ABS Global Designates 5 New Icon Sires, Graduates 7 Sires

MADISON, WI, U.S.A. — ABS Global, Inc., the world leader in bovine genetics, reproduction services and technologies, today introduced five new Icon Sires to the market. ABS implemented the Icon Sire program in April as a way to grant early access to top-ranking genetics for its customers on a contractual basis.

“We’re excited to be expanding our Icon Sire offering as they make some of our top genetics available earlier than in the past,” Mitch Amundson, Global Dairy Brand Manager. “Our top Icon Sire today was YODA. He’s remained very high in past rankings and people have been waiting for him. YODA is an extreme production sire with impressive type and we’re happy to introduce him.”

Icon Sires introduced today include: 29HO18545 YODA; 29HO18634 TORQUE; 29HO18642 PRESLEY-PP; 29JE4092 RONDO {3}; and 29JE4070 GARNETT {3}

“This is the first time we’re introducing Jersey sires to program,” Amundson continued. “These two bring a combination of traits valued in the Jersey breed. RONDO {3} comes from a strong cow family and reduces body size for feed efficiency while GARNETT {3} is an elite type and udder transmitter .

ABS Global Graduates Seven Sires

When reviewing today’s rankings, Amundson was happy to see some previously graduated sires climbing the charts, including Icon Sire
29HO18296 ACHIEVER and April graduate 29HO17553 JOSUPER.

“We’ve really seen improvement of those sires released in the past year – it’s always nice to see them continue to improve,” Amundson said. “For example, JOSUPER continues to shine as a 5-star semen fertility and 4-star TransitionRight® sire and is ranked as the #2 NM$ and #5 TPI® in the industry.”

29HO16909 COMMANDER took charge on the new graduate list and proved true to his initial genetic prediction. COMMANDER is sure to be a customer satisfaction sire and will be well received in the United States and Canada.

At ABS we recognize the dairymen’s needs. It is our mission to produce a superior sire lineup that tailors to the management style and desires of every herd. We are pleased to announce our newest proven sires that will offer dairymen a variety of traits to help all operations achieve their goals.

ABS Global Icon Sires Added December 2017

29HO18545 YODA

  • Extreme production with components
  • High type with promising rear udders
  • Health trait improvement

29HO18634 TORQUE

  • Breed-leading health traits
  • Moderate frames and unique pedigree


  • A2/A2 and 100% hornless offspring
  • Elite production and components

29JE4092 RONDO {3}

  • Elite Cheese Merit
  • Unique sire stack from strong cow family
  • Reduces body size for feed efficiency

29JE4070 GARNETT {3}

  • Elite type and udder transmitter
  • High production with positive components
  • Two closest dams are scored 91 and 92

ABS Global’s December 2017 Graduates


  • Daughters can’t be missed with amazing mammary systems
  • A2/A2 and solid components

29HO17561 REBEL

  • Smaller frames and beautiful daughters
  • Improves production and health

29HO17625 CIVIC

  • Calving ease and healthy daughters
  • Solid production from youthful udders


  • Popular genomic sire delivers complete daughters
  • Calving ease specialist


  • High semen fertility and healthy daughters
  • Production improvement with style

29HO17658 TYRONE

  • Reduces frame size while improving female fertility
  • Great semen fertility and high components


  • Healthy and profitable daughters
  • Calving ease from a unique pedigree

About ABS

 Headquartered in DeForest, Wisconsin, U.S.A., ABS Global is the world‐leading provider of bovine genetics, reproduction services, artificial insemination technologies, and udder care products. Marketing in more than 70 countries around the globe, ABS has been at the forefront of animal genetics and technology since its founding in 1941. ABS Global is a division of Genus plc.