Our Vision

Our Vision

The American Simmental Association believes the best way to serve its members, its members’ customers and the beef industry is through continual improvement and use of genetic and associated technologies.   As such, the Association will continue to be a worldwide leader in the development and integration of these technologies for the beef industry.  The Association will initiate and foster relationships with like-minded entities to enhance our ability to achieve this objective.  The Association will be widely recognized as having an unyielding commitment to scientific principles and as a hub for the industry's most progressive seed stock producers  –  an organization that is extremely cooperative with all facets of the industry and devoted to the success of its members and its members' customers.
Our Mission

Our Mission

  The success of the American Simmental Association is dependent on the success of our members.   In turn, our members’ success is dependent on their cattle making an important and significant contribution to the beef industry.  The highest priority is to maintain and nurture services and products, which bring value to ASA members’ customers.
Our Mission

Our Mission

  The success of the American Simmental Association is dependent on the success of our members.   In turn, our members’ success is dependent on their cattle making an important and significant contribution to the beef industry.  The highest priority is to maintain and nurture services and products, which bring value to ASA members’ customers.
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Picture left to right:  Bradley Gibbs, Leoma Wells, ASA staff, and Gordon Hodges.  

Bradley Gibbs of Gibbs Farms, Ranburne, Alabama, stopped by to see the new ASA headquarters for the first time. Gordon Hodges, ASA Trustee, accompanied him. The two were passing through after a week attending bull sales from Minnesota to Montana.

 

 

 

Pictured left to right:  Shane, Beth, and Coy Temple from T-Heart Ranch along with ranch hand, Jimmy Stewart, and family friend, Kellen Wilson, of Hulett, Wyoming.

T-Heart Ranch, located just outside Center, CO, is known for producing genetics that resist the deadly brisket disease, often associated with grazing cattle up to timberline at 11,000 feet of higher. Recently, in conjunction with NWSS, the Colorado Simmental Association recognized the T-Heart Ranch as the 2016 Breeder of the Year.

Industry News

  • Minnesota Cattlemen's Association Recognizes Wulf Cattle     |    Wulf Cattle of Morris, MN was awarded the National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Cow/Calf Award by the National Beef Quality Assurance Program during the 2017 National Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, TN.  The National Beef Quality Assurance Cow/Calf Award recognizes an outstanding beef farmer or farm family that best demonstrates animal care and handling principles as part of the day-to-day activities on their respective farm, as well as a strong desire to continually improve BQA on their farm while encouraging others to implement this farmer education program. “Ensuring beef safety and quality is the primary goal of the BQA program. Wulf Cattle embraces all aspects of BQA and takes their employee trainings far beyond the simple certification by creating and implementing a
  • Moser Ranch    |     Wheaton, Kansas     |     By Audrey Hambright Harry and Lisa Moser of Moser Ranch near Wheaton, Kansas, have made an excellent team. From performing all aspects of physical labor around the ranch, to making management and business decisions, their approach has helped create a thriving, family-run operation. Harry, born and raised in North Dakota, was attending a Block & Bridle Conference in Fargo as an animal science student from North Dakota State University, where he met Lisa, an animal science student from Kansas State University. Both were raised on diversified agriculture operations engraining in each of them a love for beef cattle, leading them to pursue common educational endeavors and eventually getting married in 1982. The Moser’s started their journey together working on Harry’s father’s
  • Janelle Atyeo, Tri-State Neighbor Reporter       |      Photo by Janelle Atyeo    |     The barn on the Eichacker farm near Salem, S.D., gets plenty of use. This time of year, it’s a cozy place for newborn Simmental and red Angus calves, but it also has served as a space for family gatherings and community fundraisers. Just before the new year began, it hosted a wedding rehearsal dinner for Steve and Cathy Eichacker’s son. Standing beside a 3-day-old calf in its pen, Steve Eichacker recalled with a laugh the family Christmas when Grandpa fell asleep in the recliner under the powerful heater in the barn, proof that the barn long has been a comfortable place for more than just calves. It often is transformed into a
  • By Greg Henderson    |    February 13, 2017        | Photo shared from cattlenetwork.com                            Improved genetics, management and attention to detail, some of which began a generation ago, are paying dividends for America’s cattlemen. Those changes give today’s consumer more beef products they desire, and reward stakeholders in every industry segment. Advancements in genetics and management are most evident in the significant improvement to the quality grades of cattle offered for harvest. Last month USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) reported the percentage of cattle grading Prime and Choice for the week ending Jan. 7, was a whisker shy of 79%. That’s the highest percent Choice and Prime ever. Additionally, the Choice-Select spread is consistently
  • The Problem:   Imagine you had to find bulls for your operation but you didn’t know any breeders, nobody used EPDs, or even shared actual data. It’s obvious to anyone interested in building quality cattle and maximizing profit this would be a major blow to the bottom line. Yet, this is how the feeder calf business exists today. Frequently, when purchasing quality feeder calves, we can receive crucial information regarding environmental factors such as management and health protocols, weights, etc. However, when it comes to genetic awareness, color and polled status are often asked to substitute for true knowledge. A common scenario, and at times the best-case scenario, is that the calf buyer has a previous relationship with the seller and has owned and experienced the performance of the seller’s calves before. In more rare cases, we may have some information on the seller’s bull purchases.

              

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What I Learned From Pigs: Marty Ropp
Improving Profit Via Genetics: Dr. Wade Shafer
From Phenotypes to EPDs The Genetic Model
ASA Publication IGS Cattlemen's Seminar at BIF 2016 : Bruce Golden

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  • Belief in His Breed

    TREG Feb 17, 2017 | 09:12 am

    Belief in His Breed South Dakota Simmental producer begins role on board of national group. By: Janelle Atyeo, Tri-State Neighbor The barn on the Eichacker farm near Salem, S.D., gets plenty of use. This time of year, it’s a cozy place for newborn Simmental and[…]

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  • Parker Cattle Company: Success in the Details

    TREG Jan 11, 2017 | 09:18 am

    Parker Cattle Company: Success in the Details By Lilly Brogger A family-run Colorado Simmental operation achieves quick progress through carefully made genetic decisions and a focus on quality over quantity. Seven years typically isn’t enough time to build a respected seedstock operation. It takes 18 months to[…]

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Science Blog

  • Multi-breed Stayability EPDs: Here’s what you need to know

    Feb 2, 2017 | 14:30 pm

    Multi-breed Stayability EPDs: Here’s what you need to know 1.) Multi-breed stayability: The new stayability EPD is calculated for all cattle in the database (not just for purebred and fullblood Simmental).  As stayability is a very important economically relevant trait for female production, the ability to have stayability calculations[…]

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  • ASA releases the first evaluation with BOLT and Single Step genomic enhanced EPDs!

    Dec 28, 2016 | 12:06 pm

    ASA releases the first evaluation with BOLT and Single Step genomic enhanced EPDs! The Spring 2017 EPDs were released on 12/22/16 including a Multi-breed Stayability prediction using BOLT and single step genomic evalution (evaluating the genomics, pedigree, and phenotype information in one process rather than blending in the genomics later).  This marks the[…]

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  • Montana State University Steer-A-Yeer Program

    Oct 24, 2016 | 15:51 pm

    Montana State University Steer-A-Yeer Program BOZEMAN — Montana State University’s College of Agriculture is seeking donations of steers for its Steer-A-Year program, which allows students to continue their hands-on learning of the beef industry. Donated steers provide students with applied learning experiences in courses such[…]

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Resource Links

Upcoming Sales

22 Feb 2017
C Diamond Simmentals' Production Sale
Dawson, ND
catalog
22 Feb 2017
Little Bitterroot Ranch's Private Treaty Online Sale
Hot Springs, MT
website
23 Feb 2017
Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale
Springfield, IL
23 Feb 2017
Little Bitterroot Ranch's Private Treaty Online Sale
Hot Springs, MT
website
23 Feb 2017
Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic Simmental Sale
Kearney, NE
website
24 Feb 2017
Little Bitterroot Ranch's Private Treaty Online Sale
Hot Springs, MT
website
25 Feb 2017
Advanced Beef Genetics' Bull Sale
Anita, IA
website
25 Feb 2017
Hofmann Simmental Farms' "Buy Your Way" Bull Sale
Clay Center, KS
website
25 Feb 2017
Little Bitterroot Ranch's Private Treaty Online Sale
Hot Springs, MT
website
25 Feb 2017
Lyman Livestock Bull Sale
Salina, UT
website
25 Feb 2017
Mid-America Simmental Sale
Springfield, IL
website
25 Feb 2017
Minnesota State Simmental Sale
Rochester , MN
website
26 Feb 2017
Hofmann Simmental Farms' "Buy Your Way" Bull Sale
Clay Center, KS
website
26 Feb 2017
Southwest Simmental Group's Spring Production Sale
Dunlap, IA
website
27 Feb 2017
Hofmann Simmental Farms' "Buy Your Way" Bull Sale
Clay Center, KS
website
28 Feb 2017
Barker Cattle Company's Production Sale
Burley, ID
website
28 Feb 2017
Hill's Ranch Production Sale
Stanford, MT
website
28 Feb 2017
Hofmann Simmental Farms' "Buy Your Way" Bull Sale
Clay Center, KS
website
28 Feb 2017
Larson XL Simmental's 39th Annual Bull Sale
Mandan, ND
website
01 Mar 2017
Hofmann Simmental Farms' "Buy Your Way" Bull Sale
Clay Center, KS
website
01 Mar 2017
Janssen Farms "JF Scalebuster" Bull Sale
Dunlap, IA
catalog
02 Mar 2017
Brink Simmentals' Private Treaty Bull Sale
Elkader, IA
website
02 Mar 2017
Ed Kaehler Family Annual Bull Sale
Mobridge, SD
website
02 Mar 2017
Hofmann Simmental Farms' "Buy Your Way" Bull Sale
Clay Center, KS
website
02 Mar 2017
JMB Angus/Rains Simmental's Bull Sale
Sharon Springs, KS
website
03 Mar 2017
Diamond Bar S Bull Sale
Great Falls, MT
03 Mar 2017
Eichacker Simmentals' Annual Bull Sale
Salem, SD
website
03 Mar 2017
Hofmann Simmental Farms' "Buy Your Way" Bull Sale
Clay Center, KS
website
04 Mar 2017
Hofmann Simmental Farms' "Buy Your Way" Bull Sale
Clay Center, KS
website
04 Mar 2017
Kentucky Beef Expo Simmental Sale
Louisville, KY
catalog
04 Mar 2017
RS&T Simmentals, LLC Bull Sale
Savannah, MO
website
04 Mar 2017
Trinity Farms' Generations of Excellence Sale
Ellensburg, WA
website
04 Mar 2017
Walsh Simmental Bull Sale
Hubbard, NE
catalog
05 Mar 2017
Gateway Genetics Versatility+ Bull Sale
Pierce, NE
website
05 Mar 2017
Gold Bullion Group's 15th Annual Bull Sale
Wamego, KS
website
06 Mar 2017
Hudson Pines Farm Online Embryo Sale, Round IV

website
07 Mar 2017
Doll Simmental Ranch 37th Annual Production Sale
Mandan, ND
website
07 Mar 2017
Houston International Simmental/Simbrah Sale
Houston, TX
07 Mar 2017
Hudson Pines Farm Online Embryo Sale, Round IV

website
07 Mar 2017
Open 8 Genetics' 2nd Annual Bull Sale
Charlo, MT
website
07 Mar 2017
The Event Online Bull Sale

website
08 Mar 2017
2nd Annual R.A. Brown Ranch's Spring Bull Sale
Putnam, OK
website
08 Mar 2017
Lechleiter 29th Annual Bull Sale
Loma, CO
catalog
09 Mar 2017
Schmig Simmental Ranch 34th Annual Production Ranch
Stockholm, SD
website
10 Mar 2017
Dikeman and Huninghake Premium Genetics Bull Sale
Wamego, KS
website
11 Mar 2017
Best of the Test Sale
Navasota, TX
website
11 Mar 2017
Carcass Performance Partners 15th Annual Bull Sale
Lucedale, MS
website
11 Mar 2017
Gonsior Simmental Production Sale
Fullerton, NE
catalog
11 Mar 2017
Great Lakes Beef Connection Bull Sale
Clare, MI
catalog
11 Mar 2017
Tennessee Beef Agribition
Lebanon, TN
website
13 Mar 2017
Keller Broken Heart Ranch Annual Production Sale
Mandan, ND
website
14 Mar 2017
Lee Simmental Farms' Online Bull Sale

website
15 Mar 2017
Eagle Pass Ranch's Spring Bull Sale
Highmore, SD
website
16 Mar 2017
Parker Cattle Co.'s Spring Bull Sale
Burlington, CO
17 Mar 2017
3C Christensen Ranch and NLC Simmental Ranch Annual Production Sale
Wessington, SD
catalog
17 Mar 2017
Gengenbach Cattle Co.'s 8th Annual Production Sale
Imperial, NE
website
17 Mar 2017
Sunflower Genetics' Annual Sale
Maple Hill, KS
website
18 Mar 2017
Altenburg Super Baldy Ranch's 25th Anniversary Annual Bull and Heifer Sale
Fort Collins, CO
website
18 Mar 2017
Ohio Beef Expo/Eastern Spring Classic Sale
Columbus, OH
website
18 Mar 2017
Red Hill Farms' "More Than a Bull XII", Bull and Female Sale
Lafayette, TN
website
18 Mar 2017
Rockin H Simmentals' Annual Production Sale
Canby, MN
website
20 Mar 2017
Bridle Bit Simmentals 3rd Annual All Terrain Bull Sale
Walsh, CO
website
20 Mar 2017
Fort Hays University's Round-Up
Hays, KS
website
21 Mar 2017
Open Gate Ranch Sale
Simms, MT
website
21 Mar 2017
Schrader Ranch's 15th Annual Bull Sale
Wells, KS
website
21 Mar 2017
Silver Towne Farms' Online Sale

website
22 Mar 2017
Kansas Bull Test Sale
Beloit, KS
website
24 Mar 2017
Drake Cattle Co. Simmental Bull Sale
Centerville, IA
website
24 Mar 2017
Spring into Excellence Simmental Sale
Pennsylvania Furnace, PA
catalog
25 Mar 2017
Campbell Simmental's Bull Sale
Ignacio, CO
25 Mar 2017
Dickinson Simmental and Angus Ranch 43rd Annual Production Sale
Gorham, KS
website
25 Mar 2017
Harriman Santa Fe Top of the Breed Bull and Heifer Sale
Windsor, MO
website
25 Mar 2017
T Heart Ranch High Altitude Bull Sale
La Garita, CO
website
25 Mar 2017
Tingle Farms' Pave the Way, Spring Vol. 1 Sale
New Castle, KY
website
25 Mar 2017
Vertical Edge Genetics "Bulls In Bancroft" Production Sale
Bancroft, ID
website
25 Mar 2017
Wildberry Farms Bull and Bred Heifer Sale
Hanover, IL
website
26 Mar 2017
Wisconsin Simmental Association's Spring Spectacular Sale
Lancaster, WI
website
28 Mar 2017
Kearns Cattle Co. 25th Annual Best of Both Worlds Bull Sale
Rushville, NE
website
29 Mar 2017
Diamond H Ranch's Annual Production Sale
LaCrosse, KS
website
31 Mar 2017
Southeast Elite Female Sale
Perry, GA
website
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