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…

Top Tips for DNA Testing

Ten things you can do to ensure a smooth DNA testing process: Familiarize yourself with ASA’s DNA testing requirements. First contact the sale, bull test, show, etc., you may participate in to be clear of their DNA requirements. Order kits early (at least two months before you need results) by contacting the ASA – DNA@simmgene.comor…

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…

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,…

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…