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    A22-Lancaster Farming, Saturday, April 29, 2000
Simmental Family Has Great Show Five Years Running
Lancaster Farming Staff
Co.) The family recently hon
ored by the Pennsylvania Sim
mental Association certainly
had a great year.
Well, not just a great year a
great live years, devoting time,
attention, and love to a beef
breed that many claim is easy to
work with, has good mother
lines, and, in the words of a
champion exhibitor, “is just
really interesting,” said Cassie
Schaeffer, Myerstown.
With brother Tim, 16, and
mom and dad Tracy and Paul
Schaeffer, Cassie has been hit
ting the show circuit in a big
This year alone Cassie exhib
ited the grand champion Sim
mental heifer in both the open
and junior show as well as
champion bred and owned at
the Farm Show.
Tim exhibited the reserve
champion heifer in the junior
These heifers, along with War
O’ Fancy Pants, have competed
and won at many other shows
throughout the country this past
year, with Fancy Pants being
named grand champion Sim
mental heifer at the Kansas City
royal in October.
Recently the Schaeffers exhib
ited a home-raised bull at the
Tennessee Beef Agribition,
where he was named reserve
champion, and then son.
They also won at the recent
Pennsylvania Beef Expo.
Their living room wall is spa
ciously decorated with many
other championship trophies:
banners for the 1999 Keystone
The American Royal was a great honor for the Schaeffer
family. They were presented with this solid silver belt
buckle with rubies as champions at the 100th anniversary
show. “It’s an extreme honor that we’ll always remember
and cherish,” said Paul.
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Why Simmentals?
About five years ago Tim fell
in love with a black and white
Simmental calf named Rachel,
who they purchased, along with
three other heifers, from breeder
Clarence Burkholder. This was
the beginning of the S&S Sim
mental herd.
Tim, 16, is a sophomore at
Elco. Tim, who plans a career in
livestock management, spends a
great deal of time speaking with
those involved in the Simmental
breed, surfing the Internet and
reading up on the latest Sim
mental genetics.
Tim, Elco FFA reporter and
Lebanon County 4-H member,
said his favorite show is the
North American International
Livestock Expo. The event, con
ducted in Louisville, Ky. every
November, brings together
breeders from all over the coun
Simmentals have been one of
the largest exhibited breeds at
this show, Tim noted.
“It’s a nice place,” he said.
“The facilities are beautiful and
everybody enjoys the show.”
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Paul and Tracy Schaeffer and family were honored as the Pennsylvania Simmental
Family of the Year. Seated from left to right, Tracy and Paul. In back, Tim and
Cassie. Photo by Andy Andrews
Though it sometimes can be a
long 10 days of events, leaving
exhibitors exhausted, Tim
speaks highly of the show.
People “are beginning to
notice us,” said Tim. The fami
ly-run operation, S&S Simmen
tals, is picking up recognition all
over the country.
Paul points out that Tim’s
almost unbridled enthusiasm for
the breed is the reason they
started. Paul spent time showing
Quarter Horses all around the
country, including three years in
Oklahoma City and other na
tionwide events.
Tim began to pick up knowl
edge of the breed, said Tim’s
mother, Tracy. She said that
Tim spends time on the Internet
keeping in touch with breeders
and companies about the latest
breed information.
“We see breeders all over the
country, including Louisville,
Kentucky, and at the Eastern
Nationals in Timonium, the
Farm Show, Denver, Houston,
and Kansas City,” said Paul.
When the family is at shows,
Tim tries to meet as many other
breeders as he can. Tim, said
Tracy, “likes to go up and down
the aisles and study the competi
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monium, Md., the Schaeffers
had all three of their heifers in
the top 10, with one being the re
serve grand champion. The
Schaeffers competed with exhib
itors from Pennsylvania and 14
other states.
This year, the regionals are
scheduled in Lebanon, Ohio,
June 13-17.
The Junior National Simmen
tal Show is being conducted this
year in Stillwater, Okla., from
July 17-21. The show includes
Simmentals and Simbrahs (Sim
mental and Brahman cross
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