|Welcome to South Dakota!
On behalf of the entire VanBeek crew here at Hilltop Simmentals, we appreciate you taking a moment to check out our operation. Kevin has been involved in the commercial and feeder calf sector of the beef industry for quite some time. As you can imagine, the condensed space of South Dakota winters made it a logical place to start in the beef industry to raise cattle. Though as time progressed on and Jaron became more involved in the day to day activities on the farm; his interest was sparked more by the purebred sector. So in 2002 Kevin and Jaron went to the Sioux Empire Fair and purchased three percentage Simmentals. The next year they went back to the same fair and purchased 5 purebreds. On those purchases, Hilltop Simmentals was born.
Since that purchase of 8 head of Simmental cattle, Hilltop Simmentals has grown to an operation of 300 head of Simmental and SimAngus cattle. Our focus over the past several years has been selecting a few top donors including the prolific Red Jewel to advance our embryo transplant part of our operation. Being from South Dakota, we understand that cattle must be functional. Therefore, we strive to produce cattle that are sound, functional, packed with breed-leading genetics. While producing fancy show heifers is nice, we know that the real foundation of operations are built off of proven cows, and exciting breds and first calf heifers. We market our genetics through our annual bull private treaty bull sale held in March, and The Spring Turnout Sale held in May in Seward, Nebraska.
We invite you to stop by anytime you are in the area to take a look around at our operation!