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…

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…

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…

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…