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The Simmentaler originally originated in the Simme valley in Switzerland. Breeding work with the breed has been carried out here for centuries. From Switzerland, the breed has spread throughout Central and Southern Europe and from there all over the world. In the home countries of the breed, simmental with a reference to its (often) variegated markings is usually called Fleckvieh. The breed is found today in all parts of the world in a number of approx. 50 million (!) Animals. It is thus among the 3-4 most widespread cattle breeds on the planet. Truly a world race.

Historically, Simmental was originally a breed used for three purposes: milk, meat, and traction. Precisely this combination has undoubtedly helped to give the breed its strength in terms of production characteristics. These properties have been developed over the centuries under extremely difficult conditions in mountainous areas. In some parts of the world, Simmental is still used for all three purposes at once, not least in the world’s most economically disadvantaged countries. For example, there are approx. 12 mio. simmentalere in China. Elsewhere, the breed is used in the combination “milk & meat”. In a country like Austria, Simmental is the dominant breed (over 80% of the total cattle population). An annual milk yield of up to 10-15,000 liters per. cow is no exception here, alongside a large production of meat.

However, it is like a pure beef cattle breed that the Simmentaler is triumphant as a world breed. The breed has shown an incredible ability to adapt to the most diverse climatic and production conditions. As an example, the breed is bred under very intensive conditions in Scandinavia and Northern Europe, while it in turn produces meat on a large scale under extensive forms of production in North and South America, Australia and southern Africa. In Denmark, Simmental is used as mentioned especially as a beef cattle breed under intensive conditions, but is also used for crossbreeding in dairy herds.

The characteristics of the Simmentaler include, first and foremost, the ability to produce high growth. Simmental has huge facilities for large daily growth – an increase of 2,000 grams per. day and above is quite common today. In addition, good musculature and the ability to produce at a low feed consumption here, the breed is distinguished not least by the ability to absorb large amounts of cheap roughage. This plays a crucial role in the financial side of the matter.

Since Simmental came to Denmark in the 1970s, Simmental has become one of the largest beef cattle breeds in Denmark, not least due to the breed’s calm temperament and great growth potential.