Simmental Dominates Again In Latest Beef + Lamb Progeny Test Results
Simmental 2022 marked the 7th year Simmental was represented in the Beef+Lamb Genetics Progeny Test and the latest data doesn’t disappoint.
Building on the consistency of results that Simmental have dominated, this trend continued with the latest crop.
In terms of growth rates, Simmental ranked highly taking half or 5 of the top 10 spots in Weaning Weight from a pool of 242 bulls in total. 11 Simmental bulls were in the top 5% for weaning weight reinforcing Simmental’s reputation for fast growth and weaning weight gain.
Simmental was also well represented in Yearling Weights results with 50% of Simmentals making 5 of the top 10.
This provides the evidential proof and truth that Simmental are renowned for its impressive growth traits as the top-performing terminal breed.
When it came to ultrasound muscle scanning traits, Simmental bulls surprised again in areas where the breed isn’t traditionally associated.
Prime EMA and IMF traits are often well-rewarded by meat companies with special Eating Quality (EQ) premiums that breeds like Angus are known much more for. Some Simmentals made the top 15% in EMA and IMF rankings at a very respectable 3.3-3.4% IMF. These results demonstrate that you don’t have to trade or lose premium EQ traits when chasing weaning and yearling weight gains.
Simmental also had some decent results in the carcase quality traits using kill sheet processing data with some positive showings for some Simmental bulls in carcase weight and marbling with some Simmental bulls making a top 15% finish.
These latest Beef+Lamb Progeny results show Simmental is holding its own and continuing to keep other breeds honest. Long may that continue.
Simmentals overall can hold their head high and offer commercial farmers a strong balance of good, positive traits across the board. These progeny results show you don’t have to sacrifice one set of traits for another which gives farmers more informed options.
For more information or to find out more including access to all the data across the last seven years of the Beef+Lamb Progeny Test please visit: https://www.blnzgenetics.com/progeny-tests/beef-progeny-tests