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ABS Icon DIE-HARD put to rest

ABS Global sire 29H8538 RBK DIE-HARD-ET was put to rest, March 30.

ABS Global sire 29H8538 RBK DIE-HARD-ET was put to rest, March 30.

A  Roebuck son, DIE-HARD is from the Snow-N-Denises Dellia EX-95 family.  Since graduating to the ABS active lineup in August 1999, DIE-HARD reached several milestones, including one million units of semen in 2006 and 1.5 million units in 2008. His official lifetime production through March 2011 is 1,753,611 acceptable frozen units, which includes ABS Sexation® sorted semen. This acclaims him as the all-time leader of frozen semen production.

An ABS DURAbull and Calving Ease sire, DIE-HARD creates daughters that are known for their outstanding consistency and functional udders.  He is a health and fitness trait leader at +2.5 Daughter Pregnancy Rate and +3.5 Productive Life.


ABS Canada/St. Jacobs ABC to distribute Geno Global Norwegian Red genetics

ABS Canada/St. Jacobs ABC

ABS Global (Canada), Inc./St. Jacobs ABC  is now the exclusive distributor of Geno Global Norwegian Red genetics in all provinces of Canada.

The addition gives producers the opportunity to take advantage of rotational crossbreeding with Holstein, Jersey and Norwegian Red sires. St. Jacobs ABC will be distributing Norwegian Red semen under the new Crossbreeding Management System™ (CMS) program.

Contact your local ABS Canada Representative or call 1-888-STJ-STUD for more information about the ABS CMS program.


Bovance names scholarship winner

Bovance has chosen Brent Sexton from Rockwell City, Iowa, as the winner of the first Bovance Scholarship Contest.  Sexton, along with 15 other applicants, chose one of five topics about cloning and genetic preservation to write an essay.

Sexton is currently a freshman at Iowa State University majoring in Animal Science with a Pre-Veterinary Option.  He is extremely involved on campus as a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, Block & Bridle Club, Pre-Vet Club and was on the Dean’s List the Fall of 2010.

Sexton has been working at Collison Veterinary Services & Embryo Transfer since 2008 assisting with veterinary and embryo transfer procedures.  Sexton attended Rockwell City – Lytton High School where he was involved in FFA, FCCLA, football, wrestling and baseball.

The Bovance Student Scholarship Contest was open to high school seniors and students pursuing their first or second year of higher education.  Students picked a topic to write about, ranging from which animal they would clone to how they would explain to a consumer that meat and milk from cloned animals is safe.  Sexton answered the questions “How do you think cloning and genetic preservation benefit the livestock industry?”  His winning essay can be viewed at or on the Bovance Facebook page


Scholarships awarded to college aggie online winners

The Animal Agriculture Alliance announced the results of its second College Aggies Online (CAO) scholarship competition. The nationwide program was developed in partnership with the American National CattleWomen, Inc. to help college students utilize social media tools to share agriculture’s story.

Participants earned points by posting blogs, photos and videos related to agriculture and by participating in “Aggie Homework” agriculture advocacy challenges via Twitter, Facebook, and e-mail.
The individual high score went to Jessie McClellan, of the Casper College Ag Club in Wyoming. She will receive a $250 scholarship.  Jacob Nyguis of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Georgia, came in second, with and will be awarded $100.

Members of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College’s Cattlemen’s Club formed the top-scoring club, and will receive a $750 scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the Alliance’s Stakeholders Summit in April. Casper College’s Ag Club came in second and will receive $300.

Other high-scoring schools included Pennsylvania State University, Western Kentucky University, and the University of Missouri.

KUHN protect +® 5-Year Cutterbar Warranty Program

KUHN protect +, the 5-year Cutterbar Warranty Program

Kuhn North America, Inc. introduced KUHN protect +, the 5-year Cutterbar Warranty Program for all GMD and FC disc cutterbars equipped with Kuhn’s patented Protectadrive® protection system. KUHN protect + covers internal cutterbar defects for everyone from the weekend farmer to the full-time contractor. Program highlights include:

• In addition to the standard 1-year limited warranty period, KUHN protect + will add an additional 4 years of cutterbar protection

• Coverage in years 2 and 3 will include parts and labor in the event of internal cutterbar failure due to defects in material and workmanship.

• Coverage in years 4 and 5 will include 50% off of component MSRP only.

• Warranty program is transferable to another owner at any time.

Contact your local dealer for complete program details. Use the dealer finder on our Website,, to locate a Kuhn dealer near you.


Harris joins ANIMART launch in Michigan

Mallorie Harris

ANIMART, Inc. named Mallorie Harris to the position of Michigan territory manager. Harris will interact with and engage producers during on-farm visits, roundtables and through participation in industry and community events to help ANIMART launch animal health product and consultative services in Michigan in early April.

A 2008 graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Agriculture and Natural Resource Communications, Harris spent the last three years working with farmers, most recently as a sales consultant for Crop Production Services.

More information about the company and its products can be accessed at


ABS Global announces 2011 photo contest

ABS Global, Inc. announced its 2011 photo contest, open to all photographers including ABS Global, Inc. customers, employees and employee family members. ABS is searching for outstanding photos of ABS-sired offspring and customers to use in promotional items, included but not limited to the yearly calendar, posters, brochures and the company website.

There is no limit to the number of photos that can be submitted, however, a maximum of two photos per entrant will be published in the annual calendar. All photos must be submitted through an online entry form via the ABS Global, Inc. website by May 31, 2011. Photos should be a high resolution (at least 300 dpi or 3200 x 2400 pixels) JPEG image and 8”x10” or larger. The contest includes both vertical and horizontal photos.

Entries will be judged and preference will be given to photos that include ABS sired cattle. ABS apparel will be awarded to the top entries, which will be announced by June 15, 2011.

To submit your entries, visit the online form at:

For more information, visit ABS Global, Inc. at 1-800-ABS-STUD.


Genex releases genomic MAP program

A new Genex Cooperative, Inc. program can determine the best mating option for a cow or heifer based on the animal’s genomic PTAs (GPTAs) rather than phenotypic scores, performance, parent averages or pedigree indexes. This genomic mating program, G-MAP, is the newest technology available in the genomic revolution.

G-MAP, released April 1, is available to any dairy producer with genomic test results (3K or 50K) on their cow(s) and/or heifer(s). G-MAP can provide mating recommendations for an individual genomic-tested animal, a group of genomic-tested animals or a whole herd with GPTAs.

G-MAP has all the convenience and features of the traditional Genex MAP program. The mating focus can be customized to meet each producer’s breeding goals. Inbreeding and lethal recessives continue to be controlled. Mating recommendations are available via e-mail, the Web or paper. Mating recommendations can easily be imported into dairy management software. Producers can divide animals into various groups for specific breeding strategies and mate each group to different sires accordingly.

For pricing information or to receive the new G-MAP mating recommendations, contact your local Genex representative.


Merial adds training module to ‘Best in Class Dairy’ website

Merial’s Best in Class Dairy website,, features a milker training module as part of a new comprehensive educational initiative. The Web-based audiovisual training module, which addresses pre- and post-milking procedures, is the first in a series offered to dairy operation workers. All materials will be available in both English and Spanish.

Employees can access the training module at any time, and at their own pace. A quiz follows the video, keeping employees engaged and helping ensure an accurate understanding.

The online training program also enables managers to track progress and test scores of individual workers, identifying employee strengths and weaknesses, and helping design individual training needs.

Other training modules – “Mastitis 101” and “Dairy as a Profit Center” – will be added in the next few months, both offered in English and Spanish. Additional training modules will follow in the second half of 2011. New elements, such as a text-to-audio function, will also be available for those who prefer to listen to the information and quiz questions (English version only).

Producers can get more information about the Best in Class Dairies program by contacting their Merial sales representative or visiting

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12 selected for FFA International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership Program

Twelve agriculture students were recently selected for the 2011 International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership (I-CAL) Program. These students were required to complete an application and answer numerous essay questions regarding their understanding and thoughts on international trade and marketing.  They will travel to Panama and Columbia May 15–27, 2011 to study international grain marketing and trade and global agriculture.

The selected students are: Matt Barnhill of North Carolina State University, Adrienne Bradley of the University of California-Davis, Andrew Carpenter of the University of Wyoming, Chelsy Coen of Kansas State University, Kelli Fulkerson of South Dakota State University, Lauren Geiger of Kansas State University, Dakota Hoben of Iowa State University, Sarah Marten of Kansas State University, Thomas Marten of Southern Illinois University, Jarvis Pace of Utah State University, Caleb Wurth of Kansas State University, and Gracie Weinzierl of Illinois State University.

The I-CAL program was developed as a partnership with the U.S. Grains Council and The Grains Foundation.


CoBank names regional executive

CoBank, a leading cooperative bank serving agribusinesses and rural infrastructure providers throughout the United States, named Mike Hechtner as central region president for the bank’s Regional Agribusiness Banking Group. In this new role, Hechtner will oversee relationship management, marketing and credit administration for cooperative customers in the Dakotas, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Headquartered outside Denver, Colo., CoBank serves customers from regional banking centers across the U.S. and maintains an international representative office in Singapore. For more information about CoBank, visit the bank’s web site at


Pioneer Hi-Bred announces new leadership positions

Pioneer Hi-Bred announced two new leadership positions to continue to deliver improved products and services for customer success.

Alejandro Munoz was named vice president, Americas Group and Global Production, with commercial business responsibility for the United States, Canada and Latin America regions. In addition, Munoz also will have global responsibility for seed production and safety/risk management. He reports to Paul E. Schickler, president – Pioneer.

Judd O’Connor is named vice president, regional director for the U.S. region. He will be responsible for Pioneer operations within the six business units in the United States and PROaccessSM Genetics, focusing on providing leading-edge seed genetics and services to growers on a targeted, local basis.

Munoz and O’Connor will continue to be based in Johnston, Iowa.


Select Sires honors Super Achievers

Twenty-eight members of the Select Sires Inc. sales and service team from throughout North America have been named Super Achievers. This prestigious Select Sires achievement award is given to employees that demonstrate sales growth and provide exemplary service to their customers with a high level of passion for their customers’ success. Managers of the 10 Select Sires member cooperatives and Select Sires Canada choose sales representatives, technicians and service specialists from their organizations to receive this award. Select Sires Inc. also chose an individual to recognize for his exemplary service.

The Select Sires Super Achievers are: All West/Select Sires, Darryl Olson, Stayton, Ore., Glen Felske, Onaway, Alberta; Cache Valley Select Sires Inc., Dusty Adams, Paul, Idaho, Victor Israelsen, Young Ward, Utah; Brad Meek, Preston, Idaho; COBA/Select Sires, Paul Detwiler, Marysville, Ohio, Cormac Irwin, Big Prairie, Ohio, John Lee, Seymour, Texas, Tad Chapman, Muleshoe, Texas; East Central/Select Sires, Tom Turner, St. Cloud, Wis., Gary Fredrick, Mayville, Wis., Sue Bos, Waupun, Wis., Robert Radke, Bangor, Wis., Ryan Besaw, Omro, Wis.; KABA/Select Sires, Kevin Armstrong, Shelbyville, Ky.; Minnesota/Select Sires Inc., Mike Wilson, Pierz, Minn., Casey Anderson, Watkins, Minn., Daren Johnson, Grove City, Minn., Jayne Lochen, Kimball, Minn.; Northstar Cooperative, Wayne Westrich, Unity, Wis., Scott Woepse, Kiel, Wis; Prairie State/Select Sires, Glen Sachtleben, Hoyleton, Ill., Chad Baker, Hoyleton, Ill.; Select Sire Power Inc., Greg Casey, Lexington, N.C.; Southeast Select Sires, Al Funk, Nortonville, Kan.; Select Sires Canada, David Massey, Smith Falls, Ont., John,Wassink, Listowel, Ont.; Select Sires Inc., Bill DeLong, Marysville, Ohio.

America’s Farmers Mom of the Year nominations sought

Monsanto is honoring America’s Farmers Mom of the Year for her contributions to her family, farm, community and industry.

Applications will be accepted through Mother’s Day at Five regional winners will be announced on May 16, when winners’ profiles and nominations will be posted on the website. Each regional winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize from Monsanto, and the farm mom receiving the most online votes by May 26 will receive an additional $2,500 and the title of America’s Farmers Mom of the Year 2011.

To be eligible, a mom must be at least 18 years of age and work on a working farm or livestock operation. Anyone can submit a nomination by visiting the America’s Farmers website and explaining in 300 words or fewer how their favorite farm mom embodies the farm family way of life. Nominations will be judged by Monsanto and American Agri-Women (AAW), a national coalition of women’s farmer, ranch and agribusiness organizations.

Complete eligibility requirements and official rules for America’s Farmers Mom of the Year can be obtained online at or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to America’s Farmers Mom of the Year Program, 914 Spruce Street, St. Louis, MO 63102.


Dairyland Seed announces National Yieldmaster Contest winners

Dairyland Seed recently announced national and state winners for its annual Corn and Soybean Yieldmaster Contests.

The title of National Corn Yieldmaster was awarded to Scott Nelson of Brook, Ind.  Scott had a yield of 278.20 bushels per acre with Stealth-9615.  Owens Brothers of Woodhull, Ill., were awarded National Soybean Yieldmaster with a yield of 94.68 bushels per acre with DSR-3265/RR.

The Early Zone Soybean Yieldmaster was awarded to John and Linda Worm of Young America, Minn., with a yield of 66.71 bushels per acre with DSR-1807R2Y.  The Early Zone Corn Yieldmaster was awarded to Lawrence & Mike Huppert of Hager City, Wis., who entered Stealth-9196 with a yield of 242.54 bushels.  Individual state winners were also awarded.


AgriLabs announces scholarship winners

Steve Schram, AgriLabs President and CEO, announced the winners of AgriLabs academic scholarships for 2011-2012.

The AgriLabs/Dennis Feary Scholarship Fund was established in 1997 in honor of the late Dennis Feary, former president of AgriLabs. The annual scholarship awards commemorate Mr. Feary’s dedication to education, agriculture and the people that helped build the company he led. The scholarship was endowed to provide funding for eligible students enrolled in or entering a two or four year college degree in any field of study, and are available to employees and immediate family members of AgriLabs and its shareholders. These annual, non-renewable, scholarships provide $2000 per student, per academic year. Recipients were:

• Rita Carolina Portillo, Greeley, Colo., Lextron Animal Health, is attending the Institute of Business & Medical Careers to become a medical assistant.

• Justin Wayne Bonnell, Gig Harbor, Wash., Justin’s father, Stanley Bonnell, works for DVM Resources (Walco Intl). He plans on attending the University of Washington to pursue an engineering degree.

• Jessica Dee Allen, Columbus, Ohio. Jessica’s father, Jeffery Allen, works at Veterinary and Poultry Supply. She attends Ohio State University where she is studying health sciences and plans on becoming a physical therapist.

The AgriLabs Dennis Feary Memorial Scholarship in Agriculture was endowed to provide funding for eligible students enrolled in or entering college. The $2000 scholarships are awarded exclusively to students in pursuit of a two- or four-year college degree in agricultural studies. Recipients include:

• Ashlie Marie Chase, Strasburg, Colo. Ashlie’s mother, Roberta Chase, works for MWI Veterinary Supply. Ashlie is attending Colorado State University studying for a degree in animal science and pre-vet.

• Taylor Renee Wilson, Beattie, Kan. Both parents, Thomas and Sandra Wilson, are employed by Valley Vet Supply in Marysville, KS. Taylor wants to pursue a degree in biology.

•  Symmantha Maryan Page, Massillon, Ohio. Symmantha’s mother, Joann Page, is employed by R. J. Matthews Co. she wants to study biology in a pre-vet program.

The AgriLabs Herman Haenert Scholarship was established in 2005 to honor and recognize the contributions that Mr. Haenert made as both a founder of AgriLabs and as vice-president of business development from 1992-2005. The award provides $5000 per academic year and was endowed to provide funding for eligible students enrolled in or entering a two or four year college degree in any field of study; it is available to employees and immediate family members of AgriLabs and its shareholders. The recipient is:

• Miles Andrew Barber, Marysville, Kan. Miles’ mother, Ellen Barber, works for Valley Vet Supply. He will attend Grace College studying pre-vet medicine.

AgriLabs Scholarships are managed by The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, which is solely responsible for qualifying and selecting applicants. Applications for AgriLabs awards are available at


Bauer joins CRV as area sales manager

Dan Bauer

Dan Bauer, Oconto, Wis., joined CRV USA as area sales manager for the Wisconsin area.  He is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with a bachelor degree in Dairy Science.  In his spare time, Dan stays involved with the industry and help at cattle auctions throughout the year. He also owns a small group of registered Jerseys. To learn more about CRV products or to get in contact with the CRV team member in your area, please visit or give us a call at 1-800-400-crv4all.

CRV, the parent company of CRV USA and formerly Holland Genetics, is an international cattle improvement organization with operations and breeding programs in Oceania, South America, Africa, Europe and the USA.



Alltech restructures global headquarters marketing team

Alltech restructured its global headquarters marketing team based in Nicholasville, Ky.

New managerial appointments include:

• Elizabeth Bagby, Strategic Partnership Manager.

• Susanna Elliott, Corporate PR Manager, North America.

• Billy Frey, Advertising and Digital Marketing Manager.

• Jorge Gotuzzo, Global Ruminant Marketing Manager.

• Alan Henthorne, Corporate Media Manager.

• Suniti Mujumdar, Global Poultry Marketing Manager.

• Lauren Ashley Pope, Corporate Events Manager.

• Laci Poulter, Consumer Communications Manage.

• Paulo Rezende, Project Manager, Education


Borman earns National DHIA leadership award

The National Dairy Herd Information Association (DHIA) recognized Harlan Borman, Kingdom City, Mo., with the H. Victor Joachim Distinguished Leadership/Martin A. Wilson Memorial Award, in conjunction with the association’s annual meeting. This award goes to a DHI dairy producer and/or spouse who has held a leadership position in DHIA or the dairy industry, and rendered outstanding and unselfish service for many years, along with a notable contributions to advancing DHIA in the United States; or, is a worthy person who has been employed in a DHI management position for at least five years and has been dedicated to improving DHIA.

From 1997-2006, Borman served as a National DHIA director, including the roles of president and vice president. Also, he was a director for Mid-South Dairy Records, Springfield, Mo., with terms as president, vice president and secretary.

A Registered Holstein breeder, he has managed a dairy operation since 1963. Today, Borman farms in partnership with his wife, Judy, son, Tim, and daughter, Kate. In addition to the Holsteins, they raise beef cattle, corn, alfalfa, soybeans and wheat.

National DHIA, a trade association for the dairy records industry, serves the best interests of its members and the dairy industry by maintaining the integrity of dairy records and advancing dairy information systems.