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April 2015 Proof Highlights

Semex’s corporate mission is to ‘Create value by developing and delivering innovative genetic solutions.’ We do not take this for granted and each genetic evaluation gives us the opportunity to reaffirm this commitment to our clients, whether they’re seeking GLPI, GTPI, GPLI, Type, Net Merit $, Calving Ease, Immunity+ or any of the other traits that drive profitability at the farm gate. Holstein Highlights: Top 5 genomic young bulls for UK Type Merit Top 4 genomic young bulls for PLI 0200HO06267 Gen-I-Beq Lavaman #1 PLI & #1 Increasing LPI sire Five of the top 20 new LPI sires 0200HO06320 Cangen Pinkman (Super x Baxter)  #1 Superstition son in Canada & #10 GLPI at +2951 Four of the top 20 GTPI sires 11 new proven Immunity+™ sires average +2599 GLPI/+2028 GTPI 9 new Genomax™ Immunity+™ sires average +3110 LPI/+2479 GTPI Jersey Highlights: 0200JE00075 Sunset Canyon Monopoly (Tbone x Lemvig) Semex’s #1 new release Genomax™ graduate #2 GLPI sire overall 0200JE00470 Comestar JDF Beautifull #7 GLPI sire overall Only double digit Conf bull in the top 30 at +11 with +10 Mammary and +13 Feet & Legs 0200JE09830 Sunset Canyon Determinate     #9 GJPI sire at 184 0200JE00183 Sunset Canyon David   #10 GJPI sire at 183 Ayrshire Highlights: 0200AY00713 Chaluka Virgile #2 GLPI sire Gains 220 LPI points and moves to #2 position 0200AY01003 Forever Schoon Perfecter (Rockstar x Calimero) High rated Rockstar son x famous Forever Schoon Perfecta EX 2E-96 0200AY01001 Des Coteaux Revolution (Orraryd x Poker) The #1 GPA LPI bull of the Ayrshire breed from the same maternal line that produced Rockstar, Decaf, Volvo and Mandarin 0200AY01000 D’Albanel Craftman (Volvo x Marlow) Top GPA LPI Immunity+™ Volvo son x deep pedigree with high production and Conformation To view daughter video ... Read More...

Roy G. Snyder, Father of A.I., Passes Away

It is with heavy hearts that Semex announces the passing of one of our founding fathers, Roy G. Snyder.

Commonly referred to as the ‘Father of A.I.,’ Roy’s life story is a testament to the modern dairy industry. Born in 1915 and raised on a dairy farm in Waterloo, Ontario, Roy’s experiences with dairy cattle breeding were his life’s passion and remain unmatched in our industry. Roy served A.I. in nearly every capacity possible, from technician to AI centre manager, as well as chairman of several influential associations including Chairman of the Semen Marketing Committee and Secretary-Manager of the Ontario Association of Animal Breeders.

Through this work, Roy saw the Canadian and global A.I. industry’s potential. After the first export of frozen semen to be flown overseas from Canada to Germany’s University of Munich was made in 1959, Roy followed up with a visit in 1964. He wanted to see these daughters for himself, and reported that their milk production far exceeded the herd average.

As frozen semen exports grew so did Roy’s involvement, overseeing the doubling of exports each year as he became more involved in promotion. This work culminated in one event that would change the A.I. industry’s global landscape, the formation of Semex’s precursor Semex Canada. In his book, Fifty Years of Artificial Insemination in Canada 1934-1984, Roy stated, “One noteworthy day in my career was May 8, 1974, when Semex Canada became a reality.”

“Roy Snyder was a pioneer, and we are all better for having his influence and vision. He is the forefather of Semex and at 99 years of age, Roy continued to take great interest in Semex’s success,” says Paul Larmer, Semex Chief Executive Officer. “Our work today continues to reflect his integrity and his vision for a growing global presence.”    
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Genomax Lineup Grows With New Supersire Son

Genomic testing over 6000 young sires worldwide nets impressive results for Semexís industry-leading Genomaxô lineup. Designed to deliver a consistent source of the worldís leading genomic young sires, this program is home to some of the worldís most famous and profitable genomic young sires, including the international sensation 0200HO06480 Val-Bisson Doorman and breed-leading progeny proven sires such as Facebook and Numero Uno. Available now worldwide through this lineup is another outstanding individual bred to deliver profitable production, 0200HO07846 RH Superman (Supersire x Man-O-Man). A HealthSmartô and Robot Readyô sire, Superman is one of Supersireís top sons, ranking as his #7 GTPI son at +2589 with breed-leading +95 PTAF and an extreme +807 NM$. Semex clients will appreciate he ranks as our #1 Supersire, NM$ and PTAF sire with an impressive 162 lbs combined Fat and Protein. Like all Semex sires, Superman hails from an outstanding maternal line. His dam is a VG-85 Man-O-Man from Willsbro Baxter Pammy VG-87 and then Windy-Knoll-View Pammy the EX-95 Durham from the famous brood cow EX-95 Promis who has 19 Excellent daughters, was the dam of the 2008 All-American Produce, Nominated Global Cow of the Year in 2007 and has numerous sons in AI. Ask your Semex representative today about Superman or any of Semexís leading genomic young sires in the Genomax lineup today! For additional information on Semex, Genetics for Life, Genomax, HealthSmart, Robot Ready or any of Semexís products or services visit www.semex.com
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Top-Notch Stanton Bulls Join Genomax Program

Semex is pleased to announce that two world-renown genomic sires, Stantons Capital Gain and Stantons High Octane, will join Semex's Genomax™ program in 2015.

Progressive dairymen worldwide count on Semex's Genomax lineup to provide a consistent source of the world's leading genomic young sires. This program is home to some of the world's most famous and profitable genomic young sires, including the international sensation 0200HO06480 Val-Bisson Doorman and breed-leading progeny proven sires such as Facebook and Numero Uno.

"Acquiring these two young bulls underscores our commitment to being the world's leading genetic supplier," says Brad Sayles, Semex Vice-President Global Marketing. "Providing our clients with these industry-leading type and milk McCutchen sons both deepens and compliments our lineup. Very shortly dairymen worldwide will have easy access to both of these sires, putting them to work in their herds, improving their genetic gain and increasing profitability." 

Available worldwide beginning January 1 and March 1 in Canada, both Capital Gain and High Octane offer breed-leading type with high NM$ and high GTPI rankings, and they're from one of the industry's most prolific families... The Chassitys! Their dam is the VG-87 Observer from Chassity the EX-92 GMD DOM 14* Shottle who is the dam of popular sires including Colt 45, Charlie and Gold Chip. Next dam EX-92-2E GMD DOM 6* Cinderella and then the famous Barbie EX-92 GMD DOM 6*.

Sired by the popular McCutchen, Capital Gain has the highest combined PTAT and PTAM figures for any McCutchen son at +3.03 PTAT and +1854 PTAM with a high +2468 GTPI and +121 CFP. Full brother High Octane is McCutchen's #1 PTAT and #1 UDC sire at +3.24 with a +3.13 UDC, low SCS and +2445 GTPI. Looking at McCutchen sons at Semex, Capital Gain is #4 GTPI while High Octane is the #1 PTAT, #1 Conf (+20), #1 UDC and #1 Mammary System (+20) McCutchen son to ... Read More...

Semex's Genomax Success Continues With December Evaluations

With the December genetic evaluation, Semex is 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 the industry’s first Genomic Giant, 0200HO7450 Amighetti Numero Uno (Man-O-Man x Shottle x Iron) receiving his first official proof, ranking him as the #6 TPI sire! He’s in good company at the top of the list, joining 0200HO03753 Marbri Facebook (#4 TPI and #1 LPI sire), 0200HO02698 Misty Springs Supersonic (Superstition x Shottle Satin x Sizzle) graduating at #13 TPI and Millionaire Sire 0200HO00402 Mainstream Manifold in the top 20 GTPI sires in the world. Genomax™: Led by household names including 0200HO06480 Val-Bisson Doorman and the program’s most famous graduates to date, Facebook and Numero Uno, our rigorous selection standards ensure that Semex’s Genomax sires are the industry’s finest, most desirable and profitable young bulls available anywhere: 0200AY00775    DES FLEURS PATRIOTE 0200AY00785    LAGACE MONDIAL 0200AY00732    LAGACE MORDICUS 0200AY00777    LAROC EQUINOX 0200HO10213   ANDREANE PARTISAN 0200HO10145   BENNER JAZZNIGHT 0200HO06641   BLONDIN CASHBACK 0200HO02946   BUTZ-HILL MULTIPLIER 0200HO02984   CLAYNOOK DARNELL 0200HO10158   CLAYNOOK DEDUCTION 0200HO02986   CLAYNOOK DICTION 0200HO10239   CLEAR-ECHO DISPATCH 0200HO06656   COMESTAR SIMPLE PLAN 0200HO10016   CRACKHOLM LEJEUNE ACDC 0200HO10159   DALMENY LATHER 0200HO10148   DE-SU FIREWALL 0200HO10150   DE-SU FLAMINGO 0200HO07831   DG CALANDO 0200HO07842   EBA GENTLE 0200HO10198   EDG CONSTABLE 0200HO10031   EDG ... Read More...

SEMEX'S IMMUNITY+ MEETING & EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS

New technologies are always coming along that claim a host of benefits. Seldom, however, do such technologies deliver on or surpass their original claims. Immunity+ is a special innovation that does indeed meet or exceed original expectations. And, with a 25% heritability, Immunity+ sires can help improve a herd¬ís overall health and longevity. 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¬ís time. And, most importantly, Immunity+ works. ¬ďThere is a lot of on-going research in the immune response field, and in each case, the findings further validate the many benefits of Immunity+,¬Ē says Jay Shannon, Semex Global Dairy Solutions Manager. ¬ďHigh immune response technology and Immunity+ sires have shown their potential to be one of the most significant innovations in the genetics industry, having a profound effect on a dairy¬ís strategy to improve overall animal health.¬Ē Joining the proven Immunity+ lineup following the December 2014 genetic evaluation are: 0200HO07450¬†¬†¬† AMIGHETTI NUMERO UNO ... MAN-O-MAN x SHOTTLE 0200HO07443¬†¬†¬† ANDERSTUP JUTLAND¬†...¬†PLANET x SHOTTLE 0200HO02712¬†¬†¬† BROOKVIEW SUPERFREAK¬†...¬†SUPER x SHOTTLE 0200HO02673¬†¬†¬† HOWARD-VIEW LAUTITUDE¬†...¬†MAN-O-MAN x GOLDWYN 0200HO02654¬†¬†¬† MISTY SPRINGS BRACKLEY¬†...¬†MAN-O-MAN x WILDMAN 0200HO02699¬†¬†¬† MISTY SPRINGS SPEECH¬†...¬†SUPER x SHOTTLE 0200HO02698¬†¬†¬† MISTY SPRINGS SUPERSONIC¬†...¬†SUPER x SHOTTLE 0200HO06303¬†¬†¬† PELLERAT DVD¬†...¬†MAN-O-MAN x GOLDWYN 0200HO02704¬†¬†¬† REGANCREST LERO¬†...¬†SUPER x ELEGANT 0200HO02633¬†¬†¬† SANDY-VALLEY ... Read More...

SEMEX HEALTHSMART LINEUP INCLUDES FEED EFFICIENCY

In August 2009, the HealthSmart™ lineup was launched as a means for Semex clients to quickly identify bulls that would sire the most valuable and profitable cows on the dairy. Five years later, the HealthSmart brand still represents sires that provide fertile and healthy daughters, but also more feed efficient cows. “By including Feed Efficiency in HealthSmart, we’re further emphasizing moderate-sized cattle, healthy cattle, efficient cattle and all around good commercial cows,” says Jay Shannon, Semex Global Dairy Solutions Manager. “These cows are the profitable kind. They have more efficient production, lower maintenance costs, lower health costs, better fertility and lead longer, more productive lives. They’re exactly what dairymen are looking for and what we’re talking about when we talk about Genetics for Life.” The HealthSmart lineup includes these popular sires:  0200HO07450  AMIGHETTI NUMERO UNO 0200HO00402  MAINSTREAM MANIFOLD 0200HO03753  MARBRI FACEBOOK 0200HO02698  MISTY SPRINGS SUPERSONIC 0200HO00560  MONUMENT IMPRESSION 0200HO00528  SILDAHL JETT AIR The following Genomax™ bulls are also designated HealthSmart: 0200HO09136    LEADERWIN MUSCADET ... MOGUL x JEEVES 0200HO10198    EDG CONSTABLE ... MOGUL x OBSERVER 0200HO10195    VIEW-HOME LITTLEROCK ... CASHCOIN x ROBUST 0200HO06639    STANTONS PULSAR ... MCCUTCHEN x SUPER 0200HO06587    GILLETTE CAVIAR ... MOGUL x IOTA 0200HO10155    VIEW-HOME UTAH ... DOORMAN x ROBUST 0200HO06551    VIEUXSAULE FLAM ... NUMERO UNO x FREDDIE 0200HO10088    ZAHBULS AVIATOR ... SUPERSIRE x FREDDIE 0200HO06589    JEANLU FIX ... MOGUL x ... Read More...

December 2014 Proofs Online At Semex

The December 2014 LPI & TPI proofs are now online on Semex's website at www.semex.com! † † † Semex is dedicated to our customersí success and profitability, whether theyíre 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. Each genetic evaluation confirms this commitment and drives us towards future success. Holstein Highlights: 0200HO03753 Marbi Facebook is #1 LPI sire & #4 TPI sire 0200HO02692 Gibbs-I Claynook Dude #2 Conf sire Semexís #1 new release TPI bull 0200HO07450 Amighetti Numero Uno #6 TPI sire overall Semexís #2 new release TPI bull 0200HO02698 Misty Springs Supersonic #13 TPI sire overall Jersey Highlights: 0200JE00470 Comestar JDF Beautifull #5 GLPI sire overall One of only two double digit bulls for conformation in the top 30† at +12 with +11 mammary and +13 feet and legs 0200JE00183 Sunset Canyon David†† Semexís #1 new release Genomaxô graduate Will rank in the top 15 active sires in the USA for GJPI Three of the top six and five of the top 15 young bulls for Genomic Parent Average for LPI in Canada and three of the top four for Conformation 0200JE00912†Gabys Archer is a top 10 young sire in USA for GJPI with semen available Ayrshire Highlights: Semex #1 new release LPI bull 0200AY00723 La Sapiniere Facykie #4 LPI sire overall #2 Fat % in Top 10 at 0.47 0200AY00699 Kamouraska Decaf #2 LPI 0200AY00680 Kamouraska Rockstar #3 LPI 16 of the top 20 LPI sires are 200AY bulls To view daughter video footage of many of Semexís 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 †
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Semex Dominates The Royal

As one of the dairy industryís Ďmust attendí events, the 92nd Royal Agricultural Winter Fair was one for the record books for Semex. Very similar to 2013, a commanding 57% of all Holsteins shown by 27 different sires were 200HO sired! Impressively, even more Semex-sired daughters placed in the top 10 in their classes in 2014 than 2013, with 97 receiving a ribbon. Forty-six placed in the top five, 12 won their classes and Semex sired eight champions. Like no other sire ever, Braedale Goldwyn continued his show ring dominance, capturing both Premier Sire Banners, and sired nine class winners, 49 top 10 placers and the DHI Production Award Winner. And, for the fifth consecutive year a he sired the Grand & Senior Champion Female as 1st Mature Cow, RF Goldwyn Hailey, continued her winning streak, capturing the traditional blanket of roses at the end of the day. †† Semex Genomaxô sires made their mark at the Royal as well. Making his Royal debut, Genomaxô and Immunity+ô sensation 0200HO06480 Val-Bisson Doorman sired the 1st Intermediate Calf & HM Junior Champion, Belfast Doorman Lovestruck. Placing 2nd in the same class was Repa Jenna Doorman, with seven other Doormans showing in the young heifer classes, gaining appreciation for Semex top seller. December 2014 proven sire prospect, 0200HO02770 Sully Hart Meridianís daughter Val-Bisson Meridian Doriane (a sister to Doorman himself) attracted a lot of attention in her stall at the Semex Walk of Fame and placed 3rd in the highly competitive Milking Yearling Class. Once again the Canadian National Jersey show showcased 200JE sires, as Semex sires stamped their daughters with the show-winning look, including Bridon Comerica, sire of the 2014 Reserve Grand Champion & 2nd Mature Cow, Random Luck Ray Helen. Other winnings include: Select Scott Minister: HM Junior Champion & 1st Sr Calf: Shadowvale Minister Sharlene Bridon Comerica: 2nd Mature Cow, Res Senior Champ & Res Grand Champion: Random Luck Ray Helen 2nd ... Read More...

SEMEX OPENS NEW BULL FACILITY FOCUSING ON YOUNG SIRE CARE

Semex is pleased to announce the opening of a new bull isolation facility in Brockville, Ontario.

With capacity of housing 230 young bulls and the goal of providing individual care to valuable young sires, this new facility will serve as an entry point for all bulls coming into stud.

“Traditional isolation facilities are generally at or very near production facilities. We chose to place this facility in a central location,” says Robert McRae, Semex Chief Operating Officer. “This ensures we have fulltime, dedicated staff that will ensure the best care and testing of these young bulls. And, we want to reduce any biosecurity risks at our production facilities, so having this facility at a separate location makes perfect sense.”

In the fast-paced genomic era, minimizing risk is just one goal of this new state-of-the-art facility. Semex is also working hard to get its valuable young sires into production sooner, impacting both Semex’s genetic suppliers and its clients.   

“We plan to be able to bring bulls into testing sooner and get them moving towards production even faster,” says Brad Sayles, Semex Vice President Global Marketing. “We’re doing everything to not only control this period in a bull’s life, but to also emphasize individualized care. Our end goal is to continue providing our clients worldwide with the best genomic young sires and proven sires in the world. This facility underscores our commitment to our clients, our genetic suppliers and our EastGen member owners in eastern Ontario that have been longtime partners in our success.”

“Our research and studies show that this is an extremely important part of a bull’s life,” says Sayles. “Working to supply our clients with young sire semen sooner is key to not only our success, but their success as well. Our facilities are the best in the business and this new facility certainly puts us ahead of ... Read More...