BLITZ is All-Time High Production Bull at Select Sires

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, February 26, 2010 — Select Sires is pleased to announce that elite sire 7HO5708 Fustead Emory BLITZ-ET has produced and sold 1,523,129 units of semen through January 31, 2010, making him the number one bull of all-time for sales and production for Select Sires. This milestone achieved by very few sires, lands him ahead of 7HO3707 Paradise-R Cleitus MATHIE*CV with 1,507,204 units and 7HO4213 Robthom INTEGRITY-ET with 1,502,524 units of lifetime sales.

"BLITZ has achieved an enormous feat and becomes a legend in Select Sires history," said Blaine Crosser, vice president of dairy sire product line and sales management for Select Sires. "This vast achievement demonstrates the customer appeal and satisfaction that BLITZ has provided to Holstein breeders throughout the world."

The Excellent (95) Gold Medal sire is a true milk master. At 13 years of age, this celebrated sire continues to rank high on Select Sires' lineup for Milk at +1,948M. Part of BLITZ's appeal has been his strong type pattern that allows daughters to not only milk volumes but also achieve success on classification day and on the tanbark. His mature age and accomplished milestone is evidence to the excellent care that bulls receive at Select Sires.

BLITZ is not only prominent in the U.S., but is exceedingly popular throughout the world for his unique ability to combine milk yield and type. In Canada, he currently ranks second in the breed for Milk +2,948 kgs. at 99% Rel. In 2005, BLITZ made history in Canada as the first sire to ever hold the top-ranked positions across the board for Lifetime Profit Index (LPI), milk yield and type conformation simultaneously.

Charlie Will, manager of Holstein sire selection for Select Sires worked closely with the breeders of BLITZ, Brian and Wendy Fust, Wausau, Wis., to develop this legend.

BLITZ has five sons at Select Sires all with different grandsires to offer the diversity that dairy producers are looking for. All exhibit many outstanding traits but each brings a unique offering to the table.

7HO7560 Zimmerview BLITZ JINTX-ET, Excellent (92) Gold Medal, a calving-ease sire (7% CE), continues to lead Select Sires Holstein lineup for milk production at +2,073M. As a FeedPRO™ sire, BLITZ JINTX sires daughters that will have the built-in ability to produce more income with less feed. He also qualifies as a Herdlife Builder™ for his strong type traits that lead to long-lasting cows, and Superior Settler™ based on his highly fertile semen.

Udder improver 7HO7735 By-My Blitz CADET-ET, Excellent (91), sires daughters with beautiful udders (+1.83 Udder Composite and +2.30 Udder Depth) while improving Productive Life (+4.2PL). CADET is available in gender SELECTed™ semen and has low calving difficulty (7% CE) making him an excellent mating for your heifers. Another gender SELECTed sire, 7HO7762 Diamond-Oak FLINT-ET, Excellent (90), also improves milk with +1,175M. Additionally, FLINT is a calving-ease sire (7% CE).

7HO7712 Velvet-View-KJ SOCRATES-ET, Excellent (94), is recognized for improving fat (+58F) and enhancing Productive Life (+3.3PL). SOCRATES is another calving-ease sire with 7% CE. 7HO7744 Palmcrest Blitz BLADE-ET, Excellent (93) Gold Medal, is a grandson of 7HO5157 Regancrest Elton DURHAM-ET*CV. He excels in type traits while increasing milk production at +1,161M. BLADE improves overall stature, strength and body depth with Type of +1.92 and transmits high-quality udders with an Udder Composite of +1.73. He is also available as a gender SELECTed sire.

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 USDA/IB Genomic Evaluation. 01/10 Rel.: BLITZ USDA/IB 99%, BLITZ JINTX USDA 97%, CE 97%; CADET USDA/HA 90%, PL 85%, CE 99%; FLINT USDA 95%, CE 97%; SOCRATES USDA 93%, PL 81%, CE 99%; BLADE USDA 98%, USDA/HA 94%.
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