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Bull of the Month - Signal, Simmental Bull

Here is a highlight of a famous Simmental bull named "Signal".  Signal is one of the key historic bulls that helped establish the Simmental breed in Canada. This bull has been sequenced and genotyped in the project.

Signal is one of the most well-known Simmental bulls. Born in France in 1969, sired by Opera and Joliette, and then raised in Canada, he is genetically the most influential bull in the current generation (2006-2011) of Canadian pure-bred Simmentals. Signal was known especially for his excellent maternal qualities that exemplify the breed. These include daughter’s first calf weaning weight, yearling weight, weaning weight, and daughter’s calving ease.

Signal's descendants were top selling animals at sales throughout the US and at the time of his death in 1982 it was estimated that he had already sired more than 100,000 direct descendants over his lifetime of 13 years.  In Canada alone, there are close to 5000 progeny and more than 500,000 descendants registered with the Canadian Simmental Association.


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