How to Become a Performance Advocate

The benefits of submitting performance data for ASA members. By Jannine Story and Emme Troendle Editor’s note: Recently, ASA’s Jannine Story and Emme Troendle teamed up with Simmental producers Dr. Michael Dikeman, Sarah Jones, and Chuck Miller to explain the benefits of submitting performance data. Encouraging Thorough Data Reporting — ASA’s Performance Advocate Program The…

Simmental Celebrates 50 Years in America!

By Jaime Pullman Editor’s Note: This article was recently published in Working Ranch magazine. Birthdays are often a time of reflection. This year the American Simmental Association is celebrating fifty years of progressive development of the Simmental, now one of the most numerous breeds in the world. “From the very beginning, the founders recognized the…

Simmental Since the Start

A North Dakota family continues their multi-generational devotion to the Simmental breed. by Lilly Platts Situated in the Missouri River Breaks, northwest of Bismarck, North Dakota, Mandan Lake Simmental has been involved with the breed since its first appearance in North America. Sires like Galant, Bismark, Pacific, and Parisien were the first genetics introduced, and…

Simmental At First Sight

A Colorado operation focuses on continually improving their Simmental herd and annually feeding hundreds at the NWSS. By Emme Troendle Ask Simmental producer Ron Mari (pronounced Mar-ee) of Mari Simmental what he likes about Simmental cattle and his answer is “performance”. Ask him what led him to Simmental, and the answer is “performance”. Ask him…

Diversified Family Tradition

A family-owned ranching and farming operation continually looks to improve and expand their enterprise. By Emme Troendle Carson Guenzi, (pronounced gwen-zee), a fifth-generation sugar beet farmer and fourth-generation cattle rancher, maintains and manages, with the help of his family, an intricately woven diversified farming and ranching operation that dates back to the end of the silver…

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…

Hitting the 8 Bull

by Lilly Brogger, American Simmental Association When Simmental genetics took a major turn, pushing for black, polled, smaller cattle, the semen of the “old school” bulls sat in tanks with less demand. Kevin Voltz has been around Simmental cattle his entire life. His parents began running them in the 70’s, and since that time, “new”…