Simmental

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Facts about Simmental

The Simmental is among the oldest and most widely distributed of all breeds of cattle in the world.

Breeding Aim
Simmentals are bred all over the world for their high beef yields. In breeding however it allows variations in emphasis from mothering ability to beefing qualities. The heavy muscling, length and overall size and weight of the animal are combined to produce a well fleshed carcass of solid red meat with a minimum of waste fat.

History of the Simmental Breed
Simmental is a breed of cattle whose history dates back to the Middle Ages. Early records indicate that Simmental cattle were the result of a cross between large German cattle and a smaller breed indigenous to Switzerland. The name Simmental is derived from the name of the area where the cattle were first bred – the Simme Valley which is situated in the Berner Oberland in Switzerland. Since its origin in Switzerland, the breed has spread to all six continents. Selection in Europe was initially for three features – milk, meat and as draft animals. The demand for working animals is greatly reduced today but muscularity and high milk production are still important to the success of Simmental.

Characteristic
Simmental colour varies from gold to red with white, and may be evenly distributed or clearly defined in patches on a white background. The majority have pigment around the eyes, helping to reduce eye problems which occur from bright sunlight.They have a large frame with good muscling with cows at approximately 135 – 150 cm tall and the bulls at 150 – 160cm. Their weight can vary on the use of their use but cows can weigh around 700 – 900 kgs and bulls 1300 kgs.