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SPRING 2016
 
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DATES TO REMEMBER
2017
  • January 23-Fort Worth Junior Simbrah Show, Fort Worth, Texas.
  • January 27-Fort Worth Open Simbrah Show, Fort Worth, Texas
  • January 27- 4th Annual Buzzard Hollow Ranch Online Bull Sale
  • February 13-National Simbrah Show, San Antonio, Texas
  • February 13-National Percentage Simbrah Show, San Antonio, Texas
  • February 15-Simmental/Simbrah Superbowl, San Antonio, Texas
  • February 15-San Antonio Stock Show All Breed Bull and Commercial Female, San Antonio
  • February 16-San Antonio Junior Simbrah Show, San Antonio, Texas
  • March 7-International Simmental/Simbrah Sale, Houston, Texas
  • March 8-International Simbrah Show, Houston, Texas
  • March 15-Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show Junior Simbrah Show, Mercedes, Texas
  • March 16-Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show Open Simbrah Show, Mercedes, Texas
  • March 19-Houston Junior Simbrah Show, Houston, Texas
  • March 24-25 LMC Jackpot and $ellabration, Linn, Texas
  • March 25-28 LMC GenePLUS Online Sale XVI
  • April 3-5 - Alamo City Online Simbrah Sale
  • May 6 - 2nd Annual East Texas Simmental/Simbrah Association Picnic, 7P Ranch, Tyler, TX
  • May 20 - BHR's 23rd Annual Designer Classic Sale, Granbury, Texas

SIMBRAH MAKES STRONG SHOWING IN BULL TEST

Forty-seven Simbrah bulls from Texas and Louisiana are currently on test at the Genetic Development Center (GDC), Navasota, Texas. This is an all breed test, but a strong emphasis was made this fall to have a high number of Simbrah bulls. This test is supported by the American Simmental Association (ASA), as they be taking the data and utilizing it in the database. In addition to the Simbrah bulls, there are 39 Simmental and 21 SimAngus bulls on the test.

The test, which started in November will finish in March and tentatively a sale is scheduled for eligible bulls on March 11th at the GDC facility.


PLAN TO BE IN COWTOWN
The open Simbrah, as well as the percentage Simmental and Simmental shows will be held at the Southwestern Livestock Exposition, Fort Worth, Texas on January 27th. All Simgenetic enthusiasts are encouraged to attend.

SUPERBOWL SET FOR FEBRUARY 15th
The 25th annual Simmental-Simbrah Superbowl will be held February 15th in conjunction with the San Antonio Livestock Show, San Antonio, Texas. This event will be the 25th annual and to date has awarded almost $700,000 to over 1,500 exhibitors. The event is made possible by individual breeding programs, who each contribute $1,000. Deadline for entries is December 10th and heifers must have been purchased from a participating sponsors. For entry form, details and list of committed 2017 sponsors, visit www.simmental-simbrahsuperbowl.com or contact Tim Smith at smithgenetics1@gmail.com.

INTERNATIONAL SALE CONSIGNMENTS WANTED
The International Simmental/Simbrah Sale will be held in Houston, March 7th. If you have cattle you wish to have considered for the offering, please contact Roy Schwake, sale manager as soon as possible. He can be reached at 214/542-8162 or schwakecattle@aol.com.

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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