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Gelbvieh Association Welcomes Tom Strahm as Commercial Marketing Director

The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) would like to welcome Tom Strahm to the staff as commercial marketing director.

Strahm is from Sabetha, Kansas, where he lives with his wife, Carrie, and three children, Payton, Elliott, and Vivian.

Strahm has a wealth of beef industry experience, having spent time in several sectors of the industry including cattle procurement and cattle sales as well as in the cow-calf sector. In addition, Strahm also has experience in lending and finance after working as a loan officer for many years.

“I’m looking forward to meeting and supporting the members of the AGA,” says Strahm.

The principle goals of the  AGA’s new Meeting Modern Industry Demands long-range strategic plan, has principle goals directly focusing on building demand for Gelbvieh and Balancer® cattle. Strahm’s responsibilities will include those principles goals of feeder and commercial female marketing avenues, as well as serving cow-calf producers and the entire beef industry. Tom will also work with AGA members to assist them in building demand for Gelbvieh and Balancer genetics.

“The Meeting Modern Industry Demands strategic plan is focused on the success of the commercial beef industry.  We will need just the right team members to meet the goals of the strategic plan. Tom brings that industry experience we were looking for, with experience in purchasing both feeder and market-ready cattle, that he can put to work for our cow-calf producers as well as the feedyards that are feeding Gelbvieh and Balancer cattle,” says Myron Edelman, AGA executive director.

Strahm will be based out of his home in Kansas and began his role on March 1, 2017. He can be reached by calling the AGA office at 303-465-2333 or by email at tom@gelbvieh.org.

 

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Breed-Leading Genetics Sell at National Gelbvieh and Balancer® Sale

Reported by KK Seedstock

January 8, 2017
Denver, Colorado
Sale Manger: KK Seedstock
Auctioneer: Ronn Cunningham

Sale Averages

1 Half Interest Donor Dam              $18,000
2.5 Bulls                                             $17,400
3.5 Bred Females                              $9,643
7 Pick of Herd Lots                           $7,821
10 Open Heifers                                $6,390
4 Embryo Flushes                             $5,625
Total: 27.5 Lots                                 $8,270

 

Progressive Gelbvieh and Balancer breeders from across the United States and Canada converged on Denver, Colorado, for the Gelbvieh events held in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show January 5-9. In addition to the outstanding displays of Gelbvieh breeding cattle on the Hill and in the Yards, 25 Gelbvieh and Balancer® breeders from 12 states and Alberta pooled their resources to offer an outstanding set of cattle in the National Gelbvieh and Balancer® Sale. The seats of the Beef Palace Auction Arena were filled with buyers interested in adding these exciting genetics to their respective breeding programs. At the final drop of the gavel a total of 27.5 lots passed through the ring for an average of $8,270.

$18,750—Top-selling lot—One of the most anticipated lots and the eventual top seller was full possession and half semen interest in the 2017 Breeder’s Choice Champion Futurity Bull. GHGF Trump Train C521 is a September 15, 2015, double homozygous purebred son of FMGF Blue’s Impact 001X out of GHGF 2Z1 ET. Possession sold to Jumping Cow Gelbvieh of Ramah, Colorado, with semen packages selling to: Rippe Gelbvieh, Hubbell, Nebraska; Gustin Diamond D, Mandan, North Dakota; Dykstra Family Livestock, Morrison, Illinois; CJ&L Livestock, Hermosa, South Dakota; Butler Creek Farm, Milton, Tennessee; Lazy TV Ranch, Selby, South Dakota; and J&K Gelbvieh Farm, Ava, Illinois. Furthermore, consignor, Karlebo Gelbvieh Farm of Cleveland, North Carolina, who won the proceeds from the sale of Trump Train through the Gelbvieh futurity’s drawing, was generous enough to donate 10 percent of the purchase price to the American Gelbvieh Foundation.

$18,000—Next up was half embryo interest in BABR Maria 5256C. The March 8, 2015 50 percent Balancer double homozygous daughter of BABR Secret Brand 2100Z out of BABR 7062T was offered by Wes and Brittney Spencer of Pierre, South Dakota. The buyer was the Maria Syndicate of Minot, North Dakota.

$11,000—Hilltop Farms of Asbury, Missouri, had the final bid on the 2016 pick of the fall-born calves of Butler Creek Farms of Milton, Tennessee.

$11,000—Another popular pick was the opportunity to choose from the right to flush any Gelbvieh cow in the Eagle Pass Ranch herd of Highmore, South Dakota. The winning bidder was Leachman Cattle of Ft. Collins, Colorado.

$10,500—LWHF Lass 801C is a September 4, 2015 born, 50 percent Balancer double homozygous daughter of Post Rock Granite 200P2 out of PCC Miss Lass 319A. She was consigned by Little Windy Hill Farms of Max Meadows, Virginia, and was purchased by McIntosh Brothers, Georgetown, Kentucky; Coles Bend Cattle, Smiths Grove, Kentucky; and Cross Cattle Co. of Asheboro, North Carolina.

$10,000—A consignment from Little Windy Hill Farms of Max Meadows, Virginia, was highly sought after. LWHF Black Diamond 814C, a September 17, 2015, 50 percent Balancer, double homozygous son of PCC Witten 111A out of PAWS 931W, sold to Rippey Farms of Galax, Virginia.

$10,000—Sunberry Valley Ranch of Sundre, Alberta, purchased the pick of the 2017 heifer calves from Severtson Land & Cattle Co. of Innisfail, Alberta.

$9,000—Butler Creek Farms of Milton, Tennessee, sold half embryo interest in Clinch Mt. Ms. Impact 1339A, a September 22, 2013, 75 percent Balancer, black, polled daughter of Butlers Impact 549U out of JBOB 3530K. The buyer was LeDoux Ranch of Agenda, Kansas.

 

 

Champions Named at the National Gelbvieh and Balancer® Show

The 2017 National Gelbvieh and Balancer® show was held at the National Western Stock Show on Monday, January 9, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. A total of 203 animals were exhibited. Judge Shane Lindsey, Prairie City, Iowa, evaluated the 62 Gelbvieh females, 34 Gelbvieh bulls, 80 Balancer females, and 27 Balancer bulls.

The grand champion Gelbvieh female was HIGH Ms Miranda 9C17 ET owned by Grady Hammer, Wallace, Kansas. This February 18, 2015, daughter of JRI Pop a Top 197T83 first claimed the junior heifer division.

The reserve grand champion Gelbvieh female came out of the winter heifer calf division. RUPP Roxi 623D is owned by Karly Alexander, Perry, Oklahoma, and is the February 19, 2016, daughter of JRI Crusader 285Y99.

Royal Western Gelbvieh, Red Deer County, Alberta, Canada, owns the grand champion Gelbvieh bull. RWG Right Combination 5506 is the May 4, 2015 son of RWG War Admiral 2528 and first claimed the intermediate bull division.

JRI Prowler 125B3 was named the reserve grand champion Gelbvieh bull. Owned by Eagle Pass Mansfield, South Dakota, and LeDoux Ranch, Agenda, Kansas, this bull is the September 2, 2014, son of JRI Pop a Top 197T83 and first won the senior bull division.

In the Balancer show, the grand champion Balancer female was BCFG Butlers 133C, owned by Alexandria Raab, Markle, Indiana. She is the November 2, 2015, daughter of BCFG Butlers Bismarck 512Z and first claimed the senior heifer calf division.

KDV T Bar S A La Mode was named the reserve grand champion Balancer female. She is owned by Grace Vehige and Kyle Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Missouri, and is the November 24, 2014 daughter of JBOB Carolina 5423P ET. She first won the senior heifer division.

McCarty Cattle Company of Rifle, Colorado owns the grand champion Balancer bull. MCCA Capitol Hill 516C first won the junior bull division and is the January 25, 2015 son of SAV Brilliance 8077.

The reserve grand champion Balancer bull came out of the same division. VLK C503 Young Gun is owned by Post Rock Cattle Company, Barnard, Kansas, and is the March 19, 2015 son of BGGR Gravity 803A.

Butler Creek Farms, Milton, Tennessee, took home both the premier breeder and premier exhibitor awards.

 

2017 National Gelbvieh and Balancer® Show
January 9, 2017
Denver, Colorado
Judge: Shane Lindsey, Prairie City, Iowa
Entries: 203 head

Divisions and Reserves:

Gelbvieh Champion Spring Heifer Calf: BCFG Butlers MS Dixie 283D; Butler Creek Farms, Milton, Tenn.; Sire: BCFG Butlers Red Oak 908W

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Spring Heifer Calf: VLK D649 Harper ET; Volek Gelbvieh, Highmore, S.D.; Sire: VLK A301 Highmore

Gelbvieh Champion Winter Heifer Calf: RUPP Roxi 623D; Karly Alexander, Perry, Okla.; Sire: JRI Crusader 285Y99

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Winter Heifer Calf: RID R Halle 6013D; Ridinger Cattle Company, Deer Trail, Colo.; Sire: AAD R Lawman 1467B

Gelbvieh Champion Senior Heifer Calf: BCFG SKYS Kali 282C; Casey Martin, Oregon, Ill.; Sire: BCFG Butlers Red Oak 908W

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Senior Heifer Calf: HIGH Ms Cora 9C79 ET; RLB Genetics, Fordland, Mo.; Sire: JRI Pop a Top 197T83

Gelbvieh Champion Intermediate Heifer: ELC Ms. Charlotte 2C; Brooke Cooper, Burdett, Kan.; Sire: GRU Impact 850X

Reserve Champion Gelbvieh Intermediate Heifer: GHGF Ms Oakie 534C; Austin Teeter, Mount Ulla, N.C.; Sire: FMGF Blue’s Impact 001X

Gelbvieh Champion Junior Heifer: HIGH Ms Miranda 9C17 ET; Grady Hammer, Wallace, Kan.; Sire: JRI Pop a Top 197T83

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Junior Heifer: MDR Clara Allen 520C; Brylee Thiel, Kaw City, Okla.; Sire: JRI Next Step 285X72

Gelbvieh Champion Senior Heifer: KDV T Bar S Ya Meek; Grace, Vehige and Kyle Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Mo.; Sire: JBOB Carolina 5423P ET

Gelbvieh Champion Cow/Calf Pair: STON Miss Jest 13A; Dobson Ranch, Kaw City, Okla.; Sire: JRI Star Bucks 254Y82

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Cow/Calf Pair: RWG Kitty 4512; Royal Western Gelbvieh, Red Deer County, Alberta, Canada; Sire: COLB Mr Xavier X812

Gelbvieh Champion Spring Bull Calf: OGSG Over Drive Train 43D ET; Overmiller Gelbvieh, Smith Center, Kan.; Sire: GGGE 3G Bootlegger 439B

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Spring Bull Calf: HIGH Hard to Find 26D36; Hightower Cattle Company LLC, La Cygne, Kan.; Sire: HIGH Mr Gold Rush 9A38

Gelbvieh Champion Winter Bull Calf: PHS Prohadrt Denalli 613D; Pro-Hart Seedstock, Pueblo, Colo.; Sire: BDCG DC 401A4 ET

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Winter Bull Calf: TAU Full Force 8D ET; Taubenheim Gelbvieh, Amherst, Neb.; Sire: HYEK Black Impact 3960N

Gelbvieh Champion Senior Bull Calf: OGSG Courageous 131C; R & N Overmiller Gelbvieh, Smith Center, Kan.; Sire: GGGE 3G Zip Line 266Z

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Senior Bull Calf: TTTT Rock Solid 1558C ET; Chase Tabor, Stillwater, Okla.; Sire: DBRG Foundation 2310Z

Gelbvieh Champion Intermediate Bull: RWG Right Combination 5506; Royal Western Gelbvieh, Red Deer County, Alberta, Canada; Sire: RWG War Admiral 2528

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Intermediate Bull: RWG Captain 5701; Royal Western Gelbvieh, Red Deer County, Alberta, Canada; Sire: BEAS 2806Z

Gelbvieh Champion Junior Bull: MCCA Cornhusker Red 524C; McCarty Cattle Company and Grand Valley Gelbvieh/Balancer, Rifle, Colo.; Sire: RWG Traction 7412

Reserve Champion Gelbvieh Junior Bull: GHGF Hired Gun C56; Austin Teeter, Mount Ulla, N.C.; Sire: FMGF Blue’s Impact 001X

Gelbvieh Champion Senior Bull: JRI Prowler 125B3; Eagle Pass Ranch and LeDoux Ranch, Mansfield, S.D.; Sire: JRI Pop a Top 197T83

Gelbvieh Champion Two-Year-Old Bull: SLC Road Trip 103B; Severtson Land and Cattle, Red Deer County, Alberta, Canada; Sire: CES Decka Roadie 81T

Balancer Champion Spring Heifer Calf: BCFG Ms. Danica 534D; Aidan Raab, Markle, Ind.; Sire: BCFG Butlers Bismarck 512Z

Balancer Reserve Champion Spring Heifer Calf: VLK D609 Ellie; Britney Volek, Highmore, S.D.; Sire: VLK A301 Highmore

Balancer Champion Winter Heifer Calf: BCFG Butlers Ms Daphanie 512D; Butler Creek Farms, Milton, Tenn.; Sire: BCFG Butlers Hillbilly Hero 71

Balancer Reserve Champion Winter Heifer Calf: MDR Dallas 616D ET; Karly Alexander, Perry, Okla.; Sire: CCRO Carolina Exclusive 1230Y

Balancer Champion Senior Heifer Calf: BCFG Butlers 133C; Alexandria Raab, Markle, Ind.; Sire: BCFG Butlers Bismarck 512Z

Balancer Reserve Champion Senior Heifer Calf: CCRO CCross Carolina 5320C; Hilltop Farms, Asbury, Mo.; Sire: VER Eagle Eye 224Y ET

Balancer Champion Intermediate Heifer: EGL Tessa C1510; Eagle Pass Ranch, Highmore, S.D.; Sire: EGL Lock and Load X415

Balancer Champion Junior Heifer: EGL Vivian C1083; J W LeDoux, Agenda, Kan.; Sire: Eagle Pass Final Answer 1047

Balancer Reserve Champion Junior Heifer: DJS 510C ET; Jady LeDoux, Agenda, Kan.; Sire: TAU Mr In Focus 22Z

Balancer Champion Senior Heifer: KDV T Bar S A La Mode; Grace Vehige and Kyle Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Mo.; Sire: JBOB Carolina 5423P ET

Balancer Champion Spring Bull Calf: PCCI Mr Roy 6131D; Pearson Cattle Co. Inc., Lake City, S.D.; Sire: HTFG Mr Roy A664

Balancer Reserve Champion Spring Bull Calf: CRAN D47 ET; Cranview Gelbvieh, Minot, N.D.; Sire: CTR Sandhills 0065X

Balancer Champion Winter Bull Calf: JNCC BROK Final Dimension 601D; Victoria Brooke Nowack, Bland, Mo.; Sire: EXAR Denver 2002B

Balancer Reserve Champion Winter Bull Calf: JCGR BAR GT Republican 170D ET; Jumping Cow Gelbvieh, Ramah, Colo.; Sire: CCRO Carolina Exclusive 1230Y

Balancer Champion Senior Bull Calf: LWHF Black Diamond 814C; Little Windy Hill Farms, Max Meadows, Va.; Sire: PCC Witten 111A

Balancer Reserve Champion Senior Bull Calf: RID R Big Whiskey 5092C; Ridinger Cattle Company, Deer Trail, Colo.; Sire: CCRO Carolina Exclusive 1230Y

Balancer Champion Junior Bull: MCCA Capitol Hill 516C; McCarty Cattle Company, Rifle, Colo.; Sire: SAV Brilliance 8077

Balancer Reserve Champion Junior Bull: VLK C503 Young Gun; Post Rock Cattle Company, Barnard, Kan.; Sire: BGGR Gravity 803A

Balancer Champion Senior Bull: GWBR BOBO 106B; George Weber, Lamar, Mo.; Sire: OGSG X-Factor 608X

Balancer Champion Two-Year-Old Bull: EGL Roundhouse B019; Roundhouse Group, Agenda, Kan.; Sire: EGL Roundup X777

Balancer Reserve Champion Two-Year-Old Bull: SUN Old School 77B; Severtson Land and Cattle, Red Deer County, Alberta, Canada; Sire: SLC Old School 120W

Charriere Named Gelbvieh Association Breeder of the Year

Samee Charriere, of Ledgerwood Gelbvieh, Clarkston, Washington, was honored as the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) Breeder of the Year for 2016 during the awards banquet held at the 46th Annual American Gelbvieh Association National Convention on December 2, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Charriere was joined by her husband, Pete, at the banquet. Mark Hopfer, Days Creek, Oregon, and president of the Pacific Northwest Gelbvieh Association, presented Charriere with the award.

Samee and Pete Charriere own and operate Ledgerwood Gelbvieh in conjunction with Rafter C Reds. The operation consists of about 130 registered Gelbvieh females, 20 Red Angus females, as well as an extensive commercial operation of 500 cows. Their vested interest in both registered seedstock genetics and commercial cow-calf production provides them with an understanding of what cattlemen and women in the area desire. It’s Ledgerwood Gelbvieh’s goal to produce bulls that will work for the commercial cattle producer. This coming March, Ledgerwood Gelbvieh will host their opening day bull sale where they will sell 40 yearling Gelbvieh and Red Angus bulls and 15 coming two-year-old Gelbvieh bulls.

Ledgerwood Gelbvieh has been a member of the AGA since 2005. Charriere is active within the association and participates in several shows throughout the West, such as the Northern International Livestock Exposition, National Western Stock Show as well as the Oregon State Fair. Charriere currently serves as the secretary/treasurer of the Pacific Northwest Gelbvieh Association and is a member of the Montana Gelbvieh Association. She is also active in her state cattlemen’s association.

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Photo caption: Mark Hopfer, Days Creek, Ore., presented the AGA Breeder of the Year Award to Samee Charriere, Clarkston, Wash. Left to Right: Mark Hopfer, Samee Charriere, Pete Charriere

Champions Named at NWSS Gelbvieh and Balancer Junior Heifer Show

The Junior Gelbvieh and Balancer® Heifer Show at the National Western Stock Show was held on Saturday, January 7, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. Judge Brian Barragree, Absarokee, Montana, evaluated the 20 Gelbvieh and 37 Balancer females.

Grand Champion Gelbvieh Heifer was HIGH Ms Miranda 9C17 ET owned by Grady Hammer, Wallace, Kansas. This heifer first claimed the Gelbvieh junior yearling heifer division and is the February 18, 2015 daughter of JRI Pop A Top 197T83.

RUPP Roxi 623D, owned by Karly Alexander, Perry, Oklahoma claimed reserve champion Gelbvieh heifer. This February 19, 2016 heifer is sired by JRI Crusader 285Y99 and first claimed the Gelbvieh heifer calf division.

Grand Champion Balancer Heifer was EGL Vivian C1083. This heifer is owned by J W LeDoux, Agenda, Kansas, and first claimed the Balancer junior yearling heifer division. She is the March 25, 2015 daughter of Eagle Pass Final Answer 1047.

Reserve Grand Champion Balancer Heifer was BCFG Butlers 133C, owned by Alexandria Raab, Markle, Indiana. This heifer also came out of the Balancer senior heifer calf division and is the November 2, 2015 daughter of BCFG Butlers Bismarck 512Z.

Higgins Named Gelbvieh Association Commercial Producer of the Year

Barry Higgins of Russellville, Kentucky, was honored as the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) Commercial Producer of the Year during the awards banquet held at the 46th Annual American Gelbvieh Association National Convention in Lincoln, Nebraska on Friday, December 2, 2016.

Higgins was joined by his wife, Kim; son, Cody, and daughter Kameron at the banquet. Myron Edelman, AGA executive director, presented Higgins with the award.

The AGA Commercial Producer of the Year Award honors individuals who use Gelbvieh and Balancer® genetics in progressive commercial cattle operations and are proactive in their promotion of the Gelbvieh and Balancer breed.

Higgins has worked hard to promote Gelbvieh and Balancer cattle for the past 10 years. He and his family own and operate H and H Farms, a 500 head cow-calf operation, and the Russellville Livestock Market located in Russellville, Kentucky.

Higgins bought his first Gelbvieh and Balancer bulls in 2004. Higgins mentioned he started using Gelbvieh and Balancer bulls for the added muscle and growth along with improved disposition. As a result, Higgins’ weaning weights have increased 75 to 100 pounds since he has been using high-quality Gelbvieh and Balancer bulls.

In 2011, Higgins organized a group of commercial cattle producers in southwestern Kentucky that utilize Gelbvieh and Balancer bulls and started a special Gelbvieh and Balancer-influenced feeder calf sale, which is held each July at Russellville Livestock Market. The sale has been very beneficial for the group and they usually sell between 600 to 800 head of feeder calves consigned by eight consigners. The sale has consistently averaged $10 to $12 a hundred over the local market.

 

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Photo Caption: American Gelbvieh Association Executive Director Myron Edelman presented the AGA Commercial Producer of the Year Award to Barry Higgins, Russellville, Ky. Left to Right: Myron Edelman, Barry Higgins, Kim Higgins, Kameron Higgins, Cody Higgins