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November 28, 2020 Industry News ASA
By Chip Kemp | Soon you’ll be on calving watch and you’ll pass some time searching the Amazon app on your phone for the best throw lever out there for the new high-powered scope you got for Christmas. When doing so, will you concern yourself with the tensile…

Are You Investment Worthy?

November 20, 2020 Industry News ASA
By Chip Kemp | Many of us vested in the seedstock business know that our involvement stems from a pivotal decision somewhere along the way by either ourselves, ancestors, or an influential mentor. That decision to generate and sell seedstock was often driven…

The HOLSim Bull List September 2020

In April 2019, the American Simmental Association (ASA) and Holstein Association USA (HAUSA) announced the formation of the HOLSimTM branded beef program that identifies elite SimAngusTM bulls with specific production attributes as mating solutions for dairy producers who breed some of their herd to beef.

The program's objective is: to provide additional revenue to dairy producers through the production of value-added terminal calves; to offer new marketing avenues for progressive beef seedstock operations; and to offer a consistent supply of high-quality calves better situated to capture market premiums; and to deliver mating solutions for dairy farmers who breed some of their herd to beef.

The HOLSimTM Index uses the IGS Feeder Profit CalculatorTM (FPC), the industry leader in feeder cattle evaluation, as the foundation for this effort.

The results from the FPC are then adjusted for the unique economic situations relevant to Holstein cattle, namely, the need for added calving ease, muscle conformation, grading ability and sensitivity to carcass length.

Qualifying for the HOLSimTM Bull List is not easy, and bulls that do represent an elite group of beef genetics. Bulls on the HOLSimTM Bull List are above average for calving ease, and carcass traits (particularly marbling and ribeye area), with moderate levels of growth to address the carcass length concerns associated with Holsteins. These bulls are most complimentary to a Holstein female when producing a terminal calf.

Read more here on Holstein USA website.

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