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Semex Photo Contest

It's not too late to enter! Semex is looking for new, exciting photos to use in Semex promotions such as calendars, posters, brochures, website and much more. In 2009 almost 250 photographs from 17 different countries, including New Zealand, Australia, the UK, France, Spain, Hungary, Brazil, Denmark, the Netherlands, Colombia, Belgium, Germany, Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, the USA and Canada were vying for top honours, visually proving how Semex Works Everywhere! This year's categories are as follows: · PEOPLE AND THEIR SEMEX COWS · LANDSCAPES WITH SEMEX COWS Preference will be given to photographs that include cows and will be judged on composition, quality and character of image, suitability and/or creativity in relation to a category theme and overall impression of the photo. Prizes will be awarded in each category as follows: 1st Prize: $200; 2nd Prize: $100; 3rd Prize: $50 (Canadian dollars). All entries must be received by August 1, 2010. Visit www.semex.com to enter and to access full contest rules, terms and conditions. ... Read More...

Semex Sires Canada's Fourth EX-97 Holstein Cow

Quality Carlton Pam EX-97-6E 2* has become Canada's newest EX-97 point cow! Sired by Semex's Gillette Carlton Pam will be 12 years old in July and has 1 Superior Lactation Award and has over 93,000 kgs to date lifetime. Pam was Nom. All-Canadian 5 Yr Old in 2003 and has two EX and five VG daughters. Joining an 'All-Semex' group, Pam is the fourth EX-97 cow in Canada and the first to be bred & owned. Pam has elite company as an EX-97 cow in Canada joining the RWF and WDE Champion Thrulane James Rose (by Shoremar James), the All-American and All-Canadian Bruynland Storm Kendra (by Maughlin Storm) and Davidsons Raider Bronze (by Hanoverhill Raider). Showing true longevity and profitability, each of these Semex sired individuals have tremendous lifetime production totals, averaging over 98,000 kgs to date! Congratulations to Pam's owners Quality Holsteins of Woodbridge, Ontario, owned Paul & Ari Ekstein. ... Read More...

Semex Works In Hungary!

April 23-25, 2010 was a tremendous period in the history of the Hungarian animal breeding at the Hódmezővásárhely Show 2010. The number of Holstein-Friesian cows and heifers exhibited hit all records in the history of the show. The field was extremely strong, as numerous daughters of the world's most popular sires represented the different breeding philosophies and were inspected by Judge Guido Oitano of Italy. Semex has been present in the Hungarian Holstein-Friesian breeding for more than 20 years, with daughters by 0200HO03067 Pursuit September Storm *RC, Comestar Stormatic, Canyon-Breeze Allen and Deslacs Milkstar, as well as many Semex young sires, capturing many prestigous ribbons. Additionally, a Semex young sire daughter by Alibi placed second in the pregnant heifer class. Grand Champion, Süsü, is sired by Semex's Meadow Bridge Markem, and showed amazing dairyness, silkyness and texture to her udder, with outstanding feet and legs. Semex's MAGOR Nucleus Herd program run in Hungary has been put on the map by the world famous Semex sire 0200HO07317 Magor Bolivia Allen, who attracts breeders worldwide due to his ability to sire dairy strength. Another valuable member in the program, Magor Salle (Shottle x Jesther) sired the Reserve Champion and Best Udder award winner. Her full brother, Magor Financial, is housed at Semex Hungary and was sampled in Canada and Hungary. Normand Barriault, Semex Alliance Board Member; Vincent Bosquet, Semex Alliance CFO and Sam Mitra, Semex Alliance Sales & Business Director visited the show and met several Semex partners to see that Semex Works Everywhere! ... Read More...

Semex Alliance & Holstein Canada Sponsor Canada-Australia Young Adult Exchange

The Semex Alliance and Holstein Canada are proud to once again sponsor a young adult exchange program along with their Australian counterparts, Semex Pty. Ltd and the Victorian Branch of the Holstein-Friesian Association of Australia. This program offers a young Canadian the opportunity to experience the Australian dairy industry firsthand, and an Australian or New Zealand youth to travel to Canada and gain insight into our Canadian dairy industry. The 2011 exchange program to Australia will involve exciting travel and educational opportunities for a young Canadian dairy enthusiast between the ages of 18 and 25. The Canadian trip recipient will spend approximately three months working on leading Holstein farms and artificial breeding centers in Australia beginning in January 2011 at Australia's International Dairy Week, and continuing through March. Applications are available at www.semex.com and www.holstein.ca for a Canadian youth with a firm application deadline of July 15, 2010. The successful candidate will be contacted in August and publicly announced at the 2010 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. For additional information please contact Brenda Lee-Turner at Semex Alliance or Alain Lajeunesse at Holstein Canada. ... Read More...

Semex Alliance Announces Board of Directors

The Semex Alliance is pleased to introduce their 2010-2011 Board of Directors. Gary Bowers (Centre d'insémination artificielle du Québec, CIAQ), will serve as President & Chairman of the Board, assisted by as 1st Vice-President, John De Vries (Eastern Breeders Inc, EBI), and by Norm McNaughton (Gencor) as 2nd Vice-President. Other members of the Board of Directors include Tim Hofstra (Westgen), Guy Lavoie (CIAQ), Normand Barriault (CIAQ) and Semex's newest board member Robert Wright from Midhurst, Ontario (Gencor). The Semex Alliance is a partnership of the Canadian artificial insemination cooperatives: Westgen, Centre d'insémination artificielle du Quebec (CIAQ), Eastern Breeders Inc (EBI) and Gencor. Semex Alliance is focused on global leadership in livestock genetics. ... Read More...

Semex Sponsors WDE Virtual Farm Tour

Semex 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!

Recently, 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." The Buckeye daughters have ... Read More...

Semex's Latest Balance Magazine Now Online

Semex'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 ... Read More...

Mr Burns *RC Daughter Impresses At German Show

Hassbargen 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! ... Read More...

Semex Captures All Championships At Austrian Grand Prix 2010

On 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 ... Read More...