Born on January 25, 2008 as the third calf from a Hoover foundation female that would go on to qualify as a Pathfinder Dam, this top-selling bull of the 2009 Hoover Angus sale arrived at ORIgen on February 10, 2009, two weeks after his first birthday.
Hoover Dam has been the “icon of ORIgen” for more than nine years and is still sound, athletic and collecting twice each week at ten years of age as a “hundred-year winter” concludes at ORIgen.
Hoover Dam has been successfully collected 1,038 times producing 227,876 units of high quality semen as of May 10, 2018 for an average of 268 units from each collection that passed the stringent QC standards of the ORIgen production lab.
As of May 10, 2018, there have 213,178 units of semen from Hoover Dam sold through the ORIgen marketing system with 11,519 A.I. certificates sold to register progeny of Hoover Dam in the American Angus Association. Sons of Hoover Dam can be found in major seedstock programs in both the Angus and Simmental breeds and he is an icon of a high level of reliability in both breeds.
Another 5,000 units of semen sold, which certainly could happen in the balance of 2018, will push Hoover Dam over $4,000,000 in semen sales and with his current total of more than $450,000 in A.I. certificate sales expected to continue higher, a lifetime total of semen and certificate sales of $5,000,000 is not an unrealistic expectation.
As of this writing, Hoover Dam has 15,627 Angus progeny with AHIR weaning records and 6,905 progeny with ultrasound scan records and 4,185 daughters with AHIR progeny records. In the 2018 Pathfinder Report, 7.5% of the 1,314 Hoover Dam daughters that have three calves with weaning records have been named a Pathfinder Dam, the fourth highest percentage among sires with 1,000 or more eligible daughters.
In the May 11, 2018 American Angus Association genomic-enhanced NCE, Hoover Dam ranks top 10% of the population for Rib Eye area measure EPD and $Grid value index, top 15% for Marbling score EPD and $EN, the index expressed in dollar savings per cow per year that assesses differences in cow energy requirements with a Birth Weight EPD, Docility score EPD and $Beef value that are all among the top 20% of the population.
In the May 2018 Angus Australia Breedplan database, Hoover Dam has 586 progeny analyzed in 63 different herds with 224 head scanned, 135 head scored for docility and 83 daughters with progeny data. Ranking among the top 5% of the Australia and New Zealand Angus population for %Calving Ease Direct EBV, Birth Weight EBV and Domestic $value Index, with a top 10% ranking for Eye Muscle Area, a top 15% ranking for Angus Breeding $value Index and Heavy Grass $value Index, his top 20% rank for %Retail Beef Yield along with a top 25% rank for Heavy Grain $value Index, %Calving Ease Daughter EBV, Scrotal Size EBV and Days to Calving EBV. Combined with his top 30% Docility score EBV and top 35% %IMF EBV, Hoover Dam with his better than breed average Rib Fat EBV remains a top choice for continued widespread use in these beef producing countries that focus breeding and selection decisions upon performance on grass and forage.
In the American Simmental Association herd book as of this writing, Hoover Dam has more than 500 progeny included in the ASA-IGS National Cattle Evaluation and ranks top 2% of their multi-breed evaluation for Stayability EPD, Marbling score EPD and hot Carcass Weight EPD with a top 10% ranking for both Birth Weight EPD and All Purpose Index (API) in their most recent BOLT genomic-enhanced EPD summary on May 7, 2018.
Hoover Dam has set and broken every production and sales record in the fifteen-year history of ORIgen and he truly epitomizes the “Breeder to Breeder Genetic Services” concept that is the foundation upon which the success of ORIgen has been built.