Rankings from the December 2017 sire summaries show that Select Sires’ proven Holstein lineup dominates the industry in all areas of genetic emphasis. Twenty of the top 50 and 42 of the top 100 TPI® sires on Holstein Association USA’s Top TPI Bulls list are offered by Select Sires. Additionally, Select Sires leads the industry in highly reliable genetics. Holstein Association reports that 23 of the top 50 sires with 97 percent reliabilities for Milk and Type are Select bulls. 7HO12165 MONTROSS (+2772 GTPI) and 7HO12266 YODER (+2750 GTPI) hold top 10 spots on the Top 100 TPI list and are among the top five on the high reliability listing.
With 30 of the industry’s top 100 proven Net Merit (NM$) sires, Select Sires’ product lines offer more elite NM$ sires than any other A.I. organization. While the industry average for active proven sires is +383 NM$, Select Sires’ active lineup far exceeds this at +595 NM$. High ranking NM$ sires include YODER (+905), MONTROSS (+883), 7HO11351 SUPERSIRE (+872), 7HO11946 MIDNIGHT (+830) and 7HO12256 MAGUIRE (+824).
In Canada, ten of the top 25 LPI sires are “7HO” or “250HO” sires and include 7HO12014 DAVINCI (+3202), 250HO1043 AIKMAN (+3189), 250HO1009 BREWMASTER (+3182), 250HO12301 RAVECUT (+3175) and 7HO12111 DRAGONHEART (+3162). MONTROSS and DRAGONHEART are among the top 10 sires for Pro$ at +2594 and +2471, respectively.
Production and components
MONTROSS (+3,024), 7HO11621 MAYFLOWER (+2,653) and 7HO12418 SPARK (+2,427) hold top 10 spots for Milk. In total, Select Sires has 16 sires that transmit +1,500 Milk or more and are positive for Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR).
Select Sires offers 28 sires at or above +120 Combined Fat and Protein (CFP). Leading for CFP is 7HO12255 PETERPAN (+188), MONTROSS (+172) and MAGUIRE (+171). Topping the industry as the No.1 Fat sires are MAGUIRE and PETERPAN at +112 while MONTROSS ranks second for Protein at +89.
Wellness index highlights
Select Sires has designated the highest Wellness Trait IndexTM (WT$TM) sires as WellnessPROTM. This index focuses on six wellness traits (mastitis, lameness, metritis, retained placenta, displaced abomasum and ketosis) and includes an economic value for Polled test results. The top “7HO” WT$ sires include new graduate 7HO12357 PENLEY (+269), along with lineup sires 7HO12183 LIGHTS OUT (+235), 7HO11833 RENNIE (+201), 7HO10920 GOLD CHIP (+164) and 7HO11708 ROOKIE (+158).
The Dairy Wellness Profit IndexTM (DWP$TM) is an industry-wide index that combines production, fertility, type, longevity and wellness traits. Select leads with 59 of the top 100 DWP$ sires on Holstein Association USA’s listing. PENLEY is the No. 2 sire at +1,039 DWP$ and is joined at the top by ROOKIE at +1,022.
Select Sires is excited to be an industry leader in superior genetics that not only transmit outstanding production, Type and Wellness traits, but also lead in Sire Conception Rate (SCR) and provide farmers with the best return on their genetic investments. Select’s lineup includes 52 active proven sires at or above +1.0 for SCR. Select Sires’ fertility leaders include 7HO12248 SUPERIOR (+3.8), 7HO10506 G W ATWOOD (+3.3), YODER (+3.1), 7HO12115 DECEIVER (+3.0) and 7HO12095 MALLINGER (+2.9).
7HO13093 DAMARIS (+9.6) and PENLEY (+9.1) rank very high in the breed for Productive Life (PL). In total, seven of the top 25 active proven sires for PL are from the Select Sires lineup. PENLEY also ranks No. 1 for Somatic Cell Score (SCS) (+2.33).
For DPR, Cow Conception Rate (CCR) and Heifer Conception Rate (HCR), 7HO12126 FLORES (+6.6, +8.4, +4.8), 7HO11169 PETRONE (+6.2, +7.9, +5.1) and MIDNIGHT (+5.6, +7.7, +4.4) rank among the breed’s top 10. 7HO11395 MYSTIC is also a top-10 sire for DPR (+6.0) and CCR (+7.7) with a positive HCR (+3.7).
Dominating the type rankings
Showcase SelectionsTM sires hold three of the top seven spots for Type in the industry’s active proven lineup, including 7HO12353 BEEMER (+3.68), G W ATWOOD (+3.62) and 7HO11596 DEIANT (+3.35). Additional sires over +3.0 for Type include new graduate 7HO12395 SATURN (+3.26), 7HO12198 KINGBOY (+3.25) and 7HO11477 MCCUTCHEN (+3.19). “7HO” sires that rank in the top 20 for Udder Composite (UDC) include 7HO11314 MOGUL (+3.09) and SATURN (+3.08). 7HO11915 MULTIPLY ranks among the breed’s top 10 sires for Feet and Leg Composite (FLC) at +2.84.
To view Select Sires’ complete Holstein lineup, visit www.selectsires.com or contact your local 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.