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Behnke Hired As Sire Analyst

Semex is pleased to announce that Brian Behnke has been hired as Sire Analyst for Midwest USA effective October 6, 2008.

Born and raised on a registered Holstein farm, Brian graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dairy Science. Brian has over 20 years of dairy cattle industry experience including an in-depth knowledge of dairy cattle genetics, sales and farm management. His vast industry experiences include dairy cattle sire procurement for Landmark Genetics, as well serving as herdsman at the 1200 head Roylane Registered Holstein herd in Warden, Washington as well as the 2400 head Wilcox Farms Inc at Roy, Washington. Brian joined Semex USA in April 2003 and most recently was a Regional Manager responsible for the sales, marketing, growth and profitability of Semex USA's Central Region, including over 20 representatives in 12 states.

An accomplished cow-man, Brian has also had the opportunity to judge numerous dairy cattle shows both domestically and abroad, including the 2005 Grand International Red & White Show, Western Spring National and Wisconsin State Fair. Most recently he placed Canada's largest 4-H dairy cattle show, the Scotia Bank Classic at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Semex Announces 2008 Photo Contest Winners

The Semex Alliance is pleased to announce the winners of its third annual photo contest.

Over 250 photographs from 13 different countries were vying for top honours in the three categories: People and their Semex Cows, Landscapes with Semex Cows and People's Choice.

Winners in each category were awarded $500, with second prize winning $250 and third prize in each category taking home $100. Winners in the People's Choice category received Semex watches.

The winners in each category are:

People with their Semex Cows
1 "Milking Day is Done" - Terri-Lyn Love, Ontario, Canada
2 "Buckeye & the Boys" - Hiroshi Fujita, Tokyo, Japan
3 "Silhouette" - Jenny Fenton, Ohio, USA
4 "Morning Chores" - Carl Saucier, Québec, Canada
5 "Jerseys on the Grass" - Nelson Eduardo Ziehlsdorff, Santa Catarina, Brazil

Landscapes with Semex Cows
1 "Early Morning Breakfast" - Fred Aafjes, Tonder, Denmark
2 "At the County Fair" - Lisa Russell, Kentucky, USA
3 "Heading Home" - Kevin R. Klages, Ontario, Canada
3 "Break Time" - Philippe Boivin, Québec, Canada
5 "Our Jerseys" - Lindsay Fischer, Pennsylvania, USA
5 "Sunday Morning" - Jen Christie, Ontario, Canada

People's Choice
1 "Learning to Show" - Deanna Laity, British Columbia, Canada
2 "Gavin Gets the Cows" - Conny Quail, Ontario, Canada
3 "Best Buds" - Terri-Lynn Waterston, New Brunswick, Canada
4 "Jasper's Hope" - Joanne Gunning & Whitney Cole, CT, USA
5 "Keeping Watch" - Lisa Russell, Kentucky, USA

Click here to view the photos.

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Semex Brings North America's Best Shows To Your Door

Semex has once again teamed up with the Holstein World to bring the North American fall show results right to your door through our online show coverage! Just tune in for the following shows at and click, "2008 Fall Shows" or click here!

* September 12 - Northeast Fall Showcase
* September 17 to 18 - All-American Dairy Show
* September 30 to October 1 - Central National Jersey Show
* October 2 to 3 - Grand International Red & White Show
* October 3 to 4 - International Holstein Show
* November 7 to 8 - Exposition International Holstein Québec (QC)
* November 7 to 16 - Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Semex - bringing the world's greatest shows to your door!

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Semex Invites Dairymen To Run With The Bulls In Spain!

At the 2008 World Dairy Expo, Semex invites you to “Run With the Bulls” and enter in a draw for a trip to Spain to see for yourself how Semex Works Everywhere.

Register to win this once in a lifetime, all-expenses paid trip for two to Spain to see how Semex Works in Spain, traveling through the Spanish countryside seeing the Spanish dairy industry while taking in amazing scenery and of course, the opportunity to run with the bulls!

“Spain is an amazing country with a vibrant dairy industry,” says Joan Lau, Semex Alliance Vice President Marketing. “Spain’s dairymen are interested in the same things as their North American counterparts… long-lasting, profitable cows. Semex Spain is looking forward to sharing their culture, their beautiful scenery and their dairy industry with the world. To see the ‘Running of The Bulls’ would be the icing on the cake.”

Entry into the contest is easy, just visit the Semex Walk of Fame tent or Semex booth EH 2705-2709 in the Exhibit Hall at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin held September 30 – October 4, to get your free e-shot photo taken and be automatically entered to win. Winner will be announced October 27, 2008.

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Semex Sires' Conception Rates Prove Semex Works Everywhere!

With the release of the new Sire Conception Rates (SCR) by USDA, replacing Estimated Relative Conception Rates (ERCR), Repromax and Semex sires rank well above breed and industry averages for conception rates, proving Semex Works Everywhere!

The SCR evaluation is proven to be better than ERCR as it is a more accurate measure of a bull's ability to actually get a cow in calf, than just non-return rates. Repromax, Semex's lineup of high fertility sires, benefits from this new system, as the SCR evaluation is now included in developing the world's only international fertility information.

"The new Sire Conception Rates are certainly a better model (than ERCR)," says Nicolas Caron, Semex Alliance Geneticst. "Semex sires rank well above average for SCR, adding to the confidence breeders can have in using our Repromax lineup."

Semex sires scored extremely well in the new ranking, which places fertility on a scale with being average. This means that a sire ranking +1 or -1 will offer conception rates of either 1% higher or lower than the average bull.

60% of Semex sires scored above average for SCR, with high-ranking TPI sires such as 0200HO01584 Diamond-Oak Frosty, 0200HO07317 Magor Allen Bolivia and 0200HO04740 Bofran Lucky Star among them. All Repromax sires offer a tremendous package of an average SCR rankings and minimum genetic requirements, making Semex's Repromax sires valuable for getting cows in calf with exceptional results.

One Semex high fertility sire blew away the competition. 0200HO07030 Ladino Park Talent *RC, a highly regarded Repromax sire, leads all ... Read More...

Semex Sires Receive Holstein Canada Awards

With each genetic evaluation Holstein Canada recognizes sires who reach elite standards in production, conformation and also genetic indexes through their Superior Production (SP), Superior Type (ST) and Class Extra (EXTRA) programs.

Seven Semex sires have been recognized in August 2008 as Superior Production sires having combined genetic indexes for Fat and Protein in the top 5% of the Canadian sire population. Sires must have a reliability of at least 85%.








Five Semex sires have been recognized as Superior Type in August 2008. Sires winning this award are within the top 5% of the sire population for their type proof (Conformation, Mammary System, Feet & Legs, Dairy Strength, Rump) and with a reliability of at least 85%.






Two Semex sires have been recognized as Class Extra, which requires elite standards for both production and conformation.



August Proves Semex Works Everywhere!

August 2008 proofs saw Semex sires take 12 of the top 100 International TPI Sires listings, all over 1700 TPI, and 76 of the top 100 Canadian LPI rankings, showing that Semex sires and stud code 200 can and do Work Everywhere!

Semex's 12 Top 100 International TPI Sires:
 NAAB   TPI  Name   PTAM   PTAF   PTAP   PTAT   UDC   FLC   PL   SCS   NM 
200HO05217 2014 VIEUXSAULE MALICIEUX-ET 2071 49 64 2.89 2.93 Read More...

Semex Works Everywhere: Finland World Ayrshire Conference

Christopher Studer, Semex Alliance Ayrshire Coordinator

Every four years the Ayrshire World Federation holds its conference in a different part of the world. This year the conference was held in Finland, home to the largest population of Ayrshire cows worldwide. Delegates from around the world congregated to hear conferences about the future of the breed and visit multiple herds. The visitors also had the pleasure to view a great junior handler show, a sale and the International Ayrshire Show.

Semex was very well represented at this show, as we were proud to display a daughter group of six cows. The main goal of the exhibit was to show breeders the result of using Semex Ayrshire bulls in the Finnish population. Daughters of Shady Walnut Conn, Kildare Jerry, Woodlawn View Pardner and Birghdale Copper were represented in the display.

Semex sired Ayrshires dominated every class in the Show who saw 161 head pass before Judge David Mayo of Semex Australia/New Zealand.

Junior Show Results:

· Junior Champion - Joukolan Vaavikki by 0200AY00546 Margot Calimero
· Honorable Mention - Hokon Modem Lyly by 0200AY00564 Lagace Modem

Senior Show Results:

· Grand Champion - HH Tia Marie Sue by Woodlawn View Pardner
· Reserve Champion - Kuortin Tilli by Kildare Jerry and featured in the Semex display
· Honorable Mention - Majaniemen Unelma by 0200AY00002 Birghdale Copper and featured in the Semex display

Semex's Ayrshire bulls have been doing well in Finland in the past few years, showing that Semex Works Everywhere!

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Semex Alliance 2008-2009 Board of Directors Announced

The Semex Alliance is pleased to introduce their 2008-2009 Board of Directors.

Elgin Craig (Gencor) will serve as President & Chairman of the Board, assisted by Gary Bowers as 1st Vice-President (Centre d'insémination artificielle du Québec, CIAQ) and by Tim Hofstra (Westgen) as 2nd Vice-President.

Other members of the Board of Directors include John De Vries (Eastern Breeders Inc, EBI), Guy Lavoie (CIAQ), Norm McNaughton (Gencor) and Normand Barriault, Semex's newest board member from Carleton, Québec (CIAQ).

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Semex's Ristourn Dominates Ayrshire LPI Listing

0200AY00601 Lagacé Ristourn blasted onto the scene as the top LPI Ayrshire sire marketed by Semex Alliance following the April 2008 genetic evaluations. From the Canada's famous Mode family, Ristourn has over six VG or EX dams with multiple brood stars and excellent production. His sire, B Jurist, has added the beneficial strength and production to each of his sons and daughters.

noneBreaking down Ristourn's proof, exceptional production traits with positive deviations for both fat and protein dominate. On the functional side, we find Ristourn close to or above all traits, while also excelling for Herd Life, Somatic Cell Score and all calving traits.

Ristourn's daughters confirm his superb conformation breakdown, displaying excellent Mammary Systems and Feet & Legs. "This is where he really excels," says Chris Studer, Semex Alliance Ayrshire Coordinator. "It is remarkable to see so much production come from such correct udders. Ristourn daughters walk correctly on a tremendous set of feet and legs, showing great heel depth."

Ristourn will be an excellent outcross bull for Ayrshire populations as he has no Milkman of BBBK blood in his pedigree.

Ristourn offers the complete package of production, functional traits, conformation and outcross, making him ideal for markets everywhere.

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