Select Sires Graduates 10 Elite Sires

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, August 18, 2010 - With the release of August 2010 genetic evaluations, Select Sires graduates 10 outstanding new Holstein sires into active A.I.

"This class of graduates exemplifies the diverse, large sampling program at Select Sires," said Blaine Crosser, vice president of dairy sire product line and sales management for Select Sires. "These 10 graduates offer a balance of exceptional conformation of type, feet and legs and udders, superior production and components, along with elite Total Performance Index™ (TPI™), unique pedigrees, health traits and more."

Shottle Sons Excel in Type
Four Picston Shottle-ET sons dominate Select Sires' lineup and rank among the top seven for Type at Select Sires.

Showcase Selections™ sire 7HO9165 Regancrest S BRAXTON-ET (EX-94) debuts as the leading sire in the breed for Type at +3.98. The new graduate also ranks as the No. 2 sire at Select Sires for Feet and Legs Composite (FLC) at +3.25. BRAXTON is out of Regancrest-PR Barbie-ET (EX-92-EX-MS-GMD-DOM), a 7HO5157 Regancrest Elton DURHAM-ET*CV daughter whose family exemplifies type. Marked with the DIAMOND SELECTion™ seal, BRAXTON combines production and type traits to produce the type of cattle that many breeders desire. His daughters are built for the colored shavings with a terrific combination of stature, dairy strength and power. Accompanied by their breed-leading feet and legs, BRAXTON daughters have outstanding udders (+2.62 Udder Composite, UDC) with solid production (+977 Milk). Use him on any of the Braedale Goldwyn pedigrees to create the Expo and Royal kind.

7HO9157 Eastview ERNIE-ET (VG-88) enters Select Sires' lineup as the No. 2 sire for Type (+3.16) and No. 3 for Udder Composite (+2.76). ERNIE emphasizes type with his sound pedigree that includes two Excellent (91) dams and a sire stack of Shottle x DURHAM x 7HO3948 MJR Blackstar EMORY-ET. He generates daughters that are tall, stylish cows with excellent dairy character and good mobility. ERNIE has solid percent fat (+.08%) and protein (+.02%) and improves all udder traits. He can be used in the heifer pens as he has low calving difficulty (7% Calving Ease, CE).

DIAMOND SELECTion sire 7HO9247 Navs Shtl FULTON-ET ranks sixth at Select Sires for Type at +2.75. He transmits type and production in a consistent manner as demonstrated by his 50 classified daughters and high yield reliability (91% Rel.). FULTON produces exceptional framed cows with ideal feet and legs (+2.42 FLC) and excellent udders (+2.52 UDC).

Rounding out the Shottle sons is 7HO9222 Lincoln-Hill SHOT Laser-ET (EX-90). SHOT creates consistent Type (+2.73 Type and +2.61 FLC), solid production (+801 Milk) and cows that last (+2.5 Productive Life, PL), making him a DIAMOND SELECTion sire. He transmits tall dairy frames with sound feet and legs. SHOT daughters also exhibit superior udders with strong attachments, a high and wide capacious rear udder and ideal placement of both fore and rear teats. He reduces calving difficulty (6% CE) and has a GTPI of +1876.

Total-performance Big-hitter
Leading Select Sires graduates for GTPI at +1923 is 7HO9510 Wa-Del CONNER-ET (EX-94). The End-Road PVF Boliver-ET son makes offspring that will impress breeders with their tremendous udders (+2.13 UDC) that produce volumes of milk (+1,369 Milk). This Herdlife Builder™ produces moderate-sized daughters that improve longevity (+3.3 PL), preserve low Somatic Cell Score (2.73 SCS) and advance the bottom line with his elite Net Merit dollar value (+$504 NM). He reduces calving difficulty (5% CE), and as an outcross sire, CONNER is a great match for 7HO5708 Fustead Emory BLITZ-ET, 7HO7004 Erbacres DAMION, 7HO6758 Regancrest-MR Drham SAM-ET and 7HO8190 Gen-Mark Stmatic SANCHEZ daughters.

O MAN Sons Offer Balanced Genetics
7HO6417 O-Bee MANfred Justice-ET sons 7HO8913 RHOMAN-Wai O-Man Oliver-ET and 7HO9069 Regancrest Oman INGLES-ET (VG-87) combine elite health traits with solid production and type to create balanced pedigrees. RHOMAN and INGLES each rank among the Top 100 Holstein sires for TPI.

At +1897 GTPI, RHOMAN is ranked as Select Sires No. 1 Feet and Leg Composite sire (+3.30 FLC). The Herdlife Builder and HealthMark™ sire improves components (+.09% Fat and +.07% Protein), maintains strong fitness traits (+3.8 PL and 2.74 SCS) and reduces calving difficulty (5% CE).

INGLES is an exciting new graduate with strong fitness traits (+4.7 PL and +2.7 Daughter Pregnancy Rate, DPR), positive production and components (+.01% Fat, +.04% Protein and +475 Milk) and a GTPI of +1899. This outstanding pedigreed sire carries an extended list of designations-FeedPRO™ sire, HealthMark sire and Herdlife Builder-that fits him into nearly any breeding program. His daughters are moderate-sized cows with good feet and legs. INGLES is a sire that can be used on heifers with his low calving difficulty (6% CE).

Outcross Sires Shine
7HO9033 UFM-Dubs ERIVAN-ET (VG-88) offers breeders a fresh and different pedigree-7HO6745 Sandy-Valley ONYX-ET x Rich-Ro Mark Sam-ET-free of Shottle, Goldwyn and O MAN bloodlines. ERIVAN's dam is the fourth generation with a lifetime production record over 100,000 pounds of milk. He offers extreme fat test (+.22%) and a nearly flawless linear profile. ERIVAN can be used in matings with BLITZ daughters and granddaughters. He has superior calving ease (7% CE) and qualifies as a Superior Settler™ based on his high-quality semen.

Another unique-pedigreed graduate is 7HO9118 Ri-Val-Re Mr Sam NEON-ET (VG-88). This MR SAM son hails from the same maternal line as 7HO8856 Ri-Val-Re-2338 NIAGRA-ET. Like his sire, NEON balances production (+747 Milk, +.01% Fat and +.08% Protein) with pleasing type traits (+1.69 Type). NEON offers the balanced package with moderate size and dairyness, sound feet and legs and well attached, snug udders. With low calving difficulty (7% CE), NEON can be used with ease.

Elite Red Sire
7HO9064 Net-A-Way SS PAXTON-RED-ET ranks among the top five Red bulls at +1696 GTPI. PAXTON-RED advances type (+1.21 Type), improves feet and legs (+1.89 FLC) and udders (+1.16 UDC), while maintaining elite fitness (+2.6 PL, +1.0 DPR and 2.95 SCS). Sired by Pursuit September Storm, PAXTON-RED is a HealthMark sire and Superior Settler. As a calving ease sire (7% CE), he is a great mating for heifers, especially daughters of 7HO7872 KHW Kite ADVENT-RED-ET and 7HO8223 Aggravation LAWN BOY P-RED.

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: 08/10 USDA Genomic Evaluation, USDA/HA Genomic Type Evaluation and Interbull; M=USA/IB-Mace. 08/10 Rel: BRAXTON Type 80%, Yield 87%; ERNIE Type 85%, Yield 91%, CE 92%; FULTON Type 86%; SHOT Type 83%, PL 72%, Yield 89% CE 85%; CONNER Type 82%, Yield 86%, PL 72%, SCS 78%, NM$ 79%, CE 83%; RHOMAN Type 87%, Yield 90%, PL 74%, SCS 82%, CE 80%; INGLES PL 76%, DPR 74%, Yield 91%, CE 88%; ERIVAN Yield 92%, CE 82%; NEON Yield 91%, Type 88%, CE 83%; PAXTON-RED Type 85%, PL 72%, DPR 69%, SCS 82%, CE 83%.
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