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Semex Dominates 2014 World Dairy Expo

The world’s undeniable ‘King of the Ring,’ Braedale Goldwyn, captured World Dairy Expo’s Premier Holstein Sire banner for a record seventh year (dating back to 2008 when he was one of the youngest and highest ranking TPI sires to ever win the award). With a career that strengthens as the years go by, he sired 33 daughters in the top 10 and 21 in the top of five placings in their classes. This included five class winners, and for the fourth year in a row, he sired the Grand Champion Female. Two-time World Dairy Expo Grand Champion RF Goldwyn Hailey stole the show once again, topping her Aged Cow Class and parading to champion honours. Flanking Hailey were two other Goldwyn daughters, 1st 5 Yr Old, Lovhill Godlwyn Katrysha, who was named Res. Grand Champion and Jacobs Goldwyn Valana, 2nd 5 Yr Old and Best Bred & Owned of the Show, was named Honourable Mention. Semex’s lineup of Show Time™ sires went beyond Goldwyn, with 27 different Semex sires on display, 78 daughters placing in the top 10, 10 class winners, six Best Udder in class awards and seven of the top 10 placings in the four milking classes! Other impressive results include 10 class winners from the first to the last classes of the day by four different Semex sires: Goldwyn (6): see above as well as: 1st Fall Heifer Calf (Stranshome Gold Annice); 1st Fall Yearling & Junior Champion (Comestar Larion Goldwyn) and 1st 4 Yr Old (Butz-Butler Gold Barbara) 0200HO03607 Allyndale-I Attic (1): 1st Sr 3 Yr Old & Intermediate Champion (Charwill Attic Marcy) 0200HO05592 ... Read More...

Semex Immunity+ Daughters On Display At World Dairy Expo

On the heels of an award-winning 2013 and with record worldwide sales since its release, Semex is proud present daughters of Immunity+™ sires at this year’s World Dairy Expo (WDE) in its Semex Tent.  Using a patented technology, Semex measures an animal’s immune response and their ability to combat infection and disease. These animals are considered High Immune Responders (HIR) and at Semex they’re known as Immunity+ bulls. “Dairymen are looking for long-term solutions to herd health,” says Brad Sayles, Semex Vice President Global Marketing. “With Immunity+ sires, dairymen can now ask how well a bull’s daughters respond to infection instead of how often they get diseases like mastitis. It changes the conversation from result-oriented measurements with heritabilities of less than 10%, to immune response that is highly heritable at 25%. We’re excited to share the future of herd health with dairymen this year at World Dairy Expo.” On display will be daughters of popular Immunity+ sires including: 0200HO03753 Marbri Facebook: Immunity+, HealthSmart™, Repromax™and Calving Ease™ sire 0200HO07450 Amighetti Numero Uno: Immunity+, Genomax™ and HealthSmart sire 0200HO05567 R-E-W Seaver: Immunity+ and Show Time™ sire 0200HO00560 Monument Impression: Immunity+, Repromax, HealthSmart and Robot Ready™ sire 0200HO02698 Misty Springs Supersonic: Immunity+, Genomax, HealthSmart, Repromax and Robot Ready sire To find out more about Immunity+ or any of Semex’s suite of solutions, stop by Semex at World Dairy Expo at the Semex Tent or in the Exhibition Hall at booth #2608-2709 or by visiting Read More...

BOVITEQ SERVICES NOW AVAILABLE ACROSS CANADA

Semex’s Canadian Embryo Production Centre, Boviteq, located in Saint Hyacinthe, Quebec, is world renown for both its research and bovine embryo work. For decades, producers from coast to coast in Canada and the US have benefited from and looked to Boviteq as their source for reproductive excellence. Now, Semex is proud to announce the accreditation of several satellite OPU (Ovum Pick Up) sites in eastern Canada to compliment the services offered in western Canada by Boviteq West. “We’re extremely excited about working with beef and dairy clients across the country, assisting them to implement genetic and reproductive activities on their farms,” says Brad Sayles, Semex Vice President Global Marketing. “Boviteq is home to the industry’s very best advancements in reproduction and genetics. Our embryo and IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) techniques have been extremely successful for the commercial and purebred breeder alike, and now with this expansion of OPU services, we’re able to serve an even greater customer base.” Boviteq is working directly with the following veterinarians as well as the McIntosh OPU/Fradon Read More...

Semex Millionaire Sire Buckeye Passes Away

Semex is saddened to announce the passing of its 11th Millionaire Sire, 0200HO04779 R-E-W Buckeye. Proven through Semex’s Premier™ young sire proving program in the US in August 2005, Buckeye’s popularity was instantaneous, arriving as one of the world’s most popular BW Marshall sons and ranking #4 TPI. In February 2006 Buckeye climbed to the #2 TPI position, commanding international respect for his desirable production, solid type and in-demand health traits. Buckeye daughters were known for exceptional feet & legs, mobility and flatness of bone. They had tremendous udders that were silky, very well-attached and were designed to handle large volumes of milk. His status as a calving ease sire only added to his popularity, selling into well over 50 countries worldwide. “Buckeye was one of the ultimate breeder satisfaction bulls,” says Brad Sayles, Semex Vice President Global Marketing. “He delivered long-lasting, profitable cows that their owners loved because they were milky, dairy and profitable. His daughters are still impacting their herds, being long-lasting and profitable.”  ... Read More...

Semex Jerseys Deliver Genetics for Life

Genetics for Life is all about delivering the best possible product to our clients, and Semex’s Jersey sires are no exception. The rigorous selection process used when selecting our Jersey lineup has netted impressive results with code 200JE owning four of the top 25 US GJPI Active Sires and the #1 new release sire in Canada!  Leading Semex sires was HealthSmart™ sire 0200JE00073 GR Wilsonview Maxwell at +198 GJPI. This Gannon son from the widely-respected M family at Wilsonview in Oregon delivers 66 pounds of Fat, 558 CM$, 524 NM$, 500 FM$ and impressive stats of 4.21 JUI and 4.8 for PL.  He ranks 4th for Net Merit $, 5th for Cheese Merit $ and fourth for Fluid Merit Dollars on the active list.  Blackstone son 0200JE00477 Lucky Hill Joker climbed 17 points GJPI with additional daughters to land one point behind Joker at +197. From a Legion x Montana Java, Joker sires hard-working cows that give him an impressive +60 F and +50 Protein. This high fertility Repromax™ sire is also available Sexxed™. Semex’s rigorous selection process for its Genomax™ lineup has resulted in some of the most in-demand progeny proven bulls in the world. One of these elite young sires is 0200JE01007 Missiska MacKenzie (Vinnie x Merchant) is no exception, ranking as number four on the G Code list at +259 GJPI. This impressive sire ranks #1 for Cheese Merit dollars (+766) and pounds of fat (+100), #2 Net Merit dollars (+671) and #6 for Fluid Merit $ (598). He also beings profit to the table with a .26% fat and +.08% protein and a high JUI at +4.86! In Canada, Robot Ready™ sire 0200JE00470 Comestar JDF Beautifull (Iatola x Fprize Belle x Declo Belle) graduates as the #5 GLPI sire overall, the #1 new release sire and the only double digit ... Read More...

Semex's Facebook Now World's #1 TPI Sire!

Semex’s Genomax™ sires meet the industry’s most rigorous genomic young standards. This results in some of the most in-demand genomic and progeny proven bulls in the world. The newest graduate of this program, 0200HO03753 Marbri Facebook, now ranks as the world’s #1 TPI sire! Facebook joined Semex’s elite Genomax lineup as the #3 GTPI sire in December 2010. Identified quickly as a top sire, Semex sampled 17 sons that have now entered the Genomax program themselves. They are now some of the most highly respected and in-demand genomic sires in the breed including 0200HO02870 Mr Lookout P Enforcer and 0200HO03877 Coyne-Farms Jabir who have each been at the top of the GLPI and GTPI charts. Now as a progeny proven sire, Facebook’s international demand will only increase as his #1 TPI and #1 MACE LPI rankings combined with his Immunity+™ status make him one of the most valuable sires in the world. With impressive statistics of +2356 GTPI/+3469 MACE GLPI, +2.49 PTAT, breed-leading +172 lbs combined Fat and Protein, moderate stature and fantastic udder traits of +3.04 RUH, +2.80 RUW and +2.90 UC, Facebook and his sons are only just beginning. “Facebook is exactly the kind of bull our clients are looking for,” says Brad Sayles, Vice President, Global Marketing. “He was an extremely popular Genomax young sire who has proven himself through his milking daughters. He is truly more than a triple-threat sire, being Immunity+, a high fertility Repromax™ sire, Calving Ease™ and HealthSmart™. He’s got everything our global clients are looking for to be profitable at the farm gate.” For more information on Semex, Genetics for Life, ... Read More...

World's #1 Homozygous Polled Bull Joins Semex's Genomax Lineup

Genetics for Life is all about ensuring that our customers everywhere have the tools they need to be successful. For our clients who are seeking a non-invasive solution to dehorning, the polled gene is extremely valuable. Semex recognizes the potential of the polled gene and we're working with our customers worldwide to find the best possible polled genes for them. New to the Semex Polled™ and Genomax™ lineups in August is the #1 homozygous polled bull available in the world, 0200HO10157 Calbrett Blueprint PP *RC. He's an impressive +2124 GTPI with a +4.6 PL, +1.10 DPR, +2.09 PTAT with a great +2.68 RUH, +2.47 RUW and 573 NM$ and is also designated a HealthSmart™ sire. A son of the popular Earnhardt P and from the well-known PR Barbie maternal line, Blueprint's pedigree is extremely popular and valuable. His dam is VG-85-2YR Cherry Crest Colt Bambi P, a Colt P from a VG-88 Alexander, Lookout Pesce A Brava, from VG-87 2* Regancrest MB Breyell then EX-90 GMD DOM 3* Breya, a Shottle from PR Barbie herself. "We have seen the remarkable increased interest in polled genetics over the past few years," says Brad Sayles, Vice President Global Marketing. "As the genetic merit of these sires increase so does the demand. Our clients are looking for homozygous polled sires with a high genetic value, and Blueprint is certainly one of those sires! This is his first semen available for use anywhere and we're excited about the potential it holds for our clients worldwide." Available worldwide beginning September 1, Blueprint is priced at $150 with no minimum purchase required. For more information on Semex, Genetics for Life, Genomax, Polled sires or any of ... Read More...

For A Stronger, Disease Resistant Herd Start With Semex

The discovery of high immune response (HIR) and Semex’s release of Immunity+™ sires was a game-changer for the bovine industry. With a 25% heritability, Immunity+ sires can help improve a herd’s overall health and longevity.  Regardless of herd size or management style, Immunity+ sires are a valuable tool for breeding a healthy herd of profitable and efficient cows.  Based on the HIR technology developed by Dr. Bonnie Mallard and her colleagues at the University of Guelph, the research surrounding this technology spans decades. It shows that HIR cows have 19-30% lower disease incidence compared to herd averages. These cows also respond better to commercial vaccines and produce higher quality colostrum. As a result, they are more profitable by bringing in more revenue, lowering costs and wasting less of the dairyman’s time. And, most importantly, Immunity+ works.  “We’ve been excited to hear from dairymen real life examples of Immunity+ sired daughters being healthier than their herdmates,” says Jay Shannon, Semex Global Dairy Solutions Manager. “For example, recently a dairyman using bulls from several studs reported that a bug hit his dairy’s calf pen. Unfortunately, he lost 11% of the daughters from other sires, but none of his Immunity+ sired calves were lost.”  Joining the proven Immunity+ lineup following the August 2014 genetic evaluation are: 0200HO03753    MARBRI FACEBOOK...    MAN-O-MAN x AIRRAID 0200HO02653    MISTY SPRINGS TRIBUTE...    MAN-O-MAN x GOLDWYN 0200HO07432    REGANCREST INTIMATE...    PLANET x SHOTTLE 0200HO02690    STANTONS EMPRESS...    MAN-O-MAN x OUTSIDE The following Genomax™ bulls are also designated ... Read More...

Semex Programs Continue To Offer Best Sires In The Business

With the August genetic evaluation, Semex once again reaffirmed our commitment to our clients and their drive for profitable genetics. We’re more confident than ever that our programs offer our clients everywhere what they’re looking for through our lineup of newly released daughter proven sires, high reliability sires and the very youngest and brightest genomic superstars.  Semex highlights include its Genomax™ program graduating 0200HO00402 Marbri Facebook (Man-O-Man x Airraid) who received his first official proof ranking him as the #1 TPI sire and #1 MACE LPI in the world! He joins Millionaire Sire 0200HO00402 Manistream Manifold, 0200HO0528 Sildahl Jett Air and another new graduate 0200HO02690 Stantons Empress (Man-O-Man x Outside) in the top 25 GTPI sires in the world.                  Genomax™: Led by household names including 0200HO07450 Amighetti Numero Uno and the program’s most famous graduate to date, Facebook, our rigorous selection standards ensure that Semex’s Genomax sires are the industry’s finest, most desirable and profitable young bulls available anywhere:  0200AY00784    KAMOURASKA BIGSTAR...    SITUATION x JUPITER 0200BS00123    LIME ROCK TOLEDO...    MOTOWN x DRIVER 0200HO06304    VAL-BISSON MORNING...    AFTERSHOCK x GOLDWYN 0200HO10072    CLAYNOOK DIECAST...    DAY x BEACON 0200HO10085    SANDY-VALLEY DIVO...    DAY x METEOR 0200HO06621    VELTHUIS B LUNDI...    DAY x PLANET 0200HO10121    SILVERRIDGE ENDURE...    DOORMAN x SNOWMAN 0200HO10157   ... Read More...

August 2014 Proofs Online At Semex

Each genetic evaluation underscores our commitment to our customers worldwide and our dedication to their success and profitability, whether they're seeking GLPI, GTPI, Type, Net Merit $, Calving Ease, Immunity+ or any of the other traits that drive profitability at the farm gate. We believe that this is Genetics for Life. Holstein Highlights: 0200HO03753 Marbi Facebook is World's #1 TPI & #1 MACE LPI sire Semex's #1 LPI bull 0200HO00528 Sildahl Jett Air Semex's #1 new release LPI sire 0200HO06183 Comestar Lemust 0200HO10157 Calbrett Blueprint is World's #1 Homozygous Polled Bull with semen availablea Jersey Highlights: Semex #1 new release GLPI bull 0200JE00470 Comestar JDF Beautifull #5 GLPI sire overall Only double digit Conf bull in the top 30  Two top 20 proven sires in the USA: 0200JE00073 Wilsonview Maxwell 0200JE00477 Lucky Hill Joker Two of the top five, four of the top 10, eight of the top 15, 10 of the top 20 among young sires in Canada for GLPI Two of the top 15 young sires in the world! To view daughter video footage of many of Semex's sires visit our Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/semexalliance Additional information on these bulls including complete LPI and TPI data is available at www.semex.com  ... Read More...

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