Gelbvieh News

Prosser Named Gelbvieh Association Breeder of the Year

Bob and Judy Prosser of Bar T Bar Ranches, Winslow, Arizona, were honored as the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) Breeder of the Year for 2017 during the awards banquet held at the 47th Annual American Gelbvieh Association National Convention in Wichita, Kansas.

Bob Prosser was present at the AGA awards banquet to accept the award. John Burbank of Seedstock Plus, St. Catharine, Missouri, presented Prosser with the award.

Bob and Judy Prosser own and operate Bar T Bar Ranches which covers 326,200 acres of private, state and U.S. Forest Service lands between Winslow and Happy Jack, Arizona. The operation consists of about 400 registered Balancer®, Gelbvieh, and Angus females, 1,200 commercial cows and 800 replacement females. Bar T Bar Ranch sells around 200 bulls every April in their annual bull sale. All bulls are DNA tested and proven feed efficient. Bar T Bar utilizes individual feed efficiency testing with their on-the-ranch GrowSafe unit.

Bob and Judy are committed to raising quality seedstock and quality beef for the consumer and they are dedicated to being stewards of the land. In 1993 the Diablo Trust was formed by the Prosser family and the Metzger family of Flying M Ranch to create a collaborative process for developing ideas to help protect open spaces and healthy habitats. The Arizona Section Society of Range Management awarded Bob and Judy the 2016 Range Managers of the Year.

Bar T Bar Ranch, Inc. has been a member of the American Gelbvieh Association since 1984. Bob Prosser is a former AGA Board Member and is an active member of AGA committees, including the breed improvement committee. Bob Prosser was also awarded the 2017 Cattleman of the Year award by the Arizona Cattlemen’s Association.

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Bob and Judy Prosser of Bar T Bar Ranches, Winslow, Arizona, were honored as the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) Breeder of the Year for 2017 during the awards banquet held at the 47th Annual American Gelbvieh Association National Convention in Wichita, Kansas.

Bob Prosser was present at the AGA awards banquet to accept the award. John Burbank of Seedstock Plus, St. Catharine, Missouri, presented Prosser with the award.

Bob and Judy Prosser own and operate Bar T Bar Ranches which covers 326,200 acres of private, state and U.S. Forest Service lands between Winslow and Happy Jack, Arizona. The operation consists of about 400 registered Balancer®, Gelbvieh, and Angus females, 1,200 commercial cows and 800 replacement females. Bar T Bar Ranch sells around 200 bulls every April in their annual bull sale. All bulls are DNA tested and proven feed efficient. Bar T Bar utilizes individual feed efficiency testing with their on-the-ranch GrowSafe unit.

Bob and Judy are committed to raising quality seedstock and quality beef for the consumer and they are dedicated to being stewards of the land. In 1993 the Diablo Trust was formed by the Prosser family and the Metzger family of Flying M Ranch to create a collaborative process for developing ideas to help protect open spaces and healthy habitats. The Arizona Section Society of Range Management awarded Bob and Judy the 2016 Range Managers of the Year.

Bar T Bar Ranch, Inc. has been a member of the American Gelbvieh Association since 1984. Bob Prosser is a former AGA Board Member and is an active member of AGA committees, including the breed improvement committee. Bob Prosser was also awarded the 2017 Cattleman of the Year award by the Arizona Cattlemen’s Association.

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Champions Chosen at National Gelbvieh and Balancer® Show

The National Gelbvieh and Balancer® Show took place at the National Western Stock Show on Monday, January 8, 2018, in Denver, Colorado. Judge Randy Mullinix, Toulon, Illinois, evaluated the 42 Gelbvieh females, 36 Gelbvieh bulls, 78 Balancer females, and 30 Balancer bulls.

Grand champion Gelbvieh female was BCFG Butlers Ms Dixie 283D owned by Clint Main, Seymour, Indiana. This heifer was born March 4, 2016, and is the daughter of BCFG Butlers Red Oak 908W. She first claimed the junior heifer division.

GHGF Deanna 77D owned by Austin Teeter, Mount Ulla, North Carolina, won reserve grand champion Gelbvieh female. This March 3, 2016, daughter of FMGF Blue’s Impact 001X also came out of the junior heifer division.

Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Indiana owned the grand champion Gelbvieh bull. GGGE 3G Die Cast 637D is the January 27, 2016, son of GGGE 3G Zip Line 266Z and was first named Gelbvieh champion junior bull.

Reserve grand champion Gelbvieh bull was GDV T Bar S Ace’s High 209D owned by Grace Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Missouri. This bull was born December 22, 2016, and is the son of GDV T Bar S Reload 27A ET. He first claimed the senior bull calf division.

Grand champion Balancer female was EGL Vivian C1083 owned by J W LeDoux, Ree Heights, South Dakota. This female is the March 25, 2015, daughter of Eagle Pass Final Answer 1047 and was first named Balancer champion cow-calf pair.  Vivian C1083’s calf-at-side was CHIP Exhibition 7283E born May 21, 2017, and is sired by EGL Roundhouse B019.

J W LeDoux also owned the reserve grand champion Balancer female. EGL Lass E3200 is the daughter of EGL Lifeline B101. This February 15, 2017, heifer first claimed the winter heifer calf division.

Grand champion Balancer bull was GGGE 3G Double Agent 602D owned Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Indiana. This bull was born January 6, 2016, and is the son of GGGE 3G Smoke N’ Mirrors 639S. He first claimed the junior bull division.

MDR First Step 7549E owned by Dobson Ranch, Kaw City, Oklahoma, won reserve grand champion Balancer bull. This bull is the March 5, 2017, son of JRI Next Step 285X72 and was first named Balancer champion spring bull calf.

2018 Gelbvieh and Balancer National Show
National Western Stock Show
January 8, 2018
Denver, Colorado

Division Champions and Reserves:

Gelbvieh Females

Gelbvieh Champion Spring Heifer Calf: GHGF Zelda 20E; French Farms , Big Clifty, Ky.; Sire: GHGF Young Gun C310

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Spring Heifer Calf: SEPT RCO No Tan Lines E273; September Farms/Riddle & Co., Franklin, Neb.; Sire: JRI Next Step 285X72

Gelbvieh Champion Winter Heifer Calf: VOS 909E; Hilltop Farms, Asbury, Mo.; Sire: FHG Flying H MR Traction 45B

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Winter Heifer Calf: SKYC BCFG-SKYS Eleanor 282E; Casey Martin, Oregon, Ill.; Sire: JRI Pistol Pete 214A44

Gelbvieh Champion Senior Heifer Calf: POST Post Rock Wilma 334D8 ET ; Kyle Cavalli, Lincoln, Kan. ; Sire: DCSF Post Rock Power Built 37B8

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Senior Heifer Calf: GHGF Bella 58D; Austin Teeter, Mount Ulla, N.C./French Farms, Clifty, Ky.; Sire: GHGF Zeus 61Z

Gelbvieh Champion Intermediate Heifer: PHS ProHart Brandy 634D; Cross Seven Ranch, Las Animas, Colo.; Sire: BDCG DC 401A4 ET

Gelbvieh Champion Junior Heifer: BCFG Butlers Ms Dixie 283D; Clint Main, Seymour, Ind.; Sire: BCFG Butlers Red Oak 908W

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Junior Heifer: GHGF Deanna 77D; Austin Teeter, Mount Ulla, N.C.; Sire: FMGF Blue’s Impact 001X

Gelbvieh Bulls

 Gelbvieh Champion Spring Bull Calf: VLK E729 War Cloud; Britney Volek, Highmore, S.D.; Sire: BABR 5201C Reload ET

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Spring Bull Calf: RWG Exact Combination 7409; Royal Western Gelbvieh, Red Deer County, Alberta, Canada; Sire: RWG Right Combination 5506

Gelbvieh Champion Winter Bull Calf: JLSL Apollo 759E; Ledgerwood Gelbvieh, Clarkston, Wash.; Sire: JDPD Time Traveler 450X

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Winter Bull Calf: HTFM Mr Equalizer E711; Hilltop Farms Benny McWilliams, Asbury, Mo.; Sire: DCSF Post Rock FI 49B2

Gelbvieh Champion Senior Bull Calf: GDV T Bar S Ace’s High 209D; Grace Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Mo.; Sire: GDV T Bar S Reload 27A ET

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Senior Bull Calf: GHGF Whole Lotta Love 53D1 ET; Green Hills Gelbvieh, Mount Ulla, N.C.; Sire: FMGF Blue’s Impact 001X

Gelbvieh Champion Junior Bull: GGGE 3G Die Cast 637D; Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind.; Sire: GGGE 3G Zip Line 266Z

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Junior Bull: GHGF Cow Town D536; Green Hills Gelbvieh, Mount Ulla, N.C.; Sire: FMGF Blue’s Impact 001X

Gelbvieh Champion Two-Year-Old Bull: AAD R One Eyed Jack 5009C; Linda Shafer, Strasburg, Colo.; Sire: Rid R Collateral 2R

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Two-Year-Old Bull: RWG Right Combination 5506 ; Royal Western Gelbvieh, Red Deer County, Alberta, Canada; Sire: RWG War Admiral 2528

Balancer Females

Balancer Champion Spring Heifer Calf: BCFG Butlers Elize 730E; Butler Creek Farms, Milton, Tenn.; Sire: BCFG Butlers Bismarck 512Z

Balancer Reserve Champion Spring Heifer Calf: RRAB BCFG Ms. Evangeline 413E ET; Aidan Raab, Markle, Ind.; Sire: S A V Brilliance 8077

Balancer Champion Winter Heifer Calf: EGL Lass E3200; J W LeDoux, Ree Heights, S.D; Sire: EGL Lifeline B101

Balancer Reserve Champion Winter Heifer Calf: MDR Elly Zendt 702E ET; Brylee Thiel, Kaw City, Okla.; Sire: Dameron First Class

Balancer Champion Senior Heifer Calf: GHGF Delilah 655D; Austin Teeter, Mount Ulla, N.C.; Sire: Gambles Hot Rod 9620

Balancer Reserve Champion Senior Heifer Calf: BCFG Butlers MS Daisy 28D3 ET; Butler Creek Farms, Milton, Tenn.; Sire:  AHL Flashback 446B

Balancer Champion Intermediate Heifer: GGGE 3G Cowgirl Dixie 6102D; Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind.; Sire: S S Hoover Dam B115

Balancer Reserve Champion Intermediate Heifer: RID R Ima’s Pride 6117D ET; Ridinger Cattle Company, Deer Trail, Colo.; Sire: WPRA Legacy A-314

Balancer Champion Junior Heifer: BCFG Butlers Ms Dolly 1315D; Alexandria Raab, Markle, Ind.; Sire: BCFG Butlers Bismarck 512Z

Balancer Reserve Champion Junior Heifer: BRAX Delilah D26; Braxton Murray, Kingfisher, Okla.; Sire: BAG Mr Quick Sand 135 A

Balancer Champion Cow-Calf Pair: EGL Vivian C1083; J W LeDoux, Ree Heights, S.D.; Sire: Eagle Pass Final Answer 1047

Balancer Bulls

Balancer Champion Spring Bull Calf: MDR First Step 7549E; Dobson Ranch, Kaw City, Okla.; Sire: JRI Next Step 285X72

Balancer Reserve Champion Spring Bull Calf: GHGF Terminal Velocity E03; Garrett Teeter, Mount Ulla, N.C.; Sire: BGGR Gravity 803A

Balancer Champion Winter Bull Calf: OGSG OVER Enshrined 028E; Overmiller Gelbvieh, Smith Center, Kan.; Sire: OVER Cooperstown 350C

Balancer Reserve Champion Winter Bull Calf; GGGE 3G Extra Money 709E; Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind.; Sire: GGGE 3G EZ Money 209Z

Balancer Champion Senior Bull Calf: DCSF Post Rock Dividend 375D8 ET; Post Rock Cattle Company, Barnard, Kan.; Sire: Basin Payweight 1682

Balancer Reserve Champion Senior Bull Calf: DMS Stuckys Dak ET; Stucky Beef Genetics, Salina, Kan.; Sire: Sandpoint Butkus X797

Balancer Champion Junior Bull: GGGE 3G Double Agent 602D; Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind.; Sire: GGGE 3G Smoke N’ Mirrors 639S

Balancer Reserve Champion Junior Bull: MDR Pistol Pete 6566D; Dobson Ranch, Kaw City, Okla.; Sire: MDR Silver Bandito 3505A ET

Balancer Champion Two-Year-Old Bull: BNW Concho 5131C ET; Wilkinson Gelbvieh Ranch, Model, Colo.; Sire: SYD Stampede 6122S ET

Genetics on Display at NWSS Gelbvieh and Balancer Pen Show

The Gelbvieh and Balancer® Pen Show took place at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado, on Sunday, January 7, 2018. A total of 16 pens were exhibited at this year’s show. Eldon Krebs, Gordon, Nebraska, judged the pen bull show.

Judd Ranch Inc., Pomona, Kansas, exhibited the grand champion pen of three Gelbvieh bulls. The champion pen consisted of two January 2017 bulls and one February 2017 bull. This pen had an average weight of 1,239 pounds and an average weight per day of age of 3.6 pounds. All pen bulls are ultrasound scanned at the time of check-in. This pen’s ultrasound scan data averaged a ribeye area of 14.84 square inches, 3.67% IMF, and 0.28 inches of back fat.

The reserve champion pen of three Gelbvieh bulls was exhibited by Prairie Hills Gelbvieh, Gladstone, North Dakota. This pen consisted of one February 2017 and two March 2017 bulls and had an average weight of 1,159 pounds with an average weight per day of age of 3.7 pounds. This set of bulls had average ultrasound scan data of 14.09 square inches for ribeye, 3.34% IMF, and 0.26 inches of back fat.

Judd Ranch Inc., Pomona, Kansas, also exhibited the grand champion pen of five Gelbvieh bulls. This pen consisted of three January-born bulls and two February-born bulls. The pen had an average weight of 1,115 pounds and an average weight per day of age of 3.2 pounds. This set of bulls had average ultrasound scan data of 14.08 square inches of ribeye, 3.77% IMF, and 0.24 inches of back fat.

In the Balancer pen show, Judd Ranch Inc., Pomona, Kansas, struck again and exhibited the grand champion pen of three Balancer bulls. This pen consisted of two January 2017 bulls and one February 2017 bull that averaged 1,288 pounds with an average weight per day of age of 3.8 pounds. The pen’s average ultrasound scan data is as follows: ribeye area of 15.25 square inches, 3.79% IMF and 0.26 inches of back fat.

The reserve champion pen of three Balancer bulls was exhibited by Warner Beef Genetics, Arapahoe, Nebraska. Their pen of February 2017 born bulls averaged a weight of 1,123 pounds and 3.4 pound weight per day of age. This pen averaged 13.85 square inches for ribeye area, 3.9% IMF and 0.21 inches of back fat with their ultrasound scan data.

Eagle Pass Ranch, Highmore, South Dakota, exhibited the grand champion pen of five Balancer bulls. This pen included one January 2017 and four February 2017 bulls. This champion pen had an average weight of 1,199 pounds and an average weight per day of age of 3.6 pounds. The pen’s average ultrasound scan data was 15.43 square inches for ribeye area, 3.76% IMF, and 0.35 inches of back fat.

Judd Ranch Inc., Pomona, Kansas, exhibited the reserve champion pen of five Balancer bulls. This pen included three January 2017 and two February 2017 bulls. This pen averaged a weight of 1,146 pounds and had an average weight per day of age of 3.6 pounds. This set of bulls had average ultrasound scan data of 14.41 square inches for ribeye area, 3.72% IMF, and .28 inches of back fat.

Champions Named at NWSS Junior Gelbvieh and Balancer Heifer Show

The Junior Gelbvieh and Balancer® Heifer Show at the National Western Stock Show was held on Saturday, January 6, 2018, in Denver, Colorado. Judge Kyle Conley, Sulphur, Oklahoma, evaluated the 19 Gelbvieh heifers and 40 Balancer heifers.

Grand champion Gelbvieh heifer was BCFG Butlers Ms Dixie 283D owned by Clint Main, Seymour, Indiana. This heifer is the March 4, 2016 daughter of BCFG Butlers Red Oak 908W and first claimed the junior yearling heifer division.

GHGF Deanna 77D, owned by Austin Teeter, Mount Ulla, North Carolina, won reserve grand champion Gelbvieh heifer. This heifer was sired by FMGF Blue’s Impact 001X and was born March 3, 2016.

Grand champion Balancer heifer was BCFG Butlers Ms Dolly 1315D owned by Alexandria Raab, Markle, Indiana. First claiming the junior yearling heifer division, this heifer is sired by BCFG Butlers Bismarck 512Z and was born February 9, 2016.

CBLG Six E Firefly 700E, owned by Taylor Goering, McPherson, Kansas, won reserve grand champion Balancer heifer. She is the April 15, 2017 daughter of PZCT PZC TMAS Firestorm 1800 ET. This heifer was first named champion heifer calf.

2018 NWSS Junior Gelbvieh and Balancer® Heifer Show
January 6, 2018
Denver, Colorado

Division Champions and Reserves:

Gelbvieh Heifers

Gelbvieh Champion Heifer Calf: SKYC BCFG-SKYS Eleanor 282E; Casey Martin, Oregon, Ill.; Sire: JRI Pistol Pete 214A44

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Heifer Calf: GHGF Priscilla 67E; Karen Eby, Duncan, S.C.; Sire: FMGF Blue’s Impact 001X

Gelbvieh Champion Senior Heifer Calf: GHGF Bella 58D; Austin Teeter, Mount Ulla, N.C.; Sire: GHGF Zeus 61Z

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Senior Heifer Calf: POST Post Rock Wilma 334D8 ET; Kyle Cavalli, Lincoln, Kan.; Sire: DCSF Post Rock Power Built 37B8

Gelbvieh Champion Junior Yearling Heifer: BCFG Butlers Ms Dixie 283D; Clint Main, Seymour, Ind.; Sire: BCFG Butlers Red Oak 908W

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Junior Yearling Heifer: GHGF Deanna 77D; Austin Teeter, Mount Ulla, N.C.; Sire: FMGF Blue’s Impact 001X

Balancer Heifers

Balancer Champion Heifer Calf: CBLG Six E Firefly 700E; Taylor Goering, McPherson, Kan.; Sire: PZCT PZC TMAS Firestorm 1800 ET

Balancer Reserve Champion Heifer Calf: EGL Lass E3200; J W LeDoux, Ree Heights, S.D.; Sire: EGL Lifeline B101

Balancer Champion Senior Heifer: KDV T Bar S Dutchess 121D; Kyle Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Mo.; Sire: Stevenson Weigh Up 41163

Balancer Reserve Champion Senior Heifer: GHGF Delilah 655D; Austin Teeter, Mount Ulla, N.C.; Sire: Gambles Hot Rod 9620

Balancer Champion Junior Yearling Heifer: BCFG Butlers MS Dolly 1315D; Alexandria Raab, Markle, Ind.; Sire: BCFG Butlers Bismarck 512Z

Balancer Reserve Champion Junior Yearling Heifer: BRAX Delilah D26; Braxton Murray, Kingfisher, Okla.; Sire: BAG MR Quick Sand 135A

 

Christian Joins American Gelbvieh Association Staff

The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) would like to welcome Kelsi Christian to its staff where she began her role as multimedia coordinator on January 2, 2018.

Christian is originally from San Antonio, Texas, where she was heavily involved in FFA growing up. Christian graduated from Texas Tech University in December 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications. She has gained experience with social media and communications through internships at National Sorghum Producers and the Pinto Horse Association of America. She has also worked with the Texas Tech Student Union and has experience taking showring photos for Show Champions Livestock Photography.

In her role as multimedia coordinator, Christian will manage and develop AGA social media strategies, contribute to AGA publications and marketing team, as well as assist AGA members and customers with day-to-day registry questions.

“The AGA recognizes the importance of presenting the Gelbvieh and Balancer® message in various media and social media platforms. Kelsi’s skillfulness will be a well-suited addition to the AGA staff marketing team and provide additional member service,” says Myron Edelman, AGA executive director.

“I am thrilled to begin this new chapter working alongside the AGA staff. I am extremely humbled to be among those who advocate for this industry and look forward to honing the knowledge and skills I have been taught throughout my time at Texas Tech University,” says Christian. “AGA does a fantastic job of communicating with the Gelbvieh community, I am excited to build upon those efforts as we move further into a digital age.”

Christian can be reached at the AGA office 303-465-2333 or by email at kelsi@gelbvieh.org.

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Kelsi Christian

Note to Editors: A high-resolution press quality photo is available by contacting Megan Slater, American Gelbvieh Association director of public relations, at megans@gelbvieh.org or 303-465-2333.

Breeders Win Big During 2nd Annual Gelbvieh Carcass Contest

Results of the Second Annual American Gelbvieh Foundation (AGF) Steer Challenge and Scale and Rail Sire-Identified Carcass Contest were announced during the 47th Annual American Gelbvieh Association National Convention awards banquet on Saturday, December 9, 2017. Breeders from Iowa and Nebraska took home top honors with prize payouts totaling $6,950.

The AGF continues to help advance the Gelbvieh breed through its support of research and development. For this reason, the AGF launched the Steer Challenge and Scale and Rail Sire-Identified Carcass Contest in 2016. These two projects together provide the information and funds necessary to generate datasets to advance Gelbvieh and Balancer® carcass merit.

The AGF Steer Challenge was a competition amongst individual Gelbvieh and Balancer-influenced steers in which the judging criteria focused on average daily gain in the feedyard, carcass value and overall top value animal, which combined average daily gain and carcass value. The Steer Challenge gives an opportunity for participants to donate a steer to the AGF. All proceeds from the donation go toward research and development within the Gelbvieh breed. The AGF Sire-Identified Carcass Contest judges steers, which were in a group of three or more animals from the same contemporary group, on these same qualities and also awarded a top-performing pen. In its second year, ten ranches participated with a total of 103 head on feed at Roode Feedyard in Fairbury, Nebraska. All steers were harvested and values were calculated in July 2017.

Flying H Genetics, Arapahoe, Nebraska, placed high in both the AGF Steer Challenge and Balancer division of the Scale and Rail Contest and took home a total of $3,725 in prize payouts. Flying H Genetics’ winning steer, a Red Angus-sired Balancer, in the AGF Steer Challenge swept the division taking home top average daily gain, top carcass value, and top value animal. The same steer also took home top accolades in the Balancer division of the Scale and Rail Contest including highest average daily gain at 5.93 pounds per day, top carcass value at $1,179 with a 1,118 pound hot carcass weight and a 17.10 square inch ribeye. This steer also took home top value Balancer animal with a value of $1,185, USDA Yield Grade 3 and a quality grade of USDA Choice.

Flying H Genetics also owned the champion pen of Balancer steers with an average value of $1,119, average USDA Yield Grade 3 and quality grade of USDA Choice. Flying H Genetics owned the steer that took second place for average daily gain in the Balancer division. This Red Angus-sired Balancer steer had an average daily gain of 5.75 pounds per day.

Eagle Pass Ranch, Highmore, South Dakota, owned the steer which took second place for top carcass in the Balancer division with a carcass value of $1,124, hot carcass weight of 1,049 pounds, and a 13.5 square inch ribeye. This same steer also placed second for top value animal with a total value of $1,129, USDA Yield Grade 3 and quality grade of USDA Choice. This steer was sired by EGL Barrett B050. Eagle Pass Ranch also owned the reserve champion pen of Balancer steers with an average value of $1,083, average USDA Yield Grade of 3, and average quality grade of USDA Choice.

In the Gelbvieh division, CKS Gelbvieh, Collins, Iowa, was a notable winner owning the steer for top average daily gain, top carcass and top value steer as well as champion pen and taking home $2,175 in prize payouts. CKS Gelbvieh’s top carcass steer had a carcass value of $1,151, a hot carcass weight of 1,089 pounds, and a ribeye area of 14 square inches. This steer also had a USDA Yield Grade 3, and quality grade of USDA Choice. This steer’s total value was the highest in the Gelbvieh division at $1,156 and was sired by BNC At Ease A357. CKS Gelbvieh also owned the champion pen of Gelbvieh steers with the average value of the pen being $1,126, average USDA Yield Grade 4.0 and average quality grade of USDA Choice.

CKS Gelbvieh also owned the steer that took second place for top carcass in the Gelbvieh division with a carcass value of $1,125, hot carcass weight of 1,067 pounds, and a 17 square inch ribeye. This same steer also placed second for top value animal with a total value of $1,130, USDA Yield Grade 3 and quality grade of USDA Choice. This steer was sired by DCH Hille X102.

Blackhawk Cattle Co., Oregon, Illinois, owned the reserve champion pen of Gelbvieh steers with an average value of $1,105, average USDA Yield Grade 3, and average quality grade of USDA Choice+.

To view full results, including all steers close-out data, please visit the projects page under the Foundation section of www.gelbvieh.org.

 

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American Gelbvieh Association Elects Leadership

2018 AGA Board of Directors

Photo caption: The American Gelbvieh Association elected directors and officers for 2018 during its national convention in Wichita, Kansas. Front row (left to right): Dan McCarty, Rifle, Colo.; Secretary Klint Sickler, Gladstone, N.D.; Executive Director Myron Edelman, Broomfield, Colo.; President Scott Starr, Stapleton, Neb.; Vice President John Carrel, Columbus, Mont.; Treasurer Walter Teeter, Mount Ulla, N.C.; Lowell Rogers, Seminary, Miss. Back row (left to right): Leland Clark, Barnard, Kan.; Randy Sienknecht, Gladbrook, Iowa; Doug Hughes, Max Meadows, Va.; Jeff Swanson, Oxford, Neb.; Dennis Gustin, Mandan, N.D.; Jeff Loveless, Spanish Fork, Utah; Dustin Aherin, Phillipsburg, Kan.; Derek Martin, Bucklin, Kan.; Andrea Murray, Kingfisher, Okla.

Members of the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) elected five candidates to the board of directors at the annual membership meeting held December 9, 2017, during the 47th Annual American Gelbvieh Association National Convention in Wichita, Kansas.

Newly elected board members are Dustin Aherin, Phillipsburg, Kansas; Jeff Loveless, Spanish Fork, Utah; Derek Martin, Bucklin, Kansas; and Dan McCarty, Rifle, Colorado. Re-elected to serve a second term was Lowell Rogers, Seminary, Mississippi.

The AGA Board of Directors also elected individuals to serve in leadership positions on the executive committee for 2018. Scott Starr, Stapleton, Nebraska, was re-elected as AGA president.

Elected as vice president was John Carrel, Columbus, Montana. Klint Sickler, Gladstone, North Dakota, was elected as secretary and Walter Teeter, Mount Ulla, North Carolina, was re-elected as treasurer.

Other members of the AGA Board of Directors are: Leland Clark, Barnard, Kansas; Dennis Gustin, Mandan, North Dakota; Doug Hughes, Max Meadows, Virginia; Andrea Murray, Kingfisher, Oklahoma; Randy Sienknecht, Gladbrook, Iowa; and Jeff Swanson, Oxford, Nebraska.

Retiring members of the 2017 AGA Board of Directors were Andy LeDoux, Ree Heights, South Dakota; Neal Pearson, Lake City, South Dakota; Dustin Rippe, Belleville, Kansas; and Duane Strider, Asheboro, North Carolina. The AGA would like to thank these members for their years of service on the AGA Board of Directors,

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Champions Named at American Royal Gelbvieh and Balancer Junior Heifer Show

The Junior Gelbvieh and Balancer® Heifer Show at the American Royal was held on Saturday, October 21, 2017, in Kansas City, Missouri. Judge Jim Bloomberg, Berwick, Illinois, evaluated the Gelbvieh and Balancer heifers.

Grand champion Gelbvieh heifer was RUPP Roxi 623D, owned by Dallan Thomas, Perry, Oklahoma. This heifer is the daughter of JRI Crusader 285Y99 and first claimed the Gelbvieh junior yearling heifer division.

Reserve grand champion Gelbvieh heifer was owned by Jessie Lowe, Adrian, Missouri. LLLJ London Crush 44D1 is the daughter of HIGH Stands Alone 9B73 ET and first claimed the Gelbvieh senior heifer calf division.

Grand champion Balancer heifer was KKAC Emerald 703E. This heifer is owned by Karly Alexander, Perry, Oklahoma, and first claimed the Balancer spring heifer calf division. She is the daughter of JRI Next Step285X72.

Reserve grand champion Balancer heifer was JNCC Grand Finale 672D, owned by Cameron Nowack, Bland, Missouri. This heifer also came out of the Balancer senior heifer calf division and is the daughter of Connealy Final Product 7212.

Champions Named at American Royal Gelbvieh and Balancer® Show

The Gelbvieh and Balancer®  Show at the 2017 American Royal took place on  Saturday, October 21, 2017, at the American Royal Complex in Kansas City, Missouri. Brigham Stewart, Washington, Kansas, evaluated the Gelbvieh and Balancer cattle.

The grand champion Gelbvieh female was RUPP Roxie 623D. She is the daughter of JRI Crusader 285Y99. Owned by Dallan Thomas, Perry, Oklahoma, this heifer first claimed the junior yearling heifer division.

Coming out of the junior heifer calf division is the reserve grand champion Gelbvieh female. CIRS 22YE is the daughter of DCSF Post Rock Power Built 37B8 and owned by Circle S Ranch, Canton, Kansas.

The grand champion Gelbvieh bull was owned by Grace Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Missouri. GDV T Bar S Ace’s High 209D is the son of GDV T Bar S Reload 27A ET and first claimed the senior bull calf division.

The reserve grand champion Gelbvieh bull was GGGE 3G Die Cast 637D, owned by Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Indiana and Reynolds Bee Lick Gelbvieh, Crab Orchard, Kentucky. First claiming the junior bull division, Die Cast is the son of GGGE 3G Zip Line 266Z.

In the Balancer show, grand champion Balancer female was owned by Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Indiana. GGGE 3G Cowgirl Dixie 6102D is the daughter of S S Hoover Dam B115 and first won the intermediate heifer division.

The reserve grand champion Balancer female was KKAC Emerald 703E owned by Karly Alexander, Perry, Oklahoma. She is the daughter of JRI Next Step 285X72 and first claimed the spring heifer calf division.

Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Indiana, swept the Balancer bull show, owning both the grand champion and reserve grand champion Balancer bulls. The grand champion Balancer bull was GGGE 3G Double Agent 602D and is the son of GGGE 3G Smoke N’ Mirrors 639S. He first claimed the junior bull division.

The reserve grand champion Balancer bull was GGGE 3G Extra Money. He is the son of GGGE 3G EZ Money 209Z and was out of the junior bull calf division.

2017 American Royal Gelbvieh and Balancer® Open Show
October 21, 2017
Kansas City, Missouri
Judge: Brigham Stewart, Washington, Kansas

Division Champions and Reserves:

Gelbvieh Champion Spring Heifer Calf: DTKF Destiny’s 211E; DTK Cattle Company, Janesville, Iowa; Sire: JRI Secret Component 285A393

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Spring Heifer Calf: PHS Prohart Empress 714E; Pro-Hart Seedstock, Pueblo, Colo.; Sire: BDCG DC401A4 ET

Gelbvieh Champion Junior Heifer Calf: CIRS 22YE; Circle S Ranch, Canton, Kan.; Sire: DCSF Post Rock Power Built 37B8

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Junior Heifer Calf: CIRS 381E; Circle S Ranch, Canton, Kan.; Sire: GHGF Young Gun C310

Gelbvieh Champion Senior Heifer Calf: HTFK Ms Dolly D6; Kyler Camerer, Asbury, Mo.; Sire: BABR Influential 4241B ET

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Senior Heifer Calf: LLLJ London Crush 44D1; Jessie Lowe, Adrian, Mo.; Sire: HIGH Stands Alone 9B73 ET

Gelbvieh Champion Intermediate Heifer: JNCC Miss Stardust 639D; Cameron Nowack, Bland, Mo.; Sire: VRT Lazy TV Sam U451

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Intermediate Heifer: PHS Prohart Brandy 634D; Cross Seven Ranch, Las Animas, Colo.; Sire: BDCG DC 401A4 ET

Gelbvieh Champion Junior Yearling Heifer: RUPP Roxie 623D; Dallan Thomas, Perry, Okla.; Sire: JRI Crusader 285Y99

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Junior Yearling Heifer: BDCG DC 39D4; Hilltop Farms, Asbury, Mo.; Sire: JRI Next Step 284X72

Gelbvieh Champion Junior Bull Calf: CIBS Let’s Roll 7415E; Cib’s Gelbvieh, Clutier, Iowa; Sire: DCSF Post Rock Astronaut 157A

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Junior Bull Calf: GGGE 3G El Camino 742E; Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind.; Sire: GGGE 3G Zip Line 266Z

Gelbvieh Champion Senior Bull Calf: GDV T Bar S Ace’s High 209D; Grace Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Mo.; Sire: GDV T Bar S Reload 27A ET

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Senior Bull Calf: BAXL Shot of Jack 33D3; Baxter Lowe, Adrian, Mo.; Sire: HCCG Captain Jack 16Y37

Gelbvieh Champion Junior Bull: GGGE 3G Die Cast 637D; Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind./Reynolds Bee Lick Gelbvieh, Crab Orchard, Ky.; Sire: GGGE 3G Zip Line 266Z

Balancer Champion Spring Heifer Calf: KKAC Emerald 703E; Karly Alexander, Perry, Okla.; Sire: JRI Next Step 285X72

Balancer Reserve Champion Spring Heifer Calf: DTKF Trina’s Twilight 027E; DTK Cattle Company, Janesville, Iowa; Sire: EGL Lifeline B101

Balancer Champion Junior Heifer Calf: DSCF Post Rock Blublood 64E8; RC Pettit Cattle, Olathe, Kan.; Sire: BABR Secret Brand 2100Z ET

Balancer Reserve Champion Junior Heifer Calf: KDV T Bar S Jasmine 125E; Kyle Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Mo.; Sire: R4RA Conquest 254

Balancer Champion Senior Heifer Calf: HIGH Ms Diedra 9D93 ET; Isabel Lowe, Adrian, Mo.; Sire: BCFG Butlers Hillbilly Hero 71

Balancer Reserve Champion Senior Heifer Calf: GDV T Bar S Michelle 151D; Grace Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Mo.; Sire: R4RA Conquest 254

Balancer Champion Intermediate Heifer: GGGE 3G Cowgirl Dixie 6102D; Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind.; Sire: S S Hoover Dam B115

Balancer Reserve Champion Intermediate Heifer: KKKG Triple K Ms Dixie 116D; Nick Doering, Basehor, Kan.; Sire: VRT Lazy TV Watchman W021

Balancer Champion Junior Yearling Heifer: DTKF Tootsie Rolls Lolly Pop 322D; DTK Cattle Company, Janesville, Iowa; Sire: RB World Wide 167-31

Balancer Reserve Champion Junior Yearling Heifer: DTKF Paradise’s Wish 228D; Adelyn Sienknecht, Gladbrook, Iowa; Sire: DCSF Post Rock Highly Focused 308Y8

Balancer Champion Cow-Calf Pair: TMGG Cajun Cookie 214C; Tiana Garcia, Las Animas, Colo.; Sire: CSRX Ruxton T 126A

Balancer Champion Spring Bull Calf: KKKG Triple K Easy Haul 313E; Triple K Gelbvieh, Basehor, Kan.; Sire: AHL Lon Haul 5035C

Balancer Reserve Champion Spring Bull Calf: TMGG Ragin’ Cajun 217E; Tiana Garcia, Las Animas, Colo.; Sire: TAU Unanimous 11B ET

Balancer Champion Junior Bull Calf: GGGE 3G Extra Money 709E; Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind.; Sire: GGGE 3G EZ Money 209Z

Balancer Reserve Champion Junior Bull Calf: RCPC Frenchie 10E; RC Pettit Cattle, Olathe, Kan.; Sire: BNC Mr. Hojer C5211

Balancer Champion Junior Bull: GGGE 3G Double Agent 602D; Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind.; Sire: GGGE 3G Smoke N’ Mirrors 639S

Balancer Reserve Champion Junior Bull: HIGH Hero of the Day 9D42 ET; Hightower Cattle Company, LLC, La Cygne, Kan.; Sire: BCFG Butlers Hillbilly Hero 71

American Gelbvieh Association to Host Commercial Cattlemen Educational Symposium

All cattlemen and women are invited to attend the  American Gelbvieh Association’s (AGA) third annual commercial cattlemen’s educational symposium titled Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup. Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup will be held Friday, December 8, 2017, beginning at 1:30 p.m. CST at the Hyatt Regency Wichita in Wichita, Kansas. Cattle producers from all segments of the beef industry are invited to attend this free event that will feature industry-leading speakers. A provided beef lunch will be served prior to the event starting at 12:00 noon.

This year’s Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup features industry-leading speakers who will provide insight on how the right genetics and management pay off through the beef supply chain. Speakers include Donnell Brown of R.A. Brown Ranch and current president of the Beef Improvement Federation, Myron Edelman, executive director of the American Gelbvieh Association, and Kevin Unger, resource manager for Lincoln County Feedyard and Leachman Cattle of Colorado.

Donnell Brown and his wife Kelli are the fifth generation to own and manage the R.A. Brown Ranch in Throckmorton, Texas, a family business since 1895. They raise registered Red Angus, Angus and SimAngus cattle and sell 600 bulls each October as well as 250 bulls each March. They use technology such as artificial insemination, embryo transfer, ultrasound and genomic testing to produce superior genetics that fit the needs of the beef industry. Brown was trained to use selection index models in the late 1980s and considers it a major contribution to the strong genetic merit of their herd.

Myron Edelman is a native of Kansas and grew up in the agriculture industry. He has held varied positions within the agriculture industry including livestock manager of Wagonhound Land & Livestock Co. Most recently, he was the director of value added programs at the Red Angus Association of America prior to becoming the executive director of the AGA in 2014. Edelman believes the experience of operating a large commercial ranch that included feedlots combined with providing marketing assistance to ranchers in a breed association setting is the foundation needed to direct the Gelbvieh association in providing accurate genetic tools and marketing services to the beef industry.

Kevin Unger lives in northwest Kansas near where his family homesteaded in the late 1800s. Unger started his career in the seedstock business with Red Angus and Simmental and has since moved to the feedyard sector. He previously worked for Decatur County Feedyard in various positions and served his last 10 years as manager. In 2014, Unger went to work for Lincoln County Feedyard and Leachman Cattle of Colorado where he serves as resource manager. Unger works to engage the rancher, the feedlot and the packer to identify and build a better end product through whatever means necessary. All feedlot and carcass data endpoints are collected and assimilated back to the production level to improve end product and advance best management practices. The system keeps an eye on the industry for new and useful tools to advance these production models and keep family operations profitable.

The Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup is being held during the 47th Annual American Gelbvieh Association National Convention. For more information about the Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup, please visit www.gelbvieh.org or call 303-465-2333. Registration is not required to attend this free event.

 

Gelbvieh Convention to be Held in Wichita

The 47th Annual American Gelbvieh Association National Convention will be held December 7-9, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Wichita in Wichita, Kansas. This year’s event is themed “Meeting Modern Industry Demands: Setting the Standard”. The title sponsor for the event is GeneSeek®, a Neogen Company.

The AGA convention includes events such as AGA committee meetings, the AGA annual membership meeting, kick-off reception, awards banquet, the third annual Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup, and more.

Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup is the largest event of the convention and will be held on Friday, December 8, with a provided lunch at 12:00 noon; the program begins at 1:30 p.m CST. Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup is a free educational symposium open to commercial beef producers, industry professionals and AGA members. This symposium will feature industry leading speakers from all sectors of the beef industry and focus on beef industry profitability. No registration is necessary for the Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup.

Registration for the three-day convention is available online at www.gelbvieh.org. Early registration ends October 31.

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Evans Joins American Gelbvieh Association Staff

BROOMFIELD, CO – The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) would like to welcome Taylor Evans of Denver, Colorado, to the staff as member and youth programs coordinator.

Evans grew up in the agriculture industry where he gained vast knowledge of the beef industry. He graduated from Colorado State University in 2012 with bachelor’s degrees in agriculture business and animal science. Evans has held roles in both the agriculture and construction industries. He has experience in construction management overseeing contracts, budgets, and subcontractors. Evans most recently served as the vocational agriculture teacher for Estes Park, Colorado, where he served as the agricultural and auto shop programs instructor for both high school and middle school levels. Evans also served as the advisor for the Estes Park FFA chapter.

In his role as member and youth programs coordinator, he will guide the American Gelbvieh Junior Association and help to develop the next generation of leaders in the beef industry. Evans will also be tasked with enriching the membership experience for AGA members.

“The AGA is fortunate to have talented and dedicated staff members that work to enhance the AGA experience for both adult and junior members. Taylor fits into this staff very well and I am pleased that we are adding his talents to the team,” says Myron Edelman, AGA executive director.

Outside of the AGA, Evans owns a small commercial cow-calf operation near Castle Rock, Colorado, which he plans to expand in the future.

Evans began his role on August 14, 2017, and will work directly from the AGA headquarters office in Broomfield, Colorado. Evans can be reached via email at taylor@gelbvieh.org.

The American Gelbvieh Association is a progressive beef cattle breed association representing 1,000 members and approximately 40,000 Gelbvieh, Balancer and Gelbvieh-influenced cows assessed annually in a performance-oriented total herd reporting system.

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Ambassadors Chosen to Represent American Gelbvieh Junior Association

AGJA 2017 Ambassadors

American Gelbvieh Junior Association Junior and Intermediate Ambassadors were chosen at the 2017 AGJA Big Red Classic in Grand Island, Nebraska. Braxton Murray of Kingfisher, Oklahoma (left), was selected to be the 2017-2018 Junior Ambassador. Baxter Lowe, Adrian, Missouri (right), was chosen to be the 2017-2018 AGJA Intermediate Ambassador.

 

Two junior members were selected at the American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) 2017 Big Red Classic to represent the AGJA as ambassadors. Baxter Lowe of Adrian, Missouri, was selected to be the 2017-2018 AGJA Intermediate Ambassador. Braxton Murray, Kingfisher, Oklahoma, was chosen to be the 2017-2018 AGJA Junior Ambassador.

Baxter is the son of Raymond and Melissa Lowe. In addition to this new role, he is very active in several other junior associations including the Heart of America Gelbvieh Junior Association. Baxter raises Gelbvieh and Balancer® cattle along with his sisters, Isabel and Jessie.

\Braxton is the son of Matt and Andrea Murray. Braxton is also an active member of the Oklahoma Gelbvieh Junior Association. Braxton enjoys working on his family’s Gelbvieh and Balancer operation with his parents and younger brother, Breckon.

The AGJA created the ambassador program to encourage and support youth involvement in the breed’s activities. The ambassadors represent the AGJA at Gelbvieh functions throughout the year including Gelbvieh and Balancer shows held at the American Royal, the North American International Livestock Exposition and the National Western Stock Show, along with many state fairs and other events.

The ambassador candidates are judged on their notebook, an oral interview, a speech given at the AGJA annual meeting and overall conduct during the annual junior national show. The notebook includes information and photographs on activities, awards and organizations as well as an essay on the candidate’s background and experiences with the Gelbvieh breed. A committee is appointed to conduct the interviews and select the AGJA Junior and Intermediate Ambassadors.

The American Gelbvieh Junior Association is the junior division of the American Gelbvieh Association. The AGJA provides members up to 21 years of age the opportunity to participate in youth activities.

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Champions Named at Gelbvieh and Balancer Junior National Show

The American Gelbvieh Junior Association Big Red Classic Junior National Gelbvieh and Balancer® show took place on Thursday, June 29 and Friday, June 30, 2017, in Grand Island, Nebraska. Alan Miller, along with associate judge Will Coor, both of Gridley, Ilinois, evaluated 135 Balancer cattle, and Jason Elmore of Waukomis, Oklahoma, evaluated 101 Gelbvieh cattle.

The grand champion Gelbvieh bull was GDV T Bar S Ace’s High 209D, owned by Grace Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Missouri. This December 22, 2016, bull calf is a son of DMF Mississippi Red 1918J, and first claimed the senior bull calf division.

Hunter Sheeley, Hillsboro, Ohio, owned the reserve grand champion Gelbvieh bull, OHMV Double Time D411. This GGGE 3G Time Machine 758T ET son was born March 9, 2016, and came out of the spring yearling division.

The supreme grand champion Gelbvieh female was BCFG-SKYS Kali 282C, owned by Casey Martin, Oregon, Illinois. This September 17, 2015, daughter of BCFG Butlers Red Oak 908W first claimed grand champion Gelbvieh heifer and the senior female division.

Jaycie Forbes, DeSmet, South Dakota, owned the reserve grand champion Gelbvieh heifer. VLK D649 Harper ET is the March 21, 2016, daughter of VLK A301 Highmore and was out of the spring yearling division.

Grand champion bred and owned Gelbvieh heifer was POST Post Rock Twila 334D8 ET, owned by Meredith Clark, Barnard, Kansas. This October 7, 2016, heifer was sired by DCSF Post Rock Power Built 37B8. This heifer came out of the senior heifer calf division.

HTFK Ms Dolly D6 was named the reserve champion bred and owned Gelbvieh heifer. Owned by Kyler Camerer, Asbury, Missouri, and out of the senior heifer calf division, this September 8, 2016, heifer is a daughter of BABR Influencial 4241B ET.

The grand champion Gelbvieh cow-calf pair was owned by Emily Cameron, Danville, Iowa. BNC Miss Hojer C524 is a January 1, 2015, JDPD Astro 407S daughter. This pair first claimed the young cow-calf pair division.

Brylee Thiel, Kaw City, Oklahoma, owned the reserve grand champion Gelbvieh cow-calf pair. MDR Clara Allen 520C is out of the young cow-calf division, sired by JRI Next Step 285X72 and was born March 15, 2015.

Logan Zemlicka, Wolsey, South Dakota, swept the Balancer bull show owning the grand champion Balancer bull and reserve grand champion Balancer bull. The grand champion Balancer bull, LGNZ Alpha 111D ET is the March 10, 2016, son of PVF Insight 0129 and first claimed the spring yearling bull division.

The reserve champion Balancer bull was LGNZ Bravo 734D ET. This March 16, 2016, son of PVF Insight 0129 came out of the spring yearling bull division.

EGL Vivian C1083, owned by J W LeDoux, Ree Heights, South Dakota, claimed supreme grand champion Balancer female and grand champion Balancer cow-calf pair. This female first claimed the young cow-calf division. She is the March 25, 2015, daughter of Eagle Pass Final Answer 1047.

The grand champion Balancer heifer was VLK D609 Ellie, owned by Kyla Struck, Hartford, South Dakota. This heifer was first named champion spring yearling heifer and is the March 3, 2016, daughter of VLK A301 Highmore.

Jady LeDoux, Ree Heights, South Dakota, owned the reserve grand champion Balancer heifer. EGL Tessa C1510 is the August 10, 2015, daughter of EGL Lock and Load X415 and came out of the senior female division.

KDV T Bar S Jasmine 125E was named grand champion bred and owned Balancer heifer, owned by Kyle Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Missouri. She is the January 12, 2017, daughter of LONK Friar 544R, and came out of the junior heifer calf division.

The reserve grand champion bred and owned Balancer heifer came out of the winter yearling division. This February 12, 2016, female is owned by Braxton Murray, Kingfisher, Oklahoma, is sired by BAG Mr Quick Sand 135A.

The reserve grand champion Balancer cow-calf pair was RAAB BCFG Ms. Star 13C, owned by Karen Eby, Duncan, South Carolina. This January 3, 2015, daughter of S A V Brilliance 8077 came out of the young cow-calf division.

Brooke Nowack, Bland, Missouri, owned the grand champion bred and owned Balancer cow-calf pair. BROK Maleficent 401B is the January 1, 2014, daughter of Connealy Final Product.

VLK Rudy D685 was named grand champion steer. This 1,178 pound steer owned by Baxter Lowe, Adrian, Missouri, came out of class 1.

Reserve grand champion steer was AHL Bubby 017D, owned by J W LeDoux, Ree Heights, South Dakota. This 1,412 pound steer came out of class 3.

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Balancer® Show – Thursday, June 29, 2017
Grand Island, Neb.
Judge: Alan Miller, Gridley, Ill.
Associate Judge: Will Coor, Gridley, Ill.
Entries: 135 head

Balancer Champion Junior Bull Calf
BARG Hot Lotto 3E
Jacob Barwick, Orleans, Neb.
Sire: BSF Hot Lotto 1401

Balancer Reserve Champion Junior Bull Calf
SDSC Star’s Hercules 01E
Karen Eby, Duncan, S.C.
Sire: FMGF Blue’s Impact 001X

Balancer Champion Intermediate Yearling Bull
SGMF 25D
Sutton Murphy, Arlington, S.D.
Sire: Basin Payweight 1682

Balancer Reserve Champion Intermediate Yearling Bull
BARG Mr. Factor 101D
Jacob Barwick, Orleans, Neb.
Sire: LAMJ X-Factor 673X ET

Balancer Champion Spring Yearling Bull
LGNZ Alpha 111D ET
Logan Zemlicka, Wolsey, S.D.
Sire: PVF Insight 0129

Balancer Reserve Champion Spring Yearling Bull
LGNZ Bravo 734D ET
Logan Zemlicka, Wolsey, S.D.
Sire: PVF Insight 0129

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

Balancer Reserve Champion Yearling Bull
LAMJ 2013D
Jake Lammers, Lexington, Neb.
Sire: High Prime 4037

Grand Champion Balancer Bull
LGNZ Alpha 111D ET
Logan Zemlicka, Wolsey, S.D.
Sire: PVF Insight 0129

Reserve Grand Champion Balancer Bull
LGNZ Bravo 734D ET
Logan Zemlicka, Wolsey, S.D.
Sire: PVF Insight 0129

Balancer Champion Junior Heifer Calf
KDV T Bar S Jasmine 125E
Kyle Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Mo.
Sire: LONK Friar 544R

Balancer Reserve Champion Junior Heifer Calf
TAU Ms Gunnison 716E ET
Seth Taubenheim, Amherst, Neb.
Sire: GMCC Rupple Gunnison N31

Balancer Champion Senior Heifer Calf
KDV T Bar S Dutchess 121D
Karly Alexander, Perry, Okla.
Sire: Stevenson Weigh Up 41163

Balancer Reserve Champion Senior Heifer Calf
JAGT Sweet Caroline 31D
Karen Eby, Duncan, S.C.
Sire: SCC First-n-Goal GAF 114

Balancer Champion Intermediate Yearling Heifer
JNCC Miss Generation 642D
Cameron Nowack, Bland, Mo.
Sire: V A R Generation 2100

Balancer Reserve Champion Intermediate Yearling Heifer
WYAT 637D
Wyatt Forbes, Arlington, S.D.
Sire: VLK A301 Highmore

Balancer Champion Spring Yearling Heifer
VLK D609 Ellie
Kyla Struck, Hartford, S.D.
Sire: VLK A301 Highmore

Balancer Reserve Champion Spring Yearling Heifer
GHGF Deanna 77D
Austin Teeter, Mount Ulla, N.C.
Sire: FMGF Blue’s Impact 001X

Balancer Champion Winter Yearling Heifer
BRAX Delilah D26
Braxton Murray, Kingfisher, Okla.
Sire: BAG Mr Quick Sand 135A

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

Balancer Champion Senior Female
EGL Tessa C1510
Jady LeDoux, Ree Heights, S.D.
Sire: EGL Lock and Load X415

Balancer Reserve Champion Senior Female
BCFG Butlers 133C
Alexandria Raab, Markle, Ind.
Sire: BCFG Butlers Bismarck 512Z

Grand Champion Balancer Heifer
VLK D609 Ellie
Kyla Struck, Hartford, S.D.
Sire: VLK A301 Highmore

Reserve Grand Champion Balancer Heifer
EGL Tessa C1510
Jady LeDoux, Ree Heights, S.D.
Sire: EGL Lock and Load X415

Grand Champion Bred & Owned Balancer Heifer
KDV T Bar S Jasmine 125E
Kyle Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Mo.
Sire: LONK Friar 544R

Reserve Grand Champion Bred & Owned Balancer Heifer
BRAX Delilah D26
Braxton Murray, Kingfisher, Okla.
Sire: BAG Mr Quick Sand 135A

Balancer Champion Young Cow-Calf Pair
EGL Vivian C1083
J W LeDoux, Ree Heights, S.D.
Sire: Eagle Pass Final Answer 1047

Balancer Reserve Young Cow-Calf Pair
RAAB BCFG Ms. Star 13C
Karen Eby, Duncan, S.C.
Sire: S A V Brilliance 8077

Balancer Champion Aged Cow-Calf Pair
BROK Maleficent 401B
Brook Nowack, Bland, Mo.
Sire: Connealy Final Product

Balancer Reserve Aged Cow-Calf Pair
TAU Miss Gridiron 131Y
Sydney Taubenheim, Amherst, Neb.
Sire: TC Gridiron 782

Grand Champion Balancer Cow-Calf Pair
EGL Vivian C1083
J W LeDoux, Ree Heights, S.D.
Sire: Eagle Pass Final Answer 1047

Reserve Grand Champion Balancer Cow-Calf Pair
RAAB BCFG Ms. Star 13C
Karen Eby, Duncan, S.C.
Sire: S A V Brilliance 8077

Grand Champion Bred & Owned Balancer Cow-Calf Pair
BROK Maleficent 401B
Brooke Nowack, Bland, Mo.
Sire: Connealy Final Product

Supreme Grand Champion Balancer Female
EGL Vivian C1083
J W LeDoux, Ree Heights, S.D.
Sire: Eagle Pass Final Answer 1047

Gelbvieh and Steer Show
Grand Island, Neb.
Friday, June 30, 2017
Judge: Jason Elmore, Waukomis, Okla.
Entries: 101 head

Grand Champion Gelbvieh Steer
VLK Rudy D685
Baxter Lowe, Adrian, Mo.

Reserve Champion Gelbvieh Steer
AHL Bubby 017D
J W LeDoux, Ree Heights, S.D.

Grand Champion Gelbvieh Bull
GDV T Bar S Ace’s High 209D
Grace Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Mo.
Sire: DMF Mississippi Red 1918J

Reserve Grand Champion Gelbvieh Bull
OHMV Double Time D411
Hunter Sheeley, Hillsboro, Ohio
Sire: GGGE 3G Time Machine 758T ET

Gelbvieh Champion Junior Heifer Calf
IFG Ivers Inertia E-58
Colton Ivers, Austin, Minn.
Sire: JRI General Patton 213B97 ET

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Junior Heifer Calf
JRI 213E38
Lily Judd, Pomona, Kan.
Sire: JRI Secret Instinct 254U83

Gelbvieh Champion Senior Heifer Calf
POST Post Rock Twila 334D8 ET
Meredith Clark, Barnard, Kan.
Sire: DCSF Post Rock Power Built 37B8

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Senior Heifer Calf
GAMB Dixie D168
Braxton Murray, Kingfisher, Okla.
Sire: VRT Lazy TV Sam U451

Gelbvieh Champion Intermediate Yearling Heifer
BDCG DC Darci 401D5
Seth Beying, Leavenworth, Kan.
Sire: DCSF Post Rock Power Built 37B8

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Intermediate Yearling Heifer
JNCC Miss Stardust 639D
Cameron Nowack, Bland, Mo.
Sire: VRT Lazy TV Sam U451

Gelbvieh Champion Spring Yearling Heifer
VLK D649 Harper ET
Jaycie Forbes, DeSmet, S.D.
Sire: VLK A301 Highmore

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Spring Yearling Heifer
BCFG Butlers Ms Dixie 283D
Clint Main, Seymour, Ind.
Sire: BCFG Butlers Red Oak 908W

Gelbvieh Champion Winter Yearling Heifer
MDR Dynasty 620D
Kyson Thiel, Kaw City, Okla.
Sire: JRI Top Dog 68T14

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Winter Yearling Heifer
RUPP Roxi 623
Joseph Rupp, Perry, Okla.
Sire: JRI Crusader 285Y99

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

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Senior Female
TJB Velvet 339Z 504C ET
Lara Rittenhouse, New Carlisle, Ohio
Sire: TAU Gunslinger 19U

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

Reserve Grand Champion Gelbvieh Heifer
VLK Harper D649 ET
Jaycie Forbes, DeSmet, S.D.
Sire: VLK A301 Highmore

Grand Champion Bred & Owned Gelbvieh Heifer
POST Post Rock Twila 334D8 ET
Meredith Clark, Barnard, Kan.
Sire: DCSF Post Rock Power Built 37B8

Reserve Grand Champion Bred & Owned Gelbvieh Heifer
HTFK Ms Dolly D6
Kyler Camerer, Asbury, Mo.
Sire: BABR Influencial 4241B ET

Gelbvieh Champion Young Cow-Calf Pair
BNC Miss Hojer C524
Emily Cameron, Danville, Iowa
Sire: JDPD Astro 407S

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Young Cow-Calf Pair
MDR Clara Allen 520C
Brylee Thiel, Kaw City, Okla.
Sire: JRI Next Step 285X72

Gelbvieh Champion Aged Cow-Calf Pair
SVVG Tanqueray Z202
Reece Riebel, Utica, Minn.
Sire: KCF Bennett Ideal G182

Reserve Champion Aged Cow-Calf Pair
JRI Ms On Cue 214B5
Colton Ivers, Austin, Minn.
Sire: Outback 142X

Grand Champion Gelbvieh Cow-Calf Pair
BNC Miss Hojer C524
Emily Cameron, Danville, Iowa
Sire: JDPD Astro 407S

Reserve Grand Champion Gelbvieh Cow-Calf Pair
MDR Clara Allen 520C
Brylee Thiel, Kaw City, Okla.
Sire: JRI Next Step 285X72

Supreme Grand Champion Gelbvieh Female
BCFG-SKYS Kali 282C
Casey Martin, Oregon, Ill.
Sire: BCFG Butlers Red Oak 908W

The American Gelbvieh Junior Association is the junior division of the American Gelbvieh Association. The AGJA provides members up to 21 years of age the opportunity to participate in youth activities.

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American Gelbvieh Junior Association Elects Leadership

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Photo Caption: The American Gelbvieh Junior Association elected directors and officers for 2017-2018 during the annual meeting in Grand Island, Nebraska. Front row (left to right): Ex-officio Aubree Beenken, Buckingham, Iowa; Treasurer Caitlin Griffin, Westminster, S.C.; Kallie Mattison, Lamberton, Minn.; Secretary Grace Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Mo. Back row (left to right): Wyatt Forbes, DeSmet, S.D.; Grady Hammer, Wallace, Kan.; President Callahan Grund, Wallace, Kan.; Vice President Kyle Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Mo.; Vice President of Leadership and Development Jesse Henson, Canton, N.C.; Anna Ring, Oregon, Ill.

Members of the American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) elected five candidates to serve two-year terms and one candidate to serve a one-year term on the AGJA Board of Directors. The election was held at the 2017 Big Red Classic in Grand Island, Nebraska, on June 28, 2017.
The AGJA Board of Directors consists of nine AGJA members and one ex-officio member. Directors serve two-year terms and must be 16 years of age as of January 1, and many not have reached his or her 20th birthday as of January 1.
Newly elected board members are Wyatt Forbes, DeSmet, South Dakota, son of Troy and Pam Forbes; Grady Hammer, Wallace, Kansas, son of Lyle and Christy Hammer; Kallie Mattison, Lamberton, Minnesota, daughter of Scott and Sonia Mattison; Anna Ring, Oregon, Illinois, niece of Skyler and Annette Martin; Grace Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Missouri, daughter of Tom and Stacy Vehige. Callahan Grund, Wallace, Kansas, son of Jerry and Chrysanne Grund, was re-elected to serve a one-year term.
The Board of Directors also elected individuals to serve in leadership positions on the 2017-2018 AGJA Executive Committee. Callahan Grund was elected president. Kyle Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Missouri, son of Tom and Stacy Vehige, was elected vice president. Vice president of leadership and development is Jesse Henson, Canton, North Carolina, son of Donnie and Kelly Henson. Grace Vehige will serve as secretary. Caitlin Griffin, Westminster, South Carolina, granddaughter of Ricky and Judy Griffin, will serve as treasurer. Aubree Beenken, Buckingham, Iowa, daughter of Marc and Angie Beenken will serve the board as ex-officio.
Retiring members of the 2016-2017 Board of Directors were Tanner Aherin, Phillipsburg, Kansas, son of Dennis and Joyce Aherin; Sydney Bigger, Media, Illinois, daughter of Barry and Jody Bigger; Tiana Garcia, Las Animas, Colorado, daughter of Keith and Teresa Garcia; Carter Mitchell, Appleton City, Missouri, son of Kevin and Debbie Mitchell and Colton Spencer, Aurora, Missouri, son of Jim and Janella Spencer.

Carlson Hired as Gelbvieh Association Summer Intern

The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) announces the hiring of Drew Carlson, Atwood, Colorado, as association intern. Carlson will be assisting in all aspects of the AGA operations including facilitating member programs and services, bull customer assistance, and marketing.

Carlson’s interest include communicating the critical importance of a strong agricultural economy to youth, as well as working closely with producers in the cattle industry and striving to narrow the disconnect between production agriculture and the consumer. The AGA has a strong history of sourcing talent that contributes to the AGA in a positive way and we are pleased that Drew has accepted the 2017 internship.

Carlson grew up on her family’s farm and ranch in Atwood where she participated in 4-H and exhibited cattle, hogs, and goats at the local and state level. Through 4-H she found a simple love for agriculture and a passion for showing livestock.

Carlson graduated from Colorado State University (CSU) in May 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in animal science and a minor in agricultural business. While at CSU, she was a member of the CSU Seedstock Merchandising team, Block and Bridle, and the Collegiate Livestock Association clubs.

“As an intern for the Gelbvieh Association, I am looking forward to networking and making connections with producers,” says Carlson. “I am excited about the opportunity to build on my background knowledge and promote and gain experience within the Gelbvieh and Balancer® breed and association.”

Carlson will begin her internship with the AGA in late May and will work out of the AGA headquarters office in Broomfield, Colorado, throughout the summer months.

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IGS Breeds to Host Youth Leadership Conference

The American Junior Simmental, Shorthorn and Gelbvieh Associations will host a joint leadership conference August 3-6, 2017, in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Summit is an all-new youth leadership conference.

This Summit is open to any youth ages 14-22 interested in expanding their knowledge about the beef industry. Registration closes July 1, 2017 and can be found by visiting the hosting breeds websites or Facebook pages.

Participants will get the chance to tour the United States Meat Animal Research Center and GeneSeek Laboratories as well as learn about different aspects of the beef industry. They will also learn about professional development and leadership skills. The participants will also visit the University of Nebraska-Lincoln meats lab and have the chance to see a college campus that may help with their future.

This conference will help grow the unprecedented collaboration between progressive breed associations to enhance beef industry profitability through a youth leadership conference. The youth of this industry are the future of agriculture.

For more information about this conference, contact Shelby Rogers at the American Shorthorn Association office at shelby@shorthorn.org, Emily Lochner at the American Simmental Association office at elochner@simmgene.com, and Mary Bea Martin at the American Gelbvieh Association at marybea@gelbvieh.org.

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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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

Breeders Win Big during Inaugural Gelbvieh Carcass Contest

Results of the inaugural American Gelbvieh Foundation (AGF) Steer Challenge and Scale and Rail Sire-Identified Carcass Contest were announced during the 46th Annual American Gelbvieh Association National Convention awards banquet on Friday, December 3. Breeders from Kansas, Nebraska, and Illinois took home top honors with prize payouts totaling $7,900.

The AGF continues to help advance the Gelbvieh breed through its support of research and development. For this reason, the AGF launched its first ever Steer Challenge and Scale and Rail Sire-Identified Carcass Testing Contest. These two projects together provide the information and funds necessary to generate datasets to advance Gelbvieh and Balancer® carcass merit.

The AGF Steer Challenge was a competition amongst individual Gelbvieh and Balancer-influenced steers in which the criteria focused on average daily gain in the feedyard, carcass value and overall top value animal, which combined average daily gain and carcass value. The Steer Challenge gives an opportunity for participants to donate a steer to the AGF. All proceeds from the donation go toward research and development within the Gelbvieh breed. The AGF Sire-Identified Carcass Testing Contest awarded steers, which were in a group of three or more animals from the same contemporary group, on these same qualities and also awarded a top-performing pen. In its first year, nine ranches participated with a total of 35 animals on feed at Roode Feedyard in Fairbury, Nebraska. All steers were harvested and values were calculated in July 2016.

LeDoux Ranch, Agenda, Kansas, placed high in both the AGF Steer Challenge and Balancer division of the Scale and Rail Contest and took home a total of $3,800 in prize payouts. LeDoux’s winning steer in the AGF Steer Challenge took home top carcass value and top value animal; this steer was sired by SGRI Jacked Up Z704. The same steer also took home top accolades in the Balancer division of the Scale and Rail Contest including second highest average daily gain at 4.27 pounds per day, top carcass value at $1,116 with a 1,060 pound hot carcass weight and a 15.3 square inch ribeye. This steer also took home top value Balancer animal with a value of $1,120, USDA Yield Grade 3.8 and a quality grade of USDA Choice-.

Flying H Genetics, Arapahoe, Nebraska, owned the Balancer steer with the highest average daily gain, gaining 4.56 pounds per day. This steer was sired by FHG Flying H Professor 22W.

Warner Beef Genetics, Arapahoe, Nebraska, owned the steer which took second place for top carcass in the Balancer division with a carcass value of $1,114, hot carcass weight of 1,055 pounds, and a 12.5 square inch ribeye. This same steer also placed second for top value animal with a total value of $1,117, USDA Yield Grade 3.8 and quality grade of USDA Choice-. This steer was sired by DCSF Post Rock Highly Focused 308Y8. Warner Beef Genetics also owned the champion pen of Balancer steers with an average top value of $1,374, average USDA Yield Grade of 3.5, and average quality grade of USDA Choice-. They took home $1,400 in prize payouts for their steers’ performance in the contests.

In the Gelbvieh division, Blackhawk Cattle Company, Oregon, Illinois, was a notable winner owning the top carcass and top value steer as well as champion pen and taking home $1,600 in prize payouts. Blackhawk Cattle Company’s top carcass steer had a carcass value of $1,057, a hot carcass weight of 994 pounds, and a ribeye area of 13.5 square inches. This steer also had a USDA Yield Grade 3.1, and quality grade of USDA Choice-. This steer’s total value was the highest in the Gelbvieh division at $1,061 and was sired by VRT Lazy TV Sam U451. Blackhawk Cattle Company also owned the champion pen of Gelbvieh steers with the average value of the pen being $1,355, average USDA Yield Grade 3.0 and average quality grade of USDA Choice-.

CKS Gelbvieh, Collins, Iowa, owned the Gelbvieh steer that placed first for average daily gain, gaining 3.99 pounds per day. This steer was sired by TAU Mr Gunnison 230U 110Z.

To view full results, including all steers close-out data, please visit the Projects page under the Foundation section of www.gelbvieh.org.

American Gelbvieh Association Elects Board of Directors

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Photo caption: The American Gelbvieh Association elected directors and officers for 2017 during its national convention in Lincoln, Nebraska. Front row (left to right): Jeff Swanson, Oxford, Neb.; Vice President Andy LeDoux, Agenda, Kan.; Executive Director Myron Edelman, Broomfield, Colo.; President Scott Starr, Stapleton, Neb.; Secretary Duane Strider, Asheboro, N.C.; Treasurer Walter Teeter, Mt. Ulla, N.C.; Neal Pearson, Lake City, S.D. Back row (left to right) Randy Sienknecht, Gladbrook, Iowa; Leland Clark, Barnard, Kan.; Dustin Rippe, Belleville, Kan.; Andrea Murray, Kingfisher, Okla.; John Carrel, Columbus, Mont.; Lowell Rogers, Seminary, Miss.; Dough Hughes, Max Meadows, Va. Not pictured: Dennis Gustin, Mandan, N.D. and Klint Sickler, Gladstone, N.D.

Members of the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) elected five candidates to the board of directors at the annual membership meeting held December 2, 2016, during the 46th Annual American Gelbvieh Association National Convention in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Newly elected board members are John Carrel, Columbus, Montana; Leland Clark, Barnard, Kansas; Doug Hughes, Max Meadows, Virginia, and Klint Sickler, Gladstone, North Dakota. Re-elected to serve a second term was Walter Teeter, Mount Ulla, North Carolina.

The Board of Directors also elected individuals to serve in leadership positions on the 2017 AGA Executive Committee. Scott Starr, Stapleton, Nebraska, was elected as the president of the American Gelbvieh Association.

Elected as vice president was Andy LeDoux, Agenda, Kansas. Duane Strider, Asheboro, North Carolina, was elected as secretary and Walter Teeter was elected as treasurer.

Other members of the AGA Board of Directors are: Dennis Gustin, Mandan, North Dakota; Andrea Murray, Kingfisher, Oklahoma; Neal Pearson, Lake City, South Dakota; Dustin Rippe, Belleville, Kansas; Lowell Rogers, Seminary, Mississippi; Randy Sienknecht, Gladbrook, Iowa; and Jeff Swanson, Oxford, Nebraska.

Retiring members of the 2016 AGA Board of Directors were Bob Hart, Kansas City, Kansas; Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Indiana; David Martin, Judsonia, Arkansas and Grant Thayer, Ramah, Colorado. The AGA would like to thank these members for their years of service on the AGA Board of Directors.

Champions Named at North American International Livestock Exposition

The NAILE Gelbvieh and Balancer® show took place at the 2016 North American International Livestock Exposition on Tuesday, November 15 in Louisville, Kentucky. Charlie Boyd of Maysville, Kentucky, evaluated the Gelbvieh and Balancer cattle.

The grand champion Gelbvieh female was SKYS BCFG-SKYS Kali 282C, owned by Casey Martin, Oregon, Illinois. This September 17, 2015 daughter of BCFG Butlers Red Oak 908W first claimed the senior heifer calf division.

SBSF Bee Lick Brooke ET was named reserve grand champion Gelbvieh female. Owned by Double Diamond Farms, Cynthiana, Kentucky. This heifer was first named champion senior heifer and is the September 10, 2014 daughter of BCFG Butlers Red Oak 908W.

Grand champion Gelbvieh bull went to GGGE 3G Blood Brother 454B ET, owned by Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Indiana. This February 24, 2015 son of GGGE 3G Time Machine 758T ET first claimed the two-year old bull division.

Double Diamond Farms, Cynthiana, Kentucky, also owned the reserve grand champion Gelbvieh bull. SSMK Delorean 221C ET is the February 21, 2015 son of GGGE 3G Time Machine 758T ET and came out of the junior bull division.

Grand champion Balancer female was BCFG Butlers 133C, owned by Alexandria Raab, Markle, Indiana. Sired by BCFG Butlers Bismarck 512Z, this heifer was born November 2, 2015 and first claimed the senior heifer calf division.

GHGF Calista 53B was named reserve grand champion Balancer female. Owned by Austin Teeter, Mt. Ulla, North Carolina, this heifer came out of the senior heifer division. She is the November 14, 2014 daughter GHGF Zeus 61Z.

Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Indiana, swept the Balancer bull division owning the grand champion Balancer bull and reserve grand champion Balancer bull.

Grand champion Balancer bull was GGGE 3G Double Agent 602D, who is the January 6, 2016 son of GGGE 3G Smoke N’ Mirrors. He first came out of junior bull calf division.

The reserve grand champion Balancer bull, GGGE 3G Diamond Mine 680D. He is the March 2, 2016 son of S S Hoover Dam 115B and first claimed the junior yearling bull division.

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2016 NAILE Gelbvieh and Balancer® Show
November 15, 2016
Louisville, KY
Judge: Charlie Boyd, Maysville, Kentucky

Division Champions and Reserves:

Gelbvieh Champion Spring Heifer Calf
CBX Ms Reflex’s Reflections
Coles Bend Cattle Company, Smiths Grove, Ky.
Sire: JKGF Reflex X4 ET

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

Gelbvieh Champion Junior Heifer Calf
Miss Jenj 605D ET
JenJoe Farms, Clinton, Ky.
Sire: ALS Maverick 70T

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Junior Heifer Calf
CIRS Daiquiri 81YD
Circle S Ranch, Canton, Kan.
Sire: DCSF Post Rock Power Built 37B8

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

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Senior Heifer Calf
GHGF Zelda’s Coreen 20C4 ET
Justin Teeter, Mt. Ulla, N.C.
Sire: FMGF Blue’s Impact 001X

Gelbvieh Champion Intermediate Heifer Champion
MMGG Gentle G Ms Fancy Oak 78C
Brandon Fawbush, London, Ky.
Sire: BCFG Butlers Black Oak 534Z

Gelbvieh Champion Junior Heifer
JTPF Blue Well Addie 193C
Blue Well Farms, Lebanon, Tenn.
Sire: JKGF Reflex 4X ET

Gelbvieh Champion Senior Heifer
SBSF Bee Lick Brooke ET
Double Diamond Farms, Cynthiana, Ky.
Sire: BCFG Butlers Red Oak 908W

Grand Champion Gelbvieh Female
SKYS BCFG-SKYS Kali 282C
Casey Martin, Oregon, Ill.
Sire: BCFG Butlers Red Oak 908W

Reserve Grand Champion Gelbvieh Female
SBSF Bee Lick Brooke ET
Double Diamond Farms, Cynthiana, Ky.
Sire: BCFG Butlers Red Oak 908W

Gelbvieh Champion Spring Bull Calf
GGGE 3G Day Money 673D
Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind.
Sire: GGGE 3G Bootlegger 439B

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Spring Bull Calf
OHMV Double Time D411
Hunter Sheeley, Hillsboro, Ohio
Sire: GGGE 3G Time Machine 758T ET

Gelbvieh Champion Junior Bull Calf
GGGE 3G Die Cast 637D
Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind.
Sire: GGGE 3G Zip Line 266Z

Gelbvieh Champion Senior Bull Calf
PMFG Challenger 556C
Pleasant Meadows Farm, Glasgow, Ky.
Sire: RWG Traction 7412

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Senior Bull Calf
JTPF Blue Well Duke 331C
Blue Well Farms, Lebanon, Tenn.
Sire: JDPD Astro 407S

Gelbvieh Champion Intermediate Bull
SDSC Mr. Handy Man 01C
Karen Eby, Duncan, S.C.
Sire: CRAN Buddy Boy T729

Gelbvieh Champion Junior Bull
SSMK Delorean 221C ET
Double Diamond Farms, Cynthiana, Ky.
Sire: GGGE 3G Time Machine 758T ET

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

Gelbvieh Champion Two-Year Old Bull
GGGE 3G Blood Brother 454B ET
Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind.
Sire: GGGE 3G Time Machine 758T ET

Grand Champion Gelbvieh Bull
GGGE 3G Blood Brother 454B ET
Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind.
Sire: GGGE 3G Time Machine 758T ET

Reserve Grand Champion Gelbvieh Bull
SSMK Delorean 221C ET
Double Diamond Farms, Cynthiana, Ky.
Sire: GGGE 3G Time Machine 758T ET

Balancer Champion Spring Heifer Calf
CPSX Schilling’s Dreams of Cogan ET
Cogan Schilling, Edson, Kan.
Sire: Dameron C-5 American Classic

Balancer Reserve Champion Spring Heifer Calf
GGGE 3G Cowgirl Dixie 6102D
Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind.
Sire: S S Hover Dam B115

Balancer Champion Junior Heifer Calf
KJSG MV Miss Delilah 401D
Maple Valley Gelbvieh, Hillsboro, Ohio
Sire: C-Bar Evolution 107Y

Balancer Reserve Champion Junior Heifer Calf
JTPF Blue Well Daisy 337D
Blue Well Farms, Lebanon, Tenn.
Sire: Red Lazy MC CC Detour 2W

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

Balancer Reserve Champion Senior Heifer Calf
BCFG Butlers 132C
Alexandria Raab, Markle, Ind.
Sire: BCFG Butlers Cherokee 504T ET

Balancer Champion Intermediate Heifer
HYBD Scharpe Forever Lady Cecilia
Scharpe Angus, Arlington, Minn.
Sire: CCRO Carolina Exclusive 1230Y

Balancer Champion Junior Heifer
RAAB BCFG Ms. Star 13C
Karen Eby, Duncan, S.C.
Sire: SAV Brilliance 8077

Balancer Reserve Champion Junior Heifer
SSMK Benita 13C
Double Diamond Farms, Cynthiana, Ky.
Sire: SAV Bismarck 5682

Balancer Champion Senior Heifer
GHGF Calista 53B
Austin Teeter, Mt. Ulla, N.C.
Sire: GHGF Zeus 61Z

Grand Champion Balancer Female
BCFG Butlers 133C
Alexandria Raab, Markle, Ind.
Sire: BCFG Butlers Bismarck 512Z

Reserve Grand Champion Balancer Female
GHGF Calista 53B
Austin Teeter, Mt. Ulla, N.C.
Sire: GHGF Zeus 61Z

Balancer Champion Spring Bull Calf
GGGE 3G Diamond Mine 680D
Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind.
Sire: SS Hover Dam 115B

Balancer Champion Junior Bull Calf
GGGE 3G Double Agent 602D
Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind.
Sire: GGGE 3G Smoke ‘N Mirrors

Balancer Champion Senior Bull Calf
SDSC Mr. Charming 02C
Karen Eby, Duncan, S.C.
Sire: SAV Bismarck 5682

Balancer Champion Junior Bull
GGGE 3G Centurion E527C
Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind.
Sire: Schiefelbein Effective 61

Grand Champion Balancer Bull
GGGE 3G Double Agent 602D
Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind.
Sire: GGGE 3G Smoke ‘N Mirrors

Reserve Grand Champion Balancer Bull
GGGE 3G Diamond Mine 680D
Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind.
Sire: SS Hoover Dam 115B

Dave and Cindy Judd Inducted into Gelbvieh Hall of Fame

Dave and Cindy Judd of Pomona, Kansas were inducted into the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) Hall of Fame for 2017. The induction took place on Thursday, December 1, 2016, during the Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup lunch at the 46th Annual AGA National Convention in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Dave and Cindy were joined by their son, Nick; daughter-in-law, Ginger; and grandchildren, Lily, Levi, and Lacy at the awards ceremony. Roger Gatz, Hiawatha, Kansas, and past AGA Hall of Fame inductee, presented Dave and Cindy with the award.

The AGA Hall of Fame recognizes individuals for their lasting contribution to the growth and development of the Gelbvieh breed. That contribution is through the influence of cattle they have bred, breed promotion efforts, and leadership provided to the association.

Dave and Cindy Judd started Judd Ranch in 1981 with the goal of producing profitable and functional genetics for commercial cattlemen. Judd Ranch raises Gelbvieh, Red Angus and Balancer® cattle. Today, the operation is ran by Dave and Cindy, along with their two sons and their families, Nick and Ginger and Brent and Ashley. This past October they held their 26th Annual Cow Power Female sale and they will hold their 39th annual bull sale this March.

Dave and Cindy Judd have been members of the American Gelbvieh Association since 1983.They have been very active throughout their time as AGA members, including Dave Judd serving on the AGA Board of Directors from 2004-2009.

In 2016, Judd Ranch was listed in Beef Magazine’s Seedstock 100 list, which is a listing of the top seedstock producers in the beef industry.

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Photo Caption: Dave and Cindy Judd were inducted to American Gelbvieh Association Hall of Fame at the AGA National Convention in Lincoln, Nebraska. Top row (left to right) Ginger, Lily, Nick, Dave, Bottom row (left to right) Lacy, Levi, and Cindy Judd

Click here to watch a video recognizing Judd Ranch

Gelbvieh Convention to be Held in Lincoln, Nebraska

The 46th Annual American Gelbvieh Association National Convention will be held November 30 through December 2, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The event themed “Meeting Modern Industry Demands” is focused on improving profitability in all sectors of the beef industry. This year’s convention will be held at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel in the heart of Lincoln. The title sponsor for the event is GeneSeek®, a Neogen company.

The AGA convention will include events such as AGA committee meetings, the AGA annual membership meeting, kick-off reception, awards banquet, the second annual Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup and much more.

Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup is an educational symposium focused on beef industry profitability. The symposium is free to attend and is open to all producers and beef industry professionals. Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup will feature industry leading speakers from CattleFax, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Oklahoma State University. The event is being held on Thursday, December 1, starting with a free lunch at noon with the program beginning at 1:00 p.m. All are also invited to join in the Bull Pen session starting at 6:00 p.m. at Blue Blood Brewing Company in Lincoln. The Bull Pen session will allow for attendees to have casual interaction with the symposium speakers. No registration is necessary for the Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup.

Online registration for the three day convention is available by visiting  www.gelbvieh.org.

 

American Gelbvieh Association Relocates

BROOMFIELD, CO – The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) is pleased to announce the relocation of its headquarters office to Broomfield, Colorado. This relocation took place the first week in August.

The AGA’s new and current physical and mailing address is 350 Interlocken Blvd., Suite 200, Broomfield, Colorado 80021. The new location is just two miles from the old location on Dover Street in Westminster, Colorado. The relocation was made possible by a strategically planned sale of the Westminster office building.

“Leadership at the American Gelbvieh Association continues to make sound financial and business decisions. The relocation of the AGA headquarters reduces overhead costs and allows the AGA to capitalize on a smart investment made when the building at 10900 Dover Street was purchased back in 1991. A strong financial position for the AGA is key to flourishing in a rapidly changing, competitive environment,” said Myron Edelman, AGA executive director. “Together with the American Gelbvieh Foundation, the AGA will be able to strictly manage the financial asset of the building sale principle to ensure the long-term financial security for a bright future at the AGA,” he continued.

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Champions Named at Gelbvieh Junior National Show

Stillwater, OK – Members of the American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) gathered for the 2016 AGJA Dirt Road Classic in Stillwater, Oklahoma, July 3-8, 2016. 145 members participated from 17 states and Canada.

The Gelbvieh show and steer show took place on Friday, July 8. Judge Doug Satree, of Montague, Texas evaluated the 15 steers, 12 bred and owned Gelbvieh bulls, and 84 Gelbvieh females.

The grand champion bred and owned Gelbvieh bull was owned by Karen Eby, Duncan, South Carolina. SDSC Mr. Handy Man is the May 2, 2015 son of CRAN Buddy Boy T729.

HSCF Charming Charlie claimed the reserve grand champion bred and owned Gelbvieh bull. This bull was owned by Connor Durham, Belton, South Carolina and was born November 17, 2015. He is the son of GGGE 3G Time Machine 758T ET.

Supreme grand champion Gelbvieh female was HTFG Ms Bliss B1427 owned by Kyler Camerer, Asbury, Missouri. This October 3, 2014 heifer is the daughter of JRI Enhancer 53U21. She first claimed champion senior female and grand champion Gelbvieh heifer.

Reserve supreme grand champion Gelbvieh female was TJB Vanessa 016W 424B ET owned by Lara Rittenhouse, New Carlisle, Ohio. This heifer came out of the senior female division and first claimed reserve grand champion Gelbvieh heifer. She is the daughter of TAU Gunslinger 19U and was born September 1, 2014.

POST Post Rock Wilma 340B8 claimed supreme grand champion bred and owned Gelbvieh female. This October 15, 2014 heifer was owned by Meredith Clark, Barnard, Kansas and is the daughter of JRI Top Producer 282Z3. She first claimed grand champion bred and owned Gelbvieh heifer.

Justin Ringkob, Lake City, South Dakota, owned the reserve supreme champion bred and owned Gelbvieh female. PCCI Ms Exclusive 5118C ET came out of the spring yearling heifer division and is the April 4, 2015 daughter of CCRO Carolina Exclusive 1230Y.

The grand champion steer was AHL Flash 56C weighed in at 1,385 pounds and was owned by Jady LeDoux, Agenda, Kansas.

The reserve champion steer was SKYS 5015C owned by Anna Ring, Oregon, Illinois and weighed in at 1,280 pounds.

The Balancer show took place on Thursday, July 7. Judge Blake Bloomberg, Stillwater, Oklahoma evaluated the six bred & owned Balancer bulls and 116 Balancer females.

Grand champion bred and owned Balancer bull was JNCC Crimson Cash 514C owned by Cameron Nowack, Bland, Missouri. This bull was born February 27, 2015 and is the son of RAG Super Sonic.

Reserve grand champion bred and owned Balancer bull was owned by Chase Tabor, Stillwater, Oklahoma. TTTT Sugar Baby is the March 15, 2015 son of TTTT Sugar Daddy ET.

Supreme grand champion Balancer female was BCFG Butlers 133C owned by Alexandria Raab of Markle, Indiana. This November 2, 2015 daughter of BCFG Butlers Bismarck 512Z was first named grand champion Balancer heifer and came out of the senior heifer calf division.

Reserve supreme champion Balancer female was owned by Tanner Taubenheim, Amherst, Nebraska. TAU Ms Fancy 414B ET is the January 22, 2014 daughter of Connealy Consensus. This female first claimed the grand champion Balancer cow-calf pair.

Supreme grand champion bred and owned Balancer female was AMT 327C owned by Austin Teeter, Mount Ulla, North Carolina. First claiming the grand champion bred & owned Balancer heifer, this heifer is out of FMGF Blue’s Impact 001X and  was born September 1, 2015. She came out of the senior heifer division.

Reserve supreme champion bred and owned Balancer female was owned by Brooke Nowack, Bland, Missouri. BROK Maleficent 401B was the reserve champion Balancer cow-calf pair is the January 10, 2014 daughter of Connealy Final Product.

Reserve grand champion Balancer heifer was GHGF Calista and owned by Austin Teeter, Mount Ulla, North Carolina. She is the daughter of GHGF Zeus 61Z. Born November 14, 2014, she first claimed champion senior female.

Chisum Grund, Wallace, Kansas owned the reserve grand champion bred and owned Balancer heifer. Ms Chrisy 529C is the daughter of BCFG Butlers Red Oak 908W and was born on February 3, 2015 and came out of the winter yearling heifer division.

2016 AGJA Dirt Road Classic National Junior Show

July 7-8, 2016

Stillwater, Oklahoma
Division Champions and Reserves:

Champion Gelbvieh Junior Bull Calf: Mr. Ruttan 122D, Chandler Ladner, Argonia, Kan., Sire: DVE Davidson Ruttan 145A

Reserve Champion Gelbvieh Junior Bull Calf: Hollywood 201D, Alex Barwick, Orleans, Neb., Sire: GGGE 3G Zip Line 266Z

Champion Gelbvieh Senior Bull Calf: Charming Charlie, Connor Durham, Belton, S.C., Sire: GGGE 3G Time Machine 758T ET

Reserve Champion Gelbvieh Senior Bull Calf: Son of Cassanova 567C, Kallie Mattison, Lamberton, Minn., Sire: DVE Davidson Cassanova

Champion Gelbvieh Intermediate Yearling Bull: Mr. Handy Man, Karen Eby, Duncan, S.C., Sire: CRAN Buddy Boy T729

Champion Gelbvieh Spring Yearling Bull: Mr Exclusive 5116C ET, Justin Ringkob, Lake City, S.D., Sire: CCRO Carolina Exclusive 1230Y

Reserve Gelbvieh Champion Spring Yearling Bull: Big Red A11C, Luke Rash, Macon, Mo., Sire: TNDR BARW3 Yes Man 1144Y

Champion Gelbvieh Winter Yearling Bull: Heartbreaker, Makenzee Franklin, Hepler, Kan., Sire: JEMG Y532 ET

Champion Gelbvieh Junior Heifer Calf: DC 39D4, Cooper Beying, Leavenworth, Kan., Sire: JRI Next Step 285X72

Reserve Champion Gelbvieh Junior Heifer Calf: Tootie, Kaeden Schlake, Cortland, Neb., Sire: SKS Highland Trust

Champion Gelbvieh Bred & Owned Junior Heifer Calf: Tootie, Kaeden Schlake, Cortland, Neb., Sire: SKS Highland Trust

Reserve Champion Gelbvieh Bred & Owned Junior Heifer Calf: Northern Fortune 70D, Kristin Vogl, Tracy, Minn., Sire: JBOB Carolina Fortune 2564J ET

Champion Gelbvieh Senior Heifer Calf: Post Rock Madam 329C1, Meredith Clark, Barnard, Kan., Sire: DCSF Post Rock Astronaut 157A

Reserve Champion Gelbvieh Senior Heifer Calf: Butlers Kali 282C ET, Karen Eby, Duncan, S.C., Sire: BCFG Butlers Red Oak 908W

Champion Gelbvieh Bred & Owned Senior Heifer Calf: Miss Crusador C31, Brandon Chapman, Carthage, Mo., Sire: JRI Crusader 285Y99

Reserve Champion Gelbvieh Bred & Owned Senior Heifer Calf: Autumn Rose 407C, Halee Allen, Hillsboro, Ohio, Sire: GGGE 3G Time Machine 785T ET

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

Reserve Champion Gelbvieh Intermediate Yearling Heifer: Ms Oakie 534C, Alexandria Raab, Markle, Ind., Sire: FMGF Blue’s Impact 001X

Champion Gelbvieh Bred & Owned Intermediate Yearling Heifer: Miss Classic Legacy, Ryan Legge, Sardis, Miss., Sire: TON Prime Legacy

Champion Gelbvieh Spring Yearling Heifer: Clara Allen 520C, Brylee Thiel, Kaw City, Okla., Sire: JRI Next Step 285X72

Reserve Champion Gelbvieh Spring Yearling Heifer: MS Exclusive 5118C ET, Justin Ringkob, Lake City, S.D., Sire: CCRO Carolina Exclusive 1230Y

Champion Gelbvieh Bred & Owned Spring Yearling Heifer: MS Exclusive 5118C ET, Justin Ringkob, Lake City, S.D., Sire: CCRO Carolina Exclusive 1230Y

Reserve Champion Gelbvieh Bred & Owned Spring Yearling Heifer: Girl Crush 41C, Corbin Vogl, Walnut Grove, Minn., Sire: DLW Windsor 36W ET

Champion Gelbvieh Winter Yearling Heifer: MS Miranda 9C17 ET, Grace Hammer, Wallace, Kan., Sire: JRI Pop A Top 197T83

Reserve Champion Gelbvieh Winter Yearling Heifer: Red Hot Baby, Chase Tabor, Stillwater, Okla., Sire: CIRS Decade 278U2

Champion Gelbvieh Bred & Owned Winter Yearling Heifer: Red Hot Baby, Chase Tabor, Stillwater, Okla., Sire: CIRS Decade 278U2

Reserve Champion Gelbvieh Bred & Owned Winter Yearling Heifer: Colbie, Nicole Mattison, Lamberton, Minn., Sire: TJB Masterpiece 138L ET

Champion Gelbvieh Senior Female: Ms Bliss B1427, Kyler Camerer, Asbury, Mo., Sire: JRI Enhancer 53U21

Reserve Champion Gelbvieh Senior Female: TJB Vanessa 016W 424B ET, Lara Rittenhouse, New Carlisle, Ohio, Sire: TAU Gunslinger 19U

Champion Gelbvieh Bred & Owned Senior Female: Post Rock Wilma 340B8, Meredith Clark, Barnard, Kan., Sire: JRI Top Producer 282Z3

Reserve Champion Gelbvieh Bred & Owned Senior Female: Miss Lady Love, Karen Eby, Duncan, S.C., Sire: CRAN Buddy Boy T729

Grand Champion Gelbvieh Cow-Calf Pair: EGL B28, J W LeDoux, Agenda, Kan., Sire: EGL Lock and Load X415

Reserve Grand Champion Gelbvieh Cow-Calf Pair: Ms Sweet Caroline253B48, Lily Judd, Pomona, Kan., Sire: JRI Secret Instinct 254U83

 Balancer Division and Reserves

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

Reserve Champion Balancer Junior Bull Calf: AHL Rocky 6281D, J W LeDoux, Agenda, Kan., Sire: Mohnen Substantial 272

Champion Balancer Spring Yearling Bull: Sugar Baby, Chase Tabor, Stillwater, Okla., Sire: TTTT Sugar Daddy ET

Reserve Champion Balancer Spring Yearling Bull: SKSK 5C, Kaeden Schlake, Cortland, Neb., Sire: SKSG The Jazz X1

Champion Balancer Winter Yearling Bull: Crimson Cash 514C, Cameron Nowack, Bland, Mo., Sire: RAG Super Sonic

Reserve Champion Balancer Winter Yearling Bull: LAMJ 1173C, Jake Lammers, Lexington, Neb., Sire: BCFG Butlers Red Oak 908W

Champion Balancer Junior Heifer Calf: T Bar S Nae Nae, Kyle Vehige, Bonnots Mills, Mo., Sire: Gerloff Newsline 6233

Reserve Champion Balancer Junior Heifer Calf: AHL Red Head 6233D ET, Jady LeDoux, Agenda, Kan., Sire: Red Six Mile Taurus 519A

Champion Balancer Bred & Owned Junior Heifer Calf:  T Bar S Nae Nae, Kyle Vehige, Bonnots Mills, Mo., Sire: Gerloff Newsline 6233

Reserve Champion Balancer Bred & Owned Junior Heifer Calf: Midnight Jewel 658D, Jacob Barwick, Orleans, Neb., Sire: BABR Secret Brand 2100Z ET

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

Reserve Champion Balancer Senior Heifer Calf: Butlers 132C, Alexandria Raab, Markle, Indiana, Sire: BCFG Butlers Cherokee 504T ET

Champion Balancer Bred & Owned Senior Heifer Calf: AMT 327C, Austin Teeter, Mount Ulla, N.C., Sire: FMGF Blue’s Impact 001X

Reserve Champion Balancer Bred & Owned Senior Heifer Calf: DC Darci 401C6, Logan Beying, Easton, Kan., Sire: Hoover Dam

Champion Balancer Intermediate Yearling Heifer: GGGE 3G Crimson Cowgirl 583C, Connor Durham, Belton, S.C., Sire: GGGE 3G EZ Money 209Z

Reserve Champion Balancer Intermediate Yearling Heifer: Kody’s Darkhorse, Kody Wall, Bluejacket, Okla., Sire: JHG Premonition 662S ET

Champion Balancer Bred & Owned Intermediate Yearling Heifer: ALXC Miss Maylee, Braxton Oldenburg, Mulhall, Okla., Sire: JRI Topper 47X41

Reserve Champion Balancer Bred & Owned Intermediate Yearling Heifer: Collateral’s Princess, Grace Steenbergen, Cheyenne, Wyo., Sire: S A V Brilliance 8077

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

Reserve Champion Balancer Spring Yearling Heifer: PCCI MS Royal 5040C, Haley Ringkob, Lake City, S.D., Sire: HTFG Mr Roy A664

Champion Balancer Bred & Owned Spring Yearling Heifer: C96 Paisley, Karley Rumfelt, Lebanon, Mo., Sire: RUMG 007Z 60

Reserve Champion Balancer Bred & Owned Spring Yearling Heifer: 513C, Jake Lammers, Lexington, Neb., Sire: LAMM 433A

Champion Balancer Winter Yearling Heifer: BCFG Ms. Star 13C, Karen Eby, Duncan, S.C., Sire: S A V Brilliance 8077

Reserve Champion Balancer Winter Yearling Heifer: Girl Crush 5032C ET, Seth Taubenheim, Amherst, Neb., Sire: Conealy Consensus 7229

Champion Balancer Bred & Owned Winter Yearling Heifer: Ms Chrisy 529C, Chisum Grund, Wallace, Kan., Sire: BCFG Butlers Red Oak 908W

Reserve Champion Balancer Bred & Owned Winter Yearling Heifer: French Secret, Tiana Garcia, Las Animas, Colo., Sire: BABR Secret Brand 2100Z ET

Champion Balancer Senior Female: Calista, Austin Teeter, Mount Ulla, N.C., Sire: GHGF Zeus 61Z

Reserve Champion Balancer Senior Female: Bree, Austin Teeter, Mount Ulla, N.C., Sire: GHGF Gin 98W

Champion Balancer Bred & Owned Senior Female: T Bar S A La Mode, Kyle Vehige, Bonnots Mill, Mo., Sire: JBOB Carolina 5423P ET

Champion Balancer Cow-Calf Pair: Ms Fancy 414B ET, Tanner Taubenheim, Amherst, Neb., Sire: Connealy Consensus 7229

Reserve Champion Balancer Cow-Calf Pair: Maleficent 401B, Brooke Nowack, Bland, Mo., Sire: Connealy Final Product

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Rounds Joins Gelbvieh Association Full Time

Westminster, CO – The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) is pleased to announce Kim Rounds has joined the AGA staff full time as data services specialist.

Rounds grew up on her family’s ranch in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in Grass Valley, California, where they raise commercial cattle and she showed her own string of club calves. She previously served as the California representative on the National Beef Ambassador team, traveling around the country promoting beef with the American National CattleWomen.

Rounds graduated from Colorado State University (CSU) in May of 2015 with a degree in animal and equine sciences. During her time at CSU Kim was very involved with many aspects of CSU and the College of Agricultural Sciences. She served as the vice president of the Versatility Ranch Horse Team, teaching assistant for the Legends of Ranching Sale and training program, ag ambassador, chair on the board of student organization funding as well as co-chair for the event and promotions committee for the CSU Seedstock Merchandising Team.

“After serving as a beef ambassador, I knew that I wanted to be involved in a breed association or state beef association. Developing relationships with producers has always been something I look forward to and I am so happy that those relationships are a huge part of my job now,” Rounds said.

“The AGA has been building a staff team with beef industry focus and experience. Kim fits that criterion quite well. Kim’s cognitive approach to improving the membership experience will be very beneficial to the association and each AGA member.  We are fortunate to find talent like Kim as a beneficial addition to the AGA team,” said Myron Edelman, AGA executive director.

As data services specialist, Kim will assist members with DNA orders as well as all aspects of the AGA Online Registry Service.

Rounds began her full time position on July 1, 2016 and can be reached at the AGA office at 303-465-2333 or at kim@gelbvieh.org.

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Gelbvieh and Limousin Juniors to Hold Second Biannual POWER Conference

The American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) and the North American Limousin Junior Association (NALJA) are teaming up for the second biannual POWER Conference. The 2016 POWER Conference, Forging Friendships in the Flint Hills, will be held August 4-7 in Manhattan, Kansas.
POWER Conference (Peers Organizing Winning Effective Results) is a leadership conference for junior members of both associations, ages 14-21 as of January 1, 2016. This conference is a four day event which includes leadership workshops, motivational speakers and industry tours. The focus of the conference is to increase the young leaders’ knowledge of the industry and organization, build leadership skills, and strengthen relationships between the next generation of the Gelbvieh and Limousin breeds.
Participants must be a member of either the AGJA or NALJA; it’s not too late to become a junior member of either organization. Membership applications can be found on both association websites.
The registration fee for the conference is $200. After May 15, 2016, prices increase to $250 with a late entry deadline of June 15, 2016. Juniors interested in attending the event can find the application under the juniors section of both www.gelbvieh.org andwww.NALF.org. For questions about POWER Conference, contact Katie Campbell at the North American Limousin Foundation at Katie@nalf.org or 303-220-1693 or Mary Bea Martin at the American Gelbvieh Association at marybea@gelbvieh.org or 303-465-2333.

Changes to Gelbvieh American Rancher Episode Premiere

The American Gelbvieh Association is excited to debut its very first episode of the popular TV show, The American Rancher, next week on RFD-TV! The AGA’s American Rancher episode will now premiere on Tuesday, February 23 at 12:00 a.m. CST. The episode was originally set to premiere on Monday, February 22 at 8:00 p.m. CST, however there has been a last-minute revision to the airing schedule due to RFD-TV pre-empting the airtime for a LIVE show featuring RFD-TV owner and founder Patrick Gottsch. Reruns and additional broadcasts of AGA’s first American Rancher will air the following dates and times:

     Tuesday, February 23 at 12:00 a.m. CST
     Sunday, February 28 at 11:00 a.m. CST
     Monday, March 28 at 8:00 p.m. CST
     Tuesday, March 29 at 12:00 a.m. CST
     Sunday, April 3 at 11:00 a.m. CST

We hope you join us in watching our very first American Rancher episode on RFD-TV (Dish channel 231 and DirecTV channel 345) to view how Gelbvieh and Balancer® are meeting the demands of the modern beef industry. Also, be sure to tune into Superior Sunrise on Friday, February 26 at 7:30 a.m. CST on Rural TV and RFD-TV to view producer commercials set to air during the episode.

Kim Rounds Hired as Gelbvieh Spring Intern

The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) announces the hiring of Kim Rounds, Grass Valley, California, as an association intern. Rounds will be assisting members in recording of data, DNA testing, membership questions, bull customer assistance and any other aspects of AGA operations.

Rounds grew up on her family’s ranch in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, where they raised commercial cattle and she showed her own string of club calves. She previously served as the California representative on the National Beef Ambassador team, traveling around the country promotion beef with the American National CattleWomen.

Rounds graduated from Colorado State University (CSU) in May of 2015 with a degree in animal and equine sciences. During her time at CSU Kim was very involved with many aspects of CSU and the College of Agricultural Sciences. She served as the vice president of the Versatility Ranch Horse Team, teaching assistant for the Legends of Ranching Sale and training program, ag ambassador, chair on the board of student organization funding as well as co-chair for the event and promotions committee for the CSU Seedstock Merchandising Team.

“I am excited to learn more about the advancements Gelbvieh is making in both data collection and producer services,” Rounds said.

“In the last 18 months the AGA has been fortunate in sourcing the most talented staff available.  The educational background in animal and equine sciences that Kim possesses will serve her well in participating as a vital team member as an intern at the AGA. The staff in place will help further her education in the beef business while Kim provides service to the AGA membership and customer base,” said Myron Edelman, AGA executive director.

Rounds will be with the association throughout the spring and can be reached at the AGA office at 303-465-2333 or at kim@gelbvieh.org.

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Martin Joins American Gelbvieh Association Staff

The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) would like to welcome Mary Bea Martin to the staff as Member Services Specialist.

Martin grew up in Georgia, where she participated in junior livestock activities. She and her family actively showed cattle, lambs, and hogs and she considers the pinnacle of her junior livestock experience to be exhibiting the 2003 Reserve Champion Steer at the National Western Stock Show.

Martin graduated from West Texas A&M University in 2006 where she was very active on campus with several student and community service organizations.

Martin brings several years of customer service experience to the AGA staff. After graduation, Martin worked for Scarborough Specialties, a promotional product company in Amarillo, Texas. She then returned to her home state to work as an outside sales representative for Godfrey’s Feed in Madison, Georgia. In this position Martin was very involved in the state’s youth livestock program. After five years, she moved back to Texas and worked in the synthetic turf industry.

In addition, Martin was also a founding member of the Georgia Junior Livestock Foundation which raises money for junior livestock programs in the state. She is still an active board member for this organization. She has also served on the Georgia Cattlemen’s convention committee.

“I am very excited about returning to my livestock roots and to embark on this new venture with the American Gelbvieh Association,” says Martin.

Martin started with the AGA on Tuesday, January 19. She can be reached at the AGA office at 303-465-2333 or marybea@gelbvieh.org.

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Retallick Accepts Director of Member Programs Position at American Gelbvieh Association

Westminster, Colo. – Kelli Retallick has served as the data services coordinator for the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) for more than a year and has recently accepted the position of director of member programs. In her time at the AGA, Retallick has proved to be capable of outstanding leadership among staff, dedication to the AGA and skill in developing association programs.

Recently the AGA has changed the structure of the staff to better accommodate member programs for both the AGA and the American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA).  Retallick’s role as director of member programs will encompass beneficial programs for the AGA as well as the AGJA. Her  responsibilities include accuracy of the online registry, administering the Smart Select Service, development of new programs and coordinating junior activities to name only a few.

Retallick earned her bachelor’s degree in animal science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She then went on to Kansas State University to complete her master’s degree in animal breeding and genetics.  This background makes her a perfect fit to continue to develop programs for AGA members and customers as it pertains to database service and breed improvement as well as the AGA’s new Smart Select Service.

Growing up, Retallick was involved in her family’s registered cattle operation and when time allows she continues to be involved as much as possible. Retallick also served on the National Junior Angus Association Board of Directors and brings a unique perspective to the AGJA through that experience of serving on a junior board.

“I am really excited about taking on this new adventure,” says Retallick. “I strongly believe that junior livestock associations can foster some of the best leaders in the industry. I hope I am able to foster that type of environment to build the next generation of leaders in the business.”

The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) recognized the skill set Retallick possesses.   During the 2015 BIF Research Symposium and Convention in Biloxi, Mississippi, Retallick was asked to lend her expertise as a speaker on the topic of measuring feed efficiency.  BIF also recognized the new Smart Select Service that the AGA now offers commercial cattlemen and women; Retallick was instrumental in the development of that program.

“The AGA sources the most skilled talent in the industry to serve on the staff. Kelli is an example of those talented individuals the AGA seeks out and finds to work as a team for the improvement of the AGA,” says Myron G. Edelman, executive director of the AGA.  “Kelli will be an excellent resource for both our adult as well as the junior members.”

Retallick assumed her new role on January12, 2016. She can be reached at the AGA office at 303-465-2333 or via email at kellir@gelbvieh.org.

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American Gelbvieh Association Inducts Charles Clark to Hall of Fame

 

Charles Clark, Keldron, South Dakota, was inducted into the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) Hall of Fame posthumously for 2016. The induction took place on Friday, December 11 during the awards luncheon at the 45th Annual AGA National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. Charles’ family, including wife Peggy and children Amy, Clint, and Scot, were present at convention to accept the award.

Jim Beastrom, Pierre, South Dakota presented the Clark family with this award.

The AGA Hall of Fame recognizes individuals for their lasting contribution to the growth and development of the Gelbvieh breed. That contribution is through the influence of cattle they have bred, their breed promotion efforts, and leadership provided to the association.

Charles and Peggy Clark and their family owned Grand River Gelbvieh, where they started raising Gelbvieh cattle in 1973. Grand River Gelbvieh became an AGA member in 1975. The operation hosted their first production sale in 1979 and offered 24 registered bulls and 25 commercial females. At the time, no other operation had a production sale. The operation hosted an annual production sale until the complete dispersal of the 350-head ranch in 1990.

Clark was very progressive and used artificial insemination extensively in his operation, seeing the benefit of being able to make faster genetic progress. Once the ranch was established, Clark collected and marketed semen from his own bulls.

Clark was a community leader and served on the AGA Board of Directors and was president of the Association in 1983. In addition, he also served his community on the local school board, 4-H Leader’s Association, Farm Service Agency and rural electric boards.

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Photo Caption: Jim Beastrom, Pierre, S.D., presented the Charles Clark family with the 2016 American Gelbvieh Association Hall of Fame award on behalf of Charles Clark. Left to right: Kathleen Clark, Scot Clark, Narcel Clark, Clint Clark, Jim Beastrom, Peggy Clark, Amy Clark Hauck

American Gelbvieh Association Elects Board of Directors

Members of the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) elected five candidates to serve three-year terms on the AGA Board of Directors. The election took place during the annual membership meeting at the 45th Annual AGA National Convention “Moving at the Speed of Change” in Kansas City, Missouri, December 11, 2015.

Newly elected board members are Dennis Gustin, Mandan, North Dakota; Andrea Murray, Kingfisher, Oklahoma; Randy Sienknecht, Gladbrook, Iowa and Jeff Swanson, Oxford, Nebraska. Re-elected to serve a second term was Scott Starr, Stapleton, Nebraska.

The Board of Directors also elected induvial to serve in leadership positions on the 2016 AGA Executive Committee. Neal Pearson was re-elected for a second term as American Gelbvieh Association President.

Elected as vice president was Scott Starr. Duane Strider, Asheboro, North Carolina was elected as secretary and Grant Thayer, Ramah, Colorado was elected as treasurer.

Other members of the AGA Board of Directors are: Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Indiana; Bob Hart, Kansas City, Kansas; David Martin, Judsonia, Arkansas; Dustin Rippe, Hubbell, Nebraska; Lowell Rogers, Seminary, Mississippi and Walter Teeter, Mt. Ulla, North Carolina.

Retiring members of the 2015 AGA Board of Directors were Brian Dunn, St. John, Kansas; Ronnie Rogers, Mendon, Missouri; Gary Tilghman, Glasgow, Kentucky, and Dan Warner, Beaver City, Nebraska. The service of these four gentlemen to the association is greatly appreciated.

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Photo caption: The American Gelbvieh Association elected directors and officer for 2016 during its national convention in Kansas City, Missouri. Front row (left to right): David Martin, Judsonia, Ark.; Secretary Duane Strider, Asheboro, N.C.; Vice President Scott Starr, Stapleton, Neb.; President Neal Pearson, Lake City, S.D.; Executive Director Myron Edelman, Westminster, Colo.; Treasurer Grant Thayer, Ramah, Colo.; Bob Hart, Kansas City, Kan.; Jeff Swason, Oxford, Neb.; Dennis Gustin, Mandan, N.D. Back row (left to right): Randy Sienknecht, Gladbrook, Iowa; Andrea Murray, Kingfisher, Okla.; Dustin Rippe, Hubbell, Neb.; Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind.; Andy LeDoux, Angenda, Kan.; Lowell Rogers, Seminary, Miss.; Walter Teeter, Mount Ulla, N.C.

American Gelbvieh Association to Host Educational Symposium

The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) is hosting a commercially focused educational symposium, titled “Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup” on Saturday, December 12, 2015 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Embassy Suites Kansas City-International Airport in Kansas City, Missouri. Cattle producers from all segments of the industry are invited to attend this free event that will feature industry-leading speakers. A free beef lunch will also be served during the event.
The “Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup” speaker lineup starts off with keynote speaker Ronnie Green, Ph.D., vice chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and interim senior vice chancellor of Academic Affairs at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Green’s opening address will be followed by the first educational panel titled “My Cows Last a Lifetime: Giving Your Cows the Maternal Edge”. This panel includes Bill Tucker from Tucker Family Farm, a commercial cattle operation in Amherst, Virginia; Larry Kuehn, Ph.D., research geneticist at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center; and Kelli Retallick, data services coordinator at the American Gelbvieh Association. This panel will be moderated by AGA Commercial Marketing Coordinator William McIntosh.
The second panel of the day is entitled “Worth My Weight in Gold: Multiplying Dollars Available for Cattle at Each Stage of the Supply Chain”. Speakers included on the panel are Scott Hamilton, Hamilton Farms in Hitchcock, South Dakota; Brian Bertelsen, vice president of field operations at U.S. Premium Beef; and John Butler, CEO of Beef Marketing Group. Angela Vesco, commercial marketing specialist with the AGA will moderate the panel.
“The AGA staff is pleased to assemble an expert speaker and panelist group to engage in topics from increasing cowherd efficiency to maximizing cow output and ultimately increase likelihood of profit. Anyone interested in the beef business is welcome to attend and engage in a conversation aimed at maximizing potential of their respective cowherds,” says Myron Edelman, AGA Executive Director.
The “Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup” is being held during the 45th Annual American Gelbvieh Association National Convention. For more information about the “Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup” please visit www.www.gelbvieh.org or call 303-465-2333.
The American Gelbvieh Association is a progressive beef cattle breed association representing 1,000 members and approximately 40,000 cows assessed annually in a performance-oriented total herd reporting system.

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American Gelbvieh Association Welcomes Abrahams to Staff

The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) is pleased to announce Terisa Abrahams as the new office operations coordinator.

A Colorado native, Abrahams was born and raised in Arvada, Colorado. Prior to joining the AGA staff, she was a senior recruiter for Weatherford Oil & Gas. Abrahams has over twenty years of experience in client relation services, human resources, business development, office management, project management, and business administration.

Abrahams holds a masters of business administration in international business and a masters of arts in counseling psychology, both from Regis University in Denver, Colorado.

Abrahams will be working with the dynamic team at the AGA to coordinate general office operations, assist members with accounts and coordinate AGA functions.

Myron Edelman, AGA Executive Director, said, “The AGA recruits the most talented staff in marketing, breed improvement and member service. Terisa is a complementary fit to the skilled staff already in place at the AGA. Members, customers and industry partners are the benefactors of the expertise the AGA has been able to identify in our staff and Terisa is an outstanding addition to the team.”
Terisa Abrahams may be reached at the AGA office at 303-465-2333 or by email at terisa@www.gelbvieh.org.

Note to Editors: A high-resolution photo is available by contacting Megan Slater, AGA public relations coordinator at megans@www.gelbvieh.org or 303-465-2333.

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American Gelbvieh Association Provides Genetic Tools for Ranchers

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The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) is excited to announce the launch of the Smart Select Service data management system that provides genetic tools to aid commercial cattlemen in the selection process. Smart Select Service is non-breed specific and is available for all commercial producers who want to increase the genetic value of their herds for the potential to increase profitability

Smart Select Service has the goal of being the best value in genetic management; commercial producers can enroll females for $1 per head. This small enrollment fee equips Smart Select Service members, also known as performance members, with a herd management database to manage all cowherd data from individual performance information to exposure and vaccination information. Herd management reports will be made available to performance members including herd summary reports, dam and progeny reports, and herdsire reports.

In addition, the AGA will be offering performance members access to the feeder profit index (FPI) and Stayability score on both males and females with appropriate data reported. FPI is an economic selection index developed to aid producers in selecting sires whose progeny will perform in the feedlot and on the rail. Stayability scores are used to gauge reproductive longevity of the herd. These scores predict the probability a sire’s daughters will stay productive within a herd past six years of age. These tools will be predicted through the multi-breed cattle evaluation run bi-annually and by doing so, increase the accuracy of prediction of these two parameters to accelerate genetic improvement.

Performance members will be able to take advantage of consultation offered by trained AGA staff. Producers can also take advantage of DNA testing such as parent verification on all animals or the Maternal Edge Female Profile on Gelbvieh influenced animals at the respective test’s additional cost.

“It’s an exciting time in the beef industry. AGA is proud to offer the Smart Select Service to the commercial cow-calf sector, and provide commercial producers with the tools necessary to select for increased genetic change to enhance their bottom line,” says Kelli Retallick, American Gelbvieh Association Data Services Coordinator.

Starting Monday August 17th, producers will be able to enroll females into the Smart Select Service online database. To learn more about the specifics of enrollment go to www.www.gelbvieh.org/smartselect.html or contact Kelli Retallick at 303-465-2333 or kellir@www.gelbvieh.org.

The American Gelbvieh Association is a progressive beef cattle breed association  representing 1,500 members and approximately 40,000 cows assessed annually in a performance-oriented total herd reporting system.

 

Vesco Joins American Gelbvieh Association Staff

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Note to Editors: A high-resolution photo is available by contacting Megan Slater, AGA public relations coordinator, at megan@www.gelbvieh.org or 303-465-2333.

 

The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) would like to welcome Angela Vesco to its staff where she began her role as commercial marketing specialist on July 15, 2015.

Vesco is originally from Winnemucca, Nevada where she was raised on her family’s cow/calf operation. Growing up, she was an active member in 4-H showing cattle, horses and hogs and was also heavily involved with FFA where she participated in livestock judging, public speaking and marketing contests. Vesco also served as the 2008-2009 State Reporter for the Nevada FFA Association.

Vesco attended the University of Nevada, Reno before transferring to Kansas State University where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science in 2013. During the summer of 2015 Vesco graduated with a master’s degree in ruminant nutrition, also from Kansas State University.

At the AGA, Vesco will serve on the marketing team and will spend her time traveling the country with special emphasis on visiting and assisting commercial bull customers.  

“AGA seeks out individuals just like Angela that have cattle and ranch experience, combined with the educational background necessary to provide sound guidance to AGA members and cow-calf producers,” said Myron G. Edelman, AGA’s executive director. 

“I truly enjoy meeting people and getting to know them. I am eager to apply my commercial background to the job and learn more about the industry,” Vesco said. “I’m excited to serve Gelbvieh producers in any way that I can so that their operations can continue to succeed.”

Angela can be reached at the AGA office 303-465-2333 or by email at angelav@www.gelbvieh.org.

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American Gelbvieh Association National Convention to be Held in Kansas City

The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) Board of Directors and staff would like to announce the 45th Annual AGA National Convention and Annual Meeting will  be held in Kansas City, Missouri at the Embassy Suites Kansas City – International Airport hotel, December 10-12, 2015.

This convention marks one of the first in recent history that will be a solitary event for members of the American Gelbvieh Association. Previously the AGA Annual Convention was held in January in Denver, Colorado during the National Western Stock Show events. The 45th Annual Convention will serve as a place for AGA members to meet and conduct committee meetings, elect leaders of the AGA to serve on the board of directors as well as network and connect with fellow Gelbvieh breeders and industry producers.

The AGA will be hosting a variety of new convention programs that are geared to both AGA members and commercial stakeholders. New events during convention such as AGA 101 and the all-new Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup will make this convention unique from those in the past.

The all-new Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup symposium will be the culminating activity at the AGA Convention and is tailored to fit the interest and needs of commercial bull customers, feeders and beef industry partners. The symposium will feature industry-leading speakers and panelists that will address both sides of the cattle production profit equation. This is a free to attend event and the AGA would like to invite all cattlemen and cattlewomen to attend this educating event.

The American Gelbvieh Association is a progressive beef cattle breed association  representing 1,500 members and approximately 40,000 cows assessed annually in a performance-oriented total herd reporting system. For more information visit www.www.gelbvieh.org or call 303-465-2333.

 

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Retallick to Serve AGA Members and Customers

The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) is pleased to welcome Kelli Retallick, Manhattan, Kansas as the new Data Services Specialist.

Retallick was born and raised on a purebred beef operation in southwest Wisconsin. She is still active in her family’s own seedstock operation where their main goal is to sell bulls that will produce industry relevant cattle to fit the needs of commercial customers. Growing up in 4-H, FFA and junior beef breed associations allowed Retallick to network with seedstock and commercial producers alike, from around the country pushing her towards a career and a life in the beef industry.

Retallick received a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was highly involved in both on and off campus activities from the UW Saddle & Sirloin Club, Collegiate Farm Bureau and the National Junior Angus Association’s Board of Directors. Her time served on the board gave her an inside look into the inner workings of a breed association and only further sparked her interest in how a breed association could be used to a producer’s advantage. She is now in the process of receiving a master’s degree in the field of Animal Breeding and Genetics at Kansas State University (K-State).

Most of Retallick’s current research revolves around feed efficiency of growing beef cattle, specifically the optimum test periods to capture gain and intake data. The time at K-State was one of the most eye-opening experiences to date and reaffirmed the belief that she is in the exact field she wants to be involved in.

“One of the most valuable lessons I have learned as a master’s student was not taught from a textbook but rather gained over time and it is the idea that I will never, nor do I want to, stop learning,” Retallick said.

AGA members and customers will benefit from Retallick’s background and education in animal breeding. Retallick will work closely with AGA breed improvement staff to continually enhance the AGA experience as it relates to services and programs provided by the AGA as well as the information that accompanies registered Gelbvieh and Balancer® cattle. AGA members are encouraged to contact Retallick as they have questions regarding DNA testing, data services and information gathered from commercial bull customers’ inquiries.

“Kelli will be a great asset to the Gelbvieh association and the beef industry, as the AGA evolves into a modern breed association. With a focus on providing genetic and marketing solutions to Gelbvieh stakeholders, Kelli will certainly be able to use her experiences as a seedstock supplier along with an extensive education in animal science to provide members and Gelbvieh customers the information they need for success in an ever changing business,” said Myron Edelman, executive director of AGA.

John C. Oswald Inducted Posthumously Into Gelbvieh Hall of Fame

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Photo caption: Ken Schmucker (left) and Andy Oswald (middle) accept the 2015 AGA Hall of Fame award, presented by AGA board member Brian Dunn, St. John, Kansas (right), on behalf of John C. Oswald.

 

John C. Oswald of Hutchinson, Kansas, was inducted into the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) Hall of Fame posthumously for 2015. The induction took place on Saturday, January 10 at the AGA's Impacting the Beef Business™ with Maternal Influence Annual Convention. John's son Andy Oswald and herdsman Ken Schmucker were present at the convention to accept the award.

The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to recognize individuals for their lasting contribution to the growth and development of the Gelbvieh breed. That contribution is through the influence of the cattle they have bred, their breed promotion efforts and the leadership provided to the AGA.

John C. Oswald has been a part of the Gelbvieh breed for over 25 years. He, his wife Liz, their son Andy and his family own and manage The Land of Ozz – John C. Oswald and Sons Gelbvieh and Balancer in Hutchinson, Kansas. Herdsman Ken Schmucker handles the ranch's day-to-day operations. John passed away on January 26, 2012.

John was very involved with several organizations throughout his lifetime including president and long term board member of the Kansas State Fair Board, president of the American Polled Hereford Association, member of the Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Committee, Kansas State Alumni Association, Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce as well as many others. He also served on several American Gelbvieh Association committees throughout the years and was past president of the Kansas Gelbvieh Association.

In the late 1980s, John switched his breeding program from Polled Herefords to Gelbvieh, seeing a brighter future in the Gelbvieh breed. John C. Oswald and Sons has been a member of the American Gelbvieh Association since 1989.

Today, Ken and Andy are leading The Land of Ozz from the lessons instilled by John. John's legacy to the operation is powerful performance, strong maternal traits, good temperament and absence with problems. John C. Oswald and Sons Gelbvieh and Balancer select for value and profit and feel that is the most important direction for the operation.

Many breed-leading animals have carried the OZZ prefix, perhaps the most noteworthy of which is OZZ EXT Govenor 3N. Born in 2003, Govenor currently has 2,153 progeny recorded in the AGA herdbook. Today, Govenor's EPDs rank him in the top 25 percent or better of active Gelbvieh sires for birth weight, weaning weight, yearling weight, milk, calving ease maternal, heifer pregnancy, dry matter intake, yield grade, carcass weight, ribeye area, marbling and total maternal; in the top four percent of the breed for $Cow; and the top two percent of the breed for 30-month pregnancy and feeder profit index.

Nominated for this honor by the Kansas Gelbvieh Association, the American Gelbvieh Association recognized John C. Oswald as its 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee.

Gelbvieh Association Elects 2015 Board of Directors

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Photo caption: The American Gelbvieh Association elected directors and officers for 2015 during its annual convention in Denver, Colorado. Front row (left to right): Lowell Rogers, Seminary, Miss.; Gary Tilghman, Glasgow, Ky.; Vice President Dan Warner, Beaver City, Neb.; President Neal Pearson, Lake City, S.D.; Secretary Duane Strider, Asheboro, N.C.; Treasurer Grant Thayer, Ramah, Colo.; Executive Director Myron Edelman, Westminster, Colo.; Walter Teeter, Mt. Ulla, N.C. Back row (left to right): Brian Dunn, St. John, Kan.; Dustin Rippe, Hubbell, Neb.; Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind.; David Martin, Judsonia, Ark.; Andy LeDoux, Agenda, Kan.; Scott Starr, Stapleton, Neb.; Bob Hart, Kansas City, Kan.; Ronnie Rogers, Mendon, Mo.

 

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 Annual Convention Impacting the Beef Business™ with Maternal Influence, Saturday, January 10, 2015.

Newly elected board members are Dustin Rippe, Hubbell, Nebraska and Lowell Rogers, Seminary, Mississippi. Re-elected to serve second terms were Andy LeDoux, Agenda, Kansas; Neal Pearson, Lake City, South Dakota; and Duane Strider, Asheboro, North Carolina.

The Board of Directors then elected individuals to serve in leadership positions on the 2015 AGA Executive Committee. Neal Pearson was selected to be the 30th president of the American Gelbvieh Association. He succeeds Past President Rob Arnold, Minot, North Dakota.

Elected as vice president was Dan Warner, Beaver City, Nebraska. Duane Strider was elected as secretary and Grant Thayer, Ramah, Colorado, will serve as treasurer.

The other members of the AGA Board of Directors are: Brian Dunn, St. John, Kansas; Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Indiana; Bob Hart, Kansas City, Kansas; David Martin, Judsonia, Arkansas; Ronnie Rogers, Mendon, Missouri; Scott Starr, Stapleton, Nebraska; Walter Teeter, Mt. Ulla, North Carolina and Gary Tilghman, Glasgow, Kentucky.

Retiring members of the 2014 AGA Board of Directors were Rob Arnold, Minot, North Dakota and Bob Prosser, Winslow, Arizona. Arnold and Prosser each served two consecutive three year terms and their dedication and service to the association is appreciated by many.

American Gelbvieh Association Welcomes New Staff

The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) is pleased to announce the hiring of Rebecca Mettler of Sarcoxie, Missouri, as editorial content coordinator and Megan Slater of Longmont, Colorado as public relations coordinator.

Prior to joining the AGA team, Mettler was a freelance writer for national and regional agricultural publications. Experienced in beef industry association work, Mettler served as DNA coordinator for the Red Angus Association of America in Denton, Texas as well as a membership communications assistant at the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association while attending the University of Missouri (MU) in Columbia, Missouri. Mettler holds bachelor’s degrees in both Agricultural Journalism and Animal Sciences from the University of Missouri.

Mettler was raised on a 400 head commercial cow/calf operation in southwest Missouri and has been involved in the beef industry her entire life. She and her husband, Brant, recently moved back to their home state.

She will be responsible for the editorial content of the Gelbvieh World and The Profit Picture publications and serve as quality assurance for written AGA communications. In the future, she will also be a resource for placing advertising orders.

“I am very excited for the opportunity to work for AGA and am looking forward to continuing to provide the valuable and accurate information that AGA members and stakeholders have come to expect from the association’s publications,” Mettler said.

Slater graduated from Colorado State University (CSU) in May of 2014 with a degree in Animal Science and a minor in Business Administration. While at CSU she was a member of 2013-2014 CSU Seedstock Merchandising Team. During her time on the team, Slater co-chaired the written promotions committee. Those duties included managing the team website, creating and updating a Facebook page, composing and sending out newsletters, and putting together the annual bull sale catalog.

Through her role as AGA public relations coordinator, Slater will focus primarily on the Gelbvieh message. The AGA membership will benefit from her efforts toward assisting AGA affiliates, handling social media content, compiling the AGA membership E-Newsletter and participating in AGA and industry events.

As an intern for the past five months at AGA, Slater has been responsible for building “How To” tutorials to assist AGA members in transitioning to the new registry system, providing content for AGA’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as other communication efforts.

“I am very excited to start full time at the AGA and to continue using my skills and information I’ve learned as communications intern to assist Gelbvieh members and promote the Gelbvieh message,” said Slater.

Mettler may be contacted at 303-465-2333 or by email at rebeccam@www.gelbvieh.org.

Slater can be reached at megans@www.gelbvieh.org or by calling the AGA office at 303-465-2333.

American Gelbvieh Association Releases Genomic-Enhanced EPDs

The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) has released genomic-enhanced EPDs with the fall 2014 international cattle evaluation. Genomic-enhanced EPDs (GE EPDs) combine pedigree, individual performance and genomic information to save time and money, reduce risk, and accelerate the rate of genetic progress.

GE EPDs provide more precise EPDs based on a combination of both phenotype and DNA. One major benefit of these EPDs is risk reduction through increased accuracies. These increased accuracies save time when assessing young breeding stock as well as deliver commercial customer confidence when buying seedstock. Herd improvement is accelerated when breeders can more accurately identify young individuals with the best genetics.

GE EPDs also give the chance to collect data on economically important traits, which are expensive or difficult to measure.

The information from the genomic data can be as informative as a bull’s first calf crop or a cow’s lifetime production record. Since the genomic data is incorporated directly into the EPDs, cattle producers will not have to learn how to interpret the new data.

Development of GE EPDs for Gelbvieh and Balancer® animals has been in progress at the AGA since 2012, starting with the Genomic Pioneers project. This project helped to build a diverse panel of Gelbvieh and Balancer genetics to be the foundation genetics for the calculation of the GE EPDs.

“The AGA has been working closely with the scientific community over the past couple years to build the training population for developing GE EPDs for the Gelbvieh breed,” says Susan Willmon, director of breed improvement at the AGA. “Implementing genomic-enhanced EPDs is a high-priority goal in the AGA’s strategic plan and we are excited to be able to offer this tool to our breeders and their commercial customers.”

EPDs that are genomically-enhanced will show up on the new American Gelbvieh Association Registry Service as highlighted in yellow. All animals with these enhanced EPDs will also have the AGA GE EPDs logo on their registration certificate.

For more information on GE EPDs visit Gelbvieh.org or contact Susan Willmon at susanw@www.gelbvieh.org or call 303-465-2333.

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American Gelbvieh Association Releases New Search Tools

The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) has released new search tools on its registry service. These tools include a ranch search, an animal search, an EPD and genetics search, plus a breeder map. All tools are available to cattlemen and women to help locate Gelbvieh and Balancer® genetics and breeders.

The ranch search can be used to find active Gelbvieh and Balancer breeders, either in a general area or when looking for contact information for a specific breeder. Ranches and members can be searched by herd prefix, member number, name, city or state. When a member is searched, phone numbers, addresses, and contact information are displayed.

The AGA registry service also contains a breeder map function, allowing breeders to be found in a particular region or state. The map is interactive making it easy to find seedstock breeders in a desired location.

The animal search option allows a quick way to look up information on an animal’s pedigree, EPDs, performance data, ownership and more. An animal can be searched using registration number, tattoo or name and can be narrowed down by bull or female. This search ultimately brings up an animal detail screen where information on the animal can be viewed. This is a great tool for looking up current EPDs on herd bulls to help producers evaluate their bull battery to determine if replacements are needed.

The EPD search is a tool can be used to find animals with a desired set of EPDs. Producers can use the EPD search to find animals with the genetics that will meet the goals of a program. Within the EPD search, all AGA EPDs and indexes are listed, including AGA’s maternal index the $Cow, the carcass index labeled the feeder profit index (FPI) and the feed efficiency index named the efficiency profit index (EPI). Minimum and maximum values may be set on each EPD and index allowing producers to locate animals with the genetics to fit any environment.

An additional search tools feature is located on the AGA registry service and can be used to find animals with other search filters beyond EPDs. Use the search tools feature to search by breed (Gelbvieh, Balancer, Southern Balancer®, fullblood, or percentage), color, horn/polled status, to find AI sires or to search females who qualified for AGA’s Dam of Merit and Dam of Distinction programs.

All search tools can be found on the Association’s home page at www.www.gelbvieh.org by clicking on the Animal and Member Search banner. These tools are available to the public and do not require login information. To learn more about these search tools, video tutorials are available and are located on the Registry Service Tutorials page on the Gelbvieh website.

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Myron Edelman to Lead American Gelbvieh Association

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American Gelbvieh Association President Rob Arnold and the Board of Directors would like to announce the hiring of Myron Edelman, Douglas, Wyo., as its executive director. Edelman officially begins his responsibilities August 1 and will be located at the Association’s headquarters office in Westminster, Colo.

Since 2009, Edelman has been with the Red Angus Association of America, initially as the director of value-added programs and most recently as the director of breed growth. He led their Feeder Calf Certification Program (FCCP) providing age and source verification and traceability for Red Angus influenced feeder calves, among other responsibilities.

Prior to his breed association work, Edelman was the cattle and feedlot manager for Wagonhound Land and Livestock, a 2,000 head cow-calf and 4,500 head feeder operation in Wyoming. A native of Sabetha, Kan., he grew up on a small grains and feeding operation. Edelman attended Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., earning a degree in agriculture education and animal science. For eight years, he taught vocational agriculture in Douglas.

“Myron has established an outstanding record for building demand for superior beef genetics, leading a team and establishing relationships within the beef industry,” says American Gelbvieh Association President Rob Arnold, Minot, N.D.

Edelman may be contacted at 303-465-2333 or by email at myrone@www.gelbvieh.org.

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Gelbvieh Performance Advantage Program Recognizes 9 Breeders

The American Gelbvieh Association is proud to honor nine members from Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota, Nevada, Missouri and Ohio for achieving Bronze, Silver or Gold status for the association’s Gelbvieh Performance Advantage program for the 2013 management year.

The Gelbvieh Performance Advantage (GPA) program was initiated in 2009 and recognizes AGA members who promote the performance aspects of their program through data collection. Nine members were recognized for the 2013 management year including two being honored with gold status, two with silver status, and five members being honored with bronze status.

The GPA program is unique within the seedstock industry and provides a tool for Gelbvieh producers, both small and large, to be recognized on records kept and data recorded in the previous calendar year.

“Participating members use the GPA program as a way to enhance customer experience as they provide a value-added service with the data they collect from their breeding program,” said Susan Willmon, American Gelbvieh Association director of breed improvement.

To attain GPA status, the AGA member must record performance data, use sires that meet or exceed established performance criteria, and implement technologies such as DNA testing, ultrasound, and A.I. in their programs.

In order for a member to achieve GPA Gold status, producers must collect and submit data on the highest percentage of performance data points. These herds practice A.I. breeding, DNA testing on calves and select sires to enhance breed improvement goals. Attaining this level requires 300 points.

Attaining GPA Silver status requires producers to collect data on animals later in their production cycle, in addition to standard types of measurement. This can include complete yearling data on females and mature cows, ultrasound data and DNA testing. A minimum of 200 points are required to achieve this level.

GPA Bronze status entails gathering performance data above the minimum standards set for the breed. Typically, a mix of performance data collection, DNA testing and sire selection standards categorizes a breeder at this level. A total of 100 points are needed to achieve this level.

Congratulations to this year’s award winners.

Gold status award winners

  • Ginger Ertle, Greentop, Mo.
  • John Huston Cattle Co., New Carlisle, Ohio

Silver status award winners

  • Jean McWilliams, Orovada, Nev.
  • Judd Ranch, Pomona, Kan.

Bronze status award winners

  • Cranview Gelbvieh, Minot, N.D.
  • McClatchey Cattle Company, Palisade, Neb.
  • MLM Gelbvieh, Superior, Neb.
  • Rippe Gelbvieh, Hubbell, Neb.
  • Sandy Knoll Farms, St. John, Kan.

Gelbvieh $Cow Provides Maternal Productivity Selection Index

The Gelbvieh breed has a well-earned reputation as a strong maternal breed. In order to quantify those strengths the American Gelbvieh Association has engaged in research and development of EPDs and indexes to measure maternal traits. The results of this research are the creation of new tools to select for maternal productivity in Gelbvieh and Balancer® animals. 

The American Gelbvieh Association has partnered with Dr. Mike MacNeil, PhD., of Delta G to develop the $Cow economic selection index. $Cow represents the genetic value in dollars of profit of an animal when retained as a replacement female relative to other animals in the herd. A higher number represents more profitable genetics for maternal productivity.

“$Cow will serve producers in selecting bulls that will sire daughters with stayability and reproductive efficiency as well as other traits that lead to profitability in a production system,” says Kari White, American Gelbvieh Association breed improvement data analyst.

The $Cow index includes several traits. The most essential of these traits are heifer pregnancy, 30-month pregnancy, and stayability.

The heifer pregnancy (HP) EPD predicts the probability that a bull’s daughters will become pregnant as first-calf heifers in a regular breeding season, expressed as a percent. A higher value of this EPD is favorable, meaning that a higher percentage of a sire’s daughters get pregnant as first calf heifers compared to other sires in his contemporary group.

Exclusive to the Gelbvieh Association’s $Cow index is the inclusion of a 30-month pregnancy (Pg30) EPD. The Pg30 EPD predicts the probability that a bull’s daughters will become pregnant and calve at three years of age, given that they calved as first-calf heifers. This EPD is expressed as a percent, again, with a higher number being more favorable meaning a higher percentage of a sire’s daughters will calve at three years of age, given they calved as first-calf heifers

The stayability (ST) EPDs represents the genetic difference, in terms of percent probability, that a bull’s daughters will stay productive within a herd to at least six years of age.

$Cow incorporates other traits that affect the profitability of a female in a production system. These traits include milk, calving ease, moderate mature weight and the ability of calves to gain. A female’s genetics also influence the performance of her calves in the feedlot and at slaughter so traits such as feed efficiency and carcass value are also included in $Cow.  

By selecting on $Cow, cattle producers will make genetic improvement on economically relevant traits leading to improved maternal productivity. 

Susan Willmon, director of breed improvement with the American Gelbvieh Association stated, “We continue to work with AGA members and commercial producers to create genetic tools that have economic relevance. $Cow will help producers to select more productive females to maximize profitability through their maternal genetics.”

For detailed information regarding $Cow visit the EPD Research page at Gelbvieh.org.

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Gelbvieh Feed Efficiency Index Can Improve Your Profitability

Providing the best and most reliable tools for genetic evaluation to Gelbvieh and Balancer® breeders and their commercial customers is a key principle of the American Gelbvieh Association. With that goal in mind, the AGA has developed an economic selection index to measure feed efficiency.

The American Gelbvieh Association has introduced the efficiency profit index (EPI) index to aid producers in selection for more feed efficient cattle that still have acceptable amounts of gain. The EPI was developed with the assistance of Patrick Doyle, PhD, Chico State University associate professor in breeding and genetics. By selecting on this index, producers will also be selecting for more profitable cattle as a result of the economic weights in the index.

“The greatest potential for improving profitability in beef production is to improve feed efficiency. We invested in a GrowSafe® system and have tested over 1,500 individual animals for feed efficiency. We are seeing the rewards from selecting feed efficient genetics,” says Vaughn Thorstenson, Lazy TV Ranch, located at Selby, S.D.

The EPI provides marginal negative pressure on intake, while keeping gain at a constant value. By selecting on this index, producers will be able to find those animals that gain the same amount as their contemporaries while eating less.

Long-time Midland Bull Test consignor Ken Flikkema, Middle Creek Farms, Bozeman, Mont., states, “It’s not about identifying cattle that only eat less, it’s about finding the ones that eat less and gain more. By measuring feed intake of each bull on test, genetics of bulls can be compared for feed efficiency just as they are compared for growth, carcass, and other traits.”

The American Gelbvieh Association currently has intake EPDs and the EPI on more than 25,000 Gelbvieh and Balancer animals.

“The American Gelbvieh Association has a large data set of intake records thanks to several members installing their own GrowSafe systems. Increasingly, other members are utilizing central testing facilities for the collection of feed efficiency data,” said Susan Willmon, AGA director of breed improvement. “Several Gelbvieh and Balancer sires have over 50 progeny tested across multiple test locations adding to the accuracy and increased reliability of the index and component EPDs. We are excited to see the increased consideration of this economically relevant trait as members and commercial producers select genetics that will influence future generations.”

Profitability of animals in the feedlot has been typically based on the income achieved through gain and final weight, minus the cost of gain estimated from feed consumed. While gain and weight could be measured on individual animals, feed costs were attributed to animals equally across a pen. Adding the dry matter intake (DMI) component into the EPI allows for allocation of a lower cost of gain to those animals that are more efficient. Selection for a greater EPI value will result in pressure for lower DMI values, at adequate gains to insure overall profitability.

For more information regarding the efficiency profit index, visit the research EPD page on the American Gelbvieh Association website at www.www.gelbvieh.org.

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Megan Slater Hired as Gelbvieh Communications Intern

The American Gelbvieh Association announces the hiring of Megan Slater, Longmont, Colo., as a communications intern. Slater is interning with the Association’s breed promotion and communications department for the months of June, July and August.

Slater graduated from Colorado State University in May of 2014, with a degree in animal science and a minor in business administration. She was a member of the 2013-2014 CSU Seedstock Merchandising Team. While on the team, she co-chaired the written promotions committee that included managing the team website, creating and updating a Facebook page, composing and sending out newsletters, and putting together the annual bull sale catalog.

“Working for a breed association is a career goal of mine. I am very excited to be working for the American Gelbvieh Association this summer and look forward to using my skills to assist in promoting the breed and supporting members,” Slater said.  

As the communications intern, Slater will be responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of member education services and programs to enhance the AGA member experience,  promoting the brand image of the AGA, Gelbvieh and Balancer® cattle, and supporting the goals of the American Gelbvieh Foundation.

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Maternal efficiency of Gelbvieh and Balancer® females

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Cow-calf producers want females in their breeding herds that combine efficiency with productivity, balancing weaning weight of calves with amount of feed put into the cow. Gelbvieh and Balancer® females fill that spot for hard-working females that will last in your herd for years to come.    

While cattlemen and women have known for years that Gelbvieh means consistent and reliable females, Gelbvieh maternal efficiency is more than just word of mouth. Studies support Gelbvieh performance in maternal traits compared to other breeds. But how do these traits benefit commercial producers? There are several maternal traits that Gelbvieh excels at that help you watch your operation's bottom line.

Gelbvieh replacement heifers are younger at puberty

According to the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) Cycle VII report, Gelbvieh females reach puberty at the youngest age and at the lightest body weight of any major beef breed. Studies have shown that heifers that reach puberty earlier in life can potentially conceive earlier in the breeding season, giving them more time to recover after calving and therefore contributing to on-time calving later in life. This means that reproductively efficient heifers can contribute to concise calving seasons.

Heavier weaning weights with moderate birth weight

Calves with Gelbvieh and Balancer® sires have also shown to have greater weaning weights compared to calves sired by other breeds, while still maintaining a moderate birth weight (Charts 1 and 2). No mystery here; heavier calves at weaning mean more money in the pocket for commercial cow-calf producers that sell at that time.

"One of the only, yet very effective ways, to improve biological efficiency of beef cattle production systems is through the use of planned crossbreeding systems to leverage heterosis, especially maternal heterosis, and breed complementarity. Crossbreeding has been shown to be an efficient method to improve reproductive efficiency and productivity in beef cattle," comments Dr. Bob Weaber.  

"One must remember that hybrid vigor is the percent increased performance between the average of the two parent breeds. This means that high quality genetic inputs are necessary to gain performance through heterosis – garbage in, garbage out," said Dr. Bob Hough. "With the proper genetic inputs, lifetime pounds weaned per cow exposed can be increased by as much as 25 percent."

Jeanette Rankin Inducted into Gelbvieh Hall of Fame

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Photo caption: Jeanette Rankin of Kicking Horse Ranch in Oilmont, Mont., was a 2014 American Gelbvieh Association Hall of Fame inductee.

Jeanette Rankin of Kicking Horse Ranch in Oilmont, Mont., was one of two inductees into the American Gelbvieh Association Hall of Fame for 2014. The induction took place on Saturday, January 11 during the AGA’s Impacting the Beef Business: It Starts with Membership Annual Convention. The second inductee was Eldon and Kathy Starr of Stapleton, Neb.

The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to recognize individuals for their lasting contribution to the growth and development of the Gelbvieh breed. That contribution is through the influence of the cattle they have bred, their breed promotion efforts, and the leadership provided to the AGA.

Kicking Horse Ranch has been raising Gelbvieh cattle on their north central Montana ranch since 1973, and they have been lifetime members of the American Gelbvieh Association since 1974. The ranch is located in the Sweet Grass Hills just a few miles from the Canadian border, making it ideal conditions for a cow-calf operation. The herd currently consists of about 60 registered Gelbvieh cows, and at one point was well over 100 registered females.

Rankin was instrumental in the growth and development of the Gelbvieh breed in the United States. During the 1970s and 80s, Jeanette visited Canada and Germany to evaluate Gelbvieh fullblood animals. The Gelbvieh breed originated in Germany and was imported to the United States primarily through Canada.

Naturally a horned breed, Kicking Horse Ranch bred one of the first polled Gelbvieh bulls, KHR Polled Hockeye 07T. He is a polled, red, purebred Gelbvieh bull born in 1985. ABS purchased the bull and made him part of his sire line-up. Today, there are more than 2,400 progeny of KHR Polled Hockeye 07T in the Gelbvieh herdbook, which further demonstrates this bull’s genetic influence on the Gelbvieh breed.

Kicking Horse Ranch held their first production sale in 1983, and they have produced many nationally recognized bulls and females. The 2014 sale will be held March 20 at Western Livestock Auction in Great Falls, Mont. Kicking Horse Ranch has also marketed bulls through the Midland Bull Test, with their bulls earning top performance honors in the test.

Rankin has also been active in the Montana Gelbvieh Association. She has served on their Board of Directors and has assisted with their newsletter for many years.

Nominated for this honor by the Montana Gelbvieh Association, the American Gelbvieh Association recognizes Jeanette Rankin as one of its 2014 Hall of Fame inductees. To watch Jeanette’s Hall of Fame presentation video, visit www.www.gelbvieh.org.

XA Cattle Named AGA Outstanding Commercial Producer

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Photo caption: The 2014 American Gelbvieh Association Outstanding Commercial Producer award was awarded to XA Cattle, Levi, Bill and Marie Farr (pictured left to right) of Moorefield, Neb.

In an effort to recognize outstanding commercial producers involved in the Gelbvieh breed, the American Gelbvieh Association has created the Outstanding Commercial Producer award.  The award is based off the Beef Improvement Federation award that is presented annually at the BIF conference. The AGA recognized one outstanding commercial producer during the Gelbvieh activities at the National Western Stock Show.

State associations were asked to nominate one commercial producer from their respective states they feel deserving of this recognition.

The 2014 American Gelbvieh Association Outstanding Commercial Producer Award was presented to XA Cattle, Bill, Marie and Levi Farr. XA Cattle is located in south central Lincoln County near Moorefield, Nebraska.

XA Cattle consists of 700 Balancer® cows and farms 2,000 acres of dry and irrigated corn, soybeans, and wheat. The heifers start calving in February and the cows the end of March. In November cattle are pulled out of the hills and the calves are weaned. The calves are backgrounded then sold the end of February or the first week of March weighing 875 pounds. XA consistently sells at the top of the market with feeder cattle going to repeat buyers.

Heifer replacements are selected and developed at the ranch for breeding. A strong emphasis is placed on reproduction with cows being restricted and selected to calve in a short calving season. This selection pressure has paid off as 85 percent of the cow herd calves in the first 45 days of the calving season.

The American Gelbvieh Association congratulates XA Cattle, Bill, Marie and Levi Farr for being the 2014 American Gelbvieh Association commercial producer award winner. They were nominated by GAIN, the Gelbvieh Association In Nebraska for this award.

Gelbvieh Association Inducts Nebraska Couple into Hall of Fame

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Photo caption: Kathy and Eldon Starr of Cedar Top Ranch and Bull Barn Genetics in Stapleton, Neb., were inducted into the American Gelbvieh Association Hall of Fame on January 11, 2014.

Eldon and Kathy Starr of Stapleton, Neb., were one of two inductees into the American Gelbvieh Association Hall of Fame for 2014. The induction took place on Saturday, January 11 during the AGA’s Impacting the Beef Business: It Starts with Membership Annual Convention. The second inductee was Jeanette Rankin of Oilmont, Mont.

The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to recognize individuals for their lasting contribution to the growth and development of the Gelbvieh breed. That contribution is through the influence of the cattle they have bred, their breed promotion efforts, and the leadership provided to the AGA.

Eldon and Kathy, along with their family, own and operate Cedar Top Ranch and Bull Barn Genetics. Cedar Top Ranch is a large scale seedstock and commercial cow-calf operation located in the Nebraska Sandhills. Approximately one-third of the herd is registered Gelbvieh, Balancer®, Angus and Red Angus cows. The other two-thirds are Gelbvieh-influenced commercial cows. The ranch has been in business since 1938.

Cedar Top Ranch started in the Hereford business. In the early 1970s, Gelbvieh genetics were incorporated and since then the herd has developed to have a Gelbvieh-influenced based. In 1974, Cedar Top Ranch joined the American Gelbvieh Association, of which they are lifetime members.

The Starrs appreciated the maternal traits of the Gelbvieh breed including milking ability, growth, fertility and docility. Their commercial and registered cattle are all managed together, in the tough, unforgiving country of the Nebraska Sandhills. When speaking about the Cedar Top Ranch business, Scott Starr, Eldon and Kathy’s son states, “In the end, it is about selling grass. We need to identify those cattle that convert grass to pounds; that is what makes a guy money! Our job is to put together cattle with the genetics and conformation to get the job done.”

A production year on the ranch begins with calving in May and June. All cows are artificially inseminated once, synchronizing 500 cows a week. After grazing for the summer, the calves are weaned in November, and then run out with just range and cake. Steers and bulls are separated to graze as yearlings. For the last ten years, Cedar Top Ranch has topped the feeder calf market of Superior Livestock, selling yearlings weighing 850 to 950 pounds. Bulls are sold in their annual production sale in Burwell, Neb. This year they will sell 175 coming two-year-old bulls on February 18, 2014.

Bull Barn Genetics is an AI semen company with the most powerful, complete and comprehensive list of Angus, Charolais, Gelbvieh, Hereford, Club Calf, Shorthorn, and Simmental bulls used in the AI industry. Kathy explains that Eldon started Bull Barn Genetics because, “He vowed that he would help the common man breed good cattle and no salesman was ever going to tell somebody that a bull was good when he wasn’t.” Gelbvieh Bull Barn was started when Eldon purchased the entire Gelbvieh semen inventory of Carnation Genetics, who was the first marketer of Gelbvieh semen in the United States.

The list of accolades for Eldon and Kathy could go on. Nominated for this honor by the Gelbvieh Association in Nebraska, the American Gelbvieh Association recognizes Eldon and Kathy Starr as one of its 2014 Hall of Fame inductees. To watch the Starrs’ Hall of Fame presentation video, visit www.www.gelbvieh.org.

Calving season – Time to evaluate udder soundness

Cow-calf producers should consider udder soundness as an economically relevant trait translating to the life or death of a newborn calf. The simple process of taking udder scores will improve overall udder soundness in your cow herd.

For the beef cow, udder quality and soundness usually get lumped in a category called convenience traits, along with others including temperament and feed and leg soundness. While all of these traits have the potential for economic impact to a cow’s productivity, at calving time poor udder quality may translate to life and death of a newborn calf.

Calves that have a difficult time nursing and do not receive adequate colostrum may, at worse, not survive and at best have a higher incidence of scours and decreased immunity levels. Ultimately performance is affected which translates into reduced pounds at weaning and reduced profitability of the cow overall. The impact on performance, on top of the labor costs that can be occurred managing those cows that need help getting a calf to nurse should be considered as additional incentive to include this process in your calving rituals.

Udder scoring at calving is a tool that, while more widespread in the dairy industry, has been shown to improve udder quality in beef females. Research has shown that udder quality is moderately heritable. Which means that over time improvement can be made with selection for this trait.

The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) adopted an udder scoring system which provides a tool for both commercial and seedstock producers to score both teat size and suspension on a scale of 1 – 9 with a 9 being ideal. Scoring cows within 24-48 hours of calving is the recommended time for evaluating these females.

Where do the most problems commonly lie? Canadian research shows that cows with more desirable teat scores had calves that nursed sooner after birth. Larger teat circumference usually caused more problems than teat length. Short to medium length teats are preferred over long teats. Oversized teats that did not get milked out had a higher incidence of mastitis.

Udder suspension is equally important to udder soundness. Udders that are well attached are less susceptible to injury than the very pendulous poorly attached udders. As well, udders with poor suspension are more susceptible to contamination from fecal material or mud.

Pigmentation is not a factor in the udder scoring system, however should be a consideration for cow-calf producers. A darker pigmented udder will be protected from sunburn or reflection of sunlight from snow.

One other tool that can be used in sire selection for the udder soundness component is the American Gelbvieh Association’s stayability EPD. While many factors are included in this EPD, udder soundness can be attributed to a female’s ability to still be in the herd at age six. Sires with higher stayability can be assumed to have average or better udder quality.

It can be said that cows with poor udders are definitely not convenient when it comes to calving in the cold days of late January and February. As such an evaluation of udder soundness throughout the cow herd may prove to be a sound practice to help insure less calving and calf survival challenges in the future.

Gelbvieh Breeders Recognized for Superior Females

Each fall the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) honors females in the herdbook that display maternal superiority through the Dam of Merit and Dam of Distinction program. The AGA praises those members who continually place emphasis on the maternal traits of Gelbvieh and Balancer® genetics in their herd and produce these outstanding females.

Of the 40,132 active cows in the AGA herdbook, only 5.0 percent qualified for the Dam of Merit award. Only 1.0 percent of the cows within the herdbook qualified for the elite Dam of Distinction honor. All three of these numbers are up from only a year ago, when the AGA saw 39,516 active cows, 3.6 percent qualifying for Dam of Merit and 0.8 percent for Dam of Distinction.

"Maternal traits are where the Gelbvieh breed really excels. Encouraging our members to continue putting selection pressure on these traits will put the breed in an even better position for impacting the beef industry," says Susan Willmon, American Gelbvieh Association's director of breed improvement.

The Dam of Merit and Dam of Distinction recognition program was started in 1991 to honor superior females within the breed. Both of these honor females based on data that is submitted to the AGA. The females must meet the following criteria to qualify for this recognition: early puberty and conception, regular calving intervals, and above-average weaning weights on their calves. Dams of Merit must have produced at least three calves in addition to meeting these criteria. Dams of Distinction must have produced eight calves or more and exhibit superior, long-term productivity.

Gelbvieh and Balancer females offer a maternal advantage through increased longevity, added fertility, and more pounds of calve weaned per cow exposed. With maternal productivity playing a major role in profitable beef production, Gelbvieh and Balancer cattle are a smart choice for commercial cattlemen, particularly for the advantages of crossbreeding. Using Gelbvieh and Balancer genetics in a crossbreeding program can add as much as $1,000 profit over the lifetime of a crossbred cow.

The following lists the top ten breeders of Dams of Merit and Dams of Distinction:

1. Judd Ranch, Inc., Pomona, Kan.
2. Bar T Bar Ranch, Inc., Winslow, Ariz.
3. Lazy TV Ranch, Selby, S.D.
4. Taubenheim Gelbvieh, Amherst, Neb.
5. Flying H Genetics, Arapahoe, Neb.
6. Schroeder, Inc., Sioux Falls, S.D.
7. Wehri Gelbvieh, Hebron, N.D.
8. Post Rock Cattle Co., Barnard, Kan.
9. Chimney Butte Ranch, Mandan, N.D.
10. Diamond D Gelbvieh, Mandan, N.D.

The listing of the top ten owners of Dams of Merit and Dams of Distinction:

1. Judd Ranch, Inc., Pomona, Kan.
2. Bar T Bar Ranch, Inc., Winslow, Ariz.
3. Lazy TV Ranch, Selby, S.D.
4. Taubenheim Gelbvieh, Amherst, Neb.
5. Flying H Genetics, Arapahoe, Neb.
6. Schroeder, Inc., Sioux Falls, S.D.
7. Wehri Gelbvieh, Hebron, N.D.
8. Diamond D Gelbvieh, Mandan, N.D.
9. Chimney Butte Ranch, Mandan, N.D.
10. Sandy Knoll Farm, Saint John, Kan.

For more information on the maternal benefits of Gelbvieh and Balancer cattle visit www.www.gelbvieh.org or call 303-465-2333.

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Capture Value in Marketing Feeder Calves

As the time for marketing feeder calves approaches there are several things to consider when getting ready to sell these calves to ensure the most value is received for them.

Overall health of the animals is very important and documented health protocols are important to the buyer who is purchasing the feeder cattle.

"Documented vaccination protocols deliver buyer confidence in the product they are buying," says Clint Berry, Allied Genetic Resources, Superior Livestock, when talking about profit drivers from a seller's standpoint.

He also emphasizes that trusted genetics are important for feeder cattle buyers. Having a trusted and reputable seedstock provider is critical to any commercial operation. The genetics that are being purchased from these seedstock producers should be proven in values such as carcass merit, ability to gain and grade.

Berry also states, "Reputation of your seedstock provider plays in the reputation of you marketing feeder cattle."

When placed in a feed yard, it is essential that cattle are healthy, grow quickly and grade well. When marketing feeder cattle it is important that these things are emphasized and appealing to buyers.

"Most of the grids are driven by grade, more than they are other factors and quality grade matters a lot in terms of getting premiums on the grid," says Tom Brink, former senior vice president and chief risk officer of JBS-Five Rivers Cattle Company.

According to Dan Dorn of Decatur County Feed Yard, the major profit drivers of a feed yard are feed efficiency, carcass merit and carcass weight. Regardless of who is going to be feeding out the calves, downstream value should be created, starting with quality cow herd genetics that incorporate these traits. Decatur County Feed Yard has seen up to a $300 difference in feeder value for cattle that have more profitable genetics.

Once buyers see how calves perform year after year they will be more aggressive in buying the calves, if they performed well. Berry describes that through building a reputation in the marketplace, and developing cattle that consistently perform, buyers will be enticed to compete for these calves and push them to the top of the market or higher.

"Heterosis is key," says Dorn, "You see so much better performance on the cattle, you see better grade typically, more muscle, feed efficiency is better, and so it hits all of the profit drivers."

Heterosis is the increased performance of the offspring when crossing two different breeds. This offers several advantages in a commercial setting, such as superiority in traits important to cattle feeding profitability, when compared to purebred animals. These crossbred cattle drive profit through efficiency, grade and gain. This value can easily be added by using Gelbvieh or Balancer® genetics in a crossbreeding system.

Participating in programs such as source verified and natural can also help capture a premium when selling feeder calves.

"Do as many of the programs as you feel you can and make it work. The more you do the more you are going to get out them," says Jerry Warren, Superior Livestock Representative. "Programs help identify the value of cattle," which in the end is how profit is made.  

Warren also suggests joining together with neighbors to put together a load of cattle that are similar in size and age. This can help to make feeder calves more appealing to a larger number of buyers.

Visit the American Gelbvieh Association website at www.www.gelbvieh.org to see how crossbreeding can work for you and for more information about marketing feeder calves, or contact AGA representative Frank Padilla at 303-465-2333.

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Balancer® – The smart, easy crossbreeding solution

Cow-calf producers utilize crossbreeding to increase efficiency and profits. To see greater maternal benefits in their commercial cow herds, producers are choosing Gelbvieh or Balancer® genetics. Cattlemen and feeders recognize the value of crossbred calves as they exhibit heterosis (hybrid vigor) and combine the strengths of the parent breeds.

Heterosis refers to the superiority in performance of the crossbred animal compared to the average of the straightbred parents. Heterosis is typically reported in percentage improvement in the trait of interest. Heterosis results from the increase in the heterozygosity of a crossbred animal’s genetic makeup.

In the beef industry, use of heterosis to improve production has shown similar advantages to that of hybrid corn in crop production. Numerous research studies have reported up to a 25 percent improvement in pounds of calf weaned per cow exposed when crossbred dams produce crossbred calves. There are three main types of heterosis.

Individual heterosis is the improvement in performance by the individual crossbred animal above the average of its parents. Increases in calf livability, weaning weight, yearling weight and carcass traits are examples of individual heterosis in crossbred calves compared to straightbred calves.

Maternal heterosis leads to the combined improvement in traits from the dam that cause increases in the performance of her and of her progeny. Examples of maternal heterosis include: younger age at puberty, increased calving rate, increased survival of her calf to weaning, longevity, and pounds of calf produced in her lifetime.

Paternal heterosis is the improvement in productive and reproductive characteristics of the bull. Examples of paternal heterosis in a herd sire include: reduced age at puberty, improvements in scrotal circumference, improved sperm concentration, increased pregnancy rate and greater servicing capacity, as well as more years of service.

Crossbreeding combines the strengths of two or more breeds producing offspring with optimum performance levels. As an example, one breed may excel in marbling potential whereas Gelbvieh are superior for red meat yield (cutability), as proven with data collected at MARC. Combining the breed types results in offspring that have desirable levels of both marbling (Quality Grade) and retail yield (Yield Grade). Similarly, milk production and growth rate may be most effectively optimized by crossing two or more breeds.

Utilizing the strengths of two breeds, the American Gelbvieh Association created the Balancer® program. Balancer animals are registered hybrid seedstock with documented pedigrees and EPDs. Balancer cattle are 25-75 percent Gelbvieh with the balance Red Angus or Angus. All polled, Balancer cattle combine the Gelbvieh growth, muscle, retail yield, fertility and unequaled pounds of calf weaned per cow exposed with the marbling of Angus or Red Angus.

Balancer bulls possess paternal heterosis, resulting in improved productive and reproductive traits. The benefits of paternal heterosis include increased servicing capacity, higher pregnancy rate and weaning rate, greater sperm concentration, larger scrotal circumference and reduced age at puberty. Published research proves the reproductive advantages of crossbred bulls. Purebred Gelbvieh bulls used on high percentage Angus or Red Angus commercial cows produce Balancer calves that meet all industry demands from the pasture to the feedyard to the rail.

For producers needing heat tolerant cattle the American Gelbvieh Association offers the Southern Balancer® program. The Southern Balancer combines 6.25-50 percent Bos indicus breeding with at least 25 percent Gelbvieh genetics. This combination produces cattle with superior maternal strengths, market acceptability and environment adaptability.

“At a BIF meeting in 2010, it hardly seems fit to even mention crossbreeding. Commercial producers who have not yet adopted it are a burden to the beef industry,” said Matt Spangler, Beef Genetics Extension Specialist, University of Nebraska. “However, it (crossbreeding) is an excellent example of selection for profitability. We know that the two primary benefits of crossbreeding are complementing the strengths of two or more breeds and heterosis, neither of which create trait maximums. If we think about it simplistically, crossbreeding for a trait like weaning weight leaves us with a calf crop that is better than the average of the parental lines, not better than both parental lines. Crossbreeding, if done correctly, seeks to optimize many traits through complementing breed strengths and produce animals that are better than the average of the parental lines that created them. The best tool that the commercial cattleman ever had is based on optimization, not the production of extremes. So, it would stand to reason that within breed selection should have the same goal, optimums and not maximums.”

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Impacting the beef business with selection indexes

Providing world-class selection tools to Gelbvieh and Balancer® breeders and their commercial customers is a high priority of the American Gelbvieh Association. Reliable indexes backed by sound science help producers analyze economically relevant traits.

Just over one year ago, the American Gelbvieh Association Board of Directors targeted development of a maternal index as the number one priority in the AGA’s Impacting the Beef BusinessTM long-range strategic plan. This decision was indisputable given that from day one, the Gelbvieh breed has demonstrated its superior maternal characteristics both at research institutions like the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center and across the beef industry. Providing Gelbvieh and Balancer® breeders and their commercial customers with the best possible tool for maternal selection makes great sense.

Why indexes?

Can’t we just continue using individual EPDs and mix and match traits to suite our needs? Certainly, but the power of indexes is that they include multiple traits, weighted by their economic importance. In other words, there is a lot of information and science behind an index that simplifies selection and provides greater assurance of making accurate, long-term selection decisions. Yes, producers could continue to estimate what traits to include in their own selection schemes and speculate on how much emphasis to place on each trait. However, today we have the science and know-how to do much better.

Indexes aren’t new. Early indexes were proposed by two renowned scientists, Drs. Hazel and Lush, nearly 70 years ago and have been used in the poultry and swine industries for the last 20 plus years. Different indexes can have different end-points such as carcass, feeder calf value, feed efficiency and maternal. Indexes may include anywhere from two to as many as a dozen traits and are usually expressed in dollars per head.

The Gelbvieh and Balancer maternal index

Soon after the Board’s decision, the AGA contracted with Dr. Michael MacNeil of Delta Genomics to develop a maternal index. Dr. MacNeil is a geneticist and biometrician with 30 plus years experience at the USDA Livestock and Range Research Station near Miles City, Montana.

The first step was to analyze the AGA database and create EPDs for key components of the index not already in existence. New research EPDs were developed for heifer pregnancy, 30-month pregnancy and mature size. These EPDs were combined with several others including direct and maternal calving ease, weaning weight, milk, stayability and average daily gain to create the prototype maternal index.

The next steps

Association staff is working with Dr. MacNeil and an industry oversight committee to predict the long-term impact of selection using the maternal index. It is anticipated that the new maternal index will make its official debut in the January 2014 AGA Sire Summary. Two additional indexes will also be reviewed by the AGA Industry Oversight and Breed Improvement committees for potential inclusion in the 2014 Sire Summary.

These new indexes, combined with the power of genomic-enhanced EPDs, will provide Gelbvieh and Balancer breeders with world-class selection tools. It’s another example of doing all we can to positively impact our commercial customers and the entire beef business.

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Gelbvieh Breeders Recognized for Selecting for Maternal Efficiency in Cow Herd

Annually, the American Gelbvieh Association honors females in their Herdbook that exhibit consistent maternal efficiency and stayability through the Dam of Merit and Dam of Distinction program. The AGA 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.

Of the 39,516 active cows in the AGA Herdbook, only 3.6 percent qualify for Dam of Merit. Only 0.8 percent of all active cows qualify for the Dam of Distinction honors.

“The Gelbvieh breed has long earned the reputation of possessing functional, hard-working females with the ability to breed at a young age, rebreed for the second calf and wean one in that would push down hard on the scale,” comments the American Gelbvieh Association’s Frank Padilla. “The females that qualified for the Dam of Merit and Dam of Distinction program did not achieve such a level of productivity by happenstance. Breeders placed selection pressure on these traits in the development of females that would perform at a level that surpasses others.”

The following is the top ten ranking of states for the combined total of Dams of Merit and Dams of Distinction:

1.       Kansas
2.       South Dakota
3.       Nebraska
4.       North Dakota
5.       Missouri
6.       Montana
7.       Arizona
8.       Iowa
9.       Colorado
10.     Minnesota

The Dam of Merit and Dam of Distinction recognition program was started in 1991 to honor the top-notch cows in the breed. The program recognizes two levels of productivity based on data submitted to the American Gelbvieh Association office. A Dam of Merit must have produced at least three calves, while a Dam of Distinction must have produced a minimum of eight calves. Both levels must still meet the strict qualifications requiring breeders to place selection pressure on early puberty and conception, regular calving intervals, and above-average weaning weights.

Gelbvieh and Balancer® females offer maternal superiority and continue to be a wise choice for commercial cow-calf producers. Beef cow stayability is an indication of a bull’s daughters’ ability to enter the breeding herd and remain productive at least until six years of age. Stayability is an economically relevant trait and has a large influence on herd profitability. The costs associated with development or purchase of replacement females is substantial.

A study conducted at Colorado State University evaluated the economic variability of average cow herd stayability. Essentially the study determined that a one unit increase in overall herd stayability resulted in an increase in profit of $2,500 for herds with 40 percent of the cows remaining in the herd to six years of age.

The following lists the top ten breeders of Dams of Merit and Dams of Distinction:

1.       Bar T Bar Ranch, Inc., Winslow, Ariz.
2.       Judd Ranch, Inc., Pomona, Kan.
3.       Lazy TV Ranch, Selby, S.D.
4.       Schroeder, Inc., Sioux Falls, S.D.
5.       Knoll Crest Farms, Red House, Va.
6.       Wehri Gelbvieh, Hebron, N.D.
7.       Middle Creek Farms, Bozeman, Mont.
8.       Flying H Genetics, Arapahoe, Neb.
9.       Post Rock Cattle Co., Barnard, Kan.
10.     MLM Gelbvieh, Superior, Neb.

The listing of the top 10 owners of Dams of Merit and Dams of Distinction is as follows:

1.       Bar T Bar Ranch, Inc., Winslow, Ariz.
2.       Judd Ranch, Inc., Pomona, Kan.
3.       Lazy TV Ranch, Selby, S.D.
4.       Flying H Genetics, Arapahoe, Neb.
5.       Schroeder, Inc., Sioux Falls, S.D.
6.       Schafer Farms, Inc., Goodhue, Minn.
7.       Middle Creek Farms, Bozeman, Mont.
8.       Wehri Gelbvieh, Hebron, N.D.
9.       MLM Gelbvieh, Superior, Neb.
10.   Knoll Crest Farms, Red House, Va.

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AGA Board Approves Genetic Conditions Testing Policy

The American Gelbvieh Association Board of Directors has adopted a new genetic conditions testing policy. The complete document containing all policy information can be found on the Genetic Conditions Information page under the Education Center tab at www.www.gelbvieh.org. The core genetic conditions testing policy, effective October 9, 2013, is as follows:

1. All new AI sires and donor females must be tested for AM, NH, CA, DD and OS at the owners expense in order to register progeny.

2. The top 50 sires each year (that have not been previously tested) will be tested for AM, NH, CA, DD and OS at AGA’s expense.

3. Other than points one and two above, there is no additional mandatory testing.

4. On all pedigrees, the animal’s genetic condition status will be designated.

Manage what you can

The blizzard dubbed "Atlas" that hit South Dakota and the surrounding states on October 4, 2013 is gut-wrenching. The total death loss of livestock will take months to tally and probably never be totally known, however are estimated to be in the tens of thousands. Some producers lost the majority of their herds. The after effects in loss from abortion by bred females will add to the economic impact.

It is a grim reminder that in what it takes producers years to build Mother Nature can take away in two days. It is out of our control. It's a feeling of total helplessness for those producers and hard for others to fully comprehend.

As producers deal with the after effects of this tragedy, one thinks about the trials that livestock producers endure. Drought, floods, and blizzards are very difficult if not impossible to pre-plan and manage. When they occur at catastrophic and record setting levels producers take the punch and come back stronger and wiser. They have dealt with adversity before; they know how to come back. They are dedicated to the business. They have a dedication to a way of life most outside the industry cannot comprehend. Some will not recover because the magnitude of loss is too great.    

We are fortunate that we do have control over many things in the livestock business. Producers make managerial decisions daily that have a direct effect on the product they produce and how they do it. The majority of our decisions can be managed and are within our control.   

Arguably, the most significant decision cow-calf producers make is selecting the genetics introduced into the cow herd. This is a decision producers have direct control over. Based on individual environment restraints and market targets, the decision of which genetics to add is not the same for everyone. Producers have varying needs in the genetics they select. This isn't a bad thing but rather shows that they are managing their total ranch resources and market.

There are certain traits that are, or should be managed and selected for in any environment. Reproduction continues to be the number one trait that has a direct and lasting effect on the profitability of any cow-calf operation. Cows that breed and calve in a short calving interval always are more profitable than those in a herd that do not. Although not highly heritable, good cowmen will tell you that reproduction can be managed and selected for, and can show vast improvements over time. The ability of heifers to reach puberty, get bred and to continue to rebreed year after year is the number one priority for any good cow-calf program. It's number one for increased profitability.

In making management decisions producers determine what breed or breeds are going to be used in their breeding program. Some will make this decision based on what is the "breed of the month" rather than what breeds actually have been proven to add the most profitability to their operation for the long haul.

It has been proven with Meat Animal Research Center data that when compared to other breeds Gelbvieh heifers reach puberty earlier. It has been proven that Gelbvieh cows wean more pounds of calf per cow exposed. It has been proven in research conducted at Colorado State University that Gelbvieh cows have more stayability with a higher conception rate when compared to other breeds. The best testimonial may very well be that when commercial producers are asked why they use Gelbvieh in their breeding programs, the most often response is, "Because they make good cows."

With all that said shouldn't one "manage" to have Gelbvieh incorporated into their breeding program? You do have control and can manage making Gelbvieh part of your breeding program. It is the right decision based on documented third-party research and producer testimonials. There are enough other things that are out of your control, manage the reproductive efficiency of your cow herd with genetics.

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Opportunities for profitability with Gelbvieh and Balancer®

For more than 40 years the Gelbvieh breed has built a successful track record in the U.S. cattle industry for one reason: No other breed is as commercially focused as Gelbvieh. We've consistently been focused on satisfying the demands of not only commercial cow-calf producers, but also of the feed yard, packer and consumer. Second, we've produced cattle that are trouble-free, that enable commercial producers to raise more pounds per cow exposed with fewer inputs. The Gelbvieh cow is iconic in all aspects of productivity, and more importantly, profitability when compared to other breeds.

Gelbvieh has come to represent a reliable choice for heterosis – the lifeblood of every cow-calf operation. Through increased hybrid vigor from Gelbvieh and Balancer® genetics, our commercial customers have increased cow longevity, livability and overall performance as well added efficiency of production. The packer has gained by getting more carcass weight and retail yield. The consumer has received a tender and marbled product that results in a satisfying eating experience.  

The cow-calf segment of the U.S. beef industry lost about 175,000 producers over the past 20 years, which equates to a loss of nearly 9,000 producers per year. Increasing costs, greater risk, and a nationwide push to increase grain production at the expense of the forage base will continue to make it difficult for producers who are not efficient in their production practices in order to remain profitable in the beef business.

With the decline in producers so has come the decline in the U.S. beef cow herd numbers. It has driven prices received in all segments of the beef industry to historic highs. This reduced cattle supply has greatly benefited most cow-calf operations that have their genetic and management practices in order. As well, it creates great opportunity for profitability in the cow-calf sector of our industry in the years to come, as herd rebuilding has just began in some areas where much needed moisture has returned.

Pioneers of our industry and of our breed have given producers the tools to take advantage of the unique opportunity that presents itself. Small supply with big demand means profit for most in any business. We have a tool box full of genetic evaluation and management tools to use to tailor a product that best suits the needs of our customers and ultimately, the consumer. The American Gelbvieh Association offers several ways to assist in marketing and promoting these products. Innovative pioneers take advantage of all.

The AGA's multi-breed EPDs, developed and first published in January 2013, continues the commitment that Gelbvieh breeders have to commercial customers. With the exception of calving ease and stayability, EPDs for all traits are directly comparable across Gelbvieh, Balancer®, Red Angus, Simmental and SimAngus®.

The fact that three of the six largest beef breed associations in the U.S. are sharing the same national cattle evaluation is a great asset for the beef business, especially for commercial producers. It simplifies genetic selection across breeds and sends a clear message that Gelbvieh breeders are committed to doing what is best for commercial producers. It makes the process of evaluating genetic merit between breeds easier. The multi-breed evaluation also provides more robust EPDs because of the combined data of millions of additional animals. The collaboration of these breed associations creates the largest multi-breed genetic evaluation in the world.

The opportunities that lie on the horizon are only as good as our preparation to capitalize on them. That is why the Gelbvieh breed will never waiver in doing what is needed for the best interest of the commercial producer and beef industry as a whole. As Yogi Berra once said, "The future ain't what it used to be."

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Multi-Breed Genetic Evaluation grows with Gelbvieh

American Simmental Association (ASA) and the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) are pleased to announce to beef industry stakeholders that their joint, multi-breed genetic evaluation (MBGE) now includes the data of the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA). The addition of Gelbvieh data to the Spring 2013 EPDs pushes the multi-breed dataset to over 11.5 million animal records, and includes four of the seven largest beef breeds in North America – Canadian Angus Association (CAA) having been included since the onset of this multi-breed collaboration.

 

“We [participating breeds] share the use of thousands of sires due to Gelbvieh’s and Simmental’s use of Red and Black Angus in the production of hybrid seedstock,” said Dr. Wade Shafer, ASA chief operations officer and director of performance programs. Red Angus, Gelbvieh and Simmental all maintain open herd books that provide the basis for thousands of ‘head-to-head’ comparisons across breeds in well-formed contemporary groups. Canadian Angus provides similar opportunities to compare Red and Black Angus genetics. 

 

“Multi-breed genetic evaluation is a very important tool for Gelbvieh breeders as we strive to offer our commercial customers the most reliable EPDs,” offered Dr. Jim Gibb, executive director of AGA. “In addition to being able to account for breed differences, the multi-breed EPD model explains differences in performance due to heterosis. It is imperative for ranchers to be able to accurately compare purebred and hybrid seedstock,” Gibb added. 

 

AGA’s inclusion in this multi-breed collaboration offers another bonus to the beef industry – Gelbvieh EPDs for growth and carcass traits are now published on the same EPD base and scale as Red Angus and Simmental. This allows ranch customers to make direct comparisons across breeds – including hybrid and composite seedstock – for those traits. Greg Comstock, CEO of RAAA, commented that a current goal is to move all traits to a common EPD base for these breeds.

 

The MBGE model uses pedigree, performance, ultrasound, carcass and genomic data from 50K DNA panels in the calculation of multi-breed EPDs. Another unique feature of the MBGE is that RAAA, ASA, CAA and AGA all utilize some form of “Whole Herd Reporting” which provides improved EPD accuracy through building genetic evaluation on complete contemporary group data. 

 

Comstock summarized the power in what is believed to be the largest multi-breed beef cattle genetic evaluation database in the world, saying, “Through working together, sharing technical resources and pooling data, our respective breeds’ EPDs gain accuracy, our bull customers’ breeding decisions are simplified because and the seedstock we supply is of greater value – not just to cow-calf producers but to downstream segments of the beef industry.”

 

For more information on multi-breed EPDs, visit any of the breed association’s websites: redangus.orgsimmental.org or www.gelbvieh.org.

 

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American Gelbvieh Association Hires Brian Rogers

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The American Gelbvieh Association is pleased to announce the hiring of Brian Rogers from College Station, Texas. Brian has accepted the position of central region area coordinator for the Association.

Rogers will receive his Ph. D. in Physiology of Reproduction from Texas A&M University, College Station. Additionally, he holds a Master of Science degree in Agriculture, Animal Science emphasis and a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science, Biology minor, both from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Outside of his strong academic background, Brian has work experience in production agriculture and assisting both seedstock and commercial beef producers. He has built his own purebred cattle operation, Rogers Cattle and Marketing in Big Sandy, Texas. He was the interim manager of the Stephen F. Austin State University Beef Center, managing 200 commercial cows. Brian has also worked for a couple of purebred cattle operations assisting in their managing and marketing decisions. Furthermore, Brian was a speaker at the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course held in August 2011 at College Station.  

“Brian will be an asset in the field for the American Gelbvieh Association, marketing and promoting the Gelbvieh breed. His education coupled with his work experience made him the prime candidate for the area coordinator position. Brian is highly respected among his peers. He possesses the beef industry knowledge, production experience, and marketing ability to be able to assist seedstock and commercial producers add value and create pull through demand for their Gelbvieh genetics,” said Frank Padilla, director of breed promotion for the American Gelbvieh Association. 

As the central region area coordinator, Brian will work with Gelbvieh members and commercial producers who use Gelbvieh and Balancer® genetics. He will also handle central region advertising sales for the American Gelbvieh Association’s publications, Gelbvieh World and The Profit Picture.

“I am excited to be the new central regional area coordinator for the American Gelbvieh Association. The strengths of the Gelbvieh breed – moderate mature cow size, low birth weights, more pounds weaned per cow exposed, and carcass cutability – make Gelbvieh and Balancer bulls and females the best choice for commercial cow-calf producers. Please feel free to contact me about how I can assist you,” commented Rogers.

Rogers is currently stationed out of College Station, Texas and represents the central region of the United States. He can be reached at 936-554-1600 or brianr@www.gelbvieh.org.

National Gelbvieh and Balancer® Sale Averages $8,480

3          Bulls                                $14,667
1          ½ Embryo Interest           $13,000
1          50% Cloning Rights        $13,000
8          Pick of Breeder’s Herds    $8,500
5          Bred Heifers                      $5,834
7          Open Heifers                     $5,857
            Gross on 25 Lots           $212,000
            Average                             $8,480

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.

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American Gelbvieh Association Show Increased Registrations, Membership

Registrations and membership numbers for the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) were higher at the close of fiscal year 2011-2012 compared to a year ago. Animal registrations increased 6.3 percent, with the total number of animals registered by the Association at 35,831. Adult and junior members were 4 percent higher, with a combined sum of 1,589 adult and junior members.

The breakdown of AGA animal registrations is as follows: Balancer®registrations at 44.7 percent, purebred or fullblood Gelbvieh at 42.3 percent, and making up the remaining 13 percent were Percentage or Hybrid and Southern Balancer® registrations.

The largest growth of the Gelbvieh Association was seen in new adult members, with a 14.1 percent increase. The 2011-2012 fiscal year, which runs from October 1 to September 30, closed with 1,066 adult members. Memberships in the American Gelbvieh Junior Association were up 3 percent, for a total of 523 juniors.

Balancer animals are registered hybrid seedstock with documented pedigrees and EPDs. The breed composition of a Balancer animal is 25 to 75 percent Gelbvieh with the balance Angus or Red Angus. Historically, the purebred population represented approximately 80 percent of all AGA registrations. With an increase of Balancer genetics being used in commercial herds in the past few years, the Association’s data shows Balancer registrations now outnumber purebred Gelbvieh registrations.

Any animal, of any breed or cross, may be recorded using the Hybrid Cattle Recording Service with the AGA. The AGA documents the pedigree, breed composition and calculates performance data and provides EPDs. The Southern Balancer is a Gelbvieh heat tolerant composite with at least 25 percent Gelbvieh and 6.25-50 percent Bos indicus breeding.

“The increase in both registrations and memberships exemplifies the expanding impact of Gelbvieh and Balancer genetics on the seedstock and commercial cow-calf sectors of the beef industry,” said Mark Goes, AGA president. “Cattlemen and women are continuing to recognize the benefits of crossbreeding as a valuable tool to increase their profitability in the beef business. Gelbvieh and Balancer genetics make crossbreeding easy.”

Today, approximately 80 percent of the animals registered are black hided animals. Until 1999, more red hided cattle were registered with the AGA than black hided cattle. Of the animals registered with the Association that year, black hided cattle accounted for 49.5 percent of the registrations; red hided animals made up 41.3 percent. Since then, black hided animals have continued to increase their percentage of the total number of animals registered, representing a growing share of the registrations.

To learn more about how Gelbvieh and Balancer genetics make crossbreeding easy visit www.www.gelbvieh.org or call the American Gelbvieh Association at 303-465-2333.

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American Gelbvieh Association Hires Jim Gibb as Executive Director

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The American Gelbvieh Association is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Jim Gibb as executive director to the AGA staff. Dr. Gibb lives in Louisville, Colo., and has been hired as the part-time executive director, effective immediately.

Dr. Gibb has a long-standing career in the beef industry working with seedstock and commercial beef producers. His work in the field of genomics and DNA testing has helped breeders and cattlemen identify quality genetics in their herds to help them make sound breeding decisions. Dr. Gibb brings an understanding of breed associations as he has previously worked for the American Polled Hereford Association and the American Gelbvieh Association.

“It is with great pride and inspiration the AGA announces the services of Dr. Jim Gibb in his role as executive director of the Association. Dr. Gibb’s vast accumulated experience working with cattle associations, his wealth of knowledge with regard to genomics and national cattle evaluation, as well as his fond familiarity with Gelbvieh cattle and the American Gelbvieh Association qualifies him as the perfect fit to help propel the Gelbvieh breed and the AGA’s membership into the forefront of the cattle industry,” said Mark Goes, president of the American Gelbvieh Association. “His interpersonal skills and supervisory expertise will enhance and facilitate more effective and efficient performance in the areas of research and breed improvement, administration and promotion for the AGA and its membership.”

The decision to hire an executive director for the AGA was made during the recent August meeting of the Association’s Board of Directors. The Board approved to realign the management of the AGA from the matrix management system to executive director management.

In regards to this decision, President Goes offers these comments: “Along with the diligent efforts towards the recent AGA strategic planning process, the Board of Directors allocated funding for a professional analysis of the matrix management of the AGA as opposed to executive director management. Under the professional advisement of a legal organizational consultant, the AGA Board has opted to proceed with the oversight of an executive director. While the AGA utilized the matrix design for almost three years with success, the efficiency and effectiveness of an executive director surpasses that of a matrix management as applied to a not-for-profit organization such as that of the AGA.”

Dr. Gibb will work out of the AGA headquarters office located in Westminster, Colo., on a part-time basis. For more information on the American Gelbvieh Association, visit www.www.gelbvieh.org or call 303-465-2333.

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American Gelbvieh Association Creates Commercial, Seedstock Producer Awards

In an effort to recognize the outstanding commercial and seedstock producers involved in the Gelbvieh breed, the American Gelbvieh Association has created the Outstanding Commercial Producer Award and the Outstanding Seedstock Producer Award. Both awards are based off the Beef Improvement Federation awards that are presented annually at the BIF conference.

The AGA will recognize one Outstanding Commercial Producer and one Outstanding Seedstock Producer annually during the Gelbvieh activities at the National Western Stock Show. The recipients of the AGA awards will then be considered for the Association’s nominations for the BIF awards that year.

Plans are underway to present the first of these awards at the 2013 NWSS. State associations are asked to nominate one commercial producer and one seedstock producer they feel is deserving of this recognition. Applications are due December 1.

Applications for the Outstanding Commercial Producer Award and the Outstanding Seedstock Producer Awards can be found at www.www.gelbvieh.org under the Member Programs page under the Membership tab. Applications may also be requested by contacting Jennifer Scharpe, AGA director of communications, at jennifers@www.gelbvieh.org or 303-465-2333. For questions or more information about the awards, contact Frank Padilla, AGA director of breed promotion at frankp@www.gelbvieh.org or 303-465-2333.

Increase Efficiencies, Profits with Gelbvieh Crossbreeding

Cow-calf producers crossbreed to increase efficiencies and profits. To see greater maternal benefits in a crossbreeding system, producers are choosing Gelbvieh or Balancer® genetics to use on commercial cows. Cattlemen and feeders recognize the value of crossbred calves as they exhibit heterosis (hybrid vigor) and combine the strengths of the parent breeds.

Heterosis refers to the superiority in performance of the crossbred animal compared to the average of the straight bred parents. Heterosis is typically reported in percentage improvement in the trait of interest. Heterosis results from the increase in the heterozygosity of a crossbred animal’s genetic makeup. Heterozygosity refers to a state where an animal has two different forms of a gene.

The advantages of crossbreeding have not changed. A crossbreeding program offers direct advantages including increased cow productivity and longevity as well as better calf survivability and performance. Producers are finding that a structured crossbreeding system helps them achieve the goals of increasing productivity and reducing production costs.

In doing the math, a planned crossbreeding program adds more than $500 over the life of a crossbred cow. That exceeds $50 per year. With a smaller mature cow size, Gelbvieh females provide genetics for exceptional milk production and extra pounds in calves. Heterosis results in increases in lifetime productivity of approximately one calf and 600 pounds of calf weaning weight over the lifetime of the cow.

Sustained female reproduction in the cow herd directly impacts profitability. The costs associated with development or purchase of replacement females is substantial. Older cows are more productive and will wean heavier calves. Gelbvieh females are proven to stay in the herd longer through stayability EPDs. In a Colorado State University study, the stayability of a five year old Gelbvieh female is 68 percent compared to 52 percent in the Simmental and 58 percent in the Red Angus females.

Cow-calf producers will benefit from the variety of traits Gelbvieh-sired females offer over other major beef breeds. The most recent Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) data study showed Gelbvieh-sired calves with the lowest birth weight of the four major Continental breeds. These calves will also reach puberty at an earlier age, 329 days on average; and produced the most pounds of maternal milk of the seven major beef breeds.

The advantage of a crossbred calf is an increase in calf livability and an increase in growth rate. Calves grow to produce their own offspring, passing on prime genetic traits for generations. MARC research shows that crossbred females are 30 percent more productive over their lifetimes due to increased fertility, calf survivability, increased weaning weights and cow longevity. Research shows the average crossbred female remains in the herd about two years longer than straight bred cows.

“By using the maternal power of a Gelbvieh or Balancer in a crossbreeding program, those females produced will tip the scales with hybrid vigor by efficiently weaning more pounds of calf. Through aggressive selection pressure by Gelbvieh breeders, the breed has improved female stayability, increased calving ease, added carcass weight, while producing more pounds of calf weaned per cow exposed. Sell more pounds of calf at weaning, add value to your replacement females and improve your bottom line with Gelbvieh,” said the American Gelbvieh Association’s Frank Padilla.

The American Gelbvieh Association offers many services to assist in maximizing return on commercial breeder’s investment in Gelbvieh and Balancer bulls and replacement females. Their knowledgeable field staff is ready to assist in all marketing needs.

For cattlemen looking to market bulls, replacement females or feeder cattle, check out the AGA’s free Exchange service, including: Bull Listings, Female Listings, and Feeder Calf Listings. Visit www.www.gelbvieh.org/exchange.html to view current postings or to post a new listing.

Cow-calf producers who use Gelbvieh genetics are eligible to add value to females by marketing them through the Maternal Edge commercial female sales. Please visit www.maternaledge.com for more information.

Brand your Gelbvieh-influenced feeder calves with SmartCross® ear tags. This ear tag tells the buyer he is getting quality and predictability. For more information on SmartCross or any other service, contact the AGA office for more information at 303-465-2333.

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Kansas Man Inducted into American Gelbvieh Association Hall of Fame

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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.

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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.

Goes Receives Gelbvieh Association Member of Year

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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.

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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).

Gelbvieh Association Elects 2012 Board of Directors

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Note to editors:  A high resolution press quality photo of the AGA Board of Directors is available by contacting Jennifer Scharpe at jennifers@www.gelbvieh.org or 303-465-2333.


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.

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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.

Gelbvieh Breeders Awarded for Performance Data

The American Gelbvieh Association is proud to recognize seven members for achieving Bronze, Silver or Gold status for the association's Gelbvieh Performance Advantage (GPA) program for the 2010 management year. The GPA program was initiated in 2009 as a tool for AGA members to document and promote the performance aspects of their programs and the Gelbvieh breed.

To attain GPA status, the AGA member must record performance data, use sires that meet or exceed established performance criteria, and implement technologies such as DNA testing and A.I. in their programs.

"We ask a lot of our members when it comes to data collection and we wanted to recognize those programs that collect more than just the required data," said Susan Willmon, director of breed improvement for the American Gelbvieh Association.

The programs qualifications are based on records kept and data recorded in the previous calendar management year. Herd size is factored out of the qualifications such that the different levels are as attainable for smaller herds as well as larger ones.

Part of the challenge of breed improvement is to watch for trends in different performance data.

“As technology evolves or targets within the industry change, the American Gelbvieh Association needs to be able to track traits within the Gelbvieh breed to stay on target for the demands of the industry,” states Willmon. "Having breeders embrace new technology such as DNA markers, as well as standard points of evaluation such as udder scoring, help us build our database such that research towards new EPDs or profit indexes can be built on a solid foundation of historical data.”

Congratulations to the American Gelbvieh Association members who have attained GPA status for the 2010 management year. The AGA looks forward to the continued growth of this program as more members document and enhance the performance aspects of their programs. Look for the GPA logo as a sign that the AGA member program offers the Gelbvieh Performance Advantage. Specific details can be found at http://www.www.gelbvieh.org/membership/memberprograms.html.

 

*Indicates consecutive year of attaining GPA Status.

Gold Status Qualifiers

*Jay Heetland, 4H Farms, Lincoln, Mo.

Silver Status Qualifiers

*4T Ranch, Jeff and Connie Tabor, Columbus, Kan.

*Adkins Gelbvieh, Gerald Atkins, Iroquois, S.D.

Boyer Ridge Century Farm, Judy Lamb, Moravia, Iowa

Guenther Family Cattle, Corey Guenther, Wyoming, Iowa

*MLM Gelbvieh, Marlin Meyer, Superior, Neb.

White Oak Farms, Myron Bahm, Fordland, Mo.

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BIF: Beef industry’s best kept secret

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Sally Northcutt, American Angus Association

Behind the scenes lies a sleeping giant — the root of genetic prediction and the resulting expected progeny differences (EPDs) widely utilized by the industry today. The purpose of the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) is subtle, but ultimately paramount when viewing the impact of genetic selection tools in the seedstock industry.

Benefits of BIF

Catalyst.The BIF serves as an arena to bring members of the cattle industry, scientists and industry affiliates together to address current and future beef cattle topics, particularly in the area of genetic improvement. Simply stated in the introduction of the BIF Guidelines for Uniform Beef Improvement Programs, Ninth Edition, 2010, BIF serves “To develop cooperation among all segments of the beef industry in the compilation and utilization of performance records to improve efficiency, profitability and sustainability of beef production.”

Performance Resource.The BIF Guidelines are a widely referenced document that over time has served to guide breed organizations and international communities on performance recording, analysis, interpretation and implementation. While the Guidelines serve only to be a reference in assisting the beef cattle community and member organizations with performance topics, this resource is a compilation of recommended standard procedures based on scientific research and industry experience. One example of its impact would be conveyed in sections that describe EPDs and their computational algorithms.

Education and Outreach. Each year the BIF holds an annual convention and tour at a specific U.S. or Canadian location. The annual convention is typically attended by 400-600 individuals representing various facets of the beef industry. 

Recognition.BIF leaders in the commercial and seedstock industry are recognized annually for their commitment, progress and service to beef cattle genetic improvement. Producers learn by example. These industry leaders are showcased at the annual convention and through the BIF website outreach. In addition, service and legacy awards are presented each year to scientists, extension specialists and advocates or ambassadors of the performance message.

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Details about the Beef Improvement Federation can be found at:

http://beefimprovement.org/                      -Guidelines, proceedings, award winners, links

http://www.bifconference.com/                  -Convention coverage and archived events

Historical Background and Membership

The Beef Improvement Federation was formed Feb. 1, 1968, and is a federation comprised of member organizations including:

·         Provincial, state and national beef cattle improvement associations and other organizations that sponsor beef cattle improvement;

·         Breed associations in the United States and Canada that are involved in performance programs;

·         Representatives from other organizations, such as the National Association of Animal Breeders, USDA-ARS, National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium, and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association; and

·         Associate members interested in beef cattle performance.

To learn more about BIF, its purpose, and to access recent convention events, go to http://beefimprovement.org/or http://www.bifconference.com/.

William McIntosh Hired as American Gelbvieh Association Eastern Area Coordinator

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The American Gelbvieh Association has hired William McIntosh, Georgetown, Ky., as the eastern region area coordinator. McIntosh began work for the association on July 1. He joins Central Region Area Coordinator Brandon McEndaffer. Together, the two area coordinators represent the American Gelbvieh Association as field staff to serve the needs of association members and cow-calf producers to market Gelbvieh and Balancer® genetics, commercial females and feeder cattle.

“We welcome William back to the Gelbvieh association’s field staff. He has extensive experience in seedstock production and marketing, as well as knowledge of the Gelbvieh breed and working for the Association,” said Frank Padilla, American Gelbvieh Association director of breed promotion. “William also brings a working knowledge of the commercial cow-calf sector and feeder calf sales, which will be an asset to members and cattlemen in the Eastern United States.”

McIntosh is owner and principal auctioneer of McIntosh Auction Company of Georgetown, Ky., where he has managed livestock and machinery auctions. His auctioneering experience extends to feeder calf sales while working for United Producers Stockyards, Owenton, Ky., as well as real estate and classic cars sales. In 2010, McIntosh was named Kentucky Junior State champion auctioneer.

Furthermore, William is a partner in McIntosh Brothers, a nationally recognized Gelbvieh herd that has sold cattle into more than 20 states and Canada. He has managed their joint production sale as well as their feeder calf division.

“I’m excited to be part of the American Gelbvieh Association’s field staff. I look forward to working with breeders and cattlemen in the east to continue to improve and promote Gelbvieh and Balancer cattle,” commented McIntosh. “The demand for Gelbvieh-influenced cattle in the East is great and I am available to help cow-calf producers and seedstock breeders capitalize on their marketing opportunities.”

Previous AGA Area Coordinators, Don Danell, Lewiston, Mont., and Steve Peddicord, Albany, Ky., have decided to focus more time on their respective Gelbvieh home operations.

Gelbvieh members and commercial cattlemen in the Western United States are encouraged to contact Frank Padilla at the AGA Office at 303-465-2333 or frankp@www.gelbvieh.org for member service or assistance in marketing Gelbvieh influenced bulls, females or feeder cattle. McIntosh can be reached at 502-867-3132 or williamm@www.gelbvieh.org. McEndaffer can be reached at 970-520-3020 or brandonm@www.gelbvieh.org.

Gelbvieh adds value when feeding cattle

Feeder calves with Continental breed influence and the potential to hit the mark on Quality and Yield Grades are in demand at feeder calf markets across the country.  The added pounds of carcass produced are adding dollars to the cattle feeder’s pockets.

“A bull that sires 20 head of the heavier-finishing steers each year has created $1,148 in additional progeny value versus another bull that sires the lighter-finishing steers,” says Tom Brink, JBS/Five Rivers Cattle Feeding, the largest fed cattle marketer in the world. The feeder wants the added carcass weight that Gelbvieh and Balancer® genetics bring to the equation.

Recent feeder cattle auctions show demand from feeders for Gelbvieh-influenced SmartCross® genetics. Cedar Top Ranch from Nebraska sold 800 pound steers for $147.50. Bedke K Savy Ranch from Idaho sold 490 pound steer calves at $156.00 and 580 pound steers at $140.00. Owl Mountain Ranch located in Colorado received $150.00 for steers weighing 475 pounds. DMD Livestock from Nebraska reached $142.00 on steers weighing 740 pounds. Reiber Ranch out of Montana got a price of $135.00 for 690 pound steers. The Buckingham Cattlemen’s Association in Virginia sold Gelbvieh/Balancer SmartCross steer calves weighing 540 pounds at $147.50 and 580 pound steers for $146.00 in their recent August Tel-O-Auction. 

In good or tough economic times a Choice Yield Grade 2 carcass is an industry target. An 800-pound Yield Grade 2 carcass that has a USDA Choice grade in today’s market is worth $72.00 more than a 750-pound carcass with the same grade profile.

The American Gelbvieh Association uses a carcass value EPD (CV EPD) to calculate carcass parameters on a level that reflects true dollar value of carcasses as cattle are priced in real world grid marketing. The CV EPD is an index of four single trait carcass EPDs: carcass weight, marbling, days to finish and rib eye area.

What sets Gelbvieh apart from other breeds is the inclusion of the carcass weight trait when calculating the CV EPD. Weight drives value. Gelbvieh cattle selected for carcass value will increase grid premium potential in terms of carcass weight, Quality Grade, Yield Grade, and will reduce discounts for “out” carcasses.

Data from Colorado State University’s Maxwell Ranch SmartCross research showed Gelbvieh-influenced cattle resulted in significantly more dollars in both a low and high Choice/Select spread market over Angus-sired cattle. When based on Quality and Yield premiums/discounts and carcass weight in both scenarios, Gelbvieh-sired cattle added $53.17 per head in a low spread and $36.67 per head in a high spread.

Regardless of the cow herd base you are starting with, there is an easy way to use Gelbvieh or Balancer bulls to get to the most profitable place in the industry today. Feeders and packers demand an animal that will grade Choice with a Yield Grade 1 or 2. Crossbred cows have added longevity and a Gelbvieh-influenced female gives you more cow power in your pasture.

Visit the American Gelbvieh Association website at www.www.gelbvieh.org to get more information about the Gelbvieh SmartCross system and how it can work for you or call the AGA office at 303.465.2333. Add pounds and profit to your operation with Gelbvieh and Balancer genetics and marketing opportunities.

Author’s Note: SmartCross® is a crossbreeding program of the American Gelbvieh Association. The SmartCross system is crossbreeding made easy. The system offers scenarios where Gelbvieh genetics can be used in any cow herd base – high percentage British, Brahman-influenced, Continental/British, high percentage Continental, or multiple breeds and percentages – to maximize hybrid vigor and efficiencies. For more information on the SmartCross program visit http://www.www.gelbvieh.org/whygelbvieh/crossbreeding.html or call 303-465-2333.

Feeder calves with Continental breed influence and the potential to hit the mark on Quality and Yield Grades are in demand at feeder calf markets across the country.  The added pounds of carcass produced are adding dollars to the cattle feeder’s pockets.

“A bull that sires 20 head of the heavier-finishing steers each year has created $1,148 in additional progeny value versus another bull that sires the lighter-finishing steers,” says Tom Brink, JBS/Five Rivers Cattle Feeding, the largest fed cattle marketer in the world. The feeder wants the added carcass weight that Gelbvieh and Balancer® genetics bring to the equation.

Recent feeder cattle auctions show demand from feeders for Gelbvieh-influenced SmartCross® genetics. Cedar Top Ranch from Nebraska sold 800 pound steers for $147.50. Bedke K Savy Ranch from Idaho sold 490 pound steer calves at $156.00 and 580 pound steers at $140.00. Owl Mountain Ranch located in Colorado received $150.00 for steers weighing 475 pounds. DMD Livestock from Nebraska reached $142.00 on steers weighing 740 pounds. Reiber Ranch out of Montana got a price of $135.00 for 690 pound steers. The Buckingham Cattlemen’s Association in Virginia sold Gelbvieh/Balancer SmartCross steer calves weighing 540 pounds at $147.50 and 580 pound steers for $146.00 in their recent August Tel-O-Auction. 

In good or tough economic times a Choice Yield Grade 2 carcass is an industry target. An 800-pound Yield Grade 2 carcass that has a USDA Choice grade in today’s market is worth $72.00 more than a 750-pound carcass with the same grade profile.

The American Gelbvieh Association uses a carcass value EPD (CV EPD) to calculate carcass parameters on a level that reflects true dollar value of carcasses as cattle are priced in real world grid marketing. The CV EPD is an index of four single trait carcass EPDs: carcass weight, marbling, days to finish and rib eye area.

What sets Gelbvieh apart from other breeds is the inclusion of the carcass weight trait when calculating the CV EPD. Weight drives value. Gelbvieh cattle selected for carcass value will increase grid premium potential in terms of carcass weight, Quality Grade, Yield Grade, and will reduce discounts for “out” carcasses.

Data from Colorado State University’s Maxwell Ranch SmartCross research showed Gelbvieh-influenced cattle resulted in significantly more dollars in both a low and high Choice/Select spread market over Angus-sired cattle. When based on Quality and Yield premiums/discounts and carcass weight in both scenarios, Gelbvieh-sired cattle added $53.17 per head in a low spread and $36.67 per head in a high spread.

Regardless of the cow herd base you are starting with, there is an easy way to use Gelbvieh or Balancer bulls to get to the most profitable place in the industry today. Feeders and packers demand an animal that will grade Choice with a Yield Grade 1 or 2. Crossbred cows have added longevity and a Gelbvieh-influenced female gives you more cow power in your pasture.

Visit the American Gelbvieh Association website at www.www.gelbvieh.org to get more information about the Gelbvieh SmartCross system and how it can work for you or call the AGA office at 303.465.2333. Add pounds and profit to your operation with Gelbvieh and Balancer genetics and marketing opportunities.

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Author’s Note: SmartCross® is a crossbreeding program of the American Gelbvieh Association. The SmartCross system is crossbreeding made easy. The system offers scenarios where Gelbvieh genetics can be used in any cow herd base – high percentage British, Brahman-influenced, Continental/British, high percentage Continental, or multiple breeds and percentages – to maximize hybrid vigor and efficiencies. For more information on the SmartCross program visit http://www.www.gelbvieh.org/whygelbvieh/crossbreeding.html or call 303-465-2333.

Gelbvieh Website Offers Free Feeder Calf Exchange

The height of the feeder calf marketing season is fast approaching. During the late summer and early fall, the majority of feeder cattle are marketed across the country through video auctions, live auctions, direct country trade, or privately. As cow-calf producers look to garner top dollar for their cattle, the American Gelbvieh Association offers a free listing service through their website to promote loads or lots of feeder cattle.

As part of the American Gelbvieh Associations commercial marketing service, a free listing service is available to members and commercial producers who use Gelbvieh and Balancer® genetics. The feeder calf exchange allows producers to list information about their cattle as well as the details of how they plan to market them on the association’s website at www.www.gelbvieh.org. Additionally, order buyers can view and sort the listing on the Feeder Calf Exchange on the website.

“The Feeder Calf Exchange is a free service to anyone who is looking to merchandize Gelbvieh influenced feeder cattle,” said Frank Padilla, director of breed promotion for the association. “When producers list their cattle on the exchange, they benefit by having more potential buyers for their cattle to ultimately market their loads.”

Producers can add their own listings by visiting www.www.gelbvieh.org/exchange/feedercalflistings.html. They will need to complete a short registration process through the website to create a login and password. Once completed, individuals can add their own listing and can also go back and edit a listing.

Another option to add a listing is to have association representatives add the listing for the producer. Producers can contact Padilla with their information by calling 303-465-2333 or email at frankp@www.gelbvieh.org.

“For computer savvy cattlemen, adding their own listing through the website is pretty simple. However, we are happy to work with producers to post their listing for them. Either way, once the listing has been posted, it will be immediately viewable on the Exchange.”

To post a listing, producers will be asked to provide the following information: farm or ranch name, contact name, city and state, a phone number, number of head, sale or base weight, breed type, delivery or sale date, any premium program qualifications, vaccination program, sex, and type of sale. Additional information such as a more complete description of the cattle or past performance information can be posted; as well producers can add photos of the cattle if available. Producers who intend to market their cattle through a specific video or auction market are encouraged to provide details on the sale (i.e. date, time, location, lot numbers) to allow for order buyers to bid on lots.

The association’s Exchange service also includes free Bull Listings and Female Listings for members and commercial producers with Gelbvieh influenced bulls or females for sale or who are looking to purchase bulls or females. Sales are directly between the buyer and the seller. For more information on the any of the Exchange listings, contact Padilla or visit www.www.gelbvieh.org.

Gelbvieh Breeders, Owners Select for Maternal Efficiency

Annual Dam of Merit and Dam of Distinction Honor Roll

The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) is proud to honor females in their herdbook that exhibit consistent maternal efficiency through the Dam of Merit and Dam of Distinction program. The AGA 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.

Of the 37,865 active cows in the AGA herdbook, only 5.8 percent qualify for Dam of Merit. Just 1.2 percent of all active cows qualify for the Dam of Distinction honors.

“The Gelbvieh breed has long had the earned reputation of possessing functional, hard-working females with the ability to breed at a young age, rebreed for the second calf and wean one in that would push down hard on the scale,” comments the American Gelbvieh Association’s Frank Padilla. “The females that qualified for the Dam of Merit and Dam of Distinction program did not achieve such a level of productivity by happenstance. Breeders placed selection pressure on these traits in the development of females that would perform at a level that surpasses others.”   

The Dam of Merit and Dam of Distinction recognition program was started in 1991 to honor the top-notch cows in the breed. The program recognizes two levels of productivity based on data submitted to the American Gelbvieh Association office. A Dam of Merit must have produced at least three calves, while a Dam of Distinction must have produced a minimum of eight calves. Both levels must still meet the strict qualifications requiring breeders to place selection pressure on early puberty and conception, regular calving intervals, and above-average weaning weights.

“To be the breeder or owner of a Dam of Merit or Dam of Distinction Gelbvieh or Balancer female is a testament to the emphasis our breeders place on maternal efficiency,” said Susan Willmon, AGA director of breed improvement. “The Gelbvieh breed offers females with the genetics to maintain high maternal productively, which ultimately adds profit for cow-calf producers in terms of more pounds of calf per cow exposed.”

The following is the top ten ranking of states for the combined total of Dams of Merit and Dams of Distinction.

          Rank            State                        Total

            1.                Kansas                     363

            2.                South Dakota           313

            3.                Missouri                   284

            4.                Nebraska                  265

            5.                North Dakota           226

            6.                Montana                   199

            7.                Iowa                         142

            8.                Minnesota                118

            9.                Colorado                    89

          10.                Kentucky                   82

The American Gelbvieh Association recognizes the following members who rank in the list of the top 20 owners and breeders of Dam of Merit and Dam of Distinction Gelbvieh females.

Top 20 Breeders:

Judd Ranch Inc., Pomona, Kan.

Bar T Bar Ranch Inc., Winslow, Ariz.       

Sieler Ranch Inc., Plevna, Mont.

Lazy TV Ranch, Selby, S.D.         

Knoll Crest Farms, Red House, Va.

Wehri Gelbvieh, Hebron, N.d.

Flying H Genetics, Arapahoe, Neb.           

Gaaskjolen Gelbvieh, Meadow, S.d.         

Pearson Cattle Co., Inc., Lake City, S.d.   

Bar Arrow Cattle Co., Phillipsburg, Kan.   

Feist Gelbvieh, Ludlow, S.D.        

J-Bob Farms, Biscoe, N.C.

Schafer Farms, Inc., Goodhue, Minn.

Stuecken Brothers, Freeburg, Mo.

Chimney Butte Ranch, Mandan, N.D.       

Diamond D Gelbvieh, Mandan, N.d.        

Miller Gelbvieh Farm, Glen Ullin, N.d.     

MlmGelbvieh, Superior, Neb.    

Jeff Swanson, Oxford, Neb.         

Redland Gelbvieh, Hysham, Mont.     

Top 20 Owners:

Judd Ranch, Inc., Pomona, Kan.

Bar T Bar Ranch, Inc., Winslow, Ariz.

Sieler Ranch, Inc., Plevna, Mont.

Lazy Tv Ranch, Selby, S.D.

Wehri Gelbvieh, Hebron, N.d.

Schafer Farms, Inc., Goodhue, Minn.

Knoll Crest Farms, Red House, Va.

Flying H Genetics, Arapahoe, Neb.

A B Farms, Inc., Lathrop, Mo.

Gaaskjolen Gelbvieh, Meadow, S.D.

Pearson Cattle Co., Inc., Lake City, S.D.

Feist Gelbvieh, Ludlow, S.D.

Miller Gelbvieh Farm, Glen Ullin, N.D.

MlmGelbvieh, Superior, Neb.

Bar Arrow Cattle, Co., Phillipsburg, Kan.

Redland Gelbvieh, Hysham, Mont.

Jeff Swanson, Oxford, Neb.

Diamond D Gelbvieh, Mandan, N.D.

Sandy Knoll Farm, St. John, Kan.

Stuecken Brothers, Freeburg, Mo.

American Gelbvieh Association Launches New Website Redesign

www.www.gelbvieh.org – New design, updated content, enhanced features

The American Gelbvieh Association recently launched the much-anticipated redesign of their website, www.www.gelbvieh.org. The new design features a modern look, ease of navigation and updated content.

“We are very excited to launch the redesign of the American Gelbvieh Association’s website. The site was designed to be multi-purpose and to serve the needs of members, commercial customers and people seeking more information about Gelbvieh,” said Frank Padilla, American Gelbvieh Association director of breed promotion. “We understand that members and commercial cattlemen are coming to rely on the Internet for their news and to conduct business. Whether looking for an upcoming sale or event, locating a Gelbvieh breeder in your area, searching for animal pedigree and EPD information, or wanting more information on the Gelbvieh breed, this site is a resource for members and commercial cattlemen alike.”

The site has many enhanced features from the previous site including a calendar for upcoming sales and events as well as sale listings for replacement females, bulls and feeder cattle notes Jennifer Scharpe, the association’s director of communications.

The AGA’s free listing exchange service is a current listing of Gelbvieh influenced feeder cattle, females and bulls for sale by members across the country. The listing includes seller contact information and a brief description of the animals including number and age range, color, breed description, photos and other information. Members and commercial cattlemen with Gelbvieh-influenced feeder cattle, bulls or females for sale can post their listing on the website free of charge or contact Padilla at 303-465-2333 for assistance.

Additionally, the “Places to Be” calendar has dates and information on upcoming sales, shows, junior activities and state association field days.

The website’s “Search for an animal” and “Find a breeder” features link directly to the Gelbvieh association’s registry database with online search capabilities.

“This system provides an up to date listing of animals in the Gelbvieh database including pedigrees, current EPDs and progeny reports, said Susan Willmon, AGA director of breed improvement. “Members and cattlemen can also search for animals using minimum and maximum EPD values and accuracies which will assist in locating genetics to fit any breeding program.”

For more information about the American Gelbvieh Association or the website, visit www.www.gelbvieh.org and send us your comments.

Bob Hart Receives Gelbvieh Association Member of the Year

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Bob Hart, Kansas City, Kan., has been named the 2011 American Gelbvieh Association Member of the Year. Hart was recognized during the 2011 AGA annual convention, held January 7-8 in Denver, Colo.

Every year the AGA honors an outstanding member who gives their time, talent and dedication to further the improvement of their state and national association. Nominated by the Heart of America Gelbvieh Association (HAGA), Hart is a distinguished recipient of this award.

Owner of Hart Farm Gelbvieh located within the Kansas City area, Hart has built a small, but progressive Gelbvieh herd.

“Since 1996, we have concentrated on breeding the best red genetics our breed has to offer. We’ve selected our females carefully and used the breed’s top A.I. sires,” comments Hart.

Fellow HAGA member Mike Shrewsbury describes the Hart farm’s genetic program as powerful red cattle that would make anyone proud to own. “Hart Farm Gelbvieh has produced several A.I. sires and donor quality females as well as show heifer prospects. These cattle are his pride and joy and it shows when you talk to him about Gelbvieh.”

When Hart is not at the farm or promoting Gelbvieh, he can be found at his advertising agency, the Hart Agency located in Fairway, Kan. He uses his career in advertising to benefit the HAGA. Bob develops state customer ads for the breeder directory, and edits and publishes the directory. Additionally, he edits and publishes the HAGA state paper, Golden Cattle News. He has served as the HAGA secretary/treasurer for six years, co-chairman for the HAGA state sale, and carries out the state association’s advertising plan.

An avid supporter of youth, Bob often attends the American Gelbvieh Junior Association regional shows and Junior Classic to support Gelbvieh juniors. He gives generously to sponsor meals or awards for state and national junior events. Recently, Hart was elected to his first term on the AGA Board of Directors.

“It’s very easy to see the example that Bob sets towards others in leadership through service. His countless hours of work and promotion have no doubt left a long-lasting impact on Gelbvieh throughout Missouri and the surrounding states,” says Dana Stewart, AGA director of member services.

Outside of the Gelbvieh breed, Bob is a member of the Kansas Livestock Association and a supporter of Wyandotte County 4-H and its annual auction. He is also a member of the Arabian Horse Association and the Kansas City Direct Marketing Association, among many others.

Gelbvieh Association Inducts Bill Clark into Hall of Fame

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Barnard, Kansas native and partner of Post Rock Cattle Company, Bill Clark is the 2011 American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) Hall of Fame inductee. Clark was recognized during the 2011 AGA annual convention, held January 7-8 in Denver, Colo.

“Bill Clark is a cattleman, a dedicated worker, and a family man. These characteristics and so many more place him in a category of long respected and valued American Gelbvieh Association members,” said Dana Stewart, AGA director of member services. Clark was nominated by the Kansas Gelbvieh Association (KGA).

Clark entered the seedstock business in 1951 with a polled Hereford heifer. Over time his eye and selection for high-quality beef genetics led him to the Gelbvieh breed. In 2010, Post Rock Cattle Company celebrated their 25th annual Gelbvieh production sale. It was their most successful sale to date with 96 bulls averaging just over $3,000.

As a key player in the Gelbvieh breed, Post Rock Cattle Company has raised and used several breed influencers including DCSF Post Rock Top Brass, DCSF Post Rock Black Savvy, DCSF Post Rock Bouncer, DCSF Post Rock Heartland, JEB Polled Gizmo, BTI Extra 2106K and MRCO New Direction.

Bill and his wife, Marlene, have three daughters and one son, and ten living grandchildren. Bill’s son Leland and his wife Jan, as well as their children Meredith and Quentin, play a very active role in the day to day operations at Post Rock Cattle Company.

“It is truly a team effort in the production and promotion of Gelbvieh and Balancer® cattle at Post Rock,” says Bill. “I have no greater joy than my grandchildren, be it working cattle, harvesting grain, throwing bales, water rafting or mountain climbing. We are meant for each other.”

Clark has been actively involved in the KGA and helped organize and host the first traveling state association tour. On the national level, he has served on several committees including productivity and national sale. Bill also served two terms on the AGA Board of Directors and helped make decisions on blended breed EPDs, whole herd assessments, and the Balancer program.

Locally, Clark has served on the Extension board, as well as the board chair. He has also served on the Farm Bureau board, is a charter member of the Lincoln County Cattlemen’s Association, and has been a Sunday School teacher and chairman of his church’s Pastor Committee.

New Directors, Leadership Elected to Serve American Gelbvieh Association

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The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) elected new directors and leadership during its annual convention and membership meeting January 7-8 in Denver, Colo.

The membership elected five breeders to serve three year terms to the association’s Board of Directors. Newly elected board members are Bob Hart, Kansas City, Mo., David Martin, Judsonia, Ark., and Grant Thayer, Ramah, Colo. Two directors were re-elected to a second term. These directors are Ken Flikkema, Bozeman, Mont., and John Huston, New Carlisle, Ohio.

The Board of Directors then elected members to serve in leadership positions on the 2011 AGA Executive Committee. Jim Beastrom, Pierre, S.D. was selected as the American Gelbvieh Association president. This will mark Beastrom’s second time serving as president of the AGA. He succeeds Al Knapp, Bonner Springs, Kan.

Elected as vice president was Mark Goes, Odell, Neb. Brian Dunn, St. John, Kan., was elected as secretary and Rob Arnold, Minot, N.D., will serve as treasurer.

The other members of the AGA Board of Directors are: Dick Helms, Arapahoe, Neb., Bob Prosser, Winslow, Ariz., Brian Schafer, Goodhue, Minn., Gary Tilghman, Glasgow, Ky., Dan Warner, Beaver City, Neb., and Nancy Wilkinson, Model, Colo.

Retiring members of the 2010 AGA Board of Directors were Jerry Grund, Wallace, Kan., Al Knapp, Bonner Springs, Kan., and Randy Gallaway, Mulhall, Okla.

Gelbvieh Breeders Focus on Performance Testing

Gelbvieh bulls top ADG and WDA in first weight report at Midland

With a focus on performance testing and a desire to obtain residual feed intake (RFI) data, Gelbvieh breeders have entered 49 Gelbvieh and Balancer® bulls in the 2011 Midland Bull Test in Columbus, Mont. The bulls were entered by seven breeders from six states.

In the first intermediate performance report recently released by Midland, the Gelbvieh and Balancer bulls lead the way in performance, topping the other nine breeds on test for average daily gain (ADG) and weight per day of age (WDA). The 49 bulls on test had an average ADG of 3.20 lbs/day and a WDA of 3.33 lbs/day – significantly higher than the averages for the other breeds on test.

Leading the way for the Gelbvieh and Balancer bulls is an entry by Mohogany Hollow of Delta, Utah. This February 2010 Balancer bull sired by Bon View New Design posted an impressive ADG of 4.15 lbs/day. He also had a WDA of 3.69 lbs/day and a first intermediate weight of 1,230 pounds.

In the WDA column, a purebred Gelbvieh bull tops the list with an outstanding WDA of 3.94 lbs/day. Entered by Middle Creek Farms, Inc., Bozeman, Mont., this January 2010 Carolina Fortune son had an ADG of 3.72 lbs/day and tipped the scales in this first weight report at 1,360 pounds.

Additional Gelbvieh breeders who have bulls entered in the Midland test are Hone Ranch, Gardnerville, Nev., M Heart D Gelbvieh, Stevensville, Mont., Cranview Gelbvieh, Minot, N.D., Ledgerwood Gelbvieh, Clarkston, Wash., and Russell Family Livestock, Brooklyn, Wisc.

The 2011 Midland Bull Test sale is set for April 6-8, with the Gelbvieh and Balancer bulls selling on the first day. Complete performance reports are available at www.midlandbulltest.com.

Cattlemen gather next week for Midland Bull Test

Cattlemen from across the country will gather next week in Columbus, Mont., for one of the beef industry’s premier events of the year, the Midland Bull Test. Besides the sale of 800 bulls from 10 breeds over a three-day period, Midland offers educational seminars and the opportunity for seedstock producers and cattlemen to congregate at one location for the event. The Montana Gelbvieh Association has also planned a membership meeting.

Leading off the bull sales is the Gelbvieh breed on Wednesday, April 6 at 12:00 noon. A total of 41 Gelbvieh and Balancer® bulls have been consigned by seven breeders from six states. At the completion of the test the Gelbvieh and Balancer bulls posted the final performance averages: BW 86; WW 781; ADG 3.14; WDA 3.31; 365 WT 1,205.

Middle Creek Farms, Bozeman, Mont., owns the two bulls that top the test, each with a Midland Bull Test index of 109. Bull #1224 is a January 2010, 88-percentage, black Gelbvieh son of MCF Bruce Almighty 35PET. He posted the following final performance numbers: ADG 3.28; WDA 3.44; 365 WT 1,246; and RFI -4.32, and MBT IND 109. This bull is the best RFI performing bull of the Gelbvieh and Balancer offering. Bull #1235 is a January 2010, purebred, black Gelbvieh son of MCFG The Man 113U. His final numbers are: ADG 3.60; WDA 3.73; 365 WT 1,373; RFI 1.46 and MBT IND 109.

The bull with the highest ADG is a February 2010 Balancer son of Bon View New Design 1407 and has a tag number of #1202. Entered by Mahogany Hollow, Delta, Utah, this bull’s final numbers are: ADG 3.74; WDA 3.33; 365 WT 1,161; RFI -1.24; and MBT IND 106.

Middle Creek Farms also had the high WDA bull with a January 2010 black purebred son of JBOB Carolina, tag #1242, and final numbers of: ADG 3.67; WDA 3.91; 365 WT 1,432; RFI 0.94; and MBT IND 112.

In addition to the bull sale, Midland has several other events scheduled. On Tuesday, April 5, Dr. John Paterson will be speaking on “What’s Happening in the Cattle Industry.” The evening starts at 6:00 p.m. with a social, the steak fry follows at 6:30. These events are repeated Wednesday night. The Thursday evening activities include a social at 6:00, steak fry at 6:30 and entertainment of the Bent Willows-John Campbell and Neil Hamilton featuring Adessa Campbell, sponsored by Stockman Bank. All evening activities take place at the Little Metra in Columbus, Mont.

The Montana Gelbvieh Association will hold a membership meeting on Wednesday, April 6 after the Gelbvieh bull sale at approximately 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Fire Hall in Columbus. For more information regarding the meeting contact Kathy Rankin at 406-937-4815 or krankin@northerntel.net.

The complete Midland Bull Test sale catalog can be viewed at www.midlandbulltest.com. Visit frontierstockyards.com for videos of the bulls and online bidding the day of the sale. For more information about the Gelbvieh bulls in the sale contact Don Danell, American Gelbvieh Association western area coordinator at 406-538-5622 or dond@www.gelbvieh.org.

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Gelbvieh Breeders Challenged to “Create Your Future”

Eight of the beef industry’s most influential speakers challenged members of the American Gelbvieh Association to “Create Your Future” in the first-ever leadership and genetic improvement seminar. The seminar was held December 8-9, 2010 in Kansas City, Mo. Fifty-seven AGA members from 17 states attended the two-day seminar. The American Gelbvieh Association and IGENITY® teamed up to sponsor the event, which overall, encouraged members to build relationships with their customers, other Gelbvieh breeders, their state and national breed associations, and other representative within the beef industry.

Dr. Tom Field of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association was the opening speaker. Field discussed how consumer demands are changing and the influence they have over beef markets.

“In the wake of the multiple pressures and challenges confronting the beef industry, our goal must be to defend the opportunity for both producers and consumers to choose from a variety of production systems and products,” said Field.

Field shared research that showed 17 percent of consumers want to know more about food production processes. “I believe that number is going to grow because I think consumers want to know about production,” he added.

He concluded his presentation by encouraging members to engage the consumer and tell your story through social and traditional media, the political and regulatory arena, in classrooms, boardrooms, and family rooms.

The American Gelbvieh Association Director of Breed Improvement Susan Willmon asked members about their breeding strategy and provided them with an individual herd analysis for each member to evaluate the direction of their breeding program.

Willmon emphasized the importance of getting feedback from your customers. “Weaning and feedlot performance information from your customers’ calves is critical to evaluate if your breeding strategy is working. Your best friend should be the customer who gets harvest data on his calves. Feedlot performance and harvest data are the ultimate report cards to tell you if as a seedstock provider your breeding program is going where you want.”

Jim Gibb, technical services director for IGENITY®, discussed the progression of genetic improvement and how DNA is being used to enhance the tools we already have, as well as some of the new advances in DNA technology.

“We are not about replacing EPDs. Phenotypes are important. The ideal situation is to use both phenotype and genomics to evaluate performance,” said Gibb. “Our goal is to work with breed associations to incorporate both genomics and performance data into EPDs.”

He also commended the American Gelbvieh Association for being a leader in embracing DNA technology. “In May 2008, the AGA was the first significant U.S. beef breed association to transition to SNP parentage, followed by the American Angus Association in October, 2010.”

The American Gelbvieh Association is currently working to develop genomic enhanced EPDs.

The first day concluded with a presentation from Eric Grant, American Angus Association director of public relations. Grant shared his 24 years of experience working in agriculture communications and marketing. The take-home messages were to effectively market your program breeders need to have a website, they must be active on Facebook and Twitter, and that video works. Grant emphasized the importance of branding your program, rather than just selling cattle and to do so by telling the story of your program.

Tom Brink, president and COO of J & F Oklahoman Holdings, Inc., started off the second day by discussing the role of genetics in cattle feeding.

“The industry wants a steer that can produce a carcass that grades Choice, Yield Grade 3 or leaner, at an 850 pound carcass weight,” said Brink. “The ideal feeder animal is an Angus-Continental cross; 50-75% Angus and 25-50% Continental.”

Two of the beef industries most successful seedstock breeders, Dave Nichols of Bridgewater, Iowa and Galen Fink of Randolf, Kan., provided real-life examples of how they have been able to build their programs and create opportunities for their customers.

“Those farms, ranches, seedstock breeders and industries who ignore their customers’ real or perceived values, and lack the guts or the tools to control costs are doomed to the trash can of history,” commented Nichols. “Work as hard at selling your seedstock as you do raising them.”

“As seedstock producers, we have to make sure we know when our customers are marketing their calves so we help them if we can,” noted Fink. “Selling seedstock is about creating relationships. The customer can buy his bulls from anywhere. Customer service is number one. If you do not take care of your customers…someone else will.”

Closing out this tremendous line-up of speakers was Glen Klippenstein, Maysville, Mo. With a history in seedstock production, working with two breed associations and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and a newly elected U.S. Senator, Klippenstien motivated members to take all they’ve learned during the “Create Your Future” seminar and put it into practice in their own operations.

“This industry is one-third motion, one-third promotion, and one-third emotion,” said Klippenstien. “The ability to maintain flexibility equals success. It’s a marketing thing – try new practices and take care of your customer.”

Copies of the “Create Your Future” seminar proceedings including speaker presentations, an individual herd analysis, and a DVD of the live presentations are available for $85 by contacting the American Gelbvieh Association at 303-465-2333 or info@www.gelbvieh.org.

American Gelbvieh Association to Celebrate 40th Anniversary

The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) is making plans to celebrate its 40th anniversary during their upcoming annual convention on January 5 – 10, in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo. Gelbvieh members will have a full schedule of activities including committee and annual meetings, election of board of directors, a special 40th anniversary celebration, NWSS activities and will conclude with the national Gelbvieh and Balancer® show. All convention activities and meetings will be held at the AGA headquarters hotel – Red Lion Hotel on Quebec Street in Denver.

            The theme chosen for this year’s event is “The Passion Lives On.” As the traditional 40th wedding anniversary gift is a ruby and the ruby symbolizes passion, this theme is fitting for the AGA’s celebration.

            “This theme represents the passion and dedication of the AGA, the generosity and commitment of members throughout the past 40 years, and will ignite our passion for the next 40 years and beyond,” commented Al Knapp, American Gelbvieh Association president.

            A special 40th anniversary celebration and social will be held on Saturday, January 8 starting at 6:30 p.m. During this event, the AGA will recognize the 35 to 40-year members of the association.

            “The American Gelbvieh Association is honored to recognize 48 breeders who have been active members for at least 35 years. These members have served and continue to serve the breed through untiring efforts and dedication,” said Frank Padilla, AGA director of breed promotion.  

In addition, the American Gelbvieh Foundation will unveil a new Gelbvieh print, commissioned by renowned livestock artist C.J. Brown, Lindenwood, Ill. The original print, as well as the first three artist proofs, will be auctioned off as part of the anniversary celebration and social.

The AGA will also honor two outstanding members who have contributed greatly to the AGA – 2011 Member of the Year Bob Hart, of Hart Farm Gelbvieh in Kansas City, Kan., and 2011 Hall of Fame inductee Bill Clark of Post Rock Cattle Company in Barnard, Kan. 

One of the primary purposes of the annual convention is to conduct business and plan for the direction of the AGA and the Gelbvieh breed. The majority of the AGA committee meetings will be held on Friday, January 7. The AGA annual meeting is set for Saturday, January 8 at 3:00 p.m. During the annual meeting, association members will elect the Board of Directors. The following six candidates have been nominated to fill five open positions on the AGA Board of Directors: Ken Flikkema, Bozeman, Mont.; Bob Hart, Kansas City, Kan.; John Huston, New Carlisle, Ohio; David Martin, Judsonia, Ark.; Butch Stucky, Salina, Kan.; and Grant Thayer, Ramah, Colo. 

The Saturday evening social will culminate with the Breeder’s Choice Gelbvieh Bull Futurity “Bulls in the Ballroom” event. The champion Gelbvieh futurity bull will be selected from the three finalists, with the initial futurity voting taking place earlier that day, starting at 10:00 a.m. in the Stadium Arena at the NWSS.

New this year is the People’s Choice Balancer Bull Futurity. The initial voting and final selection of the champion Balancer futurity bull will also be held on Saturday, January 8 at 10:00 a.m. in the NWSS Stadium Arena.

The 2011 National Gelbvieh Sale will be held on Sunday, January 9 at 1:00 p.m. at the Livestock Center at the NWSS. The sale features 25 elite Gelbvieh and Balancer lots including open heifers, bred heifers, herd sire prospects, flush opportunities, and pick of the herds.

Additional NWSS activities include several national shows. The national junior Gelbvieh show will be held on January 8 starting at 7:30 a.m. in the Stadium Arena with Doug Satree, Montague, Texas slated to judge. The national pen bull show is set for Sunday, January 9 at 8:00 a.m., judged by Bob Tiedman, North Platte, Neb. Gelbvieh activities conclude with the national Gelbvieh and Balancer Ring of Gold show on Monday, January 10 at 8:00 a.m. and evaluated by Chris Mullinix, El Dorado, Kan.

For more information or convention registration for the American Gelbvieh Association annual convention and 40th anniversary celebration, or the Gelbvieh activities during the National Western Stock Show, please visit www.www.gelbvieh.org or call 303-465-2333.