ABS Global held its 2011 Spring Tour June 6-9 in scenic Idaho. The tour drew over 60 participants world-wide, including individuals from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Mexico, and the United States. On the tour, participants were able to view progeny as well as outstanding results of ABS programs including Reproductive Management System® (RMS), Genetic Management System® (GMS), and the ABS Cornerstone® progeny test program. "For me, the tour reinforced why ABS is truly ‘The World Leader in Bovine Genetics'. By not only providing world-class genetics, but profitable partnerships that influence long-term profitability of the operation, ABS is an asset to dairy producers globally," stated David Dunlop of ABS United Kingdom. Ian Hildon, ABS Regional Manager added, "With the large scale of the operations visited and their strong commitment to ABS genetics, we were able to view large groups of both Holstein and Jersey sired-progeny at each operation. This is a rare opportunity that allowed those on the tour to see the consistency of the groups on several operations. In addition to seeing progeny from ABS mainline sires, it was exciting to view and discuss progeny from a number of young sires and August prospects." The group had the opportunity to view successful GMS results at Whitesides Dairy in Rupert, ID, including daughters by 29HO11605 GABE, 29HO10483 JAMMER and 529HO11084 SCRIMMAGE. Standout daughter groups at Aardema's Double A Dairy in Jerome, ID included Holstein mainline sires 29HO11614 JEEVES, 29HO11145 AMMO, 29HO11153 HOMESTEAD and 29HO11509 MATSON. At Aardema's Dairy #2, outstanding Jersey daughters were viewed from sires 29JE3301 IATOLA, 29JE3346 JEVON, 29JE3509 KARL, and August prospect 29JE3583 BRAHMS. Leading the way at Bettencourt's Dairy also of Jerome, ID were daughters of 29HO13325 MAGNETISM, 29HO13459 GOLDENBOY, and 29HO13536 PRENTICE. In addition to viewing progeny, this tour featured herds with elite infrastructures and management. This included visiting superior calf and heifer facilities at Millenkamp Cattle, Inc., Jerome ID and East Valley Cattle Company, LLC of Malta, ID and transition cow operations at Aardema and Double A Dairies. ABS Global would like to thank the following dairies for being a part of the 2011 ABS Herd Management Tour: Whitesides Dairy, Millenkamp Cattle, Inc.; East Valley Cattle, LLC; Double B and Bettencourt Dairies and Double A and Aardema Dairies. Headquartered in DeForest, Wisconsin, ABS Global is the world-leading provider of bovine genetics, reproduction services, technologies and uddercare products. Marketing in more than 80 countries around the globe, ABS has been at the forefront of animal genetics and technology since its founding in 1941. ABS Global is a division of Genus plc. 06.23.2011