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PEP Sires: Continually Improving the Price-Quality Ratio

New PEP Policies

PEP Sires: Continually Improving the Price-Quality Ratio

In 2011, some 250 Holstein young sires submitted to the various Semex Alliance testing programs – including 80 tested with CIAQ – were selected because they showed the best genomic values among over 2,000 young sires preselected on-farm using traditional tools. Sires submitted to the Young Sire Proving Program (PEP) display unprecedented genetic values that will produce durable and profitable cows for your business. However, genomics does not yet allow for the definitive identification of future top-ranking proven sires and variations may still exist between genomic parent averages (GPA) and the genomic estimated breeding value (GEBV). As a result, PEP remains a priority for CIAQ in order to obtain sire proofs rapidly and efficiently.

We invite you to read about two changes your Young Sire Proving Program is undergoing to embrace the impact of genomics:  

As of July 1st, 2011, PEP Holstein sires will be available in various price ranges

A number of PEP sires comprise exceptional assets, notably extremely high genomic values and sought-after pedigrees suggesting that daughters from these sires will provide utmost profitability. Starting July 1st, 2011, these dominant young sires will be available at variable prices, while a strong proportion of young sire semen will still be sold at the actual price. There will not be any changes for all other breeds.

The $7 discount on all PEP young sire semen for herds that qualify for genetic evaluations remains in place as in the past, regardless of the semen retail price, to promote the early use of young sires. For pricing information, consult the cover letter that accompanies the young sire pedigrees.

Make sure PEP daughters calve at 30 months of age or less (all breeds)

The testing contribution from qualified herds, i.e. data supplied by breeders aiming at proving young sires, continues to be recognized. However, this contribution will be rewarded for PEP daughters having calved at 30 months of age or less, starting with the all-breeds classification round (round #82) scheduled for the fall of 2011. It is therefore important that PEP daughters calve at a desired age, at the latest they must be in-calf following an insemination performed at 21 months of age. Breeders who perform their own inseminations are encouraged to continue using PEP doses during the testing period to allow the resulting daughters to be rapidly added to their sire's proof.

CIAQ is proud to offer Québec breeders products of unmatched genetic value, including the best selection of young test sires to produce profitable cows. More than ever, CIAQ products and programs bring you the best price-quality ratio in the industry!

Starting July 1st, 2011, there will be only one monthly start date for young test sires
as the mid-month young sire release date will be canceled.


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