Using genetics from WA in QLD Brangus herd
Over the last two years Mike Ward, from Jardine in Queensland, has entered milk tooth steers in the Central Queensland Carcase Classic Competition. The CQCC has classes for both grass fed and grain fed cattle in carcase weight ranges of Under & Over 300kg and usually attracts nominations of around 350 head each year. In their first year of competition in 2015, the Ward family had a steer who won Reserve Champion Carcase in the whole competition of Grain and Grass fed classes. He was a grass fed steer with a carcase weight of 250kg.

In their second year in 2016, they had a grass fed steer who placed second in the Over 300kg Class weighing in at 335kg. Another steer entered won the Highest Meat Yielding Carcase of the whole competition at 230kg with a yield was 65.9%.

Mike also supplies led show steers to the Rockhampton State High School each year and this year, one of those won the Champion Led Steer at the Rockhampton Junior Beef Show from a class of 48 entries.
The students and staff at RSHS look forward to the little black steers arriving each year, to be broken in, fed and prepared for the following years show season and the Ward family get a big kick out of seeing their little black steers grow up, achieve and succeed in the show ring and on the hook.

All steers have been sired by Bonnydale Black Simmental bulls from Western Australia, and out of high grade Brangus foundation cows.

To date, the Ward family have been overwhelmed by the docility, fertility, maturity and weight for age growth of the Black Simmental F1 progeny in their herd. Mike says the heifers are outstanding and they are looking forward to taking them onto the next level of promoting the Black Simmental influence within other Central Queensland based Bos Indicus cow herds.

The Ward family have their first two SimBrangus bulls booked into the Elders All Breeds Sale to be held at Rockhampton 14-15 February 2017 and are hoping for favourable outcome.
They are looking forward to more little black calves in the future.

Below: Rockhampton State High School with the Ward family's cattle
Scottsdale High School, Tasmania

Scottsdale High School have been showing cattle for the Partridge family of Summerhill Simmentals, Scottsdale TAS, for the last 3 years.  This is their second year, having purchased a steer and prepared it for Prime Beef Competitions.  Last year the steer won Reserve Champion Carcase steer.

The Partridges also lend their stud cattle with Woonallee Polly winning ribbons at the following shows:. 1st Place at Launceston Show, 2nd Place at Westbury Show and 1st Place at Deloraine Show. Phillip Partidge from Summerhill Simmentals said Scottsdale high is where he went to school and where he also did cattle handling. They have lent them cattle to show since they became a registered stud three years ago. For the last two years the school has purchased a Simmental /Angus weaner steer to put in Sheffield schools hoof and hook.

As part of the show season, Sheffield School put on a Prime Cattle Competition and won  Champion steer in the 420-520kg Woolworths Trade section. The 510kg Simmental/Angus steer bred by Summerhill Simmentals was purchased and prepared by Scottsdale High in the six months leading up to the Scottsdale Show. This steer also claimed Reserve Champion steer of the show and was later sold for 525kg at 320c at the local saleyards.  There was an excellent line up of prime cattle from local farmers with a yarding of approximately thirty cattle entered on the day.

Next year they will prepare a steer again. The steer competition is highly valuable to the school program as it provides a direct link to commercial beef production and highlights the true purpose of commercial beef farming. Students gain an understanding of meat quality, MSA grading system and factors that influence growth rates and meat quality.

Below: Scottdale High School with Summerhills Simmental cattle

Lowbeau wins at inaugural cattle competition at Dorrigo

Lowbeau wins “Greatest on Grass” at Dorrigo Show’s inaugural commercial cattle competition. The competition was declared a resounding success with 117 head in 39 pens of three including ribbons for Best Future Breeder, Best Grass Fed and Best Grain Assisted Steers and Heifers. Considering the lack of grass it was impressive to see that class represented at all.

A pen of pure Simmental heifers, sired by a Tennysonvale bull, in calf by five months, belonging to Darren Beaumont and Lisa Lowe,‘Low Beau’, were awarded the Future Breeders’ blue ribbon, according to judge Neville Farrawell of Tamworth.

Lowbeau also came away with the Greatest on Grass pen of Simmental cross also by Darren and Lisa.
To top the day off, Lowbeau won Supreme Bull with Lowbeau Lucas and Supreme Female of Dorrigo Show.

Excerpt from The Land by Jamie Brown

Darren and Lisa of Lowbeau Simmentals, with their pen of two year old Simmental heifers in calf judged best in the future breeders' category at Dorrigo Show - Courtesy of The Land

Farmfair, Alberta, Canada

The 43rd Farmfair International Expo was held recently in Alberta Canada and had a few
Aussie connections in the limelight. The winning bull was Harvies Summit 54B with the Australian rights to this bull being owned by Hobbs Livestock and Round-Em-Up Simmentals.

Hobbs Livestock Principal, Stuart Hobbs said, “To own the Australian Rights in Harvies Red Summit 54B is very exciting for us and then to win Supreme Bull at Farmfair, we were over the moon. We think the bull will work really well in Australia because of his skin type, conformation, softness and structural soundness and for a big impressive bull he is still able to be used on heifers.”

“We thank Harvie Ranching for giving us the opportunity to purchase the Australian Rights in the bull and look forward to calves hitting the ground in 2017.”

Just as impressed with the bull, David Hobbs commented, “We have had huge success with a previous sire from Harvies in Captain Morgan. Stu had the pleasure of working with them while he was in Canada and gained a great respect for the type of cattle that they breed.”

“We have always bred deep bodied with cattle plenty of muscle but able to retain some softness and easy fleshing with the right hair type. We were excited to be able to purchase the semen rights to this bull prior to Farmfair. Then were even more excited to be able to be part of the win in Canada. It is only early days for us in the Simmental breed outside the BST Tullatoola stud we used to manage but we will continue to look to bring in the genetics we think that will best suit Australian conditions.”

Below: Harvies Red Summit 54B - photo courtesy Show Champions Photography
Click here for more photos from Harvie Ranching

What an honour to be asked to judge at Farmfair

Woonallee Simmentals Stud Principal, Tom Baker was asked to judge the Legends of the Fall Heifer Section with a panel of judges from around the world and the Supreme Champion at the 2016 Farmfair International Expo.

Click here to watch Northland's video of the judging
Jen and Alistair's Canadian adventure
For the month of November Alistair Keller and Jen Impey from Mala-Daki Simmentals of Crookwell NSW,  travelled throughout Canada, spending the majority of their time in Alberta. They arrived in Edmonton after a 15 hour flight from Sydney, then travelled up into the Rocky Mountains with some fellow Aussies. During their first week in Canada they toured cattle ranches and saw some exceptional herds. There was also some time for tourist activities, such as trekking to Peyto Lake and doing plenty of shopping!

They then made their way back to Edmonton for FarmFair International, where they were part of the Inbound Buyers Program. The program is an excellent way to make international contacts, not only with Canadians, but with other cattle breeders from America, Brazil and many more countries. Jen said, “The scale of FarmFair and the preparation put into the cattle was absolutely amazing to see. “

While at FarmFair Jen and Alastair approached Rob and Deanne Young of High Country Cattle Services about an 11 month old bull they were showing, RJY Shock n Awe 5D. This young bull was a stand out for them, he was exactly the type they believe they need here in Australia. After much discussion and a few phone calls back home they purchased the exclusive Australian Semen Rights in RJY Shock n Awe 5D. The semen in this bull will be available next year for purchase in Australia.

For the next week they stayed with Rob and Deanne Young in Breten, Alberta and experienced their first Canadian snow event. Jen commented, it was interesting to see how they manage their herds in that climate.

“We were very impressed with their line of cattle, and were lucky enough to see Shock n Awes dam, who was a standout cow. The Young’s so generously took us to visit some more farms and sales. A highlight moment for me was getting to see KOP Spartan 113A, the bull we purchased exclusive Australian Semen Rights for in 2015. KOP Spartan 113A has really stamped his progeny with a number of breeders in Canada using this sire,” Jen said.

They then travelled to Agribition with Rob, which is located in Regina, Saskatchewan, where they helped High Country Cattle with their Agribition Team. At Agribition they saw some exceptional cattle, particularly the Simmentals. The conclusion of Agribition saw their Canadian adventure draw to a close.

Photos: Below left: Jen Impey and Alistair Keller at Peyto Lake. Right: AJY Shock n Awe 5D at Agribition
Well done, Jacob!
Jacob Canning, of Mavgold Simmentals, was the Champion Junior Handler at Stud Beef Victoria Handlers Camp this year and also won his handlers class at the Adelaide Royal. Jacob enjoys doing the cattle shows and also successfully breeds and shows poultry.  

At Ballarat Show, he was the proud winner of his late Pa’s Memorial Trophy for Handler under 15 and Junior Judging.  Jacob topped off the show season by his heifer winning Interbreed Heifer at Beaufort Show and being an Associate Judge at the Clunes show alongside his father Ross.
Photo: Jacob Canning, after he won Junior Champion Parader with his heifer, Lady Dakota, and judge, Rach Wheeler, at the 2015 Stud Beef Handlers Camp.

Branch News
Outstanding Service towards the Simmental Society honoured by ASBA – Victoria Branch

Recently the Australian Simmental Breeders Association- Victorian Branch honoured one of its long serving members Mr. Gordon Dendle with an “Appreciation Award”. Gordon Dendle served the Victorian Western Region Branch as Treasurer from 1999 until it terminated in 2015, a period of 16 years.
He and son Rohan registered “Gorroden Simmental Stud” in 1989, with animals purchased from Witchwood and Lonsdale Farm Studs. Gordon has been an AI technician since 1962, working within dairy and beef cattle herds. He and the family showed cattle in Geelong, Colac, Ballarat & surrounding areas. He still operates a herd of Simmentals in Leopold and is heavily involved in Community activities and is much respected by many Simmental members.

Photo: Presented by Geoff Cockerell (Gelora Park Simmentals) on behalf of the branch, Gordon was grateful to receive this award.

Federal Council

The board met in Armidale for their November meeting covering a lot of ground at this meeting with the following to be implemented in the New Year.

By-Laws: It’s taken 12 months to complete the updating of the By-Laws to make sure each item gets due discussion and even revisited at the next meeting if found to need more discussion.
This will still be an ongoing process as the business evolves but we will let you know of updates in the E-news and update the file on the member’s page. They will be available on your member login page under Download Files. If you need a hard copy posted to you then please contact the office.

Semen rights: We have discussed this By-law over several meetings and this By-law was added from the November meeting:
2.15.4 Ownership of Semen Marketing Rights for Overseas Sires
Where embryos sired by, or semen from an overseas born sire have been imported by an ASBA member for which Australian Semen Marketing Rights have later been acquired by another ASBA member and the member who initially imported the embryos or semen can provide documentary proof that the embryos or semen were acquired prior to the purchase of the Australian Marketing Rights to the sire, that member is not required to get permission from the owner of the Semen Marketing Rights to register progeny resulting from these embryos.
ET Registrations: Now that the blue forms for registering a flush, are no longer needed, we don’t know if an embryo is fresh or frozen in regard to the DNA requirement of the Donor Dam, so now the DD of both fresh and frozen eggs must have a DNA profile. The By-law has been changed to say:
2.14.1 The sire of all embryos and the donor dam of all embryos must have a DNA profile recorded with the Society for the embryo to be recorded.
Donor Dam Reference List: We are also going to provide members with a Donor Dam Reference List similar to the Accredited AI Sires list on the member’s login page, which will be updated every week. Every new Donor Dam registered from 1 January, 2017 will go on this list at no cost to the members registering them.

Simmental shirts: Claudia and Felicity have bought shirts through a local uniform shop with the Simmental logo on them to wear at the office and events. We will have styles and sizes available on the website in the next month and we will order on an as-needs basis eliminating excess stock on hand at the office.

DNA Listing on Website: At the last meeting the Board agreed to put more information on the website for an animal in regard to their DNA results of colour, genetic conditions and polled genes. We shall also be implementing a “Homozygous by pedigree” classification to further enhance the information. If you have two homozygous parents of any test then the progeny is deemed homozygous by pedigree. We will also be listing the type of DNA test that has been done on the animal ie SNP or MiP.

Simbrahs: The Board has decided to cease dual registration of the Simbrahs by removing the grade 1, 2 & 3 and reverting to A, B & C like we have done with the SimAngus (D).

DNA on transfer of animals: This By-law was revisited after further discussion and now reads:
2.9.2.(iv)  It is the vendor’s responsibility to have any bulls sold to a current Stud Member, DNA typed and sire verified at point of transfer.
This means that a hair sample needs to be taken prior to the transfer of the bull and a transfer will not take effect until the DNA fingerprint and Sire Verification is done.

Genomic SNP testing: ASBA is working towards increasing the accuracy of our estimated breeding values within the genetic database by moving towards SNP testing all animals in the future. Presently we use the MiP or microsatellite testing for our DNA typing and parent verification. From January 1, 2017, ASBA will require all new AI registered sires to have the GGP-LD Genomic test. The GGP-LD test has 30,000 markers and will include 140 markers used for parent verification for the same price of $64.90.

At this point you can’t do parent verification between MiP and SNP tests, so we are not asking for natural sires to be SNP tested at this time until the database increases, but you certainly can do both tests to bring your herd into line ahead of time if you wish. Any DNA profile already at UQ can be tested on a SNP if there is enough tail hair left to test. So if you want a previous sire tested, then it’s still possible to get the test done a cost of $27.50.

Also note that Coat Colour and Poll Testing can be done at the same time the GGP-LD test is submitted provided there is enough hair and at a separate cost. A single hair sample can be used for multiple tests as requested. Provide 20 hairs with follicles per test needed. Any unused hair sample will be retained at AGL for future testing should it be requested. This includes genomics (e.g. GGP-LD), or any of the other tests currently offered to the membership. Simply quote the UQ case number with retesting submissions.

2017 AGM: The Board has accepted an invitation from the West Australian branch and the AGM will be held there in May. More details to come....

Around the ASBA Office

The Summer Annual Magazine should be in your mailbox. Many thanks to members who took part in bringing the magazine to you, contributors, advertisers and photography.

Dam Disposal forms: We've just posted out the list of Dam Disposal forms due back by 31st January, 2017. Invoices for Autumn Inventory will be sent out early March. If you haven't received yours then please let us know. Also available is the online form through your membership login and the Excel Spreadsheet.

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!!!

DNA Kits
Please contact us if you need DNA kits as UQ charges a $2.20 handling fee if the samples are not in the correct kit. At the moment staff are handling these samples to save you being charged but we would prefer not to be handling these.

Business hours over Christmas Break
The office will close over the holiday season from close of business Friday 23rd December and reopen on Tuesday 3rd January. Have a safe and happy Christmas break everyone!
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 in November

Roma Q, 1/11 – 5900 yarded
R & J Peak, Peak Downs, Roma, sold Simmental X steers to 340c for 399kg to return $1358.
Emerald Q, 3/11 – 1900 yarded
Simmental x weaner steers weighed 280 kgs and made 371.2c/kg for a return of $1039/head.
Alan & Julie Jay “Boxarm” Springsure, sold Simmental/Braford X weaner steers to make 379.2c/kg, 265kg for $1008/hd.

Mt Gambier SA,  9/11
Tugulawa sired Simm vealers, 68 calves average 414kg. Top steer calves 468kg at $3.70 for $1730.60. Calves were sold by O'Connor and Graney Pty Ltd
Dalby Q, 9/11 – 3700 yarded
NK ME & DN Jeffery of Kingaroy sold Simmental Feeder heifers 354.2c 320kg AV $1133.
Lyndale Partnership of Guluguba sold Braford x Simmental Cows 240.2c 641kg AV$1541 Braford x Simmental Heifers 278.2c 552kg AV $1537 Braford x Simmental Steers 320.2c 495kg AV $1584.
NVLX 8/11
Turner Mahonga of Eubalong sold 3 Simmental heifers 405kg, 324.2c/kg for $1313.01. 7 Simmental heifers 395.7kg, 368c/kg for $1456.23.
Auctions Plus 11/11/16
A/C R & T Farrugia, Woolbrook NSW, 12 Angus X Simmental PTIC cows, 551.5kg, $1510/hd

Blackall Q, 10/11 – 1254 yarded
Adams and Son, Darracourt, Blackall, sold Simbrah cows for 234.2c/kg, 610kg for $1428.
Gympie Q, 14/11 – 1225 yarded
Simmental  x steers from Peter Gous sold for $3.37 or $1,148.
Simmental x steers from Ken Cunningham, Goomboorian made $3.59 or $1,031.

Blackall Q, 10/11 – 1254 yarded
Adams and Son, Darracourt, Blackall, sold Simbrah cows for 234.2c/kg, 610kg for $1428.
Gympie Q, 14/11 – 1225 yarded
Simmental  x steers from Peter Gous sold for $3.37 or $1,148.
Simmental x steers from Ken Cunningham, Goomboorian made $3.59 or $1,031.
Dalby Q, 16/11 – 1279 yarded
RC & EM Skene of Cecil Plains sold Simmental Heifers to restockers 371.2c 275kg AV $1020
BE & AM Taylor of Millmerran sold Simmental Steers to restockers 362.2c 353kg AV $1279 Simmental Heifers to restockers 353.2c 330kg AV $1165
Biggenden Q, 21/11 – 1392 yarded
AW Beddows, Booubyjan sold milk tooth Simbrah heifers for 322c/$1111. Milk tooth Simbrah heifers from Gin Gin sold for 324c/$996.
Boyanup WA, 22/11 – 1238 yarded
TR & AE Purnell sold 1 Simmental X cow, 635kg, 204c/kg for $1295.40.
IR & RB Staples 12 Simmental strs 394kg, 350c/kg for $1381.04, 10 Simmental steers 373kg, 358c/kg for $1335.34. 10 Simmental hfrs 363kg, 336c/kg for $1219.68
Warragul V, 21/11
Week old purebred Simmental calves sold for $530 and $520/hd.
Auctions Plus 18/11
A/C A C Klijn, St Anns Stn, Charters Towers Q, 38 Simmental x Brahman heifers 345.6kg, $1069/hd
A/C Yambutta Pastoral, Boolara, Meandarra Q, 34 Simbrah x Droughtmaster X heifers, 270.7kg, $975/hd from Gowrie Simbrah bulls.
SELX NSW, 24/11
Des & Pat Anable, Grabben Gullen with Greg Anderson of MD & JJ Anderson who sold 6 Simmental Steers to a top of 388c/kk, 275.8kg, $1,070.23
NVLX V, 23/11
EJ & CW Mcburnie, Burramine,  Simmental X cow 732kg, 248c/kg for $181536
Roma Q, 24/11 – 924 yarded
John York, Taunton, Roma, sold Simmental steers to 300c for 633kg to return $1901.
Auctions Plus 25/11
A/C Zahl Wycheproof Past Co, Alpha Q, 35 Simmental X steers, 315.6kg, $1330/hd
A/C S J Todd Constructions P/L, 14 Simmental X Charolais/Santa steers & 4 Simmental X Droughtmaster X steers, 391.4kg, $1245/hd

Below: Some of the cattle sold in October and November
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