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Simbra Spring Showcase 2023

The 2023 Simbra Spring Showcase took place from the 4th – 7th September 2023. The festivities began on Tuesday, 5 September with a wonderful opening ceremony

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Klerksdorp Course

Vir meer as 15 jaar al bied die Maré’s van Klerksdorp ‘n Simbra beginnerkursus aan vir graad 11 leerders van die Klerksdorp Hoërskool.

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Feedback on Bleka Information Day

On the 14th of June Bleka Simmentalers and Simbras hosted their annual beef information day. The day was very well attended by commercial farmers from the area and was very interactive.

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UFS Course 2023

On 23 and 24 May 2023, the Simbra Society held a beginners course for the University of the Free State (UFS). Many thanks are extended to Mr Chris Richter who generously hosted us on his farm outside of Bloemfontein.

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Royal Show 2023

The royal show took place from 26 May to 4 June 2023 in Pietermaritzburg. The KZN Sim Club hosted both the Simbra and Simmentaler breeds at their Royal showground’s clubhouse for the last time.

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The DNA Pipeline

The office has put together a useful resource that explains what is required in every column of the DNA3 Producer Submission (780) Form. This resource is available on the Simbra website and can be downloaded for your convenience

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Bloemfontein Show 2023

Joshlin Simbra, Blue Water, Eastern Cape, competed at Bloemfontein show, May 2023.
Thursday 4 May, simbras were judged by the very experienced Jaco Mare and Carl Rautenbach.

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Beef Cattle Information Days

As part of Simbra’s mission to provide quality service and leadership to both it’s members and the broader industry – on the 15th and 16th of March the Simbra Society, with the sponsorship of Plaasmedia and Molatek hosted two Beef Cattle Information Days.

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Club Information Days

Op die 17 November 2022 het Sentraal Vrystaat Klub ‘n baie suksesvolle bees inligtingsdag by Edenburg Golfklub gehou. Die dag was goed geondersteun

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CUT Simbra Beginners Course

On the 2nd and 3rd of March, the Simbra Society held a beginner’s course for the Central University of Technology (CUT). Mr Phillip Viljoen was kind enough to host us on his farm outside Bloemfontein.

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New Breedplan Software and Selection Indexes

The Simbra society moved over to the new selection indexes and also moved onto a new version of Breedplan (V6.2). This newer version of Breedplan contained some updates to the models, particularly for the Days to Calving Model.

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Benefits of Ultrasound Scanning 

The need for accurate, objective and reproducible measurements of body composition has long been of interest in livestock production. Real-time Ultrasound (RTU) scanning is not only a measure of the physiological makeup of an animal, but also an indication of carcass traits

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New Staff Member

The Society received a number of requests in the last breeders meeting to make someone available to assist breeders with the capturing and submitting of data to the Simbra office.

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Developing Farmers Information Day

The Simbra Society is committed to providing quality service and leadership that promotes genetic progress within the breed and ensures a high return on investment to our valued members.

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New Structure in the Primary Red Meat Industry

The primary role players in the red meat industry, namely the Red Meat Producers’ Organisation (RPO), the National Emerging Red Meat Producers’ Organisation (NERPO), the South African Feedlot Association and the Red Meat Abattoir Association requested the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) to set a vision for 2030 for the red meat industry.

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Congenital Myasthenic Syndrome (CMS)

Congenital Myasthenic Syndrome, more commonly known as CMS is caused by a deletion of the homozygous base pair 20 (470del20), the function of this base pair is to code for the epsilon subunit of the acetylcholine receptor at the neuromuscular junction.

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Breeders Manual

The English version of the Breeders Manual has arrived, and the Afrikaans version is currently at the printers. This Breeders’ manual aims to provide Simbra breeders with the essential information,

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LRF Stockman School

The LRF is committed to educating Livestock Farmers, emerging through to stud, to improve their farming enterprises and to become more profitable.

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Simbra Spring Showcase Highlights

On the 7th of September Simbra held a breeders meeting, important details relating to the 2023 financial budget, breed improvement and breed standards were addressed and discussed with the breeders.

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Myostatin (Double Muscling)

Myostatin is found in all mammals and influences the protein that controls muscle development. Natural mutations of the gene produce proteins that are less effective at controlling muscle development, and often results in increased muscle mass (Double Muscling).

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Feedback from Mpumalanga Club Information Day

At our AGM in March 2022 the importance of Clubs and Regional Representatives were identified as a strategic intervention. From March to date this strategy was implemented and many Simbra events were arranged throughout the country with great success and positive feedback from the attendees.

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Foot and Mouth Disease

Many farmers have been affected by the recent “lockdown” placed on the movement and sale of cattle due to Foot-and-Mouth disease (FMD).

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Farmers days

Bleka Simbras het op die 16de Junie ‘n baie suksesvolle inligtingsdag aangebied. Daar was spesifiek gefokus op die ontwikkeling van ‘n doeltreffende koeikudde.

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Inspections

Inspections serve as a quality guarantee of phenotypic characteristics for the buyer of a registered animal and ensures that all registered animals comply with the minimum breed standards.

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Klerksdorp Course

Vir meer as 15 jaar al bied die Maré’s van Klerksdorp ‘n Simbra beginnerkursus aan vir graad 11 leerders van die Klerksdorp Hoërskool.

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