Four Select Sires Earn Gold Medal Sire Status

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, September 12, 2014 - Gold Medal Sire honors were awarded to 7HO10700 Vatland MAUSER-ET (EX-92-GM), 7HO10723 De-Su 527 SPUR-ET (EX-92-GM), 7HO10725 De-Su 528 HOORAY-ET (EX-90-GM) and 7HO10848 Ladys-Manor Rd GRAFEETI-ET (GM) by Holstein Association USA following the August 2014 sire summaries, in recognition of their officially tested and classified offspring's superior type and production.

To qualify for this honor, bulls must meet a specified type level for Total Performance IndexSM (TPISM), have a minimum Reliability of 90 percent for their Fat and Type genetic evaluations and be free of all recognized genetic defects. This award is only given to about 25 Holstein sires each year, putting these four sires in elite company.

MAUSER is the No. 3 proven Net Merit (NM$) sire at Select Sires. He is an exceptional components transmitter (+81 Fat, +0.10%F, +50 Protein) which leads to his high Cheese Merit (+744 CM$) ranking. At +2177 GTPI, he is one of the best at Select Sires. He earns the HealthMark™ designation for his low Somatic Cell Score (SCS) (2.75) and high Productive Life (PL) (+5.1). MAUSER is a Calving Ease (6.1%DBH) and FeedPRO® sire available in gender SELECTed™ semen.

SPUR, a top-35 GTPI sire at +2163, is one of 7HO8081 Ensenada Taboo PLANET-ET's (EX-90-GM) best sons for Feet and Leg Composite (FLC) (+2.36), Udder Composite (UDC) (+3.00) and Type (+2.85). His daughters are high milk producers (+1,864 Milk) that stand the test of time (+4.4 PL). SPUR is a Calving Ease sire at 6.5%DBH.

HOORAY sires cows with moderate stature and functional Type (+2.45). He transmits production (+1,827 Milk) with excellent component yields (+74F, +60P). HOORAY is among the best at Select Sires for GTPI (+2179), NM$ (+611) and CM$ (+642). He is a FeedPRO and DIAMOND SELECTion™ sire.

GRAFEETI debuted in the active lineup this sire summary as a high reliability sire with outstanding NM$ (+697), CM$ (+774) and Type (+2.53). His daughters produce excellent components (+.19%F, +71F, +.05%P) and are moderate in stature with exceptional udders (+2.75 Udder Composite) and feet and legs (+2.56 Feet and Leg Composite). His low SCS (2.70), high PL (+4.8) and positive Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR) earn him the HealthMark designation. With over 4,000 observations, GRAFEETI is a Calving Ease (7.1%DBH) sire and earns the FeedPRO and DIAMOND SELECTion designations.

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 Type Evaluation. 08/14 %Rel: MAUSER NM$ 90, Yield 97, SCS 92, PL 83, CE 96; SPUR Type 93, Yield 96, PL 83, CE 98; HOORAY Type 92, Yield 94, NM$ 88; GRAFEETI NM$ 89, Type 92, Yield 96, SCS 90, PL 81, DPR 77, CE 99. SMTotal Performance Index and TPI are service marks of Holstein Association USA. ™DIAMOND SELECTion, gender SELECTed and HealthMark are trademarks of Select Sires Inc. ®FeedPRO is a registered trademark of Select Sires Inc.