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DATES TO REMEMBER
2014
  • August 30-September 2-LMC GenePLUS V Online Sale
  • September 18-20-Heart of Texas Simmental and Simbrah Association Fall Fest Online Sale.
    Viewing of cattle on September 20 at JHC Ranch, Buckholts, Texas
  • October 4-La Muneca’s 27th Annual Junior Roundup, Linn, Texas
  • October 24-26-Simbrah Synergy VII Sale and $15,000 Showcase, Giddings, Texas
  • November 13-15-Two Fast Nickels Online Bull Sale
  • November 22-25-LMC Gene PLUS VI “Giving THANKS” Online Sale

NEW FORMAT, NEW LOCATION FOR HEART OF TEXAS SALE
The Heart of Texas Simmental/Simbrah Association will host their annual sale on September 18-20th, but it will be an online sale. It will be carried on DVAuction.com.

Cattle will be available for viewing at JHC Ranch’s Buckholts, Texas location on September 20th. The location for the sale viewing is 5276 FM 485, Buckholts, Texas 76518. For additional information contact Jim Carter, president at 254 - 697-1078 or jhcranch@sbcglobal.net

NEW ASA TRADITION

Come to Bozeman September 8-11th to help ASA Board Chairman Jim Butcher kick off a new tradition for the Fall ASA Trustee Meeting/Educational Seminar. Join in the Open Committee Meetings, Board Meeting, Guest Speakers, barbeque at the ASA Office, and good conversation with fellow Simmental enthusiasts.

For Hotel Reservation ~ Holiday Inn Bozeman 5 East Baxter Lane | Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone | 406.587.4561 Reference "ASA" or "American Simmental" for the special $85 rate

No fee for the seminar ~ but to help with planning for meals, you must register.
Visit simmental.org to register on-line ~ or simply call the ASA office and someone will help you.


LA MUNECA TO HOST 27th ANNUAL ROUNDUP

“On Saturday, October 4th, starting at 9:00 a.m., La Muneca Cattle Co (LMC). will proudly be hosting our 27th Annual Jr. Round Up & LMC Futurity. This is a fun-filled, educational, family oriented event that anyone interested in is invited to attend. There will be speakers on many topics related to the beef industry, showing cattle, leadership and motivation, states LMC owner, Carlos X. Guerra

Adults and three age groups of juniors will have the opportunity to judge four classes of Simbrah, Brahman and Simbravieh cattle, two classes of hay plus a weight-guessing contest. Seventy-five juniors will win $750 in premiums sponsored by the Darryl Raub Family, plus be in the drawing for over 100 door prizes donated by many local businesses, including Martin’s Farm & Ranch, Farm & Ranch in San Isidro-Kito Saenz, Hidalgo County Farm Bureau, Mueller Inc.-Frank Trevino, Chorizo de San Manuel, Creative Awards, San Isidro FFA-Raul Hinojosa, Rio Grande City FFA-Randy Lee Lara, Tandy’s, La Muneca and the families of Dr. Oscar Alvarez, Benny Cano, Benjamin Hill and Doug Lightfoot. The average attendance through the years has been over 300 kids, parents and leaders. The LMC Special Awards of Volunteer, Booster and Educators of the Year will be awarded at the Round Up.

The Annual La Muneca Futurity will conclude the day’s events with over $9,000 in prize money and buckles. Half of this money will be awarded in showmanship. The RGV Brahman & F-1 Association will also be sponsoring a registered Brahman steer show at this event.

Food and refreshments will be served all day by the Edinburg FFA Booster Club. The ninth annual LMC Customer Appreciation Dinner will be held at the conclusion of the LMC Futurity. La Muneca is located three miles south of Linn on the west side of Highway 281. For more information, please call Carlos or Sister Guerra at 956-383-7566 or 802-1641 or email them at lamunecacattle@aol.com or call Brad Cowan, Hidalgo County Agent at 956-383-1026 or b-cowan@tamu.edu.

La Muneca Cattle Co. will host it’s 27th Annual Roundup on October 4th. The event is geared for families and includes a show for juniors. Past participants are pictured here.


SYNERGY VII SET FOR OCTOBER 24-26

Simbrah Synergy VII will be held October 24-26 at Smith Genetics, Giddings, Texas. The weekend event includes an educational skill-a-thon and sales talk competition for juniors, sale and the $15,000 Synergy Showcase junior show.

The sale will be the evening Saturday, October 25th and includes over 100 lots of cattle. The lots are predominately Simbrah. Bulls, embryos, donors, pairs, breds and some fancy show prospects sell.

The skill-a-thon, sales talk and showmanship competition will be held Saturday afternoon. The Synergy Showcase will award $15,000 to junior exhibitors of cattle purchased from the Synergy participants and/or purchased in the sale. The Showcase includes five divisions of showmanship in addition to the Simbrah,Percentage and Simmental shows and you must pre-enter. The show will be on Sunday, October 26th.

Participants in this year’s sale include Baring Cattle Company, Elmendorf, Texas; Burch Farms, Hempstead, Texas; Diamond RF Farms, Wallis, Texas; Hagan Cattle Company, Yoakum, Texas; Hallak Ranch, Athens, Texas; McCrary Farms, DeKalb, Texas; Pine Ridge Ranch, Dallas, Texas; Reavis Farms, Mission, Texas; Smith Genetics, Giddings, Texas; Triple J Ranch, Sour Lake, Texas; Triple P Ranch, Pearland, Texas; Southwestern Farms, Kirbyville, Texas; 7N Ranch, Falls City, Texas and Smith Farms, Denton, Texas.

For additional details, entry forms, rules and sale accommodations, visit www.smithgenetics.com or call 512/587-7896. You can also follow the event on Facebook.


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

HALLAK JOINS SYNERGY GROUP
Tim Smith, coordinator and host of Simbrah Synergy has announced that Hallak Ranch will be joining the Simbrah Synergy as a participating sponsor for the 2014 event. The Synergy includes a sale and $15,000 junior show for exhibitors of sponsor purchased cattle. The Simbrah Synergy will be held October 24-26th at Smith Genetics, Giddings, Texas.

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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