Select Sires Holstein Sires Dominate Once Again

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, December 14, 2012 - Select Sires continues to offer the industry's most diverse lineup and to be the source of the highest type, production and total performance proven sires, in addition to the most impressive genomic young sires.

Total performance success
With the addition of several elite Total Performance Index℠ (TPI℠) graduates, Select Sires has 24 sires on the Holstein Association USA's Official Top 100 TPI list including the top two TPI sires at Select, 7HO10228 De-Su GULF-ET (EX-90) (+2161 GTPI) and 7HO10356 De-Su WATSON (EX-90) (+2152 GTPI).

The gold standard in the industry, Select Sires' Program for Genetic Advancement™ (PGA™) consistently identifies the most reliable proven sires, making Select home to an industry-leading 33 of the Top 100 TPI sires over 97% Reliability for production and type. 7HO8081 Ensenada Taboo PLANET-ET (EX-90-GM) continues to be the No. 1 TPI sire (+2133 GTPI) at 99% Reliability for production and type. This Calving Ease, gender SELECTed™ sire transmits the best combination of production (+2,126 Milk) and longevity (+6.1 Productive Life) in the breed.

Our type shows
Select Sires is home to the most elite type sires with eight over +3.00 for Type and four of the top six sires in the breed for Type. 7HO10506 Maple-Downs-I G W ATWOOD-ET (EX-90) maintains his No. 1 ranking at an astounding +4.53 for Type and is the only Holstein sire above +4.00 PTAT. G W ATWOOD is siring high-placing show winners while improving udders (+3.31 Udder Composite) and feet and legs (+3.84 Feet and Leg Composite). He is joined at the top of the list by 7HO9165 Regancrest S BRAXTON-ET (EX-95) at +3.61 Type. Other Showcase Selections™ sires, 7HO7004 Erbacres DAMION (EX-96) and 7HO8190 Gen-Mark Stmatic SANCHEZ (EX-94) are the leading 99% Reliability Type sires at +3.19 and +3.06, respectively.

JAYVEN leads the breed, once again
Since his debut into active A.I., 7HO9441 Stouder JAYVEN-ET (EX-94) has held the top spot for Milk and continues this tradition this proof run with +2,828 Milk. JAYVEN leads the 11 Select sires among the top 50 including 7HO9977 Hunsberger Bolton KINLEY (EX-91) (+2,493M), 7HO8477 Willow-Marsh-CC GABOR-ET (EX-94-GM) (+2,300M) and 7HO9625 Clear-Echo Marion RIB-ET (EX-94) (+2,280M).

Fertility without compromise
Select Sires is committed to providing highly fertile semen to its customer-owners and continues to be the premier source for sires with a positive Sire Conception Rate (SCR). Select Sires leads the industry with 40 sires above +1.0 SCR. These high-SCR bulls include 7HO10000 Big APPLE-RED-ET who is Select's No. 1 SCR sire (+3.5) and is No. 1 for GTPI (+1958) among all Red and White bulls in the breed. Look for the Superior Settler™ designation for the best in fertility.

Super Samplers™ lead the industry
Select Sires' Super Samplers™ were at the top of Holstein USA's Top 50 GTPI active genomic young sire list once again, occupying 23 of the top 50 spots. 7HO11351 Seagull-Bay SUPERSIRE-ET, the well-known 7HO10524 Roylane Socra ROBUST-ET (VG-88) son of Ammon-Peachey Shauna-ET (VG-87-DOM), is the new No. 1 sire for GTPI (+2530) and is still No. 1 for NM$ (+$942). Debuting at No. 3 on the list is 7HO11763 Rickland PREDESTINE 669-ET (+2491 GTPI). PREDESTINE is a 7HO10849 Ladys-Manor Pl SHAMROCK-ET (VG-85) son from Rabur Gold Pluck (EX-91-EX-MS-DOM) and is the No. 1 Cheese Merit genomic young sire (+$1,013). 7HO11477 De-Su Bkm MCCUTCHEN 1174-ET (VG-88) continues to rank in top five at +2474 GTPI.

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/HA Genomic Type Evaluation and Interbull. Holstein Association USA's Top 100 TPI List with 97% Reliability, Top 50 Lists with at least 75% Domestic U.S. Reliability for PTA Type and Top 50 GTPI Active Genomic Young Sires. 12/12 % Rel: PLANET Type 99, Yield 99, PL 97, CE 99; G W ATWOOD Type 96; BRAXTON Type 94; DAMION Type 99; SANCHEZ Type 99; JAYVEN Yield 92; KINLEY Yield 92, GABOR Yield 99, RIB Yield 93; SUPERSIRE NM$ 68. ℠Total Performance Index and TPI are servicemarks of Holstein Association USA. ™Showcase Selections, gender SELECTed, Super Samplers and Superior Settler are trademarks of Select Sires Inc.