Record Number of Simmental Breeders Exhibited at Cattlemen's Congress Demonstrates Breeders' Pleasure With The Show Says ASA's Luke Bowman,Wed, 13 Jan 2021 13:38:25 CST
Echoing the feelings of many other breed associations during the Cattlemen’s Congress, Luke Bowman, director of commercial and industry relations with the American Simmental Association, said his group is extremely pleased with the Oklahoma City livestock show.
Bowman was recently interviewed by Radio Oklahoma Agriculture Network Associate Farm Director and Editor KC Sheperd.
The numbers we had turn out for the Simmental show are beyond our imagination and pretty impressive, Bowman said.
The facilities and hospitality are excellent, he said.
The numbers are bigger than we’ve had in recent memory, he added.
Folks haven’t really talked about the (Denver) stock show as they have been discussing plans for making next year’s Cattlemen’s Congress even better, he said.
When you cut out the Denver and Fort Worth Stock shows everyone wanted to be here in Oklahoma City, Bowman said.
The ASA staffer said interest in the Simmental breed is strong right now.
The hype and desire for Simmental genetics has never been higher, Bowman said.
It comes down to the fact we’ve made these cattle easy for the average beef producer to own, he said.
Easy calving birth and rapid growth, both common in today’s Simmental breed, are two of the top traits producers are looking for, he said.
Simmental cattle shifted color pattern to the preferred black hide in recent years to meet demand.
All we did was change one gene to make the cattle black, all other genes were left the same, Bowman said.
That really helped the commercial cattleman who wanted to keep his cattle one color, he said.
It’s easiest to market Simmental cattle when you talk about cattle breeding in general as science supports crossbreeding because it makes a more profitable beef cow, Bowman said.
Our long-range outlook and strategic planning focuses on continuing our current path, enhancing EPD’s and other genomics, Bowman said.
Click on the listen bar below to hear more of KC’s interview with Luke Bowman.
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