As is the case with Angus, Hereford, Brahman, Holstein and Jersey and many others, we believe Simmentaler must also have unique colour characteristics. The Association’s constitution compels us to protect the phenotypical purity of the breed and this is monitored by our compulsory inspection system. By the way, Simbra are registered in their own autonomous herdbook and their breed standard differs from that of Simmentaler.
We allow infusion of good genetics from other breeds, like for instance udders from Simmentalers with Red Holstein blood (Europe), polled factor (German Pirol) and even smooth hair (Simbra) up to the maximum allowed by the World Simmental-Fleckvieh Federation (12%). However, these animals are subject to strict inspection for, amongst others, typical colour and Simmentaler type. In practice this infusion rarely occurs, because breeders make use of the large worldwide within-breed variation.
When the identity of a breed is lost, the breed is also lost.
Why? Beef is mainly produced by crossbreds and Simmentaler is used to improve the growth rate and milk (weaning weight) of the crossbred herd. Commercial beef producers associate these two important qualities with the colour and pattern of the Simmentaler and its crosses. If we lose this distinguishable breed identity, the breed will also vanish.
Color may vary from dark red to cream, spread about the body in random patterns. The following animals are not registered: black, entirely red without white underline and predominantly white.