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New Schedule

July 28 — Noon Junior Show – Judge Cheramie Viator

July 29 — 10:00 AM Showmanship followed by the Circle M Showmanship Showdown

2:00 PM Sweepstakes Embryo & Fun Auction and Summer Stakes Sale

Knic Overpeck Memorial Supreme Champion: Miss CCF Jestress B79, exh. by Morgan McDaniel, Jefferson, GA

July 30 — 9:00 AM Open Show – Judge Tom Farrer

Entry Deadline: (Postmark) June 22, 2017 Nathan Adkins $1,000.00 Scholarship Application On-Line Deadline: July 3, 2017

Circle M Farms Showmanship Showdown Winner: A.K. Phillips, Maysville, KY.

Junior Show

Nathan Adkins Memorial Scholarship Winner: Emily Graves, Springfield, KY, with Nancy Adkins.

• Grand Champion Purebred Female & Percentage Female: $500.00 Cash or $1,000.00 Savings Bond • Reserve Grand Champion Purebred & Percentage Female Female: $250.00 Cash or $500.00 Savings Bond

Sweepstakes New Lifetime Members: Trennepohl Family Farms, 3 B Cattle Co., T Bar T LLC, Turkey Creek Cattle Co., Thompson Livestock, Riley Farms, Walter Ranch and Nursery and Rustic Hills Cattle.

• Peter Courtney Memorial: Supreme Bred & Owned Champion • Circle M Farms $1,000 Showmanship Showdown For additional show information, schedules, and entry forms visit: Chairman: Cliff Orley 717-269-0128

Treasurer: Ronnie Creek 270-726-6730

Coordinator: Jame Secondino Krieger 812-208-0956

Secretary: Holli Hatmaker 859-707-5248

Peter Courtney Supreme Bred and Owned Champion: CMFM Firefly 139C, exh. by Tanner Howey, Rockwall, TX. Herdsman of the Year: Cliff Orley, Lebanon, PA.

Hotel Headquarters: Four Point by Sheraton 502-753-5555

Embryo & Summer Stakes Chairman: Doug Parke • 859-987-5758 859-421-6100

Plan to attend this year’s shows, sale and embryo auction. “It is the most fun you will have all summer!”

TABLE OF CONTENTS the Register ◆ May/June 2017 Volume 30, Number 8


YOUR WORD AND A HANDSHAKE A Texas producer builds a successful operation on the principles of trust, fairness, and a hard day’s work. By Emme Troendle

18 SINGLE-STEP GENOMIC ENHANCED EPDs The differences between genomic methodologies used to calculate GE-EPDs. By Mahdi Saatchi

22 WALTON-BERRY GRADUATE STUDENT SUPPORT GRANT Experiencing Sweden through their dairy industry. By Cassandra Stambuk

Also in this issue . . . AJSA Hot Wire Newsletter





Cutting Edge


Personnel Profiles




Back to Basics

Simbrah-Simmental Superbowl



Beef Business

Directors’ Dialogue



Fleckvieh Forum




Sale Results

Foundation Focus



Cow Sense

We Get Visitors




Menu Morsels



New Members

State Scene



The Circuit

Foundation Update



ASA Fees




Date Book

Corporate Report



Rates & Policies


Advertisers' Index

About the cover: Cow-calf pairs on spring pasture. Photo by Brian Knezek, Yoakum, TX.

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Are Fleckviehs Simmental?

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is: Are Fleckviehs Simmental? The answer is yes, however 100% Fleckvieh trace only to Germany and Austria where they were bred for meat, milk and draught. Most of the original Simmentals were imported from France and Switzerland and were selected solely for dairy purposes. Most of today’s cattle trace back to those Simmental. 100% Fleckvieh do not, also 100% Fleckvieh have no known genetic defects. You would be wise to think that through. We sell bulls every month of the year. If you need one or 20 give us a call.


Also for sale: several small packages of open and bred females.

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Executive Committee: Brian DeFreese, Chairman Tim Smith, Vice Chairman Fred Schuetze, Treasurer Gordon Hodges Barry Wesner Executive Vice President: Wade Shafer, PhD Immediate Past Chairman: Dale Miller

North Central Area: Claye Kaelberer (2018) 4215 County Road 85 New Salem, ND 58563 701.220.3124 John G. Irvine (2019) 9089 Highway 13 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

Eastern Area: Brian DeFreese (2018) 7643 St Rd 25 S West Point, IN 47992 765.491.7421 Barry Wesner (2018) 1821 W 700 S Chalmers, IN 47929 219.863.4744 Gordon Hodges (2020) 1025 Pineview Farms Drive Hamptonville, NC 27020 336.469.0489 Randy Moody (2020) 811 Frank Hereford Rd New Market, AL 35761 256.655.5255

Western Area: Michael Forman (2018) 2451 Number 81 Road Ellensburg, WA 98926 509.929.0312 Tim Curran (2019) 1000 Cook Road Ione, CA 95640 209.765.1815 Clay Lassle (2019) 42 Road 245 Glendive, MT 59330 406.939.1348 Tom Nelson (2020) 5831 Hwy 7 Wibaux, MT 59353 406.939.1252

South Central Area: Fred Schuetze (2018) PO Box 968 Granbury, TX 76048 817.894.0563 Jon Willis (2018) 2876 Simmental Lane Marietta, OK 73448 580.276.4884 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



By ASA Trustee Jon Willis As I write my last Viewpoint, it’s sunny and 80 degrees with the wind blowing about 30 MPH — that’s Oklahoma. We are getting ready for our April 19-23 spring Board Meeting in Bozeman. The Trustees and Staff have put a lot of time into preparing for the committee meetings. I’m looking forward for a positive, productive and very busy weekend in Montana at the new building. If you, the membership, have not gone and toured the new ASA office it’s a “must do”. The ASA staff would love to show the place off. Summer is a busy time for the AJSA — with the Regional Classics and ending with the National Classic held in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. I’m sure the Mississippi Simmental members will put on a good show with their Southern hospitality. The Classics provide a fun, educational experience for our youth. I hope that each exhibitor learns something new while participating and makes some new lifetime friends. It is our responsibility to help educate the upcoming generations, as they will be the future of ASA. We breeders need not to become complacent with the success Simmental has had over the years. Together we must be progressive and continue breeding cattle that are sound and functional. Whether you’re breeding cattle for phenotype or genotype or a combination, there is a place for both. Using EPDs as a tool, breeders must evaluate EPDs, searching for proven bulls that fit their breeding program. The goal is to make the best beef possible while keeping the most cost efficient package. Finally, I would like to thank all the staff at ASA for being so helpful and kind and for the great job that you do. Also, I would like to say it’s been an honor and a privilege to represent the South Central Region. It has been a truly educational experience to serve on this Board. ◆


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Dear Editor, I wanted to send a thank you for helping me straighten out the paperwork on the Tingle Sale heifers! The papers arrived this weekend, perfect timing as we show next weekend. In this day and age of often-poor customer service, dealing with all the fine ASA staff is a breath of fresh air. Everyone is professional, friendly, kind, and warm. It makes me so thankful to be a part of this breed of cattle. Ya’ll are simply the best! I look forward to chatting again soon. Best Wishes, Mary Joe Hanes Danbury, North Carolina Editor’s Note: Ms. Hanes’s letter expressed her gratitude for the outstanding service provided by ASA’s Processing Team.

Your Word and a Handshake By Emme Troendle

A Texas producer builds a successful operation on the principles of trust, fairness, and a hard days’ work.

The Knezek Family: Brian, Abbie, and Kinley.


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or the agriculture industry, it is understood that trust is built upon your word, your handshake is as good as your business contract, and success isn’t possible without hard work. For Brian Knezek, co-owner and manager of Knezek Simmental Simbrah Ranch (KSSR), your word and a handshake is the backbone of how he operates a successful cattle enterprise. He elaborates on the values and principals of the ranch, “We are family oriented, and we want to keep it that way. Every animal is sold private treaty because we believe that every sale is made better on a one-on-one basis. When we bring our buyers in, they are treated like family and become lifelong friends.” Situated in Yoakum, in southeastern Texas, a locale characterized by hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters, the Knezek Ranch is home to a 200-head Simmental and Simbrah operation that utilizes an embryo transfer program to produce high-quality calves. Knezek states, “Our primary goal is to raise a good, honest, clean female that will not only excel in the show ring, but will go out and perform as a donor or brood cow in all pasture, real-world conditions.” Raised around traditional red and white Simmentals since his childhood, Knezek’s interest in the beef industry was fed by an early interest in learning how to AI. At the mere age of 11, when most boys are participating in outdoor recreational sports, Knezek’s first calf resulting from his AI work hit the ground. He recalls being too young to go to AI school at the age of 10, so he taught himself by reading, using photos, and a lot of practice, “AI and reproduction always interested me, and I’ve been doing it ever since.” From that point on, Knezek did the AI work on the family operation. When Knezek and his brother, Robert, started their cattle operation in 1996, the two brothers purchased their first tract of land with plans to have the ranch off the ground by the time Knezek graduated from Texas A&M in 2001. While it is common for ranch kids to travel between college and the family farm, Knezek traveled back and forth on the weekends to manage his operation. In his junior and senior years of college, the ranch picked up stride, traveling increased, and juggling school and the ranch kept Knezek on his toes. He remembers the hard work that went into the first few years of the operation, “Toward the end of school, I was making the round trip at least twice a week to meet with customers, AI cows, halter break, plow fields, fertilize, build cross fences on pastures, and this list goes on. It was a lot of work, but definitely worth it.”

A KSSR Simmental cow grazing summer pasture.

Teaming Hard Work with Fairness In the early days of the ranch, Brian and Robert changed direction from their parents’ traditional Simmental ranch to more modern full red and black Simmental cattle. Instead of relying heavily on AI, Knezek moved quickly toward embryo transplant. He says, “Early on, we started buying top-end donor-type cows and began flushing them to utilize them more. It’s worked really well for us, giving us a lot more predictability within our herd than with AI or natural service.” Today, the herd is 80% Brangus-Simmental composite recipients and 20% are purebred Simmental and Simbrah donor cows. Knezek says, “Our operation is a little different than most because we gear it toward the show industry. It seems like everyone is looking for a different age heifer, so we try to have one group of embryo calves born each month.” Tailoring his ET program to meet the needs of his primary customers, Knezek staggers the age of the embryo calves to be born October to May in monthly increments to produce different age heifers. “We put more calves in the age brackets that they are being exhibited. Breaking up the ages of the heifers allows us to market more high-quality genetics to serious buyers,” he shares. Knezek sets up all donors for three flushes before he breeds them back AI for a natural calf. On the recip side, cows are given two chances to catch before they are turned out with a Simmental clean-up bull, and the natural heifers that are born out of the recip cows are retained as future recip cows. Due to the nature of the operation, Knezek’s busy season runs from December through June, considerably longer than many seedstock operations that breed in 60-day periods. He shares that every day he completes different tasks for the operation, “Donor cows and recip cows are staggered in between calving intervals. On a daily basis, we are giving donor cows shots, flushing, or setting up recips. In the midst of all that, we are calving the next group of cows that will serve as recips for the following month.” The ranch began as a purebred Simmental ranch, but Knezek explains that in the last five years, they have been crossbreeding Brahman into their operation to meet the increasing demands of new and different Simbrah genetics, “We can sell both Simmental heifers and bulls just about as fast as you can move them. On the Simbrah side, the heifer market is very good, so we are increasing our numbers to meet demands there.”

While the focus of the operation is on developing and selling Simmental and Simbrah females, Knezek also sells bulls to seedstock and commercial operations. He attributes his buyers’ interest in Simmental genetics to the versatility of the breed, “Our buyers are using the bulls to get the growth they need. At the same time, the Simmental breed has an advantage for maternal traits like milking. Buyers are able to retain the heifers these bulls are producing. It’s kind of a win-win situation in my opinion. The Simmental breed has changed rapidly, for the better, and is on fire. Now many commercial operations are taking full advantage of stout, sound, and functional Knezek Simmental Simbrah Ranch (KSSR) bulls.” To maintain the fairness and goal of producing an honest, clean, high-quality heifer for their customers, KSSR developed a motto that the family follows, “My mother came up with this motto years ago, ‘Coming together was a great beginning, keeping together is progress, and working together yields success.’ It’s a great saying because there is a lot of truth behind it.” Every animal on the KSSR is sold private treaty, reflecting Knezek’s belief that true customer service and loyalty comes from getting to know his buyers personally, “Buyers are disconnected from the seller with on-line sales. They don’t know where the animal is coming from and what type of working relationship will be available when a service is needed. Selling by private treaty allows us to build a one-on-one relationship with that person. If a potential buyer is going to spend thousands of dollars on an animal and spend their valuable time, I feel it’s only right to get to know them and their genetic needs.” When it comes to the animals he culls and keeps, quality always comes first. Knezek says, “The first thing that I look at is phenotype and longevity of that animal, along with her genetic makeup.” For Knezek, a buyer can purchase an animal at any point. He emphasizes that if a buyer wants to purchase a calf before it is weaned, a down payment is required to hold it, but all of his animals are available for sale. To remain fair, KSSR strives to value each customer equally with the ranch’s first-come, first-served policy. He elaborates, (Continued on page 12) May/June 2017


EPDs as of 1.9.17

Homo black Homo polled

Homo black Homo polled

CLRS Dividend 405G

CARD Uproar 49Y




14 -.2 51 71 .13 10 24 49 125 62 Cash In, by JS Sure Bet out of the famous 8543U donor, has great calf reports for calving ease!

18 -2.5 66 105 .25 10 25 57 168 86 ASA# 2911606

5 4.1 80 121 .26 5 ASA# 2623651

High-seller at $52,000 for Clear Springs/Hook to APEX. Combines top % rank in every trait with great looks.

First progeny are winners!

Miss Werning 8543U

Dam: CLRS Bonnia 405B

W/C Cash In 43B

ASA# 2911606

Ruby SWC Battle Cry 431B

TLLC One Eyed Jack 15Z



ASA# 2871257

4 2 81 119 .24 6

10 50 96 72

5 1 52 72 .12 3 ASA# 2668223

Homozygous black and homozygous polled. Broker x Upgrade x Lucky Dice pedigree!

One Eyed Jack’s first calves are awesomely balanced with pizazz!

This Battle Cry daughter topped Ruby’s 2016 Sale!

13 40 111 66

19 59 114 79

Supreme Champion Female World Beef Expo

One Eyed Jack’s first progeny are looking extra special across the country!

ASA# 2886364 One Eyed Jack

STCC Jack Around 4031 EPDs: CE BW WW YW ADG MCE Milk MWW $API $TI

5 2.4 65 93 .17 5

14 47 116 72 ASA# 2886365

FBF1 Absolute A103

HTP Quantum Leap Z952



6 2.7 54 80 .17 8 ASA# 2841159

13 -.3 52 70 .11 13 21 46 123 64 ASA# 2649657

Dream On and Steel Force outcross pedigree with presence! Supreme Champion at 2015 World Beef Expo.

18 45 103 59

Leading outcross donor!

A multiple-time Champion producing great progeny with his first crop!


5 2.6 66 94 .18 5

$50,000 daughter at Circle M Sale, TX

14 47 112 70

The exciting brothers by One Eyed Jack x HF Serena have the whole country talking!

3/4 SimAngusTM Homo black Homo polled

Homo black Homo polled

W/C Bankroll 811D

WS Jackson D20

CDI Innovator 325D




12 -.5 53 71 .11 9 21 47 112 62 ASA# 3187005 • Werning’s 2017 $205,000 high-seller! Loaded Up x 8543U – hot, hot, hot!

12 2 65 100 .22 6 19 52 123 69 ASA# 3208343 • Walshs 2017 high-seller. A PB Stepping Stone x Built Right red charlie free!

11 1.3 97 151 .34 8

27 76 155 96

ASA# 3152448 • TJ Main Event 503B x CDI Miss Shear Force 49U • A CDI top seller to JS Simmental and Wayward Hill Farm.

Homo black Homo polled


Mr. Hoc Broker X623

TNGL Track On B748

W/C Lockdown 206Z




-.5 5 71 104 .21 -.3 6 ASA# 2531081

13 1.1 59 89 .18 4 ASA# 2911629

21 -2.8 72 121 .31 6 ASA# 2658496

41 63 53

Grand Champion at the NAILE, Royal and Denver!

23 52 122 64

Wide Track x Bettis, 13 CED, 122 $API! $190,000 Broker Heifer

Son of Track On, Tingle Farms, KY.

W/C Relentless 32C

STF Royal Affair Z44M



12 .8 58 82 .15 8 ASA# 3045559

6 4 51 85 .21 8 ASA# 2639758

18 47 130 71

Werning’s 2016 $87,000+ high-seller by Utah! Ultracool look and function! The famous 8543U dam by Dream Catcher has influenced the breed as much as any young female in the breed!

16 41 98 56

The ultimate Dream On outcross!

$17,000+ Lock Down at Plendl’s

STF Shocking Dream SJ14 EPDs: CE BW WW YW ADG MCE Milk MWW $API $TI

14 .2 59 81 .14 6 ASA# 2335795

14 43 128 68

Produces the best fronts in the business! Jordan Simmentals $15,000+ Shocking Dream daughter

High Regard feature for Hara Farms, OH.

Yardley High Regard W242



ASA# 2522822 • High Regard is stamping his progeny with outstanding quality, making him a must-use regardless of his “old-school” pedigree and EPD profile.

43 162 82

Awesome Royal Affair son at Janssen Farms.

$75,000 High Regard daughter at Jones Show Cattle, OH.

2 2 61 90 .18 .9 19 50 77 56

Proven calving ease on heifers, yet produces incredibly sound, functional, good looking progeny!


Entire lineup online at:

Multiple-time Hudson Pines/Circle M Champion for Farms sold for $11,000. Sara Sullivan Semen available on the best Angus and Clubbie sires too.

EPDs as of 1.9.17

Heter black Homo polled

Your Word and a Handshake

Cow calf pairs on spring pasture.

(Continued from page 9)

“Everyone is out to get the first pick — the pick of the litter. If someone comes to the ranch today, and falls in love with a two-week-old heifer, they can buy it whether they are a first-time buyer or they have bought from us for the last 18 to 20 years. I think it keeps everything fair and on an even playing field.” Many customers have been doing business with KSSR since they started operating 20 years before. Returning out-of-state buyers that don’t have time to appraise the cattle before buying, put their trust in Knezek to select a purchase to fit their program and goals. He expresses his gratitude for the trust buyers have granted KSSR, “It’s at a point now with some customers that they can tell us what they are looking for if they are out of state or don’t have time to come look — and over the years we get to know what they like, what they have success with — we will send photos or a short video clip over the phone. They have enough faith in us that they purchase them sight-unseen, which means an awful lot to us.”

The operation’ s lead donor co

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Community and Family Oriented The day-to-day work is handled by Knezek with weekend assistance from the family, including his parents, his wife, Abbie, brother, nieces and nephew. In addition to the initial land purchased, their parents, Ernest and Jeanie, leased the family’s ranch to Knezek and Robert. Today both parents remain heavily involved with the ranch. Jeanie helps with the paperwork and checking on cows when there isn’t enough time in the day. Ernest gives a hand with odd-end jobs and assisting AIing donor cows after working a full day at Advanced Drainage Systems Inc. (ADS).


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Knezek explains that the ranch is a family affair, “Our parents helped us out by leasing us extra land. They are both very active in what we do and wouldn’t have it any other way.” Abbie works full-time for Child Protection Services, keeping her busy all week, but she helps out every chance she gets, especially on the weekends. Brian and Abbie are the proud parents of one daughter, Kinley, a five-year-old who enjoys watching the calves being born. “They are all so adorable” as she says. (Continued on page 14)

Herdbook Services offers hands-on registration capabilities.

To help you plan, here are some items which may hold up registration for a length of time:

You enter the data, work through any errors, pay the fees; registration will be completed in minutes. No priority handling fee, no hold-ups (unless there are errors or payment is needed) and can be completed any time of the day or night.

1. DNA / Genetic Abnormalities / Parental Validation / AI Sire / ET Requirements: DNA Testing is a standard process without any options to expedite this service. a. Normal DNA Testing: 3-4 weeks for results. Disqualification or resampling will take longer. b. DNA kit paperwork requests: 48-hour turnaround c. DNA kits mailed out daily d. Results uploaded daily as they become available from GeneSeek 2. Non-Compliance: Total Herd Enrollment breeders: there is a deadline each year where the previous year’s calf data or a reason why no calf data was reported must be submitted. You’ll be notified of the dams in your herd which need additional information when you go on-line to submit new registrations. Until this information is completed, no new data will be accepted. 3. Foundation Registration: Sires registered with other breed associations MUST be registered with ASA prior to registering progeny. Other breed dams may be registered with ASA as Foundation, but it is optional, not mandatory. Normal processing 10-12 business days (errorfree, payment received, DNA requirements completed). 4. Breeder Signature: The owner of the dam at the time of conception is required to sign as breeder. If the applicant and breeder are different, make sure you have breeder's signature on the calf's registration application or breeding information is supplied on the transfer of the dam. If it was sold with calf at side, make sure the seller has registered and transferred the calf to you. 5. Non-payment: Payment is required to complete registrations.

Interesting fact: 90.8% of the animal data is already submitted electronically through Herdbook Services! Why the encouragement to go online and register the animal yourself? 1. To avoid the priority handling processing fee. This fee will increase to $50 starting March 1, but why pay this fee when you can go online and complete the work yourself? 2. Complete the registration online and if you need it mailed by FedEx or UPS send a request via email ( for special shipping. Note: there is a charge for shipping unless mailed by regular US Mail. Plan ahead and avoid those charges. Need more encouragement to register online? 1. Normal processing (registration) on paper applications for SimGenetic animals (once received in the ASA office): 3-7 business days (error-free and payment received) depending on the time of year — holiday season could extend longer. 2. Mailing services: within three days of processing (registration) plus the length of time for the US Mail service. The Customer Service Specialists are just a phone call away to assist you. 1. There are peak times and days where there are large volumes of calls (especially as it closes in on a deadline, you are not alone if you are one who waits until the last minute). 2. If you are unable to get through, feel comfortable leaving a voicemail. Our goal is to return calls as soon as possible, normally within 3-4 hours. If your question can be answered by email, send an email instead of a voice message to:

for general questions or priority handling

for applying for membership or annual service fee questions

for DNA or kit requests

for Carcass Merit Program (CMP) and Total Herd Enrollment (THE) (option C & D)

for Total Herd Enrollment (THE) (option A & B) for ultrasound and barn sheets

Priority Handling Processing Service: ASA offers priority handling services if you are unable to complete your registration online. If the data is error-free and payment is received, normal turnaround time for registration is within two business days. There is a priority handling processing fee $50 per animal. Regular US Mail service is at no charge, however, other mailing services (i.e. FedEx, UPS or Express Mail) will incur additional charges.

Your Word and a Handshake (Continued from page 12)

show in Texas including our Robert, Knezek’s brother most recent win of Reserve and business partner, works Division Champion Simbrah full-time for the Case Corporafemale at Houston Livestock tion but helps every chance he Show and Rodeo. We have can. He and his wife, Kathy, been blessed, and we are have two daughters, Kailee, thankful for our success 15, and Emily, 21. Knezek and customers.” also has a sister, Karen GarFor the family, giving back rett, niece, Kelly and nephew, to juniors is a major part of Cody, who have started a herd helping shape the next generaof Simmental and Simbrah tion of Simmental breeders. cattle of their own. KSSR is a sponsor of the SimStanding behind those mental-Simbrah Super Bowl customers who exhibit catLeft to Right: Emily, Robert, Kathy, and Kailee Knezek event held in conjunction with tle, Knezek and his family the San Antonio Livestock attend all the major liveShow and Rodeo where considerable prize money and stock shows in Texas. He says, “We try to go to all the scholarships are awarded to junior members participatprimary livestock shows to help answer questions, ing in the event. “At the end of the day, we like to keep it help fitting, and support our junior exhibitors. We also simple and we like to be fair to the customer. It means a support the Texas Simmental-Simbrah Junior Associalot to us to produce good, honest cattle for customers to tion (TJSSA) as well as the Regional and National Classics. Our cattle have won every major livestock purchase with the KSSR prefix,” Knezek summarizes. ◆


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Fall Focus 2017 Registration Information: There is no registration fee; however, pre-registration is required to plan for meals and refreshments.

Complete program details will be available in the July/August Register


Hotel Information:

Sunday, September 17 — Education Session

Ramokota Hotel (Headquarters) 800 South 3rd Street, Bismarck, ND 58504 701-258-7700 Rate: $109.00 Cut Off Date: September 4, 2017 Group Code: Fall Focus

Ramkota Hotel (Headquarters) • Come and learn from one another. This year’s educational session will feature academics, industry leaders, ASA staff, and renowned breeders. Seedstock breeders and commercial cattlemen will leave the session with information to confidently make genetic selection decisions. • Watch for a detailed agenda on and in the July/August issue of the Register. • Evening Dinner and Social at Black Leg Ranch, transportation provided. Hosted by the North Dakota Simmental Association.

Travel Information: Bismarck, ND Airport Free shuttle to and from the airport — use the courtesy phone in luggage area.

Area Information: Dining room at Black Leg Ranch

Monday, September 18 • Interactive Committee Meetings and staff presentations. Join the ASA Trustees to discuss critical issues in each of the five Standing Committees and hear staff reports in various areas. • Lunch is provided • Dinner on your own

Tuesday, September 19 • Board Meeting Continues — all are invited to stay • Lunch is provided • Dinner on your own

Wednesday, September 20 —

The Bismarck/Mandan area provides a variety of activities for the entire family. The North Dakota state capitol is a beautiful site to see. It is located next to the Heritage Center, which includes a variety of artifacts and pieces of North Dakota’s history, dating back 600 million years. The Missouri River separates Bismarck and Mandan and offers a variety of recreational activities. Fort Lincoln, just south of Mandan, is a fascinating historical site offering military and Native American history. Tour through the On-a-Slant Indian Village with reconstructed earth lodges or walk through Custer’s house to step back in time. The North Dakota Badlands and Theodore Roosevelt National Park lie west of Bismarck/Mandan about 90 minutes by car. North Dakota has elite fishing, golfing, rugged biking, fine shopping, dining, and so much more! For more area information:

adjourn by 10:00 am • Board Meeting — voting on resolutions • Adjourn by 10:00 am

Questions about the Fall Focus, contact Nancy Chesterfield at 406-587-2778.

North Dakota State Capitol Theodore Roosevelt National Park

On-A-Slant Indian Village

Single-step Genomic Enhanced EPDs By Mahdi Saatchi, Ph.D, IGS Lead Genomicist Genomic profiles provide additional information about the genetic merit of a DNA tested selection candidate (bull or replacement heifer) and increase the accuracy of its EPDs, which are called Genomic Enhanced EPDs or GE-EPDs. Once the relationships between DNA markers and traits of interest are detected, then the Molecular Breeding Values (MBVs) can be developed. In the blending process, the MBVs will be combined with the EPDs calcul a t e d f ro m t h e t ra d i t i o n a l m u l t i - b re e d international cattle evaluation (MB-ICE) using

Why single-step? There are many advantages in using the single-step GEEPDs in comparison with the blended GE-EPDs. Here are some good reasons: • Improved accuracy (as explained above). • Removes the bias in estimation of blending parameters required to combine MBVs and EPDs in the blending process. • Avoids the double-counting problem (where the high EPDs animals tend to get high MBVs and consequently higher GE-EPDs and vice versa). Although there are many approaches ASA has used to minimize the biases in blended GE-EPD calculations, they still exist to some extent with the blending process.

Single-step GE-EPDs methodologies: There are two main single-step methodologies to calculate GE-EPDs: one is based on adjusting relationships among the individuals using DNA marker information, which we call Genomic BLUP or GBLUP, and the other is based on DNA marker (gene) effects, which we call the single-step super hybrid model.

Why use the super hybrid model? There are many advantages to using the super hybrid model for GE-EPD calculations in comparison to GBLUP. Here are some good reasons: • No requirement for direct inverting of the dense genomic relationship matrix, which is computational expensive (or approximation).


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blending parameters. This is known as blending for Genomically Enhanced EPDs. The blending process for GE-EPDs only influences the direct animals having the 50K DNA or other DNA marker densities in the system. On the other hand, single-step process means the DNA markers from the lab are directly inserted into the genetic evaluation software running along with the phenotypes (performance data) and the pedigree. As a result, the DNA has an impact not only on an individual with DNA recorded, but also on all the relatives of that genotyped individual. This enhances the accuracy for each of those animals impacted by the DNA genotyping.

Super hybrid model benefits from both genomic prediction worlds (animal breeding and marker effect models; that’s why it’s called super hybrid model). This model allows for certain DNA markers to have bigger influences on an animal’s performance than other DNA markers and some DNA markers to have no effects on trait(s) of interest. This model is closer to the biology where some parts of an animal’s genome (or genes) play more important roles than other parts of its genome (or genes). The super hybrid model benefits from a wider class of variable selection models (the models that allow for assumption of variations in marker influences across the genome), while this is a limitation with the GBLUP model. Our previous research findings, published at BMC Genomics (Large-effect Pleiotropic QTL Segregate within and Across Ten US Cattle Breeds by Saatchi et al., 2014; 15:442), showed that there is significant variation among the DNA marker effects across genomes of 10 US beef cattle breeds (Figure 1). We detected a few large-effect quantitative trait loci (the places of genome that make the genetic variations among animals for a quantitative trait, known as QTL) that explain the majority of genetic variations for studied traits in 10 US beef cattle breeds. For example, the QTL detected on chromosome 6 at 37-42 Mb (mega-bases) position, colored by blue, explains more than 25% of the additive genetic variation for birth, weaning, yearling and carcass weights in Simmental beef cattle (each colored pie shows the fraction of additive genetic variance explained by that detected QTL for a given trait in a given breed). We (IGS) are going to take advantage of this knowledge by using the single-step super hybrid model for our GE-EPD calculations.

The proportions of additive genetic variance explained by the detected QTL (1-Mb window of the genome explaining ≥ 1% of additive genetic variance) for each trait in 10 US cattle breeds. The traits are birth weight (BWT), calving ease direct (CED), calving ease maternal (CEM), carcass weight (CWT), marbling (MRB), mature weight (MWT), ribeye muscle area (REA), weaning weight direct (WWD), weaning weight maternal (WWM), yield grade (YGR) and yearling weight (YWT). The breeds are shown as AAN (Angus), BRG (Brangus), BSH (Shorthorn), CHA (Charolais), GVH (Gelbvieh), HER (Hereford), LIM (Limousin), RAN (Red Angus), RDP (Maine-Anjou) and SIM (Simmental).

Figure 1

The IGS Stayability GE-EPD is calculated with BOLT software using the single-step super hybrid model. This is the first time that the single-step super hybrid model was ever used for GE-EPD production in the beef cattle industry — anywhere in the entire world. It is also the first Stayability GE-EPD that has been produced from a multi-breed genetic evaluation using the BOLT single-step system. IGS is preparing to publish GE-EPDs for all traits using the BOLT single-step super hybrid model in the future. The single-step super hybrid model is a breakthrough in GE-EPD accuracy improvement, enabling technologies such as GPU and BOLT software make it possible. IGS is dedicated to use the best available technology to deliver the most accurate products (GE-EPD) to our members. ◆

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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:

Clay and Marianne Lassle 42 Road 245 Glendive, Montana Clay: 406.486.5584 Ryan: 406.694.3722

Prickly Pear Simmental Ranch Birthplace of the first Polled Black Simmental Bull Made in Montana Sale • February 3, 2018 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:


Simmental, SimAngusTM, Angus

For Sale: Bulls, Heifers and Semen Available

Jeff, Shere, Shane, Taylor & Josh Koch PO Box 1247 • Big Timber, MT 59011 Cell:406.860.0659 Home:406.932.4091

Bulls of The Big Sky Sale • February 19, 2018

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:

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.


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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 7, 2018 • at the ranch, Wibaux, MT Simmental/iasimmassoc/ Bar 5 Simmental Stock Farms Ltd.


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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

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:

Jass Simmentals Reds and Blacks Available Steve, Alan & Mark Jass 1950 Quincy Avenue • Garner, Iowa 50438 641-587-2348 or 641-587-2174 641-860-0645(c) or 515-689-6219(c)

Harmony, MN 55939 • email:

Sargeant Farms “The Chosen Few” Female Sale

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

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

Dave: 712-359-2327 Chris: 515-314-4771 56706 300th Avenue • Gilmore City, IA 50541 •

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

Timberland Cattle 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.

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 May/June 2017


By Cassandra Stambuk I have been fortunate enough to experience many European countries as a tourist; however, I have never experienced a country through their agriculture until November 2016. My advisor, Dr. Heather Huson, and fellow graduate student, Asha Miles, and I had this opportunity while attending the annual US Multistate Meeting for section SCC084: “Genetic selection and mating strategies to improve the well-being and efficiency of dairy cattle�. Every few years the meeting is

Stambuk with a Viking Red cow.

SLU research farm.


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held internationally to promote international collaboration and awareness of genetic improvement in dairy cattle. SCC084 is a committee of government and academic researchers involved in genetics research of livestock and act as liaisons between industry, producers, and the public in regards to genetic selection and improvement of dairy cattle. This six day meeting included interactions with DeLaval, VikingGenetics, and the Swedish Agricultural University.

The trip began with spending the day with DeLaval consultants. DeLaval is a company whose objective is to make sustainable food production possible, combining areas of animal welfare, environment, profitability, and social responsibility. The company develops, manufactures, and markets equipment and systems for milk production and animal husbandry worldwide. The first part of the day was spent listening to lectures given by both the DeLaval consultants and some members of the multi-state group. Next, we had the privilege of walking through the manufacturing factory where they build their robotic system, which they call the voluntary milking system (VMS). Lastly, we were able to see the VMS in action while touring the DeLaval farm that has been in production since 1883. The following three days were spent with the breeding company, VikingGenetics. It is a commercial-minded company with cooperative core values. It is owned by about 25,000 cattle breeders in Denmark, Sweden and Finland. VikingGenetics has an effective breeding program that includes genomically testing bulls for artificial insemination of the dairy breeds Holstein, Viking Red, and Jersey. It has a close cooperation with researchers and the Nordic Cattle Genetic Evaluation system. The breeding goals are production, health, reproduction, conformation, and functional traits. I found it fascinating that they include claw health traits in their Nordic Total Merit Index (NTM). VikingGenetics is able to base the claw health traits on hoof trimming data due to the company making sure the farms participate in a system that formalizes trimming records. The first two days were spent driving around Sweden visiting five dairy farms. We experienced everything, from conventional to organic, privately owned to city owned, 60 Viking Reds to 1,400 Holsteins and Viking Reds, parallel parlor to rotary parlor to VMS. In our travels, we noticed some common themes:

• By law, it is required that the animals have the choice to be on pasture for three months in the summer. • Farms have less than two inseminations per pregnancy using natural estrus without hormones. • Better feet and leg health is a priority in their breeding programs. • Many farms are breeding their worst animals to beef bulls as there is a surplus of replacements and the financial gain is higher in selling beef calves. The final day was spent at VikingGenetics headquarters where we listened to lectures presented by their employees about the company, what they do, how they function, and their intentions. We also toured their bull facility and saw some of their high NTM ranked bulls. The final two days of the meeting were held at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). The days were filled with lectures from both the members of our group, as well as the fellow researchers in dairy cattle at SLU. The topics ranged from genetic merit to crossbreeding to feed efficiency to mastitis to claw health. Furthermore, the graduate students from both the US and SLU had the opportunity to present their studies in a poster session. This was where I was able to converse with fellow researchers about my project, “Reducing Dairy Cattle Lameness with Improved Genetic Understanding and Selection for Digital Cushion Thickness”. By participating in the poster session, I brought home some constructive criticism and ideas for my analysis. I felt reassured by the interest and positivity I received from the professors and researchers. My study focuses on the digital cushion the fatty pad that sits between the coffin bone and the sole wall in the hoof of cattle. It is important for pumping

circulation to the corium that makes the hoof walls and acts as a compression pad between the two hard surfaces. The purpose for studying the fatty pad is that the thickness of the digital cushion has been shown to be a predictor of lameness and is moderately heritable with a strong negative correlation with claw horn disruption lesions, such as sole ulcers and white line disease. I presented Phase 1 of my project which is the first known longitudinal study to follow the same cows, measuring their digital cushion thickness (DCT) four times throughout their lactation. Some of the results were that there is a significant difference in DCT of heifers and cows across the four time points. Additionally, there is a significant difference between those with a lesion and those without at dry off and 90-120 DIM. Furthermore, dry off is when the DCT is the thickest and 90-120 DIM is when it is the thinnest. Because of these results, we determined the critical time points to sample in Phase 2 of the project are dry off and 90120 DIM. After gathering Phase 2 data on about 400 more cows, we will run a Genome-Wide Association Study to identify regions of the genome associated with DCT. In conclusion, the experience and networking relationships from this trip will continue to help me in my career path in the future. This memorable trip was made possible through the Walton-Berry Graduate Student Support Grant. I am forever grateful for the patience and support of the American Simmental Association. Editor’s Note: Cassandra Stambuk and advisor, Dr. Heather Huson, were recipients of the Walton-Berry Graduate Student Support Grant in 2015. Jim Berry established this grant to honor Dr. Walton’s dedication to animal breeding and Simmental Cattle. The grant supports the professional development, success, and experiences of young animal scientists by providing support for graduate study. Contact the ASA for more information the Walton-Berry Graduate Student Support Grant. ◆ Stambunk discussing research during the poster session presentation.

Stambuk and the multi-state group at the VikingGenetics headquarters.

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Female Select Sale/Herd Bull Select Sale Visitors Always Welcome TNSimmAssoc/

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


DICKINSON SIMMENTAL AND ANGUS RANCH Kirk • 785-998-4401 (phone & fax) 2324 370th Ave. Gorham, Kansas 67640 Ralph Brooks Cassidy Brooks 7440 Lake Elbo Rd. Manhattan, KS 66502 C: 785-556-0385

March 24, 2018 46th Annual Production Sale At the Ranch

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 14, 2018


Dixson Farms, Inc. Carol Dixson, Kevin Dixson, & Lyle Dixson, D.V.M.

B L A C K , P O L L E D S I M M E N TA L S , S I M A N G U S T M Jim & Jean Houck, 250 Road 392, Allen, KS 66833 Jeff & Lori Houck, 3031 Road G, Americus, KS 66835 Cell: 620-344-0233 •

13703 Beaver Creek Rd • Atwood, KS 67730 785-626-3744 •


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 16, 2018.

Annual Production Sale March 16, 2018

Simmental Angus SimAngusTM

Willis Simmentals 5759 Enville Road Marietta OK 73448

Quality Simmental Breeding Cattle


10 miles east on Hwy. 32, 1/4 mile north on Enville Road.

Bobby 580-276-2781 (ph. & fax)

Jon 580-795-4601


RT 1, BOX 70 • MADISON, KS 66860 620-437-2211 Quality Homozygous Black • Seedstock Available

Steve & Mary Gleason • Jake, Becky, Ben, Joe & Sam

Gary and Cindy Updyke

12410 Blazingstar Rd • Maple Hill, KS 66507 Phone: 785-256-6461 • Steve: 785-640-8060 • Jake: 785-640-8062

Checotah, OK • 918-473-6831 (H) • 918-843-3193 (C)

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


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Roger, Jeanette, & Erika Kenner

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


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


Larry and Suzy Rhodes 9350 Rte 108 Carlinville, IL 62626 217-854-5200

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


SIMMENTAL CATTLE 6322 Highway 35 Adams, North Dakota 58210

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

Terry Ellingson & Family

Phone: (701) 384-6225


VJT Ranch

Power by Design Quandt Brothers 701-710-0080

701-710-0843 Oakes, ND Sale 2/21/2017

Rincker Simmental “Emphasizing The Black, Polled, Good Ones”


Curt, Pam, Cari and Brent Rincker Rt. 1, Box 195 • Shelbyville, IL 62565 217-774-5741 (H) • 217-871-5741 (C) email:

Owner: Jim Berry

Commercially Targeted Seedstock

Cattle Manager: Robbie Duis 815-858-4129 5065 125th Ave. NE • Dahlen, ND 58224 • Annual Production Sale, January 26, 2018

6502 Rt. 84 South Hanover, IL 61041 815-591-3731

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By Lilly Brogger February 2017, marked the 25th anniversary of the Simbrah-Simmental Superbowl, an event founded to support, encourage and promote the involvement of youth in the beef industry and breeders of SimGenetics. Over its quarter-century run, the event has handed out over $750,000 in scholarships. The event founders, Tim Smith, Giddings, TX; Carlos Guerra, Linn, TX; and Bill Wentz, Olmito, TX; came up with the idea and turned it into a reality, creating a unique Carlye Rodenbeck and Tim Smith share a celebratory hug following Rodenbeck’s Reserve Champion finish in Showmanship.

event benefiting both youth exhibitors and breeders of SimGenetics. As involving young people in the beef industry becomes an increasingly important task, the Simbrah-Simmental Superbowl has been responsible for sparking an interest in many young people. Showing cattle can be an expensive endeavor, but when scholarships, breeder support, accountability and the various skills cattle cultivate come together, many choose to become involved. Simbrah and Simmental breeders pay $1,000 per year to sponsor the event, in turn making females they breed eligible to compete in the Simbrah-Simmental Superbowl. Juniors then compete using these heifers for scholarship money in both phenotype and showmanship classes. Phenotype classes include Simmental, Simbrah, and percentage Simbrah shows. Showmanship is split into age groups, with exhibitors of all breeds competing against one another. The event began in conjunction with Texas’ Belt Buckle Bonanza and in 1997, became a part of the San Antonio Livestock show and Rodeo, allowing juniors to compete in three major shows in one trip.

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Kaleb Fontenot, The Woodlands, Texas, competed in the Superbowl throughout high school. Originally hesitant about cattle, he has since chosen a career path focused on the beef industry, and currently serves as the president of the Texas Junior Simmental-Simbrah Association. His older sister purchased a heifer from Tim Smith, and Kaleb was soon showing alongside her. In 2013, he won the Simbrah division and a $3,000 scholarship. He was also successful in showmanship throughout his four years competing at the Superbowl, taking home additional scholarship money. He has now graduated from high school, first attending Connors State College in Oklahoma, where he judged livestock, and now attends Texas A&M, where he studies agricultural science. He maintained his relationship with Smith and works on his ranch while attending college. “Having extra scholarship money gives youth a lot of extra opportunities,” says Fontenot, “It helped pay for tuition and books and allowed me to keep pursuing my passions in life.” He currently has his own herd of Simbrah cattle, which began with his Superbowl females. Kellie Rodenbeck, Brenham, Texas, watched her children, Caleb, and Carlye, compete at the Superbowl. Caleb competed for six years and Carlye for nine, both having notable success. The family started showing cattle when Caleb participated in their county calf scramble, which they continue to sponsor. The family originally purchased females from Smith Genetics, whom they continue to work with. Carlye’s senior year, she exhibited two heifers out of females Caleb exhibited in the Superbowl years before. Caleb paid for two years of engineering school at Texas Tech University with his scholarship winnings; Carlye will attend Blinn College this fall majoring in nursing and will also have much of her schooling covered by scholarships. “Our time spent as a family was memorable the first years,” recalls Rodenbeck, “Watching the young people our children became was worth every dime we put into cattle. To watch them interact with breeders, judges, sponsors, business owners, veterinarians, and adults of all backgrounds gave us such pride.” The family now has a herd of Simbrah cattle built from the females shown at the Superbowl. Sixteen year old Olivia Vela, Linn-San Manuel, Texas, grew up ranching and has been passionate about cattle her entire life. She has participated in the Superbowl for six years, had the reserve grand champion Simbrah female in 2015, and is saving her scholarships for college. Vela values the experiences and skills she has gained through the event, “The Superbowl has taught me lifelong lessons and given me lifelong friendships. I’ve learned through my experiences that everything happens for a reason, and above all, to always win humbly and lose graciously.”

Vela exhibits animals raised by her family, RGV Cattle Company and La Muñeca Cattle Company." Jason Elmore, Elmore Cattle Services, Waukomis, Oklahoma, recently started sponsoring the Superbowl and upon attending the event, decided to become actively involved. “I stood ringside and saw what they were doing and giving away and decided I definitely want to be a part of this,” says Elmore. Since becoming a sponsor, Elmore has seen several of his Simmental females win, but he sees a benefit far beyond the show ring. “Sometimes we forget that the involvement of upcoming generations with Simmental cattle stems from those kids having a show project,” says Elmore. Becoming involved with the Simbrah-Simmental Superbowl has expanded Elmore’s reach as a breeder and allowed his program to have a larger impact. Martha McCrary breeds Simbrah cattle near DeKalb, Texas, and has been sponsoring the Superbowl for 15 years. Her son participated for four years and the family continues their involvement with the event. “It’s rewarding to see the money go straight to the kids,” explains McCrary. The event is run entirely by unpaid volunteers, which she believes makes sponsoring even more rewarding as all of the money goes directly to the youth. She continues, “It’s a community of breeders wanting to invest in our youth, the future of our breed, and setting up our youth for success.” Classes at the Simbrah-Simmental Superbowl pay up to 10 places in phenotype, and 10 places in showmanship. For every heifer exhibited, juniors are entered into a drawing, where 40 are awarded a $250 scholarship. Juniors are eligible for this money every year they participate. Buckles and additional prizes and money go to the winners. At the end of the event, juniors and breeders gather in the show ring for the presentation of scholarships and prizes, which Fontenot points out as a memorable, exciting experience for exhibitors. McCrary frequently sees young people who aged out of the event come back years later to offer support. The opportunity to win scholarship money, supportive atmosphere and relationships are many of the reasons the Simbrah-Simmental Superbowl has garnered so much support from breeders; the recently completed 2017 show was backed by 40 sponsors and numerous volunteers. Breeders, parents and exhibitors are quick to highlight the benefit for both juniors and breeders — juniors get scholarships, among other benefits like experience, and breeders are offered a platform for exhibiting their cattle. The $750,000 in scholarships already handed out highlights the commitment breeders and volunteers have made to the future of the involved youth in the beef industry. ◆

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402-643-4429 402-641-2936 Cell


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

303 Northern Heights Drive • Seward, NE 68434 Nick, Andrea, Shane, Shelbi, Brevin, Natalie Join us at the Farm, October 14, 2017 and Haylie for our 22nd Annual Production Sale.


Simmentals 402-427-7196 Robert, Penny, Brooke, Mobile: 402-533-0787 Rachel & Blaine Vogt 6505 County Road 23 • Kennard, NE 68034

Genetic Perfection Sale • • December 4, 2017


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Jock & Brenda Beeson 100 Wohlers Drive Crawford, NE 69339 308-665-1111 (home) 308-430-2117 (mobile) 308-430-0668 (mobile)

Selling bulls at J&C Simmentals Annual Bull Sale, January 27, 2018

J&C SIMMENTALS Black Simmental Bulls & Females Purebred to Percentage

Annual Production Sale last Sunday in January

Dave Zeis 26670 Bennington Road Valley, NE 68064 Cell: 402-720-1967


Darby & Annette Line 35355 Arrow Road • Miller, NE 68858 308-627-5085 Darby Cell Just 30 minutes of I-80

Ladies of the Valley Sale West Point, NE October 15, 2017


Triangle J Ranch


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Jay & Kim Volk • 402-720-7596 Clark & Leslie Volk • 402-720-3323 Bob & Jeanette Volk • 402-720-0469 20604 US Hwy 30 • Arlington, NE 68002 • Consigns to Ladies of the Valley – October 15, 2017

James, Merlin, and Delores Felt, Matt Schulte

J&C Annual Bull Sale – January 27, 2018

57977 857 Road • Wakefield, NE 68784 402-287-2488 home • 402-369-1069 cell • Herdsman, James Felt 402-369-0513 cell •

Foxy Ladies Bred Heifer Sale November 25, 2017 • West Point, NE Bulls of Excellence Sale • February 15, 2018 West Point Livestock Auction, West Point, NE


LUCAS CATTLE CO. Registered Simmentals, SimAngusTM & Angus Cattle Cleo Fields Forrest & Charlotte Lucas, Owners 417-399-7124 RT 91 Box 1200 Brandn Atkins Cross Timbers, MO 65634 417-399-7142 Office 417-998-6878 Jeff Reed Fax 417-998-6408 417-399-1241 Visitors Always Welcome



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Just 20 minutes off I-80

Verlouis Forster Family 74096 Road 434 Smithfield, NE 68976-1039 Ph 308-472-5036 Verlouis 308-991-2208 Alan Cell Email:

“Red and Black, Polled, Pigmented Simmentals”






Bruce and Sandra Flittie 11913 342nd Ave • Hosmer, SD 57448 605-283-2662 •

Christensen H Dunsmore 3C Christensen Ranch John Christensen, Cam & Tyler Fagerhaug 37273 216th Street • Wessington, SD 57381 605-458-2218 home • 605-458-2231 fax 605-350-1278 cell 458-350-2018 Cam

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Annual Production Sale March 16, 2018 • Wessington, SD

NLC Simmental Ranch Rick & Nalani L. Christensen Dunsmore & NaLea, Chase & Swayzee 21830 372nd Ave • Wessington, SD 57381 605-458-2425 • 605-354-7523 cell 605-350-5216 cell



Reds, Blacks • Bulls and Females Private Treaty Sales

Mike and Terri Traxinger 11176 – 406th Avenue Houghton, SD 57449 Home: 605.885.6347 Mike’s cell: 605.294.7227

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

Troy Jones & Randy Jones •

Benda Simmentals Jim and Jay Benda 26106 366th Ave. Kimball, SD 57355 605-778-6703

Jim: 605-730-6703 (Cell) Jay: 605-730-0215 (Cell)

Black and Red Breeding Stock

Kappes Simmentals Neal • 605-577-6679 • 605-380-8766 cell 10368 357th Ave. • Long Lake, SD 57457 Bruce • 605-380-1303 1522 S. 6th Street Aberdeen, SD 57401

Sterling 605-216-3581

R&R Cattle Company Steve & Elaine Reimer & Family 25657 345th Avenue Chamberlain, SD 57325 Phone: 605-234-6111 Email:

South Dakota’s Source for Outcross Performance Simmentals!

Clay Ekstrum 605-778-6185 (H) 605-730-1511 (C)

John Ekstrum – Specializing in Hard to Find 605-778-6414 Red Breeding Stock – 36220 257th St., Kimball, SD 57355 •

Eichacker Simmentals


25446 445th Ave • Salem, SD 57058 Steve & Cathy Eichacker 605-425-2391 or 605-421-1152 email: Annual Bull Sale • March 2, 2018

Kerry, Mara, Justin, Travis and Jamie Hart 10904 387th Avenue • Frederick, SD 57441 605-329-2587 (home) • 605-252-2065 (Kerry’s cell) email:

605-973-2448 (home) 605-222-1258 (Troy cell) 605-222-1515 (Cally cell)

18441 Capri Place Harrold, SD 57536

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DIRECTOR’S DIALOGUE By Chip Kemp, Director of Member and Industry Relations

Culling the Sacred Cow If there were an ASA theme or mantra, it could simply be boiled down to this “There are no sacred cows at ASA!” You’ve likely heard this phrase before and you know that it refers to the willingness to challenge everything — especially those ideas or approaches that exist just because “they always have”. To steal an idea from Thomas Jefferson, “Question with Boldness”. It is this boldness that made ASA different from the beginning. You’ve recently read highlights from many of your ASA trustees recounting pieces of our Association’s timeline. It is a story that reads unlike every other breed association — by design! We succeed in ways others can’t because we operate in ways that others won’t. A long line of humble, selfless, commercially mindful trustees has charted this course. That continues to this day. A courageous set of leaders has been devoted to implementing this plan. We could recount many stalwarts who engineered this process from the beginning. Heck, in just the last 20


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years, SimGenetic enthusiasts, and the entire beef industry, have become familiar and indebted to names like Lipsey, Ropp, Shafer. Individuals who have exhaustively committed to bringing your vision to reality — an Association who actually works on behalf of the industry and its membership as opposed to the model of members monetizing a marketing scheme that shifts and waffles in the wind. So how? How has your ASA avoided the traditional pitfalls of disconnect, arrogance, and self-importance?

The KISS Method No, not that one. Keep It Simply SimGenetics (KISS). Meaning that if we focus on the wide swath of how Simmental genetics directly impact commercial programs, if we stay steadfast and true to the message and merits of responsible crossbreeding, if we continue to test the mettle of your cattle in the world’s most robust beef genetic evaluation, if we continue to give you tools to make more profitable seedstock, if we keep our eye on the ball . . . Well, when we do those things we continue to live up to the guiding principles of our Association and those folks who set this course nearly 50 years ago. I can’t help but recognize that as a part of your ASA staff I get to see what many of you witness every day on the ranch — that complementarity and heterosis work. It just so happens that I get to see it within your team of ASA staff members. What is complementarity after all? It is about “protecting that bull”. Balancing his shortcomings with the strength of a potential dam. That is what your ASA team does. We match and complement individual strengths to best accomplish your work. From genomics and data analysis to ad generation and publication design — your ASA staff leverages team assets to best meet the ASA vision. And then there is heterosis. Which can be boiled down to getting more than you paid for. 2+2= 5. Blasted new math! But you know it’s true. And I get to see it frequently. Whether looking through your sale offering or watching my colleagues. So often, we are more together than we could ever be on our own. How else could all of us accomplish what we do? 2017 will be a benchmark year for the American Simmental Association. There will be milestones marked during this year that will be talked about for decades to come in the cattle industry. It is through your commitment to looking and moving forward that these will happen. I encourage you to watch closely over the coming months as you and your Association succeed in ways that others can’t because you are willing to operate in ways that others simply won’t. Breeders, innovative juniors, commercial customers, trustees, staff — when we “Question with Boldness” we not only live up to our obligations, but we gain ground that many won't let themselves imagine. As I’ve told you before, the beauty of ASA is simple. Never settle. ◆

W/C Last Call 206A

W/C Executive 187D


Yardley Utah Y361

FHEN Halftime A127



ASA# 2785178 EPDs: CE: 11 $API: 129 $TI: 71

ASA#: 3182363 EPDs: CE: 15 $API: 141 $TI: 80

Halls Confidence A30

W/C Lock Down 206Z




ASA#: 2641894 EPDs: CE: 8 $API: 113 $TI: 66

ASA#: 2884737 EPDs: CE: 14 $API: 139 $TI: 74

ASA#: 2852652 EPDs: CE: 21 $API: 167 $TI: 71

ASA#: 2658496 EPDs : CE: 21 $API: 162 $TI: 82

W/C United 956Y

W/C BF Innocent Man 174A

W/C No Remorse 763Y

TJ Franchise 451D

1/2 ASA#: 2614725 EPDs: CE: 10 $API: 140 $TI: 92

3/4 ASA#: 2785174 EPDs: CE: 12 $API: 107 $TI: 53

GLS/JRB Cash Flow 163C

ASA# 2785174

CCR Anchor 9071B


1/2 ASA#: 2614801 EPDs: CE: 8 $API: 95 $TI: 51

Rousey Gold Strike 512C



1/2 ASA#: 3148384 EPDs: CE: 14 $API: 160 $TI: 92 Triangle J’s 2017 sale topper and stoutest bull ever produced!

WS Stepping Stone 844


Longs the Player C33


ASA#: 3044489 EPDs: CE: 9 $API: 122 $TI: 70

ASA#: 2882759 EPDs: CE: 20 $API: 156 $TI: 81

ASA#: 3000381 EPDs: CE: 18 $API: 160 $TI: 85

ASA#: 2937803 EPDs: CE: 12 $API: 121 $TI: 73

ASA#: 3030191 EPDs: CE: 7 $API: 111 $TI: 64

CCR Flint Hills 2092B

W/C Holy Smoke 060C

KLS Halfblood X217

GCC CM Stockbroker B005

STCC Jimmy John 028A






ASA#: 2882607 EPDs: CE: 10 $API: 146 $TI: 86

ASA#: 30471168 EPDs: CE: 9 $API: 131 $TI: 92

ASA#: 2537824 EPDs: CE: 14 $API: 147 $TI: 73

ASA#: 2883938 EPDs: CE: 6 $API: 96 $TI: 62

ASA#: 2768788 EPDs: CE: 6 $API: 102 $TI: 69

Flying B Mondo 430B

GCC Whizard 125W

Hara’s Distinction 10C

CCR Masterlink 9054C

W/C Red Revolver 8443C

1/2 ASA#: 2939745 EPDs: CE: 6 $API: 78 $TI: 48

1/2 ASA#: 2511023 EPDs: CE: 12 $API: 94 $TI: 51

3/4 ASA#: 3083878 EPDs: CE: 6 $API: 96 $TI: 70

3/4 ASA#: 3026360 EPDs: CE: 7 $API: 145 $TI: 86

3/4 ASA#: 3041173 EPDs: CE: 12 $API: 99 $TI: 50

BULLETINS 2018 Steer Profitability Competition Eligibility The AJSA’s inaugural Steer Profitability Competition (SPC) kicked off November 1, 2016. It’s time to begin thinking about the 2017/2018 SPC. Any steer calf born between January 15 - April 15, 2017, is eligible for this fall’s SPC competition. There is no breed requirement for entry. The animal requires one parent be on file with ASA as either a Simmental or Foundation animal. Youth aged eight to 21 are encouraged to retain ownership on spring steer calves for entry into the 2017-18 Steer Profitability Competition. Entries are due September 15, 2017. Please direct questions to ASA Membership Director, Chip Kemp at 406-587-4531 ext. 508 or

Classic Registration Integrated with Herdbook Services This year the Classic entry system is integrated within ASA’s membership and registration database ( In order to access the entry form, a junior will be required to log in with their AJSA membership number and password. Following log in, the entry system will pull animals from the registry. If the junior is not an owner or authorized representative on the intended animal’s pedigree, the system will not allow the entry. Members are encouraged to renew or apply for AJSA membership and process animal registrations early. Waiting until the last minute may prevent entry, as issues with membership or animal registration cannot be processed without proper notice. In previous years, the deadline was pushed back by paying a late-entry fee but that option is no longer available. Any questions can be directed to ASA Youth Director, Emily Lochner at: 406-587-4531 ext. 517 or

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.


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BIF to Meet in Athens, GA The 2017 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Research Symposium and Convention will convene May 31 to June 3 in Athens, Georgia. The application for registration can be found on-line at Attendees registering before May 1, will save $100. For nearly 50 years the BIF has hosted an annual research symposium and convention. Drawing a large group of seedstock and commercial beef producers, academics and allied industry partners, the convention serves to facilitate discussion and provide education with an emphasis on performance issues facing the beef industry.

AJSA Schedule and Deadlines

In conjunction with the 2017 National Classic, the AJSA is inviting the membership to donate new or gently used children’s books for the Children’s Hospital of Mississippi as a part of their annual service project. The National Classic, to be held in Hattiesburg, MS, is less than an hour from the hospital. States will compete against each other to see who has brought the most donations. Books may be passed onto junior state advisors or anyone traveling to the National Classic. Donations will be collected at the National Classic Opening Ceremony.

May 15 — Regional Classic entry/ownership deadline *no late entry May 22 — National Classic entry/ownership deadline *no late entry June 1 — Photography Contest, Interview Contest, Trustee application, Silver and Gold Merit Award application deadline June 14-17 — South Central Regional Classic, Springfield, MO June 14-17 — Eastern Regional Classic, London, OH June 21-24 — Western Regional Classic, Klamath Falls, OR June 28-July 2 — North Central Regional Classic, Huron, SD July 9-15 — National Classic, Hattiesburg, MS August TBA — Summit Leadership Conference September 15 — Steer Profitability Competition Entry deadline, forms available at

50% off GGPLD Pricing

2017 Year-Letter is “E”

The ASA Board of Trustees approved a resolution to offer a 50% off rebate on GeneSeek Genomic Profiler Low Density (GGPLD) testing in exchange for either feed intake and/or carcass data. Members will receive one 50% off price discount per carcass or feed intake record submitted. Records must be valid for use in ASA’s genetic evaluation system (at least two sires represented and the animals must have at least the sire identified). Animals must have been born after August 31, 2015, to qualify for the program. Please contact

Office Holiday Schedule

Books for Children’s Hospital of Mississippi

The year-letter animal identification letter for 2017 is “E”, and will be followed by F in 2018 and G in 2019. The letter D was the year-letter designated for use during 2016.

The ASA office will be closed for the following 2017 holidays. Monday, May 29 Memorial Day Monday & Tuesday July 3-4 Independence Day Monday, September 4 Labor Day Thursday – Friday, November 23-24 Thanksgiving Friday & Monday, December 22 & 25 Christmas ◆

Foundation Focus By Emily Lochner, Director of Youth and PTP Programs


lthough certainly not “new”, the ASA’s new office building has been servicing ASA employees and fielding member visits for nearly a year and a half. The three-story building features a basement with an exercise room, main level with a foyer, board meeting room and kitchen, and an upper level complete with offices and breathtaking views of the Bridger Mountains. As an ode to our loyal members, the American Simmental–Simbrah Foundation Board decided to line the main level with brands featuring our members’ ranches. The wall brand fundraising campaign kicked off last fall in preparation for the 2016 Fall Focus, held at the office in Bozeman. However, at any time, a member can purchase a wall brand that will hang in the foyer of the building. The levels available are $500, $1,000 and $5,000. All donors at the $500 level will be listed on a joint plaque which hangs in the history area facing the Foundation wall. All donors at the two larger levels will receive a custom section of branded barn wood, resurrected from the “old” ASA office building. In addition, members can purchase a tree in memory, or in honor of an ASA member. The trees that line the ASA driveway will feature the customized plaques. As with all donations, members can designate which area to support: youth, education or research. Donors can also select a specific project within those three major areas. There is plenty of space left on the wall, the Foundation Board members encourage you to purchase your wall brand, and donate today to the Foundation! Contact Emily Lochner at: to purchase your wall brand. ◆

Thank you to the members who have already purchased a wall brand! Miller Simmentals

TNT Simmentals

Pineview Farms

Circle M Farms

Pine Ridge Ranch LLC

One Penny Ranch

Buzzard Hollow Ranch

4P Ranch

Lassle Ranch Simmentals

Cow Camp Ranch

Eberspacher Enterprises

Hook Farms

Willis Simmentals

Begger’s Diamond V

Trinity Farms

Forster Farms

Circle H Cattle Farm

Roger Finke

McDonald Farms

Wade & Merri Staigle

Campbell Land & Cattle

Lanting Enterprises

Red River Farms

Smith Genetics

Harker Simmentals

Fred Smith Ranch

Kenner Simmentals

Triple U Ranch LLC

Mississippi Simmental – Simbrah Association

Barnell Simmentals

A tree and plaque were donated in honor of Mary Catherine Hook-Virnig.

The ASF wall brand is made from repurposed barn wood from the old ASA Headquarters.


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WE GET VISITORS Recently a number of visitors dropped by the ASA headquarters. The visitors included long-time ASA members, an ultrasound technician, past ASF Board Chairman, and Montana State University (MSU) students. Past ASF Board Chairman, Nancy Tom, dropped by to visit with Wade Shafer and ASA staff during her visit to Montana.

Bob Patacini, Patacini Cattle Company from Moses Lake, WA, stopped by the ASA headquarters for a quick visit with Wade Shafer, ASA EVP, on his way to Montana State University. In addition to raising seedstock cattle, Patacini is also an ultrasound technician.

Rick and Sharon Wood (left) of Woodlawn Simmentals, Clarksville, GA, stopped by the ASA headquarters on their way to Yellowstone and received a tour of the new building from Emme Troendle, ASA staff (right). Woodlawn Simmentals have been active in the Association since 1992.

Two groups of MSU Animal Science students visited the ASA headquarters for a lecture and presentation by Wade Shafer on the cattle industry and International Genetic Solutions (IGS).

Nancy Chesterfield, ASA Publication Sales Manager, visits with Nancy and Don Burnham and Baylee from Prickly Pear Ranch, Helena, MT. The Burnhams stopped in to visit on their way home from Texas. u


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STATE SCENE SDSA Presents Awards at Annual Meeting The South Dakota Simmental Association (SDSA) presented several awards in conjunction with their annual meeting December 16, 2016, in Mitchell. The Dale Werning family, located in Emery, was named the South Dakota Cattlemen of the Year. Kelly Schmidt, former ASA Representative, was presented with the Promoter of the Year award. A scholarship developed for senior or post-secondary students was presented to Cagney Effling from Highmore. The SDSA also donated $10,000 to the 2017 North Central Regional Classic, scheduled for June 28-July 2, in Huron.

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

Microwave Mexicali Meat Loaves Submitted by Nancy Burnham Helena, Montana

Ingredients 1 pound ground beef ½ cup uncooked oatmeal 18 ounce tomato sauce 1 egg ¼ ounce chopped green chilies ⅛ tsp garlic powder 1 Tbs onion 1 Tbs chili powder ½ cup Cheddar cheese, grated


The Dale Werning family accepts Cattlemen of the Year award, presented by Jeremy Lehrman, SDSA President, far left.

Lehrman presents Promoter of the Year award to Kelly Schmidt.

WSA Presents Awards at Annual Banquet and Sale The Wisconsin Simmental Association (WSA) held their annual awards banquet, meeting and sale Saturday, March 25, in Lancaster. The Jeanne Pope Family from Richland Center, was awarded the 2017 Family of the Year; Dyllon Vetsch and Drew Manthe were recognized for their participation and commitment to the WSA Board of Directors; and Junior member, Emilie Pauls, daughter of Steven and Jackie Pauls of Schofield, was awarded the Bronze Merit Award. Jeanne Pope Family of Richland Center, recipents of 2017 WSA Family of the Year.

Emilie Pauls accepting her award from WSA President Craig Kaisand.

2017-2018 WSA Board of Directors, left to right, front row: Scott Kropf; Jenny Zimmerman, Secretary; Lisa Vetsch, Treasurer; Craig Kaisand, President. Middle row: Bill Meyer, Vice President; Jeanne Pope; Devin Hadorn-Papke. Back Row: Perry Wolff; Dusty Jentz; Nate Moll. Not pictured: Pat Monchilovich and Mark Zimmerman. ◆


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1. Combine meat, oats, egg, ¼ cup tomato sauce, 2 Tablespoon green chilies, 1 Tablespoon onion, and chili powder. 2. Mix well. Shape into four loaves. 3. Place in an 8-inch square baking dish. 4. Microwave on high for 6-7 minutes. 5. Combine all remaining ingredients in glass cup and cook on full power about 1 minute. 6. To serve, spoon sauce over meat; sprinkle with cheese. 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. ◆

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. Spring or fall calving “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 that 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 At least two sires will be used per contemporary group and ASA likely will use several sires per contemporary group to provide better more accurate test results. u Only bulls with high calving ease EPDs are used on heifers.

Qualifications 1. All cows will be 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 Jackie Atkins or Jannine Story for more information at 406-587-4531.

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

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

Bruce Miller Auctioneer 1972 Oak Creek Lane, Suite 49 Bedford, TX 76022

Cell: 817-247-0115

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


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

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

The most recent list of people who have made a donation to the ASA Foundation. Trennepohl Farms

Middletown, IN Heartland Cattle Co.

Nashua, IA Jeff & Christa Wiarda

Circle Ranch Tim & Jill Curran

Calvin & Cora McGowan

Ione, CA

San Angelo, TX

Gordon & Melissa Hodges

Robert & Elizabeth Hodge

Hamptonville, NC

Georgetown, MD

Hudson Pines

Harold & Margaret Mueller

Ackley, IA Red River Farms

Tarrytown, NY

Blythe, CA Rolling Hills Farms

Owen Bros

Bois d’Arc, MO

Belle Center, OH Drew & Holli Hatmaker

Randy Moody

New Market, AL

Paris, KY Steve & Leisa Shirley

Curtis & Susan Russell

Sugar City, CO

Lafayette, TN Ferguson Show Cattle

Trinity Farms

Ellensburg, WA

Charon, OH Zac Abel

Chris Schick

New Salem, ND Circle M Craig McCullum

Rockwall, TX Wildberry Farms Jim Berry

Scales Mound, IL

Colville, WA The Hudson Family

Miles, TX Douglas & Holly Miller

New Oxford, PA Marshall Miller Jr & Claudia Huntington

San Antonio, TX

Bob & Rhea Lanting

Elgin Breeding Service Inc.

Twin Falls, ID

Elgin, TX

Dr. Larry Horstman

Karen Bains

West LaFayette, IN

Rankin, TX

Battle Creek, NE Kaelberer Simmentals Claye Kaelberer

Ronald & Lora Rose

Clinton, IL

Kingdom City, MO Neidig Simmentals

San Angelo, TX

Greg Burden

The Phil Farr Family

Grand Saline, TX

Fort Worth, TX

Rocking P Simmental Chan Phillips

Judith Shiller

Miles, TX

Maysville, KY Klein Kattle Ko. Wayne Klein

Millie Henderson & Family

San Angelo, TX

Ravenna, MI

Pine Ridge Bill & Jane Travis

Barnell Simmentals

Dallas, TX

Sutton, NE

Erika Kenner

Akland Simmental

Leeds, ND

Alcester, SD

Daniel Johnson

James Wurtz

Wichita, KS

Valley, NE

Semen Available on Today’s Hottest AI Sires

Gary Updyke

Chris Schick

Mr. & Mrs. Joe W Henderson, Sr

Checotah, OK

Clinton, IL

San Angelo, TX


Buzzard Hollow Fred Schuetze

Gwen McLarty

Rob & Peggy Brown

Clifton, TX

Throckmorton, TX

Gene & Cordelia Yocham

Martha Hollida Garrett

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

Granbury, TX

Jerry & Donna Multer

Wall, TX Dale & Linda Duggan

Ballinger, TX Todd & Kelly Finke

Berthold, ND

Benbrook, TX

Ballinger, TX

We Invite You to Add Your Name to The List. May/June 2017


NEWSMAKERS In Memoriam . . . David Rockefeller, 101, owner of the famed Hudson Pines Farm, Tarrytown, NY, passed away March 20. His wife, Margaret “Peggy”, as she was more commonly known, had established a Simmental cowherd back in the 1970s, and after she passed away in 1996, he maintained that cattle operation with the assistance of his granddaughter, Miranda Kaiser. In 2006, Rockefeller was honored with the American Simmental Association’s prestigious Golden Book Award and traveled to Denver to accept that recognition in person. Rockefeller The grandson of Standard Oil cofounder John D. Rockefeller, and the last survivor of five sons of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., David and Peggy were widely known and admired as philanthropists, donating generously to the arts and environmental conservation. They also supported such entities as the Chamber of Commerce, Catholic Charities and the United Way. To mark his 100th birthday, he donated 1,000 acres of land next to a National Park to the state of Maine.

SimAngus™ Bull Donated For Wildfire Relief Matt and Terri VanSlyke, Running Springs Cattle Company, Nolensville, Tennessee, have donated the proceeds of a SimAngus bull sold at the New Day Bull Sale in Osceola, Missouri, April 8th, to the wildfire relief efforts. This past spring, wildfires broke out in different regions across the US due to a dangerous combination of warmer weather, wind and dry conditions. Many human lives were lost while trying to save animals. Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Nebraska and Florida all reported wildfires with Kansas suffering the most extensive losses. Producers across the country have sent hay, milk replacer, and other resources to the affected areas.

AJSA Member Featured by Purdue Current AJSA member Adrianne Trennepohl, from Middletown, IN, was recognized by Purdue University’s Animal Science Department in their on-line monthly student spotlight. Trennepohl answered a series of questions for the University about her background in agriculture and her time at the University, which highlighted her already successful college career. Trennepohl

Martin to Represent ASA at YCC Tour Christopher Martin of Nashville, TN will represent ASA at the Upcoming Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC) tour scheduled for May 31-June 8, 2017, sponsored by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). YCC was established to help develop leadership qualities in young cattlemen and expose them to a wide range of the beef industry issues, ranging from industry structure to management, to research and marketing. Martin has been involved in the registered seedstock industry since he Martin received his first crossbred Simmental heifer at the age of eight. He currently serves as farm manager of Water’s Edge Farm in Franklin and helps his father with the family operation, Martin Farms of Lyles. Martin serves as secretary of the Tennessee Simmental Association and editor of the state association newsletter, The Tennessee Simmental SCOOP. u


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Knezek Simmental/Simbrah Ranch Red & Black Show Heifers, Bulls & Steers Call for your next Champion — Superbowl Eligible!


Brian Knezek • 361-293-1590 (M) Yoakum, TX 77995

2015 National Division Champion INSimmAssoc/index.htm

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SIMBRAH Sarah J. (Sally) Buxkemper

2617 CR 400 Ballinger, Texas 76821 325-442-4501 • 325-656-3008 (c)

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

956-207-2087 email:

“No Nonsense” Simbrah Cattle


PRAIRIE CATTLE CO. Your One Stop Source Breeding Stock and Show Pigs

Stan, Nancy and Clint Thayer • Lafayette, IN 765-538-2976 home • 765-586-4812 cell 765-413-6029 Clint cell • Email:

Pine Ridge Ranch Pine Ridge Ranch Pine Ridge Ranch


Mark, Jame, Anna & Peter Krieger PO Box 145 Universal, IN, 47884

812-239-5102, Mark 812-208-0956, Jame 269-470-7553, Anna 812-208-8224, Peter

Annual Sale First Sunday in October

Jane and Bill Travis

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






Mike & Sandy Scheu 903-962-6915 9208 FM 17 972-670-7467 cell Grand Saline, TX 75140

Quality Red & Black Simmental

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


Simbrah, SimAngusTM HT, SimAngusTM & Simmental



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


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

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

• 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 • Herdsman, Austin Egloff 812-309-4152

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CORPORATE REPORT Beef Helps Tyson’s Income Tyson Foods has announced its first quarter (Q1) income showing a record earnings increase of 38%. A large portion of that income came from the company’s beef sector with a record-operating margin of 8.5%. Beef sales contributed $299 million in Q1, well ahead of the previous year’s sales of $71 million during the same period. Total sales for all categories was reported at $982 million, up from $776 million last year.

Chipotle Lawsuit Dismissed A federal judge in the US District Court has ruled in favor of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., dismissing a lawsuit filed by some of its shareholders after a significant foodborne illness outbreak occurred in 2015. The shareholders alleged that the company executives did not divulge the seriousness of food illness outbreaks, and also misled them in regard to its food safety protocols. The first outbreak occurred in late 2015, when 55 people were infected in 11 states and 21 people were hospitalized. A second, smaller outbreak infected five people from three states, one was hospitalized.

Dozens of Restaurants to Close Bloomin’ Brands Inc. has indicated that the company will close 43 underperforming restaurants. Fourth-quarter samestore sales at its Outback Steakhouse chain dropped 4.8%, Carrabba’s Italian Grill sales fell 2.3%, and Bonefish Grill sales dropped 1.9%.


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Combined US sales fell 3.5% in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to the company. The 2016-year was challenging for both Bloomin’ Brands and the industry, but according to the company, they are pleased with how brands are performing in 2017, particularly Outback.

Two Chains to Close Restaurants Buffalo Wild Wings (BWW) and Noodles & Company (N&C) announced plans to close collectively more than 100 restaurants as the brands do overhaul to revive sluggish sales in the fastcasual restaurant sector. BWW saw net profit fall 38% in the fourth quarter. The restructuring will include the sale of 60 restaurants. N&C will close 55 locations that have been dragging margins, while recovering from a data breach that exposed credit and debit card information of its customers. A credit union sued the company, which expects to record an $11 million charge in the fourth quarter, and could take another $5 million hit.

Quick Service, Grocery Top Service List Based on a study of 10,000 US consumers that evaluated the customer experience of 3,331 companies across 20 industries, supermarkets and quick service food chains took nine of the top 13 spots. According to the Survey, Chick-fil-A and H-E-B claim the top 2nd and 3rd positions. Other top-rated companies include quick service restaurants Hardees, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Subway. Supermarkets include Hannaford, Food Lion, and Trader Joe's. Rounding out the top 13 were QVC, BJs Wholesale Club, ACE Hardware and banking company Regions. u

CUTTING EDGE TB-resistant Cattle a Success Researchers from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Northwest A&F University in China, claim they have successfully genetically modified cattle to resist bovine tuberculosis (TB). The researchers used an advanced technique called clustered regulatory interspaced short palindromic repeats, a genome editing tool. Scientists inserted a gene linked to tuberculosis resistance into 20 cattle. Results showed that 11 of the genetically-modified cows lived beyond the age of three months and were more resistant to the disease compared to their non-genetically-modified counterparts. The researchers did not note any side effects in the animals as a consequence of the modification.

Real Meat, Without the Animal According to the results of a study, scientists from the University of Missouri have documented a way to create meat in vitro. The researchers transformed adult livestock cells into a pluripotent state — porcine induced pluripotent stem cells (piPSC) — to create the product. They were also able to grow new tissue without serum (which carries blood cells and platelets through the body) by using a synthetic serum.

Screwworm Eradicated From Florida The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced the successful eradication of the New World screwworm (NWS) from Florida. This was the first infestation in the US in 30 years, and was originally discovered in the Florida National Key Deer Refuge in late 2016. New World screwworms are fly larvae that can infest livestock and other warm-blooded animals, including people. At this time, the screwworm has been eradicated in the US, but reintroductions may occur, most commonly imported through dogs and horses.

WHO Lists Antibiotic — Resistant Pathogens The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a list of antibiotic-resistant “priority-pathogens”, a catalog of 12 families of bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health, in an effort to address growing global resistance to antimicrobial medicine. The WHO list is divided into three categories according to the urgency of need for new antibiotics: critical, high, and mediumpriority. The most critical group includes multidrug resistant bacteria that pose a particular threat in hospitals, nursing homes, and among patients whose care requires devices such as ventilators and blood catheters. ◆

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Level II ($500-$999): In addition to the above perks, donors will also receive the following: • Banner ad on • Your business brochure included in the registration packets • Designed poster — 20 inches wide x 30 inches tall • eNews banner • Tabletop space by registration desk for business promotion

Level III ($1000-$3,499): In addition to the above perks, donors will also receive the following: • Slide show promotion during breaks

Level IV ($3,500 and above): In addition to the above perks, donors will also receive the following: • Ten minutes to address attendees May/June 2017


PERSONNEL PROFILES This is a new monthly series designed to personalize ASA’s staff by connecting faces with names and responsibilities.

Steve McGuire

Steve McGuire and his wife Jacki hiking in Beehive Basin, near Big Sky Montana.

For the past 44 years, Steve McGuire has filled various roles for ASA, beginning as a part-time employee while completing college. Previously, he taught science and math in Michigan, and upon deciding to go back to school in mechanical engineering, he and his wife, Jacki, chose Bozeman. While attending Montana State University, he heard of a job for someone with computer skills over the radio. “At the interview, I noticed lots of jeans, boots, big belt buckles and cowboy hats,” McGuire recalls, “With long hair and a full beard I didn’t exactly fit in. Fortunately, the only other person to apply was a male with a ponytail down the middle of his back; I got the job.” Part time quickly became almost

full time, and upon graduating, ASA offered him a position. McGuire has filled multiple roles since 1973, but throughout, has remained focused on technology. “I have truly enjoyed being part of the introduction and expansion of technology at the Association,” he explains. “My wife and I have four grown children who all fondly remember times spent at 1 Simmental Way while dad was working on ‘his computers,’” McGuire adds. The McGuire family skied Bridger Bowl in the winter and hiked in the summer. Once their kids left home, McGuire and Jacki took up long distance running, now running half and full marathons around the country. He also enjoys going home to the shores of Lake Michigan.

Linda Harris-Bakken

Linda Harris-Bakken

After moving back from an eight-year stint in Minnesota, Linda Harris-Bakken began working for ASA in 1978. The Bozeman native came home to limited job opportunities in the Gallatin Valley and found a job at ASA through the unemployment office. At the time, Don Vaniman was CEO, Earl Peterson was office manager and Steve McGuire was the supervisor of data input. Bakken started from scratch, learning about data input and computer programs when she started, but has since become an irreplaceable member of the processing team, being a part of many teams

throughout her time at ASA. Currently, Bakken handles customer service and membership. Bakken is learning to quilt, having made several baby blankets and moving up to adult-sized blankets. “I like to bake and try new recipes and am still trying to be a successful gardener, both vegetables and flowers,” says Bakken. She has been married to her husband Al for 15 years, and with him has three dogs, or “spoiled children with four legs a tail, cold black noses,” as she describes. Sundays are their family walk time.

Dan Rieder In 1979, after Earl Peterson encouraged him to apply for the newly established position of “Director of Public Relations”, Dan Rieder started working for ASA. In 1990, he assumed the position of editor of the Register and SimTalk magazines. Prior to working for ASA, Rieder worked as the Executive Secretary of the Montana State University Alumni Association, as a radio announcer, on his family’s ranch, and spent two years in the US Army. In 2006, Rieder was awarded the World Simmental-Fleckvieh Federation Dan and Toby Rieder, with their granddaughter, Amanda.


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Golden Book Award. He is currently “almost retired” and working a few hours a week. Rieder enjoys traveling with his wife Toby, a retired second grade teacher. They have three children and six grandchildren. The avid Denver Broncos fan also serves as Public Address Announcer for MSU Track and Field as well as for American Legion Baseball. He has served as the president of his subdivision board for the last 12 years and enjoys time in the mountains fishing and cutting wood. ◆

EPDs: CE: 7 $API: 134 $TI: 77

Dam: URA Baby Doll

LLSF Pays To Believe ZU194 ASA#: 2659897 • Pays To Dream x Trademark Homozygous Black/Heterozygous Polled Granddam: Rockin Robin Pays To Believe is the spectacular 2015 NWSS and 2014 NAILE Grand Champion Bull! His first calves are averaging 5 digits in public auctions and his full-sib sisters averaged $16,000 in Lee’s 2014 fall sale.

WLE Big Deal A617

CNS-HFS Payload A330

EPDs: CE: 9 $API: 108 $TI: 59 ASA#: 2743620 • Homozygous Polled Steel Force x Shawnee Miss 770P Big Deal is exciting at Mid Continent Farms & Wesner Livestock. Big Deal is calving easily and adding value to progeny! Maternal brother to Uno Mas.

EPDs: CE: 11 $API: 125 $TI: 62 ASA#: 2747228 • Homozygous Black, Heterozygous Polled • Pays to Dream x Navigator. Extra sound structured, calving ease, solid black bull with added depth to use to make complete, sound progeny. He has no white on face to use on heifers or cows.

EPDs: CE: 5 $API: 95 $TI: 56

EPDs: CE: 15 $API: 134 $TI: 68

Reserve Champion NWSS Pen of Three Bulls for GLS, all sired by New Direction.

Famous donor dam, Hope Floats

GLS New Direction X184

TNGL Grand Fortune Z467 ASA#: 2654876 • Grandmaster x STF Montana Black 2014 NWSS Champion Bull! Homozygous Black & Homozygous Polled Exciting, extra complete first progeny with lots of extension!

2014 NWSS Champion Bull $16,000 Grand Fortune daughter

EPDs: CE: 10 $API: 109 $TI: 60

ASA#: 2536539 • Better Than Ever x Powerline New Direction is the homozygous polled, Dream On free, outcross pedigree sire that you can use with confidence to make sound, soggy, Sim-Influenced progeny! New Direction sired the “Power Simmy” selection at The One Sale a heifer brought in from Hilbrands HILB Fashionista — $10,000 Cattle Co. MN. New Direction daughter at The One Sale.

New Direction bred at GLS, MN

HILB Maverick — $50,000 New Direction son at The One Sale

EPDs: CE: 10 $API: 152 $TI: 86

EPDs as of 1.9.17

Heterozygous Black Homozygous Polled Ignition’s fantastic full sister

FBF1/SF Ignition A811 ASA#: 2749323 • Combustible x In Dew Time Homozygous Black/Homozygous Polled Ignition packs an unprecedented load of muscle shape and internal dimension together with excellent structure and profile. Ask Randy Daniels, Trent Templeton and Todd Alford about progeny!

Calving Ease Outcross 2016 NAILE Reserve Champion SimSolution Junior Show by Ignition

Long’s Damien A37 ASA#: 2789551 • Shear Force x GW Lucky Man

Damien is a fantastic, calving ease prospect who’d we never imagine to own this much eyeappeal studying his pedigree. Genetic outliers with “look” are rare and we’re wayyy excited about Damien! Solid black-use on baldy heifers and cows to remove white.


EPDs: CE: 9 $API: 101 $TI: 60

EPDs: CE: 18 $API: 174 $TI: 90

Loaded Up’s famous dam!

Kingsman’s full sister was a Reserve Division Champion at the 2017 NWSS!

K-Ler Kingsman 610D

5/8 SimAngusTM ASA#: 3125337 • Homozygous Black/Homozygous Polled WC Executive Order x GW Predestined 701T Kingsman was the high-selling bull in the 2017 “The One” Sale, selling to John Lee, CO. Kingsman puts together as nearly a perfect combination of EPD profile, genetic merit, Kingsman’s other full sister at unique pedigree power, structural soundness, and real-world the “The One” Sale brought $25,000 to Werning, SD. functionality and phenotype as any sire available! Move your herd to a higher kingdom with Kingsman!

W/C Loaded Up 1119Y ASA#: 2654155 • Remington Lock N Load x 3C Macho Heterozygous Black/Homozygous Polled Half-interest sold for $240,000 at the 2017 Embryos on Snow sale to Griswold! Loaded Up is out of a great cow family, will moderate frame, improve front ends, and maintain soundness!

Loaded Up daughter – manytime champ for Skiles, TX. Loaded Up son at Werning’s.

EPDs: CE: 11 $API: 134 $TI: 70

EPDs: CE: 7 $API: 119 $TI: 63

Carver’s dam is the famous donor, Dolly.

EPDs as of 2.7.17

Bottomline’s paternal brother is out of a Broker dam…he’s the $400,000 Profit!

TL Bottomline 38B

TKCC Carver 65C

ASA#: 2905451 WS Pilgrim x Fat Butt Heterozygous Black/ Homozygous Polled Bottomline will add power and Bottomline’s Dam. PIZAZZ to your next calf crop. He's going to especially work great on Steel Force, Uno Mas and Pays influenced females. Grand Champion Bull at 2016 NAILE & American Royal, Res. Champion at 2017 NWSS!

ASA#: 3045230 • WS Pilgrim x Driver Homozygous Black/Homozygous Polled Carver was the high-selling and lead-off bull in the Kearns 2016 Sale. His dam, Dolly, has produced some extremely well received and valuable progeny of both sexes! He’s a real-world bull to use on anything with white on it . . . he’ll add performance and great type!

Bottomline’s Reserve Champion paternal sister out of a Broker dam speaks to the quality of this mating opportunity! His full sister commanded $25,000 at the 2017 “The One” sale!

Carver’s Maternal sister by GLS New Direction at Rains and Bird.

Carver was the lead-bull in the Kearn’s 2016 Champion Pen!

TKCC Carver 65C

KRMS Primary Candidate B204

Jass On The Mark 69D

K-Ler Cash Flow 528C

JBSF Road Trip 213D

ASA# 2994148 OMF Double Shot x Mo Better Heterozygous Black/Homozygous Polled

ASA# 3210989 Loaded Up x In Dew Time Black/Polled

ASA# 3042933 Make It Rain x Miss Kansa

ASA# 3133021 RLYF Roll Tide x Macho

EPDs: CE: 5 $API: 100 $TI: 63

EPDs: CE: 7 $API: 102 $TI: 58

EPDs: CE: 9 $API: 120 $TI: 68

EPDs: CE: 10 $API: 116 $TI: 64

The 2016-2017 Triple Crown Champion Percentage Bull, winning NWSS, NAILE and American Royal!

An exciting bull who should sire a bit more frame than his popular sire. His dam was 4th overall B&O at the AJSA National Classic! She’s an In Dew Time x Macho.

Cash Flow was a successful show bull and is a brother to the famous many-time champion heifer of Ritchey’s a few years back!

Road Trip is an eye-appealing 3/4 blood raised by Bloomberg’s. His dam was the 2009 Illinois State Fair Supreme Champion Female.

EPDs: CE: 6.5 $API: 105 $TI: 63

EPDs: CE: 9 $API: 107 $TI: 60

Homozygous Black, Homozygous Polled

Rocking P Legendary C918

Valentine is Legendary’s legendary maternal granddam, and foundation donor for many of the Rockin P success stories!

ASA#: 3070709 • Harkers Icon x SVF Steel Force Homozygous Black/Homozygous Polled Legendary is a direct son of deceased Icon, and is an ultra-sound, good-footed, soft-middled bull with tons of function and eye appeal. He was a successful show bull for Rocking P, being a division champion at NAILE, and winning Sweepstakes and the Kentucky State Fair. Bloomberg’s added Legendary to their powerful herd battery, selecting him as the second high-selling bull at “The One”.

VCL LKC Dagger 605D ASA#: 3173463 • Profit x BF Miss Crysteel Tango Full brother to The Duke and Profit Maker

EPDs: CE: 7.3 $API: 104 $TI: 62 Heterozygous Black, Homozygous Polled. The ultra stout, solid black anchor bull to the 2017 Purebred Pen for Voglers. 1,350 lbs. at 10 months. The Duke is a stud!

EPDs: CE: 6.8 $API: 114 $TI: 66 Homozygous Black, Heterozygous Polled

VCL LKC The Duke 633D ASA#: 3173461 • Profit x BF Miss Crysteel Tango EPDs: CE: 7 $API: 105 $TI: 63

LLSF Better Believe It D64

Homozygous Black, Homozygous Polled This eye-appealing high selling bull for Vogler’s was also the lead bull in their Reserve Champion Denver Pen!

ASA#: 3152728 • Pays To Believe x LLSF Cayenne Both Better Believe It and Charged Up share this donor dam: LLSF Cayenne

EPDs: CE: 6.4 $API: 121 $TI: 68 Homozygous Black, Heterozygous Polled

VCL LKC Profit Maker 604D ASA#: 3173459 • Profit x BF Miss Crysteel Tango

LLSF Charged Up D66 ASA#: 3152726 • Pays To Believe x LLSF Cayenne These two full brothers, Better Believe It and Charged Up were members of the Lee Simmental Farms 2017 Champion Denver Pen of Five.

Dam: BF Miss Crysteel Tango

In just her short time in production, she’s produced over $500,000 in progeny sales. She’s the dam of popular 2014 champion Firefly, who produced Hartmans high selling bull! Miss Crysteel Tango is a Steel Force out of a full sister to Pays To Believe’s dam. Power in the blood here with Profit Maker and Duke!

Maternal sister: Firefly 311A. She was Grand Champion Female 2014 American Royal.

Sister to Firefly – 3rd Overall B&O at the National Classic, Kersten, NE.

Sire: Profit 2017 NWSS Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Three



Show and Sale Season

Transfer Tips

Some say that “Nothing in life is free” but at ASA we are proud to offer the FIRST TRANSFER of any animal in the database FREE. Transferring is a way for you to provide excellent customer service to your buyer as well as to assist in maintaining an accurate listing of your herd in the ASA database.

Fact or Fiction: Fiction: ASA creates the rules for all Simmental classes at shows across the country. Fact: ASA only sets rules for the AJSA National and Regional Classics. Shows may follow ASA’s Simmental percentage chart but are not required todo so. The information found on for each animal is the most current, but a show may use a paper certificate to determine ownership. Show management may accept seeing a Junior exhibitor’s name attached to a ranch account at one event and require the Junior’s name be written explicitly on the papers at another. Each show is different and doing some homework and having paperwork correct at the beginning of the season can clear up a number of issues. With that in mind, there are two ways you can transfer animals: online or by paper. Take your pick and send in that transfer today!

To Transfer By Paper: Fill out the transfer portion of the certificate (shown below) and mail or fax to ASA and let us do the work for you at no extra charge. If you mail or fax the paperwork to us, we ask that you provide the buyer name, address, date of sale and if transferring females, state whether they are open or bred. If bred, provide the sire registration number and the AI date or pasture in and out dates. If you have sold the dam with calf at side and fill in the calf’s information on the back side of the certificate, the calf will be registered and transferred to the new owner with any applicable fees for the calf registration billed to your account. Even if you are not computer savvy, save yourself postage and time by transferring the animal online. It takes about five minutes and the ownership is updated immediately and a certificate is mailed out to the new owner next business day. If you choose to process your certificates by paper, processing will take five to seven days assuming no errors and excluding mail time.


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Juniors, please keep in mind that getting transfers done on-time will prevent a number of headaches once show season picks up. If you bought an animal, be sure to give the seller your ASA membership number. If the date-of-origin is important, be proactive about getting the transfer completed. Some shows require the papers be in the Junior’s name by a certain date, and once that dateof-origin is established, you cannot change it. The day the papers print is the date-of-origin; therefore, the date of sale may be six months ago, however, if you wait to get the transfer done, the date-of-origin could fall past the deadline for a show.

To Transfer Online: a. Log-in to Herdbook Services. b. Go to Data Entry select Online. (See Figure 1) c. Select the Transfer tab from the left hand side. Select Enter Transfer Information button (See Figure 2). d. Enter the animal’s registration number in the third column from the left titled AnmRegNbr (See Figure 3). e. Enter the ASA member number in the AcctNbr column. If the buyer does not have an ASA number, enter in the buyer’s first name, last name, address, city, state and zip code. f. Enter Date of Sale. g. Under the Mail To column, spell out BUYER if certificate should be mailed to the buyer or SELLER if certificate should be returned to you. h. For females, under Open enter a Y if she is open at time of sale. If bred, enter in the AI sire registration number along with AI date or enter Pasture Sire Registration number along with pasture in and out dates in the appropriate columns. i. Once all information is entered, select “Submit Data” at top right of the page. If there are no errors, select Proceed to Billing and an invoice screen will appear with any relevant charges. Complete the job by either selecting Add Payment to enter credit/debit information if balance is due on account or Hold Until Payment Received if you prefer to mail the payment. If there is no amount due then select Final Submit. Transfer is immediately viewable online if you processed the job through completion.

Log on to Herdbook Services:

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If a previous owner is not listed on the certificate (only owner and breeder are listed) the transfer will be free. If a previous owner is listed below the breeder, transfer fees will apply. If the animal has previously been transferred, and you are completing the transfer within 60 days of the date of sale, it will cost $10. If processed after 60 days from the date of sale, it will be $30. For further questions or to be walked through your first time transferring online, email or visit ◆

Rockin along with a Capital Payweight of Aviators Embryo Sire

Stevenson Rockmount


The future of Three Cedars

Connealy Capitalist

LRS Ms Dakota 559R

559R was Lot 1 in Lassle Ranch Simmentals’ sale this past spring near Glendive, MT, and we have confidence she will be a great addition to us in Missouri as we strive to produce profitable beef bulls for the true beef producer. She earned her way into the donor pen as a 6-year-old cow in 2011 and exploded onto the scene in 2013. She’s called the dam of herd sires, and it is well earned. 559R has placed six sons into breeding stock operations and AI studs in the last three years. Her other sons have consistently commanded the attention of and are highly sought after by progressive commercial cattlemen. She calved as a 2-year-old and every spring thereafter except 2012, 2014, and 2016 when she was left open to flush. She is now bred again to calve in March 2017 to CCR Wide Range. She has earned a BW ratio of 101, WW ratio of 112 and a YW ratio of 107 on her seven natural calves.

D606 Heifer Calf Payweight x 559R Daughter

Embryos For Sale Three Cedars Simmentals

Three Cedars Simmentals

Joe and JaNelle Garretson 32860 Olive Branch Rd. • Sedalia, MO 65301 Mobile: (660) 287-3051 • Home: (660) 366-4358 Email: •

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BEEF BUSINESS USDA Office Suffers Tornado Damage

Lawmakers Call for Checkoff Reform

The National Finance Center (NFC) of USDA’s Office of Finance was severely damaged after a tornado hit the New Orleans based building. No one was seriously injured as a result of the storm, which struck in February. NFC immediately implemented its continuity of operations plan, and within 12 hours, advanced teams were relocated to the alternate work site in Bossier City.

Lawmakers have proposed bipartisan legislation in the Senate and House of Representatives calling for strengthening pork and beef checkoff program prohibitions against engaging in government policy advocacy, conflicts of interest or anticompetitive activities. Senators Cory Brooker (D-NJ) and Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Opportunities for Fairness in Farming Act in the Senate, while Representatives Dave Brat (R-VA) and Dina Titus (D-NV) introduced similar legislation in the House. The bill takes aim specifically at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Pork Producer’s Council, which receive checkoff funds to promote beef and pork products.

FSIS Label Proposal Mirrors FDA Consistent with recent changes finalized by the USDA's Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has published, in the Federal Register, proposed amendments to nutrition labeling requirements for meat and poultry products. FSIS recommends updating the list of nutrients that are required or permitted to be declared; provide updated Daily Reference Values (DRV’s) and Reference Daily Intake (RDI) values that are based on current dietary recommendations; and amend the labeling requirements for children under the ages of four, pregnant and lactating women, and establish nutrient reference values specifically for these population subgroups.


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Top US Beef Herd Expansion The US beef cowherd expanded 3.5% in 2016 to 31.2 million head, up 1.04% from a year ago. Among the top 10 beef cow states, Oklahoma reported the most cows with a 8.9% increase, leading the 2017 herd inventory of 2.095 million head. Texas was second at 4.46 million head with 4% increase. In addition to Oklahoma and Texas, the other top 10 beef cow states with strong growth were Missouri (3), Nebraska (4), South Dakota (5), Kansas (6), Montana (7), Kentucky (8), Iowa (9), and North Dakota (10).

Move to Clarify Expiration Dates Grocery manufacturers and retailers have adopted standard wording on packaging in an effort to reduce consumer confusion about product date labels, according to the Food Marketing Institute and Grocery Manufactures Association. More than 10 different date labels are currently being used on packages, and consumers often discard a safe or usable product after the date on the package, contributing to the waste of 30-40% of the food bought for consumption in the US. The voluntary initiative streamlines the myriad of date labels on consumer products packaging down to two standard phrases: Best if Used By and Use By.

University Opens Purebred Unit Kansas State University (KSU) has dedicated a new purebred beef unit at its Stanley Stout Center to expand the research capability of the department. The new $6 million unit replaces an adjacent unit originally built in 1957. One building will host classes and serve as space for management and research. A processing facility will be used for hay storage; and a feed intake research facility will be used to research feed efficiency, according to the article. â—†

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.

Lower Prices Spark Beef Promotions The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for supermarket food prices continued to fall on an annual basis, while lower prices for beef are measurably increasing sales of protein. The CPI for food prepared at home fell nearly 2% on a seasonally adjusted, year-over-year basis, in the 12 months ending in January. Much of the decline can be traced to the 4.9% decrease in the fruits and vegetable index over the year. The monthly CPI specifically for meats, poultry, fish and eggs, which had declined for 26 consecutive months,rose 0.7% due to a 14.3% increase in eggs during the month.

Each gift will be acknowledged and contributions are tax-deductible. Name of person to be remembered: ____________________________________________________________________ Acknowledge memorial gift receipt to: Name________________________________________________________________

Eskimos Open Reindeer Slaughterhouse A new $1.8 million slaughterhouse in the City of Mekoryuk on Nunivak island, 40 miles off the mainland coast of Alaska in the Bering Sea, is expected to produce meat from its 2,500-head herd of reindeer. It is the largest source of reindeer meat sold commercially in the state. The local government plans to reduce unemployment by producing cuts of reindeer, selling the product in urban parts of Alaska such as Anchorage and ultimately the continental 48 states. The carcasses are sent in halves to Anchorage, where they are processed and packaged by Alaska Commercial Company.

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Please mail form and donation to: ASA Foundation One Genetics Way Bozeman, MT 59718 May/June 2017


FLECKVIEH FORUM By Brian Valentine, Assistant NAILE Fullblood Superintendent, and Brandy Jordan, FSFF Coordinator In the modern era of agriculture and particularly livestock production, opportunities to excel are becoming more and more real. The Simmental breed has anchored itself as a benchmark for comparison to all other breeds of beef cattle. Performance, genetic diversity and productivity within diverse environments and management scenarios have catapulted Simmental cattle to the top of the industry. Through the years, as phenotypic expressions changed, dedicated Simmental breeders stayed true to form, function and production. Likewise, foundation Fleckvieh Simmental breeders steadfastly focused on the improvement of production traits. Modern Fullblood Fleckvieh Simmental cattle demonstrate strong maternal and powerful paternal/terminal traits. They are highly environmentally adaptable, docile and moderate framed. Focus on udder and teat quality has extended cow longevity, increased milk production and led to higher weaning weights. Fleckvieh sires promote calving ease and yet also produce high growth calves with highly desirable carcass traits. Fleckvieh Simmental cattle are more than alive and well in the world. They are flourishing! Without the dedication of committed breeders, such an instrumental Simmental foundation would have been extinct. Fleckvieh can and will hold true to the fundamentals of production agriculture and perform up to the expectations of the beef industry worldwide. Opportunities to utilize genetics, involve youth, and ultimately fulfill the desired market share of breed identity are enormous. The current resurgence of interest in and demand for Fleckvieh Simmental genetics prove that Fleckvieh cattle are not a “has been”, Fleckvieh cattle are an “always will be”. The Fullblood Simmental Fleckvieh Federation (FSFF) operates as a marketing organization to promote Fleckvieh Simmental cattle worldwide to purebred and commercial producers. We are excited to share the following new developments and upcoming 2017 events with you!

1. As breeders, enthusiasts and agriculturists, we know youth are the future of our industry. The FSFF is happy to announce the creation of its new FSFF Junior Educational Scholarship! Last fall, Brink Simmentals, Robinson Cattle Company, Rugged R Cattle Company, S/M Fleckvieh Cattle, and Stanley Martins Farms each donated frozen genetics lots to Little Creek Farm’s Magnolia Classic sale. 100% of the proceeds generated by these 4 special lots were used to establish the FSFF’s scholarship fund. In November 2017, we will award our very first $1,000 scholarship to an applicant who has been a FSFF junior member for at least the past two years and who is at least a senior in high school (or equivalent) during the 2017-2018 school year! Scholarships will be awarded to qualifying applicants worldwide. The application lists all requirements and is available online at The deadline to apply is September 1, 2017.


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2. The FSFF is now organizing a second fundraiser to benefit our FSFF junior scholarship. Little Creek Farms has donated a semen tank, and we are working to fill it with donations of frozen Fleckvieh Simmental genetics. This “Herd in a Tank” will sell as a special lot at Little Creek Farm’s Magnolia Classic sale on October 28, 2017 and all proceeds will be used to fund additional future scholarships for our FSFF junior members! Dr. Davis will have the tank at Buzzard Hollow Ranch’s May 20th Designer’s Classic sale in Granbury, Texas and will gladly accept any donations you wish to contribute. If you are not attending BHR’s spring sale but would like to contribute, please contact the FSFF office toll free at 855-353-2584. 3. The Fred Schuetze Award was established in honor of Fred Schuetze to recognize breeders who have made a significant impact on the Fullblood Simmental Fleckvieh breed. Schuetze was instrumental in the creation of the FSFF and served as a long standing FSFF President, his dedication to the breed is unwavering. Recipients of this award are equally appreciated for their contributions. Join us at Buzzard Hollow Ranch’s May 20th Designer’s Classic sale as we present the 2017 Fred Schuetze Award! 4. The FSFF is planning an evening of events to be held at Little Creek Farm in Starkville, MS, on October 27, 2017. The full agenda is not yet complete but will include dinner, a silent auction, a brief 2017 FSFF annual meeting and more. There is no cost to attend and FSFF membership is not required — we welcome FSFF members, friends and fellow cattle enthusiasts! More details to be announced at a later date. 5. Announcing an important rule change to the FSFF percentage Fleck Effect™ show at the North American International Livestock Expo in Louisville, KY. Beginning this year (2017), cattle need only be 25% Fleckvieh Simmental in order to show! If you have Fleckvieh influenced cattle, bring them, and show us what you have! We hope you are able to be a part of our upcoming events! FSFF memberships are $100 per year, and FSFF junior memberships are $15 per year (and provide another scholarship opportunity to qualifying members). ◆

Please contact the office with any questions or concernsFullblood Simmental Fleckvieh Federation (FSFF) PO Box 321, Cisco, TX 76437 Toll free: 855-353-2584 Email:

SALE RESULTS R&R Cattle Company’s Annual Production Sale

High-Selling Lots:

February 17, 2017 • Chamberlain, SD No. 33 8 41 8

Category R&R Bulls Cable C Cross Ranch Bulls

Average $4,735 3,595

Total Bulls


SM and SimAngus™ Open Females


Auctioneers: Chisum Peterson, SD Marketing Representatives: Chris Effling, Jim Scheel, Jeff Kapperman, and Dan Piroutek. Representing ASA: Colton Buus

High-Selling Lots: $12,750 – Bull, “R&R Mr Profit D135,” s. by Profit, sold to Hart Simmentals, SD. $11,000 – Bull, “R&R Mr Cowboy D034,” s. by CCR Cowboy Cut 5048Z, sold to Tom Kearns, NE. $7,250 – Bull, “R&R Mr United D206,” s. by W/C United 956Y, sold to Paul Patterson, SD. $6,750 – Bull, “R&R Mr Profit D845,” s. by Profit, sold to Jon Albrecht, SD. $6,750 – Bull, “ R&R Mr Cash D460,” s. by Barstow Cash, sold to Craig Swanson, SD. $6,750 – Bull, “R&R Mr Hammer D062,” s. by Mr TR Hammer 308A, sold to Calvin Peterson, SD. Comments: The sale was held at the R&R ranch south of Chamberlain for the first time. Attendees enjoyed viewing the bulls in their natural environment, with a video auction in a heated sale facility.

$8,000 – IVF Flush out of, “HS Stop and Stare U118L,” cons. by HIlbrands Cattle Company, sold to Prospect Cattle Company, Hillsboro, OH. $7,500 – Bred Female, “RCC Countess C5106,” s. by Welsh’s Dew It Right 067T, bred to Hook’s Yellowstone 97Y, cons. by Redalen Cattle Company, sold to Anderson Cattle Company, Benson. $6,000 – Cow/Calf Pair, “Jazzy Mardi Gras C70HR,” s. by Remington Lock N Load 54U, Bull Calf s. by Connealy Thunder, cons. by Jazzy Simmental, sold to Begger’s Diamond V Ranch, Wibaux, MT. $6,000 – Bred Female, “Pitstop Easter Joy C405,” s. by WLE Uno Mas X549, bred to GLS/JRB Cash Flow 163C, cons. by Pit Stop Acres, sold to Pichner Farms, Owatonna. $5,250 – Open Female, “VTEC EO Sunrise D215Z,” s. by W/C Executive Order 8543B, cons. by Doc Tech Simmentals, sold to Collin Brass, Rochester. $4,900 – Bred Female, “JRB/HSF Kagney C986,” s. by W/C United 956Y, bred to CAJS Blaze of Glory, cons. by Hecksel Simmental Farm, sold to Chambers Cattle, Orchard, IA. $4,250 – Cow/Calf Pair, “CHHF Zeva Z209,” s. by GLS New Direction X184, Heifer Calf s. by W/C Executive Order 8543B, cons. by Herman Farms, sold to Beggers Diamond V Ranch, Wibaux, MT.

Cason’s Pride and Joy Simmentals’ Performance Bull Sale March 4, 2017 • Russell, IA No. 45

Category SM and SimInfluenced Bulls

Average $4,217

Auctioneer: Phil Schooley, IA Sale Manager: Eberspacher Enterprises (EE) Inc., MN Marketing Representatives: Val Eberpsacher (EE); Kelly Schmidt (EE); Tom Rooney, Midwest Marketer, IA; Curt Peterson, IA; Tony Ballenger, IA; and Joel Edge, IA.

High-Selling Lots:

Waiting for the sale to begin.

Viewing the bulls via video.

44th Minnesota Simmental Association Sale February 25, 2017 • Cannon Falls, MN No. 11 21 6 21 3 1 62

Category Average SM and SimInfluenced Bulls $2,309 SM and SimInfluenced Bred Females 4,352 SM and SimInfluenced Pairs 3,792 SM and SimInfluenced Open Females 2,238 Embryo Lots ($642/egg) 1,925 IVF Flush 8,000 Total Lots

$6,250 – “Cason’s Mr. Hesston C13XN,” s. by Cason’s Mr. Sir Charles, sold to Stuart DeBruin, Albia. $6,250 – “Cason’s Premium Plus C87A,” s. by GW Premium Beef 021TS, sold to Howard Snider, Seymour. $6,200 – “Cason’s Mr. Grandmaster C67AS,” s. by Cason’s Mr. Charleston, sold to Derek Shaw, Glenwood, MO. $6,000 – “Cason’s Mr. Snyder D89R,” s. by Mr. NLC Upgrade U8676, sold to Rich and Linda Scholtus, Moravia. $5,900 – “Cason’s Mr. Delaware D29A,” s. by MCM Top Grade 018X, sold to Richard Dudley, Central City. $5,600 – “Cason’s Mr. Wagoner D29R,” s. by Coleman Regis 904, sold to Taylor Bennett, Melrose. $5,250 – “Cason’s Mr. Holden D29T,” s. by Mr. NLC Upgrade U8676, sold to Paul Ammons, Albia. $5,200 – “Cason’s Mr. Stonewall D95B,” s. by Coleman Regis 904, sold to Scott Blomgren, Lovilia.


Auctioneer: Jon Schaben, IA Sale Manager: Eberspacher Enterprises (EE) Inc., MN Marketing Representatives: Val Eberpsacher (EE); Kelly Schmidt (EE); Derek Vogt (EE) NE; Austin Brandt, Livestock Plus, IA; Amanda Eberspacher-Hilbrands, and (EE), MN. Kelly Johnson, PL Johnson Land & Cattle, Grand Island, NE, attended the sale.


May/June 2017

There was a huge crowd on hand at Russell Livestock.

Walsh Simmental Pursuit of Excellence Bull and Female Sale March 4, 2017 • Hubbard, NE

Dana Mathes, Unionville, MO, studies the sale catalog.

No. 28 25 Sale host Denny Cason welcomes the crowd and gives opening remarks.

March 4, 2017 • Louisville, KY Category Total Lots

Average $3,293

Auctioneer: Bruce Miller, GA Sale Manager: DP Sales Management, LLC, KY Sale Staff: Tommy Carper, Brent Elam, and Shane Ryan

High-Selling Lots: $10,500 – Bull, “Hammerhead Insight C104,” s. by PVF Insight, cons. by Hammerhead Cattle Co., sold to Matthew Bixler, IN. $8,500 – Open Female, “Bramlets Image D614,” s. by TNGL Grand Fortune, cons. by Bramlet Simmentals and Double Image Cattle Co., sold to Rodney Hall, IN. $5,800 – Bull, “Dotson United D003,” s. by W/C United, cons. by David Dotson, sold to Terry and Dawn Crouch, KY. $5,500 – Open Female, “Welsh’s Midnight 230D,” s. by LLSF Uprising, cons. by Welsh Simmentals, sold to Hart Farms, SD. $5,000 – Open Female, “SBC Megabit 525D,” s. by Mr. HOC Broker, cons. by Stephens Beef Cattle, sold to Double J Simmental, TN. $4,900 – Open Female, “HPF Sazerac C071,” s. by HPF/AF/B&K Lutton, cons. by Hudson Pines Farm, sold to Nick Belcher, VA. $4,800 – Open Female, “RP/JBP Stormy Love D677,” s. by CSCX Storm Warning, cons. by Rocking P Livestock, sold to Brad Tarr, IL. $4,500 – Open Female, “MGSC Glimmer,” s. by WS Stepping Stone, cons. by Maycee Moore and Young Show Cattle, sold to Edwards Cattle Company, IL.

Mr. Brad Winegardner, OH, evaluated the sale cattle.

Average $4,838 2,828

Total SM and SimInfluenced Lots


Auctioneer: Jon Schaben, IA Sale Manager: Eberspacher Enterprises (EE) Inc., MN Marketing Representatives: Val Eberpsacher (EE); Kelly Schmidt (EE); Derek Vogt (EE) NE; Chris Beutler, AgriMedia, NE; Bruce Winther, IA; and Jason Hansen, NE.

Kentucky Beef Expo No. 48


Category SM and SimInfluenced Bulls SM and SimInfluenced Opens

Bramlet Simmentals exhibited the champion female, she was selected by Rodney Hall.

High-Selling Lots: $24,000 – Bull, “WS Stone Arch D20,” s. by WS Stepping Stone B44, sold to Healy Simmentals and Goeken Cattle, Irene, SD. $8,750 – Open Female, “WS Ms. Stone D42,” s. by WS Stepping Stone B44, sold to BF Black Simmental, Auburn. $7,250 – Bull, “WS Stone’s Throw D22,” s. by WS Stepping Stone B44, sold to Falck Stock Farm, Decorah, IA. $6,250 – Bull, “WS Red Stone D21,” s. by WS Stepping Stone B44, sold to R&R Cattle, Emerson. $5,750 – Bull, “WS Boulder D41,” s. by WS Stepping Stone B44, sold Doug Miller, Hubbard. $5,500 – Bull, “WS Stone D26,” s. by WS Stepping Stone B44, sold to Goeken Cattle, Utica, SD. $5,300 – Bull, “WS Black Stone D18,” s. by WS Stepping Stone B44, sold to Tyson Vogt, Elmwood.

Vaughn Sievers, Battle Creek, enjoys the nice day and looks at the cattle.

Jon Schaben and Chris Beutler, Pender, chat prior to the sale.

Kevin and Trey Brix, Brix Cattle Co., Walnut, were in attendance.

Max Creason, Creason Simmentals, Polo, MO, purchased Walsh cattle.

15th Annual Gold Bullion Bull Sale March 5, 2017 • Wamego KS No. 59 Joey Young, Young Show Cattle, claimed reserve female honors, she sold to Edwards Cattle Co.

Mitch Tarr selected a top open heifer for his show string.

Category SM and SimAngus™ Bulls

Average $4,491

Auctioneer: Garren Walrod, KS Sale Manager: Ralph Brooks, KS

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May/June 2017


SALE RESULTS Gold Bullion Sale (Continued) High-Selling Lots: $40,000 – “SFI Enough Said D3,” s. by CCR Cowboy Cut 5048Z, sold to Mike Hartman Tecumseh, NE. $8,750 – “SFI Masterpiece D78,” s. by Mr TR Hammer 3088ET, sold to Garrett Parsons Leavenworth. $8,000 – “SFI Authority D13S,” s. by Mr TR Hammer 3088AET sold to Dave Schnell, Bushnell, NE. $7,250 – “M4 Voltage 85D,” s. by SS/PRS High Voltage244X, sold to Casey Olson Manhattan. $6,500 – “SFI All In D38B,” s. by PVF Insight 0129, sold to Steve Gable Eaton, CO. $6,000 – “Brooks Bruiser D67,” s. by SAV Bruiser 9164, sold to Gary Preedy, Waverley , KS.

Cody, Rob & Tyler Long, Long Simmentals, Creston, IA, made to trip to the sale.

Rick Buehler, Buehler Show Cattle, Sterling, purchased a top cow/calf pair.

Mike Gonsior greets friends and customers before the sale.

Matt Printz, NE, works the crowd of new and repeat customers.

Comments: Cattle sold into seven states including: CO, KS, MO, NE, OH, SD and TX. Consignors included: Brooks Simmentals, Schaake Farms, Diamond D Simmentals, Marple Farms, Mid AM Genetics, and Parson Farms.

Gonsior Simmentals’ 17th Annual Production Sale March 11, 2017 • Fullerton, NE No. 40 2 7 16 19.5 1

Category Average SM and SimInfluenced Bulls $3,416 SM and SimInfluenced Fall Breds 1,950 SM and SimInfluenced Spring Breds 3,278 SM and SimInfluenced Pairs 4,256 SM and SimInfluenced Opens 3,087 Heifer Calf Pregnancy Lot 10,000


Total SM and SimInfluenced Lots


Auctioneer: Tracy Harl, NE Sale Manager: Eberspacher Enterprises (EE) Inc., MN Marketing Representatives: Val Eberpsacher (EE); Kelly Schmidt (EE); Derek Vogt (EE), NE; Chris Beutler, AgriMedia, NE; Ronald Miller, NE; Randy Rasby, Livestock Plus, NE; Rick Buehler, NE; Tom Sonderup, NE, Buddy Robertson, OK; Dalton Lundy, KY and Nate Jelinek, NE.

High-Selling Lots: $10,000 – Open Female, “Gonsior/BD Steelcotton D35,” s. by SVF Steel Force S701, sold to Anderson Simmental, St. Paul. $7,000 – Open Female, “Gonsior/TRL Dianna D36,” s. by LLSF Pays To Believe ZU194, sold to Paul Vandewalle, Cedar Rapids. $7,000 – Cow/Calf Pair, “BS/BD Cotton Q-T Pi B097,” s. by GWS Ebony’s Trademark 6N, Heifer Calf s. by WLE Uno Mas X549, sold to Rick Buehler, Sterling. $6,000 – Bull, “Elm-Mound/GS LD D340,” s. by W/C Lock Down 206Z, cons. by Elm Mound Farms and Gonsior Simmentals, sold to Gerald Dugan, Greeley. $5,500 – 1/2 interest in Open Female, “Gonsior/BD Steelcotton D35,” s. by SVF Steel Force S701, sold to Anderson Simmental, St. Paul. $5,250 – Bull, “Gonsior/BSC Recall D71,” s. by GCC Total Recall 806T, sold to Jeremiah Reiken, Osceloa. $5,000 – Bull, “Elm-Mound/GS EO D336,” s. by W/C Executive Order 8543B, cons. by Elm Mound Farms and Gonsior Simmentals, sold to Terry and Adam Albrecht, Thurston. $5,000 – Open Female , “Gonsior/BD Cottonfli D9,” s. by GWS Ebony’s Trademark 6N, sold to Chris Castello, Tracy, CA. $5,000 – Bred Female, “Elm-Mound O A B217,” s. by AJE/HS/MB Over Above, bred to Elm-Mound IDT Kayne A1, cons. by Elm Mound Farms, sold to Jed Sekutera, Loup City. Comments: Also selling were two Angus Bulls at an average of $2,400.


May/June 2017

Tennessee Beef Agribition March 11, 2017 • Lebanon, TN No. 64

Category Total Lots

Average $2,935

Auctioneer: Tommy Barnes, AL Sale Manager: DP Sales Management, LLC, KY Sale Staff: Brent Elam, Chuck Groves and Andee Marston Sale Chairman: Chris Ivie

High-Selling Lots: $11,000 – Open Female, “B&K Cream Soda 8D,” s. by HPF Quantum Leap, cons. by B&K Farms, sold to Walker Housley, TN. $10,000 – Open Female, “B&K Alley 105D,” s. by TNGL Grand Fortune, cons. by B&K Farms, sold to Dustin Ford, IA. $5,800 – Bred Female, “FBFS You Melt Me 128Y,” s. by White Star Mastercard, bred to SSFC Paradise 251C, cons. by Tylertown Simmentals, sold to Jared Schmidt, IN. $5,000 – Open Female, “B&K Club King 83D,” s. by KenCo Club King, cons. by B&K Farms, sold to Gerald Stout, TN. $5,000 – Open Female, “SVJ Forever Lady C823,” s. by TLLC One Eyed Jack, cons. by Tyler Town Simmentals, sold to Double R Simmental, OH. $4,100 – Open Female, “HLVW Juanada Image 1607,” s. by Card Uproar, cons. by Hillview Farms, sold to Tinin Farms, TN. $4,100 – Open Female, “B&K Ms. Club King 109D,” s. by KenCo Club King, cons. by B&K Farms, sold to Susan Lamon, TN. $4,000 – Bull, “3Aces Luck 7 955C,” s. by W/C SCH Mohican, cons. by 3 Aces Cattle Company, sold to Mark Milhorn, TN.

Longtime cattle breeder Katie Bates exhibiting one of the sale heifers.

Judge Mark Hoge evaluated the sale cattle.

Gengenbach Cattle Co. 9th Annual Production Sale March 17th 2017 • Imperial Nebraska No. 45 16 61 Champion bull was consigned by 3 Aces Cattle and purchased by Mark Millhorn, TN.

Supreme Simmental Female was consigned by B&K Simmentals and purchased by Walker Housley, TN.

Category Yearling Bulls Registered Heifers

Average $2,776 1,480

Total Lots


Auctioneer: Kyle Schow, NE Marketing Representatives: Jim Gies, Western Livestock Journal; and Randy Rasby, Livestock Plus. Representing ASA: Nathan Smith

Keller Broken Heart Ranch Annual Production Sale March 13, 2017 • Mandan, ND No. 73 81

Category Yearling Bulls Yearling Heifers


Total Lots

Average $4,179 1,593 $2,818

Auctioneer: Tracy Harl, Loup City, NE Marketing Representatives: Kirby Goettsch, Farm and Ranch Guide; Chris Peterson, Cattle Business Weekly; Rowdy Benson, Tri-State Livestock News; Marty Ropp, Allied Genetic Resources; and Todd Finke, Special Assignment. Representing ASA: Russ Danielson

High-Selling Lots: $15,000 – Black Polled SimAngus™ Bull, “D001,” s. by GAR Prophet, sold to T Beef Ranch, White Sulphur Springs, MT. $11.000 – Black Polled SimAngus Bull, “D226,” s. by CCR Gravity 9064A, sold to Rock Creek Ranch, Allen, KS. $9,250 – Black Polled PB Bull, “D172,” s. by CDI Journey 224Y, sold to Kinn Simmentals, Turtle Lake. $8,500 – Black Polled PB Bull, “D036,” s, by CCR Gravity 9064A, sold to Quandt Brothers Simmental, Oakes. $8,000 – Red Polled PB Bull, “D303,” s. by WS All Aboard B80, sold to Steve Lapp, Milbank, SD. $8,000 – Red Polled PB Bull, “D035,” s. by WS All Aboard B80, sold to Duane Scheer, Moffit. $4,750 – Black Polled PB Heifer, “D347,” s. by KS Banff W458, sold to Adam Raml, Goodwin, SD. $4,000 – Red Polled PB Heifer, “D236” s. by Hook’s Zigzag 104Z, sold to Adam Raml, Goodwin, SD.

Auctioneer Tracy Harl, Dwight and Luke Keller

Pre-sale activity

Waiting for the sale to begin.

Taking bids.

Altenburg 25th Annual Super Baldy Bull and Heifer Sale March 18, 2017 • Fort Collins, CO No. 107 30

Category Average SM and SimAngus™ Bulls $4,067 SimAngus Open Yearling Heifers 1,320


Total SM and SimAngus Lots


Auctioneer: Wayne Kruse, CO Marketing Representatives: Rocky Forseth, Allied Genetic Resources; Justin Warren and Cole Owens, Superior Livestock; Cattle USA. Representing ASA: Susan S. Russell

High-Selling Lots: $9,000 – Red Bull, “ASR D625,” s. by TNT 90 Proof, sold to Claye Kaelberer, New Salem, ND. $8,000 – Black Bull, “ASR D616,” s. by True Justice, sold to Reflected R Ranch, Sugar City. $7,750 – Red Bull, “ASR D612,” s. by High Stakes, sold to Double 8 Land Corp, Elk Mountain, WY. $7,500 – Black Bull, “ASR D633,” s. by ASR Augustus Jr., sold to Bart Byrd, Douglas, WY. $7,250 – Blaze Face Black Bull, “ASR D669,” s. by ASR Longevity, sold to Robert Willich, Stoneham. $7,000 – Red Bull, “ASR C5234,” –s. by TNT 90 Proof, sold to Double 8 Land Corp, Elk Mountain, WY. $7,000 – Black Bull, “ASR 637,” s. by ASR Augustus Jr sold to Meyring Livestock, Walden. $6,750 – Red Bull, “ASR D652,” s. by Brown Redemption, sold to Double 8 land Corp, Elk Mountain, WY. $6,750 – Red Bull, “ASR 635,” s. by TNT 90 Proof, sold to Randy Rusk, Westcliffe. Volume Buyers: Mark Coffield, Yuma; Meyring Livestock Company, Walden; Bart Byrd, Douglas, WY; Double 8 Land Corporation, Elk Mountain, WY; and Romios Ranch, Encampment.

Sale bulls on display.

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SALE RESULTS Altenburg Sale (Continued) Comments: A large crowd on hand for the 25th Anniversary Bull Sale. going to high elevation with great adaptability. Buckets were passed throughout the crowd for the Northeast Colorado Fire Disaster Fund, to aid in disaster relief.

Ohio Beef Expo March 18, 2017 • Lebanon, TN No. 83

Category Total Lots

Average $3,966

Auctioneer: Ron Kreis, OH Sale Manager: DP Sales Management, LLC, KY Sale Staff: Shane Ryan, Darby Walton and Ryan LePage Sale Chairwomen: Christina Fisher and Pam Haley

High-Selling Lots:

Lucy & Danny Meyring, Walden, were volume buyers.

David & Robert Willich, Stoneham, bought several lots.

Curtis Russell, Randy Rusk and Roy Gillmore visit as the men look over bulls prior to the sale.

Travis Englert served as the bidder for Double 8 Land Corp., a volume buyer from Elk Mountain, WY.

$20,000 – Bred Female, “WCCO Miss Lily,” s. by 321A, bred to Slider, cons. by Woodard Cattle Co./West Livestock, sold to Richard Young, OH. $14,750 – Bull, “Longs Jerrin,” s. by TLLC One Eyed Jack, cons. by Long Simmentals and Grand View Cattle, sold to Phil Lautner, IA. $13,000 – Open Female, “SSC Secret Society 22D,” s. by WLE Uno Mas, cons. by Mast Simmentals, sold to Oak Farms, MS. $9,500 – Bull, “YNOT 4C Tundra 6D18,” s. by Mr. HOC Broker, cons. by Y-Not Cattle, sold to Tracy Jennings, FL. $9,000 – Bull, “Maplecrest Broker 549C,” s. by Mr. HOC Broker, cons. by Maplecrest Farms, sold to Richard Young, OH. $7,500 – Open Female, “RSTR Valentine 214D,” s. by CSCX Bandwagon 513A, cons. by R Star Livestock, sold to Samuel Laird, PA. $7,000 – Open Female, “YNOT Dreams Alibi 4D,” s. by TJSC 152A, cons. by Y-Not Cattle, sold to Courtney Pittman, OH. $6,250 – Bull, “DRBK/SHCC Captains Star,” s. by Yardley High Regard, cons. by Drobezko Show Cattle, sold to Michael Ramsden, OH.

Flying H Genetics Grown on Grass Bull Sale March 18th, 2017 • Butler, MO No. 78

Category Bulls

Average $4,083

Auctioneer: Jered Shipman, TX Sale Manager: Flying H Genetics, MO Marketing Representatives: JW Brune, Missouri Farmer Today; Nick Wells, High Plains Journal; Kyle Myers, Kansas Stockman Representing ASA: Daniel Ulmanis

Great crowd checking out the sale offering.

Madison Young purchased two highselling lots with her grandfather.

Luke Bowman from the ASA addresses the crowd. Viewing the offering

Inside the sale facility.

Rocking H Simmentals Annual Production Sale March 18, 2017 • Canby, MN No. 27 11 8 10

The auction block.

One of the lots on display.


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

Average $3,330 2,777 2,863 2,085 $2,932

Auctioneer: Dustin Carter, SD Sale Manager: Eberspacher Enterprises (EE) Inc., MN Marketing Representatives: Val Eberpsacher (EE); Kelly Schmidt (EE); Derek Vogt (EE), NE; Alex Acheson, AgriMedia, SD; and Mark Streich, MN.


May/June 2017

High-Selling Lots: $6,250 – Bull, “Rockin H Mr. Diesel D28,” s. by JF Rancher 222Z, sold to Dale Rueb, Herreid, SD. $5,000 – Bull, “Rockin H Mr. Deon D18,” s. by Mr. NLC Upgrade U8676, sold to Preston Bonine, Beresford, SD. $5,000 – Bull, “Rockin H Mr. Dallan D74,” s. by CCR Cowboy Cut 5048Z, sold to Kenneth Will, Windom. $4,750 – Bull, “Rock H Mr. Dakotah D73,” s. by WS All-Around Z35, sold to Randy Gronke, Waubay, SD. $4,000 – Bull, “Rockin H Mr. Brilliance D31,” s. by S A V Brilliance 8077, sold to Dale Rueb Herreid, SD. $4,000 – Bull, “CFSR Tex C601,” s. by GCF Mr. Amigo, cons. by Crazy Fate Simmental Ranch, sold to Dennis Smydra, Norfolk, NE. $3,800 – Bred Female, “CFSR Baze C542,” s. by Kappes Chamber 560 Z647, bred to WLE Uno Mas X549, cons. by Crazy Fate Simmental Ranch, sold to Derrick Bowman, Kerhoven. $3,800 – Bull, “Rockin H Mr. Dynomite D09,” s. by W/C Wide Track 694Y, sold to K Star Cattle Company, Watertown, SD. Comments: Crazy Fate Simmental was a guest consignor.

Denny Drake, Drake Simmentals, visits with customers before the sale.

A large crowd was on hand.

Ring man Joel Edge talks cattle with Roman Schooley, Schooley Cattle Co., Bloomfield.

Eugene Greiner, Harper, made the trip to Centerville.

Dickinson Ranch 45th Annual Production Sale March 25, 2017 • Gorham KS Jim and Mark Hilbrands, Hilbrands Cattle Co., Clara City, study the sale cattle.

Sale host Matt Hoffman (center) talks about the cattle with potential customers before the sale.

Drake Cattle Company’s Bull Sale March 24, 2017 • Centerville, IA No. 31

Category Average SM, SimAngus™ and Angus Bulls $3,213

No. 64

Category SM Bulls

Average $2,833

Auctioneer: J.C. Barr, OK Marketing Representatives: Stephen Russell, Kansas Stockman; Justin Stout, The Stock Exchange; and Nick Wells, High Plains Journal Representing ASA: Nathan Smith Comments: Also selling were 13 Angus Bulls at an average of $2,315; Seven Red Angus Bulls at an average of $2,807; and 36 Yearing Registered Heifers at an average of $1,825.

Auctioneer: Jon Schaben, IA Sale Manager: Eberspacher Enterprises (EE), MN Marketing Representatives: Val Eberspacher (EE); Kelly Schmidt (EE); Derek Vogt (EE); Joel Edge, AgriMedia, IA; Jeremie Ruble, IA; Clarence Ballanger, IA; Josh Spencer, IA; Roman Schooley, IA; and Marshall Ruble, IA.

High-Selling Lots: $4,900 – “Drake Bull W11D,” s. by SS/PRS Trackin Tail 461A, cons. by Drake Simmentals, sold to Randal Lupton, Unionville, MO. $4,700 – “Drake Bull B17D,” s. by S A V Final Answer 0035, cons. by Drake Simmentals, sold to T Greene and Sons, Keswick. $4,700 – “DFC Bull B3D,” s. by W/C Lock Down 206Z, cons. by Drake Farms Company, sold to David McLain, Keasauqua. $4,600 – Drake United D61,” s. by W/C United 956Y, cons. by Drake Cattle Company, sold to Oden Farms, Cincinnati. $4,500 – “Drake Bull A31D,” s. by Elm-Mound/GS Standalone, cons. by Drake Simmentals, sold to Carl Hawkins, Cincinnati. $4,300 – “Drake Bull N372C,” s. SS/PRS Trackin Tail 461A, cons. by Drake Simmentals, sold to Renaud Farms LTD, Pella. $4,100 – “Drake Bull Z50D,” s. by TJ Diesel 350Z, cons. by Drake Simmentals, sold to Ron Walker, Centerville. $4,000 – “Drake Broker D51,” s. by Mr. HOC Broker, cons. by Drake Cattle Company, sold to Brian Moore, Corydon.

Enjoying the pre-sale meal.

Inside the sale facility.

The auction block.

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SALE RESULTS continued

T-Heart Ranch High Altitude Bull Sale

Auctioneer: Robbie Duis, IL Marketing Representatives: Bruce Kiesewetter, Livestock Plus; Rocky Forseth, Allied Genetic Resources; and John Kirchner. Representing ASA: Bert Moore

March 25, 2017 • La Garita, CO No. 19 122

Category SM Bulls SimAngus™ Bulls

Average $4,580 5,130


Total SimInfluenced Bulls


Auctioneer: Andrew Conley, GA Sale Manager: Allied Genetic Resources, IL Marketing Reps: Marty Ropp, Garrett Thomas & Ben Spitzer, Allied Genetic Resources: Josh Staudt, Superior Livestock; and Ryan Large, DV Auction. Representing ASA: Susan S. Russell

High-Selling Lots: $37,500 – 5/8 SM 3/8AN, “LCRR THR Mtn Pass 6219D,” s. by J Bar J Nightride 225Z sold to APEX Cattle, Dannebrog, NE; and Magill Farms, Lakes, ND. $10,000 – 5/8 SM 3/8 AN, “THR 6432D,” s. by J Bar J Nightride 225Z, sold to Deldorita Ranches Inc, Powderhorn. $9,250 – 1/2 SM 1/4 AN 1/4 AR, “LCRR 6223D,” s .by W/C Last Call 206A, sold to Randy Rusk Ranch, Westcliffe. $9,000 – PB SM, “CAMP Black Hawk D668,” s. by Hook’s Black Hawk 50B, sold to Claye Kaelberer, New Salem, ND

High-Selling Lots: $5,600 – Red PB SM Bull, “WBF Decided D095,” s. by Lchmn Bright Light L122L, sold to Doll Farm Enterprises, New Salem, ND. $5,000 – SimAngus™ Bull, “WBF Dynamic D012,” s. by Connealy All Aboard 525A, sold to Bar 20 Ranch, Donnellson. $5,000 – SimAngus Bull, “WBF Desperado D013,” s. by Connealy All Aboard 525A, sold to Shane Anderson, Scales Mound. $4,600 – SimAngus Bull, “WBF Dreamer D028,” s. by Connealy All Aboard 525A, sold to Goldammer Ranch, Lohman, MO. $4,300 – 1/4SM ¾ AN Bull, “WBF Dakota D015,” s. by Lemar Dakota Gold 18T, sold to Kevin Freiburger, Zwingle, IA. Comments: Jim Berry is a recent recipient of the Golden Book Award from the ASA for the firm’s service, contribution and commitment to the Simmental and entire beef industry.

Comments: Also selling were four Angus Bulls at an average of $6,688. The sale group included: T-Heart Ranch, L-Cross Ranch, Campbell Simmentals and Reflected R Ranch. Ben Lehman, herdsman, handled the bid board and mail bids.

Nutritionist Dr. Gerald Walker visits with Gerald Faucette, who purchased three lots.

Robbie Duis, Wildberry Cattle Manager, called out bids.

Curtis Russell helps new buyer Robin Dunn, who purchased four lots. Rain moved the crowd inside

The Gathering at Shoal Creek April 1, 2017 • Excelsior Springs, MO

Adam Shirley successfully wins the bid on lot 33.

Repeat buyers Claricy & Randy Rusk, and son Tate each purchased bulls for their operations.

No. 4 20 13 11 12 60

Wildberry Farms Annual Bull and Female Sale March 25, 2017 • Hanover, IL No. 19 27


Category PB Bulls % Bulls


Total Bulls

24 10

Registered Females Commerical Females


Total Females

May/June 2017

Average $3,291 3,356 $3,329 2,385 2,310 $2,363

Category Average SM and SimInfluenced Bulls $3,638 SM and SimInfluenced Fall Breds 2,390 SM and SimInfluenced Pairs 4,370 SM and SimInfluenced Fall Opens 6,000 SM and SimInfluenced Spring Opens 3,880 Total SM and SimInfluenced Lots


Auctioneer: Chisum Peterson, SD Sale Manager: Eberspacher Enterprises (EE) Inc., MN Marketing Representatives: Val Eberpsacher (EE); Kelly Schmidt (EE); Derek Vogt (EE), NE; Kent Jaecke, OK; Buddy Robertson, OK; Jeremie Ruble, IA; and Tom Rooney, AgriMedia, IA. Representing ASA: Dr. Michael Dikeman

High-Selling Lots: $15,000 – Cow/Calf Pair, “FBF1/SF Dreamy A195, s. by CNS Pays to Dream T579, Heifer Calf s. by CLSY Ascension, cons. by T Bar T LLC, sold to Shoal Creek Land and Cattle, Excelsior Springs. $11,750 – Open Female, “SC Shasha D109,” s. by LLSF/VLF Reactor A40, cons. by Shoal Creek Land and Cattle, sold to Ivie League Farms and Loschen Farms, Inc., Morton, IL. $10,000 – Open Female, “T-T Blackbird D18,” s. by FBF1/SF Ignition, cons. by T Bar T LLC, sold to Rhad Baker, Fulton. $7,200 – Open Female, “ SC Shahsa D123,” s. by LLSF/VLF Reactor A40, cons. by Shoal Creek Land and Cattle, sold to Walrod Cattle Company, Randolph, KS. $6,100 – Cow/Calf Pair, “HBE Rising Star C169,” s. by LLSF Uprising Z925, Heifer Calf, s. by Silveiras Style 9303, cons. by HBE Simmentals, sold to High-Bred Simmentals, Madison, KS. $6,000 – Open Female, “SC Shasha D35,” s. by LLSF/VLF Reactor A40, cons. by Shoal Creek Land and Cattle, sold to Collin Laplant, Bindord, ND. $6,000 – Bull, “SC Debt Free D12,” s. by CNS Pays To Dream T759, cons. by Shoal Creek Land and Cattle, sold to Curtis Cattle Company, Paw Paw, MI. $5,000 – Open Female, “SC Georgina D103,” s. by FBFS Wheel Man 649W, cons. by Shoal Creek Land and Cattle, sold to Lee Simmental Farm, Columbia. Comments: Guest consignors included: RS&T Simmentals, Double R Cattle Co., Dikeman Simmental, Vestlane Farms, T Bar T, Marple Farm and Brooks Simmental.

Ed Rule eating lunch with prospective buyers.

Val Eberspacher making comments to start the Shoal Creek Sale.

Ed Rule, son and grandchildren getting ready to lead the Pledge of Allegiance before the start of the sale. ◆

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INTERNATIONAL World Meat Prices Rise Higher quotations for Australian beef boosted worldwide meat prices in February and helped send overall food process to a new two-year-high, according to an index compiled by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The FAO Meat Price Index climbed 1.1% as herd rebuilding in Australia reduced global availability of beef. Lamb and mutton prices also increased, while poultry and pork were little changed.

Organic Cattle Processed in Australia JBS Australia has begun processing certified organic beef cattle, signaling the company’s expansion into brand-focused, niche categories that realize higher premiums, according to a report. JBS has purchased its first batch of organic cattle and began production on March 11, under a new “Acres” certified organic brand at the plant. The company is quoted as saying it wants to “aggressively grow production numbers”.

Canada Approves Irradiated Ground Beef The Canadian government has said it will permit the sale of fresh and frozen raw ground beef treated with irradiation. Health Canada has developed new regulations after conducting a review to determine that irradiation is safe and effective in reducing pathogens in ground beef.

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. What is the fold of loose skin located between the brisket and the chin of a bovine called? 2. What is the scientific name for Brahman cattle? 3. What does the acronym NAFTA stand for? 4. What is the Beef Improvement Federation’s recommended time for taking birth weights? 5. What term describes protein that is not broken down by the rumen, but is absorbed by the small intestine?

6. The urea cycle occurs in which bodily organ? 7. What is the storage form of energy in muscle? 8. “Freemartin” refers to what condition in cattle? 9. What is the scientific name for “mad cow” disease? 10. What hormone is produced by the corpus luteum?

Answers: 1. Dewlap; 2. Box indicus; 3. North American Free Trade Agreement; 4. Within 24 hour of birth; 5. Bypass protein; 6. The liver; 7. Glucose; 8. A sexually sterile heifer born twin to a bull; 9. Bovine spongiform encephalopathy; 10. Progesterone.


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The new regulation gives Canadian processors an additional antimicrobial tool, which is allowed on various foods in more than 60 countries. The US adopted irradiation technology in 1999. Canada already allows potatoes, onions, wheat, flour, spices and seasoning preparation to undergo the treatment process.

Germany’s Environmental Minister Bans Meat The head of the Germany’s environmental agency has directed the department to serve only vegetarian dishes at official functions, according to European media outlets. An email from an environmental ministry official stated that the agency has a responsibility to combat the “negative effects of meat consumption” and must “set an example”. The meat ban does not extend to the agency’s own cafeteria, which continues to offer meat with every meal. The email has surfaced in light of national elections a few months down the road.

UK to Keep “Tallow” Money The Bank of England has acknowledged a new money note containing extremely small amounts of beef fat, but said that it intends to keep the currency in circulation. Previously, several vegan and religious groups objected the £5 bill, prompting the UK’s central bank to launch an investigation into whether there was a better substitute ingredient. A statement from the bank said it plans to continue working closely with the banknote suppliers to determine what alternatives might be available, but that “it would be appropriate to keep the £5 polymer note in circulation and to issue a £10 polymer note as planned.”

Brazil Suffers Losses from Scandal A report estimates a $4.67 billion loss across Brazile's agribusiness sector as the investigation into corrupt practices in the protein industry expands. The Brazilian government has indicated that the scope of the investigation, which is ongoing, may not significantly widen. Some domestic banks and local governments are likely to be negatively affected. International embargos on Brazilian meat from large importers and a drop in national consumption has affected the staffing of 10 to 36 beef slaughter plants.

Canada’s Policy Hinders Meat Industry A government report says Canada’s restrictive immigration policies compounded the meat industry’s labor shortage and suggests the US proposal to limit foreign workers could be as disruptive to US meat production. The Canadian Meat Council estimated that 9% of jobs at the country’s rural slaughterhouses go unfilled, while noting immigrant workers account for 35% of US animal slaughtering and processing jobs. u



Gene Nelson

Rockin L Ranch

408 Peach Orchard Road Decatur, AL 35603

Kyle Robertson 215 Co Rd 400 Dutton, AL 35744

3222 CR 250 Liebenthal, KS 67553

Rolling Rock Ranch 605 S. 16th Street Louisburg, KS 66053

Ice Cream Farm 5825 Gallant Rd Gallant, AL 35972


Emery Ranch 38275 110th St Frederick, SD 57441

Rex N Nelson 19125 Hwy 18 Batesland, SD 57716

Sodak Cattle Co 27145 477th Ave Harrisburg, SD 57032

UTAH Tyrel Warner 304 E Legacy Lane Grantsville, UT 84029

VIRGINIA Davidson Farm 719 Hale Springs Road Gate City, VA 24251



578 Thornton Rd Auburn, KY 42206

Elizabeth L Ciomperlik Evans

Kenton Herman

880 CR 315 Stockdale, TX 78160


PO Box 147 Seibert, CO 80834

Rancho Tres Reinas

207 Angus Lane Rd Inwood, WV 25428

MINNESOTA Whitewater Creek Farms


51717 147th Ave Waterville, MN 56096

New Boston Beef LLC 9 Fabyan Woodstock Rd North Grosvenordale, CT 06255

798 J M Ojeda Rd San Benito, TX 78586

Clark Cattle Ranch 1000 Thompson Rd Weatherford, TX 76087


Trial Run Cattle Co

B & K Cattle Company LLC


PO Box 398 Llano, TX 78643

Bouse Land & Cattle LLC

Ott Ranch


21050 Maries Rd 451 Vichy, MO 65580

2176 Turkey Rd Gladewater, TX 75647

Verdeyen & Sons Simmentals

Samuel Wallace

700 Prairie St Altamont, IL 62411

Ben Kiner 4139 E 525th Rd Mendota, IL 61342

Code Cattle Company

10601 US Hwy 8 W Crandon, WI 54520 ◆

7385 Lawrence 2140 Stotts City, MO 65756

Cole Abele 18438 S 2650 Rd Eldorado Springs, MO 64744

Gillespie Farms 12381 Co Hwy 23 Toulon, IL 61483

Alex P Bullard/ Bullard Cattle Co

NORTH DAKOTA Lemer Simmentals

24502 N 1050 East Rd Cornell, IL 61319

781 46th St NE Drake, ND 58736

B Chandler Cattle

Circle L Cattle

8745 Nike Rd Red Bud, IL 62278

1219 Rd AA Blue Hill, NE 68930

Balfour Cattle

INDIANA Thomas W. Arens 6727 S 300 E Markleville, IN 46056

IOWA Southern Accent Farms 2861 Clay Hill Road Decorah, IA 52101

1510 S 42nd St Nehawka, NE 68413

Turkey Creek Simmentals 1415 Co Rd 1900 Wilbur, NE 68465

THE CIRCUIT ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ Florida State Fair Date: February 9-20, 2017 Location: Tampa, FL Judge: Mark Dufell, Aldie, VA (Open Show); Matt Warren, Ona (Junior Show)

Junior Simmental Show

PENNSYLVANIA Terry Shearer 366 Lake Wilhelm Rd Clarks Mills, Pa 16114

BS Show Cattle 40493 190th Ave Havelock, IA 50546


Layne Robinson

Heim Ranch

205 NE Popler Leon, IA 50144

37951 218th St Wessington Springs, SD 57382

Grand Champion Female “Wingate’s Frannie,” exh. by Casey Wingate, Myakka. Reserve Grand Champion Female “ELMR Fanci Pants 602D,” exh. by Cara Zeveney, Parrish.

Open Show Grand Champion Female “Wingate’s Frannie,” exh. by Casey Wingate, Myakka. Reserve Grand Champion Female “CM2 Jada,” exh. by Elijah Mitchell, Trenton. Grand Champion Bull “SCE Revolution B218,” exh. by IMM Inc. Ranch, Armuchee, GA. Reserve Grand Champion Bull “POF Power Cut B701,” exh. by Renna Tenbroeck, Gainesville. ◆

Grand Champion Bull “POF Power Cut B701,” exh. by Renna Tenbroeck, Gainesville.

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2017 THE Enrollment Spring 2018 THE Enrollment (dams calve January 1-June 30) — Early enrollment open October 15 through December 15, 2017. Late enrollment available until February 1, 2018. Fall 2017 THE Enrollment (dams calve July 1-December 31) — Early enrollment open April 15 through June 15, 2017. Late enrollment available until August 1, 2017.

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American Simmental Association Fees Membership Initiation Fee: Adult Membership Initiation Fee. . . . . . . . . . . . . $160 Junior Membership Initiation Fee. . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 50 Prefix Registration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $10

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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


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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 Foreign/Foundation Cow. . . . . . . . . . . . . $17 Register Foreign/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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MAY 4 5-6 5 6 6 6 13 13 20 20

Nelson Simmental/SimAngus Bull Sale — Glasgow, MT Collier Diamond C Ranch’s Diamond Jubilee — Stephenville, TX Southern New England Simmental Association’s 6th Annual All Breed Sale — Springfield, MA Circle M Farms’ Dispersal Sale, Part I — Grand Saline, TX Stars and Stripes Sale — Gettysburg, PA Timberland Cattle’s Black Angus and SimAngus™ Female Auction — Vernon, AL (pg. 21) Good Girls Sale — Lebanon, TN Shenandoah’s Shining Stars Female Sale — Quicksburg, VA (pg. 14) Buzzard Hollow Ranch Designer's Classic — Granbury, TX Sloup and Hilltop Simmentals Spring Turn Out Sale — Seward, NE

JUNE 14-17 14-17 21-24 28-7/2


Eastern Regional Classic — London, OH South Central Regional Classic — Springfield, MO Western Regional Classic — Klamath Falls, OR North Central Regional Classic — Huron, SD

JULY 9-15

AJSA National Classic — Hattiesburg, MS

AUGUST 19 26 26

21st Annual Southern Showcase Sale — Armuchee, GA 1st Annual Florida Simmental Association Elite Female Sale — Marianna, FL Generations of Value — Colbert, GA

SEPTEMBER 2 9 10 16 20 23 23 25 30

NC Fall Harvest — Union Grove, NC Silver Towne Farms’ 31st Annual Production Sale — Winchester, IN (pg. 3) Field of Dreams Production Sale — Hope, IN Family Matters Production Sale — Auburn, KY Gonsalves Ranch’s Bulls-Eye Breeders Angus and SimAngus™ Bull Sale — Modesto, CA Head of the Class — Louisburg, KS Simbrah Synergy X — Giddings, TX (pg. 2) LRW Simmentals’ Genetic Harvest Sale — Janesville, WI White Star Cattle Company’s Complete Dispersal and Retirement Sale — Overbrook, KS

OCTOBER 1 7 7 8 12 13 14 15 20 21 21 21 21 27 28

Krieger Farms’ Annual Sale — Universal, IN (pg. 43) Belles of the Bluegrass — Mt. Sterling, KY Buckeye’s Finest — Belle Center, OH WSA Midwest Fall Round-up — Lancaster, WI Koz E Acres-Wilmes Farms Fall Harvest Online Sale — 43rd Annual R.A. Brown Ranch Bull and Female Sale — Throckmorton, TX The New Direction Sale — Seward, NE (pg. 28) Ladies of the Valley — West Point, NE (pg. 28) Buckles and Banners — West Point, IA Fred Smith Company Ranch’s Extra Effort Sale — Clinton, NC Midwest Made Production Sale — Ames, IA MN Beef Expo – White Satin On Ice Sale — Minneapolis, MN MN Beef Expo – All Breeds Sale — Minneapolis, MN 23rd Annual Hokie Harvest Sale — Blacksburg, VA Yon Family Farms’ Fall Sale — Ridge Spring, SC

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DATE BOOK continued

NOVEMBER 1 2 4 4 4 5 11 11 13 17 18 18 18 19 24 25 25 26

Hudson Pines Farm’s “Forever A Legacy” Complete Dispersal Sale — Sleepy Hollow, NY (pg. BC) RS&T Simmentals’ Online Female Sale — Irvine Ranch’s 13th Annual Production Sale — Manhattan, KS Land of Lincoln — Altamont, IL Pigeon Mountain “Beef Builder” Fall Bull Test Sale — Armuchee, GA Hawkeye Simmental Sale — Bloomfield, IA Deer Creek Farm Production Sale — Roseland, VA Gibbs Farms’ 12th Annual Bull and Replacement Female Sale — Ranburne, AL NAILE Select Sale — Louisville, KY Heartland Simmental Performance With Class Sale — Waverly, IA Shenandoah’s Shining Stars — Quicksburg, VA Timberland Cattle’s Fall Bull Sale — Vernon, AL Whelan Farms Southern Excellence Bull Sale — Wadley, AL North Central Simmental Fall Classic — Hubbard, IA Ruby Cattle Co.’s “Livin’ The Dream” Production Sale — Murray, IA Foxy Ladies Bred Heifer Sale — West Point, NE (pg. 28) Right By Design 2017 — Middletown, IN “The Chosen Few” Female Sale — Gilmore City, IA (pg. 21)

DECEMBER 2 2 2 2 4 4 9 10 11 16

Altenburg Super Baldy Ranch’s “First Ever Female Production Sale” — Fort Collins, CO Jewels of the Northland Sale — Clara City, MN Montana’s Choice Simmental Sale — Billings, MT T-Heart Ranch’s Annual Female Sale — LaGarita, CO (pg. 20) Dakota Made Production Sale — Salem, SD Genetic Perfection Sale — Arlington, NE Hartman Cattle Company’s Customer Appreciation Sale — Tecumseh, NE Trauernicht Simmental Nebraska Platinum Standard Sale — Beatrice, NE Gale Angus and Simmental Sale — Lewistown, MT South Dakota Source Sale — Mitchell, SD

JANUARY 2018 26 27 27 28

Ellingson Simmentals’ Annual Production Sale — Dahlen, ND (pg. 25) Double J Farms’ Private Treaty Bull Sale — Garretson, SD (pg. 29) J&C Simmentals’ Annual Bull Sale — Arlington, NE (pg. 28) Triangle J Ranch’s Annual Production Sale — Miller, NE (pg. 28)

FEBRUARY 1 3 4 7 9 12 14 15 16 16 16 19 21

Stavick Simmentals’ Annual Sale — Eblen, SD (pg. 29) Prickly Pear “Made In Montana” Sale — Helena, MT (pg. 20) Hartman Cattle Company’s Simmental Bull Sale — Tecumseh, NE Begger’s Diamond V Big Sky Genetic Source Bull Sale — Wibaux, MT (pg. 20) TNT Simmentals’ Annual Bull Sale — Almont, ND Edge of the West Female and Bull Sale — Mandan, ND River Creek Farms’ 26th Annual Production Sale — Manhattan, KS (pg. 24) Felt Farms’ Bulls of Excellence Sale — West Point, NE (pg. 28) Cow Camp Ranch’s Spring Bull Sale — Lost Springs, KS (pg. 24) Dakota Xpress Annual Bull and Female Sale — Mandan, ND (pg. 25) Sandy Acres Bull Sale — Creighton, NE (pg. 28) Bulls of the Big Sky — Billings, MT (pg. 20) QBVJT Power By Design Sale — Oakes, ND (pg. 25)

MARCH 2 3 16 16 24 24


Eichacker Simmentals’ Annual Bull Sale — Salem, SD (pg. 29) Trinity Farms’ Generation of Excellence Sale — Ellensburg, WA (pg. 20) 3C Christensen/NLC Simmental Ranch’s Annual Production Sale — Wessington, SD (pg. 29) Sunflower Genetics’ Annual Production Sale — Maple Hill, KS (pg. 24) Dickinson Ranch ‘s Annual Production Sale — Gorham, KS (pg. 24) T-Heart Ranch’s Annual Bull Sale — La Garita, CO (pg. 20) ◆

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AD INDEX 3C Christensen Ranch. . . . . . . . . 29 4-A’s LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 7N Ranch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 ABS® Global, Inc. . . . . . . . . . 1, 29 Accelerated Genetics®. . . . . . . . . 41 AJSA Hotwire. . . . . . . . . . . . . Insert AKA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Alabama Simmental Breeders. . . 21 Altenburg Super Baldy Ranch LLC. . 20 American Junior Gelbvieh Association. . . . . . . . . 15 American Junior Shorthorn Association. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 American Junior Simmental Association (AJSA). . . . . . . . 15, 35, 37, Insert American Live Stock Inc.. . . . . . . 40 American Simmental Association . . . 13, 16, 17, 33, 39, 44, 45, 52, 63 American Simmental-Simbrah Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . 35, 53 ART-JEN Simmental Farm. . . . . . 20 ASA Performance Advocate. 20, 44 ASA Science Blog. . . . . . . . . . . . 21 B & R Simmentals. . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Banners and Buckles. . . . . . . . . . 37 Bar 5 Simmental Stock Farms Ltd.. 21 Bar CK Cattle Company. . . . . . . 21 Bar QH Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Bata Bros.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 BCF Technology. . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Begger’s Diamond V. . . . . . . . . . 20 Benda Simmentals, Jim. . . . . . . . 29 Bessler Inc, James F. . . . . . . . . . . 40 Best of the Barns. . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Bichler Simmentals. . . . . . . . . . . 25 Birdwell, James M., Auctioneer. . 40 Blackford Show Cattle. . . . . . . . . 55 Bohrson Marketing. . . . . . . . . . . 73 Bois d’Arc Land & Cattle Co.. . . . 43 Bouchard Livestock International. . 40 Bovine Elite, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Bramlet Simmentals. . . . . . . . . . . 20 Brant Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Breeders Cup Golf Tournament. . . 35 Brink Fleckvieh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Brooks Simmental Ranch. . . . . . . 24 Brush Country Bulls. . . . . . . . . . . 43 Bulls of the Big Sky. . . . . . . . . . . 20 Buzzard Hollow Ranch. . . . . . . . 20 C-MOR Beef Farms. . . . . . . . . . . 55 Canada Simmental Breeders. . . . 21 Canadian Simmental Country Magazine. . . . . . . . . . 40 Carcass Merit Program (CMP). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25, 39 Cattle In Demand. . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Cattle Visions. . . 10, 11, 31, 41, 47, . . . . 48, 49, 55, 67, 73, 75, 76, IBC CattleMax. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Circle 3 Genetics. . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Clear Water Simmentals. . . . . . . 43 Clover Valley Simmentals. . . . . . . 43 Cold Smoke Cattle. . . . . . . . . . . 20 Colorado Simmental Breeders. . . 20


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Conover, Al, Auctioneer & Sale Management. . . . . . . . . 40 Cow Camp Ranch. . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Dakota Xpress. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Diamond H Ranch. . . . . . . . . . . 24 Dickinson Simmental and Angus Ranch. . . . . . . . . . . 24 Dixson Farms, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . 24 Dorran, Steve, Auctioneer. . . . . . 40 Double J Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Double M Simmentals. . . . . . . . . 43 DVAuction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14, 42 Ediger Simmental. . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Eichacker Simmentals. . . . . . . . . 29 Ekstrum Simmentals. . . . . . . . . . 29 Ellingson Simmentals. . . . . . . . . . 25 Fall Focus. . . . . . . . . 16, 17, 45, 63 Felt Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Ferguson Show Cattle. . . . . . . . . 29 Filegonia Cattle Company. . . . . . 43 Flittie Simmental. . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Forster Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Genetic Legacy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Gengenbach Cattle Company. . . 28 GGP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Gold Bullion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Grand View Cattle Co.. . . . . . . . 67 Grass-Lunning Simmentals. . . . . . 21 Hainy, Roger and Nathan. . . . . . 69 Haley Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Harker Simmentals. . . . . . . . . . . 43 Harl, Tracy Auction Company. . . 40 Hart Simmentals. . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Have You Herd? Blog. . . . . . 25, 28 Heart of Texas Simmental/ Simbrah Association. . . . . . . . . 42 Herdbook Services. . . . . . . . . . . 13 High-Bred Simmental. . . . . . . . . 24 Hofmann Simmental Farms. . . . . 24 Hopewell Views Simmentals. . . . . 25 Hudson Pines Farm. . . . . . . . . . . BC Illinois Simmental Breeders . . . . . 25 Indiana Simmental Breeders. . . . 43 International Genetic Solutions (IGS). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Iowa Simmental Breeders. . . . . . 21 J & C Simmentals. . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Jacobs, Roger, Auctioneer. . . . . . 40 Janssen Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Jass Simmentals. . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Jensen Simmentals. . . . . . . . . . . 20 Johnson Cattle Co.. . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Jones Show Cattle. . . . . . . . . . . . 29 JS Simmentals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 KA Cattle Co.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Kaelberer Simmentals. . . . . . . . . 25 Kansas Simmental Breeders. . . . . 24 Kappes Simmentals. . . . . . . . . . . 29 Kaser Brothers Simmental. . . . . . 24 Kearns Cattle Company. . . . . . . . 69 Keller Broken Heart Ranch. . . . . . 25 Kenner Simmentals. . . . . . . . . . . 25 Kentucky Simmental Breeders. . . . 43 Kitzerow Cattle Company. . . . . . 21

Knezek Simmental Simbrah Ranch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Koch Cattle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Kreis, Ron, Auctioneer. . . . . . . . . 40 Krieger Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Lassle Ranch Simmentals. . . . . . . 20 Lee Simmental Farms. . . . . . . . . . 75 Lehrman Family Simmentals. . . . . 29 Little Creek Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Livestock Services. . . . . . . . . 40, 41 Long’s Simmentals. . . . . . . . . . . . 67 LongRanch®. . . . . . . . . . . . . 70, 71 Low Density DNA Testing. . . . . . . 52 Lucas Cattle Company. . . . . . 28, 68 Lulay Cattle Company. . . . . . . . . 37 Martin Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 McCrary Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Merial, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70, 71 Miller Simmentals. . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Miller, Bruce, Auctioneer. . . . . . . 40 Minnesota Simmental Breeders. . 21 Missing Rail Simmentals. . . . . . . 29 Missouri Simmental Breeders. . . . 28 Mitchell Lake Ranch. . . . . . . . . . 20 Montana Simmental Breeders. . . 20 Monte Christo Ranch & Investments. . . . . . . . . . . . 2, 43 Morrison, Myra Neal. . . . . . . . . 28 National Classic. . . . . . . . 35, Insert Nebraska Simmental Breeders. . . 28 Neogen GeneSeek Operations. . 33 Neogen®. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 NLC Simmental Ranch. . . . . . . . . 29 North American Fullblood Breeders. . . . . . . . . . 20 North Carolina Simmental Breeders. . . . . . . . . . 28 North Dakota Simmental Association. . . . . . . 16, 17, 45, 63 North Dakota Simmental Breeders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Oak Meadow Farms. . . . . . . . . . 21 Ohio Simmental Breeders. . . . . . 29 Oklahoma Simmental Breeders. . 24 Oregon Junior Simmental Association. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Oregon Simmental Breeders. . . . 21 ORIgen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41, 51 Pine Ridge Ranch, LLC. . . . . . . 6, 43 Prairie Cattle Co.. . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Prickly Pear Simmental Ranch. . . 20 Priority Handling Processing Services. . . . . . . . . . 13 Quandt Brothers (QBVJT). . . . . . 25 R&R Cattle Company. . . . . . . . . . 29 RatLiff Cattle Company. . . . . . . . 43 Reavis Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Regional Classics. . . . . . . . . . Insert Rhodes Angus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Rincker Simmental. . . . . . . . . . . 25 River Creek Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Rock Creek Ranch. . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Rolling Hills Farms. . . . . . . . . . . 29 Royer, Jared. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

Ruckert and Sons Simmental. . . . 37 Rust Mountain View Ranch. . . 25, 73 RX Simbrah. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Sandy Acres Simmental. . . . . . . . 28 Sargeant Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Secondino, Krieger, Jame. . . . . . 40 Select Sires. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Shenandoah Valley Simmentals. . 14 Shipman, Jered, Auctioneer. . . . . 40 Shoal Creek Land & Cattle, LLC. . 28 Silver Towne Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Simbrah Synergy Sale. . . . . . . . . . 2 SimGenetics Profit Through Science. . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Simmental Breeders Sweepstakes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . IFC Slate Farms & Cattle Company. . . 24 Sloup Simmentals. . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Smith Genetics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 South Dakota Simmental Breeders . . . . . . . . . 29 Southwestern Farms. . . . . . . . . . . 2 Springer Simmental. . . . . . . . . . 21 Stanley Martins Farms. . . . . . . . . . 4 Stavick Simmental. . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Steaks Alive. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 ST Genetics™. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Stock Show U. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Sullivan Supply Inc.. . . . . . . . . 7, 40 Summit, The. . . . . . . . . . . 15, Insert Sunflower Genetics. . . . . . . . . . . 24 T-Heart Ranch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Temperance Livestock. . . . . . . . . . 2 Tennessee Simmental Breeders. . . 24 Texas Simmental & Simbrah Breeders. . . . . . . . . . . 43 Thomas Ranch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Three Cedars Simmentals. . . . . . 51 Timberland Cattle. . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Tingle Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Total Herd Enrollment (THE). . . . . . . . . . . 20, 21, 28, 29 Traxinger Simmental. . . . . . . . . . 29 tReg Blog. . . . . . . . . . . . 24, 25, 29 Trennepohl Family Farm. . . . 43, 67 Triangle J Ranch. . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Trinity Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Triple Z Simmental. . . . . . . . . . . 20 UltraInsights Processing Lab Inc.. . 41 Updyke Simmentals. . . . . . . . . . . 24 Vanhove Cattle Company. . . . . . 69 Vita Hair. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 VJT Ranch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Volk Livestock. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Washington Simmental Breeders. . 20 Western Cattle Source. . . . . . . . . 28 Western Regional Classic. . . . . . 37 White Farms, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Wildberry Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Wilkinson Farms Simmentals. . . . 25 Williams Land & Cattle Auction Co.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Willis Simmentals. . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Zeis Simmentals. . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

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: 114 $TI: 79

By WLE Uno Mas X549 EPDs: CE: 14 $API: 121 $TI: 69

By SS Ebony’s Grandmaster EPDs: CE: 7 $API: 122 $TI: 60

By Steel Force EPDs: CE: -5 $API: 63 $TI: 53


SSC Shell Shocked 44B

GCC CM Stockbroker B005

Fitz POL Blazon B1203

S&S Sweet Dreams 507C

By Remington Secret Weapon 185 EPDs: CE: 10 $API: 106 $TI: 59

By Mr Hoc Broker – SimAngusTM EPDs: CE: 6 $API: 96 $TI: 62

By PRS Blazin Hot W192 EPDs: CE: 9 $API: 114 $TI: 73

By CNS Dream On L186 EPDs: CE: 12 $API: 123 $TI: 63


CSCX Bandwagon 513A

W/C Bullseye 3046A

Kappes Big Ticket C521

W/C Lock Down 206Z

By TJSC Optimus Prime EPDs: CE: 5 $API: 104 $TI: 61

By Lock N Load 54U EPDs: CE: 16 $API: 137 $TI: 67

By Lock N Load 54U EPDs: CE: 9 $API: 109 $TI: 70

By Lock N Load EPDs: CE: 21 $API: 162 $TI: 82


TM SimAngus SimAngusTM



GCC Whizard 125W

CCR Flint Hills 2092B

W/C United 956Y

WLTR Renegade 40U ET

By SVF Steel Force S701 EPDs: CE: 12 $API: 94 $TI: 51

By CCR Frontier 0053Z EPDs: CE: 10 $API: 146 $TI: 86

By TNT Tuition EPDs: CE: 10 $API: 140 $TI: 92

By 3C Macho M450 BZ EPDs: CE: 6 $API: 121 $TI: 75

STF Rock Solid 033C

CNS Pays To Dream T759

CLO Captain America 704Y

Circle M Tejas 107Z

By CDI Rimrock 325Z EPDs: CE: 12 $API: 119 $TI: 68

By CNS Dream On L186 EPDs: CE: 11 $API: 152 $TI: 70

By CNS Pays to Dream T759 EPDs: CE: 13 $API: 121 $TI: 62

By BC Lookout 7024 EPDs: CE: 18 $API: 131 $TI: 66

3/4 SimAngus




TJSC 152A “Vindication”

WS Stepping Stone B44

Silveiras Style 9303

SP The Answer 813

By Flying B Cut Above EPDs: CE: 5 $API: 110 $TI: 61

By WC Lock Down EPDs: CE: 12 $API: 121 $TI: 73

By Gambles Hot Rod EPDs: CE: 20 $API: 126 $TI: 64

By SAV Final Answer 0035 EPDs: CE: 21 $API: 130 $TI: 70

EPDs pulled 1.9.17

Kappes Megatron A2

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

STF Royal Affair Z44M

By WAGR Dream Catcher 03R EPDs: CE: 13 $API: 144 $TI: 81

By CNS Pays To Dream T759 EPDs: CE: 7 $API: 134 $TI: 77

By Foundation 724N EPDs: CE: -6 $API: 88 $TI: 54

By Lock N Load EPDs: CE: 6 $API: 98 $TI: 56

LLSF Addiction AY792

Long’s Damien A37

FBF1 Supremacy Y93

HPF Tradecraft D010

By Top Grade EPDs: CE: 6 $API: 113 $TI: 63

By Hooks Shear Force 38K EPDs: CE: 10 $API: 152 $TI: 86

By STF Dominance T171 EPDs: CE: 9 $API: 103 $TI: 58

By JF Milestone 999W EPDs: CE: 8 $API: 116 $TI: 69



FBF1 Combustible Y34

LLSF Uprising Z925

CCR Anchor 9071B

SS/PRS Tail Gater 621Z

By Steel Force EPDs: CE: 12 $API: 101 $TI: 62

By Heads Up 20X ET EPDs: CE: 5 $API: 106 $TI: 76

By CCR Cowboy Cut 5048Z EPDs: CE: 20 $API: 156 $TI: 81

By HTP/SVF Duracell T52 EPDs: CE: 9 $API: 111 $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: 10 $API: 131 $TI: 69

By Dream Catcher EPDs: CE: 10 $API: 126 $TI: 68

By JF Milestone 999W EPDs: CE: 6 $API: 111 $TI: 74

By Dream On EPDs: CE: 13 $API: 142 $TI: 73

3/4 SimAngusTM

GLS/JRB Cash Flow 163C

Long’s Stand Alone B35

Yardley High Regard W242

HILB Maverick A43

By LLSF Pays to Believe ZU194 EPDs: CE: 9 $API: 122 $TI: 70

By Built Right EPDs: CE: 9 $API: 109 $TI: 62

By Yardley Impressive T371 EPDs: CE: 2 $API: 77 $TI: 56

By GLS New Direction X148 EPDs: CE: 4 $API: 94 $TI: 57

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866-356-4565 SimAngusTM

Rousey Gold Strike 512C

WLTR Nashville 22A ET

SAS Big Bruzer Y131

By Hooks Trinity 9T EPDs: CE: 18 $API: 160 $TI: 85

By High Voltage EPDs: CE: 10 $API: 108 $TI: 62

By King of the Yukon (outcross) EPDs: CE: 10 $API: 114 $TI: 58

EPDs as of 1.9.17

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