Michigan Simmental Fall Sale


Dear Michigan Simmental Association Members:
Ruble Cattle Services is excited to be managing this year’s Michigan Simmental Association 2016 Fall Sale. This year’s Michigan Fall Sale will be held at United Producers, St. Louis, MI on October 29th, 2016.

Marshall and I are planning on building on the success of last year’s fall sale. Last year we were able to market cattle and genetics in numerous states throughout the country as well as giving the buyers in Michigan competition. This was one of the largest and most successful sales in the state’s history. We have opened up marketing opportunities for you to sell cattle and genetics across the US.

With your help we can make this year’s sale the best Simmental sale in the state of Michigan. What we need from you is your best. This is an opportunity to showcase your program to Michigan and the nation. We are looking for top end bred cows, cow calves, bred heifers, open heifers, pregnancies, embryos, and semen. Please make sure to have high quality pictures for the ads and sale catalog. We need entries and pictures by September 2nd or sooner for ads. Please let us know as soon as possible how many lots you are planning on consigning to the sale. We are really looking forward to having a great sale with your participation.

Jeremie and Marshall Ruble


All Entries and Photos due to RCS by: September 2, 2016

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2016 Beef Expo Catalog

2016 MI BEEF Expo Simmental Catalog (PDF)


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2016 Michigan Beef Expo Simmental Show & Sale


Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2, 2016
the Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education in East Lansing, Michigan


DOWNLOAD 2016 MI Beef Expo Entry Form

Rules and Information

Stalled: Thursday, March 31, 2016
Show: Friday, April 1, 2016
Sale: Saturday, April 2, 2016
Entry Deadline: February 10, 2016
Auctioneer: Col. Bill Sheridan
Sale Chairman: Robert DeLong: 989-551-4712

Sale Chairmen are available to answer any questions or assist you in selection entries for the Beef Expo Sale. Please feel free to call.

Commission: The sale commission will be pro-rated as a percentage of the total expensesto the total sale gross. Entry fee will be applied towards sale commission. Commission will be due on any lot bought back by the consigner.

Entry Fee: A $100/head entry fee is a required fee and will be applied toward your commission. This fee is non-refundable in the event of a no-show or buyback.

Late Entries: will be accepted at $150/head with no guaranties of being in the catalog. No pictures will be accepted with late entries.

Registration Certificates: Al entries must be registered with the American Simmental Association prior to the sale. Original Simmental registration certificates must be in the hands of the sale chairmen before the lot can be sold.

Health Requirements:
All Michigan entries must be tagged with an EID Tag.
All out of state cattle must have Interstate Health papers, permanent ID# (Such as their Tattoo#).
All cattle should be free of warts, ringworm, and mange
All cattle should be free of internal and external parasites
All cattle should be fully and properly vaccinated.

Breeding Guarantee:
All entries will sell guaranteed in accordance with the recommended terms set forth by the Michigan Beef Expo Committee. All Bulls born before 3/1/2015 must pass a Breeding Soundness Exam. All bulls born after 3/2/2015 must pass a breeding soundness Physical with at least 50% live sperm. A Breeding Soundness Certificate MUST accompany each bull.

  • Cattle must be broke to lead. Banners will be awarded for Grand and Reserve Champions.
  • Bulls – All bulls will be required to have a nose ring or a nose plug in.
  • Membership in the Simmental Association is required. Non Members must join at the time entries are submitted. Please enclose $20.00 for annual dues to the Michigan Simmental Association.
  • Membership in the Michigan Cattleman’s Association is required. Please call their office 517-347-8117 to request a membership form. Non-members will have fees deducted from their check.
  • Membership in the American Simmental Association is not required but added transfer fees may be added.
  • All tattoos will be checked by the sale committee at check in. Registration certificates must be presented at check in time. All animals must be tattooed and tattoos must correspond to registration papers.
  • All entries will be stalled on the bedding provided by the Michigan Beef Expo. Stall space will be assigned by the sale committee. If you desire to be stalled next to someone, please note on your entry form.
  • Sale order will be determined by the sale committee with influence from the pre sale show.
  • Only high quality pictures will be. The catalog committee screen pictures for the catalog and will have final decision on quality and may ask to have them retaken.
  • Please attach a copy of the Simmental registration certificate.
  • Make checks Payable to the Michigan Simmental Association.

Sale Committee:
Robert DeLong
8673 Hadley Rd
Cass City, Mi 48726
Cell: 989-551-4712

Entries Due: February 10, 2016

Late Entries $150/head

Important information for sale cattle consignors and owners
of display cattle at the 2016 MI Beef Expo

Health Requirements: Please refer to the attached document OR the 2016 Health Requirements for Native Michigan Livestock Exhibited in Michigan at www.michigan.gov/mda-exhibitinfo.
Out of State Cattle: All cattle from out of state must have interstate travel papers. Please contact the Michigan Dept. of Agriculture Animal Industry Division at 517-373-1077 for details about those requirements.
Breeding Soundness Exams: All bulls born prior to March 1, 2015 must have a complete breeding soundness exam(BSE) as defined by the Society for Theriogenology. Bulls not passing the BSE will not be eligible for sale. All bulls born between March 1, 2015 and April 30, 2015 will be subject to meeting all requirements of a BSE, except they will only need 50% morphologically normal sperm to pass ( as compared to 79% for bulls born prior to March 1, 2015). BSE’s will be available from noon to 5:00 on Thursday afternoon, April 9, at the MSU Pavilion.
Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD) Test: All sale cattle must provide negative test results and documentation for BVD and provide to the sale chairperson/s at check-in time.
Ring & Bug: All display and sale bulls (any age) must have a ring or bug in their nose at all times while on the Expo grounds.
Tie Outs: All animals must be double tied while in tie outs.
Membership: All sale consignors must be regular Michigan Cattlemen’s Association members.
RFID TAGS: All cattle at the Michigan Beef Expo are required to have RFIS ear tags.
Tags will be available on site for out of state cattle at a cost of $2.00 each.
Cattle Arrival: Sale and exhibit cattle may arrive beginning Thursday, March 31, 2016. For out of state exhibitors, if early arrival is necessary, please contact Scott Rancour at the MSU Pavilion, 517/432-5566. Set up of stalling areas may be done on Wednesday, March 30,2016 between 3:00pm and 7:30pm. Doors will be locked at 8:00pm.
Livestock Judging Contest: Consignors are required to allow for their cattle to be used for the Livestock Judging Contest if requested.
Cattle Display Area: Take the opportunity to make your cattle display exhibit as attractive as possible. Please be respectful of other exhibitors and guests and keep the aisles clean and keep your possessions within your assigned space. Remember, no grooming chutes are permitted in the display area. If you sprinkle your bedding with water, please use a limited amount so that it does not flow into adjacent exhibitor spaces.
Trade Show Exhibitors: Be sure to visit the Trade Show exhibitors and let them know how much you appreciate their support. They are a vital part of the success of Michigan Beef Expo.

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2015 Michigan Simmental and Angus State Sale Results

The 2015 Michigan Simmental and Angus State Sale was held Saturday, October 31 in St. Louis, Michigan at 1:00PM

View the results of the sale here.

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2015 Michigan Fall Sale

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Mark your calendar for the 2015 Michigan Simmental Fall Sale, October 31 in St. Louis, Michigan – 1:00PM

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2015 Beef Expo Catalog

View the 2015 Beef Expo Catalog

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Lifetime Achievement Award


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.

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Featured Farm: Plank Simmental Farm

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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:
(989) 506-2061
325 Mount Hope Road

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Champion Simmentals

2013 Michigan Beef Expo

Champion Simmental Heifer 2013 MI Beef Expo
Champion Simmental Female
Lot 406 DJM Katrina Shown by: Marshal Hillside Farm

Reserve Champion Simmental Heifer 2013 MI Beef Expo

Reserve Champion Simmental Female
Lot 408 CF Zonda Shown by: Campbell Farms

Champion Simmental Bull 2013 MI Beef Expo
Grand Champion Simmental Bull
Lot 420 RBG Mr Rex Z77 Shown by: Rich Beef & Grain

Reserve Champion Simmental Bull 2031 MI Beef Expo

Reserve Grand Champion Simmental Bull
Lot 414 KKK Machoman Z219 Shown by: Klein Cattle Company

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MCA/MSU Bull Test

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

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