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Semex Learning Centre Trains Semex Staff Worldwide

Semex is working hard to ensure that the Semex sales force continues to be the industry's most well-respected and informed staff, committed to delivering profitable solutions to dairymen around the world. This continuous development and commitment to ongoing education is at the foundation of the Semex Learning Centre (SLC). Recently several training sessions were held: In the USA, Semex USA staff completed the second phase of their SLC 'Roadmap To Sales Success' training. This training involves a group of programs designed to ensure Semex sales people continue to focus on meeting their clients' needs, while delivering profitable solutions and ultimately results to their clients. These courses involved three days of traditional, in-class training designed to engage an ongoing conversation with Semex clients, understanding their goals and objectives. Semex Germany sales staff traveled to Canada for hands-on training regarding Semex's products, programs and services, Canadian genetic evaluation, Holstein Canada's classification program. Additional sessions focused on salesmanship and customer as well as management and daughter tours. Additional Semex staff from Algeria, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Holland, Pakistan, Portugal, United Kingdom, Mexico, Korea and Thailand attended a training session in Canada at the end of May regarding Semex products, programs and services, the Canadian dairy industry, understanding the Canadian genetic evaluation system and Canadian classification system. "Today's dairy industry is competitive, very competitive," says Brad Adams, Semex Alliance Global Training Manager. "Semex sales staff have to be the best in the world ... Read More...

Profitable Outcross Sire: Lancelot

When we think about what is important in a dairy cow we quickly identify traits that translate to profitability and a long career in the milking herd... Breeding back easily, producing well with good components and having udders built to last. Semex's Health$mart™ sires are specifically identified for these traits, making it easier for dairymen to put these profitable sires to work. In January 2010, Semex added 0200HO02082 Bomaz Lancelot (98%-I), a Lancelot son proven through its USA Premier™ program to Semex's Health$mart™ line-up. Lancelot's pedigree makes him very interesting, offering an outcross pedigree while still being one of the top bulls in the industry. As a son of the German bull Lancelot, his pedigree is more than just an outcross due to his sire. On the maternal side his pedigree is filled with excellent production and high classification scores. Not only was Lancelot's Rubytom dam scored EX-91-2E, but both she and his grandam produced over 16,329 kgs in 305 days in their second lactations. This unique pedigree has made him a stand out from contemporaries, but has also drawn worldwide attention from other AI centres that are looking to use him as a sire of sons. Analyzing Lancelot on paper it's easy to see that he has many of the traits dairymen look to when looking for profitable sires. He posts excellent figures for milk production, components, mammary systems, with above average fertility in both the USA and Canadian systems, predicting his daughters' will to live and contribute. Proven through his first crop ... Read More...

Semex Announces First Ever Beef Photo Contest

Semex is pleased to announce its first ever Semex Beef Photo Contest. Semex is looking for new and exciting beef photos to use in Semex promotions such as posters, brochures, catalogues, website and much more. Preference will be given to photographs that include cows and will be judged on composition, quality and character of image, suitability and/or creativity and overall impression of the photo. The winning photo will have the honours of gracing the cover of the 2011 Semex Beef Catalogue, which is distributed to producers all around the world. All entries must be received by September 30, 2010. Visit the Semex Beef website today at www.semex.com/di/beef to enter and to access full contest rules, terms and conditions. ... Read More...

Semex Designer Series™ Adds Sons From World Dairy Expo Supreme Champions

The Semex Designer Series™ sires are hand-selected for their ability to sire individuals with Semex's famous high-type look. These sires transmit head-turning looks as well as longevity and its related increased production and profitability. New releases to the program on July 1, 2010 include two Genomax™ sires: · 0200HO02553 Duckett-SA Federal (Shottle x Harvue Roy Frosty) · 0200GU00305 Indian Acres Prada (Aaron x Indian Acres MM Pistachio Pie) 0200HO02553 Duckett-SA Federal is an exciting Shottle son of the 2009 WDE Supreme Champion and RWF Res. Grand Champion Harvue Roy Frosty EX-95-5YR-USA. Federal is her high-ranking Shottle son and joins her only Goldwyn son, 0200HO02554 Duckett-SA Fremont, at Semex. 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. 0200GU00305 Indian Acres Prada is an Aaron son from the 2007 World Dairy Expo Supreme Champion, Indian Acres MM Pistachio Pie EX-94-USA. Pistachio Pie is a four-time National Champion, two-time All-American and two-time Jr. All-American. Pie hails from an extremely prolific family, with her dam being VG-88 and granddam scoring EX-91 and was named Res. All-American Jr 3 Yr Old 1995. The next three dams are all VG. These Genomax™ Designer Series™ sires are the result of Semex's Balanced Breeding philosophy, a selection process based on the careful mating of the world's most popular sires and proven cow families, and are ... Read More...

Semex at American Jersey Cattle Association Convention

A group of over 450 Jersey enthusiasts enjoyed the hospitality of Eric Silva and family at the famous Sunset Canyon Jerseys in Beaver, Oregon on Thursday evening, June 24. This final stop of the day for the American Jersey Cattle Association Convention tour of Tillamook County was sponsored in part by Semex and Micro. Convention goers were able to see Semex's ai24™ Heatime® system in action, and have questions answered regarding the system by representatives from both Semex and Micro. Additionally Semex featured a daughter display of newly added high fertility Repromax™ sire 0200JE09826 BW Surefire (Illusion x Centurion) and sponsored a judging contest featuring the daughter group. Jersey Canada Executive Secretary Russell Gammon officiated with all participants receiving an ai24™ hat and winners receiving a special Semex Jersey offering. The evening was finished with a memorabilia auction to benefit the AJCA Research Foundation, concluding a truly a fantastic event that Semex was honored to be vital part of. On Saturday evening June 26, the convention ended on a high note at the 53rd Annual National Heifer Sale held at Forest Glen Jerseys, averaging a record $4,547.40 on 44 lots, 10 of which were Semex sired. The second high seller at $10,500 was a first choice by Semex Genomax™ sire 0200JE00060 BW Renegade from Sun Valley. The high seller was from Sunset Canyon, bringing $11,000 and was from an EX93 Sultan dam. ... Read More...

Former Semex & CIAQ General Manager Made Knight of Ordre national du Quebec

On June 3, 2010, Robert Chicoine, a former Semex Alliance and CIAQ (Centre d'insémination artificielle du Québec) General Manager, was made Knight of the Ordre national du Québec and the award was bestowed on him by Québec Premier Jean Charest at a ceremony at Hôtel du Parlement. Mr. Chicoine is among the 34 notables to receive one of the three titles of the Ordre national du Québec, the highest distinction bestowed by the Government of Québec. Robert Chicoine devoted his professional life to the artificial insemination industry at Centre d'insémination artificielle du Québec in Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, and his career could be summarized thus: a competent and rigorous agrologist, who built on scientific research, as well as an outstanding administrator, who brought the Canadian dairy cattle superior genetics to the international scene. His knowledge, know-how and personal attributes have often led him to counsel governmental organizations and other major players of the bovine industry. He was also invited to participate in many overseas assignments. Robert Chicoine was the first General Manager of the The Semex Alliance, and his name will forever be linked to the worldwide recognition of Canadian genetics. ... Read More...

Semex Sires Dominate 10th Mercolactea Show In Argentina

It was an unforgettable show for Semex in Argentina at the 10th edition of Mercolatea. Semex sires set a new record for champion titles claimed. International phenomenon Braedale Goldwyn claimed six champion titles, which easily made him Premier Sire of the Show. Other Semex sires with class winners included: 0200HO01677 Regancrest Dolman, Wilcoxview Jasper, Comestar Lee, 0200HO03067 Pursuit September Storm *RC, Hartline Titanic, Comestar Stormatic, Comestar Outside and 0200HO00113 Cedarwal Spirte. The Grand Champion & Best Udder of Show was Comestar Outside daughter, Reforma 2634 Vanina Outside. Res. Grand Champion was by Comestar Leader, Pepe Nazarena Leader and Hon. Mention was Centennial 2927 Freeman. Congratulations to all the exhibitors at the 10th Mercolatea! ... Read More...

Semex Works In Portugal!

S. Miguel is the largest island in the Azores, the Portuguese archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The agriculture economy is milk production and cows are on pasture year round. The passion for good cows is high and the local dairymen breed them, using the best genetics possible, as they are not allowed to import replacements from the mainland. For many years, Semex genetics have been in great demand with dairymen recognizing Semex sires as delivering long-lasting cows that produce well effortlessly. At the annual show held on May 14-16, dairymen from around the island presented their best. Semex sires had a great day capturing more than 50% of the first five places in all classes, with a variety of great Semex sires doing very well including: 0200HO03067 Pursuit September Storm *RC, Braedale Goldwyn, 0200HO03315 Braedale Pagewire, 0200HO04779 R-E-W Buckeye, 0200HO04820 Fortale Lomax, 0200HO05024 Dudoc Mr Burns *RC, Wilcoxview Jasper, 0073HO09945 Comestar Manager, 0072HO01758 Comestar Lheros, 0200HO01677 Regancrest Dolman, 0200HO04674 Poly-Kow Mailing, Canyon-Breeze Allen, Summershade Inquirer and Comestar Stormatic. Goldwyn was the winning ... Read More...

Semex Alliance Announces New Distributor In Finland

The Semex Alliance, a leading global genetics company, is pleased to announce that Semex Finland is Semex's distributor in Finland effective immediately. Semex has enjoyed a successful relationship with dairymen in Finland through a distributorship provided by Semex Sweden. For over 10 years, Semex Sweden has cultivated relationships with the Finnish dairyman, building a new dairy culture in Finland. "In 1998 I started using Semex sires on my own herd," says Semex Finland General Manager, Sari Alhainen. "I have been so pleased with the results that I wanted to make Semex genetics more widely available to Finnish farmers. Working with Semex Sweden I began marketing Semex's lineup and our Promate™ mating program. The results from Semex Sweden's efforts are remarkable, and we are all very proud of this development." A family run business, Ms. Alhainen will run Semex Finland with her three sons. "Sari is an extremely passionate ambassador for Semex," says Brad Sayles, Semex Alliance Vice President, Global Marketing. "Finland has 300,000 dairy cows with Ayrshires being most prevalent. Semex's balanced breeding philosophy is very appealing to these dairymen who demand cows that milk well, are long-lasting with healthy udders and have good feet & legs. We are thankful for Semex Sweden's dedicated work and have no doubt Semex Finland will continue to grow our business." ... Read More...

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...