Simmental Since the Start

A North Dakota family continues their multi-generational devotion to the Simmental breed. by Lilly Platts Situated in the Missouri River Breaks, northwest of Bismarck, North Dakota, Mandan Lake Simmental has been involved with the breed since its first appearance in North America. Sires like Galant, Bismark, Pacific, and Parisien were the first genetics introduced, and…

Top Tips for DNA Testing

Ten things you can do to ensure a smooth DNA testing process: Familiarize yourself with ASA’s DNA testing requirements. First contact the sale, bull test, show, etc., you may participate in to be clear of their DNA requirements. Order kits early (at least two months before you need results) by contacting the ASA – DNA@simmgene.comor…

Gate Cuts: Professional Ethics for the Judge

By Paul Walker, Ph.D., DI Walker Consulting As you read this article, the summer show season has come and gone. I hope you won some and had a lot of fun. I want to boast a little as a proud father. My daughter Leslie received the AJSA Gold Merit Award (1 of 5 awarded) at…

Simmental At First Sight

A Colorado operation focuses on continually improving their Simmental herd and annually feeding hundreds at the NWSS. By Emme Troendle Ask Simmental producer Ron Mari (pronounced Mar-ee) of Mari Simmental what he likes about Simmental cattle and his answer is “performance”. Ask him what led him to Simmental, and the answer is “performance”. Ask him…

Diversified Family Tradition

A family-owned ranching and farming operation continually looks to improve and expand their enterprise. By Emme Troendle Carson Guenzi, (pronounced gwen-zee), a fifth-generation sugar beet farmer and fourth-generation cattle rancher, maintains and manages, with the help of his family, an intricately woven diversified farming and ranching operation that dates back to the end of the silver…

Simmental Savvy

A Nebraska family sets themselves apart by building on a solid family foundation and raising SimAngusTM seedstock. by Lilly Platts Kearns Cattle Company began selling bulls to commercial cattlemen years before becoming a part of the registered seedstock business. This background made the transition to selling registered bulls natural, as the Kearns family had established…

IGS Releases Multi-breed Genetic Evaluation Powered by BOLT

International Genetic Solutions (IGS) has implemented a revolutionary beef genetic evaluation that uses a single-step genomic marker effects model. This new approach, referred to as the IGS Multi-breed Genetic Evaluation powered by BOLT, results in more precise EPD predictions, the most valid accuracy values currently possible, and widespread refinements across the board for the predictions of stayability, calving ease, and growth traits. Multi-breed, directly comparable EPDs, and weekly evaluation runs – welcome to the power of collaboration. Welcome to IGS.

Backed by a Broad Base

A southern family raises seedstock for commercial producers and balances a highly diversified operation. by Lilly Platts Simmental and Red Angus seedstock, burley tobacco, purebred hogs, and a variety of crops make up Bart and Sarah Jones’ Red Hill Farms. Their 500-head seedstock operation supplies bulls to commercial producers through two annual sales. The majority…