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Semex Lineup Showcases Strength & Diversity Through New Release, High Reliability & Genomic Sires

With the April genetic evaluation, Semex reaffirmed our commitment to our clients and their drive for profitable genetics. Working with our clients worldwide, we’re confident our lineup offers dairymen what they are looking for through newly released daughter proven sires, high reliability sires and the youngest and brightest genomic superstars. Second to none, these genomic sires are known as Genomax™ sires at Semex. Once again in April, our Genomax lineup dominated the industry, having three of the top 10, six of the top 20 and nine of the top 30 from Holstein USA's Top 100 TPI Genomic Young Bull list. This is Genetics for Life!  Genomax™: Led by household names including 0200HO07450 Amighetti Numero Uno, our rigorous selection standards ensure that these bulls are the industry’s finest genomic stars. New to this line-up in April are:  are:   0200HO02980       BENNER BRIGHTLITE  (MOGUL x BAXTER) 0200HO02875       TEEMAR ALISTAIR  (FACEBOOK x JOSE) 0200HO03975       GREGORI ONE DIRECTION  (EPIC x GARRETT) 0200HO03931       HAMMER-CREEK KARTOON  (NUMERO UNO x GOLDWYN) Read More...

Semex Sires Receive Holstein Canada Awards

With each genetic evaluation Holstein Canada recognizes sires that reach elite standards in production, conformation and also genetic indexes through their Superior Production (SP) and Superior Type (ST) programs. The following Semex sires have been recognized as Superior Production. Sires recognized for Superior Production, having combined genetic indexes for Fat and Protein in the top 5% of sires with official domestic proof in Canada. Sires must have reliability for Production of at least 91%. SCOVA SANDSTORM  (BONAIR x LOU)        VELTHUIS SHACKLETON  (ALEXANDER x BOLTON)     VELTHUIS SOPHOMORE  (PLANET x LOU)       WABASH-WAY EXCITE  (PLANET x SHOTTLE) The following Semex sires have been recognized for Superior Type. Sires recognized for Superior Type, having combined proofs for Conformation, Mammary System, Feet & Legs, Dairy Strength and Rump in the top 5% of sires with official domestic proofs. Sires must have a reliability of Conformation of at least 87%. BUTOISE MARVIN  (MILLION x GOLDWYN) DEWGOOD ADVANCE  (ALEXANDER x GOLDWYN) FLEURY AZTEC  (HOWIE x SHOTTLE) O-BEE KRUSADER  (PLANET x SHOTTLE) STANTONS POP  (HOWIE x SHOTTLE)   ... Read More...

April 2014 Proofs Online At Semex

The April 2014 LPI & TPI proofs are now online on Semex's website at www.semex.com!    We’re proud to share our Genetics for Life commitment with our customers worldwide each proof round. Genetic evaluations give us the opportunity to showcase the tremendous genetic potential our line-up has for GLPI, GTPI, Type, Net Merit $, Calving Ease and many other traits dairymen are interested in.  Holstein Highlights: Semex’s #1 LPI and #1 TPI sire 0200HO00402 Mainstream Manifold rises nine spots on LPI rankings while adding +1000 daughters to his production proof #1 new release LPI sire is 0200HO06186 Blondin Careyprice (Goldwyn x Shottle x Barbies) Jersey Highlights: Semex has five of the top 10 young sires for GLPI and eight of the top 20! 0200JE00060 BW Renegade (Maximum x Centurion) is Semex’s #1 new release and #3 overall LPI sire 0200JE07756 Golden GDK Vivaldi (DJ Lix x Impuls) returns as #1 young sire for GLPI Ayrshire Highlights: #2 LPI Ayrshire sire 0200AY00680 Kamouraska Rockstar gaining 113 LPI points #3 LPI Ayrshire sire 0200AY00699 Kamouraska Decaf #4 LPI Ayrshire sire 0200AY00702 Lessard Jumper To view video footage of many of Semex’s sires visit our Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/semexalliance Additional information on these bulls including complete LPI and TPI data is available at www.semex.com  ... Read More...

Lowell Lindsay Named 2014 World Dairy Expo International Person of the Year

Semex is pleased to announce that Lowell Lindsay has been named World Dairy Expo's 2014 International Person of the Year.  World Dairy Expo (WDE) along with the dairy industry will honor four exemplary dairy leaders this fall at the annual Dinner with the Stars Recognition Banquet held in conjunction with the global event in Madison, Wis. "Nominated by their industry peers, these leaders were selected for their outstanding contributions to the industry", shared Scott Bentley, WDE General Manager. "Expo is truly excited to recognize them and share their life stories and impact with the dairy community." The 2014 World Dairy Expo Recognition Award honorees are: Dairy Woman of the Year - Pam Bolin, Beaver Creek Farm, Clarksville, Iowa; Dairyman of the Year - James S. Huffard III, Huffard Dairy Farms; Duchess Dairy, Crockett, Va.; Industry Person of the Year - Dr. Curtis P. Van Tassell, USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Bovine Functional Genomics Laboratory, Beltsville, Md.; and International Person of the Year - Lowell D. Lindsay, Retired, Semex, Guelph, Ontario, Canada. These four award recipients will be honored at a formal celebration, including a reception and banquet on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 in the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. Tickets for this industry gala will be available at a later date. ... Read More...

Individual Cow Management & Building Immunity At D&D Dairy

By Jake Kempel, Semex Partner Development Manager After working for an electrical company, Lyle Smith decided to buy a farm and started milking 70 cows in Winona County, Minnesota in 1973. He slowly started building up the herd, and when his son Dean joined him on the farm in 1995 after graduating from college they were milking 150 cows. They gradually expanded the herd to 300 in 2002, and in 2007 they bought in with a neighbor that was milking 150 cows at the time, building a brand new state-of-the-art cross ventilated barn and expanding the herd to 1,000 cows. Just a few short years later they bought out their neighbour, and today the partnership consists of Dean, his brothers Greg and Randy, who also grain farm and supply the feed for the dairy. D&D Dairy LLP is a Holstein herd being milked on two locations, with the two-year-olds on the original home farm and second lactation and older cows in the new cross ventilation barn. Smith’s philosophy of breeding for profitable cows and selecting for health in genetics is what led him to conversations with his Semex team about Immunity+™ in December of 2012. “I know there are cows in my barn that I never see and I don’t know who they are because they never have a problem and they are paying their way,” said Smith. Before using Immunity+ sires he was selecting for Productive Life, Daughter Pregnancy Rate, Somatic Cell Count, Protein, Fat and Net Merit. Looking at each figure individually, while trying to find bulls to meet his criteria overall. “Immunity+ bulls show a great balance of everything I was selecting for before, but now I have the science behind it to prove the health traits more accurately,” Dean says. “I am also more comfortable with the 25% heritability of Immunity+ than just Productive Life and other health traits alone. This will speed up the rate at which disease resistance is ... Read More...

Semex Beef™: Feeding The World

The one constant in the beef world is change. The other, is that our market is a global market. In order to meet these changes and feed a growing world, nontraditional beef markets must grow and develop their own beef industry. And, in order for them to provide themselves with a consistent, high quality red meat product, we’re spending time with them. We’re listening to what they’re saying, learning from them and working hard to provide them with the resources they need to be successful. This change has dictated change in our Semex Beef program, and in just 10 years our program has come a long way. In 2003 we were sourcing genetics for just six breeds from only two countries. Fast forward 10 years, and we’re sourcing genetics from 14 countries, produced on five continents for 25 breeds! Our goal, however, remains the same… Provide the highest quality beef genetics to meet our clients’ needs worldwide. Russian Albeef Project In 2013, we began a pilot project in Russia’s Lipetsk Region known as the AlBeef Project. This project utilizes the Beef Solutions program from farm to fork. With approximately 20,000 cows, Semex is truly hands-on each and every day, managing all the necessary parts of this growing operation. This includes the cow-calf operation, feedlot, slaughter plant and on to the restaurants and super markets! Within this pilot project we will implement pasture management, nutrition management, facility design, herd health, traceability, breeding, genetics and staff training among other components vital to the operation. As Semex continues to grow our products and services, it is our goal to become a partner for our clients to ensure their success. Click Read More...

Semex Launches SemexWorks At Recent Conference

Over 70 Semex Genetic Consultants gathered near Chicago, Illinois last week for Semex’s National Sales Conference. Employees from each region were on hand for the three-day event, receiving advanced training on Semex’s newest technology, SemexWorks™, designed to change the way Semex clients do business. “We are extremely excited to have launched SemexWorks nationwide last week,” says Paul Krueger, Semex Director, Sales and Business Development, USA. “Now, Semex clients everywhere have access to yet another exclusive and innovative tool designed to increase profitability and drive efficiency. SemexWorks is an easy, step-by-step digital process that will not only help define breeding strategies with customized economics, but it’s flexible and will fit anyone’s goals. That’s Genetics for Life™!” All participants received in-depth training, expanding their ability to be one of the most valuable members on any dairy’s team. Specific SemexWorks training included sessions on designing customized economics and genetic plans, return on investment and real-life scenarios in order ... Read More...

Semex Immunity+ Sires Offer Dairymen Everything In One Package

Launched just one year ago, Semex’s patented Immunity+™ sires have a naturally high immune response. By using these sires, herds can improve their overall health and longevity, breeding a herd that has less disease, a greater response to vaccines and higher quality colostrum. “Every dairyman wants to get everything in one complete package,” says Jay Shannon, Semex Global Dairy Solutions Manager. “In the genetics and reproduction business, this is a tall order to fill, but Semex’s Immunity+ lineup is about as close as it gets to truly doing that.” “Every analysis we’ve performed since Immunity+’s introduction offers additional validation. And, we continually analyze the herd data of Immunity+ sires’ daughters to confirm the impact that one generation of Immunity+ bulls can have on a dairy,” says Shannon. “And, by using Immunity+ in your breeding program, each successive generation can accumulate further disease resistance.” Joining the proven Immunity+ lineup following the December 2013 genetic evaluation are: 0200HO03700 GLEN-TOCTIN LANGLEY  (PLANET x SHOTTLE) 0200HO06162 SCHILLVIEW GUNGHOE  (PLANET x SHOTTLE) The following Genomax™ bulls are also designated Immunity+: 0200HO03877 COYNE-FARMS JABIR  (FACEBOOK x FREDDIE) 0200HO03881 HAMMER-CREEK KOZAK  (FACEBOOK x MR SAM) 0200HO02871 MR LOOKOUT P EMBARGO  (FACEBOOK x SHOTTLE) 0200HO02869 MR CHARTROISE ELDORADO  (LAVAMAN x PLANET)    0200HO02953 DRIFTY-HOLLOW ACTION  (NUMERO UNO x BOLTON) 0200HO03913 CROTEAU LESPERRON UNIX  (NUMERO UNO x DOMAIN) 0200HO03912 CROTEAU LESPERRON URBAIN  (NUMERO UNO x ... Read More...

December 2013 Proofs Confirm Semex's Commitment To Genetics for Life

The December 2013 genetic evaluation confirmed Semex’s commitment to offering our clients the best product to deliver profitable results. Dairymen working with Semex are covered whether they’re looking for outcross bloodlines, high fertility, newly released daughter proven sires or high reliability sires. This is Genetics for Life! For those dairymen looking for leading genomic young sires, Semex’s Genomax™ lineup is where you want to be, as five of the top 20, 10 of the top 40 and 13 of the top 50 GTPI genomic young sires born over a year ago, with semen ready for use call stud code 200 home. Repromax™: As the world’s only international fertility evaluation, Repromax sires offer you higher conception and non-return rates, which means more pregnancies on your farm. Joining this group of fertility leaders following the December evaluations are:  0200HO03711 VELTHUIS SOPHOMORE  (PLANET x LOU) 0200AY00697 PALMYRA BINGO   (POKER x JERRY) HealthSmart™: Semex’s HealthSmart sires produce profitable daughters that are healthier, more fertile and last longer. This means lower costs and more profit in the ledgers. Semex’s HealthSmart sires including 0200HO00402 Mainstream Manifold and 0200HO05929 Gen-I-Beq Brawler are proven to sire desirable, healthy cows. New to this roster following the December evaluations are:     0200HO09901 ... Read More...

Semex Sires Receive Holstein Canada Awards

With each genetic evaluation Holstein Canada recognizes sires that reach elite standards in production, conformation and also genetic indexes through their Superior Production (SP) and Superior Type (ST) programs. The following Semex sires have been recognized in December 2013 as Superior Production sires having combined genetic indexes for Fat and Protein in the top 5% of the Canadian sire population. Sires must have a reliability of at least 91%. CLAYNOOK TRIPLEPLAY                  (LAURIN x TITANIC) ME-DO-CREST EXPLICITE               (PAGEWIRE x O MAN) MS POSIBILITY PRODUCER             (BAXTER x TITANIC) RALMA-RH CORNET-ET                    (BAXTER x GOLDWYN) The following Semex sires have been recognized as Superior Type in December 2013. Sires winning this award are within the top 5% of the sire population for their conformation proof (Conformation, Mammary System, Feet & Legs, Dairy Strength, Rump) and with a reliability of at least 87%. REGAN-ALH PRIDE                            (SOCRATES x DURHAM) SANDY-VALLEY ALLSTAR                 (SOCRATES x SHOTTLE) ... Read More...