Excellent Classification Results at Select Sires

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, Jan. 14, 2011 - Select Sires recently had an outstanding classification day with six lineup sires scoring Excellent for the first time and six additional lineup sires raised in score to Excellent (91) and higher. In all, Select Sires had 36 new Excellent sires at the end of the day.

December Graduates Raised to Excellent (90) and Higher
Among the sires raised in score was December graduate 7HO9420 Fustead Goldwyn GUTHRIE-ET who was raised to an impressive Excellent (94). The breed's highest Udder Composite (+3.28 UDC) sire,

GUTHRIE sires daughters that exhibit the kind of udders that every dairy producer dreams about. This DIAMOND SELECTion™ sire produces daughters that are tall, beautiful and dairy, with added strength and excellent depth and width to the rib (+3.40 Type). With an elite Genomic Total Performance Index™ (GTPI™) of +1956, great fitness traits and low calving difficulty, this HealthMark™ sire is a well-balanced mating in any environment.

7HO9229 Plushanski FARSANO-ET received a first score of Excellent (92). FARSANO produces daughters that fill the bulk tank (+1,862 Milk). With a near perfect linear, DIAMOND SELECTion sire FARSANO will be a customer satisfaction sire. He makes offspring that will impress breeders with excellent Type (+2.55) that includes all four Type composites over +2.00.

DIAMOND SELECTion sires 7HO9270 Gold-N-Oaks REAL-DEAL-ET and 7HO9356 Roz-Acres Shotl LIFT-OFF-ET both rose in score to Excellent (92). As a HealthMark sire, REAL-DEAL has breeder satisfying type and favorable components to improve profitability (+$403 Net Merit). LIFT-OFF daughters will produce high volumes of milk (+1,472 Milk) with solid components adding to profitability. He also transmits longevity (+2.3 Productive Life, PL) and offers superior semen quality earning the Superior Settler™ designation.

Two of the new Excellent (90) sires were 7HO9133 Lake-Effect PS CAMMO-ET and 7HO9281 Badger BIGSHOT-ET. Newly available gender SELECTed™ sire CAMMO combines Type (+2.11 Type, +1.52 UDC and +2.06 Feet and Legs Composite, FLC) and production (+1,374 Milk) traits to produce the type of cattle that many breeders desire. BIGSHOT transmits positive health traits, low calving difficulty and improved pregnancy rates with a Sire Conception Rate (SCR) of +2.4, making him a HealthMark sire.

More Lineup Sires Raised in Score
7HO7560 Zimmerview BLITZ JINTX-ET was raised to Excellent (94) and is a milk production king (+1,962 Milk). BLITZ JINTX is a Herdlife Builder™, Feed PRO¬® sire and Superior Settler with a Sire Conception Rate (SCR) of +2.2.

7HO8221 Golden-Oaks St ALEXANDER-ET continues to create excitement and is now scored Excellent (93). With extreme Type (+2.37) and strong production, this Showcase Selections™ sire is available with gender SELECTed semen to produce show winning heifers.

Type improver 7HO9157 Eastview ERNIE-ET was raised four points to Excellent (92). ERNIE produces tall, stylish daughters with excellent dairyness (+2.86 Type) and improves all udder traits (+2.72 UDC). He can be used in the heifer pens as he has low calving difficulty. Also scored Excellent (92) was 7HO8581 Pine-Ledge Brass Mic BRAHAM. He receives the Superior Settler seal with a Sire Conception Rate (SCR) of +2.1. BRAHAM creates daughters that are tall and dairy while adding height and width to the rear udder along with a strong ligament.

Classified Excellent (91) were sires 7HO9222 Lincoln-Hill SHOT Laser-ET and 7HO9247 Navs Shtl FULTON-ET. With the DIAMOND SELECTion designation, both sires excel in Type (+2.62 SHOT and +2.57 FULTON), improve mobility with excellent Feet and Leg Composites (+2.09 SHOT and +2.03 FULTON) and enhance milk production. SHOT also has a GTPI of +1898, ranking him among Select Sire's top 20 sires for GTPI.

7HO10039 CHRIS Draws Attention
Red Carrier 7HO10039 MD-Valleyvue Gold CHRIS-ET*RC is grabbing the attention of Holstein breeders across the U.S. and was raised two points to Excellent (92). A sire of fancy show heifers, his first milking daughters are showing great promise on test day along with pleasing scores from classifiers.

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: 12/10 USDA Genomic Evaluation, USDA/HA Genomic Type Evaluation and Interbull. 12/10 Rel: GUTHRIE Type 82%; FARSANO Yield 92%, Type 90%; REAL-DEAL NM$ 82%; LIFT-OFF Yield 90%, PL 74%; CAMMO Yield 90%, Type 84%; BIGSHOT SCR 94%; BLITZ JINX Yield 98%, SCR 99%; ALEXANDER Type 89%; ERNIE Type 90%; BRAHAM SCR 97%; SHOT Type 87%; FULTON Type 90%.

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