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DATES TO REMEMBER
2017
  • April 29-May 2 - LMC GenePLUS XVII Online Sale
  • May 6-East Texas Simmental/Simbrah Association Picnic, Tyler, Texas
  • May 20-BHR’s 23rd Annual Designer Classic Sale, Granbury, Texas
  • June 8-11-Texas Junior Simmental/Simbrah Futurity, Bryan, Texas
  • June 21-24-American Junior Simbrah Roundup, Wharton, Texas
  • June 24 - MAS Showmanship & Show, Wharton, TX
  • June 24-27-LMC Gene PLUS Online Sale XVIII
  • August 11-13-TSSA Convention, San Antonio, Texas
  • August 26-29-LMC GenePLUS Online Sale XVIV
  • September 16-Heart of Texas Simmental/Simbrah Association Online Sale
  • September 23-24-Simbrah Synergy X, Giddings, Texas
  • October 7-30th Annual LMC Jr. Round Up & Futurity, Linn, Texas

SIMBRAH BREEDERS MEET IN HOUSTON

Simbrah breeders held their annual meeting during activities at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Simbrah. President Wayne Reavis welcomed the crowd and introduced Bill and Jane Travis as recent recipients of the Golden Book Award from the American Simmental Association (ASA) in Denver.
Trustees Fred Schuetze and Tim Smith updated breeders on ASA programs, financial information and upcoming events. The group also discussed scheduling a five-year planning meeting in 2017.

Wayne Johnson and Sam Hodges were elected to the board positions as two terms expired. Officers elected by the board for the coming year include Reavis, president; Jane Travis, vice-president; Hodges, secretary and Johnson as treasurer. Committee advisors for the year include Joe Hensgens for activities, events, booth and hospitality; Johnson for fundraising, Hodges will direct the publication committee and Travis over growth and development.

A LIFE WELL LIVED

      Sarah “Sally” Buxkemper, owner of RX Ranch in Rowena, died on March 14, 2017 at the age of 84. She was a scientist and an artist at heart, who spent her life working for what could be rather than accepting the status quo.
     While she spent most of her life in West Texas, she was born August 29, 1932 in Sistersville, West Virginia to Amalee and Robert Thomas Jones, Sr. and was raised in Michigan. Early on, Sarah developed a love of the outdoors, horses and cattle when she spent her summers visiting and helping on her grandmother Lucy Kuhn’s farm in Rowena, Texas and on her granduncle Stanley “Boots” Kubela’s ranches in South Texas and on the Texas Coast.
    She graduated from East Grand Rapids High School with honors and attended Michigan State University, where she was the only woman on the livestock judging team. Wanting to be an Aggie, she transferred to Oklahoma A&M (Oklahoma State University) and became only the second woman to earn an Animal Husbandry degree in 1954.
     In the early 1960s, Sarah took over operation of the family farm and ranching operation in Rowena. She was also the first woman trained by the American Breeders Service to administer artificial insemination in cattle. This initiated a lifetime of experimenting with a variety of breeds to improve quality and weights in cattle. She was an early pioneer in composite cattle, which are now very recognized and heavily used in the beef industry. She was instrumental in developing and promoting Simbrah and SimAngus HT.
    Her quest for knowledge and her interest in genetics led her to the University of North Texas in the late 1980s, where she researched the bovine genome. She obtained a Master of Science in Molecular Biology in 1998 and continued to study genetics and use it in her breeding program. She was often asked to be part of lectures and programs to discuss genomics.
    Throughout her ranching career, Sarah traveled internationally to Mexico, South Africa, various countries in Central and South America, Australia and Czech Republic exchanging agricultural ideas and building relationships. She believed in service and lent her time over the years to the Ballinger ISD School Board, American Simmental Association Board, Texas Simmental/Simbrah Association Board, American Breeds Coalition, Farm Bureau, National Beef Cattleman’s Association, Beef Improvement Federation, Texas A&M Animal Science Advisory Council, 4-H and FFA. She was a strong supporter of youth in agriculture and developed the San Angelo Livestock Show Futurity, which was a competition measuring an exhibitor’s livestock skills and cattle knowledge rather than the quality of their animal. She also served as coach and advisor to numerous youth in the American Junior Simmental Association program.
    Sarah was recognized for her contributions to agriculture with numerous awards including: National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, American Simmental Association Golden Book recipient, Pioneer Award from BIF, and many other honors. Always humble, Sarah would say that she got her greatest joy not from awards, but from doing what she loved every day of her life.
    As a mother and grandmother, Sarah instilled her can-do spirit and cultivated curiosity and independence, which she valued so much. Whether she was catching toads, traversing across the country with a carload of children, grandchildren, and their friends, or providing sporting or camping tips, she was always teaching.
She is survived by her children, Edgar Artecona and his wife Robin of Alvarado, Texas, Ana Hudson and her husband Terry of Miles, Texas and Lucy Humble and her husband, Monty of Austin. Her grandchildren include Ryan Artecona and his wife Philamena Bradford, Amalee (Artecona) and her husband Todd Mueller, Jake, Matt and AnaClaire Henderson, and London and Duncan Glenn.
     Sarah will be missed by many and her legacy of knowledge shared, encouragement given and belief that anything is possible will endure in those that had the privilege to cross her path. She served as an inspiration and mentor to many and earned the respect of all.

     A graveside service was held with immediate family on Saturday, March 18 in Rowena and a celebration of Sarah’s life will be scheduled for a later date. The family requests that contributions be made to the American Simmental Association Foundation, One Genetics Way, Bozeman, Montana 59718, as a special fund will be named in her honor.

MAS XI SET FOR JUNE 24TH
Javier Moreno has announced that the MAS Show and Showmanship contests will be held in conjunction with the Simbrah Roundup in Crescent, Texas. The MAS contests will be the afternoon of Saturday, June 24th. Entry forms can be found on the Simbrah Roundup website and heifers must be purchased from a participating sponsor, which includes 5W Cattle Co., 6G Ranch, BETM Ranch, La Morra Ranch, La Muneca Cattle Co., La Negra Cattle Co., LPJ Ranch, Monte Christo Ranch, Reavis Farms, RGV Cattle Co., Smith Genetics, Top C Cattle and Brolaco Cattle Co. For additional information email javierlncc@aol.com

ETSSA SETS DATE FOR PICNIC

The East Texas Simmental/Simbrah Association will hold their second annual picnic on Saturday, May 6th at 7P Ranch, Tyler, Texas. Mark your calendar for this fun and informative event and watch the website for additional details.


SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR ROUNDUP
The Simbrah Roundup is fast approaching and it is recognized as the premier summer show for junior Simbrah exhibitors. Sponsorships are available to promote your operation and provide unique awards to the top ten individuals in the educational contests and show. Please visit www.simbrahroundup.com to view the schedule and learn about the event. For sponsorships or more information, contact Dean Fuchs, advisor at kflivestock@hotmail.com.

TOM BROTHERS TO HOST REPRODUCTION WORKSHOP

A multi-county reproduction workshop will be held at Tom Brothers Ranch, Campbellton, Texas on May 16th and May 17th.  Producers can select which day to attend and are required to sign up, as space is limited.
Topics to be covered include pregnancy testing, a hands on session about the anatomy of a cow’s reproductive tract, rectal palpation, estrus synchronization
Attendees are required to bring 3-5 docile cows that have been exposed to a bull over 90 days and possibly one open cow. Dr. Joe C. Paschal, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension livestock specialist, will be leading the workshop .
For additional information and to sign up call 830/569-0034.


HOTSSA PLANS SALE
The Heart of Texas Simmental/Simbrah Association (HOTSSA) will hold their online sale, September 16th. The sale will be broadcast on www.DVAuction.com. For additional information contact Robert Piper, president at 830/305-4550.

SIMBRAH SYNERGY X SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
Sale host, Tim Smith announces that Simbrah Synergy X will be held the fourth weekend of September. The date for the tenth annual event will be the weekend of September 23rd and 24th. It will include a sale, a junior show for qualifying heifers, showmanship and educational contests. For additional information contact Smith at 512/587-7896 or smithgenetics1@gmail.com.

JUNIORS MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Junior Simbrah exhibitors mark your calendars for the summer shows. The Texas Junior Simmental/Simbrah Futurity will be held, June 8-11 in Bryan-College Station, Texas, while the American Junior Simbrah Roundup will be June 21-24 in Crescent, Texas. The American Junior Simmental Association (AJSA) South Central Region Classic will be June 14-17 in Springfield, Missouri, while the AJSA National Classic will be July 9-15 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Please check the respective websites for entry deadlines and ownership date requirements.

TWO SIMBRAH BREEDERS ON ASA’s EXECUTIVE BOARD

Bozeman, MT- Brian DeFreese of West Point, Indiana, a member of the American Simmental Association (ASA) Board of Trustees Executive Committee, has been elected chairman of the board, succeeding Dale Miller of Gildford, Montana. DeFreese has served on the ASA Board of Trustees since 2012. He was formally seated during ASA's 49th Annual Meeting held January 15, in Denver, Colorado. Also seated were vice chairman Tim Smith, Giddings, Texas and treasurer, Fred Schuetze, Granbury, Texas. Rounding out ASA's five-member executive committee are Gordon Hodges, Hamptonville, North Carolina; and Barry Wesner, Chalmers, Indiana.

Now completing his second, three-year term on the ASA Board of Trustees, DeFreese has been active in the Hoosier Beef Congress, the Indiana State Fair and the Indiana Performance Tested Bull Sale. He's also a member of the Indiana Beef Cattle Association and served as president of the Tippecanoe County Cattleman's Association


FUNDS RAISED TO PROMOTE SIMBRAH
At the recent Simbrah Synergy Sale, $1,752 was raised in a silent auction. The proceeds from the auction will be used to promote Simbrah. The high selling items were a youth hunt donated by Diamond RF Farms and a cooler with meat donated by the Flores Family. Both generated $400 each. Special thanks are extended to Belva and Twila Johnson, who coordinated the auction and to everyone who donated and purchased items.

AMERICAN SIMMENTAL ASSOCIATION INTRODUCES "ACTIVE HERD"

The American Simmental Association (ASA) recently introduced Active Herd, which allows you to create and maintain informal records for your animals. You are able to add new animals or import your existing (reported) animals into custom animal groups and, once animals are created from scratch or imported, you are able to select an animal for which you can create different types of records. Various data can be recorded including animal
data, breeding records, pregnancy checks, treatment records, and weaning/yearling
records.

Active herd animals and their data are not official records and are provided as a service to members who wish to record supplementary data for their animals. However, since you can record the same data you would normally report in an animal entry job you can create new animal records with the Active Herd interface and thereafter select animals of your choosing to be officially reported using the traditional job system. Your active herd data for those animals will then be used to start a new job from which you can continue to report/register animals.

You can access the new features by going to the Herdbook website (https://www.herdbook.org), logging in, and clicking the "Active Herd" link under the "Herd Mgmt" menu. Upon clicking this link you'll be taken to the Active Herd landing/home page, where you can begin by clicking the "New Group" button to create a new group. Once you've created one or more groups you can click the "New Animal" button to add new animals to one of those groups. The help section for Active Herd can be found by clicking the "Help" menu item at the top of the page and then clicking the "Herd Mgmt" section in the table of contents displayed.


SIMBRAH PROMOTIONAL ITEMS AVAILABLE

The American Simmental Association (ASA) recently unveiled new marketing materials for the Simbrah breed. There is a new brochure, as well as signs promoting Simbrahs as the cross-breeding choice. The materials include all new photos recently taken by Hannah Wine, ASA junior director. For details on how you can get copies of the brochure for distribution and have the sign at events in your area, contact the ASA at 406/587-4531.


PINE RIDGE RANCH RELEASES STEER DATA
Pine Ridge Ranch recently released data on a group of 19 steers bred at their ranch and then fed and harvested. Fifteen of the steers graded Choice, three Prime and one Select. The average Yield Grade was 2.5 with an average ribeye of 15.8 with an average dressing percentage of 64.8. The group saw an average carcass weight of 895 pounds with 0.42 Fat score. For additional information visit their website at www.simbrah.com

Tracking Simbrah Carcass Data

The progeny of six Simbrah bulls have been weighed, tested and measured at every stage of production – with special emphasis in the carcass data, in an effort to prove their genetics are as good as believed. The calves from these sires, were weaned from the test herd at University of Illinois Experiment Station as part of the long-running American Simmental Association’s Carcass Merit Program (CMP) and now they have been harvested.

The CMP program, started in 1996, is the longest-running, structured sire evaluation program in the cattle industry. The program has expanded over the years to included about 500 sires, cooperator herds in 16 states, 35,000 matings and more than 5,000 carcass records. Other breeds have been included in the CMP and the data has contributed to several breed association databases.

The six bulls sired 27 steer calves and 26 heifer calves in this particular test. The results were favorable for Simbrah sired calves, when comparing the numbers against the Simmental and SimAngus calves. Please click here for a complete breakdown by sire and information on each sire.

Additional testing of Simbrah sired calves is in the future through the CMP program and updates will be provided as the Simbrah breed tracks carcass data.

“The ASA Board has been supportive of getting Simbrah carcass information and this combined with 50K enhanced genetic data and ASA’s Total Herd Enrollment (THE) program will allow the Simbrah breed to continue to improve the accuracies and revelance of our EPDs for carcass and all traits. Simbrah breeders are continuing to encourage ASA to provide these test herd programs, so that the breed can gain additional data,” explained Tim Smith, Simbrah Breeders Group president.


SIMBRAH STEER FEED OUT

The Simbrah steer feed out will begin with flex time in Mid October and held at Graham Feeders.The committee would like to have Spring born steers, branding preferred, tattooed and ear tagged. The cattle health work should follow the Texas A&M Vac 45 program. Texas A&M will be consulted during this test.

Breeders will own their individual cattle while in the feedlot and retain individual risk of death and sickness. Health insurance should be obtainable although seldom utilized due to high success ratio.The intention is to feed to a large weight without additives to maximize carcass quality. The cattle will be fed to approximately 1400 lbs. Steers should weigh 550 lbs. or more at shipment.

Upon harvest, each breeder will receive all data identified by tattoo numbers and each breeder will be paid based on the result of the individual carcass.

Freight to feedlot will be paid by each breeder. Group shipments and loading points will be studied to minimize shipping costs.There are no scheduling or handling costs associated with this feed out and all risk is maintained by each breeder without recourse.

The goal is to express the carcass quality of the Simbrah breed. For additional information contact Bill Travis at billtravis@bigplanet.com or 214-850-6308.


LOCATOR MAP MAKES IT EASY TO FIND SIMBRAH BREEDERS

The American Simmental Association now has a locator map that makes it as easy as clicking a button to locate Simgenetic members. The map can be found at www.simmental.org and it allows you to click on a location and find ASA and AJSA members in that area.


SIMBRAH CARCASS INFORMATION
Bill Travis supplied us with the attached information concerning Simbrah Steer Carcasses and how they ranked (very favorably) in this feedout information.

Click here to read.

EMAIL BLASTS NOW AVAILABLE
Simbrah World has developed a list of email addresses, taken from subscription information. We can do email blasts to this list for $50. You can send a message and/or an ad, photo or promotional pieces along those lines. The list currently has approximately 150 names and we are working to add more. While the number may not be large, remember these are people who are active in the Simbrah breed.

If you have an event/animal you want to promote, contact Martha at mgarrett@southernlivestock.com or 903/316-8465.

SIMBRAH BLOG
Yes notice at the top of the page we now have a blog section. You can freely comment on any blogs posted, but to post a blog,you must first send it to marthag@southernlivestock.com and she will edit and post. Bloggers are wanted, so write about something that is going on in your Simbrah world and send today to Martha.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SIMBRAH
If you desire additional information on Simbrah go to www.simbrah.org or www.simmental.org and click on the links for Simbrah.

Also you can access the following material by clicking on the following names:
Simbrah-The Best Of Both Breeds.pdf
Description Of A Simbrah.pdf
Development Of Simbrah.pdf
Guideline For Breeding Simbrah Cattle.pdf
 

 
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A Simbrah pair from the Brad Liggett herd enjoying summer 2016.

 
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