Industry-Leading Select Sires' High-Components Lineup Adds Three Graduates

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, April 17, 2013 -7JE1036 Avon Road Impuls PAT, 7BS828 Little Hills Ladys MVP ET*TM and 7GU455 Oak Knob Maxie LAREDO joined the Select Sires active lineup in April. Their diverse offering of traits adds strength to an already deep high-components lineup.

Select Sires is home to the top active A.I. Type sires in five breeds, including four high-components breeds. 7AY84 Palmyra Tri-Star BURDETTE-ET (+1.8 PTAT) maintains his No. 1 Type ranking in the Ayrshire breed while 7JE1038 All Lynns Louie VALENTINO-ET (+2.7 PTAT), 7GU434 Spring Walk Sherberts MINT (+1.6 PTAT) and 7MS347 Mysha-WO Advent LIRIANO-ET (+1.0 PTAT) are the new leading Type sires in their respective breeds.

Not only does Select Sires dominate in Type, but many lineup sires lead the industry in production and fitness traits. 236JE146 ISDK DJ ZUMA is No. 1 in the Jersey breed for Somatic Cell Score (SCS) (2.62), Productive Life (PL) (+6.9) and Cheese Merit (CM$) (+$746) while 236JE136 ISDK DJ HULK is the top Jersey sire for Fat (+99). 7JE865 Sunset Canyon KYROS-ET tops the Jersey breed for Sire Conception Rate (SCR) at +4.6. 7GU398 Sniders Ronalds ALSTAR continues to lead the Guernsey breed in Milk (+1,102), DPR (+2.4) and Net Merit (NM$) (+$448) and 7GU405 Golden J Ronald GRUMPY is the No. 1 active sire for CM$ (+$461). 7GU428 Golden J Skipper GARY leads the breed for fertility at +1.1 SCR. 7AY87 Anmar Peter POWER-ET is the No. 1 GPTI sire (+553) and leads Ayrshire active A.I. sires in NM$ (+$507), CM$ (+$554) and Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR) at +1.7. With his first official Type proof, LIRIANO is also the top active A.I. Milking Shorthorn sire for Udder Composite (+1.06) and DPR (+1.0). 7MS346 Kulp-Gen Jurist ACE-ET is the breed's top bull for Fat percent (+0.36) and PL (+3.6).

A component and health specialist joins the Jersey lineup

PAT, an Impuls son from three generations of Excellent dams, graduates as a high NM$ (+$517) and CM$ (+$618) sire, ranking him among the top 10 sires of the breed. PAT transmits exceptional components (+.25%F, +.11%P) and is in the top 20 sires for GJPI™ (+178). As a HealthMark™ sire, PAT improves SCS (2.77), longevity (+4.6 PL) and fertility (+0.9 DPR). He earns the FeedPRO® designation and has gender SELECTed™ semen available.

December 2012 Jersey graduate, 7JE1046 Sunrise/Hackline Bungy ZIPPER, made significant genetic gains. He moved up 15 GJPI points and is now the No. 5 GJPI Jersey sire. With positive improvements for Protein (+60P), CM$ (+$585) and Fluid Merit (FM$) (+$454) he now ranks in the top 10 for each trait. With KYROS leading the way, Select sires occupy six of the top 10 spots for SCR including 7JE859 Chasin-Rainbows Act RILEY-ET (+4.1), 7JE860 Maack Dairy ECLIPES-P-ET (+3.7), 7JE953 Fairway Mygent DALLAS-PP (+3.6), 7JE886 Three Valleys Country MILES-ET (+3.2) and 7JE962 Buttercrest SUCCESS-ET (+3.1).

Top-10 GPPR Brown Swiss graduates

MVP, at +145 GPPR, is No. 7 among active Brown Swiss A.I. sires. A 7BS766 Blessing Banker AGENDA ET*TM son, MVP is the top Milk sire in the Select Sires lineup (+608). MVP is a components specialist and leads the breed for percent Fat (+.21%F) and the Select Sires lineup for component yields (+71F, +26P). With his low calving ease (4.3% DBH), you can use MVP with confidence on heifers. His daughters are moderate in stature and make efficient use of feed earning him the FeedPRO designation.

7BS826 Oak View Zeus AUGUST*TM, a December 2012 graduate, had a big day becoming the top GPPR (+166) sire at Select Sires and the No. 5 active A.I. sire. AUGUST made considerable advances while adding nearly 20 daughters to his production proof. He now ranks among the top 10 active A.I. sires for NM$ (+$397), CM$ (+$451), Fat (+42) and Protein (+25).

New Guernsey graduate, LAREDO, offers unique bloodlines

A Maxie son from an Excellent (92) Nutrageous, LAREDO, is an excellent mating for most popular bloodlines. An udder improver (+1.7 Udder Composite), he corrects teat placement, strengthens udder cleft and transmits shallow udders. LAREDO transmits outstanding Fat (+.14%F, +43F) which ranks him near the top of the breed and as a FeedPRO sire, he sires efficient cows. LAREDO is available in the U.S. only and has a limited semen supply.

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: 04/13 USDA-CDCB Genomic Evaluation, USDA-CDCB/AJCA/BSA/ABA Genomic Type Evaluation. 04/13 USDA/AGA/AMSS Sire Summary and Active A.I. lists. AJCA A.I. Marketed Bulls (A/F) April 2013. 04/13 %Rel.: BURDETTE Type 92; VALENTINO Type 91; MINT Type 75; LIRIANO Type 57, DPR 57; ZUMA SCS 75, PL 67; HULK Yield 90; KYROS SCR 97; ALSTAR Yield 92, DPR 66, NM$ 79; GARY SCR 55; POWER NM$ 71, DPR 51; ACE Yield 89, PL 58; PAT Yield 86, SCS 73, PL 63, DPR 55; ZIPPER Yield 87; RILEY SCR 96; ECLIPES-P SCR 99; DALLAS-PP SCR 88; MILES SCR 94; SUCCESS SCR 87; MVP Yield 81, CE 81; AUGUST NM$ 72, Yield 84; LAREDO Yield 78, Type 65. ™Jersey Performance Index, JPI and JUI are trademarks of the American Jersey Cattle Association. HealthMark and gender SELECTed are trademarks of Select Sires Inc. ®FeedPRO is a registered trademark of Select Sires Inc.