Select Sires' High-Components Graduates Enhance Outstanding Lineup

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, December 12, 2012 -Select Sires' current high-components lineup continues to lead all breeds for type, production and fitness traits, and is even stronger with the addition of four significant graduates. Four Select Sires Jerseys rank in the top 10 for Jersey Performance Index™ (JPI™), including the three new Jersey graduates, 7JE1038 All Lynns Louie VALENTINO-ET (GJPI +219), 7JE1046 Sunrise/Hackline Bungy ZIPPER (GJPI +203) and 236JE136 ISDK DJ HULK (GJPI +203). After a successful fall show season, 7BS901 Mort Blessing Dynsty JAVA (M) "E90" maintains his No. 1 Type (+1.0) ranking in the Brown Swiss breed. 7GU398 Sniders Ronalds ALSTAR remains at the top of active Guernsey A.I. sires for Milk (+1,221), Production Type Index (PTI) (+169) and Net Merit (+$510). 7AY84 Palmyra Tri-Star BURDETTE-ET continues to be the No. 1 Type (+2.1) sire in the Ayrshire breed while 7AY87 Anmar Peter POWER-ET is still the No. 1 PTI (+565) and Milk (+1,273) active A.I. sire.

When it comes to fertility, Select Sires remains dominant with six of the top 10 Jersey sires for Sire Conception Rate (SCR) including 7JE865 Sunset Canyon KYROS-ET (+4.4), 7JE859 Chasin-Rainbows Act RILEY-ET (+4.1), Fairway Mygent DALLAS-PP (+3.6), 7JE860 Maack Dairy ECLIPES-P-ET (+3.5), 7JE886 Three Valleys Country MILES-ET (+3.3) and 7JE962 Buttercrest SUCCESS-ET (+3.0). 7GU428 Golden J Skipper GARY leads all Guernsey active A.I. sires with an SCR of +1.1.

Jersey graduates offer total performance for profitability
Leading the graduating class is the popular former Super Sampler™, VALENTINO. A 7JE738 BHF-SSF Parade LOUIE-ET son from the well-known D&E Paramount Violet (E-90%), VALENTINO debuts as the No. 5 GJPI and No. 2 Type sire (+2.3). He ranks in the top five for Milk (+1,795) and transmits exceptional component yields (+60F, +58P) with consistency and high reliability (87% Rel.). At these high production levels, this gender SELECTed™ sire is an excellent udder-improver (Jersey Udder Index™ +4.24).

A Bungy son from an Excellent (90%) Impuls, ZIPPER is an outcross sire for a variety of bloodlines. His daughters are outstanding producers (+1,202 Milk) with positive components (+.01%F, +.05%P). He enters the lineup as a top 10 Cheese Merit sire (+$560) with excellent fitness traits (Daughter Pregnancy Rate +1.1, Productive Life +3.0). ZIPPER, a Superior Settler™ and FeedPRO® designee, will produce cows that spell longevity and please many dairy producers.

With a unique Danish pedigree, HULK joins the program as the No. 1 Fat sire in the breed (+98F). With incredible components, (+.39%F, +.14%P) this FeedPRO sire is No. 2 in the breed for Cheese Merit (+$716) and No. 3 for Net Merit (+$582). He transmits moderate frames, youthful udders and longevity (+3.6 PL).

Well-rounded Brown Swiss graduate joins lineup
7BS826 Oak View Zeus AUGUST *TM joins the lineup as a top 10 Progressive Performance Ranking (PPR) (+140) and Type (+0.7) sire. The sire of the 2011 All-American summer yearling, AUGUST is a Calving Ease sire (5%DBH). A rare Zeus son that comes from five generations of high-producing, Excellent and Very Good dams, he is a components improver (+.06%F, +.04%P) and one of the breed's best for Somatic Cell Score (2.58) and PL (+2.6). AUGUST ranks well on a variety of indexes and is among the top 10 active A.I. sires and Select's best, for Cheese Merit (+$395), Net Merit (+$336) and Fluid Merit (+$269).

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: 12/12 USDA Genomic Evaluation, USDA/AJCA/BSA Genomic Type Evaluation. 12/12 USDA/ABA/AGA/AMSS Sire Summary and Active A.I. lists. AJCA A.I. Marketed Bulls (A/F) December 2012. 12/12 %Rel.: JAVA Type 73; ALSTAR Yield 91; BURDETTE Type 91; POWER Yield 78; KYROS SCR 96; RILEY SCR 96; DALLAS-PP SCR 86; ECLIPES-P SCR 99; MILES SCR 93; SUCCESS SCR 82; VALENTINO Type 76, Yield 87; ZIPPER Yield 84, DPR 53, PL 52; HULK Yield 87, Net Merit 80, PL 69; AUGUST Type 69, Calving Ease 68, SCS 68, Yield 79, Net Merit 68. ™Jersey Performance Index, JPI and Jersey Udder Index are trademarks of the American Jersey Cattle Association. Superior Settler and gender SELECTed are trademarks of Select Sires Inc. ®FeedPRO is a registered trademark of Select Sires Inc.