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Jan 2017

Simmental Sightings! The official newsletter of the Minnesota Simmental Association

Lets recap a great year!

Upcoming Events Feb 24-25

June 28-July 2nd

July 9-15 September 2

Oct 19-22

Minnesota State Simmental Annual Meeting, Banquet & Sale AJSA North Central Regional Classic, Huron SD AJSA National Classic, Hattiesburg, MS MN State Fair Simmental Show

Field Day Fun!

The 2016 MN Simmental Field day was held at Val & Lori Eberspacher’s farm mid June. Guests were treated to many fun events including a donor weight guessing contest, chatting with several vendors and listening to the featured speaker, Kevin Ochsner. Kevin’s speech was innovative, humorous, and reminded all of us that we are not in the cattle business selling to people but rather in the people business selling cattle. He hit on always taking care of your customers, striving for the next generation and keeping youth involved in your operations. The show barn had the AC running and was a great spot for conversation at the end of the day!

Minnesota Beef Expo

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2.) According to the July 2016 Register, which cow is the #1 most prolific donor of the breed?

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3.) How many registered progeny does CNS Dream On L186 have? Answers on page 5


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Meet the

Junior Jam!

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2017 Queen

Candidates!

Gabby Nemtiz & Morgan Small

Reminders for State Sale Weekend!

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• Each junior family needs to bring a pan of bars for the sale day food stand. • We will need lots of volunteers to run the food stand, please plan to help on sale day. Please let Jessica Aggen know of Merchandise Auction items ASAP. All are welcome to the Junior Meeting on Friday! Don’t forget to fill out your Merit Applications!

Farewell from the Queen

Classic deadlines will come up fast! Keep an eye on the AJSA website for ownership/entry info!

As I reflect on my year journey as the Minnesota Simmental Queen, I am flooded with emotion. I not only gained an immense amount of knowledge about our industry and breed, but I have also had the privilege of meeting and working alongside incredible friends and mentors. A few of my most memorable experiences as Queen include representing Minnesota at the National Simmental Junior Show, as well as the Simmental breed at both the Minnesota State Fair and Beef Expo. Another highlight was the opportunity I had to teach local 4th graders about the importance of the beef industry and explaining how they play an important role in agriculture. Looking ahead, I will use the knowledge and my experiences to advocate for the Simmental breed and beef industry while I continue my education at NDSU. Most importantly, I will cherish all of the friendships I gained along the way. I am blessed to have wonderful people in my life and I especially thank my amazing family and team for all of their support this past year. Lastly, I would like to thank both the Minnesota Junior and Senior Simmental Associations for their immense support of the Simmental Breed. Thank you for this opportunity in representing you as the Minnesota Simmental Queen; it truly was a remarkable year! -Whitney Olson

Greetings MJSA members, First off, thank you for letting me serve as your “virtual” president this year! As a sophomore in college, I have been actively involved in livestock judging and traveling the country for Lake Land College, Mattoon, Illinois. Also, thank you for supporting me as I ran for AJSA trustee this past summer in Des Moines, Iowa. It was a wonderful experience and I strongly encourage MJSA members to consider running in the years ahead. I was so proud of the Minnesota representation at the national show in Iowa. We truly have a wonderful organization of great people and awesome cattle! At the Minnesota Beef Expo we discussed new ideas that are being planted this year to reward and recognized your involvement. One is our MJSA Points Recognition Program. Junior members will be recognized and receive a cash prize for attending state and national events. A new scholarship was created to encourage junior members to attend the AJSA Leadership Conference held in August. The third new opportunity is the MJSA Continuing Education Scholarship. MJSA members who are a High School Senior or older can apply for a scholarship to support their education plans after school. This includes a trade school, technical college, university or beyond. I am excited to start these new opportunities and hope they can continue to grow in the years to come. The Minnesota Simmental State Sale is a great weekend to get involved in the organization. The support Simmental breeders provide to our youth is outstanding and sincerely appreciated. This “virtual” president will be unable to attend the State Sale as I will be in San Antonio, Texas judging. I will be sending you warm thoughts and wishes from the south that weekend. I do look forward to seeing you all this spring and summer at jackpot shows, the North Central Regional Classic and the Minnesota State Fair. Thank you for letting me serve MJSA this past year, and to our advisor, Jessica Aggen, and the officer team who were always just a text or email away. My year may come to an end, but my plan is to continue to be involved in our state and national associations! Sincerely, Mary Moenning

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State Fair Shenanigans! on Cattle Co ! r e L K grats to sh Flow A big con ull with K-Ler Ca B Supreme Champion Purebred Female: HS Cool Burn, Hilbrands Simmentals Reserve Purebred Female: HS Neon Candy, Jack McKinney Champion Percentage Female: Zeis Miss Gwen- Jarrin Goecke Reserve Percentage Female: GLS Centerfold C131, Grass-Lunning Simmentals Champion Purebred Bull: K-Ler Cash Flow, K-Ler Cattle Co Reserve Purebred Bull: RTZ Sam Crow D45- Raatz Farms Champion Percentage Bull: GLS Breakout B56- Grass- Lunning Simmentals Reserve Percentage Bull: JSMF/FVF Oacoma- Mueller Farms

Thanks again to everyone that helped with the meal!

Congrats to Whitney Olson on Supreme FFA Female with CLRS Calista!

Premier Breeder & Exhibitor:

Purebred: Volz Farms Percentage: Grass-Lunning Simmentals

Member Announcements!

Brianna to Matt & ts ra g n g in o C eir weddin th n o n o rs Pea July!

an lerie & Bri a V to ts ing in Congra their wedd n o rt a g m Bau r! Septembe

Congrats to Jared & Hannah Sein ola on their wedding in S eptember!

Congrats Scott & Sarah Franke on the birth of Barrett Daniel in June! Congrats to the Grass Family on the birth of Dawson Lucas in March! Congrats Nick & Katie Lunning on the birth of Beau William in April!

Congrats to Cliff Kaehler & Bailee Phen ix on their engagemen t!

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Breeder Spotlight: Pit-Stop Acres! Daryl & Marilee Peterson, Branstyn, Baleigh & Brennir

DID YOU KNOW? • Minnesota ranks 9th in registrations with 3118 calves registered in 2016 (Iowa is #1 with 6737) • In 2016, Minnesota had 332 Active member (201 Senior, 131 Junior) • Of those 332 active members, 31 were new members (14 Senior, 17 Junior) • MN Junior Simmi Members held 4 of the top 5 Senior Showmanship spots at the MN State Fair 4-H Show! So proud of Whitney, Hunter, Shantel & Morgan!

Tell us about your current operation: We are the 4th and 5th generation on the family farm, outside of Gibbon, MN. The farm started out as a dairy farm in 1914. After Daryl’s father passed away in 2001, the family sold the dairy herd. The family focused on cash crops for a few years, and now rent out the land. We started a small cow-calf operation with the primary reason of being able to raise our children on the farm, working with cattle as we did. Daryl and I both work full-time off the farm as well. How long have you been breeding Simmental genetics? We got into Simmental genetics in 2009 Who got you into using Simmental Genetics? Jim & Stacie Mueller, Mueller Farms of Arlington, were big promoters of the Simmental breed. At the time, we knew them as another family through 4H, living on the other end of the county. They took us under their wings, supported us and have helped us in many ways. First Simmental bull you used (back in the day): We have used Select Sires for most of our breeding, starting out with Grandmaster and Uno Mas. Recently we have searched out new progressive bulls, and in the last 2 years, have gotten more aggressive on our planned matings. What is your favorite Simmental sire group of calves this year: Hands down for us would have been Uno Mas. We had a great year with a cow calf pair, with a red bull calf out of him. We saw success at several shows, including the State Fair 4-H and FFA shows. We are hoping he continues to improve throughout the winter and plan to market him at the MN State Simmental Sale in February. Fun Fact about your family/operation: Although our farm signs show checkered flags, our farm name “Pit-Stop Acres” does not have any origins with racing. Both Daryl and I grew up on dairy farms. My father was the first farmer to dig an in-ground pit (or lagoon) in the county. And, it was located on the corner of a busy country 4-way stop. Hence I grew up on Pit-Stop Dairy. Since his retirement, we took on the name Pit-Stop Acres. We have 3 children, Branstyn (16), Baleigh (14) and Brennir (10). Besides spending their summers showing, they are each active in 3 sports, 4-H, and Branstyn is involved in FFA.

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Easy Lasagna Hot Dish --1 lb ground beef – browned & drained --1 pkg Dumpling Egg Noodles – cooked according to package directions (al dente) --1 ½ jars of spaghetti sauce (24 oz jar) --Sour Cream --2-3 Cups Shredded Colby-Jack Cheese Preheat Oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 casserole dish/cake pan. Mix together the ground beef and spaghetti sauce. Begin layering the cooked noodles, spaghetti sauce mixture, sour cream – spread a relatively thin layer over the entire dish - the back of metal tablespoon works well. Then sprinkle on the shredded cheese. Continue layering until the sauce is gone, finishing with a layer of noodles and cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and cook for 20 minutes, then remove the foil and cook an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbling. Serve and enjoy! Thanks to Becky Grass, Grass-Lunning Simmentals for sharing this tasty recipe!

Answers to Table Talk Trivia

ATE: D E TH SAVE 2017 , 2 2 19 OCT

1. 57.1 API 2. SOSF Ebony Joy L-123 3. 17,689 calves

MN BEEF

EXPO!

Sale Results:

Simmentals were the featured and high averaging breed!

Special thanks to Oak Meadow Farms for donating the 2016 Simmental Female! We know you will do a great job mentoring Abby Blagg! Past Heifer Donators: A great list to join! 2004-Sargeant Farms 2005-Gramm Farms 2006-GLS 2007-Wilmes/Zimmer Family 2008-Thesing Family 2009-Krueger Farms 2010-Oak Meadow 2011-HS/AJE/MBCC 2012-Hook/Double E 2013-Brant Farms 2015- Volz Farms 2016-Oak Meadow

Champion Female: RCC Shez Unbelievable D6035 Redalen Cattle Co, MN

Reserve Female: RTZ D23 Raatz Farms

High Selling Female: HILB Sent By Angels D3498 Hilbrands Cattle Co

15 Simmental Females Avg $2927

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