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August 2009 Proofs Now Online at www.semex.com

August 2009 LPI proofs are now online at www.semex.com

Once again dominating the LPI listing, Semex Holstein sires capture 72 of the top 100!

# 3 LPI Holstein Sire: 0200HO05049 Morningview Ashlar
# 4 LPI Holstein Sire: 0200HO03205 Braedale Goldwyn (#4 Conformation Sire & #1 2nd Crop Sire)
# 5 LPI Holstein Sire: 0200HO09804 Crockett-Acres Eight
# 6 LPI Holstein Sire: 0200HO05379 Kerndt Stallion (#1 New Release Holstein: September Storm x Mtoto)
# 7 LPI Holstein Sire: 0200HO05024 Dudoc Mr Burns *RC
# 9 LPI Holstein Sire: 0200HO03427 Springway Cleveland (#2 New Release Holstein: Titanic x Addison)

# 4 LPI Ayrshire Sire: 0200AY00328 Kellcrest Humour (#1 New Release Ayrshire: Peterslund x BBB Kellogg)
# 5 LPI Ayrshire Sire: 0200AY00594 Duo Star Normandin
# 6 LPI Ayshire Sire: 0200AY00597 Kildare Jupiter
# 7 LPI Ayrshire Sire: 0200AY00596 St Clement Edmour
# 8 LPI Ayrshire Sire: 0200AY00311 Visserdale Etro
# 9 LPI Ayrshire Sire: 0200AY00601 Lagace Ristourn

# 3 LPI Brown Swiss Sire: 0073BS00018 R-Hart Cartoon

# 2 LPI Guernsey Sire: 0200GU00109 Pine Ridge Double L
# 3 LPI Guernsey Sire: 0200GU00111 Myown Poker Bingo
# 4 LPI Guernsey Sire: 0200GU00001 Rozelyn Enhancer Jordan
# 5 LPI Guernsey Sire: 0200GU00400 Knapps Enhancer Krunch
# 9 LPI Guernsey Sire: 0200GU00401 Millborne Bolero
#10 LPI Guernsey Sire: 0200GU00102 Knapps Mr America

# 1 LPI Jersey Sire: 0200JE00430 Lencrest On Time (#1 New Release Sire: Sultan x Declo Belle)
# 2 LPI Jersey Sire: 0200JE00946 Sunset Canyon Dice (#2 New Release Sire: Jace x Lemvig)
# 3 LPI Jersey Sire: 0200JE00314 ... Read More...

Sandy Cole Selected As Australia Exchange Winner

Holstein Canada and Semex Alliance are pleased to announce that Sandy Cole of Middle Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia has been chosen to represent Canada in the 2010 Canada - Australia Young Adult Exchange program.

Sandy is a 2006 graduate of Olds College in Alberta with a diploma in Agriculture.  Since 2006 Sandy has been employed full time at the home farm, Colstein.  Sandy, along with his father Dean and uncle David milk 60 cows. 

Over the years, Sandy has been very active showing dairy cattle at both the county and regional level.  As a member of the Central Nova Scotia Holstein Club, Sandy helped put on a clipping, showing and judging workshop.  Sandy has also worked at shows and conventions for a number of breeders including: Cobequid, Bernardale, and T&L Cattle Company. 

Easy-going, personable and knowledgeable in all aspects of dairy cattle management, Sandy indicates that his future plans are to join the family farm business.  Sandy is well on his way by having ownership of 18 cows under the farm prefix. 

“I'm extremely excited to be selected for this trip” states Sandy. “It is a great privilege and certainly a huge honor to be representing Canada on this exchange to Australia. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I know I will never forget."

Semex Alliance and Holstein Canada encourage all interested young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 to apply in 2010 for the following year’s program.

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Semen Care: Proper Handling = More Pregnancies

SEMEN CARE: PROPER SEMEN HANDLING = MORE PGS
Don’t let semen handling be a “forgotten link” in your herd. Below are 12 steps herd owners and managers, herdsmen, inseminators and professional AI technicians can put in to practice to help get more cows pregnant.

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  1. Locate all items necessary to thaw semen and perform AI, including tweezers, water bath and thermometer, AI gun, sheaths, scissors, paper towels, plastic sleeves, and lubricant. Work close to the liquid nitrogen tank, preferably in a clean and dry location.
  2. Check the water bath temperature using a thermometer. Most semen packaged in .5-mL or .25-mL straws should be thawed in water 95˚F/35˚C.
  3. Keep an accurate semen inventory including storage location.
  4. Work at or below the frost line in the neck of the tank to minimize the possibility of premature thawing of semen straws. After locating and grasping the desired cane, remove the straw with tweezers. Quickly transfer the straw to the water bath, while gently lowering the cane back into the canister, and the canister back into storage position. When thawing more than 1 straw simultaneously, do not allow straws to touch in the water bath.
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Recording Disease Key In Solving Conception Problems

Mark E. Carson BSc. (Agr). MSc., Gencor Herd Reproduction Analyst

noneOften when a herd is having reproductive problems focus is given to what is currently happening to the cows in the herd.  Sometimes, however, looking back on our historical data we can find the root causes of many fertility issues.

The transition period, for example, is the most critical time in a cow’s lactation.  It’s during this time that cows are at a higher risk of developing disease; and, disease during the transition time can lead to reduced production and fertility throughout the entire lactation.

During a herd visit last winter, we visited a dairy with excellent disease recording and calving information.  Unfortunately, though, this herd was battling reduced conception, especially at first service.  Luckily, part of their disease recording protocol included documenting all diseases that occurred to their transition cows.  To detect problems in the herd, an accurate starting point needs to be determined.  Having recorded all disease information using a herd management program such as Dairy Comp 305, an owner, herdsman or herd advisor can more efficiently pinpoint reproduction problems and their causes. 

With this information available, we began to see that a significant percentage of the cows experiencing conception problems were the same cows that had problems at calving.  We identified that a group of cows that had Metritis during the summer months were ... Read More...

Semex's Maughlin Storm Still Making Headlines

Semex’s iconic Maughlin Storm continues to make headlines more than 13 years after his initial proof as his 800th daughter scored EX this week.  Keriday Storm Sasha, like the 799 Storm daughters before her, has shown exceptional development, durability and strength netting her a score of EX-91-CAN in her fourth lactation. 

An original Semex Master Series™ sire, this most recent accomplishment sets Storm well above all other sires in Canada, as the sire with the most EX daughters ever.  By comparison, his sire Madawaska Aerostar has 53 EX daughters from 22,856 classified and his grandsire, the breed patriarch Hanoverhill Starbuck, has 418 EX daughters from his 37,960 classified. 

Storm’s statistics speak for themselves with 800 EX daughters of his 42,899 daughters classified, giving him an incredible 69% Good Plus or better ranking still today.  Among these daughters are some of the most tremendous and high impact cows of our time.  These cows have been and still are bull mothers, record milk producers, index toppers, brood cows, barn favorites and show winners.  Real cows working around the world.

As a sire of sons, Storm has proven himself again and again, siring nine Semex sires including modern day Master Series™ sires 0200HO07030 Ladino Park Talent *RC, 0200HO03067 Pursuit September Storm *RC, 0200HO04624 Brigeen Givenchy and former #1 LPI sire ... Read More...

Semex Master Series™ Sire Buckeye Works at Lansi Farm

noneAs a Semex Master Series™ sire 0200HO04779 R-E-W Buckeye has proven himself time and again.  With his second crop behind him, backing up his proof, we know that Buckeye has stood the test of time, exceeded breeders’ expectations and is poised to make an impact on dairies seeking bulls with durability, reliability, efficiency and profitability assured in their proof.  Buckeye daughters are the real cows on real dairies that dairymen love to work with. 

Sylvain Landry’s Lansi Farms in Saint-Albert, Quebec has 958 head with his 370 cows milked by six robotic milkers.  Sylvain’s Buckeyes are low-maintenance cows that work hard and breed back easily, contributing positively to the herd’s bottom line.  Experience has shown Sylvain that that his Buckeye daughters are positive contributors that increase his profitability.    

"We have 83 registered Buckeyes,” says Sylvain Landry Lansi Farms owner.  “Right from birth, we were immediately impressed by Buckeye’s calving ease.  These calves weren’t very big, but they showed lots of vigor and will to live.  We’re now milking 22 Buckeyes.  They are very consistent and we love working with these young animals. They are very lively and are aggressive eaters who have adapted very well to our environment.  On average, they go to the robotic milker 2.6 times a day.”

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Popular Sire Pursuit September Storm *RC Passes Away

Semex regrets to announce that popular Red & White sire, 0200HO03067 Pursuit September Storm *RC recently passed away.

As one of several Maughlin Storm sons proven at Semex, September Storm *RC was unique not only in his *RC status, but also because he was a son of the popular Shower family.  His dam was a VG-85-2YR-CAN 4* Astre from the EX-CAN 13* Glen Drummond Shower herself.  This pedigree made him the outcross sire many Red & White breeders had been looking for worldwide, making him popular before he even received an official proof in October 2002. 

September Storm *RC quickly gained popularity in the Red & White show circles and sale rings.  His daughters dominated heifer and milking classes, earning several Premier Sire banners including the coveted Premier Sire Award at World Dairy Expo in 2007 and 2008.  Sale topping daughters by September Storm *RC have made their mark as well, reaching record breaking prices, with Fradon SS Jordan being at the top of the list at $150,000 in 2007.

Most recently September Storm also sired several Black & White show winners including the 2008 Res. All-Canadian Jr. 2 Yr Old, ABF September Cheese VG-89-3YR-CAN, the 2008 Kingsmill Futurity Champion at World Dairy Expo, Miss Macland Sept Juliet EX-91-USA and the 2009 Grand Champion of the European Holstein Show, Planillo September Sara EX-92-ESP, showing his appeal to all bloodlines. 

“Not very often do you have a Red Carrier sire that could compete with the best Black & Whites, so September Storm became popular very fast with Red & White breeders,” says ... Read More...

SEMEXX: It's Worth It!

Aaron Henderson, US Jersey Specialist
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In the USA and around the world low milk prices, plummeting equity and lingering high feed costs have left many dairy operators taking a hard look at all costs associated with their businesses, knowing that to be profitable today you have to be more than just efficient.

Cows once worth $2500 US or more are now being sold across the country for $1000 US or less, and springers are now valued at half of what they were once selling for… many times bringing less than $1200 US.

Tough conversations are happening in offices and around dinner tables every day in an effort to increase profitability, whether they’re milking 50 or 5,000 cows.

One of those conversations is whether or not it is worthwhile to pay a premium price for sorted semen, and the added value of producing your own replacements.

Each dairy’s situation is a slightlydifferent, but for Aardema Dairies in southern Idaho, the extra dollars spent is one cost they’re not willing to sacrifice.

The Aardema family along with their General Manager Jeff Wendler, and herd managers John Andersen and Jordan Leak continue to sort through
pedigrees and proofs to find bulls to meet their criteria to use in their herds to make top genetic heifer replacements.

This sifting and winnowing process includes using Semex’s SEMEXX™, gender selected semen.

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Buckeye: Definite 2nd Crop Success!

Mike West, Semex Alliance Product Support Specialist & Sire Analyst

noneApproximately seven years ago the AI industry as a whole purchased many sons sired by the popular Marathon BW Marshall. In October of 2005, Semex graduated several BW Marshall sons, but just one rose to the top of the TPI listing. 0200HO04779 R-E-W Buckeye has maintained his top TPI rankings, making him one of Semex’s most successful sires and another example of Semex’s strong USA proving program.

Today he’s reached another milestone being named a Second Crop success. Buckeye himself was one of the earlier BW Marshall sons to be proven at Semex, and quickly drew international attention as not only a mating sire, but sire of sons. Out of a VG-86-2YRUSA
GMD DOM 2* Rudolph dam, and then a 67,000 kg EX-94-2E-USA Luke, his family’s production capacity has transmitted through the generations. His emergence as a superstar on the international scene was due to his success on the TPI rankings and pedigree appeal with six more generations of VG or EX after the Luke, but also because of the tremendous promise dairymen saw in their Buckeye daughters.

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In Summer's Heat Keep Breeding Window Open A Little Longer

Brenda Lee-Turner, Semex Alliance Marketing Communications Specialist

noneWith temperatures topping +90˚F/32˚C in many parts of the North America, dairymen are struggling to get their cows bred back on time.  Heat and its partner in crime, humidity, wreak havoc on dairies, pushing milk production and pregnancy rates down and herd health problems up.  Incidences of stress on cows can occur at temperatures as low as 72˚F/22˚C when combined with higher humidity, dramatically reducing profitability on the dairy.   

Looking for solutions to keep the window of breeding opportunity open a little longer and combat these issues, Semex has designed its Repromix™ product to help get those problem, repeat breeders back into calf, reducing days open and into their next lactation and the milking line.

The theory behind Semex’s Repromix product is related to a phenomenon called capacitation.  Capacitation is a series of changes all sperm from mammals must undergo while in the female reproductive tract in order to fertilize an egg.  This process includes the modification of proteins on the outside of the sperm cell by the cow’s reproductive tract.  Without this process, sperm cannot fertilize an egg.  As timing with all reproduction is key, the time needed for the capacitation process to occur varies from species to species and in our case, bull to bull. 

“Based on our theory, bulls can ... Read More...