Dixson Farms Inc. Simmental program stands on a commitment to
cost efficient performance cattle that can thrive in adverse
conditions. Our hostile environment has provided selection
pressure which has guided us to moderate framed, easy fleshing,
and structurally sound cows.
After heifers are bred for their first calf, they do not receive
any grain or silage…EVER!! Heifers are run right with our mature
cows and get no additional feeding. They must breed back in the
same 45 day period as the cows with no special treatment.
Our summer calving herd grazes short dry grass through the
winter, supplemented with protein. We feed hay only when the
grass is covered by a foot or more of snow. Some cows can’t perform in this kind
of system; they get a one way trailer ride. As a result, only
the tough cows remain here.
We all three have full-time off farm jobs. We don’t have time to
pull calves or work with big dumb calves. We do NOT tolerate
birth weights of 100 lbs. or more; bulls are cut, heifers are
culled. Our ideal BW is 85 lbs. Despite these lower birth
still demand performance. Our birth weights are consistently in
the 75-95 lb.
range now, and our mature cow size is under control
due to the link between mature size and birth weight.
We use a multi-trait approach to our breeding program. It is our
goal to improve growth, maternal, and carcass traits without
compromising on birth weight or calving ease. There is also no
compromise on the traits which are harder to measure; fertility,
fleshing ability, disposition, and structural soundness.