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How the American Simmental Has Changed Over the Last Couple Decades
Mon, 10 Jan 2022 11:32:52 CST
More than two-dozen breeds of cattle are participating in the 2022 Cattlemen’s Congress, including American Simmentals. Today, Luke Bowman, director of SimGenetic Development at the American Simmental Association, sat down with KC Sheperd, director of the Oklahoma Farm Report, about the Simmental presence at this year’s Congress.
Listen to KC's conversation with Luke here.
“The support that not only this city, county and state have in getting behind this show, relative to other states we are dealing with, is very welcoming,” Bowman said. “It is an exciting time to be in the beef business and Oklahoma knows it.”
In conjunction with Congress, there are a handful of Simmental sales are going on. According to Bowman, there is a dynamic offering of cattle for sale, plus other opportunities to take home some superior genetics.
In the last couple of decades, Bowman said the Simmental breed has changed in many ways, thanks to breeders.
“The cattle have become solid-colored and polled,” Bowman said. “Folks have selected for economically important traits … the cattle are a little different than yesteryear.”
Calving-ease, rate of gain and carcass quality have all played a role in the development of the breed, Bowman said.
“The cattle are extremely maternal, so we want to have lots of volume and capacity to the females,” Bowman said. “We want balance in their skeletal design and plenty of thickness; red meat is what sells.”
2022 is a big year for American Simmentals. Right now, the breed is in the middle of their Progress Through Performance show season, Bowman said. That is set to wrap up at the end of the month.
Click on the LISTEN BAR below to hear more from KC Sheperd and Like Bowman as they talk about the American Simmental presence at the 2022 Cattlemen’s Congress, how the breed has changed since Sheperd showed her first Simmental steer and what is coming up in 2022.
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Photo: A modern American Simmental cow.
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