Thoughts on the NWSS female show

The female show is history at the 2018 National Western. If you were in attendance; I realize everyone left with an opinion and I hope it was a positive one. I feel we have as a breed experienced loads of progress and I am positive about the future. The Simmentals breed as a whole is a versatile breed. I have heard individuals say that is a weakness and many say it is a positive. From the ASA and other breeders we refer to having a big tool box with access to
many tools that can be beneficial; however this depends on your needs and your customers needs. So I would encourage old breeders, new breeders, and junior members to continue to educate themselves and their operation on all the programs available by our association. I agree; we at this day and time we have a huge toolbox and many tools to offer our purebred breeders and Commerical breeders. Like any tools some are needed depending on your customers needs and demands, geographic location, feed resources, size of operation and many other factors.

The Denver show judges did an exceptional job. How can you leave Denver and not be excited. Yes, being in the breed for many years we have been faced with challenges and will continue to have those for us and the younger generation. Let’s embrace all the parts of our ever growing breed and make all the individuals involved feel welcome. Don’t be afraid or even hold back on sharing ideas, thoughts, questions, suggestions and recommendations. The opinion is no one will listen however if you are concerned about the future of your operation or your customers please pass on to the ASA staff or a trustee. There is no doubt the position of our breed is good and it will continue with loads of growth.

Remember all the tools in the toolbox are available however with our diverse and versatile breed let each breeder select what is needed.

1/17/2018 Doug Parke

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