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Semex Line-Up Deepens With New, High-Ranking Oman Son

Debuting at #20 TPI, 0200HO00402 Mainstream Manifold is built to deliver results to Semex customers at +1431 PTAM, over 100 lbs combined fat and protein, +628 NM$ and desirable production. All this with pleasing, functional type that’s built to last at +1.74 PTAT, +1.80 UDC and +1.18 FLC with low 2.84 SCS, +3.70 PL and easy calving at 5% CE makes Manifold a bull for dairymen everywhere.

With multiple Oman sons peppering the Top TPI listings, Manifold offers Semex customers an extremely balanced proof, backed by a deep pedigree and solid field approval.

Manifold’s dam is VG-88-3YR-USA BW Marshall with over 141,000 lbs lifetime, then an EX-90-USA GMD with over 240,000 lbs lifetime and six more VG and EX dams.

“The Manifold daughters are really good commercial cows,” says Michelle Nelson, Semex West Coast Premier™ Consultant. “They are medium sized, strong cows with good depth of rib and nice width in their rumps. Manifolds are extremely youthful in their udder attachments; their fore udders blend smoothly with nice veination and they show great height and width to their rear udders, walking on strong pasterns that easily get them to and from the feedbunk and parlors.”

Working together with the USA dairyman, Semex’s Premier™ Young Sire Program selects sires for profitability, durability and longevity from superior maternal lines. These bloodlines have demonstrated tremendous production and functional type. Manifold is just one of the many Semex Premier™ Young Sires returned to service and in high demand worldwide, assuring our customers that Premier™ Young Sires are the best value in the industry.

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Titanic Son From Gypsy Grands Debuts At Top Of Conformation Listing

From the famous Gypsy Grand family and by Canada’s #1 Sire of Newly Proven Sires, Hartline Titanic, 0200HO00393 Rietben Tee Off debuts near the top of the breed, ranking #4 overall for Conformation (tied with Semex's famous Braedale Goldwyn) at +16.

Cast as an “udder specialist,” Tee Off has style built into his pedigree. By Titanic, his dam is a VG-88-4YR-CAN 1* Gibson with over 54,900 kgs in her fourth lactation, then a VG-89-4YR-CAN 5* Leduc who was Hon. Mention All-Canadian Jr. 2 Yr Old in 2002 with a Superior Lactation Award and over 68,400 kgs herself. Next dam is the famous EX-90-3E-Can 8* Braedale Cheetah, a Rudolph daughter of Gypsy Grand herself.

Jim Biggar, Gencor Progeny Analyst, calls the Tee Off daughters an extremely uniform group. “Tee Off daughters are very consistent,” says Jim. “They are very uniform and he is definitely an udder specialist, siring very shallow udders with strong fore udder attachments and great height in the rear udders. Their rumps are neat, with ideal pins and they walk on extremely nice legs with strong pasterns.”

Tee Off’s numbers echo these comments as he scored a +16 Conf, +16 Mammary System, +13 Feet & Legs with +13 Foot Angle, +13 Heel Depth, +12 Rear Attach Width, +13 Fore Attachments and 11S for Udder Depth, and ranks as a high fertility Repromax™ sire.

Expect Tee Off to deliver high type from an extremely consistent breeding pattern, backed by one of Canada’s most prolific cow families and its most popular sire of sons. This combination is certain to impact herds looking to add stylish type with excellent rumps and quality mammary systems.

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New Red September Storm Son Creates International Sensation

Red & White Holstein breeders worldwide have been anxiously awaiting a true Red son of the internationally popular Master Series™ sire Pursuit September Storm *RC, and with the addition of 0200HO05337 La Presentation Picolo Red, their wait is over.

Picolo Red arrives with his first official evaluation at +13 Conf and double digits for Mammary Systems, Feet & Legs and Dairy Strength, matching comments in the field.

“This sire excels in dairy strength,” says Carl Barclay, Westgen Progeny Analyst. “Picolo daughters are big with lots of rib and openess. They show hard tops and fanciness throughout, tracking nicely on a solid foot and leg.”

This style and balance is bred into Picolo Red as his dam is a VG-85-3YR-CAN 1* Lentini with 1 Superior Lactation Award, then a VG-85-2YR-CAN 2* Steven from a VG-85-2YR-CAN 2* Milestone from Canada’s 32* brood cow, the EX-3E-CAN La Presentation Digne.

“We expect high demand worldwide for Picolo,” says Brad Sayles, Semex Alliance Vice President, Global Marketing. “As one of our top type sires in the USA, he will create a lot of interest worldwide very soon.”

Ranking extremely high for type in the USA, Picolo Red posted an impressive +3.56 PTAT, +2.51 UDC and +3.26 FLC on his debut run, with low 2.90 SCS. Picolo’s +3.56 PTAT ranks him as Semex’s #3 PTAT sire and one of the top Red sires in the world.

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Exceptional September Storm Son Added To Semex Line-Up

By the extremely popular Semex Master Series™ sire, Pursuit September Storm *RC, 0200HO05379 Kerndt Stallion’s unique pedigree is certain to make him popular worldwide. His dam is an EX-91-2E-USA Mtoto with over 133,000 lbs lifetime, then four more EX-USA dams with big records.

Ranking #6 LPI, Stallion is the #1 new release sire in Canada. Stallion excels for desirable type traits at +14 Conf, +14 Feet & Legs, +15 Dairy Strength with an impressive +86 Fat, +43 Protein with +0.52F and +0.13P and a low 2.89 SCS with pleasing production. Adding to his credits, Stallion is a high fertility Repromax™ sire.

In the field, CIAQ Progeny Analyst Chris Studer describes Stallion daughters as very stylish cows. “These are tall, angular cows with great dairy strength. We like their shallow udders and strong ligaments with very well-attached fore udders. Dairymen will be very pleased with these daughters.”

“Stallions are cows that are open, angular and dairy with a nice rump and foot and a fine bone,” says Mike West, Semex Sire Analyst & Product Support Specialist. “Their udders show lots of rear udder crease telling us they’ll last through many lactations.”

A USA bred bull from the Kerndt family of Lansing, Iowa, Stallion scores well on the TPI listing at +3.42 PTAT, +1.68 UDC and +2.49 FLC with 2.97 SCS.

Ask your local Semex representative today about adding this exciting September Storm son to your breeding program.

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August 2009 Proofs Now Online at

August 2009 LPI proofs are now online at

Once again dominating the LPI listing, Semex Holstein sires capture 72 of the top 100!

# 3 LPI Holstein Sire: 0200HO05049 Morningview Ashlar

# 4 LPI Holstein Sire: 0200HO03205 Braedale Goldwyn (#4 Conformation Sire & #1 2nd Crop Sire)

# 5 LPI Holstein Sire: 0200HO09804 Crockett-Acres Eight

# 6 LPI Holstein Sire: 0200HO05379 Kerndt Stallion (#1 New Release Holstein: September Storm x Mtoto)

# 7 LPI Holstein Sire: 0200HO05024 Dudoc Mr Burns *RC

# 9 LPI Holstein Sire: 0200HO03427 Springway Cleveland (#2 New Release Holstein: Titanic x Addison)

# 4 LPI Ayrshire Sire: 0200AY00328 Kellcrest Humour (#1 New Release Ayrshire: Peterslund x BBB Kellogg)

# 5 LPI Ayrshire Sire: 0200AY00594 Duo Star Normandin

# 6 LPI Ayshire Sire: 0200AY00597 Kildare Jupiter

# 7 LPI Ayrshire Sire: 0200AY00596 St Clement Edmour

# 8 LPI Ayrshire Sire: 0200AY00311 Visserdale Etro

# 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: 0200GU00111 Myown Poker Bingo

# 4 LPI Guernsey Sire: 0200GU00001 Rozelyn Enhancer Jordan

# 5 LPI Guernsey Sire: 0200GU00400 Knapps Enhancer Krunch

# 9 LPI Guernsey Sire: 0200GU00401 Millborne Bolero

#10 LPI Guernsey Sire: 0200GU00102 Knapps Mr America

# 1 LPI Jersey Sire: 0200JE00430 Lencrest On Time (#1 New Release Sire: Sultan x Declo Belle)

# 2 LPI Jersey Sire: 0200JE00946 Sunset Canyon Dice (#2 New Release Sire: Jace x ... Read More...

Sandy Cole Selected As Australia Exchange Winner

Holstein Canada and Semex Alliance are pleased to announce that Sandy Cole of Middle Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia has been chosen to represent Canada in the 2010 Canada - Australia Young Adult Exchange program.

Sandy is a 2006 graduate of Olds College in Alberta with a diploma in Agriculture.  Since 2006 Sandy has been employed full time at the home farm, Colstein.  Sandy, along with his father Dean and uncle David milk 60 cows. 

Over the years, Sandy has been very active showing dairy cattle at both the county and regional level.  As a member of the Central Nova Scotia Holstein Club, Sandy helped put on a clipping, showing and judging workshop.  Sandy has also worked at shows and conventions for a number of breeders including: Cobequid, Bernardale, and T&L Cattle Company. 

Easy-going, personable and knowledgeable in all aspects of dairy cattle management, Sandy indicates that his future plans are to join the family farm business.  Sandy is well on his way by having ownership of 18 cows under the farm prefix. 

“I'm extremely excited to be selected for this trip” states Sandy. “It is a great privilege and certainly a huge honor to be representing Canada on this exchange to Australia. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I know I will never forget."

Semex Alliance and Holstein Canada encourage all interested young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 to apply in 2010 for the following year’s program.

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Semen Care: Proper Handling = More Pregnancies


Don’t let semen handling be a “forgotten link” in your herd. Below are 12 steps herd owners and managers, herdsmen, inseminators and professional AI technicians can put in to practice to help get more cows pregnant.

Locate all items necessary to thaw semen and perform AI, including tweezers, water bath and thermometer, AI gun, sheaths, scissors, paper towels, plastic sleeves, and lubricant. Work close to the liquid nitrogen tank, preferably in a clean and dry location.

Check the water bath temperature using a thermometer. Most semen packaged in .5-mL or .25-mL straws should be thawed in water 95˚F/35˚C.

Keep an accurate semen inventory including storage location.

Work at or below the frost line in the neck of the tank to minimize the possibility of premature thawing of semen straws. After locating and grasping the desired cane, remove the straw with tweezers. Quickly transfer the straw to the water bath, while gently lowering the cane back into the canister, and the canister back into storage position. When thawing more than 1 straw simultaneously, do not allow straws to touch in the water bath.

Semen should be thawed for a minimum of 45 seconds. Use a watch or clock to monitor the time.

Remove the straw from the water bath and dry thoroughly with a paper towel. Water will kill sperm. Cut the crimped end of the straw at a right angle, keeping the straw covered by paper towels during the process.

As you load the straw into the gun, very quickly check to make sure you have selected the right bull.

Pull the sheath over the gun and secure it with an o-ring or by twisting the sheath on the raised spiral. Be certain the straw is seated ... Read More...

Recording Disease Key In Solving Conception Problems

Mark E. Carson BSc. (Agr). MSc., Gencor Herd Reproduction Analyst

Often when a herd is having reproductive problems focus is given to what is currently happening to the cows in the herd.  Sometimes, however, looking back on our historical data we can find the root causes of many fertility issues.

The transition period, for example, is the most critical time in a cow’s lactation.  It’s during this time that cows are at a higher risk of developing disease; and, disease during the transition time can lead to reduced production and fertility throughout the entire lactation.

During a herd visit last winter, we visited a dairy with excellent disease recording and calving information.  Unfortunately, though, this herd was battling reduced conception, especially at first service.  Luckily, part of their disease recording protocol included documenting all diseases that occurred to their transition cows.  To detect problems in the herd, an accurate starting point needs to be determined.  Having recorded all disease information using a herd management program such as Dairy Comp 305, an owner, herdsman or herd advisor can more efficiently pinpoint reproduction problems and their causes. 

With this information available, we began to see that a significant percentage of the cows experiencing conception problems were the same cows that had problems at calving.  We identified that a group of cows that had Metritis during the summer months were now the same group of cows battling conception.

Metritis is a costly disease, reducing cow’s production and conception rates.  Research published by Overton and Fetrow (2008) showed that cows with Metritis were on average open for 33 days longer than cows that did not have the disease.  A 2006 University of Florida study ... Read More...

Semex's Maughlin Storm Still Making Headlines

Semex’s iconic Maughlin Storm continues to make headlines more than 13 years after his initial proof as his 800th daughter scored EX this week.  Keriday Storm Sasha, like the 799 Storm daughters before her, has shown exceptional development, durability and strength netting her a score of EX-91-CAN in her fourth lactation. 

An original Semex Master Series™ sire, this most recent accomplishment sets Storm well above all other sires in Canada, as the sire with the most EX daughters ever.  By comparison, his sire Madawaska Aerostar has 53 EX daughters from 22,856 classified and his grandsire, the breed patriarch Hanoverhill Starbuck, has 418 EX daughters from his 37,960 classified. 

Storm’s statistics speak for themselves with 800 EX daughters of his 42,899 daughters classified, giving him an incredible 69% Good Plus or better ranking still today.  Among these daughters are some of the most tremendous and high impact cows of our time.  These cows have been and still are bull mothers, record milk producers, index toppers, brood cows, barn favorites and show winners.  Real cows working around the world.

As a sire of sons, Storm has proven himself again and again, siring nine Semex sires including modern day Master Series™ sires 0200HO07030 Ladino Park Talent *RC, 0200HO03067 Pursuit September Storm *RC, 0200HO04624 Brigeen Givenchy and former #1 LPI sire Hartline Titanic among many others.  On the bottom side of the pedigree, Storm’s genetics may make an even greater impact, being the maternal grandsire for 21 Semex sires, with superstar Braedale Goldwyn and his brothers included in the rankings. 

As the careers of many of these sires are just beginning at Semex, Storm’s genetics and the value that he brings to dairymen worldwide is certain to continue for many ... Read More...

Semex Master Series® Sire Buckeye Works at Lansi Farm

As a Semex Master Series™ sire 0200HO04779 R-E-W Buckeye has proven himself time and again.  With his second crop behind him, backing up his proof, we know that Buckeye has stood the test of time, exceeded breeders’ expectations and is poised to make an impact on dairies seeking bulls with durability, reliability, efficiency and profitability assured in their proof.  Buckeye daughters are the real cows on real dairies that dairymen love to work with.  Sylvain Landry’s Lansi Farms in Saint-Albert, Quebec has 958 head with his 370 cows milked by six robotic milkers.  Sylvain’s Buckeyes are low-maintenance cows that work hard and breed back easily, contributing positively to the herd’s bottom line.  Experience has shown Sylvain that that his Buckeye daughters are positive contributors that increase his profitability.     "We have 83 registered Buckeyes,” says Sylvain Landry Lansi Farms owner.  “Right from birth, we were immediately impressed by Buckeye’s calving ease.  These calves weren’t very big, but they showed lots of vigor and will to live.  We’re now milking 22 Buckeyes.  They are very consistent and we love working with these young animals. They are very lively and are aggressive eaters who have adapted very well to our environment.  On average, they go to the robotic milker 2.6 times a day.” “They walk on excellent feet and legs with good heel depth,” Sylvain continues.  “Their rear udders are high, wide and well-attached, with a nice texture, a strong ligament with teats that the robot easily finds.  Not only do they produce well, but they also reproduce easily.  Seven out of 10 became pregnant within 69 days or less.” “In a large herd like ours, a cow that we forget about is a good sign!  This means she is trouble-free, breeds back quickly, produces quality milk and gets back into lactation easily. This is a challenge, but it seems simple for our Buckeye ... Read More...