High−Components Breeds Shine at Select Sires

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, August 20, 2014 - Select Sires' Jersey, Brown Swiss, Ayrshire, Guernsey and Milking Shorthorn lineups maintain their position as the top source for elite genetics.

The Jersey Revolution™ persists as five of the top 10 active A.I. Jersey Performance Index™ (JPI™) sires call Select Sires home: 523JE927 Wilsonview Jevon MAGNUM-ET (+225), 7JE1067 GR Oomsdale Tbone GOLDA-ET (+220), 7JE1038 All Lynns Louie VALENTINO-ET (+207), 7JE1082 GR HEARTland Gan Ted-1736-ET (+207) and 7JE1046 Sunrise/Hackline Bungy ZIPPER (+203). MAGNUM (+631 Net Merit), HEART (+493 NM$) and ZIPPER (+486 NM$) are also top-10 NM$ sires.

"7JE" sires also lead the industry for Combined Fat and Protein (CFP) with GOLDA ranked as the No. 1 CFP active A.I. sire at +149 and MAGNUM (+143) and HEART (+129) in the top 10.

VALENTINO continues to be the breed leader for Type at +2.6 PTAT while GOLDA is the No. 3 active A.I. sire at +2.2 PTAT and 7JE962 Buttercrest SUCCESS-ET joins them in the top 10 at +2.0 PTAT. Newcomer, 7JE1088 Chilli Action COLTON-ET and SUCCESS are top-10 Jersey Udder Index™ (JUI™) sires at +6.02 JUI and +5.26 JUI, respectively. Super Sampler™, 7JE1163 All Lynns Valentino IRWIN-ET is the leading genomic young sire for Type at +2.9.

Select Sires' commitment to fertility can be seen in the lineup's industry−leading Sire Conception Rates (SCR). 7JE865 Sunset Canyon KYROS-ET leads the breed at +4.5 and is followed by 7JE1036 Avon Road Impuls PAT (+4.3), 7JE859 Chasin-Rainbows Act RILEY-ET (+3.8) and SUCCESS (+3.5) all in the top five. Select Sires' Super Samplers also excel at SCR with 7JE1173 Dutch Hollow PRESCOTT-ET (+4.6), 7JE1242 All Lynns Hendrix NITRO (+3.0), 7JE1169 Heartland Merchant TOPEKA-ET (+2.9) and 7JE1274 Sugar Grove Valentino AXIS (+2.8) leading the way.

COLTON joins active lineup, HEART makes strides

Showcase Selections™ sire, COLTON graduates into the active lineup with outstanding Type data and a show−winning pedigree. A 7JE590 Forest Glen Avery ACTION-ET grandson of national grand champion, Pleasant Nook F Prize Circus (E-97%), breeders across North America have been talking about COLTON's fancy milking daughters. The No. 3 active A.I. sire for JUI, he also ranks among the best for Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR) at +1.1 and transmits components (+.20% Fat, +.07% Protein) and longevity (+3.3 Productive Life).

April 2014 graduate HEART, made vast improvements in nearly every category to become one of the elite JPI, NM$ and CFP sires in the breed. He now ranks among the top-10 active A.I. sires for Milk (+1,611), Fat (+76), Protein (+53), Somatic Cell Score (SCS) (2.79) and Cheese Merit (CM$) (+529).

AUGUST leads the Brown Swiss lineup

7BS826 Oak View Zeus AUGUST *TM remains one of the best all−around sires in the Brown Swiss breed. The No. 2 active A.I. sire for NM$ (+437) and GPPR (+180), he also ranks in the top 10 for Type (+0.8) and Milk (+862). AUGUST is one of the breed's best udder and mobility improvers at +0.91 UDC and +1.0 Mobility. Additionally, he is a Calving Ease sire (4.6%DBH) with gender SELECTed™ semen available.

Showcase Selections sires 7BS901 Mort Blessing Dynsty JAVA (M) "E90" and 7BS900 Blessing Tex BRAIDEN ET*TM "E92", are among the top five active A.I. sires for SCR at +2.7 and +0.6, respectively. JAVA continues to be one of the best for Type (+0.8) while BRAIDEN ranks exceptionally high for DPR (+1.7), PL (+3.4) and Udder Composite (UDC) (+1.05).

New Super Sampler, 7BS871 Blessing Brookings ADVISOR, leads Brown Swiss genomic young sires for NM$ (+603), PL (+6.3) and SCS (2.62).

Ayrshire lineup dominates for Type

Three of the top five active A.I. Type sires are at Select Sires: 7AY84 Palmyra Tri-Star BURDETTE-ET (+1.9), 7AY90 Libby's LOCHINVAR (+1.8) and 7AY89 Palmyra Poker RIGGINS-ET (+0.9). The long-time Type leader, BURDETTE added 340 daughters to his production proof and improved his ranking for GPTI (No. 3 at +528), NM$ (No. 5 at +306) and CM$ (No. 4 at +340). LOCHINVAR increased his SCR (+1.2) to rank No. 2 and leads the breed for every major udder trait.

7AY87 Anmar Peter POWER-ET continues to be a health trait specialist (+0.9 DPR, +2.6 PL) and component improver (+0.12%F, +50F, +0.04%P, +29P).

Guernsey sires rank well for Type and production

Four members of Select's Guernsey lineup rank in the top 10 for PTI: 7GU398 Sniders Ronalds ALSTAR (+151), 7GU440 Ripley Farms Aaron CORDELL (+139) 7GU438 Marodore Aarons LEVI-ET (+132) and 7GU439 Jens Gold Aaron CRUNCH-ET (+120). ALSTAR continues to rank high for Milk (+1,206), PL (+4.2), DPR (+1.9), NM$ (+452) and Feet and Leg Composite (FLC) (+2.3) while LEVI and CRUNCH are the No. 2 and No. 3 sires in the breed for Type at +2.4 and +2.0, respectively. LEVI leads the breed for UDC at +2.4.

LIRIANO and ACE improve udders and components

7MS347 Mysha-WO Advent LIRIANO-ET is again the breed's No. 1 Type active A.I. sire at +1.2 and leads the breed for UDC (+1.66) and Mobility (+0.8). 7MS346 Kulp-Gen Jurist ACE-ET improved his UDC (+0.31) to become the No. 5 sire in the breed. LIRIANO (+38F, +24P) and ACE (+0.30%F, +62F, +0.08%P) have established themselves as proven component improvers.

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-CDCB/AJCA/BSA/ABA Genomic Type Evaluation. 08/14 USDA/AGA/AMSS Sire Summary and Active A.I. lists. 08/14 %Rel.: MAGNUM Yield 94, NM$ 89; GOLDA Yield 98, Type 96; VALENTINO Type 99; HEART Yield 89, NM$ 81, SCS 78; ZIPPER Yield 91; TRANSFORMER Yield 58; SUCCESS Type 92, SCR 94; COLTON Type 73, DPR 60, Yield 90, PL 66; IRWIN Type 71; KYROS SCR 97; PAT SCR 80; RILEY SCR 98; PRESCOTT SCR 94; NITRO SCR 91; TOPEKA SCR 98; AXIS SCR 88; AUGUST NM$ 79, Type 82, Yield 90, CE 79; JAVA SCR 58, Type 83; BRAIDEN SCR 84, Type 90, DPR 65, PL 71; ADVISOR NM$ 57, PL 53, SCS 58; BURDETTE Type 95, NM$ 94; LOCHINVAR Type 73, SCR 51; RIGGINS Type 82; POWER PL 64, DPR 60, Yield 87; ALSTAR Yield 94, PL 76, DPR 73, NM$ 84, Type 92; CRUNCH Type 75; LEVI Type 67; LIRIANO Type 75, Yield 93; ACE Yield 92. ™Jersey Performance Index, JPI, Jersey Udder Index and JUI are trademarks of the American Jersey Cattle Association. ™Showcase Selections, Super Sampler and gender SELECTed are trademarks of Select Sires Inc.