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New Titanic sons introduced

Following the April 09 proof run two new Titanic sons have been introduced -GEN-I-BEQ SOUDAN and DOMICOLE SIMMS.

GEN-I-BEQ SOUDAN is a Titanic son out of Gen-I-Beq Igniter Shana, who yielded 12,000 litres as a heifer and over 14,000 litres in her subsequent lactations, with her dam being Glen Drummond Splendour VG-86-2yr-CAN 26, who is from the same family as September Storm.

Soudan has a Canadian Conformation score of +13, equating to a UK type merit of +2.86; a Mammary of +2.75. He has plenty of milk at +490kg, with positive protein perecentage contributing to higher milk value. As his proof shows he throws daughters with well-attached soft and silky udders which have a very deep, strong centre ligament and tremendous width in the rear. He has good calving ability and temperament scores which makes his daughters exceptionally easy to work with.

DOMICOLE SIMMS has been used as a young bull in the UK, and has daughters milking here already. He is a Titanic son out of Sunnylodge Allen Shelly VG-87-2yr-CAN, herself out of a Rudolph from the Spottie family. He is a high type bull scoring +14 Conformation in Canada and +2.61 in the UK, with +12 in Canada for Mammary (+2.58 UK). He breeds more like the Allen side of his pedigree with daughters having tremendous dairy strenghth and rumps that are wide and consistently good pin setting. Feet have a steep angle and very high rating for rear leg rear view, an indication of very good locomotion and longevity. Adding to the all-round package offered by Simms is his low somatic cell count.

Both these two excellent Titanic sons will produce daughters that fit into and perform well in a wide variety of production systems in the UK. They will be easy to look after and be robust to last a long time in the herd.
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Semex widens stud appeal with "commercial dairyman's dream" and two talented Talent sons

Having bulls to suit every dairy breeder in the UK whatever their management system or breeding objective: that's the Semex Works Everywhere philosophy, and bearing that out is the recent proof run and latest new entrants to the Semex product line-up.

Sons of Semex legend Talent have proofed-up strongly with two excellent Talents introduced this proof round.

But bringing a new dimension to Semex's portfolio is 'the commercial dairyman's dream' - CROCKETT-ACRES EIGHT. This O Man, out of Crockett-Acres Mtoto Elly, is currently ranked No.3 for PLI in the UK with a score of £226, with +547kg milk, high fat and protein %. Moreover he has a staggering -26 somatic cell count.

Plus for type, mammary, and legs and feet his daughters are medium in stature. Daughters milk out easily and his high Lifespan score shows they have the ability to last for many lactations.

Semex continues to build on the Talent bedrock by introducing two of his sons -MORSAN FRONTRUNNER RC and WEST PORT BOOKMAN RED.

FRONTRUNNER is from the Raven family via Rudolph and out of the superb Markwell James Fiona VG-89. Proven in the US as well as Canada he has a very balanced, all-round type, scoring +2.62 Type Merit, +2.22 for mammary and +2.16 legs and feet with a PLI of £120.

His daughters are good producers with positive fat and protein % and a lower somatic cell count. Overall, breeders can expect quality mammary systems, with the tremendous rumps that Talent delivered.

WEST PORT BOOKMAN RED is a true Red and White sire combining Semex's two most famous RC sires - Rubens on the maternal side and Talent on the paternal side. Also proven in the USA and Canada, Bookman shows many of the same characteristics of Talent. He scores +3.10 for UK Type, +3.13 for mammary and 1.52 for feet and legs, with +221kg for milk at positive fat and ... Read More...

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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