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DATES TO REMEMBER
2016
  • August 6-7-TSSA Annual Convention, San Antonio, Texas
  • August 27-30 - LaMuneca Cattle Co. GenePLUS Online Sale
  • September 17 - HOTSSA Online Sale
  • September 19-21 - Alamo City Simbrah Online Sale
  • September 23-25 - Simbrah Synergy IX, Giddings, Texas

TSSA SETS CONVENTION DATES
The Texas Simmental/Simbrah Association (TSSA) will hold their annual convention August 6-7th. It will be held at the Marriott in downtown San Antonio. There will be special speakers, fun events and election of directors/officers, as well as a general membership meeting.To book rooms, visit
210/229-1000. Also TSSA is looking for directors, if you are interested, please contact David Berry at 903/848-0470. For additional information visit www.texassimmentalsimbrah.com

BUXKEMPER RECOGNIZED
Simbrah’s Sally Buxkemper was recently written about in Drovers Journal. To see the article and learn more about Sally and her program click on the following link and go to page 36. http://digitaled.cattlenetwork.com/March2016/Default/18/0#&pageSet=18&contentItem=0

RESULTS OF THE 2015-16 RIO GRANDE VALLEY BEEF IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION BULL GAIN TEST AND REPLACEMENT HEIFER DEVELPMENT PROGRAM

The Rio Grande Valley Beef Improvement Association announced the results for this year’s bull gain test and replacement heifer development program. Initiated in 1998 by purebred breeders and county Extension agents in Hidalgo, Cameron, Starr and Willacy counties the program is held at Rio Beef Feedyard, near Linn, Texas. The program has been conducted for 18 years testing 1,246 bulls and developing 676 heifers consigned by 328 consignors (with some repeats) over the years. Most of the cattle come from the Valley counties, but many have come from counties all over the state. Nearly every major breed in Texas has been represented at the test over the past 18 years.

Upon arrival in late October, the bulls are weighed and assigned to one of three different age groups, late summer yearling bull (born from July to October the previous year), late senior bull calf (born from November to January) and early junior bull calf (born February to April of the current year). This sorts the bulls into three feeding outcome groups for comparison. After a three week warm-up period, the bulls are weighed twice (one day apart) and placed on test. Other than feeding and routine health the bulls are not worked until the last two days of the feeding period when the rest of the data is collected.

This includes two off feed weights, scrotal circumference measurement (SC), pelvic area measurement, hip height and frame score, sheath score, body condition score and ultrasound measurements for fat thickness, ribeye area (ribeye area per 100 pounds of body weight, REA/cwt), percent intramuscular fat (IMF or marbling) and rump fat (an indicator of “keeping” ability). Ratios are calculated within age groups (across breeds) for calculated average daily gain (ADG) ADG, REA/cwt, and weight per day of age (WPDA), IMF and SC. The ratios of these five traits are included in an index:

(RGV Index = .30ADG + .20REA/cwt + .20WPDA + .20IMF + .10SC).

Bulls are compared within breed and age group with the bulls having the highest balanced index value receiving a plaque.

This year’s program had 76 bulls on test from seven different breeds including Beefmaster, Brahman, Brangus, Santa Gertrudis, Simbrah, Simbravieh and Simmental. The ADG of all bulls was 3.83 lbs/d and was 3.60, 4.06 and 4.59 for the youngest to the oldest age groups. Similarly REA/cwt averaged 1.09 sq.in./cwt and averaged 1.1, 1.07 and 1.06 by age group. Weight per day of age averaged 2.9 lbs/d, higher for younger bulls (2.90) and less for older bulls (2.77). The bulls marbled well this year and averaged 3.55 %IMF. Younger bulls averaged 3.49 while the oldest group averaged 3.73, equivalent of high Select quality grade. Steers and heifers from these bulls would have percent IMF equivalent to low Choice. Scrotal circumference averaged 35.6 cm and averaged an acceptable 33.7 cm for the youngest bulls and 39.9 cm for the older bulls.

This year the committee decided to include ultrasound measurements of rump fat (actually taken between the hip and the spine). This measurement is an indicator of fat deposition in addition to the fat thickness. Originally it was an indicator of cattle that were “easy keepers” and more likely to be adapted since they tended t be earlier maturing and had a great fat storage. It is also used as an indicator of percent retail cuts as fat tends to be deposited in this location first and before rib fat. The bulls averaged .25 inches of rib fat thickness (about a body condition score or BCS of 5) while their rump fat thickness averaged .33 inches, closer to a BCS of 7.

A total of 23 heifers from seven consignors were in the development program. Numbers vary from year to year depending on grass conditions. Consignors can remove heifers at anytime for breeding or sales purposes and only 12 completed the program this year. They average 3.52 lbs/d in ADG.

The cost of the 112 day bull testing program (including the 14 day warm up period) or the 90 day heifer development program and all the data collected is $30 per head plus feeding costs. The next program will be conducted in October 2016.

The grand champion early junior bull calf in Simbrah and Simbravieh were owned by La Muneca Ranch and 6G Ranch owned the reserve grand champion Simbrah.

The grand champion late senior bull calf in Simbrah was owned by 6G Ranch and in the late summer yearling bull division La Muneca and La Morra took the honors respectively.

-CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD RESULTS

ALAMO GROUP SCHEDULES SALE
The Alamo City Simbrah group announces their fall sale. It will be held September 19-21st and will feature cattle from a number of participants and friends. The sale will be an online event and will be on www.cattleinmotion.com. La Morra Ranch, Freasier Ranch and Baring Cattle Co., are the main participants. For additional information contact Joe B. Rodriguez at 210/275-0839.

SIMBRAH BREEDERS COUNCIL MEETS IN HOUSTON

Simbrah breeders met during the international events at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on March 1st.

Business items included an American Simmental Association (ASA) update from Tim Smith and Fred Schuetze, both ASA Trustees representing the South-Central region.

Jane Travis was re-elected to a board term, while Joe Hensgens was elected to serve a term, also.

The upcoming bull test, to start this fall at Genetic Development Center, near Navasota was also discussed and an update on various committees was provided.


HOTSSA TO HOLD SALE

The Heart of Texas Simmental/Simbrah Association will hold their annual sale, September 17th. The sale will once again be an online event on DVAuction.com. More details about the offering and sale format will be announced in the near future. To consign cattle, contact Piper at 512/738-7643 or Carter at 254/697-1078.

In addition, the group has elected officers for the coming year. Robert Piper will serve as president, Jim Carter as vice-president, Jim Etheridge as treasurer and Donna Adams as secretary.


TEST SLATED FOR FALL FOR SIMBRAH BULLS

The Simbrah Breeders Council (SBC) is very excited to announce that in cooperation with the Genetic Development Center (GDC), Navasota, Texas, Simbrah bulls will be added to their all breed test scheduled for this fall. Information from the Simbrahs will be provided to the American Simmental Association (ASA), including feed intake and will be part of the ASA’s growing database.

GDC has very desirable facilities and is one of only four publicly accessible GrowSafe systems bull tests in the United States. The GrowSafe system allows for dozens of animals in a single gain test pen to all be all eating out of the same feed troughs, while still being able to measure individual intake. The feed intake information gathered in the testing of Simbrah bulls will be submitted to the ASA for their feed intake data collection project.

“The collection of feed intake on individual animals is critical in our quest to make more profitable cattle. By collecting intake data we improve our ability to improve feed efficiency in two ways: 1) records on progeny will identify superior sires and 2) we can leverage the resulting intake data to expand our capacity to predict intake via DNA,” explains Dr. Wade Shafer, ASA executive vice-president.

“We hope all Simbrah breeders will consider participating in this and other tests at GDC as we have a real opportunity to learn more about our genetic lines, improve our herds and provide additional data to commercial cattlemen. In addition, this will be an opportunity to market the breed to the commercial industry. Bulls that meet the sale requirements can enter the post test sale,” remarks Wayne Reavis, SBC president.

The schedule and entry requirements for the fall test includes:

• Arrival dates-November 2-4, 2016
• Bulls are required to have TB, Brucellosis and BVD testing prior to entry and unloading
• Eligible calving dates-December 1 2015-March 15, 2016
• Test Ends-March 14

The cost of the test is scheduled to be $865 per bull and can be paid in four equal monthly payments. The price includes:

• Booster vaccinations, tagging, weighing, EID tags and equipment
• Free choice feed
• Monthly performance reports to producers, yearling measurements including carcass ultrasound data, hip-height upon request, scrotal circumference measurement and fertility exams.
• Final report will include individual animal weight, average daily gain, daily feed intake, residual feed intake index, feed conversion ratio, carcass measurements, fertility results.
• Price does not include any medicine treatment.

There will be a sale after the conclusion of the test for bulls that meet the sale requirements.

For additional information contact Luke, Bradford GDC beef programs coordinator. You may also visit their website www.geneticdevelopmentcenter.com to learn more about GDC, their facility, the GrowSafe system and their services. Continue to watch Simbrah News and check the website, www.simbrahworld.com for additional information on the test.


SYNERGY MOVES TO SEPTEMBER
Sale host, Tim Smith announces that Simbrah Synergy IX will be moving to an earlier date in the fall. The date for the ninth annual event will be the weekend of September 23-25th. It will continue to include a sale, junior show for qualifying heifers, showmanship and educational contests. For additional information contact Smith at 512/587-7896 or smithgenetics1@gmail.com.

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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