The information below has been supplied by dairy marketers and other industry organizations. It has not been edited, verified or endorsed by Hoard’s Dairyman.Just shy of his tenth birthday, 7HO12111 Mr OCD Epic DRAGONHEART-ET (VG-87) reached an impressive milestone of one million units sold. DRAGONHEART will join his maternal grandsire, 7HO8081 PLANET, to be the thirteenth millionaire in Select Sires’ history. Select Sires would like to thank Oakfield Corners Dairy, Jonathan and Alicia Lamb, F. Gomez and D. Lufkin for the instrumental role they played in breeding DRAGONHEART as well as Select Sires’ barn crews, laboratory team members, sire analysts and field staff who contributed to his great success.
“It’s always an honor when breeders around the world use genetics that originate from our herd,” said Jonathan Lamb. “In the era of genomics, when no one thought a bull would reach millionaire status, DRAGONHEART has achieved that coveted milestone.”
DRAGONHEART hails from a world-renowned maternal line. He was an early 250HO1002 EPIC son from OCD Planet Danica (EX-93-EX-MS-GMD-DOM) and his fourth dam was the popular Windsor-Manor Rud Zip (EX-95-4E-GMD-DOM). Alicia Lamb describes his maternal line as having strong udders, sound feet and legs and the temperament and production that work very well in their commercial facility.
“DRAGONHEART’s consistent performance, high milk production, outstanding udders, favorable calving ease and elite semen fertility carried him to this extreme sales success,” said Rick VerBeek, senior sire analyst. “Achieving one million units in sales solidifies DRAGONHEART’s status as a true customer-satisfaction sire and we look forward to watching him continue to climb the sales ladder.”
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.