Simmentals Of Texas, ASA membership 000016, is owned by Scott Riddle and family of Hubbard, Texas. The history of SOT dates back to the original formation of the American Simmental Association in October, 1968; when the founding father drew for membership numbers after Dale Lynch was awarded membership 000001 by the group. It is now the oldest active membership in the American Simmental Association.
The membership, over the years, has gone full circle from half bloods to Fullbloods to SIMANGUS and now is a blended program of Full Fleckvieh, SimAngus, Simbrah and a small herd of Red Angus. The SOT program is focused on building a superior herd of each through genetic blending that will meet and exceed the needs of the Registered and commercial beef cattle industry.
In October of 1999, 51 years, almost to the date of the Forming of the ASA, Simmentals Of Texas, acquired the entire Buzzard Hollow Ranch inventory and leased the entire BHR Ranch, except for the old office, sale barn and embryo transfer facility and under the direction of FRED SCHUETZE made a commitment to carry on the goals established over the years by FRED and the previous owner Les Alberthal.
The Fleckvieh herd established with genetics from Germany, Austria, Canada and more recently South Africa will remain as the primary focus of the SOT program. The genetic based will be blended so that the superior genetics from each gene pool can be utilized in the formation of the next generation. In addition the Fleckvieh genetics will be used to blend SimAngus cattle, that are Fleckvieh based, to offer outcross genetics to an ever growing market for the commercial industry. The POLLED Gene is now being introduced, since the genetic base of the polled cattle, is large enough to make genetics blending a true possibility, with larger diversity of genetics to select from especially in the Fleckvieh Genetics.
Scott and Fred invite you to study the genetics, visit the ranch, appraise our program to see how it might fit your needs. Genetics will continue to be offered, while we are building the cow herd over the next several years: Semen, embryos, both herd sires and commercial bulls and periodically females for the industry to evaluate and select for programs through out the world.