Select Sires' High-Components Breeds Lineup Is Better than Ever

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, April 13, 2011 - Following the April 2011 release of genetic evaluations, Select Sires' Jersey lineup features high-ranking sires for Genomic Jersey Performance Index™ (GJPI™), components, Net Merit dollar value and Jersey Udder Index™ (JUI™). To further add to the breed-leading Jersey offerings at Select Sires, four new graduates were added to the lineup following April sire evaluations. In addition to the Jersey breed, Select Sires' elite genetics of all high-components breeds continue to lead the industry in numerous traits.

"The four new Jersey sires will strengthen our genetic offerings and provide diversity to Jersey breeders," said Herby Lutz, sire analyst for Select Sires. "Within this group we added two new Danish Jersey sires that will guarantee customer satisfaction and Select Sires' first sons of Ahlem Lemvig Abe-ET, BW Country-ET and JAS Bungy."

New PGA™ Graduate Jersey Sires Excel for Production and Type
7JE935 Dutch HOLLOW Abel-ET enters the lineup as Select Sires' first Abe son. This balanced sire debuts with a GJPI of +148, placing him among the top 25 sires in the breed for GJPI. HOLLOW displays an impressive linear chart and carries a strong conformation score of +1.4 PTAT and a JUI of +3.53. He sires moderately-sized cattle with plenty of dairy strength, fantastic fore udders with added height and width to the rear udders and mammary systems that are carried well above the hock. In addition, HOLLOW transmits positive component percents (+.10% Protein and +.22% Fat), outstanding Productive Life (+5.1 PL) and lower Somatic Cell Score (2.84 SCS) to his offspring, making him a Herdlife BuilderTM. HOLLOW is out of an Excellent-90% 7JE442 Rock Ella PARAMOUNT-ET dam that spells profitability with a best record of almost 30,000 pounds of Milk and over 1,400 pounds of Fat. He has two full sisters that are both appraised Very Good and produce extremely high-component milk with over 1,100 pounds of Fat.

7JE886 Three Valleys Country MILES-ET is sired by Country and is his first son to enter Active A.I. at Select Sires. Herdlife Builder MILES combines superior Type (+1.5 PTAT) with solid production (+774 Milk) to offer a balanced mating with a GJPI of +123. His dam is Sunset Canyon Centurion Maid (E-91%) with over 25,000 pounds of milk and over 1,500 pounds of fat. The next dam needs no introduction as she is the Excellent-93% Tenn Haug E Maid, the dam of current lineup sire 7JE714 Sunset Canyon MATINEE-ET and former lineup sires 7JE605 Sunset Canyon MECCA-ET and 7JE620 Sunset Canyon MAXIMUS-ET to name a few. Maid produced a best record of 6-0 365d 26,014M 7.0%F 1,820F 4.3%P 1,107P.

Two New Danish Jerseys Added To Select Sires' Lineup
236JE148 ISDK DJ BROILER offers outcross genetics to today's modern Jersey pedigrees as the only Bungy son in the world that is available in Active A.I. BROILER ranks among the top 30 sires in the breed for GJPI at +145. He serves as a profit-maker through his offspring's component-rich milk (+.17% Protein and +.32% Fat), elite Net Merit dollar value of +$443 NM and tremendous Cheese Merit dollar value of +$578 CM. BROLIER earns the FeedPRO® designation, as he will produce daughters that can positively impact a dairy producer's bottom line and qualifies through an index that predicts greater income over feed costs. Adding the Herdlife Builder and HealthMarkTM credentials to his résumé, BROILER offers tremendous health traits to his offspring (+4.1 PL and 2.73 SCS). BROILER will sire daughters with youthful udders and tremendous feet and legs.

A highly reliable genetic star at Viking Genetics, 236JE122 ISDK DJ MAY is the No. 1 bull in Denmark for Udder, Body, Temperament and Daughter Fertility with nearly 2,950 daughters in 486 herds. His converted type illustrates that his daughters are tall, upstanding cows with great strength and shallow udders with snug fore udder attachment and correct teat placement (+3.43 JUI). Members of the Select Sires team witnessed MAY's consistent type pattern when they visited Denmark this winter to see daughters of the Viking Genetics sires. He adds Fat percent (+.24%) and great health traits (+3.9 PL, +1.2 DPR and 2.81 SCS) to the Select Sire lineup, making him a Herdlife Builder and HealthMark sire.

BROILER and MAY are both available with gender SELECTedTM semen.

Select Sires Leads with Jersey Sires
With the April sire evaluations, Select Sires has eight Jersey sires ranked among the top 30 sires for JPI; eight sires ranked among the top 25 sires for Type; six of the top 16 Cheese Merit dollar value sires, including the top four Cheese Merit dollar sires in the breed; and seven sires among the top 20 bulls for Net Merit dollar value.

236JE146 ISDK DJ ZUMA continues to lead the breed for Net Merit dollar value at +$601 NM and Cheese Merit dollar value at +$716 CM. ZUMA ranks second in the breed for GJPI at +202. Fellow Danish Jersey 236JE3 ISDK Q IMPULS follows directly behind ZUMA, ranking third for GJPI at +189. IMPULS also exhibits breed-leading Net Merit dollar value and Cheese Merit dollar value (+$487 NM and +$590 CM) and solid components.

Additionally ranked among the top 10 for JPI are 7JE1100 Cave Creek KANOO-ET (No. 5) and 7JE1000 Richies Jace TBONE A364 (No. 7). KANOO offers solid milk production (+958 Milk) along with positive components and longevity (+5.3 PL). He is also a profitability leader, transmitting elite Net Merit dollar value at +$532 NM and Cheese Merit dollar value at +$566 CM, ranking him among the top four for both values. With thousands of milking daughters TBONE combines production (+560 Milk) and Type (+1.6 PTAT), while enhancing the mammary system (+3.71 JUI).

ZUMA, IMPULS and TBONE are available with gender SELECTed semen.

Brown Swiss Breed Leaders
7BS779 Brothers Three PARKER ET continues his reign as the No. 1 type bull in the breed. This Showcase Selections™ sire defines Type at +1.0 PTAT, offers tremendous Udder Composite (+1.04 UDC) and sired three All American nominations for 2010. Another Showcase Selections sire, 7BS766 Blessing Banker AGENDA ET (+0.7 PTAT) continued his tanbark success with five All American nominations and is an excellent choice to improve feet and legs (+0.91 Feet and Leg Composite, FLC).

Guernsey Highlights
Select Sires continues to dominate the Guernsey Active A.I. List for PTI with four of the top six sires. Two of the sires are 7GU405 Golden J Ronald GRUMPY (+152 PTI) and 7GU398 Sniders Ronalds ALSTAR (+148 PTI) who also transmit production and profitability. GRUMPY transmits solid production (+701 Milk) from outstanding udders (+1.7 UDC) and exhibits elite Net Merit dollar of +$411 NM. ALSTAR ranks second among the breed for Milk with +1,053 and leads the breed for Net Merit dollar value of +$500 NM. He also excels with outstanding fitness traits (+5.0 PL and +2.7 DPR). ALSTAR's maternal brother, 7GU417 Sniders Tiller ALTANIC, leads the breed for Milk at +1,127.

Select Ayrshire Leads the Breed
7AY84 Palmyra Tri-Star BURDETTE-ET ranks first in the Ayrshire breed for Type (+1.8 PTAT) and second for PTI (+519). BURDETTE improves longevity (+4.9 PL), daughter fertility (+1.6 DPR), Net Merit dollar value (+$437 NM) and adds milk (+521 Milk) to his daughters. A Showcase Selections sire, BURDETTE sired the unanimous All-American fall yearling in milk in 2010. He is 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: 04/11 USDA Genomic Evaluation, USDA/AJCA/BSCBA Genomic Type Evaluation, USDA/AGA/ABA Type and Production Evaluation and Interbull, M=USA/IB-Mace. AJCA A.I. Marketed Bulls (A/F) April 2011. 04/11 Rel.: HOLLOW Type 65%, Yield 82%, PL 58%, SCS 70%; MILES Type 69%, Yield 84%; BROILER Yield 81%, NM$ 68%, PL 45%, SCS 67%; MAY Type 40%, Yield 88%, PL 73%, DPR 78%, SCS 78%; ZUMA NM$ 67%; IMPULS NM$ 98%; KANOO Yield 86%, PL 69%, NM$ 79%; TBONE Yield 97%; Type 99%; PARKER Type 92%; AGENDA Type 96%; GRUMPY Yield 85%; Type 80%, NM$ 70%; ALSTAR Yield 86%, NM$ 72%, PL 64%, DPR 56%; ALTANIC Yield 85%; BURDETTE Type 81%, PL 62%, DPR 60%, NM$ 74%, Yield 92%.

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