Dam of Merit and Dam of Distinction
Every fall, the American Gelbvieh Association honors the females in the herdbook that exhibit consistent maternal efficiency through the Dam of Merit and Dam of Distinction program. The American Gelbvieh Association credits its members who continue to place selection emphasis on the maternal traits of the breed by being owners or breeders of these outstanding Gelbvieh and Balancer® females.
The Dam of Merit honors cows that have produced at least three calves with all weaning information reported to the American Gelbvieh Association. A Dam of Distinction meets the same requirements but must have produced 8 calves or more.
Owners of Dams of Merit and Dams of Distinction receive a summary report that lists the name and registration number of each recognized cow. Breeders of the females also receive a summary report that lists the name and registration number of each recognized cow bred by them. All of the data on the females must have been submitted by August 1 of each year.
The follow criteria are used to determine Dams of Merit and Dams of Distinction:
- A Dam of Merit must have produced at least three calves all with weaning information reported to the AGA. A Dam of Distinction must have produced eight calves or more.
- She must have produced her last calf during the time period between January 1 of the prior year and March 1 of the current year.
- She must possess a minimum average weaning weight ratio for all calves of 101.
- She must have a calving interval not exceeding the maximum, calculated by the following formula:
(Number of Calving Intervals x 365 Days) + 30 Days
Number of Calving Intervals
In the above formula, thirty days are added to the total number of days possible to allow for situations where breeders purposely begin calving two-year-olds before the rest of the herd. As cows get older, the maximum calving interval decreases, or the female may have had her third calf born before her fourth birthday and maintained a 365-day calving interval thereafter.
Had her third calf before her fourth birthday and maintained a 365-day calving interval thereafter.
The female’s age at first calving must not exceed 25 months.
Ring of Gold
The American Gelbvieh Association established the Ring of Gold program to honor the top animals shown at the conclusion of a show year. Points are earned for grand and reserve grand champions, as well as division champions and reserves, and are based on the actual number of animals shown in each qualified show.
For more information about the Ring of Gold program, visit the Show page
Electronic Sale Catalog Extract
Receive an electronic sale catalog extract to make sale catalog production much easier. The electronic sale catalog extract is a spreadsheet that includes all pedigree and performance data. Then, simply add columns to this spreadsheet with lot numbers and comment information. From this spreadsheet you and your catalog production house should be able to merge the content into a catalog design format.
To request an electronic sale catalog extract, provide AGA with a list of all the AMGV numbers of the animals you need for the sale in either a spreadsheet or an email. Send requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. Electronic sale catalog extract requests must be received at least two business days before you would like the file returned to you.
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