“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 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.”

The Rancher’s Way with Daniel Ulmanis

The Rancher’s Way with Daniel Ulmanis The next generation of ranching and ASA Field Representation By Courtney Wesner Every cattleman knows the tranquility that comes over as you check cows in the pasture. Whether you hop on a horse, jump in the truck, straddle the four-wheeler, or slide across the bench of an ATV to…

Reporting Abnormalities

By Jackie Atkins, PhD During the calving season, it is not unusual to hear about unusual calves born with a variety of defects.  Many of these defects are spontaneous events that are triggered by a variety of cues and are not necessarily genetic in nature.  However, reporting these abnormalities to the ASA or other breed…