Marchant tyrell
Editor / Progressive Cattle

The American Simmental Association (ASA) presented the World Simmental-Fleckvieh Federation’s Golden Book Award to Hart Simmentals of Frederick, South Dakota, at the ASA’s Fall Focus event Aug. 26 in Denver. Selected by the ASA’s board of trustees, recipients of the Golden Book Award are recognized for being lifelong promoters of the Simmental breed.


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The Hart family has been farming and ranching in South Dakota for nearly 70 years. Since the early 1970s, they have raised Simmental cattle on the family operation. Today, Kerry and Mara Hart head up the ranch, with their children and grandchildren deeply involved. Through the decades, Hart Simmentals has focused on balance and consistency, striving to raise cattle they know will work for their customer base. The ranch was an early adopter in the industry of DNA technology and has received numerous recognitions from breed and industry organizations prior to receiving the Golden Book Award.

The Hart family has always emphasized their deep appreciation for the animals that have made their success possible and have always pursued a goal of consistency and reliability, manifested in docile, high-performing, easy-keeping females and bulls packaged in reasonably sized frames. They strive to produce seedstock that will pass on these traits to the herds of both the commercial cow herd and fellow Simmental breeders.