Gelbvieh and Balancer cattle offer maternal superiority through increased longevity, added fertility, and more pounds of calf weaned per cow exposed. In addition, Gelbvieh and Balancer females offer a reduced mature cow size, more maternal milk, greater calving ease and reach puberty at an earlier age.
Gelbvieh and Balancer females excel in stayability
Females that stay in the herd longer are by far the most profitable. To measure and select for this trait, the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) offers a stayability (ST) EPD. This EPD predicts the genetic difference, in terms of percent profitability, that a bull’s daughters will stay within a herd to at least six years of age.
With the high costs associated with the development or purchase of replacement females, sustained production in a herd is essential. Gelbvieh females are proven to stay in the herd longer.