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Lee Simanton Selected As Canada-Australia Exchange Winner

Holstein Canada and the Semex Alliance are pleased to announce that Lee Simanton of Ponoka, Alberta has been selected to represent Canada in the Australia Young Adult Exchange. During the exchange, Lee will spend three months in Australia gaining an appreciation for their dairy industry, while at the same time promoting the Canadian Holstein industry. Lee received a diploma in livestock production from Lakeland College in Vermilion, Alberta in 2008. Since graduation, Lee has been employed full-time at the home farm, Crestomere Holsteins. The farm, owned by Lee's parents Everett and Marylee, is home to 70 cows. The herd's current classification is: 8 multiple Excellent; 7 Excellent; 38 Very Good; 35 Good Plus; and 1 Good. Always active in 4-H, Lee has held various executive positions and leadership roles including being captain of the Alberta Western Canadian Classic Team. Lee is an aspiring dairy cattle judge and one of his long-term goals is to become a respected international judge. Over the years, Lee has been very active showing and fitting dairy cattle around Alberta, as well as at the World Dairy Expo and the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Additionally, he has won many awards for conformation, clipping, judging and showmanship. In 2009, Lee was selected to represent Western Canada at the highly competitive European Young Breeders School in Belgium. The Canadian team took top honors in several categories, with Lee placing third in overall points. Lee is very excited about this opportunity, "I am honored to have been selected for this exchange, and look forward to learning how the Australian dairy industry functions. My greatest thanks goes out to the Semex Alliance and Holstein Canada." For ... Read More...

Semex Jerseys Impress Worldwide

Semex's high fertility Repromax™ sire 0200JE00314 Hollylane Lilibet's Legacy maintains his status as Canada's top LPI sire, gaining 131 points during the August summaries to arrive at +1877.  A Master Series™ and Health$mart™ sire that added 62 production tested and 46 classified daughters since April, this reliable second crop sire is leaving offspring that are consistently pleasing breeders from coast to coast with their high levels of milk yield, elevated component tests, low somatic cell scores, well-attached udders and solid feet & legs. First proven in August 2009, 0200JE00946 Sunset Canyon Dice has steadily enhanced the attractiveness of his summary as more first crop daughters are added. Today, Semex's component leader is the second highest sire residing in Canada for LPI, having gained 35 points since April, and coming in at +1542. This deep-pedigreed Jace son sires exceptional teat placement, texture, and center support in the mammary system and can be counted on to deliver significant improvement in somatic cell score and daughter calving ability. Semex's third ranking proven sire at +1281 for LPI and sixth overall in the breed is the balanced breeding son of Sultan from the top transmitting, Piedmont Declo Belle, Ex-94-2*, 0200JE00430 ... Read More...

Semex Millionaire Sire Stouder Morty Passes Away

Semex regrets to inform that one of its Millionaire Sires, 0200HO00044 Stouder Morty has passed away. Born on May 25, 1997 at Stouder Holsteins in Wendell, Idaho, USA, Morty joined the Semex USA proving program, Premier™. A Formation son from an Aerostar dam, Morty made his TPI debut in February 2002 at #6 TPI. Morty quickly rose to #1 TPI in February 2003, and remained a dominant force on the top TPI rankings for several years. Known to transmit the 'complete package,' Morty daughters are powerful, upstanding individuals stamped with extremely high and wide rear udders with an incredible will to milk. These traits made Morty extremely popular in all environments. "Morty sires cows that dairymen everywhere appreciate," says Pierre Laliberte, Semex Alliance Senior Vice President, Genetics & Research. "His daughters work hard in every environment, making him one of our most popular sires available today. His sons are now beginning to make their mark. We have over a dozen of his proven sons in our lineup, offering many of the same traits that made Morty so popular." Morty's daughters have been known as high producers with terrific udders and feet & legs that are structurally correct, long-lasting cows. With nearly 65,000 daughters in his TPI production record and over 40,000 in his TPI type proof, this 99% reliability sire still delivers strong production with solid, durable type. In Canada alone, Morty has 23,473 daughters classified with 62% GP or better and 26,144 daughters average ME of 11,763 3.6 418 3.1 359 kgs. Most recently his daughter, Ever-Green-View My 1326-ET, bred and owned by Thomas J. Kestell of ... Read More...

Famous Goldwyn Brothers Offer Rare & Exceptional Opportunity

Hailing from an exceptional Durham dam, Gillette-I Durham Jericho EX-CAN 10*, with records to over 22,000 kg/48,000 lbs in 305 days and nearly 90,000 kgs/200,000 lbs lifetime, plus three more VG or EX dams, dictated success for Jordan and Jerrick. "Jericho went VG-87 in her second lactation, but was bred right back to carry. So when she calved for the third time she really bloomed to her full potential," says Julien Chabot, Semex Sire Analyst and buyer of Jerrick and Jordan. "She had a Freelance heifer that now is EX-93. Jericho went VG-89 early in lactation, and a few months later moved up to EX. Her first flush was to Canyon-Breeze Allen, which produced an EX-91 daughter. The second flush was to Goldwyn just after he was made available. It produced Jerrick, Jordan and a heifer, Jenny. She is VG as a first calver and has one of the highest LPI direct genomic values in the Gillette herd." Being split embryo brothers makes Jordan and Jerrick 100% identical in their DNA, offering a rare and exceptional opportunity. However, in their initial proof we will see small differences in their breakdowns due to maternal influence of the daughters as well as environmental impact. The biggest difference at this point, is in their daughter numbers. As the breed's newest #1 LPI sire, Designer Series™ sire 0200HO05575 Gillette Jordan arrives after months of speculation and anticipation without disappointment. "These cows are easy to find," says Carl Saucier, CIAQ Progeny Analyst. " Just look for the best feet & legs and ... Read More...

Solid Type, Functional Traits & By Goldwyn!

Dairymen looking for a Goldwyn son with solid type and functional health traits need look no further than 0200HO03516 Ginary Jack. From a VG-87 5* Allen dam then a VG-86 14* Rudolph with 2 Super 3's and 4 Superior Lactations, and three more VG dams. Jack brings tremendous +112 Herd Life, +110 Milking Speed, +110 Calving Ability and +105 D Calving Ability and low 2.58 SCS, making him an ideal fit for commercial dairymen. Dairymen can confidently use this Health$mart™ sire with an extremely pleasing +11 Conf, +11 MS, +9 F&L. In the US, this translates to +2.32 PTAT, +1.98 UDC, +1.16 FLC with a low 6% for Calving Ease, 2.68 SCS and 2.30 PL. "These are cows that have nice udders with tremendous texture," says Chris Studer, CIAQ Progeny Analyst. "Their rear udders are both high and wide, and they walk on very functional feet and legs, making them virtually trouble free."   ... Read More...

Balanced Breeding, Calving Ease Goldwyn Son Joins Semex

Dairymen seeking tremendous udder texture, wide rear udders and cows walking on great feet look no further than this Goldwyn son. 0200HO05562 Delaberge Lureck offers dairyness in each mating. Also by a Durham dam, Lureck's dam is VG-87 11*, has 2 Superior Lactation Awards and has seven VG and one EX daughter, averaging over 14,900 kgs of 3.8F and 3.3P. Next dam is the famous Bryhill Rudolph Lulu VG-87 21* and then Bryhill Lindy Lilly VG-85 13*. Lureck himself transmits pleasing +1129 kg M and positive deviations of 0.13%F and 0.16%P. Debuting at #10 LPI, Lureck sires functional dairy cows with tremendous udder texture and width. His pleasing +11 Conf, +13 MS, positive deviations and outstanding functional traits including +107 Calving Ability, 2.72 SCS and +106 Herd Life make him an easy Health$mart™ sire. His additional status as a high fertility Repromax™ sire will make him a popular mating around the world. ... Read More...

#2 Conf Sire By Goldwyn Joins Semex Lineup

Breeders were anxious to see where 0200HO05592 Crackholm Fever would rank, and he did not disappoint at #24 LPI with an impressive +19 Conf, making him the #2 Conf sire in the breed and a Semex Designer Series™ bull! This Goldwyn son is from an EX-92 5* Blitz daughter. Next dam is VG-86 4* then VG-86 13* and five more VG or EX dams from the same family that gave us one of the industry's icons, Startmore Rudolph. With 106 daughters in his type proof, he is an extremely reliable choice for dairymen. His US conversion was favourable at +2.59 PTAT, making him the #11 PTAT Goldwyn. With a lot more to offer, he's also a Health$mart™ sire, with high Herd Life at +109, D Calving Ability +109, and low 2.75 SCS scores with all other conf. traits being way above breed average. In the US, he's just as attractive with a 2.83 SCS, positive fat deviation and exceptional +3.38 Stature, +3.21 RU Height, +2.93 RU Width and +2.48 U Cleft. Additionally, he's a high fertility Repromax™ sire. "Fever has the highest GP% and better ever in our area!" says Carl Saucier, CIAQ Progeny Analyst. "They're tall, easy to find daughters showing lots of width with tremendous udder texture and fore udders. He'll mate well on anything that's black & white!" ... Read More...

High PTAT Goldwyn From Famous Juror Faith Family At Semex

0200HO05606 Ralma Confirm hails from an extremely famous family. His Durham dam is the Christmas Fudge who produced numerous high-ranking progeny. Bull dam Christmas Fudge is VG-88 GMD DOM, next dam is the famous Ralma Juror Faith EX-91 GMD DOM who had over 23 VG 2 year old daughters. From a cow family that continues to generate dollars, this Designer Series™ Goldwyn son debuts with tremendous type, at +3.25 PTAT, +2.27 UDC and +2.60 FLC. These figures make him the #4 PTAT Goldwyn son and the #5 PTAT sire in the breed! Positive deviations of +0.07%F, +.05%P, the breed's eighth lowest SCS ranking at 2.46 SCS and great udders place Confirm in similar light as his sire, Goldwyn. In Canada, the figures are equally as impressive at +113 Herd Life, +102 Dtr Fertility, +104 Milking Speed, +105 Calving Ability, +107 D Calving Ability with Semex's lowest SCS ratings at 2.33. ... Read More...

Canada's #3 Conf Sire by Mr Sam At Semex

Proof positive of Semex's growing diversity is the arrival of its second Mr Sam son, offering something different to bloodlines everywhere. One of these, is the #1 PTAT Mr Sam and #3 Conformation sire, 0200HO02137 Pine-Tree Sid. From a VG-88 DOM Finley dam, this Designer Series™, Health$mart™ sire offers dramatic improvement over dams and is a transmitter of strength and tremendous mammary systems. These claims are evident in his August showing, at +18 Conf, +17 Mammary System and +15 Dairy Strength with 2.93 SCS, +108 Herd Life, +102 Calving Ability and +110 Dtr Calving Ability on LPI. On the USA TPI rankings he's an impressive +3.02 PTAT, +2.61 UDC, +2.02 FLC with a low 2.90 SCS and tremendous mammary systems at +3.93 FU Attach, +2.82 RU Height, +2.76 RU Width and +2.94 U Cleft. Additionally, he's a high fertilty Repromax™ sire. "These are the biggest, most powerful heifers in barns," says CIAQ Progeny Analyst Carl Saucier. "They show that Sid is a strength bull, with power, capacity, width and show style. Transmitting great spring of rib, high and wide rear udders he's an ideal mating for your Goldwyn, Bolton, Shottle, Toystory, Lou, Ashlar, Baxter and Lheros daughters." ... Read More...

High PTAT Goldwyn From Comestar At Semex

Hailing from a prefix that precedes him, 0200HO05588 Comestar Lauthority is the highest new release and #2 PTAT sire at +3.61! A Goldwyn from a VG-89 6* Igniter dam with 2 Superior Lactation Awards and then a VG-85 2* Emerson with 1 Superior Lactation Award back to the Comestar Lausan Black VG-87 23* and then the infamous 23* Comestar Laurie Sheik!   This Designer Series™ sire provides exceptional stature at +3.42, silky mammary systems at +2.48 UDC, backed by +3.06 FU Attach, +3.60 RU Height, +3.46 RU Width and +3.83 U Cleft. Lauthority also ranks as the #8 LPI sire at +17 Conf (#5 Conf Sire), +15 MS and +12 F&L. He also scores an exceptional +109 D Calving Ability, +107 Herd Life and 2.79 SCS, contributing to his Health$mart™ sire status. Proven in the Westgen area, Carl Barclay, Westgen Progeny Analyst comments, "Dairymen really like these cows. They're full of dairy strength with a great open, deep rib. They've got a great foot angle and heel depth, walking well throughout the stalls." ... Read More...