Genex Cooperative, Inc.
Genex Cooperative, Inc. has a long history of providing superior dairy sires and service to its farmer-owned members. Genex has 25,000 members located within 31 states. It is governed by a 13-person board of directors elected by delegates and representing the 13 membership regions.
Dairy sires provided to Genex members and customers are of the highest genetic quality in the industry, resulting from the largest progeny testing program in the U.S.
The GENESIS MOET(Multiple Ovulation and Embryo Transfer) program, was started in 1989 with a goal of speeding up genetic progress by reducing the generation interval and more accurately identifying superior sires.
Embryos are purchased from top cows around the world and are implanted at Genex. Resulting bull calves are sampled, while the best of the resulting heifers have embryos collected. The heifers are placed in a cooperator herd where they produce their first record and receive a genetic evaluation. The best heifers then become an extensive part of the GENESIS program, producing bull calves for future sampling and embryos to market.
Our current lineup of dairy sires includes breed leaders for Lifetime Net Merit Dollars, TPI, calving ease, fertility, Productive Life, and more. Genex has the sires to meet every producer's reproductive goals. To complement our Holstein lineup, top sires from Holland Genetics have been available since 1994. The Genex genetic base has just been broadened due to the recent addition of Brown Swiss genetics from Superbrown of Italy and Jersey genetics from Dansire of Denmark.
Along with top genetics, Genex also provides breeding program development. A team of over 300 Breeding Program Specialists help dairy producers with their reproductive management programs. This is by far the largest employed force in the U.S., on the average, together they will visit 6,000 farms per day. Breeding Program Specialists provide professional AI services, as well as heat detection and record keeping. Customized reproductive management services are also available.
The nation's foremost corrective mating program, MAP, has shown continual growth every year. In May 2003 the 10 millionth MAP mating was made MAP. MAP has unmatched flexibility. MAP provides a complete genotypic evaluation of each animal, controls inbreeding, sorts though sire summary overload and increases longevity.