Each sire summary brings new and exciting genetic options to your dairy! With the August proof, GENEX offers you 21 new Holstein sires that feature pedigree diversity, elite yield and impressive health traits. Here’s a glimpse at a few of these new additions …
1HO13849 OBVIOUS tops the new releases at +1201 for the Ideal Commercial Cow™ (ICC$™) index, which identifies genetics that excel in progressive, commercial herd conditions. This Frazzled son out of an Octoberfest delivers pedigree diversity and top-notch production (+1936 Milk, +147 Combined Fat & Protein). He’s also +912 Lifetime Net Merit (NM$) with a positive Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR) and a +8.4 Productive Life (PL).
1HO13871 YOUR CALL and 1HO13878 ELWOOD may be familiar names as they are Genomic Giants that joined the lineup between the April and August sire summaries. YOUR CALL is an all-round elite sire: +1151 ICC$™, +960 NM$ and +2776 TPI®. This Charley son also improves daughter fertility (+0.7 DPR) while adding big-time component yield (+170 CFP). ELWOOD stands at +1149 ICC$™, +955 NM$ and +2764 TPI® while posting great numbers for Fat yield (+110) and DPR (+1.6).
1HO13882 RADAR is a leading NM$ sire at +1000. He also debuts at +1059 ICC$™ and +2837 TPI®. This early IMax son out of a Rubicon is +186 CFP with positive component percentages and is an elite udder improver at +2.58 Udder Composite (UDC).
1HO13879 KORBEL is a new Achiever son that also ranks well on the NM$ list (+991). He is +1076 ICC$™ and +2775 TPI® too. Use this A2A2 sire to improve yield (+1850 Milk, +177 CFP) in daughters with standout udders (+1.54 UDC). He is available in GenChoice™ sexed semen only.
1HO15009 FURIOUS comes in at +1158 ICC$™ and tops the GENEX NM$ list at +1027. This Frazzled son out of a Modesty is elite for Milk (+1824) and Fat (+111) with an impressive +177 CFP. To top it off, he’s A2A2, has a +1.72 UDC and is safe for heifers (6.4% SCE).
Another Frazzled son, 1HO15005 WHISTLE is a new elite ICC$™ index sire with a big +1174. Expect daughters to provide exceptional yield from great udders, as he’s +2498 Milk, +148 CFP and +1.79 UDC.
1HO14018 ENDEAVOR is an outcross sire (Duke x Gun) at +2817 TPI®. He’s also +1143 ICC$™ and +964 NM$ with an impressive +193 CFP! ENDEAVOR will sire daughters with quality udders (+2.10 UDC), and he is positive DPR (+0.3).
1HO13883 TEMPLETON, another early Duke son, sports an elite TPI® rank (+2806). For the ICC$™ index, he earned a +1093 and excels in the Production Efficiency sub-index. He’s also +986 NM$. TEMPLETON should be used as a yield specialist (+190 CFP, +1732 Milk) and to sire daughters with great udders (+2.16 UDC).
A new standout in the lineup is 1HO14121 ARBITRATION-RED. This unique pedigree red sire is a Pat out of a Modesty that stands at +901 ICC$™. He is +733 NM$ with +1298 Milk and +118 CFP. Look to him as a type specialist at +1.43 PTAT and +2.23 UDC. He can be used with confidence anywhere with his 5.5% SCE.
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Fertility Calculations Updated
With the April 2019 proofs a downward trend in DPR values was reported, and CDCB stated they were looking into the reason. With the August proofs, CDCB announced updates to the fertility trait calculations that should produce considerably more consistent fertility evaluations in the future.
The primary reason for previous fertility trait fluctuations were "seasonal groupings" in fertility records. The updated calculations rectify this seasonality impact; however, the adjustment did cause a decrease in fertility averages industrywide for the August sire summary. Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR), Cow Conception Rate (CCR) and Heifer Conception Rate (HCR) values decreased slightly.
On average, from the April to August proofs, genomic-proven Holsteins decreased by 0.6 DPR and daughter-proven Holsteins decreased by 0.3 DPR.
To learn more, visit https://www.uscdcb.com/cdcb-changes-coming-in-the-fertility-evaluations/.
Since its launch in 2014, the Ideal Commercial Cow™ (ICC$™) index has been the go-to index for creating problem-free, highly profitable cows. This week's sire summary included an update to the ICC$™ index for Holsteins allowing it to flex to keep up with industry needs and trends.
The changes concentrated on three main areas.
» Balanced production for maximized profit
- Fat and Protein weightings rebalanced in PREF$ sub-index
»Healthy cows that stay out of the sick pen
- Transition Health component added to HLTH$ sub-index
- Transition Health includes Metritis, Ketosis, Retained Placenta & Displaced Abomasum
- Livability trait added to HLTH$ sub-index
»Fertility and functional udder focused
- More emphasis now placed on DPR and HCR
- Updated functional udder traits within the MABL$ sub-index
21 Elite New Sires Added to Robust Holstein Lineup
Whether you are looking for production, health, fertility or a combination of them all, the GENEX lineup has exactly what you need to create your next generation of commercial cows.
1HO13814 WHISKER is our new-release ICC$™ leader (+1289 ICC$™), and is also a high-ranking production specialist (+2151 Milk), debuting with a +545 rank for our Production Efficiency (PREF$) sub-index. WHISKER offers positive component percentages while improving milk quality (+2.74 SCS). Use WHISKER in your heifer pens to add longevity (+7.0 Productive Life and +3.2 Livability).
1HO13813 BUZZARD joined the lineup at +1228 for the ICC$™ index. With an extremely balanced genetic profile of +921 Net Merit $ and +1532 Milk, BUZZARD will also add great udders (+2.12 Udder Composite) and longevity at +6.9 Productive Life (PL).
1HO13836 WORLD CLASS ranks high on the ICC$™ index at +1216. With an extremely commercial-focused type profile moderating frame size, WORLD CLASS can be used across the board (6.4% Sire Calving Ease) to add extreme daughter fertility (+6.2 Daughter Pregnancy Rate).
1HO13803 HERREN is an A2A2 bull that will add balanced production at +157 CFP and +1115 ICC$™. He will also provide longevity with +6.0 PL and +5.0 LIV. Use HERREN in your heifer pens with his low 6.3% Sire Calving Ease (SCE).
1HO13802 ARKHAM sports a diverse top-side pedigree. ARKHAM offers a balanced genetic rank at +1110 ICC$™, +946 LNM$ and +2806 TPI®. Use this sire in your heifer pens with his 5.6% SCE. He’ll add great udders too at +1.96 Udder Composite (UDC).
1HO13489 PRINGLE is one of the first activated sons of 1HO11905 BLOWTORCH. He comes in at +1055 ICC$™ and +942 LNM$ while offering impressive component percentages and pounds (+126 Fat and +55 Protein).
1HO13818 MAPQUEST is +1064 ICC$™ and +931 LNM$. With an elite DPR value (+4.0), impressive longevity (+6.3 PL, +2.4 LIV) and calving ease (6.4% SCE), MAPQUEST can be used across the board. He will also transmit excellent commercial conformation (+1.47 PTAT, +1.42 UDC).
1HO13475 PLEXUS is +1141 ICC$™ with a high production (+1826 Milk) and impressive udder (+2.05 UDC) combination. He also improves milk quality (+2.69 SCS).
1HO13479 FINLEY-P is new polled option. This Answer PO out of a Yahtzee-P is sure to add pedigree diversity to your herd. He is +956 ICC$™ with +1753 Milk and +152 CFP. At 7.1% SCE, he is an outlier that will also add extremely high and wide rear udders to his daughters.
1HO13840 SIRI-P RED is +776 ICC$™ and also displays a diverse pedigree being a Splendid-P *RC out of an Atwork. He is an exciting new Polled and Red combination that will add balanced production and improve udders (+1.73 UDC).
1HO12996 KANZO earned the leading spot for our ICC$™ index with an impressive +1300. KANZO checks all the boxes with moderate frames, impressive udders (+2.72 UDC) and health traits (+401 for the HLTH$ sub-index).
1HO13805 AVALINO is our lineup’s leading sire for LNM$ at +952. He is also +1201 ICC$™, A2A2 and moved to over +2800 TPI®. AVALINO will add milk to the tank at +2050 Milk with +163 CFP while maintaining a +2.67 SCS.
1HO11376 TABASCO had a great day adding daughters and now sits in the top 10 TPI® at +2715. He is a huge production star at +2263 Milk and +142 CFP. This Jacey son improves milk quality with a low +2.69 SCS while improving daughter fertility (+4.5 DPR). Use this daughter-proven standout with complete confidence.
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