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EASTGEN UPDATE - FEBRUARY 2023

Maynard Martin gets right to the point when discussing OptiMate™. “It’s a great tool in my mind,” he says, explaining that this mating program has allowed his herd to continually meet higher levels of achievement. OptiMate has been
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EASTGEN UPDATE - FÉVRIER 2023

Maynard Martin va droit au but lorsqu’il discute d’OptiMatemc. « Selon moi, c’est un excellent outil, » affirme-t-il, expliquant que ce programme d’accouplement a permis à son troupeau d’atteindre continuellement des niveaux de réussite plus
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SEMEX BREEDING LOW METHANE COWS

Guelph, Ontario, Canada – As social and political criticism increasingly focuses on agriculture, Semex is introducing a genetic solution that can reduce methane emissions 20-30% by 2050.

“Just like we did with Immunity+®, we've been working with industry scientists to find a genetic solution to reduce methane emissions,” says Dr Michael Lohuis, Semex Vice President Research & Innovation. “For over five years Canada's milk recording organizations, now under Lactanet, collected over 13 million milk mid-infrared (MIR) spectroscopy records. Over seven hundred thousand first lactation MIR records were analyzed by Lactanet geneticists in order to predict methane emissions for milk-recorded cows across Canada. The results showed that you can substantially reduce methane emissions with genetic selection.”

In April, Lactanet will publish Methane Efficiency breeding values producers can use to significantly reduce methane emissions in their herds. For genomic bulls, it is 70% reliable and genetic selection alone is estimated to reduce emissions 20-30% by 2050.

Semex’s global Elevate® users will automatically receive a methane index on all genomic tested females. Additionally, an index will be available on Semex Holstein sires beginning in April. This gives dairies a clear-cut genetic solution and a faster conversion to a lower methane herd.

"Methane is a global enemy," says Drew Sloan, Semex Vice President Corporate Development. "In fact, most developing nations are adopting laws targeting net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. This new trait is a game changer. The time is now to genomically test your herd with Elevate, giving you the power to assess, monitor and reduce methane in your herd!"
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EASTGEN UPDATE - JANVIER 2023 (FR)

L’avenir de l’élevage laitier mène vers des avancées génétiques et technologiques et un besoin de rentabilité, quels que soient la taille et les objectifs de l’exploitation. Dans ce contexte, EastGen s’engage plus que jamais à avoir le personnel le mieux formé et informé en matière de génétique laitière pour être
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EASTGEN UPDATE - JANUARY 2023

Gathering Knowledge for 2023 and Beyond: The future of dairy farming calls for genetic and technological advances and the need for profitability, regardless of operation size and goals. With that in mind, EastGen is more committed than ever to have the best-trained, most knowledgeable staff in dairy genetics in order to assist all
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December 2022 Holstein Highlights

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December 2022 Component Breed Highlights

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EASTGEN UPDATE - DECEMBER 2022

We finish 2022 with another large list of outstanding new sire additions to every sire category in EastGen’s line-up following the December 6th Genetic Evaluation Release. The successes of our home-grown sire program continue to amaze and deliver. Read on to find out why.

In our proven line-up,
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EASTGEN UPDATE - NOVEMBER 2022

Monitoring Beyond Your Vision With ai24® - Seeing is believing. Having the ability to interpret what you see and monitor cattle even when you can’t be around - now that’s when things really get beneficial. For Curtis McNeil of Heather Holme Holsteins, Goderich, Ont., technology provided the solution he needed, enabling him to accurately monitor his dairy herd, ultimately
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EASTGEN UPDATE - OCTOBER 2022

Deciding who to keep and who to sell - Having too many heifers around has become a significant burden on most well managed dairies in Canada with improved reproduction, cow health and the extensive adoption of sexed semen. That’s why Semex’s Elevate® program, administered by EastGen, is an integral part of
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