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Genetic selection made easier
For more than 50 years, Select Sires' diamond emblem has represented the mark of outstanding genetics. These superior genetics offer great diversity, excel in industry indexes, and fit a wide range of breeding goals for Select Sires' customers. It is clearly understood at Select Sires that one size does not fit all in the genetic world.
Look for the following Designations to specifiy Select Sires genetic influencers for your herd!
CalvingPRO®The level of calving stress is a key predictor of future profitability. When breeding heifers today, you can help manage tomorrow's calving stress by using sires that deliver calving ease and more.
FeedPRO optimizes the selection for increased production and moderate body size while maintaining body-condition score and daughter fertility. This revolutionary index designates sires with the genetics to improve income-over-feed costs and maintain health and reproductive traits.
Made up of genomic young sires, this group has been selected based on rigid semen-quality standards and their high-ranking Sire Conception Rate (SCR) from progeny test semen usage. Additionally, FertilityPRO sires have outstanding genetic merit with a highly-reliable sire stack. FertilityPRO sires combine the best of genetics and fertility together in one package to meet your breeding goals.
Look for the gender SELECTed logo to identify those sires with sexed semen available. More heifers is not out of reach with our research-backed gender SELECTed semen.
Showcase Selections pinpoints the elite type sires available. Sires earn this designation through outstanding, breed-leading type or show-winning pedigrees. Turn to this designation to produce your next show winner or improve the overall type in your herd.
The Superior Settler logo identifies those sires with semen that will likely improve pregnancy rates. This designation is assigned by examining industry service-sire-conception-rate values, along with intensive in-house-semen-quality evaluations. This group of sires will offer semen fertility without compromise.
Always passionate about customer success, Select Sires has collaborated with Zoetis to provide two innovative indexes for its Holstein lineup sires, Wellness Trait Index™ (WT$™) and Dairy Wellness Profit Index™ (DWP$™), which uses wellness trait information from the CLARIFIDE® Plus genomic test to predict lifetime profitability based on additional wellness information. The top WT$ sires at Select Sires will be designated WellnessPRO to identify the sires with the greatest chance to make a positive impact on wellness by reducing the genetic risk of common dairy cow diseases.
Pasture-based dairying can be a viable option to produce milk profitably. There is clear scientific data that shows U.S.-proven genetics are a superior source of grazing genetics. In fact, recent research shows that bulls whose daughters perform best for a particular trait under confinement-production systems are also best for that trait under grazing situations.
One of the advantages of Select Sires' large-scale program is the enormous variation available in the genetics of the 1,500 Holstein bulls that Select Sires owns. When the large group of available sires at Select Sires is screened for the specific needs of grazing herds, it becomes evident there are bulls that transmit high component yield, outstanding mobility, and high fertility as well as, if not better than, any other genetics in the world. Based on sound science and research, Select Sires' grazing specialists are selected to increase the profitability of grazers in the U.S. by transmitting superior production yields, greater longevity and mobility, moderating stature, improving component yields, all while not compromising fitness traits such as Daughter Pregnancy Rate and Somatic Cell Score.
Select Sires recognizes the growing number of automated milking and feeding systems on dairy farms and has identified sires that transmit the desired traits for robotic milking systems. These sires were selected by focusing on component and milk yield, milk quality, longevity, and durability, as well as functional udder traits. By using these sires, you can create the next generation of profitable cows for your specific milking system.