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Gelbvieh Association, IMI Global Release Balancer® Edge Source and Age Verification Program

BROOMFIELD, CO – The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) is pleased to announce a recent partnership with IMI Global and introduce Balancer® Edge, a source and age verification program for feeder cattle sired by Gelbvieh and Balancer bulls.

The Balancer® Edge program requires a minimum of 75% of the sires used to be registered Gelbvieh and Balancer bulls, and these bulls must be a minimum of 25% Gelbvieh genetics. The verification process for this program requires producers to submit first and last calf born date, head count support, and registration papers of the sires to verify Gelbvieh genetics.

The Source and Age Verification (SAV) program has been in practice in the beef industry since 2004, and continues to play an important role in adding value to U.S. beef producers. Balancer® Edge meets the SAV base requirement for cattle to be eligible for marketing into the China Export Verification program, the Non-Hormone Treated Cattle (NHTC) program for the EU, Verified Natural Beef, GAP 5-step Animal Welfare and others. In addition, Balancer® Edge documentation is eligible for establishing age of animals at the processor and is also now an accepted method of determining maturity of animals for grading purposes – ensuring they fall into the A maturity category if they are under 30 months of age at harvest.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Balancer® Edge program to add new market opportunities to their progressive producer base,” said Doug Stanton, VP of Business Development at IMI Global. “Buyers continue to push for more options when it comes to cattle marketing. They are looking to maximize their value opportunity with an animal by having many directions to go with it, and verification programs add that kind of flexibility. The Balancer® Edge program will open new doors for producers to access markets they may not have been eligible for before, bringing more value back home to the ranch.”

IMI Global has been offering verification services to the beef industry since 1996 and is the uncontested leader in those services today. IMI is an accredited, independent verification company who evaluates specific attributes or practices associated with livestock production and provides an unbiased assessment of the ability of any animal or group of animals to meet those specific standards or claims.

“Balancer® Edge provides the opportunity for producers utilizing Gelbvieh and Balancer® genetics to participate in a breed identified program and have their production practices verified to be able to add value and gain additional marketing opportunities for their cattle,” said Tom Strahm, AGA commercial marketing director. “In addition, IMI Global’s recent partnership with the IGS Feeder Profit Calculator™ allows producers to quantify the genetic merit of the animal’s they are selling.”

The American Gelbvieh Association is a progressive beef cattle breed association dedicated to the recording, promoting, and improving Gelbvieh-influenced cattle. The Gelbvieh and Balancer breeds are well known throughout the beef industry for their maternal strengths and superior growth. With these attributes, Gelbvieh and Balancer cattle fit well into a crossbreeding system and provide genetics that work for the commercial cattle business.

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American Gelbvieh Junior Association Ambassadors named for the 2018-2019 Year

Congratulations to Addison Starr, Stapleton, Nebraska, and Cameron Nowack, Bland, Missouri, for being selected as the American Gelbvieh Junior Association’s (AGJA) ambassadors for 2018-2019. The two winners were announced on July 6, 2018, at the 2018 Corn Fed Classic, which was held in Waterloo, Iowa.

Addison Starr, daughter of Scott and Raberta Starr, was chosen as the AGJA Intermediate Ambassador. In addition to her new role, she is actively involved in FFA, 4-H, volleyball, basketball and has won public speaking awards at regional speech contests. Addison also serves as sophomore class president at McPherson County High School.

During her time as ambassador, Addison hopes to educate Gelbvieh youth and others in the beef industry of the Gelbvieh and Balancer® breed’s relevance in the commercial industry and the important role acceptance in the commercial sector plays into a breed’s success.

“The strength of any breed is really based on its commercial acceptance… This is something that is very important to know because it affects every juniors’ future.”

Cameron Nowack, daughter of Jared and Caisie Nowack, was chosen as the AGJA Junior Ambassador. Cameron is a sixth grader involved in 4-H, basketball, and of course, AGJA.

As an ambassador, Cameron hopes to be able to encourage other AGJA members to push themselves out of their comfort zones and participate in more educational contests.

“But most importantly, I wanted to become the American Gelbvieh Junior Association 2018-2019 Junior Ambassador because I want to give back to the association that has helped me become who I am today and that inspires me to be better for tomorrow,” Cameron said.

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 the North American International Livestock Exposition and the National Western Stock Show, along with many state fairs and other events.

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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Cameron Nowack

Cameron Nowack, Bland, Missouri, 2018-2019 AGJA Junior Ambassador

Addison Starr

Addison Starr, Stapleton, Nebraska, 2018-2019 AGJA Intermediate Ambassador

Champions Named at Gelbvieh and Balancer® Junior National Show

The American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) Corn Fed Classic Junior National Gelbvieh and Balancer® show took pace on Thursday, July 5, and Friday, July 6, 2018, in Waterloo, Iowa. Brent Vieselmeyer, Amherst, Colorado, evaluated the 171 Balancer cattle, and Brad Bennett of Seward, Nebraska, evaluated the 88 Gelbvieh cattle and 20 steers.

The grand champion bred and owned Gelbvieh bull was LGNZ Mayweather 48E ET owned by Logan Zemlicka, Wolsey, South Dakota. This bull born March 28, 2017, is the son of GGGE 3G Zip Line 266Z and first claimed the spring yearling bull division.

Colton Ivers, Austin, Minnesota, owned the reserve grand champion bred and owned Gelbvieh bull, IFG Ivers Hannibal F14. This JRI General Patton 213B97 ET son was born February 6, 2018, and first claimed the junior bull calf division.

The supreme grand champion Gelbvieh female was HIGH Ms Emma 9E100 ET, owned by Jacie Carroll, Raymore, Missouri. She is a September 13, 2017, born daughter of JRI Pop A Top 197T83 and first claimed grand champion Gelbvieh heifer and the senior heifer calf division.

BEA 7102E ET, owned by Casey Martin, Oregon, Illinois, claimed reserve grand champion Gelbvieh heifer. She is the March 18, 2017, daughter of BEA 301A and was out of the spring yearling heifer division.

Casey Martin also owned the grand champion bred and owned Gelbvieh heifer. SKYC BCFG-SKYS Eleanor 282E is the January 23, 2017 daughter of JRI Pistol Pete 214A44 and was out of the spring yearling division.

AMT 98E was named the reserve champion bred and owned Gelbvieh heifer. Owned by Austin Teeter, Mount Ulla, North Carolina, and out of the senior heifer calf division, this September 1, 2017, heifer is a daughter of GHGF Shear Force 81A.

The grand champion Gelbvieh cow-calf pair and grand champion bred and owned Gelbvieh cow-calf pair was owned by Alyssa Beenken, Buckingham, Iowa. BFA Daphne 1D3 is a March 11, 2016, CCRO Carolina Exclusive 1230Y daughter.

Luke Rash, Macon, Missouri, owned the reserve grand champion Gelbvieh cow-calf pair. HIGH Michala 31D31 is sired by BCFG Butlers Hillbilly Hero 71 and was born March 5, 2016.

SKYC SKYS Encore 7086E, owned by Casey Martin, Oregon, Illinois, claimed grand champion bred and owned Balancer bull. He is the March 19, 2017, son of SKYM Foreman 2002Z and first claimed the spring yearling bull division.

The reserve champion bred and owned Balancer bull was LARA Grand Slam N020E ET, owned by Lara Rittenhouse, New Carlisle, Ohio. This September 18, 2017, son of S A V Brilliance 8077 came out of the senior bull calf division.

BCFG Butlers Ms Daisy 28D3 ET, owned by Aidan Raab, Markle, Indiana, claimed supreme grand champion Balancer female and grand champion Balancer heifer. This female is out of the senior female division and she is the September 26, 2016, daughter of AHL Flashback 446B.

Kyle Vehige, Billings, Missouri, owned the reserve grand champion Balancer heifer. KDV T Bar S Dutchess 121D is the November 21, 2016, daughter of Stevenson Weigh Up 41163 and came out of the senior female division. This female also claimed grand champion bred and owned Balancer heifer.

The reserve grand champion bred and owned Balancer heifer came out of the junior heifer calf division. GDV T Bar S Ciara 503F is a January 3, 2018, female is owned by Grace Vehige, Billings, Missouri, and is sired by R4RA Conquest 254.

The grand champion Balancer cow-calf pair was BDCL 14D2, owned by Alex Barwick, Orleans, Nebraska. This January 7, 2016, female is the daughter of VRT Lazy TV Watchman W021.

Sarah Carroll, Raymore, Missouri, owned the reserve grand champion Balancer cow-calf pair. GGGE 3G Cowgirl Dixie 6102D is the May 6, 2016, daughter of S S Hoover Dam B115.

BRAX Delilah D26 was named the grand champion bred and owned Balancer cow-calf pair. She is the February 12, 2016, daughter of BAG Mr. Quick Sand 135A owned by Braxton Murray, Kingfisher, Oklahoma.

The reserve grand champion bred and owned Balancer cow-calf pair was BROK Maleficent 401B, owned by Brooke Nowack, Bland, Missouri. She is the January 1, 2014, daughter of Connealy Final Product 7212.

The grand champion steer was BTO owned by Chisum Grund, Wallace, Kansas and weighed 1,265 pounds.

Reserve grand champion steer was Mr Outright 59E, was owned by Kale Taubenheim, Amherst, Nebraska and weighed 1,375 pounds.

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Balancer® Show – Thursday, June 5, 2018
Waterloo, Iowa
Judge: Brent Vieselmeyer, Amherst, Colo.
Entries: 171 Head

Balancer Bulls

Balancer Champion Junior Bull Calf
BARG Outlaw 57F
Jacob Barwick, Orleans, Neb.
Sire: CTR Sandhills 0065X

Balancer Reserve Champion Junior Bull Calf
CBRO Shotgun 1817F
Cody Brown, Dwight, Kan.
Sire: GHGF Young Gun C310

Balancer Champion Senior Bull Calf
LARA Grand Slam N020E ET
Lara Rittenhouse, New Carlisle, Ohio
Sire: S A V Brilliance 8077

Balancer Reserve Champion Senior Bull Calf
JNCC BROK Everest 776E
Brooke Nowack, Bland, Mo.
Sire: J D Pay Dirt 546

Balancer Champion Intermediate Yearling Bull
NSBG 9E
Grace Steenbergen, Cheyenne, Wyo.
Sire: HYBD Scharpe Hybrid Vigor 1713Z

Balancer Reserve Champion Intermediate Yearling Bull
SGMF A317E
Sutton Murphy, Arlington, S.D.
Sire: DLW Sand Trap 928C ET

Balancer Champion Spring Yearling Bull
SKYC SKYS Encore 7086E
Casey Martin, Oregon, Ill.
Sire: SKYM Foreman 2002Z

Balancer Reserve Champion Spring Yearling Bull
LECC Six E Red Zone 750E ET
Lane Enyart, Vinita, Okla.
Sire: PZCT PZC TMAS Firestorm 1800 ET

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

Balancer Reserve Champion Winter Yearling Bull
CPGG Mr. Grove Exceeds 22E
Cade Cameron, Danville, Iowa
Sire: BGGR Gravity 803A

Grand Champion Balancer Bull
SKYC SKYS Encore 7086E
Casey Martin, Oregon, Ill.
Sire: SKYM Foreman 2002Z

Reserve Grand Champion Balancer Bull
LARA Grand Slam N020E ET
Lara Rittenhouse, New Carlisle, Ohio
Sire: S A V Brilliance 8077

Balancer Females

Balancer Champion Junior Heifer Calf
GDV T Bar S Ciara 503F
Grace Vehige, Billings, Mo.
Sire: R4RA Conquest 254

Balancer Reserve Champion Junior Heifer Calf
TAU Ms Molly 806F ET
Sydney Taubenheim, Amherst, Neb.
Sire: GGGE 3G EZ Money 209Z

Balancer Champion Senior Heifer Calf
BCFG Butlers Ms Ebony E133 ET
Kaitlin Taylor, Milton, Tenn.
Sire: BCFG Butlers Bismarck 512Z

Balancer Reserve Champion Senior Heifer Calf
TJB LARA Velvet 521C 757E
Lara Rittenhouse, New Carlisle, Ohio
Sire: EGL Lifeline B101

Balancer Champion Intermediate Yearling Heifer
FGRG 753E
Jaycie Forbes, De Smet, S.D.
Sire: VLK A301 Highmore

Balancer Reserve Champion Intermediate Yearling Heifer
WORR Rumors Make Ya Famous 407E
Karley Rumfelt, Phillipsburg, Mo.
Sire: PZCT PZC TMAS Firestorm 1800 ET

Balancer Champion Spring Yearling Heifer
BABR 7200E
Trey Struck, Hartford, S.D.
Sire: BABR 5203C

Balancer Reserve Champion Spring Yearling Heifer
KKAC Emerald 703E
Kyler Camerer, Asbury, Mo.
Sire: JRI Next Step 285X72

Balancer Champion Winter Yearling Heifer
XXB Miss 23B/709E
Cody Brown, Dwight, Kan.
Sire: XXB Insidious 23B

Balancer Reserve Champion Winter Yearling Heifer
JNCC BROK Miss Dimension 710E
Brooke Nowack, Bland, Mo.
Sire: EXAR Denver 2002B

Balancer Champion Senior Female
BCFG Butlers Ms Daisy 28D3 ET
Aidan Raab, Markle, Ind.
Sire: AHL Flashback 446B

Balancer Reserve Champion Senior Female
KDV T Bar S Dutchess 121D
Kyle Vehige, Billings, Mo.
Sire: Stevenson Weigh Up 41163

Grand Champion Balancer Heifer
BCFG Butlers Ms Daisy 28D3 ET
Aidan Raab, Markle, Ind.
Sire: AHL Flashback 446B

Reserve Grand Champion Balancer Heifer
KDV T Bar S Dutchess 121D
Kyle Vehige, Billings, Mo.
Sire: Stevenson Weigh Up 41163

Grand Champion Bred & Owned Balancer Heifer
KDV T Bar S Dutchess 121D
Kyle Vehige, Billings, Mo.
Sire: Stevenson Weigh Up 41163

Reserve Grand Champion Bred & Owned Balancer Heifer
GDV T Bar S Ciara 503F
Grace Vehige, Billings, Mo.
Sire: R4RA Conquest 254

Grand Champion Balancer Cow-Calf Pair
BDCL 14D2
Alex Barwick, Orleans, Neb.
Sire: VRT Lazy TV Watchman W021

Reserve Grand Champion Balancer Cow-Calf Pair
GGGE 3G Cowgirl Dixie 6102D
Sarah Carroll, Raymore, Mo.
Sire: S S Hoover Dam B115

Grand Champion Bred & Owned Balancer Cow-Calf Pair
BRAX Delilah D26
Braxton Murray, Kingfisher, Okla.
Sire: BAG Mr. Quick Sand 135A

Reserve Grand Champion Bred & Owned Balancer Cow-Calf Pair
BROK Maleficent 401B
Brooke Nowack, Bland, Mo.
Sire: Connealy Final Product 7212

Supreme Grand Champion Balancer Female
BCFG Butlers Ms Daisy 28D3 ET
Aidan Raab, Markle, Ind.
Sire: AHL Flashback 446B

Gelbvieh and Steer Show
Waterloo, Iowa
Friday, July 6, 2018
Judge: Brad Bennett, Seward, Neb.
Entries: 108 head

Steers

Grand Champion Steer
BTO, Chisum Grund, Wallace, Kan.

Reserve Champion Steer
Mr Outright 59E, Kale Taubenheim, Amherst, Neb.

Gelbvieh Bulls

Gelbvieh Champion Junior Bull Calf
IFG Ivers Hannibal F14
Colton Ivers, Austin, Minn.
Sire: JRI General Patton 213B97 ET

Gelbvieh Champion Senior Bull Calf
SAFE Mr Ruttan 011BE
Savannah Ferguson, Abilene, Kan.
Sire: DVE Davidson Ruttan 145A

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Senior Bull Calf
LLLJ Cinch 37E17
Jessie Lowe, Adrian, Mo.
Sire: LWHF Reflection 116C ET

Gelbvieh Champion Intermediate Yearling Bull
ANBG 15E
Andrew Belzer, Mount Ayr, Iowa
Sire: JRI Secret Stash 253W80

Gelbvieh Champion Spring Yearling Bull
LGNZ Mayweather 48E ET
Logan Zemlicka, Wolsey, S.D.
Sire: GGGE 3G Zip Line 266Z

Gelbvieh Champion Winter Yearling Bull
JESM 3E
Jessica McCreary, Mount Ayr, Iowa
Sire: DCHD Golden Buckle Gelv 165C

Grand Champion Gelbvieh Bull
LGNZ Mayweather 48E ET
Logan Zemlicka, Wolsey, S.D.
Sire: GGGE 3G Zip Line 266Z

Reserve Grand Champion Gelbvieh Bull
IFG Ivers Hannibal F14
Colton Ivers, Austin, Minn.
Sire: JRI General Patton 213B97 ET

Gelbvieh Females

Gelbvieh Champion Junior Heifer Calf|
TRAY Fiona 804F
Taylor Danielle Ray, Glasgow, Ky.
Sire: PMFG Challenger 556C

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Junior Heifer Calf
GCRK 802F
Molly Anderson, Marion, N.C.
Sire: SLC Freedom 178F ET

Gelbvieh Champion Senior Heifer Calf
HIGH Ms Emma 9E100 ET
Jacie Carroll, Raymore, Mo.
Sire: JRI Pop A Top 197T83

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Senior Heifer Calf
AMT 98E
Austin Teeter, Mount Ulla, N.C.
Sire: GHGF Shear Force 81A

Gelbvieh Champion Intermediate Yearling Heifer
MGA Pocahontas 749E
Lincoln Martin, Bucklin, Kan.
Sire: LINC Abraham 442B

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Intermediate Yearling Heifer
SEPT RCO No Tan Lines E273
Kaid Sasse, Athol, Kan.
Sire: JRI Next Step 285X72

Gelbvieh Champion Spring Yearling Heifer
BEA 7102E ET
Casey Martin, Oregon, Ill.
Sire: BEA 301A

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Spring Yearling Heifer
GHGF Zelda 20E
Austin Teeter, Mount Ulla, N.C.
Sire: GHGF Young Gun C310

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

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Winter Yearling Heifer
VOS 909E
Kyler Camerer, Asbury, Mo.
Sire: FHG Flying H Mr Traction 45B

Gelbvieh Champion Senior Female
GAMB Dixie D168
Breckon Murray, Kingfisher, Okla.
Sire: VRT Lazy TV Sam U451

Gelbvieh Reserve Champion Senior Female
JRI Ms Petrina 270D45
Lily Judd, Pomona, Kan.
Sire: JRI Pop A Top 197T83

Grand Champion Gelbvieh Heifer
HIGH Ms Emma 9E100 ET
Jacie Carroll, Raymore, Mo.
Sire: JRI Pop A Top 197T83

Reserve Grand Champion Gelbvieh Heifer
BEA 7102E ET
Casey Martin, Oregon, Ill.
Sire: BEA 301A

Grand Champion Bred & Owned Gelbvieh Heifer
SKYC BCFG-SKYS Eleanor 282E
Casey Martin, Oregon, Ill.
Sire: JRI Pistol Pete 214A44

Reserve Grand Champion Bred & Owned Gelbvieh Heifer
AMT 98E
Austin Teeter, Mount Ulla, N.C.
Sire: GHGF Shear Force 81A

Grand Champion Gelbvieh Cow-Calf Pair
BFA Daphne 1D3
Alyssa Beenken, Buckingham, Iowa
Sire: CCRO Carolina Exclusive 1230Y

Reserve Grand Champion Gelbvieh Cow-Calf Pair
HIGH Michala 31D31
Luke Rash, Macon, Mo.
Sire: BCFG Butlers Hillbilly Hero 71

Grand Champion Bred & Owned Gelbvieh Cow-Calf Pair
BFA Daphne 1D3
Alyssa Beenken, Buckingham, Iowa
Sire: CCRO Carolina Exclusive 1230Y

Supreme Grand Champion Gelbvieh Female
HIGH Ms Emma 9E100 ET
Jacie Carroll, Raymore, Mo.
Sire: JRI Pop A Top 197T83

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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