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Select Sires federation employee Peter Matousek (left), stands with a Select Sires customer-owner, Lou Murgoitio. Learn more about Matousek’s passion for the dairy industry and his customers on page 10.

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elect Sires Inc., along with its member cooperatives, are proud to report that 2011 was once again a record-breaking year. The cooperative would like to thank its customer-owners for helping achieve this tremendous accomplishment. Dairy and beef producers continue to turn to the trusted leader in the A.I. industry, and as a result, Select Sires’ sales grew to surpass 12.8 million units of semen to its member cooperatives and international distributors in 2011. This achievement marks the eighth year of sales growth in the past nine years and is a result of the continuous improvements that have been led by the farmerowned and -controlled cooperative’s board of directors. For 46 years, Select Sires has provided unsurpassed leadership to dairy and beef markets. Throughout this time, Select Sires has become the trusted source for breed-leading genetics, superior programs and the best trained professional sales and service staff, leading to continued success for the customer-owners.

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New Agreement Between USDA and the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding by David C. Thorbahn, president and chief executive officer As a member of the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding’s Dairy Data Business Development committee, I was asked to assist in educating producers on our efforts. I want to share the proactive work of the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding regarding the effect of genomics on the dairy industry. This process was started in 2009. The objectives of this article are to inform all U.S. producers about the Council structure and cooperative efforts, to explain the effects these new tools will have on the data collection in the industry, to maximize implementation, and to secure data needs for future improvement. One weakness of this effort is that the reports from these committees have not filtered down to all sectors of dairy producers in a complete fashion. This article is an effort to communicate this information to all producers.


What is the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding? The Council was formed in the 1980’s to maintain communications among the A.I. companies, purebred breeders and dairy records organizations. It works to ensure the flow of dairy records submitted to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal Improvement Programs Labatory (USDA-AIPL) for use in genetic evaluations. The group was re-established in the 1990’s and now has a ninemember board of directors: three representatives from National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB), three representatives from Purebred Dairy Cattle Association (PDCA) and three representatives from the Dairy Herd Improvement (DHI) system. The three representatives from PDCA are split, with two representatives from the Holstein Association USA, Inc. and one representative from the other breeds that are PDCA members. Each representative on the board of directors carries one vote.


Why does the Council need a new agreement with USDA? Two key factors make the new agreement necessary.


1. First and foremost, the USDA requested that we revise our current agreement. One of the factors is that the federal government and therefore USDA are looking to make significant budget cuts. The AIPL program at USDA, which is the unit responsible for conducting the dairy genetic evaluations, is funded through USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) and is primarily a research laboratory. The AIPL program has been extremely successful. However, it often comes under fire from other livestock groups because some USDA-ARS research funds are spent on the service component of providing dairy genetic evaluations, and USDAARS does not provide similar support for genetic evaluations in other livestock species. The new agreement resolves this inconsistency for USDA. The federal dollars going to support dairy genetic evaluations can be exclusively focused on research. To show that they take this seriously, they will not allow staff to attend industry events until this is resolved.

2. The agreement will enable USDA to maintain the large volume of high-quality information provided by the industry (i.e. a national database). Genomic evaluations require a substantial volume of data in order to provide U.S. dairy producers with high quality genetic rankings. Without a new agreement, serious inequities could develop between those producers, breeders and A.I. companies that help fund data collection efforts, and the groups that would like access to the data without contributing to its collection. Thus, this action would encourage cooperation among producers and organizations that are providing the data. This would allow the opportunity for the industry to grow the genetic evaluation database, improve its quality and ultimately increase the effectiveness of genomic evaluations.


Did the industry go to USDA-ARS or did USDA-ARS approach the industry for a new agreement? This question was asked to Dr. Steve Kappes, Ph.D, Deputy Administrator, United States Department of Agriculture at the

October 25, 2011, Council meeting. According to Dr. Kappes, “We are experiencing budget cuts like other government agencies. No one from the industry has come to us or asked us to step aside or to take over certain responsibilities. Our charge is to conduct research, and we are moving away from service.”


Why should registered and commercial breeders of Holsteins and Jerseys support an industry working together to ensure a national dairy database? The U.S. is long recognized as the world leader in Holstein and Jersey genetics. It is the largest exporter of embryos, semen and registered cattle. The USDA is long respected as having some of the finest genetic researchers in the world. They have had at their disposal maybe the largest amount of high-quality data to develop their predictions. To ensure this continues, it is critical that the U.S. dairy segments work together to have the most advanced genomic evaluation system through large volumes of high quality data. To allow breeders to continue their global leadership in genetics, the industry needs to be:

• Committed to cooperating to ensure long-term availability of a national database, assuring the scope for conducting accurate and innovative genetic and management research for the benefit of dairy producers. • Committed to high integrity and quality of data. • Committed to making the U.S. the world standard in genetic and management tools for dairy producers. • Developing procedures to protect sensitive data provided by dairy producers. Dairy producers want to know how and where their data is used in a non-invasive manner to their business operations. • Providing the opportunity for protection to Holstein Association USA and American Jersey Cattle Association (AJCA) members, and other industry participants who provided data, to develop this database from being exploited by breeders in other countries who have not provided any value to the database.


Is this a proposal, or has the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding taken action? It is an action approved by the board of directors of the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding at the May 11, 2011, meeting to move forward with negotiating and signing the new cooperative agreement.


Who is on public record as supporting this agreement? The following organizations are in full support of this agreement: National Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA) and regional DHI affiliates, Dairy Records Management Systems (DRMS), AgSource, AJCA and NAAB and its members.


How does the new agreement change the way the industry works with USDA to provide dairy genetic evaluations? The previous Memorandum of Understanding between the Council and USDA laid out provisions committing Council participants to provide data to USDA for use in computing genetic evaluations and that USDA would only accept data that was “quality certified” by the Council. USDA was entirely responsible for maintaining the national genetic evaluation, conducting genetic evaluation research, providing the service for computing the genetic evaluations and distributing them to the industry. The new Cooperative Agreement places the responsibility for the service component of the evaluations (maintaining the national database, computing genetic evaluations and distributing them to the industry) with the Council. USDA will continue to fund researchers to develop the methods used for ensuring that data added to the database is of high quality and to maintain and improve genetic evaluation methods. USDA will also continue to provide buildings and equipment to support dairy genetic evaluation needs.


Will this agreement create any changes with possible extensions with the current contract with the Cooperative Dairy DNA Repository and USDA-ARS? No, ARS has stated that the agreement will cease in 2013, and there will be no extensions regarding the exclusivity on male evaluations.


What new financial responsibilities does the industry accept with this new agreement? The working committee of the Council identified and provided a

budget for consideration by Council members that recommended the funding of three positions. The committee suggests three additional positions are needed - two scientists and an administrative person. Currently NAAB funds one of the scientist positions on its own.


How was the concept for the new agreement developed? In October 2009, in a motion by John Meyer, CEO of the Holstein Association USA, the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding appointed the Dairy Data Working Group (DDWG). The overall goal for the DDWG was to assure that high quality genetic evaluations for the U.S. dairy industry would be available well into the future. Specifically, the DDWG was assigned to identify data needs of the future, determine the best service structure to secure the data, calculate and distribute genetic evaluations and to determine the best way to allocate the financial responsibilities. The DDWG included two representatives from the following industry groups: DHI: Mr. Jay Mattison, National DHI; and Mr. Mark Adam, NorthStar Cooperative/DHI. DRPC: Dr. John Clay, DRMS Raleigh; and Mr. Pat Baer, AgSource. NAAB: Dr. Marj Faust, Genus; and Mr. Chuck Sattler, Select Sires Inc. PDCA: Dr. Tom Lawlor, Holstein Association USA; and Mr. Neal Smith, AJCA. Academia: Dr. Bennett Cassell, Virginia Tech; and Dr. Kent Weigel, University of Wisconsin. The group met throughout 2010 and into the early part of 2011. In addition, they periodically had discussions with AIPL researchers and USDA administrators. Progress reports from the DDWG were

presented at the April 2010, October 2010 and April 2011 Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding meetings. A new agreement with USDA was part of the recommendations from the DDWG delivered to the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding.


What is the authority of the Dairy Data Working Group? The DDWG has no authority to speak for the Council or to make binding relationships or commitments on behalf of the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding. It is only a committee of people appointed by the Council and the respective members that they serve.


Was this work transparent? Yes. Minutes were kept at each meeting. Reports were given both written and orally at each Council meeting providing this information to all segments of the industry. Most farmer-directed member organizations like DHI, breed associations, and A.I. cooperatives were encouraged to give reports on these and other Council activities to their farmer-directed boards.


What other recommendations were made by the DDWG? In addition to developing a new agreement with USDA, the DDWG also recommended forming a new organization or committee to be called the Dairy Data Alliance (DDA). The DDA would employ one administrative staff person in addition to the two staff people assigned to work at AIPL providing genetic evaluation services. Oversight would be managed by the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding. The DDA would ultimately be responsible for carrying out the genetic evaluation services and to Continued to page 6...


An Outcross Family Stands Behind RIB and BOOKEM The high milk-producing Racer family was developed in the 550cow Clear-Echo herd in upstate New York and is owned by Larry and Kevin Peck. This family was built on high production sires that ultimately resulted in the creation of an outcross pedigree by today’s standards. “I have been visiting Clear-Echo and watching the Racer family since 2000, but it wasn’t until 2007 that I contracted a cow from this family line,” stated Select Sires sire analyst, Rick VerBeek. “That was the year that two Ramos sisters calved, and really put the extreme production of the family into a very eye-appealing package for type. It’s ironic that one of my initial reservations about working with the family was the sire stack. Today, it is that unique sire stack that makes this family so exciting and valuable.” This impressive cow family made its presence known at the 2007 Second Bacon Hill Bonanza Sale. De-Su Holsteins secured the final bid at $41,000 on a pick of two first-lactation Ramos sisters from the Racer family consigned by ClearEcho Farm. De-Su Holsteins selected ClearEcho 822 Ramo 1199-ET, and left her full-sister, Clear-Echo 822 Ramo 1200-ET, in the Clear-Echo herd. Clear-Echo 822 Ramo 1200-ET The Excellent (93-EX-MS-DOM) Ramo 1200, has completed two lactations with a best record of 365d

7HO9625 RIB is out of Clear-Echo 822 Ramo 1200-ET.


39,570M 1,782F and 1,177P at 4-4. “Ramo 1200 is, in my opinion, one of the finest cows I have ever contracted and was just recently raised in score to Excellent (93),” noted VerBeek. She has 89 registered progeny, including a son, 7HO9625 ClearEcho Marion RIB-ET (EX-91), who is on the active lineup at Select Sires. RIB is a result of her flush as a heifer to Veazland Marion-ET. RIB made his way to Select Sires as a live calf purchase. VerBeek commented, “RIB is a great choice for producers looking for a bull that is easy to use. His pedigree allows him to be mated on nearly every Select-sired pedigree. His production (+1,978 Milk, +48 Fat and +38 Protein) and type proofs (+1.54 PTAT, +1.16 Udder Composite, +2.52 Body Composite and +2.38 Dairy Composite) indicate that breeders will be happy that they used him. His high milk proof and a user-friendly linear profile are the kind that usually become Select Sires customer satisfaction sires.” “He was the first sire from the Racer family to arrive at Select Sires, but certainly is not the last son to come from this great family,” continued VerBeek. “Other sons of Ramo 1200 include 7HO10333 Clear-Echo Astead REGORD-ET, 7HO11152 Clear-Echo M-O-M RORYET, 7HO11426 Clear-Echo Obsrvr RELISH-ET and 7HO11521 ClearEcho Observer RING-ET. “Ramo 1200 is still under contract today,”stated VerBeek. “With the help of an aggressive IVF program, we are waiting for calves sired by 7HO11103 Mr Goldnoaks MAGNUS-ET, 7HO11169 Welcome Super PETRONE-ET and 7HO11314 Mountfield SSI Dcy MOGUL-ET to be born, and a son sired by Co-op

O-Style Oman Just-ET will have genomic results soon. In addition to Ramo 1200, many of her daughters have also been contracted.” Clear-Echo 822 Ramo 1199-ET Clear-Echo 822 Ramo 1199-ET (VG-86-EX-MS-DOM), dam of 7HO10721 BOOKEM Ramo 1199 is scored Very Good (86-EX-MS-DOM) and produced a best record of 365d 32,190M 1,103F and 1,003P at 2-0. She joined the flush program at De-Su, where she produced 75 offspring. During her final Clear-Echo 822 Ramo 1200-ET (EX-93-EX-MS-DOM), dam of 7HO9625 RIB. flush to 7HO8081 Additonal Family Influence Ensenada Taboo PLANET-ET a son, Another influential sister of the 7HO10721 De-Su 521 BOOKEMRamos full-sisters, Clear-Echo 822 ET, was produced. BOOKEM has a SM Laud 1266 (EX-91-EX-MS-DOM), Genomic Total Performance Index is sired by Laudan-ET. Laud 1266 (GTPISM) of +2361 standing among calved about six months after her the most elite young sires at Select famous sisters and also has multiple Sires. He also stands out with wellsons in Select Sires’ program balanced production and type traits including 7HO9724 Clear-Echo Scoop (+1,450 Milk and +2.74 PTAT). “I have had the opportunity to see ROBOT-ET and 7HO11427 Clear-Echo Dolc LISCENCE-ET. literally hundreds of calves from a “The Racer family provides the breed lot of Select high-genomic sires,” commented Select Sires sire analyst with an outstanding source of outcross genetics without having to sacrifice Scott Culbertson. “The best calves production and type,” concluded I have seen are from BOOKEM. They VerBeek. “In today’s breeding world, have been simply outstanding. They we talk about the big four sires are long-necked, long-bodied and Picston Shottle-ET, Braedale Goldwyn, wide through the rear end. They are 7HO6417 O-Bee MANfred Justice-ET aggressive calves, and producers and 7HO8081 PLANET. The Racer family love the results.” is rare, in that it is an outcross to the Additional sons out of Ramo big four.” 1199 include 7HO10188 Clear-Echo Baxter RAMOL-ET and 7H10190 12/11 USDA/HA Genomic Evaluation. 12/11 Rel.: RIB Yield 91%, Type 89%: BOOKEM Yield 78%, Type 75%. Clear-Echo Pontiac RAMOK-ET.

Continued from page 3... develop and implement methods to equitably distribute the financial responsibilities of servicing genetic evaluations to those that use the services. The goal is to distribute some of the expenses to those that are currently not providing data into the system. The DDWG recommendation to form the DDA has not been acted upon by the Council.


Did dairy producers from the various sectors of the industry provide input? Three of the nine members of the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding who voted on this were dairy producers. In the other situations, these decisions were made by management from each organization with a commitment to share this information with their boards. Yes, all sectors were at the table. Minutes of each session were provided to all participant, and management of each sector was provided with this data. It was up to management of the various industry partners to communicate this to their controlling boards for feedback and review. AJCA, National DHI board representatives, state or regional DHIs, Accelerated Genetics, Select Sires Inc. and DRMS boards were informed for input. Other parties had not commented on this area.


Were there efforts made behind the scenes to address the Holstein Association’ USAs questions and concerns to NAAB regarding parentage verification and the Dairy Data Working Group? Yes. Upon learning concerns in October 2010, a discussion took place, and in January of 2011, NAAB extended an invitation to Holstein Association USA’s C.E.O. John Meyer to arrange a meeting between the NAAB Executive Committee and Holstein Association USA’s board representatives.



How much did industry partners invest in the USDA Genomic Selection project? • The Cooperative Dairy DNA Repository (CDDR), AJCA, Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders’ Association (BSCBA) and New Generation Genetics provided all the DNA of progeny-tested bull used in this project. These members coordinated and invested in the progeny testing of these sires that provided the foundation for the research. • NAAB, along with Semex, invested $250,000 in funding the project directly. The BSCBA contributed an additional $15,000 towards the original testing of the Brown Swiss bulls. This funding was used to form the key genotype database for developing genomic selection methods. • In addition, $337,000 was paid by individual NAAB members up front for genotyping additional A.I. sires. This data was not used in the original development project but provided additional scope to expand the industry-leading accuracy of genomic evaluations and encouraged early adoption. • The Holstein Association USA provided $15,000 to fund a postdoctorate position for the genomic selection project. • The Holstein Association USA and AJCA each paid $50,000 for SNP50 genotyping of selected cows. This genotyping was not needed for the genomic selection project. It provided exposure of genomic evaluations to its members but added very little information to conduct research or improve accuracy of the evaluation.


Who is CDDR and how was it founded? The CDDR is an extension of the Dairy Bull DNA Repository (DBDR) started at the University of Illinois in 1993 to conduct genetic research for recessives and genomic research. CDDR contributors are A.I.

organizations that provide semen to the CDDR for all their bulls as they enter into progeny testing each year, or that are in active commercial service and have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the USDA identifying them as such. Each contributor must submit 10 straws from each bull they progeny test. Current contributors are ABS Global, Accelerated Genetics, Alta Genetics, Genex/CRI, Select Sires, Semex and Taurus Service. At the start of the genomic project, several sires were added to the collection to improve the robustness of the research. The purpose of the CDDR is to 1) collect dairy semen, DNA, or other tissue samples from all bulls entering progeny testing, maintain an ongoing inventory of these samples, and distribute samples to research laboratories for the purpose of genomic research in dairy cattle; 2) provide a single entity for collection, storage, and distribution for blood, hair, other tissues or DNA from dairy cattle; and 3) collect all data on CDDR animals and other relevant animals and distribute that information to the contributors and data analysis collaborators, according to the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding between the USDA and semen contributors. The primary objective of this effort is to characterize the cow genome; likely outcomes include identification of genetic markers, quantitative trait loci (QTL) and any other polymorphisms associated with genetic variation for traits of interest to the dairy cattle industry, and, whenever relevant, integration of this genomic information into national genetic evaluations. Currently more than 31,000 bulls are in the CDDR inventory compared to 18,000 bulls three years ago.


How is the organization structured, and how is it related to NAAB? The CDDR Steering Committee governs the CDDR and consists

of one representative of each contributor, the CDDR Coordinator and an NAAB staff member (exofficio, non-voting). The CDDR Steering Committee votes on contributors and collaborators, establishes and reviews on a periodic basis the procedures for storage, handling, inventory, and distribution of all semen, tissue, and DNA samples, and for access to the data contained in the CDDR databases. The CDDR Coordinator is a research scientist from USDA-ARSBeltsville, designated by USDA, and is responsible for maintaining the materials and associated information in the CDDR, maintaining the CDDR database and keeping it current. The coordinator is also a collaborator, which makes USDA-ARS-Beltsville a Collaborating Institution bound by the terms and conditions of the Collaborator Agreement. The Steering Committee may consider new contributors which are A.I. organizations willing to provide semen to the CDDR for all bulls as they enter into progeny testing each year, or that are in active commercial service and must have a signed Memorandum of Understanding with USDA. Six of the seven current CDDR Contributors are NAAB regular members. NAAB provides administration and coordination services for the CDDR.


Who is the decision body and process? CDDR Steering Committee is the decision making body with each committee person having one vote.


How will the CDDR function with the Council? As the administrator for CDDR, NAAB, on behalf of the CDDR, will have an MTA (contract) with the Council providing access to the CDDR genotypes for use in calculating U.S. genomic evaluations.


Is it true that the CDDR has recently begun collaborations with Italy and the U.K. to conduct additional genomic evaluation research? Yes. Collaboration agreements have recently been signed with ANAFI, the Holstein genetic evaluation center in Italy, and DairyCo, the entity responsible for genetic evaluations in the U.K. The agreement is that each country will share its database of genotypes on A.I. sires with the other countries for use in calculating genomic evaluations. The benefit of this exchange is that it will immediately add over 3,600 SNP50 genotypes on proven A.I. sires that we can add to the predictor group of animals that serve as the basis for U.S. genomic evaluations. This will broaden and improve the accuracy of U.S. genomic evaluations and keep the U.S. genomic evaluations the leader of genomic evaluations provided in other countries. Italy and the U.K. will also contributed resources to genotype over 4,000 ultra-high-density SNP chips to that will enable the U.S. to move forward with new research to increase the accuracy of genomic evaluations even further. For the benefit of the U.S. breeders, the industry is working aggressively to make the U.S. evaluation the global standard, and providing U.S. producers with the finest tools to make genetic progress available in the world.


Why was this done? To improve and expand the level of reliability for U.S. genomic evaluations, expand the robustness and breadth of pedigree diversity on behalf of breeders, and to utilize the newest high density SNP chips for these evaluations.


Are other agreements being discussed? Yes, CDDR and the AJCA are in

discussion with Denmark to double the size of the Jersey population for genomics. Also, the BSCBA is in discussion with many other countries about a type of global consortium for Brown Swiss.


When will Holstein breeders in Italy and the U.K. receive direct access to U.S. GPTA values for genomic-tested males? Breeders in Italy and the U.K. will have the same restricted access to male GPTA values as breeders in the U.S. and Canada until 2013.


Why were other countries not sought? CDDR was waiting until the industry united so that all parties could be at the table.


How is the industry working to develop a business structure to provide service and secure our industry-leading management and genetic research program for U.S. dairymen long into the future? The Council has formed a business development group of six individuals representing the four sectors of the dairy industry. Those members are Mr. Jamie Zimmerman, DairyOne; Mr. Jay Mattison, National DHI; Mr. John Meyer, Holstein Association USA; Mr. Neal Smith, AJCA; Mr. David Thorbahn, Select Sires; and Mr. Doug Wilson, CRI. The purpose of this group is to build a service model that will allow the industry to work together for the benefit of the producers in an efficient and proactive manner.

data used was done so with permission granted by the producer who paid for the data. 2. Encourage genomic testing of male and female dairy animals. 3. Encourage the genetic progress of the U.S. dairy herd. 4. Ensure fairness to all participants. 5. Ensure stability of the data base for the benefit of producers. 6. Honor the service requests made by the USDA. It has considered several alternative business structures, and ways of financially supporting the services provided. It is currently working out the details on some of the most promising ideas so that one can be recommended to the Council in April. The plan is to select a model that most nearly addresses the goals listed above and maximizes the use of this data, and secures it long into the future for U.S. dairy producers.


When can the industry expect the recommendations from this committee for Council and producers’ consideration? The Council is expecting a formal proposal from the committee at the meeting in April 2012. These recommendations should be followed by a release of the recommendations for the Council members to take back to their respective farmerowned businesses for input as to whether this is in the best interest for U.S. dairy producers. The request of this committee is for a review of this information to be placed on Council member websites and for a release to be circulated to most dairy magazines. This will allow the opportunity for dairy producers to provide input for the recommendations so that revisions and a final decision can be made on this issue. Once completed and accepted, the expectation is that a new agreement with the USDA-ARS would be signed as well. ď ľ


Has this group met yet, and if so, what have they accomplished? This group has met face-toface three times and has had one additional teleconference. The group established the goals listed below that the business structure should accomplish. 1. Assure producers that the


Select Sires Elite Super SamplersTM - December 2011 Milk NM$ Type GTPISM Pedigree • 7HO11314 MOGUL





Dorcy x Marsh

• 7HO11207 PUNCH





Boxer x O Man






Domain x Shottle

• 7HO11203 LAYNE




+2476 Super x Shottle





+2459 Super x Baxter






Planet x Shottle

• 7HO11279 MOONBOY





Dorcy x Shottle

• 7HO11313 MIXER





Dorcy x Marsh




+2391 Robust x Ramos

• 7HO10582 PAUL





• 7HO11150 ZIGGY




+2372 Super x Shottle

• 7HO11059 PATRIOT





Freddie x Ramos

• 7HO10721 BOOKEM





Planet x Ramos




+2356 Sebastian x Boliver






Dorcy x Goldwyn






Massey x Boliver





+2350 Socrates x O Man


• 7HO11287 INDY



Jeeves x Shottle

Source: 12-11 USDA/HA Genomic Evaluation.

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Fertility PRO Sires Ranked by SCR - December 2011

Milk Rel. %

Type Rel. % GTPISM

SCR Rel. %


+1,135 77

+1.59 73




7HO10697 JOVAN

+1,706 79

+1.58 75





+1,160 78

+1.78 74








7HO10363 BIG GUN





+1,531 79

+1.85 75





+1,024 78

+2.49 74




7HO10967 DALEN

+935 77

+3.26 73




7HO10978 SAMMY

+146 80

+3.17 76




Super Samplers Ranked by SCR - December 2011

Type Rel. % GTPISM

SCR Rel. %

7HO10904 COLT P-RED  +751 78

+2.01 75


+4.7 92


+443 76

+3.28 72

+2109 +3.7 58

7HO11173 RICHMOND +823 78

+3.01 75

+2151 +3.7 60

7HO10506 G W ATWOOD  +484 79

+4.21 76

+2031 +3.6 99

7HO10920 GOLD CHIP +1,034 78

+4.23 75

+2279 +3.3 93


+755 78

+2.93 75

+2182 +3.2 89


+1,185 77

+2.02 73

+2237 +2.8 88

7HO10052 TIME 

+262 80

+4.05 77

+2239 +2.7 99

7HO10849 SHAMROCK  +2,201 76

+3.16 73

+2455 +2.7 96

7HO10999 BRADNICK +1,242 79

+4.98 75

+2128 +2.7 85


+965 78

+2.86 74

+2348 +2.5 86

7HO10780 ABERLIN  +737 77

+3.19 74

+2153 +2.4 94


-45 74

+1.83 70

+1898 +2.2 75

7HO10219 BOXER

+529 78

+3.11 75

+2110 +1.9 99


+1371 78

+2.15 74

+2123 +1.9 77

7HO10998 SAN 

+1351 79

+2.87 75

+2168 +1.9 86

7HO10723 SPUR 

+2199 77

+3.24 74

+2281 +1.7 91


+1252 79

+2.45 75

+2037 +1.7 92

7HO10059 ALAN

+1054 80

+2.56 76

+2035 +1.6 98

Milk Rel. %

Milk Rel. %

Type Rel. % GJPI™

SCR Rel. %

7JE1057 DANDY  +1,275 61

+1.3 54

+202 +3.0 81

7JE1102 SPLENDOR +1,284 67

+0.9 59

+125 +2.6 68

7JE1124 FIRE

+41 67

+1.4 56

+57 +2.2 58

+1,678 61

+2.5 54

+246 +1.8 90

7JE1110 IMPRESS +1,526 62

+1.2 53

+226 +1.7 59


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Passion for the Industry Ignited as a Youth For Select Sires employee Peter Matousek, radiating passion for the dairy industry comes easy through his hard work, dedication and perseverance to ensure that his customers have success. He is in his 21st year of serving his customers of Select Sires Mid-America Inc., the newly formed cooperative that merged Cache Valley/Select Sires Inc. and KABA/Select Sires. Prior to the merger, Matousek worked for Cache Valley, and now he continues offering his customers the same service he has always provided to them as a dairy marketing coordinator. Igniting His Passion Matousek was raised on a small farm in Patterson, N.Y., where his family raised horses along with a few steers and heifers. Growing up he appreciated the countryside and was an animal lover. As an eager 16-yearold, he had the opportunity to work for and live with a dairy family in Otsego County, New York, for the summer. “I worked hard, learned a lot and loved it,” commented Matousek. “I knew from then on that I would pursue a degree in agriculture. My first plan was veterinary school. For the rest of high school I worked for a local dairyman milking in a stanchion barn and farmed in the summer. I graduated from S.U.N.Y. Cobleskill in

Ag Business, then transferred to the University of Wyoming to obtain my bachelor’s degree in Animal Science.” “My first significant job was managing Arlinda Holsteins in Turlock, Calif., from 1981 to 1991. The learning curve was steep, and Wally Lindskoog took a chance on me and taught me a great deal about cattle breeding and genetics. While there were challenges, my experiences and life at Arlinda for myself, and my young family, was a highlight in our lives.” Career with Select Sires In September of 1991, Matousek and his family made the move to Utah, and he began working for Cache Valley. He took on a small sales area and began to grow the Select Mating Service™ (SMS™) program across southern Idaho and northern Utah. As a SMS genetic consultant, Matousek works with nearly 50 herds that total more than 55,000 dairy cattle. “The herds that I work with range from 100 cows to 14,000 cows,” noted Matousek. “The largest herds need to be visited at least every three weeks to maintain the SMS matings on the fresh heifers. Many of my herds use SMS II, which is pedigree mating, for their heifers.” “In addition to the time that I

Peter Matousek, left, stands with Select Sires MidAmerica patron and board of directors member Lou Murgoitio, right, of L and V Dairy, of Boise, Idaho.


Peter Matousek: Dairy Marketing Coordinator Agricultural Background: Raised on a small hobby farm in New York, Matousek worked for two local dairy producers and determined that his passion was within the dairy industry.

Career with Select Sires: Matousek joined the Cache Valley/Select Sires, Inc. team in 1991 as a sales representative and SMS genetic consultant. Responsibilities with Select Sires: He serves as a SMS genetic consultant in southern Idaho and northern Utah. He also manages the PGA for a large territory of Select Sires MidAmerica, Inc., and works with the technician team in Idaho. In addition, Matousek assists on the dairy marketing side, and continues in sales with a two-county territory close to the office’s headquarters in Logan, Utah.

Award Spotlight: Matousek has received the Presidents Club award numerous times and the Super Achiever award three times. In 2009, he was awarded Select Sires’ SMS Genetic Consultant of the Year. spend mating cattle, many of my dairy producers appreciate the time that I take with them for a postsire evaluation consultation where we review the new data and make necessary adjustments to their matings.” “I have to place a large emphasis on my schedule to ensure that all of my customers receive the best service from me. I believe through my efforts, their breeding programs benefit, thereby their business benefits in a very challenging dairy economy.” In addition to his SMS work, he manages the Program for Genetic Advancement™ (PGA™) cooperator herds for the original Cache Valley area that consists of eight states Utah, central and southern Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Nebraska, Eastern Montana, Colorado and South Dakota. Matousek also works with the technician team throughout Idaho in a support capacity. On the dairy marketing side, he assists with the marketing and promotions of the products for Select Sires MidAmerica.

Matousek still continues to maintain a small sales territory of two counties that are close to his home and the office in Logan, Utah. Passion for Customer Success “While I mostly work on the genetic side, I keep an eye on the reproductive efficiency of the herds that I work with,” states Matousek. “When needed, I use our Select Reproductive Solutions™ (SRS™) specialist, Brad Meek, to analyze and troubleshoot the reproductive program of a herd. As a team, we report possible solutions and opportunities to the herd. I am always aware that our customers’ success is highly correlated to our success.” “I greatly value the opportunity that I have to work for a great company that genuinely cares about the success of its customers as well as its employees,” commented Matousek. “I enjoy having the opportunity to work for dairy producers and their families, and to help them achieve their genetic and reproductive goals.” 


Not All Colostrum Replacers Are Created Equal by James D. Quigley, Ph.D., and Rob Hamaker, Agrarian Marketing Corporation® More and more producers every day are learning the value of using a highquality colostrum replacer in their calfraising program. Colostrum replacers are a convenient and safe source of immunoglobulins for newborn calves. However, it seems there are more and more products in the marketplace, and telling the difference among them may not be as clear as it seems. How Much Is Enough? Colostrum replacers are first and foremost a source of immunoglobulin G (IgG). Calves are born without circulating IgG and need to consume enough IgG in the first 24 hours of life to ensure adequate passive transfer. When calves don’t get enough IgG, it’s called failure of passive transfer (FPT), and these calves are more susceptible to disease and death.

The key, then, is to determine how much IgG will minimize FPT in your calves. Of course, high-quality maternal colostrum contains IgG and is the first choice as a feed for newborn calves. However, a lot of colostrum either contains too little IgG or is contaminated with bacteria so it shouldn’t be fed. In other situations, it’s difficult to manage colostrum so that calves are fed enough in the right time after birth. That’s where a colostrum replacer comes into play. Colostrum products – supplements and replacers – provide a source of IgG (also called globulin protein). The amount of globulin protein is on the label. Products range from 45 grams of globulin per dose to 150 or more grams. But how much globulin does a calf need? Most industry experts recommend that calves achieve a serum concentration of

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10 grams of IgG per liter of serum when tested in the first week of life. Generally, to achieve this level of serum IgG, a calf must consume at least 100 grams of IgG in the first 24 hours. The absolute amount of IgG in the blood sets the level of protection that a calf has to fight off diseasecausing pathogens such as rotavirus or cryptosporidium. Of course, in high stress conditions such as when calves are shipped to a calf raising farm, greater serum IgG is valuable to help protect the calf. Not All Globulin Protein Is Equal Another important fact is that not all globulin protein is created equal. The product must not only contain enough globulin protein, but that globulin protein must also be absorbable by the calf. There’s a lot of variation in the industry – the globulin protein in some products is absorbed very well while in other products, the globulin protein may not be absorbed at all. So, a product containing 150 grams of IgG may not provide the same level of absorbable IgG as other products. How can you know if the IgG in one product will be absorbed well? The best way is to ask for actual research trials that document absorption.

Nutrition A final consideration in selecting a colostrum product is nutrition. Colostrum replacers must provide proper and complete nutrition in addition to IgG. Not all products provide sufficient calories and protein to meet the needs for newborn calves. Products with less than 15 percent fat may put calves at risk unless they are fed in conjunction with colostrum. Colostrum replacement products must also be properly supplemented with vitamins and minerals to meet the calf’s nutrient requirements. The Clear Choice CONVERT™ ImmPower™ Colostrum Replacer is one of the most thoroughly researched products in the market today and has been carefully formulated to meet all of the calf’s nutrient requirements. CONVERT ImmPower offers 100 grams of highly absorbable globulin proteins, 25 percent fat to provide ample calories, and a proper mix of vitamins and minerals. Backed by research, you can be confident when feeding CONVERT ImmPower. To learn more about CONVERT ImmPower, call your Select Sires cooperative or visit


BULLetin Board Select-Sired Cattle Seize AllAmerican Nominations in the Holstein Contest Twenty Select Sires offspring from 10 sires seized Holstein All-American nominations in the 2011 contest. With the results tallied, we are proud to report that five Select Sires offspring received All-American honors, four of which were unanimous. 7HO8221 Golden-Oaks St ALEXANDER-ET daughter Donelea Alex Ballerina was named the Unanimous All-American spring heifer calf. She is owned by Marthaven Holsteins, Howard Doner and Hans Ochs of Woodstock, Ont. The High Honorable Mention spring heifer calf was Hillmont Sanchez Marie-ET, sired by 7HO8190 Gen-Mark Stmatic SANCHEZ. She is owned by Justin Kennedy, New Castle, Pa.

Donelea Alex Ballerina, Marthaven Holsteins, Howard Doner and Hans Ochs, Woodstock, Ont., Unanimous All-American spring heifer calf, 2011.

The Unanimous All-American fall heifer calf is Delcreek Fatal Attraction. She is a 7HO8743 Scientific SS DUSK-ET daughter and is owned by Jeff Butler, F. and D. Borba and Durrer Dairy of Chebanse, Ill.

G W ATWOOD-ET daughter Kingsway Atwood Delicate made her way to the top of the class as the Unanimous All-American summer yearling heifer. She is owned by Ehrhardt Farms Inc. and Gene Iager of Fulton, Md.

Kingsway Atwood Delicate, Ehrhardt Farms Inc. and Gene Iager, Fulton, Md., Unanimous All-American summer yearling, 2011.

7HO8221 ALEXANDER daughter Garay Alexander Destiny-ET was named All-American fall yearling in milk. She is owned by Mike II and Julie Duckett and F. and J. Phillipson, Rudolph, Wis.

Garay Alexander Destiny-ET, Mike II and Julie Duckett and F. and J. Phillipson, Rudolph, Wis., All-American fall yearling in milk, 2011.

In the junior 3-year-old class, 7HO7004 Erbacres DAMION daughter Silvermaple Damion Camomile (VG-89-VG-MS) was selected as the Unanimous All-American winner. She is owned by Stanhope, Silvermaple and Wedgwood Farms, Victoria, B.C.

Delcreek Fatal Attraction, Jeff Butler, F. and D. Borba and Durrer Dairy, Chebanse, Ill., Unanimous AllAmerican fall heifer calf, 2011.

In the summer yearling heifer class, 7HO10506 Maple-Downs-I


Silvermaple Damion Camomile (VG-89-VG-MS), Second Lactation, Stanhope, Silvermaple and Wedgwood Farms, Victoria, B.C., Unanimous All-American junior 3-year-old, 2011.

Recognized with Reserve AllAmerican aged cow honors is Vangoh Durham Treasure (EX-95). She is sired by 7HO5157 Regancrest Elton DURHAM-ET and owned by Michael II and Julie Duckett, Rudolph, Wis. In the senior 3-year-old class, 7HO7359 Jenny-LOU Marshall P149-ET daughter Crestomere Lou Victoria (VG-89CAN), was named the High Honorable Mention winner. She is owned by Everett Simanton, Ponoka, Alta.

two current lineup sires, sired 16 Brown Swiss All-American nominees. 7BS779 Brothers Three PARKER ET sired five nominees, while 7BS766 Blessing Banker AGENDA ET sired four nominees.

Jersey All-American Contest Results In the AllBreed Access Jersey All-American contest, nine Selectsired animals won nominations. The nominations were sired by seven different sires. A 236JE3 ISDK Q IMPULS daughter, September Star Impuls (E-91%), owned by Buster Goff, N.M., was named All-American senior 3-year-old.

Covells Agenda T Show Me ET, Arethusa Farm LLC, Litchfield, Conn., nominated All-American fall heifer calf, 2011.

Red and White Holstein All-Americans An astounding 32 daughters of Select’s sires received nominations in the Red and White Holstein AllAmerican contest. Three of those nominees received Reserve All-American honors and sired by 7HO9552 Scientific DEBONAIR-RED-ETS and 7HO10039 Md-Valleyvue Gold CHRIS-ET. DEBONAIR-RED daughter, Debonair Yahtzee-Red was named the Reserve All-American fall yearling. She is owned by Shawon VandeZande, Waupun, Wis. The Reserve AllAmerican senior 2-year-old was

September Star Impuls (E-91%), Buster Goff, Hobbs, N.M., All-American senior 3-year-old, 2011.

7JE329 Sooner CENTURION-ET daughter Huronia Centurion Veronica 20J (E-94%) was named the Reserve All-American 100,000-lb. cow. Veronica is owned by Arethusa Farm LLC in Litchfield, Conn. Recognized as Honorable Mention junior 3-year-old was Family Hill Governor Favor (E-91%). The 7JE867 Griffens GOVERNOR-ET daughter is owned by Yosemite Jerseys, Brett Barlass and Robert Texeira, Hilmar, Calif. Select-Sired Brown Swiss Gain AllAmerican Nominations Seven Select Sires bulls, including

Vande Debonair Yahtzee-Red, Shawon VandeZande, Waupun, Wis., Reserve All-American fall yearling heifer, 2011.

Morsan Debonair Fiona-Red-TW (VG-86), Milk Source Genetics, LLC, Kaukauna, Wis., Reserve All-American senior 2-year-old, 2011.

Morsan Debonair Fiona-Red-TW (VG-86). She is owned by Milk Source Genetics, LLC, Kaukauna, Wis. While CHRIS daughter, Yortons PistachioRed, was named Reserve All-American winter yearling heifer. She is owned by Peter and Nicole Tuytel, Chilliwack, B.C.

Yortons Pistachio-Red, Peter and Nicole Tuytel, Chilliwack, B.C., Reserve All-American winter yearling heifer, 2011.

Ayrshire All-American Results A 7AY84 Palmyra Tri-Star BURDETTE-ET daughter, Ski-Pal Burdette Hannah, was named the Reserve All-American junior 3-year-old. She is owned by Mitchel McDermott and Ski Pal Ayrshires, Epworth, Iowa. Guernsey All-American Results In the Guernsey All-American contest, 7GU402 Edgewater Meadows YOGIBEAR-ET daughter R-Way Yb Tootsie was the Unanimous AllAmerican spring calf. Tootsie is owned by Amber Dietz of Southington, Ohio. The All-American fall yearling in milk

was Hartdale Alstar Festival (VG86-VG-86-MS). The 7GU398 Sniders Ronalds ALSTAR daughter is owned by Lauren Robison, Mulberry, Grove, Ill. A second YOGIBEAR daughter, Luckyvale Yogi Kiara, was named Reserve All-American fall yearling for Kirsten Gallagher, Sangerfield, N.Y.

R-Way YB Tootsie, Amber Dietz, Southington, Ohio, Unanimous All-American spring calf, 2011.

Holstein World’s Select Sires Special Issue Coming Soon Don’t miss your chance to advertise in Holstein World ’s October 2012 Select Sires special issue! Stay tuned as more details become available regarding the feature. Make plans now to advertise your favorite Select-sired offspring. SANCHEZ Daughters Impress Pictured below is a group of seven impressive daughters of 7HO8190 SANCHEZ that all belong to Trinal and Arrowhead Dairy in Teeswater, Ont. 

Ski-Pal Burdette Hannah, Second Lactation, Mitchel McDermott and Ski Pal Ayrshires, Epworth, Iowa, Reserve All-American junior 3-year-old, 2011.



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