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Semex Announces Board of Directors

Semex is pleased to welcome two new members who will serve on its Board of Directors:

  • Art Pruim representing WestGen
  • Martin Grégoire representing CIAQ

In 2015-2016 Norm McNaughton (EastGen), will serve as President & Chairman of the Board, assisted by Vice President Gary Bowers (CIAQ) and Executive Member Henry Gisler (WestGen). Other members of the Board of Directors include: Léonard Chabot (CIAQ); Germain Lehoux (CIAQ); Robert Wright (EastGen); Warren MacIntosh (EastGen); and Gerrit Wensink (EastGen).

Semex is comprised of three Partner Owners: WestGen, CIAQ (Centre d'insémination artificielle du Québec) and EastGen.

For more information on Semex, Genetics for Life or any of Semex's products and services visit www.semex.com 

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Semex Sires Drive Profitability In April Proofs

Semex’s corporate mission is to ‘Create value by developing and delivering innovative genetic solutions.’ We do not take this for granted, and each genetic evaluation gives us the opportunity to reaffirm this commitment to our clients, whether they’re seeking GTPI, Type, Net Merit $, or Calving Ease. Exclusive at Semex, clients are also choosing Immunity+™ sires as a key part of their herd health and fertility, while also driving profitability at the farm gate.

“Some cows and cow families just do not get sick,” says Semex CEO Paul Larmer. “They go virtually unnoticed in the herd, doing their job day in and day out. Worldwide, dairymen are requesting these sires because they know, just like we know, that it makes sense. And, lowering drug costs and increasing productivity through healthier calves and cows is a goal of all producers everywhere. In 2013, Dairy Herd Management recognized Immunity+ as an ‘Innovative Product of the Year’ at World Dairy Expo. This was a very definite endorsement from the dairy industry that this technology is truly unique, valuable and a game changer.”

In April 2015, Semex added three proven and five Genomax™ Immunity+ Holstein sires, averaging +2240 GTPI and +2495 GTPI respectively:

  • 0200HO02753    BROOKVIEW MASTERPIECE (DORCY x BOLIVER)
  • 0200HO06320    CANGEN PINKMAN (SUPER x BAXTER)
  • 0200HO02714    SPRINGWAY CELEBRATE (MAN-O-MAN x BOLIVER)

New Immunity+ Genomax sires:

  • 0200HO10179    DE-SU SUMMIT  (JABIR x PLANET)
  • 0200HO10032    EDG TENACITY  (MOGUL x OBSERVER)
  • 0200HO06676    LADYS-MANOR OCTOBERFEST  (OAK x ... Read More...

April 2015 Proof Highlights

Semex’s corporate mission is to ‘Create value by developing and delivering innovative genetic solutions.’ We do not take this for granted and each genetic evaluation gives us the opportunity to reaffirm this commitment to our clients, whether they’re seeking GTPI, Type, Net Merit $, Calving Ease, Immunity+ or any of the other traits that drive profitability at the farm gate.

Holstein Highlights:

  • Four of the top 20 GTPI sires
  • 3 new proven Immunity+™ sires average +2240 GTPI
  • 5 new Genomax™ Immunity+™ sires average +2480 GTPI
  • Top 5 genomic young bulls for UK Type Merit
  • Top 4 genomic young bulls for PLI
  • 0200HO06267 Gen-I-Beq Lavaman #1 PLI & #1 Increasing LPI sire
  • Five of the top 20 new LPI sires

Jersey Highlights:

  • 0200JE09830 Sunset Canyon Determinate    
    • #9 GJPI sire at 184
  • 0200JE00183 Sunset Canyon David  
    • #10 GJPI sire at 183

To view daughter video footage of many of Semex’s sires visit our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/semexalliance  Additional information on these bulls including complete TPI data is available at www.semex.com

 

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Roy G. Snyder, Father of A.I., Passes Away

It is with heavy hearts that Semex announces the passing of one of our founding fathers, Roy G. Snyder.

Commonly referred to as the 'Father of A.I.,' Roy's life story is a testament to the modern dairy industry. Born in 1915 and raised on a dairy farm in Waterloo, Ontario, Roy's experiences with dairy cattle breeding were his life's passion and remain unmatched in our industry. Roy served A.I. in nearly every capacity possible, from technician to AI centre manager, as well as chairman of several influential associations including Chairman of the Semen Marketing Committee and Secretary-Manager of the Ontario Association of Animal Breeders.

Through this work, Roy saw the Canadian and global A.I. industry's potential. After the first export of frozen semen to be flown overseas from Canada to Germany's University of Munich was made in 1959, Roy followed up with a visit in 1964. He wanted to see these daughters for himself, and reported that their milk production far exceeded the herd average.

As frozen semen exports grew so did Roy's involvement, overseeing the doubling of exports each year as he became more involved in promotion. This work culminated in one event that would change the A.I. industry's global landscape, the formation of Semex's precursor Semex Canada. In his book, Fifty Years of Artificial Insemination in Canada 1934-1984, Roy stated, "One noteworthy day in my career was May 8, 1974, when Semex Canada became a reality."

"Roy Snyder was a pioneer, and we are all better for having his influence and vision. He is the forefather of Semex and at 99 years of age, Roy continued to take great interest in Semex's success," says Paul Larmer, Semex Chief Executive Officer. "Our work today ... Read More...

Highest Available Oak Son Joins Genomax

Genomic testing over 6000 young sires worldwide nets impressive results for Semex's industry-leading Genomax™ lineup. Six years after the Genomax program launched, Semex is proud of the results it nets, with modern success stories including two current top 10 TPI sires, 0200HO03753 Marbri Facebook (#4 TPI sire) and 0200HO07450 Amighetti Numero Uno (#6 TPI sire). And, rising super stars including the international sensation 0200HO06480 Val-Bisson Doorman

Joining this elite group is Semex's first and the highest ranking Oak son available in the world, 0200HO06676 Ladys-Manor Octoberfest. 

A HealthSmart™ and Robot Ready™ sire, Octoberfest has breed-leading figures of +2576 GTPI, +1960 PTAM, +751 NM$, over +130 combined Fat and Protein, low 2.69 SCS with solid type. These figures make him one of Semex's highest GTPI sires.

Octoberfest's dam is the former #1 GTPI cow, Ladys-Manor Dorcy Oda VG-88. Oda is also the dam of hot Genomax sires 0200HO03949 Ladys-Manor Olympian (Alchemy) and 0200HO10203 Ladys-Manor Doorsopen (Doorman). Like all Semex sires, Octoberfest's maternal line is deep, with the next five dams all being Excellent.

"We used Octoberfest heavily as a sire of sons," says Sire Analyst Julien Chabot. "He's a great outcross sire for many bloodlines and his dam is one of the most complete cows in the breed with three high impact sons at Semex... Olympian, Octoberfest and Doorsopen."

Ask your Semex representative today about Octoberfest or any of Semex's leading genomic young sires in the Genomax lineup today! For additional information on Semex, Genetics for Life, Genomax, HealthSmart, Robot Ready or any of Semex's products or services visit Read More...

Genomax Lineup Grows With New Supersire Son

Genomic testing over 6000 young sires worldwide nets impressive results for Semex's industry-leading Genomax™ lineup. Designed to deliver a consistent source of the world's leading genomic young sires, this program is home to some of the world's most famous and profitable genomic young sires, including the international sensation 0200HO06480 Val-Bisson Doorman and breed-leading progeny proven sires such as Facebook and Numero Uno.

Available now worldwide through this lineup is another outstanding individual bred to deliver profitable production, 0200HO07846 RH Superman (Supersire x Man-O-Man).

A HealthSmart™ and Robot Ready™ sire, Superman is one of Supersire's top sons, ranking as his #7 GTPI son at +2589 with breed-leading +95 PTAF and an extreme +807 NM$. Semex clients will appreciate he ranks as our #1 Supersire, NM$ and PTAF sire with an impressive 162 lbs combined Fat and Protein.

Like all Semex sires, Superman hails from an outstanding maternal line. His dam is a VG-85 Man-O-Man from Willsbro Baxter Pammy VG-87 and then Windy-Knoll-View Pammy the EX-95 Durham from the famous brood cow EX-95 Promis who has 19 Excellent daughters, was the dam of the 2008 All-American Produce, Nominated Global Cow of the Year in 2007 and has numerous sons in AI.

Ask your Semex representative today about Superman or any of Semex's leading genomic young sires in the Genomax lineup today! For additional information on Semex, Genetics for Life, Genomax, HealthSmart, Robot Ready or any of Semex's products or services visit www.semex.com

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Top-Notch Stanton Bulls Join Genomax Program

Semex is pleased to announce that two world-renown genomic sires, Stantons Capital Gain and Stantons High Octane, will join Semex's Genomax™ program in 2015.

Progressive dairymen worldwide count on Semex's Genomax lineup to provide a consistent source of the world's leading genomic young sires. This program is home to some of the world's most famous and profitable genomic young sires, including the international sensation 0200HO06480 Val-Bisson Doorman and breed-leading progeny proven sires such as Facebook and Numero Uno.

"Acquiring these two young bulls underscores our commitment to being the world's leading genetic supplier," says Brad Sayles, Semex Vice-President Global Marketing. "Providing our clients with these industry-leading type and milk McCutchen sons both deepens and compliments our lineup. Very shortly dairymen worldwide will have easy access to both of these sires, putting them to work in their herds, improving their genetic gain and increasing profitability." 

Available worldwide beginning January 1 and March 1 in Canada, both Capital Gain and High Octane offer breed-leading type with high NM$ and high GTPI rankings, and they're from one of the industry's most prolific families... The Chassitys! Their dam is the VG-87 Observer from Chassity the EX-92 GMD DOM 14* Shottle who is the dam of popular sires including Colt 45, Charlie and Gold Chip. Next dam EX-92-2E GMD DOM 6* Cinderella and then the famous Barbie EX-92 GMD DOM 6*.

Sired by the popular McCutchen, Capital Gain has the highest combined PTAT and PTAM figures for any McCutchen son at +3.03 PTAT and +1854 PTAM with a high +2468 GTPI and +121 CFP. Full brother High Octane is McCutchen's #1 PTAT and #1 UDC sire at +3.24 with a +3.13 ... Read More...

Semex Releases Top McCutchen Son

Semex is committed to delivering Genetics for Life to our clients and we’re more confident than ever that our Genomax™ program offers the very best and brightest genomic superstars.

The Genomax lineup is among the most successful genomic lineups in the industry, graduating sires such as the December #4, #6 and #13 TPI sires and the #1 LPI sire! Led by household names such as Facebook and Numero Uno and now the international sensation 0200HO06480 Val-Bisson Doorman, our rigorous selection standards ensure that Semex’s Genomax sires are the industry’s finest, most desirable and profitable young bulls available anywhere.

Available now through this lineup is one of the industry’s best McCutchen sons, 0200HO10123 Silverridge V Entail.  Hailing from one of the most prolific cow families in the industry, his dam is the VG-86 Snowman daughter, Velthuis SG Snow Event, the #13 GLPI cow in Canada. Next dam is Calbrett Planet Eve VG-86 2*, then Wabash-Way Evett VG-86 DOM 14*, VG-87 GMD DOM 13* Elita and then nine more generations of VG or EX dams! 

Sired by the popular McCutchen, Entail ranks as his #3 PTAM and #3 PTAF son and is Semex’s #1 NM$ McCutchen son, at +676 NM$, +2077 PTAM, +70 PTAF, +2.46 PTAT with over 130 lbs CFP and +3.3 PL.

Entail has been a popular mating sire and is available now in the US. For more information on Semex, Genetics for Life, Genomax or any of Semex’s brands visit: www.semex.com

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SEMEX'S IMMUNITY+ MEETING & EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS

New technologies are always coming along that claim a host of benefits. Seldom, however, do such technologies deliver on or surpass their original claims. Immunity+ is a special innovation that does indeed meet or exceed original expectations. And, with a 25% heritability, Immunity+ sires can help improve a herd's overall health and longevity.

Based on the HIR technology developed by Dr. Bonnie Mallard and her colleagues at the University of Guelph, the research surrounding this technology spans decades. It shows that HIR cows have 19-30% lower disease incidence compared to herd averages. These cows also respond better to commercial vaccines and produce higher quality colostrum. As a result, they are more profitable by bringing in more revenue, lowering costs and wasting less of the dairyman's time. And, most importantly, Immunity+ works.

"There is a lot of on-going research in the immune response field, and in each case, the findings further validate the many benefits of Immunity+," says Jay Shannon, Semex Global Dairy Solutions Manager. "High immune response technology and Immunity+ sires have shown their potential to be one of the most significant innovations in the genetics industry, having a profound effect on a dairy's strategy to improve overall animal health."

Joining the proven Immunity+ lineup following the December 2014 genetic evaluation are:

  • 0200HO07450 AMIGHETTI NUMERO UNO ... MAN-O-MAN x SHOTTLE
  • 0200HO02654 MISTY SPRINGS BRACKLEY ... MAN-O-MAN x WILDMAN
  • 0200HO02698 MISTY SPRINGS SUPERSONI ... SUPER x SHOTTLE
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SEMEX HEALTHSMART LINEUP INCLUDES FEED EFFICIENCY

In August 2009, the HealthSmart™ lineup was launched as a means for Semex clients to quickly identify bulls that would sire the most valuable and profitable cows on the dairy. Five years later, the HealthSmart brand still represents sires that provide fertile and healthy daughters, but also more feed efficient cows.

“By including Feed Efficiency in HealthSmart, we’re further emphasizing moderate-sized cattle, healthy cattle, efficient cattle and all around good commercial cows,” says Jay Shannon, Semex Global Dairy Solutions Manager. “These cows are the profitable kind. They have more efficient production, lower maintenance costs, lower health costs, better fertility and lead longer, more productive lives. They’re exactly what dairymen are looking for and what we’re talking about when we talk about Genetics for Life.”

The HealthSmart lineup includes these popular sires: 

  • 0200HO07450  AMIGHETTI NUMERO UNO
  • 0200HO00402  MAINSTREAM MANIFOLD
  • 0200HO03753  MARBRI FACEBOOK
  • 0200HO02698  MISTY SPRINGS SUPERSONIC
  • 0200HO00560  MONUMENT IMPRESSION
  • 0200HO00528  SILDAHL JETT AIR

The following Genomax™ bulls are also designated HealthSmart:

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