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Diary date for top conference

The 2010 Semex Conference - entitled 20/20 Vision - will be held from the 17th to 19th January 2010, at the usual Glasgow Hilton Grosvenor Hotel venue. The line-up of speakers includes Annie Graham, Sainbury's; Mark Taylor, Dairy Crest; John Allen and Edward Lott, Kite Consulting; Hayley Campbell-Gibbons, The NFU; Peter Darlington, The E-Co2 Project; Bryn Davies, Advanced Ruminant Nutrition; David Black, XL Vets; and dairy farmers James Tomlinson, Andrew Dennison, Rhys Lougher and Hywel Richards. Coming over from Canada is Paul Larmer, Semex Alliance and farmer Ken Proctor will chair the conference. The full 2-night conference package is priced at £295 plus vat and day delagate rates are also available. To reserve a conference place or request the full conference programme please call Helen Miller on 0800 86 88 90, or email her on helenm@semex.co.uk
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Walk of Fame Competition Winners Announced

The winners of Semex UK's legendary annual 'Walk of Fame' competition are Rachel Richardson from Doncaster and Stuart Mycock from Buxton, Derbyshire. The pair will help look after some of the best of the best Holtsein cows at the renown Canadian Royal Winter Fair in November, and will take part in the famous Semex Walk of Fame progeny showcase. They will join other young winners from Germany, Japan and Australia in one of the most challenging, demanding but ultimately rewarding educational experiences for dairy motivated young people.

This unique 14-day experience, funded by Semex Alliance and Semex UK will take place between 5 and 15 November.

Stuart Mycock, 21, is currently at Harper Adams University College studying Agriculture and Animal Science, and in his spare time works for W J Nadin and Y Bradbury of the Sterndale and Peak herds, where he has helped prepare their cattle for shows like The National Holstein Show, The All Britain Calf Show and other local shows. "I'm delighted to be chosen to take part in this fantastic event, and to be given this opportunity," he said. "For anyone interested in showing cattle it has to be the ultimate competition to win."

Rachel Richardson, 22, has been involved in showing cattle for 14 years at all major UK shows, handling competitions and stock judging events and at some European venues through her membership of Holstein Young Breeders. This makes Rachel ideal to represent the UK. "I'm looking forward to this exciting opportunity and experiencing working with the top quality cattle at this massive event," she said. "My passion for cows makes me ideal for this role," she added - describing winning the competition as 'a dream'.

Peter Arthur, Semex Marketing Manager, said "Semex is keen to do all it can to encourage young people into the dairy industry, and The Walk of Fame competition is part of our commitment. It can be a life ... Read More...

Introducing four genomically-selected 'Genomax' young sires

Semex is introducing four new exciting genomically selected young bulls to be sold under the 'Genomax' banner. Semex has been at the forefront of genomic research to develop the very best options for dairymen. The main goal in using genomic tested young sires has been to increase both the number and diversity of elite bulls available in the Semex product line-up. The current four bulls includes two sires of sons.

Shottle son WABASH-WAY ARBOUR, a sire of sons, is out of Wabash-Way Mar Annileigh-ET EX-90-5YR-USA by BW Marshall and is currently one of the highest ranked Semex Genomic bulls for Lifetime Profitablity Index (LPI) with a score of 2937, and a Canadian Conformation score of +17. Arbor is predicted to breed daughters with extremely good type, high milk potential, easily managed cows with good temperament and milking speed.

The second Shottle son is REGANCREST BALTIMOR, out of the highly regarded Regancrest-PR Barbie EX-92-7YR-USA by Durham. He is also a sire of sons with an LPI of 2434, +18 Conformation and +16 Dairy Strength. Udders promise to be exceptional and very strongly attached. He also scores highly for all the functional traits.

Goldwyn has been the star of Canadian breeding in recent years, and Semex has high hopes for his son COMESTAR LAUTHORITY. Lauthority was orginally sold in the UK two years ago as a young bull due to his illustrious pedigree. Lauthority has been reintroduced as his pedigree is now enhanced by his high genomic figures. He is out of Comestar Lautelma Igniter VG-89-4YR-CAN, who is an Emerson, and has an LPI of 2428, and a Conformation score of +18.

Baxter son, RALMA-RH TRUMPET, out of the Durham-sired Ralma Goldwyn Clarinet VG-86-2-YR-USA makes up the quartet. He has an LPI of 2511, and a Conformation score of +16. His figures predict the daughters to have tremendous strength with great dairy quality and udders that are strongly attached ... Read More...

"Talent+" package offers breed leading sires at lower prices

Semex has already stimulated the dairy genetics market into introducing better quality sexed bulls at lower prices...and now the firm's aggressive marketing stance is turning its attention to some of its top conventional bulls too, with a special promotion price on the globally renowned LADINO PARK TALENT RC.

Normally priced at £30/straw the "Talent+" package lowers the price of the bull to £25/straw, with another 20% straws free if at least two other sires are purchased in equal quantities. And the additional bulls are also priced at the same £25 offer price. Bulls available in the package offer include MAGOR BOLIVIA ALLEN, R-E-W BUCKEYE, GILLETTE FINAL CUT and KERNDTWAY HOWIE. Between them they have a UK type score averaging 2.70. A minimum of 10 straws per bull must be purchased to qualify for the deal, however.

Talent, Buckeye and Final Cut all have second crop proofs, with the daughters being widely acclaimed throughout the UK and across the world. Talent has nearly 10,000 daughters on the ground now in Canada in over 3700 herds, giving him a reliability of 99%. His daughters are renowned for excellent overall type, particularly their udders and rumps. Talent is also an exceptionally high fertility sire, resulting in him being classed as an elite Repromax (high fertility) sire.

The other bulls in the package are also designed to deliver profitable, easily managed and durable cows. All the bulls have great type, reliability and production potential and their daughters will truly stand the test of time.
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Superb TEE OFF helps Semex hit the perfect round

From the famous Gypsy Grand family RIETBEN TEE OFF makes his debut in the August proof run as Semmex's highest ranked type sire at 3.59 UKTM (+16 Conformation in Canada).

"Tee Off daughters are very consistent and uniform," according to Willie Tait, Semex Genetics Manager. This son of Titanic, out of a VG-88-4yr Gibson dam delivers big scores for Mammary (+16 CAN and +3.25UK), Feet & Legs (+13 CAN and +2.56UK). "With an extremely consistent breeding pattern, backed by one of the most prolific cow families Tee Off is a combination that will amke a big impact with UK dairymen," adds Mr Tait.

Tee Off specialises in both udders and feet and legs, siring shallow udders very similar of those from his maternal grandsire, Gibson. His daughters walk on exceptionally deep-heeled feet and have great mobility. Tee Off is priced at £24/straw.

Also making his debut proof is the latest true red son from the renowned Pursuit September Storm, LA PRESENTATION PICOLO RED.

Picolo Red enters the Semex line-up with an impressive +13 Conformation and +2.27 UKTM and double digit scores in his Canadian proof for Mammary, Feet & Legs and Dairy Strength.

"This is a sire that excels in dairy strength," says Willie Tait. "Picolo daughters track well on solid feet & legs. They are stylish with great balance siring tall, long-bodied cows with deep open ribs, strong toplines and udders that are silky and well-attached. Picolo Red is priced at £20/straw.

Continuing Semex's approach to introduce bulls that work across different systems, the Semex line-up is further strenghtened with a new high ranking Oman son ideal for the commercial dairyman, MAINSTREAM MANIFOLD.

With multiple Oman sons in the top rankings, Manifold will offer Semex customers an extremely balanced proof, backed by a deep pedigree.

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Semex raises bar on sexed market again with R-E-W Buckeye

Semex has already stirred up the sexed semen market this year by introducing the highest type sexed bulls on the market at below £30, and now it has raised the benchmark again by introducing one of the world's leading bulls - R-E-W Buckeye - in sexed format at just £39/straw.

Buckeye has consistently been one of the world's top selling bulls because of the milking ability, type and ease of management displayed by his daughters, and also his high reliability based on thousands of progeny in many different countries. Semex has introduced him in sexed format to further consolidate its position in offering sexed bulls that have the same high quality as its non-sexed range.

"Over the last year or so Semex has invested heavily in sexed semen technology, and we are using it on top quality bulls," says Willie Tait, Semex Genetics Manager. "Making Buckeye available in sexed form is proof of that, and comes almost immediately after we have brought other top bulls like Magor Baroque Allen, Magor Bonus Allen, Domicole Simms and Silky Powerplay into this market."

Launched into the UK market nearly 4 years ago, Buckeye is still one of Semex UK's most popular bulls and also one of the UK's most popular, with 92 out of 109 classified UK daughters scoring GP or VG to date.

"Buckeye daughters are ideally suited for a lot of of the UK's herds," says Michael Dennison, Semex UK Product Support Manager. "They are medium sized, practical heifers that are milking well. Their legs are mobile, with a steep foot angle, and udders are generally shallow and attached high and wide. Farmers are commenting positively on their exceptional production in differing environments, along with their ease of management."

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Pursuit September Storm Passes Away

Semex regrets to announce that the popular Red & White sire, Pursuit September Storm recently passed away.

As one of several Maughlin Storm sons proven at Semex, September Storm was unique not only in his RC status, but also because he was a son of the popular Shower family. His dam was a VG-85-2YR-CAN 4* Astre from the EX-CAN 13* Glen Drummond Shower herself. This pedigree made him the outcross sire of choice that many Red & White breeders had been looking for worldwide, making him popular before he even received an offical proof in 2002.

September Storm quickly gained recognition in the Red & White show circuit and sale ring. His daughters dominated heifer and milking classes, earning several Premier Sire banners including success in UK shows.

A bull with an unrivalled reputation, September Storm quickly became a top-seller in the UK and also in Canada, USA, Japan, Germany and Spain.

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Walk of Fame competition back to give two young people a unique experience at the Royal Winter Fair

Semex UK has once again teamed up with its parent company The Semex Alliance to offer two young dairy cow fanatics the opportunity of a lifetime via its annual "Walk of Fame" competition. The winners will help look after some of the best of the best Holstein cows at the Royal Agriculture Winter Fair in Toronto this November, and will take part in the famous Semex Walk of Fame progeny showcase. They will join other winners from Germany, Japan and Australia in one of the most challenging, demanding but ultimately rewarding and educational experience for dairy motivated young people.

"They will look after some of the world's best and most valuable dairy cows, worth many £thousands," says Peter Arthur, Semex Marketing Manager. "And the they will be sharing their experiences and knowledge with like-minded dairy people, and learning from some of the best breeders in the dairy industry. It is a fantastic opportunity, and a great experience to be able to put on a CV," he adds.

This unique 12-day experience will take place between 5 and 16 November. The competition is open to Holstein UK HYB members aged 18 and over and knowledgeable on how to handle and look after show cows.

"Semex is keen to encourage young people into the dairy industry, which is why we continue to offer this opportunity to Holstein Young Breeders," adds Mr Arthur. "Competition for the two places will be immense. It is a fantastic opportunity, and I urge all young people who love dairy cows, and know how to handle them, to enter."

Applicants can download entry forms and apply online at www.thehyb.co.uk or are available from their local club. The closing date is 21 August 2009.
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Book a trip to Canada's Royal Winter Fair with Semex

Fancy a trip to the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto this November with dozens of other like minded dairy farmers? Then now's the time to book as places for the "best value package the firm has ever put on" are going fast.

The tour programme consists of a mix of business and pleasure, with one night spent at the well known Sheraton on the Falls at Niagara; two days of farm visits to well known dairy businesses in the Guelph and Cambridge areas; four nights in Toronto at the InterContinental Hotel with one day spent at leisure; two days at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and a day for shopping and taking-in Toronto.

The price of £995 includes return flights by Air Canada from Heathrow to Toronto; seven nights in four star hotels in Niagara, Guelph and Toronto; all passenger, hotel and airport taxes; the trip to Niagara Falls and an adjacent winery (with tasting, naturally; de luxe coach travel and entry to the famous Winter Fair and Semex gala reception evening with drinks buffet and entertainment.

"This is a fantastic tour which embraces the best that Canada has to offer from scenic, dairying, business and show point of view," says Peter Arthur, marketing manager of Semex UK. "And all for less than £1000. It's the best value tour programme we have ever put on.

"But places are limited and demand is always high, so anyone interested in going should talk to their local Semex area manager pretty quickly!"

Connecting flights to Heathrow are available from Manchester, Glasgow and Belfast for £90 return supplement.

Farmers interested in seeing a tour brochure, or wish to receive more information should contact Helen Miller on 0800 86 88 90 or email helenm@semex.co.uk
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Semex appoints second 'sandwich' student field evaluator

After the success of the first 'Semex Promate field evaluator gap student placement', the company has appointed its second student - Stephanie Whittaker - to the position. She replaces Jennie Booth in July, who returns to Harper Adams for her final year in September.

Stephanie is currently in the third year of her BA (Hons) degree in Business Management at Leeds Metropolitan University, and has a keen interest in agriculture and dairy cows. She has worked as an assistant herdsman at her family's well known pedigree Knowlesmere herd in Shrewsbury for several years, and understands the need to continually improve the next generation of dairy animals.

Her role as a Promate field evaluator will involve her looking at individual dairy cows, and determining how her daughter's can be improved by the best corrective mating. The information is then fed into the Promate programme and determines the best four sires to improve the desired traits and reduce in-breeding. Stephanie will also play a role in expanding the company's rapidly developing technologically advanced ai24 fertility and health management programme.

"Jennie has been fantastic asset for Semex and has built-up a strong customer base and following with farmers," says Gordon Miller, Semex Managing Director. "She will be a hard act to follow, and I thank her for her contribution to our business. Stephanie knows cows and wants to make a positive contribution to the industry. I'm confident she will do a fantastic job for Semex and our customers, and I welcome her to the company."

"I've always had a very active role on my family's farm, finding the breeding side of the farm's activities very interesting and assisting with the breeding decisions that are made," says Stephanie. "To secure the position with Semex will give me a great opportunity to develop my skills and my business experience. I'm really looking forward to ... Read More...