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DATES TO REMEMBER
2016
  • January 25-Fort Worth Junior Simbrah Show, Fort Worth, Texas
  • January 29- Fort Worth Open Simbrah Show, Fort Worth, Texas
  • January 29-Buzzard Hollow Ranch Online Bull Sale
  • February 15-National Open and Percentage Simbrah Shows, San Antonio, Texas
  • February 17-Simmental/Simbrah Superbowl, San Antonio, Texas
  • February 19-Junior Simbrah Heifer Show, San Antonio, Texas
  • March 1-International Simmental and Simbrah Sale, Houston, Texas
  • March 2-Internaitonal Simbrah Show, Houston, Texas
  • March 11-13-Junior Breeding Heifer Shows, Houston, Texas
  • March 16-Rio Grande Valley Junior Simbrah Show, Mercedes, Texas
  • March 17-Rio Grande Valley Open Simbrah Show, Mercedes, Texas
  • March 21-23-Alamo City Simbrah Online Sale
  • April 1-La Muneca Cattle Co. Jackpot Show, Linn, Texas
  • April 2-La Muneca Cattle Co. $ellabration Junior Show, Linn, Texas
  • April 2-5-La Muneca Cattle Co. GenePLUS Online Sale
  • April 23-25-MAS Online Sale
  • May 21-Smith Genetics Cow Camp, Giddings, Texas
  • June 9-12-TJSSA State Futurity, Bryan-College Station
  • June 22-2-American Junior Simbrah Roundup, Crescent, Texas
  • June 25-28, La Muneca Cattle Co. GenePLUS Online Sale

NATIONAL EVENTS ANNOUNCED
Simbrah breeders will have a big week, February 14-19th at the San Antonio Livestock Show. The traditional National Show Barn Party will be held on February 14th , starting at 4 p.m. Everyone is asked to bring a food item and join in the celebration of the breed. The open Simmental show will start at 8 a.m. on Monday, February 15th, followed by the National Simbrah and Percentage Simbrah Shows. Then on February 17th, the Simmental/Simbrah Superbowl will be held, starting at 8 a.m. and the junior Simbrah Show will be at 8 a.m. on Friday, February 19th in the north arena.

HOUSTON SCHEDULE FOR SIMBRAH RELEASES
The International Simmental/Simbrah events will once again be held in Houston, Texas. The International Sale will be held the evening of March 1st. For information on the sale, contact Roy Schwake, sale manager He can be reached at 214/542-8162 or schwakecattle@aol.com. For motel reservation information contact Judy Hill 817-219-0785 or judyhlatham@aol.com. The sale will be followed the next day by the International Simbrah Show at 8 a.m.

ALAMO GROUP TO HOST SALE
The Alamo City group has announced that their spring sale will be held March 21-23. The sale will be online through www.cattleinmotions.com and members of the group include Baring Cattle Co., Freasier Ranch and La Morra Ranch. For additional information contact Joe B. Rodriguez, 210/275-0839.

SUPERBOWL SET FOR FEBRUARY 17th
The Simmental-Simbrah Superbowl will be held in conjunction with the San Antonio Livestock Show. The event which features cattle purchased from participating sponsors has become a very recognized event over the past two decades. Last year over $45,000 was awarded in money, scholarships and prizes to junior exhibitors. The show will feature Simmental, Simbrah, Percentage Simbrah and Simbravieh shows. In addition, there are multiple divisions of showmanships. Cattle judge for the 2016 event will be Chip Kemp and Tom and Merridee Wells will serve as showmanship judges. For details visitsimmental-simbrahsuperbowl.com.

BULL WORKSHOP SCHEDULED APRIL 22 IN CAMERON
Mark your calendar for the bull selection workshop, April 22nd.

CAMERON – A comprehensive workshop on bull selection for cattle producers is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 22 at 44 Farms in Cameron. The ranch is located at 1945 County Road 227 in Cameron.

Dr. Jason Cleere, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist in College Station, and Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist in Overton, will conduct the workshop.

“A bull is responsible for 50 percent of the herd’s calf crop, and a good bull is an investment that certainly can pay dividends,” Cleere said.

“The workshop will discuss applied as well as advanced bull selection techniques. Live animals will be used to teach attendees visual selection,” Banta said.

Other topics to be discussed include cattle breeds and breeding programs; individual performance data, expected progeny differences and genetic markers; bull fertility and bull-to-cow ratios; and bull management before and after the breeding season.

Cost is $60 per person prior to April 8. Cost is $75 after. There is a money-back guarante, and registration covers lunch and program materials.

To register online, go to https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu or call AgriLife Extension Conference Services at 979-845-2604. For more information, call 903-834-6194.


NEW SIMBRAH PROMOTIONAL ITEMS

The American Simmental Association (ASA) recently unveiled new marketing materials for the Simbrah breed. There is a new brochure, as well as signs promoting Simbrahs as the cross-breeding choice. The materials include all new photos recently taken by Hannah Wine, ASA junior director. For details on how you can get copies of the brochure for distribution and have the sign at events in your area, contact the ASA at 406/587-4531.


PINE RIDGE RANCH RELEASES STEER DATA
Pine Ridge Ranch recently released data on a group of 19 steers bred at their ranch and then fed and harvested. Fifteen of the steers graded Choice, three Prime and one Select. The average Yield Grade was 2.5 with an average ribeye of 15.8 with an average dressing percentage of 64.8. The group saw an average carcass weight of 895 pounds with 0.42 Fat score. For additional information visit their website at www.simbrah.com

Tracking Simbrah Carcass Data

The progeny of six Simbrah bulls have been weighed, tested and measured at every stage of production – with special emphasis in the carcass data, in an effort to prove their genetics are as good as believed. The calves from these sires, were weaned from the test herd at University of Illinois Experiment Station as part of the long-running American Simmental Association’s Carcass Merit Program (CMP) and now they have been harvested.

The CMP program, started in 1996, is the longest-running, structured sire evaluation program in the cattle industry. The program has expanded over the years to included about 500 sires, cooperator herds in 16 states, 35,000 matings and more than 5,000 carcass records. Other breeds have been included in the CMP and the data has contributed to several breed association databases.

The six bulls sired 27 steer calves and 26 heifer calves in this particular test. The results were favorable for Simbrah sired calves, when comparing the numbers against the Simmental and SimAngus calves. Please click here for a complete breakdown by sire and information on each sire.

Additional testing of Simbrah sired calves is in the future through the CMP program and updates will be provided as the Simbrah breed tracks carcass data.

“The ASA Board has been supportive of getting Simbrah carcass information and this combined with 50K enhanced genetic data and ASA’s Total Herd Enrollment (THE) program will allow the Simbrah breed to continue to improve the accuracies and revelance of our EPDs for carcass and all traits. Simbrah breeders are continuing to encourage ASA to provide these test herd programs, so that the breed can gain additional data,” explained Tim Smith, Simbrah Breeders Group president.


SIMBRAH STEER FEED OUT

The Simbrah steer feed out will begin with flex time in Mid October and held at Graham Feeders.The committee would like to have Spring born steers, branding preferred, tattooed and ear tagged. The cattle health work should follow the Texas A&M Vac 45 program. Texas A&M will be consulted during this test.

Breeders will own their individual cattle while in the feedlot and retain individual risk of death and sickness. Health insurance should be obtainable although seldom utilized due to high success ratio.The intention is to feed to a large weight without additives to maximize carcass quality. The cattle will be fed to approximately 1400 lbs. Steers should weigh 550 lbs. or more at shipment.

Upon harvest, each breeder will receive all data identified by tattoo numbers and each breeder will be paid based on the result of the individual carcass.

Freight to feedlot will be paid by each breeder. Group shipments and loading points will be studied to minimize shipping costs.There are no scheduling or handling costs associated with this feed out and all risk is maintained by each breeder without recourse.

The goal is to express the carcass quality of the Simbrah breed. For additional information contact Bill Travis at billtravis@bigplanet.com or 214-850-6308.


LOCATOR MAP MAKES IT EASY TO FIND SIMBRAH BREEDERS

The American Simmental Association now has a locator map that makes it as easy as clicking a button to locate Simgenetic members. The map can be found at www.simmental.org and it allows you to click on a location and find ASA and AJSA members in that area.


SIMBRAH CARCASS INFORMATION
Bill Travis supplied us with the attached information concerning Simbrah Steer Carcasses and how they ranked (very favorably) in this feedout information.

Click here to read.

EMAIL BLASTS NOW AVAILABLE
Simbrah World has developed a list of email addresses, taken from subscription information. We can do email blasts to this list for $50. You can send a message and/or an ad, photo or promotional pieces along those lines. The list currently has approximately 150 names and we are working to add more. While the number may not be large, remember these are people who are active in the Simbrah breed.

If you have an event/animal you want to promote, contact Martha at mgarrett@southernlivestock.com or 903/316-8465.

SIMBRAH BLOG
Yes notice at the top of the page we now have a blog section. You can freely comment on any blogs posted, but to post a blog,you must first send it to marthag@southernlivestock.com and she will edit and post. Bloggers are wanted, so write about something that is going on in your Simbrah world and send today to Martha.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SIMBRAH
If you desire additional information on Simbrah go to www.simbrah.org or www.simmental.org and click on the links for Simbrah.

Also you can access the following material by clicking on the following names:
Simbrah-The Best Of Both Breeds.pdf
Description Of A Simbrah.pdf
Development Of Simbrah.pdf
Guideline For Breeding Simbrah Cattle.pdf
 

 
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Bobby and Jeanne Thornhill, Shallow Water Ranch sent us this photo. This Simbrah cow is five-years-old that has produced seven calves--she has had three sets of twin by two different bulls!

 
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