For 50 years, Select Sires' diamond emblem has represented the mark of outstanding genetics. These superior genetics offer great diversity, excel in industry indexes, and fit a wide range of breeding goals for Select Sires' customers. It is clearly understood at Select Sires that one size does not fit all in the genetic world.
Throughout Select Sires' history, bulls like 7HO3707 Paradise-R Cleitus MATHIE*CV, 7HO4213 Robthom INTEGRITY-ET, 7HO3948 MJR Blackstar EMORY-ET, and 7HO5157 Regancrest Elton DURHAM-ET*CV have been recognized as truly great sires by Select Sires' customer base, and thousands of daughters of these bulls explain why. These sires excelled in many of the more highly heritable traits and were dominant in providing a mating which resulted in a consistent type pattern. Their offspring are barn-pleasing cows that dairy producers love to milk because they excel in production, udders and feet and legs, and they last for many lactations.
In order to fit the needs of every customer, Select Sires identifies Holstein sires using the selection index for DIAMOND SELECTion. The DIAMOND SELECTion index weighs production traits at 40 percent; this includes Milk, Fat pounds and Protein pounds. The type traits also weigh in at 40 percent and consist of Udder Composite, Feet and Leg Composite and Strength. Completing the index are the fitness traits that weigh in at 20 percent and are comprised of Productive Life, Somatic Cell Score, Daughter Pregnancy Rate and Calving Ease. Sires will be excluded from the designation if they do not meet the predetermined levels for Udder Composite, Feet and Leg Composite and Type. DIAMOND SELECTion can be used alongside existing designations like Calving Ease and Superior Settler to easily find the sires that best meet each customer's breeding goals.