Darby has had Black Angus bull calves on offer since 1999 but 2008 marked the first year we had purebred Simmental Bull Calves for Sale. Some of our Simmental bulls sell at the Southwest Showcase Bull Sale in Swift Current, SK March 27th, 2017 and the rest sell by Private Treaty. We will continue to consign all our Angus Bulls to the “Your Choice” Bull Sale in Maple Creek SK., April 14th, 2017. Please come join us at the Sale and feel free to stop by for a visit anytime.
None of our cattle are creep fed and our sales are later in the spring, so our bulls don't have to be pushed. Taking our time to get our bulls into proper sale shape ensures that there will be no feed related problems with feed and overall soundness. Haven't we all watched an expensive, over - fat bull waste down to nothing at some time or another? Natural thickness and muscling is our goal. Please feel free to take a gander at our 2017 Bull Sale Offering
There are a lot of good Angus and Hereford cattle in the southwest corner of Saskatchewan and we saw a unique opportunity to offer one of the best crosses for both those breeds – Simmental. Crossing with Simmental will not only add pounds to your calves with their extra muscle and length of spine, but the females provide that extra milk which will also pack on the pounds. A good friend of ours said it best- who doesn’t want 50 plus extra pounds per calf for free? That’s what a Simmental cross can do for you.
Selecting the Right Kind
When we selected the Simmental cattle that were to come down to Robsart, SK. with us, we wanted cows that were moderate in size, with lots of muscle expression, excellent feet and legs, as well as sound udders. A tall
Treating Them All The Same
The Simmental cows run together with our purebred and commercial herds as well as with South Shadow Angus’s purebred and commercial herds. The purebred cows at the Ranch are treated and fed the same and run with the commercial herd most of the time except for their barn time at calving and the month when we are Artificially Inseminating.
order, but cows like that were not too hard to find at Kimlake Farms. Four of the orginal cows that made the trek to Robsart went back to the family favorite Noremac cow 73F (affectionately called Storm); the first purebred Simmental born at Kimlake and one of the best and most productive cow families there.
The demand for red Simmentals in this part of the country was a lot greater than we originally anticipated so in the fall of 2008 we also purchased a large group of red cows and heifers at the Kimlake Dispersal. They are a beautiful group of cows and we are very pleased with how they are turning out.
Pictured Right is one of our Purebred Simmental
cows on winter-feed with the Angus herds.
The cows usually graze on tame pasture from May to mid-June, than are moved to some native pasture until the calves are weaned first week of September. Depending on the amount of grass, they are returned to their field and eventually moved to stubble fields where they will graze most of October to December. Supplementation with green feed and dryland grass hay bales commences early winter.
In December the green feed and hay bales are tub ground and the cows are provided with a ration that readily meets their protein and energy requirement approaching calving. Salt blocks and loose mineral are provided free choice year round.
Pictured Above is Boundary Fixation 123W, a great Grandson of the Noremac 73F cow. He was purchased by Spring Creek Colony at the 1st Annual Southwest Showcase Bull Sale. The Storm cow family is for the most part Black.
moved to grass with one of our Walking Herdsires. In general the black cows are placed with a black bull, red cows are placed with a red bull, and the replacement heifers are always covered by a quality heifer bull.
Our bull battery consists of quality stock we have sourced after traveling around the province looking for the best bulls that will meet all our needs. We have also begun to use a couple of bulls out of our own program and these young herdsires show great promise.
Artificial Insemination is a very important tool for us. As such, we spend many days pouring over AI catalogues but also discuss with other cattlemen which bulls have worked well for them. A few semen packages are purchased each spring from some of the prestigious bulls that have sold, and whose confirmation and pedigrees we’ve appreciated.
Our purebred Simmental herd consists of approximately 100 head of Red and Black cows. Aritificial Insemination of the herd commences end of March. The cows and heifers are inseminated for two cycles, than