Tremendous Classification at Select Sires - DAMION and BRAXTON Nominated for Committee

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, August 8, 2011 - Select Sires had outstanding results from classification day in early August 2011. Two leading sires were nominated to committee - 7HO7004 Erbacres DAMION and 7HO9165 Regancrest S BRAXTON-ET, while 15 additional sires scored Excellent (92), nine scored Excellent (93), and seven were classified Excellent (94).

Selected for Committee
The highlight of classification day was the parading of Showcase Selections™ sires DAMION and BRAXTON.

DAMION, the longstanding king of type, currently scored Excellent (95), was nominated for committee by the classifier for a score of Excellent (96). DAMION has been recognized as a leader for type since his release in August 2005 after being sampled through the Program for Genetic Advancement™ (PGA™). His daughters are stylish, tall and dairy with tremendous udders and achieve success on classification day for their owners as well as on the tanbark. Dairy producers milking his daughters love what they see.

The breed leader for type, BRAXTON was nominated for a score of Excellent (95). BRAXTON is currently scored Excellent (94). As one of the earliest sons of Regancrest-PR Barbie-ET (EX-92-EX-MS-GMD-DOM) to graduate into active A.I., genomics had predicted his transmitting ability, and now his milking daughters are proving it. BRAXTON, a Picston Shottle-ET son, transmits frames designed for the show ring with outstanding strength, tremendous feet and legs and beautiful mammary systems, making him a great mating for Braedale Goldwyn offspring.

Popular Sires Raised in Score
In total, Select Sires had 41 sires raised in score that were previously classified Excellent. Raised to Excellent (94) were lineup sires 7HO7466 Robthom MOSCOW-ET, 7HO8221 Golden-Oaks St ALEXANDER-ET and 7HO9229 Plushanski FARSANO-ET. Also raised in score were lineup sires 7HO7615 Solid-Gold COLBY-ET and 7HO9456 Ralma Goldwyn COACH-ET to Excellent (93).

MOSCOW continues to offer the complete package to dairy producers looking to balance milk production, type, good udders and health traits. With gender SELECTed™ semen available, he produces daughters that are built to last with superior longevity, breed back quicker and have lower Somatic Cell Score.

Showcase Selections sire ALEXANDER is creating excitement throughout North America with his fancy heifers that have placed at the top of their classes at the most distinguished shows. His heifers exhibit extreme dairyness, openness and depth, and once milking, these exciting heifers are now calving in with great mammary systems. ALEXANDER has gender SELECTed semen available, so dairy producers can have even more of his stylish daughters.

Shottle son FARSANO transmits big-league milk and type. His daughters have beautiful frames, great feet and legs and outstanding udders with strong attachments. With a near perfect pedigree and linear, FARSANO will be a customer satisfaction sire.

COLBY continues to impress breeders with consistent results. Now with thousands of daughters, COLBY ranks among the breed's top Genomic Total Performance IndexSM (TPISM) sires with high reliability. He has established himself as a great source for dairy strength and youthful, well-attached udders. Recognized as an elite Productive Life sire, COLBY daughters are the profitable kind that breed back and stay in the herd longer.

April 2011 graduate COACH debuted as Select Sires' highest graduate for type. A graduate of the Program for Genetic Advancement Canada™ (PGAC™), COACH combines production, type and fitness traits to create the kind of cattle that many dairy producers desire.

COACH's full brother, 7HO9321 Ralma Gold CROWN-ET, was also raised in score three points to Excellent (91), making him a first-time Excellent sire. CROWN transmits profitability through his elite GTPI and Net Merit dollar value and positive component percents. He also adds longevity and reduces calving difficulty to his daughters.

Super Samplers Classify Excellent (90)
Two popular Super Samplers™ and Showcase Selections sires, 7HO10506 Maple-Downs-I G W ATWOOD and 7HO10920 Mr Chassity GOLD CHIP-ET, scored Excellent (90).

G W ATWOOD has already become a household name. He has the capability to produce daughters with a combination of elite type and solid milk production and components. He is available with gender SELECTed semen and is creating fancy show-winning calves that are the talk of the tanbark. GOLD CHIP is a breed-leading young sire for type with elite GTPI. He combines two of the greatest cow families in North America - the Durham Barbie's in the U.S. and the Gypsy Grand's in Canada. Both young sires are already proving their talent as sire fathers.

Red Sire Classifies Excellent (91)
7HO9552 Scientific DEBONAIR-RED-ETS scored Excellent (91) during classification. DEBONAIR-RED, a potential August 2011 graduate, is one of the finest Red young sires and is tailor-made to cross with 7HO7872 KHW Kite ADVENT-RED-ET. His two-year-old daughters are said to be astounding cows with huge rear udders and big, wide frames.

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/HA Genomic Production and Type Evaluation and Interbull; M=IB-M/USA Sire Summary.

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