In 1975, we AI’d our base dams with Scottish Herod. These cows formed the nucleus of our breeding herd that would produce milk and turn a beef vealer off for market at seven to eight months. We were very impressed with this new cattle species that had entered the Australian market.
As with any unfamiliar breed, there were quite a few questions asked of the Simmental, but over the years, we have produced a strong, adaptable animal that is suitable to any market in Australia.
Springside Simmentals have been fortunate to have sold cattle from the top to the bottom of Eastern Australia, and in latter years, semen from our own Springside Dragin has been used in Western Australia.
Each year we select females and bulls that will improve the genetics of our traditional herd, and since 2009, we began the journey of sourcing black genetics to produce a robust black Simmental. The Simmental has allowed us to achieve required growth and carcass specifications without the use of HGPs, which in turn also meets the demands of our bull and heifer buyers.