Five Select Sires Named Gold Medal Sires

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, January 9, 2014 - Gold Medal Sire honors were bestowed upon 7HO10412 Mr Boliver ENID-ET (VG-88-GM), 7HO10524 Roylane Socra ROBUST-ET (VG-88-GM), 7HO10679 Cedar-Haven-NR KID-ET (VG-87-GM), 7HO10721 De-Su 521 BOOKEM-ET (VG-86-GM) and sire-in-waiting 7HO10543 Garlomar Planet THORNE-ET (GM) by Holstein Association USA, following the December 2013 sire summaries, in recognition of their officially tested and classified offspring's superior Type and production.

To qualify for this honor bulls must meet a specified type level for Total Performance IndexSM (TPISM), have a minimum Reliability of 90 percent for their Fat and Type genetic evaluations and be free of all recognized genetic defects. This award is only given to about 25 Holstein sires each year, putting these five sires in elite company.

ENID is an extreme components improver (+.20%F, +72F, +.07%P) and total performance sire (+2109 GTPI). A HealthMark™ sire, ENID transmits outstanding fitness traits: 2.70 Somatic Cell Score (SCS), +2.7 Productive Life (PL), +0.3 Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR). At +2.50 for Type, his daughters are well-made cows with strong udder attachments. ENID is also a Calving Ease sire.

ROBUST is one of the best in the breed for GTPI (+2248), Net Merit (+765), Cheese Merit (+812), Fluid Merit (+734) and Fat (+87). This Calving Ease and FeedPRO® sire is known for siring moderate-sized cows with excellent feet and legs (+2.00 Feet and Leg Composite). This breed leader has limited semen availability.

One of the newest graduates into the Select Sires lineup, KID was the industry's second highest GTPI graduate in December at +2170. This Calving Ease sire is also one of the top NM$ (+679), CM$ (+729) and PL (+6.2) sires in the breed. His daughters produce high quality milk (2.61 SCS) with high, wide rear udders and deep clefts.

BOOKEM is now the highest GTPI sire at Select Sires (+2257). He also ranks highly for FM$ (+641), PL (+6.0), NM$ (+691) and CM$ (+750). At +2.79 Type, his daughters are correct, open, dairy cows. A Calving Ease sire, BOOKEM also earns the DIAMOND SELECTion™, FeedPRO and HealthMark designations.

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/HA Genomic Type Evaluation and Interbull. 12/13 %Rel: ENID Yield 93, SCS 87, PL 80, DPR 77, Type 90; ROBUST NM$ 90, Yield 97, Type 93; KID NM$ 87, PL 81, SCS 88; BOOKEM PL 81, NM$ 91, Type 95. SMTotal Performance Index and TPI are service marks of Holstein Association USA. ™DIAMOND SELECTion and HealthMark are trademarks of Select Sires Inc. ®FeedPRO is a registered trademark of Select Sires Inc.