Smith: Evolution Builds Cattle Suited to Perform

Modern technology has allowed producers to remove the guesswork and make confident breeding decisions for the betterment of the consumer. Today’s Simmental fits that framework.

Hybrid vigor and environmental adaptability, those are just two characteristics of the modern Simmental that keep demand on the rise. Clayton, North Carolina breeder Fred Smith has believed in the breed for decades and says it deserves its growing position in commercial herds…

“Simmental I think has made a lot of progress, and produces an animal that’s very attractive to the commercial producer. What we’ve found out is that SimAngus, by producing an animal that’s balanced, that it calves easy, grows, produces an outstanding carcass and has longevity, we can produce an animal that’s successful in all different slices of the meat business. SimAngus does that.”

Lasting power pays. An additional calf crop makes all the difference to the bottom line…

“Statistics will show that an F1 calf will, throughout her lifetime, produce one more extra calf. It also helps the commercial cattlemen in that they don’t have to raise as many replacement heifers, which is the Number One cost for our commercial cattlemen — to produce replacement heifers.”

Breeders like Smith do their part to ensure success for the home ranch and for their commercial customers…

“If we’re going to be sustainable, we’ve got to be profitable and the goal of the Simmental Association, the goal of seedstock producers primarily has to be to take care of our customers’ needs, and the way we take care of our customers’ needs is to produce a product that will help make them both sustainable and profitable.”

Smith’s admiration for the breed is just part of why he loves raising cattle…

“I feel like what we’re doing is producing an outstanding, healthy product to feed the world, our people. I think meat brings so many advantages. It brings the advantage of a food that, with minimum calories, produces a strength that not only young people but older people need – strength for body and mind. I think that the product that we produce is a very important and a product that the world needs.”

Learn more online at simmental.org .

Watch the video presentation at: https://youtu.be/WKyc63er7rs