Select Sires Dominates with Eight Superior New Graduates

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, April 8, 2010 — Upon the release of April 2010 genetic evaluations, Select Sires graduates eight Holsteins that offer diverse pedigrees with six different sires among them. Select Sires is proud to add these new graduates that excel through high-ranking Total Performance Index™ (TPI™), elite type, tremendous health traits, and exceptional production to Select's lineup.

"At Select Sires, we strive to meet the needs of today's dairy producers," said Blaine Crosser, vice president of dairy sire product line and sales management for Select Sires. "This exciting new group of bulls features elite sires that offer a broad variety of genetic options for our customer-owners while improving productivity and profitability in their herds."

Outcross Sire Shines in TPI
7HO9173 Bomaz Potter PLATO-ET debuts as a leading Keystone Potter son for GTPI at +2059. Marked with the newest Select Sires designation, DIAMOND SELECTion™, PLATO has the unique ability to combine production, type and fitness traits to create the kind of cattle that many dairy producers are looking for in their herds. This Herdlife Builder™ produces daughters that will last (+6.1 Productive Life, PL), milk volumes (+1,113 Milk) and improve the bottom line with his elite Net Merit dollar value (+$585 NM). PLATO produces moderate-sized cows with excellent udders (+2.20 Udder Composite, UDC) and ideal feet and legs (+2.49 Feet and Leg Composite, FLC). He reduces calving difficulty (7% Calving Ease, CE), and as an outcross sire, PLATO is a great match for your 7HO6417 O-Bee MANfred Justice-ET and Picston Shottle-ET daughters.

First Shottle Son Graduates at Select Sires
DIAMOND SELECTion sire 7HO9176 Langs-Twin-B MINISTER-ET is a Shottle son that ranks among the top 25 Holstein sires for GTPI (+1978). This outstanding pedigreed sire carries an extended list of designations and can fit into nearly any breeding program. MINISTER transmits solid Net Merit value (+$512) and favorable component yields (+.05%P and .09%F). As a Herdlife Builder and HealthMark™ sire, he transmits traits that improve longevity, overall health and fertility (+4.7 PL, +0.5 Daughter Pregnancy Rate, DPR and 2.78 Somatic Cell Score, SCS). MINISTER qualifies as a Superior Settler™ for his high-quality semen and is an ideal solution for the upcoming summer heat stress. Hailing from the same family line as O MAN, he follows suit with superior calving ease (6% CE).

New Red Leader
Red carrier 7HO9107 Ronelee SS DURABLE *RC emphasizes type and fitness traits with his flawless sire stack of Pursuit September Storm-ET x Comestar Outside-ET x Startmore Rudolph. With a GTPI of +1915, DURABLE ranks high amongst Red bloodlines for TPI. He advances type at +2.15 and improves feet and legs (+2.95 FLC), while maintaining strong fitness traits (+4.5 PL, +0.5 DPR and 2.62 SCS). This HealthMark and DIAMOND SELECTion sire's unique lineage leaves him a natural mating for 7HO5708 Fustead Emory BLITZ-ET, 7HO7872 KHW Kite ADVENT-RED-ET, Shottle and Braedale Goldwyn bloodlines.

Specializing in Fitness Traits
HealthMark sire and Herdlife Builder 7HO8946 Phil-Ru Potter ROLAND-ET ranks among the top 100 Holstein TPI sires at +1907 GTPI. His daughters display the ideal type traits to handle concrete in freestall operations, while exhibiting extreme fitness traits (+4.9 PL, +2.0 DPR and 2.85 SCS) and bountiful production (+1,266 Milk). This balance of fitness, production and conformation traits makes him a DIAMOND SELECTion sire. ROLAND is a sire that can be used on heifers with his low calving difficulty (7% CE).

Set to PERFORM in Your Herd
Super Sampler™ graduate, 7HO8914 Windy-Knoll-View PERFORM-ET enters the active lineup with a high reliability (96% Rel.) through his 376 daughters in 206 herds. This Hartline Titanic-ET son hails from the time-tested Pala family and is backed by two Excellent (95) All-American dams, Windy-Knoll-View Pledge-ET and Windy-Knoll-View Promis-ET. Pledge's full brother is type specialist 7HO8175 Windy-Knoll-View PRONTO-ET. PERFORM is the perfect outcross with no O MAN, 7HO5375 Mara-Thon BW MARSHALL-ET or 7HO5157 Regancrest Elton DURHAM in his pedigree. He improves all fitness traits (+2.8 PL, +1.3DPR and 2.77 SCS) and has superior calving ease (7% CE). PERFORM has a solid Feet and Leg Composite of +2.29 and a GTPI of +1828, making him a well-balanced mating in any environment.

Balanced Sire for Milk and Type
7HO9061 Golden-Oaks BOWLER-ET is an End-Road PVF Boliver-ET son with a balance of production and conformation. BOWLER produces medium-sized cows that fill the bulk tank (+1,163 Milk) from their tremendous udders (+1.92 UDC). As a calving-ease sire (7% CE), he is a great mating for heifers especially for your O MAN and Shottle daughters.

Calving-Ease Authorities
New graduate 7HO8822 Hen-Lo TOWNSEND-ET is another Super Sampler graduate with high reliability (95% Rel.). This Titanic son is backed by two Excellent dams led by Hen-Lo Durham Lalita (EX-94-2E-EX-MS-GMD-DOM). TOWNSEND sires a moderate-statured cow with superior udders (+1.71 UDC) and sound feet and legs (+1.53 FLC). With low calving difficulty (7% CE) you can use him with ease in your heifer pens.

Balanced sire 7HO8925 Coldsprings OWEN 9344 carries the DIAMOND SELECTion and Calving Ease designations (7% CE). With a GTPI of +1845, OWEN's offspring produce component-rich milk (+.05%P and +.07%F). This Lancelot son transmits size and stature to his daughters with pleasing udders (+1.52 UDC).

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: 04/10 USDA Genomic Evaluation, USDA/HA Genomic Type Evaluation and Interbull.
04/10 Rel: PLATO PL 73%, USDA 90%, NM 81%, USDA/HA 83%, CE 82%; MINISTER NM 81%, USDA 90%, PL 73%, DPR 70%, SCS 81%, CE 85%; DURABLE USDA/HA 86%, PL 72%, DPR 70%, SCS 83%; ROLAND PL 73%, DPR 71%, SCS 83%, USDA 90%, CE 83%; PERFORM PL 77%, DPR 76%, SCS 91%, USDA/HA 91%, CE 92%; BOWLER USDA 89%, USDA/HA 84%, CE 80%; TOWNSEND USDA/HA 91%, CE 88%; OWEN CE 81%, USDA 89%, USDA/HA 84%.
™ DIAMOND SELECTion, Herdlife Builder, HealthMark, Superior Settler and Super Sampler are trademarks of Select Sires Inc.; Total Performance Index and TPI are trademarks of Holstein Association USA.