Select Sires Debuts Six Elite Sires

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, December 8, 2011 - With the release of December 2011 sire summaries, Select Sires added six new elite Holstein graduates to Active A.I. These sires join Select Sires’ lineup of impressive breed leaders.

"This outstanding group of new graduates illustrates the quality of genetics that Select Sires offers," stated Blaine Crosser, vice president of dairy sire product line and sales management for Select Sires. "Select Sires always strives to provide the most elite Holstein sires, and this outstanding graduating class includes sires that add exciting type, extreme production and positive health traits."

Type Improvers 7HO9676 Regancrest-BH TS DELRAY-ET debuts as the highest type new graduate (+2.69 PTAT). As a DIAMOND SELECTion™ sire, DELRAY uniquely combines production, type and fitness traits to create the kind of cattle that many dairy producers desire. DELRAY's linear chart is nearly flawless and he has a superior ability to improve udders (+2.72 Udder Composite, UDC) and mobility (+2.15 Feet and Leg Composite, FLC). As a HealthMark™ sire, he offers positive fitness traits to produce profitable, long-lasting daughters, and he also carries the Superior Settler™ designation indicating his superior ability to settle cows. He hails from the well-known Zip family. His dam is Windsor-Manor Z-Delight-ET (EX-93-2E-EX-MS-GMD-DOM), a daughter of Windsor-Manor Rud Zip (EX-95-4E-EX-MS-GMD-DOM).

Also entering Active A.I. is 7HO9679 Morningview APPRENTICE-ET (EX-91), who offers type improvement (+2.52 PTAT). This DIAMOND SELECTion sire creates daughters that are tall with a great combination of dairyness, strength, body depth and width, great mobility (+2.49 FLC) and he improves nearly all udders traits (+2.14 UDC). He adds Productive Life (+1.6 PL), improves fat and protein percents (+.04% Fat and +.06% Protein) and lowers calving difficulty (7% Calving Ease, CE).

Big-League Milk Producers and Profit Makers Leading the new graduates for production is 7HO9703 Seagullbay JJ MAINSTREAM-ET, an Applouis Jet Stream son out of a Very Good (87) Laudan-ET daughter. His daughters fill the bulk tank with +1,850 Milk and increase component yields (+46 Fat and +52 Protein). MAINSTREAM sires medium-statured cows with highly desirable mobility and sound udders. Breeders can also expect easy calving of MAINSTREAM offspring at 6% DBH (Sire).

7HO10518 Dinomi BOULIVARD enters Select Sires' Active A.I. lineup ranking as the highest new graduate in the lineup for Total Performance Index℠ (TPI℠). At +1966 GTPI, he produces profitable daughters with a Net Merit dollar value of +529 NM$. With positive fitness traits, BOULIVARD carries the HealthMark designation.

Both MAINSTREAM and BOULIVARD have the genetic credentials that fit the FeedPRO® index, which predicts a sire's ability to produce offspring that can provide greater income over feed costs.

Well-Balanced Graduates to Fit Every Operation Just in time for Christmas DIAMOND SELECTion sire 7HO9587 Normanna Buckeye SUBLIME (VG-87) delivers daughters that are the perfect package of production (+1,226 Milk) and type (+2.05 PTAT). A rear udder specialist, he increases width tremendously (+5.04 Rear Udder Width), while improving all other udder traits. SUBLIME is also a Calving Ease specialist at 7% DBH (Sire), and offers superior settling ability through high semen quality, earning the Superior Settler designation.

7HO9509 Wa-Del Rice Encino HANS-ET is Select Sires' first BdgGenetics Encino-ET son. He is backed by six generations of Very Good and Excellent dams. With favorable health traits (+2.1 PL and +1.1 DPR) and the ability to sire solid type, feet and legs and udders (+1.93 PTAT, +1.90 UDC and +2.69 FLC), HANS' daughters are bound to satisfy the profit-minded breeders. HANS verifies his credentials with a number of designations including DIAMOND SELECTion, HealthMark and Herdlife Builder™.

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: 12/11 USDA Genomic Evaluation, USDA/HA Genomic Type Evaluation and Interbull. 12/11 Rel: DELRAY Type 87%; APPRENTICE Type 87%, PL 77%, Yield 92%, CE 85%; MAINSTREAM Yield 90%, CE 81%; BOULIVARD NM$ 80%; SUBLIME Yield 90%, Type 86%, CE 82%; HANS Yield 90%, PL 76%, DPR 72%, Type 87%. ℠Total Performance Index and TPI are service marks of Holstein Association USA. ™DIAMOND SELECTion, HealthMark, Superior Settler and Herdlife Builder are trademarks of Select Sires Inc.; ®FeedPRO is a registered trademark of Select Sires Inc.