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SEMEX'S IMMUNITY+ MEETING & EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS

New technologies are always coming along that claim a host of benefits. Seldom, however, do such technologies deliver on or surpass their original claims. Immunity+ is a special innovation that does indeed meet or exceed original expectations. And, with a 25% heritability, Immunity+ sires can help improve a herd's overall health and longevity.

Based on the HIR 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.

"There is a lot of on-going research in the immune response field, and in each case, the findings further validate the many benefits of Immunity+," says Jay Shannon, Semex Global Dairy Solutions Manager. "High immune response technology and Immunity+ sires have shown their potential to be one of the most significant innovations in the genetics industry, having a profound effect on a dairy's strategy to improve overall animal health."

Joining the proven Immunity+ lineup following the December 2014 genetic evaluation are:

  • 0200HO07450    AMIGHETTI NUMERO UNO ... MAN-O-MAN x SHOTTLE
  • 0200HO07443    ANDERSTUP JUTLAND ... PLANET x SHOTTLE
  • 0200HO02712    BROOKVIEW SUPERFREAK ... SUPER x SHOTTLE
  • 0200HO02673    HOWARD-VIEW LAUTITUDE ... MAN-O-MAN x GOLDWYN
  • 0200HO02654    MISTY SPRINGS BRACKLEYRead More...

SEMEX HEALTHSMART LINEUP INCLUDES FEED EFFICIENCY

In August 2009, the HealthSmart™ lineup was launched as a means for Semex clients to quickly identify bulls that would sire the most valuable and profitable cows on the dairy. Five years later, the HealthSmart brand still represents sires that provide fertile and healthy daughters, but also more feed efficient cows.

“By including Feed Efficiency in HealthSmart, we’re further emphasizing moderate-sized cattle, healthy cattle, efficient cattle and all around good commercial cows,” says Jay Shannon, Semex Global Dairy Solutions Manager. “These cows are the profitable kind. They have more efficient production, lower maintenance costs, lower health costs, better fertility and lead longer, more productive lives. They’re exactly what dairymen are looking for and what we’re talking about when we talk about Genetics for Life.”

The HealthSmart lineup includes these popular sires: 

  • 0200HO07450  AMIGHETTI NUMERO UNO
  • 0200HO00402  MAINSTREAM MANIFOLD
  • 0200HO03753  MARBRI FACEBOOK
  • 0200HO02698  MISTY SPRINGS SUPERSONIC
  • 0200HO00560  MONUMENT IMPRESSION
  • 0200HO00528  SILDAHL JETT AIR

The following Genomax™ bulls are also designated HealthSmart:

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December 2014 Proofs Online At Semex

The December 2014 LPI & TPI proofs are now online on Semex's website at www.semex.com!      

Semex is dedicated to our customers' success and profitability, whether they're seeking GLPI, GTPI, Type, Net Merit $, Calving Ease, Immunity+ or any of the other traits that drive profitability at the farm gate. We believe that this is Genetics for Life. Each genetic evaluation confirms this commitment and drives us towards future success.

Holstein Highlights:

  • 0200HO03753 Marbi Facebook is #1 LPI sire & #4 TPI sire
  • 0200HO02692 Gibbs-I Claynook Dude #2 Conf sire
  • Semex's #1 new release TPI bull 0200HO07450 Amighetti Numero Uno
    • #6 TPI sire overall
  • Semex's #2 new release TPI bull 0200HO02698 Misty Springs Supersonic
    • #13 TPI sire overall

Jersey Highlights:

  • 0200JE00470 Comestar JDF Beautifull
    • #5 GLPI sire overall
    • One of only two double digit bulls for conformation in the top 30  at +12 with +11 mammary and +13 feet and legs
  • 0200JE00183 Sunset Canyon David  
    • Semex's #1 new release Genomax™ graduate
    • Will rank in the top 15 active sires in the USA for GJPI
    • Three of the top six and five of the top 15 young bulls for Genomic Parent Average for LPI in Canada and three of the top four for Conformation
  • 0200JE00912 Gabys Archer is a top 10 young sire in USA for GJPI with semen available

Ayrshire Highlights:

  • Semex #1 new release LPI bull 0200AY00723 La Sapiniere Facykie
    • #4 LPI sire overall
    • #2 Fat % in Top 10 at ... Read More...

Semex Dominates The Royal

As one of the dairy industry's 'must attend' events, the 92nd Royal Agricultural Winter Fair was one for the record books for Semex. Very similar to 2013, a commanding 57% of all Holsteins shown by 27 different sires were 200HO sired! Impressively, even more Semex-sired daughters placed in the top 10 in their classes in 2014 than 2013, with 97 receiving a ribbon. Forty-six placed in the top five, 12 won their classes and Semex sired eight champions.

Like no other sire ever, Braedale Goldwyn continued his show ring dominance, capturing both Premier Sire Banners, and sired nine class winners, 49 top 10 placers and the DHI Production Award Winner. And, for the fifth consecutive year a he sired the Grand & Senior Champion Female as 1st Mature Cow, RF Goldwyn Hailey, continued her winning streak, capturing the traditional blanket of roses at the end of the day.   

Semex Genomax™ sires made their mark at the Royal as well. Making his Royal debut, Genomax™ and Immunity+™ sensation 0200HO06480 Val-Bisson Doorman sired the 1st Intermediate Calf & HM Junior Champion, Belfast Doorman Lovestruck. Placing 2nd in the same class was Repa Jenna Doorman, with seven other Doormans showing in the young heifer classes, gaining appreciation for Semex top seller. December 2014 proven sire prospect, 0200HO02770 Sully Hart Meridian's daughter Val-Bisson Meridian Doriane (a sister to Doorman himself) attracted a lot of attention in her stall at the Semex Walk of Fame and placed 3rd in the highly competitive Milking Yearling Class.

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SEMEX OPENS NEW BULL FACILITY FOCUSING ON YOUNG SIRE CARE

Semex is pleased to announce the opening of a new bull isolation facility in Brockville, Ontario.

With capacity of housing 230 young bulls and the goal of providing individual care to valuable young sires, this new facility will serve as an entry point for all bulls coming into stud.

“Traditional isolation facilities are generally at or very near production facilities. We chose to place this facility in a central location,” says Robert McRae, Semex Chief Operating Officer. “This ensures we have fulltime, dedicated staff that will ensure the best care and testing of these young bulls. And, we want to reduce any biosecurity risks at our production facilities, so having this facility at a separate location makes perfect sense.”

In the fast-paced genomic era, minimizing risk is just one goal of this new state-of-the-art facility. Semex is also working hard to get its valuable young sires into production sooner, impacting both Semex’s genetic suppliers and its clients.   

“We plan to be able to bring bulls into testing sooner and get them moving towards production even faster,” says Brad Sayles, Semex Vice President Global Marketing. “We’re doing everything to not only control this period in a bull’s life, but to also emphasize individualized care. Our end goal is to continue providing our clients worldwide with the best genomic young sires and proven sires in the world. This facility underscores our commitment to our clients, our genetic suppliers and our EastGen member owners in eastern Ontario that have been longtime partners in our success.”

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2014 International Friend of Dairy Cattle Breeding Awarded to Semex's Nelson Eduardo Ziehlsdorff

The International Friend in Dairy Cattle Breeding Award is a recognition that highlights the important contributions of a person outside of Canada in promoting Quebec dairy cattle breeding. During the first edition of the Supreme Dairy Show, the organizing committee presented this award to Semex’s Nelson Eduardo Ziehlsdorff.

Nelson is an accomplished businessman, leading five companies, including Semex Brazil where he has been President and CEO since 2007. Based in Blumenau/Santa Catarina, Semex Brazil specializes in the marketing of bovine, goat and sheep genetics. With over 90 representatives throughout Brazil, Nelson manages a team that not only offers genetics, but also technical advice on management, reproduction, nutrition and genetic solutions focusing on fertility, longevity, performance and long-lasting partnerships.

Extremely active in the dairy cattle industry, Nelson is also the director of the Association of Jersey Breeders of Brazil, President of the Association of Cattle Breeders of Santa Catarina and the director of the Brazilian Association of Artificial Insemination. He is also Board President of the Tairana Central Insemination Center and is also a partner of Cenatte Embryos, a company specialized in embryo transfer and in vitro fertilization.

Additionally, Nelson is a well-recognized dairy cattle breeder owning SCR Farms, a herd of approximately 120 cattle with an additional 60 Holstein and Jersey donor cows housed in Canada and the United States.

Nelson has been key in the organization and accompaniment of numerous Brazilian ... Read More...

Semex Visitors Expect 'Royal' Experience In Toronto

As one of the dairy industry’s ‘must attend’ events each November, the 92nd Royal Agricultural Winter Fair will play host to hundreds of Semex’s international guests next week in Toronto, Ontario.

Semex plans to introduce and feature key products and services designed to increase dairy profitability and build lifelong partnerships with guests from Canada, the US and dozens of countries worldwide. Visitors can expect the ‘Royal’ treatment while with Semex including:

  • Immunity+™: A 2013 Dairy Herd Management Innovation Award Winner, Semex's patented Immunity+ sires have a naturally high immune response and will improve the health of the next generation 
  • SemexWorks™: Visitors are invited to use Semex’s interactive tablets to define their own genetic strategy 
  • Semex Dairy Celebration: Thursday, November 13 from 3-5:00 pm gather at the Semex display for dairy refreshments as Semex salutes the world’s hard-working dairymen! 
  • Semex Daughter Display: A highlight of the fair, Semex is highlighting daughters by some of the industry’s most in-demand proven sires, offering the genetics that result in healthier, more profitable and longer-lasting herds:
    • 0200HO05929 GEN-I-BEQ BRAWLER: HealthSmart™ & Robot Ready™
    • 0200HO06156 LARCREST CONTRAST: Repromax™ & Robot Ready
    • 0200HO03753 MARBRI FACEBOOK: Immunity+™, Repromax, HealthSmart & Calving Ease™
    • 0200HO00560 MONUMENT IMPRESSION: Immunity+, Repromax, HealthSmart & Robot Ready
    • 0200HO05575 GILLETTE JORDAN: HealthSmart & Calving Ease
    • 0200HO06267 GEN-I-BEQ LAVAMAN: Repromax, HealthSmart & Calving Ease
    • 0200HO02770 SULLY HART MERIDIAN: GenomaxPlus™, Repromax, ... Read More...

Semex Dominates 2014 World Dairy Expo

The world’s undeniable ‘King of the Ring,’ Braedale Goldwyn, captured World Dairy Expo’s Premier Holstein Sire banner for a record seventh year (dating back to 2008 when he was one of the youngest and highest ranking TPI sires to ever win the award).

With a career that strengthens as the years go by, he sired 33 daughters in the top 10 and 21 in the top of five placings in their classes. This included five class winners, and for the fourth year in a row, he sired the Grand Champion Female. Two-time World Dairy Expo Grand Champion RF Goldwyn Hailey stole the show once again, topping her Aged Cow Class and parading to champion honours. Flanking Hailey were two other Goldwyn daughters, 1st 5 Yr Old, Lovhill Godlwyn Katrysha, who was named Res. Grand Champion and Jacobs Goldwyn Valana, 2nd 5 Yr Old and Best Bred & Owned of the Show, was named Honourable Mention.

Semex’s lineup of Show Time™ sires went beyond Goldwyn, with 27 different Semex sires on display, 78 daughters placing in the top 10, 10 class winners, six Best Udder in class awards and seven of the top 10 placings in the four milking classes!

Other impressive results include 10 class winners from the first to the last classes of the day by four different Semex sires:

  • Goldwyn (6): see above as well as: 1st Fall Heifer Calf (Stranshome Gold Annice); 1st Fall Yearling & Junior Champion (Comestar Larion Goldwyn) and 1st 4 Yr Old (Butz-Butler Gold Barbara)
  • 0200HO03607 Allyndale-I Attic (1): 1st Sr 3 Yr Old & Intermediate Champion (Charwill Attic Marcy)
  • 0200HO05592 ... Read More...

Semex Immunity+ Daughters On Display At World Dairy Expo

On the heels of an award-winning 2013 and with record worldwide sales since its release, Semex is proud present daughters of Immunity+™ sires at this year’s World Dairy Expo (WDE) in its Semex Tent. 

Using a patented technology, Semex measures an animal’s immune response and their ability to combat infection and disease. These animals are considered High Immune Responders (HIR) and at Semex they’re known as Immunity+ bulls.

“Dairymen are looking for long-term solutions to herd health,” says Brad Sayles, Semex Vice President Global Marketing. “With Immunity+ sires, dairymen can now ask how well a bull’s daughters respond to infection instead of how often they get diseases like mastitis. It changes the conversation from result-oriented measurements with heritabilities of less than 10%, to immune response that is highly heritable at 25%. We’re excited to share the future of herd health with dairymen this year at World Dairy Expo.”

On display will be daughters of popular Immunity+ sires including:

  • 0200HO03753 Marbri Facebook: Immunity+, HealthSmart™, Repromax™and Calving Ease™ sire
  • 0200HO07450 Amighetti Numero Uno: Immunity+, Genomax™ and HealthSmart sire
  • 0200HO05567 R-E-W Seaver: Immunity+ and Show Time™ sire
  • 0200HO00560 Monument Impression: Immunity+, Repromax, HealthSmart and Robot Ready™ sire
  • 0200HO02698 Misty Springs Supersonic: Immunity+, Genomax, HealthSmart, Repromax and Robot Ready sire

To find out more about Immunity+ or any of Semex’s suite of solutions, stop by Semex at World Dairy Expo at the Semex Tent or in the Exhibition Hall at booth #2608-2709 or by visiting Read More...

BOVITEQ SERVICES NOW AVAILABLE ACROSS CANADA

Semex’s Canadian Embryo Production Centre, Boviteq, located in Saint Hyacinthe, Quebec, is world renown for both its research and bovine embryo work. For decades, producers from coast to coast in Canada and the US have benefited from and looked to Boviteq as their source for reproductive excellence. Now, Semex is proud to announce the accreditation of several satellite OPU (Ovum Pick Up) sites in eastern Canada to compliment the services offered in western Canada by Boviteq West.

“We’re extremely excited about working with beef and dairy clients across the country, assisting them to implement genetic and reproductive activities on their farms,” says Brad Sayles, Semex Vice President Global Marketing. “Boviteq is home to the industry’s very best advancements in reproduction and genetics. Our embryo and IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) techniques have been extremely successful for the commercial and purebred breeder alike, and now with this expansion of OPU services, we’re able to serve an even greater customer base.”

Boviteq is working directly with the following veterinarians as well as the McIntosh OPU/Fradon Read More...