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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...

Management: Natural Ways of Disease Prevention

April 2019

Antibiotic resistance and reducing the amount of antibiotics used in livestock production – it’s a topic all livestock producers have heard over and over during the past decade. Of course from a genetic perspective, selection for health traits has arrested the downward trend in health trait performance of the dairy cow and we are now seeing general improvements in disease resistance... but what management options exist as an alternative to antibiotic use?

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.