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Following the December 2017 sire summary rankings, Select Sires continues to have the largest and most elite offering of genomic young sires in the industry. Holstein Association USA’s Genomic Young Bulls list reports that 50 of the top 100 and 25 of the top 50 young sires call Select Sires home. Leading the Holstein breed for GTPI® include 7HO12997 TARRINO (+2899), 7HO13598 PINNACLE (+2888) and 7HO13907 JARED (+2887) in the top 10.

Select Sires’ young sire lineup also represents 43 of the industry’s top 100 Net Merit (NM$) sires. There are more than 20 young sires with the 7HO stud code that transmit more than 950 NM$. Top sires, include: 7HO13771 KENNEDY (+1,048), PINNACLE (+1,007), 7HO13741 FOLKLORE (+999) and 7HO12788 FRAZZLED (+995).

Fertility without Compromise

Without a pregnancy, elite genetics have no impact. Select Sires continues to emphasize the value of highly fertile semen so that customer-owners can reap the benefits. The December 2017 lineup offers 63 genetically elite young sires that have Sire Conception Rates (SCR) at or above +2.0. Among this grouping of sires, are 7HO12600 MODESTY (+2827 GTPI, +2.4 SCR), 7HO13624 SUPREME (+2824 GTPI, +3.8 SCR), 7HO13250 JEDI (+2810 GTPI, +2.4 SCR) and FRAZZLED (+2797 GTPI, +2.0 SCR).

Wellness leaders

Select Sires has designated the highest Wellness Trait IndexTM (WT$TM) sires as WellnessPROTM sires. This index focuses on six wellness traits (mastitis, lameness, metritis, retained placenta, displaced abomasum and ketosis) and includes an economic value for Polled test results. 7HO12556 PAGEONE ranks very well in the industry for WT$ at +319.

Dairy Wellness Profit IndexTM (DWP$TM) is an industry-wide index that combines production, fertility, type, longevity and wellness traits. Fifty-four of the industry’s top 100 DWP$ sires are offered through Select Sires’ lineup. Highlights from this lineup include 7HO13715 RAPTOR (+1,253 DWP$), 7HO13737 EINSTEIN (+1,243 DWP$), 7HO14046 TOTALLY (+1,227 DWP$), 7HO13866 RIO (+1,222) and FRAZZLED (+1,222).

Fitness highlights

7HO13559 SNAZZY is the breed’s No. 1 ranked sire for Productive Life at +12.7 and is tied at No. 2 for Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR) at +7.1. 7HO12979 JOLOKIA ties with SNAZZY for DPR (+7.1) and ranks No. 3 for Cow Conception Rate (+8.3). Both SNAZZY and JOLOKIA are 7HO12533 HOTSHOT sons.

Type sires standout

Showcase SelectionsTM sires are among the top Type sires on the active genomic listing. 7HO13730 UNDENIED ranks third in the breed at +4.19 PTAT. Also holding top spots for Type are 7HO12922 DELIGHT at +4.18, 250HO12961 DOC at +4.01, 7HO13839 TATOO at +3.98, 250HO12589 JACOBY at +3.90 and 7HO12921 WILSON at +3.87.

Dominating lineup

For the best young sires for GTPI and NM$, combined with breed-leading fertility, look to Select Sires. Of the 36 active Holstein young sires that are +850 NM$ or higher and +1.0 SCR or greater, 20 are available from Select Sires. Highlights from this group include 250HO13267 DUKE (+881 NM$, +2771 GTPI, +3.0 SCR), 7HO13302 MEGAMAN (+918 NM$, +2748 GTPI, +2.6 SCR) and 7HO13504 JAGUAR (+921 NM$, +2764 GTPI, +3.5 SCR).

To view Select Sires’ complete Holstein lineup, please visit 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.