- Easy To Handle
- Excellent Mothering Ability
- High & Long Term Fertility
- Short Intervals Between Calving
- Good Grass Convertors
- Early Maturity
- Longevity Good Growth Rates
Beef from Simmental cattle means meat of the highest quality, produced at maximum economic efficiency.
The average live weight gain of adult bulls ranges from 1100 to 1400 kg with a height at withers of 150 to 165 cm.
The daily weight gain for bulls up to 650 kg, in farm fattening ranges from 1.6 - 1.8kg.
The weight of adult cows reaches 600 to 900 kg with a height at withers of 138 to 150 cm.
Within the Simmental population, polled bloodlines do exist, which are continuously subject to further breeding work.
Achieving optimum breeding results are the consequence of long-term controlled breeding under scientific guidance. Modern breeding methods such as artificial insemination and embryo transfer allow worldwide exchange of best breeding material.
HISTORY OF THE BREED
The Simmental originates from the Simmen Valley in Switzerland. From there, the breed spread and established itself all over Europe where it is now the most numerous breed.
Simmentals are known as one of the world's most adaptable breeds - having been successfully introduced into all five Continents. The breed's population of 41 million shows the ability of the breed to satisfy different breeding programmes throughout the world. In Europe, the Simmental is bred as a dual purpose beef and dairy breed but in the United Kingdom it has been developed at a beef breed.
Simmental has been bred in the United Kingdom for more than 35 years and has established itself as one of this country's premier beef breeds both as a sire of crossbred suckler cattle and as a fast growing terminal sire.
As part of the national suckler herd, the Simmental has proved very successful. Its ability to milk calves to weaning off grass, makes it an ideal choice under the current single farm payment system when fast growth and low input provides a premium. High fertility, an outstandingly docile nature, hardiness, good mothering ability and milk, enable the breed to be used as a superior suckler cow.
As a terminal sire the Simmental passes its outstanding fast growing ability to its progeny in any system from extensive grass fed production to intensive bull beef which can mature as early as 12 months.
The breed adapts easily to the most varied conditions from rural small-holder to large extensive farming operations.