New Graduates From Select Sires Include Top GTPI Sires, Fitness, Component and Outcross Specialists

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, August 13, 2014 - Top-10 GTPISM sire, 7HO10848 Ladys-Manor Rd GRAFEETI-ET (+2226 GTPI) and popular Showcase Selections™ sire, 7HO10999 Regancrest-GV S BRADNICK-ET (EX-94) (+3.89 PTAT) lead the Select Sires graduating class this proof run. This class of new release sires offers a wide variety of pedigrees and specialties for operations of all types and sizes.

Elite FeedPRO® sires

GRAFEETI debuts in the active lineup as a high reliability sire with outstanding Net Merit (NM$) (+697) and Cheese Merit (CM$) (+774) with outstanding Type (+2.53). His daughters produce excellent components (+.19% Fat, +71 Fat, +.05% Protein) and are moderate in stature with exceptional udders (+2.75 Udder Composite) and feet and legs (+2.56 Feet and Leg Composite). His low Somatic Cell Score (SCS) (2.70) and high Productive Life (PL) (+4.8) and positive Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR) earn him the HealthMark™ designation. With over 4,000 observations, GRAFEETI is a Calving Ease sire (7.1%DBH).

7HO8081 Ensenada Taboo PLANET-ET (EX-90-GM) son, 7HO10937 King-Emerling FUTURE-ET (VG-88) graduates at +2148 GTPI and +669 NM$. His daughters fill the tank with Milk (+1,839M) and components (+131 Combined Fat and Protein) and are long-living (+5.1 PL) cows with high, wide rear udder attachments and deep clefts.

New graduate, 7HO10970 End-Road Planet BRICK-ET (VG-85) is from the same family as lineup sire 7HO10277 End-Road Bolton BRANCH-ET (EX-94). BRICK transmits exceptional production and component yields (+1,801M, +110 CFP). His daughters are medium-sized, open, dairy cows with plenty of rump width and well−attached udders. At 7.3%DBH, BRICK is a Calving Ease sire.

7HO10884 De-Su AVERY 643-ET (VG-87) joins his maternal brothers 7HO10272 De-Su FORK-ET (EX-92) and 7HO10723 De-Su 527 SPUR-ET (EX-92) in the active lineup. A 7HO8221 Golden-Oaks St ALEXANDER-ET (EX-94) son, he is a highly reliable graduate that transmits solid Type (+2.20), outstanding feet and legs (+2.56 FLC) and longevity (+3.2 PL). AVERY daughters are moderate in stature, track straight and have shallow udders with tight udder attachments. He is a Calving Ease (5.5%DBH) specialist and DIAMOND SELECTion™ sire.

Outcross genetics

A Dotson son from a Very Good (88) Airraid dam, 7HO10947 Clear-Echo Dotson INSPECT joins the lineup at +2113 GTPI. His daughters standout for their conformation (+2.35 PTAT, +2.78 FLC, +2.18 UDC) and for their Fat production (+.13%F, +65F). INSPECT's outstanding DPR (+1.9), PL (+3.4) and SCS (2.81) earn him the HealthMark designation while his low 6.8%DBH makes him a Calving Ease sire.

With a pedigree stack of Burt x 9HO2575 Peckenstein Form BRET-ET (EX-94) x Lynch, 7HO10895 Pine-Tree Burt BANCO-ET (VG-87) is a great mating for today's popular bloodlines. He is a HealthMark specialist (2.56 SCS, +2.8 PL) and FeedPRO sire that ranks well for GTPI (+2083), NM$ (+610), CM$ (+702) and CFP (+112). BANCO daughters are medium−sized with outstanding feet and legs (+2.41 FLC).

7HO10976 Paradise-R Dorne DRAPER (VG-87) is a Dorne son from a Very Good (85) Burt daughter. A FeedPRO sire, he transmits production (+1,053M), Fat (+.11%F, +68F), low SCS (2.76) and sound Type (+2.22). His daughters are open and dairy with wide rumps, shallow udders, high and wide rear udders and central teat placement.

Trio of SANCHEZ sons enter lineup

A popular Super Sampler™ and Showcase Selections sire, BRADNICK is a highly reliable Type sire at +3.89 PTAT, +3.30 UDC and +3.30 FLC. His daughters are tall, open, strong, deep and wide so it is no surprise they perform in the showring. BRADNICK transmits excellent production (+1,307M) and with a Sire Conception Rate (SCR) of +3.0 he can create a high number of pregnancies.

At +3.54 PTAT, 7HO10796 Twin-Crik Schez SHAMAN-ET follows in his father's footsteps. His daughters are tall, open, strong and deep with outstanding udders (+2.48). SHAMAN, a DIAMOND SELECTion sire, transmits positive components (+.08%F, +.04%P) and longevity (+2.6 PL).

7HO10998 Pine-Shelter Cesar SAN-ET (EX-91) is a grandson of World Dairy Expo grand champion, Pine-Shelter Cheyenne (EX-95-3E-EX-MS-DOM). A feet and leg improver (+2.69 FLC), he also increases production (+1,049M) and components (+.01%F, +.03%P). SAN is a HealthMark sire (+2.9 PL, 2.95 SCS) and a Superior Settler™ (+3.0 SCR).

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: 08/14 USDA-CDCB Genomic Evaluation, USDA/HA Genomic Evaluation % Rel: GRAFEETI NM$ 89, Yield 96, Type 92, SCS 90, PL 81, DPR 77, CE 99; FUTURE NM$ 87, Yield 93, PL 81; BRICK Yield 93, CE 92; AVERY Type 93, PL 83, CE 99; INSPECT Type 91, Yield 94, DPR 79, PL 80, SCS 87; BANCO SCS 85, PL 81, DPR 76, NM$ 86, Yield 92, Type 90; DRAPER Yield 93, SCS 87, Type 90; BRADNICK Type 89, Yield 95, SCR 99; SHAMAN Type 93, Yield 94, PL 81; SAN Type 90, Yield 94, PL 81, SCS 88, DPR 78, SCR 97. ™HealthMark, Super Sampler, Showcase Selections, Superior Settler and DIAMOND SELECTion 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.