Simmental Cattle for Sale

Simmental cattle

There is something special about Simmental cattle. This adaptable breed has been around for centuries and is one of the most widely dispersed breeds in existence. First originating in a single valley in Switzerland, Simmental cattle are now found on all six of the populated continents. The breed is known by a variety of names, such as “Fleckvieh” in Germany and many other European countries. They are called “Pie Rouge,” “Montbeliard,” and “Abondance” in France, and “Pezzata Rossa” in Italy.

Characteristics
Most Simmentals have a white face with a brownish-red body. They often have white patches at the head and over the shoulders. American Simmentals are often coloured predominantly black or dark red. All Simmentals have ears that are the same colour as their body. The cattle can be either horned or polled. Most have dark pigment around the eyes which helps to reduce eye problems due to bright sunlight. They have a large frame with good muscling. Docility and good mothering traits are also characteristics of the breed.

History of the Simmental and Related Breeds
Simmental cattle can be traced back to the Simme Valley in Switzerland as far back as the Middle Ages. The Pie Rouge of France, famed for its ability to produce beef, is a descendant of early Simmental cattle. The Montbeliarde, with its high capacity for milk production, is another French breed that owes its existence to the Simmental. In Germany and Austria farmers have bred Simmentals to produce Fleckvieh cattle, which are prized for their ability to calve easily.

Simmental Cattle in the United States
The earliest records of Simmental cattle in the United States in 1887 in Illinois. However, the American version of the breed attracted very little attention until the 1960s. In 1968, the American Simmental Association (ASA) was formed to advance the breed through breeding programs, herd comparisons, and a cow recognition program. The American Simmental Association registers more than 80,000 Simmental cattle every year and is one of the top four beef breed associations in the United States.

During the 1980s and 1990s, American breeding programs introduced a much wider range of colors into the breed; whereas the original Swiss Simmentals were red and white or gold and white, now as many as 80% of the nation’s Simmental cattle are black, with dark red being another relatively common color. The American Simmental Association recognizes all colors and patterns as part of the Simmental breed.

Why Breed Simmental Cattle?
Simmentals have many advantages over other breeds. They have a large amount of adaptability. Although early Simmental cattle were primarily bred for their meat and milk and even used for draft purposes, today they are primarily kept for their well-developed musculature and their weight-gaining abilities. Generations of selective breeding to maximize milk and beef production at minimum cost have produced

The Simmental is an excellent breed for beef production. Not only do they produce a high meat yield, but they also produce high-grade beef that is tender and delicious. Simmental beef is also naturally lean, thanks to the tendency of this breed to have minimal fat deposits.

Breeders also value the reproductive abilities of Simmental cows because they calve very easily compared to most other breeds. The calves, though born small, they grow rapidly. Both genders reach sexual maturity rapidly. Finally, the Simmental breed’s exceptional docility make it an easily managed breed.

Find Out More About Simmental Cattle
There are many reasons why Simmental are a good choice of cattle to raise. To find out more about this historic breed, fill out the form to request information on Simmental cattle.