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Simmental and Bison Genomes Released

May 01, 2021 Industry News ASA
The first reference-quality genome assemblies for the iconic North American Yellowstone bison and the Simmental cattle breed have been published in the Journal of Heredity. Animal genome assemblies provide genetic “blueprints” for how they develop and pass on…

Six Elected to Board of Trustees

Six newcomers have won election to the ASA Board of Trustees: Brandon Callis, Minco, Oklahoma; Tim Clark, Turtle Lake, North Dakota; Chad Cook, Walsh, Colorado; Victor Guerra, Linn, Texas; Chris Ivie, Summertown, Tennessee; and Doug Parke, Paris, Kentucky.

Brandon Callis, Minco, OK

Brandon Callis, with his wife, Kelly, and their children, owns and operates BKC Livestock, a small herd of SimGenetics cows. Callis markets a handful of bulls to area commercial customers while focusing on raising cattle that their children and other juniors can exhibit across the nation. Cattle are sold by private-treaty and a recently added online marketing forum. Callis has been involved with a number of AJSA Classics and a variety of other youth events. He is a member of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association. Callis graduated from Texas A&M in 2005 and was a member of their 2004 National Champion Livestock Judging Team. He went on to attain his Masters in animal breeding and genetics from Kansas State. Callis has judged cattle in 30 states, Canada, and the International Simmental Show in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has mentored and taught more than 150 students as a professor and livestock judging coach over the past 15 years. 

 

 


Tim Clark, Turtle Lake, ND

Tim Clark and his wife, Tam, own and operate Double T Simmentals. Clark became an ASA member in 1978 and has been involved with the breed for 42 years. His experience with the breed began when he used Simmental bulls on Hereford cows, and their program has evolved from there. Today, Double T maintains a herd of 200 SimGenetics females. Bulls and some females are marketed through an annual sale, offering both black and red Simmental genetics. Most of their bulls go into local herds, and the Clarks focus on making certain a balanced variety of genetics are available to fit each commercial producer’s needs. Clark has served the North Dakota Simmental Association in a wide variety of capacities over the years, including as president, as a board member, on the sales committee, as an advisor for the junior program, and is involved in a number of local agricultural organizations. Off the farm, he works for Hubbard Feeds/Alltech as a regional sales manager. 

 

 


Chad Cook, Walsh, CO

Chad Cook owns and operates Bridle Bit Simmentals alongside his family. At the age of 10, Cook purchased his first Simmental heifer at the National Western Stock Show and has been involved with the breed ever since. He graduated from Aims Community College with a degree in production agriculture, and subsequently returned to the family ranch. The Cook family, member number 4086, has been in the business for generations, and currently markets around 90 Simmental and SimAngus black and red bulls each year at their All-Terrain Bull Sale in March. Data collection is at the core of the Bridle Bit business, and the operation has received perfect Performance Advocate scores on several occasions. Cook was involved with the AJSA growing up, has served on the Colorado Simmental Association Board of Directors for nine years, and has served as an advisor for Colorado junior activities. 

 

 


Victor Guerra, Linn, TX

In conjunction with his parents and siblings, Victor Guerra owns and operates La Muneca Cattle Company. They run 100 Simmental and Simbrah cows, and market genetics in their LMC GenePlus Online Sale through Cattle in Motion, and several other sales. Support of youth is important to the Guerra family, annually sponsoring the Simmental-Simbrah Superbowl which they co-founded, and conducting their own Field Day and Futurity for 32 years. They also hold an annual online sale around Thanksgiving where all proceeds go to various worthy causes, including breed youth events. He is a strong advocate of Simmental and Simbrah genetics, participating in numerous activities including annual performance bull gain tests in Texas. He currently serves the Hidalgo County Farm Bureau as chairman of the scholarship committee. Guerra also serves the Texas FFA Foundation Board of Directors and the Lone Star National Bank Advisory Board. Yearly, the Guerra family hosts a community fundraiser, where 600 people attend to raise money for the community. Guerra holds a J.D. from Saint Mary’s School of law. 

 

 


Chris Ivie, Summertown, TN

With his wife, Tammy, and family, Chris Ivie, owns and operates Ivie and Sons Simmentals. Ivie has been involved with Simmental for more than 30 years, running 70 head of SimGenetics females, while marketing 15 bulls annually to area commercial producers. Ivie and Sons also produce hay for feed and market. In addition to private-treaty sales, genetics are marketed through national and regional events and sales, and the Ivie family exhibits cattle across the country. Ivie has served as a board member of the Tennessee Simmental Association twice over the past 20 years including a year as president when the TSA hosted the 2016 AJSA Eastern Regional Classic. He is an active member of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association, his county association, and is a certified Tennessee Master Beef Producer. Ivie volunteers throughout his community in a number of ways. In addition to his cattle, Ivie is the owner of Ivie Automotive Consulting, an engineering consulting company. 

 

 


Doug Parke, Paris, KY

Doug Parke has been involved with the Simmental breed for 40 years. With his wife, Debbie, they own and operate DP Sales and Management, Parke Livestock Enterprises, and DP Online Sales, and have been involved with hundreds of SimGenetics sales. Parke was involved with the Tennessee Simmental Association, serving as a board member and president, before moving home, where he has served on the Kentucky Simmental Association board. He has served the Simmental Breeders Sweepstakes as a board member, attended Fall Focus events, ASA Annual Meetings, and numerous AJSA National and Regional Classics. With their daughter, Holli, the Parkes have raised SimGenetics animals and marketed progeny through various sales. Parke has owned percentages in sires like Dream On, In Dew Time, and Duracell. Parke is also active in the Kentucky Cattlemen's Association, Farm Bureau, and volunteers for and sponsors 4-H, FFA, and his community. In 2020 Doug was awarded entry into the Golden Book of the World Simmental Fleckvieh Federation.

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