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Immunity+™: Hottest Lineup In Herd Health

With over 20 years of research in immunogenetics and associated health benefits, immune response is highly effective and 30% heritable. This means that each generation bred to an Immunity+ sire is expected to reduce disease incidence by at least 5-10%!   "Working with our clients globally, we're seeing the benefits of Immunity+ on herd health," says Paul Krueger, Semex Immunity+ Global Brand Manager. "There are other health solutions but none are like our exclusive Immunity+ and none are 30% heritable."   "In December, we increased our Immunity+ genetic offering with eight more sires ranking over +2600 GTPI, and 14 more over +2500 GTPI. It's a genetic solution for herd health with no genetic sacrifice."   In its elite Genomax™ lineup, Semex now has: 81 Genomax Immunity+ bulls over +2400 GTPI 51 Genomax Immunity+ bulls over +2500 GTPI 18 Genomax Immunity+ bulls over +2600 GTPI 14 Genomax Jersey Immunity+ bulls 8 Genomax Ayrshire Immunity+ bulls   This Holstein group is led by 0200HO10648 Endco Apprentice *RC (Kingboy x Supersire x Alchemy), who is the #2 Kingboy available in the breed at +2753 GTPI with a +8.0 PL, +2.4 DPR, +862 NM$, positive deviations and solid +2.43 PTAT and +2.22 UDC. He's also HealthSmart™, RobotReady™, Red & White and GrazingPro™. His dam is a VG-85 Supersire x VG-85 Alchemy x EX-95-2E Altitude, the dam of the famous Apple, making him popular worldwide!   ... Read More...

SEMEX LAUNCHES GRAZINGPRO

Semex recognizes the need for cattle that are most profitable in a pasture-based production environment. This means sires that yield high components, produce progeny of a limited size while maintaining strength, durability and mobility. Efficiency is the key to good grazing animals. Semex's GrazingPro sires will maximize component yield and put focus on health and reproductive traits to ensure highly profitable, long-lasting animals with limited problems. These animals will also ensure easier calvings and create more, darker coloured calves. GrazingPro sires are designed to make management in grazing environments as effortless as possible, while maximizing profitability and peace of mind. "These sires have been selected to be efficient, long-lasting animals that will provide high component yields and good reproductive performance," says Dr. Steven Larmer, Semex Dairy Solutions Coordinator. "GrazingPro sires are also chosen for their limited calf size, good feet & legs and udder composite, limiting mobility and udder health problems. They are also selected for coat colour, ensuring no problems with fair-skinned animals in sunny climates. On average they are 30% better for component yield than other sires, have higher daughter pregnancy rates (1.3% higher), less difficult calvings (0.8% lower) and have 14% lower Somatic Cell Scores on average. Overall this means more profitability on pasture than other sires." ... Read More...

EastGen December 2016 Component Breed Highlights

One new addition to our already stellar Ayrshire line-up this round with the addition of the #6 GPA LPI sire Marbrae BIGTIME. BIGTIME, who debuts with a solid +2903 GPA LPI, combines two of our most popular sires in one exciting package being a BIGSTAR x ROCKSTAR. His dam, Marbrae Rockstar's Prosperity VG-87-2YR is one of ROCKSTAR's most complete daughters stemming from an EX-2E 94 Normandin (with over 300 BCA across the board in all three of her lactations). Her dam, an EX-4E 92 Perceval, completes 3 generations of high-yielding, high fat % cows which is something we should expect when using BIGTIME. BIGTIME, who carries the A2A2 and Robot Ready designations, has a solid +10 for Conformation while offering shallow udders (+9 Overall, 2S Udder Depth), and Feet & Legs which will be suited for any dairy operation (+10 Overall, +10 Heel Depth). ... Read More...

EastGen December 2016 Holstein Highlights

December's proofs are official and our EastGen Holstein line-up was bolstered with some exciting new additions this round. Locally-bred Genomax graduate Boldi VSG Airintake is the first of two Epic sons added this round. Airintake's dam, Velthuis SG MOM Alesia VG-87-2YR 6*, stems from the amazing "Atlee" family. He will make a welcome addition as a Semex's highest ranked newly-proven GLPI sire with +3067. With $2099 Pro$, Airintake finds himself in rare company as only he, Chartroise Smurf (our #2 used sire in 2016) and our 2nd newly added sire Silverridge Album surpass $3,000 GLPI and $2,000 Pro$ mark in our current proven line-up. ... Read More...

EastGen UPDATE - November 2016

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EastGen Call for Director Nominations

EastGen members in Zones 2, 5, 8 and 11 are invited to submit nominations for a Director in their respective Zone for a three year term. ... Read More...

Eastgen UPDATE - October 2016

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Semex & River Valley Farm Announce Partnership

As the fastest growing AI company in the world, Semex and genetic powerhouse, River Valley Farm, are thrilled to announce an exciting new partnership and the stud code series... 0200JE10000. Semex is now home to the River Valley Farm Bull Program and it's star-studded lineup of over 25 young sires including Craze, VIP, Rockstar, Change-Up, Checkmate and Racer all available from Semex in the Fall of 2016. Semex has been River Valley Farm's exclusive IVF embryo producer through Semex's Boviteq, making this new partnership a natural progression. "Semex's Boviteq has been our exclusive IVF embryo provider since 2013," says David Jordan, River Valley Farm General Manager. "We've seen first-hand their commitment to technology, innovation and customer service. From Boviteq to Immunity+™ to research dollars invested to their rapid market growth, Semex was an easy choice for us when we began re-evaluating our Bull Program." For more information on River Valley Farm visit www.rivervalleyfarm.com This new partnership expands the Semex Jersey lineup to the fastest growing in the industry, and gives nearly immediate access to some of the Jersey breed's most in-demand young sires. River Valley Farm's maternal lines include 160 of the breed's top JPI™ females following the August genetic evaluation as well as: three US National Show Champions; three World Dairy Expo Grand Champions; a World Dairy Expo Supreme Champion; a Canadian National Champion; and many All-Americans and All-Canadians. "Collaborating with industry-leading River Valley Farms and the entire Sauder Family is something we can not be more excited about," says Brad Sayles, Vice President Product Development & Genetic Solutions. "At Semex we believe in cultivating long-lasting partnerships, and we see this relationship really ... Read More...

SEMEX DELIVERS IMPRESSIVE 13TH MILLIONAIRE SIRE

Recently, Semex sire 0200HO05592 Crackholm Fever reached the pivotal Millionaire Sire mark at Semex, joining 12 other elite Semex sires that have each produced over one million doses of semen. Semex is an industry leader in delivering the ‘best selling’ sires of their time, which is the truest testament to breeder satisfaction and approval. As Semex's thirteenth Millionaire Sire, Fever is joining an elite fraternity of Semex icons including: Mainstream Manifold; R-E-W Buckeye; Ladino Park Talent *RC; Hanoverhill Inspiration; Madawaska Aerostar; Startmore Rudolph; Comestar Lee, Leader, Outside and Lheros; Stouder Morty; and Oliveholme Aeroline. Debuting as the #2 Conformation sire in August 2010 Fever quickly became a stand-out in a sea of Goldwyn sons, and was dubbed the ‘Longevity King,’ as his proof only seemed to grow stronger as he added daughters from proof round to proof round. In August 2013, he was named the #1 second crop conformation sire, and with his great health traits and exceptional fertility he quickly became an international sensation, garnering his own searchable hashtag on social media… the #feverfanclub. "Fever is an exceptional individual,” says Brad Sayles Vice President Product Development & Genetic Solutions. “In August 2010 we graduated numerous Goldwyn sons. Fever stood out to our international client base as highly desirable, not just because of his great conformation, but because he has great health traits and is extremely fertile. His popularity has not waned, and only seems to grow globally. We’re extremely proud of the success dairymen are having with his daughters worldwide and we look forward to hearing more about them for years to come.” For more information on Semex ... Read More...

HURST NAMED US SENIOR SALES MANAGER

Semex is pleased to announce Michael Hurst has been appointed US Senior Sales Manager effective September 6, 2016. In this role Michael will lead our national sales team, being responsible for achieving sales and profitability targets through the development and growth of our US sales and distribution channels. Hurst has over 20 years of business-to-business experience in the agricultural industry. After graduating from The Ohio State University with a master of science degree in animal breeding and management, Hurst worked for the American Jersey Cattle Association (AJCA) as an Assistant Manager of Jersey Marketing Service and Director of Appraisal. In this role Hurst managed seven area representatives, two office staff and five appraisers who evaluated 50,000 Jersey cows annually. During his tenure at AJCA, Hurst grew total sales, helped launch an internet auction service, streamlined data and workflows, and grew Jersey member program participation. Additionally, he coordinated and enhanced the All-American Jersey Show, assisting with the implementation of the Premier Performance Class, as well as the new show ring Exhibition Code, and was a field representative to the Mid-Atlantic states. Hurst was also a Financial Service Officer for Farmer Credit Services of Mid-America in Springfield, Ohio. While at Farm Credit Services, Hurst’s full time producer portfolio consisted of operating, IT and mortgage loans. Hurst’s accomplishments include being named Rookie of the Year in 2006, as well as ranking in the top 10 year to date sales for the entire Farm Credit Services organization for 2009, and top 10 sales in 2008 after closing $31 million in new business. In 2009 Hurst joined Semex as our North East Regional Manager. In this role he worked closely with our team, strategically growing Semex’s business ... Read More...