SHAMROCK and MOGUL Earn Gold Medal Sire Status

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, December 19, 2014 - Following the December 2014 sire summary, Gold Medal Sire honors were bestowed to active lineup sires, 7HO10849 Ladys-Manor Pl SHAMROCK-ET (VG-88-GM) and 7HO11314 Mountfield SSI Dcy MOGUL-ET (GM) by Holstein Association USA 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 Index® (TPI®), 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 sires in elite company.

SHAMROCK added more than 1,700 daughters to his production proof this sire summary and improved 163 GTPI points to land in the top-15 TPI sires on Holstein Association USA's official TPI list at +2304 GTPI. A FeedPRO® and HealthMark™ sire, he combines moderate stature with outstanding production (+1,109 Milk) and exceptional fitness traits: +6.7 Productive Life (PL), +2.5 Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR) and 2.90 Somatic Cell Score (SCS). SHAMROCK is a top-15 Net Merit (+565 NM$) sire and ranks No. 3 among active A.I. sires for Fluid Merit (+620 FM$). He is a Calving Ease sire (7.2%DBH) and is available in gender SELECTed™ semen.

MOGUL debuted as the leading daughter-proven sire for GTPI (+2586), NM$ (+728), Cheese Merit (CM$) (+734), FM$ (+712) and Feet and Leg Composite (FLC) (+3.39). He also transmits outstanding production (+1,376 Milk), Combined Fat and Protein (CFP) (+121), Type (+2.84 PTAT), Udder Composite (UDC) (+2.64) and Productive Life (PL) (+5.1). This FeedPRO and DIAMOND SELECTion™ sire graduates with highly reliable Calving Ease (6.1% DBH) and has gender SELECTed semen available.

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: 12/14 USDA-CDCB Genomic Evaluation, USDA/HA Genomic Type Evaluation. 12/14 %Rel: SHAMROCK Yield 99, PL 88, DPR 95, SCS 99, NM$ 96, CE 99; MOGUL NM$ 91, Type 92, Yield 96, PL 82, CE 99. TPI ranking based on Holstein Association USA Top 100 TPI Bulls. ®Total Performance Index and TPI are registered trademarks 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.