Select the Best for Type at Select Sires

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, April 18, 2011 - With 17 sires scoring at or above +2.40 PTAT, Select Sires continues to offer more high-type sires than any other A.I. source. Select Sires tops Holstein Association USA's Top 50 lists for Type, Udder Composite (UDC) and Feet and Leg Composite (FLC) with the No. 1 sire for each trait. As the source for elite Type, Select Sires dominates the Top 50 lists with six sires in the top 10 for Type, seven sires in the top 15 for Udder Composite and seven sires in the top 20 for Feet and Leg Composite.

As the No.1 sire in the breed for Type at +4.08 PTAT, 7HO9165 Regancrest S BRAXTON-ET (EX-94) excels in all composite scores: +2.69 Udder Composite, +3.00 Feet and Leg Composite, +4.36 Body Composite (BD) and +3.48 Dairy Composite (D). As a Showcase Selections™ sire, he makes daughters with show-winning style, and he is available with gender SELECTed™ semen. Also a DIAMOND SELECTion™ sire, BRAXTON has the unique ability to combine type and production (+1,055 Milk) to create complete cows that many breeders are looking for in their herds. BRAXTON boasts a nearly flawless linear and is in demand by every breeder demanding the very best in type.

A December 2010 graduate of the Program for Genetic Advancement Canada™ (PGAC™), 7HO9264 Lirr Drew DEMPSEY (VG-86) is the No. 1 Genomic Lifetime Profit Index sire in Canada (+2558 GLPI). In the U.S., DEMPSEY ranks third in the breed for Type at +3.39 PTAT and improves all type traits including the mammary system (+2.44 UDC) and feet and legs (+2.79 FLC). DEMPSEY is a DIAMOND SELECTion sire and has gender SELECTed semen available.

Following closely behind DEMPSEY is fellow December 2010 graduate 7HO9420 Fustead Goldwyn GUTHRIE-ET (EX-94), the breed's No. 5 Type bull (+3.23 PTAT) and No. 3 Udder Composite sire (+3.08 UDC). With a GTPI of +1985 and great fitness traits (+2.5 Productive Life, PL and 2.80 Somatic Cell Score, SCS), this DIAMOND SELECTion sire makes profitable daughters (+$395 NM). GUTHRIE also displays an excellent Sire Conception Rate of +1.7 SCR.

Udder specialist 7HO8885 Henkeseen EMPHASIS-ET (VG-88) continues to lead the breed for Udder Composite at +3.21 UDC. He is the breed's only +3.00 Udder Composite and Feet and Leg Composite sire. EMPHASIS sires youthful, high and wide rear udders while improving type (+2.48 PTAT) and correcting feet and legs (+3.03 FLC). He is a DIAMOND SELECTion sire and has gender SELECTed semen available to produce fancy heifers. Earning the Superior Settler™ designation, EMPHASIS has a very positive Sire Conception Rate of +1.7 SCR.

New graduate 7HO9393 Penn-England EZEKIEL-ET (VG-88) makes his debut into Select Sires' active lineup improving all type traits and displaying an impressive linear chart. He is tied for sixth rank among Holstein Association USA's Top 50 sires for Udder Composite at +2.85 UDC. With a PTAT of +2.59, EZEKIEL improves stature while adding dairy form, enhancing mobility and siring tremendous feet and legs. EZEKIEL carries a high Genomic Total Performance IndexSM (GTPISM) of +1950 and exhibits strong fitness traits (+2.4 PL, +0.8 Daughter Pregnancy Rate, DPR and 2.79 SCS). Add the DIAMOND SELECTion, HealthMark™, Herdlife Builder™, Superior Settler and Calving Ease designations to EZEKIEL's credentials and he will fit into any breeding program with his unique pedigree stack (Manager x Titanic).

Showcase Selections sire 7HO8743 Scientific SS DUSK-ET *RC (EX-94) dominates the Feet and Leg Composite with a score of +3.65 FLC – the best in the breed. This PGAC graduate sires offspring with ideal foot angle and leg pattern and improves all type composites (+3.13 PTAT, +2.23 UDC, +2.38 BD and +2.46 D). DUSK also adds DIAMOND SELECTion to his résumé and is available with gender SELECTed semen.

Rounding out the top ten for Type is perennial show-ring favorite 7HO7004 Erbacres DAMION (EX-95) and emerging tanbark star 7HO8190 Gen-Mark Stmatic SANCHEZ (EX-94). DAMION has been recognized as a leader for type since his release in August 2005 (+3.12 PTAT, +2.13 UDC and +3.06 FLC). As a Showcase Selections sire, DAMION's daughters achieve success on classification day as well as on the show circuit. Showcase Selections and DIAMOND SELECTion sire SANCHEZ continues to show his ability to transmit high type (+3.06 PTAT, +2.16 UDC and +2.54 FLC), sire show-winning heifers and create cattle that are true customer pleasers.

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/HA Genomic Type Evaluation and Interbull. Holstein Association USA's Top 50 Lists with at least 75% Domestic U.S. Reliability for PTA type. 04/11 Rel.: BRAXTON Type 89%, Yield 93%; DEMPSEY Type 79%; GUTHRIE Type 85%, PL 70%, SCS 80%, NM$ 79%, SCR 71%; EMPHASIS Type 88%, SCR 98%; EZEKIEL Type 81%, PL 68%, DPR 65%, SCS 77%; DUSK Type 82%; DAMION Type 99%; SANCHEZ Type 89%.

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