BOZEMAN, MT. Gateway Simmental Ranch, Lewistown, Montana, has been recognized with the prestigious 2007 World Simmental Fleckvieh Federation (WSFF) Golden Book Award.
Founded by the late Emmet Butcher and his wife, Darlene, Gateway Simmental is owned and operated by Darlene and her sons, Jim and Tom. Gateway Simmental has been a consistent, dynamic advocate of performance Simmental cattle for nearly four decades.
Gateway Simmental cattle are well regarded for their practical qualities and have been recognized for their adaptability, performing equally well on lush meadows, sloping foothills or rugged mountains. Known for being innovative Gateway in recent years has established “New Direction” – an international program designed to produce and ship embryos for use in the rapidly expanding Australian market.
The Butcher family has made significant contributions, not only as breeders of superior cattle, but as active beef industry participants, serving unselfishly in positions of leadership on the Boards of the American and Montana Simmental Associations and in other local, state and national beef cattle organizations.
The Golden Book Award, which is approved by the American Simmental Association Board of Trustees, is the most prestigious honor given by the Association. According to WSFF guidelines, no more than three Golden Book Awards may be given per year. Since 1982 when the award was initiated, just 45 individuals and/or operations have been so honored.
Presentation of the 2007 recipients was made at the Chairman's Reception during ASA Annual Meeting and Convention, January 14, in Denver.
The American Simmental Association is headquartered in Bozeman, Montana, and maintains the breed registries for the Simmental and Simbrah breeds of cattle. ASA has an active adult and junior membership of nearly 8,000.