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A sire’s progression from new to daughter-proven

Genomic proofs give us the confidence to use exciting sires sooner! You can rest assured these bulls will deliver on their genetic promises because genomic testing provides an immediate reliability of around 70% for production, health and conformation traits.

You might be wondering, what are the different genomic sire options? And how do they progress from their first release to daughter-proven status? Let’s break it down…

Alta ADVANTAGE

Our newest sires are available only to our loyal Alta ADVANTAGE partner herds. These Alta ADVANTAGE only sires offer diverse trait specialties and elite rankings on many different customized genetic plans.

When a bull is first old enough to be collected, he simply won’t produce enough semen to be readily available to all farms around the globe. So while we work to build semen inventory, we give our loyal Alta ADVANTAGE partner herds priority access to these elite, new sires that best fit their customized genetic plans.

G-STARS

Once a bull starts producing enough semen, he is added to the G-STAR sire list. Many new G-STAR bulls are readily available this proof round. Among these sires are a wide array of trait outliers, and high ranks to fit your genetic plan.

FUTURE STARS

About a year after a bull is first released, we know results for both sire fertility and calving ease. We gather this data and analyze the results. We then award the FUTURE STAR designation to only the bulls that prove themselves above average for sire fertility and have real observations that say he’s less than 8% for sire calving ease.

FUTURE STARS are the way to go if you want the benefits of elite genomics, but prefer the added peace of mind of proven sire fertility and calving ease. You may give up some production and health as compared to the available G-STAR or ADVANTAGE only sires. But you gain peace of mind knowing that you’re upping your chances for a pregnancy and a live calf resulting from an easier calving. Because of the known calving ability, FUTURE STARS are ideal options to use on heifers.

That explains the progression a bull makes as a genomic-proven sire. So you now know the difference between each genomic sire option. With that in mind, compare the average genetic level of each group in the table below.

You’ll see the newest, Alta ADVANTAGE bulls have the highest genetic averages. That’s followed by the G-STAR sires, and then by the more highly reliable FUTURE STARS. You’ll also see the comparison to daughter-proven sire averages, just for reference.

December 2018 program averagesTPIMilkProtFatPTATUDCFLCPLDPRSCS
Alta ADVANTAGE2794175068911.651.710.766.52.52.71
G-STAR2708157362841.921.891.125.52.12.80
FUTURE STAR2573161360721.521.490.874.71.92.85
DAUGHTER-PROVEN2391113142561.371.560.793.91.72.82

Despite the big difference in genetic averages between the genomic lists and daughter-proven averages, it’s important to note that every single bull atop our current daughter-proven list was once a part of the G-STAR and/or FUTURE STAR lists.

The track record is significant for our current genomic favorites. Each proof round, we see these genomic bulls deliver on their initial predictions, and eventually graduate to daughter-proven success.

 Put your genetics into action

With that in mind, have confidence to use a team of sires from the Alta ADVANTAGE, G-STAR or FUTURE STAR lists. Alternatively, if you prefer the peace of mind from higher-reliability proven sires, you’ll certainly find the right bulls to fit your needs among that list.

Select a group of bulls that meet your customized goals for production, health and conformation so you drive your progress to match your current situation and future goals.

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Alta Proven on Pasture

Alta Genetics Bulls continue to perform under Australian Dairying conditions. With Daughter proven favourites improving greatly on BPI and new Genomic Superstars emerging, Alta Genetics have had an extremely strong ABV run.

Our high genomic bulls from the April run, AltaANCHOR, AltaZONE and AltaGILMORE made slight gains for BPI to 354, 340 and 331 respectively whilst newcomers AltaAROLDIS 356 and AltaSTAFFORD 330 blasted to the top filling number 4 (highest Type bull in the top 5) and =22nd. In all Alta have 8 of the top 25 including the #4, #5 (#2 and 3 positive for milk) and #12 bulls.

Daughter proven performers continue to strengthen...

Daughter proven performers continue to strengthen with the addition of Australian daughters. Full brothers AltaROBLE and AltaRABO maid great gains to 252 and 242 BPI improving for all production traits. AltaROBLE is the #1 Mammary bull in the GBG at 116.

Crackholm AltaROBLE Buckle from Crackholm Holsteins; Richmond, QC
Crackholm AltaROBLE Buckle | Crackholm Holsteins; Richmond, QC

AltaRABO is no slouch...

AltaRABO is no slouch at 108 Type and 112 Mammary. AltaRABO is a known female fertility improver and can fast track improved pregnancy rates on your farm. AltaRABO is A2A2 and is considered a genuine CE bull. Daughters of both bulls are impressing their owners with their style, will to milk and quiet nature.

Head down Crackhom AltaRabo from Crackholm holsteins
Crackholm AltaRABO Dasha | Crackholm Holsteins; Richmond, QC

AltaSPRING has cemented himself as a true transmitter of Elite Progeny...

AltaSPRING added global daughters and has cemented himself as true transmitter of elite progeny under any conditions. With early Australian daughters now milking, reports of impressive udders, moderate, open dairy frames and high production are starting to be the norm. With an increasing BPI of 238, AltaSPRING improved for all production traits and now rates at 26kg Protein, 30Kg Fat and over 850ltrs Milk good for an ASI of 148. Add in 106 Type, 110 Mammary and 109 daughter fertility and it is easy to see why AltaSPRING is performing everywhere.

Head Down AltaSpring Daughter
Halloverhill Spring Gypsy | Halloverhill Holsteins UK

AltaHOTROD continues to improve each proof round. Now up to 240 BPI, AltaHOTROD has improved to 24kgs P, 25kgs Fat and 804 ltrs Milk. Rated at 110 Type and 110 Mammary, AltaHOTROD is also highly rated for all Dairy Frame traits and noticeable lowers rumps. A high female fertility improver, AltaHOTROD is a perfect choice to add Dairy Frames, Production, Fertility and Udders to your herd.

AltaLEAF, the outcross Top 10 TPI sire also made great improvements on ABV with 30 Australian daughters now milking. Offering 34kg Protein, 29Kg Fat with 1364lts, AltaLEAF has an impressive ASI of 147. Increases in SCS, Survival and Daughter Fertility saw an increase in BPI of 52 to 218. Type and Mammary virtually remained unchanged at 105 and 103.

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Newest Daughter-proven options to fit your genetic plan

Side-by-side professional photos of daughters by AltaLEAF and AltaSPRING

Is high reliability part of your genetic plan? If so, select from several sire options atop our daughter-proven lineup. These bulls are either new to the proven ranks, or have just added new daughter information.

011HO11478 AltaLEAF and 011HO11437 AltaSPRING are international producer favorites that remain atop our daughter-proven ranks. With the addition of hundreds of daughters each, both of these household names gained significant TPI points and Net Merit $!

These new bulls to the daughter-proven lineup offer a wide range of trait specialties to fit many different customized g­enetic plans.

11HO11531 AltaSABRE | JACEY X ROBUST X PLANET | 511 | 2624 TPI

AltaSABRE bursts onto the top rankings with his debut proof. AltaSABRE has announced himself as a true health and fertility transmitter. AltaSABRE made great gains across the board resulting in a lift in TPI of 88 points to 2624, placing AltaSABRE in the top 25 daughter proven bulls. This A2A2 sire added 297 milking daughters to his initial 36 and saw slight drops for Milk and protein with a nice increase for fat yield increasing components. DPR increased by 1.5 to 4.2 whilst PL increased by 0.5 to 7.7 placing him at #3 and equal #2 for these traits in the top 25 TPI sires. Type made some nice gains with the first 52 scored daughters moving Type to 1.96, UDC to 1.34 and FLC to 1.67. AltaSABRE offers a great Strength to Stature ratio perfect for our grazing environment.

Grazing photo of Cottonwood Sabre 1535
Cottonwood Sabre 1535 | Cottonwood Dairy | South Wayne, WI

11HO11493 AltaHOTROD | JEROD X AltaIOTA X GOLDWYN | 2616 TPI

AltaHOTROD continues to impress. With the doubling of production daughters and more than tripling of his Type daughters, AltaHOTROD has confirmed his status as an elite sire of the breed. Now with 700 milking daughters (up from 340), AltaHOTROD made gains for Milk (up 84) to 2014lbs, Fat (up1) to 73lbs and Protein (up 2) to 67lbs. The addition of 231 Type daughters (up from 100) saw slight gains made for Type +0.05 to 2.43 (#2 Type bull top 30 and is 2.8 DPR higher than the bull above him on Type!) and FLC +0.21 to 1.28 and a slight drop to UDC (-0.1) to 1.56. Great gains were made for Health with PL lifting by 0.5 to 2.8 and DPR lifting a staggering 2.3 to 2.4. Being A2A2 and an outcross to Mogul blood lines, AltaHOTROD is the perfect option to inject some size into your herd.

Professional side shot daughter photo of Parbro HOTROD Hannah, daughter of 11HO11493 AltaHOTROD
Parbro HOTROD Hannah | Owner: Parbro Farms | Uxbridge, ON

11HO11523 AltaHOTSHOT | PRIDE X CAMERON X MAN-O-MAN | 2576 TPI

  • Medium framed cows with strong fore udder attachments
  • By adding daughters, he improved 100 TPI points and 108 NM$
  • Outcross sire

11HO11499 AltaMEGLO | SUPERSIRE X FREDDIE X PLANET | 511 | 2572 TPI

  • Small to medium sized cows with open rib and strong udder attachments
  • Unique combination of excellent production (1962 Milk, 135 CFP) with exceptional 3.6 DPR
  • Outlier for conventional sire fertility

11HO11380 AltaROBLE | MOGUL X OBSERVER X SHOTTLE | 511 | 2491 TPI

AltaROBLE continues to dominate for bulls that improve UDC and DPR. With over 500 milking daughters added for production (now 1867) and 170 added for Type, AltaROBLE remained extremely stable with moderate changes for milk up 14lbs to 860, protein up 2lbs to 32 and more notably DPR up 1.4 to 3.4. Type dropped slightly (-0.05) to 2.70, now with 556 daughters and UDC remained unchanged at an amazing 3.18. Calving traits remained virtually unchanged with the addition of more observations. These modest increases saw a slight increase in TPI to 2491, up 50 since April. AltaROBLE is one of the most reliable improvers for Female fertility and udders and is in constant high demand. AltaROBLE is a 5 star Concept Plus sire. Order early to avoid disappointment.

Crackholm AltaROBLE Buckle from Crackholm Holsteins; Richmond, QC
Crackholm AltaROBLE Buckle | Crackholm Holsteins; Richmond, QC

11HO11379 AltaRABO | MOGUL X OBSERVER X SHOTTLE | 2490 TPI

AltaRABO is an A2A2 full brother to AltaRoble. AltaRABO is a genuine CE sire at 5.3% with over 15000 observations. Now milking over 2250 daughters (more than doubling his 1113 in April) AltaRABO had gains for Milk up 129lbs to 864, Fat up 1lb to 68 and Protein up 2lbs to 35. PL dropped slightly to 3.7 and DPR increased by 1.3 to 0.8. SCE and DCE both improved by 0.1% with the addition of more information. Type remained very steady with the addition of 353 daughters. Now with 773 scored daughters, AltaRABO had a slight drop for Type -0.05 to 2.07 and FLC -0.15 to 1.50, however UDC improved by 0.02 to 2.85. AltaRABO continues to hold a high Concept Plus rating and is a great choice for your heifer joinings this Spring.

Head down Crackhom AltaRabo from Crackholm holsteins
Crackholm AltaRABO Dasha | Crackholm Holsteins; Richmond, QC
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