Six Holstein Sires Achieve Gold Medal Status at Select Sires

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, April 29, 2011 - The Holstein Association USA Inc., Brattleboro, Vt., has awarded the Gold Medal Sire designation to six Select Sires bulls—7HO7615 Solid-Gold COLBY-ET (EX-92), 7HO8081 Ensenada Taboo PLANET-ET (EX-90), 7HO8165 England-Ammon MILLION-ET (EX-92), 7HO9107 Ronelee SS DURABLE (EX-90), 7HO9230 Winding-Brook JOCK Mason-ET (VG-88) and 7HO9321 Ralma Gold CROWN-ET (VG-88).

The Gold Medal Sire designation was awarded to these bulls in recognition of the superior type and production of their officially tested and classified offspring. To qualify, bulls must exceed a specified level for Total Performance IndexSM (TPISM), must have a minimum reliability of 90 percent for their Predicted Transmitting Ability for Fat and Predicted Transmitting Ability for Type genetic evaluations and must be free of any recognized undesirable genetic defect.

These six outstanding sires combine type with solid production and components to sort themselves to the top of the breed and earn the Gold Medal Sire recognition. COLBY brings together favorable health traits (+5.0 Productive Life, PL, +2.3 Daughter Pregnancy Rate, DPR and 2.76 Somatic Cell Score, SCS) and desirable type (+1.87 PTAT and +2.07 Udder Composite, UDC) to sire strong, upstanding cows with well-attached mammary systems. COLBY carries Select Sires' HealthMark™ and DIAMOND SELECTion™ designations.

Rising genetic star PLANET ranks third in the breed for GTPI at +2189. Accompanying his high elite total performance, he transmits superior production (+2,159 Milk) and earns a high Net Merit dollar value of +$711 NM. Expect his daughters to be profitable and long lasting as he sports Select Sires' HealthMark and FeedPRO® designations. DIAMOND SELECTion sire MILLION combines remarkable type (+2.18 PTAT) with positive production and components (+721Milk and +.12% Fat) to create complete cattle that dairy producers desire in their herds. Earning the Superior Settler™ designation, MILLION has a Sire Conception Rate of +2.9 SCR. PLANET and MILLION are both Calving Ease sires and have gender SELECTed™ semen available making them exceptional matings for your heifer pens.

Ranking third in Select Sires' lineup and among the breed's top 15 for Feet and Leg Composite at +3.13 FLC and with a PTAT of +2.25, DURABLE sires strong daughters with correct feet and legs while adding the red gene to his offspring. Additionally, DURABLE is a fertility specialist, ranking first in Select Sires' lineup for Sire Conception Rate at an elite +4.0 SCR. These traits combined earn DURABLE the HealthMark, Superior Settler and DIAMOND SELECTion logos, and with gender SELECTed semen available he is a complete package.

Elite Net Merit dollar value and high GTPI (+1935 GTPI) sire JOCK is the leading April graduate at Select Sires for Net Merit dollar value at +$588 NM and ranks second among Select Sires' lineup for Net Merit. This Herdlife Builder™ and HealthMark sire produces daughters that are built to last with superior longevity (+6.3 PL), making him the leader in Select Sires' lineup for Productive Life. JOCK sires exceptional feet and legs (+2.03 FLC) to handle any commercial dairy environment. He is also a FeedPRO sire.

CROWN is the No. 1 GTPI Braedale Goldwyn son in the U.S. at +2024 GTPI. He transmits profitability through his elite Net Merit dollar value (+$529 NM) and positive component percents (+.08% Protein and +.10% Fat), along with improved longevity (+3.4 PL) and reduced calving difficulty (6% Calving Ease, CE). With many designations on his résumé, including HealthMark, DIAMOND SELECTion, FeedPRO and Calving Ease, and with gender SELECTed semen available, CROWN is a natural fit in most any breeding program.

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; M=USA/IB-Mace. 04/11 Rel: COLBY PL 86%, DPR 95%, SCS 99%, Type 98%; PLANET Yield 97%, NM$ 90%; MILLION Type 90%, Yield 93%, SCR 99%; DURABLE Type 90%, SCR 98%; JOCK NM$ 83%, PL 72%, Type 90%; CROWN NM$ 84%, Yield 95%, PL 73%, CE 93%.

SMTotal Performance Index and TPI are servicemarks of Holstein Association USA. ™ HealthMark, DIAMOND SELECTion, Superior Settler, gender SELECTed and Herdlife Builder are trademarks of Select Sires Inc. ® FeedPRO is a registered trademark of Select Sires Inc.