In the early 1990’s Simmental breeders in the US sought to change their breed so that it better captured the market essentials important to the cattle industry and the consumer. Simmentals already possessed excellent maternal traits, growth and yield. They added to this the eating quality of Angus, polledness, earlier maturity, no eye cancers and calving ease to create the Black Simmental.
One of the Simmental breed’s biggest advantages is its adaptability. Breeders around the world have created animals that uniquely suit their environment or purpose.
The origins of Black Simmental were the result of mating Simmental to Angus. Over time a small number of breeders continued to utilise a grading up program from animals possessing the dominant black gene to reach a “pure” Simmental status. Purebred Black Simmentals are black in coat colour, contain at least 15/16 Simmental content and are registered in the society’s Black Simmental register.
The breakthrough for these cattle first presented itself in the United States where they became the backbone of an ambitious sire evaluation program aimed at making Simmental acceptable to breeders of Angus commercial cattle. Black Simmental breeders in Australia are experiencing the same acceptance from Angus breeders throughout the temperate cattle areas.
Today, Black Simmentals are predominantly sort after for their solid black coat colour and polled attributes.
The Black Simmental brings an exceptional boost in weight gain and carcase yield along with the bonus maternal characteristics of extra milking ability and fertility.
The emphasis on calving ease and low birthweight are other major benefits of utilising Black Simmental genetics with these traits holding high importance in crossbreeding with the Angus commercial herd.
Black Simmental are also the main Simmental strain utilised to produce SimAngus.