What a great Simmental Field Day! Our Pennsylvania Simmental Field Day was held June 6-7th, 2009, at the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds with absolutely perfect weather. Saturday was a very relaxing day with plenty of time for talking to friends and fellow breeders, and listening to interesting speakers discussing topics such as EPD’s and nutrition. The day ended with a meal and Q&A sessions with Bill McDonald, ASA Eastern Region Trustee, and Bill Wehry, Pennsylvania Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. The two subjects most discussed after dinner were the genetic defects most recently appearing in Angus cattle and how to prevent them from becoming a problem in the Simmental breed; and the state budget cuts to agriculture and especially cuts to the fair funding, which could directly affect all our fairs, and even the Pa. Farm Show and K.I.L.E.
Field Day ended with a very well attended Junior Show on Sunday. The heifer show included purebred Simmental, percentage Simmental, and all other breeds divisions; the steer show included registered Simmental and all other breeds divisions. In all, over fifty animals were shown. Click here to see full Junior Show results.
Thank you to Sarah Zimmerman for organizing this event, Joe Messick for assisting Sarah, Les Whitmoyer and Cindy Zimmerman for all their hard work to pull everything together, and every one who volunteered time and donations to have a great Field Day.