Look to Select Sires for Elite High-Components Breeds Sires

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, December 11, 2013 - Select Sires' Jersey, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Ayrshire and Milking Shorthorn sires lead the industry, making Select Sires your source for the best high-components genetics.

Select Sires' Jersey lineup is now home to four of the top five Jersey Performance Index™ (JPI™) sires: 523JE927 Wilsonview Jevon MAGNUM-ET (+221), 7JE1046 Sunrise/Hackline Bungy ZIPPER. (+221), 7JE1038 All Lynns Louie VALENTINO-ET (+215) and 7JE1067 GR Oomsdale Tbone GOLDA-ET (+211). MAGNUM (+637), 236JE146 ISDK DJ ZUMA (+526) and ZIPPER (+520) are three of top five Net Merit (NM$) sires while MAGNUM (+680), ZUMA (+618), 236JE136 ISDK DJ HULK (+595) and ZIPPER (+587) rank in the top seven active and foreign A.I. sires for Cheese Merit (CM$).

VALENTINO regained the top active and foreign A.I. spot for Type at +2.4 PTAT while 7JE860 Maack Dairy ECLIPES-P-ET improved to the No. 4 spot at +2.1 PTAT. The Select Sires lineup also contains three of the top 10 active and foreign A.I. sires for Milk (GOLDA at +1,882, VALENTINO at +1,716 and ZIPPER at +1,400) while ZUMA (+6.7), MAGNUM (+5.5) and 7JE859 Chasin-Rainbows Act RILEY-ET (+4.8) are three of the top four for Productive Life (PL).

Select Sires' commitment to fertility can be seen in the lineup's industry-leading Sire Conception Rates (SCR). 7JE1036 Avon Road Impuls PAT debuts with as the breed leader for SCR at +5.3. He is followed by 7JE865 Sunset Canyon KYROS-ET (+4.8), 7JE962 Buttercrest SUCCESS-ET (+4.0), RILEY (+3.8), ECLIPES-P (+3.5) and 7JE886 Three Valleys Country MILES-ET (+3.3) in the top 10.

The Jersey lineup also stacks up well north of the border with six active lineup sires among the top 20 LPI sires including 236JE3 ISDK Q IMPULS (+1761) at No. 1 and VALENTINO (+1608) at No. 3. Other lineup sires in the top 20 are KYROS (+1507), 7JE1071 Freeman Blackstone SHINE-ET (+1503), ECLIPES-P (+1441) and SUCCESS (+1434). VALENTINO is the top Canadian Jersey sire for Milk while IMPULS is the No. 1 Protein sire.

Jersey lineup grows with three elite graduates

7JE1067 GR Oomsdale Tbone GOLDA-ET is the breed's highest new release sire for JPI. One of the first 7JE1000 Richies Jace TBONE A364 sons available, he has outstanding component yields (+70 Fat, +60 Protein). Not only is he an exceptional Milk transmitter (+1,882), he is the third high sire at Select Sires for Type (+1.8).

7JE1073 Boyd-Lee Tbone HENDRIX is also a TBONE son and an extreme component specialist (+.29%F, +.15%P) with +111 combined Fat and Protein yield. This FeedPRO® sire is from a solid maternal line with his three closest dams being Excellent cows with over 21,000 Milk.

A Gannon son, 7JE1063 GR Senns Gannon TY LAWSON rounds out this Jersey graduating class. He transmits exceptional udders (+4.53 Jersey Udder Index™) and longevity (+3.1 PL) with solid production (+749) and positive components (+.06%F, +.00%P). LAWSON comes from six generations of consistent calving intervals and solid scores from his maternal line.

AUGUST and MVP are total performance specialists

7BS826 Oak View Zeus AUGUST *TM and 7BS828 Little Hill Ladys MVP ET*TM keep getting better and better and are among the top five active A.I. Brown Swiss sires for Progressive Performance Rating (GPPR) at +175 and +147, respectively. Both sires improved for Milk (AUGUST +778, MVP +770), NM$ (AUGUST +435, MVP +328) and CM$ (AUGUST +465, MVP +359) as well. AUGUST also ranks high for Type (+0.8), Somatic Cell Score (SCS) (2.61), Productive Life (+3.5) and Mobility (+1.2).

Showcase Selections™ sires 7BS900 Blessing Tex BRAIDEN ET*TM "E92" (+1.2) and 7BS901 Mort Blessing Dynsty JAVA (M) "E90" (+1.0) are the No. 2 and No. 3 active A.I. sires for SCR. Additionally, JAVA is the No. 4 Type sire (+0.9) while BRAIDEN ranks in the top five for PL (+4.0) and Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR) (+1.5).

RIGGINS joins an exceptional Ayrshire lineup

7AY89 Palmyra Poker RIGGINS-ET is the newest graduate to the Select Sires Ayrshire lineup. Already well-known for siring show winners, he is the No. 4 active A.I. sire for Type (+1.3). His daughters are silky-hided with open, deep rib and well-attached udders. RIGGINS transmits outstanding components (+.11%F, +.03%P).

7AY84 Palmyra Tri-Star BURDETTE-ET continues to be the best in the breed for Type (+1.9) which comes as no surprise because of his daughters' tanbark success. Not only do BURDETTE daughters show they perform well in the barn with his outstanding DPR (+1.1), NM$ (+350), CM$ (+386) and GPTI (+534).

At +534 GPTI, 7AY87 Anmar Peter POWER-ET is also in the top five active A.I. sires of the breed. He ranks second for NM$ (+419), CM$ (+465), DPR (+1.2), Fat (+.11%) and Protein (+.04%).

ALSTAR leads Guernseys for PTI

7GU398 Sniders Ronalds ALSTAR (+146) is back on top of the active A.I. PTI sires list. He is No. 2 in the breed for Milk (+1,106), DPR (+2.1) and NM$ (+444). No. 3 PTI sire (+133 PTI), 7GU405 Golden J Ronald GRUMPY is also one of the leading PL (+4.8) and CM$ (+443) sires. Other lineup sires earning high breed rankings includeb 7GU428 Golden J Skipper GARY for Protein (+26) and SCR (+1.5), 7GU434 Spring Walk Sherberts MINT for SCS (2.69) and 7GU455 Oak Knob Maxie LAREDO for Fat (+40).

Milking Shorthorn lineup has Type and component specialists

7MS347 Mysha-WO Advent LIRIANO-ET is again the No. 1 Type Milking Shorthorn active A.I. sire at +1.1. LIRIANO is also the leader for Udder Composite (UDC) (+1.41) and ranks No. 3 for Milk (+1,189) and DPR (+0.6). 7MS346 Kulp-Gen Jurist ACE-ET transmits elite components (.34%F, +.09%P, +64F) and is among the best for PL (+2.6), NM$ (+374), CM$ (+439) and PPR (+131). In Canada, ACE is the No. 2 LPI Milking Shorthorn at +1835.

For the complete list of Select Sires' high-components breeds lineup, please visit www.selectsires.com or contact your Select Sires sales representative.

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: 12/13 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) December 2013. 12/13 %Rel.: MAGNUM NM$ 86, PL 74; ZUMA NM$ 89, PL 76; ZIPPER NM$ 80, Yield 90; VALENTINO Type 97, Yield 98; ECLIPES-P Type 98, SCR 99; GOLDA Yield 89, Type 73; RILEY PL 80, SCR 97; PAT SCR 58; KYROS SCR 97; SUCCESS SCR 92; MILES SCR 96; HENDRIX Yield 85; LAWSON Yield 90, PL 68; AUGUST Yield 88, NM$ 76, Type 79, SCS 77, PL 68; MVP Yield 86, NM$ 76; BRAIDEN SCR 80, PL 69, DPR 61; JAVA SCR 53, Type 79; RIGGINS Type 72, Yield 90; BURDETTE Type 93, DPR 82, NM$ 92; POWER NM$ 75, DPR 56, Yield 85; ALSTAR Yield 93, DPR 70, NM$ 82; GRUMPY PL 70; GARY Yield 79, SCR 65; MINT SCS 76, LAREDO Yield 82; LIRIANO Type 67, Yield 92, DPR 65; ACE Yield 91, PL 65, NM$ 78. TMJersey Performance Index, JPI, Jersey Udder Index and JUI are trademarks of the American Jersey Cattle Association. TMShowcase Selections is a trademark of Select Sires Inc. ®FeedPRO is a registered trademark of Select Sires Inc.