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DATES TO REMEMBER
2014
  • January 26-Southwestern Livestock Exposition Junior Simbrah Show, Fort Worth, Texas
  • January 30-Buzzard Hollow Ranch’s Online Bull Sale
  • February 16-National Simbrah Show, San Antonio, Texas
  • February 16-National Percentage Simbrah Show, San Antonio, Texas
  • February 18-Simmental/Simbrah Superbowl, San Antonio, Texas
  • February 19-San Antonio Livestock Exposition Junior Simbrah Show
  • February 21-San Angelo Livestock Show Junior Simbrah Show
  • March 3-Houston International Simbrah Sale, Houston, Texas
  • March 4-Houston International Simbrah Show, Houston, Texas
  • March 13-22 Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show Open and Junior Simbrah Shows, Mercedes, Texas
  • March 15-Houston Livestock Show Junior Simbrah Show, Houston, Texas
  • March 27-Star of Texas Junior Simbrah Show, Austin, Texas
  • March 27-28-La Muneca Cattle Co. $ellabration Show, Linn, Texas


SIMBRAH EXHIBITORS GEAR UP FOR SAN ANTONIO

Simbrah breeders will be arriving in San Antonio, Texas for the National show and related events. The San Antonio Stock Show is the home to the National Simbrah and National Simbrah Percentage Shows and here is the schedule of all the Simbrah events for your planning purposes.

• Friday, February 13th-Open cattle must arrive and check in

• Sunday, February 15th-Barn Party, 4 p.m.

• Monday, February 16th-National Simbrah and National Percentage Show, approximately 10 a.m. as they follow two other breeds.

• Tuesday, February 17th-Junior Simbrah heifers arrive to barns and check in

• Wednesday, February 19th-Simmental-Simbrah Superbowl, 8 a.m.

• Thursday, February 20th-Junior Breeding Heifer Simbrah Show, second breed to show in North arena.


CODY SANKEY TO JUDGE NATIONAL SHOWS

Cody Sankey, Economy, Indiana will serve as the judge of the National Simbrah and National Simbrah Percentage Shows at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition on February 16th. Sankey and his wife, Lindsey raise registered Hereford and Angus cattle and he is also an area sales manager for Biozyme, Inc.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science and a master’s degree in ruminant nutrition from Oklahoma State University (OSU). Sankey was a member of the OSU 2001 National Champion Livestock Judging Team.

He was manager of the Michigan State University Beef Cattle Center for eight years and livestock judging team coach for two years.

He is a 5th generation cattleman, as he was raised on Sankey’s 6N Ranch in Council Grove, Kansas. This purebred cattle operation is owned and operated by the Sankey family and has the second oldest Angus herd in the United States, with over 110 years in the registered Angus business. He continues to be involved in the family’s operation and the outfit has also raised Brangus cattle.

Sankey has judged at the National Western Stock Show, North American International Livestock Show, Shorthorn, Chi and Maine Anjou Junior National Shows, Dixie National Stock Show, Arizona National along with many state fairs and expos in 25 states and Canada.


ALAMO CITY SIMBRAH OFFERING ON DISPLAY

During the National show events at San Antonio, members of the Alamo City Simbrah Online Sale group will have their sale lots on display at nearby Baring Cattle Company’s ranch, just outside San Antonio.

The sale will be February 23-25 on www.cattleinmotion.com

To arrange a viewing of the sale cattle contact any of the participants which include La Morra Ranch, 210/275-0839; Barring Cattle Company, 210/867-6651; Boening Brothers 830/391-3173; BETM ranch, 956/607-5515; and Freasier Ranch, 830/216-7171.


BOENING ELECTED PRESIDENT OF TEXAS FARM BUREAU

Simbrah breeder, Russell Boening of Floresville was elected Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) president in December 2014. Boening grows feed grains, cotton, watermelons and wheat, as well as operating a 450-cow dairy with his brother and father and a beef cattle operation, which includes registered Simbrah near Floresville. He was chosen as the TFB Outstanding Young Farmer & Rancher in 1986. Boening has held every office on the Wilson County Farm Bureau board, serving for more than 20 years, including president for 10 years.

Click here to learn more about Russell and his TFB involvement.


TJSSA NEEDS YOUR HELP

The Texas Juniors Simmental/Simbrah Association (TJSSA) is hosting the American Junior Simmental Classic July 5-12, 2015 at the Brazos Expo Center, Bryan-College Station, Texas.
The organization is currently accepting donations to offset the cost and are also looking for volunteers. For a complete breakdown of sponsorships and advertising opportunities, visit www.texassimmentalsimbrah.org and view the information under the announcements section on the home page. You may also contact the TJSSA sponsors listed below for additional information.

Betty Freasier
freasierranch@aol.com, 210-313-0926

Jennifer Kincaid
jennifer@fandwelectrical.com, 210-269-7136

Ellen Tom
ellenktom@gmail.com, 210-213-0020

Scott Willey
sawilley@ag.tamu.edu, 979-966-8728


NEW OFFICERS/DIRECTORS ELECTED TO SIMBRAH ADVISORY COUNCIL

Simbrah breeders met during activities at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Tim Smith, American Simmental Association trustee updated the crowd about association matters and Simbrah issues particularly.

Joe B. Rodriguez and Rene Vela were elected to serve as directors on the advisory council as Tim Smith and Carlos Guerra’s terms expired. The board now consists of Wayne Reavis, Rickey Burch, Jane Travis, Rodriguez and Vela. Reavis was then elected president; Burch vice-president and Rodriguez secretary-treasurer.

Activities and Events Committee
Rene Vela- Advisor
Wayne Johnson
Evans Family
Grahman Family
Kevin and Charleen Kent
Charles Honeycutt
Kyle and Lori Higgins

Simbrah Publications Committee

Craig Schultz- Advisor
David Grimes
Ray Hill
John Friedrich Family
Pete Nieschwitz
Bill Travis
Candice Tindle

Growth and Development Committee

Jane Travis-Advisor
Javier Moreno
Tonya Hill
Kevin and Charlene Kent
David and Kellie Rodenbeck
Russel Moser

Booth, Advertising, and Hospitality Booth
Ricky Burch-Advisor
Martha McCrary
Lori Pettit
Jennifer Mills
Clyde and Janie Perry
Kevin and Charlene Kent

Fundraising Committee

Joe B Rodriguez-Advisor
Ted Schmidt
Evan Schmidt
Jud Flowers
Belva Johnson
Twila Johnson

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 marthag@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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Six-month-old purebred Simbrah ET heifer calf in some typical South Texas
ranch country at the Boening Bros. Ranch. Photo by Victor Guerra.

 
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