Keeping up with the Joneses

A split seedstock and commercial operation focuses on data and efficiency within the cow herd. By Emme Troendle “We do a little bit of everything,” says Grant Jones, speaking for the family’s Chundy Land and Cattle operation, located 26 miles north of Haigler (population 147), in the southwestern corner of Nebraska. “We are a diversified…

Building Blocks of Commercial Genetic Awareness

by Lane Giess, Director of Commercial and Nontraditional Data Programs The commercial programs offered by the American Simmental Association (ASA) are an effort to provide genetic tools to the largest sector of the beef industry— the cattle operations. These efforts are supported through multiple ASA programs and the world’s most comprehensive beef genetic database. The…

How to Become a Performance Advocate

The benefits of submitting performance data for ASA members. By Jannine Story and Emme Troendle Editor’s note: Recently, ASA’s Jannine Story and Emme Troendle teamed up with Simmental producers Dr. Michael Dikeman, Sarah Jones, and Chuck Miller to explain the benefits of submitting performance data. Encouraging Thorough Data Reporting — ASA’s Performance Advocate Program The…

Simmental Celebrates 50 Years in America!

By Jaime Pullman Editor’s Note: This article was recently published in Working Ranch magazine. Birthdays are often a time of reflection. This year the American Simmental Association is celebrating fifty years of progressive development of the Simmental, now one of the most numerous breeds in the world. “From the very beginning, the founders recognized the…

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…