Horst takes on sire analyst role with ABS Global

June 17, 2013

Aaron Horst has transitioned to the role of Jersey sire analyst with ABS Global, Inc. in addition to his responsibilities as a ABS Cornerstone specialist.

“Aaron’s knowledge of ABS, the AI Industry and Jersey genetics will greatly benefit the ABS sire analyst team,” said Andy Stiefel, Senior Manager of Genetic Programs.Horst

 As an ABS Cornerstone Specialist, Horst will continue to be responsible for developing and identifying potential new ABS Cornerstone herds while maintaining a relationship with current herds on the East Coast. He will also continue to monitor, evaluate and maintain progeny test herd data output in addition to being a Jersey sire analyst.

 Horst is a 2009 graduate of Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in dairy science and a minor in agribusiness management. On campus he was active in the dairy club, North America Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge and the dairy judging team.

 Horst’s career with ABS began when he completed two internships with ABS Global including: the progeny promotions internship in 2007 and a sales and service internship in 2008.


ABS Global welcomes Matt Killian as district business manager for New York and New England

June 17, 2013

Matt Killian has joined ABS Global, Inc. as a district business manager for New York and New England.m_killian_web_1
“Matt’s experience in development of sales plans and coaching will be a great benefit to the ABS team,” commented Brandon Sowder, divisional sales manager. “His talents will be a great asset to a group of hard-working, veteran professionals in the New York and New England area as he facilitates growth and development of unit sales and the sales team.”
As district business manager, Killian will use his industry knowledge, professionalism and positive attitude to grow and develop the business in his area. Prior to joining the ABS team, Matt spent three and a half years working in the nutrition and feed business. He was brought into a new expansion role, where he exceeded every target and benchmark set for the business. Matt was established as a respected expert and the nation’s largest liquid feed sales representative for his company. His strong background in marketing, sales coaching, CRM implementation, wholesale and retail sales management make him an ideal candidate for a management position.
Matt is a graduate of the University of Phoenix. He and his wife Shannon will relocate to central New York this summer, but currently reside in Elizabethtown, Pa.

Julian Casas joins ABS Global as technical services consultant

June 17, 2013

Julian Casas, DVM, MPVM, has joined the ABS Global, Inc. team as a technical services consultant.j_casas_WEB_1

“Casas brings a vast knowledge of herd health, reproduction, and dairy nutrition to the team,” said Hernando Lopez, global technical services director. “His experiences as a teacher and a field veterinarian will be an invaluable asset to producers and the success of their operations in North America.”
Julian has a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the National University of Colombia, as well as a master’s in preventative veterinary medicine from the University of California, Davis. He also completed a dairy production medicine residency at the University of California, Davis.
Casas was most recently a head veterinarian and nutritionist for two herds on the west coast, where he oversaw the health of nearly 7,000 cows. He has worked with herd reproductive programs, diagnosis and treatment of reproductive issues, and transition cow management. In addition, Casas has held on-farm and classroom teaching roles to implement and monitor best practices in several operations.
In the technical service specialist role, Julian will be responsible for implementation of ABS proven technical solutions through hands-on involvement and training with clients, their staff and local ABS management. He will measure and report progress of technical service initiatives, as well as seek new ways to deliver value to customers in cooperation with the technical service team. Casas and his family will be based in Visalia, California, servicing the California, Idaho and Washington region.

ABS Global OHARE-P leads industry polled list

June 17, 2013

ABS Global leads the industry on the active AI polled sires list with recent release 29HO16733 Pine-Tree OHARE-P-ET. 

 OHARE-P is a heterozygous polled O-Style son from Hickorymea Sigif Ohio-P-ET, a VG-85 Signif-P daughter with almost 30,000 lbs milk as a two-year-old. Ohio completes six generations of +1,000 lb fat records and seven generations of Very Good or Excellent cows. OHARE-P reflects his dam’s outstanding production, with +2073 Milk, and leads the polled sire list for GTPISM with +2201. He adds +682 NM$ and +670 CM$, and is a calving ease sire at 6.4%.

 In an industry where animal welfare and polled genetics are becoming increasingly important, OHARE-P can provide producers a viable, outcross option for polled offspring. He is one of three polled sires offered in the ABS Primetime™ lineup. OHARE-P leads the list of April 2013 active AI polled Holstein sires marketed in the U.S. that is compiled by the National Association of Animal Breeders for the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding and USDA.

 To order OHARE-P semen, contact an ABS Representative or call 1-800-ABS-STUD (227-7883) today!

ABS Global introduces Dairy InFocus- beef on dairy initiative

June 17, 2013

Dairy producers now have an all-inclusive tool to earn more money for dairy beef calves, segment females into genetic performance groups and improve quality of heifer replacements. ABS Dairy InFocus™ has been introduced as part of the ABS Genetic Management System® (GMS®). This program is aimed to provide producers the opportunity to create premium beef while maximizing dairy profit.0413_InFocus_testimonial_photo_WEB

 “The days of raising every heifer calf as a replacement are no longer valid, as it costs more to raise heifers than buy replacements,” states Tim Timmons, ABS Dairy InFocus manager. “By utilizing the ABS Dairy InFocus program, producers have access to the best beef genetics in the industry and the tools needed to maximize their profits through supply chain marketing.”

 ABS Dairy InFocus involves the strategic use of proven beef sires on dairy cows within a comprehensive breeding plan. InFocus enables dairies to increase cash flow and improve future herd genetics. Lower performing cows are bred to beef and calves are sold at a premium, while top performing cows are used for heifer replacements. This program allows producers an opportunity to get a premium in nine months based on their genetic decision today.

 “The ABS Dairy InFocus program really fits our Holstein and Jersey breeders. As a heifer ranch, we aim to develop the best dairy replacements for our customers. By using the ABS Dairy InFocus program on the lower performing cows, our dairy customers are paid a premium for beef calves and they get back higher quality replacement heifers,” notes Justin and Jerod Ball of Deer Creek Feeding LLC, Dalhart, TX.

 To learn more about the ABS Dairy InFocus program or get enrolled, contact customer service today at 1-800-ABS-STUD (227-7883).

STJ Progeny Celebration Sale Has Huge Success

March 28, 2013

Despite the chilly March temperatures, the quality and the prices at the St. Jacobs Progeny Celebration held on the 16th sale were hot! The sale averaged $6,211 on 116 lots, with Holsteins averaging $6,674 and Jerseys averaging $4,010. These prices are a true testament to the quality found at the sale and through the genetics of the STJ lineup.

Lot 1 topped the sale – Kingsmill Ashlyns Annisa-ET, VG-89 at 2-08. Consigned by Gene Iager and Triple T Holsteins of North Lewisburg, Ohio, this DESTRY*RC senior three-year-old from Tri-Day Ashlyn brought $60,000. Annisa won the senior two-year-old class at the Mid-East Summer National and stoof 4th at the International Holstein Show in 2012. Her new owners are Chelsea and Caitlyn Abbott of Fairfield, Vt.

Sale staff & buyers of top two selling consignments

Sale staff & buyers of top two selling consignments

Lot 1 - Kingsmill Ashlyns Annisa-ET VG-89 at 2-08 (photo: Holstein World)

Lot 1 – Kingsmill Ashlyns Annisa-ET VG-89 at 2-08

Second high seller was Lot 9, MS Apples Aleda-Red-ET, at $44,500. This December 1st model of Redburst-Red brought $44,500 and sold to Westcoast Holsteinss of Chilliwack, BC. She was consigned by Apple Partners of Lanark, IL.

Lot 9 - MS Apples Aleda-Red-ET (photo: Holstein World)

Lot 9 – MS Apples Aleda-Red-ET

Rounding out the top three Holsteins sold was a consignment from Golden Oaks Farm, Wauconda, Ill. Milksource Afrshk Ashley-ET, VG-89 at 2-08, has been a headline daughter of AFTERSHOCK and she was struck off at $36,700. Ashley is due in mid-May carrying an ultrasound female by Sid, and her dam, Milksource Goldwyn Africa-ET EX-92, was Grand Champion at the Midwest Spring National and WI Championship Show in 2012.

Lot 16 - Milksource Afrshk Ashley-ET VG-89 at 2-08

Lot 16 – Milksource Afrshk Ashley-ET VG-89 at 2-08

High selling Jersey and Lot J1 was Arethusa HG Victoria-ET – a 04/12 HIRED GUN x Arethusa Response Vivid EX-93 Grand Champion International Jersey Show ’12 x Huronia Centurion Veronica 20J EX-97 Supreme Champion World Dairy Expo ’06. Arethusa Farm, Litchfield, CT consigned this exciting calf.

Lot J1 - Arethusa HG Victoria-ET

Lot J1 – Arethusa HG Victoria-ET

The sale was managed by MD-Hillbrook, Chris & Jennifer Hill, Thurmont, MD. Chris Hill performed auctioneering duties while Norm Nabholz read pedigrees. Taking bids from around the ring and on the phone were Paul Trapp, Michael Heath, Nick Raggi, David J. Lentz, George Morasci, Robert Yeoman and Tim Abbott. Jennifer Hill handled clerking duties.

Another highlight from the day was the print canvas presented to the Abbott family from members of the ABS Global team, shown below. In addition, the Hill family presented the Abbotts with a statue of AFTERSHOCK.

ABS staff presenting the canvas to the Abbott family

ABS staff presenting the canvas to the Abbott family

The print canvas presented to the Abbott family

The print canvas presented to the Abbott family

Additional Photo highlights from the day:

Lot 63 - $8800 – 11/10 Aftershock x EX-93 Outside x EX-92 Durham. Due 04/13 to Goldstar. Purchased by Golden Oaks.

Lot 63 – $8800 – 11/10 Aftershock x EX-93 Outside x EX-92 Durham. Due 04/13 to Goldstar. Purchased by Golden Oaks.

Lot 28 - $25,000 – 09/12 Atwood x Hezbollah EX-92

Lot 28 – $25,000 – 09/12 Atwood x Hezbollah EX-92

Lot 12 - $10,000 – 07/12 Large x VG-87 Dorcy x EX-91 Goldwyn. #6 GTPI Large in the breed 12/12

Lot 12 – $10,000 – 07/12 Large x VG-87 Dorcy x EX-91 Goldwyn. #6 GTPI Large in the breed 12/12

Thank you to Holstein World for the photos! For more information on St. Jacobs ABC and the Judge’s Choice, Breeder’s Choice and Red and White Holstein bull lineups, visit their website here.


From the Field – A Report on DORCY

March 6, 2013

29H14142 Coyne Farms DORCY-ET*BY

A report from ABS Area Sales Manager Kelly Driver                                                   

29H14142 Coyne Farms DORCY-ET

29H14142 Coyne Farms DORCY-ET

Coyne-Farms DORCY stands at #2 on the TPI lists and is living up to all his genomic predictions! DORCY was used heavily as a genomic sire and a sire of sons during his traditional sampling period and the resulting daughters are especially pleasing to breeders.

DORCY’s story actually starts in the spring of 1993 when his breeders, Coyne Farms at Avon, NY, were expanding and filling a new free stall barn. The 1000-cow dairy purchased a load of bred heifers from Canada and among the group was Glanstai Counselor Edie, a daughter of Carnation Counselor, who was pregnant at the time to Micheret Darby, an Inspiration son. As luck would have it, the resulting heifer calf became the dam of Coyne Farms Merrill Daisy (GP-81). She in turn was bred to Startmore Rudolph and that heifer became the dam of Coyne-Farms Bret Daffers (Ex-91), who has been a prolific brood cow at Coyne Farms. Her mating to Sandy-Valley BOLTON, resulted in DORCY, who tested clean for the CVM recessive.

DORCY’s full sister is classified EX-90 and peaked at 124 pounds of milk with a 6.1% butterfat test during the heat of last summer. Her third lactation credits to date for this lactation include 249 days 27,950M 4.3% 1191F 2.8% 776P. Additionally, there are 14 more Daffers daughters milking in the herd, sired by Goldwyn, Colby, Planet, Socrates, Auden, Million and SHOTTLE. Line them up side by side at the headlocks and what an impressive group they are! Dairyness, tremendous strength, uniformly good udders…it’s all evident in this cow family!

“Our DORCY daughters are slightly above average in size, but not too big for the free stalls, and all of them have really sound feet and legs,” notes Brian Coyne.

In fact, the Coyne herd now includes 15 milking DORCY daughters, with 7 more to calve in the coming months. The first milking daughter, Coyne-Farms Dorcy Jean, is classified VG-86 and currently is contracted to ABS for a BAYARD son. Another DORCY scored VG-86 is a daughter of Shottle Yeah, (part of their prolific Manfred Yadda cow family with several sons in active AI lineups).

At a neighboring farm dispersal last year, Brian purchased a DORCY bred heifer who now carries a fancy udder with veins evident from every angle. In fact, on the most recent herd classification, 12 DORCY daughters were scored with five attaining marks of Very Good 85 or higher. They ranged from 77 to 86 points overall, a testament to the uniformity throughout the entire group. Ten of the 15 milking daughters are currently milking over 80 pounds per day and the entire group boasts a 305-day mature equivalent production average of 26, 917 pounds!

DORCY offers breeders a little different pedigree with no O-Man, Planet, Goldwyn or SHOTTLE in it. The impressive combination of type and production from his cow family and daughters are readily evident in DORCY’s proof with +1603M +46F +45P +623NM 2.67SCS +4.9PL and +2.96T +3.36UDC +2.85FLC.

“The beautiful udders are what you notice first on his daughters,” notes Tom Harkenrider, sire analyst for ABS Global. “Daughters are strong, tall, and open with slight slope to the rump. They are also straight in the leg when viewed from both the side and rear.”

DORCY Daughters

Sandy-Valley Drcy Shamay-ET VG-86, Sandy-Valley Farms, Scandinavia, WI

Sandy-Valley Drcy Shamay-ET VG-86, Sandy-Valley Farms, Scandinavia, WI

Coyne-Farms Dorcy Jean VG-86, Coyne Farms, Inc, Avon, NY

Coyne-Farms Dorcy Jean VG-86, Coyne Farms, Inc, Avon, NY

Bender Dorcy 457-Grade GP-83, Loyal Bender, Greenwood, DE

Bender Dorcy 457-Grade GP-83, Loyal Bender, Greenwood, DE