Black Simmental

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Redgully
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Black Simmental

Postby Redgully » Mon Sep 24, 2018 2:19 am

I have a question to those with more knowledge than i. I am a red poll breeder and even though i love what the breed has to offer it is becoming frustrating that they are so hard to sell and there doesn't seem to be any demand for them anymore. So i am thinking of changing breeds and believe black Simmental may be have more to offer. I like the idea of black because Angus breeders seem to accept them for a good cross. I have always been a fan of Simmental. But my concern is the gene pool. How big is it and is there a good selection of family lines to breed from. Would there be a demand for bulls also as for a stud selling bulls is the cream. Being from Australia you don't see them around. My plan would be to use my cows and implant embryos to get started. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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wbvs58
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Re: Black Simmental

Postby wbvs58 » Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:18 am

Not a lot of Simmentals on the East coast here but I have noticed the sales that do occur are well patronised, good clearances and good averages. Certainly not the number in semen catalogues like Angus but there is usually a couple of pages of Simmental bulls after the Angus in my catalogues so not too bad.

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Re: Black Simmental

Postby Redgully » Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:10 am

Over here in the west there are not big numbers but they are around most shows. Not many black ones though. Very heavy boned cattle but nice muscling. Most of the semen i find on line is older bulls without many new bulls being added. Mind you if you search for red poll semen you will get a massive choice of about four bulls but once you get talking amongst the breeders there is around 50 bulls in private collection floating about. I'd be guessing the same with Simmental.
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