Perseus in pursuit of legend status as he sets new PLI high 

Westcoast Perseus from Semex has a set a new record high at the top of the PLI listings, with a score of £779. The result illustrates the fast and continuing pace of change in dairy cattle genetics, says the company.

Dam of Westcoast Perseus: View-Home Drman Wsconsin

Perseus has top-flight legendary genetics right through his pedigree. He is from Sandy-Valley-I Penmanship (one of Semex’ top selling sires over the last 18 months), who was a previous No. 1 genomic PLI sire) out of a daughter of Val-Bisson Doorman (who was himself a previous No. 1 Proven sire for type). His figures are +635kg Milk, +0.12% Fat and +0.10% Protein, making him ideal for most milk contracts. His Fertility Index of +10.5 shows his daughters will also get back in calf easily, while his type profile promises high-quality udders and very good feet and legs.

Michael Dennison, Semex UK’s national sales manager, says demand for Perseus will be high. 

“This sire offers exceptionally good functional traits with an excellent pedigree stack and, like his sire, will have masses of appeal for UK farmers,” he says. “Because he is the No. 1  PLI sire, with an ideal combination of traits for a wide cross-section of systems we know there is a lot of interest in him already.”

That the pace of change in genomics continues at Semex is no accident, adds Mr Dennison. 

“For several years Semex has invested heavily in the technology, genotyping tens of thousands of young sires and bringing to the market dozens of them, such as Numero Uno, Doorman, Allclass and Penmanship himself, with Perseus now leading the way in PLI terms. And the pace of genetic change will not end here, as our investment is continuing, so that the range and quality of the sires we bring to the market for the benefit of our customers continues to increase.”