Index Leaders for Production, Wellness, Type and More
PLAIN CITY, Ohio, December 18, 2018 — At Select Sires Inc., you’ll find industry-leading sires for a variety of indexes and traits. Select Sires brings consistency, diversity and reliability to customer-owners in an incredibly strong, daughter-proven genetic lineup. Between the Select Sires, GenerVations and Accelerated Genetics branded product lines, Select Sires Inc. dominates Holstein Association USA’s Official Top 100 TPI® listing with 21 of the top-50 and 45 of the top-100 sires. This outstanding offering of TPI sires is highlighted by 250HO13267 DUKE ranking fifth (+2747 TPI), 7HO12266 YODER (+2720) at No. 6, 7HO12421 MILLINGTON at No. 9 (+2686) and 7HO12659 PASSAT (+2667) at No. 10.
In total, eight Holstein sires graduated to daughter-proven status and joined Select Sires’ 7HO product line. Of the eight graduates, six different sire fathers are represented and all eight are +2500 TPI or more. In addition to TPI leadership, six sires in the December graduating class are +700 NM$ or more, led by PASSAT (+868 NM$), 7HO13253 VERTEX (+791), and 7HO12550 FARRIS (+758). VERTEX (+2,052), FARRIS (+1,993) and 7HO13244 CREED* (+1,576), are just three of the five new graduates that are +1,500 PTA Milk or more. This graduating class puts emphasis on efficiency in today’s housing operations. Seven of the eight new graduates reduce cow body weight and all eight transmit moderate size.
When looking at the proven lineup, Select Sires dominates with a selection of elite sires in any area of genetic emphasis.
Net Merit continues to be the selection index for today’s progressive dairy operations. For genetic programs looking to reduce mature size, increase reproductive efficiency, improve health and increase the production of protein and fat pounds, Select Sires provides more breed-leading NM$ sires than any other genetics company. YODER (+882) and MILLINGTON (+847) are among the twelve 7HO daughter-proven sires that transmit +750 NM$ or more.
Improving Health and Wellness
Healthy cows mean increased profitability. Select Sires makes it easy for customer-owners to select for healthy cattle by publishing all Zoetis and CDCB health traits, and designating sires with Select’s WellnessPRO® logo. With more than half of the top 10 and 58 of the top 100, Select Sires offers DWP$® leaders like PASSAT (+1,089 DWP$), 7HO12556 PAGEONE (+1,028), 7HO13195 PROFIT (+990) and FARRIS (+974).
With mastitis and metritis contributing to costs, resistance to these ailments remains extremely important to dairies. Select Sires offers 49 sires with positive CDCB Mastitis resistance scores and 64 sires with positive CDCB Metritis resistance scores. Ranking well within both of these parameters are bulls like 7HO11169 PETRONE (+2.8 MAST, +1.2 MET), 7HO12344 RAGER-RED (+2.5, +1.0) and 7HO11383 MORGAN (+2.0, +1.5).
Ranking No. 4, No. 6 and No. 7 industry-wide for milk pounds, production powerhouses 7HO12165 MONTROSS (+2,734 Milk), 7HO12418 SPARK (+2,633) and 7HO11621 MAYFLOWER (+2,591) continue to show themselves as customer-satisfaction sires. In terms of Combined Fat and Protein (CFP), 29 sires carrying the 7HO stud code offer +120 pounds of CFP or more. DUKE (+200 CFP), 7HO12449 MARTY (+170), 7HO12256 MAGUIRE (+166) and MILLINGTON (+163) earn recognition as component builders in the Holstein breed.
Elite, functional and appealing type sires call Select Sires home. New graduate 250HO12589 JACOBY (+3.95 Type) joins the daughter-proven lineup as the breed’s No. 2 sire for Type. Also ranking among the industry’s best sires for Type are 7HO10506 G W ATWOOD (+3.67), 7HO11596 DEFIANT (+3.60) and 7HO12353 BEEMER (+3.24).
JACOBY’s dominating Type figure is made stronger by his top-10 ranking for Udder Composite (UDC) at +3.30. 7HO12351 CARNEY, a 7HO11547 SHAN son from an EX-93-EX-MS Chairman, is Select Sires’ best sire for UDC at +3.62. 7HO12587 DIAMONDBACK (+3.16), 7HO11314 MOGUL (+3.12) and 7HO12139 PETY (+3.04) also rank among the breed’s best for improving mammary traits.
Fertility without Compromise
Genetic value is obsolete without highly fertile semen. Home of the Superior SettlerTM and Elite Sexed FertilityTM designations, Select Sires puts quality semen at the forefront. From the Select Sires and GenerVations product lines, Select Sires Inc. offers more than 20 sires with +1.5 Sire Conception Rate (SCR) or greater. Sires like 7HO12248 SUPERIOR (+2.5 SCR), YODER (+2.4) and 7HO12115 DECEIVER (+2.4) are just three of Select Sires’ incomparable offering of high SCR genetics.
For more details on daughter-proven lineups from the Select Sires and GenerVations branded product lines, visit www.selectsires.com. For information on the Accelerated Genetics branded product line, visit www.accelgen.com.
Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of eight farmer-owned and -controlled cooperatives. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen as well as excellence in service and programs to achieve its basic objective of supplying dairy and beef producers with North America's best genetics at a reasonable price.
*CREED available February 2019.