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SIMM - TALK - NEWS and UPDATES FROM SIMMENTAL AUSTRALIA


SIMMENTAL WEANER SALES AT A PEAK

 
WHAT a great start for Simmental cross weaners.The western and northern weaner sales have tracked well for the start of the selling season.

COLAC WEANER SALE - Mavstar and Maverick Simmentals were very happy with the steer prices today. Their pen of purebred Simmental steers averaged 351 kgs at 7 mths old to make $1171 – $ 3.35 per kilo at the Colac Weaner Steer Sale 11/1/16.

BIGGENDEN – QLD – Simbrah steers sell to 362.2c/kg at Biggenden sale on Monday 14th December. Burnett Livestock and Realty’s final sale for 2015 yarded 645 head including AW Beddows, Booubyjan sold Simbrah weaner steers for 362c/$816.  WJ & LM Beddows, Windera sold Simbrah weaner steers for 362c/$953.

NARACOORTE – LAWRIE FAMILY’S ON A HIGH - South Australia agents sold 5257 steer weaners to a top of $1435 and $1120 average, or 334c/kg. Combined Naracoorte agents sold 3035 heifers for an average of $883 or 297c/kg. Many of the calves were sold a month earlier than usual due to the drought. Elders Naracoorte branch manager Tom Dennis said the Lawrie family’s Simmental-Hereford topped the heifers in cents-a-kilogram rates, at 330c/kg. “There was a premium for Simmental-cross heifers to breed with and place on feed,” he said.


BLUE RIBBON WEANER SALE -The pen was offered by Peter and Rhonda Serpell, Running Creek, Vic at the Blue Ribbon Weaner Sale at Wodonga 14/01/16. The 16 Simmental cross steers weighed 332kg, were aged 8-10 months and sold for $1130 or 340c/kg. Overall, the sale of 4000 head topped at 372c/kg for steers and 348c/kg for heifers.

THE JAMES FAMILY’S STANDOUT – The top money was paid for steers sold by one of the largest vendors, WV James and Sons, Cooranga, Lucindale.
They sold their entire drop of 760 steers, all Angus and some with black Simmental-blood, EU-accredited, born March-April, for an average of $1193
The top dollars-a-head heifer was $1131 for Johnson Livestock’s nine Simmental-cross heifers, 385kg, to Thomas Foods International.
Some of the highest cents-a-kilogram steer sales included 13 EU-accredited, Simmental-cross calves, sold by Bloomfield, weighing 245kg.These fetched 355c/kg or $870.

JOHNSON FAMILY HAVE THOUSANDS OF REASONS TO SMILE – Brian Johnson and son Graham sold steers at ­record prices through their company LS Johnson, and the joint venture entity they run with another son, Ian Johnson, Johnson ­Livestock.
Johnson Livestock, Ross Plains and Conmurra, sold a total of 419 Simmental-Hereford and Angus-­Simmental steers, EU accredited, February-March drop, for an average of $1135
These steers sold to a top price of $1320 — 407kg sold at 324c/kg — for 26 ­Simmental-cross steers to Princess Royal feedlot. Their cattle weighed ­between 320kg to 351kg with an average of 333kg. LS Johnson & Son, Springbank, sold 191 ­Simmental-Hereford-Angus steers, EU accredited, February-March drop, averaging $1106.
 
In heifer sales, Johnson Livestock sold 91 Simmental-Hereford and Angus and Angus-Simmental heifers, EU accredited, February-March drop, for an average of $918 or 308c/kg. These weaners fetched a top of $1131 — nine Simmental-crosses, 385kg, sold for 294c/kg to TFI. In all these heifers weighed 273kg to 385kg, aver­aging 304kg. LS Johnson & Son sold 123 Simmental-Hereford-Angus heifers, for $885 or 303c/kg on average and 297kg. They topped at $1042, paid for nine Simmental-crosses, 335kg, which made 311c/kg..
STUD SALES OFF TO A FLYING START
 
THE confidence in the beef industry was on show again on Monday 8th February when buyers pushed prices to a new national record of $24,000 for a Black Simmental bull at the Bonnydale on-property bull sale at Bridgetown. Unfortunately for Bonnydale, the national record for the Black Simmental bull (Augustus L84) stood for only 48 hours until lot 43, Webb Tank K090 sold for $27,500 at the Woonallee Sale held on Thursday 11th Feb. Congratulations to both vendors and the buyers for attending these sales.

 
    Above: Webb Tank K090
Below: Bonnydale Augustus L84

     
FEDERAL COUNCIL

THE ASBA directors met in November and again by phone in mid-January after many months of deliberation of the current By-Laws. Updated By-Laws were sent to members by email in late December which resulted in some constructive feedback from members. A final copy of the By-Laws will be sent to all members once the board has considered this feedback.
 
WE are pleased to announce that after interviewing seven candidates, a new Executive Officer has been appointed to manage Simmental Australia. Felicity Reeves will commence duties on Monday 15th February. Felicity has a farming background including management of a family stud. She has also previously worked as a registrar for another breed so has considerable breed society experience and we welcome her to the Australian Simmental Breeders Association.
46th AGM of the ASSOCIATION

THIS year the 46th AGM of the Association will be held in Launceston, Tasmania. In addition to this the Tasmania Branch are organising an itinerary where members will be invited to partake along with farm tours and places of interest. The dates for the meeting/tour will be Thursday 19th, Friday 20th May for the AGM with day tour earlier, Saturday 21st May – full board meeting and day tours for guests, with free time on Sunday morning.

Please email the ASBA office, your interest of attending the AGM and tour. This will enable the Tasmanian Branch to negotiate costs for the accommodation and tours – pending the number of interested parties. Further information will be sent to each member with a full notice of the AGM and itinerary from the ASBA office.
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 Face book page and some fees may apply for advertising on the website. Find out further details and costs by emailing:
simmental@ abri.edu.net.au


NOT SURE HOW TO CREATE A FLYER OR UPDATE A PHOTO SIZE

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 fara.williams@abri.une.edu.au or phone 02 6773 3356 to arrange any design and production requirements.
REMEMBER, YOU CAN'T PROMOTE A SECRET!!

ENHANCEMENTS TO SIMMENTAL BREEDPLAN  

THE February 2016 Simmental BREEDPLAN analysis included a number of enhancements. These included updated heritability's and genetic correlations calculated from the Australian and New Zealnd Simmental data collected since 1972. Herd reports are available from the Member Log In facility of the ASBA website for all herds which have submitted performance records over the last 12 months.
 

SIMMENTAL X DOMINATE BEEF SPECTACULAR FEEDBACK TRIAL

SIMMENTAL cross cattle dominated the Beef Spectacular Feedback Trial taking out the Champion and Reserve Champion pen of steers, held in Jindalee - the home of the Beef Spectacular Feedback Trial since it's inception in 2010.

A total of 76 pens of five cattle were entered in the competition and fed for just over 100 days at the Jindalee feedlot before being slaughtered at Teys Australia plant at Wagga Wagga. The overall champions are decided by a combination of feedlot performance, meeting carcase specifications and and carcase quality.

The Grand Champion Pen of five Simmental X Angus steers were entered by Rob & Kelly Lamoureux, from Armidale, NSW with a total score of 852 points.

Rob & Kelly Lamoureux, also entered the Reserve Champion Pen of 5 Steers of the same breeding with a score of 841 points well clear of the third placed pen with 823 points.

This is the second successive year that Simmental X Angus steers have been the Champion pen with steers entered by James and Sally Morse taking out the award in 2015
 

Reserve Champion pen in the Riverine Classic Beef class were Simmental X Angus/Shorthorn owned by Terry Pierce & Kim McConville
 
In the Carcase section the second placed pen were Simmental X Angus/Shorthorn exhibited by Terry Pierce & Kim McConville and the third placed pen were again Simmental X Angus exhibited by Rob & Kelly Lamoureux.
 
The Grand Champion and Reserve Champion pens in 2016 and the Grand Champion pen in 2015 were sired by Wombramurra Black Simmental bulls.

DNA HAIR SAMPLES

NEXT time you need to take hair samples, follow these easy steps:
It is important that hairs are clean and dry and long.
  • Use UQ Hair Collection Kit which can be obtained from the ASBA office
  • Select 10-20 hairs from the switch of tail
  • Pluck with a rapid sharp upwards motion
  • Repeat process to obtain 20 to 30 hairs per sample
  • The “hair roots” should be clearly visible
  • Secure hair shafts to cardboard using the I.D label provided with correct animal I.D
  • Trim excess hair and place in a plastic bag supplied with kit
  • Submit samples to the ASBA office via Australia Post
  • UQ charges an extra $2.20 inc GST per sample that are not submitted in the UQ Hair Collection Kit.
Any samples that are deemed unsuitable by staff will not be submitted and members will need to supply further collection samples at there own cost. This will ensure health and safety requirements are met.

Please note: DNA results can take 2-4 weeks and other test results can take 6-8 weeks.
DID YOU KNOW? CREDIT CARD FACILITIES 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. This ensures the payments are allocated to the correct account.

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