul Krueger, Semex Immunity+ Global Brand Manager. "Since December 2012 our Immunity+ lineup has offered the world’s only option to genetically improve herd health. Dairymen appreciate this and recognize the true value of a healthier herd.”   "Each proof round, our Immunity+ portfolio increases in quality, with the valuable Immunity+ brand found throughout both our proven and Genomax™ offering. Our Genomax Immunity+ lineup now has 16 sires over +2600 GTPI and 37 over +2500, offering the best genetic package possible in the world with Immunity+!”   In its elite Genomax™ lineup, Semex now has: 80 Genomax Immunity+ bulls over +2400 GTPI 37 Genomax Immunity+ bulls over +2500 GTPI 16 Genomax Immunity+ bulls over +2600 GTPI 23 Genomax Jersey Immunity+ bulls   8 Genomax Ayrshire Immunity+ bulls   Leading the Holstein group is 0200HO10693 Siemers Bloomfield (Delta x Numero Uno x Shottle), who is the #3 Delta available at +2808 GTPI with +8.2 PL, +4.1 DPR, 2.63 SCS, +103 PTAF with a +0.33% Fat and solid +2.29 PTAT and +2.93 UDC. Bloomfield is also a HealthSmart™ and RobotReady™ sire. His maternal line is popular worldwide, with his dam being a VG-85 Numero Uno from EX-94-2E 22* Gen-I-Beq Shottle Bombi back to Braedale Gypsy Grand herself.     For more information on Semex, Genetics for Life, Immunity+, Genomax sires or any of ... Read More...

SEMEX ADDS SIRES GLOBAL CLIENTS NEED TO BE LONG-LASTING & PROFITABLE

Semex’s genetic development strategy is netting results for our clients worldwide. In August, we’re proud to add sires to the 200 lineup that offer our global clients the genetic solutions they need to remain and become more profitable and long-lasting:   Genomax™ sires are also topping the North American charts, with 25 over +2700 GTPI and 108 over +2600 GTPI! These sires average $784 NM$, +2.12 PTAT, +2.07 UDC, +6.9 PL and +2.1 DPR. This group is led by 0200HO10619 Silverridge V Imax at +2811 GTPI with +1952 PTAM, +90 PTAF, +0.06% Fat, +6.8 PL and +2.53 PTAT. Semex's new #1 daughter proven GTPI sire, is HealthSmart™ sire 0200HO10079 Regancrest Brigham! He's #26 on Holstein Association USA's Top 100 TPI International Bulls at +2549. Impressively, for bulls over +2500 he's #3 PTAT at +2.83, #4 UDC at +2.96 and #7 PL at +7.5. 200HO sires are at the top of the August 2017 PTAT list (with daughters) with #1 being 0200HO10036 OH-River-SYC Byway +3.75 and #2 0200HO06480 Val-Bisson Doorman at +3.67! Other chart toppers include: 0200HO10363 Stantons High Octane at +3.27 (#13); 0200HO02692 Gibbs-I Claynook Dude at +3.21 (#16); 0200HO03913 Croteau Lesperron Unix at +3.10 (#21); 0200HO02770 Sully Hart Meridian at +3.09 (#23); 0200HO02667 Duckett-BH Sennet at +3.07 (#26); and 0200HO10362 Stantons Capital Gain at +3.05 (#27)! 0200HO3910 Comestar Lautrust remains a top LPI sire at #2 +3248 LPI and is a high fertility Repromax™, HealthSmart™, Calving Ease and A2A2 sire. 0200HO03913 Croteau Lesperron Unix, an Immunity+™, ShowTime™ and Calving Ease sire remains Canada’s #1 Conf sire at +18 and scores an impressive +3.10 PTAT, +3.25 UDC with a 6.4% SCE. 200JE sires dominated the GLPI list in Canada with the top 12 GLPI all calling Semex home as well as 16 of the top 20 and 25 of the top 50. Semex’s Ayrshire sires ... Read More...

August 2017 Component Breed Highlights

Two exciting new additions to our Ayrshire line-up this round. The first is the Volvo son Ruisseau Clair TUXEDO who debuts ... Read More...

August 2017 Holstein Highlights

There are lots of ways for sires to become household names in this industry but there is no better way than to add more daughters and then jump up the two National ranking lists. Silverridge Album, now with over 1,000 milking and classified daughters in his genetic evaluation, just did exactly that. The Epic son Album, who debuted in December '16, jumped again this round for Milk ... Read More...

EastGen Update - August 2017

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EastGen Youth Event Results

Keen competitors vie for top honours in conformation, showmanship and education at EastGen's annual youth events GUELPH, ON - This July 438 participants had the opportunity to take part in one of the most anticipated 4-H events of the year. EastGen's Showcase and Challenge events include education, skill enhancement with fun and friendly competition. Participants spend time team-building while learning at education sessions and then entering the ring for showmanship and conformation evaluations on show day. Overall points are comprised from a written test following education as well as show-day results. EastGen organizes a series of four regional events across their service area in Spencerville, Ontario; Markham, Ontario; Stratford, Ontario; Truro, Nova Scotia, focused on 4-H youth ... Read More...

Thank You Dr Chesnais!

Dr Jacques Chesnais' last day at Semex will be Monday, July 31. Dr Chesnais, Semex Senior Geneticist, first joined Semex in 2003 and has led our genetics team on many fronts. Most importantly, he pioneered genomic studies with industry partners and supported the research behind many key Semex tools and programs. Semex thanks Dr Chesnais for his steadfast dedication and the entire Semex Family wishes him all the best in this next chapter of his life.     When asked about changes he has seen since 2003 he comments, "Without question it has been the introduction of genomic selection. One of the main reasons I joined Semex in 2003 was that I believed, based on the science available at the time, that genomic selection would revolutionize selection in dairy cattle."   "Semex was willing to let me start a research program to investigate this idea, even if at the time few people in the industry thought that genomics could have a large impact on dairy cattle breeding. The next year, in 2004, we started what was the first AI-driven research project in genomic selection in North America, in cooperation with the University of Guelph and Pyxis Genomics, based on 4,500 markers. By 2006, following the sequencing of the bovine genome, we were using 10,000 markers. Soon after, we realized we needed more markers and more bulls and became part of the USDA genomics project led by Curt Van Tassell, which used DNA from the Collaborative Dairy DNA repository (CDDR)."   "This led to North American genomic evaluations in 2008 on a research basis, and in 2009 on an official basis and the rest is now history."    Thank you Dr Chesnais and best wishes!  ... Read More...

EastGen UPDATE - July 2017

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