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December 2012 Proofs Online At Semex

The December 2012 LPI & TPI proofs are now online on Semex's website at www.semex.com!

Each proof round Semex reaffirms our commitment to our customers and our partners, demonstrating how at Semex, we believe in Genetics for Life. This proof round Semex sires excel in health traits, milk production, reproduction and type, delivering breeding options that will deliver on this commitment:

  • Semex’s #1 New Release LPI sire: 0200HO00528 Sildahl Jett Air (Baxter x BW Marshall)
  • Semex’s #2 New Release LPI sire: 0200HO03648 Domicole Chelios (Baxter x Goldwyn)
  • #1 Second Crop LPI Sire & #12 LPI: 0200HO09804 Crockett-Acres Eight
  • Semex’s #1 Conformation Sires (tied at +16):
    • 0200HO05592 Crackholm Fever
    • 0200HO05588 Comestar Lauthority
    • 0200HO02137 Pine-Tree Sid
  • Semex’s #1 GTPI & #2 GTPI Holstein Sire: 0200HO03877 Coyne-Farms Jabir (Facebook x Freddie)
  • #1 Holstein GLPI Sire: 0200HO02870 Mr Lookout P Enforcer (Facebook x Shottle)
  • #1 Jersey GLPI 0200JE00207 All Lynns Vinnie (Region x Paramont) & #2 Jersey GLPI 0200JE00206 All Lynns Vilhelm (Region x Paramont)
  • #1 New Release & #2 LPI Ayrshire: 0200AY00680 Kamouraska Rockstar

To learn more about these sires and Semex's Genetics for Life philosophy visit www.semex.com

 

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SEMEX ANNOUNCES IMMUNITY+™ SIRES: OFFERING DAIRYMEN A GENETIC OPTION FOR NATURAL DISEASE RESISTANCE

All dairy producers want more healthy cows. The challenge has been that until today, health traits have been very difficult to improve genetically.

For over a decade, Semex has been supporting immune response research at the University of Guelph in Canada under the direction of Dr. Bonnie Mallard, BSc (Agr), MSc, PhD, Professor Immunogenetics, Department of Pathobiology. This research has resulted in a new product at Semex known as Immunity+™ sires.

With heritability comparable to productivity traits, Semex’s Immunity+ sires will produce cattle with a broad based resistance to the bacterial and viral based pathogens that cattle are exposed to on a daily basis. Additionally, their daughters will produce colostrum that passes on more antibodies and they will respond better to vaccination protocols.

“This is an industry first. And, Semex is proud to exclusively offer a product that will dramatically change the way our clients look at developing their own operation’s genetic strategies,” says Brad Sayles, Semex Vice President Global Marketing. “Producers know that some cows just go unnoticed…. They don’t get sick, they don’t cause problems and they don’t cost producers extra money. We’re excited to be the exclusive genetic company globally to offer this product, and to deliver a new solution for disease control to the marketplace.”

For more information on Semex, Genetics for Life, Immunity+ sires or any of Semex’s brands visit: www.semex.com

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Semex's Goldwyn Passes 1000 EX Daughters In Canada

Semex’s super sire, Braedale Goldwyn continues his march into the history books with the classification of his one thousandth Excellent (EX) daughter in Canada. 
Holstein Canada has determined that his one thousandth EX daughter is Donar Pally Jo Goldwyn who scored EX-90-CAN in her fourth lactation by Holstein Canada Classifier Bruno Jubinville. Bred and owned by Dorothea Beier and Horst Schulz in St Cyrille, Quebec, Pally Jo has records to over 18,000 kgs of milk with over 53,000 kgs lifetime to date, proving that Pally Jo is profitable from every angle.
Goldwyn’s accomplishments seem to know no end, as these 1000 EX daughters are only a fraction of his story in Canada. He has a remarkable 85% GP and better rating on over 30,000 daughters classified, with one in 30 of these daughters scoring EX and one in three scoring VG!
“Goldwyn has redefined the breed,” says Semex Sire Analyst Julien Chabot. “He has modernized the show ring into a class of his own. His influence will be felt for many generations, and might never be equaled. Having his one thousandth daughter classified EX is a milestone no other bull in Canada has ever achieved. Goldwyn makes it look easy. With still more than 10,000 young VG daughters, we should not be surprised if Goldwyn reaches the mark of 2000 EX daughters someday!”
As a sire of sons, Goldwyn’s legacy is growing daily. Worldwide his sons are making their mark, topping LPI and TPI charts and transmitting the same traits that made Goldwyn so very popular…. Tremendous udders, low SCS, high productive life, high fat and excellent type. At Semex over 115 Goldwyn sons have been sampled, with eight now being proven.
“On a constant basis, the Goldwyn sons and grandsons excel for overall type and good components,” says Pierre ... Read More...

Semex's Jersey Sires Score Big At National Shows

Semex sires demonstrated their ability to shine on the national stage at both the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair's Canadian National Jersey Show and at the All-American in Louisville, Kentucky. 
"It's amazing and encouraging to see how very often animals by Semex sires wear championship ribbons," says Semex Jersey Program Manager Russell Gammon. 
"Following a stellar showing at World Dairy Expo, Semex sires continued to excel across a variety of national Jersey shows and no matter the venue, modern, Semex sired cattle rose to the top. During the 2012 show season's grand finales, both north and south of the border, a large number of Jersey sires wearing the 200 stud code claimed ribbons and hardware for their owners. We couldn't be more please for these breeders and exhibitors."  
Results from the All American Junior Jersey Show:  

  • 0200JE00131 Bridon Comerica, a Repromax™ and Show Time™ sire: 1st Junior Three Year Old, Knapp Time Comerica Bonnel
  • 0200JE00986 BW Venerable, a Repromax sire: Grand Champion, Senior Champion & 1st Senior Three Year Old, BW Venerable Korina S418
  • SHF Centurion Sultan: 1st Five Year Old, TC Sultan 1211 Rosalynn
  • Top five performances by other daughters of Sultan, Comerica and Top Gene Gold Action
Results from the All American Open Show:  
  • Select-Scott Minister: 
    • Jr Champion & 1st Summer Yearling, Highland-H Minister
    • Res Inter Champion & 2nd Senior Three Year Old, Ratliff Minister Porsche
  • Glenholme Counciller: 1st Aged Cow, Dalmacee-J Counciller Tauntra 
  • Other top five placing animals by BW Northstar, SHF Centurion Sultan, Select-Scott Minister, Bridon Remake Comerica, BW Venerable, Bridon Jamaica
  • National Jersey Jug Futurity
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Semex Holstein Sires Dominate Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Following a remarkable show season and an impressive World Dairy Expo, Semex’s Braedale Goldwyn continued to show the world why he is so dominant in the show ring, siring an impressive 27% of the entire Canadian National Holstein Show at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, Ontario!
Goldwyn’s remarkable accomplishments and his resume continues to grow, as he was once again named the Premier Sire, siring seven class winners including: Intermediate Champion; Reserve Intermediate Champion; Honorable Mention Intermediate Champion; Grand Champion & Best Udder of the Show; Reserve Grand Champion; Honorable Mention Grand Champion; and the Production Award Winner!
Just like at World Dairy Expo, visitors from around the world anxiously awaited Goldwyn daughters to enter the ring. These ladies needed no introduction, being known by their short names alone and included… Happy Go Lucky, Barbara, Cameron, Monique, Bubble Gum, Allie, Chalou, and of course Hailey, all of which dazzled the crowd. 
Goldwyn winnings:

  • 1st Intermediate Calf: Petitclerc Goldwyn Sidney
  • 1st Milking Yrlg: R-E-W Happy Go Lucky
  • HM Inter Champion & 1st Sr 2 Yr Old: Butz-Butler Gold Barbara
  • Res Inter Champion & 1st Jr 3 Yr Old: Robrook Goldwyn Cameron
  • Hon. Mention Grand, Inter Champion & 1st Sr 3 Yr Old: Cookview Goldwyn Monique
  • 1st 5 Yr Old: Wendon Goldwyn Allie
  • Royal Supreme Champion, Holstein Grand Champion, Best Udder of Show & 1st Aged Cow:
  • RF Goldwyn Hailey
  • Res. Sr Champion, Best Bred & Owned of Show & 2nd Aged Cow: Ebyholme Goldwyn Marcia
  • 5 Yr Old Class: 1st – 3rd
  • Mature Cow Class: 1st – 4th
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Semex's Royal Walk of Fame Showcasing Genetics for Life

Visitors from around the world converge in Toronto each year in early November to be part of one of the world's greatest dairy cattle shows, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. This year, Semex will play host to guests from dozens of countries, with hundreds of additional international guests uniting in Toronto for the 2012 World Holstein Conference hosted by Holstein Canada.

For years, Semex has invited dairymen from around the world to visit Semex at the Royal and to see daughters of some of the industry's most talked about sires on display. This year's display will be exceptional, with a wide variety of sires represented that are some of the most profitable and in-demand Jersey and Holstein genetics available anywhere. These bulls represent genetics that offer both profitability and longevity:

· 0200HO05929 GEN-I-BEQ BRAWLER (HealthSmart™ sire)
· 0200HO03648 DOMICOLE CHELIOS (Repromax™, HealthSmart and Calving Ease™ sire)
· 0200HO05592 CRACKHOLM FEVER (Repromax, HealthSmart, Robot Ready™ and Show Time™ sire)
· 0200HO05567 R-E-W SEAVER (Repromax, HealthSmart and Show Time sire)
· 0200HO03501 GILLETTE WINDBROOK (Show Time sire)
· 0200HO05575 GILLETTE JORDAN (Repromax, HealthSmart and Calving Ease sire)
· 0200HO00402 MAINSTREAM MANIFOLD (Repromax, HealthSmart and Calving Ease sire)
· 0200HO02331 MR MARVELOUS (Repromax sire)
· 0200HO02427 ARDROSS STERLING *RDC (Repromax and Red & White™ sire)
· 0200HO02399 OCONNORS JAY
· 0200HO05983 COMESTAR LAUBURNS *RDC (Red & White sire)
· 0200JE00430 LENCREST ON TIME (Robot Ready sire)

Semex is a proud sponsor of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and invites attendees to visit the Semex and the Walk of Fame display located adjacent to the entrance to the cattle barns.

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Semex's Alfonso Ahedo To Receive International Friend of Dairy Breeding Award At Quebec International Holstein Show

Semex’s distributor in Spain, Alfonso Ahedo, will receive the “International Friend in Dairy Breeding Award” on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at the 18th edition of the Québec International Holstein Show.

Awarded annually, the “International Friend in Dairy Breeding Award” acknowledges a significant contribution made by a person from outside Québec to the promotion of Québec dairy cattle breeding. Alfonso Ahedo is extremely well-known in Québec, as a perennial visitor to Quebec and supporter of the Quebec dairyman.

“It is no surprise to us that Alfonso would be honoured with this award,” says Brad Sayles, Semex Vice-President Global Marketing. “His passion, enthusiasm and love of the dairy cow is known worldwide. He is an astute marketer and friend of dairy cattle breeding, having participated in Quebec events for decades. We are extremely proud of all of his accomplishments and feel honoured to have him as part of the Semex family.”

The 18th edition of the Québec International Holstein Show is scheduled for November 2 and 3 at the Pavillon des Pionniers in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada.

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Semex Australia Sponsors Annual On-Farm Competition

Australia’s biggest annual dairy livestock competition, involving close to 3000 cows and 500 farms, has never had more relevance for dairy farmers bowing under the pressure of low milk prices, says Semex’s Jim Conroy.
The Semex/Holstein Australia On-Farm Competition enters its 12th year this month, and the nationwide spectacle is now widely accepted as offering producers a key additional income stream from the associated exposure of winning regional and state championships.
Semex initiated the competition to acknowledge quality, functional dairy cows – often the unsung heroes of Australia’s dairy industry. It now includes a special application because cows that may not have enjoyed a profile before have a chance to shine and/or be discovered in the farmer-friendly format.
“This competition has a lot of momentum and is held in high regard – very high regard – both here in Australia and overseas,” Jim said. He said the On-Farm Competition’s role was now clear for the industry. 
“I’ve said this 100 times in the last six to eight months, that the breeding industry is alive and well,” Jim said. “Milk prices are (in the main) poor, but there is good money to be made in selling high-end livestock, quality heifers to export and bull sales for breeders who are making decent bulls. 
“This competition is all about helping our producers gain exposure and marketability for their animals without the workload and costs usually associated with showing, picturing and/or marketing cattle.”
Each of Holstein Australia’s 29 sub-branches involved are now kicking off their local competitions (which involves one judge per sub-branch). Entries peak at 270-head in some of the sub-branch strongholds. ... Read More...

Semex Sponsored Golden Oaks Farm World Dairy Expo Virtual Farm Tour

During World Dairy Expo, Semex hosted a Virtual Farm Tour (VFT) featuring long-time Semex customer Golden Oaks Farms of Wauconda, Illinois. This VFT outlined the ai24™ program, one of the solutions Semex offers dairymen that assists in dairy profitability and supports Genetics for Life™.

Started in 1948 by the Crown Family of Chicago, Golden Oaks is a 720-cow herd with a rolling herd average of 27,965 pounds. Located just 45 minutes from Chicago, Golden Oaks goes above and beyond to partner with their urban neighbors. The folks at Golden Oaks work hard to be a good neighbor to its rapidly encroaching urban community. This has included the establishment of Midwest Organic Recycling, a composting site that mixes farm and compost waste, turning it into compost.

Last fall, the cows at Golden Oaks were outfitted with Semex’s ai24™ SCR HR-Tags™. On the farm, this has translated into increased pregnancy rates and fewer costs associated with disease treatment. At Golden Oaks, they have been able to identify sick cows more quickly, while utilizing a more natural approach to heat detection.

The results at Golden Oaks are impressive. Comparing one year prior to install to one year after install, with a constant herd size, they increased the number of breedings on cows from 1285 to 1800, increased first service conception rate on cows by 5% and reduced the reliance on timed A.I. by nearly 80%.

“The system looks for heats for us. I do no visual heat detection, we let the system work and it finds them,” says Ethan Heinzmann, Golden Oaks Herdsman. “The decision we made to go with the system was very quickly supported and reinforced by the relationship and support Semex provided. Jake (Kempel, Semex Partner Development Manager) has been phenomenal, digging into our dairy comp and helping us with protocols. He has first hand knowledge of the ... Read More...

Semex Sired Daughters Dominate World Dairy Expo

The world’s undeniable ‘King of the Ring,’ Braedale Goldwyn showed his prowess on the coloured shavings once again this year, siring 28% of the entire show. Goldwyn’s success is not told by numbers alone however, as the quality of his daughters have never been higher. 
Capturing the Premier Sire Banner for the fifth consecutive year, (dating back to 2008 when he was one of the youngest and highest ranking TPI sires to ever win the award), Goldwyn daughters were among the most highly anticipated to enter the ring and they did not disappoint. 
An increase over 2011, 57 Goldwyn daughters placed in the top 10 in their classes with 26 in the top five and eight winning their classes. These winnings culminated in the largest prize of the day, Supreme Champion Female as Goldwyn daughter RF Goldwyn Hailey EX-97-2E-CAN placed 1st in her Mature Cow Class, Senior Champion, Grand Champion and was later named Supreme Champion of the entire show. No stranger to the tanbark trail, Hailey was Res. Grand Champion of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in 2011 and was the 2011 Reserve All-American & Reserve All-Canadian 5 Yr Old. 
Other Goldwyn winnings include: 

  • 1st Spring Calf: Siemers Gwyn Glam Thisup
  • 1st Fall Yearling: Kingsway Goldwyn Artichoke
  • HM Inter Champion & 1st Milking Yrlg: R-E-W Happy Go Lucky
  • Res Inter Champion & 1st Sr 2 Yr Old: Butz-Butler Gold Barbara
  • Inter Champion & 1st Sr 3 Yr Old: Cookview Goldwyn Monique
  • 1st 4 Yr Old: T-Triple-T Gold Prize
  • 1st 5 Yr Old: Wendon Goldwyn Allie
  • WDE Supreme Champion, Holstein Grand & Sr Champion & 1st Aged Cow: RF Goldwyn Hailey 
  • Res. Sr Champion & 2nd Aged Cow: Boulet Goldwyn Chalou
  • NASCO Type & Production Winner: Siemers ... Read More...