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After a tremendous career, Select Sires said goodbye to 11-yearold, 250HO1002 Genervations EPIC (EX-94-GM) earlier today. EPIC was a Superstition son bred by GenerVations and Cormdale Genetics of Campbellville, Ontario. He joined Select Sires’ lineup following the purchase of GenerVations in 2014. Since then, dairy herds around the world have benefitted from EPIC’s elite genetic profile.

“EPIC was selected as one of the high-ranking genomic young sires and was popular from the very early days of his career,” said Scott Ruby, senior vice president, international sales and product management, World Wide Sires LTD. “Customers around the world have appreciated EPIC’s ability to sire outstanding dairy strength and trouble-free cows that last for many lactations.”

EPIC sold more than 775,000 units of semen in his lifetime and was especially popular in herds throughout Europe and North America. With more than 45,000 daughters in his production proof and 23,505 daughters in his type proof, EPIC was a customer satisfaction superstar. Holstein Sire Analyst, Kevin Jorgensen said, “EPIC sires a no-holes pattern that producers around the globe love. He was an early fitness specialist and today he carries Select Sires’ Mastitis ResistantPROTM designation. EPIC’s influence will continue through his offspring, including impressive sons like 7HO12111 DRAGONHEART.”

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is the largest global A.I. cooperative and is comprised of six farmer-owned and -controlled local organizations in the United States. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen, as well as excellence in service and programs to supply dairy and beef producers with the world’s best genetics.