Helix: The Leading Daughter-Proven Bull in the US

November 2019

With a jump of 162 TPI points, AOT Silver Helix stormed to the top of the TPI list in August. The Silver son from the Halo family combines big-time production with positive fertility and calving traits and a solid type profile.

Focus on... Secret Polled Tips

November 2019

For more than a year IPS of the USA has been offering their Tobin son Chile-PP on the international market and the demand for the homozygous polled sire, who goes back to Brandt-View BWM Wendy VG-88 via Powerball-Castaway-Codie-O-Man, is high enough to make him one of the top-sellers at the company. Chile is indeed a special sire, which is not only...

Bull Talk - November 2019

November 2019

In April, he had insufficient daughters (30). But by August, the number had risen to 138 head and he was able to storm onto America’s TPI top-30: Wet Tatum Mitchell, owned by Select Sires - good for 2625 TPI and +3.10 type. He is a son of Tatum (Uno-Colby) out of Ms Delicious Mojo VG-89, a Mogul daughter of “Global Cow 2018”, Miss Delicious. ‘When...

Intriguing Sires - November 2019

November 2019

With two sons in the progeny proven top-10, the German bull dam KNS Reality VG-86 is meeting expectations in Italy. Her Balisto son Brasileiro (3398 PFT) stands out with high milk transmitting. Comedy, Reality’s Commander son, debuted in August (103 daughters) with a nice all-round profile, including high components (+0.32% +0.27%). Comedy, unlike...

Intriguing Sires - November 2019

November 2019

Apprentice has already left his mark on the breed, especially via his sons such as the wildly popular red bull Swingman. Apprentice was bred by an investor group Endeavour Genetics (Endco) of Illinois. The red carrier Kingboy son is from a VG Supersire backed by a VG Alchemy sister to Apple. ‘His daughters are very functional dairy cows with set to...

Focus on... International top sires

October 2019

In his debut on a daughter-proven basis in August he was able to celebrate being one of the most noteworthy newcomers with his 2612 TPI (428 daughters). Nonetheless, the gap to the top remained large. The list-leader AOT Helix is almost 200 points higher. At least in the USA. In other countries the picture looks a lot different. In neighbouring Can...

Intriguing Sires - October 2019

October 2019

Combining the Lila Z family through his sire Westcoast Lighthouse (Spring-Distinction) with the Barbie family through his dam Walnutlawn Abbott Bree VG-85-2yr, already the high-conformation sire Walnutlawn Bridgestone attracts attention. As the Nr.25 Conformation sire he comes with a well-rounded type proof – but an interesting quality about his li...

Frazzled Lives Up To Expectations

October 2019

With numerous Frazzled sons and daughters featuring on high genomic lists, the daughter-based proof of this Josuper son was highly anticipated: Quite a lot depended on Frazzled maintaining his genomic numbers. Now the wait is over. He has landed at Nr.4 on the TPI charts.

Josuper and Sons: Providing an Impulse of Milk for the Breed

October 2019

Supersire son Uecker Josuper sits at Nr.10 on the TPI charts with three sons ranked ahead of him: Frazzled, Rowdy and Raiden. His all important trait of massive milk production has resulted in seven sons all ranked in the TPI top-30 for daughter-proven sires... and his highest scoring sons are only now entering the system!

BullTalk - October 2019

October 2019

He is new in America’s progeny proven type top-10, holding 6th place, with no less than +3.48 PTAT. With 2525 TPI, he is the highest total transmitter in the top-10. We are talking about Wilra Harvest (Monterey-Uno), descending from the successful family of Wilra Ramos 598 EX-90. As mentioned already, Harvest is not only a top type bull. This ABS g...

Intriguing Sires - October 2019

October 2019

No matter what you think of line-breeding, it worked for Canada’s Nr.1 gLPI sire S-S-I Biggelo, as the Delroy-son features the O-Man Mirror family on both sides of his pedigree. Although Biggelo’s dam died prior to calving, his granddam is a GP-83-3yr Montross who produced 35,650lb (16,171kg) milk in her last 305-day lactation (3rd). Behind her is...

Molenkamp KP Carter: First Reserve, Now Top Sire in France

October 2019

In the French August release, three early sons debuted in the top-15. Among them were leader Oken and runner-up Ozy JBT. Molenkamp KP Carter himself has been unabatedly high on the gISU list for two years. Given his popularity and the high DNA results of his descendants, Carter is becoming very influential in France and beyond. Special: the Kingpin son, bred from the Beachlawn Bell Cleitus Pro line that earlier provided the French type specialist Gelpro, definitively found his AI destiny when he was 20 months old.

BullTalk - September 2019

September 2019

At Cogent in Great Britain, they had to bid farewell to a popular favourite in their sire facility: Cogent Twist. And… Twist was not only a favourite among his caretakers, but also of many dairy farmers world-wide. Which explains why with a lifetime total of >700,000 doses, he became the most used sire ever at Cogent. ‘Twist semen has been sold to...

Focus on... September 2019

September 2019

On first glance, it is the all-around positive values for all management and health traits that grab attention. Additionally, there is the good heritability for production and proper conformation with great udders. We are talking about a bull who is no longer alive and of whom there is only limited semen still available, but who since august is the...

Intriguing Sires DNA - Biggelo & Sano & Nashville

September 2019

No matter what you think of line-breeding, it worked for Canada’s Nr.1 gLPI sire S-S-I Biggelo, as the Delroy-son features the O-Man Mirror family on both sides of his pedigree. Although Biggelo’s dam died prior to calving, his granddam is a GP-83-3yr Montross who produced 35,650lb (16,171kg) milk in her last 305-day lactation (3rd). Behind her is...

Defiant: Great Type Option for Red-Holstein Breeders

August 2019

After graduating with a daughter proof in December 2015, Scientific Defiant went on to spend more than 12 months sitting atop the Holstein type list in the US. As an added bonus, he carried the red factor and a high-profile pedigree free of Apple blood, making him a special attraction for Red-Holstein breeders.

Intriguing Sires - August 2019

August 2019

The Caudumer Lol family has been a household name in Red Holstein breeding for years. In the Netherlands, but now also beyond. A prominent cow within this family, Lawn Boy daughter Caudumer Lol 292-P-Red, was one of the candidates in HI’s Red Impact Competition 2019. Also her Magna daughter Caudumer Lol 306-PP-Red is creating quite a stir. She is c...

Focus on.. Red, Milk & Type

August 2019

He supplies the type, the udders and the width & depth to the body many Red-Holstein breeders are looking for. In addition he improves the components at good milk production and combines that with A2A2 for beta casein and AB for kappa casein. And then we shouldn’t forget that – through the sire stack Revival-Red-Delta-Sympatico-Observer-Forge right...

Bull Talk - August 2019

August 2019

We already wrote about it: Salvatore continues to be a high calibre sire of sons and is still delivering remarkable sons. New in his top-5 of the very best sons is DG-OH Doble RC, out of a daughter of another top bull: Rubicon. Doble’s dam is DG-OH Donna VG-85, who originates from the strong family of Golden-Oaks Mark Prudence EX-95. What makes Dob...

Why Italy’s Most Fitting Ambassador Deserves an “Upgrade”

August 2019

We want to begin our story about Prince with an “upgrade”. Did you know that Prince produced a total of 501,084 doses of semen, that have nearly all been sold? (And demand is still significant, so sire analyst Francesco Veronese expects that all the semen at owner Intermizoo will be sold out shortly.) Well: half a million doses of semen for an Italian bull is phenomenal. Often a bull appears in the limelight once he reaches a million doses, but that happens primarily in countries like the US, Canada and the Netherlands. In most other countries, millionaires hardly happen – the sales network is simply less extensive. Therefore, corrected for sales network, Prince would certainly have joined the honour gallery of the world’s millionaires – he functioned so tremendously out of Italy.

Intriguing Sires - Balic & Bandicoot & Duke

July 2019

‘Our dairy farmers appreciate Balic and are using him again as a progeny proven bull,’ states Mathias Poferl from Rinderzucht Baden-Württemberg (RBW). ‘Also in his DNA period, Balic was already very popular, so that there are already more than 250 daughters in production. And GGI-Spermex continues to place orders for international customers.’ The A...

Focus on.. Eyecatcher

July 2019

The breeding values for conformation are among the best the breed has to offer, but that is not the reason why we are presenting these four bulls. The quality of this quartet is not based on numbers but on the feedback from the barns of many different breeders around the world. They are bulls whose daughters excite with great type, either as calves...

Bull Talk - June 2019

July 2019

Salvatore dominates for the red & white sire of sons, but in his wake we find Endco Apprentice RC, a Kingboy son of Blondin-TJR Supersire Aroma VG-85. Apprentice is not only the sire of Westcoast Swingman-Red (nr.1 in Canada and the US for Red Holsteins), but also of the high Americans KenmoreTriple Crown-Red and Avance-Red, and the high Canadian M...

Intriguing Sires - July 2019

July 2019

Giordano is the new Nr.1 DNA-proven bull in Italy and combines solid production (+1330kg milk) with high components (+.50%f +.24%p) and is the highest rated bull for udders in the top-10 at 2.93. He is sired by Westcoast Perseus, a Penmanship son out of the VG-88 Doorman sister to Monterey from the Pine-Tree Rudy Missy family. The cow family behind...

BullTalk - June 2019

June 2019

He is the very highest NTM transmitter of Scandinavia and is available both domestically and abroad: Growny with +41 NTM. ‘Certainly a very interesting bull: high indexing and with an alternative pedigree,’ says Claus Langdahl on behalf of owner VikingGenetics. Growny’s pedigree is definitely different. Sire Goleen is a son of Grace, who in turn is...

Intriguing Sires - Maestro & Spinoff & Tampa

June 2019

America’s nr.1 Einstein, Homeground, Mixology and Maestro in Canada; these four young Semex bulls debuted in the absolute top during the April release. Brian Carscadden, sire analyst for Semex: ‘Maestro, currently one of our most heavily used mating sires, will be the closest to be released.’ Just like Mixology (<Topnotch; see BullTalk) Maestro is...

Focus on.. Polled Talents

June 2019

The dam is an early daughter of the Balisto son Brasil and the granddam is a productive Snowfever daughter with Laron-P, Canvas and Lightning in her sire stack. On the on the female side, the Josefien family has been part of the Nukleus program of CRV for generations and the result in the form of Jacko-PP-Red brings everything together. The Leader...

Intriguing Sires - Checkmate & Jeiraki & Nautic

June 2019

For the leading group of young DNA sires, Checkmate always came just a few RZG points short, but in the end, according to Ingo Schnoor from RSH, this had no influence on his popularity. ‘He had what a lot of dairy farmers are looking for; high components with sufficient milk, not too much stature, lots of strength through the front end, good capaci...

Ladys-Manor Shamrock: No Longer Bookem’s Little Brother

June 2019

During the past decade, a lot has been said and written about the stature of Holsteins. The trend towards less tall Holsteins is now probably truly being pursued, partly because of Shamrock, one of Planet’s very best sons. His longevity genes pop up everywhere in today’s rankings.

In France, Anticipation is Mounting Quickly… Will Louxor Make True on his Tremendous Promises?

June 2019

‘He is the undisputed French leader at an unparalleled level – never before has a bull reached this high.’ This is what HI wrote in late 2016 about the new and promising French Louxor, who made his sensational debut in April 2016. ‘Interest has been overwhelming, since April people will go to all lengths to get Louxor semen,’ said David Girod from...

Jedi: The Daughter Proven Story

May 2019

Jedi has been one of the most extensively used sires of sons of the genomic era establishing his position as a major impact sire of the breed. However, now with over 4,000 milking daughters in his proof, not everything about his career has gone exactly to plan though he remains as one of the most popular sires in the line-up at Select Sires.

Intriguing Sires - Rowdy & Balisto & Bardo

May 2019

‘Rowdy is an exceptional production bull transmitting extreme milk and yet still with good components,’ comments Ryan Starkenburg from ABS. ‘Along with the extreme production he still does well on the health traits, which is often difficult to achieve with such high production bulls.’ Rowdy and his full brother Raiden (2745 TPI) are early products...

Focus on... Climbers

May 2019

No other evaluation period of the year routinely serves as many changes as the April evaluations. In addition to the base changes, tweaks to the evaluation formulas are another big reason why the numbers for certain bulls change a lot more than the average. April 2019 is no exception. Below we present the most conspicuous climbers for various count...

BullTalk - May 2019

May 2019

What a perfectly chosen name! His DNA index of 2010 (2098 gTPI) is virtually exactly the same as his progeny proven index today: 2060 TPI. And now based on 16,698 daughters! Yes, Mountfield AltaExacter is by and large doing what he promised. He is not playing a big role as a sire of sons, but he is doing outstanding work in providing splendid cows....

BullTalk - April 2019

April 2019

He is the highest available type transmitter of France: no less than +4.7! Plus… in the area of fitness, he is nearly faultless. Add to that his slightly positive figures for milk and components – which make Frenchman Mewald from Genes Diffusion into a very interesting type sire. He certainly did not simply fall out of the blue sky: his dam, Delabe...

Focus on... Popular

April 2019

The dam No-Pe Yoder Elena is a granddaughter to Morningview Super Ellie EX-90, whose dam of course is Shottle Madilyn EX-94. With that the pedigree meets some high international standards. La Axel, Elena’s Gymnast son, also has his own world-class numbers to throw in the ring. With his 2781 gTPI, the young sire from the Czech AI stud Zooservis is t...

Intriguing Sires - Mayflower & Ilvolo & Baldur

April 2019

Mayflower is a high-production Snowman son, now with +2591 of milk, -.14% fat and +.00% protein along with 0.93 type. His dam, Roylane Socra Mira EX-91, is the full sister to Robust. ‘­Mayflower has been a huge production sire since his early genomic days all the way through till his daughter-proven sire days, now with thousands of daughters in mul...

Seagull-Bay Supersire: Milk Transmitter Par Excellence, Making True on All Promises

March 2019

In December 2012, he was America’s nr.1 DNA tested sire with 2530 gTPI. Six years later, in December 2018, he scores 2518 TPI based on 33,087 daughters. A dream score, right in the DNA bull’s eye. His name: Seagull-Bay Supersire. Bred by the Andersen family in Idaho, owned by Select Sires in Ohio, distributed in many countries by World Wide Sires in California. Supersire turned eight in December. And then already had substantially passed the milestone of one million doses. Is the sire of the nr.2 TPI and highest milk bull of the breed: Uecker JoSuper. Is the double great-grandsire of the gTPI nr.3 of the US: Hurtgenlea Richard Charl. Is the sire of the Dutch nr.1: Cogent Supershot. Is the grandsire of Mr Salvatore RC, one of the most successful Red Holstein sires of sons. Where do we stop? Because in the meantime, Supersire’s great-great-grandsons are already in AI service. It is impossible to imagine modern breeding without Supersire – reason for HI to shed light on the amazing career of the world’s 55th millionaire. Interspersed with short descriptions about all six top bulls that we find in his direct paternal line.

O’Kaliber: Swiss Champion Maker

March 2019

He has no more than 350 milking daughters in North America – even so, one of them becamethe Intermediate Champion at the World Dairy Expo last year. One of his 1000 daughtersin Switzerland was Grand Champion during Junior Expo Bulle, and Reserve Intermediateduring the Swiss Expo. Exceptional success then, credited to GS Alliance O’Kaliber, the Swiss Acme son of European Champion and two-time World Champion O’Kalibra.

Holbra Rodanas: The Complete Nr.1 from Italy

March 2019

As a DNA bull, he was already sky high in the index list and was thus popular. That popularity continues, because based on 1000 daughters, his qualities have been nicely confirmed: Rodanas is the absolute nr.1 of Italy. Here is the report about the very complete Doorman son from the successful Dutch branch of the Prudence family.

Do you still recognize this Mountain son?

March 2019

He looks at you sternly. Maintains a steady gaze. Yes, indeed, so it was when Han Hopman photographed this bull 18 years ago. Because Jesther – that is who we are talking about – was certainly not a friendly bull. ‘You have to keep a very close eye on him,’ said the sire caretakers close to the French city of La Roche-sur-Yon. Right: Jesther. Do yo...

L-L-M-Dairy Passat: New Source of the “Invisible” Holstein Cow

March 2019

Every top bull is unique. L-L-M-Dairy Pond Passat, a top-10 newcomer in America’s progeny proven list, especially stands out with his particularly rich profile for commercial farms. His pedigree, a combination of the fitness specialist Ponder and the balanced L-L-M-Dairy Procky family, nicely round out Passat’s special report.

Intriguing Sires - Fullmarks & Nantais & Gigabyte

March 2019

Sandy-Valley Eternity is without doubt a female breed phenomenon, that will sustainably leave her marks in the population. This attractive VG-88 (2yr) Rubicon, a great granddaughter of the not less talented Planet Sapphire, since August is the #1 CTPI cow. Out of her 35 daughters 2 exceed 2900 gTPI and 15 are testing above 2800 gTPI. At least as im...

Focus on.. beloved and reliable (1)

March 2019

They are not the highest bulls, not necessarily successful sires of sons, and not the top genomic sires, but they are proven, have hundreds of daughters in milk and are the top-sellers for their companies. There are various reasons why certain sires are continually among the favourites for dairy farmers. Breeding values only play a secondary role,...

En Route to the Great Ones?

March 2019

It is still early in the morning, September 21, 2017. Nevertheless, it is warm already – a tropical day is in the works. But we are thinking of something entirely different though. From the barn of Select Sires in Ohio (US) steps a bull that we are very eager to see “live”: Melarry Josuper Frazzled. After all, he is the sire of a number of the very...

Louxor Reigns Supreme in France

March 2019

Many bulls can be labelled as all-round: good production, solid type and positive fitness. Louxor, since April 2016 France’s Nr.1 for almost two years, gives the description all-round a whole new dimension thanks to excellent production, outstanding type and on top of that extremely good fitness. Since April, owner Evolution has been launching Louxor sons with – how could it be otherwise – qualities galore.

Why Missouri is the “dairyman’s satisfaction bull”

March 2019

Over the last decade, Supersire, Mogul and Balisto have been among the most influential sires of the breed – and they represent 3 different branches of the Rudy Missy family. However, perhaps the most consistent transmitter of the Rudy Missy’s turns out to be the Robust daughter Pine-Tree 2149Robst 4846 who now has 7 sons in the TPI top-100... including Missouri, whose story we now present.

Cogent Supershot: Source of Work Ethic and Functionality

March 2019

Cogent Supershot debuted in 2014 for the British breeding program Cogent as the Nr.1 bull for gTPI, gLPI and gPLI. His flamboyant debut coincided with a notable introduction campaign. For a year now, the Supersire son has a progeny proven index and high DNA-tested grandsons are emerging world-wide. All high expectations have been met, except for one trait.

Frist PJP: The Great Type Bull of France

March 2019

Once in a while a true outlier comes along who defies the odds and remains at the top of the list for an extended period of time. When it comes to type, Atwood has certainly been an outlier on the US charts for years. And one of his very best sons is Frist PJP, who dominates the type rankings in France.

Intriguing Sires - Presley & Emmitt & Mineral

March 2019

With sons like Hayes-P and Hologram-P or grandsons like Pontiac-P, Paiton-PP and Mystic-PP, Bomaz Uno 5904 (Uno-Lawn Boy-Laudan-Garter) has established herself as a productive wellspring in the polled segment. With almost every evaluation there are new polled talents coming into focus and almost none of them have blatant faults in individual traits...

Iznogoud: Alternative blood, new family – top genetics

March 2019

In the English language, the name “Iznogoud” might seem to be a peculiar choice. After all, it sounds like “Is no good” and that would sell the bull short. Way too short, because Iznogoud is turning out to be the best of all French progeny proven sires so far! But: in France, the name “Iznogoud” has an entirely different connotation: a popular comedy series. In Holstein breeding, Iznogoud is certainly no joke: the French progeny proven nr.1 is also the sire of the French DNA tested nr.1. Get to know this unique transmitter.

First the Daughters, now the Sons – Yoder’s Impressive Balance as Sire of Sons

March 2019

To find an answer as to which sons of the exceptional Mogul are having the largest influence on the breed is not an easy task. Many of them convince with great daughters. But which Mogul son is having the most impact through sons and grandsons? Montross, the sire of Jedi, is surely a good candidate. Or Pety, the sire of Modesty. But what about Yoder? Initially it was his daughters the exceeded expectations, and now it is sons like Achiever or Bandares that are creating excitement. Yoder’s influence is hardly less than that of his half-brothers.

Snake-Red - Germany’s New Red & White Nr.1

March 2019

During the first edition of the breeding event Holstein Vision, RinderAllianz displayed an appealing daughter group from Snake-Red and the rumour mill had it already – the Snow son could possibly become the new nr.1 in his country.… Confirmation came one week later: Snake-Red is Germany’s new red & white nr.1!

Influential Kingboy Sons: High Indexes and Outstanding Type

March 2019

A high PTAT (America’s index for type) traditionally generates a lot of attention. This is underscored by the American Kingboy. From the outset, breeders and commercial dairy farmers have embraced the complete and especially high-type McCutchen son. During the past four years, owner Select Sires has sold 400,000 doses of semen. Kingboy’s popularity is radiating through to his sons. Among them are various significant sires of sons. HI introduces them to you.

Oh-River-Syc Byway: Meridian’s Premier Type Sire

March 2019

High Octane, Capital Gain, Gold Chip, Brokaw, Braxton, Baltimore, Brady, Bankroll: The Barbies are world-renowned for being one of the best breeding type families. And here they are with another breed leader, Byway.

Genervations Epic: Canadian Bull with Worldwide Influence

March 2019

The Lead Mae family has produced a number of high-ranking bulls around the world with two of the most notable being Kingboy in the US and the highly influential Canadian bred Epic. The big, white, 94-point Epic leaves robust, high producing cows that maintain good body condition throughout their lactations. Here is a look at the influence of Epic.

Intriguing Sires - Drastic-P & Princi-P-Red & Hotspot-P

February 2019

‘Of course, it is too early to say it with certainty, but he will likely become one of the most popular polled sires world-wide,’ says Rick VerBeek from Select Sires about the high newcomer from the American April release, Drastic-P. The Bandares son transmits almost 1000 lb. milk, +.13% fat and +.08% protein, and all-round good fitness figures: 5....

Silver: Still the Most Popular Bull at ABS Global

February 2019

The most photographed bull?

Mr Mogul Delta: Consistent Source of Modern Holstein Cows

February 2019

With eleven sons in the TPI top-50, the consistent breeding qualities of Miss OCD Delicious are being clearly underscored. This consistency turns out to be epitomized by Delicious’ Mogul son Delta, who stands out with nearly 4,000 daughters in America’s top-5, and appeals to both breeders and commercial dairy farmers with his modern breeding pattern.

BullTalk - February 2019

February 2019

We gave you a tip about him earlier already, the successful sire of sons for Red Holsteins: Mr Salvatore. In Canada, Germany and the US, we find numerous attractive sons. But: also in the Czech Republic. There the red & white Salvatore son Agras Zuma-Red (2614 gTPI; 8/2018) is flourishing with nearly faultless type, lots of milk and favourable figu...

Intriguing Sires - Barcley & Jingle & Millington

February 2019

It was the first 24 daughters with production data and 46 daughters with classification data that lifted the Balisto son Barcley to Nr.2 on the German top-list. The December debut for the former Nr.1 genomic young sire in Germany had been announced by already having sold over 50,000 doses. He has been among the top-sellers for his owner Qnetics for...

Intriguing Sires - Horizon & Riveting & Grateful

February 2019

The year 2019 is still young and just the right time to present Canada’s leading genomic young bull to the Holstein world. We are talking about Horizon, a Fortune testing 3590 gLPI and 2789 gTPI, a sire of sons with strong type (14), terrific udders (12), plenty of chest width (9), a solid proof for milk and sky high components (.35%F; +.31%E). The...

Focus on... Highly Productive and Prolific

February 2019

Anyone who breeds Holsteins will always have the traits milk production and fertility integrated in his philosophy in some way. And this exactly is a matter of two of the biggest contrasts the breed has to offer. If you breed intensely on production, then you make a compromise when it comes to fertility. That’s at least what history has been teachi...

Intriguing Sires DNA - Tarrino & Braveness & Nebula

February 2019

‘Tarrino is currently Modesty’s highest available son, and his numbers have continued to climb,’ comments Rick VerBeek from Select Sires. ‘He comes from the Colby Taya family that is extreme for production and produces trouble-free cows. Tarrino’s pedigree combines Bolton Money and Colby Taya, the two great cow families at Welcome Stock Farm.’ Taya...

BullTalk - January 2019

January 2019

He is now more than 6 years old but continues to work hard. ‘He is still the most sold bull at Select,’ says Jeff Ziegler from owner Select Sires. ‘Bacon-Hill Montross is an outstanding semen producer and all of the semen that he produces is still being sold. He continues to be a hit for top production, without sacrificing fertility. His lifetime t...

Focus on - January 2019

January 2019

Have you ever tried to find a sire of sons that has a high overall breeding value with below average inheritance for frame size? We admit that the search is tedious. While dairy farmers and breeders or sire analysts agree that the breed does not need more frame, sires with below average frame size in the important group of sires of sons are the exc...

Meet the World’s 55th Holstein millionaire: Seagull-Bay Supersire

December 2018

At the end of this month, on December 28, 2018, he will turn 8 years old – and by then will have substantially exceeded one million doses produced. In early November, the millionth dose of Supersire semen was namely sold by World-Wide Sires, as reported Scott Ruby from WWS. This makes Seagull-Bay Supersire the 55th bull in the world to pass this ph...

BullTalk - December 2018

December 2018

Those who thought that genomics would eliminate them… are mistaken! They still exist, the tenacious super-millionaires. In October, we reported that the 15-year-old Planet passed the milestone of 1.5 million doses. A sire that had already done so in 2016 was Mainstream Manifold. And you know what? This 14-year-old O-Man son is still producing and h...

Intriguing Sires - Artist & Solito-Red & Thunder Storm

December 2018

Since his start a good year ago, Stone-Front Artist has been one of the best-liked sires in the program of St Jacobs ABC. And now, with his first calves impressing at their farms, the run on Artist semen has continued unabated. ‘Yes, he is just keeping up with the high demand,’ says Brian Behnke. The business director of St Jacobs is starting to ge...

Focus on - December 2018

December 2018

In contrast to beta casein, whose ideal form is A2A2, the kappa casein variant has real economic meaning. Milk from cows with the ideal genotype of BB can give a 1.5% increase in cheese yield at the same protein concentration compared to the AA or AE genotypes. Especially in regions with strong concentration on cheese production, sires with the BB variant play an important role. Today we are presenting 4 special talents.

Progenesis Fortune: Outcross Prospect at the Highest Level

November 2018

In early October, at Character Holsteins in Canada, the Marius daughter Peaches was celebrated as the first female Holstein above 3000 gTPI for the Progenesis breeding program. A special detail: Peaches’ maternal grandsire Progenesis Fortune was selected by HI in the same month as Outcross Sire 2018. Thanks to granddaughter Peaches and especially numerous high-testing sons, Fortune stands out as an outcross bull with enormous potential.

Apoll-P-Red – Not a Perfect Nr.1, but Unbelievably Influential

November 2018

At the start of this career he was the German Nr.1 among the red young sires. Then came his sons and Schreur Apoll, the Aikman son of the famous Verhages Bos Candlelight-Red-P, dominated Germany’s toplists for reds on a genomic basis, particularly the list for polled sires. His talent as a sire of sons also produced some noteworthy sons internationally. Now, three and a half years after his debut, the first daughters of the German production machine are milking. And as was expected, Apoll takes the pole position on a daughter basis. Apoll-P-Red is certainly not a sire without flaws but nonetheless is one of the most influential red polled sires ever. <br>

BullTalk - November 2018

November 2018

He is one of the top-5 highest gTPI Red Holstein bulls and is widely available: Rhala-Re Blues-Red. Good for 2664 gTPI, owned by AI Total, a son of Salvatore (see elsewhere on this page) and good for all-round type. All-round actually describes the entire profile of Blues-Red, because there are no faults to be found. Sure, the components are neutra...

Intriguing Sires - Neutron & Daylite & Jacuzzi

November 2018

Since April, Neutron has been in the Italian top-3 and is thus the most significant new name behind the reigning leader, Sound System. ‘Neutron is not only our second highest tested genomic bull behind the phenomenal Sound System, but is also in the top-10 IES, an index which compared to the PFT is even more geared to the economic traits and has re...

Intriguing Sires - Garant & Harper & Melvin

November 2018

With an increase of 5 points for his overall breeding value to 135 RZG and an impressive 8-point gain for conformation to a strong value of 134 RZE, Garant was one of the most conspicuous newcomers in Germany following the August evaluations. With that, the OHG sire, who is no longer alive but from whom there is a sufficient reserve of semen, the N...

Focus on - November 2018

November 2018

For commercial dairy farmers, it likely does not make a difference if a sire was born via ET/IVF or via more natural means. But for organic farms it does matter. The selection of naturally bred sires among the best bulls in the breed is extremely small and is well below 10%. We will present a few here that belong among the best of the breed even wi...

Val-Bisson Doorman: Absolute Trendsetter for Type

November 2018

After the Mogul Memorandum in HI June 2018, we are now publishing the Doorman Dossier. It is a unique and extensive article about the background and achievements of a special transmitter, who especially on the type front is moving boundaries. He is a bull that has all it takes to be one of the greatest sires in the show ring for several years. And who also knows how to regularly provide elite type animals – both in the male and female lines – for the index front. Here is the story of the multi-talented bull from Quebec: Val-Bisson Doorman.

Here is the Very Newest Super-Millionaire: Planet!

October 2018

It has happened! Eight giants have preceded him. One of these weeks, Ensenada Taboo Planet, more than 15 years old, will become the world’s ninth bull to reach the gigantic milestone of 1.5 million doses of semen sold. And it must be said: in the DNA era, this is an even more remarkable feat. After all, the first seven bulls to surpass 1.5 million...

Outcross Sire of the Year 2018 – Three Years after his Sire, Fortune takes to the Spotlight

October 2018

Despite his age of three years, he still possesses outstanding numbers with 3315 gLPI and 2734 gTPI. His owner Semex alone has 12 sons with over 2850 gTPI and 17 sons with over 3500 gLPI in their lineup. His influence will certainly be felt worldwide. The fact that Progenesis Fortune become the new titleholder for Outcross Sire of the Year has a different reason, being the combination of his genetic potential with an out of the ordinary pedigree. While he doesn’t get away from Shottle, Goldwyn, or O-Man, with Octoberfest-Tango-Epic he has an unusual background behind his sire. As such, there are enough strengths for Fortune, the Outcross Sire of the Year 2018.

Rubicon: Shaping the Breed via his Sons and Grand-Sons

October 2018

Mogul sons abound among the top ranks on daughter-proven sire lists around the globe. Which one is the best? A strong contender for that title now would be the bull that currently sits at Nr.1 on the TPI charts, EDG Rubicon. Here is a glimpse at the life of Rubicon and his growing impact on the breed.

Poison: Popsy Son is Italy’s New Nr.1

October 2018

In 2012, Muri Popsy created a stir as the nr.1 gTPI cow of Europe. Now, six years later, the Planet daughter from the deep Italian cow family is in the limelights again. Her Doorman son Poison – never in the top as a DNA bull – is the highest progeny proven bull in the country and is praised for his uniform and balanced offspring.

Westcoast Swingman: The new “Hot Thing” in Canadian Red & Whites

October 2018

From time to time a generational sire appears that is a cut above the rest. In the world of red & whites, Westcoast Swingman appears to be such a bull. He is currently being heavily used as a sire of sons by owners Semex, and will have semen widely available in the coming months. Here is the background on the latest “hot thing” in Canadian red & whites.

BullTalk - October 2018

October 2018

Two years ago, his debut created quite the stir. Westcoast Styx-Red broke through with strong DNA total indexes in various countries; in his homeland of Canada, he was nr.1. That led to immediate action, especially in Germany, where he provided a flood of red & white sons in the recent August release. No less than four sons in the top list, of whic...

Intriguing Sires - Luster-P & Nagano-P & Marsden-P

October 2018

‘Even though it is still early in his career, Luster has rapidly risen to become one of the most popular polled sires in our program,’ says Rick VerBeek from Select Sires, who indicates that the nearly two-year-old son of OCD Eraser Zipit out of Kingboy daughter Cherry-Lor Loma (from the family of Tiger-Lilly Lawnboy Lulu) is being heavily sold in...

Focus on - October 2018

October 2018

For anybody studying the current bull catalogues will notice a severe lack of sires that inherit a high overall genetic level while also correcting for the increasingly short teat length in the Holstein population. Here are four examples of young sires that are exceptions to the trend and have high overall breeding values along with significantly p...

BullTalk - september 2018

September 2018

As a young DNA bull, Weigeline Tabasco expressly remained off the gTPI radar. With an average of 2515 gTPI, he did not stand out in 2014 and 2015; at the time, Rubicon and Delta reigned with about 2710 gTPI. But today, with 630 daughters in production, Tabasco has made a tremendous move and scores 2731 TPI – good for the Nr.5 TPI position! An enorm...

Intriguing Sires - Gywer & Discjockey & Kenobi

September 2018

He’s the Nr.1 RZG bull in Germany at 165 and he is also a red carrier! Gywer is sired by the Doorsopen son Boldi Gymnast and backed by a Lobach (<Lexor) and then a Snow, the source of the red factor. Gywer was bred by Heino Ahrens, of Walsrode. ‘At over 2200kg he is one of the top milk bulls in Germany and combines it with 73kg of protein,’ comment...

Focus on - September 2018

September 2018

‘If polled, then homozygous polled!’ – This is the declaration of many dairy farmer that are playing with the thought of breeding their herd to polled bulls. However, the selection of highly-desired PP sires is still limited. In “focus on…” we will present 5 sires who inherit both PP as well as RC and all count among the best in the world for these...

BullTalk - august 2018

August 2018

A note from the outset: this is not a Holstein bull! But: he is black & white and so special that he deserves his own place as a British-Friesian. Catlane Chad was the most used bull at Genus/ABS in Great Britain in 2016 and 2017. As such, Chad is probably the most used British black & white bull for all breeds – also for Holsteins. That means that...

Focus on - August 2018

August 2018

Bulls with a profile that offers more strength than size are few and far between. While hardly any breeder or sire analyst wants to bring more size into their herd of the population at large, there are few bulls that inherit such a profile. This month in our “Focus On…” segment we will present four sires who do fit the bill. They are a rare species...

BullTalk - July 2018

July 2018

With 3293 gLPI, he is the highest Red Holstein bull in Canada. With 2676 gTPI, he is the highest Red Holstein bull in the US. And with 154 gRZG he is one of the top-5 Red Holsteins in Germany! And hence, a genuine red & white globetrotter and a popular sire of sons. ‘Westcoast Swingman-Red is a very nice young bull and fortunately Semex has already...

Intriguing Sires - Bluebill & Helix & Multicast

July 2018

Bluebill has become the leading contender in the race to catch the long-time Italian Nr.1, Sound System... and he’s a rare Gatedancer (Alta1stClass-Supersire) son in the top ranks. Bred by Schulz GbR in Germany, Bluebill is out of a Commander from a Bookem and then a Man-O-Man that was imported to Germany as an embryo from the long-time Nr.1 index...

Intriguing Sires - Bestday & Pinch & Hemingway

July 2018

In all of the breeding evaluations he has gone through in his young career he has placed in the German top-10, although he had never reached Nr.1...until April 2018 anyway. The latest evaluation, which used a new formula for longevity and with the yearly base adjustment thoroughly changed the German toplists, and it was the catapult to Nr.1 for the...

Focus on - July 2018

July 2018

In the aAa system used by many dairy farmers, the “6” is the for the base type “style.” It describes a centrally placed thurl, durable bones, a long rump and is associated with fewer feet problems and longevity. However, the number “6” in the codes for the global Holstein breed is dramatically decreasing. It is ever harder to find a sire with a “6” in one of the first three positions of the code. As such, today we are presenting four young sires in our new section “Focus On…” who have a “6” in one of the first two positions of their aAa code.

The HI Sire Guide: Charley Sons: Global Access to Sensational Genetics

June 2018

DG Charley, the production and somatic cell specialist from the esteemed Crimson family, is distinguishing himself with high sons in Germany, Italy and the US. There he provided Charl, who has been sky high on the gTPI list since December. With sons in so many countries, Charley differs from many current sires of sons, who normally speaking receive more limited use.

BullTalk - June 2018

June 2018

Owner RUW is very clear about their Epochal: ‘A type transmitter with superior quality.’ The German breeding company does not say this easily. The linear profile of this Epic son is truly remarkable: 1894 classified daughters provide him with a splendid type index of 131, complete with a sloped rump and slightly longer teats; nowhere does Epochal s...

Intriguing Sires - Charl & Jeronimo & Treasure

June 2018

Apart from his sky-high genomic values and the fact that he is the Nr.2 gTPI and Nr.1 NM$ sire ($1074), what else do you know about the bull whose name index-fans have been following – Hurtgenlea Richard Charl? At Hurtgenlea in Wisconsin the Hurtgen family milk 150 cows at an average of 27,000lb (12,246kg), 4.1%, 3.2%. Charl’s family is the stronge...

Hurion Isy: French Production Leader with an Abundance of Qualities

June 2018

Due to a gain of no less than nine points, Hurion Isy (184 ISU) is reigning supreme on the French index ranking since April. Lots of milk and high components make him an unparalleled production specialist. In the areas of type, fitness and bloodlines, the figurehead from the Olivia family owned by Earl Gallais which has been used in breeding for several generations, also has much to offer.

BullTalk - May 2018

May 2018

In 2011, HI started its annual publication of notable outcross bulls. In October 2011, Va-Early-Dawn Sudan became HI’s first “Outcross Sire of the Year”. Today Sudan is celebrating some nice triumphs: in Canada, his son Comestar Lautrust is the nr.1 progeny proven bull, in France, his son Hurion Isy is the nr.1 progeny proven sire. Two nr.1 sires o...

BullTalk - april 2018

April 2018

In the long list of Monterey sons, Vogue Leap Year stands out for type: +3.35 on the American base, +11 on the Canadian base. Not surprisingly, as his dam is the splendid Doorman daughter Belfast Doorman Lovestruck VG-88-3yr. That back has a streak of excellent dams: EX-93 Goldwyn, EX-92 Durham, EX-91 Cousteau and then the legendary Thiersant Lili...

Newly-Proven Beemer Storms the PTAT Rankings

April 2018

Will the McCutchen-sons be better than their sire for type? To help you decide, here we bring you details of McCutchen’s highest ranking daughter-proven son: Beemer.

Why Gymnast Delivers His Biggest Headlines in Germany

April 2018

When Boldi-V Gymnast, the Doorsopen son from the Albany branch of the Atlees, got his first genomic breeding values at the end of 2016, he presented himself at a good level on both LPI and TPI basis. However, it was not enough for a top position in Canada or the USA. But in Germany the situation was different. With 167 gRZG and outstanding conformation, he took over the top spot there in December 2016. And Germany’s breeders were the first to intensively use Gymnast on their best heifers and cows. Ever since the first Gymnast calves have arrived with their genomic numbers, the results have been overwhelming.

Intriguing Sires - Hypnotic RC & Flashy & Sidekick

April 2018

Tim Abbott, the former owner of St. Jacobs ABC, preferred to use bull dams that were tremendous individuals from families with several generations of proven breeding talent. Such as Starmark Ad Hotstuff-Red EX-94, the All-American Red Holstein 5-yr-old 2012, a direct descendant from the prominent Tony Rae line of the Roxys. For example, Hotstuff is...

BullTalk - March 2018

March 2018

It is not surprising that the influence of the milky Bacon-Hill Montross continues to increase. Elsewhere on this page we highlight his Italian son VanHalen, but his American son Cookiecutter Hang-Time (2754 gTPI) also deserves full attention. Of course, he also stood in the shadow of their powerful half-brother Jedi, but Hang-Time (just 56 GTPI po...

Intriguing Sires - Casper & First & Chairman

March 2018

‘Maybe,’ explains Rick VerBeek of Select Sires, ‘one should consider his good but not overwhelming production numbers when pairing him, but otherwise we are talking about one of the best and most well-rounded bulls currently in the breed: A true allrounder with high values for conformation, fitness, calving and impressive PTA’s for udder and fertil...

Chapeau: Complete Mogul Son & Italy’s Nr.1

March 2018

Based on his attractive DNA figures and pedigree, at a young age already, Inseme sold 50,000 doses of Chapeau semen. The high Italian Mogul son has not betrayed that early confidence. Stronger yet, Chapeau made a dazzling debut last December on the progeny proven ranking. With 3014 PFT, he is the proud Nr.1 of his country.

The Many Bulls from the Ladys-Manor Jem Family

February 2018

Over the last 30 years, 10 generations of the Ladys-Manor Jem family have sent bulls to AI. Such family products as Winchester, Wildman, Marbach, Shamrock, Grafeeti, Olympian and Octoberfest have become prominent names throughout the industry. Along with this review of the highly influential Jem family we introduce some of the leading sires it has produced.

BullTalk - February 2018

February 2018

He is Nr.2 among the highest available black & white Dutch sires for type (see table): Lowlands Debark, owned by CRV. The DNA tested Danno son combines his 114 type with a total index of 334 gNVI, along with nice scores for the majority of fitness traits. Particularly special about Debark’s pedigree is that Etazon Renate is a double great grand-dam...

Intriguing Sires - February 2018

February 2018

Usually in today’s genomic world, as a female ages the attention of her breeding potential is refocussed to the next generation. Luckily for Canada’s new Nr.1 Biggie, the attention on his breed-leading transmitting dam S-S-I Suprsire Miri VG-89 (photo) was not wavered as she progressed into her milking career. Biggie was born nearly 2 years after M...

Aftershock: En Route to 1 Million Doses Sold

January 2018

As the sire of the new world champion for production, MS Atlees Aftershock continues to be in the spotlights. But also without the world record of Selz-Pralle Aftershock 3918, the St. Jacobs-ABS bull would never have to complain about lack of interest. The Shottle son of type phenomenon MD-Delight Durham Atlee consistently breeds well-functioning daughters. A quality which, as evident from the constant demand for his semen, is appreciated by dairy farmers world-wide.

Golden promise

January 2018

For enthusiasts of race horses, the name “Chip” is world famous. At one point, Pine Chip was the world’s fastest trotter. He celebrated tremendous successes in North America and Europe. Later, he was also used for breeding, and became even more famous, with numerous fast descendants. First he bred for years in North America, and then moved to Europ...

Seaver: Goldwyn Son With a Difference

January 2018

Goldwyn was one of those “once in a lifetime” type of bulls in the way that he dominated show-rings around the world like no other sire. His many high-type sons – including Atwood, Fever, Dempsey, Gold Chip, Reginald, Lauthority, Golden Dreams and many more – have impacted the show scene too. Another Goldwyn who has had a little less of the limelight is R-E-W Seaver. Here is his story.

BullTalk - January 2018

January 2018

Are you looking for outcross? Sires from deep cow families with several lactations, longevity and proven type? And DNA figures are less important to you? Then 2-year-old Spell It is an interesting choice. He is a son of Big Spell out of a VG-87 fourth lactation daughter of the appreciated Italian longevity specialist Prince. The grand-dam is a VG-8...

Intriguing Sires DNA - Lightstar & Mister Rey & Klutch

January 2018

‘Lightstar made a fantastic debut in December by jumping straight to Nr.2 for our total index with 163 gRZG,’ explains Torsten Lenk from Masterrind. ‘He is Nr.1 for daughter fertility among the German top-100 genomic sires with a score of 130 RZR. In addition to the impressive fitness traits, he is a great production bull with high fat yield, and h...

Intriguing Sires - Jotani & Rager-Red & Red Impuls

January 2018

Besides Julandy in Germany, the Julia family from the Dutch Werler breeding herd also has an extremely popular transmitter in its home country, namely Jotani. The more than 5-year-old Jotan son out of a Konvoy daughter of foundation cow Julia 382 EX-92 now has 461 daughters in his production index and with 118 overall type is an absolute topper on...

SPH Mercury: Lots of Quality behind Germany’s Highest Mogul Son

December 2017

His full-sister SPH Yelena VG-89, about whom you can read more in this issue, is the topic of conversation in the German breeding scene this year. Hardly any other Holstein in the country can bring together exciting show-type with such high genomic potential. Indeed, Yelena is the perfect ambassador for the quality of her brother Mercury. Germany’s highest Mogul son Germany’s most-famous Mogul daughter advertise for one another. Quite successfully, as the demand for Mercury has increased dramatically since his debut in August. A sire with an outcross dam line and a noteworthy, well-balanced profile.

BullTalk - December 2017

December 2017

Do you know who is among the most sold sires at World-Wide Sires? Mapel Wood Brewmaster! The now 7-year-old Canadian is very popular world-wide, explains Scott Ruby from WWS. As a young sire, Garrett son Brewmaster was certainly not in the top DNA lists, but now, progeny proven, the Genervations graduate is among the toppers in both Canada (Nr.4, 3...

Intriguing Sires - Montey & Judo & Vitesse

December 2017

With Montross, the American brood cow Unique-Style Bolton Money EX-93 provided the most influential Mogul son. In combination with Mogul, Money also provided a second successful transmitter: Monty, whose semen is being sold by Accelerated Genetics, the company that was taken over by Select Sires on July 1. Monty currently has 116 daughters in his p...

Marathon: French Pedigree Alternative at the Very Highest Level

December 2017

In HI’s November issue, you could read about the selection of Marathon as the 2017 Outcross Sire. Notable: his half-brother Moyrath also ended up deservingly in the top-5. Both young French bulls combine very high indexes with uncommon pedigrees. This turns out not to be coincidental; in its breeding program, owner Evolution purposefully strives for necessary pedigree variation. A goal that the Mack daughter BZH Joycie, as evident from her sons Marathon and Moyrath, has helped them realize like no other.

BullTalk - November 2017

November 2017

Germany’s highest indexing Holstein calf – no less than 169 gRZM – is owned by the Giesmann family and is a daughter of the cow Balisto Jolene and the sire Superhero. As such, the spotlights are being placed once again on the Supershot son Endco Superhero, owned by Jetstream Genetics. Superhero has been available since early 2016 (HI reported about...

Marathon: France’s Nr.6 is the Outcross Sire of the Year 2017

November 2017

He is still young, only born at the end of June 2016. Furthermore, he is the Nr.6 of all French sires on the overall gISU index and the Nr.2 among the top 50 for conformation. But above all, he is an exception on the international top-lists because of his sire stack with Anamur, Mack Coyne and Zelgadis. Broadly speaking, his influence will not be insignifigant: Not as a sire of sons, as he already is, and not as a desired sire when he becomes available as of December. High breeding potential, influence, and an alternative pedigree: As such, Marathon has all the qualifications required to be the Outcross Sire of the Year 2017. And that he is, as the first French bull to receive this distinction.

Larcrest Commander: High Performance from the Cosmopolitans

November 2017

With 13 sons in the top 20 on the current TPI list in the US, Mogul is the dominant force in the breed right now. A Mogul son who distinguished himself by debuting on the top charts in both the US and Canada this round was Larcrest Commander, who lands at Nr.2 LPI in Canada and Nr.31 TPI in the US.

Intriguing Sires - Achiever & Addiction & Yoda

November 2017

‘Achiever offers a wonderful combination of traits that are interesting today: medium stature (-0.24 stature), high components (952lb milk, +.30%F, +.06%P), great fitness (2.4 DPR, 2.77 SCS, 6.2 calving ease, 8.7 PL) and liveability (3.0). He also offers an alternative pedigree to the many Modesty and Jedi sons, without sacrificing genetic potentia...

Masato – Fat, Conformation and Fitness at the Highest Level

November 2017

Whoever has followed Holstein history over the last 40 years knows that the requirements of modern sires changes with time. Certain traits become more important relative to older traits, or less important relative to newer traits. Recent years have not been an exception to these changes. Today, fitness values carry more weight. Framesize, teat length, and functional feet and legs are gaining importance. And not to be forgotten is the increasing value of fat production. The modern sires of today are able to bring together exactly these characteristics. And Masato, Germany’s highest Mogul son, is of that caliber. He is perfect for his time.

Hammig Isy - This French Nr.1 has been Popular for Years

November 2017

Since his debut in the French DNA top-3 – in April 2014 – Hammig Isy has been among the most used bulls at the French breeding company Evolution. Hammig has made good on his tremendous popularity. Stronger yet, since the recent August release, he is the Nr.1 progeny proven bull in his homeland.

Battlecry Impresses with his All-Round Sons Worldwide

October 2017

This will be the 4th time HI has focused on 3-year-old Battlecry, the last time was in March earlier this year when he was featured in “BullTalk”. In that article, the final sentence about Battlecry stated: ‘Battlecry’s period as a sire of sons has begun’ – and already, just 7 months later, here we provide his highlights from 7 different countries.

Intriguing Sires DP = Jameson & Addiction & Midnight

October 2017

Jameson ranks at Nr.4 on the list in Germany, and is one of 7 in the top-10 that are out of Balisto dams. His mother Veenhuizer K&L Nelize is owned by Jannes Uineken and Gen-Hotel, the breeders of the bull, and is from the Tui Onyx Nick family. BW Marshall embryos out of the Lord Lily daughter of Onyx Nick were imported by RUW, with the result bein...

Silver Pleases with Strong Daughter-Proven Debut

October 2017

The wait is finally over! Seagull-Bay Silver, the former gTPI headliner, has made his greatly anticipated daughter-proven debut. How did he fare? Find out here!

BullTalk - October 2017

October 2017

He remains in the news, Garioni VanHalen, and there are many reasons. His career began in April 2016 when he immediately captured third place in Italy with 3691 gPFT. And while the company around him continually changes, VanHalen has remained stable in the Italian top-ranks and in the meantime has added 170 points, ending up with 3861 today! Yes, t...

All.Nure Secretariat – Italy’s New Top-Star

October 2017

At first it was his many good daughters, that fresh in milk, gave high expectations. Then in April followed his debut on daughter-proven basis and with little surprise Secretariat emerged as Italy’s Nr.1 for conformation and as a true allrounder in all other important breeding characteristics. But his more that 600 milking daughters seem to be more than simply pretty and functional. With an increase of over 200kg milk they are proving to have potential for further development. That is why Secretariat, after a strong debut, still counts as one of the most outstanding sires on Italy’s top-list after the August evaluations. There are many reasons for this sire profile!

Intriguing Sires - October 2017

October 2017

Bubba proves that we can’t always predict where the next breed-leading sire will be. Although the Jedi-son has 74 maternal siblings, with his score of 2875 gTPI, he is highest by quite a margin (119 gTPI points). While Bubba ranks at Nr.5 gTPI, he is the highest sire with semen available to purchase and currently is only available sexed. Bubba’s da...

Rubicon: High Fat and Positive Health Traits

October 2017

Mogul now has 8 sons in the top-10 on the official TPI daughter-proven sire list. Sitting at Nr.4 with 2723 TPI – and the leader for fat yield at 107 lb. – is Rubicon, a Mogul out of an EX Robust sister to former Nr.1 Sandy-Valley Saloon: The Sapphire family strikes again!

Josuper: The Most Extreme Production Sire in the Breed

September 2017

With the latest proof round, Josuper added milking daughters pushing up his production numbers by over 500lb. of milk, making him the most extreme production sire in the breed. Even more remarkable is the fact that in spite of such extreme production he continues to show a positive fitness trait profile for all traits including daughter fertility.

Intriguing Sires - Nighsky & Semino & Bloomfield

September 2017

Nightsky is the highest son available so far from the former Nr.1 gTPI female, Nightout. Nightout is one of the Uno daughters of Miss OCD Robust Delicious, and is therefore a maternal sister to the current Nr.1 daughter-proven bull of the breed, Delta, and his full brother Denver, also a top-5 TPI bull. Behind Delicious is the EX-93 OCD Planet Dani...

Presenting the Progeny Proven Sons of Mountfield SSI Mogul

August 2017

With 2494 TPI, Mogul is still nr.26 in the US. His index is now based on more than 17,000 daughters, with 72% of them on American soil. At the same time, the majority of Mogul sons are of American origin. But, in other countries, high-ranking half-brothers can also be found. This HI guide includes no less than 30 highly appreciated progeny proven Mogul sons world-wide.

Balisto and Topsy: Which One is the Best?

August 2017

The full brothers Topsy and Balisto now sit at Nr.12 and Nr.19 on the daughter-proven TPI top-100 in the US. However, Topsy had no sons sampled in AI while his brother Balisto has become a genetic power-house with his sons and grandsons totally dominating the lists in Germany in particular. Here is how that story unfolded.

BullTalk - August 2017

August 2017

Last month we wrote about the “comeback” of progeny proven sires; in more and more countries, they are able to get closer to the DNA top. This is also the case in Scandinavia, where the impressive Booth with 32 NTM is situated 9 points away from the DNA top. Beacon son Booth (from VikingGenetics) combines high production with favourable somatic cel...

Intriguing Sires - Lencomte & Cidre & Henley

August 2017

Lencome is a “talk of the town” sire in France, combining high index, type and a top-class pedigree. Since the Capital Gain-son became available in May 2016, almost every straw of semen he has made has been sold immediately. Several European countries have been interested in Lencome, but as his sales have been very high in France, his owners have n...

High-Type Unix: Was He Worth The Hype?

August 2017

Want to know more about the top conformation Uno-son who carries his sire’s key qualities, but unlike Uno, he transmits ample milk? Read all about Unix, the new breed-leader, here!

Leadman Celebrated During his Life Already as a Holstein Legend

July 2017

‘Nothing is worse than waking up to an ugly cow.’ Those were the words of Jack Miller in 1991, when he shared his breeding goals. Why did Miller become world famous? Because the breeding enterprise where he was the manager, Rothrock Golden Holsteins in the American state of Pennsylvania, was the birth barn of Rothrock Tradition Leadman. He was the top bull in the early 1990s. Today we find Leadman in numerous strong pedigrees, and even three times in that of the extremely influential Mogul. Here follows HI’s Leadman adventure.