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Semex's Genetics for Life Takes Center Stage At World Dairy Expo

Known as the ‘Center of the Dairy Universe,’ World Dairy Expo (WDE) 2013 will certainly go down in the record books as one of the very best ever at Semex. With thousands of people visiting with us in order to find out more about our products, programs and services, the Semex Tent and our booth in the exhibition hall were the places to be at WDE. Both locations showcased Semex’s key products and services including: Immunity+™ (a Top 10 Winner of the 2013 Dairy Herd Management Innovation Awards); Semex Works™ (an easy, interactive, flexible program that will keep dairies a step ahead); Semex ai24™ (the SCR-HR® tag was a Top 10 Winner of the 2013 Dairy Herd Management Innovation Awards); and daughters of our Premier™ program graduates. The Premier program is the fastest growing in the US and the display included daughters by: 0200HO09901   CLAYTON-CREST ACE: HealthSmart™ sire graduating in December 2013 0200HO05929     GEN-I-BEQ BRAWLER: HealthSmart™ sire 0200HO03648     DOMICOLE CHELIOS: Repromax, Calving Ease and Show Time sire 0200HO05592     CRACKHOLM FEVER: Repromax™, HealthSmart, Robot Ready™ and Show Time™ sire 0200HO00528     SILDAHL JETT AIR: HealthSmart and Calving Ease sire 0200HO05549     REGANCREST REGINALD: Repromax, Calving Ease™, Robot Ready and Show Time sire “Our guests and visitors were extremely impressed with the time they spent with us at World Dairy Expo,” says Paul Krueger, Semex Director, Sales & Business Development, USA. “Semex and Genetics for Life™ is about genetic solutions, our commitment to research & development, developing long-lasting, profitable herds and lifelong partnerships. Dairymen saw that Semex’s programs and services are their best option when it comes to building long-lasting, healthy and profitable herds. Our team was excited to share our story with these folks and looks forward to visiting with them more in the future.” For more information on any of Semex’s brands or the products, programs and services ... Read More...


Semex’s Braedale Goldwyn once again showed his prowess on the coloured shavings, siring nearly 25% of the entire show, with daughters capturing nearly every award possible.  Capturing the Premier Sire Banner for a record sixth consecutive year, (dating back to 2008 when he was one of the youngest and highest ranking TPI sires to ever win the award), Goldwyn daughters were certainly some of the most anticipated to enter the ring again this year, with many returning year after year. With statistics nearly matching previous years, 47 Goldwyn daughters placed in the top 10 of their classes, 25 in the top five and eight placing first. Once again, for the third year in a row, a Goldwyn daughter was named Supreme Champion Female. Bonaccueil Maya Goldwyn EX-95-2E-CAN owned by Ty-D Holsteins, Drolet & Fils, Ferme Jacobs, A. & R. Boulet Inc of Cap-Sante, QC placed 1st in her Mature Cow Class, was named Champion Bred & Owned, Senior Champion, Grand Champion and later that day Supreme Champion of the entire show.         Other Goldwyn winnings include: 1st Winter Calf: Jacobs Goldwyn Lenny 1st Fall Calf: Petitclerc Gold Saltalamacchia 1st Jr 2 Yr Old: Belfast Goldwyn Lasenza HM Inter Champ & 1st Jr 3 Yr Old: Ehrhardt Gold Beauty Inter Champion & 1st Sr 3 Yr Old: Butz-Butler Gold Barbara 1st 4 Yr Old, Res Sr & Res Grand Champ: Cookview Goldwyn Monique 1st 5 Yr Old: Rosedale Lexington WDE Supreme Champion, Holstein Grand & Sr Champion & 1st Aged Cow: Bonaccueil Maya Goldwyn Aged Cow Class: Nine Goldwyns shown Grand & Intermediate Champion of the Jr. Holstein Show, Whitaker-KK Goldie Rose Semex’s lineup of Show Time™ sires is much more than just Goldwyn, with many other stud code 200 sires rising to the top with impressive results: International Holstein Show: 204 head or nearly 50% of the show were 200HO daughters 25 different Semex sires were ... Read More...

Semex's Immunity+ Wins Innovation Award During World Dairy Expo

During their Innovation Awards ceremony last night at World Dairy Expo, Dairy Herd Management announced that Semex’s Immunity+™ was named a Top 10 Innovative Product of the Year.

“Immunity genetics is an emerging technology that provides dairymen with an effective means to improve the health of their dairy cattle with each generation,” says Jay Shannon, Semex Global Dairy Solutions Manager. “At Semex, we’re extremely excited to have acquired this technology for our customers, who can now utilize Immunity+ sires that combine high overall genetic merit in a package with the added benefit of higher immunity.”

Using a patented technology, Semex is now able to measure an animal’s immune response and their ability to combat infection and disease. These animals are considered High Immune Responders (HIR) and Semex’s HIR sires are known as Immunity+ bulls.

By using this information in breeding decisions, dairymen can ask how well a bull’s daughters respond to infection instead of how often they get diseases like mastitis. This is important because traditional health-related genetic traits such as Productive Life, Somatic Cell Score and Daughter Pregnancy Rate are result-oriented measurements, with an indirect association to health. Even more restrictive, these traits are less than 10% heritable. By contrast, immune response is highly heritable at 25%, making genetic gain in health traits much easier.

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

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Get To Know Semex Better At World Dairy Expo

Known as the 'Center of the Dairy Universe,' World Dairy Expo (WDE) is the international dairy meeting place, and this year Semex is inviting dairymen to 'Get To Know Us Better' as we introduce and feature the following key products and services designed to increase dairy profitability:

Semex ai24™: A whole herd management solution with both rumination monitoring and heat detection capabilities
Immunity+™: A nominee for the 2013 Dairy Herd Management's Innovation Award, Semex's patented Immunity+ sires have a naturally high immune response and will improve the health of the next generation 
SemexWorks™: Visitors can step up to our interactive station and use a simple touch, step-by-step process to define their own genetic strategy 
Semex Premier™ Daughters: This year we're featuring daughters from our Premier Young Sire Sampling Program including:

0200HO09901 Clayton-Crest Ace: HealthSmart™ sire graduating in December 2013
0200HO00546 De-Su Bowman: HealthSmart and Calving Ease™ sire
0200HO05929 Gen-I-Beq Brawler: HealthSmart and Robot Ready™ sire
0200HO03648 Domicole Chelios: Repromax™, Calving Ease™ and Show Time™ sire
0200HO00528 Sildahl Jett Air: HealthSmart and Calving Ease sire
0200HO09225 Ladys-Manor Shane

“We’re extremely excited to meet with our customers and friends from coast to coast and around the world again this year at World Dairy Expo,” comments Paul Krueger, Semex Business Unit Development Manager, USA. “Semex is a company on the move and our lineup, products and services are all designed to be the best options for dairymen looking to increase their profitability, and for those looking to partner with a company offering valuable reproductive solutions. If you’re coming to World Dairy Expo, Semex should be on your ‘must do’ list!”

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Semex is pleased to announce that David Ertl has joined the Semex Jersey Team as the US Jersey Sire Analyst effective Monday, September 30, 2013.

In this role, David will report directly to the Jersey Program Manager, and will be responsible for executing Semex’s Jersey sire selection and acquisition strategy in the US. This newly created position supports Semex’s growing Jersey Genomax™ program, ensuring Semex continues to obtain the breed’s best genetics. Additionally, David will be working directly with the Semex Team from coast to coast, supporting sales and providing Jersey knowledge and genetic expertise. 

David was born and raised in Ohio, attending The Ohio State University where he obtained a bachelor of animal science degree with a minor in agricultural business. Following graduation, David was a herdsman at a central Ohio commercial dairy, providing cow-side diagnostics and treatment as well as whole herd and employee management. His own herd, Ertl Jerseys, has ranked in the top 25% in the nation for JPI, and has had numerous bulls enter stud including 0200JE00180 Ertl Mantra, a top 20 G-code bull that is part of Semex’s Genomax and Immunity+™ lineups. Additionally, David was awarded the 2011 Young Jersey Breeder Award from the American Jersey Cattle Association. Most recently, David worked for Sexing Technologies as Director of Nutrient Management at their Ohio Heifer Center.

“We could not be more excited to add David to our Jersey Team,” says Russell Gammon, Semex Jersey Program Manager. “With his practical knowledge of modern dairy farming, a world of energy and drive, and an ocean-deep knowledge of the Jersey breed, David is the perfect choice for this position! Semex’s Jersey program is expanding year after year and now with David on board, we look forward to even greater successes and accomplishments.”

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Holstein Canada and Semex are extremely proud to announce that Roxanne Montplaisir of Trois-Rivières, QC will represent Canada on the 2014 Holstein Canada-Semex sponsored Young Adult Australia Exchange. 

“Roxanne’s knowledge of the Canadian dairy industry and hands-on experience working with dairy cattle, as well as her enthusiasm, passion and leadership abilities make her a fantastic ambassador of the Canadian dairy industry,” says Holstein Canada Chief Executive Officer, Ann Louise Carson. 

Fully bilingual, Roxanne grew up on a dairy farm, Ferme Monyka, where she is still actively involved on the family operation. Along with helping out on the family farm, Roxanne is employed full-time by Valacta as a Dairy Production Advisor as well as working part-time as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Eastside Holsteins in PEI. A graduate from the Université de Laval with a degree in agricultural science, Roxanne was involved in many university clubs and committees, including the judging team and the animal science club. She was also involved with Québec’s Rural Youth Organization, the Association des jeunes ruraux du Québec (AJRQ) for 17 years, serving as president for two years at the provincial level and at the national level as a member of 4-H Canada’s Youth Advisory Committee for three years. Additionally, Roxanne worked as a Summer Intern for La Coopérative Fédérée and Centre d’insémination artificielle du Québec (CIAQ). 

“The Australian dairy industry is vastly different from the Canadian dairy industry and we are certain that Roxanne’s time there will be a very exciting and interesting time for her,” John McDougall, Semex, Director Sales Development & Business Unit Manager, Australia. 

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Semex Genomax Bulls Top The Charts

Genetics for Life is about delivering the best possible product to Semex’s clients. With only one in seven bulls entering stud qualifying for this elite program, the results in the latest genetic evaluation are obvious with five of Holstein USA’s top 10 TPI™ Genomic Young Sires belonging to stud code 200!

These and more great Genomax sires are all available from Semex today, and customers putting them to work in their herds are reaping the rewards these bulls offer…. Maximum genetic gain and profitability:

#2 GTPI: 0200HO03877 Coyne-Farms Jabir 99%-I (Facebook x Freddie)

HealthSmart™ and Robot Ready™
+2531 GTPI, +920 NM$, +5.8 PL, 2.55 SCS, +2.63 PTAT, +2.8 DPR and 6.7% CE

#3 GTPI: 0200HO03878 Coyne-Farms Jetset 99%-I (Facebook x Freddie)

HealthSmart and Robot Ready
+2501 GTPI, +915 NM$, +6.1 PL, 2.58 SCS, +2.36 PTAT, +2.3 DPR and 5.5% CE

#4 GTPI: 0200HO06528 De-Su Nominee 99%-I (Numero Uno x Massey)

Immunity+™ and HealthSmart
+2487 GTPI, +885 NM$, +5.6 PL, 2.58 SCS, +2.37 PTAT, +2.3 DPR and 7.3% CE

#9 GTPI 0200HO06534 Kellercrest Lancome (Epic x Man-O-Man)

+2463 GTPI, +808 NM$, +5.3 PL, 2.73 SCS, +3.18 PTAT, +1.3 DPR and 6.9% CE

#10 GTPI 0200HO07450 Amighetti Numero Uno (Man-O-Man x Shottle)

Immunity+ and HealthSmart
+2462 GTPI, +850 NM$, +6.3 PL, 2.61 SCS, +2.92 PTAT, +2.1 DPR and 7.9% CE

Semex’s rigorous and dedicated selection process for the Genomax lineup has netted some of the most desirable progeny proven bulls in the world.

For more information on Semex, Genetics for Life or the industry leading Genomax sires visit
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Semex Sires Receive Holstein Canada Awards

With each genetic evaluation Holstein Canada recognizes sires that reach elite standards in production, conformation and also genetic indexes through their Superior Production (SP), Superior Type (ST) and Class Extra (EXTRA) programs. The following Semex sires have been recognized in August 2013 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%. CLAYNOOK MAP  (MR BURNS *RDC x GIBSON) CLAYNOOK THRILL  (BAXTER x GOODLUCK) DE-SU AUTHORITY  (STOL JOC x O MAN) DE-SU JOCKEY  (STOL JOC x O MAN) GREENLANE SEEKER  (BAXTER x TITANIC) HFK HEAVY  (BAXTER x O MAN) HFK HUMOROUS  (BAXTER x BOLIVER) MAPEL WOOD DEMETRI  (MR BURNS x TITANIC) ROCKYMOUNTAIN LONGSUIT  (DOLMAN x TITANIC) ROCKYMOUNTAIN TREASURER  (BAXTER x GOLDWYN) SCHILLVIEW GLADSTONE  (MR BURNS x O MAN) WINTERLANCE SOLARIS  (BAXTER x GOLDWYN) The following Semex sires have been recognized as Superior Type in August 2013. Sires winning this award are within the top 5% of the sire population for their conformation proof (Conformation, Mammary System, Feet & Legs, Dairy Strength, Rump) and with a reliability of at least 85%. BENNER BILLY BOB  (BONAIR x MORTY) CLAYNOOK TENNESSEE  (MR BURNS *RDC x GOLDWYN) LORKA SASSO  (BONAIR x MR SAM) MONUMENT IMPRESSION  (SOCRATES x POTTER) ROCKYMOUNTAIN TAILOR  (BAXTER x GOLDWYN) SANDY-VALLEY BRYSON  (AIRRAID x SHOTTLE) STANTONS EMPIRE  (SIDNEY x OUTSIDE) VALLEYVILLE MUSKETEER  (BONAIR x GOLDWYN) Holstein Canada recognized the following Semex sire for Class Extra, which requires elite standards for both production and conformation. WINDY-KNOLL-VIEW PARTNER  (MR BURNS *RDC x DURHAM)
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Semex Lineup Continues To Diversify With August Proofs

At Semex, we’re committed to delivering you profitable results. Working with you and listening to your needs directs us, ensuring that our line-up is the most diverse and profitable in the industry. Semex has you covered whether you are looking for outcross bloodlines, newly released daughter proven sires, extremely fertile sires or high reliability second crop sires. And, if you are looking for leading genomic young sires, Semex is certainly where you want to be doing business, as five of the Holstein USA official top 10 TPI Genomic Young sires call Semex home! And, that is Genetics for Life.  High fertility Repromax sires provide immediate results that increase your dairy’s reproductive performance and profitability. As the world’s only international fertility evaluation, Repromax sires offer higher non-return rates and conception rates. Joining this group of fertility leaders following the August evaluations are:   0200HO00578    DE-SU JOCKEY  (Stol Joc x O Man) 0200HO06083    FAVREAUTIERE GAG  (Socrates x Toystory) 0200HO07412    HFK HUMOROUS  (Baxter x Boliver) 0200HO06036    LA PRESENTATION KAMIK  (Baxter x Buckeye) 0200HO02561    SANDY-VALLEY DANON  (Socrates x Shottle) 0200HO02549    SANDY-VALLEY SPARROW  (Planet x Shottle) 0200HO06053    VALLEYVILLE MUSKETEER  (Bonair x Goldwyn)   0200JE00352     HOMETOWN ON THE MONEY  (On Time x Counciller) 0200JE00460     LOUISAND ELVIS  (Biestar x Sambo)       0200JE00466     MOLLY BROOK JARGON  (Blackstone x Fleet)       0200JE00154     PAULLOR CONTENDER  (Connection x By Whom) 0200JE00156     SPRUCE AVENUE FIDELITY  (Legion x ... Read More...

Semex Immunity+ Lineup Grows: Includes Numero Uno & Ayrshires

Semex’s patented Immunity+™ sires have a naturally high immune response, and by using them you can improve your herd’s overall health and longevity. The benefits of a high immune responder (HIR) are a healthier dairy animal with less disease, greater response to vaccines and higher quality colostrum. Now, in August, Semex is pleased to release Immunity+ Ayrshire sires and designate its famous Genomax™ sire, 0200HO07450 Amighetti Numero Uno as Immunity+. “We’ve seen a remarkable response to this product,” says Brad Sayles, Semex Vice President Global Marketing. “Dairymen worldwide know that some cows just go unnoticed and they want to breed more just like them. They believe in the science behind Immunity+ and are using them to breed healthier cows and herds.” Joining the proven Immunity+ lineup following the August 2013 genetic evaluations is: 0200HO00560 MONUMENT IMPRESSION (Socrates x Potter) The following Genomax™ bulls are also designated Immunity+: 0200HO07450 AMIGHETTI NUMERO UNO (Man-O-Man x Shottle) 0200HO02886 CLAYNOOK DUNBAR (Lavaman x Bolton) 0200HO03911 COMESTAR SUPERSEDE (Supersonic x Man-O-Man) 0200HO06528 DE-SU NOMINEE (Numero Uno x Massey) 0200HO06448 GEHRKE JOHAN DERAY (Sherac x Plan) 0200HO03901 MARBRI BLAZON (Shamrock x Baxter) 0200HO03883 RMW ANCHOR (Facebook x Goldwyn) 0200HO02938 ROCKYMOUNTAIN LOCHINVAR s(Numero Uno x Super) 0200HO02714 SPRINGWAY CELEBRATE (Man-O-Man x Boliver) 0200HO03876 STANTONS BOOKKEEPER (Bookem x Man-O-Man) 0200JE00384 GUIMO JOEL (Legal x Paramount) And, Semex is pleased to release one exceptional Immunity+ Ayrshire bull: 0200AY00699 KAMOURASKA DECAF (Jupiter x Peterslund) For more information on Semex, Genetics for Life, Immunity+ sires or any of Semex’s brands visit:
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