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Rancher receives World Simmental Federation honors

During the American Simmental Association's recent annual meeting in Denver, John Christensen, Wessington, S.D., was added to the impressive list of individuals and family operations that have been awarded the prestigious World Simmental-Fleckvieh Federation's Golden Book Award.

Ranching has been part of Christensen's family as early as the 1920s when they began to feed out their own cattle, which they continued to do until 2003. Simmental genetics were first introduced into the commercial Hereford herd of Christensen and his father, Jens, in 1964. Since then the herd has evolved into a 900-head operation of purebred Simmental and SimAngus pairs. "The life-long process of building our own cowherd and developing quality genetics is our passion," said Christensen. Each March the Christensens have an annual production sale, offering more than 200 yearling bulls and 50 open heifers. The family also sells around 100 bred heifers each fall. The operation has a strong local customer base along with customers across the nation.

Presentation of the 2012 Golden Book Award was made at the Chairman's Reception during the ASA's 44th annual meeting, Jan. 15.

The World Simmental-Fleckvieh Federation Golden Book Award recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the development of the Simmental/Simbrah breeds in the United States. The ASA Board, which nominates and approves Golden Book Awards, authorizes up to three awards annually. Recipients of the award receive a plaque from the WSFF and a framed citation signed by the ASA Chairman of the Board. The coveted award is the ASA equivalent of nomination to Hall-of-Fame status.

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