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DATES TO REMEMBER
2015
  • August 15-TSSA Annual Meeting 1 p.m. College Station, Texas
  • August 29-September 1-LMC GenePLUS Online Sale X
  • September 19 -Fall Fest Online Sale
  • September 21-23 - Alamo City Online Simbrah Sale
  • October 23-25-Simbrah Synergy VIII, Giddings, Texas
  • November 14 - Twin Nickels Fall Bull Sale, Mineola, TX
  • November 21-24 -LMC Giving THANKS Online Sale XI

FALL 2015 EPDS REFLECT NEW POST WEANING ADG EPD
EPDs from the recently completed genetic evaluation are now in place. New EPDs are displayed on the web site and will print on registration certificates and other reports. (Effective 7/21/2015). Breeders will notice a new EPD in this evaluation, the post weaning Average Daily Gain (ADG) EPD. The ADG EPD is expressed as the difference in pounds of daily gain expected between animals' progeny during the post weaning feeding period. It is an economically relevant trait in the feedlot.

STATE FAIR MOVES JUNIOR SHOW
Attention junior Simbrah breeders, the State Fair of Texas Junior Simbrah Show will be held on Sunday, October 18th. The open show will be Friday, October 16th. Entry deadline for the junior show is August 25th and the open show is September 1.
Visit www.bigtex.com for additional details and entry forms.

TSSA TO HOLD ANNUAL MEETING
The Texas Simmental/Simbrah Association will hold their annual meeting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 15th in College Station, Texas. The tentative meeting place is the Texas A&M Beef Center. All Simbrah breeders are encouraged to attend and participate in the business of the association. For additional information contact Casey Henly, secretary at caseywhenly@gmail.com or 936/275-6752.

SYNERGY ADDS PARTICIPANTS

Tim Smith, Simbrah Synergy coordinator announces that Monte Christo Cattle Co. and Honeycutt Cattle Co. will be joining the list of Synergy participants for the 2015 event.

The Synergy, which will be held October 23-25 at Smith Genetics, Giddings, Texas, will include a sale, junior show, junior leaderships contests, as well as three days of cattle conversation.

“We’re excited to add these two programs to our lineup and want to welcome owners, Jud and Margie Flowers and Charley and Cheryl Honeycutt to Synergy,” said Smith.

Cheryl & Charley,
Honeycutt Ranch
Margie and Jud Flowers,
Monte Christo Cattle Co.

DR. TEMPLE GRANDIN COMING TO THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY
Team Mario, an autism awareness organization, UTRGV and the Rio Grande Valley Brahman and F-1 Association are co-hosting Dr. Temple Grandin, a recognized authority on autism and cattle handling on October 26 and 27, 2015  at UTRGV.  On October 26, 2015, at 9 a.m., Dr. Grandin's presentation will take place at the UTRGV Performing Arts Center.  Her speech title will be "My Experience with Autism," states Christine Clifford, marketing director for Team Mario.
 
"Dr. Grandin will speak on October 27th, at 9 a.m. on "Understanding Cattle Behavior". She will have meet and greet book signing sessions after each presentation.  Sponsorships are available from $500 to $5,000. The higher the sponsorship, the more recognition, more tickets for the presentations per sponsor, including a private ranch dinner at La Muneca Ranch All of the monies raised will be invested with UTRGV's Human Development & School Services to assist Team Mario's efforts with autism camps and awareness," explained Mike England, RGV Brahman & F-1 Association president.
 
For more information on becoming a sponsor, please contact sponsorship chairman Carlos X. Guerra at lamunecacattle@aol.com or at 956/802 1641 or UTRGV's Dr. John Lowdermilk at john.lowdermilk@utrgv.edu or 859/536 -9857. 

SIMBRAH SHOW BACK IN FORT WORTH
Texas Simmental/Simbrah Association president, David Berry has been informed by the Fort Worth Stock Show that they are adding back into their schedule, an open Simbrah Show. This will be effective with the 2016 show. Open show weekend is traditionally the first weekend of February and this show will be held in conjunction with the Simmental events.

BEEF CATTLE SHORT COURSE SET FOR AUGUST

Historic high prices in the cattle market and future trends will be one of many important topics discussed in-depth at the 2015 Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course scheduled August 3-5 at Texas A&M University in College Station.

“High prices certainly have been welcomed among cattle producers here in Texas and abroad,” said Dr. Jason Cleere, conference coordinator and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist in College Station. “Many are wondering how long this trend will continue and are evaluating the economics of restocking and/or increasing their herd size. We have several topics throughout this year’s short course that will address these issues and more.”

An industry trade show will be held during the event, featuring more than 120 agricultural businesses and service exhibits. Cleere said the famous Texas Aggie Prime Rib Dinner is always a highlight of the short course.

Registration is $180 per person before July 30 or $220 afterwards, and includes educational materials, a copy of the 600-page Beef Cattle Short Course proceedings, trade show admittance, admission to the prime rib dinner, lunches, breakfasts and daily refreshments.

Registration information and a tentative schedule can be found on the short course website at www.beefcattleshortcourse.com


SIMBRAH BULL TAKES TOP HONOR
Congratulations to Shallow Water Ranch, Rising Star, Texas for having the high grading American breed bull at the Houston All Breed Bull Sale. He was a percentage Simbrah and sold for $4,250.

SIMBRAHS EXCEL IN HOUSTON
Payton Meuth, Floresville, Texas saw her percentage Simbrah heifer, Hagan Eminence win the grand champion honor at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) Junior ARB Show. The heifer was sired by Hagan Smith Hazard 51X. The heifer went on to claim the HLSR Overall Supreme American heifer at the show. Mia Barba, Rosharon, Texas won the grand honor of the Simbrah show with LMC MM Red Velvet 1022, a LMC Rhino daughter. Barba’s entry was also named the HLSR Supreme Reserve Grand Champion. It was a great day for the Simbrah breed with these two big wins. Complete details of the Houston Junior Simbrah Show will be carried in the next edition of Simbrah News.
Payton Meuth saw her percentage Simbrah win the Houston ARB and Overall Supreme American Heifer title. Mia Barba and her heifer were named the Houston Grand Champion Simbrah and Overall Supreme Reserve Grand Champion.

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.


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.


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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