photo of Barry LaBatte

OUR FARM HISTORY

LaBatte Simmentals is a fourth generation family farm, on my Mother's side, since 1912. My parents were Herb and Peggy LaBatte. Brenda and I operate a mixed grain and livestock operation. Currently, we own and lease 6,000 acres for grain crops and 8,000 acres for pasture/hay land. In the fall of 2015, we had the opportunity to purchase a ranch located beside much of our present pasture. This new ranch and 200 cows will be managed as a commercial cow/calf operation.

There has always been livestock on the farm. I bought my first Simmental, a half-blood heifer, at the first Canadian Western Agribition Sale in 1971, starting LaBatte Simmentals. We've since continued purchasing and breeding cattle we think will advance our program.

Brenda and I were married in 1975 and have two children. Our son Lynlee and his wife Hayley, have three boys, Brodyn, Jory and Zayne. Lynlee and Hayley operate the farm with us, with emphasis on the grain farming side and the commercial cow/calf ranch. Our daughter, Janalee, and her husband, Tim (DeBruyne), operate their own farm at Ceylon. They have three girls, Emry, Jenna and Sierra.

Wade Lund has been a valuable part of our operation since 2002, with most of his efforts directed toward the cattle portion of the farm.

OUR BREEDING PHILOSOPHY

Simmental genetics are very popular with the commercial producer, feedlot operator and packing plants these days. They are very high in maternal traits, have superior performance in the feedlot, have excellent carcass value, and superior dispositions. LaBatte Simmentals strives to produce functional, productive and profitable seed stock for our commercial customers and the beef industry. Our breeding philosophy emphasizes performance, fertility, ease of fleshing, disposition, calving ease, and udder quality, along with the ability to wean a heavy calf under range conditions, year after year. These naturally thick, heavily-muscled, deep bodied cattle that flesh easy and gain rapidly, are simply the most efficient, functional and profitable cattle in the industry. Our herd bulls have been sourced from across North America, and can be viewed by clicking on the "Herd Bulls" link at the top right of this page.

OUR SALES HISTORY

The 2018 Labatte Bull & Female Sale will be our 38th annual sale. Our production sales are held at Johnstone Auction Mart, four miles west of Moose Jaw on the Trans-Canada (#1) Highway. We have also consigned bred heifers to all 39 annual Simmsational Sales. Private treaty and embryo sales have been and continue to be important parts of our marketing program.

OUR INVITATION TO YOU

We sincerely appreciate that many of the most respected breeders in the industry have selected our genetics for herd sires and foundation females, over the years. We welcome you to visit our farm any time to see our breeding program first hand. A map to our location can be viewed by clicking the "Contact Us" link at the top right of this page. The coffee pot is always on. Please call ahead to ensure we will be here to show you around. Our home number is 306-969-4820, Barry's cell# is 306-815-7900.

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Barry & Brenda LaBatte Email:labatte.simm@sasktel.net

Emry

Janalee & Tim's daughter Emry

 

Jenna

Janalee & Tim's daughter Jenna

 

Sierra

Janalee & Tim's daughter Sierra

 

grandsons

Lynlee & Hayley's sons, Brodyn, Jory and Zayne.

photo of Barry & Brenda & six grandchildren

Barry & Brenda's 40th Wedding Anniversary

boys

The three grandsons prepping their 4-H calves