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Select Sires Introduces FeedPRO: More Income – Less Feed
August 18th 2009
PLAIN CITY, Ohio, Aug. 18, 2009 â€” With todayâ€™s dairy producers experiencing higher feed costs and lower milk prices, income over feed cost is more important than ever. Thatâ€™s why Select Sires took a closer look at key indicator traits which lead to improved income over feed cost to identify the new FeedPROâ„˘ category of sires. The sires that carry this designation will be labeled as such in the August sire directory and on www.selectsires.com.
â€śEvery dairy producer in the country today would love to know which bulls sire daughters with lower feed costs,â€ť said Chuck Sattler, vice president of genetic programs for Select Sires, who was instrumental in developing FeedPRO. â€śAnd thatâ€™s exactly what we set out to discover â€“ we took a close look at current research to identify the genetic traits that correlate to improved feed efficiency.â€ť With the support of a variety of current research, including an income over feed supplement cost calculator developed by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Select Sires learned that selecting for a balance of production and body size was more cost effective than simply selecting for more production. Selectâ€™s FeedPRO index includes production and body size traits along with additional information to assure that the resulting cows are metabolically healthy.
â€śSelect Sires is always working to offer solutions and FeedPRO is a solution that is very much needed in todayâ€™s dairy environment,â€ť Sattler said. â€śBulls carrying the FeedPRO designation have the ability to make a higher-producing, moderate-sized animal that will provide customers with greater income over feed cost.â€ť
Using the April 2009 Holstein lineup, the sires that would qualify for the FeedPRO designation are, on average, nearly double the active-A.I. Holstein average for pounds of Milk, Fat and Protein. Â
FeedPRO can be used alongside existing designations like HealthMarkâ„˘, Calving Ease, Herdlife Builderâ„˘ and Superior Settlerâ„˘ to easily find sires to meet any breeding goal. FeedPRO may also be included as part of a custom-selection index that can be created by Select Mating Serviceâ„˘ (SMSâ„˘) genetic consultants. A listing of FeedPRO sires will be available at www.selectsires.com soon after the August sire summary. To learn more, visit www.selectsires.com or contact your Select Sires representative today.
Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North Americaâ€™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 Americaâ€™s best genetics at a reasonable price.