2023 Holstein Friesian Genetic Leaders Catalogue COVER

Genetic Leaders of tomorrow announced by Holstein Friesian NZ

Holstein Friesian NZ is proud to announce the 2023 Holstein Friesian Genetic Leaders team.

123548 Westell Peptalk Midway, A1A2, PF16
123549 Tronnoco Conway Sumac, A2A2, PF16
123550 Muritai Alibi Lorenzo S3F, A2A2, SF16
123551 Muritai Ren Waisake S3F, A1A2, SF16

A joint sire-proving venture between Holstein Friesian NZ and CRV, the HFNZ Genetic Leaders programme aims to prove young sires for HFNZ members with the goal of receiving marketable proofs and adding value to the future of New Zealand farming by increasing efficiency and production.

This year’s four-strong team is the result of a rigorous selection process which included eight eligible bulls having a DNA sample taken for genotyping.

The team of bulls are selected based on each bull’s ancestral performance, type and conformation, pedigree and genomic indexes. The HFNZ Sire Proving Committee selects a team that offers something for everyone, whether the emphasis is on type, production and/or index.

Once the team of bulls is selected, they are housed at CRV and marketed through both CRV, in its Progeny Test herds, and Holstein Friesian NZ.

With over 160 bulls being part of HFNZ Genetic Leaders teams since 1995, and 14 bulls being marketed by CRV as daughter-proven sires in the last 10 years, the HFNZ Genetic Leaders programme has proved successful in making elite Holstein Friesian genetics available to the industry.

“There is a high success rate of sire-proving through this joint scheme, and it is great way for members to support the Association,” HFNZ General Manager Cherilyn Watson says.

“Once genomically proven or daughter-proven and marketed by CRV, HFNZ receives a royalty on all straws sold. However, we first need to sell enough semen from our young bull teams each year to ensure these bulls achieve a viable daughter proof. So, I encourage farmers to support the Association and purchase young bull semen through HFNZ or the proven bull semen through CRV’s catalogue.”

With prices starting from as low as $9.20 per straw, Genetic Leaders semen is currently the best price available for genomically tested young bulls.

“Purchasing semen from the Genetic Leaders team means accessing young, genomically tested sires of pedigree Holstein Friesian lineage at a cost-effective price,” Ms Watson says.

Bull breeders themselves also benefit from the scheme, receiving genomic information for all bull calves selected. And with breeders who have bull calves accepted into the Genetic Leaders team required to sign a contract with CRV, they are given the choice of a Royalty Option or Graduate Option as part of the agreement. HFNZ receives royalties whether the bull is genomically-proven or daughter-proven.


123548 Westell Peptalk Midway

Midway is from the well-performing ‘M ‘family at Westell, which has consistently high indexes for production and high type scores. Midway is by the young Progenesis bull Peptalk who is from the Rubicon Perfect family.

123549 Tronnoco Conway Sumac

Sumac combines the outstanding S family from Tronnoco with the Sandy-Valley Cosmopolitan family. The same family as Sandy-Valley Icarus-ET and Sandy-Valley Creamer, Conway himself – and his sons – are high-flyers in the genomic world.

123550 Muritai Alibi Lorenzo S3F

Lorenzo is by the very popular and consistent Holstein Friesian Genetic Leaders bull Meander Shot Alibi-ET S3F and out of a Maire IG Gauntlet-ET from the Muritai ‘L’ family, with the third dam Muritai Idol Lydia S3F EX. Muritai Gauntlet Lydia S3F VG86 has a PW 523. Lorenzo himself has a +1.9 index for Fertility and 2.3 for Functional Survival.

123551 Muritai Ren Waisake S3F

Waisake comes from the dominant Muritai ‘W’ family, with his dam Beamer Wynona VG88 performing extremely strongly with a BW of 442, PW of 582, and LWs up to 626. His sire, SS-I PR Renegade-ET, is one of the most sought-after daughter-proven bulls in the world.

Rivendell Achiever Bengali (123547) was withdrawn from the 2023 Holstein Friesian Genetic Leaders team.

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