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Wednesday, 07 December 2016

Get the gift of genetic progress

Genomic proofs have provided the confidence to use exciting sires earlier in their careers. This offers you the gift of faster genetic gains leading to greater profitability.

All bulls we bring to Alta are genomic and health tested before joining any line-up. We’re confident these bulls will deliver on their genetic promises, since genomic testing provides an immediate reliability of nearly 70% for production, health and conformation traits.

This proof round we add 31 new sires reserved exclusively for Alta Advantage partner herds. Our G-Star list expands by 27 new additions, and 18 new sires have received the stamp of approval to be promoted to FutureStar status. Within each of these three genomic-proven groups, you’ll find a variety of bulls to fit any and all unique genetic plans.

The table below illustrates the difference in production, health and conformation values of our three different groups of genomic-proven sires.


What are the differences between these genomic options?

Alta Advantage: Once a bull starts making semen, he typically starts his career on the Alta Advantage only list. The newest, youngest bulls simply don’t produce enough semen to be readily available to all farms around the globe. So while we work to build semen inventory on those new bulls, we give our loyal Alta Advantage partner herds priority access to the newest sires that fit their customized genetic plans.

G-Star status: Once a bull has made enough semen he is added to the G-Star sire list. The sires found among the G-Star ranks are readily available to everyone, and provide a wide array of outliers for various production, health and type traits. From this elite list, you can find a great selection of bulls to fit your genetic plan.

FutureStar favorites: About a year after a bull is first released, and after both sire fertility and calving ease information have been gathered, the chosen few that prove themselves to be above average for fertility and less than 8% for sire calving ease and sire stillbirth are added to the FutureStar list.

FutureStars are the way to go if you want the benefits of elite genomics, but prefer the added reliability of proven sire fertility and real daughter observations for 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, FutureStars serve as ideal options to use on heifers.

Get the biggest gift

If you still don’t feel comfortable going all in with genomic-proven sires, look below to see how big your gift of genetic progress can actually be by comparing our top daughter-proven and top genomic sires. Selection from atop the daughter-proven lineup provides you with a highly reliable 2453 average TPI.

Yet, if you’re looking for something more, the tables below prove that your best genetic gifts come from the genomic group of sires, which averages 231 TPI points higher than their daughter-proven counterparts.


To further build your confidence in the genomic-proven groups, it’s important to note that every single one of these top daughter-proven sires were previously used globally as FutureStars or G-Stars. The track record is significant for these former genomic favorites to deliver on their initial predictions.

With that in mind, give yourself the gift of maximum genetic gains this season by using a team of sires from the Alta Advantage, G-Star or FutureStar lists that meets your goals for production, health and conformation.


To see more about the former G-Star and FutureStar sires that have graduated to daughter-proven status, please Click HERE.

Chrissy Meyer
Chrissy Meyer
US Marketing Manager
United States

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