Select Sires Inc., along with its member cooperatives, recently reported that 2011 was once again a record-breaking year. Dairy and beef producers continue to turn to the trusted leader in the A.I. industry, and as a result, Select Sires' sales grew to surpass 12.8 million units of semen to its member cooperatives and international distributors in 2011. This achievement marks the eighth year of sales growth in the past nine years and is a result of the continuous improvements that have been led by the farmer-owned and -controlled cooperative's board of directors.
For 46 years, Select Sires has become a top source for breed-leading genetics, superior programs and the best trained professional sales and service staff, leading to continued success for the customer-owners.
The dairy and beef sire programs are on the cutting edge with a combination of new genomic technology and the industry's gold standard in proving programs, the Program for Genetic Advancement.
One of the keys to Select Sires continued success is their breed-leading Holstein lineup. Offering the industry's most diverse selection of sires, breeders across the U.S. and abroad have ample choices to meet their goals. Some of these top sires include 7HO9165 Regancrest S BRAXTON-ET (EX-95), the reigning No. 1 sire for Type at +3.87 PTAT; 7HO9441 Stouder JAYVEN-ET (EX-94), the top Holstein sire for Milk at +2,899; the No. 1 sire for Lifetime Profit Index (LPI) in Canada (+2638 GLPI), 7HO9264 Lirr Drew DEMPSEY (VG-86); 7HO8081 Ensenada Taboo PLANET-ET (EX-90-GM), who ranks as the highest sire on the Top 100 Total Performance IndexSM (TPISM) list with 97% Reliability or greater (+2184 GTPI); and the No. 1 sire for Udder Composite (+3.84 UDC), 7HO9545 Siemers Toys HERO 9701-ET (EX-92). In addition to the outstanding Holstein lineup, Select Sires continues to be the trusted source for all dairy breeds and is home to many leaders in the high-components breeds arena.
In the beef sire program, 2011 represented an outstanding year with many new and exciting sires added to the Select Sires beef lineup. These highly-pursued bulls include 7AN341 G A R INGENUITY, the No. 1 $Beef bull in the Angus breed; 7AN350 Connealy CONFIDENCE 0100, who offers an astounding blend of phenotype and performance; a high-ranking Simmental sire, 7SM69 Gibbs 0601X RAISIN' CAIN with an All Purpose Index (API) of 117 and a Terminal Index (TI) of 76; and 7HP107 TH 49U 719T SHEYENNE 3X, an exciting Hereford prospect with incredible breed-changing potential.