Northern Beef Week coming up from June 27 

There are three Simmental studs on show during Northern Beef Week. Wombramurra at Nundle & Haras at Manilla on Day 3, June 29 and Springside at Myall Creek on Day 4, June 30. 
Keep your eye out for Southern Beef Week, from July 25 to August 1.
A few months ago we asked for generic cattle photos for promotional use on our website etc, and below are two of the photos sent in by Ruby Canning. We'd still love more photos in landscape format, without stud signage, for our files. If you send in a USB stick we will return it to you.
From the Show Ring

Great success for Sixpence Park at Casino Beef Week

Congratulations to Linda and Glen Martin, Sixpence Park Simmentals at Tenterfield for winning Senior female for a cow and calf package,  Lucrana Jacinta and her heifer calf Sixpence Park Miranda, led by Stanthorpe’s Karina and Karly Crisp. Sixpence Park also won Grand Champion Carcase Steer with a Murray Grey steer topping off a great event.

Photo Shan Goodwin

Kleopatra for the win at Taroom Show

A young heifer with a young calf at foot has dominated the show ring to claim the Supreme Exhibit at this year’s Simmental Feature Show, hosted by the Taroom Show Society on May 2 and 3. Read more

Above: Tom and Scott York, Billa Park Simmentals, Dulacca, exhibited the grand champion Simmental female with Billa Park Kleopatra K136. Presenting the ribbon is the 2016 Miss Taroom Showgirl Hayley Bennett. Photo by Andrea Schulz

CRT Farmfest 2016
Staged over the course of three days, June 7 to 9, CRT FarmFest in Queensland celebrated its 37th anniversary of the premier primary industry field days. 

Located in heart of the Darling Downs, 20 kilometres from Toowoomba, CRT’s FarmFest played host to more than 2000 businesses and have more than 60,000 visitors pass through the gates with an array of displays and cattle judging.

The youth shined at FarmFest, along with encouraging the exhibition of top quality beef cattle, FarmFest attracts school students and those entering the feed industry to display and participate.

This year’s contestants were treated to highly sought after advice from Julie Pocock-Iseppi, Ellendale Red Simmentals, Lowood, who said after many years competing it was nice to be on the other side of the judges’ comments.

“I look for people who are attentive to their animal and make the animal stand out,” she said. “It’s about getting noticed for the right things as soon as you enter the ring, no matter your age.”
Congratulations to all who attended and entered in the cattle judging, in particular Peter and Toni Rauchle – Springside Simmentals for winning the prestigious Falkirk Cattleman’s Cup – with Springside Knox.

Above left: Springside Knox. Winner of the Falkirk Cattleman's Cup Farmfest 2016. Well done Mr Knox
Above right: Judging skills: Julie Iseppi, Ellendale Red Simmentals, Lowood, judged the 15 years and under young judges class and awarded third place to Isabel Glasser, second place to Piper Barth, and first place to Mitch Franz, all of Dalby State High School.

Federal Council

The ASBA directors held a board meeting and their AGM in Launceston, Tasmania in May. The board farewelled Aleasha Goss and thanked her for her contribution to the board for the last two years and welcomed Michael Frankcombe in her place.

Our first farm visit for the day was to Nathan and Leah Skirving's Rosehill Simmental Stud at East Sassafras to see their Woonallee bloodlines. Next was a visit to Scott and Anita Frankcombe's Roland Black Simmental herd in the shadow of Mt Roland. Then on to Michael and Kaye Frankcombe's Slopes Simmental property in Sheffield with visiting stud Damelee by Damian Hingston and Haylee Bennett.

We were given great hospitality by our Tassie members Aleasha Goss, Phillip Partridge and Chelsea Raynor. Darryl and Yvonne Barker were our Emcee's for the bus ride giving us great insight into the agricultural diversity of Tasmania and regaled us with his stories of when he was a livestock market reporter for radio with people ringing him asking "should I sell?" and his input into mentoring the youth in agriculture and we thank him very much for his time.

We had brilliant weather touring the Launceston region and our hearts go out to those who have lost cattle and infrastructure in the recent flooding.

 Above: ASBA Tasmanian members who so wonderfully looked after us

Article and Bylaw updates from Board Meeting:
There were two items to be voted on at the AGM and both were voted in unanimously. Firstly, that the age juniors to become full members is now 21. Secondly, that a general meeting quorum for state branches now be four.

*  After months of discussion on DNA typing on transfer cattle, it was decided that it is the purchaser’s responsibility to DNA type & PV the bull at their expense.

*  There will be more work on simplyfing the Simbrah grading system but is was decided that only A & B Grade Simbrahs be shown in the ring.

While not a bylaw change, discussion was given to simplifying the Embryo Recording system by way of submitting an Excel spreadsheet through as a batch registration. Some refining of this form will take place before availability for downloading on the website, so any feedback in the meantime is welcome.

Still working on getting Excel sheets on the website for the S1 forms, transfers and sale catalogues with IT. Will keep you posted.

Red calves being born to Homozygous tested black bulls

The American Simmental Association has brought out an article on red calves being born from Homozygous black bulls. Please read here for more information and if this is a concern to you, then please let us know. There is a list of affected bulls but I don't see any of them in our herdbook.

State News

As the States have their AGMs let us introduce you to the TAS Branch for 2016.
President: Haylee Bennett
Vice President: Phillip Partridge
Sec/Treasurer: Aleasha Goss

Above l to r: Aleasha Goss, Sec/Treas; Phillip Partidge, Vice President and Haylee Bennett, President.

Around the ASBA Office

Felicity and Claudia are still on a high from visiting Tasmania with the board. Claudia and her husband Brad were invited to come along and meet the members in recognition of her years of service to ASBA.

Claudia sends this message:

Brad and I would like to express our appreciation and gratitude for being invited to attend the AGM in beautiful Tasmania.

It was delightful to catch up with members, councillors and their partners.  The hospitality was so wonderful and insightful.

We truly look forward to exploring a bit more of Tassie in the future.

Again, heartfelt thanks for our invitation and memorable trip.

Claudia & Brad

  Left: Brad, Felicity and Claudia

Reminder: Spring Inventory Summary forms are due by the end of June, if you have not already returned them please send them ASAP!

Something new: Can't find your certificate and need to transfer your animal? We've got a PDF form you can download, fill out and send in, job done!. Click here to go to the forms page on our website.
Around the saleyards

Every Friday we've been posting the week's saleyard results. This takes a lot of research and it's so much easier when the agents list the vendors and the breed in their market reports. Have a word in your agent's ear and get them to send their reports through to us -
Above: Barry Cooke and his grandson Brenton Smith were at Roma’s Store Sale to see their family’s cattle go under the hammer. The Simmental-cross steers reached 348c/kg for 331kg to return $1154/head. Photo QCL

Eartags: Promoting the Simmental breed in the yards. 55mm wide 65c each (gst inc). There's a lot of competition out there, stand out from the crowd.

Export news 

Elders International are after unjoined heifers for delivery to Portland Victoria late July. Click here for more information.
Promotion items on sale now
We're going through the wardrobe and finding we have a few bigger sizes on the shelves of the Simmental vests and jackets. Get in quick and call Claudia now. 02 6773 3341. #promotethebreed  #lookingthepart  #niceandtoasty

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
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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.

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