Feedlot and Carcass Advantages with Balancer® Genetics

Today, feeders favor buying cattle with genetics that predict performance both in the feedyard and on the rail. To help breeders select for these more favorable animals, the American Gelbvieh Association offers both a Carcass Weight (CW) and Feeder Profit Index (FPI).

Increased Carcass Weight

With the beef industry calling on heavier carcass weights and greater quality, using Balancer genetics can help capture premiums at harvest. Balancer genetics offer more pounds of carcass weight and the ability to reach industry demanded quality grades without sacrificing yield grade.

Optimize Feedlot Gain and Efficiency

The industry demands an animal that grades Choice or higher, while posting a Yield Grade 1 or 2 carcass. A combination of marbling and a lean meat yield is often not an easy target to hit. Using Gelbvieh and Balancer genetics can help get you there.

The American Gelbvieh Association research shows that a blend of 25 to 50 percent Gelbvieh with 25 to 75 percent British is ideal in producing cattle that will Quality Grade Choice and Yield Grade 1 or 2.

“My Balancer sired cattle graded 90% Choice, fewer YG 4s and more carcass weight, adding up to more profit.” – Scott Hamilton, Hamilton Farms, South Dakota.