Select Sires – Your Source for Elite Type

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, August 27, 2010 - Select Sires' lineup leads active A.I. Holsteins with more high-ranking Type sires than any other A.I. organization. With four sires in the top eight for Type, six sires in the top 10 for Udder Composite and five sires in the top 11 for Feet and Leg Composite among Holstein Association's Top 50 lists, Select Sires is the source for elite Type. Additionally, Select Sires is home to 20 sires exceeding +2.00 Type.

Among the new Holstein releases, 7HO9165 Regancrest S BRAXTON-ET (EX-94) tops the Type list as the leading Holstein sire at +3.98 Type. BRAXTON excels in all composite scores: +2.62 Udder Composite (UDC), +3.25 Feet and Leg Composite (FLC), +4.26 Body Composite (BD) and +3.36 Dairy Composite (D). Earning the Showcase Selections™ status, he sires the show winning kind, and with the DIAMOND SELECTion™ designation, BRAXTON has the unique ability to combine type and production to create complete cows that many breeders are looking for in their herds.

Another new graduate, 7HO9157 Eastview ERNIE-ET (VG-88), enters Select Sires' lineup as a sire for type and udder improvement, fifth for Type and Udder Composite among the breed's elite sires. This Picston Shottle-ET son generates daughters that are tall, stylish cows with excellent dairy character (+3.16 Type) and outstanding udders (+2.76 UDC). Ranking closely behind ERNIE is gender SELECTed™ sire 7HO8190 Gen-Mark Stmatic SANCHEZ (EX-94) with +3.14 Type. SANCHEZ carries both the Showcase Selections and DIAMOND SELECTion designations, which highlight his ability to create true customer pleasers.

A Showcase Selections sire and perennial show-ring favorite, 7HO7004 Erbacres DAMION (EX-95) has been recognized as a leader for type since his release in August 2005. Today DAMION ranks among the top ten Holstein sires for Type (+3.07) and Feet and Leg Composite (+2.96). In Canada, DAMION ranks as the No. 2 Conformation sire. His daughters achieve success on classification day for their owners as well as on the tanbark, and breeders milking his daughters love what they see.

Udder improver 7HO8885 Henkeseen EMPHASIS-ET (VG-88) leads the breed for Udder Composite at +3.23. EMPHASIS sires youthful, high and wide rear udders. He also improves type and feet and legs as he is over +2.40 for both traits (+2.43 Type and +2.82 FLC). He is a DIAMOND SELECTion sire and for fancy heifers he has gender SELECTed semen available. EMPHASIS also has a positive Sire Conception Rate (SCR) at +2.2.

With a +2.79 Udder Composite, 7HO8777 De-Su Finley GENERAL-ET (EX-93) ranks third in the breed and second at Select Sires. An outstanding +2.37 Type rating makes him a standout for conformation, and he carries the Herdlife Builder™ designation.

As the breed's highest Udder Composite sire at 99% Reliability (+2.70 UDC), 7HO7463 Klumbs Durham PONTIAC (EX-92) is leaving his mark in the breed. An udder specialist, PONTIAC improves udder height and width, depth and attachments with great feet and legs (+1.89 FLC) and super type conformation (+2.05 Type). PONTIAC has low calving difficulty at 6% Calving Ease (CE).

Ranking eighth among active A.I. sires for Udder Composite is January 2010 release 7HO9030 Kings-Ransom P RICHMAN-ET (VG-87). His elite Total Performance Index™ (TPI™) ranks among the best 50 sires for TPI with +1919 GTPI. A DIAMOND SELECTion sire, RICHMAN is an udder improver (+2.65 UDC) with excellent Type (+2.14) and longevity (+4.3 Productive Life).

7HO6417 O-Bee MANfred Justice-ET son and another high TPI sire (+1897 GTPI), 7HO8913 RHOMAN-Wai O-Man Oliver-ET is the No. 3 Feet and Leg Composite sire in the breed. His daughters display the ideal foot angle and leg pattern (+3.30 FLC), while exhibiting strong fitness traits and improving components (+.09% Fat and +.07% Protein).

Holding strong among the breed's top six for Feet and Leg Composite is 7HO9107 Ronelee SS DURABLE (EX-90) at +3.10 FLC. With a GTPI of +1942, DURABLE ranks seventh in Select Sires' lineup for TPI. This Red Carrier transmits superior Type (+2.15) and adds height and width along with strong ligaments to the udders. He offers an exceptional cross for your 7HO7872 KHW Kite ADVENT-RED-ET daughters. Rounding out the top 11 of the breed's feet and leg improvers is 7HO7858 Rauscher Mars 999-GRAND-ET (EX-94-GM). GRAND carries a +2.90 Feet and Leg Composite score along with his high volume of milk (+1,282 Milk). DURABLE and GRAND are both DIAMOND SELECTion sires and are available in gender SELECTed semen.

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. HA Top 50 Lists with at least 75% Domestic U.S. Reliability for PTA type. 08/10 Rel: BRAXTON Type 80%; ERNIE Type 85%; SANCHEZ Type 89%; DAMION Type 99%; EMPHASIS Type 88%, SCR 88%; GENERAL Type 89%; PONTIAC Type 99%, CE 99%; RICHMAN Type 89%; RHOMAN Type 87%, Yield 90%; DURABLE Type 89%; GRAND Type 93%, Yield 98%.
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