The Dairy Business Association held their 12th annual Golf Outing at Fox Hills Resort in Mishicot, WI, on June 19. Nearly 300 dairy producers, industry partners and professionals attended the event. After a gorgeous day of golf, networking, prizes and fun, ANIMART, Inc. presented DBA with a $5,000 donation to go toward DBA's Crisis Fund. The fund assists DBA dairy producer members when a major occurrence with a potentially negative outcome affects their dairy operation. Crises can include animal disease, natural disasters, food safety and criminal terrorism.
The Dairy Business Association and ANIMART have continually worked together to proactively answer questions on how to handle crisis situations, particularly down or sick cattle. If DBA producers find themselves in a crisis situation, the fund is an added benefit to their membership and is there to assist them.
"We see the increasing pressure and scrutiny dairy producers are under when it comes to animal welfare," said Dan Ellsworth, president of ANIMART. "Working with them on a daily basis, we see the passion, compassion and attachment they have for their animals. We are pleased to help support the DBA Crisis Fund so this powerful message can reach consumers and other stakeholders in the dairy food chain."
Laurie Fischer, the Dairy Business Association Director of Dairy Policy, added, "There is no easy way to handle a catastrophe on a dairy operation, especially when it involves down cow situations. The biggest challenge is many outside entities are now focusing on how dairy operations address crisis situations. With this generous donation, we can continue working hard to help our dairy producers when crisis situations or disasters occur."
For more information about the DBA Crisis Fund, please contact Laurie Fischer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the DBA office at 920.883.0020.
Select Sires Canada Inc. and GenerVations Inc. have joined forces to form Select Sires GenerVations Inc. following Select Sires Inc.'s purchase of GenerVations.
Select Sires GenerVations will market semen across all of Canada including western Canada, which was formerly served by All West/Select Sires, creating a truly Canadian company. Talented and passionate employees of these organizations have combined to form an unparalleled team to serve Canadian dairy and beef breeders. Select Sires GenerVations will be based in Kemptville, Ontario.
Select Sires GenerVations will represent two of the industry's leading sire programs. The Select Sires and GenerVations lineups currently lead the industry with 11 of the top 40 LPI bulls in Canada. This combination will give Canadian dairy producers unmatched sire selection quality with exceptional young sires like 7HO12014 De-Su Mg DAVINCI 11288-ET, 7HO11351 Seagull-Bay SUPERSIRE-ET, 250HO1135 Alexerin SNEAK PEEK and 250HO1123 Stantons MOTIVATOR, all top-20 LPI genomic young sires.
Top LPI proven sires, 250HO928 Freurehaven NIAGARA (EX-91) and 250HO954 Fleury Gen LE PLAN (EX-90) will join the likes of 7HO9264 Lirr Drew DEMPSEY (VG-86) and 7HO10506 Maple-Downs-I G W ATWOOD-ET (EX-90).
Select Sires GenerVations will continue to market semen from organizations that were represented by Select Sires Canada and GenerVations.
GenerVations will continue to develop and market sires with the 250 stud code and continue to market internationally under the respected GenerVations name. The program will expand to sample 40 of the industry's best Holstein young sires per year with emphasis on sires that excel on the Canadian evaluation system for LPI, Conformation, health and production traits and come from strong, deep cow families.
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Semex believes that Genetics for Life is about delivering the best possible product to its clients. They are genomic testing over 5000 bulls each year, ensuring that only the very best call stud 200 home and are designated a Genomax sire. In April 2014, these rigorous testing standards paid off with three of the top 10, six of the top 20 and nine of the top 30 from Holstein USA's Top 100 TPI Genomic Young Bull list.
Joining this elite Genomax group is the world's #3 GTPI McCutchen son, 0200HO06639 Stantons Pulsar, a HealthSmart and Robot Ready sire. Pulsar has impressive statistics to back up his high ranking as the #12 GTPI sire on Holstein USA's Top 100 Genomic Young Bulls. His statistics are a +2541 GTPI, 816 NM$, +2.3 DPR and +6.2 PL with solid +3.62 PTAT and +3.21 UDC, making him Semex's #4 GTPI sire and #3 GLPI sire (#10 GLPI overall).
Like all Genomax sires, Pulsar's maternal line is laced with cows that have been impacting the breed for generations. His dam is a young GP-83 Superstition with one Superior Lactation Award to date from a 2-01 record of over 27,000 lb/12,300 kg and 4.0 Fat in 305 days. Next dam is Wabash-Way Evett VG-86 DOM 11*, dam of numerous bulls in stud, and then the former #1 CTPI cow Crockett-Acres Elita VG-87 GMD DOM 11*. Following Elita is Mtot Elly EX-90 GMD DOM 9* x EX-90 Rudolph Elly Mae x EX-95-3E GMD DOM Lead Mae.
"We expect Pulsar to be an extremely popular flush sire," said Brian Carscadden, Semex sire analyst. "He fits well with a lot of different individuals and bloodlines. His high ranking and pedigree make him a good fit and option for many breeders and dairymen."
Pulsar will be available worldwide beginning July 1. For more information on Semex, Genetics for Life or Genomax sires, visit www.semex.com.
The American Angus Association welcomes Casey Jentz of Belleville, WI, as the new regional manager for Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. Jentz has been involved with Angus cattle for many years, including leadership roles through the National Junior Angus Association.
In his new position, Jentz will help Association members identify herd goals, learn new programs and services and grow into the future.
"The Angus breed is more than a breed of cattle, it's a community," Jentz said. "And it is a privilege to serve our members as a regional manager. I'm eager to get started and become better acquainted with cattlemen in my area."
As a regional manager, Jentz will represent the Angus breed at various cattle events, sales, shows and other activities throughout the territory. Breeders are encouraged to ask him questions about Association programs and services or for help locating Angus seedstock. He can also advise producers on marketing opportunities available through the Association, including advertising through the Angus Journal and other avenues.
A native of Fennimore, WI, Jentz is a May 2006 graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor's degree in animal science. While in college, Jentz was vice chairman of the NJAA Board of Directors and served as club president of Saddle and Sirloin at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He grew up on his family's registered Angus herd, Lone Willow Acres, and most recently was herd manager of Markhardt Land and Cattle. He has also previously served as a beef territory manager for ANIMART, an animal health company.
Contact Jentz at email@example.com or at 608-234-1998. He looks forward to getting to know more Angus breeders in the area and finding ways to be of service.
For more information about Angus cattle and the Association, visit www.ANGUS.org.
The Angus Foundation announced 44 Farms, Cameron, TX, as the 2015 Angus Foundation Heifer Package donor. She sells January 2015 at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO.
"We are excited about the great work Milford Jenkins and the entire Angus Foundation team is doing to advance research, educate and inspire our youth," said Bob McClaren, 44 Farms owner. "These are the best of times for the Angus breed and the American Angus Association. We are proud to assist, because the best is yet to be."
44 Farms began in 1909 when S.W. McClaren acquired his first tract of Little River farmland. Today, four generations later, two of the great-grandchildren, Robert S. McClaren and Janet McClaren Salazar, are committed to honoring and enhancing the tradition of a successful farming and ranching operation — 44 Farms.
"All of us at 44 Farms are honored and very excited to donate the 2015 Angus Foundation Heifer Package," said Doug Slattery, 44 Farms chief operating officer. "The efforts of the Angus Foundation to advance and help educate our Angus youth are remarkable, and we are proud to be a part of it."
Additional details about the Angus Foundation Heifer Package regarding name, registration number and pedigree will be released at a later date. More information can be found online at www.angusfoundation.org or by calling Jenkins at 816-383-5100.