Mr Don Vaniman , the first CEO of the newly formed US Simmental Association said that the name was given to the breed by the US and Canadian associations in the late 60”s as it was difficult for breeders there to pronounce the name Simmentahler, Fleckvieh or Pie Rouge. The name Simmental was then used to encompass all the various strains of the breed of different countries and it also associated the new name with the picturesque Simme Valley in Switzerland.
Yes any animal that has a pedigree from a member Country/Society of the World Simmental Fleckvieh Federation (WSFF) is eligible for registration in the FSA Herdbook. As associate members of the WSFF the FSA recognises pedigrees from member countries of the WSFF, provided that animal meets the FSA breed standard.
If the animal has a WSFF member association pedigree it is a one off fee of $5.50 to record that animal on the FSA database. If a hard copy pedigree is required then the normal registration fee of $30.00 applies. This applies for both Bulls and Females.