Ranching in the High Country
A highly diversified Colorado breeder focuses on beef production under challenging environmental conditions
T-Heart Ranch, located high in the rugged mountain terrain of south-central Colorado near the small town of Center, didn't even exist 20 years ago. Today, owners Shane and Beth Temple, run a cowherd of 2,000 head, market 100-125 bulls and sell 500-600 bred commercial replacement heifers annually. Along the way, the Temples have become a primary source for high altitude seed stock, carving out a market with those breeders who need genetics that can tolerate deadly brisket disease, often associated with grazing up to timberline at 11,000 feet or higher.
|I would like to begin my final viewpoint article for the American Simmental Association with a big “Thank You” to the ASA staff and my fellow Trustees. It has been both an honor and a privilege to serve with and among you for the past six years. I have made many friends that will last a lifetime and learned much. As an ASA member, I know without a doubt that we are on the right course to achieve great things in the cattle business. Over the past ten years our breed’s market share has increased a whopping 10% from 7% in 2004 to 17% in 2014. This is because our breed is doing the right things to make it relevant and valued by the beef industry. Through our tireless promotion of crossbreeding and the benefits of heterosis, we have carved ourselves a place in the US beef industry. This has been accomplished, even though our #1 competitor in the seedstock industry has been preaching straight breeding as the thing to do. Now that we are on the right track, let’s not back off on the accelerator, but continue driving forward to an even bigger share of the US beef bull market.
Another bright spot on our horizon is the ASA’s multi-breed genetic evaluation. The wheels have been put into motion to build an even better system that will take us into the future as an industry leader. With the new genetic evaluation system in place, the sky will be the limit as far as incorporating new DNA marker data with phenotypic data. It would not surprise me one bit, when all the work is done, that the ASA could be the worldwide beef seedstock industry’s equivalent to what Apple Computers were to the personal computer industry in the 1980’s. Hold onto your hats ASA members, because the best is yet to come!
I close this Viewpoint with this challenge to ASA’s membership,staff and Trustees: Keep on doing what you are doing. It is working! We are creating a product that is being sought after by our customers. The sky is the limit to what our breed can achieve in the world beef industry.
Thank you, for allowing me to serve as an ASA Trustee and to be a part of one of the greatest cattle breed organizations in the world.
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Last December, Dr. Lauren Hyde presented ASA's experience with blending genomic data into our genetic predictions at BIF's 10th Genetic Prediction Workshop in Kansas City. Dr. Hyde discussed the history of GE-EPDs within the ASA, the discovery of a problem with GE-EPD methodology that artificially made animals with good EPDs look even better and animals with bad EPDs look even worse, and the steps ASA and the National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium have taken to address the problem.
| Check out our new ASA Science Forum.
Join Drs. Lauren Hyde and Jackie Atkins in discussions about the latest topics. They welcome your questions.
We started an ASA Forum that is science based with communication boards on Genetic Conditions, Genetic Evaluation, and DNA Testing. Dr. Lauren Hyde and I are moderating the forum and we would love to hear your input. You can find the forum by going to our homepage www.simmental.org and clicking on the ASA Forum button (between the Membership Directory and the Sire Source). Once on the forum, you can read through the posts for information on topics provided. You can also login and post replies to any of the subjects. It is the sincere hope of the ASA that our members will use this forum not only to educate themselves but to post their own questions or comments. We want to hear what you think about these topics and which areas you would like more information about. If you have questions about a topic that is not yet posted, send me an email jatkins@simmgene. com and I will do my best to address this issue on the forum.
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Breeding for Profit ~ A Producer's Guide: This newest ASA brochure addresses what animal breeders and industry professionals have long understood ~ that crossbreeding is the number one component affecting profitability in any genetic program. Hybrid vigor has the largest impact on economically important traits within a cowherd like fertility, longevity and overall cowherd efficiency. Although the beef industry as a whole has been slow to adopt this science, many have realized outstanding profit through the use of structured crossbreeding programs. This brochure will be used at trade shows, state association event, educational events as well as for individual distribution.
The Flipbook version is on the website, we hope you will enjoy it ~ click here.
Asociacion Simmental - Simbrah, the Simmental Association in Colombia, extends an invitation to all Simmental enthusiasts to the World Simmental Fleckvieh Federation World Congress 2014 being held in Colombia this year from July 18-24th.
For full details on the Congress, schedule and fees, please visit the http://www.worldsimmentalcongress2014.com
Asosimmental ~ Simbrah, has designed a schedule that will allow participants to know a part of the Colombian culture, visiting the capital city (Bogotá), where they will have the opportunity to participate in the National Fair Simmental Simbrah, with the exhibition and judgment of more than 500 animals, tourist places like Monserrate, la Candelaria and the gold Museum. Also, tours of a religious monument built by miners in the area known as the Cathedral of Salt and three farms specialized in the production of Simmental breed genetics.!! In Cartagena de Indias, the participants will tour the walled city, they will join in the development of union meetings and presentations of the breed, then, they will shift to the savannas of Bolivar to a farm specialized in the production of genetic crossing between Simmental with the Gyr breed, in addition enjoying moments of folklore amenities with the Congress attendees and Colombian farmers.