Semex is pleased to announce the opening of a new bull isolation facility in Brockville, Ontario. With capacity of housing 230 young bulls and the goal of providing individual care to valuable young sires, this new facility will serve as an entry point for all bulls coming into stud. "Traditional isolation facilities are generally at or very near production facilities. We chose to place this facility in a central location," says Robert McRae, Semex Chief Operating Officer. "This ensures we have fulltime, dedicated staff that will ensure the best care and testing of these young bulls. And, we want to reduce any biosecurity risks at our production facilities, so having this facility at a separate location makes perfect sense." In the fast-paced genomic era, minimizing risk is just one goal of this new state-of-the-art facility. Semex is also working hard to get its valuable young sires into production sooner, impacting both Semex's genetic suppliers and its clients. "We plan to be able to bring bulls into testing sooner and get them moving towards production even faster," says Brad Sayles, Semex Vice President Global Marketing. "We're doing everything to not only control this period in a bull's life, but to also emphasize individualized care. Our end goal is to continue providing our clients worldwide with the best genomic young sires and proven sires in the world. This facility underscores our commitment to our clients, our genetic suppliers and our EastGen member owners in eastern Ontario that have been longtime partners in our success." "Our research and studies show that this is an extremely important part of a bull's life," says Sayles. "Working to supply our clients with young sire semen sooner is key to not only our success, but their success as well. Our facilities are the best in the business and this new facility certainly puts us ahead of the game." Continually focusing on efficiency, sire care and sire comfort, all Semex production facilities adhere to Semex's Gold Standard™, ensuring strict protocols are followed throughout each and every phase of the production and distribution process.