Kerrah Simmentals

New Kerrah Simmentals Website

Welcome to our first website update. We hope to keep you informed with news within the breeding program and developments within the genetics industry which may be of interest or potential.

This last spring saw our first embryo calves (20) born. It was our first experience of embryo transfer programs so although the old cows obliged with a good number of embryos, we were short of programmed receipts. This year however we were able to implant 68 embryos; ironically we got 57 embryos both years from 6 different cows. Neil Sanderson from Oamaru has done both years and we are grateful for his expertise and the results.

The first crop of calves were from some of the old Rissington matrons like Grandeurs and Generals mothers. The calves are standout; however we did have 12 heifers and 8 bulls. This year saw 30 more bull calves than heifers overall so the selection pressure is greater than ever on this years bull calves. This year we used our most complete line-up of sires we have had, the highlight being the 5 outstanding yearlings, four of whom are polled.

We also put a 100 cows up to AI, some to proven old timers like Handsome, Hampton Downs Reggae Man (black) and Mr Muscles. Some went to an imported red polled bull TNT Top Gun from the US others to Moneymore Romulus and Wai-iti High Riser. We flushed one cow to HC Hummer a homozygous black bull that we have two outstanding bull calves from this year and saw some quality sons in Australia last autumn. We flushed the mother of Kerrah Total to a heterozygous black carcass bull CNS Dream On which left us an outstanding heifer calf last year. We have very limited semen of these proven black bulls.

 On Thursday 13th May we will be holding a NZ beef technologies workshop run by two Australians from ARBI. The focus will be on understanding and interpreting breedplan and effective selection of beef cattle to maximize profit. The day is a mix of interactive practical discussions and yard demonstrations. A 9.30 start and 3.30 pm finish with a brief optional tour of Tangiwai or inspection of some of the sale bulls at the conclusion. A barbeque lunch will be provided and expressions of interest of attendance would be appreciated.

NZ Simmental are running a donor stud heifer program which we will support with a heifer calf as well as 6 steers for the future beef program if it goes ahead. We also plan to put an entry into the steak of origin contest again. Although after the Australian trip and learning that 60% of the variation in eating quality is determined through processor handling, killing and processing and only 6% in genetic variation it would appear more like entering Lotto than a competition on quality.

 We trust most places have had a good summer rain by now and can look forward to a good autumn, it sure is the most promising we have had in years. Let's just hope there is a bit of upside to the lamb and beef schedules.
We hope to be in contact with most of you personally in the next couple of months, and hope you find the website useful. Feel free to let us know your thoughts and ideas about it.

Kind Regards,

The Team at Kerrah Simmentals



2008 Donor Cow
Rissington AM863

ET Hfr Calf 9002
Sired by AN8

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