Select Sires' Lineup Includes the Best in the Breed for GTPI, Net Merit, Type and Milk

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, April 19, 2013 -Headlined by 7HO10606 De-Su OBSERVER-ET (VG-88), the top active A.I. sire for Genomic Total Performance Index℠ (GTPI℠) (+2332) and Net Merit dollars (NM$) (+$792), the Select Sires lineup also features the best sires for Type (+4.57), 7HO10506 Maple-Downs-I G W ATWOOD-ET (EX-90), and Milk (+2,862), 7HO9441 Stouder JAYVEN-ET (EX-94). This diverse, industry-leading lineup has something to fit any dairy producer's breeding goals.

OBSERVER delivers on genomic promise

OBSERVER leads the 22 Select sires on the Holstein USA Top 100 GTPI list. 7HO10228 De-Su GULF-ET (EX-90) (+2178GTPI), 7HO8081 Ensenada Taboo PLANET-ET (EX-90-GM) (+2176GTPI) and new graduate 7HO10297 Foxberry Bax MCNUGGETS-ET (+2151GTPI) join OBSERVER in the top 20.

Select Sires leads the industry with 33 of the Top 100 TPI sires over 97% Reliability for production and Type, proving that the Program for Genetic Advancement™ (PGA™) consistently identifies the best in the industry. Once again, PLANET is the No. 1 GTPI sire at 99% Reliability for both production and Type. A Calving Ease and gender SELECTed™ sire, he transmits the best combination of production (+2,216Milk) and longevity (+6.7 Productive Life) in the breed.

Select the best for Type

Select Sires is home to the most elite type sires with eight over +3.00 for Type including four of the top six sires in the breed for Type. G W ATWOOD maintains his No. 1 ranking at an astounding +4.57 for Type and is the only Holstein sire above +4.00 PTAT. G W ATWOOD is continuing his winning ways, siring class winners and champions at several recent spring shows. He is the best feet and leg improver in the breed (+3.75 Feet and Leg Composite). New Showcase Selections™ graduates, 7HO10309 Ernlo Gold Lynn DICKEY (EX-92) and 7HO10468 Mr Rockton Mlnd MOREY-ET are the two best new sires for Type at +3.67 PTAT and +3.43 PTAT, respectively. At +3.05 PTAT, 7HO8190 Gen-Mark Stmatic SANCHEZ-ET (EX-94) is the No. 1 Holstein sire for Type at 99% Reliability for production and Type.

Once again, JAYVEN is No. 1

JAYVEN has held the top spot for Milk since his debut over two years ago. JAYVEN leads the 11 sires in Select Sires' lineup with over +2,000 Milk. This includes 7HO9977 Hunsberger Bolton KINLEY (EX-91) (+2,433M), 7HO8477 Willow-Marsh-CC GABOR-ET (EX-94-GM) (+2,430M), 7HO10172 De-Su MASKILL-ET*BY (VG-86) (+2,330M) and 7HO9625 Clear-Echo Marion RIB-ET (EX-94) (+2,239M) who rank in the top 20 of the breed.

Fertility without compromise

Select Sires is committed to providing highly fertile semen to its customer-owners. With 61 sires positive for Sire Conception Rate (SCR), Select Sires continues to be the premier source for high fertility sires. 7HO10000 Big APPLE-RED-ET (+5.0 SCR), 7HO9990 Farnear-TBR Dates DWIGHT-ET (EX-91) (+4.5 SCR), 7HO9925 Coyne-Farms Shotle YANCE-ET (VG-88-GM) (+3.6 SCR) and 7HO9722 Collins-Pride TS JERMIAH-ET (VG-87) (+3.4 SCR) are among the top 10 sires for SCR. As the weather gets warmer, turn to this group and our Superior Settler™ lineup for the best in fertility.

Super Samplers™ set the pace

Select Sires' Super Samplers™ lead the industry again, occupying 12 of the top 25 and 24 of the top 50 GTPI spots. 7HO11351 Seagull-Bay SUPERSIRE-ET maintains his No. 1 ranking for GTPI at +2527. He also leads active A.I. young sires for NM$ (+$938) and Fat (+113F). 7HO11763 Rickland PREDESTINE 669-ET remains a top five young sire for GTPI (+2460GTPI). New Super Samplers, 7HO11853 Coyne-Farms Srock MACK-ET (+2454GTPI), a 7HO10849 SHAMROCK son from a full sister to 7HO9918 Foxberry JS MCFLY-ET (EX-91-GM), and 7HO11775 De-Su DISTINCTION 11130-ET (+2443GTPI), another SHAMROCK son, debut in the top 10. 7HO11118 Mr Atwood BROKAW-ET (VG-86) is following in his sire, G W ATWOOD's, footsteps as the No. 1 genomic young sire for Type (+4.62).

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/HA Genomic Evaluation 04/13. Holstein Association USA's Top 100 TPI List with 97% Reliability, Top 50 Lists with at least 75% Domestic U.S. Reliability for PTA Type and Top 50 GTPI Active Genomic Young Sires. 04/13 % Rel: OBSERVER 89; G W ATWOOD Type 98; JAYVEN Yield 92; PLANET Yield 99, PL 98; DICKEY Type 85; MOREY Type 84; SANCHEZ Type 99; KINLEY Yield 92; GABOR Yield 99; MASKILL Yield 92; RIB Yield 93; APPLE-RED SCR 93; DWIGHT SCR 81; YANCE SCR 95; JERMIAH SCR 75; SUPERSIRE NM$ 69, Yield 73; BROKAW Type 76. ℠Total Performance Index and TPI are service marks of Holstein Association USA. ™Showcase Selections, gender SELECTed, Super Sampler, PGA, Program for Genetic Advancement and Superior Settler are trademarks of Select Sires Inc.