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  • Title: Simmental NZ :: Home
    Descriptive info: .. Home.. News.. Why use a Simmental?.. Cross Breeding.. Beef Genetics.. History.. Find a Breeder.. Council Contacts.. Members Database.. Breeder Profiles.. About Us.. EBV's Explained.. Newsletters.. Sales.. Sale Catalogues.. Semen Sales.. Beef Class Explained.. Member Services.. Performance Recording Protocols.. Rules.. Regulations.. Forms.. Useful Links.. Internet Solutions.. Animal Enquiries.. EBV Enquiries.. Member Enquiries.. Australian Simmental.. Member Login.. Simmental Cattle Breeders Society of New Zealand (Inc.. ).. 75 South Street, Feilding, New Zealand.. Phone: 64 6 323 4484 | Fax: 64 6 323 3878.. Email:.. simmentalnz@pbbnz.. com.. Website designed and maintained by.. Pivot Design..

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  • Title: Simmental NZ :: Latest News
    Descriptive info: Latest Simmental News.. IDESIA SIMMENTALS HAVE HAD ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL BULL SALE SEASON.. 13th Jun, 2014 9:21am.. Our annual sale held at Kaikohe had an excellent result with all 9 bulls sold, with an average of $4055.. Lot 3 (pictured) sold to Kerrah Simmentals for $7000 and Lot 1 going to Glen Anthony Simmentals for $5500.. We also had 3 new commercial buyers and many return clients as well.. read more.. OTAGO SIMMENTAL SALE RESULTS.. 10th Jun, 2014 1:24pm.. The latest sale results from Simmental breeders in Otago.. SIMMENTAL DOMINATE EUROPEAN SECTION AT STEAK OF ORIGIN FINALS.. 20th May, 2014 10:55am.. Congratulations to Malcolm and Ngaire Entwistle (Hampton Downs Simmentals), The Knauf Family (Kerrah  ...   programmes and it is great to see the evidence of this hard work paying dividends.. Photo Update:.. 20/05/2014.. STORTFORD EXOTIC WEANER STEER FAIR.. 5th Apr, 2013 6:49am.. Results from this years Stortford Exotic Weaner Steer Fair - 5th March 2013.. Click here to view.. SIMMENTAL IN HOT DEMAND AT FAR NORTH WEANER FAIRS.. 11th Oct, 2012 9:26am.. Simmentals have been selling well at the annual weaner fairs in the far north.. SIMMENTALS MAKE TOP PRICE AT TAUPO.. 11th Oct, 2012 10:06am.. On Monday 5th March 2012 at the Taupo Weaner Fair, Simmental and Simmental cross steers from Waitangi Farms (Taumarunui) were auctioned.. Simmental NZ Important Dates and Bull Sales.. [.. Back to top.. ]..

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  • Title: Simmental NZ :: Why use a Simmental?
    Descriptive info: The introduction of.. Simmental.. genetics into your beef production system will increase productivity in a number of ways.. When used as a terminal sire over traditional or dairy cross beef cows, a Simmental sire will breed progeny renowned for:.. Accelerated Weight Gain.. First cross Simmental cattle demonstrate rapid weight gain.. They will finish heavier than other breeds at an earlier age.. Superior Carcass.. Simmental genetics produce highly muscled cattle, resulting in higher carcass yields.. High Libido.. - Simmental bulls are renowned for their large scrotal size, high libido and ability to handle a high mating load.. Market  ...   thus creating a variety of profitable options for your stock.. When used as a maternal sire, the resulting Simmental X females will have:.. High Fertility -.. Simmental infused females reach puberty early, and enjoy long reproductive lives.. Excellent Maternal Qualities.. - Milk and mothering ability are important traits in replacement females.. Simmental females excel in these traits, further boosting the weight of their weaner progeny.. All these are important to profitable commercial beef production, producing:.. $.. more calves.. heavier and earlier finishing.. higher carcass yields.. highly productive breeding females.. - A Herd of Cross bred Steers.. -..

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  • Title: Simmental NZ :: Cross Breeding
    Descriptive info: Choice of Breeding System.. BY Stephen Morris, Professor of Animal Science,.. Institute Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Massey University.. Crossbreeding is an established breeding method used in sheep and beef cattle breeding to increase productivity.. It has been used throughout the world and there is ample evidence to support the production gains possible from crossbreeding.. However, not all crossbreeding systems maximise these theoretical gains, some are too complicated, difficult to implement under commercial hill country conditions and especially in small herds.. The challenge is to identify appropriate crossbreeding systems that are simple and easy to operate in commercial beef breeding cow herds.. Note that crossbreeding is not a cure for inferior management and cannot replace the need for continued selection policies in our pure-bred herds.. There are two basic breeding systems.. If the source of replacement females is heifers produced from within the herd then this is called a.. continuous.. system.. If heifers are not put back in the herd this is a.. terminal.. In a continuous system since replacement females are retained in the system the cowherd has genetics of both sire and dam traits.. Therefore, if sires have traits that are undesirable in cows, they cannot be hidden in a continuous system.. In a terminal system replacement females are purchased.. This offers more flexibility in choice of genetic types enabling specialized maternal and sire lines to be used.. A combination of relatively small dams (e.. g.. Angus cross Jersey) bred to large sires in a terminal system fully exploits breed complementarity.. For example, crosses between beef and dairy breeds can be used to produce cows that, when fed suitably, have superior milking and reproductive ability.. Mating these animals to terminal sires with large mature size and high growth rates (e.. Charolais) allows slaughter offspring to be produced with the benefits of growth rate and leanness to attain heavy carcass weights while maintaining smaller, highly productive breeding cows.. In this way, the breeds can be chosen to complement each other in a manner not achievable with straightbred animals.. This is probably the best reason for using crossbreeding.. The benefits resulting from crossbreeding are best achieved through increased fertility of crossbred cows and growth rate of calves.. In Figure 1, it can be seen that if straightbred cows reared crossbred calves rather than straightbred calves, on average, there would be an extra 8.. 5% increase in weight of calf weaned per cow mated (e.. for a 200 kg weaner this would equate to 17 kg of extra calf weaning weight).. If crossbred dams were then used to rear the crossbred calves, a further 14.. 8% increase could be expected as a result of the better maternal environment (due primarily to fertility and milk production) provided by the crossbred dams.. Using crossbred dams to rear crossbred calves, the expected extra calf weight weaned/cow would be 23.. 3% compared to straightbred cows rearing straightbred calves.. The monetary increase from this at current prices is $115.. 00 (Table 1).. Figure 1.. A comparison of % increase in calf weight weaned/cow exposed to breeding, as a result.. of mating either straightbred cows to bulls of a different breed (centre), or mating first cross cows.. to bulls of a third breed (right).. M.. = Maternal heterosis due to the dam being a crossbred.. I.. = Individual heterosis due to the turnoff animal being a crossbred.. * Results were obtained from an experiment involving all relevant crosses among Hereford.. Angus and Shorthorn cattle.. By adopting a policy of buying-in all heifers, 100 percent  ...   over summer and controlled weight loss over the winter.. In these types of environments mating heifers at 15 months may not be adopted and hence the reproductive advantage of beef breed cross dairy breed cows may not be realised.. In Table 2 the annual feed consumption (kg dry matter/head/year) for three different cow liveweight types (small, medium and large) are calculated.. The different cows are assumed to wean claves at a liveweight equivalent to 50% of their dam autumn live weight.. If each of these cows rears 50% of their own autumn liveweight to sale as weaner calves they are all are equal in terms of $ return per kg of feed eaten and/or per stock unit.. If we considered these three types of cows were run on a farm where there was a fixed amount of feed, then 100 cows of the small type, 92 of the medium and 79 of the large type cows could be farmed.. This table illustrates that there are a range of cow types that can give similar productivity and returns.. Table 2.. Seasonal liveweights and production data for three different beef breeding cows type (note liveweights excludes the weight of conceptus).. Small.. Medium.. Large.. Weaning (kg).. 430.. 470.. 550.. Mid-winter (kg).. 380.. 420.. 500.. Pre-calving (kg).. Mating (kg).. 410.. 450.. 530.. Calf wean wt (kg).. 215.. 235.. 275.. Feed eaten kgDM.. 2880.. 3131.. 3657.. Stock units.. 5.. 2.. 7.. 6.. 6.. $Return/kg feed.. 186.. 187.. Number of cows.. 92.. 79.. $GM/Stock unit.. 105.. 107.. 108.. Therefore when a farmer is considering a change from straightbreeding to a crossbreeding system the following points need to be noted.. 1.. Crossbred cows will wean heavier calves.. 2.. Crossbred cows will have better reproductive performance if mated as yearlings.. 3.. Crossbred cows will return more if cow live weight is not increased substantially.. 4.. There is a range of crossbreeding systems suitable but to obtain maximum benefit the system needs to be carefully planned and implemented.. If feed management is not up to scratch then the benefits may not be greater than those achieved by the use of the traditional British breeds.. There are now premiums being offered for straightbred Angus, Hereford and other British breeds which could negate some of the advantages of crossbred animals.. It is the last point that is relevant today where some supply chains are offering premiums for breed specific branded beef products.. If these schemes result in premiums being paid for calves of these breeds at weaner sales and these premiums can generate returns for cow calf producers at weaning similar to those given in Table 1 then there would be no need to change form a straightbreeding system to a crossbred system of breeding.. The premium for a 250 kg live weight straightbred Angus weaner would need to be 17 cents/kg live weight to equal a two breed cross weaner and 46 cents/kg live weight to equate to a three breed cross weaner (i.. e.. 267 and 296 cents/kg live weight compared to the base price used in table two of $2.. 50/kg live weight.. ) Assuming the live weight advantage continues through to slaughter age then these premiums would need to be at least at this level or above at slaughter.. Therefore an Angus steer at slaughter would need a premium in excess of 46 cents/kg carcass weight to match the extra live weight gain generated from a three breed cross animal.. This calculation takes no account of the extra feed required to achieve this gain..

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  • Title: Simmental NZ :: History
    Descriptive info: A History of the Simmental Breed.. The Simmental is among the oldest and most widely distributed of all breeds of cattle in the world.. Although the first herd book was established in the Swiss Canton of Berne in 1806, there is evidence of large, productive red and white cattle found much earlier in ecclesiastical and secular property records of western Switzerland.. photo courtesy of Beate Milerski.. These red and white animals were highly sought because of their rapid growth development; outstanding production of milk, butter, and cheese; and for their use as draught animals.. they were known for their imposing stature and excellent dairy qualities.. As early as 1785, the Swiss Parliament limited exports because of a shortage of cattle to meet their own needs.. The Swiss Red and White Spotted Simmental Cattle Association was formed in 1890.. Since its origin in Switzerland, the breed has spread to all six continents.. Total numbers are estimated between 40 and 60 million Simmental cattle world-wide.. More than half of these are in Europe.. The spread was gradual until the late 1960s.. Records show that a few animals were exported to Italy as early as the 1400s.. During the 19th century, Simmental was distributed through most of Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and Russia, ultimately reaching South Africa in 1895.. Guatemala imported the first Simmental into the Western Hemisphere in 1897, with Brazil following suite in 1918 and Argentina in 1922.. There are reports from a variety of sources indicating that Simmental cattle arrived in the United States before the turn of the century.. Simmental were reported as early as 1887 in Illinois, according to one source; in 1895 in New Jersey; and in both New York and New Mexico around the 1916 to 1920 period.. However, those early imports did not capture the attention of the American cattleman and the Simmental influence died quietly away until the late 1960s.. The breed made its most recent appearance in North America when a Canadian, named Travers Smith, imported the famed bull Parisien from France in 1967.. Semen was introduced into the United States that same year, with the first half-blood Simmental calf born in February of 1968.. The American Simmental Association was formed in October of 1968.. Simmental spread to Great Britain, Ireland, and Norway in 1970 and to Sweden and other Northern European countries shortly thereafter.. The first purebred bull imported into the United States in 1971 and Australia received Simmental semen and live animals in 1972 from NZ the World Simmental Federation was formed in 1974.. In 1976 Simmental cattle were shipped to the Peoples Republic of China.. The breed is known by a variety of names, including Fleckvieh in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as many other European countries.. Pie Rouge , Montbeliard , and Abondance in France; and Pezzata Rossa in Italy.. The Simmental name is derived from their original location, the Simme Valley of Switzerland.. In German, Thal or Tal means valley, thus the name literally means Simme Valley.. CHARACTERISTICS OF THE BREED.. COLOUR:.. There is no characteristic colour that clearly defines the Simmental Breed.. In the main they vary from pale gold to dark red and white bodies with a white head.. However now, particularly in America, there are straight black or straight red colours with no white at all.. In NZ we have them all.. BODY:.. In general Simmental have large frames with good muscling, can be horned or polled and one distinguishing feature is a heavy dewlap.. Their weight can vary but cows can weigh around the 700 -900 kgs and bulls 1300kgs.. Simmentals are bred all over the world for their high beef yields.. The heavy muscling, length and overall size and weight  ...   grass fed beef.. Simmental is a major player in this.. NZ HISTORY.. In 1970 Don Graham (an auctioneer and stock agent) on behalf of a syndicate Dick Kerr, David Baker, Derrick Orbell and Rodney Cox went to Scotland and purchased the first Simmentals for NZ.. In the early 1970 s NZ could only import live cattle from the UK and at this time German Simmental heifers were arriving in Scotland and England for the first time.. They were purchased before they were conceived off James Jeffery from Kelso in Scotland for 1250 guineas and eventually two arrived in 1972 called Kersknowe Atom (a bull ) and Alice (a heifer).. Needless to say Atom met Alice and Alice dually produced Alpha 1.. Six months after giving birth Alice died of bloat (Damn, such is farming!!) but her heifer calf went on to sell for $47,500 a world record.. In 1971 Don went back to the UK and purchased more purebred cattle and arranged the purchase of 10,000 straws for the NZ market.. By this time Simmental cattle were in big demand and while (for quarantine reasons), New Zealand could only purchase progeny born and semen produced in the UK, Australia could only purchase from NZ, thus resulting in plane loads of Aussies rushing to be the first to import Simmental blood.. In 1973 a small shipment of Purebred females were directly imported from France and in 1974 thirty six purebred females were directly imported from Germany and shared equally between the Simmental Society and the NZ government (Then Lands and Survey but now called Landcorp).. Competition for these 18 cattle was intense and demand far exceeded the demand.. The heifers were balloted and purchased at 9 months of age while in quarantine for around $10,000 each.. As there were very few purebreds in the country the demand was for first cross bulls and heifers.. In the next few years it was like a mini gold rush and NZ experienced the fastest growth rate of any breed in history.. Many early purchasers were city and overseas investors including Americans, out to make a quick buck.. The first Simmental Sale (4th May 1974) in Australasia was held on the Levels Property of Rodney Cox with world record prices being made.. Simmental mated Hereford cows $1400 (originally purchased for $350), matedF1 heifers to $5000 (world record with most exported to Australia) and of course Alpha 1 $47,500.. There followed some bulk imports of frozen embryos one from Germany and one from Canada.. In 1972 the NZ Simmental Cattle Breeders Society (an incorporated society) was formed with Dick Kerr as its first Chairman and Max Studholme as the secretary.. In 1974 Ian Johnson became the first full time secretary.. Such was the popularity of the breed that the society employed 5 full time staff with one doing nothing other than document exports to Australia.. In those days everything was manual and Ian Johnson remembers signing over 4000 half bred registration certificates in the first year of registrations.. As the demand began to level out the speculators began to drop out.. Many of the cattle in Europe are housed and so a lot of genetics that came into the country in the early days were unsuited to NZ grass fed conditions.. However as the years progressed so did the cattle with the serious breeders performance recording and selecting cattle that performed under our conditions.. Currently, we have 58 herds.. All are performance and pedigree recorded under Group Breedplan with the Animal breeding recording Institute (ABRI) at Armidale in Australia.. There are a total of 4480 cows whose progeny are used throughout the country contributing significantly to NZ s Beef industry and the National economy..

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  • Title: Simmental NZ :: Association Council
    Descriptive info: * Sub-committee responsibility in grey.. President.. Technical.. NZ Beef Technologies.. Mr Garry Mccorkindale.. 52 Johnston Rd.. RD 3.. LAWRENCE.. phone: 03 485 9727.. mobile: 027 242 6735.. fax: 03 485 9729.. email:.. glenside@rivernet.. co.. nz.. Vice President.. Sponsor Liason.. Beef Expo.. Beef Class.. Test Station.. Mr John Hammond.. 801 RAETIHI OHAKUNE ROAD.. RD 1.. OHAKUNE.. phone: 06 385 8040.. mobile: 0274 314 992.. fax: 06 385 8040.. John_Helen@xtra.. Treasurer.. TTS.. Marketing.. Finance.. Promotion.. Projects.. Mr Craig Martin..  ...   03543 2291.. randcmartin@xtra.. Councillor.. Mr Daniel Absolom.. P O Box 12075.. Ahuriri.. NAPIER.. work: 06 839 5836.. fax: 06 839 5859.. daniel@focusgenetics..  .. Mrs Sarah Hammond.. 155 Owhata Road.. KAITAIA.. phone: 09 409 3450.. owhata@kinect.. Promotion & Advertising.. Mrs Colleen Knauf.. 1447 HEREHERETAU ROAD.. RD 6.. WAIROA.. phone: 06 838 6792 (Colleen) 06 838 6793 (Jon & Sam).. fax: 06 838 6034.. knaufarm@farmside.. Breed Administrator.. Lindy Lawrence.. P O Box 503.. FEILDING.. phone: 06 323 4484.. lindy@pbbnz..

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  • Title: Simmental NZ :: Members Database
    Descriptive info: PD & TC Tipene.. prefix:.. ANAHERA.. PO Box 237.. Kaikohe.. p: 09 401 2906.. m: 027 512 1965.. e: marutipene@msn.. web:.. 01-Northland.. P J & HM ELLIS.. ASHCOTT PARK SIMMENTALS.. ASHCOTT PARK.. profile.. 325 HARIRU ROAD.. KAIKOHE.. p: 09 405 9909.. m: 027 235 8294.. e: puririsimmentals@kinect.. V & S VUJCICH.. BLACKBRIDGE.. 6948 STATE HIGHWAY ONE.. PAKARAKA.. p: 09 405 9665.. m: 0274 968 706.. e: vs.. vujcich@xtra.. R & C CAMERON.. IDESIA.. 555 KIRIKOPUNI VALLEY ROAD.. TANGITERORIA.. p: 09 433 2722.. m: 027 493 4090.. e: idesiasimmentals@xtra.. PR, PJ & JA HILL.. LYNBRAE.. PO BOX 112.. WHANGAREI.. p: 09 437 5948.. m:.. e: p.. j.. hill@farmside.. Trotter & Thaller.. OAKDALE SIMMENTALS.. OAKDALE.. 143 OTAENGA ROAD.. AWARUA.. p: 09 401 0020.. m: 021 115 6092 (Ewald).. e: oakdalesimmentals@xtra.. R & C GIFFORD.. ORIPAK.. WAIMATENUI ROAD.. p: 09 401 0090.. e: oripak@xtra.. web: http://www.. freewebs.. com/oripak.. J & S HAMMOND.. Owhata Simmentals.. OWHATA.. p: 09 409 3450.. e: owhata@kinect.. JA & DJ LONGVILLE.. RIVENDELL FARM.. RIVENDELL.. J V GRANT ROAD.. WELLSFORD.. p: 09 423 8506.. e: longville@farmside.. A & S CAPSTICK.. HAY ROAD.. STOUPE.. HIKURANGI.. p: 09 433 4831.. e:.. 02-South Auckland.. CORNWALL PARK SIMMENTALS.. CORNWALL PARK.. C/- PETER MAXWELL.. P O BOX 26-072.. AUCKLAND.. p: 09 524 6442.. m: 021 686 778.. e: peter.. maxwell@cornwallpark.. web: www.. cornwallpark.. SD Chesswas.. GILEAD.. 372 Benner Road.. Te Puke.. p: 07 533 3936.. MI & NJ ENTWISLE.. HAMPTON DOWNS.. HAMPTON DOWNS ROAD.. TE KAUWHATA.. p: 07 826 3194.. m: 025 652 7971.. e: entwisle@farmside.. hampton-downs-simmental.. B GLOVER.. HIGH VALLEY.. 1478 MIRANDA ROAD.. POKENO.. p: 09 232 7842.. m: 021 588 099.. e: Anne.. Glover@anz.. F RECHER.. KOPAKI.. RD 7.. TE KUITI.. p: 07 878 3399.. e: powellsd.. ip@farmside.. A & T NEAL.. POTAWA SIMMENTAL STUD.. POTAWA.. 488 Mangaotaki Road.. PIO PIO.. p: 07 877 8009.. m: 021 137 7118.. e: potawa@vodafone.. JB SCOTT.. PUKETAWA SIMMENTALS.. PUKETAWA.. ROBERTS ROAD.. CAMBRIDGE.. p: 07 827 2864.. e: john@puketawa.. PA & AM SCOTT.. TE RAUMAUKU  ...   Road.. GISBORNE.. p: 06 863 1444.. m: 027 248 9098.. e: goldcreek@gisborne.. C Knauf.. KNAUF FAMILY.. KERRAH.. p: 06 838 6792 (Colleen) 06 838 6793 (Jon & Sam).. e: knaufarm@farmside.. kerrahsimmentals.. S WYLIE.. RATALEA.. ASHLEY CLINTON ROAD.. TAKAPAU.. p: 06 855 6590.. m: 0273358374.. Focus Genetics LP.. Rissington.. RISSINGTON.. Attn: Daniel Absolom.. PO Box 12075.. p: 06 839 5836.. e: daniel@focusgenetics.. focusgenetics.. G & D PRENTER.. GLENGARRY.. TAPUATA.. RD 8.. p: 06 374 5724.. Waikite.. WAIKITE.. 07-Wairarapa/Wellington.. McWilliam Family.. Maungaraki Cattle Company.. MAUNGARAKI.. 503 Admiral Road.. Gladstone.. MASTERTON.. p: 06 372 7724.. m: 027 222 7649 (Peter).. e: p-s-mcwilliam@xtra.. 08-Nel/Marl/Cant.. A & S PERKIN.. ARTSON FARMING LTD.. DRY CREEK.. 2152 LAKE BRUNNER ROAD.. KUMARA, WESTLAND.. p: 03 738 0832.. m: 027 257 6883.. e: Sonya.. Perkin@ravensdown.. AAT & LA PARTRIDGE.. GLENALLA FARM.. LADBURN.. SEDGEMERE.. LEESTON.. p: 03 324 2733.. m: 025 393 958.. RD & PC Martin.. Martin Farming.. MF.. 46 Main Road South.. NELSON.. p: 03 541 8559.. m: 027 230 3098.. e: richard@martinfarming.. com; craig@martinfarming.. D & J TIMPERLEY.. Opawa Simmentals.. OPAWA.. 76 WILFRED ROAD.. RD 14.. Cave.. p: 03 685 5785.. m: 0274 375 881.. S & L McRae.. OVERLAND.. Connemara Trust.. 1062 Clarkesfield Road.. Waimate.. p: 03 689 2832.. e: s.. l.. mcrae@me.. overlandsimmentals.. weebly.. 10-Southern Districts.. WT Burgess.. BERESFORD.. PUKETIRO.. The Catlins.. p: 03 415 8019.. e: burgessbunch@ruralinzone.. GI MCCORKINDALE.. GLENSIDE SIMMENTALS.. GLENSIDE.. p: 03 485 9727.. m: 027 242 6735.. e: glenside@rivernet.. glenside.. nz/.. MG ELLIOTT.. ISLAND STREAM.. PO BOX 480.. OAMARU.. p: 03 434 8397.. m: 021 1424 534.. e: island-stream@paradise.. R & S DEACON.. JANEFIELD.. 21 Browns Road.. R D 3.. RANGIORA.. p: 03 312 8443.. e: sdeacon@xtra.. E & M STRAUSS.. LEAFLAND.. WAIRONGA ROAD.. MOSGIEL.. p: 03 489 7521.. m: 027 248 5024.. e: e.. strauss@xtra.. DR & K KEOWN.. LONE PINE.. RAES JUNCTION.. p: 03 446 8445.. m: 027 686 7878.. e: keown.. lonepine@farmside.. GJ & CR MCLAY.. WESTVIEW FARMS.. WESTVIEW.. OTEKURA.. BALCLUTHA.. p: 03 415 8695.. e: gjcrmclay@farmside..

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  • Title: Simmental NZ :: Profile Menu
    Descriptive info: Breeder Profiles Menu.. These breeder profiles give our members a chance to profile their farm.. If you would like to add your profile, please contact the Simmental Breed Manager,.. Alastair Miln, 06 323 4484 or email.. Ashcott Park Simmentals.. Beresford Stud.. Glenside Simmentals.. Kerrah Simmentals.. Lone Pine Simmentals.. Lynbrae Simmentals.. Oakdale Simmentals.. Oripak Simmentals.. Overland Simmentals.. Peplow Simmentals.. Potawa Simmentals.. Ruaview Simmentals..

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  • Title: Simmental NZ :: About Us
    Descriptive info: Simmental NZ.. is an incorporated society.. Our member s purpose is to meet the needs of the beef industry by supplying quality and performance assured Simmental genetics focused on customer expectations.. At Simmental NZ.. We pride ourselves on the fact that our breeders work in a.. unified.. way as they strive  ...   to ensure that the cattle we breed have high.. commercial relevance.. to the NZ beef industry both now and in the future.. We embrace the.. technological innovations.. available to us, to enable on-going genetic improvement.. We are continuously.. bench marking.. ourselves both within the breed and throughout the wider beef industry..

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  • Title: Simmental NZ :: EBVs Explained
    Descriptive info: NEW ZEALAND SIMMENTAL BREEDPLAN.. Understanding the EBVs, Selection Indexes and Accuracy.. EBVs.. An animal s breeding value is its genetic merit, half of which will be passed on to its progeny.. While we will never know the exact breeding value, for performance traits it is possible to make good estimates.. These estimates are called Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs).. In the calculation of EBVs, the performance of individual animals within a contemporary group is directly compared to the average of other animals in that group.. A contemporary group consists of animals of the same sex and age class within a herd, run under the same management conditions and treated equally.. Indirect comparisons are made between animals reared in different contemporary groups, through the use of pedigree links between the groups.. EBVs are expressed in the units of measurement for each particular trait.. They are shown as + ive or - ive differences between an individual animal s genetics difference and the genetic base to which the animal is compared.. For example, a bull with an EBV of +50 kg for 600-Day Weight is estimated to have genetic merit 50 kg above the breed base of 0 kg.. Since the breed base is set to an historical benchmark, the average EBVs of animals in each year drop has changed over time as a result of genetic progress within the breed.. The absolute value of any EBV is not critical, but rather the differences in EBVs between animals.. Particular animals should be viewed as being above or below breed average for a particular trait.. Whilst EBVs provide the best basis for the comparison of the genetic merit of animals reared in different environments and management conditions, they can only be used to compare animals analysed within the same analysis.. Consequently, Simmental BREEDPLAN EBVs cannot be validly compared with EBVs for any other breed.. EBVs are published for a range of traits covering fertility, calving ease, milking ability, growth, and carcase merit.. When using EBVs to assist in selection decisions it is important to achieve a balance between the different groups of traits and to place emphasis on those traits that are important to the particular herd, markets and environment.. One of the advantages of having a comprehensive range of EBVs is that it is possible to avoid extremes in particular traits and select for animals with balanced overall performance.. Calving Ease EBVs.. (%) are based on calving difficulty scores, birth weights and gestation length information.. More positive EBVs are favourable and indicate easier calving.. - CE % Dir.. = Direct Calving Ease - The EBV for direct calving ease indicates the influence of the sire on calving ease in purebred females calving at two years of age.. - CE % Daughters.. = Daughters Calving Ease - The EBV for daughters calving ease indicates how easily that sire s daughters will calve at two years of age.. Gestation Length EBV.. (days) is an estimate of the time from conception to the birth of the calf and is based on Artificial Insemination and hand mating records.. Lower (negative) Gestation Length EBVs indicate shorter gestation length and therefore easier calving and increased growth after birth.. Birth Weight EBV.. (kg) is based on the measured birth weight of progeny, adjusted for dam age.. The lower the value the lighter the calf at birth and the lower the likelihood of a difficult birth.. This is particularly important when selecting sires for use over heifers.. 200-Day Growth EBV.. (kg) is calculated from the weight of progeny taken between 80 and 300 days of age.. Values are adjusted to 200 days and for age of dam.. This EBV is the best single estimate of an animal s genetic merit for growth to early ages.. 400-Day Weight EBV.. (kg) is calculated from the weight of progeny taken between 301 and 500 days of age, adjusted to 400 days and for age of dam.. This EBV is the best single estimate of an animal s genetic merit for yearling weight.. 600-Day Weight EBV.. (kg) is calculated from the weight of progeny taken between 501 and 900 days of age, adjusted to 600 days and for age of dam.. This EBV is the best single estimate of an animal s genetic merit for growth  ...   to produce better muscled and higher percentage yielding progeny at the same carcase weight than will sires with lower Eye Muscle Area EBVs.. Rib Fat and Rump Fat EBVs.. (mm) are calculated from measurements of subcutaneous fat depth at the 12/13 rib site and the P8 rump site (from live animal ultrasound scans and from abattoir carcases) and are adjusted to a standard 300 kg carcase.. These EBVs are indicators of the genetic differences in fat distribution on a standard 300 kg carcase.. Sires with low, or negative, fat EBVs are expected to produce leaner progeny at any particular carcase weight than will sires with higher EBVs.. Retail Beef Yield EBV.. (%) indicates genetic differences between animals for retail yield percentage in a standard 300 kg carcase.. Sires with larger EBVs are expected to produce progeny with higher yielding carcases.. Intramuscular Fat EBV.. (%) is an estimate of the genetic difference in the percentage of intramuscular fat (marbling) at the 12/13th rib site in a 300 kg carcase.. Depending on market targets, larger more positive values are generally more favourable.. Selection Indexes.. New Zealand Simmental selection indexes are calculated for two market specifications, namely, Maternal (Self Replacing) and Terminal.. These Indexes relate to typical commercial herds in temperate New Zealand targeting these specifications.. Indexes are reported as an EBV, in units of relative earning capacity ($ s) for a given market.. They reflect both the short-term profit generated by a sire through the sale of his progeny, and the longer-term profit generated by his daughters in a sustainable cow herd, if a proportion of heifers are retained for breeding.. The Indexes are derived using.. BreedObject.. technology.. More information on this technology is available from the.. web site.. Maternal (Self Replacing) Index.. ($) Estimates the genetic differences between animals in net profitability per cow joined for an example self replacing commercial herd (run in a temperate environment) producing steers.. This Index assumes that the joinings are to British breed cows where there is only a modest concern about calving difficulty.. The steer progeny are pasture grown and finished and marketed to produce a 300 kg carcase at 16 months.. Daughters are retained for breeding.. More information is available on the.. EBV weightings.. and.. profit drivers.. for the Maternal (Self Replacing) Index.. Terminal Index.. ($) Estimates the genetic differences between animals in net profitability per cow joined for an example commercial crossbred herd (run in a temperate environment) targeting grass-finished production.. Both heifer and steer progeny are pasture grown and finished and are then slaughtered to produce a 300 kg carcase at 15 months.. All progeny are slaughtered.. for the Terminal Index.. Note that $Index Values for individual animals are sensitive to the assumptions used in the BreedObject analysis to calculate the relevant selection index.. Accuracy.. Accuracy.. (%) is based on the amount of performance information available on the animal and its close relatives - particularly the number of progeny analysed.. Accuracy is also based on the heritability of the trait and the genetic correlations with other recorded traits.. Hence accuracy indicates the confidence level of the EBV.. The higher the accuracy value the lower the likelihood of change in the animal s EBV as more information is analysed for that animal or its relatives.. Even though an EBV with a low accuracy may change in the future, it is still the best estimate of an animal s genetic merit for that trait.. As more information becomes available, an EBV is just as likely to increase in value, as it is to decrease.. Accuracy values range from 0-99%.. The following guide is given for interpreting accuracy:.. Accuracy range.. Interpretation.. less than 50%.. Low accuracy.. EBVs are preliminary and could change substantially as more performance information becomes available.. 50-74%.. Medium accuracy, usually based on the animal s own records and pedigree.. 75-90%.. Medium-high accuracy.. Some progeny information included.. EBVs may change with addition of more progeny data.. more than 90%.. High accuracy estimate of the animal s true breeding value.. As a rule, animals should be compared on EBVs regardless of accuracy.. However, where two animals have similar EBVs the one with higher accuracy could be the safer choice, assuming other factors are equal.. For further information please contact the.. New Zealand Simmental Association..

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  • Title: Simmental NZ :: August 2014 Newsletter
    Descriptive info: SIMMENTAL NEWSLETTER.. AUGUST 2014.. Click here to view Full Version.. EDITIONS:.. August - 2014.. May - 2014.. November - 2013.. December - 2012.. October - 2012.. February - 2011.. December - 2010.. August - 2010.. May - 2010..

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