In April 2019, the American Simmental Association (ASA) and Holstein Association USA (HAUSA) announced the formation of the HOLSimTM branded beef program that identifies elite SimAngusTM bulls with specific production attributes as mating solutions for dairy producers who breed some of their herd to beef.
Today the ASA and HAUSA are happy to present to you the new Top Ranking HOLSimTM Qualified November 1, 2019 Bull List. Attached is the list of 253 bulls that rank highest on the new HOLSimTM List.
We are also happy to provide you with the expanded list of HOLSim sires whose offspring qualify for the HOLSimTM American Beef Program. The bulls on this list include all of the bulls that were on the original HOLSimTM Index List published in April and the November HOLSim bulls.
The program’s objective is: to provide additional revenue to dairy producers through the production of value-added terminal calves; to offer new marketing avenues for progressive beef seedstock operations; and to offer a consistent supply of high-quality calves better situated to capture market premiums; and to deliver mating solutions for dairy farmers who breed some of their herd to beef.
Qualifying for the sire list is not easy, and bulls that do so represent an elite group of beef genetics. All bulls in the program will be required to include the HOLSim logo in all marketing and promotional material.
“The bulls must be homozygous black, homozygous polled, have a minimum birth weight accuracy of .4, and meet a minimum threshold in the HOLSim Index,” according to Chip Kemp, ASA Director of Commercial and Industry Operations.
The HOLSim Index uses the IGS Feeder Profit CalculatorTM (FPC), the industry leader in feeder cattle evaluation, as the foundation for this effort.
The results from the FPC are then adjusted for the unique economic situations relevant to Holstein cattle, namely, the need for added calving ease, muscle conformation, grading ability and sensitivity to carcass length.
The program is underpinned by HAUSA’s industry-leading animal identification program, something that will add increasing value in the marketplace as consumers require more information about where their food comes from. Because dairy operations calve year-round, a continuous and steady supply of high-quality beef will be available to distributors, retailers and restaurateurs that have struggled historically with seasonal fluctuations of supplies.
To qualify for the program, all animals must have a Holstein dam identified through the Holstein Association USA and be sired by SimAngus bulls from the Qualified Bull Lists.
The HOLSim program is the first of its kind and offers dairy farmers a unique opportunity to build new profit centers.
“To my knowledge, this is the first time that a beef and a dairy breed association have collaborated to have a specific program to benefit both organizations and their respective members and industries,” John M. Meyer, Holstein Association USA Chief Executive Officer says.