Exceptional GTPI, Net Merit and Type Sires Among Select Sires' Newest Graduates

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, April 2, 2014 - Sons of 7HO8081 Ensenada Taboo PLANET-ET (EX-90-GM) once again dominated Select Sires' April 2014 class of graduates with high-ranking Total Performance IndexSM (TPISM), Net Merit (NM$) and production sires that all earn the FeedPRO® designation. This class also includes elite fitness trait sires like 7HO10804 Roylane SHOT GUN 2092-ET (VG-86) and extreme Type sires including 7HO10920 Mr Chassity GOLD CHIP-ET (EX-92).

PLANET sons lead the way

A maternal brother to 7HO10357 De-Su Billings-ET, 7HO10725 De-Su 538 HOORAY-ET (VG-87) is the highest new Select Sires graduate for GTPI (+2148). He is a production improver (+1,707 Milk) with outstanding components (+74 Fat, +.04% Fat, +58 Protein, +.02% Protein). HOORAY daughters have strong fore udders with high, wide rear udders and deep creases.

7HO10709 Springhill-OH Iron HUSKY-ET is a PLANET son from an Excellent (93) Boss Iron. One of the best at Select Sires for Fat improvement (+82F, +.15%F), he also transmits excellent production (+1,203M). He boasts a GTPI of +2135 with outstanding NM$ (+626) and Cheese Merit (CM$) (+696). HUSKY is a Calving Ease sire (6.1%DBH) that transmits low Somatic Cell Score (SCS) (2.78) and longevity (+3.8 Productive Life).

7HO10543 Garlomar Planet THORNE-ET (GM) is a HealthMark™ sire with outstanding fitness traits: +1.2 Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR), +5.1 PL and 2.94 SCS. He is among the top five Select sires for NM$ (+656) and CM$ (+724). Not only do his daughters milk well (+1,154M), they produce a high volume of components (+72F, +.11%F, +49P, +.06%P).

A PLANET son from an Excellent (92) Ramos,7HO10818 Larcrest CALIBRATE-ET (VG-86) is one of the top new graduates for Fat (+76F, +.13%F) and CM$ (+633). His daughters are wide, open cows with strong udder attachments reflected in his +2.58 Type score. He transmits high quality milk (2.83 SCS) and durability (+3.9 PL).

7HO10751 Eastview PASSION-ET is the No. 2 new Select Sires graduate for Milk (+1,585) and one of the leading new graduates for NM$ (+611) and CM$ (+622). PASSION daughters are long-living cows (+5.2 PL) that have exceptional rear udders. He transmits low SCS (2.83) and is a Calving Ease sire (7.1%DBH).

HealthMark sire excels at fitness traits

SHOT GUN is a maternal brother to the leading GTPI daughter-proven sire, 7HO10524 Roylane Socra ROBUST-ET (VG-88-GM). This Calving Ease sire (5.9%DBH) transmits low SCS (2.72) with high DPR (+1.0) and PL (+3.9). He is a components specialist (+.05%F, +.07%P) with a high-ranking CM$ (+649).

Elite Type from time-tested cow families

A popular Super Sampler™ and Showcase Selections™ sire, GOLD CHIP is the newest Type specialist at Select Sires. He ranks among the top three sires at Select for Type (+3.70), Udder Composite (UDC) (+3.31) and Feet and Leg Composite (FLC) (+3.16). A Calving Ease sire (4.9%DBH), he is one of the best for SCS at 2.56. GOLD CHIP is a Superior Settler™ and available in gender SELECTed™ semen.

7HO10811 Regancrest-RS San TIAGO-ET comes straight from the Dellias and is the first 7HO8190 Gen-Mark Stmatic SANCHEZ (EX-94) son to graduate into active A.I. Not only is he an elite Type sire (+2.97), his daughters are exceptional Milk producers (+1,410). He transmits outstanding udders (+2.50 UDC) and feet and legs (+2.74 FLC). This Superior Settler is a perfect fit for warmer breeding seasons.

For the complete list of Select Sires' new graduates as well as the full breed-leading Holstein lineup, please visit www.selectsires.com or contact your Select Sires sales representative today.

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: 04/14 USDA-CDCB Genomic Evaluation, USDA/HA Genomic Evaluation 04/14 % Rel: HOORAY Yield 93; HUSKY Yield 93, NM$ 86, SCS 86, PL 80; THORNE DPR 79, PL 80, SCS 88, NM$ 87, Yield 94; CALIBRATE Yield 93, Type 90, PL 81; PASSION Yield 91, NM$ 85, PL 80, SCS 84; SHOT GUN SCS 86, DPR 78, PL 81, Yield 93; GOLD CHIP Type 89, SCS 88; TIAGO Yield 92, Type 89. ™DIAMOND SELECTion, HealthMark, gender SELECTed and Super Sampler are trademarks of Select Sires Inc. ®FeedPRO is a registered trademark of Select Sires Inc. SMTotal Performance Index and TPI are service marks of Holstein Association USA.