Certherf, not too sure what you're referring to regarding "leather"... tell me more?
Bubchub, I'm feeling kind of lazy tonight so just copied and pasted a bit from the Canadian Simmental Association's website. I'll post a link to their site if anyone feels like checking it out. It's actually a nice site.
"Technically, the Simmental designation includes several breeds in Europe. The name is given specifically to the breed in Switzerland, while in Germany and Austria it is known as Fleckvieh, and in France as Pie Rouge. The Pie Rouge includes three separate herd book registries namely Abondance, Montbeliard and Pie Rouge de l'Est. In Canada the breed is known as Simmental."
Up here the term Fleckvieh is used to describe a strain of Simmental that are closer in body type to the Simmies found in Germany and Austria. Not a lot of leg, but very thick and long. Very heavily muscled, almost double looking. Good milk production, but not as "dairy" as some of the North American Simmie styles (you know the type - they've blown their udder structure by their sixth calf - tall and bony looking). I've been pretty impressed by them so far. Only possible downfall I'm concerned with is that it seems that fertility and heavily muscled females don't always go hand in hand. At least that's what I noticed in some Limo cattle.
The bulls definately do have good libido and very nice scrotal circumference. No laying about chewing cud when the girls are cycling - they just get to work. Lovers, not fighters.