Why choose SIMBRA?

­The SIMBRA breed is one of the numerically strongest, largest and most popular breeds of cattle in Southern Africa. This is a remarkable achievement in view of the fact that the breed has only been registered in Southern Africa for a relatively short period of time. Although American breeders have worked on the Simbra idea since 1960, locally the breed was develeopes since 1985. Simbra was declared a developing breed in the Government Gazette on 11 December 1987, and since then has been declared as developed breed. The popularity and performance of the Simbra can be attributed to various reasons.

Most synthetic breeds are raised from specific base breeds and has a system for upgrading. Occasionally, a synthetic breed has a system without specific base breeds, or the choice of base breeds was not fully considered. In some cases, hybridisation occurs. Consequently, results do not always meet expectations. In the case of Simbra, however, the choice of base breeds was well-considered, an effective system was established and it is driven by a dynamic and independent Society (Reg No 62/98/B-87) and is also registered as a Registration Authority (Reg No 62/98/R-13).

The Base Breeds

The choice of base breeds are extremely important in the development of a synthetic breed. These breeds must be numerically strong in order to enhance selection possibilities. A broad inner breed gene pool will ensure enough variation to select the right animals for a specific purpose and environment. The base breeds must differ widely to maximally utilise heterosis. The breeds must be able to complement and supplement each other over a wide range of characteristics. The choice of Simmentaler and Brahman as the base breeds for the Simbra satisfy these requirements.

The Simmentaler

The ancestors of the current Simmentaler was the Bernese, a breed from the Simme valley in the Bern region of Switzerland. These animals were very popular in this cold, harsh mountain region, owing to excellent beef and milk production. They were also great draught animals. In 1806 the first herd book was created with a performance requirement for registration. From this valley, the Simmentaler spread across the world and is one of the most popular and numerically superior dual-purpose breeds on earth today. The first Simmentalers were imported to Namibia in 1893 and to Southern Africa in 1905. Simmentaler was bred to adapt to our unique environment and remains the most popular dual-purpose breed, the third most important beef breed, and the fourth most important milk breed in Southern Africa.

The Brahman

The Brahman was developed in 1835, on the southern coastal plains of the USA near the Gulf of Mexico. The breed was developed from various Indian breeds, of which the Guzerat, Nelore, and Gir were the most prominent. The area is described as subhumid and is ravaged by external and internal parasites. The first Brahman was imported to Namibia in 1953 and to Southern Africa in 1956. Brahman’s popularity has increased sharply and it is currently the second most important beef breed in Southern Africa.

It is clear that Simmentaler and Brahman were the best choices for the development of a new synthetic breed. Both have a wide gene pool, is numerically strong, differs significantly from each other and can supplement each other in a distinctive manner.


Purpose of SIMBRA

The purpose of the Simbra was to raise a breed that could adapt to the Southern African environment; not only the physical environment, but also the production systems and market requirements. To achieve this goal, the milk and beef production capacity of the Simmentaler was combined with the adaptability, disease resistance and hardiness of the Brahman. In view of the popularity of the Simbra, the plan was highly successful.

Breeding with SIMBRA

The Simbra breed development program enable new and aspiring breeders to participate in Simbra breeding. Breeders with Bos Indicus / Bos Taurus combination female animals mated with registered F3 and SP (Studbook Proper) bulls can breed F1 Simbras. Simbra type females can also be introduced in the development program.

Please contact our office for more information.

Become part of the SIMBRA Society

The Simbra Cattle Breeder’s Society of Southern Africa is a dynamic and independent Society. The Society is a member driven organisation, registered in terms of the Animal Improvement Act. The annual general meeting (AGM) is the highest authority of the Society. A council is elected at he AGM, and in combination with the office staff responsible for achieving the goals of the Society within the framework of the Society’s constitution.

The Complete All-Rounder

Simbra delivers optimal performance in a number of economically important properties, which satisfies the needs of commercial breeders, feedlots and the end user. The Simbra system uses and manages the genetic resources of two unique base breeds as effectively as possible. Risk is reduced as a result of the adaptability of both the breed and the system, a large gene pool, open herd book, as well as compulsory inspection and selection. The breed, as part of a large Society, is economically viable and very profitable, thanks to excellent production and low input costs. Simbra and the Simbra system are socially acceptable because it can be managed and controlled with ease, and because it is based on logical and scientifically founded principles.

It is clear from this short overview that Simbra satisfies all the requirements (best base breeds, unique system, dynamic Society and breeders) to be a successful breed; a breed that can make a significant contribution to the Southern African beef cattle industry.

Simbra is indeed The Complete All-rounder


10 Reasons to breed with SIMBRA


Become a breeder of one of the fastest-growing breeds of cattle in Southern Africa that is highly sought after by feedlots and weaner producers.


Technical support is available through the Simbra Mentorship Program, that will assist you in stud administration, performance recording as well as the selection of replacement heifers. Another important value addition is assistance in analysing genetic trends, reproduction status of the herd, and aiding you in determining the most suitable bulls to achieve your breeding goals.


Ease to establish an efficient highly productive stud herd through acquiring animals from our extensive breeder’s base, marketing animals from the farm and through their regular production auctions. Furthermore, breeder’s may present Simbra type cows to be considered by our breed inspectors for inclusion in the Simbra Breed Development Program.


A very large gene pool and genetic variation because of the open herd book system combined with the possibility of continual inclusion from the two base breeds allows for endless breeding combinations.


Multi-sire matings can be used in the breeding of F1 and F2 animals which simplifies the management of your breeding herds.


Which Simbra breed combination? The breeder himself decides which Simmentaler/Brahman breed combination will perform the best in his specific environment – develop what is best adapted in your environment.


Quality assurance of structural soundness of all registered animals through ourTechnical Advisors who evaluate all the animals before they can be recorded as registered. Evaluation is based on physical appearance and breeding values.


You will enjoy participation in Breedplan, one of the world’s most advanced beef cattle performance testing systems.


Pedigrees, breeding value, genetic indices, general information and much more is available here


The Simbra Society allow you the opportunity to become part of this member driven organisation, enabling you to add value to your farming operation through the development and expansion of the intrisique value of your BEEF BUSINESS by becoming a STUD BREEDER.