I have had beef cattle since I was 3 years old when my dad bought me my first cow/calf pair. From those early beginnings I have bred, raised and purchased many different breeds of cattle, selecting what I thought was good for our farm setting. On January 1, 2005, I sold the remaining commerical purebred Angus cattle to concentrate solely on Simmental. We have purebred, 3/4 Simmental and 1/2 Simmental blood cows and heifers in our breeding program. Fortunately the American Simmental Association has an open herd book, so we are able to continually use outcrossing and new genetics from outside our gene pool to strengthen our breed. Simmental have come A LONG WAY since the 70's and most people do not realize this. Along with my dad, we raise blacks and reds in solids, with some blazes and baldies and the traditionally marked red cattle.
We occasionally have animals available for the home table. They are naturally raised meaning no hormones injected into them or steriods of any kind. We also have heifer calves and bred cows for sale from time to time. We are proud to raise animals that are born small and easily, grow fast and wean out at 500-700 pounds at less than 7 months of age. The cows are very good mothers with lots of milk and easy keepers. Our Simmental our docile and correct structurally.
We have been breeding for the traditional, broken patterned (spotted) simmental since I first started breeding specifically for Simmental. I imported several UK Simmental bull genetics and have used one so far, and am extremely happy with the results. My goal is to breed Simmental that are true to what their homeland breeds them for. And i am pleased to know that that 'fad' is coming around mainstream again.
A little history:
Simmental can be traced to the Bernese Oberland, and were known as early as the Middle Ages as large, spotted cattle. From here, the 'Simmentals' spread into western and northern Switzerland.
The Simmental, one of the more docile and easy to manage breeds, is known for a long straight topline with deeply muscled back and loin. Medium to large cattle with strong bones, bulls typically weigh 2200 to 2800 pounds at maturity and cows 1200 to 1600 pounds. The females have a productive lifetime of ten to twelve years and high milk production. Simmental are spotted, occasionally with just a few white markings. The color varies from pale gold to dark reddish brown. The head is usually white in front of the eyes with the lower parts of the legs also largely white. In the feedyard they have a weight gain of 2 to 3 pounds a day and excellent feed conversion with about a 63% carcass yield. They are suited to all-purpose crossing with smaller breeds.
All animals are registered with the American Simmental Association. Member #221951