Cana­dian dairy so­lu­tions ex­pert of­fers talk

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

The in­ter­na­tional head of a Pi­ako-based cat­tle ge­net­ics busi­ness is vis­it­ing the dis­trict next week.

Jay Shan­non from Canada, Se­mex’s global dairy so­lu­tions man­ager, is speak­ing at a pro­duc­ers’ meet­ing in Mata­mata on Fe­bru­ary 21.

Through this po­si­tion, Mr Shan­non is is re­spon­si­ble for cre­at­ing value through all of Se­mex’s dairy so­lu­tions and ge­netic tools.

While at Se­mex, he has led sev­eral key cor­po­rate ini­tia­tives in­clud­ing the launch and de­vel­op­ment of the Im­mu­nity+ tech­nol­ogy, as well as the Se­mexWorks ge­netic man­age­ment tool.

Be­fore join­ing Se­mex, Mr Shan­non was di­rec­tor of ge­netic im­prove­ment and clas­si­fi­ca­tion for the Hol­stein As­so­ci­a­tion of Canada.

He was in­stru­men­tal in es­tab­lish­ing the Cana­dian Joint Clas­si­fi­ca­tion Pro­gramme in 2005, join­ing all Cana­dian dairy breeds into one clas­si­fi­ca­tion sys­tem.

Ad­di­tion­ally, in 2007 he led the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a clas­si­fi­ca­tion sys­tem for sev­eral dairy breeds in Aus­tralia.

Mr Shan­non was a long­stand­ing mem­ber of many na­tional Cana­dian boards, in­clud­ing the Cana­dian Dairy Net­work’s Ge­netic Eval­u­a­tion Board, DairyGen Re­search Coun­cil and chair­man of the Na­tional In­dus­try Stan­dards Com­mit­tee.

He at­tended Mc­Mas­ter Univer­sity, re­ceiv­ing his bach­e­lor in math­e­mat­ics, and con­tin­ued on to the Univer­sity of Guelph, for his grad­u­ate stud­ies in an­i­mal breed­ing/ge­net­ics.

He lives in Brant­ford, On­tario, with his wife Bonita and five sons.

At the Mata­mata meet­ing he will talk about the com­pany’s patented Im­mu­nity+ sires.

‘‘These sires have a nat­u­rally high im­mune re­sponse and by us­ing these sires, herds can im­prove their over­all health and longevity, breed a herd with both less dis­ease and a greater re­sponse to vac­cines with higher qual­ity colostrum,’’ said Mr Shan­non.

At the pro­ducer meet­ings, through­out the coun­try this month, he said New Zealand farm­ers can find out more about ap­ply­ing this tech­nol­ogy to their own herds.

‘‘Ev­ery dairy­man wants to get ev­ery­thing in one com­plete pack­age,’’ said Mr Shan­non.

Jay Shan­non

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