As the current Michigan Simmental Association Secretary-Treasurer, Sandra Fiegel has provided many years of dedicated service to the Michigan Simmental Association and the Simmental cattle breed.
Sandra initially became a member of our association while operating Fiegel Simmentals with her husband, Richard Fiegel. After Richard’s death, Sandra continued active involvement with the Michigan Simmental Association. With more that twenty-five years of service to our association, Sandra’s loyalty is greatly appreciated by all who have had the privilege of working alongside her. Sandra has served as a great ambassador for our association, and will be recognized at the Summer Picnic with the honor of the Tiny Zehnder Lifetime Achievement Award.
We welcome your support in joining the celebration of Sandra’s service.
As this year’s host for the Michigan Simmental Association’s Annual Summer Picnic, it is with great pleasure to feature the Plank Simmental Farm in our Summer Newsletter.
As a recognized Family Centennial Farm, the Plank Simmental Farm has been well-rooted in Crystal, MI. Brian Plank reports proudly how involved everyone in the family–Oscar, Paula, Sam, Corey, Brooke, and Hunter–is with daily farming operations.
The Plank’s got their start with Simmental cattle 1982. Since that time, their herd has grown to now include 75 SimAngus cattle. They began involvement with the American Simmental Association 1982, and in 1983, became members of the Michigan Simmental Association. At present, Brian Plank serves as Michigan Cattlemen’s Association’s treasurer. For the first 14 years of its existence, Brian Plank was also consigned to the Michigan Beef Expo.
The Plank Simmental Farm is well known to many of us as the host of the annual MCA/MSU Bull Evaluation Program Sale. In fact, the farm has been involved with the MCA/MSU Bull Evaluation Program for the past twelve years. In addition to feeding our bulls and maintaining records, the Plank’s also produced the program’s highest-indexing Simmental bull and the highest-selling Simmental bull in MCA/MSU Bull Evaluation Program in 2014.
The Plank’s market their cattle private treaty as well as hosting a Club Calf Sale annually. This fall, they will be hosting their 21st Annual Club Calf Sale, which is held the first Saturday of October at their farm in Crystal, MI.
To learn more about the Plank Simmental Farm, you may contact Brian Plank at:
325 Mount Hope Road
2013 Michigan Beef Expo
Reserve Champion Simmental Female
Lot 408 CF Zonda Shown by: Campbell Farms
Reserve Grand Champion Simmental Bull
Lot 414 KKK Machoman Z219 Shown by: Klein Cattle Company
The testing portion of the 2012-2013 MCA/MSU Bull Evaluation Program has come to an end. The bulls have been evaluated for growth, genetics and breeding soundness. 26 Simmental & Simmental Hybrid Bulls have made the final cut and sale catalogs have been prepared.
OPEN HOUSE – Saturday, March 2, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Station, 325 Mt. Hope Rd, Crystal, MI
BULL SALE – Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. at the Station, 325 Mt. Hope Rd, Crystal, MI
For more information visit www.micattlemen.org
MI Beef Expo Simmental Show & Sale is scheduled for April 5-7, 2013 will be held at the MSU Livestock Pavilion, East Lansing, Michigan.
Schedule of Events
Friday, April 5 – Simmental Show
9:00 a.m. – Ring 1
Saturday, April 6 – Simmental Sale
2:00 p.m. – Auditorium
Sunday, April 7 – MSU Block & Bridle Club Junior Heifer & Steer Show
8:00 a.m. – Auditorium
VIEW CATALOG – Click on image below to view full screen size.
The Michigan Simmental Association launches new website.
To find the recent news, calendar of sales & events and contact information for the Michigan Simmental Association, be sure to bookmark www.michigansimmental.org.
The 23rd Annual Michigan Beef Expo gave cattle producers an opportunity to showcase some of the best seedstock genetics available. This year’s special event included eight breed shows and sales, youth contests, an extensive indoor trade show and a junior steer and heifer
The Beef Expo, a project of the Michigan Cattlemen’s Association, is designed to promote the beef industry through sales, shows and displays of seedstock genetics, focus media attention on the beef industry, unite the various breeds and provide an opportunity to share in a major statewide beef industry promotional event.
Simmental Show Results
Simmental Sale Report
# of Total Lots: 19
Grand Champion Female:
Lot Number: 403 Price:$3,000
Consignor: Rich Beef & Grain, Sandusky, MI
Buyer: Laura Bolinger, Perrinton, MI
Reserve Champion Female:
Lot Number: 405 Price: $2,700
Consignor: Campbell Farms, St. Johns, MI
Buyer: Robert DeLong, Cass City, MI
Grand Champion Bull:
Lot Number: 412 Price: $2,600
Consignor: Campbell Farms, St. Johns, MI
Buyer: Randal Sheehan, Gladwin, MI
Reserve Champion Bull:
Lot Number: 419 Price: $2,500
Consignor: Fitzner Farms, Wolverine, MI
Buyer: Dave Schroder, Bellevue, MI
High Selling Female:
Lot Number: 401 Price: $3,750
Consignor: Craig Pollington, Double C Simmentals, Marion, MI
Buyer: R Willard Welch, Jr., Novo, OH
High Selling Bull:
Lot Number: 416 Price: $2,900
Consignor: Tod Landis, Homer, MI
Buyer: Darwin Eichenberg, Reed City, MI