“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…

ASA’s New Website

  Have you heard the buzz? The American Simmental Association has a new website! The redesign of the ASA’s informational website is mobile friendly for phones and tablets. It features a consolidated navigation system making it easy to find the information you need throughout the website.     New features to look for: Easy to…

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…

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.”

La Muñeca Cattle Company–Not Just a Family Business

La Muñeca Cattle Company–Not Just a Family Business By Hannah Wine This is an interview with South Texas Simbrah breeder Carlos X. Guerra about his family heritage and his successful La Muñeca Cattle Company. It’s a story of hard work, tragedy and death, drought, gin trash, dreams, and scholarships galore. In 1873, Carlos Guerra’s great…

“It Takes a Breeder to Know a Breeder”

“It Takes a Breeder to Know a Breeder” A closer look at evaluation with 2014 National Western judge Tom Hook By Courtney Wesner Becoming a reputable seedstock breeder could be and has been described by many as an uphill battle. It’s something like becoming a respected politician. Honesty, integrity, trustworthiness, and a clean record are…

Inspiration through Education with Dr. Bert Moore

Inspiration through Education with Dr. Bert Moore Teaching from chalkboard to ringside  By Courtney Wesner Bert Moore, Ph.D., has always inspired. A true educator at heart, Moore has spent his adult life teaching the next generation of animal scientists at North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo. His newly contracted position as an American Simmental…