Of Swiss origin, this Pie Rouge cow is characterized by its ability to adapt to different territories and farm sizes.
A mixed breed, it is particularly present in its cradle (eastern France), the Massif Central and northern Aveyron. The Simmental breed is also beginning to gain a foothold in western France, but is also very present internationally (under the name Fleckvieh), with 3 million cows in Germany. It also accounts for 80% of Austrian cattle. In the rest of the world (especially the Anglo-Saxon countries), Simmental is bred primarily for its suckling abilities.
Contact Mathieu Romiguière, Simmental Technician
A hardy breed, Simmental has a lot going for it. The shortest LPI of all dairy breeds, fertility, mastitis resistance, ability to consume large quantities of roughage… Simmental ages well.
Thanks to its diversity, the Simmental breed offers both production and quality for :
Rate, quantity of milk… the cheesability of Simmental is now widely acclaimed. Present in the Comté, Epoisses, Langres and Saint Nectaire AOCs, it is also the only dairy breed present in the Laguiole PDO specifications in Aveyron, alongside the Aubrac breed. Its development in the West is due to its good grazing capacity (fertile, mixed, willing to graze, etc.) and its natural adaptability to organic farming systems.
Whether for veal calves, the yield and carcass quality of steers and bullocks, or the excellent conformation of cull cows, Simmental offers breeders an excellent income supplement. Carcasses of cull cows average 400kg, justifying an excellent meat product. Its main quality, however, lies in the grading of its carcasses, which are rated on average R (EUROP grading), with the best being rated U. The record for the heaviest cull has been held since 2017, with 642kg of carcass graded U for a cow that had completed more than 4 lactations at an average of over 10,000L over the 4 lactations.