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Since the inception of the Society, selection by accredited breed experts has been a prerequisite for registration. In this system strong emphasis is laid on visual traits with functional merit. The phenotypical correctness or ”correct type“ is furthermore protected by this system. The breed experts act according to the approved breeding objects of the Society that are adjusted from time to time.

Animals that do not comply with the requirements are removed from the herdbook and even their progeny will never qualify for registration. Animals that are accepted receive a certificate with performance, pedigree and other particulars. In the top right-hand corner of the certificate is the inspection date. This certificate of a Simmentaler is therefore proof that the animal, as well as his ancestors, has been selected on rigid standards.

At inspection the following receives special attention:

Walking ability is of primary importance in our low carrying capacity pasture areas. We look at the hooves (large, closed ,deep and uniform; pasterns (flexible), hocks (broad, dry with correct angle), bone structure (not coarse) and gait (easy).

Then our experts also look at the bull’s tools – is his scrotum large enough and correctly shaped? Does he have a controllable sheath that is not too long and is he masculine (all bull)? The sheath may not extend under an imaginary line between knee and hocks and we don’t want a prolapse or so-called lazy prepuce.

Cattle with the following features don’t stand a chance: Woolly or curly coats (perform poorly in hot, dry or moist tropical environments and are more susceptible to ticks); flat rump (preferable is a rump that slopes slightly from hip to pin bones); too large; undeep; unsatisfactory width; pony-type; lankiness; poor or excessive muscling (bulls and other features that are spelled out in the breed standard.

Contact the office for your Simmentaler's certificate (info@simmentaler.org):

(i) an animal that has been approved and complies with the requirements of the breeders’ society will have an inspection date in the top right corner of the certificate (Animal inspected and approved on…);

(ii) an animal without an inspection date has not yet been inspected (calfbook) and may be rejected, but the certificate contains vital performance and breeding particulars;;

(iii) an animal without a certificate has been rejected due to faults or the animal’s parent(s) were rejected.

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