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Ellingson Simmentals 15th Anniversary Expect Excellence
View Catalog Sale Date: 02/21/2015
Bulls of the Big Sky
Sale Date: 02/16/2015                                                                                                        View Catalog


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Annual Meeting 2015

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Over 400 Members, Trustees, and Staff
Meet-and-Greet at the National Western Stock Show Yards. With great company, perfect weather, hot chili and cold beverage, the gathering was enjoyed by Simmental supporters from the US, Canada, and Australia.
ASA Annual Business Meeting
ASA Board of Trustees' Meeting last week in Denver had the 2014 Trustees wrapping up their work and welcoming in a new year.   Thank you Jessie Driggers, Bill McDonald, Roger Finke and Scott Cowger for your work and commitment to the Association, its members and members' customers.  Newly elected Trustees Fred Schuetze, Claye Kaelberer, Mike Forman and Barry Wesner attended the board meeting preparing for another good year under the leadership of Chairman Bob Lanting.   Jim Butcher remains on the board for an additional year which makes for a wonderful transition with the past chairman active and involved.
Robert Lanting, Chairman
2015 Executive Committee is Chairman Bob Lanting, Vice-Chair Dale Miller, Treasurer Tim Smith, Susan Russell, and Brian DeFreese.  Communication is important to board members and staff; the annual report is polybagged with the February issue of the Register, and eNews will keep you informed of the Board's activities throughout the year. There are other forms of electronic communication to stay up-to-date also; Facebook, tReg, Have You Herd? blog, Science & Technology forum, and ASA and ASA Publication's website (

25-Year Active American Simmental Association Members
American Rancher Episodes - ASA
Foundation Animal Donations

Werning Cattle Co
Designated Foundation Mission: Education/Merit Awards
Animal Name:
Animal Registration Number: 2900359

Sale Name: The One
Sale Date: 1/19/2015

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Davis Ranch, LLC
Designated Foundation Mission: Research/Feed Intake Project
Animal Name: EDR Wade Shafer A 53
Animal Registration Number: 2779885
Sale Name: Strickland-Driggers Bull Sale
Sale Date: 12/13/2014

SOLD TO: Boyett Farms, Anthony and Landon Boyett of Reidsville, GA

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for your donation to the Foundation.

Figures help US Simmentals stand out

Figures help US Simmentals stand out
Stock Journal

EMBRACING crossbreeding, total herd recording and the use of production indexes has positioned the Simmental breed strongly in the United States, according to members of the American Simmental Association who visited Australia recently.

The breed has the second-largest impact on the US cow-calf industry behind Angus. Seventeen per cent of yearling bulls sold in the US each year are Simmental-influenced genetics, made up of half SimAngus and half pure Simmental.

Association chairman Jim Butcher, Gateway Simmentals, Montana, said a large proportion of the breed's recent success could be attributed to its state-of-the-art evaluation system.

"We at American Simmental are really interested in selecting for things that impact profit and that's where these dollar indexes and self-replacing index come in. We are trying to put values on the important traits," he said.

Total herd inventory recording is a compulsory requirement of stud membership - one of just two breed associations which have done this.

The association has the largest multi-breed inventory in the world with 300,000 new records added each year.

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(Photo and article taken from the Stock Journal website).

Seeking Semen Samples

The ASA is looking for DNA samples on  Black Bear (ASA # 1667313), LBS THE FOREMAN 702T (ASA #2417975), and Remington Secret Weapon 185 (ASA #2551350)
We would use these samples to get SNPs on file for parent verification. If you have a sample and would like to donate some DNA to the ASA, please contact the ASA at By donating, you can also get a tax deduction for a charitable donation to a non profit organization.
Shear Force Accuracy Bulls
Want to help improve our prediction for tenderness and carcass traits?  The American Simmental Association is collaborating with Dr. Jared Decker at the University of Missouri to learn more about the genetic control of tenderness in many different breeds.  Dr. Decker and his team is working to create breed-specific and multi-breed genomic predictions for tenderness and other carcass traits.  Dr. Decker plans to genotype approximately 168 Simmental bulls for this project in exchange for the pedigree and EPD data from the ASA.  We need help to collect samples.  Please review the list of qualifying bulls and send us some DNA if you have it.  The lab would prefer to work with semen (just one straw is needed and you can send it protected in a regular envelope).  Send samples c/o Jackie Atkins at The American Simmental Association, 1 Simmental Way, Bozeman, MT 59715.  Thanks for your help!

K-State’s Winter Ranch Management Series

K-State’s Winter Ranch Management Series Set for January; Focuses on Replacement Heifers.

The series will highlight best management and selection practices for replacement heifers and allow producers to ask questions of extension specialists in a 'town-hall' style verbal exchange. The series is set to kick off in January.   Click here for more information.

Educational Symposium Recordings and PowerPoint Presentations


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First Educational Symposium is a huge success.

Nearly 150 SimGenetic enthusiasts from 25 states and 2 Canadian provinces met in Bozeman this past week for the first annual Educational Symposium held in conjunction with the fall ASA Board Meeting.

The Monday schedule was packed with up-to-the-minute information from beef industry experts from around the country. Drs. Bob Weaber, Kansas State; Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Bruce Golden, Cal Poly; Dorian Garrick, Iowa State; and John Hall, University of Idaho, along with Marty Ropp, Allied Genetics and ASA’s own Dr. Shafer gave presentations that sparked good discussion with the attendees.

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Introduction and Welcome: Chairman Jim Butcher and EVP Dr. Wade Shafer


Crossbreeding Talks in 2014: Why They're Still Needed ~ Dr. Bob Weaber (Kansas State University) and Dr.Matt Spangler (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)


Selection Decisions Using Economically Relevant Traits: The Pathway to Indexes ~ Dr. Bruce Golden (Cal Poly)


Understanding Conventional and Genomic EPDs ~ Dr. Dorian Garrick (Iowa State University)


The Future of Genetic Prediction: A Quantum Leap ~ Drs. Bruce Golden and Dorian Garrick


Learning From Pigs ~ Marty Ropp (Allied Genetic Resources)


Dr. John Hall (University of Idao) - UI and ASA Cooperative Projects and Q and A ~ Panel Discussion Part I


Q and A ~ Panel Discussion Part II~ Guest Speakers


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Upcoming Sales

  1/30/2015 Fort Worth Stock Show Simmental Show Fort Worth, TX map
  1/30/2015 Buzzard Hollow Fleck Designed Online Bull Sale Granbury, TX map
  1/31/2015 J&C Simmentals Annual Bull Sale West Point, NE map
  1/31/2015 Forster Farms 36th Annual Production Sale Smithfield, NE map
  1/31/2015 Nichols Farms Private Treaty Bull Sale Bridgewater, IA map
  1/31/2015 Double J Farms' 41st Annual Private Treaty Simmental Bid Bull Sale Garretson, SD map
  2/1/2015 Trauernicht Simmental Nebraska Platinum Standard Bull Sale Beatrice, NE map
  2/1/2015 Burke's 24th Annual Production Sale Genoa, NE map
  2/1/2015 Juncks Simmental's Private Treaty Bull Sale Sioux City, IA map
  2/2/2015 35th Annual Gateway "Breeding Value" Bull Sale Lewistown, MT map
  2/3/2015 James Creek Simmental Annual Private Treaty Sale, Vol. XI Heaton, ND map
  2/4/2015 Begger's Diamond V Big Sky Genetic Source Bull Sale Wibaux, MT map
  2/5/2015 Stavick Simmental's King of the Range Bull Sale Aberdeen, SD map
  2/6/2015 Kunkel Simmentals' Production Sale New Salem, ND map
  2/7/2015 Springer Simmentals Sale of Value Based Genetics Decorah, IA map
  2/7/2015 Black Hills Stock Show & Sale Rapid City, SD map
  2/7/2015 Olrichs/Felt Farms Bull Sale Norfolk, NE map
  2/7/2015 33rd Annual Klain Simmental Production Sale Turtle Lake, ND map
  2/7/2015 Loonan Stock Farm's 40th Annual Production Sale Corning, IA map
  2/7/2015 Turnpike Creek Farms Angus and SimAngus Bull and Female Sale Milan, GA map
  2/7/2015 Ruby Cattle Co. Performance Bull Sale Lamoni, IA map
  2/7/2015 Prickly Pear Simmentals Made In Montana Sale Helena, MT map
  2/8/2015 Rydeen Farms 17th Annual "Vision" Sale Clearbrook, MN map
  2/8/2015 Hartman Cattle Company's Simmental Bull Sale Tecumseh, NE map
  2/8/2015 Wicks Cattle Simmental and SimAngus Production Sale Richardton, ND map
  2/8/2015 Blue River Gang's 33rd Annual Production Sale Rising City, NE map
  2/9/2015 Iowa Beef Expo Des Moines, IA map
  2/9/2015 Dakota Power Bull Sale Valley City, ND map
  2/9/2015 Benda Ranch Annual Production Sale Kimball, SD map
  2/9/2015 Edge of the West Bull and Female Sale Mandan, ND map
  2/10/2015 Werning Cattle Company 34th Annual Production Sale Emery, SD map
  2/10/2015 Bata/Olafson 18th Annual Joint Simmental Bull and Female Sale Rugby, ND map
  2/11/2015 Traxinger Simmental Annual Bull Sale Houghton, SD map
  2/11/2015 Wilkinson Farms/C Diamond Ranch Breeding for the Future Sale Napoleon, ND map
  2/11/2015 River Creek Farms 25th Annual Production Sale Manhattan, KS map
  2/12/2015 Hart Simmental Beef Builder Bull Sale Frederick, SD map
  2/12/2015 Bichler-Johnson Simmentals 10th Annual "Quality Not Quantity" Production Sale Linton, ND map
  2/12/2015 Lassle Ranch Simmentals 22nd Annual Production Sale Glendive, MT map
  2/13/2015 TNT Simmentals' 30th Annual "Genetic Explosion" Sale Almont, ND map
  2/13/2015 Watertown Winter Farm Show & Sale Watertown, SD map
  2/13/2015 Anchor D Ranch Simmentals Genetic Edge Bull Sale map
  2/13/2015 Hook Farms and Clear Springs Cattle Co. "Bred for Balance" Private Treaty Sale Tracy, MN map
  2/14/2015 Berger's Herdmasters SimAngus Hybrid Bull Sale North Platte, NE map
  2/14/2015 Kenner Simmentals' 19th Annual Sale Leeds, ND map
  2/14/2015 JRW Farms' 2nd Annual "Spring Round-Up" Bull Sale Seminary, MS map
  2/14/2015 Grass-Lunning Bulls-Eye Bonanza Sale LeRoy, MN map
  2/14/2015 Bar CK Cattle Company's Profit Sharing Sale Culver, OR map
  2/14/2015 Dixie National Simmental Sale Jackson, MS map
  2/14/2015 Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic Simmental Show and Sale Kearney, NE map
  2/14/2015 Ekstrum Simmentals Annual Bull Sale Kimball, SD map
  2/14/2015 Schaff Angus Valley's 112th Production Sale St. Anthony, ND map
  2/14/2015 Rhodes Angus Open House Bull Sale Carlinville, IL map
  2/15/2015 Rock Creek Ranch Spring Private Treaty Bull Sale Allen, KS map
  2/15/2015 Kline Simmental Ranch 3rd Annual Bull Sale Hurdsfield, ND map
  2/16/2015 Bulls of the Big Sky Billings, MT map
  2/17/2015 Quandt Brothers/VJT Ranch Power By Design Sale Oakes, ND map
  2/19/2015 Illinois Beef Expo Springfield, IL map
  2/19/2015 Royal Ice Sale at the Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic Kearney, NE map
  2/19/2015 Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale Springfield, IL map
  2/20/2015 Dakota Xpress Annual Bull and Female Sale Mandan, ND map
  2/20/2015 R & R Cattle Company's Annual Production Sale Chamberlain, SD map
  2/21/2015 28th Annual "Genetics with the Holistic Approach" Sale Aberdeen, SD map
  2/21/2015 Dixson Farms Inc., Private Treaty Sale Atwood, KS map
  2/21/2015 Ellingson Simmentals' Annual Production Sale Rugby, ND map
  2/21/2015 7P Ranch 21st Annual Spring Bull Sale Tyler, TX map
  2/21/2015 Mid-America Simmental Sale Springfield, IL map
  2/21/2015 Genetic Blend Bull Sale Joplin, MO map
  2/21/2015 Yon Family Farms Bull and Female Sale Ridge Spring, SC map
  2/21/2015 Double Bar D Farms Simmental Bull Sale Grenfell, SK map
  2/22/2015 Southwest Simmental Group Spring Production Sale Dunlap, IA map
  2/23/2015 Ludvigson Stock Farms Dakota Bull and Female Sale Mandan, ND map
  2/24/2015 Sandhill Red Angus Bull Sale Sidney, MT map
  2/24/2015 Larson XL Simmental's 37th Annual Bull Sale Mandan, ND map
  2/25/2015 Chestnut Angus Annual Bull Sale Pipestone, MN map
  2/25/2015 Lorenzen Ranches Annual Bull and Female Sale Pendleton, OR map
  2/26/2015 Brink Simmentals' Private Treaty Bull Sale Elkader, IA map
  2/27/2015 Cow Camp Ranch Annual Spring Bull Sale Lost Springs, KS map
  2/28/2015 Hofmann Simmental Farms' "Buy Your Way" Bull Sale Clay Center, KS map
  2/28/2015 Gold Bullion Group, 14th Annual Bull Sale Wamego, KS map
  2/28/2015 42nd Anniversary MN State Simmental Sale Rochester, MN map
  2/28/2015 Bar 5 Farms' Online Bull Sale Markdale, ON map
  2/28/2015 Ishee Bred Simmentals Private Treaty Bid Sale Laurel, MS map
  2/28/2015 Advanced Beef Genetics Bull Sale Van Meter, IA map
  2/28/2015 Pigeon Mountain Simmental's Spring Bull Test Sale Rome, GA map
  2/28/2015 Sunset View Farms' Family Traditions Bull Sale Auburn, KY map
  2/28/2015 Iowa Beef Connection Bull Sale Knoxville, IA map
  3/1/2015 PRO-CHAR 4th Annual Charolais and Simmental Bull Sale Glenevis, AB map
  3/2/2015 Hill's Ranch Production Sale Stanford, MT map
  3/3/2015 Doll Simmental Ranch 35th Annual Production Sale Mandan, ND map
  3/3/2015 Cattlemen's Classic Bull Sale Redmond, OR map
  3/4/2015 Broken Heart Ranch Red Angus Production Sale Firesteel, SD map
  3/4/2015 Tifton Bull Evaluation Sale Chula, GA map
  3/4/2015 Mertens Cattle Co.'s Bull Sale Watertown, SD map
  3/5/2015 Pleasant Hill Farms March Madness Bull and Heifer Sale Bowling Green, KY map
  3/6/2015 Eichacker's Simmentals' Annual Bull Sale Salem, SD map
  3/6/2015 Kansas State University's Legacy Sale Manhattan, KS map
  3/7/2015 Walsh Simmental Bull Sale Hubbard, NE map
  3/7/2015 Trinity Farms' Generations of Excellence Sale Ellensburg, WA map
  3/7/2015 Kentucky Beef Expo Simmental Sale Louisville, KY map
  3/7/2015 Carcass Performance Partners 13th Annual Bull Sale Lucedale, MS map
  3/7/2015 RS&T Simmentals, LLC-Bull Sale Savannah, MO map
  3/7/2015 Ludvigson Stock Farms Ozark Bull and Female Sale Diamond, MO map
  3/7/2015 RS&T Simmentals, LLC Bull Sale Savannah, MO map
  3/9/2015 Keller Broken Heart Ranch Annual Production Sale Mandan, ND map
  3/9/2015 Rockin H Simmental Production Sale Watertown, SD map
  3/9/2015 Hudson Pines Farm Online Embryo Event, Round II Sleepy Hollow, NY map
  3/9/2015 Rockin H Simmentals' Annual Production Sale Watertown, SD map
  3/10/2015 Calvo Family 2nd Annual Bull Sale Valentine, NE map
  3/11/2015 Janssen Farms "JF Scalebuster" Bull Sale Dunlap, IA map
  3/11/2015 Lechleiter Simmentals 27th Annual Bull Sale Loma, CO map
  3/12/2015 Cattleman's Kind Bull Sale San Saba, TX map
  3/12/2015 Hall-Pokorny Red Angus Bull Sale North Platte, NE map
  3/12/2015 Schmig Simmental Ranch 31st Annual Production Ranch Stockholm, SD map
  3/13/2015 74-51 Cattle Company's Red Dirt Bull Sale Marshall, OK map
  3/13/2015 Quest of the West Cattle Sale Spanish Fork, UT map
  3/14/2015 Gonsior Simmental Production Sale Fullerton, NE map
  3/14/2015 Carcass Performance Partners 13th Annual Bull Sale Lucedale, MS map
  3/14/2015 Tennessee Beef Agribition Lebanon, TN map
  3/14/2015 Great Lakes Beef Connection Bull Sale Clare, MI map
  3/14/2015 Yardley Cattle Company's 42nd Annual Bull Sale Beaver, UT map
  3/15/2015 Wisconsin Simmental Association's Spring Spectacular Sale Lancaster, WI map
  3/16/2015 Hudson Pines-Hayes Ranch Genetic Legacy Bull Sale Billings, MT map
  3/17/2015 Open Gate Ranch Sale Simms, MT map
  3/19/2015 Parker Cattle Co.'s Inaugural Bull Sale Parker, CO map
  3/20/2015 3C Christensen Ranch and NLC Simmental Ranch Annual Production Sale Wessington, SD map
  3/20/2015 Sunflower Genetics' Annual Sale Maple Hill, KS map
  3/20/2015 Gengenbach Cattle Co.'s 7th Annual Production Sale Grant, NE map
  3/21/2015 Red Hill Farms' More Than a Bull X, Bull and Female Sale Lafayette, TN map
  3/21/2015 Altenburg Super Baldy Ranch 23rd Anniversary Annual Bull and Heifer Sale Fort Collins, CO map
  3/21/2015 Ohio Beef Expo/Eastern Spring Classic Sale Columbus, OH map
  3/21/2015 Drake Cattle Co. Simmental Bull Sale Centerville, IA map
  3/21/2015 Michigan Bull Test Sale Crystal, MI map
  3/21/2015 Hilltop Simmentals Private Treaty Bull Sale Hudson, SD map
  3/21/2015 UIBA Bull Test Sale Salina, UT map
  3/23/2015 Bridle Bit Simmentals 2nd Annual All Terrain Bull Sale Springfield, CO map
  3/25/2015 Pelton Simmental/SimAngus 22nd Annual Sale LaCrosse, KS map
  3/25/2015 Premium Sourced Cattle 3rd Annual Bull and Female Sale Eckley, CO map
  3/27/2015 Pennsylvania Beef Expo Simmental Sale Pennsylvania Furnace, PA map
  3/27/2015 Rust Mountain View Ranch "Ace in the Hole" Bull Sale Turtle Lake, ND map
  3/28/2015 Vertical Edge Genetics "Bulls In Bancroft Production Sale" Bancroft, ID map
  3/28/2015 Dickinson Simmental and Angus Ranch 43rd Annual Production Sale Gorham, KS map
  3/28/2015 Hawkeye Simmental Bull Sale Bloomfield, IA map
  3/28/2015 Back to the Basics Sale Fountain Run, KY map
  3/28/2015 Wildberry Farms Bull and Bred Heifer Sale Hanover, IL map
  3/28/2015 T Heart Ranch High Altitude Bull Sale La Garita, CO map
  4/1/2015 Midland Bull Test Sale Columbus, MT map
  4/3/2015 Canaday Ranch 36th Annual Pride in Performance Sale Yankton, SD map
  4/4/2015 Shoal Creek Land & Cattle "The Gathering" Excelsior Springs, MO map
  4/4/2015 McDonald Farms' Annual Bull Sale Blacksburg, VA map
  4/4/2015 Bulls of the Bluegrass Mt. Sterling, KY map
  4/4/2015 Michigan Beef Expo East Lansing, MI map
  4/11/2015 Brant Farms Genetic Balance Sale Hinckley, MN map
  4/11/2015 Southeast All Black Classic Greenwood, FL map
  4/11/2015 Ludvigson Stock Farms Herdbuilder Bull Sale-Spring Edition Shepherd, MT map
  4/11/2015 Cattlemen's Choice Hartwell, GA map
  4/11/2015 New Day Bull Sale El Dorado Springs, Missouri map
  4/14/2015 Thomas Ranch's 43rd Annual Bull Sale Harrold, SD map
  4/16/2015 75th Indiana Beef Evaluation Program Bull Test Sale Springville, IN map
  4/18/2015 Owen Bros. Diamond & Spurs SimGenetic Sale Bois d Arc, MO map
  4/18/2015 Nelson Livestock Company Production Sale Baker, MT map
  4/18/2015 Virginia Simmental Association SimSensational Sale Harrisonburg, VA map
  4/24/2015 New York Bull and Heifer All Breeds Sale Seneca Falls, NY map
  4/25/2015 Heartland With Performance with Class Bull Sale Waverly, IA map
  4/25/2015 Sunset View Farms' Family Traditions Female Sale Auburn, KY map
  4/30/2015 Nelson Simmental/SimAngus Bull Sale Glasgow, MT map