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Simmental is a breed of cattle whose history dates back to the Middle Ages. Early records indicate that Simmental cattle were the result of a cross between large German cattle and a smaller breed indigenous to Switzerland. The name Simmental is derived from the name of the area where the cattle were first bred - the Simme Valley, which is situated in the Berner Oberland in Switzerland.

Technically, the Simmental designation includes several breeds in Europe. The name is given specifically to the breed in Switzerland, while in Germany and Austria it is known as Fleckvieh, and in France as Pie Rouge. The Pie Rouge includes three separate herd book registries namely Abondance, Montbeliard and Pie Rouge de l'Est.    more...

Latest Simmental Breed News

Friday, July 04, 2008
Young Blood and Simmental Cattle Tops Agenda
UK - Injecting new, young blood into Simmental cattle breeding programmes was top of the agenda at the World Congress meetings...
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thirsk to Host Simmental Cattle Show
UK - North Yorkshire is set to host the World Simmental Cattle Breeders Congress next week....
Friday, August 03, 2007
Foot and Mouth Disease confirmed in cattle, in Surrey, UK
UK - DEFRA have confirmed that following an investigation of suspected vesicular disease on a holding near Guildford in Surrey,...

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