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BLACK JOINS SEMEX AS NEW ENGLAND PARTNER DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Semex is pleased to announce that Jamie Black will be joining its team as the New England Partner Development Manager effective Monday, December 1.

As a Partner Development Manager, Jamie will be responsible for delivering dairy genetic solutions to Semex customers in New England. These solutions focus on client needs and creating value at the farm gate. Born and raised on an eastern Ontario Registered Holstein farm, Jamie has extensive real world dairy experience. Working as an international professional dairy cattle fitter, he has assisted dairymen in marketing and promoting their own individuals while also developing his Opportunity Genetics herd that has bought and sold numerous All-American and All-Canadian Holsteins and Jerseys. This extensive list includes well-known names including: Cowtown Durham Grasshopper; Ms Atwood Madison; Vandenberg Amedeo Gorgeous; and Greenlane Destry Laurel.

In recent years, Jamie has been a key contact for cattle sales from coast to coast and has managed several successful auctions and tag sales, as well as officiating at several national shows. These shows include the New York Spring Red & White Show, New York Spring Ayrshire Show, All-American Red & White Show and was recently Associate Judge at the All-American Jersey Show in Louisville.

“We’re extremely excited to have Jamie joining our team,” says Paul Krueger, Semex Director, Sales and Business Development, United States. “His knowledge of genetics and focus on breed improvement make him an ideal fit to promote our Genetics for Life™ philosophy through our programs and services throughout New England.” 

Jamie and his wife Petra, a large animal veterinarian, reside in Constable, New York.

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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."

"Our research and studies show that this is an extremely important part of a bull's life," says Sayles. "Working to supply our clients with young sire semen sooner is key to not ... Read More...

Semex Releases First Cashcoin Son

Semex is committed to delivering Genetics for Life to our clients. By genomic testing over 5400 bulls each year, we’re ensuring that only the very best call stud 200 home and are designated Genomax™ sires.  

The Genomax lineup is among the most successful genomic lineups in the industry, graduating sires such the August 2014 #1 TPI and #1 MACE LPI sire 0200HO03753  Marbri Facebook. Facebook joined Semex Millionaire Sire 0200HO00402 Mainstream Manifold, 0200HO00528 Sildahl Jett Air and another new graduate 0200HO02690 Stantons Empress (Man-O-Man x Outside) in the top 25 GTPI sires in the world in August.

Joining this elite Genomax lineup on November 10, 2014 will be Semex’s first Cashcoin son, HealthSmart™ and Robot Ready™ sire 0200HO10195 View-Home Littlerock. Littlerock comes from a famous family, as his dam is the VG-86 Robust dam of Powerball P, followed by eight more VG and EX dams that have produced recognizable names including VG-87 DOM Peachy Shauna and Semex stable mate 0200HO02137 Pine-Tree Sid. 

Littlerock is the breed’s #3 Cashcoin son, but offers the best combined NM$ and PTAT at 926 NM$ and +2.47 PTAT respectively. A profit-minded option, Littlerock has a +2487 GTPI, great +0.11 % Fat, +2.0 DPR, +6.4 PL and a 5.5% Calving Ease rating.

Littlerock is available beginning November 20 in the US. For more information on Semex, Genetics for Life, Genomax, HealthSmart, Robot Ready or any of Semex’s brands visit: www.semex.com

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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)
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Semex Adds Industry's Best Apple Bull To *RC Lineup

Semex leads the industry with its high-ranking GTPI Red Carrier (RC) and Red sons, having eight of the top 15 GTPI sires calling Semex and stud code 200HO home. These sires include August 2014’s #1 GTPI *RC sire and Genomax™ hotshot 0200HO03949 Ladys-Manor Olympian *RC (Alchemy *RC x Dorcy).

Laced throughout the top 15 GTPI line-up is the industry’s most famous Red & White cow family, the Apples. And, with the release of Genomax™ sire 0200HO10064 Mr Aderyn Andiron *RC, Semex has made the #1 GTPI Apple bull available.

Andiron *RC is the top-ranking *RC McCutchen son at +2365 GTPI, and is from a VG-85 Superstition from KHW Goldwyn Aiko EX-91 DOM 3*, a popular Goldwyn daughter from Apple’s Durham sister Kamps-Hollow Altitude EX-95-2E DOM 1*.  Andiron *RC’s numbers are solid with a +719 NM$, 2.86 SCS, +4.7 Productive Life, solid +3.00 PTAT and positive deviations, making him an extremely popular option for Red enthusiasts.

“The Apple family has never been hotter,” says Paul Krueger, Semex Director Sales and Business Development, United States. “And along with Apple’s popularity has come an increased interest and demand for the very best Red genetics. We’re proud of our Red Carrier and Red lineup and adding this Apple relative just strengthens what is already the industry’s #1 GTPI red lineup.”

Andiron *RC is available beginning October 1 in the US. For more information on Semex, Genetics for Life, Genomax, Red & White sires or any of Semex’s brands visit: www.semex.com

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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

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Semex Jersey Team Growing With Jersey Sales

Worldwide no breed has experienced greater growth than the Jersey breed, and at Semex this is no exception with a record increase in Jersey semen doses sold in 2013 versus 2012.

Working shoulder-to-shoulder with our Jersey customers we recognize their unique needs and have established a group of Semex Jersey Support Specialists to support their genetics objectives and breeding goals. These team members are a key resource for all Semex Jersey clients and help ensure Semex is meeting their needs.

These individuals have extensive Jersey roots and are dedicated members of Semex’s Team with a specialization in Jersey knowledge:

  • Eastern Region: David Ertl serves a dual role as US Jersey Sire Analyst and a Jersey Support Specialist for the Eastern Region. David attended The Ohio State University where he obtained a bachelor of animal science degree with a minor in agricultural business. Following graduation, David managed a 600-cow commercial dairy in central Ohio. His own herd, Ertl Jerseys, has ranked in the top 25% in the nation for JPI, and has had numerous bulls enter stud.
  • Upper Midwest Region: Londa Johnson has a dairy science degree from UW-River Falls, and following graduation spent two and a half years working for the US Jersey Cattle Association as an Area Representative and Linear Type Appraiser. Londa is also a Semex Premier™ Consultant, working with Semex’s Premier herds and ProMate™ mating program.
  • Mountain Region: Allen Berry has been worked with Semex for three years but has been in the AI industry for 17 years. For the past 12 years he has worked with the Jersey herds in Oregon. These herds have been elite type breeders, extreme production herds and range in size from 40 to 2000 cows.
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Semex Polled Lineup Expanding

Semex understands the potential of the polled gene in the marketplace and on the dairy. Genetics for Life ensures that our clients have access to the tools and solutions they need to be successful. For our clients who are seeking a non-invasive solution to dehorning, the polled gene is extremely valuable.

New to the Semex Polled™ and Genomax™ lineups in the US is Semex’s new #1 Polled™ bull, 0200HO06652 Lorka Zumba P. Ranking high on the heterozygous polled listing at an impressive +2326 GTPI, Zumba P offers +751 NM$, +1412 PTAM, 5.5 Calving Ease, +1.8 DPR, +5.8 PL and a solid +2.05 PTAT with fantastic udder traits.

A son by the popular Earnhardt P, his dam is a Meteor from a VG-87 4* Bolton with nine VG daughters to date and over 121,000 lbs of milk in just three lactations. Next is an EX-90 Cevis and then multiple generations of high producing, high scoring, profitable cows.

“We’re working to meet the needs of the polled breeder,” says Brad Sayles, Vice President Global Marketing. “The interest in these bulls has skyrocketed in recent years and our clients are looking to take advantage of the polled gene while incorporating the most profitable genetics possible. Adding Zumba P to our lineup certainly does this by offering high GTPI as well as great functional traits, tremendous mammary systems and solid type.”

Zumba P is now available in the US. For more information on Semex, Genetics for Life, Genomax, Polled sires or any of Semex’s brands visit: www.semex.com

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