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  • August 11-13-TSSA Convention, San Antonio, Texas
  • August 26-29-LMC GenePLUS Online Sale XVIV
  • September 16-Heart of Texas Simmental/Simbrah Association Online Sale
  • September 18-20 Alamo City Simbrah Online Sale
  • September 23-24-Simbrah Synergy X, Giddings, Texas
  • October 7-30th Annual LMC Jr. Round Up & Futurity, Linn, Texas

The Fall Simbrah World will be published the first week of September and the deadline for the advertising is August 14th. The special pullout feature on Simbrah geared to the commercial segment will publish in the November Southern Livestock Standard and the deadline would be November 5th. Please contact Martha at hollidaco@att.net or 903/316-8465 for details/space reservations.


The Texas Simmental/ Simbrah Association (TSSA) Board of Directors has set the dates of the annual convention as Aug. 11-13th. The annual event will once again be held in San Antonio, Texas. All SimGenetic enthusiasts and members are encouraged to mark this date on the calendar and plan to be in attendance. Business of the association, as well as election officers and directors, planning for future activities and special speakers on industry topics will be on the schedule.
You can book rooms online at the Marriott Plaza Hotel or call them at 800/228-9290. The last date to book rooms is July 14th. To book online visit www.texassimmentalsimbrah.com and access the online link for room reservations.


COLLEGE STATION – The 63rd Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course is scheduled Aug. 7-9 at Texas A&M University in College Station. The short course is the largest beef cattle educational event in the country and attracts more than 1,600 beef cattle producers from Texas and abroad, according to organizers. The short course is hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the department of animal science at Texas A&M. This year’s general session on Aug. 7 will focus on export markets and how they play an important role for cow-calf producers.

“The beef export market continues to grow for U.S. ranchers and is an important part of the overall cattle market,” said Dr. Jason Cleere, conference coordinator and AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist in College Station. “We will be looking at how much export value there is in a weaned calf and what hurdles there are when it comes to accessing emerging markets such as China.”

Also scheduled during the general session is a long-term weather outlook.

The short course also features 22 sessions covering basic practices, new technologies and other important industry topics. These sessions provide participants with an opportunity to choose workshops based on their level of production experience and the needs of their ranch.

“Concurrent workshops will feature information on forage and beef cattle management, health, nutrition and reproduction, record keeping, genetics, purebred cattle and much more,” Cleere said.
In addition to classroom instruction, participants can attend one of the program’s popular demonstrations on the morning of Aug. 9, Cleere said.

“There will be demonstrations on chute-side calf working, cattle handling, brush management, tractor safety and beef carcass value determination,” Cleere said.

“The goal of the short course each year is to provide the most cutting-edge information needed by beef cattle producers. We have information everyone can take home and apply to their operations.”
Participants can earn at least nine Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide continuing education units if they are already licensed, Cleere added. 

An industry trade show, featuring more than 130 agricultural businesses and service exhibits, will be held during the event.


Simbrah breeders held their annual meeting during activities at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Simbrah. President Wayne Reavis welcomed the crowd and introduced Bill and Jane Travis as recent recipients of the Golden Book Award from the American Simmental Association (ASA) in Denver.
Trustees Fred Schuetze and Tim Smith updated breeders on ASA programs, financial information and upcoming events. The group also discussed scheduling a five-year planning meeting in 2017.

Wayne Johnson and Sam Hodges were elected to the board positions as two terms expired. Officers elected by the board for the coming year include Reavis, president; Jane Travis, vice-president; Hodges, secretary and Johnson as treasurer. Committee advisors for the year include Joe Hensgens for activities, events, booth and hospitality; Johnson for fundraising, Hodges will direct the publication committee and Travis over growth and development.

The Heart of Texas Simmental/Simbrah Association (HOTSSA) will hold their online sale, September 16th. The sale will be broadcast on www.DVAuction.com. For additional information contact Robert Piper, president at 830/305-4550.

Sale host, Tim Smith announces that Simbrah Synergy X will be held the fourth weekend of September. The date for the tenth annual event will be the weekend of September 23rd and 24th. It will include a sale, a junior show for qualifying heifers, showmanship and educational contests. For additional information contact Smith at 512/587-7896 or smithgenetics1@gmail.com.


The American Simmental Association (ASA) recently introduced Active Herd, which allows you to create and maintain informal records for your animals. You are able to add new animals or import your existing (reported) animals into custom animal groups and, once animals are created from scratch or imported, you are able to select an animal for which you can create different types of records. Various data can be recorded including animal
data, breeding records, pregnancy checks, treatment records, and weaning/yearling

Active herd animals and their data are not official records and are provided as a service to members who wish to record supplementary data for their animals. However, since you can record the same data you would normally report in an animal entry job you can create new animal records with the Active Herd interface and thereafter select animals of your choosing to be officially reported using the traditional job system. Your active herd data for those animals will then be used to start a new job from which you can continue to report/register animals.

You can access the new features by going to the Herdbook website (https://www.herdbook.org), logging in, and clicking the "Active Herd" link under the "Herd Mgmt" menu. Upon clicking this link you'll be taken to the Active Herd landing/home page, where you can begin by clicking the "New Group" button to create a new group. Once you've created one or more groups you can click the "New Animal" button to add new animals to one of those groups. The help section for Active Herd can be found by clicking the "Help" menu item at the top of the page and then clicking the "Herd Mgmt" section in the table of contents displayed.


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 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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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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A Simbrah pair from the Brad Liggett herd enjoying summer 2016.

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