New Graduates Add Depth to Breed-Leading High-Components Lineup

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, August 22, 2012 - Select Sires' current lineup continues to dominate breed listings allowing Select Sires to offer the best for production, type and health traits. The Jersey lineup leads the industry with 12 sires over +1.0 for Sire Conception Rate (SCR) and eight sires over +1.5 for Type. 7GU398 Sniders Ronalds ALSTAR remains at the top of the Guernsey breed for Milk (+1,126), PTI (+166) and Net Merit (+$530). 7AY84 Palmyra Tri-Star BURDETTE-ET maintains his No. 1 Type (+2.1) ranking in the Ayrshire breed while 7MS347 Mysha-WO Advent LIRIANO-ET is the new No. 1 Type (+1.0) Milking Shorthorn sire.

Select Sires graduated seven high-components sires including elite production sires and type specialists to strengthen the strong genetics offering for our customers.

Exceptional Jersey graduates excel in production and health traits
High GJPI (+230) graduate, 7JE1010 All Lynns Maximum VICTORY-ET, leads the Select Sires active lineup in Milk (+1,331), Protein (+50) and Fat (+95). VICTORY also stacks up well across all active A.I. sires as the No. 3 sire for GJPI, Net Merit (+$651), Cheese Merit (+$706) and Fluid Merit (+$607). A Maximum son from the popular D&E Paramount Violet (E-90%), he is the No. 1 sire for Fat in the breed. VICTORY is siring cows with moderate frames, steep foot angle and outstanding health traits (Productive Life +4.9, Somatic Cell Score 2.86). This Superior Settler™ (+3.1 SCR) and FeedPRO® sire is also available in gender SELECTed™ semen.

7JE1001 Cal-Mart Militia BONAR 3910 is an extreme fitness improver that also transmits solid production traits. A Militia son from a Very Good (86%) Impuls, BONAR ranks No. 6 in the breed for Daughter Pregnancy Rate (+1.9 DPR) and has an impressive PL of +5.1. At +968 for Milk, he sires high-production cows with solid component yields (+44 Fat, +34 Protein). His unique sire stack makes him a great mating on daughters and granddaughters of 7JE590 Forest Glen Avery ACTION-ET.

Brown Swiss graduates include new No. 1 Type sire
7BS901 Mort Blessing Dynsty JAVA M* "E90" is the new No. 1 Type (+1.1 PTAT) active A.I. sire of the breed. This Showcase Selections™ sire has already sired show winners this summer and is sure to continue turning heads on the tanbark. JAVA, a 7BS750 Hilltop Acres En DYNASTY ET *TM son from the Reserve All-American, Mort Jetway Jody "2E94 2E94MS", is transmitting excellent udders (+1.06 Udder Composite) with especially tight fore udder attachments and high rear udders.

7BS766 Blessing Banker AGENDA ET *TM son, 7BS822 Sun-Made Garbro PATRIOT ET *TM, graduates as a components specialist. At +.08% Fat and +.07% Protein he leads the Select Sires lineup. A Calving Ease sire, he graduates into the top spot for GPPR (+86) among Select Sire' Brown Swiss sires. PATRIOT comes from a deep cow family and is the full brother to Sun-Made GB Agenda Persia ET, the All-American and intermediate champion at the Royal Winter Fair in 2010.

A descendant of the World Dairy Expo supreme champion, Hoosier Knoll Jade Monay "4E93 4E96MS", 7BS818 Olsons Mel Zeus MOTOWN ET *TM, is a high reliability graduate with phenomenal health traits. He ranks No. 2 among active A.I. sires for DPR (+1.6) and No. 8 for SCS (2.77). With solid production traits and a FeedPRO designation, MOTOWN is sure to sire complete and profitable cows that last.

Elite production Ayrshire graduate
7AY87 Anmar Peter POWER-ET graduates as the new No. 1 active A.I. sire for Milk (+1,802), Fat (+84), Protein (+59), NM$ (+$670) and CM$ (+$696). In addition, he edges BURDETTE, the previous No. 1 for PTI to the take the top spot with a PTI of +591. POWER also excels at health traits leading the breed for DPR (+1.6) and having outstanding PL (+4.7) and SCS (2.78). POWER is the first active A.I. son of the popular Covey-Farms Flint Jessy (EX-92-ELITE) who consistently ranks in the top ten on the U.S. High CPI list. As the son of the widely accepted Swedish Red bull, Peterslund, POWER is classified as 80 percent registered Ayrshire. All resulting offspring from matings to purebred Ayrshire cows will be eligible to compete at national shows and for production awards.

Select Sires graduates another breed-leading Guernsey
Debuting as the breed's highest PTI Challenge son, 7GU434 Spring Walk Sherberts MINT is an excellent addition to the Select Sires lineup. MINT has exceptional components (+.12%F, +.10%P) and ranks among the breed's top five for NM$ (+$388) and CM$ (+$461). He also transmits balanced type and udders while ranking No. 4 in the breed for feet and legs (+2.2 FLC). His health traits also shine with superb SCS (2.75), PL (+3.9) and DPR (+0.3). From the Tiller Icy cow family, MINT will work best on tall, strong cows that have slope from hooks to pins.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc. is North America's largest A.I. organization and is comprised of nine 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: 08/12 USDA Genomic Evaluation, USDA/AJCA/BSA Genomic Type Evaluation. 08/12 USDA/ABA/AGA/AMSS Sire Summary and Active A.I. lists. AJCA A.I. Marketed Bulls (A/F) August 2012. 08/12 Rel.: VICTORY Yield: 87%, NM$: 80%, PL: 67%, SCS: 76%; BONAR DPR: 55%, PL: 65%, Yield: 85%; JAVA Type: 71%; PATRIOT Yield: 79%, CE 63%; MOTOWN DPR: 64%, SCS: 80%, NM$: 76%; POWER Yield: 74%, PL: 43%; MINT Yield: 70%, NM$: 56%, Type: 61%, SCS: 54%, PL: 47%, DPR: 37%. ™JPI is a trademark of the American Jersey Cattle Association. ™Superior Settler, gender SELECTed and Showcase Selections are trademarks of Select Sires Inc. ®FeedPRO is a registered trademark of Select Sires Inc.