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Western Showcase Sale – Next Sale November 8, 2014

The  WSA and  all breed Western Showcase Sale will be held on Saturday November 8, 2014 in Moses Lake, WA at 2 PM. There will be elite Simmental lots as well as other breeds. Prior to the sale, a donation heifer and other items will be auctioned off.  The event will be preceded by a Friday evening banquet and fundraising auction on November 7.

Want to see the 2013 Sale Catalog?

On Sunday November 9, there will be both a Simmental Futurity and Jr. Jackpot show. Contact Million Ayres Sale Management for details: millionayresmanagement@gmail.com or call 406-531-6131.

We hope to see you there! This is the opportunity to discover some great Simmental genetics right here in the Pacific Northwest!

More information will be coming soon!

 

Summer Sizzle Jackpot Show

Entry deadline is July 1st. Juniors who bought heifers in the Western Showcase Sale…DON’T MISS THIS ONE!

 http://www.thesummersizzle.com

 

 

 

Washington Simmental Field Day a Success!

The 2014 WSA Field Day was held May 19 at the Burnt Ridge Ranch near Onalaska, WA. Many thanks to our hosts the Thodes for sharing their ranch with us. Activities included a cattle handling facility demonstration, guest speakers, Junior judging cattle exercise, Western Regional Practice Tests for Juniors, the Annual Meeting and complimentary lunch.

Watch for photos and a recap in the coming days.

In the meantime, enjoy the video from a previous field day- the day encapsulated into just over a minute!

Earlier News

Dear Simmental Enthusiasts:

2012, the year of Simmental and Opportunity continues. And what a great year it is shaping up to be! The grass is growing, the sun is shining (sometimes), and the calves are romping in the fields. It’s such a nice time to look ahead to the many opportunities that await us as Simmental breeders.

Our first event of the year was the Washington Simmental Association Field Day on May 19. It was held on the Watson Ranch near Yakima, WA. We enjoyed family and friends, excellent company, ate some good food, and listened to our excellent speakers. We are pleased to have had Will Townsend, our Western Region ASA representative, Tom Hill of Agri Beef, and Crystal Alley, one of our former national winning juniors on our program from Bar CK Ranch. Mr. Townsend updated us on what’s new at ASA as well as talked about crossbreeding and EPDs. Mr. Hill spoke about the commercial beef industry and conducted a judging clinic for the juniors. Ms. Alley presented several clinics for the juniors so they can prepare for the contests at the upcoming Western Regional Junior Classic.

WSA Is hosting the Western Regional Classic in Moses Lake from June 24-27. Juniors from the western states will converge there to show their cattle and showcase their expertise in the various contests. It’s both educational and fun for all ages. We can always use some help, so please contact Ruth Uznay at 509-935-7721 for details.

The Washington Simmental Association Western Harvest Showcase Sale will be held on November 10 this year at the Grant County Fairgrounds in Moses Lake, WA. It’s time to start looking at the cattle and thinking about potential  consignments. Each year the quality of the consignments increases. With cattle prices up, we are expecting an exciting sale event.

Finally, remember to market, market, market! Whether you talk with other cattle people or exhibit your cattle at the fairs, the key is to get out there and be seen and heard. The Simmental breed has so much to offer the cattle industry. It’s time to get recognized and paid for the quality and functional cattle we produce.

So here’s to 2012 – the year of the Simmental and opportunity!Dr. Sandra Matheson is the 2012 President of the Washington Simmental Association.

Sincerely,

Sandra M. Matheson

President

AJSA Western Regional

The Washington Simmental Association hosted the AJSA Western Regional Classic this summer. It was held June 25-27 2012 at the Grant County Fairgrounds in Moses Lake WA.

WSA Loses One of its Own

We  are sad to report that long time WSA member and former board member Jon “Dave” Ryals has passed away. The Ryals family has had a positive influence on the Simmental breed and on youth in the northwest. Jon will be greatly missed.

The Western Harvest Showcase Sale was a Success!

The annual WSA Western Harvest Showcase Sale was held on October 1, 2011 at the Trinity Farms location near Ellensburg, WA. We had a good crowd and plenty of excellent cattle to choose from.  It takes a great deal of work to put on an event like that. Thanks to the many members, the board, consignors, bidders, and buyers. Your support was greatly appreciated!

 

2011 Western Harvest Showcase Sale Catalog

WSA Western Harvest Showcase Sale 2011

The WSA Western Harvest Showcase Sale 2011 prepares for the first lot in the ring.

Please check our Events page for the full story and photos!

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Simmmental Steers are Winners! 

Congratulations to Jaymee Graves on her recent wins with her Simmental steer “Chinook”. He was the Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer at the Island County Fair and best of all, he was the Grand Champion Carcass of Merit steer and the top gaining steer in the contest. Chinook is a purebred Simmental purchased from Matheson Farms out of well known Legacy bull and a Hart’s Sub Zero Bonina cow . Jaymee, one of our Jr. members, did an excellent job raising and showing her steer. Once again, congratulations Jaymee! Your hard work has paid off.

Jaymee's Market Steer Chinook from Matheson Farms

Jaymee Graves and Chinook

 

Congratulations to another of our junior members Quinn McHie on exhibiting the 4-H Grand Champion Market Steer at the 2011 Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days. The steer, WGC J45 Stetson 021X out of Ebonys Grandmaster, was purchased from Starling Simmentals/Cambra Livestock in our 2010 Western Harvest Showcase Sale. Stetson posted an average daily gain of 3.76 lbs!

 

Quinn McHie and his Grand Champion Market Steer

Quinn McHie and his Grand Champion Market Steer

 

Are you looking for a Market Steer project for 2013? Simmental and Sim influenced genetics are making a positive impact on the Market Steer scene. Please check our Members page to contact breeders. WSA will have several outstanding club calves consigned this year at our Western Showcase Sale on November 10!

We hope you enjoy our new website. Please feel free to contact one of the officers or board members if you have questions or simply wish to talk “Simmentals”.