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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), Superior Type (ST) and Class Extra (EXTRA) programs. Superior Production The following Semex sires have been recognized in April 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 85%. CLAYNOOK TANGLE  (MR BURNS*RDC x TITANIC) CLAYNOOK TEMPLETON  (MR BURNS*RDC x TITANIC) CLOVERHILLFM PLYMOUTH  (FROSTY x SHOTTLE) DELABERGE DEMOCRACY *RDC  (MR BURNS*RDC x SHOTTLE) GERANETTE LANDLORD *RDC  (MR BURNS*RDC x FREELANCE) GINARY JAKE  (BAXTER x TITANIC) HENDEL BIGSTONE  (BOLTON x O MAN) JOLICAP CARRERA  (AIRRAID x EXPORT) KERNDT BRILLO  (BAXTER x BOLIVER) PROSPERE VOLT  (BAXTER x FREELANCE) ROCKYMOUNTAIN LEGACY  (AIRRAID x SHOTTLE) SANDY-VALLEY ... Read More...

April 2013 Proofs Now Online At Semex

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Semex Staff Achieve Certified Sales Professional Designation

Semex is pleased to announce that the following staff have recently been designated Certified Sales Professionals (CSP): Rick Adams, Columbia, MO Dan Ambort, Sauk City, WI Ashley Baxter, Visalia, CA Jeremy Higgins, Grant, MI Michael Hurst, Waynesville, OH Jake Kempel, Pearl City, IL Chris Kimball, Windham, ME Michele Lookingbill, Friona, TX Bryan Marcoot, Greenville, IL Chris Sheahan, Mt. Horeb, WI Thomas Turner, Sherwood, WIA globally recognized standard in sales excellence, the CSP program and the CSP designation is a sign of a committed, honest and knowledgeable consultative sales expert. Developed by the Canadian Professional Sales Association as a career-long commitment to sales excellence and professionalism, CSPs are required to meet annual professional development standards and personally commit to the Association’s Code of Ethics.The CSP training works hand-in-hand with skills taught through the Semex Learning Centre™, including the Semex Dairy School I and II training. This training is part of a continuous program Read More...

Bowers Hired As Semex Embryo Sales Manager

Semex is pleased to announce that Melissa Bowers has accepted the role of Embryo Sales Manager effective immediately.Melissa joined Semex in May 2012 as a Sales & Product Specialist. Within this role Melissa worked closely with the both the Embryo and Product Support Teams. This work included working with technical support and training on Semex’s sales tools, and most recently serving as Semex’s Interim Embryo Sales Manager.Well-known in the dairy industry, Melissa joined Semex's partner, Centre d'insémination artificielle du Québec (CIAQ) in Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, in September 2008 as an Agricultural Technician. During her time at CIAQ, she was been involved in a variety of projects including being responsible for Jersey product relations. Prior to joining CIAQ, Melissa worked with Cargill Ltd and Agribrands Purina. Additionally, Melissa is fully bilingual in English and French, and hails from the accomplished Lencrest Jersey Farm in Coaticook, Quebec, Canada.“Melissa’s experience over this past year, along with her earlier experience at CIAQ and agriculture background make her an excellent individual to lead Semex’s embryo business,” says Brad Sayles, Semex Vice President Global Marketing. “We’re very fortunate to have a person ... Read More...

Semex Graduating Genomax Bulls With April 2013 Proofs

Genetics for Life is about delivering the best possible product to Semex’s clients. Semex’s Genomax™ bulls are just that, with only one in seven bulls entering studqualifying for this elite program. Semex’s rigorous and dedicated selection process for the Genomax lineup has netted some of the most desirable progeny proven bulls in the world. Semex customers worldwide that put these bulls to use in their herds are reaping the rewards these bulls offer…. Maximum genetic gain and profitability. With the April 2013 genetic evaluation, Semex’s very popular 0200HO03685 Greenlea Artie-Red (Mr Burns *RDC x Regiment full sister to Apple) and 0200HO06027 Delaberge Democracy *RDC (Mr Burns *RDC x Shottle) will graduate from the Genomax program. These young guns are following in the footsteps of other breed-influencing Genomax graduates including: 0200HO00528 Sildahl Jett Air, 0200HO03648 Domicole Chelios, 0200HO05929 Gen-I-Beq Brawler, 0200HO05588 Comestar Lauthority, 0200HO05575 Gillette Jordan, 0200HO02427 Ardross Sterling *RDC, 0200HO02331 Mr Marvelous, 0200HO05630 Comestar Lavanguard and many, many more. Other exciting Semex sires expected to graduate in April include: 0200HO06003 Regan-ALH Diplomat *RDC (Mr Burns x O Man) 0200HO05979 Claynook Tennessee *RDC (Mr Burns x ... Read More...

SEMEX REPORTS GROWTH IN REVENUE, PROFIT & RETURN ON REVENUE IN 2012

Semex’s Chief Executive Officer Paul Larmer has recently reported 2012 to be a great success for Semex. “In the past three years we have witnessed growth in all three of our major focus areas: Revenue; Profit; and Return on Revenue,” says Larmer. “In 2012 we witnessed record revenues and achieved targets originally established for 2015. Our increasing diversity has proven to both strengthen our solutions offering to our customers, and decrease our reliance on specific markets and specific products. Additionally, we've supported growth in new areas and to new customers, all while enhancing existing relationships with our loyal customers.” In 2012 Semex remained steadfast in its dedication to its customers. This was evident in many areas with the following being just a few of this past year’s highlights: Genetics for Life supports Semex's evolution as a company, defining who Semex is and what Semex stands for while embracing the longevity of both its genetics and client relationships. Additionally, it promotes Semex’s social and business responsibility to support global food production in order to nourish our growing population. Semex’s commitment to research and development continues, and has yielded ... Read More...

Semex Announces Board of Directors

The Semex Alliance pleased to welcome two new members who will serve on its Board of Directors: Germain Lehoux, representing Centre d’insémination artificielle du Québec, CIAQ Henry Gisler, representing Westgen In 2013-2014 Norm McNaughton (EastGen), will serve as President & Chairman of the Board, assisted by Executive member Gary Bowers (CIAQ) and Ken Massie (Westgen) who will serve as Vice President. Other Board of Director members include: Normand Barriault (CIAQ); Robert Wright (EastGen); Warren MacIntosh (EastGen); Léonard Chabot (CIAQ); and Gerrit Wensink (EastGen). The Semex Alliance is a partnership of the Canadian artificial insemination cooperatives: Westgen, Centre d’insémination artificielle du Quebec (CIAQ), and EastGen.  For more information on Semex, Genetics for Life or Semex’s high quality and highly fertile product visit www.semex.com  ... Read More...

Rondeau Joins Semex As Sales Manager

Semex is pleased to announce that Dany-Pierre Rondeau will be joining Semex effective Monday, March 11, 2013 in the role of Sales Manager. Dany-Pierre will be reporting to Sam Mitra, Director, International Sales & Business Development, and will be working in the Middle East, Asia, Central & Eastern European regions. “It is critical to have an expanded, client-focused team that can support current and future growth. This is increasingly important as we move forward in our goals of doubling business volume once again over the next few years in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia,” says Mitra. “As a part of this endeavor, I am very pleased to welcome Dany-Pierre to our team in Guelph.” “Initially he will be responsible for our direct sales to farm clients in the Middle East,” says Mitra. “Over time he will work with our distribution structure in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia to help improve client focus and sales management.” No stranger to the dairy industry, Dany-Pierre brings exceptional experience to this position. After completing his Farm Management degree at Macdonald College, McGill University, Dany-Pierre joined a competing A.I. company. He excelled in this role, with a proven track record of optimizing client performance, effectively evaluating progeny and gaining market share. Most recently, Dany-Pierre worked as a Business Development Manager with an embryo export organization, developing markets and servicing international clientele. Dany-Pierre is active in several organizations including his local Holstein club, Young Farmers Lotbiniere Nord as well as the Knights of ... Read More...

Semex Growth Drives New Distribution Facility

Semex is pleased to announce the recent opening of its new semen distribution facility. Located at its production centre north of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, this state-of-the art facility is the direct result of the increased demand for Semex’s product globally. “With worldwide demand growing year after year, Semex is committed to providing our customers with the highest quality semen possible, while increasing efficiency in our operations,” says Robert McRae, Semex Vice President Global Operations. “This is all part of the Semex Gold Standard™, representing Semex’s commitment to our customers, and our mandate at each of our production facilities worldwide.” Semex’s Gold Standard demands excellence in all aspects of semen production, handling and distribution including: genomic selection; sire care; semen collection; semen processing; semen evaluation; storage & distribution; and fertility. This Gold Standard is directly tied to Genetics for Life, because at Semex we understand that the top priority on any dairy, anywhere in the world, begins and ends with getting healthy calves on the ground.  “We are continually working to improve our semen quality and fertility,” says McRae. “This new distribution centre underscores Semex’s commitment to our product and to our staff. We know that our people are the cornerstone to our success, and in order for them to be successful and to produce a top-quality product they must work in the best environment possible.”  For more information on Semex, Genetics for Life or Semex’s high quality and highly fertile product visit www.semex.com ... Read More...

Immunity+ Sires: Disease Resistant Genetics

By Jay Shannon, Semex Global Dairy Solutions Manager Have you ever had cows that just never seemed to get sick? It’s almost as if these cows were invisible. They didn’t get noticed because you never needed to give them extra attention. These cows were exposed to the same environmental conditions as other cows, but they appeared to have an inborn defense system that prevented infection and disease. What distinguished these cows and made them stronger than their herd mates? They had what is called a higher immune response.   It’s fair to say that most, if not all, dairy producers would love to have more healthy cows. Unfortunately, the modern cow operates under an intense set of demands, and a continuous exposure to pathogens makes her more susceptible to disease. The incidence rates of many infectious diseases such as mastitis continue to rise, leading to additional treatment and labour costs, delayed conceptions, reduced production, discarded milk, more culls and deaths, higher replacement costs and reduced efficiency and profitability. A good herd health and vaccination program is certainly key to achieving a healthy dairy herd, but producers know that genetic selection for a healthy, resilient cow would be a great compliment to these programs.  Unfortunately, current genetic traits have a very limited impact on dairy cow health with few, if any, being a definitive selection for health. Traits such as Productive Life/Herd Life and Somatic Cell Score (SCS) are good indicative traits, but not pure health traits. It’s also important to remember that health traits have only a 2-10% heritability, making them extremely difficult to improve genetically. Additionally, disease diagnosis and data collection is inconsistent, making proofs for individual disease traits difficult.   Over 15 years ... Read More...