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SEMEX OPENS NEW BULL FACILITY FOCUSING ON YOUNG SIRE CARE

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 ... Read More...

Semex Releases First Cashcoin Son

Semex is committed to delivering Genetics for Life to our clients. By genomic testing over 5400 bulls each year, we’re ensuring that only the very best call stud 200 home and are designated Genomax™ sires.  

The Genomax lineup is among the most successful genomic lineups in the industry, graduating sires such the August 2014 #1 TPI and #1 MACE LPI sire 0200HO03753  Marbri Facebook. Facebook joined Semex Millionaire Sire 0200HO00402 Mainstream Manifold, 0200HO00528 Sildahl Jett Air and another new graduate 0200HO02690 Stantons Empress (Man-O-Man x Outside) in the top 25 GTPI sires in the world in August.

Joining this elite Genomax lineup on November 10, 2014 will be Semex’s first Cashcoin son, HealthSmart™ and Robot Ready™ sire 0200HO10195 View-Home Littlerock. Littlerock comes from a famous family, as his dam is the VG-86 Robust dam of Powerball P, followed by eight more VG and EX dams that have produced recognizable names including VG-87 DOM Peachy Shauna and Semex stable mate 0200HO02137 Pine-Tree Sid. 

Littlerock is the breed’s #3 Cashcoin son, but offers the best combined NM$ and PTAT at 926 NM$ and +2.47 PTAT respectively. A profit-minded option, Littlerock has a +2487 GTPI, great +0.11 % Fat, +2.0 DPR, +6.4 PL and a 5.5% Calving Ease rating.

Littlerock is available beginning November 20 in the US. For more information on Semex, Genetics for Life, Genomax, HealthSmart, Robot Ready or any of Semex’s brands visit: www.semex.com

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Semex Visitors Expect 'Royal' Experience In Toronto

As one of the dairy industry’s ‘must attend’ events each November, the 92nd Royal Agricultural Winter Fair will play host to hundreds of Semex’s international guests next week in Toronto, Ontario.

Semex plans to introduce and feature key products and services designed to increase dairy profitability and build lifelong partnerships with guests from Canada, the US and dozens of countries worldwide. Visitors can expect the ‘Royal’ treatment while with Semex including:

  • Immunity+™: A 2013 Dairy Herd Management Innovation Award Winner, Semex's patented Immunity+ sires have a naturally high immune response and will improve the health of the next generation 
  • SemexWorks™: Visitors are invited to use Semex’s interactive tablets to define their own genetic strategy 
  • Semex Dairy Celebration: Thursday, November 13 from 3-5:00 pm gather at the Semex display for dairy refreshments as Semex salutes the world’s hard-working dairymen! 
  • Semex Daughter Display: A highlight of the fair, Semex is highlighting daughters by some of the industry’s most in-demand proven sires, offering the genetics that result in healthier, more profitable and longer-lasting herds:
    • 0200HO05929 GEN-I-BEQ BRAWLER: HealthSmart™ & Robot Ready™
    • 0200HO06156 LARCREST CONTRAST: Repromax™ & Robot Ready
    • 0200HO03753 MARBRI FACEBOOK: Immunity+™, Repromax, HealthSmart & Calving Ease™
    • 0200HO00560 MONUMENT IMPRESSION: Immunity+, Repromax, HealthSmart & Robot Ready
    • 0200HO05575 GILLETTE JORDAN: HealthSmart & Calving Ease
    • 0200HO06267 GEN-I-BEQ LAVAMAN: Repromax, HealthSmart & Calving Ease
    • 0200HO02770 SULLY HART MERIDIAN: GenomaxPlus™, Repromax, ... Read More...

Semex Dominates 2014 World Dairy Expo

The world’s undeniable ‘King of the Ring,’ Braedale Goldwyn, captured World Dairy Expo’s Premier Holstein Sire banner for a record seventh year (dating back to 2008 when he was one of the youngest and highest ranking TPI sires to ever win the award).

With a career that strengthens as the years go by, he sired 33 daughters in the top 10 and 21 in the top of five placings in their classes. This included five class winners, and for the fourth year in a row, he sired the Grand Champion Female. Two-time World Dairy Expo Grand Champion RF Goldwyn Hailey stole the show once again, topping her Aged Cow Class and parading to champion honours. Flanking Hailey were two other Goldwyn daughters, 1st 5 Yr Old, Lovhill Godlwyn Katrysha, who was named Res. Grand Champion and Jacobs Goldwyn Valana, 2nd 5 Yr Old and Best Bred & Owned of the Show, was named Honourable Mention.

Semex’s lineup of Show Time™ sires went beyond Goldwyn, with 27 different Semex sires on display, 78 daughters placing in the top 10, 10 class winners, six Best Udder in class awards and seven of the top 10 placings in the four milking classes!

Other impressive results include 10 class winners from the first to the last classes of the day by four different Semex sires:

  • Goldwyn (6): see above as well as: 1st Fall Heifer Calf (Stranshome Gold Annice); 1st Fall Yearling & Junior Champion (Comestar Larion Goldwyn) and 1st 4 Yr Old (Butz-Butler Gold Barbara)
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Semex Adds Industry's Best Apple Bull To *RC Lineup

Semex leads the industry with its high-ranking GTPI Red Carrier (RC) and Red sons, having eight of the top 15 GTPI sires calling Semex and stud code 200HO home. These sires include August 2014’s #1 GTPI *RC sire and Genomax™ hotshot 0200HO03949 Ladys-Manor Olympian *RC (Alchemy *RC x Dorcy).

Laced throughout the top 15 GTPI line-up is the industry’s most famous Red & White cow family, the Apples. And, with the release of Genomax™ sire 0200HO10064 Mr Aderyn Andiron *RC, Semex has made the #1 GTPI Apple bull available.

Andiron *RC is the top-ranking *RC McCutchen son at +2365 GTPI, and is from a VG-85 Superstition from KHW Goldwyn Aiko EX-91 DOM 3*, a popular Goldwyn daughter from Apple’s Durham sister Kamps-Hollow Altitude EX-95-2E DOM 1*.  Andiron *RC’s numbers are solid with a +719 NM$, 2.86 SCS, +4.7 Productive Life, solid +3.00 PTAT and positive deviations, making him an extremely popular option for Red enthusiasts.

“The Apple family has never been hotter,” says Paul Krueger, Semex Director Sales and Business Development, United States. “And along with Apple’s popularity has come an increased interest and demand for the very best Red genetics. We’re proud of our Red Carrier and Red lineup and adding this Apple relative just strengthens what is already the industry’s #1 GTPI red lineup.”

Andiron *RC is available beginning October 1 in the US. For more information on Semex, Genetics for Life, Genomax, Red & White sires or any of Semex’s brands visit: www.semex.com

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Semex Immunity+ Daughters On Display At World Dairy Expo

On the heels of an award-winning 2013 and with record worldwide sales since its release, Semex is proud present daughters of Immunity+™ sires at this year’s World Dairy Expo (WDE) in its Semex Tent. 

Using a patented technology, Semex measures an animal’s immune response and their ability to combat infection and disease. These animals are considered High Immune Responders (HIR) and at Semex they’re known as Immunity+ bulls.

“Dairymen are looking for long-term solutions to herd health,” says Brad Sayles, Semex Vice President Global Marketing. “With Immunity+ sires, dairymen can now ask how well a bull’s daughters respond to infection instead of how often they get diseases like mastitis. It changes the conversation from result-oriented measurements with heritabilities of less than 10%, to immune response that is highly heritable at 25%. We’re excited to share the future of herd health with dairymen this year at World Dairy Expo.”

On display will be daughters of popular Immunity+ sires including:

  • 0200HO03753 Marbri Facebook: Immunity+, HealthSmart™, Repromax™ and Calving Ease™ sire
  • 0200HO07450 Amighetti Numero Uno: Immunity+, Genomax™ and HealthSmart sire
  • 0200HO05567 R-E-W Seaver: Immunity+ and Show Time™ sire
  • 0200HO00560 Monument Impression: Immunity+, Repromax, HealthSmart and Robot Ready™ sire
  • 0200HO02698 Misty Springs Supersonic: Immunity+, Genomax, HealthSmart, Repromax and Robot Ready sire

To find out more about Immunity+ or any of Semex’s suite of solutions, stop by Semex at World Dairy Expo at the Semex Tent or in the Exhibition Hall at booth #2608-2709 or by visiting Read More...

Semex Jersey Team Growing With Jersey Sales

Worldwide no breed has experienced greater growth than the Jersey breed, and at Semex this is no exception with a record increase in Jersey semen doses sold in 2013 versus 2012.

Working shoulder-to-shoulder with our Jersey customers we recognize their unique needs and have established a group of Semex Jersey Support Specialists to support their genetics objectives and breeding goals. These team members are a key resource for all Semex Jersey clients and help ensure Semex is meeting their needs.

These individuals have extensive Jersey roots and are dedicated members of Semex’s Team with a specialization in Jersey knowledge:

  • Eastern Region: David Ertl serves a dual role as US Jersey Sire Analyst and a Jersey Support Specialist for the Eastern Region. David attended The Ohio State University where he obtained a bachelor of animal science degree with a minor in agricultural business. Following graduation, David managed a 600-cow commercial dairy in central Ohio. His own herd, Ertl Jerseys, has ranked in the top 25% in the nation for JPI, and has had numerous bulls enter stud.
  • Upper Midwest Region: Londa Johnson has a dairy science degree from UW-River Falls, and following graduation spent two and a half years working for the US Jersey Cattle Association as an Area Representative and Linear Type Appraiser. Londa is also a Semex Premier™ Consultant, working with Semex’s Premier herds and ProMate™ mating program.
  • Mountain Region: Allen Berry has been worked with Semex for three years but has been in the AI industry for 17 years. For the past 12 years he has worked with the Jersey herds in Oregon. These herds have been elite type breeders, extreme production herds and range in size from 40 to 2000 cows.
  • Pacific Region: Blake Renner from Fortuna, California has been Semex Dairy Genetic Consultant ... Read More...

Semex Polled Lineup Expanding

Semex understands the potential of the polled gene in the marketplace and on the dairy. Genetics for Life ensures that our clients have access to the tools and solutions they need to be successful. For our clients who are seeking a non-invasive solution to dehorning, the polled gene is extremely valuable.

New to the Semex Polled™ and Genomax™ lineups in the US is Semex’s new #1 Polled™ bull, 0200HO06652 Lorka Zumba P. Ranking high on the heterozygous polled listing at an impressive +2326 GTPI, Zumba P offers +751 NM$, +1412 PTAM, 5.5 Calving Ease, +1.8 DPR, +5.8 PL and a solid +2.05 PTAT with fantastic udder traits.

A son by the popular Earnhardt P, his dam is a Meteor from a VG-87 4* Bolton with nine VG daughters to date and over 121,000 lbs of milk in just three lactations. Next is an EX-90 Cevis and then multiple generations of high producing, high scoring, profitable cows.

“We’re working to meet the needs of the polled breeder,” says Brad Sayles, Vice President Global Marketing. “The interest in these bulls has skyrocketed in recent years and our clients are looking to take advantage of the polled gene while incorporating the most profitable genetics possible. Adding Zumba P to our lineup certainly does this by offering high GTPI as well as great functional traits, tremendous mammary systems and solid type.”

Zumba P is now available in the US. For more information on Semex, Genetics for Life, Genomax, Polled sires or any of Semex’s brands visit: www.semex.com

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Semex Millionaire Sire Buckeye Passes Away

Semex is saddened to announce the passing of its 11th Millionaire Sire, 0200HO04779 R-E-W Buckeye.

Proven through Semex’s Premier™ young sire proving program in the US in August 2005, Buckeye’s popularity was instantaneous, arriving as one of the world’s most popular BW Marshall sons and ranking #4 TPI. In February 2006 Buckeye climbed to the #2 TPI position, commanding international respect for his desirable production, solid type and in-demand health traits.

Buckeye daughters were known for exceptional feet & legs, mobility and flatness of bone. They had tremendous udders that were silky, very well-attached and were designed to handle large volumes of milk. His status as a calving ease sire only added to his popularity, selling into well over 50 countries worldwide.

“Buckeye was one of the ultimate breeder satisfaction bulls,” says Brad Sayles, Semex Vice President Global Marketing. “He delivered long-lasting, profitable cows that their owners loved because they were milky, dairy and profitable. His daughters are still impacting their herds, being long-lasting and profitable.” 

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Semex Jerseys Deliver Genetics for Life

Genetics for Life is all about delivering the best possible product to our clients, and Semex's Jersey sires are no exception. The rigorous selection process used when selecting our Jersey lineup has netted impressive results with code 200JE owning four of the top 25 US GJPI Active Sires and the #1 new release sire in Canada! 

Leading Semex sires was HealthSmart™ sire 0200JE00073 GR Wilsonview Maxwell at +198 GJPI. This Gannon son from the widely-respected M family at Wilsonview in Oregon delivers 66 pounds of Fat, 558 CM$, 524 NM$, 500 FM$ and impressive stats of 4.21 JUI and 4.8 for PL.  He ranks 4th for Net Merit $, 5th for Cheese Merit $ and fourth for Fluid Merit Dollars on the active list. 

Blackstone son 0200JE00477 Lucky Hill Joker climbed 17 points GJPI with additional daughters to land one point behind Joker at +197. From a Legion x Montana Java, Joker sires hard-working cows that give him an impressive +60 F and +50 Protein. This high fertility Repromax™ sire is also available Sexxed™.

Semex's rigorous selection process for its Genomax™ lineup has resulted in some of the most in-demand progeny proven bulls in the world. One of these elite young sires is 0200JE01007 Missiska MacKenzie (Vinnie x Merchant) is no exception, ranking as number four on the G Code list at +259 GJPI. This impressive sire ranks #1 for Cheese Merit dollars (+766) and pounds of fat (+100), #2 Net Merit dollars (+671) and #6 for Fluid Merit $ (598). He also beings profit to the table with a .26% fat and +.08% protein and a high JUI at +4.86!

In Canada, Robot Ready™ sire 0200JE00470 Comestar JDF Beautifull (Iatola x Fprize Belle x Declo Belle) graduates as the #5 GLPI sire overall, the #1 new release sire and the only double digit Conformation bull in the top 30! Beautifull daughters have ... Read More...