Opportunities with Simmentals

The Callison family are active in breed association activities and work to educate the next generation. By Laura Valenti, originally published in Ozarks Farm & Neighbor Kris and Glenn Callison moved from California to rural Lawrence County, outside Mount Vernon, Mo., upon Glenn’s medical retirement as a state fire fighter and chimney sweep in California…

Still Water, Green Pastures

By Bailey K. Toates, republished courtesy of Georgia Cattleman, April 2017. Psalm 23:1-3 reads The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Terry and Deborah…

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…

Parker Cattle Company: Success in the Details

By Lilly Brogger A family-run Colorado Simmental operation achieves quick progress through carefully made genetic decisions and a focus on quality over quantity. Seven years typically isn’t enough time to build a respected seedstock operation. It takes 18 months to see whether or not a chosen cross was the right choice; years to know if…

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.

I had a Dream

In 1989 Jack McCoy began living his childhood dream and Simmental cattle just so happened to be a part of it. “Growing up, I dreamed of owning acreage and beef cattle, I don’t know where it really came from, I didn’t have much of a connection. My dad was an ag banker and my grandpa was a commercial dairyman.”