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See The Difference Semex's Immunity+ Makes At WDE & Win Your Own Immunity+ Sired Calf!

With the recent news showing that Semex's patented Immunity+™ is now 30% heritable, the industry's focus on disease resistance and Semex has never been greater.

At World Dairy Expo (WDE), Semex is encouraging visitors to stop by the Semex Tent and see for themselves how Immunity+ can make a difference in their own herds' health through less disease, fewer reproductive problems and reduced culling.

"We see a huge benefit for our customers, especially with the reliability now at 30%," says Paul Krueger, Immunity+ Global Brand Manager and Director, Sales and Business Development, United States. "Real world data in both milking and heifer herds show less mortality, diseases, lameness and more. The economic value associated with this is significant, and we're anxious to share it with clients at the Semex Tent."  

"But maybe more exciting, is what we consider to be the best offer we've ever had at WDE," says Krueger. "Semex is giving away a high GTPI Immunity+ sired daughter. Entry is easy, and you get a free hat while supplies last. You just can't go wrong with an offer like this!"  

WDE visitors are encouraged to visit the Semex Tent and enter to win Pulsar Brenda, an elite 0200HO06639 Stantons Pulsar daughter that ranks in the top 1% of the breed for GTPI at +2569.

Also on display will be daughters of the following popular Immunity+ sires:

  • 0200HO07450 Amighetti Numero Uno
  • 0200HO00560 Monument Impression
  • 0200HO03753 Marbri Facebook
  • 0200HO02714 Springway Celebrate

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Semex Announces Immunity+ Now 30% Heritability

As the only company offering immune genetics for greater disease resistance, Semex is excited to announce that dairymen everywhere can feel even more confident in Immunity+™ as recent studies show heritability to be 30%.

"This is huge," says Paul Krueger, Immunity+ Global Brand Manager and Director, Sales and Business Development, United States. "Our clients worldwide have been looking for a simple, genetic answer to herd health and Immunity+ is it! It's got 20 years of research behind it, over 100 published papers and is proven to reduce disease incidence by at least 4-8%. With heritability estimated at 30% it's one of the easiest decisions you can make to improve the health of your entire herd."

The original immune response research, based on a population of females tested for immune response, estimated heritabilities of 29% for Antibody-Mediated Immune Response (AMIR), 19% for Cell-Mediated Immune Response (CMIR) and 25% for overall Immune Response.

Over the past 12 months, there have been two separate genome association studies conducted where as part of each study, the heritabilities for AMIR and CMIR were reestimated. The first study published one year ago was based on a moderate population size including only males tested for immune response, and the latest study just completed was based on a much larger group of both males and females. The two studies showed very similar heritabilities of 46% and 44% for AMIR, and both had a matching heritability of 22% for CMIR. The three research studies were combined to calculate the new 30% heritability figure for overall immune response.

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Semex's Genomax™ Program Most Sought After Worldwide

Many past Genomax stars have gone on to be among the world’s most sought after proven sires. This includes 0200HO07450 Amighetti Numero Uno, now ranking #12 on Holstein USA's Top 100 TPI International list at +2407 GTPI. And, in Canada, Numero Uno gained over 250 LPI points since April, ranking him #2 for LPI and #4 for the brand new Pro$.

Graduating from the Genomax program in August is the highly-anticipated 0200HO02770 Sully Hart Meridian (Domain x Planet x Shottle) who is the best option in the Top 100 TPI International list for dairymen looking for milk and type at +1865 PTAM and +2.87 PTAT, and he ranks as #25 overall at +2333 GTPI! He's A2A2™, Calving Ease™, Repromax™ and a Show Time™ sire that is extremely popular worldwide. ‪

Seven Holsteins by five different sires joined the US Genomax lineup in August, averaging +2515 GTPI, over $670 NM$ and +5.5 PL. These sires join over 100 other sires in the US Genomax lineup that now has 38 sires over +2500 GTPI, averaging well over +1100 PTAM, +112 Combined F&P, nearly $700 NM$ and a solid +1.95 PTAT. 

Topping this list are:

  1. 0200HO10314 Zahbulls Governor (Flame x Supersonic x Dorcy) at +2637 GTPI, +736 NM$, +6.8 PL, low 2.53 SCS and the #3 available Flame son in the breed! Governor is also an A2A2™, Robot Ready™ and HealthSmart™ sire.  
  2. 0200HO07846 RH Superman (Supersire x Man-O-Man x Baxter) at +2629 GTPI, +2102 Milk, +98 lbs Fat, +69 Pro, +827 NM$ with a +5.6 PL and pleasing type. Superman is also a HealthSmart sire.
  3. 0200HO10258 Sandy-Valley-I Penmanship (Enforcer x Numero Uno x Planet) is the #1 GTPI Enforcer in the breed at +2620 GTPI, +755 NM$, +6.5 PL, low 2.75 SCS, +4.5 DPR, 5.6% Calving Ease and solid ... Read More...

Immunity+™: A Herd Health Solution Like No Other

Dairy producers worldwide are raving about the benefits of Semex’s exclusive Immunity+™ sires. As ‘real farm’ performance data accumulates, more clients, veterinarians and processors are excited to improve their own herds’ health naturally.

Based on the HIR (High Immune Response) technology developed by Dr. Bonnie Mallard and her colleagues at the University of Guelph, the research surrounding this technology spans decades. It shows that HIR cows have 19-30% lower disease incidence compared to herd averages. These cows also respond better to commercial vaccines and produce higher quality colostrum. As a result, they are more profitable by bringing in more revenue, lowering costs and wasting less of the dairyman's time. And, most importantly, Immunity+ works.

“It really ensures your herd is healthy, that your herd is looked after and it increases your return on investment,” says Paul Krueger, Semex Immunity+ Global Brand Manager. “For the first time ever we can identify the genetic link to immunity… How the animal responds to disease. No other product or solution available has this, or is 25% heritable with immediate effects… This starts at birth, there’s no wait.”

In August 2015 Semex has:

  • 12 Genomax Immunity+ bulls over +2500 GTPI
  • 45 Genomax Immunity+ bulls over +2400 GTPI
  • Two new Holstein proven and 10 new Genomax™ sires with Genomax sires averaging over +2500 GTPI
  • One new Jersey Immunity+ sire:
    • 0200JE01026 Faria Brothers Luda

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Easily Access Semex's A2A2 Sires

Dairymen and markets wanting to increase the A2 allele prevalence in their herds can now easily access Semex's A2A2 sires by clicking the A2A2 link under 'dairy' at www.semex.com 

This list of both high reliability and Genomax Holsteins, Jerseys and Ayrshires includes a diverse lineup of 75 proven and 90 Genomax™ Holstein sires, 16 proven and 35 Genomax Jersey sires and eight proven and four Genomax Ayrshire sires. 

This group includes 0200HO02698 Misty Springs Supersonic, 0200HO06320, Cangen Pinkman and new releases 0200HO02770 Sully Hart Meridian and 0200HO02783 Danhof Detroit as well as 17 Genomax Holstein sires over +2500 GTPI. 

 

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SEMEX RELEASES #1 NM$ ENFORCER

Semex is pleased to release one of the world’s top available Enforcer sons, 0200HO10258 Sandy-Valley-I Penmanship, a Genomax™, HealthSmart™ and Robot Ready™ sire.

Penmanship ranks as Enforcer’s #2 GTPI son at +2572 and his #1 NM$ son at 728$! Backed by nine generations of VG or EX dams, Penmanship’s dam is a VG-85 Numero Uno, from Pine-Tree Monica Planeta VG-86, with over 30,000 at 2-1 and five VG daughters to date. Penmanship’s third dam is Pine-Tree Monica Sueal DOM and then Missy Monica VG-85 GMD DOM and Rudy Missy EX-92-3E GMD DOM.

Used as a sire of sons, Penmanship offers excellent 6.0 PL, low 2.75 SCS a 3.7 DPR, +0.09% Pro, 6.0% SCE and solid, breed-pleasing type suited for dairymen everywhere.

The demand for Semex’s Genomax™ genomic young sires has never been higher. We’re working diligently to meet this demand, testing over 6000 young sires in 2014 alone, with only one in seven making the cut and being designated Genomax. 

Ask your Semex representative today about adding Penmanship or any of Semex’s leading genomic young sires in the Genomax lineup today! For additional information on Semex, Genetics for Life, Genomax, HealthSmart, Robot Ready or any of Semex’s products or services visit www.semex.com

 

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Semex Releases World's Highest Flame Son & A New Polled Superstar

Just a year ago, Semex released an extremely high GTPI sire named 0200HO06551 Vieuxsaule Flame. One year later, we’re pleased to release Semex’s first and the #1 Flame son available worldwide 0200HO10314 Zahbulls Governor, a HealthSmart™ and Robot Ready™ sire.

Not only does Governor top the charts for Flame sons, but he also tops Semex’s Genomax™ lineup at +2600 GTPI, offering an extremely low 2.52 SCS, a 3.4 DPR with +2.07 PTAT and +2.11 UDC. From the same family as the popular 1st Class, Governor’s dam is a VG-86 Misty Springs Supersonic then the popular Dorcy Glamour and nine more generations of VG and EX Holstein breed seedstock dams!

Joining Governor is the #1 Ohio P son in the world, 0200HO10287 Regancrest Milford-P at +2390 GTPI with +1131 PTAM, positive deviations, +3.9 PL, 2.80 SCS with functional type. A HealthSmart, Robot Ready sire with the critical Polled™ brand. Milford-P offers a fantastic genetic package from a VG-85, high producing Snowman, then an EX-94-2E DOM Shottle and four more VG and EX dams and he ranks as the breed’s #4 Genomic Polled Bull in April 2015, but is the highest bull that is over 2300 GTPI, 1000 PTAM, with a positive DPR and type traits of +1.56 PTAT, +1.65 UDC and +1.27 FLC.

The demand for Semex’s Genomax™ genomic young sires has never been higher. We’re working diligently to meet this demand, testing over 6000 young sires in 2014 alone, with only one in seven making the cut and being designated Genomax. 

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LOWELL LINDSAY NAMED 2015 NATIONAL DAIRY SHRINE PIONEER

Semex is pleased to announce that Lowell Lindsay has been named a National Dairy Shrine Pioneer for 2015.

Each year the National Dairy Shrine honors three or four ‘pioneers’ of the dairy industry. An anonymous selection committee selects these pioneers based on their professional affiliations and activities, civic and community involvement and outstanding contribution to the dairy industry.

“It is a great pleasure and honour to support the nomination of Lowell for the National Dairy Shrine Pioneer Award on behalf of Semex,” says Paul Larmer, Semex Chief Executive Officer. “When I think of Lowell’s career, it is a reflection of this man’s love and passion for our industry, including his career, cows and also his various and significant accomplishments. And, while his career has been highlighted by the sires acquired, the daughters of these bulls will continue to influence our industry well into the future, as will the thousands of keen breeders, showmen, fitters and dairy youth worldwide that have been fortunate enough to learn from one of our industry’s true artists.”

The annual National Dairy Shrine Awards Banquet will be held on Thursday, October 1 in Madison, Wisconsin. For more information about the banquet or about students, producers or industry representatives being recognized by National Dairy Shrine, please contact Dr. David Selner, Executive Director, at info@dairyshrine.org

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Semex Announces Board of Directors

Semex is pleased to welcome two new members who will serve on its Board of Directors:

  • Art Pruim representing WestGen
  • Martin Grégoire representing CIAQ

In 2015-2016 Norm McNaughton (EastGen), will serve as President & Chairman of the Board, assisted by Vice President Gary Bowers (CIAQ) and Executive Member Henry Gisler (WestGen). Other members of the Board of Directors include: Léonard Chabot (CIAQ); Germain Lehoux (CIAQ); Robert Wright (EastGen); Warren MacIntosh (EastGen); and Gerrit Wensink (EastGen).

Semex is comprised of three Partner Owners: WestGen, CIAQ (Centre d'insémination artificielle du Québec) and EastGen.

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Semex Sires Drive Profitability In April Proofs

Semex’s corporate mission is to ‘Create value by developing and delivering innovative genetic solutions.’ We do not take this for granted, and each genetic evaluation gives us the opportunity to reaffirm this commitment to our clients, whether they’re seeking GTPI, Type, Net Merit $, or Calving Ease. Exclusive at Semex, clients are also choosing Immunity+™ sires as a key part of their herd health and fertility, while also driving profitability at the farm gate.

“Some cows and cow families just do not get sick,” says Semex CEO Paul Larmer. “They go virtually unnoticed in the herd, doing their job day in and day out. Worldwide, dairymen are requesting these sires because they know, just like we know, that it makes sense. And, lowering drug costs and increasing productivity through healthier calves and cows is a goal of all producers everywhere. In 2013, Dairy Herd Management recognized Immunity+ as an ‘Innovative Product of the Year’ at World Dairy Expo. This was a very definite endorsement from the dairy industry that this technology is truly unique, valuable and a game changer.”

In April 2015, Semex added three proven and five Genomax™ Immunity+ Holstein sires, averaging +2240 GTPI and +2495 GTPI respectively:

  • 0200HO02753    BROOKVIEW MASTERPIECE (DORCY x BOLIVER)
  • 0200HO06320    CANGEN PINKMAN (SUPER x BAXTER)
  • 0200HO02714    SPRINGWAY CELEBRATE (MAN-O-MAN x BOLIVER)

New Immunity+ Genomax sires:

  • 0200HO10179    DE-SU SUMMIT  (JABIR x PLANET)
  • 0200HO10032    EDG TENACITY  (MOGUL x OBSERVER)
  • 0200HO06676    LADYS-MANOR OCTOBERFEST  (OAK x ... Read More...