E-newsletter March 2019

48th AGM of Simmental Australia
This year the AGM will be held at Gympie, QLD, in conjunction with the Simmental Feature at the Gympie Show.
Itinerary will be as follows:

Wednesday 15th May, fly in early to Brisbane then bus trip to Gympie via Clay Gully and Nangur Simmental studs.
Thursday 16th. attend the Gympie Show and the Simmental and Simbrah judging followed by AGM.
Friday 17th, bus back to Brisbane for flights in late afternoon.

Venue for AGM is the Mary River Inn. You can book accommodation directly on 08 5482 9977.
Right: Gympie Show website, click on the pic for the show schedule

Days to Calving information
Most of you know the dates in and out for the bulls joining your females each year. How many of you actually forward that data? How else do you prove the fertility of your females?

The following article is available on the Breedplan website in full and I’ll post the link below, along with a spreadsheet for you to fill out and send in.
Read more
Joining Spreadsheet

DNA Testing Subsidies
ASBA will be continuing to subsidise Low Density testing in 2019 where herds have submitted three traits for Breedplan in 2018. They will receive a 50% discount on the LD test itself in 2019, on a pro-rata basis. Please contact your Federal rep or EO for more information.

REMINDER: No Q calves can be registered without the sire being LD/50K tested. Please call the office to check or check for his status on Animal Enquiry (see below)

Calf Recording S1 Forms
This year your S1 forms will be sent as a PDF to your member login in the Download files section for you to print if necessary. If you don’t have a member login then you will still receive the hard copy by post.

Sale Promotion Emails
Would you like us to promote your sale to all the membership via this service? We can produce an e-news advertisement with links to your website, PDF catalogue and Facebook pages all for 25c per email. We can then provide you with statistics of email opens and links clicked. Please contact us at the office for more information.

Who, what, where, when, why
Have your contact details changed? If you have updated your email address, website, phone numbers etc, please let us know. Please email the office at simmental@abri.une.edu.au    You don’t want to miss a thing….

Sales Results
The selling season is in full season with the sales results listed for February and March to date below. Click on the stud name for more information.
Bonnydale – Top Price: $14,500, with an average of $7,766

–  Top Price: $8,500 with an average of $3,805
Yerwal Estate and Mt Mooney – Top Price: $9,000 with an average of $6,312
Tugulawa – Top Price: $7,000, average of $4,733
Woonallee – Top Price: $30,000 with an average of $7,102
Lancaster – Top Price: $10,500 with an average of $6,102
Willandra – Top Price: $9,500 twice, average of $5,550
Brewer Beef – Top Price: $10,000 with an average of $5,686
Bandeeka – Top Price: $10,000 with an average of $4,870
Wormbete & Valley Creek – Top Price: $15,000

Photo: The top priced female was Woonallee Heaven Sent for a record breaking $30,000 purchased by Dallas Kropp, Dallas Ranch Simmentals, Clifford Gardens, Qld.

From the Board

Stud Member of the Year:
At the recent Board Meeting it was decided to introduce an award for a Stud member that has been prolific in promoting the Simmental and Simbrah breeds.  This can be via, but not limited to, show results, sale results, field days and general promotion of the breed.  It could be a state based award whereby the winners from each state goes into a federal award.  This person will be nominated by members and voted on by the board at a presentation at the AGM each year.   Apply here
Once you’ve filled out your form and clicked submit, go to your email program and it will be sitting in drafts for you to send.

Shed Cards revamp:
Feedback from Canberra Show was all positive. The next Royals the new shed cards will be on show are Toowoomba and Sydney.

Draft constitution:
ASBA is in the process of updating it’s Constitution or Articles of Association, as is a requirement of Corporate Law. A copy will be sent out to members for consultation prior to voting on it at the 2020 AGM.

Trade Missions:
Expressions of interest are sought for the following trade missions in 2019/20.
Farm Fair and Agribition weeks in Canada in November 2019.
The Costa Rica WSFF meeting in approx. September 2019.
The next World Congress in Austria in 2020.
Please contact the office if you’re interested.

From the Office

Poll testing results:
Do you have progeny that should be noted as Polled by Pedigree where the Sire and Dam have both been tested as PP? We’ve put in place that the progeny should show Polled by Pedigree on the website and need some progeny IDs to check. If you have Sires or Dams, including overseas, that have been tested and we don’t have them as PP, please let us know.

DNA cards:
Do you still have old UQ cards and ziplock bags you intend to use? Neogen has advised that they will charge an admin fee if the hair sample is not in their latest card. If you need new cards, please contact the office. These are charged out at 90c each. If you’re unsure what card you should be using, click on this link for more information. Anyone needing testing done prior to their sales needs to allow about 8-10 weeks for results, depending on the test request.

Show Vests:
ASBA is about to place an order for the brown woollen vests and asks if anyone needing vests in 2019 to please let us know ASAP. Please note the Simmental blue shirt is considered to be the breed uniform and the vests are only to be worn in cold weather for your comfort. If it’s too hot, don’t wear it.

Scarves and Ties:
We now have available a new range of scarves and ties for purchase (see below). They are $20 each and are available from the office. Note they are not a compulsory addition to the breed uniform but here if you want to wear a branded product.

Breed Uniform:
ASBA will continue the 50% subsidy of the breed uniform in 2019. The dark blue poly/cotton is $25 and the light blue cotton is $35. Postage not included.

Reminder: The flyers listed below are all available on our website (scroll down past the forms), either prefilled with ASBA details or in an editable form for you to place your details, for you upcoming sales and field days. You may also use these as adverts in media.

Turn Around Times
Please note when sending emails or phoning with enquiries that there can be a week turnaround depending on the work involved. If you need confirmation on your email being received then please turn on read receipts in your email options. The office will endeavour to get back to you as soon as the current workload allows.

Breed Uniform  Please send your order in before 10am on Fridays as we have limited stock on hand.

Do you have a logo?  We can put your logo on the animal search screen on the web so people see it every time they look up one of your animals. Send in your logo to simmental@abri.une.edu.au and we’ll upload it for $5.50 (standard photo upload price)
We can also upload a sale video of your animal of no more than 60 seconds and less than 1M is size, again for $5.50. We’ve had our first logo uploaded, check out AGO when you’re next on site.

Credit Card facilities are available  ASBA have credit card payment facility available – just phone the office with your details and payments can be made straight away.

EFT payments PLEASE ensure when making EFT bank payments, you use your herd member I.D letters in the description and send us an email with the workorder number you’ve paid for that would be appreciated. This ensures the payments are allocated to the correct account.

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