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Statz Promoted to Semex USA Accounting Administrator

Semex USA is pleased to announce the promotion of Amanda Statz to Accounting Administrator.

Amanda is now responsible for the following areas: accounts payable, accounts receivable, credit and collections, expense reimbursements, assisting with month-end closings and year-end audit, along with assisting with general office support.

Amanda is a graduate of Edgewood College with a BS degree in Business with concentrations in management and accounting. In 2005, Amanda began her career at Semex USA as the Administrative Assistant, but was quickly promoted to a Customer Service Representative. Prior to her employment with Semex USA, Amanda worked in various jobs including accounting, office assistant, and sales associate.

"I'm excited to have Amanda on board as the Accounting Administrator," says Joe Magnusson, Accounting and Finance Manager. "Her business education, work experience, and her recent successes with Semex USA make her an ideal fit for this position. I'm confident that she will continue to excel in her career with Semex."

Amanda and her husband Russ reside in Waunakee, Wisconsin.

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McCullough Named Central Region District Sales Representative

Semex USA is pleased to announce that Kurt McCullough has accepted the position of District Sales Representative (DSR) in Southern Wisconsin, and Northern Illinois.

Kurt's responsibilities as a DSR will include maintaining and increasing sales volume with established accounts and aggressively seeking new customers in the sale of semen, programs, supplies and nitrogen to ensure profitable sales growth.

Kurt graduated Summa Cum Laude from UW-Platteville, receiving his BS in Animal Science with a dairy emphasis. He also brings a broad range of hands-on industry experience including: being raised on a dairy farm, working as a herdsman where he was responsible for reproduction and herd health on a 1600-cow dairy, and four years experience working as an AI technician for another AI organization.

Kurt was also very active the Pioneer Dairy club for over four years as well as in judging.

"I am very excited for Kurt to start in this territory," says Brian Behnke, Central Region Manager. "Not only is he very familiar with this area, he brings an excellent work ethic and a strong knowledge of both small registered herds and large, expanding dairies matching what this diverse territory needs."

Kurt and his wife Rachel reside in Monroe, Wisconsin.

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Finke Named Central Region Dairy Genetic Consultant

Semex USA is pleased to announce Elizabeth Finke has been hired as Dairy Genetic Consultant in the Central Region. Elizabeth will work closely with District Sales Representatives in the Central Region to build and maintain a customer base in the Excell GM Mating and Premier Young Sire programs.

Elizabeth was born and raised on an 80 cow registered Holstein dairy farm where she was active in the daily operations, herd health and genetic mating. Elizabeth is a graduate of Purdue University where she earned her BS in Agriculture Sales and Marketing, with an emphasis in Animal Science.

Elizabeth has previous experience working for a competitor AI organization in addition to serving as a marketing assistant for USDA Agricultural Marketing Service in Washington DC. Most recently, she served as a Financial Services Officer for Farm Credit Services.

Elizabeth has also been very active in Holstein activities throughout her life including various judging through 4-H and Purdue University Inter-Collegiate Dairy Judging team, as well as serving on many different organizations, including the Bartholomew County Young Farmer Committee, Indiana Holstein Association, Boilermaker Heifer Sale Co-Chairman and many others.

"Elizabeth's education, work history, dairy cattle analysis skills and positive attitude will make her an excellent addition to our Dairy Genetic Consulting team," says Brian Behnke Central Region Manager.

Elizabeth is currently engaged and is excited to relocate to Wisconsin.

For more information on Semex USA's products and services visit, call 1-800-303-BULL or contact your local Semex USA representative and see how Semex Works Everywhere!

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Van de Pols Win Semex's Dinner For Two

Semex is pleased to announce that G&H Dairy of Escalon, California is the winner of Semex's "Win a Trip For Two Anywhere In The World" sweepstakes during the 2008 World Ag Expo in Tulare, California.

Semex's Walk of Fame was a popular draw at the World Ag Expo, as it was the first time in several years that cows had been allowed on the grounds, and the first time Semex's Walk of Fame had been to the show.

"With over 100,000 visitors to the show each year, Tulare and the World Ag Expo was a logical location for our Walk of Fame," says Joan Lau Semex Alliance Vice-President Marketing. "Our goal was to display Semex-sired daughters that large herd producers could relate to. Dairymen were pleased with what they saw from us, and were impressed with the way Semex's genetics are working on large-scale California dairies."

G&H Dairy is a family-owned 2,200 cow herd of Holsteins and Jerseys. Managed as a partnership between brothers Gerard and Henry Van de Pol since 1992, the original farm dates back 45 years.

"I try to pick sires that have positives across the board for protein, fat, milk, feet & legs and type," says Gerard.

The Van de Pols' dedication to breeding and these traits are obvious with the Jersey herd averaging approximately 16,000 lbs and the Holsteins averaging 22,000 lbs.

"We ship directly to a cheese factory, so we need cows to milk," says Gerard. "Winning this trip is great. I'm not sure where we're going yet, but I'm sure my wife has a few ideas! Thank you Semex!"

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Semex Launches Repromax, World's First International Fertility Evaluation

Semex is proud to introduce Repromax, its lineup of highly fertile sires selected to increase profitability by reducing costly days open.

Semex scientists have carefully reviewed fertility information from over 3,000 bulls to determine which Semex sires were most effective at getting cows bred, and have designated these fertility specialists as Repromax sires. Repromax is unique as it takes into account international information from numerous countries and sources, with the goal of improving the fertility performance of cows, and makes Repromax the world's first international fertility evaluation.

"The Repromax sire list combines the best fertility information from all sources," says Senior Geneticist, Dr. Jacques P. Chesnais.

"We've taken into consideration the well-known and established forms of fertility analysis, Estimated Relative Conception Rate (ERCR), Agri-Tech Analysis (ATA), as well as Canada's Non-Return Rate data to determine which Semex sires are fertility specialists, and we have designated these sires as Semex Repromax sires."

"The Canadian information is particularly important because it is based entirely on extensive professional technician data. This increases the reliability of the fertility evaluation and makes designated Repromax sires a powerful tool for dairymen."

Pregnancies are a valuable commodity on the dairy and Repromax sires work to make sure dairymen have the best product to get cows in calf, everytime.

"Our Repromax sires represent the best of the best," says Pierre Laliberté, Senior Vice-President, Global Genetic Programs/Operations.

"Semex's Repromax sires are highly proven, reliable bulls from our lineup that are proven to be high fertility sires, with no genetic sacrifices for quality. We believe dairymen should have the best of both worlds... cows in calf and genetic improvement in their herds."

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April Proofs Solidfy Semex Jersey Lineup

Semex adds much anticipated Jersey sires to lineup following April 2008 proof round.

Making his official debut in the #1 LPI spot, 0200JE00423 Lencrest Blackstone has arrived on the international scene and not left anyone disappointed. Dual sampled in the US and Canada, Blackstone ranked highly in the January JPI proof round, creating a great deal of excitement with his high combined production and type rankings.

Now in April, with an LPI of over 2000 points, a strong +8 for Conf, over 1000 lbs Milk and a combined 110 lbs fat and protein with 1.9 PTAT in the USA, Blackstone dominates the Jersey breed. His exceptional production breakdown offers tremendous yields for Milk, Fat and Protein with deviations of +.13%F and +.06% P. This kind of production profile makes Blackstone well-suited for all global markets, adding volume and quality to production outputs.

By BW Parade Blackstone's maternal line needs no introduction as it is the same cow family that still dominates the LPI listings, the Duncan Belles. His dam is Declo Belle EX-94-CAN, a former Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Intermediate Champion with 5-03 305 24,775 4.9% 1,208 3.8% 955 lbs.

Blackstone's progeny show his strength and overall functional type. His daughters have very well-attached mammary systems, with extreme support from a deep crease. Their rear udders are wide and highly attached with the capacity to support heavy production. They walk on a very solid, well-shaped foot with a great heel depth. These daughters are tall and long-bodied with great openness of rib, being top producing 2 Yr Olds in both Canada and the United States.

0200JE00940 Prairie Harbour Advice is the first Semex sire proven sire through US Jersey's Dairyland Jersey Sires.

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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.

Eleven Semex sires have been recognized in April 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%.

BELFAST SAPHIRE (Champion x Lee)

BENNER JOAH (James x Rudolph)

CLAYNOOK ANTHONY (Stormatic x Rudolph)

COMESTAR LOREL (Stormatic x Bellwood)

CRACKHOLM MESSENGER (Champion x Inquirer)

FREUREHAVEN ROGER (Morty x Aeroline)

KERNDTWAY HOWIE-ET (Morty x BW Marshall)

KLAYLAND KLANCY (Inquirer x Leader)

MASSICOTTE NIRVANA (Champion x Stormatic)


SANDY-VALLEY TATOO-ET (Marshall x Terry)

Four Semex sires have been recognized as Superior Type in April 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%.

BENNER ANSELM (Stormatic x Mattie G)

MORSAN INSTAMATIC (Stormatic x Mattie G)



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April Proofs Show Semex Works Everywhere!

With proving programs in four countries on three continents, Semex's lineup of veterans and newly proven sires offers dairymen a diversified lineup of profitable sires.

"The April proofs show that Semex's sires work everywhere," says Pierre Laliberte, Semex Alliance Senior Vice-President, Global Genetic Programs/Operations. "Our success in Canada has never been greater, with 71 of the top 100 being Semex bulls. In the US we're seeing our Premier Program excel as our graduates continue to rank highly contributing to 13 of the Top 100 International Bulls carrying the 200 code. These bulls are successful worldwide, and average 1775 TPI. Impressive no matter where you are."

Newly released Premier Graduate 0200HO05217 Vieuxsaule Malicieux (Income x R Marshall) is one example of Semex's success through the USA's Premier Program. Malicieux graduates with a 1794 TPI with an impressive NM$ of +417, driven by his low SCS at 2.99, positive Productive Life, 10 for Calving Ease and impressive +2.48 PTAT, +1.99 UDC and +1.70 FLC.

0200HO07317 Magor Bolivia Allen (Allen x Storm) and his full brother 0200HO07321 Magor Baroque Allen (Allen x Storm) are two newly proven Allen sons that are true global sensations, showing that Semex Works Everywhere!

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Norwegian Red Sires Shine in April 2008 Proofs

The April 2008 sire summary brings exciting news to the TwoPlus™ sires offered by Semex USA.

Current sire, 252NR10032 Haugseth maintains his number one standing in the Norwegian Red proofs with a Total Merit Index (TMI) of 22. Haugseth solidifies his place as an elite sire of the breed by maintaining this high ranking. Haugseth sires growthy calves which reflect his average calving ease rating. Haugseth is a very high fertility sire making him a tremendous option for the repeat breeders. Known as a true "all-rounder," Haugseth will be difficult to overtake in the rankings.

Closely behind Haugseth is a new addition to the Semex USA line up, 252NR10115 Raastad. Raastad has a 20 TMI. Raastad is health trait sire excelling in resistance to mastitis and other diseases. This comes as no surprise as he is also an udder sire with an overall rating of 116 loaded with milk and high components.

252NR10039 Haga joins Raastad at 18 TMI. This red sire transmits beautiful udders with superior component percentages. In addition to udders, Haga improves feet & legs and milk while excelling in every health trait. Haga sold out faster than any other Norwegian Red sire imported in the USA with similar results expected in his next shipment.

Other highlights include 252NR10183 Aasheim, a red-polled sire, with a 15 TMI resulting from his fantastic production figures. 252NR05848 øygarden settles in with a 14 TMI. He maintains phenomenal production figures with ratings of 120 and 118 for protein and milk respectively.

Ask about these and other sires offered as part of the TwoPlus™ lineup, the best balanced Norwegian Red sires available today.

For additional information on Semex's products, services or how to make Semex your partner in profitability visit, call 1-800-303-BULL or contact your local Semex USA representative today!

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Comestar Lheros Reaches Another Milestone

0072HO01758 Comestar Lheros EX-97-CAN EXTRA recently reached another impressive milestone in his life, surpassing the one million-dose mark and joining the elite ranks of Millionaire Sire Status at the Semex Alliance. Lheros joins an impressive fraternity of Semex sires including three other Comestar sires, Leader, Lee and Outside, and is Semex's ninth sire to produce over one million doses.

Born on November 11, 1996 at Comestar Holsteins in Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada, Lheros resides at Gencor, in Guelph, Ontario and has always been a leader in markets worldwide. A 99% reliability second crop sire, Lheros is known for siring daughters built to last, resulting in dairymen using him a second, third, fourth and fifth time in their herds.

"Lheros has always been popular," says Pierre Laliberte, Senior Vice-President, Global Genetic Programs/Operations. "This Laurie Sheik grandson transmits dairy strength and the correct rumps dairymen are looking for. Since his second crop daughters emerged his demand has steadily grown, and he has never been more popular than he is today! The Gencor barn and production staff have done a great job keeping him in excellent condition and are a major part of this success."

Lheros is a type leader in many markets, improving conformation and rumps with a total of 29,271 daughters in 11,249 herds classified worldwide and 68% GP or better in Canada alone, including 75 EX daughters. Among his highest classified daughters are Canada's Hendercroft Lheros Gumball EX-94-CAN and Windy Brae Lheros Irene EX-94-CAN.

The popularity of Lheros, Canada's highest classified bull, is also growing as his sons receive their proofs. Semex is home to seven proven Lheros sons with an additional 10 to come, the most popular being recently proven 0200HO01796 Stantons Sidney and 0200HO5139 Karona Bonair.

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