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…

The IGS Feeder Profit Calculator (FPC)

Seedstock and commercial producers share their firsthand experience with ASA’s new and innovative feeder calf value prediction. By Emme Troendle and Lilly Platts What is it?  Historically, the primary limitation of valuing feeder calves has been accurately gauging the profit potential of the largest genetic group within the industry — the crossbred calf. International Genetic…

AJSA Member Wins National Essay Contest

Coordinated by Emme Troendle Grace Erickson, AJSA member and high school student from Bolivar, MO, recently won an essay competition sponsored by BEEF magazine. The contest was hosted by Jered Decker, author of the blog A Steak in Genomics, and sponsored by BEEF magazine, Zoetis, and GeneSeek. The essay contest is part of the “Identifying…

Hitting the 8 Bull

by Lilly Brogger, American Simmental Association When Simmental genetics took a major turn, pushing for black, polled, smaller cattle, the semen of the “old school” bulls sat in tanks with less demand. Kevin Voltz has been around Simmental cattle his entire life. His parents began running them in the 70’s, and since that time, “new”…

Finding Success in SimAngus

A commercial Colorado breeder utilizes Simmental genetics in their operation. By Rachel Spencer Gabel, freelance writer Reeves and Betsy Brown of Beulah, Colorado, were hit particularly hard by the drought conditions that plagued southern Colorado in past years. In 2000, they cut their Angus cow herd to below 500 cows. With fewer cows and few diminishing expenses,…