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Genex launches field trial of Monsanto's Decisive semen

Agriculture.com Staff 02/07/2006 @ 2:37pm

Genex Cooperative, Inc. is the first artificial insemination organization to market Monsanto Company's Decisive semen for advanced gender selection. The co-op has launched a field trial with 40 dairies across the U.S. Monsanto says the product significantly increases the odds of getting a heifer calf.

The semen will give producers the opportunity to select for heifer calves, and let them accelerate genetic advancement and improve herd quality specifically when creating replacement heifers from top genetic merit cows and heifers, the company says.

Monsanto says its process changes the ratio of male to female cells by selecting for the sperm cells of the desired gender, in this case females. They say the semen improves the odds of getting a heifer calf to 85% predictability.

On February 6, the first shipment of trial semen, produced from proven Genex Holstein sires, was shipped from the Genex production center in Ithaca, N.Y., according to Roy Wilson, Genex Technology Development Manager.

Genex says it expects Decisive semen to be commercially available the second half of 2006 through its global network of employees and distributors.

Genex Cooperative, Inc. is the first artificial insemination organization to market Monsanto Company's Decisive semen for advanced gender selection. The co-op has launched a field trial with 40 dairies across the U.S. Monsanto says the product significantly increases the odds of getting a heifer calf.

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