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Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.

New photos of Semagen NM Chelios Jacinta certainly give me modest hope, however, that 2018 might well deliver us a new star.  Daughter of Castel James Jolie Ex95, Jacinta scored VG88 as a two year old, maximum score for a heifer in Germany where she resides. She should be seen in shows later this year.


Why then, can one desire too much of a good thing?

It's been too long, I know, since I last wrote something here on Semagen's website. I can only say that it's been an equally long time since something of any real note happened at Semagen. The tide has turned, however, and it's apt to report a calving season of particular good fortune. I've just spent a solid hour documenting calf registrations for spring 2017, fourteen in all and 12 of them ETs.

First ET to land was Semagen Jodha out of Semagen Supersire Jodie. She's either a McCUTCHEN or a MOGUL; we'll have to wait and see the DNA results to know that one.

There were five ET donors among the dams, three of them daughters of our own paragon, JAMES JOLIE. The JOLIE daughters are by ATWOOD (USA), CHELIOS (Germany) and SUPERSIRE (Australia). In turn, the ET-calves are by McCUTCHEN, MOGUL, SOLOMON, BRADNICK and BEEMER, but we'll need to do some DNA tests before we know exactly what we've got.

The other two donors were Canadians: Velthuis Mogul Lady from the Lila-Z lineage and Garay Windbrook Delice from the Dellias.  The calves are by McCUTCHEN and BRADNICK, respectively.

To complete 2017's team of spring calves, we received a lovely BRADNICK heifer from the Camelias and an interesting ARCHRIVAL from the Pollys.


My salad days, when I was green in judgment

I remember making the trip to the Dees at Macorna to inspect CLYDEVALE INFORMER PANDA as my first investment in 'serious' livestock. I was green then and only a little less now, but there are four generations of Pennys at Semagen now and they have lived up to our expectations in terms of their consistent combination of production and type.

The investment is yet to generate a financial return, but the decision has been taken to enter a yearling 'Penny' heifer in the 2016 Australian Holstein-Zoetis Showcase Sale. She's by TOC-FARM DUPLEX GLAUCO out of Panda's third daughter, SEMAGEN BEAU PANDOLFINA, by our own BAXTER son out of the GYPSY GRANDS. Here's a recent photo:

S. Glauco Paolo (left) and S. DVD Susanna