MILLION - More Than a Name

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, March 12, 2013 - Select Sires is proud to announce that 7HO8165 England-Ammon MILLION-ET (EX-92-GM) has exceeded 1 million units in lifetime sales. Just under 10-years-old, MILLION is the youngest Select sire to reach the million-unit milestone. He is also the seventh sire in Select Sires' history to reach this monumental mark following in the footsteps of 7HO7466 Robthom MOSCOW-ET (EX-94-GM), 7HO6417 O-Bee MANfred Justice-ET (EX-94-GM), 7HO5708 Fustead Emory BLITZ-ET (EX-95-GM), 7HO4213 Robthom INTEGRITY-ET (EX-96-GM), 7HO3707 Paradise-R Cleitus MATHIE*CV (EX-96-GM) and 7HO1236 Fisher-Place MANDINGO-Twin (EX-95-GM).

Bred by Barry and Diane England and Bill and Mike Ammon of Williamsburg, Pa., MILLION is an Outside son from a Very Good 7HO5375 Mara-Thon BW MARSHALL-ET (VG-86-GM) granddaughter of the well-known brood cow, Snow-N Denises Dellia (EX-95-2E-EX-MS-GMD-DOM).

MILLION graduated into Select Sires' active lineup in August 2008 and quickly gained popularity as a high fertility sire. He became even more popular as a proven calving ease sire (6% DBH) with gender SELECTed™ semen available.

Today, MILLION is known as a customer satisfaction sire and continues to be used heavily. He transmits excellent Fat (+.13%, +49) and well-attached, long-lasting udders. Always recognized as a fertility leader and Superior Settler™, MILLION boasts a Sire Conception Rate (SCR) of +2.2 with over 128,000 observations.

"For a bull to sell a million units of semen it requires two things. A bull that can live a long time and produce a lot of semen, and there needs to be a continued demand for his semen, and MILLION met both of these criteria," says Charlie Will, manager of Holstein programs at Select Sires. "MILLION's popularity is certainly driven by his reputation as one of the most fertile sires in history. He also sires strong, rugged, moderate-sized daughters with outstanding udders and feet and legs, making them perfect, stall-friendly cows. Top this off with his excellent calving ease with over 70,000 observations, MILLION continues to be in demand by dairy producers around the world."

Two of MILLION's sons are also known as fertility leaders in Select Sires' Fertility PRO™ lineup. 7HO10929 Appealing Million HEIR-TW and 7HO10967 Way-Fine Million DALEN-ET have SCRs of +4.2 and +3.6, respectively.

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: 12/12 USDA/HA Genomic Evaluation Rel.%: MILLION CE 99, Yield 99, SCR 99; HEIR SCR 91; DALEN SCR 96. ™Superior Settler, Fertility PRO and gender SELECTed are trademarks of Select Sires Inc.