“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…

An Unprecedented Collaboration

by Emme Troendle “In the first few decades of national cattle evaluation, universities performed evaluations for the beef industry. The universities largely underwrote the research and development, establishing the software and the methodology to advance genetic evaluation for the beef breeds,” said Wade Shafer, CEO of ASA, when asked about the origins of International Genetics…

Investing in the Next Generation of Animal Breeders

Investing in the Next Generation of Animal Breeders Jackie Atkins, PhD, American Simmental Association and Sue Finley, The Midwest Herdsman As a teenager, Robert Walton’s goal was to breed cattle “homozygous for all the good genes”.  Walton pursued this mission as an exchange student with Dr. Ivan Johansson in Sweden followed by a doctorate in…

A Denver to Remember – Simmentals on The Hill

­A Denver to Remember – Simmentals on The Hill By Gabrielle Glenister  Many people dream of judging at the National Western Stock Show. Even fewer get the chance, let alone more than once. Marshall Ruble is doing just that. Having previously evaluated the Texas Longhorns on Humboldt Street, Ruble will be welcomed back as Simmentals…

DR. FRED SWAIN—GIVING JUNIORS A LEG UP

FRED SWAIN—GIVING JUNIORS A LEG UP By Gabrielle Glenister             Family, friends and the future are the three key words that describe the focus of Dr. Frederick Swain’s life. The driving force behind the American Junior Simmental Association (AJSA) Eastern Regional fundraiser, Dr. Swain has made a significant and positive difference for junior members in…

A Family Thing — A Visit with Jay Volk of J&C Simmentals

Things do not always withstand the test of time. Barn paint fades and chips, feed bunks rust out, fence posts rot at the ground, and businesses that once thrived in their prime are pushed out by the new guy next door. J&C Simmentals is not one of those things. Proven, tested, and still thriving today, this family Simmental operation has withstood the test of time and witnessed first-hand the breed that we know today evolve from its start.