Simmental cattle first came to the UK in 1970, however their history dates back to the Middle Ages and they originate from the Simmen valley in Switzerland, hence the breed’s name. The Simmental breed has now grown to be the UK’s 4th largest beef breed and they are recognised for being a highly fertile and docile breed with excellent mothering instincts. Due to this they are a popular choice amongst local UK farmers for crossing successfully with other breeds. Simmentals do vary in colour from gold to red, however the head is always white and a white band does often appear around the shoulders. They are renowned for their superb terminal genetics, with high growth rates and excellent weight gaining ability, which again makes them an efficient breed and popular amongst UK farmers. Simmental carcases are generally heavier yet leaner giving a higher yield of top-quality and tender meat.