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Semex takes breeding for health to the next level with new Immunity Health Index

A decade after the introduction of Immunity+, based on the ground-breaking high immune response technology, Semex is taking the brand’s health-boosting capability to the next generation by rating every sire in the stud with its own Immunity index, and by also introducing a Calf Immunity Index to better facilitate sire choices to improve disease resistance in calves.
The net result will be greater clarity on which bulls are the best at siring daughters with the greatest resistance to disease. Previously only the elite sires for Immunity were badged as being Immunity+. Now, giving full transparency through the stud, every bull will get their own score. This will introduce more intra-bull competition into the programme by effectively ensuring every Immunity+ sire has to requalify for the status at each proof run. This means some sires may lose their Immunity+ rankings as a result, and new ones will qualify, but that is the nature of genetic selection, says Drew Sloan, Vice President, Corporate Development.
“Years of research, based on over 300,000 animals, has culminated in the Immunity Index. For the last decade dairy farmers have - uniquely with Semex - been able to build immunity into their breeding goals by using Immunity+ sires, but now with an easily interpretable index they can take it to the next level, and the true impact of immunity can be better understood”.
The new Immunity Index is generated by a new specially developed machine learning algorithm, developed by Dr Steven Larmer, Semex. The objective of the development has been to take the best available global data on health traits and alongside Immunity+ technology enabling the firm’s geneticists to better predict bulls that will sire daughters with the lowest risk of disease, and the lowest disease cost. The new Calf Immunity Index is calculated with a higher proportion of CMIR [cell-mediated immune response] as opposed to AMIR [antibody-mediated immune response], because CIMR is better for ... Read More...

Save The Date of The Semex International Dairy Conference 2023

Save the date for the Semex International Dairy Conference 2023

Planning for the 2023 Semex Conference is well underway, as the company announces the dates for their annual conference. Held in its usual home in Glasgow, the event will take place from Sunday 15th to Tuesday 17th January 2023, and as usual will help set the tone for the dairy sector for the coming year.

After two years of having to cancel the event due to Covid-19, Semex is looking forward to welcoming delegates to Glasgow once again for the unrivalled mix of business and pleasure, which is the Semex International Dairy Conference.

“We are excited about the 2023 Conference as we look forward to welcoming new and familiar faces to Glasgow to what we hope will be a fantastic event. With the title ‘Think Outside The Bottle” the Conference promises to present, debate and discuss the many issues facing our industry today”, says Michael Dennison, Semex UK’s National Sales Manager.

Stuart Roberts, Conference Chair says, “The Semex Conference is always a fantastic and positive way to start the New Year. After the turbulence of the last 2 years, I am really looking forward to being part of the 2023 Conference and the opportunity it will give us all to catch up with friends and colleagues.”

Michael Dennison concludes, “Be sure to save the dates and we look forward to being in Glasgow in January 2023.”


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It’s a top of the rankings proof day for Semex

The December UK proof run has positioned Semex on the number one spot across the spectrum of lists and once again demonstrating their ability to provide a stud of wide-ranging bulls, suitable for all UK dairy producers.

On the AHDB Holstein Proven PLI listings, Semex is once again home to the No.1 PLI bull, WESTCOAST YAMASKA who retains his position with a PLI of £748, closely followed by SANDY-VALLEY AFTERBURNER, WESTCOAST GUARANTEE and VIEW-HOME LITTLEROCK.

Moreover, according to HUKI’s UK top proven bulls, 8 out of the top 10 top-ranking bulls on daughter fertility are from the Semex stud positioning them as the go to stud for one of the most important traits in the breed.

Owain Harries, International Sales Manager comments, “YAMASKA is undoubtedly the star with his daughters proving to be strong and wide, with exceptional locomotion, and at 1.51 UKTM he is amongst the highest Type options within the Top 10 PLI bulls.

“With daughter fertility being such an important factor in bull choice today, it is encouraging to see that Semex meet this demand, with 8 out of the top 10 UK daughter proven bulls on daughter fertility rankings available from the Semex stud,” adds Owain.

Topping the International Proven (proof based on international daughters) is GEN-I-BEQ ATTICO RED with TM of +3.52. He is joined by four of his stable mates who rank in the top 10 for Type.

Newly proven OH-RIVER-SYC CRUSHABULL has made his debut on the proven lists with 266 type daughters. He comes in at No.6 on the International Proven rankings and No.4 for Mammary score.

Owain says, “Crushabull sires flashy, stylish daughters and is unique in the high type rankings in that they don’t have high pins or straight legs”.

Joining the Semex stud is Genomic sire JIMTOWN NASHVILLE who takes the No.1 position for TM with 3.21. Also debuting this month are full brothers WINSTAR GRAZIANO and WINSTAR GREYCUP reserving No.3 and No.5 position in the Genomic ... Read More...

Conference Cancelled for 2022.

Semex is deeply disappointed to announce the cancellation of the Semex International Dairy Conference in January 2022 but the safety of our speakers, delegates and staff and that of the hotel staff are our highest concern. Whilst disheartened, we are still looking forward to welcoming you to Glasgow in brighter times. We will be back. #TheTimeIsNotNow ---------------- Semex has announced the speaker line-up for The 2022 Semex Conference, to be held in its usual home in Glasgow from Sunday 9th to Tuesday 11th January 2022. As is now customary the conference will kick start the dairy sector calendar and look ahead to what might be in store for the year. Michael Dennison, National Sales Manager, Semex UK says, “We are looking forward to hosting the 2022 Conference and we are delighted that our speaker line up is so strong. There is a lot to cover in 2 days and we have secured the industry’s top experts to inform, inspire and challenge our delegates. ‘The Time Is Now” Conference will bring together the following: All about milk: • PETER GIORTZ-CARLSEN – EVP Europe & Member of Executive Board, Arla Foods will share his insights on the trends for healthy and sustainable fast-moving consumer goods and the development in e-commerce; • CHRIS WALKLAND - Journalist, Commentator and Market Analyst, who will reveal the milk market prospects for the year ahead: good or bad; • DOMINIC BROWN - Business Unit Director at Kantar Worldpanel, shares insights in understanding consumers and their buying behaviour in the dairy sector. Dairy Trade and Industry • NICK VON WESTENHOLZ – Director or Trade and Business Strategy, NFU and manages the NFU’s policy work on international trade and farm business competitiveness; • DR JUDITH BRYANS - Chief Executive of Dairy UK, who will take a look at the year ahead from a policy perspective; • TIM RYCROFT – Formerly at the Food & Drink Federation, Tim is the newly appointed CEO at AHDB. Our Planet - Our ... Read More...

Semex tops the UK Proven Holstein lists

Semex tops the UK Proven Holstein lists

The August UK proof run has returned the No.1 Available UK Proven PLI bull and the No.1 proven Available UK Type bull. Semex continue to deliver on UK farms with progeny that are outperforming their herd contemporaries.

Taking the number one position on the Available UK proven PLI list is Westcoast YAMASKA at £776. His sire Sandy-Valley Afterburner holds the No.3 spot. On the Available proven UK Type lists, Gen-I-Beq ATTICO, with more daughters added to his proof, retains his number one status with +3.58 UKTM.

Turning to the Genomic lists, the Semex Genomic sires continue the legacy of their proven stablemates with Semex’s Progenesis MAHOMES and Siemers BRAVE ranking No 6 and No 9 respectively on PLI. 3 Star OH RANGER RED continues to be the No.1 genomic red bull ranked on PLI. On Type, Claynook DAILY ranks in third place with a UKTM of +2.85.

“Today’s proof results are great,” says Owain Harries, International Sales Manager at Semex. “To have the number one sire on both the Available UK proven PLI and Available UK proven Type list is fantastic. YAMASKA, however, is more than just PLI. He offers exceptional components at +0.22% BF and +0.16% Protein, with over 600 Kgs Milk and boasts a robust linear with 1.85 UKTM, 1.39 Legs & Feet and 1.52 Mammary”.

Owain concludes, “We have always been confident in our genomic program so it’s gratifying to see our bulls continue to deliver on UK farms in UK conditions.”





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The Time is Not Now for the Semex Conference 2022

Semex is deeply disappointed to announce the cancellation of the Semex International Dairy Conference in January 2022 but the safety of our speakers, delegates and staff and that of the hotel staff are our highest concern. Whilst disheartened, we are still looking forward to welcoming you to Glasgow in brighter times. We will be back. #TheTimeIsNotNow ---------------- Planning for the 2022 Semex Conference is well underway, as the company announces the dates for their annual conference. Held in its usual home in Glasgow, the event will take place from Sunday 9th to Tuesday 11th January 2022, and as usual will help set the tone for the dairy sector for the coming year. As with many events Covid-19 got the better of the 2021 Conference and due to the unrivalled mix of business and pleasure, with its renown Burns Supper, it was not replaced with a virtual version. “We are excited and optimistic about the 2022 Conference as we look forward to welcoming back new and familiar faces to Glasgow to what we hope will be a fantastic event. With the title ‘The Time Is Now” the Conference promises to bring together all the industry’s movers and shakers to enlighten, challenge and inspire ensuring our customers are in the strongest position possible to meet the challenges we face”, says Michael Dennison, Semex UK’s National Sales Manager. Stuart Roberts, Deputy President NFU, who will Chair the event says, “The Semex Conference is always a fantastic and positive way to start the New Year. After the turbulence of the last 18 months I am really looking forward to being part of the 2022 Conference and the opportunity it will give us all to catch up with friends and colleagues.” Michael Dennison concludes, “Be sure to save the dates and we look forward to being in Glasgow in January 2022.”
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Semex reaffirms its position as the “go-to” stud for UK farmers

The April UK proof run has returned a number of high-ranking bulls across the spectrum of lists and Semex has once again demonstrated the ability to provide a stud of wide-ranging bulls, suitable to all UK dairy producers.

Joining the Semex stud is PROGENESIS MAHOMES. With a PLI of £892, this highest ranking Genomax bull is an Elodrado son from a Milktime dam.

“MAHOMES is already in demand globally for breeding the next generation of breed influencers due to his unique genetic offering,” says Owain Harries, International Sales Manager at Semex. “It’s rare these days to see such a high index sire also score high for Type Merit, but Mahomes bucks the trend coming in at 2.04 UKTM. This is no surprise with a lineage tracing back to Gold Missy. Farmers looking to reduce stature without compromising strength or the ability to produce cows with a natural ability to milk, need to look no further than this high-ranking superstar”.

Owain continues, “MAHOMES is ideal for farmers on both constituent and liquid milk contracts, offering over 1,000 kgs milk with positive percentages. With over 10 points on Fertility Index and exceptional Lifespan figures, we will continue to see the benefits that this bull offers for many years to come”.

MAHOMES is offered to the UK market as part of the Semex Faststart Sire programme.*

On the AHDB Holstein PLI listings, Semex is now home to 40% of the top 20 available UK Proven Bulls, one of which is WESTCOAST YAMASKA, who has added more daughters, and now boasts £720 PLI, with 560 kgs milk, and extreme percentages at +0.21 fat%, +0.15% protein, together with +9.1 Fertility Index.

Owain comments, “YAMASKA is undoubtedly the star with his daughters proving to be strong and wide, with exceptional locomotion, and at 1.78 UKTM he is amongst the highest Type options within the Top 10 PLI bulls. It is gratifying to see Semex Genomax sires of yesteryear confirming their hype with high-performance daughters in ... Read More...

I Can’t Believe It’s Not The Semex Conference

Semex will host a series of Webinars in early 2021 to carry on its role in setting the tone for the dairy sector for the year ahead despite having to cancel its annual Dairy Conference for the first time in 30 years. 

Titled, I Can’t Believe It’s Not The Semex Conference, the webinars will deliver on the sought-after facts and figures dairy farmers need to navigate their way through the year ahead. 

Michael Dennison, National Sales Manager, Semex UK says, “With the year we have all experienced it is important we kick start the New Year by doing what the Semex Conference does best, bringing together the industry movers and shakers with like-minded dairy farmers.

“With the industry’s most renowned pundits sharing their views, opinions and wisdom the webinars are designed to create debate, challenge beliefs and plug the information void in an entertaining way,” concludes Michael.

Chaired by former conference chairmen, the webinars, which are all free of charge, will be an hour long and be in the format of part presentation and part Q&A to the speakers.

The I Can’t Believe It’s Not The Semex Conference Webinars will take place from January through March 2021.

 

Tuesday 12th January 2021 1pm– Chewing the Cud on 2021: Walkland & Potter ruminate on the year ahead.

Chair: John Allen, Kite Consulting

Speakers: Chris Walkland,   Ian Potter

It is the first time these three knowledgeable characters will appear on the same platform to discuss milk contract legislation, the latest on Brexit, price prospects and other challenges on the milk radar.

 

Monday 1st February 2021 1pm – The Fog lifts on Brexit: What we know now and what the implications will be.

Chair: Philip Halhead, Lancashire dairy farmer & MD of Norbreck Genetics

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December Proof Returns Top Three Rankings For Semex

The December 2020 proof run delivers the number one slot in three of the four main Holstein UK rankings for Semex UK. On the proven rankings Gen-I-Beq ATTICO-RED tops the UK and International list on Type Merit with +3.58. The number one slot on the Genomic rankings for UKTM again goes to Claynook DAILY at +2.90. Westcoast GUARANTEE with a PLI at £697 maintains his pole position in the proven PLI rankings. From the same herd, Westcoast YAMASKA remains in second position (PLI £672) with solid figures for fat and protein percentages (+0.22% fat, +0.14% protein) and 1.9 UKTM. Michael Dennison,  National Sales Manager-Semex UK, comments, “Just like in August this proof run has reinforced the diversity in the Semex stud which continues to be second to none with sires to cater for every dairy farmer irrespective of their breeding objective.” Debuting at No. 4 in the rankings is Siemers BRAVE, the highest Genomax sire to join the Semex stud with a  PLI of £830. This Timberlake son hails from one of the strongest cow families in the breed, the Gypsy Grands and ranks highly on many global indexes. With a combination of 1,188 KGs milk and 84.5 CFP, Brave is the highest milk bull in the top 20 as well as the breed leader for protein (42KG). A Faststart* sire, he’s available both sexed and conventional. Semex have also added to their Immunity+ sire list. Michael continues, “The latest addition to our Immunity+ line up is Fairmont RIDGELINE, a son of newly proven Progenesis TOPNOTCH. This sire’s ability to pass on a higher immune status to his progeny places him in the top 10% of the breed for disease resistance. At £568 PLI and 1.91 UKTM, RIDGELINE has a no holes linear and with ample milk 671 Kgs and positive deviations and will initially be available sexed only.” Particular attention was paid to how Walnutlawn SIDEKICK would fair this proof run and this much sought-after bull did not disappoint. Having secured enough classified daughters in his ... Read More...

Semex conference cancelled for the first time in 30 years

For 30 consecutive years Semex has organised and hosted the dairy industry’s most prestigious and informative dairy conference, with its early January time slot helping to set the tone for the sector for the coming year.

But not in 2021, alas. As with many events Covid 19 has got the better of it, with the recent escalation of the pandemic dashing hopes that life might be back to normal enough by January to host the event. Because the conference has an unrivalled mix of business and pleasure, with its renown Burns Supper, it will not be replaced with a virtual version.

“We’ve been working on the conference all year in the hope that we’d be able to host it and provide even more of an interesting and entertaining line-up that would act as a morale booster for the industry,” says Michael Dennison, Semex UK’s National Sales Manager. “We had also chosen the title "Boldly Go" in a spirit of optimism and determination post-Covid, but we always knew the odds of hosting it were even, at best.

“Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be, and we also don’t think we can replicate the atmosphere of the conference in a virtual environment so we’ve taken the decision to postpone until 2022. So it’s a case of same conference… same time… same place… same theme… but just a year later.

“On behalf of everyone at Semex may I wish everyone and their families well through these difficult times, and I look forward to welcoming people to the Conference in 2022.”
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