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…

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…

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…

Good Management Pays Off

A Georgia-based commercial operation combines an emphasis on heterosis with efficient management. By Emme Troendle Troy Highsmith and his son, Spencer, owners and operators of Highsmith Simmental Farm, a ranching and farming operation that dates back to the late-1970s, realize that success goes hand-in-hand with good management. “You can buy the best genetics in the…