January 30th, 2012 2:07pm
Roger Gatz of Hiawatha, Kan., was the 2012 inductee into the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) Hall of Fame. Created as a means to recognize those who have made a lasting contribution to the growth and development of the Gelbvieh breed through the influence of the cattle they have bred, breed promotion efforts or leadership provided to the AGA, the prestigious Hall of Fame award is given annually to a deserving individual.
An avid promoter of the Gelbvieh breed and a distinguished list of accomplishments more than qualify Roger to join the nearly 30 other individuals or couples who have a permanent place on the AGA Hall of Fame at the AGA headquarters.
Roger’s 25 years of continued service to the Gelbvieh breed began in 1983 with a publication called “Gelbvieh U.S.” Targeted to commercial cattleman, many Gelbvieh breeders credit the publication with generating interest in using Gelbvieh bulls on predominantly British-based cows in the 1980s. In 1986, Roger began working for the American Gelbvieh Association as a fieldman. Soon after, he helped the AGA produce its first in-house, association-owned publication “Gelbvieh World” in July/August of 1986. Roger has continued to provide his services to the association by providing breed promotion photos, contributing to “Gelbvieh World” ad sales and providing marketing expertise.
In his role as a fieldman, Roger saw a need for a sales management firm within the Gelbvieh breed. In 1988 Roger began Cattleman’s Connection to promote and manage Gelbvieh only sales throughout the U.S. Five years later, Roger expanded Cattleman’s Connection to include semen sales of only Gelbvieh bulls. While business has expanded to include additional breeds, Roger continually promotes Gelbvieh.
When elected to the AGA Board of Directors in 1997, Roger contributed his marketing expertise to co-manage the National Gelbvieh Sale. Two of the three sales he co-managed were the top averaging sales of all breeds during the National Western Stock Show. For the past two years, Roger once again took up the management role and provided his services to manage the National Gelbvieh Sale. With a total gross of $212,000, the average for the 2012 sale was a 20 percent increase over last year’s sale, and a 75 percent increase from the sale two years ago.
Further proof of Roger’s commitment to the American Gelbvieh Association has been his attendance at 24 of the last 25 AGA annual conventions. Moreover, he can make the same claim regarding his attendance at the American Gelbvieh Junior Association’s junior national show held each summer.
Roger is also an active leader outside of the American Gelbvieh Association. He is a member of the Kansas Livestock Association and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. He is a founding member of the Hiawatha FFA chapter, where he still devotes many hours of his time. As well, Roger is a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Hiawatha where he is also an usher.
In a letter of support for Roger’s nomination into the Hall of Fame, Judd Ranch, Inc., of Pomona, Kan., stated, “Roger Gatz has been the Gelbvieh breed’s number 1 ambassador and promoter for more than 25 years. His cattle knowledge combined with his belief in, and commitment to, the Gelbvieh breed is unparalleled and has influenced numerous individuals to become seedstock producers and an untold number of commercial cattlemen to incorporate Gelbvieh genetics in to their program.”
The American Gelbvieh Association Hall of Fame induction took place during the 2012 AGA “Blazing New Trails” annual convention held January 4-7 in Denver, Colo. Roger Gatz’s contributions, promotion and dedication to the AGA and the Gelbvieh breed are remarkable and deserving of a place in the American Gelbvieh Association Hall of Fame.
Photo Caption [2012 AGA Hall of Fame_Roger Gatz with Peg_5518]: Roger Gatz, pictured with his wife Peg, of Hiawatha, Kan., was the 2012 inductee into the American Gelbvieh Association Hall of Fame.
January 27th, 2012 2:04pm
Mark Goes of Odell, Neb., was named the 2012 American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) Member of the Year. The AGA Member of the Year award is presented annually to an outstanding member who gives their time, talent, and dedication to further the improvement of their state and national association. This year’s honoree has selflessly given his time and talent on each level, exemplifying the qualities and attributes of the award.
Mark has been very active in the Gelbvieh breed and the livestock industry. He has been a member of the Gelbvieh Association in Nebraska (GAIN) since 1987 and the American Gelbvieh Association since 1988 as owner of M&P Gelbvieh, which he owns with his wife Patti and daughter Tricia.
Mark has served on the Board of Directors for each association, lending his time and input to shape the direction of both associations. He has been a director for seven of the past eight years with GAIN, where he worked to create the GAIN field representative position. Currently, Mark serves on the AGA Board of Directors, and was recently elected as the 28th president of the American Gelbvieh Association. Additionally, he has chaired numerous AGA committees including productivity, finance and national show and has written six published articles in Gelbvieh World.
As a champion for youth, Mark and Patti have been junior GAIN sponsors for the last ten years. Moreover, Mark has played an instrumental role in developing and carrying out the American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) live carcass evaluation contest. His efforts brought the contest from a concept to a reality. Recently, Mark and Patti served on the AGJA Twister Classic host committee which planned and carried out a very successful national show for more than 150 AGJA exhibitors and their families.
M&P Gelbvieh has built a reputation of raising high-quality and showring-competitive cattle. M&P Gelbvieh has exhibited cattle at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) for ten years and taken home many purple ribbons. In 2005, PMG Pegasus 01P, a bull bred and raised by M&P Gelbvieh, was named champion of the Breeder’s Choice Gelbvieh Bull Futurity. They have also exhibited cattle many times at the American Royal, and in 2010 showed the reserve grand champion Balancer® female.
Outside of M&P Gelbvieh, Mark is an instructor of livestock production at the Beatrice campus of Southeast Community College located in southeast Nebraska. In 1999, Mark was responsible for adding a registered Gelbvieh and Balancer herd to the beef program at SCC. Southeast Community College has hosted multiple Gelbvieh tours with a variety of guests including representatives from the Canadian Gelbvieh Association. As an instructor, Mark has been a mentor to SCC students by helping them to exhibit and market Gelbvieh and Balancer cattle at state sales as well as the NWSS and the National Gelbvieh Sale.
With a desire to stay on the forefront of issues influencing the beef industry, Mark has attended multiple Beef Improvement Federation meetings, and represented AGA at the National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium meetings. Mark served as a member of the steering committee for the Nebraska Grazing Conference and is a member of the Nebraska Cattleman’s Association. He was the first certified ultrasound technician in Nebraska and has been performing ultrasound services to Gelbvieh breeders since 1997.
The American Gelbvieh Association was honored to recognize Mark as the 2012 Member of the Year during the AGA “Blazing New Trails” annual convention held January 4-7 in Denver, Colo. His countless hours of time and dedication to Gelbvieh organizations set a remarkable example for all AGA members to follow.
Photo caption [2012 AGA Member of Year_Mark Goes]: Mark Goes (center) of Odell, Neb., was the 2012 American Gelbvieh Association Member of the Year. Pictured with Mark are his daughter Tricia (left) and wife Patti (right).
January 24th, 2012 2:21pm - Posted By: Jennifer Scharpe
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Members of the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) elected five candidates to serve three-year terms on the AGA Board of Directors. The election was held during the annual membership meeting at the AGA “Blazing New Tails” annual convention January 4-7, 2012 in Denver, Colo.
Newly elected board members are Andy LeDoux, Agenda, Kan., Neal Pearson, Lake City, S.D., and Duane Strider, Asheboro, N.C. Re-elected to serve second terms were Rob Arnold, Minot, N.D., and Bob Prosser, Winslow, Ariz.
The Board of Directors then elected individuals to serve in leadership positions on the 2012 AGA Executive Committee. Mark Goes, Odell, Neb., was selected as the 28th president of the American Gelbvieh Association. He succeeds Past President Jim Beastrom, Pierre, S.D.
Elected as vice president was Brian Dunn, St. John, Kan. Rob Arnold was elected as secretary and Dan Warner, Beaver City, Neb., will serve as treasurer.
The other members of the AGA Board of Directors are: Ken Flikkema, Bozeman, Mont., Bob Hart, Kansas City, Kan., John Huston, New Carlisle, Ohio, David Martin, Judsonia, Ark., Grant Thayer, Ramah, Colo., Gary Tilghman, Glasgow, Ky., and Nancy Wilkinson, Model, Colo.
Retiring members of the 2011 AGA Board of Directors were Jim Beastrom, Dick Helms, Arapahoe, Neb., and Brian Schafer, Goodhue, Minn.
Photo caption [2012 AGA Board of Directors.jpg]: The American Gelbvieh Association elected directors and officers for 2012 during its annual convention in Denver, Colo. Front row (left to right): David Martin, Judsonia, Ark.; Secretary Rob Arnold, Minot, N.D.; Duane Strider, Asheboro, N.C.; Ken Flikkema, Bozeman, Mont.; Neal Pearson, Lake City, S.D.; Nancy Wilkinson, Model, Colo.; Gary Tilghman, Glasgow, Ky.; and Bob Hart, Kansas City, Kan. Back row (left to right): Bob Prosser, Winslow, Ariz.; Vice President Brian Dunn, St., John, Kan.; John Huston, New Carlisle, Ohio; President Mark Goes, Odell, Neb.; Treasurer Dan Warner, Beaver City, Neb.; Grant Thayer, Ramah, Colo.; and Andy LeDoux, Agenda, Kan.
January 15th, 2012 3:30pm - Posted By: Jennifer Scharpe
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NWSS National Gelbvieh and Balancer® Show Champions Rise to Success
The American Gelbvieh Association held their annual National Gelbvieh and Balancer® Show on January 9, 2012 in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver, Colo. A total of 216 Gelbvieh and Balancer entries were paraded in the national show. Judge Doug Satree, Montague, Texas evaluated the 68 Gelbvieh females, 40 Gelbvieh bulls, 63 Balancer females and 45 Balancer bulls.
Claiming the honors of national grand champion Gelbvieh female was GGGE 3G X-Factor 014X exhibited by Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind. This January 6, 2010 daughter of GGGE 3G Time Machine was first named champion Gelbvieh junior heifer.
The reserve grand champion national Gelbvieh female was exhibited by Kaycie Shearer, Canton, Kan. CIRS 72WY is a January 15, 2011 daughter of CIRS KING and first claimed the champion winter heifer calf division.
Ridinger Cattle Company, Deer Trail, Colo., exhibited the national grand champion Gelbvieh bull. RID R G-Force 922W is a March 7, 2009 son of JCGR BAR GT Flashback. He was first named the champion senior bull.
Coming out of the same senior bull division was the national reserve grand champion Gelbvieh bull. JRI Trump 270W13B is an August 27, 2009 son of JRI Extra Exposure and was exhibited by Judd Ranch, Inc., Pomona, Kan.
In the National Balancer Show, the grand champion female honors went to Emily Griffiths with GGGE 3G Cowgirl Wisdom 951W. This cow-calf division champion is a two-year old cow sired by GGGE 3G Smoke N' Mirrors and showed with a May 2011 GGGE 3G Time Machine calf at side.
The national reserve grand champion Balancer female was BCFG Butlers Ms Deb 10X. Exhibited by Butler Creek Farms and LeDoux Ranch, Milton, Tenn., this January 9, 2010 female was sired by BCFG Butlers Cherokee 504T ET. She was first named champion junior heifer.
Eagle Pass Ranch, Highmore, S.D., exhibited the grand champion Balancer bull. EGL Roundup X777 is a March 22, 2010 son of EGL Northern Dancer and came out of the junior bull division.
The reserve grand champion national Balancer bull was GGGE 3G Warlock 928W, exhibited by Emily Griffiths. This February 7, 2009 son of GGGE 3G Smoke N' Mirrors son was first named champion senior bull.
In the group classes, Circle S Ranch, Canton, Kan., made a clean sweep. They exhibited the champion produce of dam, get-of-sire, and best four head. The premier exhibitor and premier breeder awards went to Emily Griffiths.
2012 National Gelbvieh and Balancer® Show
A complete listing of division winners is as follows:
Gelbvieh Spring Heifer Calf Champion: HTFG Ms Sweet Thing Y451, Hilltop Farms, Asbury, Mo., Sire: JKGF 18U ET
Gelbvieh Winter Heifer Calf Champion: CIRS 72WY, Kaycie L. Shearer, Canton, Kan., Sire: CIRS King
Gelbvieh Senior Heifer Calf Champion: KKKC Better Yet 693X, Kale Kendrick, Palmyra, Mo., Sire: KAKC JPTK Hot Source
Gelbvieh Intermediate Heifer Champion: RTRT 302X ET, Collin Berkley, Osbourn, Kan., Sire: CRAN Buddy Boy T729
Gelbvieh Junior Heifer Champion: GGGE 3G X-Factor 014X, Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind., Sire: GGGE 3G Time Machine
Gelbvieh Spring Bull Calf Champion: SEPT Walkin And Talkin ET Y01, September Farms, Franklin, Neb., Sire: EGL Pedro R032 ET
Gelbvieh Winter Bull Calf Champion: JDPD Chain Link 251Y ET, The Dromgoole's Heaven, Richmond, Texas, Sire: CRAN Buddy Boy T729
Gelbvieh Senior Bull Calf Champion: CIRS 60UX, Circle S Ranch, Canton, Kan., Sire: CIRS King
Gelbvieh Intermediate Bull Champion: RWG Xtreme Traction X521, Cody Congdon, Innisfail, AB, Sire: RWG Traction 7412
Gelbvieh Junior Bull Champion: RID R Shotgun Slade 1020X, Ridinger Cattle Company, Deer Trail, Colo., Sire: BABR RID Rooster Co.
Gelbvieh Senior Bull Champion: RID R G-Force 922W, Ridinger Cattle Company, Deer Trail, Colo., Sire: JCGR BAR GT Flashback
Balancer Spring Heifer Calf Champion: TMKG C3 Fantasia 72Y, Veronica Turner, Flamath Falls, Ore., Sire: CODH Starlights Jacquizz 270U
Balancer Winter Heifer Calf Champion: CAEN Ms Berry Crush 9Y3, Hightower Cattle Company, Lacygne, Kan., Sire: NVG Red Fine Line
Balancer Senior Heifer Calf Champion: ALFG Sugar Creek Rita 14X, Andrew Lindgren, Atlanta, Ill., Sire: OSU Currency 8173
Balancer Intermediate Heifer Champion: JEB BCC Ms Krugerrand 2X, South Texas Gelbvieh, Castroville, Texas, Sire: TAU Mr Krugerrand
Balancer Junior Heifer Champion: BCFG Butlers Ms Deb 10X, Butler Creek Farms and LeDoux Ranch, Milton, Tenn., Sire: BCFG Butlers Cherokee
Balancer Senior Heifer Champion: EBY Miss 7294T 9229W, Chandler Ladner, Argonia, Kan., Sire: S A V Bismarck 5682
Balancer Cow-Calf Pair Champion: GGGE 3G Cowgirl Wisdom 951W, Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind., Sire: GGGE 3G Smoke N' Mirrors
Balancer Spring Bull Calf Champion: DLW Last Call 5115Y, Warner Beef Genetics, Beaver City, Neb., Sire: SCC Mr Final Answer
Balancer Winter Bull Calf Champion: EGL Liberty Y079 ET, Eagle Pass Ranch, Highmore, S.D., Sire: EGL Freedom 5203
Balancer Senior Bull Calf Champion: GGGE 3G Xpediter 096X, Overmiller Gelbvieh, Smith Center, Kan., Sire: GGGE 3G Smoke N' Mirrors
Balancer Intermediate Bull Champion: JDPD Time Traveler 450X, The Dromgoole's Heaven, Richmond, Texas, Sire: RTRM Headline
Balancer Junior Bull Champion: EGL Roundup X777, Eagle Pass Ranch, Highmore, S.D., Sire: EGL Northern Dancer
Balancer Senior Bull Champion: GGGE 3G Warlock 928W, Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind., Sire: GGGE 3G Smoke N' Mirrors
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January 12th, 2012 11:50am - Posted By: Jennifer Scharpe
3 Bulls $14,667
The National Gelbvieh and Balancer® Sale kicked off the 2012 sale season with a bang, posting an increased average of $8,480 on 25 lots. Held annually during the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver, Colo., the National Gelbvieh and Balancer Sale was the first beef cattle sale of the NWSS. The standing room only crowd proved the excitement for and interest in Gelbvieh and Balancer genetics by seedstock breeders and commercial cattlemen. With at total gross of $212,000, the average for the 2012 sale was a 20 percent increase over last year’s sale, and a 75 percent increase from the sale two years ago.
The high-selling lot of the National Gelbvieh and Balancer Sale was Lot 1 at $22,500, the 2012 Breeder’s Choice Gelbvieh Bull Futurity champion. Bred by Plateau Gelbvieh, Peetz, Colo., PLA Big Dog 101Y is a January 29, 2011 purebred son of HYEK Black Impact 3960N. He is homozygous polled, double black and boasts a tremendous EPD profile of: CE 107; BW 0.8; WW 47; YW 81; Milk 18; CW 21; RE 0.23; CV 21.84 and FM 10.42. After active bidding, Locust Hill Farms, Ruffin, N.C., purchased full possession PLA Big Dog. Semen packages were purchased by the following breeders: D Bar D Gelbvieh, Hazelton, N.D.; CJ & L Livestock, Hermosa, S.D.; Diamond D Gelbvieh, Mandan, N.D.; Two Step Ranch & McCabe Cattle Co., Farley, Iowa; and Chimney Butte Ranch, Mandan, N.D.
The second high-seller of the day was Lot 10 at $20,000. This was the pick of the 2011 bull or heifer crop from Bar Arrow Cattle Company, Phillipsburg, Kan. Flying H Genetics, Arapahoe, Neb., was the winning bidder. Bar Arrow Cattle Company showed the grand champion Pen of 5 Gelbvieh bulls and reserve grand champion Pen of 3 Balancer bulls at the 2012 National Western Stock Show.
Lot 5 was the sale of 50 percent cloning right on the black, homozygous polled, purebred donor dam EGL G565, consigned by Boehler Gelbvieh, Orleans, Neb. EGL G565 has produced three AI sons including Ludacris, Big N’ Rich, and Drew, and has generated $115,350 in sales at the National Gelbvieh Sale alone for Boehler Gelbvieh. Eagle Pass Ranch, Highmore, S.D., and Judd Ranch, Inc., Pomona, Kan., purchased the 50 percent cloning rights for $13,000.
Wes and Brittney Spencer, Pierre, S.D., offered 50 percent, lifetime embryo interest on BEA Cindy Lou Who 0001X ET as an added lot to the sale. This double polled, purebred donor female is an ET full sister to Beastrom Ranch’s $24,000 2011 National Champion Bull, BEA Passion 001X ET, and the many time champion JCGR BAR GT Ella 265X. Hart Farm, Kansas City, Kan., and Scott Bachman, Chillicothe, Mo., teamed up to purchase this lot at $13,000.
Little Windy Hill Farms, Max Meadows, Va., consigned Lot 2, LWHF Premium Balance 462Y. He is a homozygous black, homozygous polled Balancer bull. This bull was a runner-up in the 2012 People’s Choice Balancer Bull Futurity and reserve champion winter bull calf in the 2012 National Balancer Show the day after the sale at the NWSS. Malm Ranch, Albin, Wyo., and SS Ranch, LaGrange, Wyo., teamed up to purchase full possession and 2/3 semen interest for $12,000
Prairie Hills Gelbvieh, Gladstone, N.D., purchased the pick of the 2010 bred heifers at Beastrom Ranch, Pierre, S.D. Beastrom Ranch has produced many outstanding AI sires and donor females, producing cattle that offer consistency, power and performance combined with strong maternal traits and balanced EPDs. At the fall of the gavel, this added lot sold for $10,000.
Judd Ranch, Inc., consigned Lot 3, JRI Trump 270W13B. This coming three-year-old herd sire prospect is a homozygous polled, red purebred Gelbvieh bull. He was purchased for $9,500 by Lazy TV Ranch, Selby, N.D., and Kal-Kota Ranch, Steele, N.D., for full possession and one-half semen interest. The day after the sale, this bull was named the 2012 reserve grand champion national Gelbvieh bull.
The National Gelbvieh and Balancer Sale is sponsored by the American Gelbvieh Association and managed by Cattlemen’s Connection, Hiawatha, Kan. The American Gelbvieh Association would like to recognize Judd Ranch, Inc., and Jumping Cow Gelbvieh, Ramah, Colo., for sponsoring the meal prior to the sale.