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Semex Sponsors WDE Virtual Farm Tour

noneSemex is pleased to have been selected as a sponsor of one of the World Dairy Expo (WDE) Virtual Farm Tours in 2010.

WDE Virtual Farm Tours allow WDE visitors to tour dairies from around the U.S. without leaving the grounds. Presented free of charge each day during the show, Virtual Farm Tours focus on a variety of management topics, including: farm longevity, innovative reproductive tools, grazing benefits, managing transition cows, a research dairy herd, family succession, environmental stewardship and robotic calf feeders.

Semex's Virtual Farm Tour is slated for Wednesday, September 29 and features Stewart Farms Inc., of Nampa, Idaho.

Joe Stewart manager of Stewart Farms Inc. is the third generation to manage the dairy that his grandfather started 1940. Along with his parents, Jim and Marcella, and brother Jere, Joe has expanded the farm to 500 acres and has peaked at 900 cows with a RHA of 30,000 lbs.

With an eye on the future and another on maximizing profitability, Joe Stewart helped develop and implement technologies that allow Stewart Farms to evaluate the individual cow's profitability and contribution to the herd based on a daily profit/loss system. This system has allowed them to willing step back to 750 cows and 12,473 kgs RHA to cut feed costs by $2(US)/cow/day, increasing profitability and helping the dairy compete with larger commercial dairies.

Relying heavily on new technologies as they become available, the Stewarts' heat detection is done through a neck worn activity system, Heatime™. This system allows them to detect the optimal breeding time, thereby reducing labor and input costs. Since implementing this system they've reached a 54.5% conception rate, reduced days open by almost 30 days, dropped ... Read More...

Semex Delivers 11th Millionaire Sire!

noneRecently, Semex sire 0200HO04779 R-E-W Buckeye reached the pivotal Millionaire Sire mark at Semex, joining 10 other elite Semex sires that have each produced over one million doses of semen.

Semex continues to lead the industry in delivering sires that are the 'bestsellers' of their time, the truest testament of breeder satisfaction and approval. As Semex's 11th Millionaire Sire, Buckeye is joining an elite fraternity of industry icons including: Ladino Park Talent *RC; Hanoverhill Inspiration; Madawaska Aerostar; Startmore Rudolph; Comestar Lee, Leader, Outside and Lheros; Stouder Morty; and Oliveholme Aeroline.

These sires represent Semex's unique ability to combine genetics, production, sales and customer demand into one package. Without a doubt, Buckeye is the complete package sire.

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

"Buckeye's arrival as a high TPI and LPI sire made him attractive to all breeders worldwide," says Pierre Laliberte, Semex Alliance Senior Vice President, Genetics & Research. "High milk, strong udders, feet & legs, great calving ease and low somatic cell scores make Buckeyes the trouble-free cows that spell profitability everywhere."

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Semex's Latest Balance Magazine Now Online

noneSemex's latest Balance magazine is now online!

Click here to download the PDF and read the following articles:

  • Every Dose Counts At Semex
  • Real Results On Real Dairies: Repromix™
  • Profitable Outcross Sire
  • Record Breaking Morty Daughter
  • Higher Preg Rates = More Milk
  • Semex 'Bestsellers' Represent True Breeder Satisfaction
  • Premier™: Consistent Results At Ringa-Lea
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Mr Burns *RC Daughter Impresses At German Show

noneHassbargen Burns Hanseatin is one of the very first milking 0200HO05024 Dudoc Mr Burns *RC daughters in Germany, and she's making a great impression! Recently she placed 1st as the youngest 2 Yr Old in her class, as well as Reserve Junior Champion in Milk at the Excellentshow in Leer, Ostfriesland, Germany.

From a Ladino Park Talent *RC dam, Hanseatin is a tremendous, correct young cow with lots of potential for the coming years. According to Judge Lambert Weinberg, Hanseatin was an easy winner due to her great mammary system, her correct set of feet & legs and her overall balance.

Later on, Hassbargen became Reserve Junior Champion of the Show, beaten by the 1st place Sr 2 Yr Old, ZR Goldwyn Imke, by Braedale Goldwyn, who was also named Res. Intermediate Champion.

The Grand Champion Honours went to CTS Talent Tarina. Reserve Grand Champion was ViG Leader Grace, a well balanced Comestar Leader daughter.

Semex sired daughters including four Braedale Goldwyns, two Ladino Park Talents, one 0200HO05024 Dudoc Mr Burns *RC, 0200HO03067 Pursuit September Storm *RC, 0200HO04608 Regancrest-MR Samuelo and Comestar Leader all placed first or second in their classes, proving once again, the power and strength of Semex sires in Germany!

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Semex Captures All Championships At Austrian Grand Prix 2010

noneOn March 20-21, 2010 the 5th Dairy Grand Prix Of Austria was held in Rotholz, Tirol, Austria. The 5,000 speculators saw a great performance of Semex genetics capturing every single Championship title!

Congratulations to the owners of these champions:

  • Grand Prix Champion & Medium Champion: Sunnylodge Linjet daughter ROYAL
  • Junior Grand Prix Champion & Reserve Grand Prix Champion: Braedale Goldwyn daughter ROMINA
  • Senior Grand Prix Champion & Honorable Mention Champion: Comestar Lee daughter HANNELORE
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Semex Jerseys Lead Breed On Both Sides of Border

noneApril 2010 Genetic Evaluations: Breed Leaders in Semex's Jersey Lineup on Both Sides of the Border.

Semex sires continue to dominate the Lifetime Profit Index following the arrival of Canada's first genetic evaluation run that included genomic data from the Jersey breed in early April.

Semex is home to the top three active AI sires standing in Canada for GLPI. They are 0200JE00314 Hollylane Lilibet's Legacy, 0200JE00946 Sunset Canyon Dice-ET and 0200JE00430 Lencrest On Time-ET at +1746, +1542 and +1350 for GLPI, respectively. A further scan of this all-important list reveals that the 200JE code is home to 5 of the top 10 of the breed's top bulls and 11 of the top 20 bulls for GLPI.

Exciting newcomer to the proven line-up is high fertility Repromax™ sire 0200JE00142 Lencrest Tyler-ET EX-91-CAN, a son of former Semex great Willoa Laser, debuting at +1108 for GLPI. This is high enough for 11th position in the breed and boasts a balanced breakdown across production, conformation and functional traits. All this makes Tyler very similar to his older maternal brothers in the Semex lineup, 0200JE00423 Lencrest Blackstone-ET and 0200JE00430 ... Read More...

Extremely Balanced Mr Sam Son Joins Semex Line-Up

none0200HO02106 Stantons Steady EX-90-CAN EXTRA is Semex's first Mr Sam son. Based on his debut proof Steady meets his name's expectations... balanced!

From the famous Saturday family, Steady's dam is a VG-85-2YR-CAN 15* Convincer from the VG-86-3YR-CAN 32* Rudolph Stress cow. Next dam is Sher-Est Thor Soup VG-88-3YR-USA GMD DOM 1* and then EX-90-5YR-USA GMD DOM Sher-Est S-Wind Saturday. This family is well-known for delivering profitable sires to the marketplace including seven other sires at Semex.

Steady arrives with an enviable proof from a unique pedigree, being a Mr Sam son from a Convincer dam. This cross truly worked, delivering balance and power throughout.

"These are big, black, powerful, angular cows," says Carl Saucier, CIAQ Progeny Analyst. "They have shallow udders with tremendous fore udders, are wide with hard tops, balance and style."

These field reports match his numbers at +14 Conf, +10 Mammary System, +11 Feet & Legs and +12 for Dairy Strength. USA figures of +2.23 PTAT match, and easily make him a Designer Series™ sire.

Steady offers even more for all dairymen looking to capitalize on profitability, being a Semex Health$mart sire with a +105 Herd Life, 2.99 Somatic Cell Score, +108 Milking Speed and +108 Daughter Calving Ability in Canada.

All this, and Steady is Semex's highest new release fat deviation sire at +0.52 in Canada and Semex's #2 sire in the USA lineup at +.22! Also, ... Read More...

Designer Series™ Adds Both Progeny Proven Sires & Genomax™ Sires From Famous Dams Following April Proofs

noneThe Semex Designer Series™ sires are hand-selected for their ability to sire individuals with Semex's famous high-type look. These sires are those that transmit head-turning looks as well as longevity and its related increased production and profitability.

New releases to the program include two progeny proven sires:
· 0200HO02106 Stantons Steady (Mr Sam x Convincer x Saturday family)
· 0200HO03491 Ladys-Manor Aurora (Goldwyn x Champion x Aaron)

Genomax™ sires added to the program include 0200HO02554 Duckett-SA Fremont, 0200HO06042 Comestar A New Day and 0200HO76579 Wabash-Way Evolve, each generating a lot of excitement surrounding their April 6, 2010 release. These Genomax™ sires bring star-studded pedigrees to the Designer Series™ line-up.

0200HO02554 Duckett-SA Fremont is the only Goldwyn son of the 2009 WDE Supreme Champion and RWF Res. Grand Champion Harvue Roy Frosty EX-95-5YR-USA. Frosty is widely considered to be one of the finest cows to ever walk the Tanbark and impressed show enthusiasts worldwide with her performance in 2009, gaining the title of 2009 Unanimous All-American & All-Canadian 5 Yr Old as well as being named Holstein World's People's Choice Cow. Fremont's Shottle brother, 0200HO02553 Duckett-SA Federal, will be released in August 2010.

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Semex Health$mart Sires Added Following April Proof Round

With the April 2010 genetic release, Semex is pleased to introduce 17 new sires to its Health$mart™ lineup.

Semex identified Health$mart™ sires as those that sire the most valuable and profitable cows on the dairy. These sires excel for qualities that dairies can easily quantify in their ledgers. Dairymen can trust that a Semex Health$mart™ sire will have a positive financial impact, saving on vet bills, medications and staff time, as well as lost breedings and lost production.

Since its release in August 2009, the Health$mart™ lineup has been under tremendous demand, as dairymen around the world are looking to reduce expenditures and increase their profitability.

The selection criteria for a Semex Health$mart™ sire is based on:
· Health Traits: Herd Life, Somatic Cell Score, Daughter Calving Ability, Milking Speed, Daughter Fertility
· Production: Milk, Fat and Protein
· Durability Traits: Final Conformation, Mammary System and Feet & Legs

Semex's new Health$mart™ sires are easily identified with the Health$mart™ brand in all Semex materials and are listed below. These sires are included in ProMate™, Semex's global custom selection index:

0200HO04624 BRIGEEN GIVENCHY-ET
0200HO00423 CANYON-BREEZE ALASKA-ET
0200HO00113 CEDARWAL SPIRTE
0200HO05156 COMESTAR LITTORAL
0200HO02045 CROTEAU DOMBY
0200HO05221 DESLACS SPHINX
0200HO01861 JERLAND DENISON-ET
0200HO03491 LADYS-MANOR AURORA-ET
0200HO03463 LADYS-MANOR MARCELO-ET
0200HO05530 LARCREST CARBERNET-ET
0200HO03467 MARKLAND BRUZZER-ET
0200HO03479 MARKLAND LARS-ET
0200HO05492 SANDY-VALLEY BLACKJACK-ET
0200HO09603 SANDY-VALLEY TOYOTA-ET
0200HO01473 STANBRO MORE
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Semex Adds Repromax Sires Following April Proof Round

With the April 2010 genetic release, Semex is pleased to introduce 31 new Holstein and Jersey sires to its Repromax™ lineup.

Repromax™ sires are those Semex sires that are both highly reliable and high fertility with no genetic sacrifices. Semex scientists have gathered SCR, ATA and Non-Return data to develop the world's first international fertility evaluation. Known as Repromax™ sires, these sires are Semex's highest-ranked fertility sires. These bulls improve the fertility performance of cows and increase your profitability, representing the best of the best, with no genetic sacrifices.

With dozens of numbers to analyze and problems to solve in a day, dairymen are looking to simplify processes and find easy solutions to their dairy's problems. Semex's Repromax™ sires are the answer to their fertility issues.

Semex's new Repromax™ sires are easily identified with the Repromax™ brand in all Semex materials and are listed below. These sires are included in ProMate™, Semex's global custom selection index:

0200HO01907 CLAYNOOK KIN
0200HO09803 CROCKETT-ACRES ENVOY-ET
0200HO03402 DOMICOLE SIMMS
0200HO05383 EHRHARDT LATHAM-ET
0200HO05270 EXPRESS LESPERRON SUNKISK
0200HO03488 GILLETTE WINDSTORM
0200HO03348 GINARY TANDEM
0200HO03383 GINARY TWISTER
0200HO01806 JERRANN CHAPTER
0200HO05429 KERRY-K-MR ROBOT-ET
0200HO05337 LA PRESENTATION PICOLO-RED
0200HO03491 LADYS-MANOR AURORA-ET
0200HO05244 LANGS-TWIN-B MAYFAIR-ET
0200HO03474 LATUCH PORTER-ET
0200HO03329 LECHE ACCOLADE-ET
0200HO01976 MAPEL WOOD DIGITAL
0200HO03479 MARKLAND LARS-ET
0200HO09812 MOON-LINE CRANKY-ET
0200HO09451 MY-JOHN FLIP-ET
0200HO05466 OPSAL WILSTAR DORIC-ET
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