Select Sires Graduates Two ACTION Sons

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, August 25, 2010 - Upon release of the August 2010 genetic evaluations, Select Sires graduates two exciting sons from the customer satisfaction king, 7JE590 Forest Glen Avery ACTION-ET, into the Jersey lineup. In the Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey and Milking Shorthorn breeds, Select Sires' elite lineup offers high ranking breed-leaders that perform well in type conformation, production, Net Merit dollar value (NM$), and total performance.

ACTION Sons Enter Select Sires Lineup
7JE865 Sunset Canyon KYROS-ET graduates from the Program for Genetic Advancement Canada™ (PGAC™). The ACTION son debuts as the No. 8 Jersey sire for Jersey Performance Index™ (GJPI™) at +149. KYROS produces daughters that milk volumes (+1,085 Milk) with high components (+.08% Fat, +63 Fat, +.02% Protein and +41 Protein). Along with serving as a profit-maker through the component-rich milk, KYROS is designated as a FeedPRO™ sire and will produce daughters that can positively impact your bottom line. The FeedPRO designation reflects an index that predicts greater income over feed costs. KYROS daughters exhibit pleasing Type (+1.5) with tremendous udders (+2.62 Jersey Udder Index™, JUI™). His pedigree combines three great cow families – Greenridge FW Chief Althea-ET (E-92%), Blacky Rose of Briarcliffs (E-96%) and Tenn Haug E Maid (E-93%) – to offer dairy producers a breeder satisfaction sire.

The second ACTION son released is 7JE859 Chasin-Rainbows Act RILEY-ET. The well-balanced sire combines elite Type (+1.7), tremendous udders (+4.93 JUI) and pleasing milk production (+406 Milk). As a Herdlife Builder™ and HealthMark™ sire, RILEY transmits traits that improve longevity, overall health and fertility (+3.9 Productive Life, PL, +1.4 Daughter Pregnancy Rate, DPR and 2.91 Somatic Cell Score, SCS). He qualifies as a Superior Settler™ for his high-quality semen and is an ideal solution for late summer heat stress.

Select Sires Dominates with Jersey Sires
Select Sires has eight Jersey sires ranked among the top 16 sires for JPI, six ranked among the top 20 sires for Type and six sires among the top 20 bulls for Net Merit dollar value (NM$).

Danish Jersey sire 236JE146 ISDK DJ ZUMA leads the breed for JPI and Net Merit dollar value (+197 JPI-M and +$646 NM). ZUMA sires longevity (+7.5 PL), daughter fertility (+2.2 DPR) and low somatic cell score (2.56 SCS). JPI standout 236JE3 ISDK Q IMPULS ranks fourth in the breed at +172 GJPI.

Ranked No. 6 in the breed for JPI is April graduate 7JE860 Maack Dairy ECLIPES-P-ET. He transmits tremendous udders (+5.25 JUI), carrying them high above the hock with high and wide rear udders, and high Type (+1.7). ECLIPES-P's sire, ACTION, continues to remain a breed leader for Type (+1.9) and JUI (+5.17), ranking second in the breed for both traits. ACTION is a Herdlife Builder, HealthMark and Superior Settler sire providing his daughters with herd-enhancing health traits.

Brown Swiss Highlights
7BS779 Brothers Three PARKER ET daughters perform well in the show ring. PARKER is marked as a Showcase Selections™ sire for his defining Type (+0.9) and tremendous Udder Composite (+0.99 UDC). A popular show ring sire in his own right, 7BS766 Blessing Banker AGENDA ET ranks closely behind PARKER for Type (+0.8) and improves feet and legs (+1.59 Feet and Leg Composite, FLC).

Guernsey Breed Leaders
Select Sires dominates the Guernsey Active A.I. List for PTI with four of the top five sires including three maternal brothers out of three-time National Grand Champion Cedar Fringed Altann (EX-95-EX-95-MS-GSD). Showcase Selections sire 7GU395 Sniders Option AARON-ET ranks as the No. 1 sire for PTI-M at +186 and is a Type specialist at +1.1. 7GU398 Sniders Ronalds ALSTAR is ranked second in the breed for PTI (+149 PTI). His high Net Merit Dollar value of +$486 ranks him as the breed leader, and he excels in outstanding fitness traits (+5.2 PL and +2.2 DPR). AARON and ALSTAR are both FeedPRO sires. 7GU417 Sniders Tiller ALTANIC, an April 2010 release, offers an elite PTI (+133) and high Type (+1.4) and ranks as the breed's highest milk sire (+1,097 Milk).

Ayrshire and Milking Shorthorns Lead Their Breeds
7AY84 Palmyra Tri-Star BURDETTE-ET ranks first in the Ayrshire breed for Type (+1.9) and second in the breed for PTI (+109) and Sire Conception Rate (+2.6). BURDETTE improves longevity, Net Merit dollar value, milk and components in his daughters.

Profitable sire 7MS341 Bar-D-Kuszmar CLAY leads the Milking Shorthorn breed for PPR, components, Net Merit dollar value and Productive Life. 7MS344 Blissful Diamond SAM leads the breed for Milk and Somatic Cell Score.

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/AJCA/BSCBA Genomic Type Evaluation, USDA/AGA/ABA/AMSS Type and Production Evaluation and Interbull, M=USA/IB-Mace. AJCA A.I. Marketed Bulls (A/F) August 2010.
8/10 Rel.: KYROS Yield 74%, Type 61%; RILEY Type 72%, Yield 87%, PL 61%, DPR 57% and SCS 72%; ZUMA NM$ 61%, PL 44%, DPR 54%, SCS 64%; ECLIPSES-P Type 74%; ACTION Type 99%; PARKER Type 91%; AGENDA Type 92%; AARON Type 87%; ALSTAR NM$ 71%, PL 63%, DPR 55%; ALTANIC Type 75%, Yield 80%; BURDETTE Type 69%.
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