Simmental cattle

Simmental cattle

Simmental cattle get their name from the Simme Valley in Switzerland – the area where they were first bred. Today, the dual purpose Simmental is one of the most popular breeds in the world. In Germany and Austria it is known as Fleckvieh and in France as Pie Rouge.

Total numbers of Simmental cattle are estimated to be around the 50 million mark. The highest concentrations can be found in Europe, but this is an animal that is successfully used on 6 continents. Interestingly, the worldwide spread didn’t really occur in any great number until the late 1960s and Simmental cattle were only shipped to China in the 1970s.

Simmental cattle for sale in Ireland

Simmental are renowned as a fantastic dual purpose breed. Muscularity and high milk production are important features of their popularity. Simmental cattle can be crossed successfully with any other breed.

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Simmental cattle characteristics

The Simmental can vary in colour from chestnut/gold to red with white. (American Simmentals are often predominately black or red.) They have a short, soft coat with white markings on the head and belly. Simmental cattle can be horned or polled.

They have a large frame and good muscling. Cows reach up to 900 kilos in weight, mature bulls around 1,300 kilos.

Simmental cattle temperament

The breed is known for its good temperament and they are easy to handle. Selective breeding has focused on maximising milk and beef production at the minimum of cost. Growth rates are excellent and daily live weight gains of 2kg a day are achievable. Cows are very maternal and able to rear their young on milk (not concentrates).  Indeed, cows can produce 7 – 11 kg of milk each day.

Simmental cattle are renowned for their high beef yields. The carcass is heavier yet leaner than many other European breeds. The good quality meat has little waste fat.

The Simmental has proved very successful in crossbreeding. They can improve milk yield and the quality of meat. Little wonder that this genuine dual purpose breed is so popular.

If you are interested in purchasing Simmental cattle, please get in touch.

Simmental cattle for sale in Ireland

Simmental cattle for sale in Ireland and many other breeds 

David Clarke Livestock supply many other dual purpose breeds. These include; Brown Swiss, Danish Red, Dexter, Fleckvieh, Montbéliarde, Norwegian Red, Rotbunt and Welsh Black.

Beef cattle include; Aberdeen Angus, AubracBeef Shorthorn, Belgian BlueBelted Galloway, Blonde d’Aquitaine, Charolais, Chianina, Devon, Galloway, Hereford, Limousin, Parthenais and Salers.

Dairy breeds include; Ayrshire, British FriesianDairy Shorthorn, Holstein, Guernsey and Jersey.

Find out more about our beef cattle service and our dairy cattle service.

To discuss your requirements, please contact our friendly team on 00353 87 257 6434.