The average reader may think this is a tricky word scramble challenge, but a dairy producer seeking super semen knows that these are just several of the unique names that belong to our famous sires.
Choosing a name for a bull that may very well become a legacy is done with specific registration systems based on each farm’s particular cow family. While visiting with All West/Select Sires Communications Manager, Karen Knutsen, she explained, “Many official, registered names include the farm name, short name of the sire, and a name beginning with the same letter that the dam’s name began with.” However, other farms have themes for naming their bulls, whether they use the names of geographical locations, food products or even alcoholic beverages! Others do not include the sires name at all and come up with entirely new creations. The bulls are then registered with these chosen names and thus ready to be placed at the top of their class where a name truly gains its fame.
As a livestock exhibitor, my favorite name was always 7HO5157 Regancrest Elton DURHAM, who was a leading sire of his time. More importantly, he was the sire of my very first show heifer, Regina, who I continued to show for a total of nine years! I loved everything about this daughter from her sleek black coat to her white forehead patch and legs adopted from DURHAM to her ability to last and improve with age, earning Supreme Champion titles as the oldest in aged cow classes.
These names certainly give the industry something to talk about, especially as this week’s proof release highlights familiar names as eight of the top 10 proven bulls in the nation belong to Select Sires! The distinctive names of the top 3 sires include SUPERSIRE, MOGUL and DONATELLO. With a name like SUPERSIRE, it’s hard to be anything but that! As you can imagine, each name lives out its own legacy while passing on type, traits and traditions.