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Excellent Classification at Select Sires
May 14th 2009

PLAIN CITY, Ohio, May 8, 2009 — Select Sires recently had an outstanding classification day with nine lineup sires raised in score, including 7HO8553 Charlesdale ASTROLGER-ET scoring Excellent for the first time. Among a number of new7HO6417 O-Bee MANfred Justice-ET sons, ASTROLGER was the first O MAN grandson to enter active-A.I. and was raised from Very Good (88) to Excellent (90). He is a HealthMark™ sire with elite Net Merit (+$526) and ranks among the breed’s top-20 for GTPI at +1975.

"Outstanding conformation of the individual sires is always an added bonus, which was reflected in Select Sires’ most recent classification program," said Charlie Will, manager, Holstein sire program for Select Sires. "Select Sires’ active lineup now boasts more than 50 Excellent sires."

Two April Releases Now Excellent (93) and (92)
New graduates and O MAN sons 7HO8659 Glen-D-Haven Oman SILVA-ET and 7HO8612 Art-Acres Just BOB 988-ET both impressed the classifier. SILVA was raised two points to Excellent (93). He is a Superior Settler™ who spells milk production at +2,141 Milk. And with 5% Calving Ease, SILVA is an excellent option for the heifer pens. BOB, raised to Excellent (92), is a high-GTPI sire at +1900 and offers strong Milk yield (+1,550) and positive components (+.08%F and +.06%P). He is one of Select’s top-10 components improvers at +61 Protein and +79 Fat.

More Lineup Sires Raised in Score
7HO7744 Palmcrest Blitz BLADE-ET was raised a point to Excellent (93). A Herdlife Builder™ with gender SELECTed™ semen available, BLADE improves body depth (+3.18) and produces daughters that are tall and dairy with excellent strength, correct feet and legs and breed-leading rear udders (+3.95 rear udder height, +4.99 rear udder width). With +2.46 UDC and +2.78 Type, BLADE writes a super linear.

7HO8179 Savage-Leigh LIMELIGHT-ET is now classified Excellent (93). With gender SELECTed semen available, LIMELIGHT offers 6% Calving Ease, +2.20 FLC and +2.38 Type. He straightens rear legs and adds body depth and width while improving rear udder height and width.

7HO8192 Halo DISCOVER-ET was raised two points to Excellent (93). DISCOVER improves components (+.01%P and +.11%F) and is an excellent source of strength (+2.36) while adding body depth and widening the thurls.

7HO6759 Regancrest-Be Mto MORGAN-ET, now Excellent (92), is a HealthMark sire with gender SELECTed semen and Calving Ease (6%). A high-reliability customer-satisfaction sire, MORGAN makes smooth-blending cows that track correctly with improved heel depth. He also transmits shallow udders with strong fore udder attachment (+2.05 UDC).

7HO8012 O-Bee JABEZ-ET and 7HO8534 Welcome O PENNY-ET were both classified for the first time. JABEZ scored Very Good (87) and is a Herdlife Builder with gender SELECTed semen available. He improves lifetime profitability at +$385 Net Merit and is an all-around Type improver (+2.76 Type, +2.47 FLC and +2.71 UDC). PENNY is an O MAN son and HealthMark™ sire with excellent fitness traits (+3.7 PL, 2.77 SCS and +0.9 DPR). At +3.08 FLC, his daughters possess an excellent foot angle and good mobility. PENNY also offers 6% Calving Ease and is a Superior Settler.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of 10 farmer-owned and -controlled cooperatives. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen as well as excellence in service and programs to achieve its basic objective of supplying dairy and beef producers with North America’s best genetics at a reasonable price.

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