Tim Smith and daughter, Hailey
Tim Smith cut his teeth in the cattle business on Simmental and today he and daughter, Haley Smith, and Joel Isgrig are the owners of Smith Genetics, a registered Simmental, Simbrah and SimAngus outfit in Giddings, Texas.
Smith, who grew up in Kentucky, is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, and worked as manager for Mt. Brilliant Farms and Achilles Cattle Co. In 1984, he left the “Bluegrass State” and moved to the “Lone Star” State to manage New Braunfels- based Parthenon Corporation. Then in 1989, he started Smith Genetics. The ranch was headquartered in Kyle, Texas for a number of years, but in 2004 was relocated to Giddings Texas. It is just 2 miles south of Giddings just off of Hwy 77.
Smith has built the herd primarily on the influence of one maternal line, ACC Ms Savior A4P, “Granny P”. Her daughter, “Little P”, was a reserve grand champion in Denver and a Simbrah son, Spectrum, was an undefeated International Champion. Today, both the Simmental and Simbrah cows in the program can largely be traced back to this matriarch. Smith Genetics is home to a number of prominent cow family lines and the most notable are Smith Bella Bella and Smith Priceless, who have both rewritten the history books. See our donor page for more about our cow families.
In addition the word Smith is at the forefront of many sires that have or are heavily influencing the breed—like Smith Nu Wave II, Smith Nu Approach, Smith Satisfies, Smith Just Because, Smith Practical and many more. See our sire page for an extensive list of our sires.
Smith Genetics focuses tremendous amounts of energy on breeding good cattle, but just as importantly they focus on kids. Their interest in juniors and the incentives they provide their junior customers are recognized across breeds. Early in his involvement in the breeds, Smith was executive secretary of the Kentucky Simmental Association and some of his juniors there included Chan and Keith Phillips, successful Simmental breeders themselves, Terry Burks, a well-known judge of several species; Keith and Chi Swain, whose family operates Swain Cattle Co. and Donnie Robertson, with Express Ranches, Yukon, Oklahoma.
“ I take a lot of pride in having the privilege of being associated with these guys when they were just in high school. They were awesome and very competitive on the national level,” says Smith.
The Smith junior program participates in the Simbrah-Simmental Superbowl, of which Smith was largely responsible for creating, and now 30 years later still spearheads annually during the San Antonio Livestock Show. This event has surpassed the $1 million mark in prizes and money to Texas youth who show SimGenetics. In addition, junior customers can use semen from Smith’s herd bull battery, bring the heifers back to be bred, as well as call for advice anytime. Plus he holds a camp in May to help his junior customers and others prepare for the state junior futurity, Simbrah Roundup, AJSA Regionals and the AJSA National Classic. Smith also hosts Synergy, a SimGenetic Sale and Show the fourth Saturday in September and it awards $15,000 to junior exhibitors who purchase heifers from Synergy participants.
“I’ve always enjoyed working with youth and I feel the junior program in these two breeds is by far the best and provides a true educational experience beyond just showing. I want to help kids and through our camp we can encourage them as well as prepare them to be involved on a state and national level,” he says.
Smith has bred many champions over the past 30 years, including Kara Finch’s heifer that was the champion Simbrah at San Antonio in 2003, which netted her the $6,000 scholarship. In 2007 Smith Bella Bella was named international champion female and in 2011 her daughter Smith Ciao Bella won the award. In 2015 and 2016, Smith RFI Sweet Deb won back to back National Championships. Smith Charming Moves in 2013 claimed the National and International titles, as well as the San Antonio Junior Show Grand Championship for Kaleb Fontenot, plus the Superbowl grand title. In addition she won the Houston Junior Show and went on to be named Supreme All American Heifer in Houston. Smith TMP Red Jewel was the 2015 International Grand Champion Bull and in 2016 Smith CRC Lubbock was the 2016 International Champion Bull. For more information on champions bred in the Smith program see our champion page.
At the 2005 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo open show, Smith bred individuals were named Champion Simmental Female and Champion Simbrah bull–two breeds, two grand champions, all from one calf crop and is one of Smith’s proudest accomplishments.
Smith Genetics relies on private treaty sales. In addition to their strong base of junior clientele, Smith’s genetics have been purchased by breeders in Brazil, South Africa, Botswana and Mexico.
“We built a new sale facility and in 2008 brought back our production sale, Synergy. The offering in Synergy is Simmental, Simbrah and SimAngus and about half of it is from our program and then the remaining lots are from breeders who utilize a large amount of Smith Genetics in their programs. We have always and are still doing commercial embryo transfer and artificial insemination work and would be happy to discuss the services and options we can offer purebred breeders,” says Smith.
He consults with Reavis Farms, Mission, Texas and McCrary’s Farms, DeKalb, Texas, as well as other programs. Recently Smith’s brothers and sisters, who reside in Kentucky decided to enter in the Simmental cattle business as a family venture and Tim is involved in this operation also, which is known as Smith Genetics Kentucky.
Smith served two terms on the American Simmental Association Board related to SimGenetics including serving as Chairman. Smith is an avid promoter and can be found ringside at most junior shows throughout the state, as well as SimGenetic and industry events.
Haley Smith did her undergraduate work at Austin College in Sherman, Texas with a double major in classics and history, attended graduate school for classics at the University of Florida, and obtained her Master of Occupational Therapy from University of Texas Medical Branch. Today she is an occupational therapist, specializing in spinal cord injury and specialty rehabilitation at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston. She was very active in the Texas Junior Simmental/Simbrah Association and the American Junior Simmental Association. She continues to be involved in the family’s cattle program.
Joel Isgrig recently retired from the Texas Department of Insurance and has been involved in ownership of smith Genetics for more than 20 years. He takes an active role in Smith Genetics and plans many of the events held on the ranch, handles numerous details for the sale and enjoys the challenges of the purebred cattle industry.
Joining the team as ranch employees are Jolinda Villegas, who serves as Smith’s personal assistant and is in charge of the many administrative responsibilities. Eleno Sambrano joined the team shortly after the move to Giddings and handles maintenance and just about anything anybody needs done. Vernie Doehring assist Tim with the cowherd health, nutrition and assists with breeding and embryo tasks.
“We feel SimGenetics have many valuable assets for the industry and we would love to have you visit and learn more about our program, our philosophy and our cattle,” encourages Smith.