Latest News from ABS Global, Inc. - North America
  • ABS Pecplan and Agropecuaria Fazenda Brasil (AFB) to evaluate feed efficiency in crossbred animals

    ABS Pecplan, a subsidiary of ABS Global, a world leader in bovine genetics, recently partnered with Agropecuaria Fazenda Brasil (AFB), Barra do Garças, Mato Grosso, one of the most progressive ranches in Brazil and a leader in the production of quality crossbred calves from Nellore cows. Under the agreement, individual feed intake data will be collected on crossbred animals utilizing cutting edge equipment, the first time this has been done in a commercial environment.“ABS Global is deeply commi...

  • National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) Honors Two ABS Employees

    ABS Global is proud to have had two employees recently honored by the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) for more than 50 years of dedicated service to the artificial insemination (AI) industry each. These two employees, Fran Weisensel and Vern Meier, have worked at ABS for more than three-quarters of the company’s history.For Fran Weisensel, 58 is a special number. It’s the year he started working at ABS as an intern, and the number of years he’s worked here since....

  • ABS Global and De-Su Holsteins form joint venture

    ABS Global, a division of Genus plc (GNS:LSE), a global pioneer in animal genetics, today announces a joint venture with De-Su Holsteins, North America’s leading independent breeder of high NM$ (net merit dollars) and TPI® (total performance index) Holstein bulls. The partnership, which builds on years of effective collaboration between the organizations, will develop elite and differentiated Holstein genetics for ABS Global customers around the world.  The joint venture is n...

  • Cheri Johnson Joins ABS as Global Communications Manager

    Cheri Johnson has joined ABS Global, Inc., the world leader in bovine genetics, reproduction services and technologies, as the Global Communications Manager. In this role, she will support the continued growth of the organization by strategically developing and implementing global marketing and communications plans and tactics that tell the ABS Global story.Johnson has written professionally for more than 20 years and agriculture is her passion. She started her career as a newspaper journalist, ...

  • POSITIVE NEWS IN ANTI-TRUST LITIGATION

    POSITIVE NEWS in ANTI-Trust Litigation DEFOREST, Wis. (Aug. 15, 2016)—ABS Global (ABS), a division of Genus plc, a global pioneer in animal genetics, can now report its plans to move forward in preparation for the launch of its Genus Sexed Semen (‘GSS’) technology, based on the final jury verdict in its anti-trust litigation against Inguran LLC, operating as Sexing Technologies (‘ST’), relating to ABS’ GSS processing technology.ABS is now awaiting the cou...

  • FIRST DECISION IN ANTI-TRUST LITIGATION

    DEFOREST, Wis. (Aug. 11, 2016)—ABS Global (ABS), a division of Genus plc, a global pioneer in animal genetics, announced yesterday the first jury verdict in its anti-trust litigation against Inguran LLC, operating as Sexing Technologies (‘ST’), relating to ABS’ Genus Sexed Semen (‘GSS’) processing technology.

  • ABS Global Graduates 13 Sires Focusing on the Producer’s Needs

    MADISON, Wis., U.S.A. (August 9, 2016)— ABS® Global, the world’s leading provider of bovine genetics, reproduction services, and artificial insemination technologies, is excited to graduate 13 sires into its proven sire lineup that provide a wide array of favorable traits to benefit dairy producers across the globe.ABS Global is committed to providing the best genetics for each producer’s individual needs. Our new graduate line-up features Holstein and Jersey bulls with str...

  • ABS Global Acquires International Phenomenon, 29HO17500 DG CHARLEY

    MADISON, WI, U.S.A.—ABS® Global, the world leader in bovine genetics, reproduction services, and artificial insemination technologies, has finalized the acquisition of world famous sire 29HO17500 DG Charley from Diamond Genetics of Zwolle, Netherlands. Charley will reside in Genus ABS’ United Kingdom facilities, and producers will have access to his genetics starting with the August 2016 Sire Summary.“The ABS Global sales force is excited to add a sire of this genetic calib...

  • Brian Behnke Joins ABS Team as St Jacobs Business Manager

    Brian Behnke has joined ABS Global, Inc. as the new St. Jacobs Business Manager and will have general oversight of the internationally respected product line.“Brian has a wealth of experience in the dairy cattle breeding and A.I.

  • ABS Global's Jersey Sales Pass Million Unit Mark for Second Consecutive Year

    ABS® Global, the world leader in bovine genetics, reproduction services, and artificial insemination technologies, has concluded their second consecutive year in which more than one million Jersey units were sold. This major milestone is reflective of the Jersey breed’s rising popularity.Based on national DHI records, the American Jersey Cattle Association estimates Jerseys account for over 7% of the current U.S. dairy herd, which is nearly double their presence from 2000.

  • ABS Global Graduates 18 Sires with Continued Focus on Profitable Genetics

    MADISON, Wis., U.S.A. (April 6, 2016)— ABS® Global, the world’s leading provider of genetic improvement solutions and reproduction services, is excited to graduate 18 sires into its proven sire lineup that provide a wide-variety of desirable traits to each type of dairy producer around the world. “We want to be the best at maximizing customer profitability through genetic progress.

  • ABS Global Acquires St. Jacobs ABC -- Long-standing Partnership Continues to Provide Elite Dairy Genetics

        MADISON, Wis., U.S.A. (April 1, 2016)— ABS® Global, the world’s leading provider of genetic improvement solutions and reproduction services, today announces that it has signed an agreement to acquire St. Jacobs Animal Breeding Corp.

  • ABS Global Announces Jersey TransitionRight™ -- Preventing Transition Cow Disorders through Genetics

    MADISON, Wis., U.S.A. (March 30, 2016)— ABS® Global, the world’s leading provider of genetic improvement solutions and reproduction services, is excited to introduce the second installment of a revolutionary genetic selection tool to help dairy producers resolve age-old struggles during the transition cow period—Jersey TransitionRight Genetics. This patent-pending technology, originally released in August 2015 with Holstein TransitionRight Genetics, allows producers around the world to choose ge...

  • ABS Global Celebrates 75 Years of Genetic Progress, New Tagline Highlights Customer-Centric Approach

      MADISON, Wis., U.S.A. (March 22, 2016)—Many things across the cattle industry have evolved over the last 75 years, but one thing has remained constant—ABS® Global has been at the forefront of providing products and services to help its customers PROFIT FROM GENETIC PROGRESS. Since 1941, ABS has been the world leader in developing first-class bovine genetics and providing the best cattle reproduction expertise in the industry.

  • Wisconsin Holstein: Focus on Reproduction

     In August of 2015, ABS Global launched TransitionRight Genetics, a patent pending and proprietary index that offers a genetic solution to dairy producers that helps prevent multiple post-calving metabolic disorders that occur during a cow’s transition period. We spoke with Mitch Amundson, ABS Global’s Global Dairy Brand Manager, about the development of this index and how Holstein breeders can utilize this information within their herd. Click the link to read the full article by Wisconsin ...

  • ABS’ TransitionRight Success Complimented by Zoetis Announcement

    MADISON, Wis., U.S.A. (March 8, 2016)— ABS® Global, the world leader in bovine genetics, is excited by the recent announcement of Zoetis’ Clarifide®Plus, as it further augments the success of ABS’ TransitionRight™ program.  TransitionRight™ was the first genetic solution to improve the efficiency of transition cows and reduce disease incidence since its global release in August 2015.   “When used in combination, Zoetis’ Clarifide®Plus along with ABS’ TransitionRight™, dairies will...

  • ABS Global Graduates 18 Sires Lineup Includes High-performing TransitionRight™ Genetics

    MADISON, Wis., U.S.A. (December 8, 2015) — ABS® Global, the world leader in bovine genetics, reproduction services, and artificial insemination technologies, is excited to announce another strong sire lineup with 18 new graduates from 10 different sires. These graduates are certain to impress the market and deliver the genetic gains our customers are seeking.

  • ABS Global Holds Roundtable Event

    DEFOREST, Wis., October 7, 2015 – ABS Global, Inc. recognized and celebrated some of its finest Beef Representatives in North America during its annual Beef Rep Roundtable event September 21st – 23rd. The event included multiple roundtable discussion forums, industry speakers, and bull tour.

  • ABS Global Holds Awards and Roundtable Event

    DEFOREST, Wis., October 7, 2015 - ABS Global, Inc. recognized and celebrated some of its finest dairy representatives in North America during its annual dairy rep roundtable event on September 14th and 15th. The event included multiple roundtable discussion forums, industry speakers, and the awards program.

  • ABS & St. Jacobs ABC Host Training Summit, North America Sales Representatives and Employees attend VT Training

        DEFOREST, WISCONSIN – August 27, 2015 – ABS Global prides itself in the quality of their people and setting the industry standard in customer service through professional Authorized Sales Representatives and Employed Salespeople.  Nineteen Authorized Sales Representatives and Employed Salespeople from across North America traveled to Burlington, VT this week to participate in a dairy genetics training summit. “ABS is pleased to have a partnership with St. Jacobs ABC, not only ...

  • ABS Global Announces TransitionRight™ Genetics - Preventing Transition Cow Disorders Through Genetics

    MADISON, Wis., U.S.A. (August 3, 2015)— ABS® Global, the world leader in bovine genetics, reproduction services, and artificial insemination technologies, is excited to introduce a revolutionary  genetic selection tool to global dairy farmers—TransitionRight Genetics. This patent-pending technology will help to resolve the age-old struggles of how to prevent and react to health issues that arise during the transition cow period.

  • New ABS Global employees and representatives participate in weeklong orientation

    DEFOREST, WIS. – July 20, 2015… Nearly thirty professional technicians, sales representatives, customer service professionals, and interns took part in ABS Global’s new employee orientation held June 16 through the 18 in Madison, Wis.  Employees from all over the United States were present for the event.  Participants learned about ABS Global’s history, sales techniques, communication standards, team building, goal setting, and time management skills.   “Orientation provides our e...

  • DORCY and MONTEREY Top Strong ABS Lineup

    DEFOREST, WIS. (April 10, 2015) – In a solid April sire summary run, proven sire DORCY is once again the highest living sire on the official Holstein USA Top 100 TPISM List. ABS Primetime® Sire MONTEREY leads the genomic lineup at ABS Global and lands fourth on the Holstein USA Top 100 TPISM Genomic Young Bull List.

  • Millionaire and World-famous ABS Sire SHOTTLE Passes Away

    MADISON, Wis., U.S.A. (March 18, 2015)— ABS® Global Inc., the world leader in bovine genetics, reproduction services, and artificial insemination technologies, is saddened to announce the passing of the globally iconic sire, 29HO12209 Picston SHOTTLE. The recently retired bull leaves behind an outstanding legacy producing 1,174,948 units.

  • Oldest Living ABS Bull Celebrates Golden Birthday

      MADISON, Wis., U.S.A. (March 2, 2015)— ABS® Global, Inc., the world leader in bovine genetics, reproduction services, and artificial insemination technologies, recently celebrated the 17th birthday of a veteran ABS bull—New Design 878. A Black Angus, born February 17, 1998, New Design 878 has been an impressive producer since he was a yearling.

  • ABS Global to Acquire 51% of In Vitro Brazil, the World’s Leading Commercial Provider of Bovine In-Vitro Fertilization Technology

    MADISON, Wisconsin, U.S.A. (February 16th, 2015) -- ABS® Global, Inc., the world leader in bovine genetics, reproduction services, and artificial insemination technologies, today announces that it has signed an agreement for the acquisition of 51% of In Vitro Brasil S.A. (IVB®).

  • ABS graduates 12 bulls In December 2014

    With an outstanding December 2014 proof run, ABS graduated 12 new bulls to join the influential ABS sire lineup.  Leading this class of graduates is 29HO16200 MESSIAH, a +2265 TPI® Freddie son that will turn heads.  MESSIAH will share the stage with 29HO14142 DORCY, who has proven himself once again by securing number 8 in the TPI® top 10.

  • World-famous ABS sire retires after phenomenal career

    After an extraordinary fifteen year career at ABS Global Inc., the decision was made to retire 29HO12209 Picston SHOTTLE from the active bull lineup. He leaves behind a significant legacy after producing 1,174,948 units. SHOTTLE had a major influence over the Holstein breed as an icon for dairy farmers around the globe.

  • Kenny Wells joins ABS Global as the new beef genetic nucleus manager

    Kenny Wells has joined ABS Global, Inc., as the beef genetic nucleus manager. In this newly created position, he will manage the genetic nucleus herd, and work with the ABS beef product development group and supply chain teams to deliver proprietary genetics in line with the company’s overall beef strategy. Prior to joining ABS, Wells managed the Jackson Agricultural Research Station for The Ohio State University.

  • ABS seeks to open the market for sexed bovine semen technology

      ABS Global, Inc., a world leader in bovine genetics, confirms the filing of legal proceedings against Inguran LLC (doing business as Sexing Technologies, or "ST"), alleging that ST has acquired and maintained a monopoly in processing sexed bovine semen through anti-competitive and exclusionary conduct, in breach of various U.S. state and federal competition statutes. These proceedings were filed on July 14 in the U.S.

  • ABS new graduates part of robust genetics pipeline

    With an excellent August 2014 proof run, ABS has graduated 24 new bulls that will join elite company led by DORCY – the number two proven TPI sire at +2352. 29HO14142 DORCY continues to excel and improve each sire run, and leads the ABS pack with credits that include +1907  PTAM, over +3.00 PTAT, UDC and FLC, and +702 NM$.   “The graduates we added to our August lineup show the strength of our genetic offering and our robust genetics pipeline,” says Kris Scott, ABS global dairy brand m...

  • Jersey popularity increases, as ABS Global sales top one million units

    As the popularity of the Jersey breed continues to rise, ABS Global, Inc., reached a major milestone of selling one million Jersey units in a fiscal year for the first time.  The company’s fiscal year ended in June. Jerseys are gaining in popularity compared with other breeds because they are smaller and more feed efficient, calve sooner and more often, and have higher levels of fat and protein in their milk.  Customers also prize Jerseys because of their genetic capabilities for calvi...

  • Most influential ABS sire of all time celebrates 15th birthday

    The most influential ABS Global, Inc. Holstein sire of all time, 29HO12209 SHOTTLE EX-96, celebrates his 15th birthday on July 23rd.  “SHOTTLE captivated the dairy and AI industries for more than a decade, with strong characteristics such as semen fertility, production, low somatic cell counts, consistent type and fantastic temperament.  These traits assisted him in becoming one of the greatest ‘customer satisfaction’ bulls of all time,” Mark Smith, ABS global production director, expl...

  • Dairy breeding programs may help keep beef affordable

    With beef in short supply and prices rising drastically, the beef industry is starting to get a little help … from the dairy industry, according to Richard Williams, ABS Global general manager for North America.   “Quality beef crossbreds from dairy cows offer benefits throughout the supply chain, from dairy farmers, to beef cattle feeders, meat processors, retailers and consumers,” said Williams, while speaking at the 67th Reciprocal Meat Conference.  The American Meat Science As...

  • DORCY # 1 TPI BULL IN THE WORLD

    ABS graduates nine sires to solid lineup, led by #1 TPI Dorcy.  Dtr of 29HO14142 DORCY Ladys-Manor Dorcy Oda VG-88 Ladys-Manor Farm, Monkton, MD DEFOREST, Wis. – In a solid December sire summary run, DORCY tops the official Holstein USA Top 100 TPISM List and ABS Global graduates seven Holstein and three Jersey sires to an already outstanding lineup. BOLTON son 29HO14142 DORCY only continues to improve with age, as his breed-leading TPI reached +2267 this December.

  • ABS JERSEY BULL WINS FOURTH CONSECUTIVE PREMIER PERFORMANCE SIRE AWARD

    For the fourth consecutive year, 29JE3301 IATOLA earned the Premier Performance Sire Award, presented Nov. 11 at the 61st All American Jersey Show, held in Louisville, Ky. Since the American Jersey Cattle Association introduced the award in 1975, IATOLA is only the second bull to receive the title four times, and the first to receive it in each of four consecutive years.

  • ABS GLOBAL, INC. BUILDS NEW BULL HOUSING FACILITIES IN CANADA

    ABS Global, Inc. has updated its Canadian facilities to maximize product supply stability for its global customers. “We look forward to using the updated Canadian facilities to continue providing our customers unparalleled product,” said Daniel Hodgkin, production manager for ABS Canada.

  • ABS HOLSTEIN LINEUP CONTINUES TO OFFER GENETIC SOLUTIONS

    ABS Global, Inc. continues to offer a powerful and diverse Holstein lineup, being home to 25 sires among the Holstein Association USA’s Top 100 Total Performance Index (TPISM) list. “At ABS, we want to offer genetic solutions that create the ideal cow for any herd.

  • Jersey Lineup Tops the JPI, CM$ and NM$ Charts

    The ABS Jersey lineup continues its dominance with 29JE3624 VERNON holding as the number one Jersey Performance Index™ (JPI), Cheese Merit Dollars (CM$) and Net Merit Dollars (NM$) sire and graduating two new sires, 529JE3646 VANCE and 29JE3665 VIRGIL, into the top 10 JPI list.   Daughter of 29JE3624 VERNON Rocky Ridge Vernon 314-Grade, Dustin Gingerich, Greencastle, PA “We take pride in the quality of our Jersey offering,” said Wayne DeBuhr, North America dairy product manager. “Our lineup...

  • ABS Global Introduces Real World Data® For Bull Fertility

    Dairy producers now have an improved tool to capture accurate fertility data, as ABS Global, Inc. announces the use of Real World Data® (RWD™) Bull Fertility in place of SCR data analysis, starting with the December 2012 USDA Genetic Evaluations. ABS Real World Data Bull Fertility is a tool for customers to best capture the genetic potential of ABS sires.

  • New Sires In ABS Global Holstein Lineup Offer Diversity

       ABS Global Inc. graduated 17 new sires with the release of the December 2012 USDA Genetic Evaluations. The diverse offering includes new standouts in TPISM, Net Merit and type with the ability to produce highly functional, profitable daughters that can put milk in the tank.

  • ABS Global Now Seeking Summer 2013 Intern Candidates

    ABS Global, Inc., a global producer and marketer of bovine genetics and related products, is currently seeking internship candidates for three positions being offered for the summer of 2013. Positions include an advertising and promotions internship, progeny promotions internship, and Genetic Management Systems® internship. Based in DeForest, Wis., the advertising and promotions internship position will offer exposure to marketing tactics geared to the successful candidate’s experience and inter...

  • Profit With ABS Tour Showcases ABS Progeny & Programs

    ABS Global held its 2012 Large Herd Management Tour earlier this summer in southern Idaho. The tour drew nearly 100 participants world-wide, including individuals from Brazil, Belgium, Czech Republic, Jordan, Portugal, United Kingdom, and the United States. On the tour, participants were able to view progeny as well as outstanding results of ABS programs, including Reproductive Management System® (RMS®), Genetic Management System® (GMS®), ABS Cornerstone® progeny test program, and the ABS udder ...

  • ABS Celebrates Beef Week & Rep Roundtable Event

    ABS Global, Inc. hosted its annual beef week celebration the last week of July. This year marks the eleventh anniversary of this event which honors the top ABS Independent Beef Representatives across the United States and invites them to visit the ABS headquarters and participate in roundtable discussions.

  • Bolton Sons Lead The Way in ABS New Graduate Lineup

    The legacy of ABS BOLTON sons continues with the release of August 2012 USDA Genetic Evaluations. A total of 13 new graduates entered the active ABS lineup, including four sons of ABS millionaire sire 29HO11111 BOLTON and three Jersey sires. “The new graduate lineup is headlined by an outstanding group of BOLTON sons that all have the ability to produce highly functional, profitable daughters that can put milk in the tank,” stated Wayne DeBuhr, North America Dairy Product Manager.

  • Dan Peapenburg Accepts Expanded Role With ABS Team

    Dan Peapenburg has accepted an expanded role with ABS Global, Inc. as a genetic management specialist. “Many ABS customers throughout Wisconsin are familiar with Peapenburg’s top-notch work as a Genetic Management System® (GMS®) evaluator.

  • ABS Global Genetic Management System World's Most Widely Used Mating Program

    It has been another record-breaking year for the ABS Genetic Management System® (GMS®), a service offered exclusively by ABS Global, Inc. GMS successfully mated more that 5.81 million animals from July 2011 through June 2012 - an increase of nearly one million animals from the prior year. To date, over 45 million cows have been mated through the GMS program.

  • 2012 ABS Photo Contest Winners Selected

    Six winners have been selected in the second annual ABS Global, Inc. photo contest. In the dairy division, an entry from Bethany Couchman of California was named the winner.

  • Bill Rauen Joins ABS Team as Dairy Sire Analyst

    Bill Rauen has joined ABS Global, Inc. as a dairy sire analyst and member of the regional sire analyst team. “Bill has a wealth of experience in the dairy cattle breeding and A.I.

  • ABS Announces 2012 Beef Representative Roundtable Winners

    An elite group of authorized ABS Independent Representatives have earned recognition to participate in up‐coming ABS beef week events. A customer’s local ABS Representative serves an important role for ABS Global, Inc. Each year they are the voice and face of ABS in the field serving customers.

  • ABS Bolton Sons Receive Visit From Classifier

    ABS Global sires and BOLTON sons 29HO14062 GILLESPY*BY and 29HO14080 GAVIN*BY received an excellent first visit from the classifier this month, when they scored Excellent-93 and Excellent-92, respectively. “GILLESPY and GAVIN are the beginning of an era in ABS BOLTON sons, and both hail from the same million-unit mating of BOLTON x SHOTTLE,” stated Scott Bentley, global dairy product manager. “These bulls produce daughters with outstanding production and healthy udders, and are globally proven s...

  • ABS Global Announces Bullboard Contest Winners

    ABS Global, Inc. announces the winners of the ABS bullboard slogan contest, open to all dairy and beef enthusiasts with creative ideas for this globally recognized interstate icon. The winning slogan is “With ABS, your calves are only an arm’s length away,” submitted by Jackie Shankey of Black River Falls, Wis.

  • ABS Global Announces 2012 Photo Contest

    ABS Global, Inc. is pleased to announce the 2012 photo contest, open to all photographers including ABS Global, Inc. customers, employees, and employee family members.

  • The Beginning of an Era - ABS Global Releases Bolton Sons

    Two 29HO11111 BOLTON sons are leading the excitement at ABS Global with the release of the April USDA sire evaluations – 29HO14062 GILLESPY and 29HO13991 RUBLE are two of the first proven sons available and are looking to follow in the great BOLTON’s footsteps. Both new releases are backed by two generations of ABS millionaire sires. 29HO14062 De‐Su GILLESPY‐ET*BY is a BOLTON x SHOTTLE that provides an elite combination of high production and superb type.

  • ABS Global Announces Bullboard Contest

    ABS Global, Inc. is pleased to announce the ABS bullboard contest, open to all dairy and beef enthusiasts with creative ideas for this globally recognized interstate icon. The ABS Global interstate bullboard sits next to I‐94/I‐39, just a few hundred feet away from the North America headquarters in DeForest, Wis.

  • St. Jacobs Animal Breeding Corporation Awards Calf in Fall Promotional Contest

    Klinedell Farms of Myerstown, Pa. was recently awarded a St. Jacobs ABC‐sired calf as part of a fall promotional giveaway in the eastern United States.

  • Dr. Katie Olson Joins ABS Team as Research Scientist

    Dr. Katie Olson recently joined the ABS Global team as research scientist. “Katie’s exceptional experience with genetic and genomic evaluations and her background in the dairy and beef industries will make her an asset to the ABS research team,” stated Dr.

  • ABS Icon SHOTTLE Reaches One Million Units Produced

    Global phenomenon 29HO12209 Picston SHOTTLE-ET EX-96 has become the 11th sire at ABS Global to achieve millionaire status. This monumental achievement is an attribute to his influence and success as one of ABS’ most well-respected sires. SHOTTLE produced his one millionth unit of semen on December 20, 2011.

  • Net Merit is Prominent in ABS Active Lineup

    Profitability has never been so important in the dairy industry, and with the ABS Global active sire lineup following the December 2011 USDA data release, producers can look to ABS more than ever to provide the Net Merit sires needed in a breeding program. “ABS Global has led the industry for Top 100 Net Merit and TPI sires for the past several sire summaries and is now recognized as the true Net Merit leader,” commented Wayne DeBuhr, North America Dairy Product Manager. “The active lineup can p...

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