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TAS Country : March 17th 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011 Tasmanian Country 25 END GAME: Eleven-month-old crossbred Simmental steers in a feedlot. Simmentals bred in the colour of money SIMANGUS bulls have become an integral part of Slopes Simmentals. ''These bulls have become very popular with commercial breeders for the benefits they pass on to their progeny,'' says Mick Frankcombe. ''To make the most money from your cows its great to be able to stack up all the sort after things in your calves that will give you maximum profit. ''Black cattle are very easy to sell and if you can add extra kilos plus good muscling and body shape it adds up to more money from your cows. ''At Slopes Simmentals we like to be thought of as breeders of Simmental genetics. ''We have traditional Simmentals, red and black Simmentals and Siman- gus and try to have bulls available to match different breeds of cows and types. ''This year we will be offering, in conjunction with Roland Black Sim- mentals, five Simmental and Siman- gus bulls for sale. ''These bulls are polled and consist of four black bulls and one red. ''They are by the AI Sires Daume Legend, Green Light Go, In Dew Time and Gold Mine. Inspection before sale is very wel- come.'' The Frankcombes have been breed- ing Simmental genetic cattle for 26 years, initially having the traditional type cattle. ''Our objectives for now and for the future is breeding bulls that are polled, have a quite temperament and a balance of high growth, good body shape, calving ease and no colour dilution gene. ''We are anxiously waiting for this year's crop of calves. ''Due to an extensive AI program they will be by a selection of top black and red Simmental bulls. ''We also have mated a number of Simmental and Simangus cows to the AI Angus Sire Hidden Valley Lookout Z7 (Oldjock). ''The majority of our Angus base cows will be calving to a home bred black Simmental bull by Daume Legend hoping for milky Simangus heifers to retain. ''The better prices for all types of cattle at the moment will hopefully see Tas- mania's cow herd increase and over the coming years we will be increasing the number of bulls that we have for sale. genetics out of Africa vealers to Hardwick's Kyneton Abbattoir, Vic- toria in May 2010. The vealers had an av- erage weight of 391kg, were nine to 10 months old and were raised un- der normal paddock con- ditions. Mountain Air Sim- mentals will offer a bull for sale later in the year. Growers seek benefits of crossbreeding SIMMENTALS are continuing to increase in popularity, as astute cattle breeders seek to capitalise on the increasing demand for high yielding, top quality, weight-for- age beef and other advantages the breed can contribute in a cross- breeding program. Many cattle breeders have recognised the significant im- provements made in the breed during the past decade in moder- ate growth and calving ease. After years of advanced genetic evaluation, a commitment to breed development and consistent breed improvement, Simmental are poised to fill the position as the most logical and profitable choice for European genetics. No other bull option offers the combination of growth, carcase value, calving ease, maternal and efficiency traits that Simmental does. Today's Simmentals and their crosses produce earlier finishing calves, with all the weight-for-age, muscling and carcase yield attri- butes the breed has been favoured for over many years. Simbeef and SimAngus cattle contain varying levels of Simmen- tal and Angus or Simmental and British breed content. These cattle are proving popular in capitalising on the best traits from the combination of breeds while offering a range of con- venience traits (calving ease, pol- ledness, early maturity and solid colour). It is well documented that hy- brid vigour, particularly using European/British cross delivers a 10 to 15 per cent increase in weaning weight as well as assist- ing carcase quality and yield. The Simmental cross cow also has an enormous amount to offer the industry. Positive maternal influences re- sulting from hybrid vigour results in 25 per cent more lifetime production and on average, 1.5 years greater longevity per com- mercial female than their pureb- red counterparts. The early weight gain advantage of Simmental and Simmental cross (Simbeef) was again evident at the annual wean- er sales in 2010, with Simbeef weaners again topping many of these sales. Woolworths and Coles super- markets were strong buyers of Simbeef weaners as were lotfeeders and steer back- grounders, based on their previous experiences of the superior per- formance of these cattle. A highlight in 2010 was pro- duced by the team of three pureb- red Simmental steers winning the prestigious Melbourne Royal Show ''Borthwick Trophy''. Simmental Australia was also invited to present the annual Melbourne Royal Show charity steer, which this year honoured the beyondblue charity, the natio- nal depression initiative. The heavyweight Simmental steer made a staggering record price of $11,000. This was purchased by Coles Supermarket, hot on the heels of the company's announcement that it would only be sourcing product free of hormonal growth promo- tants (HGPs). These outstanding results were achieved with purebred steers so just think what can be achieved when commercial producers utilise Simmental in their crossbreeding programs. While a favourite of many lotfeeders over the years, this season has seen a conscious effort by more lotfeeders to secure Sim- mental cross weaners in order to ensue they achieve required growth and carcase specifications while having the option to maintaining HGP free status being demanded by many processors. Simmental infused, Simbeef cat- tle have demonstrated what is achievable without HGPs. To assist in meeting today's market demands, producers should look no further than Simmental to assist in driving their bottom line. operation proves stud cattle value GRASS FED: Damelee aims to breed easy doing, early maturing well- muscled cattle. DAMELEE Simmentals was estab- lished in 2007 by Damian and Hayley Bennett with the purchase of two cow- calf units from Victoria, with the aim of breeding some bulls to use over a crossbred commercial herd. In 2009 the Bennetts purchased a heifer, Woonalee Penny, from the Woonalee elite production sale in South Australia and also purchased four cow-calf units and two PTIC heifers at the dispersal sale of Corinda downs beef at Mt Gambier. ''All of our cattle are run in a totally grass fed operation and must produce a calf every year that can be turned off as a vealer or fattened and finished at 12 months of age. ''We aim to breed easy doing, early maturing well-muscled cattle. ''Temperament is also very import- ant to us. We find that the Simmental cows and Simmental cross cows have so much more milk and better fertility than some of the other breeds. ''It's not unusual to have multiple sets of twins born every year -- our record has been eight sets of twins out of 20 cows. ''All heifers calve as two-year-olds with one heifer last year turning off a steer vealer that weighed 464kg at 10 months of age. ''It's great to see our commercial herd performing well and meeting the bench- marks that we set for ourselves. ''In 2010 Damelee Simmentals ven- tured into the show ring for the first time and we have a newfound appreci- ation for what goes into preparing cattle for the shows and the time it involves. ''Our cattle have performed well, winning all major awards in their class. ''The standout heifer in our stud is Corinda downs Entree who has only been to five shows but has won two supreme beef exhibits and three inter- breed heifer awards. ''Private bull sales have been very good the last 12 months. ''We will have a 24-month-old pureb- red traditional bull to offer at the Agfest bull sale which is very well muscled and extremely docile.'' Mountain Air Simmentals Ph (03) 6491 1773 "Mountain Air Fair Dinkum" 10 months 2014960-110318 2025479-110318 Slopes Simmentals Mick and Kaye Frankcombe Ph/Fx: 03 6491 1611 M: 0438 121 868 E: email@example.com Roland Black Simmentals Scott and Anita Frankcombe M: 0408 129 779 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Simmental, Black Simmental & Simangus Bulls for Sale at AGFEST DAMELEE SIMMENTALS POWER PERFORMANCE and PROFITABILITY D.Hingston & H.Bennett PH 0364254774 www.dameleesimmentals.com.au email@example.com CORINDADOWNS ENTREE Supreme beef exhibit Burnie show 2010 Supreme beef Exhibit Ulverstone show 2010 Interbreed junior champion Female Devonport show 2010 DAMELEE ELLAY E002 Grand champion Beef bull circular head show 2010 Reserve Junior champion Bull Ulverstone show 2010 2002428-110318
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