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Hellenbrand Joins Semex As Genetics Intern

Semex is pleased to announce Lindsey Hellenbrand will join its genetics department as the 2014 Genetics Intern in the USA.  A sophomore at UW-Madison, Lindsey is working towards her bachelor's degree in dairy science and life sciences communication. She is currently involved in Collegiate Farm Bureau and Badger Dairy Club and serves as the Service Coordinator for the Association of Women in Agriculture.  Her passion for genetics began at a young age through her participation in 4-H. Since then she has joined organizations that support her interests, and has participated in dairy cattle judging as part of the Dane County 4-H team. Now, she is a member of the UW-Madison Dairy Cattle Judging Team. In her role at Semex Lindsey will work with the Semex genetics team primarily in the Midwest, but also on the East and West coasts. Her responsibilities will include working to continue growing and expanding Premier™, the Semex young sire proving program. This work will include assisting the genetics and sales teams in those accounts, as well as aiding in the evaluation, selection, preparation and picturing of young sire daughters for promotional materials. "We truly believe people are our most important asset," says Paul Krueger, Semex Director, Sales and Business Development, USA. "Providing practical work experience is key to helping young people prepare for careers in our industry. Offering this kind of internship is directly beneficial to us through their work, but more importantly it offers participants real-life experience in agriculture. And, in the end, that's Genetics for Life." For more information on Semex, Genetics for Life of any of Semex's programs or services please visit Read More...

SEMEX DELIVERS 12TH MILLIONAIRE SIRE

Recently, Semex sire 0200HO00402 Mainstream Manifold reached the pivotal Millionaire Sire mark at Semex, joining 11 other elite Semex sires that have each produced over one million doses of semen. Semex is an industry leader in delivering the 'best selling' sires of their time, which is the truest testament to breeder satisfaction and approval. As Semex's twelfth Millionaire Sire, Manifold is joining an elite fraternity of Semex icons including: R-E-W Buckeye; Ladino Park Talent *RC; Hanoverhill Inspiration; Madawaska Aerostar; Startmore Rudolph; Comestar Lee, Leader, Outside and Lheros; Stouder Morty; and Oliveholme Aeroline. Debuting as the #20 TPI sire in August 2009 from the US Premier™ Young Sire Sampling Program, Manifold has only gained strength as time has passed and he's added daughters. Following the April 2014 genetic evaluations he now ranks as the #12 TPI and #6 LPI sire, with over 12,400 daughters in his MACE TPI proof. "Manifold comes from a strong cow family that was well-known for their production potential and is backed by eight generations of VG or EX," says Mike West, Semex Sire Analyst. "He combines his maternal line's production and type strength with the desirable health and fertility attributes of his sire O Man. Today, Manifold is still one of the top ranked O Man sons, and it's this combination of the best traits from his sire and maternal line that have gave us the breeding pattern so many dairymen worldwide appreciate and benefit from." "Manifold is a great example of Semex's commitment to our customers and their needs," says Brad Sayles, Semex Vice President, Global Marketing. "He continues to deliver exactly what dairymen are looking for and we're extremely proud of the success dairymen ... Read More...

Semex Releases World's #1 Immunity+ Sire

Semex is excited to announce the release of the World's #1 Immunity+™ sire, the international genomic superstar 0200HO10049 Rockymountain Lottomax. Semex's rigorous genomic selection program has resulted in some of the most sought after young sires worldwide including Lottomax's sire, the genomic giant himself, 0200HO07450 Amighetti Numero Uno. Available worldwide May 1, Lottomax delivers on Semex's promise of Genetics for Life to our partners, clients and genetic suppliers. Topping GTPI rankings at +2565, he is the World's #1 Immunity+ sire and joins his own sire in this coveted lineup, siring daughters with less disease building more profitable, longer-lasting herds. All this, along with an impressive +926 NM$ and 0.13% F and breed-leading combined PL and PTAT of +7.8 and +3.52 respectively, make Lottomax one of the hottest young sires in the world.   Having an exceptional maternal line is a common thread in each of thousands of young sires Semex genomic tests each year, and Lottomax's maternal line is without question exceptional. His dam is a VG-85 Superstition x VG-88 1* Baxter x EX-91 11* Shottle x the famous EX-94 18* Lila Z herself. "At the time of the mating, Super Leita (Lottomax's dam), was a high-ranking heifer and already on an IVF program," says Sire Analyst Mike West. "The granddam was a very impressive cow at 87 points in her first lactation, and she's a descendant of the one and only Lila Z, making the pedigree attractive. When Numero Uno became available as a mating sire, the match up with Super Leita for genomics and phenotype was great!" "Lottomax is a bull that fits well in the marketplace, offering health, fertility, production, type and the stability of a great cow family," says West. "As an ... Read More...

Semex Opens Expanded Facilities In Hungary

Semex is pleased to announce the opening of its newly expanded Semex-Génbank Hungary facilities in Mezőhegyes, Hungary, meeting Semex's increased sire housing, semen collection, processing and distribution needs. Semex's belief that the best genetics are where you find them has netted impressive results, including the world's genomic superstar and the Hungarian facility's most famous resident, 0200HO07450 Amighetti Numero Uno. The new facility increases housing and collection capacity from 140 to 200 bulls, while also ensuring all European bulls are cared for in facilities that are governed by Semex's stringent Gold Standard™ requirements for housing, collection, processing and distribution. "The expanded Hungarian facility solidifies Semex's position worldwide," says Robert McRae, Semex Chief Operating Officer. "These bulls are all European Union eligible and offer us an enviable biosecurity advantage. And, as we're genomic testing more and more European young sires and growing our Genomax™ lineup, this new, state-of-the-art facility is increasingly important." Held in conjunction with Génbank-Semex Hungary Ltd's twenty-fifth anniversary, this grand opening was truly a remarkable celebration with over 400 people attending. In operation since December 1989, Génbank-Semex Hungary Ltd is the largest semen distributor in Hungary, and received the award as Hungary's #1 Cattle Breeding Company on the 2014 Golden List. "We're extremely proud of our people in Hungary," says Paul Larmer, Semex Chief Executive Officer. "They are committed and dedicated to growing Semex's global footprint and are truly living our corporate vision to 'Demand the best... Of ourselves, our company and what we do for our ... Read More...

Developing Disease Resistant, Healthier Cows Is Simple: Start With Immunity+

Regardless of herd size or management style, dairymen want a healthy herd of profitable and efficient cows. The path to breeding and developing this kind of herd got easier when Semex launched its patented Immunity+™ sires. These sires have a naturally high immune response (HIR) and with a 25% heritability, they can help improve the overall herd 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. The research also shows that HIR cows have 19-30% lower disease incidence compared to herd averages. Also, these cows 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. "The discovery of HIR was a game changer," says Jay Shannon, Semex Global Dairy Solutions Manager. "It revealed that high immunity is passed on from parent to progeny at rates much like production and some conformation traits. Compared to most health traits with low heritabilities of Joining the proven Immunity+ lineup following the April 2014 genetic evaluation are: 0200HO03730            FLY-HIGHER MANCHILD  (JEEVES x BOLTON) 0200HO06198            GEN-I-BEQ HALAK  (PLANET x GOLDWYN) The following Genomax™ bulls are also designated Immunity+: 0200HO03931            HAMMER-CREEK KARTOON  (NUMERO UNO x GOLDWYN) 0200HO02961            MR CHACHING CENTRIC  (NUMERO UNO x PLANET) 0200HO10007            NO-FLA ... Read More...

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...