Black Simmentals possess all the valuable traits of the Simmental breed, differing only in coat colour.
Purebred Black Simmentals are black in coat colour, contain at least 15/16 Simmental content and are registered in the society’s Black Simmental register.
One of the Simmental breed's biggest advantages is its adaptability. Breeders around the world have created animals that uniquely suit their environment or purpose. It is this adaptability that lead to the development of Black Simmental to aid in meeting the increasing demand for black coated cattle.
The origins of Black Simmental were the result of mating Simmental to black cattle, namely Angus. Over time a small number of breeders continued to utilise a grading up program from animals possessing the dominant black gene to reach a “pure” Simmental status. The breakthrough for these cattle first presented itself in the United States where they became the backbone of an ambitious sire evaluation program aimed at making Simmental acceptable to breeders of Angus commercial cattle. As experienced in North America, the temperate areas of the Australian commercial beef herd are highly populated by Angus.
Today, Black Simmentals are predominantly sort after for their solid black coat colour and polled attributes. The Black Simmental brings an exceptional boost in weight gain and carcase yield along with the bonus maternal characteristics of extra milking ability and fertility. The emphasis on calving ease and low birthweight are other major benefits of utilising Black Simmental genetics with these traits holding high importance in crossbreeding with the Angus commercial herd.
Black Simmental are also the main Simmental strain utilised to produce SimAngus.