Kingston, Jamaica -- Nutramix has inked a deal with American firm Select Sires under which the Jamaican company will distribute highly fertile, superior genetics for cattle across the island and the throughout the Caribbean.
Nutramix pointed out that while it started distribution of genetic semen from Select Sires on a small scale locally in June 2016, the deal that was recently signed comes into effect this month, offering a wide range of breeds and sires to customers.
Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc. is North America's largest A.I. organization and is comprised of nine farmer-owned and -controlled cooperatives.
As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen as well as excellence in service and programs to achieve its basic objective of supplying dairy and beef producers with North America's best genetics at a reasonable price.
"Select Sires is recognised worldwide as one of, if not the leading supplier of top quality genetics for cattle," Dr Gabrielle Young, livestock and support manager at Nutramix, said.
Initially, NUTRAMIX was built on animal feed production, but has now officially taken the plunge to provide various varieties of cattle semen for artificial insemination.
Dr Young explained that the popular breeds for dairy and beef are Jersey, Holstein, and Brown Swiss for dairy, and Black and Red Angus, Brahman, and Simental for beef.
If farmers wish to cross breed cattle, there is semen available of other breeds as well, she noted.
The dairy sire program at Select Sires has never been stronger. The genetic offering in our current lineup of dairy sires includes leading genetics in a variety of areas including durable and trouble-free cattle for commercial environments, high production, high final scores and show winners. Select Sires is on the cutting edge with the new genomic technology and the PGA will play a key role in our future success.
A search of the Select Sires website does not depict that this company is associated with genetically engineered livestock.