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August 2016 Holstein Highlights

Since the U.S. release of Sandy-Valley Saloon in December 2015, Saloon has continued to jump up the GTPI list until he hit the top of the list this round. Semex's Sandy-Valley Saloon is now the #1 GTPI sire in the World. With close to 1,500 milking U.S. daughters, Saloon finds himself as the #1 Milk & #1 Protein sire in the U.S. Top 50 sire list and the #1 PTAT sire in the Top 20 sire list. This certainly makes Saloon the #1 A2A2 designated sire in the business as well. ... Read More...

Semex Immunity+: Full-Body Solution For Herd Health

The only product offering 30% heritability to improve herd health, Semex’s Immunity+ continues to distinguish Semex as the worldwide genetic company of choice. With over 20 years of research in immunogenetics and associated health benefits, immune response is highly effective and 30% heritable. Each generation bred to an Immunity+ sire is expected to reduce disease incidence by at least 5-10%. These offspring produce higher quality colostrum with more antibodies and have a greater response to commercial vaccines.  “It’s our mission to offer our clients the very best solutions to improve herd health and profitability,” says Paul Krueger, Semex Immunity+ Global Brand Manager. “There’s no question that Immunity+ is their best option. It’s 30% heritable and is the only full-body solution for herd health that begins at birth.” In its elite Genomax™ lineup, Semex now has: 72 Genomax Immunity+ bulls over +2400 GTPI 37 Genomax Immunity+ bulls over +2500 GTPI 10 Genomax Immunity+ bulls over +2600 GTPI 13 Genomax Jersey Immunity+ bulls   6 Genomax Ayrshire Immunity+ bulls This group is led by 0200HO10648 Endco Apprentice *RC (Kingboy x Supersire x Alchemy), who is the #2 Kingboy available in the breed at +2724 GTPI, +840 NM$, +125 CFP, +7.5 PL, 2.71 SCS, +2.1 DPR with solid +2.39 PTAT, +2.11 UDC. He’s also HealthSmart™, RobotReady™ and Red & White and his dam is a VG-85 Supersire x VG-85 Alchemy x EX-95-2E Altitude, the dam of the famous Apple! For more information on Semex, Genetics for Life, Immunity+, Genomax sires or any of Semex’s brands visit: www.semex.com ... Read More...

Semex Sires Lead GTPI Rankings In August Summary

Semex’s Genomax program continues to be enviable worldwide, as 200HO is now home to the breed’s #1 and #5 GTPI sires in August 2016! These sires along with new releases and mainstays including Millionaire Sire, 0200HO00402 Mainstream Manifold who has ranked in the top 100 an impressive 22 consecutive times, spell success for Semex’s Genomax program. August highlights include: December 2015 graduate, 0200HO02792 Sandy-Valley Saloon now ranks as Holstein USA's #1 High Ranking Sire at +2669 GTPI! This increase saw his figures rise to +2749 PTAM, +87 Pro, +96 Fat and +2.84 PTAT, making him the highest PTAT sire in the top 20 and the highest PTAM bull in the top 60. As an A2A2 sire, he's one of the most in-demand sires globally. Ranking as the #5 GTPI sire, 0200HO03859 Sully Munition debuts with a full proof at an impressive +7.8 PL and +2557 GTPI. Also A2A2, Munition is a Repromax™, Calving Ease, Robot Ready™ and HealthSmart™ sire. Dairymen tell us they’re happy with their trouble-free Munitions. The breed's leading *RC sire, 0200HO02828 Dymentholm S Sympatico *RC, increased to +2482 GTPI and +1854 PTAM with low 2.76 SCS, +4.7 PL, ranking as the #17 GTPI sire. Along with his high fertility Repromax status he’s also HealthSmart, Calving Ease, Robot Ready and Red & White, making him even more valuable. Graduating in August are two Facebook sons, 0200HO02875 Teemar Alistair and 0200HO02870 Mr Lookout P Enforcer. Alistair is +2353 GTPI and Enforcer is +2348 GTPI. Alistair is a Calving Ease and Repromax™ sire. Enforcer is a Calving Ease and A2A2 sire. Semex’s Genomax lineup has over 250 active Holstein sires including 60 over +2600 GTPI, 168 over +2500 GTPI and averages of +648 NM$, 2.79 SCS, +4.8 PL from 60 different sires!   Topping this list: 0200HO10648 Endco Apprentice *RC (Kingboy x ... Read More...

Spencerville Showcase - Keen Dairy Youth Competitors again this year

77 participants from Eastern Ontario started arriving at the Spencerville Fairgrounds on Monday, July 4th and despite the heat, got the calves settled in for the two-day event. This Showcase was the first youth show of four organized by EastGen across their service area. "As staff, one of the highlights of our year is to work with the next generation who are so enthusiastic, energetic and passionate about the dairy business," said Brian O'Connor, EastGen general manager. "These participants are the future leaders in our communities and represent the future of agriculture, one which we are proud to be a part of." The two-day event is highlighted by education and skill enhancement sessions as well as the fun and friendly show which is comprised of both a showmanship and conformation division. The educational session, held on the first day, included a presentation by keynote speaker Christina Crowley-Arklie, Press Secretary for the Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Jeff Leal. ... Read More...

EastGen Atlantic 4-H Showcase - Dairy and Beef participants shine

86 youth from all four Atlantic Provinces participated in the 27th EastGen 4-H Showcase held the weekend of July 15-17th at the Nova Scotia provincial Exhibition grounds in Bible Hill, NS. The Showcase is one of the most highly anticipated 4-H youth events every year and is one of four that EastGen hosts across their service area. Despite the very warm weather over the weekend, the show boasted the largest participation numbers in recent years. The participants with their competition calves helped make this event one of the most successful in the history of the show. Special thanks to judges Paula Cornish, Ontario (Beef) and Luke McLellan, Nova Scotia (Dairy). The 2.5 day event is a combination of education and skill enhancement sessions that are put into practice the final day when the youth compete for top prizes. Educational, handson sessions lead by qualified instructors include proper clipping techniques, showing and cattle evaluation. Youth also had the opportunity to participate in classroom sessions on "Understanding Beef EPD's" by Scott Cornish, EastGen; Holstein Canada Services with Kelly Velthuis, Holstein Canada and a very special presentation on Cow Signals provided by Dan Mosley, Perennia. The group were also treated to a tour and team building exercise at Dalhousie University-Faculty of Agriculture. "The Showcase is a great event and one we at EastGen look forward to hosting each year. The youth of tomorrow are very enthusiastic, energetic and positive about the beef and dairy industry. With this kind of optimism the future of both industries looks to be in good hands." said Dale MacPhee, EastGen Atlantic Regional Sales Manager. ... Read More...

Markham Challenge - Keen competitors vie for top honours

Excitement was in the air when the 2016 EastGen Challenge East event attracted 104 keen competitors to the fairgrounds in Markham, Ont., on July 14th and 15th for two days of fun, learning opportunities and friendly competition tailored specifically for dairy youth. This was the third of four similar events organized by EastGen and held across their service area this summer. ... Read More...

Stratford Challenge - EastGen kicks off summer youth shows

STRATFORD, ONTARIO - 155 participants arrived at the Stratford Fairgrounds July 8, 2016, for a two-day event incorporating education, skill development, teamwork and an opportunity for friendly competition. The EastGen Challenge was the second youth show of four organized by EastGen across their service area. ... Read More...

SEMEX ANNOUNCES GERRIT WENSINK PRESIDENT & CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Semex is pleased to announce that Gerrit Wensink (EastGen) has been appointed as President & Chairman of the Board for 2016-2017, succeeding Norm McNaughton (EastGen). Norm will continue as Executive Member of the Board. Also assisting Gerrit is Gary Bowers (CIAQ), who has been re-elected for a second term serving as Vice President. Other members of the Board of Directors include: Robert Wright (EastGen); Warren MacIntosh (EastGen); and Art Pruim (WestGen).   Semex is also pleased to welcome four new members who will serve on its Board of Directors: Jean Bissonnette (CIAQ) Ben Brandsema (WestGen) Jean-François Morin (CIAQ) Jean-François Simard (CIAQ) Semex consists of three Partner Owners: WestGen, CIAQ (Centre d'insémination artificielle du Québec) and EastGen. For more information on Semex please visit www.semex.com ... Read More...

EastGen UPDATE - July 2016

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The Passing of a Friend of Semex - Dr. J. Clare Rennie

It is with profound sadness that Semex announces the passing of a prominent supporter of Semex and Canadian agriculture.  Dr. Clare Rennie passed away peacefully on June 23, 2016 at 90 years of age. A long-time friend of Semex, Dr. Rennie was influential in developing relations between Semex and the Chinese dairy industry while advancing dairy technology in China. He served the agriculture industry in senior administration roles, including head of the Department of Animal Husbandry, acting dean of OAC in 1972, and later as an assistant deputy minister at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food for 17 years. Following his official retirement, Dr. Rennie began an exciting opportunity with Semex and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) as Project Director of the Canada-China Integrated Dairy Cattle Breeding Project to help China expand and improve their dairy industry. As a result of the 12-year project, animal health and production improved tremendously in China, and milk consumption grew. Dr. Rennie was honoured with the prestigious “Friend of China” Award in 2006 from the People’s Republic of China, which recognizes significant contributions by foreigners to economic and social progress in China. Among his many achievements, Dr.  Rennie was also inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1991. ... Read More...

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