From the Ground Up

A performance driven South Dakota seedstock rancher builds a legacy for the next generation. By Emme Troendle When he purchased his first Simmental at the age of 12, Mike Stavick of Veblen, South Dakota, knew that he wanted to be in the cattle industry. He recalls, “Anytime I got the opportunity to work cattle growing…

Belief in His Breed

South Dakota Simmental producer begins role on board of national group. By: Janelle Atyeo, Tri-State Neighbor The barn on the Eichacker farm near Salem, S.D., gets plenty of use. This time of year, it’s a cozy place for newborn Simmental and red Angus calves, but it also has served as a space for family gatherings and…

Parker Cattle Company: Success in the Details

By Lilly Brogger A family-run Colorado Simmental operation achieves quick progress through carefully made genetic decisions and a focus on quality over quantity. Seven years typically isn’t enough time to build a respected seedstock operation. It takes 18 months to see whether or not a chosen cross was the right choice; years to know if…

Stuck on SimAngus Genetics

A Montana commercial operation transitions to producing high performance SimAngusTM seedstock bulls. By Emme Troendle “SimAngus, Simmental and Angus breeds have always been the top of our list because of the quality of the breeds,” commends Will Townsend of Townsend Ranch LLC, “We have used traces of other breeds in the past, but when it…

A System Approach to the Cattle Business

A South Carolina commercial breeder’s business plan to manage his cattle operation. By Emme Troendle “It’s like any rancher: you love it, or you don’t do it.” says Joe Davis, owner and operator of J. Davis Cattle, located outside a little South Carolina town, called Westminster, on the northwestern tip of the state. “I have…

“It Can Be Done, But It’s Not Easy”

A Story of Uncommon Perseverance with Darryl McNair of Spanish Rose Simmentals By Courtney Wesner Last year, I was privileged to hear one of the most truthful stories of perseverance, heart, and guts that I have ever heard ~ it is the story of Darryl McNair of Spanish Rose Simmentals. Let me share with you…