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The President of the Society, dr Johan Kluyts, says: “The Simmentaler/Simbra Society is indeed the leader in the South African stud cattle industry , an example for others to strive after and the standard against which others can be measured. The Society have always been innovative thinkers and leaders in the beef cattle industry. A society that does not shirk from bringing about change or disbandoning outdated and stagnant systems. We can justifiably be proud of being part of the Sim family.”

Here is the evidence ….
 

1976

:      Hosting of first congress of the World Federation and first time in the history of SA that several European countries show animals here.

1976

:      Uniform dress at shows

1976

:      Creation of a number of classes where progeny of a sire are exhibited as demonstration of he breeds – The sire stays at home to do his job

1977

:      World’s first intercontinental transfer of fresh embryos in collaboration with prof. D Osterhoff (Onderstepoort) and German veterinarians

1977

:      Move away from the subjective method of judging by combining reproduction and appearance in the show ring (the then ICPshow system)

1978

:      The first breed society driven AI bull testing scheme in the Southern hemisphere.

1978

:      Society imports semen and sells locally to breeders

1978

:      The very popular Super Cow class where reproduction counts 70% and appearance 30% is established.

1979

:      Class where performance tested bulls are judged on appearance and performance ( first computer at the show ring)

1979

:      Appointment of own full-time breed adviser to provide breeders with advice

1979

:      First society to register a calf that has been bred by embryo transfer

1980

:      Minimum scrotum measurements for registration

1984

:      Classify all animals that are presented for selection

1985

:      Farm growth testing scheme for the young bulls

1988

:      Simdex – First in the world to use an ‘all inclusive’ reproduction INDEX in the show ring. Simdex later also used by the national performance testing Scheme
       (under a different name)

1988

:      Simbra : One breed society manages two breeds.

1990

:      Simstar – Awarding of stars to cows that excel

1990

:      The Register – communication paper between office and breeder

1992

:      Simpro – Annual reproduction evaluation of each cow by breeder and adviser during farm visit

1993

:      Simsperm – Buy and borrow bulls for semen sales to members

1996

:      Biggest stud cattle world congress ever in South Africa

1996

:      First Simmental-Fleckvieh show in the world with more than 1000 entries

1999

:      Create BLUP show classes for bulls

1999

:      First with multi generation certificate backed by EBVs.

1999

:      Availability of particulars of all animals through the internet – no secrecy

2001

:      Independent and unique registration and performance testing systems

2002

:      The genetic merit of every animal and the herd is discussed on personal level by the advisor during the annual herd visit and recommendations are made.

2002

:      First to implement GeneStar marbling test

2003

:      The genetic goals of the breed are spelled out by means of a set of ideal BLUP breeding values for a number of traits

2003

:      First to identify elite cows based on reproduction and EBVs (previously indexes).

2004

:      Purchasing of own ultrasonic scanner for carcase traits in partnership with BREEDPLAN SA

2004

:      Calculate relative genetic contribution of sire-lines in the active female population.

2004

:      Simgene: special BLUP herd anaysis is discussed with each breeder on personal level.

2005

:      BLUP in the show ring – judges discriminate against show animals with extreme BLUP breeding values

2007

:      Simweb - first in SA with direct ‘live’ submission of birth notifications to the office computer in Bloemfontein.

 
  
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