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TABLE OF CONTENTS the Register ◆ July/August 2018 Volume 31, Number 9

10 Simmental At First Sight A Colorado operation focuses on continually improving their Simmental herd and annually feeding hundreds at the NWSS. By Emme Troendle

14 Cow Herd DNA Roundup Seedstock and commercial producers share their firsthand experience with ASA’s latest DNA research project. By Lilly Platts and Emme Troendle

16 BIF Marks 50 Years By Bill Zimmerman

18 BIF Summaries By IGS Genetic Evaluation Team

22 Incorporating Epigenetics into Genetic Improvement of Cattle Temperament An update from the 2014 Walton-Berry Graduate Student Support Grant recipient By Bonnie Cantrell, Julia Sjoquist, and Stephanie McKay

24 50 Years of Simmental ASA reflects on the past 50 years and looks toward the future. Coordinated by Emme Troendle

Also in this issue . . . Viewpoint



Back to Basics

Most Prolific Donor Cows



Corporate Report

Cow Sense




From the Headquarters



Menu Morsels




Sale Results

Foundation Honor Roll




AJSA Connection



New Members

State Scene



ASA Fees




Date Book

Beef Business



Rates & Policies

We Get Visitors



Advertisers' Index

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About the cover: Simmental cow-calf pairs on North Dakota summer pasture. Photo submitted by Terry Ellingson, Dahlen, ND.

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Executive Vice President: Wade Shafer, Ph.D. Immediate Past Chairman: Brian DeFreese

North Central Area: John G. Irvine (2019) 3370 Casement Rd Manhattan, KS 66502 785.313.7473

Steve Eichacker (2020) 25446 445th Ave Salem, SD 57058 605.421.1152

Erika Kenner (2020) 440 6th Avenue SE Leeds, ND 58346 406.581.1188

Tom Hook (2021) 11333 180th Street Tracy, MN 56175 507.829.5283

Eastern Area: Gordon Hodges (2020) 1025 Pineview Farms Drive Hamptonville, NC 27020 336.469.0489

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Jim Ligon (2021) 1362 Dyer Creek Rd Cookeville, TN 38051 931.510.3328 Cliff Orley (2021) 1486 Mount Wilson Rd Lebanon, PA 17042 717.269.0128

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Clay Lassle (2019) 42 Road 245 Glendive, MT 59330 406.486.5584

Tom Nelson (2020) 5831 Hwy 7 Wibaux, MT 59353 406.939.1252

Michael Forman (2021) 2451 Number 81 Road Ellensburg, WA 98926 509.929.0312

South Central Area: Tim Smith (2019) PO Box 330 Giddings, TX 78942 512.587.7896

Dr. Gary W. Updyke (2020) 107030 S. 4250 Road Checotah, OK 74426 918.843.3193

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VIEWPOINT By Steve Eichacker, Salem, SD

I have to admit, I had no idea what to expect when I went to my first ASA Board Meeting a year and a half ago, but what a great experience it has been. I was one who never paid much attention to the inner workings of our Association, as long as they had what I needed when I needed it and in a timely fashion, I was content here in southeast South Dakota. I’m also a bit embarrassed to say I probably couldn’t name who half the Board members were or who the Chairman of the Board was up to two years ago. Wow, what an eye opening experience seeing what goes on behind the scenes, making the services that we take for granted run so smoothly and efficiently. My other takeaway from that first meeting, was that all Board members ultimately want to do what they feel is right for the Simmental breed. Yes, there are differences of opinions as various issues arise, but when you have a diverse breed like Simmental and a Board that represents all parts of the country where different types of cattle thrive in the various climates our country has to offer, there’s bound to be a variety of opinions as to what’s important to make Simmental cattle succeed in their area. That’s what makes our breed as popular as it is. I believe one of the greatest challenges our Board faces is how to make every aspect of our breed thrive, but under one big umbrella.

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As I write this, the Regional Classics are in full swing and the National Classic is right around the corner. If you’ve never experienced one of these functions, I recommend putting it on your bucket list. We attended our first National Classic in 2010 in Iowa and have been hooked ever since, attending a National or Regional event each year since. Sad to say this will be our family’s last year as our youngest child will be too old to participate next year. It has been very enlightening watching these kids mature by participating in the various events; yes sometimes it was Mom and Dad’s strong persuasion that made them sign up for public speaking, but when they were done and possibly placed, they were glad they did it and signed up with bells on the next year. I truly believe the kids who participate in the junior programs have the upper hand when it comes to who our future leaders will be in agriculture. I’m very anxious to see how incorporating the results of the Steer Profitability Competition (SPC) into the National Classic plays out. The junior members who participate in the SPC can use the results as one of the live animal categories in the overall competition. The goal is to try to get more participation at the National Classic by encouraging our youth to come and participate in all of the other educational events even if they don’t have a live animal to show. There is so much more to raising livestock than just showing, we want all of our youth to have the opportunity to come and participate and showcase their talents on a national level. If your family is a seasoned pro at attending these events, I give you another challenge . . . load up a neighbor or another child who is less fortunate and take them along next year. Maybe they don’t have the ability or the finances to get a calf ready. Just tagging along, helping care for your family’s calves, or exhibiting a calf in the cow-calf division, may light a fire that will last a lifetime. The sky’s the limit if they can get signed up to compete in all of the other events AJSA has to offer. Remember these kids are like a sponge, they will absorb all they can if given the opportunity. Being a mentor to that child may be one of the most rewarding things you do. You may even learn more from them than they do from you. It’s a great time to be a member of ASA, with the release of BOLT, the Feeder Profit Calculator™, and the collection of DNA through the Cow Herd DNA Roundup, just to name a few. The tools are available from ASA to take your program to the next level and make sure your operation is in the driver’s seat for years to come. Ultimately, it’s your choice if you want to use the tools or not. ASA is not standing still, and I suggest you don’t either! This is an open invitation to come to Bozeman at the end of August for Fall Focus and see what all of the excitement is about. It’s also the 50th Anniversary of ASA, so if you’ve been on the fence about going in the past, this is the year! See you there! ◆

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Simmental At First Sight A Colorado operation focuses on continually improving their Simmental herd and annually feeding hundreds at the NWSS. By Emme Troendle

Ron walking with cow-calf pairs.

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 he led him to Simmental, and the answer is “performance”. Ask him why he doesn’t raise more cattle of other breeds, and his answer is the same: “performance”. It all started with when he first laid eyes on a Simmental, “As a part of a FFA class, we did farm visits of different cattle breeds. We visited Bauman Charolais, Pauling Angus, and two Simmental ranches: Carlson Livestock and Propst


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Ranch. That’s pretty much when I made up my mind, when I saw those Simmental calves, and I saw how well they performed and how well they grew.” Mari started his Simmental herd as a FFA project with three open cows and five bred heifers, and since then, his herd has grown to 85 cows and 20 replacements that he and his wife, Sherry, manage together. Sherry summarizes the trends they have noticed with their cattle, “In our herd, we breed using EPDs and the $API index. Simmental have always stood out because of their maternal values, growth factor and carcass value.”

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The Operation Mari Simmental is located at Holyoke (population 2,200), in northeast Colorado; about 20 miles east of the Nebraska-Colorado border. It is rich farm country with cornfields dominating the landscape, and cattle being utilized as crop cleanup. The Mari’s 105-head cow herd includes primarily registered Simmental, and in recent years, they have used some select SimAngus™ genetics. Mari explains, “When I first started out, I was participating in the breeding up program, trying to get from percentage to purebred Simmental. I ended up purchasing some purebred heifers from Bernie Brown, and he helped us increase our Simmental percentage. We also bought some bred cows from Willie Altenburg” To improve EPD accuracy, Mari Simmentals participates in the Total Herd Enrollment program enrolling their entire herd and reporting whole herd data. For the last two years, Mari Simmentals has been designated as a Performance Advocate (PA), recognizing breeders who consistently submit data on six different traits: calving ease, birth weight, weaning weight, yearling weight, yearling hip height, and ultrasound data. Mari reiterates, “I have always taken advantage of EPDs and indexes. I collect data and focus on birth weights and growth in my cattle.” “In my mind, since the beginning, the Simmental breed has been changing rapidly for the better, more than any other breed. We breed based on performance, there is always room for improvement, and that’s what keeps the Simmental breed strong,” Mari states, “We have made them polled, solid colored, moderately framed, kept performance, and improved carcass in the past 37 years.”

Heifers are synchronized first at the end of April and bred AI for two heat cycles before being put out with a cleanup bull. A few weeks later, cows are synchronized and AI bred once before being turned out with the cleanup bull. To complement their AI program, Mari also does embryo transplant work, flushing a cow from their herd and using up to 10 recip cows every year. During the summer, the cattle are kept on 1,100 acres of pasture split in three sections, and in September, calves are weaned and weaning weights collected. The replacement heifers are weaned, broke to hotwire and put on cornstalks until breeding time. Supplement is provided only if the weather doesn’t hold out. The remaining heifers and steers are fed for 60 to 90 days before being sold at the Sterling Livestock Auction. The rest of the heifers and steers are put out on cornstalks and broke to a single hot wire strand fence. Dependent on the year, steers will be fed out 60 to 90 days past weaning, or sold shortly after weaning time. Bulls and heifers are sold primarily private treaty to local commercial producers. Occasionally, heifers are consigned to the Wild Wild West sale. Mari says, “It really just depends on how busy we are, whether or not we have time to take heifers to the the Wild West sale. I do consign some bulls to the Colby Community College Bull Test, and I get repeat buyers from that.” Throughout the winter months, cattle are kept on the corn stalks to help cut down on feed costs. Mari laughs, “Our largest upkeep throughout the year is the hot wire fence around the cornstalks. Cattle are frequently moved to new sections.” All the corn fields are cash rented throughout the winter. Unlike many cattle operations in the area, Mari Simmentals’ primary focus is the cattle operation. Mari follows-up, “We don’t farm at all, but we have some good, close neighbors who allow us to run on their stalks every year.” (Continued on page 12)

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Ron branding cattle with assistance from Aaron Michael (left), family friend, and Dean Fetzer (far right), father-in-law.

Feeding Denver For the last 21 years — as long as many breeders can remember — Ron and Sherry Mari have been the faces behind the meal served before the One Sale at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS). The couple have been heavily involved with the Colorado Simmental Association with Ron serving three terms on the board of directors. Back in 1987, Ron took over managing the pen shows at the NWSS, and they both manage the lunch before the sale. Sherry laughs as she summarizes the current process to prepare for Denver, “We just pack up half our house and take it with us, but we didn’t get started doing this all at home.” When the Maris first started serving dinner before the sale, they contracted the meat from a business in Fort Collins. Every year they would have to drive to pick it up and get back, “Driving to Fort Collins and back turned into an all-day ordeal. Now we just cook the meat at home. We pack up everything and take it with us, except for plates, chips, and buns. We pick those up in Denver. We really have it down to a science after doing it this long.” While at home, Ron will smoke nine briskets over the span of a few days each year. Sherry explains, “Usually we do all of the prep the weekend before Denver. We smoke the meat, chop it up, put it in ziplock bags, and freeze it.” When the pen show starts the Monday before the sale, Sherry reheats the meat and prepares the beans, while Ron is tied up with the heifer classes. Sherry thanks all the people who pitch in the day of the sale, “We always have help from the Simmental Board and the junior members to serve the meal. It’s never a problem to get enough people to help, it usually goes pretty quickly.” Each year, the Colorado Simmental Association finds sponsors to help support the meal. Sherry says, “The meal is designed for the buyers — for them supporting the sale. A lot of visitors come through and it’s just a nice way to say thanks for showing up in Denver and for buying at The One Sale.”


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On the Personal Side Ron grew up on an irrigated farm north east of Sterling, raising corn, alfalfa, sugar beets, and a cow-calf operation feeding out 200 to 300 yearlings annually. As a teenager, Ron lost his parents, and spent the rest of his childhood with his older sister. It was while he was living with his sister that he started his Simmental herd. At 16 years old, Ron attended the first ABS AI school in Sterling, taught by Harold Miller. Ron laughs, “We had to halter these cattle — basically feedlot cows, that had never seen a halter before. Two or three guys would drag them, or they dragged us, over to the fence where we tied them up and that is where and how we learned to AI. Talk about wild west, it was pretty western. No fancy AI chutes back in those days.” By the time he graduated from high school, Ron’s herd had grown from the initial handful to 20 head. After graduation, he transitioned from working for a local welding shop to farming in Atwood for his brother-in-law where his herd expanded to 60 head in New Raymer, and they also ran 500 head of yearlings on summer grass. Ron shares, “I didn’t end up going to college. I stayed with raising cows and working. My brother-in-law did a lot of farming, but my focus was always on utilizing AI and improving the breed.” Today Ron is the hands-on manager for the cattle operation, and Sherry works as a remote medical coder for Centura Health, giving her the flexibility to help Ron with the operation. When Ron and Sherry need another set of hands working cattle, their three children help out whenever they can. Their oldest, David, works full time as a farmhand in Holyoke, and because he lives close, he helps out most weekends with his three children: Braxton, 9; Bronson, 4; and Bridgett, 2. “The grandchildren are just starting to get interested in cows, and Bronson seems to think that the cows are all his,” Sherry smiles, “He will tell Ron, ‘Well, you can’t sell my bull.’ They really love being out working cows with us.” Their second child, Ceeara, lives in Haxtun, and works at a childcare center; and their youngest child, Blake, recently graduated this past May from West Texas A&M with a bachelor’s degree in animal science. Blake also runs 11 head with the current herd and helps out with the operation. Ron’s brother, Gene, also helps with the AIing and calving. Mari summarizes, “When it’s time to work cows, we round up whatever friends, neighbors, and family as we can to get the job done.” Ron concludes, “Since I have been involved with it, the Simmental breed has improved and it will continue to improve using DNA, EPDs, indexes, and carcass values. There is a lot of hard work involved, but we breed to balance our EPDs. Everything is worthwhile when you see those calves grow up, do well, and your hard work is rewarded.” ◆

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Cow Herd DNA Roundup Seedstock and commercial producers share their firsthand experience with ASA’s latest DNA research project. Coordinated by Lilly Platts & Emme Troendle

What is it? The Cow Herd DNA Roundup (CHR) is a recent program launched by the ASA in collaboration with GeneSeek® DNA testing laboratory. The CHR project offers 60% off a 50K genomic panel including parentage to participating breeders who test their entire cow herd. If breeders also submit cow weights with either Body

Condition Scores (BCS) or hip heights they receive additional discounts. The project is in full-swing, and breeders are now receiving genomic data back on their entire cow herd. Some of the first breeders to submit samples on their herd provide their comments and vision for the project:

Tom Hook, Hook Farms, Tracy, MN “Hook Farms is a fourth generation diversified livestock and crop operation in southwest Minnesota. We have been focused on raising predictable and profitable Simmental and SimAngus™ seedstock for the last 44 years.” “The biggest advantage of CHR will be the breed improvement and accuracy of the genetic predictors. We’re on the front end of what is possible with genomics, so I think it’s going to give phenotypic validation to the genomics, and provide a baseline for those genomics. “An unforeseen benefit of CHR is it will verify the parentage of a lot of animals. It’s going to clean up many pedigrees where an animal’s parents were not recorded correctly, which happens for a variety of reasons. It will give more accuracy to the pedigrees as well as improve the accuracy of our genetic predictors. “The poultry industry is out in front, showing the genetic Tom Hook and his crew working cattle. progress that they have been able to make using genomics. I understand there are environmental constraints we won’t be able to get around in the beef industry, but we can still make phenomenal genetic progress using these tools. CHR validates both sides — you get an actual phenotype, and now through modeling, the sire summary, and incorporating single-step genomic predictors, we’re getting real validated information that to me has great merit. “For commercial producers buying bulls, there will be better genetic predictors they can select from. I think that the more DNA data we can collect across breeds in IGS, the more we can add value and validate the strengths and weaknesses of each breed to know how to crossbreed. To me, that would be the great advantage to the commercial sector. In IGS, the more information we can gather the more we can build the multi-breed aspect. Because we’re a science-based breed, we believe in crossbreeding.”

Bruce Mershon, Mershon Cattle LLC, Lee’s Summit, MO “We run 1,500 commercial cows in west central Missouri. We used timed AI on 85% of cows and all replacement heifers, and retain ownership on most steers from birth to harvest. Our bred heifers are sold at Sydgen Influence and Show Me Select. “We heard about the CHR Project through Chip Kemp. He called to let us know the price had been reduced to $15 per sample. At the reduced price, we decided it was time to get a baseline of data on our females. Earlier in 2017, we joined ASA and started entering our females in Herdbook with the goal to create EPDs on our commercial cows. All of our cows are crossbreds. “We expect the genotyping will accelerate decisions on replacement females. First, help with culling decisions on replacement heifers and second, direct cows to our maternal herd versus terminal herd.


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(Mershon continued) “Information is king. It takes so long to fix a mistake in a commercial cow-calf operation and equally finding the best cows can take four-plus years. What if we can cut the time in half or less? How much is it worth? We don’t have a hard dollar cost, but $15 a head seems like a small price of admission to improve our herd in half the time.” Bruce and Tracey Mershon.

Joe Mertz, River Creek Farms, Manhattan, KS “We run 330 registered SimAngus and Simmental pairs in the Kansas Flint Hills. In addition, over 100 embryos are placed in cooperator herds. We market around 150 bulls every year. Calves not making the cut are fed out and carcass data collected. Our objective is to offer cattle that make our customers more profit and reduce their stress. We do this by focusing on these traits - Calving Ease, Performance, Marbling, and Docility. “We had been running the low density genomic test on all our sale bulls and replacement heifers the last several years, so we were familiar with DNA testing and the CHR. When you offer a 4-year breeding season guarantee like we do, you don’t have much wiggle room as far as a bull’s actual versus expected performance goes. The more information we can get with DNA, the more powerful our selection tools become. That helps us stand behind our bulls and our customers have more faith in them as well. “I feel DNA-enhanced EPDs will make our EPDs more accurate and predictable as more data is collected and fed into the system. Like having Joe Mertz another tool in your toolbox. “Going back to our four-year breeding season guarantee, if we can use DNA and the insights it will provide about our cow herd to better help differentiate bulls that will and won’t work for our customers, it will save us and them time and money. “Our future management decisions will be based on economics, phenotype and EPDs. The more accurate our information can be, the better for our customer’s bottom line.”

Dean Wang, Baker, MT “We run about 1,500 cows and 600 yearling heifers every year, owned and leased on 40,000 acres between two places in Baker and Broadus. We sell yearling bulls, Angus and SimAngus, and heifers to repeat customers. The steer calves are sold off the cow in the fall. We have an annual bull sale, and the bred heifers we sell to repeat customers, private treaty, and steers get sold off the cow in the fall. “We want to identify more pedigree on our bull calves, and identify sires. Also, we want to verify some of the cows that weren’t sire identified, and that in turn will make our heifer calves more eligible in the pool for pedigreed replacements and sale. We want to improve accuracy, verify existing pedigrees, and create more animals that were eligible for more pedigrees. “Marty Ropp helped get the ranch involved in the young sire testing when he was involved with the ASA. We have since maintained a business relation with him over the years. I got involved for the accuracy of with CHR, to verify an existing pedigree, and then to have more animals that will be sire identified. I am working toward complete pedigrees. “Hopefully, this project will be a marketing tool and a comfort to our customers. We will have gone through and DNA verified all the pedigrees to ensure accuracy and accordingly the pedigrees out of the bred heifers or the Wang and crew bringing cattle in from pasture. bull calves are more accurate as well. “Accuracy is what we are after. Now that we have the DNA information, perhaps it will lead to selecting for certain characteristics. We are not that far yet, but at least we have the information available and to use with our replacements.” ◆

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BEEF IMPROVEMENT FEDERATION MARKS 50-YEAR MILESTONE Staff and Board members represent ASA at BIF By Bill Zimmerman

Lynn Pelton receiving award from Jimmy Holliman (right), ASA member, and Donnell Brown, BIF 201718 President (left).

Left to right: David Bolduc, Canadian Beef Breeds Council; Lauren Hyde, ASA; Peter Parnell and Andrew Byrne, Australian Angus, and Wade Shafer, ASA.

Tim Smith (left), ASA Board Chairman and Fred Schuetze, ASA Board Treasurer.

ASA Directors, Dr. Jackie Atkins and Leoma Wells, met with staff members from GeneSeek, Inc. to discuss the current research collaboration, the Cow Herd DNA Roundup (CHR) project. Left to right Sabreena Larson, Anna Fuller, Jamie Bishop, Leoma Wells and Jackie Atkins.


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The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) annual meeting held in Loveland, CO, June 20-23, was a celebration of 50 years since a small group of innovative beef producers and researchers conceived the idea of an organization that would “connect science and industry to improve beef cattle genetics.” Initially, BIF focused on moving from selection based on visual appraisal to performance-based selection, and standardizing performance records across breeds. From that beginning, the science of beef cattle breeding and genetics has evolved through the maze of acronyms (EBV, BLUP, EPD, DNA) to the powerful genetic selection tools we have available today. There is an amazing parallel and symbiosis between BIF and ASA — both started in 1968 by innovative beef producers focused on the use of performance records to improve the accuracy of selection over visual appraisal. Think of the ASA motto displayed on the historic stained glass in the ASA office “Visual analysis tells you what a Simmental appears to be . . . performance and progeny test tell you what he actually is.” In the parallel 50-year histories of ASA and BIF, many ASA members have provided leadership in BIF including many serving as BIF President, and many ASA members have been recognized by BIF for various awards. This year was no exception. ASA member Donnell Brown from Texas completed his term as BIF president during the convention last week, Gordon Jones, ASA member from Kentucky, was elected to the BIF board of directors, and Dr. Lauren Hyde, IGS Lead Geneticist continues her service on the BIF board. Lynn Pelton, ASA member from Kansas, was recognized for his longtime service receiving the 2018 BIF Continuing Service Award. Pelton served as BIF president in 2005. ASA and IGS programs and staff were highlighted in a number of BIF sessions. Dr. Wade Shafer was a panel member discussing, “Who Owns Your Data and Where Is It”. The committee on Advancements in Selection Decisions really highlighted the IGS Multi-breed Genetic Evaluation powered by BOLT. Steve McGuire, ASA COO, talked about “Stitching 13 Breed Association’s Data Together.” Dr. Bruce Golden, Theta Solutions, discussed the methods and models behind the IGS EPDs, and Drs. Mahdi Saachi, IGS/ASA Lead Genomicist, and Lauren Hyde, IGS/ASA Geneticist, explained how the “New IGS EPDs are Really Better.” The session concluded with Shafer on a panel discussing the “Trials and Tribulations of Weekly Evaluations.”See page 18 for a summary of their talks. ◆

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IGS Multi-breed Genetic Evaluation Powered by BOLT By Matt Spangler, Bruce Golden, Steve McGuire, Mahdi Saatchi, and Wade Shafer The 2018 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) meeting in Loveland, Colorado, had several sessions with relevance to the IGS Multi-breed Genetic Evaluation powered by BOLT. Here is a summary of a few of the talks related to the IGS evaluation.

Merging Data and Automating Genetic Evaluation By Steve McGuire Since the early 2000s, the American Simmental Association’s genetic evaluation has been multiassociation in addition to being multi-breed. It now includes data from 13 breed associations and contains records on 17 million animals. The evaluation operates under the banner of International Genetic Solutions (IGS). The process of merging data extracts from multiple organizations for genetic evaluation is not trivial and requires the coordination of all the parties involved. Data has to be standardized and codes have to be translated. Fortunately, the BIF Guidelines provide the basis for much of the standardizing of phenotypic data measurements, dates, ages, and codes. The contemporary group is the primary unit for identifying genetic differences. Proper formation of contemporary groups is critically important. Contemporary groups are determined using information provided in each animal record. Consistent use of breeder IDs, herd numbers, management and pasture codes and other feeding and management regimes is vital. Getting this “right” is usually more of an issue than incorrect phenotypic data and dates. Another major issue is identifying multiple records for the same animal with different association numbers (IDs). These records need to be merged and evaluated as a single entity when referenced in the performance data or pedigree. This is a continuous effort. If different IDs for the same animal are known the task is relatively easy. But often all the “other” IDs are not known. And often the data on the same animals are submitted to more than one association and then forwarded for genetic evaluation. The inclusion of genomic information is yet another source of multiple IDs for the same animal. With biannual evaluations, all data merging operations were performed twice a year after all the data was accumulated. This process was labor intensive – always with the pressure to get the data as right as possible since another evaluation would not be done for six months. The evaluation started after the data was merged, reviewed and the pedigree and performance files generated. With the new evaluation system using the BOLT software, the entire system has been automated and is run


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weekly. Data can be uploaded by IGS partner organizations at any time. Uploaded files are automatically detected and processed. Errors are identified and immediately communicated back to the originating organization. Animal records without errors are merged into the IGS database. Every Tuesday pedigree and performance files are generated from the IGS database to start the weekly evaluation. At the successful completion of each step of the evaluation the next step automatically begins. One of these steps integrates the genomic information with the pedigree and performance data. Results from the evaluation are (automatically) loaded into the IGS database after passing validation criteria. EPD and other files are generated for each organization to download. Weekly evaluations offer many advantages including incorporating new data, updates and corrections almost immediately while reducing the reliance of interim EPDs for long periods of time.

New Methods and Models for IGS EPDs By Bruce Golden Ph.D. The genetic evaluation system constructed for the new IGS EPDs includes several technical innovations that improve the quality of the predictions of animals’ genetic merit. One key innovation is the implementation of a relatively new method for including genomic information obtained from animals’ DNA samples. The Hybrid Marker Effects Model (Fernando et al., 2016) allows for the direct solution of genomic and polygenic effects for genotyped animals and their non-genotyped relatives. Additionally, we have implemented this model using a procedure that directly estimates the accuracy of the EPDs. Previous methods used approximations for accuracy and contained substantial amounts of bias. In addition to the marker-effects model, we have changed the way we model several of the traits. Most notably, Stayability is now predicted using a more sensible method that was developed by a Canadian research group (Jamrozik et al., 2014). Calving ease and carcass traits’ models were also improved. Additionally, the inclusion of EPDs from other sources (e.g., American Angus Association) was enhanced. These innovations and the ability to perform weekly analyses were enabled by using cutting-edge computing

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technology based on high-performance Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). Capable of huge numbers of parallel computations in a relatively short time, at a low cost, GPUs represent a significant improvement in computing approach.

New IGS EPDs are Really Better By Mahdi Saatchi Ph.D. We performed a validation study where we evaluated a data set (pedigree, performance, genomics) using both genetic evaluation software options (BOLT and Cornell) to compare the accuracies of the EPDs (measured as correlation between EPDs and sires’ average progeny performance) for birth, weaning, and yearling weights. As expected, the BOLT EPDs were more accurate than EPDs from the Cornell software. The correlations were higher for BOLT EPDs (0.34, 0.29, 0.26 for BOLT EPDs vs 0.27, 0.19, 0.20 for Cornell EPD for birth, weaning and yearling weights, respectively). To measure the impact of DNA information on accuracies of Genomic Enhanced EPDs (GE-EPDs) in the BOLT single-step genetic evaluations, we compared the average BIF accuracies of GE-EPDs of DNA tested young animals (born in 2016 or later with no progeny) to the average BIF accuracies of non-genotyped sires with different numbers of offspring. We found that the average BIF accuracy of GE-EPD for a DNA tested young animal is equivalent to the average BIF accuracy of a non-genotyped sire with 21, 22 and 24 calves with observed phenotypes for birth, weaning and yearling weights, respectively. The progeny equivalent (PE) for direct calving ease was 15 and it was only 3 for total maternal calving ease due to few recorded genotypes on cows. The PE for carcass traits were also low due to few actual carcass records. The PE was 6, 8, 5 and 6 for carcass weight, marbling, ribeye and fat, respectively. The PE for milk, docility and stayability were 18, 19 and 25, respectively.

Impact of Single-step on Selection Indexes By Matt Spangler Ph.D. Although changes to genomic selection methods and associated software are exciting evolutions, foundational principles related to selection dating back to the early 1940s are still underutilized. Economic selection indices represent tools that can be used to select for multiple traits simultaneously in an economic framework. Individual traits (the EPD associated with them) are weighted based on their relative economic value given a specific

breeding objective allowing for a measurement of net profit differences between two parent animals in a given population. Genomic selection enables more accurate indices in two general ways: 1) Increases in accuracy of component EPD, and, 2) the potential to develop EPD for additional economically relevant traits (ERT). Another way of thinking about this issue is that the consequence of not using indices is even greater in the era of genomic selection than it has been previously. The switch to singlestep genomic evaluations allows (and often necessitates) confirmation of the parameters required to construct economic selection indices (particularly the assumptions of genetic variance and genetic correlations). It also provides an opportunity to focus on traits that are of true economic importance. As breed organizations have made the much-needed shift to single-step genomic evaluations, re-ranking in EPD has occurred. This is not a bad thing, it represents the change to more accurate EPD. As component EPD change, so will the corresponding economic index values. If a trait is more sensitive to the change to single-step, and that trait is weighted more heavily in a given index, then animals will be more likely to re-rank for this index as well.

Who Owns Your Data and Where Is It? By Wade Shafer, Ph.D. I served on a panel with Larry Benyshek of Benyshek and Hough Consulting, John Genho of Livestock Genetic Services, Matt Cleveland of Genus and Dan Moser of Angus Genetics, Inc., to discuss the ownership of data for genetic evaluation. Prior to DNA, data ownership was relatively straightforward. Given that breeders collected and submitted phenotypes and pedigree information, they naturally had ownership due to physical possession. Once it was received, the organization they submitted it to also had ownership for the same reason. With the advent of DNA usage in genetic evaluation, the landscape has changed. Though breeders are typically the collectors and submitters of DNA samples, as well as the underwriters of the process, ownership of the resulting information is not straightforward—varying across the industry. Though DNA results submitted to IGS for the function of genetic evaluation are considered property of IGS with respect to that purpose, ASA also considers whomever submits the sample and pays for the testing as the owner of the results generated from it. Because breeders have ownership under ASA’s policy, they have the latitude to use the results in any manner they see fit. Unfortunately, in my opinion, other organizations do not consider breeders as owners of DNA test results. The panel discussion explored that disparity. ◆ July/August 2018


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By Bonnie Cantrell, Julia Sjoquist, and Stephanie McKay Editor’s note: Dr. Stephanie McKay was a recipient of the 2014 Walton-Berry Graduate Student Support Grant. The fund, originally started by Jim Berry of Wildberry Farms, honors Dr. Bob Walton’s lifelong efforts in animal breeding and raising Simmental cattle. WaltonBerry Graduate Student Support Grant funds graduate education in research programs to directly improve applied live-stock genetics and help build future experts in animal breeding.

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Aggressive beef cattle are a continuing problem to animal welfare, production and profitability for herd managers. Docile cattle have been found to be less stressed, more feed efficient, more disease resistant, and have better carcass quality than aggressive cattle. Extreme measures of the docility phenotype are classified as docile and aggressive. Selection for docility in the cattle industry can improve other production traits, but more research is needed to fully understand the genetics of temperament. Many phenotypic traits are based on a combination of genetic and environmental conditions such as animal stress, nutrition, health, and welfare. Some environmental conditions have been shown to leave chemical markers on the DNA. These chemical markers do not change the DNA base pair itself but they can influence the expression of genes and subsequently change phenotypes. Some environmental conditions have been shown to leave markers on the DNA that alter the expression of genes. Epigenetics is the study of modification to the expression of genes without altering the genetic code itself. These epigenetic modifications are a consequence of environmental exposures and can be passed to future generations. This suggests a potential to include both genetics and epigenetics to improve selection of docility. In order to understand how environmental conditions affect our phenotype of interest, we must first explore the epigenetic modifications that have resulted from environmental conditions. The McKay lab at the University of Vermont is trying to find regions of the genome that are differentially modified by epigenetic modifications within Simmental and Red Angus cross steers that have extreme phenotypes for docility. There are many ways in which environmental conditions can alter gene expression, the epigenetic modification that the McKay lab studies is DNA methylation. DNA methyla-

tion involves a chemical modification to the cytosine base pair that can silence genes. If we can figure out which genes are silenced and establish the environmental conditions that lead to the gene silencing can determine how much of the phenotype is influenced by genetics and epigenetics. The tissue most likely to regulate docility and be affected by epigenetic modifications is the brain. Working with brains from steers with extreme measures of docility allows us to compare differential brain regulation of temperament. Between aggressive and docile cattle, the main difference is the differential activation of the fight or flight autonomic nervous system, which regulates the hypothalamic-pituitaryadrenal (HPA) stress axis. The HPA Axis is responsible for regulating the stress response. Docile cattle activate the HPA stress axis less than aggressive cattle suggesting docile cattle brains activate the fight or flight response at different rates than aggressive cattle for the same level of stress. The brain regulates the activation of the autonomic nervous system and therefore could be important in variation of expression of docility in cattle. Multiple tissues, and systems within the brain communicate and regulate one another; the limbic system in particular, regulates emotional response and long term regulation of the HPA axis. We sampled and compared nine different regions from the brains of six Red Angus/Simmental steers for the presence of DNA methylation (three aggressive, three docile). These tissues are the amygdala, bed nucleus of the stria terminalis, cingulate gyrus, dorsal raphe, hippocampus, hypothalamus, periaqueductal gray, prefrontal cortex, and nucleus accumbens. This will allow us to grasp the level of epigenetic regulation across multiple tissues that may be contributing to emotional response in cattle.

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Dr. Stephanie McKay (left) and her Ph.D. student, Bonnie Cantrell, examine brain tissues used in their research on epigenetic factors affecting temperament in beef cattle.

In order to understand the level of epigenetic regulation across the sampled tissues we first looked at global measures of DNA methylation in six Red Angus/Simmental steers. Using a kit from Epigentek (Farmingdale, New York) we were able to determine a single percentage of global DNA methylation for each individual tissue. This measurement does not distinguish which specific genes are methylated, but it indicates the global level of DNA methylation for each tissue. A higher level of global level of DNA methylation suggests a higher number of genes are potentially silenced compared to a tissue with lower levels of global DNA methylation. After determining global measures of DNA methylation from these nine different brain tissues for each of six steers, we found that DNA methylation varied across brain tissues. Some tissues generally showed higher levels of global DNA methylation, but global DNA methylation levels also varied greatly between each steer. Variation in the global level of DNA methylation between steers with similar measures of docility was also seen. While DNA methylation regulates and affects various tissues in different ways, we concluded that the global amount of DNA methylation is dependent on the animal more than the docility phenotype. Currently, we are examining DNA methylation across the entire genome, but at a single nucleotide level. We have utilized the information from the global DNA methylation study to select five of these brain tissues from each of eight Red Angus/Simmental steers (four aggressive, four docile) to take a much closer look at DNA methylation. The tissues that we have chosen for further examination are the amygdala, cingulate gyrus, hippo-campus, periaqueductal gray, and prefrontal cortex. This high resolution approach allows us to pinpoint the location of a single genetic modification due to DNA methylation and to compare single nucleotide methylation between aggressive and docile steers. Completion of this project will allow for a better understanding of environmental influences upon DNA methylation in the bovine brain between steers with extreme measures of docility. Once we determine which genes are being environmentally influenced, we can then use this information to improve docility selection and management.

This year, the Walton-Berry Grant committee funded two research programs focused on improving the understanding of economically relevant traits in beef cattle. Drs. Jason Ahola and Ryan Rhoades and their graduate student, Beth Krehbiel, from Colorado State University are using a simulation model to identify ideal beef cow mature size across varying environmental conditions. Dr. Lauren Hanna and her graduate student, Nayan Bhowmik, from North Dakota State University are studying genetic characterization of efficiency traits in the commercial beef cow herd with a goal to identify early indicator traits and genetic control of cow herd efficiency and longevity. Both Dr. Ahola and Dr. Hanna have active research programs aimed at furthering the understanding of beef cattle genetics and mentoring graduate students to become future beef cattle animal breeders. Watch for updates from these projects in future Walton-Berry supported articles.

Sonny Purdue, USDA Secretary of Agriculture, observing Beth Krehbiel, graduate student.

Nayan Bhowmik, graduate student, working cattle with help from NDSU students and faculty.

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As ASA celebrates 50 years, we look to the past, and how it shapes our future. This month’s issue is the sixth installment in a year-long series, focused on

Golden Memories In 1997, ASA adopted Total Herd Enrollment (THE), a cow-inventory based, whole herd reporting system. A panel of beef industry leaders, including Simmental breeders Willie Altenburg and Rob Brown, discussed the implementation of cow inventory based reporting (CIBR) within breed associations and the resulting effects.

Coordinated by Emme Troendle


Willie Altenburg, former ASA Trustee, Fort Collins, CO

Rob Brown, former ASA President, Throckmorton, TX

When adopted, what are the primary effects of CIBR on a beef breed association’s genetic evaluation system?

CIBR, or whole herd reporting will allow us to capture reproductive information and develop reproductive EPDs. The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) has recommended whole herd reporting be adopted by breed associations. ASA has a history of forward, progressive thinking, and adoption of CIBR will enhance the Association image, especially in the eyes of the commercial cattleman.

Since Simmental’s early days, special emphasis was placed on measuring economic traits. I think the CIBR program will allow completion of the system. For years, we’ve wanted to record and evaluate more reproductive traits. CIBR greatly enhances that capability. You can evaluate what you can measure, and this gives us the chance to measure the reproductive traits which after all, have the greatest economic advantage.

How does CIBR impact other aspects of seedstock operation?

While many think of ways that CIBR can impact Simmental breeders, I’d like to visualize the next step, involving the commercial cattleman. CIBR, coupled with Multiple Breed International Cattle Evaluation (MB-ICE) and the Herd Handler software program can become a total package for the commercial cow-calf producer. The breed association that best services the commercial cattleman with genetic, management, and financial tools will become the breed of choice. CIBR is one of the key components.

CIBR will help evaluate several other traits. “Stayability” can be measured because breeders will explain why they culled a cow. We’ll also receive data on udders, feet and legs, and dispositions. These are traits that we’ve had to use our eyeball on in the past. CIBR is a system that will lend to measuring and reporting of feet and legs, udders and disposition. If a cow doesn’t have Stayability, there’s a reason for it, and it should be recorded.

At ASA’s Summer Conference in Spokane, the Board indicated their intent for CIBR to be financially “neutral” to the membership. It may affect the individual member differently. However, the benefits will outweigh any negatives. I believe the members will see reproductive EPDs, an increase in data submitted, and in an increase in bull registrations and transfers.

The seedstock breeder has a leg up if he measures traits with the biggest economic impact. Percentage calf crop and stayability have bigger impacts than weaning or yearling weights. Those who register a high percentage of their herd will pay less while those who register a low percentage of their herd will pay more under CIBR. Staff and Board will do a better job of budgeting since income will be more predictable. There will be additional Association revenue because the breed will be improved, leading to more people breeding cattle.

Important female reproductive traits such as fertility and longevity will be captured with CIBR. A breeder will want to report why a cow is removed from the herd, making it possible to capture data and develop EPDs for such a trait as disposition, structure, and fleshing ability to name a few. We also may be able to capture fertility information such as AI and natural service sire conception rates.

Stayability on bulls’ daughters, heifer fertility, reasons for culling, along with udders, feet and legs, and disposition traits. Whole herd evaluation will let breeders know where they fit in the industry. The wheel won’t have to be reinvented because other breeds have already taken out the bugs, and ASA can benefit from what they have done. I’m real proud to see ASA giving CIBR such serious consideration. Combined with multi-breed EPDs and some other programs CIBR can help put Simmental right back on the map.

What are the financial impacts to individual breeders and to the Association from CIBR? Why?

What are the major reproductive traits which will be enhanced by implementation of CIBR?


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revisiting historically significant documents, articles, and photographs, in addition to hearing from those involved about the significance of this history.

Golden Opportunities Twenty-one years later, Willie Altenburg and Donnell Brown, Rob Brown’s son, address how implementing a cow inventory based reporting system (THE) has affected the Association.

Willie Altenburg, former ASA Trustee, Fort Collins, CO

Donnell Brown, former BIF President Throckmorton, TX THE has created more accurate EPDs in all traits due to the reporting of full contemporary groups. I was not in favor of optional THE, but have found it to be the right decision for ASA. This concept has helped our breed capture the most accurate data for genetic evaluation from the most genetics driven members who best understand accurate contemporary grouping. THE also allowed members who were not as genetics driven to have the option of not participating in THE, but still be able to register cattle with ASA.

What have been the primary effects of THE on ASA’s genetic evaluation system?

Whole Herd Reporting has helped in three major areas: 1) It has led to an early advantage in two major breeds in the IGS system, Simmental and Red Angus. With large herds reporting it has helped develop more accurate data collection. 2) Whole Herd Reporting is essential for unbiased and more accurate data as more complete data sets are reported. Without THE, only selected datasets would be submitted, resulting in less accurate EPDs. 3) The ultimate results are well proven AI sires. The proven sires are a benchmark of the American Simmental Association and have resulted from accurate data from whole herd reporting.

How has THE impacted other aspects of seedstock production?

I wrote in 1997 in a similar article, the commercial industry is the true benefactor of THE concept. The vision of the seedstock industry utilizing Whole Herd Reporting, mirrors the US commercial cow herds. Commercial herds don’t think about individual cows, but think about profitability of the entire cow herd. That is the true impact to the seedstock industry.

What have the financial impacts been to individual breeders and to the Association from THE? Why?

From an expense side, breeders dedicated to the improvement of their herds and improvement of the breed’s database, have seen a huge increase of cost. Especially large herds have seen costs rise. Total Herd Enrollment has increased costs due to genomic testing while maintaining testing for phenotypic traits such as weighing cattle at birth, weaning, yearling, carcass testing, ultra-sounding, scrotal, hip height. Recently, one of the largest costs has been genomic testing of both young and mature animals. Large herds provide the most meaningful data due use of AI sires or ties to AI sires and large contemporary groups. They also incur the largest costs. I joke, my annual genomic testing cost are greater than my semen bill! I wonder which makes the greatest genetic annual impact! Due to the data submitted, the breed can incur huge genetic gains, which in turn, benefits all breeders, large and small, seed stock and commercial. I have seen huge genetic strides over the many years. Almost always they come from 1) large herds 2) whole herd reporting and 3) herds dedicated to performance.

In addition to the benefits to our genetic evaluation, it has helped our staff develop more accurate budgets. As a result, it has helped our Board make more accurate and progressive investments and more wisely use the money that every member pays to the ASA to help the long-term viability of the organization.

What major reproductive traits have been enhanced by implementation of THE?

Whole Herd Reporting has helped measure cows open, disposition, scrotal, frame size. These are reported to ASA as raw measurements but are indicator traits for EPDs we consider maternal. Helpful traits are mature size, Stayabilty, disposition, etc. Maternal Calving Ease (MCE) is a huge economic maternal profit driver to a cow herd. Also THE measures the most accurate differences between contemporaries and sires. Stayabilty — the ability of a cow to last in a herd. Without Whole Herd Reporting, we would never be able to predict Stayabilty. Either the EPD or the Genomic predictions. There is still plenty of work to be done in this area, to develop this EPD. Phenotypic traits such as feet, soundness, and heifer pregnancy need more refinement. But again, whole herd reporting and large data sets will help us gather the information to make this EPD more meaningful. The ability of a cow to remain pregnant and in the herd is the most important profit driver we have available to us. Milk — as a reproductive indicator trait. In western range conditions, I think Simmental can have too much milk. My customers like moderate milk EPD so as Simmental and SimAngus™ cows do not out-milk their environment. Use stayability to predict their ability to last, you say? Perhaps, but I think “milk EPD” is an important indicator trait in western range conditions. The average to below average Simmental/SimAngus cow is an adequate milk producer.

It has helped provide a great data bank of information to help analyze fertility traits like Stayability that are the most economically relevant trait that influence long-term profitability.

As an early adopter of THE (inventory based reporting) they have helped lead many other breeds to follow this same progressive approach which has helped ASA continue to be the leader in Multi-Breed Genetic Evaluation with IGS.

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FROM THE HEADQUARTERS By Bert Moore, State Association Liaison

Learn From Our History It was a privilege and a most interesting experience to be involved as a contributor to the book, Simmental’s American Journey, commemorating the American Simmental Association’s fiftieth anniversary. First, I must compliment Dr. Bob Hough for his tenacious efforts in making it all happen and done on a timeline that will make the publication available in August for Fall Focus 2018. Paulette Cochenour and numerous other ASA staff, former staff, trustees, breeders from across the country and others with Simmental interests were also all active participants in this process. History is basically what is written or recorded at the time it is happening by those who see value, good or bad in the occurrence. It can also come from remembrances and reflections by those who, after the fact and sometimes from a distance, see a significance as well. No matter the source of the information there is no history unless it is recorded by someone in some manner. Through the study of history and in learning about the past, we are better able to understand how the present came to be and to guide us in the future. My interest in livestock history was intensified when, at North Dakota State University, I was asked to teach a course in

“Breeds of Livestock.” The text for the course was Modern Breeds of Livestock by Dr. Hilton M. Briggs. I also had the good fortune of knowing, visiting, and corresponding with Dr. Briggs on several occasions. Searching the history of all livestock production beyond the text became an enjoyable part of class preparation. I started teaching this course in the early 1970s which was a very interesting and exciting time in beef cattle history. Simmentals had been introduced just a few years previously and it seemed that new breeds were arriving at American shores almost monthly. Some, depending on what they had to offer and the route they chose to take persisted to become contributors to improved beef production in the US, but others had little more than “five minutes of fame.” To understand how the American Simmental Association became a thriving and successful “Genetics Company,” it is important to know the foundations on which it was built. There is value in learning the history of ASA’s founders, leaders as well as followers, and the world that shaped their ideas and beliefs. Through history we can break down time, people and events to establish what went well and what went wrong. The study of history enables us to learn from past mistakes so as not to repeat them again. As previously stated, history can aid in understanding the present and be used as a guide for future strategy. The American Simmental Association has had a very interesting and unique history. There were times when it appears they were “defying gravity” in their commitments. It is clear that these commitments have led to a leadership position in the industry. Much credit goes to those who were involved in “steering the ship” and to those who continue at the helm.

COW SENSE Listed below are ten questions designed to test your knowledge of the beef industry. Elite: 9-10 correct; Superior: 7-8; Excellent: 5-6; Fair: 3-4; Poor: 1-2.

1. At birth, what is the largest compartment in the ruminant stomach?

5. What is the primary digestive activity to occur in the rumen?

2. What does the acronym CAFO stand for?

6. What is the role of propionic acid?

3. If a bull is heterozygous for the polled trait and is mated with a cow which is also heterozygous for this trait, what proportion of their offspring would be expected to be homozygous polled?

7. What is the accepted standardized weaning age for cattle?

4. What American breed of cattle developed from a combination of Brahman, Shorthorn and Hereford genetics?


8. What is the term for mating unrelated families within the same breed? 9. In a heterozygous animal, what is the term used for the trait that does not show up in the animal’s phenotype? 10. In what European country did the Galloway breed originate?

1.Abomasum; 2. Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation; 3. 25% 4. Beefmaster; 5. Feedstuff fermentation; 6. Silage preservative; 7. 205 days; 8. Outbreeding; 9. Recessive gene; 10. Great Britain


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Hough writing.

Paulette Cochenour, Editor for Simmental’s American Journey, consulting with Lilly Platts, ASA Publication Editor.

Thanks to ASA’s Board of Trustees for endorsing the publication of Simmental’s American Journey and The American SimmentalSimbrah Foundation for their contribution to the effort. “We must welcome the future, remembering that soon it will be the past; and we must respect the past remembering that it was once all that was humanly possible.” (Spanish Philosopher, George Santayana, 1863-1952). ◆

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RT 1, BOX 70 • MADISON, KS 66860 620-437-2211 Annual Production Sale March 15, 2019

Simmental Angus SimAngusTM

Quality Homozygous Black • Seedstock Available

Ralph Brooks Cassidy Brooks

7440 Lake Elbo Rd. Manhattan, KS 66502 C: 785-556-0385

Steve & Mary Gleason • Jake, Becky, Ben, Joe & Sam 12410 Blazingstar Rd • Maple Hill, KS 66507 Phone: 785-256-6461 • Steve: 785-640-8060 • Jake: 785-640-8062

Joe Mertz 785-456-9650 Bob Mertz 785-456-9201 Harold Mertz 785-456-9605 7160 Zeandale Road Manhattan, KS 66502

28th Annual Production Sale February 13, 2019

Dixson Farms, Inc. Carol Dixson, Kevin Dixson, & Lyle Dixson, D.V.M. 13703 Beaver Creek Rd • Atwood, KS 67730 785-626-3744 •


PO Box 127 Harrod, OH 45850 419-648-9196 (home) 419-648-9967 (office) 419-230-8675 (cell)

Troy Jones & Randy Jones •


DICKINSON SIMMENTAL AND ANGUS RANCH Kirk • 785-998-4401 (phone & fax) 2324 370th Ave. Gorham, Kansas 67640

March 16, 2019 47th Annual Production Sale At the Ranch

Kaser Brothers Simmental Stephen Kaser H 785-346-5181 • C 785-346-6077 629 County 388 Drive Osborne, KS 67473

Cow Camp Ranch Kent, Mark and Nolan Brunner 3553 Upland Rd. Lost Springs, KS 66859-9652 785-466-6475 Kent 785-466-1129 Nolan Black and Red Purebreds 785-258-0173 Mark Angus SimAngusTM Halfbloods

Spring Bull Sale - Friday, February 15, 2019.

Mike, Margo, Crystal, & Katelyn Alley 8925 SW Green • Culver, Oregon 97734 Home: 541-546-8171 • Cell: 541-948-3521 E-mail: • Fax: 541-546-6420

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BULLETINS 2019 Steer Profitability Competition Eligibility It is time to begin thinking and planning for the 2019 Steer Profitability Competition (SPC). Any steer calf calved January 15 – April 15, 2018, is eligible for this fall’s SPC competition. There is no breed requirement for entry. It is required that one parent be on file with ASA as either a Simmental or foundation animal. The SPC allows you to learn the ups and downs of cattle feeding by retaining ownership on your own steers. You’ll also capture rare and valuable data on your calves. At the same time, you will interact with a wide variety of industry experts who are passionate about our industry and sharing that knowledge with you and your family. Entries are due September 28, 2018. Please direct questions to ASA Director Chip Kemp at 406-587-4531 ext. 508 or

DNA Will Invoice At Time of Request Starting September 1, 2018, DNA invoicing will be completed at the time of requesting the tests (instead of when results are received). This will increase efficiencies and reduce the number of invoices members currently receive. Since it takes time to order kits and for the sample to complete testing, other types of processing (registrations, THE enrollment, transfers) will not be delayed pending DNA payment for a period of time, which will be determined. We ask that if members have requested DNA kits in the past, or are requesting kits throughout the summer, that they please send the kits to the lab before September 1, 2018, so that the DNA invoicing transition is made as seamless as possible.

New Genetic Condition Panel Pricing The Genetic Conditions Panel is undergoing changes to include all 7 of the genetic defects tracked by the American Simmental Association. These defects are: AM, NH, CA, DD, OS, PHA, and TH. The new Genetic Conditions Panel will only be available with GGP-LD or GGPHD testing, and the add-on price for the panel will be $25. If the animal is not undergoing a GGP-LD or GGP-HD test, then defect testing will be $25 per defect. If requesting the genetic conditions panel after a GGP-LD or GGP-HD test is complete, the testing will be billed at single defect rates, which is $25 per defect.

AJSA Schedule and Deadlines September 28 Steer Profitability Competition Entry Deadline, forms available at

2018 Year-Letter is “F” The year-letter animal identification letter for 2018 is “F”, and will be followed by G in 2019 and H in 2020. The letter E was the year-letter designated for use during 2017.

Carcass Merit Herds Wanted Would you like to get paid to use some of the most promising young bulls in the industry? Do you have accurate and consistent record keeping? Then ASA has the program for you! The ASA is seeking additional cooperator herds for the Carcass Merit Program. Spring or Fall calving herds are welcome. Contact Jackie Atkins or Jannine Story if you are interested in becoming a CMP herd at: or call 406-587-4531.

ASA Requesting Cow Weights The American Simmental Association is seeking to increase the flow of mature cow weights into its database. Cow weights provide valuable information for use in our genetic evaluation system. ASA requests that you weigh your cows close to weaning time, and, if possible, give your cows a body condition score at the same time.

ASA Publication Accepting Photos ASA Publications, Inc. is looking for cover, editorial, and advertising photos. Categories to consider: cattle in different seasons and environments (pasture, feedlot, etc.); people working cattle; and general farm photos. Cattle should strongly represent the focus and principles of ASA: Simmental, SimAngus™, Simbrah, SimAngus™ HT. Vertical or horizontal format is acceptable. Photos used for covers will pay $100, and those used for advertisement or editorial will pay $50. Send hi-resolution photos to


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Office Holiday Schedule The ASA office will be closed for the following 2018 holidays. Monday, September 3 Labor Day Thursday & Friday, November 22-23 Thanksgiving Monday & Tuesday, December 24-25 Christmas u

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Sargeant Farms

Simmental Cattle BULLS


Owner • Howard E. Sargeant Box 400, Forest Lake, MN 55025 651-464-3345 • 651-464-2662

Timberland Cattle

Farm Manager: Adam Trest 52309 Fleming Logging Road Sandstone, MN 55072 320-245-2830 • 320-630-3608

Registered Simmental, SimAngusTM and Angus Spring Female Sale, 1st Saturday in May Fall Bull Sale, 3rd Saturday in November

205-695-6314 or 205-712-0359 • Bill Freeman, Owner • Thomas Pennington, Mgr.

Bob 507-324-5107 507-438-9007 cell 77247 125th Street LeRoy, MN 55951

Dr. Lynn Aggen Office: 507-886-6321 Mobile: 507-421-3813 Home: 507-886-4016

Performance with Quality

Matt Aggen Mobile: 701-866-3544 Home: 507-772-4522 Email: Simmental/iasimmassoc/

Harmony, MN 55939


Bar 5 Simmental Stock Farms Ltd. and circle

Circle 3 Genetics Scalebuster Bull Sale March 2019 Dave: 712-359-2327 Chris: 515-314-4771 56706 300th Avenue • Gilmore City, IA 50541 •


Office: Linda Lupton #636077, Holland – Euphrasia Townline R.R. #3, Markdale, ON, Canada, N0C 1H0 Phone: 519-986-1330 • Fax: 519-986-4736 Email:

Website: Ron Nolan 905-330-5299

Andreas Buschbeck Cell: 519-270-3258

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2018 Contributions Year to Date January 1, 2018 – June 30, 2018

Trail Boss $7,500-$9,999

Double RD Farm Smith Farms Wildberry Farms MJSSA Sounds of The South Deena Branum

Wrangler $2,500-$4,999

Eberspacher Enterprises Inc Shoal Creek Simmental Circle M Farms Dale Werning Little Mountain Farm Rolling Hills Ranch Volz Farms

Cowpoke $1,000-$2,499

Eichacker Simmentals RS&T Simmentals Hidden Oaks Cattle Wayward Hills Farms Terry & Kimberly Moore Rocking P Livestock Red River Farms Miller Simmental John D Harker & Family Hook Farms Hudson Pines Farm Andre Heidt GB Cattle Co Boyd Farm Silver Towne Farms Reflected R Ranch Pine Ridge Ranch LLC Circle Ranch Ligon Simmentals Forster Farms Sunset View Farms Legacy Land & Ranches Campbell Land and Cattle, LLC Independence Cattle Farms Comfort Ranch Hilbrands Cattle Co Shipwreck Cattle Co Top Hat Farms Bar QH Farms Sublette Cattle Co Moore Land & Cattle


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Foundation Sustainer Irvine Ranch Michael & Leigh Ann Dickson Vary Simmental Lassle Simmentals Armuth Cattle Company Trinity Farms CNN Cattle Co Updyke Simmentals John Willis Dwyer and Dwyer

Buzzard Hollow Ranches Kriegers Farms Holly Spring Simmental RA Brown Ranch Bob Finch, Finch Simmentals Fred Smith Company Ranch Jimmy & Kathleen Holliman Carlos X. Guerra, La Muneca Grahmann Land & Cattle, Dr. Charles Grahmann

Foundation Associate Double J Simmentals Trennepohl Family Farm Alabama Simm Assoc Wesner Livestock Enterprises Wishing Well Simmentals Generation 6 Marketing Mari Simmental Breeders Parke Livestock Enterprises Swain Select Simmental Silver Towne Farms Clear Water Simmentals Massey Farms Gerdes Ruby Cattle

Francette Durbin Jane & Julie Misch

Roger & Erika Kenner Reavis Farms Inc Monte Christo Beth Mercer, Filegonia Cattle Company Burch Farms McCrary Farms Diamond Rf Farms JW & Carol Brune Johnson Cattle Co. Temperance Cattle Co. Hengens Brothers HTP Simmentals

$100 – $249

Imprint Genomics Dave Hayhurst Walker Housley Virginia Simmental Association Wayward Hill Farm Simme Valley Ranch David Dillon J & W Simmental Farm Tim & Peggy Brinkman Forrest Grove Farm Sunrise Farms Welsh Simmentals Cheswood’s Dayspring Farm Bradley Farm, S & R Double Image Cattle Co Lazy H Farm Art Reynolds Cripple Creek Farms LLC R & K Farm Hillcrest Farm RDC Farm Brian & Angela Haley B and B Cattle Co

Foundation Friend

Martin, Michael G Carcass Performance Partners Hill Top Simmentals Select Sires, Inc Kent Jaecke Double T Simmentals Hansen Simmental Ranch J Bar M Cattle Ronald Miller

$250 – $499

Klein Cattle Company Barbour Marketing Solutions Three Trees Farm Southern Jewel Cattle Co Ivey, Bob L Steenhoek Diamond K Madluke Cattle Co Fox Creek Cattle Farm Advanced Genetics Sciences Pebble Creek 7N Ranch Triple J Hallak Ranch

Foundation Partner Pineview Farms Dawson, Rondal Walther, Matthew Roger, Virginia, James Housley Horstman Cattle Co LLC Knapper Cattle Cowdrey, Katelyn Judith C Nelsen Bill McDonald, McDonald Farms Roberto Davila Genetic Development Center, Gustavo Toro Southern Livestock Standard/Simbrah World Willis Simmentals Breezin B Farm The Rolling B Glacier Cattle Co Mackey Cattle Co Todd & Theresa Fedderke Hollida Co Shawnee Cattle Co

$500 – $999

Bluegrass Genetics Brian & Jennifer Cowdrey Fenton Farms LLC Patrick & Rachel Woodworth Cornerstone Genetics Trent & Kimberly Allen Alan C. Smith Falls County Beef/ Forage Committee Willie & Sharon Altenburg, Altenburg SB Ranch Bill & Jane Travis, PRR 6G Ranch, Fred Grahmann Mike Mallett, Mallett Simmentals Chuck Miller Matt Shiel Family Gordon Jones Bert Moore Nichols Farms, Dave Nichols Tom & Renee Nelson Mike Crowder

$1 – $99

MSA Dennis & Jean Ann Randle

Full Circle Farms

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BRINK FLECKVIEH 23098 Gunder Rd • Elkader, IA 52043 Jerry: 563-245-2048 • Preston: 563-880-2075 Visit our website:

Mitchell Lake Ranch

Jim Ethridge and Donna Adams 9834 James Cemetery Road Franklin, TX 77856-5838 979-828-5316 • 979-255-2882 cell Fullblood and Purebred Simmentals • Quality by Design

JENSEN SIMMENTALS Steven A. Jensen • 913-636-2540 24580 W. 319th Street Paola, KS 66071


ART-JEN SIMMENTAL FARM Arthur F. Jensen • 913-592-3047 18435 S. 169 Hwy • Olathe, KS 66062

In our 5th decade breeding Simmental cattle.

Buzzard Hollow Ranch

Les Alberthal, Owner Fred Schuetze, Director of Livestock Oper. PO Box 968 • Granbury, TX 76048 Phone: 817-573-0957 Fax: 817-573-0967 Email: Website:

Joe &Venedia Tingle 502.682.8637 Derek & Chelsey Tingle 502.682.0806 722 Drennon Rd. New Castle, KY 40050


MYRA NEAL MORRISON 8800 Row-Cab Line Rd. • Rockwell, NC 28138 704-279-3128 • 704-202-6171 Cell E-mail: TNSimmAssoc/

Slate Farms &





Visitors Always Welcome

Steve Slate 4437 Highway 49 W • Vanleer, TN 37181 931-206-5026 •

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By Kaylie Huizenga, Morrison, IL

Why Not Now? On my junior college livestock judging team, I had a teammate who would write down a quick note at the top of his notebook before every contest. I never really paid too much attention as to what it said or what it could mean. Whenever I glanced over, it just seemed like a bunch of scribbles, and at the time I was concentrating on my mental preparation for the contest. Finally, one morning my coach looked over at my teammate’s notebook as he wrote down his usual words and then said, “Hmm, ‘why not now,’ huh?” At first, after hearing this, I just thought, ok that’s random, and never really gave it much thought. I think my teammate could sense we were all looking at him in confusion. Why would he continue to write down “why not now” in his notebook every morning? He turned around and began to explain to us his understanding of it, and from there on out, we discussed “Why not now?” before every judging contest. To this day, it is something I come to grow an understanding of and continue to think of before I make a

decision. Why not make the most of the time you have today? Why not make today the day you succeed or win, or make today the day you learn from your mistakes? When an opportunity arises, don’t let it slip because you’ll do it later. Why not take up the opportunity now and succeed from it. Every day is your opportunity to make the most of life and have a good attitude. Make now the time that you make an impact on someone else’s life. We all have it in us — it’s just up to you to bring it out. As I sit down to write this, and think about how I am about to head to Minnesota to exhibit at what will be my last AJSA National Classic, my last junior cattle show ever, and my last AJSA event as a junior board member, I think about how thankful I am that I thought “Why not now” back then and took every opportunity the AJSA has given me. The AJSA has given me the opportunity to make memories, meet some of my best friends, succeed and grow as an individual in this industry I have become so passionate about, and hopefully even touch the lives of little ones. The AJSA has truly helped mold me into the person I am today, and for that, I am forever thankful. So now it’s up to you, the young juniors of the Association, to think “why not now”? ◆

2017-2018 American Junior Simmental Association Board of Trustees President


Jordan Cowger, Kansas City, MO 816-916-3329

Membership Communications Michelle Helm, Geary, OK 405-368-3180

Finance Kiersten Jass, Garner, IA 515-408-4918

Marketing Cade Bracker, Underwood, IA 712-310-1082

Leadership Lily Swain, Murray, KY 270-293-4094

Trustees South Central Region Joel Mackey, Giddings, TX 512-988-6794

Teegan Mackey, Giddings, TX 512-718-3165

North Central Region Kaylie Huizenga, Morrison, IL 815-535-3185

Eastern Region Cole Liggett, Dennison, OH 330-440-5580

Garrett Stanfield, Manchester, OH 606-375-2794

Emily Ivey, Loudon, TN 865-254-2998

Western Region Zach Wilson, Stanwood, WA 360-941-8020

Keanna Smith, Ignacio, CO 970-769-0357


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Clay Sundberg, Arlington, IL 815-878-6758

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STATE SCENE WSA Hosts Annual Meeting and Sale The Wisconsin Simmental Association (WSA) held their annual meeting, banquet and sale March 24 and 25, at the Grant County Fairgrounds, in Lancaster. The WSA elected the 2018 adult and junior association directors, and 2018 junior association ambassadors.

WSA Board of Directors: left to right, back row: Bill Meyer, Vice President; Aaron Zimmerman; Marcus Reinhardt; middle row: Jeanne Pope; Dale Prochnow Jr; Dusty Jentz; front row: Devin Hadorn-Papke; Lisa Vetsch, Treasurer; Jenny Zimmerman, Secretary; Craig Kaisand, President; not pictured: Bret Paulsen and Scott Kropf.

WJSA Board, left to right: Elizabeth Zimmerman, Co-Reporter; Brian Zimmerman, Co-Reporter; Emilie Pauls, Treasurer; Cortney Zimmerman, Secretary; Katelyn Zimmerman, Vice President; Kim Beck, President.

Eugene & Ann Hassman family, Sweetheart Farm, Wausaukee, were selected as the 2018 WSA Family of the Year.

Two Simmental Breeders Win Pennsylvania Bull Test Award Two ASA members won awards at the Pennsylvania Evaluation Center Bull Test this last March. Messick Farms, Middletown, won Top SimSolution Bull at the test, and Ken and Mary Gumaer, Lady Bug Farm, Middleport, NY, won Top Indexing Purebred Simmental Bull and Overall Top Gaining Bull.

Left to right: Ron Dziembowski; Dr. Terry Etherton, Penn State; Ken and Mary Gumaer; Dr. David Wolfgang, PA State Veterinarian.

WJSA Junior Ambassadors Emilie Pauls and Cortney Zimmerman.

Left to right: Dr. Terry Etherton; Sally Runkle, Messick Farms; and Dr. David Wolfgang.

MSA Hosts Booth at Ozark Spring Festival The Missouri Simmental Association’s (MSA) Terry Nicholas, Kenneth Loomer, and former ASA Representative, Dr. Michael Dikeman, attended the Ozark Spring Festival at the Ozark Fairgrounds in Springfield, MO, promoting SimGenetics with two booths side by side.

Michael Dikeman with Kris Callison and her daughter from Fire Sweep Simmentals, Verona, MO.

Terry Nicholas and Kenneth Loomer, Missouri Simmental Association, sitting with Dr. Michael Dikeman. â—†

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Brian Bouchard Ph: 403-946-4999 Cell: 403-813-7999 • Fax: 403-946-4919 •

#27 McCool Crescent — Bay 11 Box 1409 • Crossfield, AB T0M 0S0 Export/Import Marketing & Consulting • Embryos • Live Cattle Semen • Domestic Sales Consulting/Management & Order Buying

WILLIAMS Land & Cattle Auction Co. MIKE WILLIAMS, Auctioneer 18130 Brush Creek Road Higginsville, MO 64037 PH: 660-584-5210 • Cell: 816-797-5450 Email:

ROGER JACOBS Auctioneer P.O. Box 270 Shepherd, MT 59079 406-373-6124 Home 406-698-7686 Cell 406-373-7387 Fax

JAMES M. BIRDWELL AUCTIONEER Box 521, Fletcher, OK 73541 580-549-6636 580-695-2352 Mobile 580-549-4636 Fax


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518 Brownstone Dr. St. Charles, IL 60174-2807 630.945.3483 office • 815.762.2641 cell 630.945.3584 fax

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NEWSMAKERS Willis Sisters Win Carcass Contest Alli and Maddi Willis, Marietta, Oklahoma, won first and second place in the Noble Research Institute Junior Beef Excellence Program carcass contest. A total of 56 steers from 12 counties were entered in the 23rd annual contest. Alli’s SimGenetics steer topped the contest, winning the senior in high school $2,000. Her younger sister, Maddi, was a close second winning $1,500 with a steer raised by her family’s Simmental operation. Alli and Maddi are the daughters of Jon, former ASA Board of Trustee member, and Wilma Willis.

Maddi and Alli Willis.

Giess Joins ASA Staff

Centralized Ultrasound Processing Lab Data You Trust, Service You Deserve!

Craig and Becky Hays 27577 State Hwy CC • Maryville, MO 64468 Phone: 660-562-2074

Semen Available on Today’s Hottest AI Sires 866-356-4565

Lane Giess, who was raised near Pierz, MN, on a diversified cattle operation that includes registered South Devon and commercial cattle, has joined the American Simmental Association (ASA) team as Director of Commercial and Nontraditional Data Programs. He brings to ASA a background ranging from hands-on cattle production experience to developing novel phenotypic scoring methods in cattle. As Director of Commercial and Nontraditional Data Programs, Giess will work with commercial cattle producers assisting them in taking advantage of the many commercial-oriented programs offered by the association, assist in educational and promotional programs, and focus on the collection of nontraditional data. “I am extremely excited to be working with the ASA staff and membership,” says Giess. “I really admire the mission behind the American Simmental Association and International Genetic Solutions. The commitment to science, the commercial cattle industry, and youth development are second to none in this industry.” Giess graduated from Kansas State University (KSU) where he earned a B.S. in Animal Science and Industry and an M.S. in Animal Science with a focus on Animal Breeding and Genetics. He was advised by Dr. Bob Weaber, and worked with the ASA and the Red Angus Association of America, developing a feet and leg scoring method and genetic evaluation to help the industry identify animals with feet and leg structure problems earlier in the animal’s life. During his time at KSU, Giess participated on the livestock and meat judging teams, and as a coach for the 2017 Reserve National Champion Meat Judging team. He also studied abroad in more than five countries focusing on food science and beef industry topics. Wade Shafer, ASA’s Executive Vice President, offered this comment: “We are Lane Giess and his fiancé, Kate Hagans. extremely pleased to bring Lane onto the ASA team. He is an impressive young man who brings a lot to the table — in both his formal training and ‘real world’ experience.” ◆

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BEEF BUSINESS Meat Groups Speak Up Three meat industry groups and the Farm Bureau Federation are criticizing the $50 million jury award to neighbors of a hog operation calling the verdict “a blatant assault on animal agriculture and on rural America.” The joint statement from the National Pork Producers Council, National Turkey Federation, North American Meat Institute and the Farm Bureau warned that the decision, if repeated, will raise the price of food for consumers and hurt farmers at a time when they are adopting technology to increase sustainability.

FSIS Focuses on Small Plants USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is launching an initiative to prioritize outreach to the many “smaller” establishments throughout the country, enhancing its existing outreach resources, the agency said in its newsletter. More than 90% of the approximated 6,000 plants inspected by FSIS are considered “small” or “very small.” Outreach to these businesses is critically important — ensuring they have the tools, guidance, and resources needed to comply with FSIS regulations and deliver products that are safe and wholesome.

Sustainable Cattle Grazing A study of on-farm beef production indicates that specific practices do more to help soil recover and limit greenhouse gas emissions than other grazing models according to researchers at Michigan State University. The report noted that beef cattle are the largest livestock-sector contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, and beef production also can lead to land degradation. But the researchers found that by managing for more optimal forage growth and soil recovery, adaptive multipaddock grazing can improve animal and forage productivity more than continuous grazing.

Foodservice Delivery Soars US consumers are turning more frequently toward food delivery, in part because of the growth of digital ordering. Food delivery sales have climbed by 20% while delivery food services rose by 10% over the last five years as the US restaurant industry posted flat or declining sales. Digital ordering now represents more than half of all delivery visits and consumers are ordering delivery at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Millennials Drive Rise in Fresh Meat


Shoppers are buying more fresh meat compared with a year ago, led by millenials, who are purchasing more than all other generations combined, according to a study by Acosta. (Continued on page 40) July/August 2018

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Phone: 701-384-6225 Cell: 701-741-3045

Terry Ellingson & Family


5065 125th Ave. NE • Dahlen, ND 58224 • Annual Production Sale, January 25, 2019

SIMMENTAL CATTLE 6322 Highway 35 Adams, North Dakota 58210

THE M ... Joe: 701-944-2732 • Mark: 701-331-3055 ...QUALITY

Owner: Jim Berry

Commercially Targeted Seedstock

Cattle Manager: Robbie Duis 815-858-4129 6502 Rt. 84 South Hanover, IL 61041 815-591-3731


VJT Ranch

Power by Design Quandt Brothers 701-710-0080

701-710-0843 Oakes, ND Sale 2/19/2019

KAELBERER SIMMENTALS Claye and Michelle Kaelberer and Family 4215 County Road 85 • New Salem, ND 58563 701-220-3124 (cell) • 701-843-8342 (home) Edge of the West Bull and Female Production Sale each February

Wilkinson Farms Simmentals Terry and Cathy Schlenker Family 7649 49th Street SE Montpelier, ND 58742 701-489-3583 (home) 701-320-2171 (cell)

Trinity Farms

Angus SimAngusTM Simmental

Generations of Excellence Sale...first Saturday in March Robb & Debbie Forman Mike & Paulette Forman 509-201-0775 509-968-4800 2451 Number 81 Rd. Ellensburg, WA 98926 • Email:

Red River Farms 13750 West 10th Avenue Blythe, CA 92225 Office: 760-922-2617 Bob Mullion: 760-861-8366 Michael Mullion: 760-464-3906 Simmental – SimAngus™ – Angus




Roger, Jeanette, & Erika Kenner

5606 57th St. NE Leeds, ND 58346 Phone 701-466-2800 Erika 406-581-1188 Fax 701-466-2769


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WE GET VISITORS Recent visitors to the ASA headquarters.

Brad and Jess Cavanagh, Hardhat Angus Ranch, from New South Wales, Australia, received a tour of the headquarters recently. The Cavanaghs are visiting the US as a part of an Australian Registered Cattle Breeders Association Scholarship. Left to right: Dr. Jackie Atkins, Director of Science and Education; Leoma Wells, Director of Educational Program Events and Special Projects; Brad and Jess Cavanagh; and Lane Giess, Director of Commercial and Nontraditional Data Programs and Special Projects.

Maureen Mai, Rymo Cattle Co, Bonners Ferry, ID, dropped by the ASA headquarters to say hello to ASA staff. Left to right: Maureen Mai and Dr. Wade Shafer, ASA’s Executive Vice President.

BEEF BUSINESS (Continued from page 38) Overall, 18% of shoppers are buying fresh meat versus last year while 12% are buying less, mainly due to price and striving to eat healthier. Beef and chicken dominate, making 70% of all fresh meat sold. The study also found sales of natural/organic meat are outpacing conventional options. Among millenials, purchases of fresh meat surged, up 41% from a year ago.

The Montana Farmers Union toured the ASA headquarters and discussed crossbreeding and the International Genetic Solutions (IGS) with Dr. Wade Shafer.

Labor Shortage Predicted As the US economy continues its current run, there are implications for the meat industry, including a pending labor shortage and possible volatile commodity prices ahead. The labor shortages that meat processors currently face are predicted to get worse. There will be escalating competition for labor and associated wage increases over the next 12 to 18 months. Also, there is a possibility of more volatile feed grain prices.

Meat Plant Under Investigation A Tennessee packing plant raided by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency is under a federal criminal investigation for tax violations and illegally hiring immigrants. A federal affidavit states that Southeastern Provision is suspected of evading taxes, filing false tax returns and illegally hiring immigrants into the country. The government began looking into the Grainger County, Tennessee based packer months ago after local bank employees noticed that the company was frequently withdrawing large amounts of cash, alleged to be nearly $25 million going back to 2008. ◆


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Thach Winslow, DVM, Lander, WY, (left) longtime friend of Simmental breeder, Bill McDonald, McDonalds Farms, visited the ASA headquarters on his way through Bozeman, and received a tour of the office courtesy of Lane Giess, ASA's newest staff member (right). Winslow is the Assistant State Veterinarian for Field Operations at the Wyoming Livestock Board. ◆

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CUTTING EDGE MRI Useful for Meat Testing A team of researchers in Spain have found that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology, typically used to view human organs in medical testing, can be successfully applied to measure the attributes of Iberian hams and loins without destroying quality. Researchers have developed the combined MRI-computer vision technology as an alternative to the destructive quality control methods currently used in meat testing. The method involves taking images with an MRI machine and then analyzing them using computer vision algorithms and statistical methodology.

Panel to Study Food Waste A bipartisan effort to uncover opportunities to reduce food waste by US consumers is expected to shine a spotlight on USDA research indicating that Americans waste an average of nearly one pound of food per day. A bipartisan Home Food Waste Caucus will look for ways to promote food waste reduction across the food supply chain. An estimated 40% of the food produced in the United States is wasted while 50 million Americans don’t always know where their next meal will come from.

Smithfield to Develop Sustainable Fertilizer Smithfield Foods Inc., the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer, and Anuvia Plant Nutrients have announced a partnership to create sustainable fertilizer from renewable biological materials collected from manure treatment systems at Smithfield’s hog farms. The project is part of Smithfield Renewables, the company’s new program dedicated to unifying and accelerating its carbon reduction and renewable energy efforts.

Glove Could Prevent Carpal Tunnel The makers of Orthofit gloves are looking to deploy their new product among poultry and red meat processing employees, where it could help prevent repetitive motion injuries. Three Ph.D. students at Cornell University in mechanical and biomedical engineering created the glove that vibrates when the hand of wrist is put in a potentially injurious position. The idea came from similar products that alert the user when they are slouching in hopes to prevent back pain.

Flies Hamper Arkansas Cattle Swarms of black flies are impacting livestock farmers in Arkansas this spring. The population explosion is to blame for the deaths of a bull and cow in Arkansas County and the closure of a nature center. Black flies are also known as buffalo or turkey gnats. They are blood-sucking feeders, and often fly around a person or animal’s heads, targeting eyes, ears and crawling in hair. On cattle and horses, the ears are often a favored feeding location. ◆ July/August 2018


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BACK TO BASICS How to Add a Photo of Your Animal on Herdbook. Recently, the price of adding a photo of your animal on Herdbook was lowered to $1 per photo. Now it’s easy and inexpensive to show off the phenotype and EPDs of your animal in one place on the ASA database. Here is a quick step-by-step guide to get your cattle photos uploaded:

1. Go to and log in 2. Go to “Data Entry”, Select “Online” 3. Select “Manual Job” 4. Enter a Title : “add photo to 2321112” 5. Under “Job Type,” select “Animal Picture” 6. Click “Start New Job”

7. Add the ASA number of the animal. 8. Click “Add”

9. Select “Upload Image”

10. Click “Choose File” and select the image you want to upload or input the URL of the location where the image is stored on another website. 11. Click “Submit Upload”

12. Add a title and description of the photo. 13. Submit Job


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14. Click on “Proceed to Billing”

15. Select “Add Payment”

16. Input credit card information, and select “Confirm”

17. Click on “Final Submit” You have added a photo to your animal on Herdbook. To be viewed: pull the animal up on an animal search and under the pedigree, select “Pictures Available”. Want to know more about Herdbook Services? Go to! ◆

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MAIL BAG Dear Jackie and Leoma, Thank you for taking part in the animal career panel. This is a highlight of the semester, and I appreciate your willingness to share your insight and experiences with the students. Also, thank you for your wonderful collaboration with internships! Have a great summer! Hannah Del Curto Editor’s Note: The panel was for the Introduction to Animal Science class taught by Hannah Del Curto at Montana State University. Four panelists, including Dr. Jackie Atkins, Director of Science and Education, and Leoma Wells, Director of Educational Program Events and Special Projects, were invited to discuss their current careers, the path that brought them to those careers, and advice for the students in the class. ◆

MENU MORSELS Spicing up your dinner table with tasty, beef-based dishes.

CORPORATE REPORT Target Launches Same-day Delivery

$50 Million Judgment Against Smithfield

Target intends to start same-day delivery of more than 55,000 products, including grocery items, in Colorado, with plans to expand the service to more markets by the end of the year. Target is teaming with online grocery delivery company Shipt for the service, which was scheduled to begin in late spring. The majority of Target stores will offer the service by the 2018 holiday season, and by the end of the year, it will be in nearly 180 markets, reaching 80 million households, or almost 65% of US households.

A jury in North Carolina has awarded more than $50 million in damages to neighbors of a hog operation that contracts with Smithfield Foods following complaints of intense odors, noise, and other problems. Jurors awarded the neighbors of the 15,000-hog operation $750,000 in compensation and $50 million in damages designed to punish the corporation. Smithfield, in an emailed statement, said it would appeal the verdict to the Fourth Circuit.

Subway to Close 500 US Locations

People Believe Their Food is Safe

Subway plans to close 500 US locations this year as it continues to expand internationally, adding more than 1,000 stores outside North America. This follows closure of about 800 locations in the US last year. All of Subway’s over 43,000 restaurants are globally owned and operated by franchisees. Nearly 26,000 of those are in the US.

Cargill’s latest “Feed4Thought” survey found that 94% say they trust that the meat they buy for grilling is safe to eat. The survey also found that nearly 80% believed food producers are taking the necessary steps to ensure their meat is safe for grilling. The survey showed that 72% of Americans say they grill, with 41% grilling at least once a week. Favorite grilling options: 42% steak, 25% hamburgers, 18% chicken, and 12% pork chops/ribs.

Amazon Using Artificial Intelligence to Monitor Food Safety

Proposed Multi-species Plant Protested

Perfect Green Chilies Ingredients:

½ pound lean beef ¼ pound pork 12 oz green chilies

½ tsp onion salt

1 Tbs tomato paste 1 Tbs flour 1 Tbs shortening 1 can pinto beans

Directions: 1. Dice meat into small chunks 2. Fry until brown add onion and garlic salt 3. Add flour and stir until brown 4. Add water to make thin gravy 5. Add in chilies and tomato paste 6. Simmer over low heat 30 minutes, stir occasionally 7. Serve with pinto beans and steamed flour tortillas Editor’s Note: Each month a favorite beef recipe is presented in this space. The Register encourages and welcomes contributions to this column from the ASA membership. ◆


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As Amazon deepens its dive into food sales and delivery, it is using sophisticated computer models to monitor customer feedback for food safety and quality issues. One tool Amazon uses is natural language processing which is an area of computer science and artificial intelligence used to process large amounts of natural language data, such as customer feedback. Amazon collects over 16 million pieces of customer feedback every week from such sources as product reviews, social media sites, and customer service emails, phone interactions and online chats.

Hundreds of residents in Great Falls, MT, gathered to voice their concerns about a proposal to build a large multispecies slaughter facility in the area. Canadian company Friesen Foods, has proposed to build the “Madison Food Park,” which would be a state-of-the-art, robotically controlled, environmentally friendly, multi-species food processing plant for cattle, pigs, and chickens. While local livestock producers have voiced support for the project, which would provide a local outlet for their animals and products, residents in the area argue that it could cause high job turnover rates, more traffic and environmental issues, among others.u

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180 Black Simmental, SimAngusTM and Angus Bulls to Sell

Bill Begger 482 Custer Trail Road Wibaux, MT 59353 Bill: 406-796-2326 John: 406-795-9914

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 • at the ranch, Wibaux, MT

Prickly Pear Simmental Ranch Birthplace of the first Polled Black Simmental Bull Made in Montana Sale • February 2, 2019 Troy Wheeler, Cattle Manager: 406-949-1754 Don and Nancy Burnham • Gary Burnham 2515 Canyon Ferry Road • Helena, MT 59602 ASA No. 174 E-mail:


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Jeff & Shere Koch, Shane & Kate Koch, Taylor Koch Jeff Cell 406-860-0211 • Shere Cell 406-860-0659 143 Shane Ridge Road • Roberts, Montana 59070 email: Bulls of The Big Sky Sale • February 18, 2019

Clay and Marianne Lassle 42 Road 245 Glendive, Montana Clay: 406.486.5584 Ryan: 406.694.3722 INSimmAssoc/index.htm

• Bulls, Females & Show Prospects Available • visitors always welcome

Jeff & Leah Meinders & Family 3687 N. Co. Rd. 500 E • Milan, IN 47031 812-498-2840 Home •






Sandy Scheu 903-962-6915 9208 FM 17 972-670-7467 cell Grand Saline, TX 75140 Simbrah, SimAngusTM HT, SimAngusTM & Simmental




Joe & Beth Mercer 327 CR 459 COMPANY Lott, TX 76656 Cell: 956-802-6995 Home, Office: 254-984-2225

Quality Red & Black Simmental

Jud and Margie Flowers 12111 N. Bryan Road • Mission, TX 78573-7432

956-207-2087 email:

“No Nonsense” Simbrah Cattle

John & Barbara 812-546-5578 15633 E Jackson Rd. Hope, IN 47246

Dan, Jill, Luke & Chase 812-371-6881 Ben, Ashley, Gracie & Laynie 812-371-2926

Pine Ridge Ranch Pine Ridge Ranch Pine Ridge Ranch



Jane and Bill Travis

9876 PLANO RD. DALLAS, TX 75238 Office: 214-369-0990 Cell: 214-850-6308

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SALE RESULTS Diamond H Ranch’s Annual Production Sale March 28, 2018 • LaCrosse, KS No. 42 38 21 97

Category Average Yearling Red SimAngus™ Bulls $3,537 Registered Red SimAngus Heifers 1,490 Commercial Red SimAngus Pairs 2,150 Commercial Open Red SimAngus Heifers 1,290


Total Lots


$2,900 – Open Female, “LBF Zenith 285E,” s. by WS Zenith, cons. by Ladybug Farm, Middleport, NY; sold to W&E Farms, Holbrook. $2,800 – Open Female, “Charmont Picante E24L,” s. by Charmont Valentino, cons. by Charmont Farm, Ripley, OH; sold to Duke Farms, Hillsborough, NJ. $2,500 – Bred Female, “MRC Worth It All,” s. by IRCC All Right 326A, cons. by Pine Creek Show Cattle, ME; sold to Teresa St. Peter, Westfield. $2,400 – Cow/Calf Pair, “HVF Mrs. Focus 2X32,” s. by TNT Dual Focus, cons. by Classic Farms, WV; sold to Cliff Laughlin, Blairsville.

Auctioneer: Bruce Brooks, OK Sale Representatives: Harold Bertz, Andrew Sylvester, Brett Spader, Sam Rucker and Corey Wilkins. Representing ASA: Dr. Michael Dikeman

High-Selling Lots: $5,000 – Red SimAngus Bull, “DHCC Strategy 770E,” s. by Schuler Strategy 3343A, sold to Wes Robinson, Moore, OK. $4,750 – Red SimAngus Bull, “DHCC Strategy 766E,” s. by Schuler Strategy 3343A, sold to Wes Robinson, Moore, OK. $4,300 – Red SimAngus Bull, “DHCC Maverick 748E,” s. by CDI Maverick 33B, sold to Bell Farms Inc., Lincoln. $4,250 – Red SimAngus Bull, “DHCC Stakeholder 740E,” s. by Leland Stakeholder 5514, sold to Garrison Farms, Kingman. $4,250 – Red SimAngus Bull, “DHCC Stakeholder 746E,” s. by Leland Stakeholder 5514, sold to David Milner, Welda. Comments: Cattle sold into six states including: GA, IN, KS, MO, NM and OK.

Teresa St. Peter bought a high-selling lot.

Wildberry Farms Annual Production Sale March 31, 2018 • Hanover, IL Category PB SM Bulls SimAngus™ Bulls Two-Year Old Pairs

Average $3,250 3,834 2,175

Autioneer: Randy Gill, WI Sale Manager: Wildberry Farms Marketing Representatives: Ben Lehman, Wildberry Farms; and Marty Ropp, Allied Genetic Resources, IL. Representing ASA: Bert Moore

High-Selling Lots:

Justin Herl welcome the crowd alongside auctioneer, Bruce Brooks. Sale hosts – The Herl Family.

Spring Into Excellence Simmental Sale March 30, 2018 • Pennsylvania Furnace, PA No. 25

Category Total Lots

Average $2,214

Auctioneer: John Spiker, WV Sale Manager: Classic Sales, Chris Brown

High-Selling Lots: $3,000 – Open Female, “PCSC Trendy Two 9E,” s. by PCSC Blizzard 3C, cons. by Pine Creek Show Cattle, Rumford Center, ME; sold to W&E Farms, Holbrook. $2,900 – Open Female, “Classic Firecracker E222,” s. by Houston X01, cons. by Classic Farms, Fairmont, WV; sold to Aaron McKinney, Fort Hill.


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$20,000 – Black Baldy SimAngus™ Bull, “WBF Ironside E053,” s. by AWC Ironhide 395Y, sold to Shields Simmentals, Fisher; Whelan Farms, Wadley, AL; and All Beef, LLC, IL. $5,000 – Black PB SM Bull, “WBF Chaps E072,” s. by WGW-WBF Substance 820Y, sold to K Lazy K Ranch, Highmore, SD. $4,800 – Black PB SM Bull, “WBF Rubicon E017,” s. by WGW-IR Zeus A718, sold to K Lazy K Ranch, Highmore, SD. $4,700 – Black SimAngus Bull, “WBF Payloader E099,” s. by WBF Preferred Bet Z039, sold to Truelson Brothers, Camanche, IA. $4,500 – Black PB SM Bull, “WBF Absolute E030,” s. by ASR Augustus Z2165, sold to Dave Nelson, Nelson Cattle Company, Mount Morris. $4,000 – Black SimAngus Bull , “WBF Redemption E096,” s. by WBF Answer It A080, sold to Tim Kolder, Ackley, IA. Volume Buyers: Tony Benesh, Oregon; Jeff Voss, Elizabeth; Peters Family Farms, Clinton, IA; Truelson Brothers, Camanche, IA; K Lazy K Ranch; Jerry Kusser, Highmore, SD, and James Steele, Elizabeth, IL. Comments: Cattle sold into five states including: AL, IA, IL, SD and WI.

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Bulls of the Bluegrass 20th Anniversary Sale April 7, 2018 • Lexington, KY No. 49

Category Total Lots

Average $3,720

Auctioneer: Chisum Peterson, SD Sale Manager: Eberspacher Enterprises (EE), Inc., MN Marketing Representatives: Val Eberspacher (EE); Derek Vogt (EE) NE; Austin Brandt, Livestock Plus, IA; Jeremie Ruble, IA; Tom Rooney, AgriMedia, IA; Kent Jaecke, OK; and Margo Paeltz, Live Auctions.TV, OH. Representing ASA: Dr. Michael Dikeman

High-Selling Lots:

Auctioneer: Tommy Carper, IN Sale Manager: DP Sales Management, LLC, KY Sale Staff: Brent Elam and William McIntosh Sale Consultant: Dalton, Lundy

High-Selling Lots: $12,000 – “WHF Eclipse E35,” s. by TJ Main Event, cons. by Wayward Hill Farm, sold to Hart Farms, SD. $7,750 – “WHF Efficient E315,” s. by TJ Main Event, cons. by Wayward Hill Farm, Healy Simmental, SD. $6,800 – “MMF Joey D15,” s. by WS All Around, cons. by Misty Meadow Farm, sold to Joseph Weatley, KY. $5,700 – “WHF Bounty D246,” s. by Hook’s Bounty, cons. by Wayward Hill Farm, sold to Mark Wells, KY. $5,700 – “WHF Bounty D248,” s. by Hook’s Bounty, cons. by Wayward Hill Farm, sold to Scottie Smith, KY. $5,600 – “WHF Dynasty D38,” s. by TNT Dynasty, cons. by Wayward Hill Farm, sold to Bryan Richardson, KY. $5,000 – “KS1 Common Cents,” s. by W/C United, cons. by Kaiser Simmentals, sold to Larry Moris, VA.

$15,000 – Open Female, “T-T Blackbird E51,” s. by Mr. CCF 20-20, cons. by T Bar T LLC, sold to Hailey Eads, Trenton. $11,500 – Donor, “LLSF Robins Kiss YS51,” s. by Mr. NLC Upgrade U8676, cons. by Shoal Creek Land and Cattle, sold to BF Black Simmental, Auburn, NE. $8,000 – Open Female, “SC Shasta E107,” s. by W/C BF Innocent Man, cons. by Shoal Creek Land and Cattle, sold to RCC Cattle Kearney. $7,000 – Open Female, “SC Lola E131,” s. by W/C Relentless 32C, cons. by Shoal Creek Land and Cattle, sold to Owen Bros Cattle Company, Bois d’Arc. $5,900 – Open Female, “T-T Dreaming E42,” s. by W/C Relentless 32C, cons. by T Bar T LLC, sold to Rhad Baker, Fulton. $5,400 – Open Female, “RS&T Quantum Sioux E200,” s. by HPF Quantum Leap Z952, cons. by RS&T Simmental, sold to Jillian Harnois, Napa, CA. $5,000 – Open Female, “SC Glamour E12,” s. by W/C Relentless 32C, cons. by Shoal Creek Land and Cattle, sold to Newman Cattle Company, Bardwell, TX. $4,800 – Open Female, “SC Sadie E106,” s. by TNGL Grand Fortune Z467, cons. by Shoal Creek Land and Cattle, sold to Kanoy Simmentals, Concordia. $4,800 – Bred Female, “RS&T Hannah 100U,” s. by FBFS Vantage Point 021S, bred to RS&T Rare Built C303, cons. by RS&T Simmental and Jordan Cowger, sold to Stewart Ranch, Napa, CA. Consignors included: Shoal Creek Land and Cattle, RS&T Simmentals, Double R Cattle Company, HBE Simmentals, Vestland Farms, T Bar T Cattle, Marple Farms and Cloud Cattle Co.

Chris Allen, Wayward Hill Farm, getting buyer numbers to fill his orders.

It was standing room only as the Bulls of the Bluegrass group celebrated their 20th anniversary sale.

Longtime Simmental supporter Jim Akers, COO of the Bluegrass Stockyards, welcomes the crowd to the new Bluegrass Regional Marketplace.

Matt Owen, Owen Brothers Cattle Co. (MO) visits with senior partner of JS Simmental, Ken Steenhoek (IA).

Michael Dikeman, ASA, spoke to the crowd.

Ed & Kathi Rule purchased the “Sweet #16” 50th Anniversary bucket in support of the ASA Foundation. Pictured with Lori Eberspacher and Scott Cowger, both Foundation Members.

The Gathering powered by Shoal Creek Land and Cattle is truly a “gathering”.

Jeremy Shryock (left), Bluegrass Stockyards and Rondall Dawson, Misty Meadows Farm, visit after the sale.

The Gathering at Shoal Creek April 7, 2018 • Excelsior Springs, MO No. 20 14 14 8 1 57 3

Category Average SM and SimInfluenced Fall Breds/Cows $2,588 SM and SimInfluenced Spring Pairs 3,182 SM and SimInfluenced Fall Opens 5,189 SM and SimInfluenced Spring Opens 3,583 SM Donor 11,500 Total Lots


Embryo Lots


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SALE RESULTS Comments: Guest consignors included: Big K Cattle, Double R Cattle Co., Gerdes Show Cattle, Golden Oak Simmentals, Lone Tree Simmentals and Matthews Coach’s Corral.

Indiana Beef Evaluation Program’s Bull Sale April 19, 2018 • West Lafayette, IN No. 4 8 12

Category SM Bulls SimAngus™ Bulls SM and SimAngus Bulls

Average $3,100 3,400 $3,300

High-Selling SimInfluenced Bulls: $6,500 – SimAngus Bull, cons. by Neal Brothers Simmentals, Bicknell. $3,900 – SM Bull, s. by HILB Oracle C033R, cons. by Bill Washburn, Olney, IL. $3,900 – SM Bull, cons. s. by LLSF Pays to Believe ZU194, by Knapper Cattle, Kingman.

Jeff Thompson, Lone Tree Simmental, guest breeder, visits with Nathan Alpers, Prairie Home, prior to the sale.

Jeremy Steele, repeat buyer from Republic, was one of the volume buyers.

The # 42 buckle for the 50th Anniversary of the ASA was sold to Andre, Michelle and Dakota Heidt, Ozark, pictured with ASA Foundation members Greg Burden, Aaron Owens and Lori Eberspacher.

Crystal Richburg, Shoal Creek Land & Cattle, received a boot shine, compliments of the OBCC crew.

Comments: Also selling were 58 Angus Bulls at an average of $3,230; four Charolais Bulls at an average of $2,250; four Hereford Bulls at an average of $2,225; and one Red Angus Bull for $2,600. Bulls sold into three states: IN, IL and KY.

Owen Brothers Diamonds and Spurs April 21, 2018 • Bois d’Arc, MO No. 12 12 26 6 12 6 70

Category Average SM and SimInfluenced Bulls $3,238 SM and SimInfluenced Breds 2,100 SM and SimInfluenced Spring Pairs 2,594 SM and SimInfluenced Fall Pairs 3,800 SM and SimInfluenced Fall Opens 4,280 SM and SimInfluenced Spring Opens 5,500 Total Lots


Auctioneer: Jered Shipman, TX Sale Manager: Eberspacher Enterprises Inc. (EE), MN Marketing Representatives: Val Eberspacher (EE); Derek Vogt (EE) NE; Clifford “Bud” Sloan, MO; Jered Shipman, TX; Kent Jaecke, OK; Tom Rooney, AgriMedia, IA; Kelly Schmidt, MN; John Dickson, MO; and Margo Schmerge, LiveAuctions.TV, OH.

High-Selling Lots: $7,000 – Open Female, “OBCC Legend S12E,” s. by CCR Anchor 9071B, cons. by Owen Brothers Cattle Company, sold to Shoal Creek Land and Cattle, Excelsior Springs. $7,000 – Open Female, “LTS THO Momo Exquisite 201E,” s. by Mr. HOC Broker, cons. by Lone Tree Simmentals, sold to Kenny Thomann, Riverside, IA. $6,000 – Open Female, “MG/GSC Hottie 30E,” s. by LLSF Pays To Believe ZU194, cons. by Gerdes Show Cattle, sold to Matt Mach, Yukon, OK. $5,250 – Open Female, “OBCC Antoinette C19E,” s. by OBCC Blacklist 915B, cons. by Owen Brothers Cattle Company, sold to Jeremy Steel, Republic. $5,000 – Cow Calf Pair, “OBCC Lola 910A,” s. by R&R Chamberlain X744, Heifer Calf s. by FBFS Wheelman 649W, cons. by Owen Brothers Cattle Company, sold to Gerdes Show Cattle, West Point, IA. $4,750 – Open Female, “OBCC Blackcap 15EB,” s. by ES Belmont BY15, cons. by Owen Brothers Cattle Company, sold to White Wing Simmental, Huntington, AR. $4,500 – Open Female, “GSC Black Cap 102E,” s. by HTP/SVF Duracell T52, cons. by Gerdes Show Cattle, sold to Three Child Farms, Springfield. $4,500 – Cow Calf Pair, “DAF Reba A91,” s. by Mr. CCF Sittin Trends, Heifer Calf s. by FBFS Wheel Man 649W, cons. by Owen Brothers Cattle Company, sold to Ryan Long, North Judson, IN.


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Brant Farms Genetic Balance SimGenetics Sale April 23, 2018 • Hinckley, MN No. 30 4 27 4 67

Category SM and SimInfluenced Bulls SM and SimInfluenced Breds SM and SimInfluenced Pairs SM and SimInfluenced Opens Total Lots

Average $3,000 2,988 3,406 2,050 $3,013

Auctioneer: Tracy Harl, NE Sale Manager: Eberspacher Enterprises Inc. (EE), MN Marketing Representatives: Val Eberspacher (EE); Chance Ujazdowski (EE), MN; Kelly Schmidt MN; Tom Rooney, AgriMedia, IA; Mike Sorenson, Livestock Plus, IA; Luke Grass, MN; and Amanda Eberspacher-Hilbrands, LiveAuctions.TV, MN. Representing ASA: Russ Danielson

High-Selling Lots: $6,000 – Bull, “Brant Early Bird E22C2,” s. by W/C Lock Down 206Z, sold to Lehrman Family Simmental Farm, Spencer, SD. $5,250 – Bull, “Von.Jazzy Everest E24Z,” s. by W/C Executive Order 8543B, cons. by Von Rueden, sold to Myhre Family, Wahpeton, ND. $4,750 – Cow Calf Pair, “Brant C453W,” s. by K-LER Make It Rain, Bull Calf s. by RFS Del Rio D23, sold to Chambers Cattle Company, Orchard, IA. $4,750 – Bull, “Von.Jazzy Eastwood E9SC,” s. by Connealy Thunder, sold to Jazzy Simmentals, Askov. $4,600 – Cow Calf Pair, “Brant Night Radient D4A,” s. by Brant Big Time Z103S, Heifer Calf s. by Baldridge Bronc, sold to Highland Acres, Starbuck. $4,500 – Cow Calf Pair, “Brant Cynder C9Y12,” s. by K-LER Young Money, Bull Calf s. by CLRS Dividend 405D, sold to Lehrman Family Simmental Farm, Spencer, SD. $4,500 – Cow Calf Pair, “Brant Dainty D221B,” s. by TFPH Mr. United A01, Bull Calf s. by CLRS Dividend 405D, sold to Marchant Cattle Company, Newton, IA.

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100+ proven females from the North TFS Samurai 7362E The lead off and high-selling son of our 2018 bull sale to Werning Cattle Co at $18,000. His proven dam sells October 5th.

TFS Goldenglow 0615X Bonina Goldenglow 0056K As the original “Goldenglow”, her influence runs deep at Trinity Farms and will be widely represented in this fantastic inaugural event!

TFS Goldenglow 0655X She combines two of the most successful and prolific lines ever developed at the ranch. She is sired by 4513 and out of the exceptional Goldenglow cow family that produced TFS Samurai and TFS Due North.

As the dam to TFS Samurai the high-selling bull in our spring sale at $18,000 there is no doubt that she has incredible earning potential for her new owners. With her maternal pedigree stemming from one of the most successful & influential cow families ever at Trinity Farms, she represents one of the most prominent opportunities to ever leave the ranch! Proven in transplant with 15 - #1 embryos in a single flush this spring, we are also offering an extremely exclusive opportunity to acquire what is sure to be one of the most exciting matings that will be born here next spring.

Trinity Blk Pearl 4409 2300 The greatest opportunity in the history of Trinity Farms! Although we are selling 100 top-cut females, Blk Pearl sells as Lot 1 and will be worth the effort to be here all on her own!

TFS Reload 6641D The son of 2300 and one of the high-selling bulls in our 2017 sale at $11,500. He validates her true herd bull producing ability!

Plan on spending the weekend with us! After what is sure to be the most exciting female sale for SimAngusTM cattle in the northwest, we have another industry-unique program scheduled for Saturday beginning at 10 AM. Included will be presentations on the future of the beef industry, the advantages to an improved health protocol, BQA presentation with hands on training and certification, financial benchmarking in our industry, and back by popular demand – the feeder buyers round table discussion at lunch, as well as Chip Kemp from ASA/IGS with the Feeder Profit CalculatorTM.

SAV Madame Pride 3256 Dam to SAV Rainmaker, sired by SAV Resource

SAV 654X Rainmaker 7123 It’s all about the cow families at Trinity Farms! His 1st service will be represented by the exclusive offering of a pregnancy sired by him out of 0615X, the dam to TFS Samurai who was the high-selling bull this spring. His dam and 2nd dam are pictured to the right and epitomize the quality so popular at Trinity Farms.

SAV Madame Pride 0413 Second dam to SAV Rainmaker, sired by SAV Pioneer

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west’s Premier SimAngus program! TM

TFS Black Sand 5415C TFS Black Sand is the sale-topping son of 0628 at $13,500 in our 2016 bull sale that headlined a phenomenal set of TFS Scorpion sired sons that year.

TFS Black Maiden 0628X These are the kind of cows that have helped SimAngusTM solidify their place in the larger commercial industry today. As the dam to TFS Black Sand, a past high seller and sire of many high-selling bulls in this year’s sale, she herself has a terrific performance record with individual ratios of 107 for WW, 108 for YW, 106 for REA and records 5@103 for WW, 4@103 for YW, 2@120 for IMF while maintaining a 368 day calving interval.

Trinity Stinger 6229 His 1st proof validates his significance as an exceptional heifer bull. Many females sell carrying his valuable service.

Trinity Mufasa 7134 The most exciting Angus prospect bred to date here at Trinity Farms. We anxiously await his first calf crop – many females sell carrying his service.

TFS 1/8 SM 7/8 AN 0462X From the same cow family as TFS Samurai, she is a maternal sister to TFS Due North. Many fantastic females like her from proven cow families with true earning potential will sell October 5th.

TFS Due North 2659Z As the sire to many high-selling sons at Gateway, he comes from the same cow family that produced TFS Samurai.

Back by popular demand, we will have 50 age-advantaged bulls available for your selection on Saturday October 6th in a relaxed, private treaty atmosphere. Buy one or a trailer load, special terms are available for volume purchases. Don’t miss this unique industry event – a chance to rub elbows with industry leaders, exchange ideas with a fantastic peer group, visit one on one with calf buyers in attendance, learn more about enhancing your product and opportunities for greater success.

TFS Black Powder 6609D This son of 0210 and high-selling bull from 2017, has a 1st calf crop here and at C&C Farms that is simply outstanding and is certain to have some of the high-selling bulls for next spring. His phenomenal dam sells October 5th!

Trinity Jet Stream 0210 As the dam to TFS Black Powder, she is the perfect Angus cow that has helped propel not only our Angus program but also our SimAngusTM efforts to the very forefront here on the West Coast. A proven producer that records 6@109 for BW, 5@105 for WW, 2@104 for YW, & 3@112 for REA, she was flushed successfully this spring producing 7 - #1 embryos.

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Request your catalog today! Trinity Prairie Dawn 9254 She represents the exceptional females residing here so well – superior femininity, outstanding udder quality, and very productive in a real world environment.

Trinity Espresso 0284 TFS Moon Shadow 8615U A typical 4513 daughter that exemplifies the true quality of these fantastic females. As a 10-year-old, she looks the part of cows half her age!

TFS Peaches 4636B Red enthusiasts take note – we will be offering some of the very best red Simmental and SimAngusTM cows from lines that have been in development for nearly 40 years right here at Trinity Farms! These females from the heart of our red program are hard to part with, but we want to share some of the very best from each facet of Trinity Farms with you on October 5th.

0284 – Many beautiful, productive Angus cows just like her sell October 5th! Put them to work in your purebred Angus program, or add them to your SimAngusTM program and move yourself to the next level with proven maternal performance and a type and kind that are hard to find.

TFS Mesquite 0675X Many full and half-sisters sell in this event on October 5th. From an extremely influential performance cow family here at Trinity Farms that dates back over 30 years, these females from the 134 line have always been ranch favorites and we are certain you are going to love them as well.

TFS Mesquite 2747Z From the same cow family that produced the performance powerhouse 134L that had over 50 progeny born here including many high-selling bulls in past bull sales.

Plus!30 Fancy Bred Heifers

Just like the ones you saw at the bull sale this spring! AI and pasture exposed to front-end Angus bulls – give your SimAngusTM program a head start with these exciting young bred females from Trinity Farms!

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$4,400 – Cow Calf Pair, “Brant Dede D8ZB,” s. by MCM Top Grade 018X, Heifer Calf s. by LVS Detonator D377B, sold to Von Rueden Farms, Hinckley. $4,400 – Bull, “Brant Earl Harbor E253Z,” s. by CCR Anchor 9071B, sold to Myhre Family, Wahpeton, ND. Comments: Guest consignor: Jazzy Simmental.

$6,000 – “HL Optimizer E116,” s. by HPF Optimizer A512, sold to Roger Hammel, Dorchester. $5,500 – “HL Cowboy Cut E971,” s. by CCR Cowboy Cut 5048Z, sold to Prime 360 Beef, Big Stone City, SD. $5,500 – “HL Enforcer D929,” s. by BMR Enforcer B23, sold to Dan Lechtenberg, Nashua. Comments: Guest consignors included: Big M Ranch and GNB Cattle Company.

Ron Brant’s twin brother Randy and Mama Brant attended the sale.

The covers over the years for Brant Farms sale catalogs.

Owner of Brant Farms, Ron Brant, welcomes the crowd.

(l-r) Dan Lehrman, Ron Brant, Jess Moe and John Von Rueden. Winners of the pork bundles and coolers are Dan Lehrman, Lehrman Family Simmental,Spencer, SD, and Jess Moe of Knapp, WI, compliments of Brant Farms.

Tom Lynch, senior partner of Heartland Simmental welcomes a large crowd for the Saturday night sale.

Jerry Janssen, Waverly, is a long-time customer

Melvin & Vickie Peck traveled from Burke, SD, to add a Heartland pair to their program.

Bert Moore attended, representing ASA, he may live in Iowa but his heart is still in ND — checkout the hat!

Gettysburg Stars and Stripes Sale Heartland Simmental’s Performance With Class Bull Sale April 28, 2018 • Waverly, IA No. 57 4 18 79 6

Category Average SM, SimInfluenced and Red Angus Bulls $4,266 SM and SimInfluenced Bred Heifers 2,050 SM and SimInfluenced Pairs 2,509 Registered Lots


Commercial Pairs


Auctioneer: Phil Schooley, IA Sale Manager: Eberspacher Enterprises (EE), Inc., MN Marketing Representatives: Val Eberspacher (EE); Derek Vogt (EE), NE; Chance Ujazdowski (EE), WI; Marshall Ruble, IA; Tom Rooney, AgriMedia, IA; Austin Brandt, Livestock Plus, IA; Greg Miller, WI; and Mariah Miller, LiveAuctions.TV, IA. Representing ASA: Dr. Bert Moore

High-Selling Lots: $8,100 – “HL Carver E77,” s. by TKCC Carver 65C, sold to Big M Ranch, Cedar Falls. $7,200 – “HL Kaboom D746,” s. by HL Kaboom 455S, sold to Diamond C Cattle Inc., Rockford. $6,750 – “HL Integrate OE188,” s. by GLS Integrate Z3, sold to Big M Ranch, Cedar Falls. $6,500 – “HL Rio D010,” s. by WDS-GLS Rio 116ET, sold to 7 Pines Ranch, Allerton. $6,250 – “HL Nightride E315,” s. by J Bar J NIghtride 225Z, sold to Josh Sells, Burkesville, KY.

May 5, 2018 • Gettysburg, PA No. 63

Category Total Lots

Average $3,078

Auctioneer: Tommy Carper, IN Sale Manager: DP Sales Management, LLC, KY Sale Staff: Shane Ryan, Bobby Grove, Charles Strickler and Garret Stanfield (DP Intern).

High-Selling Lots: $8,300 – Cow/Calf Pair, “BFN OMG 425D,” s. by WLE Uno Mas X549, calf s. by WLE Big Deal, cons. by Stewart’s Simmental Cattle, sold to Bruce Cuddy, NC. $7,900 – Cow/Calf Pair, “One Eyed Mary 410D,” s. by TLLC One Eyed Jack, calf s. by WLE Uno Mas X549, cons. by Stewart’s Simmental Cattle, sold to Sue Wagner, MI. $6,400 – Open Female, “PCSC Burnin’ Hot 5E,” s. by CDI Rimrock 325Z, cons. by Pine Creek Show Cattle, sold to Heritage Hill Farm, PA. $5,500 – Cow/Calf Pair, “SSC Beauty 314D,” s. by CCR Santa Fe 9349Z, calf s. by WLE Uno Mas X549, cons. by Stewart’s Simmental Cattle, sold to Rocky Hill Farms, GA. $4,900 – Cow/Calf Pair, “PVSM Sugarberry,” s. by CLRWTR Shock Force W94C, calf s. by W/C Bullseye 3046A, cons. by Powell’s Valley Simmentals, sold to Folly Farm, MD. $4,700 – Cow/Calf Pair, “SVJ Honey A9,” s. by Remington Lock N Load 54U, calf s. by SVJ Blk Track C221, cons. by SVJ Farm, sold to Kyle Fleener, PA. $4,600 – Open Female, “SVJ Stylish Lady E586,” s. by SVF Steel Force S701, cons. by SVJ Farm, sold to Nick Barney, PA. $4,400 – Open Female, “HRM/TRPH Dual Focus W951,” s. by TNT Dual Focus T249, cons. by Parker Cattle Company, sold to Strommen (Continued on page 54) Simmentals, ND.

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SALE RESULTS Stars and Stripes Sale (Continued) $4,300 – Cow/Calf Pair, “CWSF Dakota D3,” s. by WLTR Nashville 22A ET, calf s. by STF Shocking Dream SJ14, cons. by Curry Wagner Simmental, sold to Hadden Simmentalas, IA.

$3,000 – Cow/Calf Pair, “Ms. RHF Prissy,” s. by GAR Prophet, calf s. by W/C United, cons. by Rocky Hill Farms, sold to J&W Simmental Farm, AL. $3,000 – Open Female, “Woodlawn Ripples,” s. by SVF Allegiance Y802, cons. by Woodlawn Simmentals, sold to J&W Simmental Farm, AL.

Stars and Stripes sale group enjoying Friday evening before the sale.

Sale spearhead Rick Wood welcomes the crowd to the first Banners and Beyond Sale.

The warm weather didn’t deter Simmental enthusiasts from across the southeast.

Will and Charlsy Godowns selected a top bred for their operation.

The Copeland Family were volume buyers, adding to their growing herd.

The spring weather for sale week was perfect.

Bill and Kathy Lay, Folly Farm, selected two top lots for their herd.

4th Annual Spring Turnout Sale Hosts Tom and Barbara Vossler, roll out the red carpet each year for the Stars and Stripes Sale.

Average $2,274

Auctioneer: Ron Kreis, OH Sale Manager: DP Sales Management, LLC, KY Sale Staff: William McIntosh, Mike Ryan, and Garrett Stanfield (DP Intern)

High-Selling Lots: $4,800 – Open Female, “Woodlawn Zena,” s. by W/C Paleface 756X, cons. by Woodlawn Simmentals, sold to Salley Simmental, MS. $4,500 – Pregnancy out of, “SVF Star ZY224,” s. by HPF Quantum Leap Z952, cons. by MBK Cattle, sold to Todd Fenton, MS. $4,300 – Cow/Calf Pair, “AKC Ms. Ruby D69Z,” s. by W/C Lock Down 206Z, calf s. by Mr. CCF Dreamer, cons. by Freeman Cattle Company, sold to Nick Sloup, NE. $3,300 – Open Female, “Ms. RHF Honey,” s. by WLE Uno Mas X549,” cons. by Rocky Hill Farms, sold to Priest Simmentals, GA. $3,100 – Open Female, “Miss CRSD Bread N Butter,” s. by Mr CCF Dreamer, cons. by Freeman Cattle Company, sold to Tony Hartman, GA. $3,000 – Open Female, “Gibbs 2735Z Sue 7125T,” s. by SDS Graduate 006X, cons. by Woodlawn Simmentals, sold to Harold Brown, AL. $3,000 – Open Female, “Mss CRSD Lightning,” s. by Houston X01, cons. by Freeman Cattle Company, sold to 3M Simmentals, MS. $3,000 – Open Female, “Woodlawn Spice,” s. by Hook’s Broadway 11B, cons. by Woodlawn Simmentals, sold to Jeff Powers, VA.


July/August 2018

Category Total Lots

Average $2,852

High-Selling Lots:

May 12, 2018 • Jefferson, GA Category Total Lots

No. 95

Auctioneer: Tracy Harl, NE Sale Manager: DP Sales Management, LLC, KY Sale Staff: Randy Rasby, Chris Beutler and Dr. Ron Wallman

Banners and Beyond No. 69

May 19, 2018 • Seward, NE

$10,000 – Open Female, “HLTS Dakota Black D665,” s. by Remington Secret Weapon 185, cons. by Hilltop Simmentals, sold to KenCo Cattle, TN. $9,000 – Cow/Calf Pair, “Miss Yardley Z146,” s. by GCF Billy The Kid X26, calf s. by W/C Fully Loaded 90D, cons. by Sloup Simmentals, sold to Rolling Hills Farms, OH. $7,750 – Right to Flush, “HPF Temptation Y348,” s. by Bull of Choice, cons. by Sloup Simmentals, sold to Brian Deling, IA. $6,000 – Cow/Calf Pair, “HLTS Dakota Red C503,” s. by TRAXS Rushmore X103, calf s. by Hook’s Double Time 104D, cons. by Hilltop Simmentals, sold to Blaine Behnken, IA. $5,500 – Cow/Calf Pair, “SS/PRS Cotton Candy 139Z,” s. by CNS Pays To Dream T759, calf s. by SVF Patch, cons. by Hilltop Simmentals, sold to Woodlawn Farm, GA. $5,500 – Bull, “SS Mr. High Class,” s. by Sandeen Upper Class 2386, cons. by Sloup Simmentals and Crusader Simmentals, sold to Jon Eberspacher, NE. $5,400 – Embryos out of, “EKHCC Red Jewel,” s. by HPT/SVF Duracell T52 and CDI Innovator, cons. by Hilltop Simmentals, sold to Vigil Cattle, OK.

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INTERNATIONAL China Adds Beef to Tariff List In early April, China’s Ministry of Commerce released a list of 106 additional US-made products subject to tariffs of 25% in retaliation for the Trump administration’s proposed duties, and the new list includes US beef. China’s list specifies: whole and halfhead fresh and cold beef, fresh and cold beef with bone, fresh and cold boneless beef, frozen beef with bones, frozen boneless beef, frozen boneless meat, and other frozen beef chops.

Thais consumed more non-animal sources of protein, such as plant, dairy, and grains in 2017, 16% of urban Australians said they avoided or intended to avoid red meat last year.

Canadians Eat Less Meat Although a new analysis of Canada data shows Canadians are consuming moderate amounts of meat, some are eating less than recommended by national dietary guidelines. The data analysis shows that Canadians are consuming less than one Food Guide serving of red meat and prepared meat and poultry per day. On average, Canadians consume 41 grams of cooked fresh meat per day, which includes 28 grams per day of prepared poultry and red meat, or roughly two slices of deli turkey or ham. u

US, South Korea Trade Positive

By contributing to the American Simmental Association’s Foundation in memory of a family member or respected friend, you will honor and preserve the memory of a special person while providing important funding toward long-term goals, such as education, research, scholarships and youth programs. And, like the memories you share of your loved one, this is a gift that will last in perpetuity.

The announcement that the US and South Korea have agreed on changes to the existing US-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) is a relief to the US meat industry dependent on exports to key markets like South Korea. The US is the largest supplier of beef to Korea and trails the European Union as the second largest pork supplier. US red meat exports to Korea set a record last year of $1.7 billion, up 19% year-overyear and up 69% from 2012.

First National Training in Canada A meat-cutting school on the Sandy Bay First Nation reserve on the western shore of Lake Manitoba is training workers for jobs at the area’s HyLife pork processing plant. The first-of-its-kind partnership brings together a Canadian meat processor, an indigenous community and the federal government. HyLife Ltd recently completed a $176 million expansion of its pork processing facility in Neepawa, Manitoba, that added 165 jobs. The idea for the meat cutting school was hatched two years ago as an effort to involve women in particular trade.

Each gift will be acknowledged and contributions are tax-deductible. Name of person to be remembered: ____________________________________________________________________ Acknowledge memorial gift receipt to: Name________________________________________________________________ Address ______________________________________________________________ City ____________________________ State __________ Zip ______________ Donor information: Name________________________________________________________________ Address ______________________________________________________________ City ____________________________ State __________ Zip ______________

Non-animal Protein Goes Global The trend toward greater consumption of non-animal protein, popular in Europe and the US, is spreading to Asia Pacific, with even meat-loving Australians saying they are eating less red meat, according to recent research. As many as two in five (39%) urban Indonesians and one in three (34%) urban

Enclosed is my gift for (Please circle): $25 $50 $100 $200 Other $ ____________________________

Please mail form and donation to: ASA Foundation One Genetics Way Bozeman, MT 59718 July/August 2018


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NEW MEMBERS CANADA Scott Jensen 10495 Mill Rd RR 3 Shedden, Ontario Canada N0L 2E0

Johnathan McClain

MJE Livestock

Allen Family Farm

PO Box 2673 Clarkesville, GA 30523

910 Jeffiers Ln Taylorsville, KY 40071

3504 Poplar St Trenton, OH 45067

Gilles Farms LLC


5160 Lee Rudy Rd Owensboro, KY 42301

Tebbe Farms

COLORADO David Smith 5349 Lookout Ridge Dr Boulder, CO 80301


203 Leaverton St Pocahontas, IL 62275


Dayton Enterprises

Hickory Chance Farms

10749 E. Flagg Rd Rochelle, IL 61068

2010 White House Rd Bel Air, MD 21015

4147 CS 2840 Rush Springs, OK 73082


FLORIDA Single J Ranch 1650 CR 609C Bushnell, FL 33513



Trent J Sporleder/ Shannon York

Maya Owens

1050 W CR 500 N North Vernon, IN 47265


J & J Livestock 165 Final Dr Alma, GA 31510

R & B Ranch

Chelsea Brown 350 Stage Rd Ochlocknee, GA 31773

6100 Lewis Wilson Rd Wamego, KS 66547

Gibson Priest


121 Bingham Rd SW Cartersville, GA 30120

Barrett G Billingsley 108 St Mary’s Ct Glasgow, KY 42141

225 Martin Rd Greencastle, PA 17225

1310 170th Ave Ogilvie, MN 56358


JC Angus

Kody Miller Cattle Company

224 81st Pipestone, MN 56164

20067 462nd Ave Bruce, SD 57220



Cypress Creek Farms

Tyler Davis

2086 Hwy 14 Lexington, MS 39095

3300 Pace Rd Clarksville, TN 37043

Triple C Cattle Farm Inc. 199 Gilbert Lake Rd Poplarville, MS 39470

2C Simmentals 48 Johnson Smith Rd Tylertown, MS 39667

TEXAS Werning Cattle Company 12319 Longmire Trace Conroe, TX 77304

Dean Fuchs

SALE RESULTS Spring Turnout Sale (Continued)

MONTANA Gaugler Angus Ranch

1210 Century Farms Rd Burton, TX 77835

Triple P Farms

PO Box 195 Judith Gap, MT 59453

PO Box 792 Rio Vista, TX 76093



Knutson Ranch

Riata Livestock

2562 107th St Dunseith, ND 58329

5725 W 10000 S Payson, UT 84651

Cassidy Hart

NEBRASKA Longtime Simmental enthusiast Jacqueline Way purchased a nice pair for her herd.

Over 60 pairs penned on the lush green grass at the Sloup’s Rocker Sale facility.

Bang 2 4229 N 171 Ave Omaha, NE 68116


Craig Hegemann

Wilder Farms

9679 CR P17 Arlington, NE 68002

PO Box 981 Jonesville, VA 24263




JK Farms

290 Four Rod Rd Alden, NY 14004 A record crowd on hand for the 4th Annual Spring Turnout. A friend to the Simmental breed for many years, Jay Anderson selected several top lots at this year’s Spring Turnout. ◆


July/August 2018

PO Box 425 Bear River City, UT 84301

N36895 Gierok Rd Independence, WI 54747

Biddick Inc


11623 State Rd 80 Livingston, WI 53554

Creekbank Cattle Company

Wade Stichert

482 Gampp Ln Portsmouth, OH 45662

N5413 Division Ave Chili, WI 54420 ◆

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(Contact ASA For Testing Kits)

Genomic Tests: *GGP-HD (Required for AI sires/donor dams) . . . . . . . . . $90 *GGP-LD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50 GGP-uLD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $33

Genetic Conditions Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25 (Must run with LD or HD)

Arthogryposis Multiplex (AM) Neuropathic Hydrocephalus (NH) Developmental Duplication (DD) Tibial Hemimelia (TH) Pulmonary Hypoplasia with Anasarca (PHA) Osteopetrosis (OS) Contractural Arachnodactyly (CA)

*Add-on tests available

Stand Alone **Parental Verification ( PV ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . $18 Coat Color . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $20 Red Charlie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15 Horned/Polled . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $33 PMel (Diluter) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $20

Add-on . . . . . . Free . . . . . . . $9 . . . . . . . NA . . . . . . $19 . . . . . . Free

( Individual defect tests can be ordered for $25.) Oculocutaneous Hypopigmentation (OH) . . . . . . . .$25 BVD PI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5

**Subject to additional research fees in the case of exclusions or multi-sire groups ***Prices are subject to change

THE Enrollment Fall 2018 THE Enrollment (dams calve July 1-December 31) — Early enrollment open April 15 through June 15, 2018. Late enrollment available until August 1, 2018. Spring 2019 THE Enrollment (dams calve January 1-June 30) — Early enrollment open October 15 through December 15, 2018. Late enrollment available until February 1, 2019. Option A (TR)

Option B (SR)

Option C

Option D (CM)

$15.00 $16.00

FREE $1.00

$7.50 $8.50

$500/herd $500/herd

Early Enrollment *Late Enrollment *Late enrollment fees

A re-enrollment fee of $35.00 applies to any dam that is removed from inventory and re-enters the herd at a later date. A member who has dropped out of THE and wishes to return, may do so for the next enrollment season. Re-enrollment fee is $35 per animal (maximum of $350) plus enrollment fees. Non-THE registration fees will apply to the calendar year when a member did not participate in THE.

American Simmental Association Fees First Time Membership Fee: Adult First Time Membership Fee* . . . . . . . . . . . $160 (Includes: $50 set-up fee and $110 ASF)

Junior First Time Membership Fee*. . . . . . . . . . . . $ 50 Prefix Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10 *After January 1: $105 for Adults and $25 for Juniors

Annual Service Fee (ASF): Adult Membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $110 Junior Membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50 Multiple Memberships at the same address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $160 Fiscal year runs from July 1 – June 30

Registration Fees: Registration Fees enrolled in THE Enrolled in THE — Option A . . . . . . . . . . . No Charge Enrolled in Opt B or C <10 months . . . . . . . . . . . . $30 Enrolled in Opt B or C ≥10 months <15 months . . $40 Enrolled in Opt B or C ≥15 months . . . . . . . . . . . . $50


July/August 2018

Transfer Fees: First Transfer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No Charge Subsequent Transfers Within 60 calendar days of sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10 Over 60 calendar days after sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . $30

Additional Transactions: Priority Processing (not including shipping or mailing) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 50

Corrections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5

Registration Foreign/Foundation Fees: Register Foundation Cow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $17 Register Foundation Bull . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $25

Registration Fees not enrolled in THE: Non-THE <10 months . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $42 Non-THE ≥10 months <15 months . . . . . . . . . . . . $52 Non-THE ≥15 months . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $62

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Simmental’s American Journey The ASA and Dr. Bob Hough teamed up to compose Simmental’s American Journey, a comprehensive text with over 400 pictures summarizing ASA’s 50 years. This page-turner is full of historic pictures, tales like Travers Smith’s heroic efforts to import Parisien, the philosophy of the founding fathers, the turbulence in the 1990s, the comeback centered around collecting data and breeding commercially relevant cattle, through to the present outlook of the Association. Dr. Bob Hough will present highlights from the book during the Fall Focus dinner on Sunday, August 26. Guests may purchase signed copies of Simmental’s American Journey at the event.



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Watch for more details to order the book on, eNews, and social media.


Excerpt from the Foreword Written by Dr. John Pollak The reader of this book will gain knowledge of the history of the Simmental breed, the Association and the people behind the breed. Embracing the story of Simmental in the United States beef industry may help create a sense of accomplishment and relevance that current membership can take pride in as they carry the banner of the breed forward. But there is also value in studying history. Generations of cattle and of the ranchers and farmers who produced those cattle have come and gone over the past 50 years. They faced cyclical cattle markets, environmental and social issues, and challenges that come from moving an organization and a diverse membership forward. They made mistakes and at times got off course, yet learning from these miscues prepares today’s leaders for making future decisions. Bold decisions were made that created positive change, and should instill confidence in future leadership as they seek to be innovative in new endeavors.

1969 Founding Board of Trustees.

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DATE BOOK AUGUST 4 12 18 25 25 25-28

Genetic Connection Sale — Cullman, AL Lookout Ridge Farms’ Complete Cattle Dispersal Sale, Boulder, CO (pg. 65) 22nd Annual Southern Showcase Sale — Rome, GA (pg. 41) 4th Annual Alabama/Mississippi Association’s Female Sale — Uniontown, AL Generations of Value — Colbert, GA (pg. 57) LMC GenePlus Online Sale XX —

SEPTEMBER 1 1 8 8 15 15

15 16 19 22 22-23 24 27 28 29 29

Four Starr Simmentals’ 1st Annual Production Sale — Eugene, MO (pg. 13) NC Fall Harvest Sale — Union Grove, NC (pg. 57) B&B Farms’ Complete Herd Dispersal Sale — Clinton, NC (pg. 8) Silver Towne Farms’ 32nd Annual Production Sale — Winchester, IN (pgs. 2-3) Family Matters Sale — Auburn, KY (pg. 27) Heart of Texas Simmental/Simbrah Association Online Sale — Houck Rock Creek Ranch’s Fall Private Treaty Bull Sale — Allen, KS Illini Elite Simmental Sale — Shelbyville, IL Gonsalves Ranch Bulls Eye Breeders Angus & SimAngus™ Bull Sale — Modesto, CA Head of the Class Sale — Louisburg, KS Synergy XI — Giddings, TX LRW Simmental’s Genetic Harvest Sale — Janesville, WI Beef Solutions Bull Sale — Ione, CA World Simmental Fleckvieh Congress Sale — Fort Worth, TX Ferguson Show Cattle’s Production Sale — Jefferson, OH (pg. 7) Grass-Lunning Simmental’s Complete Dispersal — LeRoy, MN (pg. IFC)

OCTOBER 1 2 5 5

6 6 6 7 7 7 13 13 14 14 15-16 19 20 20 20 20 20 26 27 27 27 27 27 27

Tingle Farms’ Final Chapter Dispersal — New Castle, KY Koz-E-Acres Female Sale — Factory Direct Sale — West Lafayette, IN Trinity Farms’ 1st Annual Generations of Excellence Female Sale — Ellensburg, WA (insert 49-52) Belles of the Bluegrass — Campbellsburg, KY Buckeye’s Finest Sale — Zanesville, OH (pg. 38) Legends of the Blue Ridge Sale — Atkins, VA Field of Dreams Production Sale — Hope, IN Krieger Farms’ Annual Sale — Universal, IN Wisconsin Simmental’s Midwest Fall Roundup — Lancaster, WI New Direction Sale — Seward, NE (pg. 21) The Black Label Sale — Grandview, TX Ladies of the Valley Sale — West Point, NE (pg. 21) Red River Farms’ Inaugural Production Sale — Grand Saline, TX Oktoberfest at Windy Ridge Simmentals — Buckles and Banners — West Point, IA Fred Smith Company Ranch Extra Effort Sale — Clinton, NC Indiana Performance Bull Test Sale — Springville, IN Midwest Made Sale — Prairie City, IA MN Beef Expo -White Satin on Ice & All Breeds Sale — Minneapolis, MN Tennessee Fall Showcase — Lebanon, TN 24th Annual Hokie Harvest Sale — Blacksburg, VA 7P Ranch’s 43rd Annual Production Sale — Tyler, TX Clear Water Simmentals’ 1st Annual Production Sale — Milan, IN (pg. 57) Michigan Simmental Association’s 5th Annual Fall Sale — St. Louis, MI Pennsylvania Fall Classic Sale — Waynesburg, PA Red Hill Farms’ “Bulls of Fall IV” Sale — Lafayette, TN Yon Family Farms’ Fall Sale — Ridge Spring, SC

NOVEMBER 3 3 3 3 4


July/August 2018

Hawkeye Simmental Sale — Bloomfield, MN Irvine Ranch 14th Annual Production Sale — Manhattan, KS Land of Lincoln 19th Annual Sale — Altamont, IL Pigeon Mountain Simmental’s Fall Bull Test Sale — Rome, GA Triangle J Ranch’s Female Sale — Miller, NE

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Members, do you know a commercial operation with accurate and consistent records? Do they retain ownership of the calves or have an interest in collecting carcass data? Would they like to get paid to use some of the most promising young bulls in the industry? Maybe you have a commercial herd of your own that could work as a cooperator herd for the ASA’s CMP. “Participating as a CMP cooperative herd for nine years has enabled us to get the hard facts on feeding efficiency and harvest value by traits on our calves. As a commercial cow/calf operation, interested in making genetic progress in the cowherd, we have used the data in replacement selection and are seeing a difference in our bottom line.” Lynda Stuart, Stuart Land and Cattle Co. “We are glad to be part of the CMP program. It provided us with top quality calves while we get to participate in improving Simmental genetics.” John Hall, Ph.D., Professor and Extension Beef Specialist and Superintendent at University of Idaho Nancy M. Cummings REEC.

Incentives for Cooperators

u Free semen from the industries top herd sire prospects u All cows in herd will be put in ASA’s database which will provide EPDs for every female. This allows you to make selection and culling decisions within the cowherd based on EPDs. u You have the option to retain all or some of the females produced from the program. u ASA will pay $60/AI sired carcass that is harvested. u Cooperators will get carcass data back on all the calves harvested through the program. u A portion of the CMP calves have feed intake collected and records shared with the cooperators.

How does it work?

u ASA assigns all matings in a random fashion so the test produces unbiased, accurate results. u ASA will work to provide bulls that fit the general criteria of your herd. However ASA must use only bulls that are enrollled in the program. u ASA will use several sires per contemporary group to provide more accurate test results. u Only bulls with high calving ease EPDs are used on heifers.

Qualifications 1. All cows are individually identified along with birth year and approximate breed makeup 2. Collect birth weights, calving ease scores, and weaning weights on CMP sired calves 3. Beneficial but not required — have a current AI program established 4. Must commit to collecting carcass data Contact Lane Giess or Jannine Story for more information at 406-587-4531.

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NOVEMBER 5 10 10 10 12 16 17-19 17 17 17-20 17 17 17 17 18 23 24 24 24 25

(CONT.) Hanel Black Simmental Female Sale — Courtland, KS Deer Creek Farm’s Annual Bull and Heifer Sale — Roseland, VA Gibbs Farms’ 13th Annual Bull and Replacement Female Sale — Ranburne, AL MM Cattle Co. and Moriondo Farms’ Production Sale — Mount Vernon, MO NAILE Select Sale — Louisville, KY Heartland Simmental Performance with Class Sale — Waverly, IA 2nd Annual Hillstown Farms Online Sale — Best of Both Worlds Sale — Newark, OH Gateway Genetics’ Saturday Night Live Sale — Martell, NE LMC and Friends “Giving THANKS” Online Donation Sale V — Southwest Cattleman’s Classic — Wytheville, VA Timberland Cattle’s Fall Bull Sale — Vernon, AL (pg. 31) Value By Design Female Sale — Anita, IA Whelan Farms’ Southern Excellence Bull Sale — Wadley, AL North Central Simmental Fall Classic — Hubbard, IA Ruby Cattle Co "Livin' The Dream" Production Sale — Murray, IA Foxy Ladies Bred Heifer Sale — West Point, NE (pg. 21) The Event Vol. IV — Tecumseh, NE Trennepohl Farms’ Right By Design Sale — Middletown, IN (pg. 67) Chestnut Angus Female Sale — Pipestone, MN

DECEMBER 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 8 8 8 8 8 9 9 15 15 26-27

Hoosier Beef Congress Show and Sale — Indianapolis, IN Jewels of the Northland — Clara City, MN Missouri Simmental’s Fall Harvest Sale — Springfield, MO Montana’s Choice Sale — Billings, MT Next Step Cattle Company’s 6th Annual Bull Sale — Livingston, AL T-Heart Ranch’s High Altitude Female Sale — LaGarita, CO (pg. 31) Genetic Perfection Sale — Fremont, NE 7th Annual Strickland-Driggers Bull Sale — Glennville, GA Hartman Cattle Company’s Customer Appreciate Sale — Tecumseh, NE North Alabama Bull Evaluation Sale — Cullman, AL North Dakota Simmental Association’s Simmental Classic Sale — Mandan, ND Southern Cattle Company’s Annual Bull Sale — Marianna, FL Southwest Showcase Sale — Crockett, TX Trauernicht Simmental Nebraska Platinum Standard Sale — Beatrice, NE Pride of the Prairie Sale — Chandlerville, IL South Dakota Source Sale — Mitchell, SD St. Nick’s Eggstravaganza —

JANUARY 2019 19 21 22 23 25 26 26 27 28 31

University of Florida Bull Test Sale — Greenwood, FL National Western “The One-Volume XXVI” Sale — Denver, CO Wild Wild West Simmental Sale — Brighton, CO Sioux Empire Farm Show and Sale — Sioux Falls, SD Ellingson Annual Production Sale — Dahlen, ND (pg. 39) Double J Farms Sale — Garretson, SD (pg. 20) J&C Simmentals’ Annual Bull Sale — Arlington, NE (pg. 21) Triangle J Ranch’s Bull Sale — Miller, NE (pg. 21) APEX Cattle’s Heterosis Headquarters Bull and Female Sale — Dannebrog, NE Black Hills Stock Show and Sale — Rapid City, SD

FEBRUARY 1 2 2 2 3 3 4 5 6


July/August 2018

Kunkel Simmentals’ Annual Bull and Bred Female Sale — New Salem, ND Hilltop Simmental’s 6th Annual Turn In Bull Sale — Sioux Center, IA Prickly Pear Made In Montana Sale — Helena, MT (pg. 45) Springer Simmental’s Value Based Genetics Sale — Decorah, IA Hartman Cattle Company’s Simmental Bull Sale — Tecumseh, NE Klain Simmental Ranch’s Annual Production Sale — Turtle Lake, ND Gateway Simmental Breeding Value Sale — Lewistown, MT Sloup’s Winter Event Online Sale — Begger’s Diamond V Bull Sale — Wibaux, MT ◆

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AD INDEX 3C Christensen Ranch . . . . . . . . . 20

Dixson Farms, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Kentucky Simmental Breeders. . . . 33

Sandy Acres Simmental. . . . . . . . 21

ABS® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 20

Dorran, Steve, Auctioneer . . . . . . 36

Sargeant Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Alabama Simmental Breeders . . . 31

Double J Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Keystone International Livestock Exposition. . . . . . . . . . . 9

Altenburg Super Baldy Ranch, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31, BC

Double M Simmentals . . . . . . . . . 45

Kitzerow Cattle Company . . . . . . 31

Select Sires, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Koch Cattle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

American Live Stock Inc. . . . . . . . 36

DP Sales Management, LLC . . 27, 57

Shipman, Jered, Auctioneer. . . . . 36

DVAuction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Kreis, Ron, Auctioneer. . . . . . . . . 36

Shoal Creek Land & Cattle, LLC . . 21

Eberspacher Enterprises, Inc.. . . . IFC

Krieger Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Silver Towne Farms . . . . . . . . . . 2, 3

Ediger Simmental . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Lassle Ranch Simmentals . . . . . . . 45

Eichacker Simmentals . . . . . . . . . 20

Lehrman Family Simmentals. . . . . 20

SimGenetics Profit Through Science . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

ART-JEN Simmental Farm . . . . . . 33

Ekstrum Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . 20

Little Creek Farm, LLC . . . . . . . . . 33

ASA 50th Anniversary . . . . . . Insert

Elk County Simmentals . . . . . . . . 33

Livestock Services . . . . . . . . . 36, 37

Simmental’s American Journey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59, Insert

ASA Board of Trustees . . . . . . . Insert

Ellingson Simmentals. . . . . . . . . . 39

Lookout Ridge Farm, LLC . . . . . . . 65

SK Cattle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

ASA Fall Focus . . . . . . . . . 17, Insert

ERV–N-DEL Farms . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Lor-Mar Simmental Farms . . . . . . 38

Skeels, Dan Auctioneer . . . . . . . . 13

ASA Performance Advocate . . . . 45

Fall Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17, Insert

Low Density DNA Testing . . . . . . . 27

Slate Farms & Cattle Company. . . 33

ASA Science Blog . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Family Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Lucas Cattle Company . . . . . . 21, 60

Sloup Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

B & R Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Feeder Profit Calculator™ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20, 21, 36, 45

Martin Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Smith Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Miller Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Felt Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Minnesota Simmental Breeders . . 31

South Dakota Simmental Breeders . . . . . . . . . 20

Ferguson Show Cattle . . . . . . . 7, 29

Missing Rail Simmentals . . . . . . . 29

Filegonia Cattle Company . . . . . . 45

Mission Statement . . . . . . . . . . Insert

Flittie Simmental . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Missouri Simmental Breeders . . . . 21

Forster Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Mitchell Lake Ranch . . . . . . . . . . 33

Four Starr Simmentals . . . . . . 13, 21 Generations of Value . . . . . . . . . 57

Montana Simmental Association . . . . . . . . . . . 17, Insert

Gengenbach Cattle Company . . . 21

Montana Simmental Breeders . . . 45

Sunflower Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Georgia SimmentalSimbrah Association . . . . . . . . . 57

Monte Christo Ranch & Investments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Sunset View Farms . . . . . . . . . . . 57

GGP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

Morrison, Myra Neal . . . . . . . . . 33

T-Heart Ranch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Gold Bullion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Nebraska Simmental Breeders . . . 21

Tennessee Simmental Breeders . . . 33

Grass-Lunning Simmentals . . IFC , 31

Neogen® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

Haley Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

NLC Simmental Ranch. . . . . . . . . 20

Texas Simmental & Simbrah Breeders . . . . . . . . . 45

Harker Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . 45

North American Fullblood Breeders . . . . . . . . . . 33

Thomas Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

North Carolina Fall Harvest . . . . . 57

Time Capsule . . . . . . . . . . . . . Insert

North Carolina Simmental Association. . . . . . . . 57

Tingle Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

American Simmental Association . . . . . . . . . . . 27, 59, 61, 63, Insert American Simmental-Simbrah Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . 55, Insert

B&B Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 B&B Simmental Cattle . . . . . . . . . 20 B&K Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Bar 5 Simmental Stock Farms Ltd.. 31 Bar CK Cattle Company . . . . . . . 29 Bata Bros. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Begger’s Diamond V . . . . . . . . . . 45 Benda Simmentals, Jim . . . . . . . . 20 Bessler Inc, James F. . . . . . . . . . . 36 Bichler Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Birdwell, James M., Auctioneer . . 36 Bois d’Arc Land & Cattle Co. . . . . 45 Bouchard Livestock International . 36 Bovine Elite, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Brant Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Brink Fleckvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Brooks Simmental Ranch . . . . . . . 29 Buckeye’s Finest Sale . . . . . . . . . . 38 Bulls of the Big Sky . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Buzzard Hollow Ranch . . . . . . . . 33 California Breeders . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Harl, Tracy Auction Company . . . 36 Harriman Santa Fe . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Hart Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Have you Herd? Blog . . . . . . 31, 39 Herdbook Tutorial . . . . . . . . . . Insert High-Bred Simmental . . . . . . . . . 29

North Carolina Simmental Breeders. . . . . . . . . . 33

Hofmann Simmental Farms . . . . . 29

North Dakota Simmental Breeders. . . . . . . . . . 39

Hopewell Views Simmentals. . . . . 39

Oak Meadow Farms . . . . . . . . . . 31

Hough, Dr. Bob. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

Ohio Simmental Breeders . . . . . . 29

Illinois Simmental Breeders . . . . . 39

Oklahoma Simmental Breeders . . 20

Impact Marketing & Management, Inc. . . . . . . . . . 41

Oregon Simmental Breeders . . . . 29

Indiana Simmental Breeders . . . . 45

Par 3 Golf Tournament. . . . . . . Insert

Iowa Simmental Breeders . . . . . . 31

Pine Ridge Ranch, LLC . . . . . . 45, 62

J & C Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Pollak, Dr. John. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

Jacobs, Roger, Auctioneer . . . . . . 36

Prickly Pear Simmental Ranch . . . 45

Janssen Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Jensen Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . 33

PrimeTime Agri Marketing Network . . . . 7, 67

Jones Show Cattle . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Quandt Brothers (QBVJT) . . . . . . 39

Jordon Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . 57

R&R Cattle Company. . . . . . . . . . 20

Core Policies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Insert

Kaelberer Simmentals . . . . . . . . . 39

RatLiff Cattle Company . . . . . . . . 33

Cow Camp Ranch. . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Kansas Simmental Breeders . . . . . 29

Red River Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Dakota Xpress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Kaser Brothers Simmental . . . . . . 29

Rincker Simmental . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Diamond H Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Keller Broken Heart Ranch . . . . . . 39

River Creek Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Dickinson Simmental and Angus Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . 29

KenCo Cattle Company . . . . . . . . 27

Rolling Hills Farms . . . . . . . . 29, 38

Kenner Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Rust Mountain View Ranch . . . . . 39

Canada Simmental Breeders . . . . 31 Canadian Simmental Country Magazine . . . . . . . . . . 36 Carcass Merit Program (CMP). . . . . . . . . . . 29, 36, 45, 61 Cattle Visions. . . . . . . . . 37, 68, IBC CattleMax Software . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Chippewa Valley Angus Farms. . . 38 Circle 3 Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Clear Choice Female Sale . . . . . . 57 ClearWater Simmentals . . . . . 45, 57 Clover Valley Simmentals. . . . 27, 45 Colorado Simmental Breeders . . . 31 Conover, Al, Auctioneer & Sale Management . . . . . . . . . 36


July/August 2018

ORIgen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Secondino, Krieger, Jame . . . . . . 36

Southern Showcase Sale . . . . . . . 41 Springer Simmental . . . . . . . . . . 31 Stanley Martins Farms. . . . . . . . . . 6 Stavick Simmental. . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Steaks Alive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 STgenetics® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Synergy Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Timberland Cattle . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Total Herd Enrollment (THE) . . 20, 21, 29, 31, 33, 37, 45 Traxinger Simmental . . . . . . . . . . 20 tReg Blog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29, 33 Trennepohl Family Farm . . . . 45, 67 Triangle J Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Trinity Farms . . . . . . . . . . . 39, Insert Triple Z Simmental . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Tylertown Simmental . . . . . . . . . . 27 UltraInsights Processing Lab Inc. . . 37 Updyke Simmentals. . . . . . . . . . . 20 VJT Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Volk Livestock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Washington Simmental Breeders . 39 Western Cattle Source . . . . . . . . . 21 White Farms Simmental. . . . . . . . 20 Wildberry Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Wilkinson Farms Simmentals . . . . 39 Williams Land & Cattle Auction Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Willis Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Zeis Simmentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

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NAILE Champ!

Card Uproar 49Y

CAJS Blaze of Glory 42B

WS A Step Up X27

Mr. Hoc Broker C623

By Mr NLC Upgrade EPDs: CE: 5 $API: 113 $TI: 80

By WLE Uno Mas X549 EPDs: CE: 13 $API: 120 $TI: 73

By SS Ebony’s Grandmaster EPDs: CE: 7 $API: 107 $TI: 63

By Steel Force EPDs: CE: -6 $API: 64 $TI: 53

SSC Shell Shocked 44B

THSF Lover Boy B33

Fitz POL Blazon B1203

S&S Sweet Dreams 507C

By Remington Secret Weapon 185 EPDs: CE: 12 $API: 115 $TI: 61

By HTP/SVF Duracell T52 EPDs: CE: 19 $API: 140 $TI: 76

By PRS Blazin Hot W192 EPDs: CE: 11 $API: 113 $TI: 75

By CNS Dream On L186 EPDs: CE: 12 $API: 116 $TI: 64

NEW CSCX Bandwagon 513A

W/C Bullseye 3046A

Kappes Big Ticket C521

Hook’s Brilliance 37B

By TJSC Optimus Prime EPDs: CE: 6 $API: 121 $TI: 73

By Lock N Load 54U EPDs: CE: 17 $API: 131 $TI: 69

By Lock N Load 54U EPDs: CE: 9 $API: 116 $TI: 70

By Hooks Shear Force EPDs: CE: 16 $API: 182 $TI: 89





OBCC Ships Ahoy D150

PAL/CLAC Meant To Be 823E JBSF Gavel 9D

TJSC 152A “Vindication”

By CCR Anchor 9071B EPDs: CE: 19 $API: 152 $TI: 80

By Mr HOC Broker EPDs: CE: 2 $API: 100 $TI: 65

By Mr TR Hammer 308A EPDs: CE: 4 $API: 111 $TI: 72

By Flying B Cut Above EPDs: CE: 4 $API: 93 $TI: 58

STF Rock Solid 033C

CNS Pays To Dream T759

CLO Captain America 704Y

Circle M Tejas 107Z

By CDI Rimrock 325Z EPDs: CE: 11 $API: 109 $TI: 69

By CNS Dream On L186 EPDs: CE: 11 $API: 135 $TI: 70

By CNS Pays to Dream T759 EPDs: CE: 14 $API: 107 $TI: 64

By BC Lookout 7024 EPDs: CE: 19 $API: 112 $TI: 58

3/4 SimAngus





WLTR Renegade 40U ET

WS Stepping Stone B44

Silveiras Style 9303

SP The Answer 813

By 3C Macho M450 BZ EPDs: CE: 6 $API: 118 $TI: 74

By W/C Lock Down EPDs: CE: 11 $API: 125 $TI: 73

By Gambles Hot Rod EPDs: CE: 18 $API: 134 $TI: 65

By SAV Final Answer 0035 EPDs: CE: 20 $API: 126 $TI: 69

EPDs as of 1.2.18

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W/C Tribute 84C

LLSF Pays To Believe ZU194 K-LER Make It Rain 696S

W/C Cash In 43B

By Yardley Utah Y361 EPDs: CE: 6 $API: 130 $TI: 75

By CNS Pays To Dream T759 EPDs: CE: 6 $API: 130 $TI: 75

By JS Sure Bet 4T EPDs: CE: 15 $API: 122 $TI: 63

By Foundation 724N EPDs: CE: -8 $API: 89 $TI: 54

NEW LLSF Addiction AY792

W/C Rolex 0135E

CDI Executive Power 280D HPF Tradecraft D010

By Top Grade EPDs: CE: 7 $API: 111 $TI: 67

By Yardley Utah Y361 EPDs: CE: 12 $API: 123 $TI: 67

By W/C Executive Order EPDs: CE: 13 $API: 157 $TI: 86



By JF Milestone 999W EPDs: CE: 8 $API: 111 $TI: 73

FBF1 Combustible Y34

LLSF Uprising Z925

CCR Anchor 9071B

SS/PRS Tail Gater 621Z

By Steel Force EPDs: CE: 10 $API: 98 $TI: 61

By Heads Up 20X ET EPDs: CE: 4 $API: 102 $TI: 78

By CCR Cowboy Cut 5048Z EPDs: CE: 21 $API: 164 $TI: 84

By HTP/SVF Duracell T52 EPDs: CE: 10 $API: 116 $TI: 75

W/C Grandstand 6B

W/C Catchin A Dream 27X

HPF Rockstar B332

WAGR Dream Catcher 03R

By W/C Wide Track 694Y EPDs: CE: 11 $API: 125 $TI: 66

By Dream Catcher EPDs: CE: 10 $API: 125 $TI: 68

By JF Milestone 999W EPDs: CE: 6 $API: 112 $TI: 79

By Dream On EPDs: CE: 13 $API: 132 $TI: 73


Longâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stand Alone B35

Yardley Top Notch C371

HILB Maverick A43

By W/C Relentless 32C EPDs: CE: 9 $API: 108 $TI: 63

By Built Right EPDs: CE: 9 $API: 107 $TI: 59

By Sandeen Upper Class 2386 EPDs: CE: 9 $API: 125 $TI: 68

By GLS New Direction X148 EPDs: CE: 4 $API: 101 $TI: 58

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Rousey Gold Strike 512C

WLTR Nashville 22A ET

SAS Big Bruzer Y131

By Hooks Trinity 9T EPDs: CE: 20 $API: 152 $TI: 87

By High Voltage EPDs: CE: 11 $API: 116 $TI: 65

By King of the Yukon (outcross) EPDs: CE: 11 $API: 121 $TI: 63

EPDs as of 1.2.18

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Jully/August 2018 Register  

In this Issue: Simmental at First Sight | 50 Years of Simmental | Cow Herd DNA Roundup | BIF Summaries | Incorpora...

Jully/August 2018 Register  

In this Issue: Simmental at First Sight | 50 Years of Simmental | Cow Herd DNA Roundup | BIF Summaries | Incorpora...