Trade mission to China
Recently Simmental Australia conducted a Trade Mission to China led by Mr Garry Gillett, Vic, Simmental Australia, Vice President. Mrs Audrey Weightman; WA, Simmental Australia Director and delegates Mr David Weightman, WA, Mr Brad Patterson, WA and Mrs Sylvia Patterson, WA.
Some of the places visited were The Institute of Animal Sciences, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences where Professor Junya Li,  Leader of Chinese beef cattle breeding and Chairman of the Chinese Simmental Association gave an informative history of the Chinese breeding programs and Simmental herd makeup in China.

In 2015 the Chinese cattle herd was 42.846 million head (MH) of cattle, 7.5 Million local (Yack, etc.), 35.3 Million Yellow crossbreed of which 28 Million are Simmental/Simmental cross.  70% of the beef herd is crossbred and 30% purebred. Percentage of crossbred cattle makeup - Simmental 79%, Charolais 3.8%, Angus 1.8%, Limousin 1.6 % and other 14%.

Simmental is now the biggest herd for beef production with genetics imported from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Argentina, Uruguay and Costa Rica. In 2003 Simmental was officially established as a new breed.

The Delegation also visited the Fu Hua Feedlot and processing plant that also owns a chain of 150 Hot Pot restaurants throughout China. Also enterprises and business people looking to import, sale venues and farmers in Inner Mongolia, Lily and Dong's enterprise and the newly completed Mongolian Kerchin Seed stock park. This is where some Australian bulls and their progeny are stationed along with some heifers from Australia being evaluated for embryo production. This centre is only 1 of 42 in Inner Mongolia and will have around 100 bulls producing 2,000,000 straws of semen annually.
From the Show Ring

Simmentals Ekka 2016

Judge: Andrew Raff, Raff Angus, King Island, Tasmania.
No. of exhibits: 54

Junior Champion Bull: Billa Park Poll Lethal Weapon, Scott and Claire York, Billa Park Beef Pty Ltd, Dulacca.

Reserve Junior Champion Bull: K.B.V Legacy (P) (AI), Marty Rowlands and Stephen Lean, K B V Simmental Stud, Murphys Creek.

Junior Champion Female: K.B.V Lucky Star (P) (AI),  K B V Simmental Stud.

Reserve Junior Champion Female: Meldon Park Kurrajong (P), Rodney and Elisabeth Skene, Meldon Park, Cecil Plains.

Senior Champion Bull: Billa Park Kakadu K90, Billa Park Beef Pty Ltd.

Reserve Senior Champion Bull: Meldon Park Kustom Made (P), Meldon Park.

Senior Champion Female: Ellendale Red Stylish Lady (P),  Travis Iseppi and Julie Pocock-Iseppi, Ellendale Red Simmental, Lowood.

Reserve Senior Champion Female: Alliance Masterpiece J2 (P) (ET) (AI), Gavin and Kirrily Iseppi, GK Livestock, Dalby.

Grand Champion Bull: Billa Park Poll Lethal Weapon,  Billa Park Beef Pty Ltd. (below left)

Grand Champion Female: Ellendale Red Stylish Lady (P),  Ellendale Red Simmental.(below right)
Photos QCL

Simbrahs Ekka 2016

Judge: Gavin O’Brien, Winchester Charolais, Orange, NSW.

No. of exhibits: Six.

Champion Cow or Heifer: Gowrie Lucinda, Noel and Jill Mobbs, Gowrie Pastoral Company, Charleville.

Reserve Champion Cow or Heifer: K.B.V Brasilia (P), Marty Rowlands and Stephen Lean, K B V Simmental Stud, Murphys Creek.

Champion Bull: Gowrie Lucas, Gowrie Pastoral Company.

Reserve Champion Bull: Gowrie Lance, Gowrie Pastoral Company.

Grand Champion Exhibit: Gowrie Lucinda, Gowrie Pastoral Company. (Pictured below - photo QCL)

Adelaide Show 2016

Judge Peter Cowcher, Williams, WA

Junior Champion Simmental Cow Or Heifer, Woonallee Sassy L366, T R & E A Baker
Reserve Junior Champion Simmental Cow Or Heifer, Woonallee Kathie L126, T R & E A Baker
Senior Champion Simmental Cow, Woonallee Lady G34, Grant High School             
Reserve Senior Champion Simmental Cow, Woonallee Charo H140, T R & E A Baker
Grand Champion Simmental Female, Woonallee Lady G34, Grant High School     
Junior Champion Simmental Bull, Woonallee Lady Killer L15, T R & E A Baker
Reserve Junior Champion Simmental Bull, Woonallee Lamborghini L276, T R & E A Baker
Senior Champion Simmental Bull, Rellum Farms Kelso, G C & V J Muller
Grand Champion Simmental Bull, Woonallee Lady Killer L15, T R & E A Baker
Supreme Champion Simmental Exhibit, Woonallee Lady Killer L15, T R & E A 
Class 218 – Sire’s Progeny Group, Brad Creek
Class 219 – Breeders’ Group, T R & E A Baker
Photo and results courtesy of Stock Journal

Woonallee Lady Killer L15 (below right) went on to claim the Interbreed Champion Bull and he also paired up with Woonallee Sassy L366 to win the Interbreed Junior Champion Pair (below left)

Simmental bulls sire Paddock to Palate Winners

Northern NSW crossbreeders Rob and Kelly Lamoureux claimed the top price in the 70-day trade section via Santa/Angus/Black Simmentals.

The results of the prestigious competition, presented by lot feeding industry leaders Mort and Co, were presented at the Royal Queensland Show.

A massive 110 pens, encompassing close to 800 head of cattle between the two sections, contested the 2016 event, which offered a prize pool of $45,000. more


Above: Rob and Kelly Lamoureux, Kingsford, at Armidale took out the overall trade first place. Presenting the award are Duane Woodham, JBS, Brisbane and Liz Allen, from RNA. Photo and editorial QCL

Federal Council

The ASBA directors had a teleconference in August where the  decision was made to simplify the SimAngus register to no longer having dual registration and will now only be noted with the D in their ident. Simbrahs are still being reviewed.

The next meeting of directors will be in Armidale in November.

Around the ASBA Office

The Summer Annual Magazine is in the works at the moment. Felicity is after your paddock photos to use throughout the magazine. Any story leads you'd like us to chase up would be appreciated. 

Spreadsheets: We've put some work into the spreadsheets listed below to make it easier for those who don't have great internet service but can download to work on then email back to us.
They are:
Sale Lots details - for your catalogue
Sale Results
Sale Transfers
Dam Disposal Form
Save them as an excel or .csv file, and send them into the office. Please read the information tab and don't change any of the columns around. Call if you have any questions.

Male inventory: Please consider using the Dam Disposal Form above and the online version, to clean up the males on the system. I doubt you have 20 year old bulls sitting in the paddock. This would also be a great way for us to check the forms are loading correctly before the next dam disposal forms are needed!!!
Simmental Youth

If you're in the Kenilworth QLD, area this weekend, drop in and see Audrey Rose Torrielli's, Trinity Vale Kruze giving a lift to the local Police. Audrey does a lot of promotional work with Kruze introducing him to people who've never been up close and personal to a bull before. Click here for the video.

Adelaide Show came up trumps for some young handlers with Jacob Canning winning the 8 and under 12 years age group and Olivia Baker placing 3rd. A great achievement by these young Simmental members, both leading their own cattle. Photo by Ruby Canning

Around the yards
Each week on the website we post the agent's quotes for that week that we can find. I find plenty of market reports that don't name the breed. Have a word to your agent to send their reports to us or for them to post on social media, tagging Simmental Australia in their posts.

Around the yards w/e 16/9
Roma QLD 13/9 – 4400 hd yarded
J & M Collinson, West Myall, Roma sold Simmental X steers to 416c/kg for 316kg to return $1315. The Simmental X heifers sold to 372c/kg for 255kg to return $949.
Muchea WA 12/9 – 2093 yarded
I & J Minty & Sons, Dandaragan, 11 Simmental heifers 449kg, 314c/kg for $1410. 7 Simmental cows 728kg, 283c/kg for $1733.
Boyanup WA 13/9 – 310 yarded
D & M Partridge, 4 Simmental steers 349kg, 336c/kg for $1171.80
Wingalup Grazing, 1 Simmental heifer 510kg, 260c/kg for $1326
Biggenden QLD 12/9 – 1125 yarded
The Clark Family, Gin Gin sold Simbrah weaner heifers for 370c/$884.
Moss Vale NSW 7/9
29 Simmental x Angus heifers av 368c, 382kg, $1408, steers av 385c, 411kg, $1585, tops 396c for $1715.
Sources: My Maranoa, Landmark WA, QCL, Jim Hindmarsh & Co
Want to promote your sale or show results?

It's simple – just email your details to Claudia Scott and we will endeavor to promote your details on-line. Restrictions do apply for the Facebook page and some fees may apply for advertising on the website. Find out further details and costs by emailing:

Not sure how to create marketing material?

Don't worry, the ASBA can arrange all your advertising design and production needs through ABRI at the discounted rate of $85/hr.  Please contact Fara Williams via email or phone 02 6773 3356 to arrange any design and production requirements.
Credit Card facilities are available
ASBA have credit card payment facility available - just phone the office with your details and payments can be made straight away.

EFT payments

PLEASE ensure when making EFT bank payments, you use your herd member I.D letters in the description and send us an email with the workorder number you've paid for that would be appreciated. This ensures the payments are allocated to the correct account.

Photo by Mavstar Photography
Copyright © 2016 Simmental Australia (ASBA Ltd), All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email as you have a current membership with ASBA Ltd.

Our mailing address is:
Simmental Australia,
University of New England
Armidale, NSW 2351

Phone: +61 2 6773 2714
Fax: +61 2 6772 5376

This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
ASBA · C/- ABRI · UNE · Armidale, NSW 2351 · Australia

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp