This May, Dr Scott Schaake and 24 senior Animal Sciences students from Kansas State University visited Webb Black Simmentals (WBS) as part of a 10 day, East Coast Study Tour.
Accompanied by Graham Mitchell of Quadrant Australia, the students were welcomed by Philip Webb. Addressing the students in front of a group of yarded bulls, he discussed the WBS breeding goals and the sourcing of genetics, much of which is done in conjunction with elite US breeders.
Coming from farming backgrounds, many of the students had families who breed Black Simmentals. The challenge of acceptance for the breed here in Australia was a focus of their discussions with Webb. Now accounting for 29% of primary registrations in Australia, acceptance of the Black Simmental breed has seen significant increases across the country and is continuing to grow.
The visitors departed WBS with a better understanding of the marketing of Black Simmentals in Australia as well as a keen insight into Australian colloquialism and hospitality. Along with their agricultural learning they will return to the US knowing the true meaning of ‘taking a traveller’ thanks to Philip Webb and their team.