Select Sires Graduates Nine Elite Sires

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, January 14, 2010 — With the release of January 2010 genetic evaluations, Select Sires graduates nine Holstein sires into active A.I. The new releases include elite type and superior production with high Total Performance Index™ (TPI™). Of the nine graduates, each new sire exhibits a GTPI of +1840 and higher and carries the Calving Ease designation. Select has added to the selection of sons sired by the legendary 7HO6417 O-Bee MANfred Justice-ET with four new graduates.

"This graduating class illustrates the quality of genetics that Select Sires offers," said Blaine Crosser, vice president of dairy sire product line and sales management for Select Sires. "Select Sires always strives to provide the most elite Holstein sires and this outstanding group of graduates includes sires that excel in TPI while maintaining strong health traits and low calving difficulty. These new graduates improve the top end of Select Sires' lineup."

Graduates Offer Balanced Genetics
7HO8885 Hankeseen EMPHASIS-ET is an exciting new graduate with tremendous and strong Type at +2.51. To further qualify EMPHASIS as a type specialist, he is the only sire in active A.I. with an Udder Composite (UDC) and Feet and Leg Composite (FLC) over +3.00 (+3.53 UDC and +3.00 FLC). EMPHASIS offers the balanced package and is an excellent mating on cows in need of enhanced mobility and udder improvement. He leads Select's lineup for Foot Angle (+4.08), Fore Udder Attachment (+4.08) and Udder Depth (+3.80). His daughters will last in the herd at +3.6 Productive Life (PL) and low calving difficulty (7% CE) complimented with a GTPI of +1867. Supported by a time-tested family, his dam, Kerndtway Durham Emily-ET (EX-92-EX-MS-GMD-DOM) is backed by two Excellent dams including great-grandam Henkeseen M Hillary-ET (EX-94-3E-EX-MS-GMD-DOM).

Topping Select's new releases for GTPI at +1984 GPTI is 7HO9052 Bru-Su Boliver MORPHEOUS-ET, who ranks sixth in Select's lineup for GTPI. This profitable sire has a Net Merit Dollar (NM$) value of +$477 that ranks him among Select Sires' top 10 sires for Net Merit Dollar and an extreme Cheese Merit Dollar (CM$) value of +$552. With sound type (+2.16), he sires strong mammary systems and ranks among Select's top 20 for Fore Udder Attachment (+2.32), Udder Cleft (+2.86) and Udder Depth (+1.79). This calving ease (7%) and HealthMarkTM sire depicts great fitness traits with +3.2 Productive Life and 2.66 Somatic Cell Score. MORPHEOUS is a great cross on daughters of O MAN and 7HO5708 Fustead Emory BLITZ-ET.

The No. 1 Keystone Potter son for TPI, 7HO9030 Kings-Ransom P RICHMAN-ET is backed by a unique sire stack and cow family that spells longevity. The total-performance improver, RICHMAN ranks seventh at Select Sires for GTPI (+1967) and eighth for Net Merit Dollar value (+$485). As the No. 2 sire at Select Sires for Udder Composite (+2.93) and Udder Depth (+3.18), his daughters will impress all breeders with their tremendous udders that produce volumes of milk (+1,153). As a Herdlife BuilderTM, RICHMAN transmits traits that improve longevity and is ranked as the highest Productive Life (+4.1) sire of all new graduates at Select. He reduces calving difficulty at 7% CE and is a great mating for your daughters of O MAN and 7HO8081 Ensenada Taboo PLANET-ET. Total-performance big-hitter 7HO8924 Windsor-Manor ZMANNER-ET is the second ranked 7HO5375 Mara-Thon BW MARSHALL-ET son in the breed for GTPI at +1906 and lands among the top 50 Active A.I. sires for TPI. He is out of the world-renowned Windsor-Manor Rud Zip (EX-95-3E-EX-MS-GMD-DOM). ZMANNER, like his maternal brother and recent Select Sires graduate, 7HO8715 Windsor-Manor Z OFFICER-ET (+1882 GTPI), is making trouble-free, long-lasting, profitable cows. ZMANNER improves rear udder height (+3.13) and width (+2.38) and has an Udder Composite of +2.07. The HealthMark sire depicts great fitness traits +2.8 PL, +1.1 Daughter Pregnancy Rate and is a Calving Ease specialist (7% CE).

Leading the new graduates for production is Top-100 TPI sire (+1865 GTPI) 7HO8806 Lutz-BROOKview Stan-ET. This End-Road PVF Boliver-ET son offers elite Protein and Fat, ranking third at Select Sires for Protein at +56 and fifth for Fat at +65 (+.06% P and +.06% F). He improves milk yield (+1,359) and Net Merit Dollar value (+$465). Backed by three generations of Excellent dams, BROOK adds dairy character (+2.37 Dairy Form) to his daughters. Additionally, as a FeedPROTM sire his daughters will have the built-in ability to lower your feed bills and his high-quality semen grants him the Superior Settler™ designation. His low calving difficulty (7% CE) makes him a perfect mating for all your heifers.

O MAN Sons Continue to Impact Select's Lineup
O MAN son, 7HO8866 Springway CARUSO-ET ranks among the top 40 active A.I. sires and top 10 at Select Sires for GTPI at +1928. Ranking among Select's top 10 for Feet and Leg Composite (+2.63), he produces strong cows that can handle any environment. With the HealthMark designation, he reveals elite Net Merit Dollar value (+$423) and high Protein (+.04% and +42) with strong fitness traits (2.69 SCS and +0.9 DPR). CARUSO also ranks below the breed average for Calving Ease at 5%.

7HO8847 RICECREST Oliver-ET is an O MAN son from the sensational Ricecrest Southwind Kaye family. At +1854 GTPI, his outstanding components (+.11% F and +.08% P) place him within the top 20 of Select Sires' lineup for Net Merit Dollar value (+$425), Fat (+49) and Protein (+36). With several special designations, including Calving Ease (6%), FeedPRO, HealthMark and Superior Settler, RICECREST has a Daughter Pregnancy Rate of +1.4.

A second FeedPRO sire and component specialist sired by O MAN is 7HO8772 Schillview O-Man GROOVY-ET. He will improve components (+.09 % F, +42 F, .07% P and +32 P) and is tailor-made for freestalls with +2.19 Feet and Leg Composite. GROOVY sires long-lasting, healthy cattle as a HealthMark and Herdlife Builder sire. He has a GTPI of +1850, Daughter Pregnancy Rate of +1.0 and is noted as a Calving Ease specialist (6% CE).

HealthMark sire 7HO8884 Tomlu Oman DOTCOM-ET is a breed leader for fitness traits (+3.1 DPR and 2.72 SCS), ranking higher than his sire, O MAN, for Daughter Pregnancy Rate. He makes moderate-statured cows (+1.14) with strength (+2.13) and strong feet and legs (+2.44 FLC). At +1840 GTPI, DOTCOM is below breed average for Calving Ease (5%) and is a great option for use on heifers.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America's largest A.I. organization and is comprised of 10 farmer-owned and -controlled cooperatives. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen as well as excellence in service and programs to achieve its basic objective of supplying dairy and beef producers with North America's best genetics at a reasonable price.

Source: 01/10 USDA Genomic Evaluation, USDA/HA Genomic Type Evaluation and Interbull; M=USA/IB-Mace. 01/10 Rel: EMPHASIS USDA/HA 85%, PL 71%, CE 82%; MORPHEOUS NM 78%, USDA/HA 83%, CE 82%, PL 70%, SCS 79%; RICHMAN NM 78%, USDA 87%, USDA/HA 82%, PL 70%, CE 82%; ZMANNER USDA/HA 85%, PL 72%, DPR 69%, CE 84%; BROOK USDA 89%, NM 80%, USDA/HA 86%, CE 86%; CARUSO USDA/HA 85%, NM 81%, USDA 90%, SCS 82%, DPR 69%, CE 85%; RICECREST NM 79%, USDA 88%, CE 82%, DPR 68%; GROOVY USDA 92%, USDA/HA 88%, DPR 71%, CE 85%; DOTCOM DPR 69%, SCS 81%, USDA/HA 87%, CE 81%.
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