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Applicants sought for Jersey exchange trip

Calling all Jersey fanatics between 18 and 25 years of age!

If you fancy a three week study tour exchange trip to Canada on a leading Jersey farm, and with all travel and accommodation paid for, then get your thinking cap on as to why you're an ambassador for the Jersey breed, and put it down in writing in not more than 500 words. The exchange is co-sponsored by Semex UK and Semex Alliance in conjunction with Jersey Canada and UK Jerseys. The placement will take place in July/August 2009.

Application forms are availble by contacting UK Jerseys, or on-line at

"The 2009 exchange to Canada will involve exciting travel and educational opportunities for a Jersey enthusiast from the UK," says Peter Arthur, Marketing Manager at Semex UK. "It is a great opportunity for any young person interested in the breed to further their knowledge and experience."

Last year's successful Canadian exchange applicant was Jenny Butcher from Paris, Ontario. Commenting on her experience she says. "I encourage all Jersey youth to apply for the 2009 exchange because it truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity".

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Semex fills gap in the sexed market with "highest type, best value" offer

Semen from Silky Powerplay - from the same family as the acclaimed premier sire Silky Gibson - is now available sexed at a price of just 26/straw. His proof and price positioning make him "the highest type, best value sexed bull on the market", claims Semex UK.

Out of Silky Storm Impala, and sired by Summershade Inquirer, his Type Merit is considerably higher than his nearest rival in the same 25 to 30 per sexed straw bracket. Where Powerplay comes in at 2.69TM, his nearest rival has one of 2.13, but Powerplay is 2 a straw cheaper. After that the TM scores of the other bulls drops below 2.00 with the average score for the group being just 1.60. However in nearly every case the price of the semen is higher than Powerplay.

This demonstrates that the choice of sexed bulls for this price band is almost entirely production-orientated, with few, if any, high type bulls being available.

Over and above his impressive type proof Powerplay has a production score of +352kgs milk, with +18kgs fat and +8kgs protein. He has a mammary score of 2.61,a feet and legs rating of 1.92 and a somatic cell count of -9. Desirable milking speed and temperament adds to the appeal of this value for money sire.

The bull produces flat-boned, clean dairy cows with good feet that are ideal set to the leg and udder that are silky textured with a strong centre ligament and with longer, ideally placed teats.

Although available in non-sexed form before, Semex believes that his availabilty in sexed form will show the real value of this well-balanced bull for many UK dairy farmers.
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International Sensation Braedale Goldwyn Passes Away

Semex regrets to announce that the international breeding sensation Braedale Goldwyn has passed away.

Widely believed to be one of the greatest sires of his time, Goldwyn's popularity has continually been on the rise, adding numerous accolades to his already impressive resume each and every day.

"Rarely a day goes by that we do not hear from someone about their individual sucess with their Goldwyn daughters," says Paul Larmer, Semex Alliance Chief Executive Officer. "Never before have we seen a sire with such impressive results in production, index, type and show ring like we have from Goldwyn. Being named the first-ever top 10 TPI Premier Sire at World Dairy Expo 2008 is certainly a testament to his breeding power and popularity."

Used worldwide as a sire of sons long before the arrival of his second crop in April 2008, Goldwyn's influence through his numerous young daughters and the eventual arrival of his sons will certainly be highly anticipated. Semex has over 100 Goldwyn sons in waiting, with their debut scheduled for early 2010. Used on varying maternal grandsires, Semex's Goldwyn line-up is not only highly anticipated, but will offer dairymen a variety of mating choices to increase their profitability.
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