New Graduates Include Outliers for Type, Performance and Health Traits

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, August 14, 2013 - With 14 new graduates, this class offers a variety of options for any dairy operation from top Total Performance IndexSM (TPISM) to elite Type, production and fitness trait sires including nine Calving Ease specialists.

Elite TPI graduates lead the lineup

At +2230 GTPI, 7HO10524 Roylane Socra ROBUST-ET (VG-88) is Select Sires' new top GTPI sire. He also leads Select Sires' proven lineup for Net Merit (NM$) (+782), Cheese Merit (CM$) (+834) and Fluid Merit (FM$) (+742). This popular former Super Sampler™ is a 7HO7712 Velvet-View-KJ SOCRATES-ET (EX-94-GM) son from Seagull-Bay Oman Mirror (VG-86-DOM). He transmits exceptional components (+.13% Fat, +88 Fat, +.04% Protein, +52 Protein) and outstanding longevity (+5.8 Productive Life). A Calving Ease and FeedPRO® sire, ROBUST moderates stature and adds height and width to the rear udder. Breeders will want to order this sire quickly as limited semen is available.

7HO10721 De-Su 521 BOOKEM-ET (VG-86) leads the way among 7HO8081 Ensenada Taboo PLANET-ET (EX-90-GM) sons this proof run. His exceptional GTPI (+2222), NM$ (+683) and CM$ (+737) make him one of the best new total performance graduates in the breed. His daughters are long-living (+5.7 PL) cows that produce outstanding protein (+.03%P, +57P) and milk yields (+1,584). He combines excellent Type (+2.45) and Udder Composite (UDC) (+2.29) with a low calving ease score (6.3%DBH).

7HO10412 Mr Boliver ENID-ET (VG-88) is from a cow family known for consistently delivering outstanding component production and total performance. Coming in at +2123 GTPI he lands among the top five GTPI sires at Select Sires. He has huge component values for Fat (+.19%F, +75F) combined with terrific Type (+2.56 PTAT) and high UDC (+2.14). His daughters have shallow udders with strong fore udder attachments and high, wide rear udders. This HealthMark™ and Calving Ease sire also transmits low Somatic Cell Score (SCS) (2.68).

Red and White sires make an impact

7HO10563 MD-Valleyvue CARSON-RED-ET (EX-93), a 7HO8223 Aggravation LAWN BOY P-RED from the world-famous Roxy cow family, is the new No. 1 GTPI Red and White sire at +2016 and the first Red and White daughter proven sire to exceed +2000 GTPI. With terrific production (+1,655M) and fantastic Type (+2.76), CARSON-RED daughters perform well in all environments. They are open, dairy cows with outstanding feet and legs (+2.19 Feet and Leg Composite) and udders (+2.27 UDC). This DIAMOND SELECTion™ and HealthMark sire is an excellent mating for any 7HO7872 KHW Kite ADVENT-RED-ET (EX-94) bloodlines and will interest black and white breeders looking for outcross genetics.

Another LAWN BOY P-RED son, 7HO10647 Ladinodale AARON-RED-ET transmits exceptional Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR) (+2.2) and longevity (+4.8 PL). With the lowest Calving Ease score (4.8%DBH) in the Select Sires lineup, he can be used with confidence in your heifer pens. AARON-RED is a FeedPRO sire that moderates size and improves components (+.07%F, +.05%P).

HealthMark sires for your herd's longevity and durability

7HO10550 Ri-Val-Re MACGUINESS-ET (VG-87) leads a group of sires that will improve your herd's fitness traits. A Mac son from the same family as 7HO8856 Ri-Val-Re-2338 NIAGRA-ET (GM), MACGUINESS ranks high for GTPI (+2050), CM$ (+544) and Protein (+.04%P). His daughters have outstanding feet and legs (+2.30 FLC) and well-attached udders (+2.21 UDC). He is a Calving Ease and FeedPRO sire that transmits low Somatic Cell Score (2.78).

7HO10643 Mr BC Dana Pronto DWAYNE-ET (VG-86) is a 7HO8175 Windy-Knoll-View PRONTO-ET (EX-95) son from a Very Good (88) 7HO6838 Barbi-Lyn M MATCHES-ET (EX-92). This unique pedigree makes him an outcross for today's popular bloodlines. With exceptional DPR (+1.9) and PL (+4.9), his daughters make profitable herd members. He transmits outstanding rump width as well as components (+.07%F, +.03%P).

Another outcross for popular pedigrees, 7HO10429 Horstyle Moscow MONTNEY (VG-87) is the first 7HO7466 Robthom MOSCOW-ET (EX-94-GM) son to join the active lineup. This health traits specialist has the lowest SCS (2.42) of any sire in Select Sires' lineup as well as a fantastic DPR (+2.0) and PL (+4.4). As a Calving Ease sire, he also ranks well for NM$ (+554), CM$ (+563) and GTPI (+2037).

7HO10375 Sildahl MR MUDD-ET, a Boliver son, also combines the HealthMark designation with a low Calving Ease score (7.4%DBH). He transmits excellent fertility (+1.2 DPR) and longevity (+3.3 PL) in addition to tight fore udder attachments and youthful udders. MR MUDD is a components specialist (+.07%F, +.04%P) and a top-ranking CM$ (+584) sire. With a solid Sire Conception Rate (SCR) of +1.7 he can be used with confidence.

SABATHIA adds depth to breed-leading Type lineup

Leading the class for Type at +3.81, 7HO10484 Paradise-R SABATHIA-ET (EX-92) ranks No. 2 in the Select Sires lineup for Type. His daughters are deep, open, wide cows with exceptional rear udder height and width. With promising milk (+1,020M) and Fat (+.12%F, +70F), he can also make the kind that produce high volumes of milk. A Boliver from a Very Good (88) Outside, this Goldwyn-free pedigree is custom made for most high type pedigrees in the breed.

Well-known family adds two more graduates

7HO10502 Touchdown Planet BACON-ET is a PLANET grandson of End-Road Marshall Bug (VG-88-GMD-DOM). With a solid NM$ (+524), BACON transmits excellent milk (+1,854) and protein (+47P) yields. A FeedPRO sire, his daughters are medium-sized cows with tight fore udder attachments and well-attached rear udders.

A Bolton son of Bug, 7HO10277 End-Road Bolton BRANCH-ET (EX-94) combines production and Type in one package. With +3.05 PTAT, he makes daughters with exceptional feet and legs (+2.79 FLC) and udders (+2.69 UDC) with outstanding production (+1,473M). His daughters are tall, open, dairy cows that track straight on their rear legs with an excellent foot angle and high, wide rear udders with a deep udder cleft.

Calving Ease sires round out the class

The next graduate is from the same prolific family as lineup sires 7HO9321 Ralma Gold CROWN-ET (EX-91-GM) and 7HO10353 Ralma Baxter CHAPTER-ET (EX-92). 7HO10624 Ralma Planet TEMPO daughters are made to last (+5.7 PL) and produce a high amount of milk (+1,506). This FeedPRO sire also ranks very favorably for GTPI (+2035), NM$ (+580) and CM$ (+577).

7HO10632 Webb-Vue Baxter LUCIANO-TW (VG-88) combines elite Milk (+2,317) and component yields (+77F, +44P) with high Type (+2.22). A Baxter son from an Excellent (90) Goldwyn, his daughters are tall, deep, open ribbed and have a high, wide rear udders with a deep crease. LUCIANO is a graduate from the Program for Genetic Advancement Canada™ (PGAC™) with a low calving difficulty (7.2%DBH) score.

For the complete list of Select Sires' new graduates as well as the full breed-leading Holstein lineup, please visit or contact your Select Sires sales representative today.

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: 08/13 USDA-CDCB Genomic Evaluation, USDA/HA Genomic Evaluation 08/13 % Rel: ROBUST NM$ 87, Yield 93, PL 80; BOOKEM NM$ 87, PL 80, Yield 93, Type 89, CE 99; ENID Yield 91, Type 86, SCS 83; CARSON-RED Yield 94, Type 90; AARON-RED DPR 75, PL 80, CE 97, Yield 95; MACGUINESS Yield 94, Type 90, SCS 88; DWAYNE DPR 72, PL 78, Yield 90; MONTNEY SCS 87, DPR 78, PL 81, NM$ 87; MR MUDD CE 97, DPR 77, PL 80, Yield 94; SABATHIA Type 91, Yield 94; BACON NM$ 86, Yield 92; BRANCH Type 87, Yield 90; TEMPO PL 79, Yield 92, NM$ 86; LUCIANO Yield 87, Type 83, CE 75. ™DIAMOND SELECTion, HealthMark, Program for Genetic Advancement Canada (PGAC) and Super Sampler are trademarks of Select Sires Inc. ® FeedPRO is a registered trademark of Select Sires Inc. SMTotal Performance Index and TPI are service marks of Holstein Association USA.