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High Ranking Holstein Sexed Semen at Conventional Prices

High ranking Holstein bulls Dillon, Pomeroy and Stopper - all over £130 PLI, more than +200 kg for milk, and at least +1 for UK Type Merit – are being offered by as sexed semen this summer at “conventional semen prices”.

A daughter by Be-ware Convincer Dillon, one of the bulls now being offered by the company as sexed semen at “conventional semen prices”.

A daughter by Be-ware Convincer Dillon

It’s a move that, according to the company’s managing director Nick Kirby, should make what is now proven technology irresistible to the great majority of UK dairy farmers yet to explore the potential of sexed semen.

“The use of sexed semen offers dairy farmers significant advantages including increased selection intensity and a consequent acceleration in genetic advancement in their herds,” says Mr Kirby. “These benefits, however, depend on the sexed semen being from bulls of a high standard, and – to be commercially attractive to farmers – the bulls need to be affordable.

“Offering sexed semen from bulls such as Dillon, Pomeroy and Stopper – all bulls that meet our minimum standards criteria - at prices as low as £22.50/straw means we are indeed combining quality and affordability, and this we hope will encourage greater uptake of the technology across the full spectrum of dairy farmers.”

The three discounted sexed semen bulls are all from the major America co-operative CRI, which is maintaining a dedicated approach to sexed semen through its Genchoice facility. This means bulls are selected for sexing not only on sperm quality but also on genetic quality. All the selected sires have to be in the Top 20% for Lifetime Net Merit which is the US equivalent to the UK’s £PLI index.
Be-ware Convincer Dillon (sexed semen price reduced from £29 to £22.50) is a Convincer x Duster sire with £163 PLI and strong components and particularly improves fat percent at + 0.28%. He will also improve Udders, Feet & Legs and is +1.05 for Type Merit.

Hidden-View Pomeroy (sexed semen price reduced from £29 to £22.50) is an Emerson X Bellwood sire with a lifespan of + 0.3 and is a Somatic Cell Count improver with a ranking of – 16%. Pomeroy has the qualities to increase herd health and produce cows that last.

Stopper (sexed semen reduced from £34 to £29) is a BW Marshall X Leadman sire that offers a good Type and Production package, with well attached udders.

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