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Just to add to the BW confusion….

Jorryn dtr2 (1)With interest I’ve been reading the 2014/2015 production results in the latest NZ Holstein Friesian Journal.
Some of these pedigree cows are achieving some amazing results in New Zealand. See below.

In the Top 10 cows we see the highest protein producing cow with 506kgs. She is also New Zealand’s highest Dollar earner @ $4,244.13. Her name is Taunton Jorryn Memory and she happens to be by the Samen sire Skalsumer JORRYN.

In the same Top Ten List, we find Taunton Bolton Lulu by the ABS sire BOLTON, she earned her owner $3,878.38.


Now… here comes the interesting part…..


Taunton Jorryn Memory has a BW of -49/52

Taunton Bolton Lulu has a BW of -117/53

If you believe that BW is an indication of the money earning potential of an animal, then these cows would feature on your year’s culling list right? ……And surely you would not want to keep any offspring from them?

In comparison and quite ironically the highest BW Holstein Friesian cow is a Mint Edition daughter by the name of Dickson ME Danielle with a BW of 297/47. Yet she only earned her owner $2,391.49.

This is why BW baffles me.
She earned $1852.64, which was less than the Jorryn cow.

Some might have you believe that Jorryn ate twice as much……. YEAH RIGHT!

Question: Someone help me explain the magic of index breeding?

From his March 2015 index, CRACKER van der Wilg has gone up by 22kg’s in live weight index (from 64kg to 86kg), consequently resulting in a loss of about BW65.

This BW loss is without adding any daughters in his New Zealand TOP score (as still at 0 daughters – so no daughters weighted or classified) and there have also been no significant changes in his Dutch proof for body-weight.

In fact he remains a smaller stature (94) sire in Netherlands and frame (97)

I am sure there will be a very good theoretical explanation why small stature bulls from overseas are now also getting a huge live weight index in New Zealand…..perhaps our population is turning into midgets….

Anyway be your own judge and ask yourself, do I want to milk cows like this Cracker daughter or do I want to milk more midgets?

Cracker Daughter

Cracker daughter; Grashoek Iva 4,  fresh after her third calf


1 st Lactation 1.11  355 days 10577 kgM  4.31 %fat  3.77 %protein  855kgMS
2nd lactation   3.01  290 days  10675 kgM  4.71 %fat  3.92 %protein  923kgMS


British Friesians featuring strongly in last springs Bull selection

Above Photo: A very uniform line of calves between 18 and 20 days of age.

The Hammond family from Ohakune completed their new dairy conversion last year and this month sees the first home bred calves hit the ground. Because of the high altitude and the need for stronger compact cows, British Friesians featured strongly in last springs bull selection.

The herd was mated using the colour coding system to achieve a more uniform line of animals. Needless to say, British Friesians will be included in the mix again this year.

Featuring a Kirkby Cutter daughter at 6 days.

Kirkby Cutter daughter at 6 days old

For more information on our Breed the Need programme or British Friesians contact the team today. Phone 0800 220 232

Aftershock continues to deliver results

When the first calves of 94HO14105 AFTERSHOCK started hitting the ground we knew we had something special. We had been very excited about the potential this bull had because of his great pedigree. His sire, Shottle Ex 96, had just hit the scene and was certainly one of the greatest bulls to ever come out of Europe. We saw some of Shottle’s early daughters in England and wanted a son for our program. Durham Atlee Ex 92, the All American from the Ada family, was just the cow to be crossed with Shottle. The style and balance of Atlee with the great rumps and feet and legs of Shottle made it the perfect cross and both sides transmit great udders. Many people that saw Starbuck Ada, the 4th dam of AFTERSHOCK say the bull’s daughters look a lot like her. They are wide and balanced with great udders and feet and legs and last for years! AFTERSHOCK’s legacy will be that his daughters are great young cows, but they get better with age. They mature, develop and become cows you want daughters out of. We believe when it is all said and done, AFTERSHOCK will go down in history as one of the greatest customer satisfaction bulls of all time. We hope you will consider adding this great bull to your breeding program.

Customer 3AFTERSHOCK carries the strength of his great line… Already being spoken of around the world in superlatives, AFTERSHOCK’s legacy will be that his daughters are great young cows that get better with age. They mature, develop and become cows you want daughters out of. “We chose AFTERSHOCK because he’s the best SHOTTLE EX 96 son on the market,” said Chris Gleeson of Elmbanks Holsteins. Chris and Mary Gleeson, with their young daughters, Stacey, Hannah and Chloe, milk 300 Holsteins near Koroit in south-west Victoria. Of those 100 are classified Excellent. “Among our Excellent cows we have 12 by Shottle, the sire of AFTERSHOCK,” said Chris. “Three are classified EX 93. We probably have the largest number of Excellent Shottle daughters in one herd in Australia.” The Gleesons have 30 AFTERSHOCK heifers on the ground ranging from the 10 two-year-olds that will calve in August to several week old calves. “They are a very consistent and uniform line of heifers,” said Chris. “They are very well balanced and they will definitely add strength to the pedigree. “As we would expect from this family they have strong heads and topline, good spring and depth of rib. They have that very square rump that helps the set of the udders and with calving. “I think they’ll develop into strong cows and I’m quite sure we will end up showing some of them,” he said. The Gleesons have recently invested in AFTERSHOCK sexed semen as well. This will be used in joining Goldwyn bloodline heifers, to improve the line and add greater balance to the pedigree. There is good reason to believe AFTERSHOCK will go down in history as one of the greatest customer satisfaction bulls of all time.

Customer Stories (Care of ABS)

Customer 1“Our AFTERSHOCK milking daughters are some of the best cows in the herd. They’ve proven to have the perfect temperament to be very functional in our robotic milking system; they are docile and tame yet aggressive enough to milk themselves without a lot of hassle from us. Their teat size and placement has also proven ideal for the robotic system; they are long and centered. We have started reusing AFTERSHOCK in our breeding program in the past year because of our success with him, as well as his higher fertility. Whenever I have AFTERSHOCK in the tank, it seems to disappear faster than any other bull in the tank!”
Mike Redalen, Redalen Holsteins, MN 180 cows, DeLaval Robotic Milking System

Customer 2“We like our AFTERSHOCKS even better as they are calving in as three-year-olds. They have high, wide rear udders and wide rumps with strong front ends. They breed back and we continue to be impressed with AFTERSHOCK’S ability to settle cows. We find them very easy to take care of; they are not wimpy cows. His offspring has proven to be strong and hardy dairy cows in our operation.” -Nathan & Troy Audet, Blue Spruce Farm, VT 1,400 cow operation


Customer 4“We initially used AFTERSHOCK as a young sire because of his pedigree (Shottle x Durham x Chief Adeen family). We have certainly not been disappointed in the six daughters we are currently milking. Five of the six are Excellent, ranging from 90 to 94 points. Our AFTERSHOCK daughters are consistently strong, dairy cows with high quality udders and great teat placement. They have all bred back very well. We continue to use AFTERSHOCK in our breeding program at Maple Dell Farm.” Denny Patrick, Maple Dell Farm, MD 120 Holstein & 40 Ayrshire operation 6X Premier Breeder, MD Holstein Spring Show

Customer 5“When I saw the first milking 2 year-old daughters of AFTERSHOCK, I was extremely impressed with how they were built to last and develop with their consistency of conformation. They were very balanced with great feet and legs and beautiful udders. I have watched them develop in later lactations and they have not disappointed. Developing into great cows much like his sire and working well in any environment.” – Brian Craswell, Crasdale Farms, PEI, Canada Sales Manager & Owner of Crasdale Holsteins

Longevity Score vs. Milking in the Shed

Would you rather have a cow that had a high longevity score or a cow that turns up to the milking shed year after year and milks like a LEGEND!

Let’s be honest in breeding we like to talk numbers and often that clouds the reality of farming at a grassroots level. I’m sure you would have heard of the survival or longevity index, but recently I’ve managed to get my hands on some interesting stats that go beyond that number and showcase the actual percentage of daughters that have survived lactation period’s year on year. The data is still in it’s infancy with 60 months being the longest term, but it’s clear to see from the results that certain bulls are ranking a lot higher than national averages.

You will notice that the two top ranking sires, Hoekland Maik and Ponstar Shogun are bulls we have already selected as young sires in our New Zealand breeding program. When choosing these sires we focused purely on pedigree information, longevity in the cow family and most importantly the bulls themselves, this was done without the aid of genomics and calculated data.

It’s important to note, that when these sires were first introduced they did not show up in the top 100 survival index in The Netherlands. Yet based on actual survival data from their daughters, both are now in the top 10 in Holland. On paper they are still mediocre for milk production and components, however, they have late maturing, very persistent daughters, with the realistic average daughter productions ranking much above breed and national average. Once again, this highlights the fact that practical breeding leads to positive results and indexes can be very misleading. A common issue we continue to face on the NZ Market, but we are slowly working with a range of farmers who have been looking for greater efficiencies and future proofing strategies.

One of those farmers is Harry Schat. Harry had been using mainstream NZ genetics until he decided to trial some of the Samen Genetics in 2010. He’s been very impressed with the outcome and when asked about his Shogun daughters he was happy to report that a high percentage of the shogun daughters were ranking in the top half of his herd for production. He was also happy to mention that “Samen genetics were outperforming LIC genetics and were much better type wise as well”.

Both Ponstar Shogun and Hoekland Maik were bulls of smaller stature, exceptional rump-width and body capacity. Both bulls have what we call “a bit of extra muscle and body condition”. Whilst their daughters are very fertile, have excellent scores for udder, legs and feet health. They both score 110 for body condition, which is unique in the Holstein breed.

Today, Hoekland Maik and Ponstar Shogun feature strongly as sires of sons in our current line-up of bulls. I have been following these bulls with a close eye and noted their success in Holland. The above data supports my initial research and with a number of NZ farmers using the Shogun and Maik sons over the past couple of years I’m looking forward to tracking the heifers success when they join the NZ milking herds in the upcoming 2016/2017 seasons.

In 2015 Breeding guide you find the following bulls descent from Shogun or Maik.

  • Samoerai (s. Shogun)
  • Sentaro (s. Shogun)
  • Ashburton (s.Maik)
  • Malki (s.Maik)
  • Lyssel (s.Maik)
  • Miramar (s.Maik)
  • Maikman (s.Maik)
  • Moneymaker (s.Maik)
  • Michael (s.Maik)
Longevity score Vs time spent milking in the shed.

Longevity score Vs time spent milking in the shed.

Samen is a New Zealand based Genetics company dedicated to providing practical breeding advice whilst working with farmers in a supportive capacity. We pride ourselves on working with our Farmers, sharing our knowledge and most importantly providing them with the tools required to take charge and make informed decisions about their genetic breeding programmes. For more information contact the office on 0800 220 232 or contact us.

Dam of Navigator RF passed the 100,000 litre mark.

Not only has the dam of NavigatorRF recently passed the 100,000 litre production mark, she has achieved it in only 2835 lactation days.

Navigator RF Samen NZIn the 2835 days Willemien 112, produced 100,663 litre milk with 5.36% fat and 3.83% protein. With these very high components, it won’t be long before she will achieve the 10,000 kgs Milk- Solids.

In the Netherlands, Navigator daughters stand out because of their high milk components, +0.29% Protein and a massive +1.03% Fat. Not only do they produce valuable milk but they also have very low somatic cell counts and a positive transmission of milk Lactose of +0.06%

Navigator’s daughter are strong and capacious, they have excellent healthy udders (+107) and are pleasant cows to work with. (+105 for temperament and +106 for milking speed)

Those Samen clients who understand the aAa system and those using the colour code mating system, value Navigator (aAa156) for his very suitable qualities to improve capacity and strength. His very centrally placed thurl can also help to improve rump angles and foot angle.

In recent months Navigator RF has grown in popularity as the first impressions of his daughters are very positive. As we head into Spring, we look forward to seeing his first milking daughters enter the cowsheds of New Zealand.


Samen NZ secures exclusive rights to Archrival – The #1 PTAT Sire in the World!

ArchrivalWe are super excited to announce that we have secured the Exclusive rights for the NZ market, to The #1 PTATA Sire in the Wolrd – EClipse Atwoods Archrival.

For more information give our team a call on 0800 220 232

Samen NZ – New 2015 Breeding Guide NOW available

Samen NZ Breeding Guide 2015In the era of modern technology and with thousands of bulls with genomic data available to us, it is becoming increasingly difficult to choose new bulls that possess the qualities that dairy farmers are looking for. But you now us, we are committed to sourcing the best Global Genetics so that we can provide you with practical breeding advice based on particular breeding news within your herd.

We are confident that this catalogue has some fantastic bloodlines that possess superb production, health and durability traits.

Download your copy here

aAa Video now available

videoOur Breed the Need programme focuses strongly on the aAa principles. We are very thankful that Tracey Zimmerman has allowed us the opportunity to access her video to put on our website.
aAa®  is a dairy cattle breeding guide used worldwide since 1950. aAa® approved analysers are unbiased and independent breeding consultants who do not represent any A.I.. organization.  Many A.I. companies and dairy breeders throughout the world employ the services of aAa®.  aAa® numbers are shown left to right for a bull in the order he sires them and for a cow in the order she needs them.  By closely matching the aAa® numbers of a bull to the aAa® numbers of a cow, dairy breeders increase their chances of getting a bull’s above average daughters and breeding more balanced, healthy, profitable and long lasting cattle.
For more information on aAa®, visit www.aaaweeks.com
Or contact New Zealand’s aAa® approved analyser:
Tracey Zimmerman

AFTERSHOCK continues to add large numbers

AftershockAFTERSHOCK continues to add large numbers of daughters to his type and production proofs, giving them even higher reliability.complete all-round bulls for type and production in the industry,’’

AFTERSHOCK is a consistent type and production transmitter with 91 per cent GP or better for type with daughters all over the world showing outstanding dairy strength and excellent udders – they are consistent show winners for their breeders.