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,…

Evolving with Simmental

A long-time Simmental seedstock producer utilizes breed diversity. By Emme Troendle “Our prime goal is to produce practical cattle for practical cattlemen,”  says Joe Prud’homme (pronounced Prude-home), owner of 7P Ranch. Since 1972, the ranch, situated in eastern Texas, just outside of Tyler, has been producing Simmental and Simmental influenced cattle built around the principle…

The Power Family

By Alysha Beck, Ranch House Journal  A true team of entrepreneurs are behind the Rincker Simmentals seedstock cow-calf operation. In the Rincker family, the motto is “If you want something done, find a way to do it yourself.” The entire family has a list of entrepreneurial accomplishments pages long. For example, mother Pam founded an…

A Recap of the 2017 ASA Fall Focus

by Lilly Brogger The fourth annual American Simmental Association (ASA) Fall Focus, held in Bismarck, ND, September 17-21, and with over 220 attendees, was the largest to date. The program featured an educational session where several industry professionals and scientists spoke about subjects focused around beef cattle breeding. The ASA Board of Trustees held meetings…

Polishing a Pearl

by Maddy Udell Pearl Walthall works to make her impact on the livestock industry by helping exhibitors get the best pictures of their livestock. Pearl, the unofficial photographer of the Simmental breed, has served as the official photographer of the AJSA National Classic for seven years. Walthall has been involved in agriculture since she was…