"Breed and develop something superior"
In order to breed registered Simbra’s (and/or Simmentalers) you are
required to register as a member of “The Simmentaler/Simbra Cattle Breeders’
Society of Southern Africa”. It is a not for gain service organization which
administers the registration, inspection, breed promotion, performance testing
and all other related matters of the Simbra and Simmentaler breeders in a few
An annual visit by a
qualified Breed Advisor;
opportunity to breed
sell cattle at breed sales;
exhibit at shows;
standard five generation
pedigree with performance records;
annual reproduction analysis
of cow herd (elimination of money-eating cows);
the world’s most advanced
beef cattle performance testing system called BREEDPLAN INTERNATIONAL;
performance recording of
guidance in breeding
selection of bulls;
opportunity to breed two
breeds for the cost of one membership;
the popular “Journal” and
instructive “The Register”.
It is irrelevant as to how
many animals a new member owns, whether it is one or one hundred, it makes no
difference, each and everyone is welcome! In fact, you may join before
purchasing animals by presenting grade cows for registration.
for an application form, the costing structure and registration of your herd
Which herd book is in existence?
For all F-sections inspection by our Breed Advisors is a prerequisite for
registration and a registration certificate is only issued for animals which
passed inspection. Rejected animals are cancelled from the Herd Book. You may
practise AI and/or natural service.
How do I register animals?
notified by means of a birth notification and are identified by ear tattooing. We verify the breeding
particulars and furnish you with a calf book certificate (yellow)
handed to the Breed Advisor at inspection of the animal (age 1-3 years).
The calf book certificates of rejected animals are cancelled and you receive
registration certificate (white)
for animals which pass inspection.
If an animal is sold, dies, is culled or slaughtered, the
certificate must be forwarded to the office for either transfer to the new owner or for cancellation.
A simple, however
system, with a minimum of paperwork.
Visit by the breed advisor
For many breeders this
annual visit is the most important service. It is mainly geared towards
aspects, which are for the financial benefit of the breeder.
Inspection has been a prerequisite for registration since the establishment of
the society, which means that a registration certificate will only be issued if
the animal as well as its parents have been approved. Inspection is applied in
accordance with production orientated standards which are adjusted from time to
time in order to meet the latest consumer’s demands. The Society’s Breed
Advisors and official judges may inspect animals. A registration certificate is
issued for animals, which pass inspection, and animals, which are rejected, are
cancelled in the Herd Book. During the inspection visit all uninspected animals
are scored by a Breed Advisor and breeders also get the opportunity to discuss
stud breeding affairs on a personal level with him.
The SIMbra rePROduction (SIMPRO) report and analysis is unique. This system
involves the critical analysis by the Breed Advisor and owner of a number of
reproduction criteria within herd context (environment) of females. Simpro
services measures the adaptability of cows, determines the correct cow size,
identifies the superior breeding cows, renders administrative assistance and can
save the breeder thousands of Rand.
The Breed Advisor also analyses the genetic performance of the herd within the
breed for the different characteristics.
Other aspects that will be addressed are advice with the selection of AI and
private bulls, identification of elite or star cows, buying/selling of animals
and other advise services.
How much does it cost?
The visit of the Breed
Advisor, ultra modern registration system, worldwide recognized beef cattle
performance testing system and the other specialty services cost the average
breeder the price of 1˝ weaners per year.
The aim of the society is not only to recruit
new members, however, to retain them by means of
the rendering of good services and by improving