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…

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,…

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…

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…