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Semex Sires Popular Worldwide

In a recent survey conducted by Holstein International, Semex sires were proven to be extremely popular worldwide.

Dairymen everywhere list Semex sires as tops in their choices as most used in the last 6 months, which sires they would like to use more heavily in retrospect and which sires make their best 2 Yr Olds. 

Semex sires showed their strength and popularity with dairymen when asked which proven bulls have Holstein International readers used in the past 6 months…  Dairymen answered that they’ve preferred a Semex sire 29% of the time.  Semex sires identified as those preferred by dairymen worldwide were Goldwyn (#3), Dolman (#8), Bolivia (#15), Talent *RC (#17), Ashlar (#18), Samuelo (#20), Jasper (#28) and #Spirte (#30).  Most interestingly it is only Semex that can claim to be truly international superstars with its 29% containing sires that are proven on three separate continents!  … Semex Works Everywhere in its truest sense!



Not surprisingly, breeders also chose Semex sires more than any other when answering which bulls they would have liked to have used more heavily in retrospect.  Four of the eight sires listed as most common responses are Semex sires.  Semex’s superstar Goldwyn ranked #2, with Semex greats Outside, Allen and Rudolph also listed.   This shows dairymen’s desire for reliable, well-proven sires.  These sires were all popular for multiple reasons, but certainly none more important than their high reliability.  Each of these bulls remain superstars of our industry, siring high producers, beautiful cows, sires of sons and most importantly the kind of real cows dairymen want more of in their ... Read More...

Semex On Target In Fertility Race

In August 2008 the United States Department of Agriculture released for the first time Sire Conception Rates (SCR), replacing Estimated Relative Conception Rates (ERCR). The SCR evaluation has proven to be better than ERCR as it is a more accurate measure of a bull’s ability to actually get a cow in calf, as opposed to just measuring non-return rates. Repromax™, Semex’s lineup of high fertility sires, benefits from this new system, as the SCR evaluation is included, forming the world’s only international fertility information.

Semex sires rank well above average for SCR, adding to the confidence breeders can have in using our Repromax™ lineup. The Sire Conception Rate (SCR) rating is an important fertility figure, but should just be part of the decision making process when choosing a mating sire. Therefore, it’s important to keep in mind just what the SCR figure represents and how to use it to your advantage.

For more information on SCR and Semex's Repromax™ product click here. ... Read More...

R. Peter Heffering to join Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2009

Renowned dairy breeder R. Peter Heffering will join the ranks of Canada's most influential individuals as the 2009 inductees into the prestigious Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame. The formal induction ceremony will take place later this year at the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame awards banquet on Sunday, November 8, 2009 at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, Ontario. Although not raised on a farm, R. Peter Heffering showed an early interest in agriculture on his uncle's farm and continued through his 4-H activities. After early years spent in the U.S., R. Peter established Hanover Hill Holsteins in Port Perry, Ontario in 1973, which bred the famous Hanoverhill Starbuck - the most influential bull in Canadian Holstein history with 60,000 registered daughters in Canada alone. Throughout his career, R. Peter represented and actively promoted Canadian agriculture and genetics in the show ring with multiple Premier Exhibitor and Premier Breeder honours at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. His travels on international trade missions and judging assignments furthered his ambassador activities for Canada and its prized Holstein genetics. And R. Peter mentored many young people from many different countries at Hanover Hill Holsteins. The Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Association honours and celebrates Canadians for outstanding contributions to the agriculture and food industry. Portraits are on display in the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Gallery located at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. ... Read More...

Semex Alliance 2009-2010 Board of Directors Announced

The Semex Alliance is pleased to introduce their 2009-2010 Board of Directors. Elgin Craig (Gencor) will serve a second term as President & Chairman of the Board, assisted for the second year by Gary Bowers as 1st Vice-President (Centre d'insémination artificielle du Québec, CIAQ) and by John DeVries (EBI) as 2nd Vice-President. Other members of the Board of Directors include Tim Hofstra (Westgen), Guy Lavoie (CIAQ), Norm McNaughton (Gencor) and Normand Barriault (CIAQ). ... Read More...

Crowley Selected As Semex Alliance Marketing Intern

Semex is pleased to announce that Christina Crowley has been selected as the 2009 Semex Alliance Marketing Summer Intern.

Christina is a recent graduate of the University of Guelph, with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, majoring in agricultural business.  Christina brings with her dairy cattle knowledge and agricultural experience, growing up on her family’s registered Holstein farm, Crovalley Holsteins, in Hastings, Ontario.  Christina is an active 4-H member, was the President of the College Royal in 2008 and will be part of the team representing the University of Guelph in the National Agri-Marketing Association competition in Atlanta, Georgia.

While at Semex Christina will gain hands-on experience, working with Semex’s global marketing department in developing and producing materials to assist sales through both print and website venues.  This work includes market research analysis and collaborating within the marketing department to produce 2009 marketing materials. ... Read More...

Semex Alliance Enhances Corporate Structure

The Semex Alliance, a global leader in international bovine genetics, is pleased to announce an enhancement to its corporate structure, streamlining our leadership framework within a global focus, while taking steps to fulfill our objectives through an expansion of our marketing division.

Effective immediately, all aspects of our marketing will be under one roof within our corporate structure with Brad Sayles taking on an a new leadership role within the executive team as Vice President, Global Marketing. Brad will oversee all aspects of Semex’s product marketing, programs, pricing, branding, promotion and communication on a global basis.  Brad will lead the Marketing Department to ensure all aspects of global Semex marketing closely align with the strategic corporate objectives and initiatives.  Brad joined the Semex Alliance in November 2007 as Director of International Sales & Business Development, Western Europe, Scandinavia, Australia & New Zealand, and will continue to service these key clients in addition to his marketing leadership responsibilities. 

Brad has a lifetime of industry experience beginning as a Sire Analyst for United Breeders and leading Semex’s Jersey sire procurement. Brad’s leadership roles continued through the Semex family, being named Marketing Manager at Gencor, a Semex Alliance partner, developing leading edge programs and services for its producers while managing all marketing and product support staff.   Brad also served as Marketing Manager at Holstein Canada, initiating highly successful business development and growth programs for both the domestic and international markets before returning to the Semex family.

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No Clear Winner In Fertility Race

In August 2008 the United States Department of Agriculture released Sire Conception Rates (SCR) for the first time ever, replacing Estimated Relative Conception Rates (ERCR). The SCR evaluation has proven to be better than ERCR as it is a more accurate measure of a bull’s ability to actually get a cow in calf, as opposed to just measuring non-return rates. Repromax™, Semex’s lineup of high fertility sires, benefits from this new system, as the SCR evaluation is included, forming the world’s only international fertility information.

Semex sires rank well above average for SCR, adding to the confidence breeders can have in using our Repromax™ lineup. The Sire Conception Rate (SCR) rating is an important fertility figure, but should just be part of the decision making process when choosing a mating sire. Therefore, it’s important to keep in mind just what the SCR figure represents. With SCR, the average conception rate for the Holstein and Jersey breeds has been set at 0, therefore a bull that scores 1.0 SCR can be expected to have a 1% higher conception rate than the average bull. And, the opposite is true for a bull with a -1.0 SCR score.

Looking at the industry snapshot of numbers like 1.9… 2.0… 2.1… and 2.3… one wonders how much difference is there between these bulls?

There is a difference of less than half a percet separating the top four competitors in the Holstein breed, and an even smaller difference among the top four competitors in the Jersey breed. These small margins do not lend themselves for any one company to claim complete dominance in SCR rankings.

When is a Bull “Good” or “Bad”?
If only small differences separates so many bulls, technically it is difficult to label one bull better or worse than another for ... Read More...

Semex's Balanced Breeding Gives Dairymen Options

The April 2009 proof release placed the stamp of approval on reliable second crop Semex sires such as 0200HO04779 R-E-W Buckeye and 0200HO03218 Gillette Brilea FBI, while ushering in sires designed to meet the needs of dairymen everywhere. Entering the Semex lineup are sires designed to positively impact bottom lines such as 0200HO09804 Crockett-Acres Eight, sires that meet the needs of Red & White clients, and newly proven sires for those looking for the best proven sons of Semex greats Talent and Titanic.

Buckeye daughters are known for their calving ease, high production, ideal feet & legs and exceptional rear udders, making him one of the most popular BW Marshall sons available today.  The April proof round echoed these same comments dairymen have been making since his release in 2005, and has solidified his place as a Second Crop Success.  Buckeye’s credentials put him in elite ranks for those looking to up their profitability, with +1914M, over 2.52 PTAT, +2.48 for both FLC and UDC, and +2.10 PL and a 6% Calving Ease.  Showing the Power of Balanced Breeding™ and the strength of Semex’s proving program in the USA, Buckeye’s proof has only increased since his initial release, gaining over 140 TPI points overall and adding over 2500 daughters since January 2009.   

Similar to Buckeye, FBI ticks all the boxes for most ... Read More...

Semex Sires Receive Holstein Canada Awards

With each genetic evaluation Holstein Canada recognizes sires who reach elite standards in production, conformation and also genetic indexes through their Superior Production (SP), Superior Type (ST) and Class Extra (EXTRA) programs.

Superior Production
Nine Semex sires have been recognized in April 2009 as Superior Production sires having combined genetic indexes for Fat and Protein in the top 5% of the Canadian sire population. Sires must have a reliability of at least 85%.

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CROCKETT-ACRES EIGHT-ET (Oman x Mtoto)

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GEN-I-BEQ SAHARA (Champion x Durham)

CANM101431904
LA PRESENTATION DAMAFRO (Forbidden x Supersire)

CANM101432000
LA PRESENTATION DISCOUNT (Goodluck x Lantz)

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MARKWELL AARON-ET (Champion x Convincer)

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R-E-W BUCKEYE-ET (BW Marshall x Rudolph)

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STANTONS SPONSOR (Finley x Rudolph)

CANM8875264
VYECROFT VITTORIO (Champion x Durham)

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WILLSONA SILAS (Titanic x Convincer)

Superior Type
Six Semex sires have been recognized as Superior Type in April 2009. Sires winning this award are within the top 5% of the sire population for their type proof (Conformation, Mammary System, Feet & Legs, Dairy Strength, Rump) and with a reliability of at least 85%.

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FREUREHAVEN TALON (Talent x Aeroline)

CANM8798386
GLENHAVEN CHANT (Champion x Lee)

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LESPERRON ALIBI (Affinity x Inquirer)

CANM7472411
MORSAN FRONTRUNNER (Talent x James)

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SANDY-VALLEY DELMORE-ET (Stormatic x Winchester)

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WEST PORT BOOKMAN ... Read More...

April 2009 LPI Proofs Online at Semex

April 2009 LPI proofs are now online at www.semex.com

Once again dominating the LPI listing, Semex Holstein sires capture 65 of the top 100!

# 3 LPI Holstein Sire: 0200HO03205 Braedale Goldwyn (#3 Conformation Sire & #1 2nd Crop Sire)
# 4 LPI Holstein Sire: 0200HO05049 Morningview Ashlar
# 5 LPI Holstein Sire: 0200HO05024 Dudoc Mr Burns *RC
# 6 LPI Holstein Sire: 0200HO09804 Crockett-Acres Eight (#1 New Release Holstein: Oman x Mtoto)
# 7 LPI Holstein Sire: 0200HO09132 Regan-England Murano (#2 New Release Holstein: Finley x BW Marshall)
# 8 LPI Holstein Sire: 0200HO05191 Kerndtway Howie
#10 LPI Holstein Sire: 0200HO5322 Gen-I-Beq Sahara *RC (#3 New Release Holstein: Champion x Durham)

# 4 LPI Ayrshire Sire: 0200AY00597 Kildare Jupiter
# 5 LPI Ayrshire Sire: 0200AY00594 Duo Star Normandin
# 6 LPI Ayshire Sire: 0200AY00596 St Clement Edmour
# 7 LPI Ayrshire Sire: 0200AY00511 Visserdale Etro
# 8 LPI Ayrshire Sire: 0200AY00580 Des Chamois Poker
# 9 LPI Ayrshire Sire: 0200AY00601 Lagace Ristourn

# 3 LPI Brown Swiss Sire: 0073BS00018 R-Hart Cartoon

# 2 LPI Guernsey Sire: 0200GU00109 Pine Ridge Double L
# 3 LPI Guernsey Sire: 0200GU00001 Rozelyn Enhancer Jordan
# 3 LPI Guernsey Sire: 0200GU00111 Myown Poker Bingo
# 5 LPI Guernsey Sire: 0200GU00400 Knapps Enhancer Krunch
# 7 LPI Guernsey Sire: 0200GU00401 Millborne Bolero
# 8 LPI Guernsey Sire: 0028GU00123 Eby Manor Buttermost Warden
# 9 LPI Guernsey Sire: 0200GU00102 Knapps Mr America

# 1 LPI Jersey Sire: 0200JE00314 Hollylane Lilibet's Legacy
# 3 LPI Jersey Sire: 0200JE00420 Pine Haven Senior
# 5 LPI Jersey Sire: 0200JE00970 Molly Brook Flow
# 6 LPI Jersey Sire: 0071JE00162 Rock Ella Perimiter
# 8 LPI Jersey ... Read More...

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