Texas cattleman elected National Simmental Board chairman

Tim Smith of Giddings, Texas, a member of the American Simmental Association Board of Trustees Executive Committee, has been elected Chairman of the Board, succeeding Brian DeFreese of West Point, Indiana. Smith has served on the ASA Board of Trustees since 2012.

As owner/operator of Smith Genetics, Smith has been affiliated with Simmental and Simbrah cattle for more than 35 years. His operation includes 300 Simmental, Simbrah and SimAngus females. In addition, Smith operates a custom AI and ET center. The cattle operation participates in the ASA’s Total Herd Enrollment program, as well as utilizing EPD data as part of their management plan. Smith Genetics exhibits cattle on a state and national level and Smith himself is a strong advocate of junior programs.

His involvement with SimGenetics started in 1980 after completing his master’s in ruminant nutrition from the University of Kentucky. Smith co-founded the Simmental-Simbrah Superbowl, an event that has awarded more than $750,000 in prizes, monies and scholarships to junior SimGenetic exhibitors over the past 25 years. He also hosts and coordinates the Simbrah Synergy, which features a sale with genetics from some of the most progressive Simbrah breeders, as well as a junior show that awards $15,000 in prizes and monies. In May, Smith Genetics hosts a weekend junior leadership and cattle exhibiting camp to assist juniors in showmanship and building their breeding program.

Smith was formally seated during ASA’s 50th Annual Meeting in Denver. Also seated were Vice Chairman Gordon Hodges, Hamptonville, North Carolina, and Treasurer Fred Schuetze, Granbury, Texas. Rounding out ASA’s five-member Executive Committee are Tim Curran, Ione, California, and Mike Forman, Ellensburg, Washington.

Founded in 1968, the American Simmental Association is headquartered in Bozeman, Montana. ASA is committed to leveraging technology, education and collaboration to accelerate genetic profitability for the beef industry. In keeping with its commitment, ASA, along with its partners, formed International Genetic Solutions—the world’s largest genetic evaluation of beef cattle.