A visit to a dairy farm shows the importance of the Holstein Breed and of Canadian genomics. From Holstein Canada Video.
Throughout his career, Starbuck sired over 200 000 daughters, 209 proven sons and 406 proven grandsons worldwide. From 1986 to 1995, he earned 27 times the Premier Sire title at five major Holstein shows held in Canada and the USA. In addition to being extremely popular in North America, he was also in great demand on the international markets. Overall, more than 685 000 Starbuck semen doses were sold in 45 countries.
Upon being retired, Starbuck died on September 17, 1998, after an illustrious 19-year-and-four-month career in artificial insemination. Less than two years later, on September 7, Starbuck II, cloned calf of the famous bull, was born in Saint-Hyacinthe. With the arrival of genomics in the breeding industry in 2009, which studies genes that influence desirable traits in superior animals so they can be selected and transmitted to the next generation, cloning had become a less attractive option to transmit high genetics. Also, Canadian regulatory agencies never authorized the marketing in Canada of semen doses from cloned sires. Given the circumstances, the Semex Alliance of which CIAQ is a shareholder decided to proceed with the cremation of the clone known as Hanoverhill Starbuck II on September 30, 2010, thus marking the end of cloning.
Author CENTRE D'INSÉMINATION ARTIFICIELLE DU QUÉBEC
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