Select Sires Adds Diversity to Jersey Lineup with Danish Sires

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, April 9, 2010 — Select Sires Inc. is pleased to announce its continual commitment to the Jersey breed by providing elite Danish Jersey sires in the United States. Effective with the April 2010 sire evaluations, Select Sires has partnered with Vikings Genetics International and Creative Genetics of California to offer four leading Jersey Performance Index™ (JPI™) Danish Jerseys among Select's active lineup.

"Danish Jersey bulls have had tremendous impact within the U.S. population over the last several years, starting with Select Sires' own importation of 164JE1 ISDK Fyn Lemvig nearly 10 years ago," commented Jeff Ziegler, genomics program manager. "In recent years, 236JE3 ISDK Q Impuls has ranked quite well with exceptional U.S. daughters and now his sons are competing well including Select Sires' 7JE808 Fastline AVENUE-ET, 7JE821 Maack Dairy SPECTACULAR-ET, and new graduate 7HO1100 Cave Creek KANOO-ET."

Danish sires now available from Select Sires include elite JPI sires 236JE146 ISDK DJ ZUMA, 228JE143 ISDK DJ INDICA, 236JE3 ISDK Q IMPULS, and 236JE145 ISDK DJ JANTE. Along with serving as profit-makers through their component-rich milk, each one of these four sires are designated as FeedPRO™ sires and will produce daughters that can positively impact a dairy producer's bottom line. The FeedPRO designation is an index that predicts greater income over feed costs.

ZUMA makes his U.S. debut as a breed-leader for JPI at +182 JPI-M. He produces profitable and healthy daughters with a leading Net Merit dollar value (NM$) at +$543 and Cheese Merit value (CM$) at +$629. ZUMA specializes in fitness traits with +5.6 Productive Life (PL) and +1.8 Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR). Sired by udder specialist ISDK Q Zik, ZUMA follows suit with an attractive Jersey Udder Index™ (JUI™) of +3.78.

INDICA's pedigree of Impuls x Lemivg will draw the interest of those seeking genetic outliers. INDICA will be known for his balanced production and profitability, much like his sire, and has a JPI at +168 JPI-M. With a Cheese Merit dollar value at +$554, he will provide profit for solids markets. INDICA is the complete package displaying strong production traits and longevity (+3.1 PL).

Also added to Select Sires' lineup is Jersey standout IMPULS. He continues to reign among the top five sires for JPI in the breed at +163 GJPI. With nearly 14,000 daughters in eight countries, few can deny the influence that IMPULS has had and will continue to have around the globe. Known as an exceptional outcross, IMPULS has created his niche as a profit leader (+$523 CM) all while demonstrating outstanding fitness traits (+2.8 PL, +1.3 DPR). gender SELECTed™ semen will be available on IMPULS, making him the first Danish sexed sire to enter the U.S. market.

Rounding out the Danish Jerseys is JANTE, who blends the best of U.S. and Danish genetics into one pedigree. JANTE is sired by U.S. breed leader 7JE535 Windy Willow Montana JACE and adds components to his pedigree through his Danish genetics and has a JPI of +148 JPI-M. JANTE sires daughters that have tremendous body capacity and frames with strong udders that will last in the herd (+3.1 PL).

The addition of these elite Danish Jersey sires to Select Sires' lineup will compliment Select Sires' breed-leading Jersey offering and provide high-component, unique-pedigreed sires. These sires will be branded with the Danish Jersey label to easily differentiate them from those developed through Select Sires' Program for Genetic Advancement™ (PGA™)

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/AJCA Genomic Type Evaluation and Interbull. M=USA/IB-Mace. 04/10 Rel: ZUMA NM 59%, PL 42%, DPR 51%, IB-M/USA 42%; INDICA NM 59%, PL 44%; IMPULS USDA 99%, PL 95%, DPR 96%; JANTE PL 47%.
™FeedPRO, gender SELECTed, Program for Genetic Advancement and PGA are trademarks of Select Sires Inc. Jersey Performance Index, JPI, Jersey Udder Index and JUI are trademarks of the American Jersey Cattle Association.