Every year we wonder if this year`s Expo will be able to surpass benchmarks set in the past.. This year was no different. Coming into Expo, there was perhaps a little less optimism. No one could foresee that a former Expo Champion would add to her already great legacy or that a new legend was set to begin. Unexpected. Yes. But that is exactly what happened.
Calvings that are trouble-free and produce a live calf are the goal of all dairy producers. A difficult calving can result in significant economic loss. Extra labor to assist the cow, a farm call for the herd veterinarian or death of the calf reduces profits for the dairy farm. Additional costs may occur due to increased days open, lower milk yield and increased likelihood of culling of the cow.
Known as the ‘Center of the Dairy Universe,’ World Dairy Expo (WDE) 2013 will certainly go down in the record books as one of the very best ever at Semex.
With thousands of people visiting with us in order to find out more about our products, programs and services, the Semex Tent and our booth in the exhibition hall were the places to be at WDE. Both locations showcased Semex’s key products and services including: Immunity+™ (a Top 10 Winner of the 2013 Dairy Herd Management Innovation Awards); Semex Works™ (an easy, interactive, flexible program that will keep dairies a step ahead); Semex ai24™ (the SCR-HR® tag was a Top 10 Winner of the 2013 Dairy Herd Management Innovation Awards); and daughters of our Premier™ program graduates. The Premier program is the fastest growing in the US and the display included daughters by:
Two distinguished veterinarians – Don Williams, D.V.M., and Elmer Woelffer, D.V.M. – have been inducted into the Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame (CPVHOF), recognizing their exceptional contributions to the practice of veterinary medicine in the beef and dairy cattle industry.
CPVHOF was established in 2011 to recognize the rich traditions of production veterinary medicine and honor the distinguished individuals who have made lasting contributions to the profession. It is sponsored by the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP), the Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC), Bovine Veterinarian, Merck Animal Health and Osborn Barr.
Semex’s Braedale Goldwyn once again showed his prowess on the coloured shavings, siring nearly 25% of the entire show, with daughters capturing nearly every award possible.
Capturing the Premier Sire Banner for a record sixth consecutive year, (dating back to 2008 when he was one of the youngest and highest ranking TPI sires to ever win the award), Goldwyn daughters were certainly some of the most anticipated to enter the ring again this year, with many returning year after year.
There are very few who have looked at dairying in the first decades of the 21st century and then decided that it was a good time to start something new. Few or not, that was the decision arrived at by Patrice Simard and Alan Bryson because as they saw it. “Industry priorities seemed outdated for the direction that the international marketplace was heading.”
The Snowbiz Dispersal realized an unofficial $10,692 average on 139 lots. The sale featured a line-up of offerings from the Snowbiz I.G. partners, as well as lots from guest consignors. The Snowbiz group was a unique offering of the original purchase
of 14 Snowman heifers from some of the breed greatest families – representing top genomics and sire stack.
Top seller at $200,000 was Snowbiz Ladd P Sunshine, a May 2013 “Ladd P” from the Glen Drummond Splendor (VG-86-37*) family who is backed by eleven Very Good or Excellent dams. She was purchased by Agriber Srll, Italy, from consignor Snowbiz, I.G., Bethany, Ont. This calf is the number #1 GPA LPI Ladd P daughter and #1 GTPI PDC PO heifer in the world with numbers of GPA LPI “Ladd P” daughter with +3155.
- See more at: http://www.thebullvine.com/news/snowbiz-dispersal-sale-results/#sthash.oTB4opk3.dpuf
Topping the sale at $165,000 was lot 5 – Coyne-Farms Pdestine May a July 2013 Predestine out of Foxbery Stream Mayra 619 VG-86, the dame of the popular sire Mack at Select sires. With a GTPI of +2587, GLPI 3213 and DGV of +3421 May was the #2 GTPI Female on the Oct. run as well as the #2 GTPI Predestine in the World!! She is also the #18 GTPI Female in the World!! This heifer will have unlimited demand World wide as the Coyne prefix has sires at the top end of nearly every proven sire list and genomic young sire list!
2nd highest seller at $100,000 was choice of Camaro or Satisfaction out of Da-So-Burn Burberry , the popular Numero Uno daughter our Da-So-Burn Dorcy Becka. The calves will be made between November 15th and
December 31st. Choice of 5 Heifers or at least one over +2600 GTPI. Burberry is the #4 GTPI Female in the Breed! (Tied #4) & the #1 Flush Age Female in the Breed!
- See more at: http://www.thebullvine.com/news/jetstream-global-greatness-sale-results/#sthash.wl7fct1F.dpuf
The crowd was filled to the rafters for the 2013 edition of the Sale of Stars. The sale averaged $19,344 (unofficial) under the management of Brian Craswell Auctions Ltd. and Blondin Int’l Inc. The sale lineup featured lots and lots of type and high genomic numbers as well as plenty of individuals from deep, popular cow families. - See more at: http://www.thebullvine.com/news/sale-stars-averages-19344/#sthash.Qq9WC7hP.dpuf
The King family of Kings Ransom Farm in Schuylerville, NY are excited to report the following results from their recent classification:
10 new Excellents for the day were sired by Jose, Ito, Damion, Redman, Jasper, Armstead (2), Socrates, Domingo and Durham.
Kings-Ransom Shot Fiddle was raised to EX-91 just fresh with her third calf
Midas-Touch Cherry Pie was raised to EX-91 for owners Midas-Touch Genetics
Fly-Higher Adv Shelive was raised to EX-92 just two weeks fresh for her owners Fly-Higher Holsteins
Brrr! Get out your sweaters and shovels, especially for those west of the Mississippi River. From Accuweather to the Weather Channel and from The Old Farmer’s Almanac to NOAA, Old Man Winter is gearing up for a rough season.
Snowplow“This winter is shaping up to be a rough one,” says Janice Stillman, editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. “Sweaters and snow shovels should be unpacked early and kept close by throughout the season. The good news is that the extra precipitation—which will fall as rain or snow depending where you are—will help with any drought issues left over from the summer.”
AccuWeather staff agree. With the exception of severe weather over the much of the eastern third of the country, Accuweather expects this winter will range from cold with above-normal snow in the Upper Midwest to cooler – and possibly wetter – for parts of western Texas and New Mexico.
The Eastern seaboard could have a mild start to the winter, but by no means do forecasters expect a snow drought.
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Congratulations to the connections of Jen-D Devil Tiffany-Red, who became the breed’s most recent 95-point cow! Tiffany was bred by Jennifer Dingbaum-Varo of Beldenville, WI who co-owns her with Stranshome Holsteins of Owatonna, MN. With five R&W All-American nominations to her credit, Tiffany has been a success in the show ring since she was a calf and was the 2nd place Aged Cow at the 2013 International Red & White Show in Madison earlier this month. - See more at: http://www.thebullvine.com/news/jen-d-devil-tiffany-red-ex-95/#sthash.SolCAZoc.dpuf
If you haven’t worked in a trade show booth or attended a cattle show recently, you could very well be missing important genetic improvement discussions. Discussion about which traits breeders feel are at an acceptable level and which ones need to be improved. I suspect that few of you have worked a trade show booth but I can tell you, from front line experience, that bottom line focused breeders are not shy about saying that today’s dairy cattle are not functional enough, don’t get pregnant easily (may conceive but not retain) and require too much worker time. Contrast that with the spectators at shows that talk about their ideal cow being tall, lean, tight uddered, deep ribbed and wide rumped. Often front and center in all the discussions is which total merit index to use. Is it TPI, JPI, NM$, LPI, RZG, BW, TMI, NVI or another? Is any one total merit index capable of meeting the needs of all breeders? - See more at: http://www.thebullvine.com/genetic-evaluation-system/total-merit-indexes-helping-hurting/#sthash.G9hmvyr1.dpuf
America may eat just one-sixth of the yogurt consumed per capita in France annually, but thanks to America’s 80 million Millennials – adults between the ages of 18 and 36 – this western European staple has become one of the fastest-growing product categories of the U.S. food industry.
Greek yogurt sales grew by 2,500 percent between 2006 and 2011, and according to market research firm NPD Group, Millennials are the market’s most enthusiastic yogurt consumers. Nutrition Lately reports that Millennials are 20 percent more likely than the general population to buy yogurt. Read more.
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In many parts of the country the heat has subsided, replaced with crisp fall air. “We aren’t yet in the cold weather mindset, but if you’re finding yourself putting on an extra layer of clothes, chances are your calves are already experiencing cold stress.” This according to Ed Denton, a calf and heifer specialist with Purina Animal Nutrition located in New York.
Calves under 3 weeks of age can begin feeling cold stress much earlier than most people think. Denton notes that even at ambient temperatures of 60 degrees F and below, cold stress can hinder calf growth and performance. Cold stress can continue to affect calves over 3 weeks of age as ambient temperatures dip to 40 degrees F and below.