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Official Publication of the American Gelbvieh Association

April 2012

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Journey hails from genetically superior parentage, with his dam, grandam and great grandam honored as highly productive Dam of Merit females. Journey features top 1% calving ease and low birth weight EPD strength, and his calving ease deluxe sons averaged $4,100 in the 2011 spring bull sale.

If great cow families with perfect teat/udder systems are a necessity in your program, this ‘02 National Champion is the way to go. Extra Exposure is a Breed Trait Leader for Scrotal Circumference, and his meat machine sons averaged $5,094 in the 2011 spring bull sale.

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BW: 77 lbs. WW: 746 lbs. YW: 1,252 lbs. Ylg Scrotal: 39.1 cm.

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April 2012, Vol. 26, No. 7

Contents contents 10 %IMF or Marbling Score...Which is it? How can I Tell?

The amount of intramuscular fat can be reported several ways. Breeder should be aware of the differences.

13 Selecting for Carcass Merit Using EPDs

Using the Gelbvieh carcass EPDs, seedstock breeders can select to improve carcass merit of Gelbviehinfluenced feeder cattle.

42 Understanding the Science of Genomic Enhanced EPDs

An interview with researcher Dr. Dorian Garrick explaining how he is using the Gelbvieh genotype information, plus information from other breeds to make genomic predictions.

Sales 20 Kansas Gelbvieh Association Pick of the Herds Sale 22 Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic Balancer®/Gelbvieh Sale 22 39th Annual Gelbvieh Gold Sale 22 Gustin’s Diamond D Ranch Gelbvieh Sale 26 Midwest Beef Cattle Consultants and Brooks Farms, Inc. Open House and Bull Sale 26 Black Crest Farms Annual Spring Production Sale 28 Lemke Cattle Bull Sale 31 Thorstenson Gelbvieh & Angus 31st Annual Bull Sale 31 Chimney Butte Ranch Gelbvieh Production Sale

Shows 46 Dixie National Open Gelbvieh and Balancer® Show

News 18 Cattle Producers Show Surprise Interest in Expansion 19 AGJA Directors Attend Youth Beef Industry Congress, Cattle Industry Convention 31 Initial Genomic Pioneers Project Goal Achieved 40 2012 Black and Gold Classic Sponsors Opportunities Still Available 40 AGJA Summer Show Information 44 Offer Your Customers the Gelbvieh Performance Advantage 44 American Gelbvieh Association Board of Directors Action Points 46 Pfizer Animal Health Introduces Labor Management Solutions for Beef Producers

On the cover: Spring has sprung! One of the best things about spring is getting new baby calves. There’s a lot of waiting in the cattle business; you wait for the new AI bulls, make your selections, wait for the semen, breed your cows, then wait nine months for the calves, and you wait another 6-12 months before you know if your decisions paid off. It’s all worth the wait. EDITOR: Jennifer Scharpe E-mail: Graphic Design: Lynn Valentine E-mail:

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“Gelbvieh World” (ISSN 1084-5100), is published monthly except for February, June and October for $35 for one year. The American Gelbvieh Association, 10900 Dover St., Broomfield, Colorado 80021-3993.

Periodicals postage paid at Broomfield, Colorado and at additional mailing offices. Postmaster send address changes to: Gelbvieh World, 10900 Dover Street, Broomfield, Colorado 80021

Departments President’s Message Contact Us View from the Office View of the Numbers News & Notes Bits & Pieces Communications View Breeder’s Corner Junior Voice Places to Be Ad Index

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We want to thank all our friends and customers who attended and purchased bulls in our annual Midwest Beef Alliance Bull Sale on March 10. Our bulls averaged $3,142. The top selling bull was Lot 1, a black purebred son of KHR 47R who was purchased by Gaylon Thibodeaux of Willow Springs, Mo. for $6,200. Gaylon was also our top volume purchaser, taking home seven bulls. Ronald Rogers

A Factory Built on Tenderness, Growth & Milk! At Rogers Valley Farm, we look at our cows as our factory. Today, for a factory to succeed, it needs to be efficient with the latest technology. We approach our cow selection the same way. She needs to raise a calf every year on the forage provided. To improve our herd, we place an emphasis on timely data collection. We use EPDs, ultrasound data plus DNA technology to measure the economically important traits of tenderness, feed efficiency and reproduction. Our dams and herdsires are selected for their tenderness genetics as well as growth and reproduction. With our genetics, you can add tenderness without losing performance. For information on our bull offerings or to purchase semen from our tenderness sires, call Ronald Rogers at 660-375-7266.


Our Senior Chairman of the Board One breeder referred to him as the big butt bull when looking at our calf crop.

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Stay Ahead of the Cur ve on Tenderness Our herdsires are selected for their tenderness genetics. They will add the tenderness gene to your program while improving feedlot performance and increase carcass grade on the rail. For semen, call Ronald Rogers at 660-375-7266.

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Mark Goes

President’s Message president’s message

AGA Executive Committee

Share Those Records Don’t waste time taking records. provides the best genetic predictors of an That may sound a little contrary but animal’s contribution to performance of its consider this example. I have two bulls for offspring. Data that is shared rather than sale and you need a sire that will have low kept is also used to develop new genetic birth weight calves. One of my bulls has a indicators that we can use to make more 90-pound birth weight and the other has a accurate predictions with quicker results 133-pound birth weight. I have a guess as leading to more profitability as we eliminate to which bull you would choose. the negative outliers. We all of course Take the two bulls gather birth weights, in the above example. You took the time to The 90-pound birth weaning weights and yearling weights as weight bull is out of collect that data so they are required for a a 1,000-pound cow submit those records that was fed very little registration certificate to be issued on Gelbvieh during gestation. He to the AGA and and Balancer® bulls. was born at 9 percent help the Gelbvieh But there is so much of his dam’s body more that we do. weight. The 133-pound breed advance to We collect data on birth weight bull was the forefront of scrotal circumference, out of a 1,900-pound, disposition, feed fat donor cow that the industry with efficiency, carcass had not carried a calf highly accurate, ultrasound, DNA and for two years. He was so much more. We born at 7 percent of all-encompassing keep those records in his dam’s body weight. measures. hopes of adding value A female should be and gathering a little able to deliver a calf more premium on between 6 and 8 the bull upon his sale. Our customers seek percent of her body weight. Now which bull out that information in hopes of perhaps has the potential to sire lighter birth weight purchasing the largest ribeye area bull in the calves? If the entire story is shared, we can sale or maybe the highest %IMF bull. Try to make better decisions. Of course we all know remember that instant gratification usually now that the birth weight EPDs of the bulls delivers very short-term results. would be the very best indicator of the best breeding value. The American Gelbvieh Association fosters total herd reporting on the animals When you share your records rather in the AGA Herdbook so that we can all than keeping them, you are better able to benefit from those records. Not only do advance the animal and your program. Your we keep data on bulls we have for sale, but customers will profit more and sleep better we keep data on the females in the herd having made the best decision to purchase as well. We collect udder scores, heifer your breeding stock. You took the time to pregnancy rates, days to re-breeding, mature collect that data so submit those records cow sizes, hip heights and pelvic measures, to the AGA and help the Gelbvieh breed among many other points of information. advance to the forefront of the industry But we all need to learn to submit those with highly accurate, all-encompassing records to the AGA. This helps the AGA measures. A rising tide raises all ships. Don’t establish proper contemporary grouping, keep those records. eliminate environmental effects on Mark Goes is the president of the performance, and create ratios and indexes American Gelbvieh Association and owns that can be compiled, adjusted and used M&P Gelbvieh in Odell, Neb. He can be to compare individuals throughout the reached at breed via our genetic evaluation. This 4 | April 2012

President Mark Goes 402-766-3627 (H) S E Community College, 39414 SW 75th Rd, Odell, NE 68415

Vice President Brian Dunn 620-549-6516 (H) 708 N Main • St. John, KS 67576 Secretary Rob Arnold 701-624-2051 (H) 6700 Cty Rd 19 S • Minot, ND 58701 Treasurer Dan Warner 308-962-6511 (H) 71628 Rd 425 • Beaver City, NE 68926 Legal Counsel E. Edd Pritchett 405/375-5516 (O) 114 N. Main St. • Ste. 101 Kingfisher, OK 73750

AGA Directors Ken Flikkema 406-586-6207 (H & O) 2 Mint Trail • Bozeman, MT 59718 Bob Hart 816-225-8530 (C) 7065 Gibbs Rd • Kansas City, KS 66106 John Huston 859-595-8680 (C) 10254 Marquart Rd • New Carlisle, OH 45344 Andy LeDoux 785-732-6564 (H) 365 Agenda Ln • Agenda, KS 66930-8969 David Martin 501-728-4950 (H) 256 Boyce Rd • Judsonia, AR 72081 Bob Prosser 928-289-2619 (O) PO Box 190 • Winslow, AZ 86047 Duane Strider 910-428-4568 (H) 2123 Ctr Cross Church Rd Asheboro, NC 27205 Grant Thayer 303-621-2058 (H) 24063 Cty. Rd 122 • Ramah, CO 80832-9705 Gary Tilghman 270-678-5695 (H) 690 Lick Branch Rd • Glasgow, KY 42141-9409 Nancy Wilkinson 719/846-7910 (H) 23115 CR 111.3 • Model, CO 81059 All approved AGA Board minutes are available for inspection in the AGA office. Board meeting highlights are available upon request.

Frank Padilla

View from the Office view from the office

303/465-2333 Main Phone 303/465-2339 fax

Making A Difference Most have had someone who crossed their path in life who had a significant influence on how they looked at things; a person who challenged the way of thinking; someone who looked at things differently; someone who wanted to make things better. Someone who wanted to make us better as a person doing whatever it was that we were engaged in at the time. They were doers. They aspired to make everyone and everything better that they were in contact with. That’s how they got their reward. Don Good passed away February 14, 2012. Dr. Good was the former Head of the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University and a distinguished and influential livestock judge. In June of 1966 he was named Head of Animal Sciences, a position he held for 21 years until his retirement in 1987. He was 90 years old when he passed. Good’s influence reached far beyond Kansas. His leadership and commitment to agriculture was instrumental in helping move livestock and meat production into the modern era. According to “Building the Legacy,” a history of Kansas State University’s Animal Science department written by Miles McKee, “Good was known as a builder of the individual, a strong support of land-grant research, and an exemplary judge of beef cattle.” In hearing of his passing my mind raced with memories of Dr. Good. In 1967, I was a fourteen year old 4-H kid showing a Hereford steer at the Ak-Sar-Ben held in Omaha, Neb. This was billed as the largest 4-H show of the time. Slightly over 1,000 Angus, Hereford, and Shorthorn steers showed that year during the three-day event. Dr. Good was the judge. At the end of the third day of showing, Dr. Good selected my steer as the grand champion. The fact that I won the show isn’t what I remember the most from the experience. A week prior at an open steer show, I was sifted from showing the same steer because he wasn’t good enough to be judged. The reason was the steer was too big. He weighed 1,000 pounds. Dr. Good 6 | April 2012

did not see him as such a week later at the Ak-Sar-Ben. He stated in his reasons that he was the modern beef steer. Two years later at the 1969 Chicago International Livestock Show, Dr. Good slapped a crossbred as the grand champion market steer. This was the first crossbred selected as a champion at a major livestock show. This decision, as well as the 1967 Ak-Sar-Ben selection, led the change in cattle selection from small and fat to larger performance-type cattle. These selections were both extremely significant to the industry. Dr. Good knew that there would be backlash from his selection. It took courage to select the crossbred during a time when it was not popular among most in the industry. The fact is that Dr. Good was respected within the industry and he knew that his influence could help to make the industry and cattle breeders better. He was progressive and saw things as how they could be not just as they were at the time. Dr. Good was also credited with pioneering the concept of correlating carcass characteristics to live animal evaluation at livestock shows. He was an advocate for using measurable carcass traits to back up meat animal judging decisions. I was not a student of Dr. Good’s. I was not a close associate of his. I doubt if he remembered or thought about the fourteen year old kid with the Hereford steer he selected for grand champion that September day in 1967. What I can say is that he had a great influence on me. That his willingness to lead and to do what he believed in to be right, not necessarily popular, was an example I will carry with me always. A lesson that can be used regardless of what we do in life. He made a difference. You can too. Frank Padilla is the director of breed promotion for the American Gelbvieh Association. He can be reached at frankp@ or 303-456-2333.

Director of Administration Dianne Coffman (ex. 479) Director of Breed Improvement Susan Willmon (ex. 484) Director of Breed Promotion Frank Padilla (ex. 480) Director of Communications Jennifer Scharpe (ex. 485) Director of Member Services Dana Stewart (ex. 488) Gelbvieh Media Productions Lynn Valentine (ex. 486)

Area Coordinator Brandon McEndaffer (970) 520-3020 Area Coordinator William McIntosh (502) 867-3132 Customer Services Dolores Gravley (ex. 481) Patti Showman (ex. 478) Mailing address: 10900 Dover St., Westminster, CO 80021 General E-mail: Registration/Electronic Data Transfer: Website:


New Influential Herd Sire Additions BDCG STOCKMAN 56W4 Small and extra fancy best describe the Stockman babies born this spring at Post Rock and Dawson Creek. We plan to use Stockman on the majority of our Balancer® heifers this spring. He has grown out to be a most impressive herd sire with his National Champion mother’s eye appeal and his popular AI sire’s muscle, volume and shape. Stockman deserves your use in AI and ET programs on heifers and cows.

GBNR CAPTAIN 42X The Captain babies born this spring have had very consistent and acceptable birth weights with more eye appeal and substance than we hoped for. Early on they appear to be a very, very nice sire group. We plan to use him on the majority of our homozygous polled purebred cows and in our ET program and feel he can become one of the most influential herd sires at Post Rock. If your AI needs include an out cross black homozygous polled purebred come by and see the Captain calves, you’ll be impressed!

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Susan Willmon

View of the Numbers view of the numbers What is Average? A look at the changes in calving ease and calving ease daughters breed average EPDs. Breed average EPDs are published as part of the twice-yearly American Gelbvieh Association sire summary. Breed averages are useful for monitoring the direction of the breed for each trait. They are also useful in identifying the outliers for certain traits. Seedstock breeders can evaluate the direction of their own breeding programs by comparing the average EPDs of a calf crop against the AGA breed averages. Breed averages will fluctuate from year to year as evidenced from the EPD genetic trend lines. These averages are calculated on sires and dams that have produced a calf within the last two calf crops. The most recent AGA sire summary and breed averages were published in January 2012. A change in breed average EPDs for calving ease (CE) and calving ease daughters (CED) occurred with the more recent sire summaries. There are two causal factors to this shift: an improvement in data analysis based on contemporary groups and updating criteria for sires and dams to be included in the averages. The shift in breed average EPDs for CE and CED first occurred with the July 2011 AGA Sire Summary. Converting the AGA Herdbook to the new registry system has

improved the ability to group data. The new system does a better job than the previous system of combining calving data from the same herd into contemporary groups, whether that data was submitted at the same time or not. In terms of data analysis, this meant larger contemporary groups as well as potential for more variation within those contemporary groups. Calving ease data is calculated based on a threshold model – scored from 1-5. If no variation within a contemporary group is reported (i.e. a group with all CE scores reported as 1), the data is removed from the analysis. With the new methods of handling calving data, more data is included in the analysis. The second factor that impacted the change in these averages was to update the criteria for sires or dam to be included in the respective averages. Prior to July 2011, breed averages included sires that had produced a calf within the previous four years. The July 2011 averages changed the criteria to include parents that had produced a calf within the last two years. Since these averages are attempting to reflect the current trends in the breed, tightening up this window provided a better means to evaluate changes in sire


EPD Ranges


Calving Ease EPD Recommended for:

Weaning Weight EPD Will: Yearling Weight EPD Will provide: Milk EPD Will provide:

110 and up


104 and below

Heifers and small cows

Well developed heifers calving under supervision and problem calving cows





Maintain WW

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Good growth potential

Excellent growth potential

Exceptional growth potential



22 and up

Good milk potential - suited for low input environments

Excellent milk potential

Superior milk potential - suited for higher input environments

Chart 1. Adapted from the Post Rock Cattle Co. spring 2012 bull sale catalog.

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and dam selection as it relates to the overall population. To monitor any significant changes between EPD runs, the correlations between the EPDs from the old and new analysis are calculated. In this instance the correlations between the old and new EPD runs for CE and CED was .96. This basically means that sires that had high CE EPDs in the prior analysis also had high CE EPDs in the latest run. Guiding customers to use EPDs in their selection criteria for prospective herd sires or replacement females is important. Chart 1 below is an example of a tool to help educate customers. The values presented in the chart can be tailored by each member based on current production parameters of your existing location and customer buying preferences. The complete AGA Sire Summary, including Percentiles with Breed Averages, Trait Leaders and Genetic Trends can be viewed at under the Education Center tab on the Genetics and Research page. Susan Willmon is the director of breed improvement for the American Gelbvieh Association. She can be reached at susanw@ or 303-465-2333.

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Producer Education

Feature feature %IMF or Marbling Score…Which is it? How can I tell? With all of the incentives to raise Choice and Prime cattle, it’s easy to see why so much selection pressure has been placed on marbling. However, the industry has done a poor job of explaining how producers can use ultrasound to select for quality grade, how ultrasound “measures” marbling, and why it’s done in such a confusing fashion. Percent intramuscular fat, or %IMF, is the common ultrasound term for marbling, but it needs further explanation to fully understand the concept. In short, %IMF is simply an indicator trait for marbling, much like birth weight EPD is an indicator of calving ease. With high marbling EPDs and carcass quality genetics demanding top dollar in the sale ring, it is extremely important producers understand what they are buying. The major difference between %IMF and marbling is that %IMF is a numeric objective measure, whereas marbling is subjective to the eye of the grader. The correlation is usually around +.70 to +.80 between the two measures. In order to accurately predict USDA marbling score using ultrasound, the same grader would need to be used for every research trial. As a result, a chemical extraction procedure was adopted, using the percentage of intramuscular fat in the ribeye muscle. The collection of %IMF comes from taking a thin slice of the ribeye in the cooler. External and seam fat are removed from the sample. The steak is then frozen, ground up, and ether extract analysis determines the fat percentage from a subsample of the ribeye. Thus, a live animal with an ultrasound estimate of 4.0 %IMF should also produce a carcass with a ribeye steak that has 4.0% fat within it. This method captures saturated and unsaturated fat cells, both of which contribute to the eating experience of the consumer. USDA graders can only measure fat or marbling they can see when assessing Quality Grade. Typical chain speed in a harvest facility often does not give ample time for some fats to “bloom” or whiten before the carcass is stamped for Quality. As a result, some animals are sent to a “re-grade” rail in the cooler to allow more time for fat cells to appear to the human eye. Some High Select carcasses will actually 10 | April 2012

reach Low Choice if given this opportunity. Ultrasound machines show intramuscular fat by “hearing” a density change and portraying it on a screen as a grayscale (black and white) color change. Muscle tissue has a different density than fat, thus allowing us to estimate the amount of fat verses muscle on a percentage basis. As a result, the prediction equations developed to estimate %IMF in seedstock do just that; they do not attempt to mirror any USDA grader. To classify and compare the actual IMF value is extremely difficult. A bull with a birth weight EPD of -1.5 is often termed a “Calving Ease Sire” with little to no argument. However, a bull with a high marbling or %IMF EPD cannot necessarily be called a “Prime or High Choice Sire,” but merely a bull with good carcass quality genetics. The most confusing element of understanding ultrasound data is deciphering which unit of measure is actually under your nose, especially in the case of numeric marbling score verses marbling score degrees verses %IMF. As one can see in the table below, the number scale for percent intramuscular fat and numeric carcass marbling score is not one in the same. There is no written law or breed association rule that defines how %IMF or marbling is published in either sale catalogs or advertisements. When data is sent out from The CUP LabTM to a breed association or breeder, it is in %IMF form, simply an average value taken from four to five images per animal. Complex computer models estimate the percent of intramuscular fat within a box placed by the interpreting

technician in a consistent spot between the 12th and 13th ribs in the image, reported to the nearest hundredth. Some breeds express the EPD in %IMF fashion, but others convert the measure to numeric marbling score units in order to prevent confusion.  When purchasing bulls or heifers, keep in mind that sale catalogs may express marbling or %IMF in any of the columns presented in the table, not to mention additional data for EPDs and ratios. Along with this, some breeders adjust bull ultrasound data to a “steer equivalent.” This attempts to give bull buyers information on how they can expect feedlot calves from a particular bull to grade, offsetting the testosterone effect known to be detrimental to a bull’s marbling. If all breeders used the same adjustment, data would be easier to compare. Unfortunately,


Quality Grade

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a variety of unpublished math problems get used. Some use a base adjustment, for instance +2.0% IMF, which may overestimate the genetic ability of the poorest bulls to grade and undersell the top-end genetics. Others may multiply the actual %IMF or the age-adjusted values. If you are unclear if the data in front of you has been adjusted and to what extent, consult the breeder for clarification.  The amount of information that accompanies a registered animal has and will continue to increase. With feed costs and high quality beef demand on the rise, marbling will remain one of the most important selection criteria. Be sure you don’t let the numbers and stars get in the way of selecting the right animals for your program. Editor’s Note: The above article was written by The National CUP Lab as Volume 1 of Carcass Ultrasound 101. For additional articles published by The CUP Lab visit us/articles.cfm.

Selecting for Carcass Merit Using EPDs Expected progeny differences (EPDs) may be used to estimate how future progeny of the subject animal will compare to progeny of other animals within the breed. The key words are estimate, future, compare and within breed. EPDs are not designed to predict the performance of one or two progeny of a sire, but rather should be used to compare bulls based on estimated progeny performance. EPDs predict differences, not absolutes. They describe the genetic value of an animal much like a feed tag describes the contents of a feed sack. EPDs are computed as part of the American Gelbvieh Association national cattle evaluation (NCE) program. The NCE program represents the application of the most recent genetic and computing technology for calculating EPDs for beef cattle. An EPD may be derived from any combination of individual performance, pedigree, and progeny and grand progeny

performance information. Selecting for carcass merit greatly improves the ability for Gelbviehinfluenced feeder calves to hit Grade and Yield industry targets. Using the carcass EPDs published by the American Gelbvieh Association in balance with growth and maternal traits will lead to breed improvement. The AGA publishes three EPDs and three index values for carcass traits. These are: carcass weight, ribeye area, marbling, days to finish, feedlot merit and carcass value. Below is a description of those traits. Carcass Weight (CW): expressed in pounds of carcass weight adjusted to a constant fat endpoint. Ribeye Area (RE): expressed in square inches of ribeye muscle area adjusted to a constant fat endpoint. Marbling (MB): expressed in degrees Continued on page 15

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of marbling score, a determinant of USDA Quality Grade. Value is adjusted to a constant fat endpoint. Only heifer contemporary group ultrasound data is included in the calculation. Days to Finish (DtF): expressed in days to reach a constant fat endpoint, which is commonly used in the feedlot to determine when an animal is finished with the appropriate amount of fat cover. When evaluating two potential sires with comparable EPDs for other traits, the sire with the lesser value for DtF will produce progeny that will finish sooner with potentially lower feed costs. Feedlot Merit (FM): expressed in dollars per head, value passed to progeny. The feedlot merit EPD measures the dollar value associated with the expected gain and feedlot efficiency of progeny when fed in a typical feedlot arrangement. Carcass Value (CV): expressed in dollar value per head, comparing progeny of one animal to another in dollar differences when progeny are sold on a grid. This value is a true economic comparison; it is not grid merit at a standard carcass weight

as many breeds calculate. Projected carcass weight, penalties for “out” weight carcasses (too heavy or light), quality grade and yield grade premiums and discounts are all included in calculating this $EPD value. A noticeable difference in the Gelbvieh carcass EPDs is the adjustment to a constant fat endpoint rather than an age endpoint. The change to a constant fat endpoint was made in the fall of 2007. This fat endpoint adjustment more closely matches the industry practice of finishing feedlot animals to approximately .4 inch of outer fat thickness. Carcass ultrasound and actual carcass data are crucial to providing reliable EPD measures. While collecting actual carcass data can be difficult and expensive, collecting ultrasound data is more feasible for seedstock breeders. Adding progeny records from ultrasound data into EPD calculations increases the accuracy of those EPDs. In the case of the carcass weight and ribeye area EPDs, both bull and heifer contemporary group ultrasound data are included in the calculations. For the marbling EPD, data from only heifer

contemporary groups are included. Seedstock breeders should consider collecting carcass ultrasound data on both yearling bulls and heifers. Submitting ultrasound data to the AGA for inclusion in the national cattle evaluation process impacts the capability to predict an animal’s genetic ability for carcass merit through EPDs and the resulting accuracy of those EPDs. Simply put, carcass ultrasound or actual carcass data submitted in acceptable contemporary groups greatly increases the presence and accuracies of carcass trait EPDs and index values on animals. Gelbvieh carcass trait EPDs and index values are selection tools available to seedstock producers and commercial cattlemen to improve carcass merit. Keeping an eye on these traits when making breeding decisions is important to ensure Gelbvieh-influenced feeder cattle hit the Yield Grade 1 or 2, Choice Quality Grade targets demanded by industry and consumers. The premiums to be gained from hitting these targets will keep Gelbvieh genetics in demand.

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News ‘N Notes news ‘n notes Summer Sire Summary Data Due

Linking to Animal Pedigrees Online

Breeders wanting to make sure the data on their animals is included in the 2012 Summer Sire Summary should submit all data to the American Gelbvieh Association office by April 27. This includes registration data, weights, measurements, etc. For questions or more information contact the AGA office.

Needing to link an animal pedigree on your web site or email an animal pedigree to a potential customer? Use this simple trick to get a direct URL address. Use the following URL to link directly to the animal’s Pedigree display page on the AGA website: aspx?regnum=AMGV followed by the animal’s registration number. For example: to display the Animal/Pedigree for SLC Freedom 178F ET, you would add the registration number 601105 after AMGV as illustrated here: aspx?regnum=AMGV601105. Note: The above URL must be used to link to the Animal/Pedigree display page. You are not able to copy and paste the URL link that appears for an animal on the Animal Search page.

Upgrades Completed to Exchange Listings Recently, AGA staff completed new upgrades to the Exchange Bull and Female Listings. The upgrades included required entry fields for Post Date and State, making it easier for users to view entries by state or date when listing was posted. As part of the upgrade, listings that appeared to be outdated were deleted and current listings were reformatted to fit the upgraded fields. Please check your listings to make sure the information is correct and current by logging into your Exchange account. If you have forgotten your login or password, contact Jennifer Scharpe at or at the AGA office to have the information sent to you. The AGA provides the Bull, Female and Feeder Calf Exchange Listings as a free service to members and commercial users of Gelbvieh and Balancer® genetics, as part of the Association’s Commercial Marketing services. Contact Dana Stewart, AGA director of member services at for questions regarding the listings.

Parentage Testing – Did You Know? Two circumstances in which AGA members would consider parentage testing are: to satisfy AGA rules for donor dams, AI sires and foreign animals; or if the parentage of a calf may be in question. The AGA rules require all donor dams to have a DNA parentage profile on file prior to registering any ET calves. Foreign animals registered in the U.S. Herdbook also require a parentage profile on file. Additionally, all AI sires must be parent verified to the sire and dam in order to receive an AI permit. To complete the parentage testing process in these situations, members should contact the AGA office to request the parentage testing form and use the AGA’s official parentage lab, which is IGENITY®. Parentage of a calf can be in question for a variety of reasons. Some examples that other members have experienced are: actual calving date falls between AI and pasture exposure dates; use of multiple sire pastures; or even two calves born at the same time and were claimed by different cows. In these situations, the parentage testing process can be simplified by using AGA’s official parentage lab. Active AGA members in good standing with the Association have access to parentage profiles on AI sires or dams on file through the AGA’s parentage database with IGENITY. This access helps facilitate the parent verification process. Samples submitted for parentage testing to other DNA commercial providers will not have access to the DNA profiles that may already be on file in AGA’s database and neither will the new profiles be archived in the AGA database. There are many commercial providers available to members to complete the parentage process, depending on the situation and the member’s preference. For questions regarding the parentage testing process, please contact the AGA office at 303-465-2333. 16 | April 2012

TAMU AgriLife Extension, American Brahman Breeders Association to Host BIF The 44th Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Research Symposium and annual meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Houston on April 18 – 20, 2012. This year’s meeting is hosted by Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension Animal Science and the American Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA). On the evening of Wednesday, April 18, the symposium will hold an opening night reception, as well as have presentations on the influence of Bos indicus genetics in the global beef industry. The symposium will host a variety of events on Thursday, April 19 and Friday, April 20, including presentations on current beef issues, committee sessions to discuss current research, an educational event hosted by the American Breeds Coalition, and the Seedstock and Commercial Producer Award nominees will be announced. Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension Animal Science and the American Brahman Breeders Association are proud to co‐host the 2012 Beef Improvement Federation Research Symposium and annual meeting. To register for the 2012 BIF meeting, go to www. and enter Beef Improvement. For hotel information and to book a room call 1‐800‐627‐6461. For more information on the BIF, contact Joe C. Paschal at 361‐265‐9203, j‐, or Chris Shivers 713‐349‐0854,

AGA Says Goodbye to Teresa Wessels American Gelbvieh Association customer services staff member Teresa Wessels retried after almost 20 years of working for the AGA. Most members will know Teresa by her voice as she was usually the person who answered the phone at the AGA office, among performing other tasks in her job. Teresa was on medical disability last fall and officially retired earlier this year. She and her husband Gerald are planning a move to Georgia to spend time with their children and grandchildren. The AGA thanks Teresa for her many years of service and wish her well in her retirement.

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Bits ‘N Pieces bits n’pieces Rittenhouses Awarded OCA Young Cattleman of the Year The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) awarded Scott and Sasha Rittenhouse of New Carlisle the Young Cattleman of the Year Award. The Rittenhouse Family owns and operates R Genetics Livestock in Clark and Champaign counties. They currently have a cow-calf operation of approximately 100 beef cattle on 300 acres and additionally rent 500 acres for crops, hay and pasture. They have recently joined in cooperation with Leachman Cattle of Colorado to market their bulls that are raised to produce cattle with high-quality carcasses. Both Scott and Sasha grew up around the beef cattle industry. Sasha got her start in 1994 when she began showing purebred Gelbvieh cattle and Scott’s family owned a commercial herd in Clark County. They are both graduates of The Ohio State University, with degrees in agriculture business and animal sciences. The couple married in 2004 and purchased Sasha’s grandparents farm where they now operate. Sasha and Scott enjoy their farm with their two children, Lara and Lexi. In addition to managing the family farm, Scott works part time for United Producers where he buys and sells feeder calves, and Sasha does accounting for Northridge IGA, the family owned grocery store. The OCA and the Ohio Farmer jointly sponsor the Young Cattleman of the Year Award, which was created to recognize young producers in Ohio working to better the industry.

Gelbvieh Arrivals Jace Alan Hojer arrived on March 3, 2012, two days before the annual Hojer Gelbvieh Ranch production sale. Blake and Jennifer Hojer of De Smet, S.D., welcomed home their 8 pound, 14 ounce, 21.5 inch bundle of joy. Jace was also welcomed home by grandparents Alan and Pam Hojer, Aunt Nikki Hojer, and Uncle Christian Hojer, all of Lake Preston, S.D.

Gelbvieh Departures Sgt. Floyd Earl Clarkson, 55, of Winfield, Kan., passed away Saturday afternoon, March 3, 2012, at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita. Born February 24, 1957, in Springfield, Mo., he was the son of Lloyd and Carmelita (Kirk) Clarkson. The family moved to a farm near Winfield while he was a young child. As a young man he was actively involved in the Walnut Valley 4-H, the Winfield FFA, was a member of the Millington Street Baptist Church, and played basketball for the Winfield High School. After high school Floyd attended Northeast Oklahoma A&M, and later attended and graduated from Missouri Auction School. In 1975, Floyd married Teresa Kunkel. To this union two children were born. The couple later divorced. In 1980, he returned to the Winfield area where he ran Clarkson Fitting and helped his father run the Clarkson family farm. In April of 2000, Floyd began working for the Winfield Police Department. Floyd was united in marriage to Lisa Seabury on November 5, 2004, on the Clarkson family farm in Winfield. The couple made their home in Winfield. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and worked as a hunting guide for Flint Hills Hunt. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Winfield Jaycees, American Polled Hereford Association, Kansas Polled Hereford Association, Kansas Gelbvieh, Held Livestock Sales, the Sons of the American Legion, and the Grace United Methodist Church. Brittney and Wes Spencer, Pierre, S.D., would like to announce the arrival of Owen James Spencer. Owen was born on March 7, 2012 at 4:25 p.m. and weighed 5 pounds, 3 ounces. Wes, who is currently serving overseas with the National Guard made it home for the delivery. Proud grandparents are Jim and Barb Beastrom of Beastrom Gelbvieh.

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News news Cattle Producers Show Surprise Interest in Expansion Although beef supplies will be very short for several more years, the USDA’s Cattle report indicates that the very early stages of beef cattle expansion have begun as beef heifer retention has increased a modest 1 percent, said Chris Hurt, a Purdue University Extension economist. “However, the big picture is that beef cow numbers dropped 3 percent last year, and this will mean a smaller calf crop in 2012 that will keep cattle slaughter small for 2013 and 2014. If producers follow through with more heifer retention in 2012 and 2013, slaughter supplies will decline over the next two years and increase finished cattle prices even more,” he said.

Two Dominant Drivers of Cow Numbers in Recent Years The first was the dramatic increases in feed prices after calendar year 2007. The beef industry couldn’t pass higher feed costs on to consumers in 2008 and 2009 but instead had to suffer negative margins. Poor returns led to liquidation of beef cows, which has continued into the current report, he said. The second large driver was the drought in the southern Plains in recent years that caused further liquidation of cows due to lack of pasture and forages, Hurt added. “The impact of these two factors resulted in U.S. beef cow numbers dropping 3 million head, or 9 percent, since 2007. Every region of the country has reduced beef cow numbers since 2007,” he said. In the past year, the impact of the drought was felt most heavily in Texas where beef cow numbers were down 660,000, representing 13 percent of their herd. The second largest impact was in Oklahoma where the cow herd was reduced by 288,000 head, or 14 percent, last year. The cows that were liquidated from the southern Plains in 2011 went in two directions, Hurt said. “First, cow slaughter was high all year, indicating that many went directly to packers. However, a portion moved to areas that had better pastures and forage supplies. The biggest recipient was likely 18 | April 2012

Nebraska where cow numbers were up 112,000 last year, but also Iowa with cow numbers up 55,000 and Colorado up 22,000 head,” he noted.

Latest Indications There are now indications that the longer-term trend of cow liquidation driven by high feed prices may be coming to an end. This is because beef supplies have now adjusted downward and cattle prices have adjusted sharply higher, he said.

2 percent in 2012. If heifer retention continues to grow in 2012 and 2013, beef supplies will not increase until 2015. So the modest heifer retention now is actually a price-enhancing factor in the short run with the bearish implications not occurring until 2015 and beyond,” Hurt said. Will cow-calf operations continue to expand in 2012? They probably should wait for two conditions to develop. The first is continued improvement in moisture conditions in the southern Plains, he said.

There are now indications that the longer-term trend of cow liquidation driven by high feed prices may be coming to an end...Beef supplies have now adjusted downward and cattle prices have adjusted sharply higher. In addition, feed prices are expected to moderate if 2012 U.S. yields are close to normal. Beef cows have become very valuable property because of the shortage of beef that will be experienced in 2012 and beyond. This was demonstrated in the Cattle report by a 1 percent increase in the number of heifers being retained to go back to breeding herds, the first increase in heifer retention since feed prices began increasing. “The drought continues to retard expansion in Texas where heifer retention is down 10 percent and in Oklahoma where retention is down 16 percent. However, the expansion of the breeding herd appears to be under way in Nebraska, South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, and Iowa where retained heifers are up by double-digit percentages,” the economist said.

What Does this First Hint of Expansion Mean to Cattle Prices in 2012? Although some may see the early signs of heifer retention as bearish for 2012 prices, the opposite is most likely true. This is because the retention of heifers reduces slaughter supplies and beef supplies, he said. “Because of the reduction in the cow numbers, the calf crop will be down over

Hurt says there are mixed signals for that region. Rainfall for much of the southern Plains has been above normal for the past couple of months. However, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) continues to forecast that drought conditions will persist through at least the spring for that area, and that drought will continue, or develop, for much of the southern tier of states from California to Florida, he said. “The second condition is to wait for an assurance that the 2012 U.S. crops will have favorable yields. This is because NOAA is forecasting that a region of the western Corn Belt will continue to be very dry into the spring, which raises concerns for corn and soybean meal prices. Higher feed prices would tend to depress calf prices,” he said. The first signs of expansion do little to change the bullish cattle price forecasts, he added. “Look for finished cattle prices to push into the higher $120s this spring, the moderate to mid-$120s this summer, and finish the year near $130. Spring highs in 2013 could climb to the low $130s.” Editor’s note: The above article was written by Phyllis Picklesimer and the source is Chris Hurt, both of the University of Illinois. Hurt can be reached at 217-2444273 or

News news AGJA Directors Attend Youth Beef Industry Congress, Cattle Industry Convention Five members of the American Gelbvieh Junior Association attended the Youth Beef Industry Congress (YBIC), held in conjunction with the 114th Annual Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show, February 2-4 in Nashville, Tenn. The event, sponsored by the U.S. Beef Breeds Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), brought together more than 125 youth from across the nation. AGJA members in attendance were Seth Arp, Arlington, Wisc.; Grace Hammer, Wallace, Kan.; Janelle Hayek, Clutier, Iowa; Justin Taubenheim, Amherst, Neb.; and Van Tucker, Portis, Kan. YBIC provides an opportunity for board members from junior beef breed associations and state cattlemen’s associations to network together while attending workshops and sessions to promote leadership skills, beef knowledge and career planning. The 2012 theme, “Hitting the High Notes,” got off to a start with keynote speaker Andrew McCrea, of American Countryside LLC, who delivered “Making Mountains out of Molehills,” before conducting an agriculture leadership workshop. Attendees also heard an encouraging message in perseverance from Nashville Freelance Television Correspondents, Ashlie Kolb and Neil Mylet. The next day, AGJA board members gained powerful knowledge during the Genetic Improvement of Beef Cattle Feed Efficiency Session with Bob Weaber, Kansas State University, Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska and Dan Shike, University of Illinois. The session was sponsored by “National Program for Genetic Improvement of Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle.” Next, YBIC attendees visited the set of “Cattleman to Cattleman” with Kevin Ochsner before networking in the NCBA trade show. After a welcome from NCBA staff and leadership, Dr. Tom Field, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, spoke about the state of the beef industry and seizing new opportunities. The evening concluded with “Cowboy’s Night at the Grand Old Opry,” where YBIC and NCBA attendees enjoyed an evening of entertainment. The conference concluded the following morning with an important message from Troy and Stacy Hadock, cattle ranchers from South Dakota, about the importance of advocacy in agriculture.

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to all the progressive Cattlemen who attended, bid, and purchased new Genetics at the Annual Lemke Cattle Bull Sale Long time customers and many first time buyers filled our Sale facility to purchase top Genetics. At Lemke Cattle we consider customers as partners in our program. Rest assured that your top new Genetics are backed by the best guarantee,customer service, and calf marketing assisstance around. 37 Bulls ave. $4,344 4 Balancer open hfrs. ave. $1,575 5 Commercial Red Angus open hfrs. ave. $1,685 Flat Creek Farms was volume buyer with 4 Top Balancer Bulls The 2012 calves are on the ground, growing and look tremendous. Join us Jan. 26th, 2013, at the Ranch for the 7th Annual Lemke Cattle Bull Sale. Offering will include large groups of ET Brothers by Iron Mountain, Predominant, Silver, Net Worth and Final Answer

LEM GRID TOPPER 166Y ET Top seller to Richard Konen

LEM GRID TOPPER 165Y ET 2nd high seller to Mertens Land & Cattle

LEM GRID TOPPER 184Y to Dave & Nate Jarosik

LEM GET-R-DONE 175Y to Alan Chrisman

LEM HOT IRON 108Y to Mertens Land & Cattle

Front row: Grace Hammer, Wallace, Kan.; Janelle Hayek, Clutier, Iowa; Back row: Van Tucker, Portis, Kan.; Seth Arp, Arlington, Wisc.; and Justin Taubenheim, Amherst, Neb. Photo by Dana Stewart.

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Sales sales Kansas Gelbvieh Association Pick of the Herds Sale November 26, 2011 • Salina, Kan. Auctioneer:  Ronn Cunningham Sale Manager:  Brian Beying Reported by: Brian Beying 29 Open Heifers



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$1,300 $2,465

The 11th Annual KGA “Pick of the Herd” Female Sale was met with much enthusiasm. A cold, blustery day was warmed by the lively bidding action inside the Farmers and Ranchers sale facility in Salina, Kan. This sale has the tradition of turning out some of the best females in the nation, and the 2011 sale was no exception. Twenty-one consignors from

Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma offered one of the best sets of females in the sale’s history. Topping the offering, and creating much excitement at $6,500 was the Lot 14 entry from Circle S Ranch of Canton, Kan. CIRS 72WY is a black, polled purebred heifer sired by CIRS King. She was purchased by Janelle Hayek of Iowa. This heifer went on to achieve reserve champion Gelbvieh female honors at the 2012 National Western Stock Show in Denver. Bar Arrow Cattle Co. and Blackhawk Cattle Co. of Phillipsburg, Kan., consigned the next high selling open heifer at $3,800, with Lot 19, BAG Miss Decade 23Y. Miss Decade 23Y is a double black, double polled Balancer® sired by CIRS Decade. Matt Raile of St. Francis, Kan., picked a great one to add to his herd. Justin Taubenheim of Amherst, Neb., struck at $3,500 on the Lot 26 heifer, consigned by Overmiller Gelbvieh of Smith Center, Kan. OGSG Your Tunes 708Y is a stout, soggy double black, double polled balancer daughter of Tuned In 55T. The next high-seller was Lot 11 at $3,400, consigned by Seth Beying of Leavenworth, Kan., with SDCG Ms Nugget 9405X. Nugget is a homozygous black, homozygous polled Balancer daughter of Western Hauler 028S. She found a new home with Blake Bauer of Fairview, Neb. The top selling bred heifer was consigned by Dustin Aherin, Phillipsburg, Kan., with Lot 10, ABL X-Hail. X-Hail is a double black, double polled Balancer female sired by BAG Mr Stout 232UA. She is carrying the service of CTR Goodnight 715T. Dan Warner of Warner Beef Genetics, Arapahoe, Neb., took home this past division winning female. The top selling cow-calf pair was Lot 2, BDCG Janelle 241W. Janelle is a double black, double polled 75 percent Balancer sired by Western Hauler 028S. She sold with a purebred heifer calf at side sired by BDCG Citizen F39L ET. Flying H Genetics of Arapahoe, Neb., took home this productive first calf heifer pair.

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Sales sales Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic Balancer®/ Gelbvieh Sale

Gustin’s Diamond D Ranch Gelbvieh Sale

February 24, 2012 Kearney, Neb. Auctioneer: Tracy Harl Reported by: Ronette Bush-Heinrich

February 24, 2012 Mandan, N.D. Auctioneer: Ross Glass Reported by: Terry Robinson, Agri-Media

The 2012 Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic Balancer®/Gelbvieh Show and Sale was held Friday, February 24th in Kearney, Neb. Twelve bulls and ten females participated in this year’s sale. Judge was Travis Pembrook, Fairview, Okla., and the auctioneer was Tracy Harl of Hastings, Neb. Taking home grand champion Balancer/Gelbvieh bull and high selling honors went to Lot 4, Insidious 612Y, consigned by J.J. Boehler of Orleans, Neb. This bull is a January 24, 2011 son of Silveiras Style 9303 and sold to Cedar Top Ranch of Stapleton, Neb., for $5,500. Reserve champion Balancer/Gelbvieh bull was Lot 2, AHL Hollywood 132Y, consigned by LeDoux Ranch of Agenda, Kan. This bull is a January 17, 2011 son of PIE Get Western 4061 and he sold to

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Lynn Ryan, Ansley, Neb., for $4,600. Grand champion Balancer/Gelbvieh heifer was Lot 23, BARG Rose 113Y, consigned by Barwick Gelbvieh of Orleans, Neb. This heifer is a June 11, 2011 daughter of BARG Stetson 9W and she sold to Elizabeth Krajewski of Venango, Neb., for $5,000. Reserve champion Balancer/Gelbvieh heifer was Lot 14, AHL Reba 121Y, consigned by LeDoux Ranch of Agenda, Kan. This heifer is a January 13, 2011 daughter of XXB Wingman 639T ET and she sold to Steve Schroeder of Sioux Falls, S.D., for $2,400. The 2012 sale saw 12 bulls average $3,425. Ten heifers sold for an average of $2,365 in 2012. Overall, in 2012, there were 22 cattle that grossed $64,750 and averaged $2,943.

39th Annual Gelbvieh Gold Sale February 14, 2012 Des Moines, Iowa Auctioneer: Phil Schooley Sale Manager: Mitchell Marketing Service Report written by: Jennifer Scharpe

The 39th Gelbvieh Gold Sale was held on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa. The annual sale is sponsored by the Gelbvieh Breeders of Iowa and held in conjunction with the 2012 Iowa Beef Expo. Topping the sale was Lot 22, a Balancer® bred heifer consigned by Sauers Valley View Farms, Utica, Minn. SVVG Glory ET X052 is a black, double polled April 4, 2010 daughter of the Angus bull TC Grid Topper 355 and a 14 year old Gelbvieh cow, SVV Delight ET. She sold safe for March 2012 calf sired by TAU Kruggerand. Larry Kapinus of Prairie DuChien, Wisc., was the winning bidder at $7,200. Holste’s Triple H Farms of Clarinda, Iowa consigned the high-selling bull. Lot 22 | April 2012

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11, RNBG 75Y1, is a March 5, 2011 double polled, double black, purebred Gelbvieh bull sired by JRI Trouble Free 270R725 ET and an XXB Drew dam. This bull posted an adjusted weaning weight of 835 pounds. Duane Hosek of Clutier, Iowa purchased this bull for $4,700.

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Top Selling Bulls: CMR Phantom 146Y, a red, polled purebred son of the RLFG Range Line Cocoa sire sold to the Eslinger Brothers of Elgin, N.D., at $9,750. DDGR Eye Candy 24Y, a homozygous polled 50 percent Balancer® by HLH Buster, also sold to the Eslinger Brothers of Elgin, N.D., at $8,000. DDGR Sniper 157Y, a black, multipolled son of RLFG Range Line Cocoa was purchased by Henry Berger of Luverne, N.D., at $7,500. DDGR Optimus Prime 41Y, a black, polled son of Post Rock Granite 200P2 to Mike Rogstad of Bismarck, N.D., for $6,750. DDGR Spitfire 210Y, a black, polled son of DDGR Goaltender 61W sold to Scott Bradac of Marmarth, N.D., for $6,500. CMR Sundance 53Y, a homozygous black, homozygous polled son of Post Rock Silver 233U1 to Tom Waldock of Parshall, N.D., at $6,500. DDGR Powermax 125Y, a son of RLFG Range Line Cocoa was purchased by Allen Entzie of Lehr, N.D., at $6,500. Top Selling Balancer Bred Heifers: DDGR Peyton 72X, a daughter of SAV Net Worth 4200 sold to the Rogstad Ranch of Bismarck, N.D., for $3,500.

Additional Sale Reports Available Online Read more detailed and additional sale reports online at Or scan this QR code with your smartphone. Submit your sale report by sending report or sale information to Jennifer Scharpe at Sale report will appear in the next issue of the magazine and also online.

Jennifer Scharpe

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Learn by Doing Growing up in the 4-H program GELBVIEH SALES eblasts will be limited to one per day and sold on a I learned many life lessons. I was a 4-H first come, first served basis. The cost member for 11 years and was very active for a GELBVIEH SALES eblast is very on the county and state level. My favorite reasonable - $250 per blast if using an projects were beef, swine, clothing, foods, existing ad or $350 per blast if designing leadership, and self-determined. However, a new ad. Discount pricing for multiple I was never afraid to try a new project eblasts is available. Within the first 24 and even recall one year where I signed hours of announcing this new email up for 30 projects. One of the many life marketing service, we booked four eblasts. lessons 4-H teaches is learn by doing. I was reminded of that valuable lesson the last I am happy to share a testimonial two weeks and was very thankful to have from the first GELBVIEH SALES eblast learned that through learn by doing we can customer, Rippe Gelbvieh. “Your cost per accomplish our goals. viewing from the eblast makes it cheap; very, very My responsibilities Promote much so. Some of my best with AGA are evolving production sales, advertising has been on the as we implement new Gelbvieh enews and the programs in breed individual sale eblast,” said Dustin Rippe. promotion, marketing or consignments, member services. Whether One of the benefits of it’s with the Gelbvieh GELBVIEH SALES eblast AI sires, website, the magazine, the short turnaround embryos, private istime. national advertising As long as we have treaty sales or or Gelbvieh Media the ad materials the day Productions, I get excited upcoming events before the scheduled eblast we can get it set up about learning something with GELBVIEH date, to send the next day. This new which will ultimately allows breeders to promote positively affect the breed SALES eblast. lots that may be of specific and the members. interest to seedstock In early March, breeders, highlight videos or sale catalog Gelbvieh Media Productions launched links, or provide updated or additional sale GELBVIEH SALES email marketing information from ads previously published service. Member response to this service has in the magazine. Combining Gelbvieh World been tremendous. As with almost any new advertising with an eblast will help double endeavor, there were a few bugs to be worked your marketing efforts. out in the initial email blasts. Luckily through Currently the AGA has three email lists, learn by doing, we are able to offer a great which are the E-Newsletter, news releases, marketing service to members. and GELBVIEH SALES. Members can GELBVIEH SALES email marketing subscribe or unsubscribe to any of these is a service where members can send out three lists by using the ‘SafeUnsubscribe’ an eblast to Gelbvieh breeders, junior link located at the bottom of all the emails. members and those interested in Gelbvieh We are excited to offer this new email and Balancer® genetics. While there are marketing service. I look forward to other email marketing services available in continuing to provide new communications the beef industry, GELBVIEH SALES is and marketing services – keeping that 4-H the only Gelbvieh-specific email marketing lesson of learn by doing in mind. service. Our list includes just fewer than 2,000 email addresses. Promote production Jennifer Scharpe is the director of sales, individual sale consignments, AI sires, communications for the American Gelbvieh embryos, private treaty sales or upcoming Association. She can be reached at jennifers@ or 303-465-2333. events with GELBVIEH SALES eblast. 24 | April 2012

Production Schedule Gelbvieh World The Profit Picture January

Breeding Reference Guide/AI Sires Early deadline: November 21 Ad deadline: November 28

February Profit Picture

Commercial Issue Early deadline: December 8 Ad deadline: December 15


National Gelbvieh Convention/NWSS Early deadline: January 20 Ad deadline: January 25


Herd Management/AI Sires Early deadline: February 20 Ad deadline: February 27


Herd Health/Nutrition & Feeding Early deadline: March 20 Ad deadline: March 26


Herd Reference Edition Early deadline: May 18 Ad deadline: May 30


Seedstock Marketing Early deadline: June 20 Ad deadline: June 25


Junior Programs Early deadline: July 20 Ad deadline: July 25

October Profit Picture Commercial Issue Early deadline: August 10 Ad deadline: August 17


The Gelbvieh Cow Early deadline: September 20 Ad deadline: September 25


AGA Convention Preview Early deadline: October 19 Ad deadline: October 25

BW: Adj. WW: Adj. YW: Adj SC:

Maverick 70T

- Owners: Gelbvieh Bar None Ranch, Larry Clark, Pleasant Meadows Farm & S&S Gelbvieh Semen available through Cattlemen’s Connection or owners.


Ms Maverick 97X topped the open heifers at the 2011 Spring Bluegrass Gelbvieh Invitational at $2,900.

EGL Maggie Y056 ET March 2011 daughter of Maverick.

88 lbs. 726 lbs. 1,223 lbs. 41.5 cm

















































Scan this QR code with your smartphone. Give it a try!

WAM Mavi 132W

2012 Reserve Grand Champion Kentuckey Beef Expo

For semen contact:

Slaughter Sale Management David Slaughter

Phone: (270) 556-4259 E-mail:

Cattlemen’s Connection

Phone: 1 (800) 743-0026

Maverick Owners:

PMFG Layleigh X022 PMFG Layleigh X022 is an October, 2010 daughter of Maverick.

PMFG Remy X024 PMFG Remy X024 is a November, 2010 daughter of Maverick.

Gelbvieh Bar None Ranch Pleasant Meadow Farm Don Estes Gary Tilghman Sapphire, NC Glasgow, KY 270-646-7024 Larry P & Sunny D Farms Larry Clark Greensburg, KY 270-299-5167

S&S Gelbvieh Arthur Slaughter Fredonia, KY 270-545-3455

Sales sales Midwest Beef Cattle Consultants and Brooks Farms, Inc. Open House and Bull Sale March 3, 2012 Wolcott, Ind. Reported by: W. Mark Hilton

14 Balancer® Bulls



Angus Bulls



SimAngus Bulls


Tom Brooks and W. Mark Hilton and families hosted their fifth annual open house and bull sale on Saturday, March 3. The two breeders offered 14 Balancer®, 3 SimAngus and 3 calving ease Angus bulls for sale. Two Balancer® bulls tied at $3,950 each to top the sale. MBCC Weightlifter 6Y6 was aptly named as he led all bulls with a 4.45 ADG and 128.5 ADG ratio. His EPDs read: BW 1.4, WW 51, Milk 16 and YW 101. David Sutherlin from Sutherlin Beef at Greencastle took home this outstanding sire by CTR Marbling 2401M. Darren and Warren Pearson at Frankfort used the sight unseen program to buy MBCC Efficiency 5Y1 for their commercial herd. He is a son of MCFG MCF Bruce Almighty 35P ET with a BW EPD of -3.4

making him one of the guaranteed calving ease bulls in the offering. His ADG was 3.67 with a ratio of 106 all in a frame score 4.8 package. Two bulls sold at $3,850 each, with MBCC Heavyweight 218Y1 going to Sutherlin. This bull is also sired by CTR Marbling 2401M, gained 4.07 lbs./day on test and finished with an ADG ratio of 117.7. His EPDs were a balanced profile of BW -0.4, WW 45, Milk 14, and YW. A son of RBMS SCC Just Right 122P ET went to Manning Cattle Company of Macy. This frame 5.0 bull was on many buyers’ list as he combined balanced EPDs and tremendous disposition with outstanding performance of 4.07 lbs./day on test.

Black Crest Farms Annual Spring Production Sale February 11, 2011 Sumter, S.C. Reported by: Dr. Larry Olson 4 Balancer® Bulls $2,088 4

Gelbvieh Bulls


Black Crest Farms, with guest consignor Olson Cattle Research, held their Annual Bull and Female Spring Production Sale on February 11, 2011 at Black Crest Farms in Sumter, S.C. The sale featured a select set of Gelbvieh and Balancer® bulls, along with Angus and Hereford-Angus bull, as well as replacement females. The high selling Balancer bull was Lot 82, WRM X803. He is an October 16, 2010, black, polled, 75 percent son of JHG Premonition 662S ET. Hannah Brothers Farms of Hodges, S.C., was the winning bidder at $2,500.


ver the last 5 years many Gelbvieh breeders have been searching for a bull that will add CARCASS TRAITS while maintaining moderate birth weights, performance, and maternal traits. King George broke over 18 years of ultrasound data at Grund Beef Genetics when he scanned an incredible IMF and REA score and he’s a Great Looking Breeding Bull! Thanks to Middle Creek Farms for investing in Genetics that “Add Value”.


onsider the fact that Walmart is moving to 100% Choice Beef in the near future. Are you producing genetics for future premiums??

GRU King George 817Y JDPD Rolex 151M JDPD Astro HAD Princess of Alot 407

Contact Grund Beef Genetics or Middle Creek Farms for semen: $30/unit

GATZ Complete Package 8L ET GRU Ms Complete 817U GRU Ms Mary 200M BW: 85 Scrotal: 37 cm

a a a a a a

Middle Creek Farms Ken and Dale Flikkema

ADJ WW: 879 Frame Size: 6.2 EPDs: CE 108

BW 1.5

WW 51

YW 79

MK 16

TM 42

CV 11.73

High Marbling – 5.07 IMF Big Ribeye – 14.30 REA Homozygous Polled Great set of EPD’s Good Looking – Dam was also 2009 Reserve National Champion AGJA Female Longevity – Dam is 10 years old Granddam 12 years old and both still raising calves

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2 Mint Trail • Bozeman, MT 59718 (406) 586-6207 (Office) (406) 580-6207 (Cell) email:

rund Beef enetics

Jerry & Chrysanne Grund Layal & Donna Grund Lyle & Christy Hammer Darrell & Becky Vandike

785/891-3765 785/852-4370 785/891-3718 785/728-7310

302 Ash St, Sharon Springs, KS 67758 or

CRAN Buddy Boy T729

Homozygous Polled

Diluter Free

Red Purebred Bull

Semen available through Cattlemen’s Connection 1-800-743-0026 Owned by Rippe Gelbvieh and Cranview Gelbvieh

Reg. # AMGV 1039981














































TKN Buster 8N GKT Buddy 7R GKT 54G Robert, Bill & Louis Arnold 4061 49th Street NE • Esmond, ND 58332

Ph: 701-720-8823 or 701-624-2051

TJB Jagermeister 229M ET CRAN R251 CRAN Jared’s Girl M201

Rippe Gelbvieh Hubbell, NE 68375 Dustin: 316-323-4874 Duane: 402-324-4176 Email: Web:

Sales sales Lemke Cattle Bull Sale January 28, 2012 Lawrence, Neb. Auctioneer: Rick Shoemaker Reported by Randy Lemke

Top quality bulls and nice weather drew a large crowd to the Lemke ranch, southwest of Lawrence, Neb., for the 6th Annual Lemke Cattle Bull Sale. The Lemke family welcomed old and new friends alike to a great beef meal, a tremendous group of bulls, and a great time with fellow cattlemen. Topping the bulls was Lot 3, LEM Grid Topper 166Y ET for $6,800. This January 23, 2011 homozygous black, polled Balancer® bull was sired by SAV Iron Mountain 8066 and out of a red Balancer dam. Richard Konen from Guide Rock, Neb., was the winning bidder. Richard selected another top Balancer bull in Lot 20, LEM Dominator 178Y for $5,200. Mertens Land & Cattle added two

37 Bulls



Open Heifers



Commercial Heifers


elite Balancer herd bulls to their bull battery. Lot 2, LEM Grid Topper 165Y ET, a January 21, 2011 son of TC Grid Topper 355 sold for $6,600 and Lot 1, LEM Hot Iron 108Y, a February 10, 2011 son of SAV Iron Mountain 8066 sold for $5,750. Lot 9, LEM Grid Topper 184Y sold to many time repeat customer Dave & Nate Jarosik from Nebraska for $6,000. He is a February 9, 2011 homozygous black, polled Balancer son of TC Grid Topper 355. Lot 23, LEM Get-R-Done 175Y drew heavy interest with outstanding phenotype, numbers, and actual performance. This cherry red hybrid went to Alan Chrisman from Nebraska with the winning bid of $6,000.

DLW Wardon 24W

Additional high sellers include: Lot 4, LEM Grid Topper 168Y ET sold for $5,700 to Jeff Grabil from Nebraska. Lot 18, LEM STAR 192Y for $5,300 sold to Monte Gregg from Nebraska. Lots 5, 6, 7, full ET brothers from the 654 donor cow and sired by Iron Mountain sold for $5,200 each. Many time repeat customer Flat Creek Farms were volume buyers adding the flush brothers plus another heavy muscled red Balancer to their outstanding herd. Lot 27, LEM Redstar 189Y sold for $5,100 to Steve Leninger from Nebraska. Lot 14, LEM In Focus 174Y, a thick outstanding calving ease bull, sold to Marty Jones from Nebraska for $5,000.

Sire: HYEK Black Impact 3960N Yearling Wt: 1,240 lbs. • Frame score: 5.9 Scrotal: 36 cm • REA: 17.1 with ratio of 121 CE
































Easily sires very thick, heavily muscled, structurally correct, fast growing calves.

Wardon’s first calf crop had the heaviest weaning weight as a sire group at Schawang Cattle Co. Semen available through:

Bull Barn Genetics • 1-800-535-6173 28 | April 2012

Randy & Mindy Schawang 3271 KRD • David City, NE 68632 402-367-6293 • 402-367-2345 (C)

Dan and Kate Warner 42198 Road 721, Arapahoe, NE 68922 (H) 308-962-5485 Monte Warner: 308-268-6020 Darren Warner: 308-268-2031

h e i v b l e G w e i v n Cra Genetic S a l e

ProGress April 13, 2012 • 1pm CDT

Rugby, ND

this is just a samPle of the 60 Gelbvieh and balancer bulls that cranview Gelbvieh will offer on sale day!

cran y76

cran y19

sire: eGl northern Pacific w026 et BW: 93 • WW: 794

Sire: CRAN W24 ET Final Answer BW: 92 • WW: 654

cran y3

sire: cran move’n on w16 BW: 92 • WW: 660

Catalog, Videos and Ultrasound Data will be available on our website April 1. we look forward to seeinG you sale day! To request your Cranview “Genetic Progress” Sale Catalog, please contact us.

RobeRt and bill aRnold

4061 49th Street Ne • eSmoNd, Nd PH: 701.720.8823 oR 701.624.2051

Sales sales Thorstenson Gelbvieh & Angus 31st Annual Bull Sale March 3, 2012 Mobridge, S.D. Auctioneer: Lynn Weishaar, Reva, S.D. Reported by: Wendy Thorstenson

Bulls to fit every cattleman’s budget were available at the Thorstenson Gelbvieh & Angus 31st Annual Production sale held Saturday, March 3, at Mobridge Livestock Auction in Mobridge, S.D. Bidding was active from start to finish on the offering that sold with feed efficiency data collected by a GrowSafe feed monitoring system. Topping all bulls in the sale was a feed efficiency test leader, Lot 87, who featured a -1.01 RFI number. Selling for $10,000 to Jim Beastrom of Beastrom Gelbvieh, Pierre, S.D., the black Balancer® sported ratios of 128 for WW, 118 for YW, 113 for REA, 110 for %IM fat, and 108 for ADG. He also had a WW EPD of +59 and a YW EPD of +100. He was sired by VVGR Mr 920W and out of a Cocoa dam with a 106 progeny WW ratio on six calves. Next in line for the high-sellers was another black Balancer, Lot 67, who sold to Joseph Schmidt of Roscoe, S.D. for $9,500. He was also above average for feed efficiency coupled with ratios of 127 for WW, 117 for ADG, 120 for YW and 110 for REA. A son of MCFG 262U, his EPDs were BW: -1.3, WW: +51 and YW: +90. Leading the way in the Angus offering was a Final Answer son sporting a 62-pound BW. Longtime customer Larry Thompson of Glenham, S.D., paid $9,000

23 Gelbvieh Bulls


125 Balancer® Bulls


41 Angus Bulls


189 Total Bulls


to own the curve bender boasting EPDs of BW: -0.5, WW: +73 and YW: +120. He also posted weights of 773 for weaning and 1,330 for yearling. Two local customers had the final bids on the next two high-selling Angus at $8,000 apiece. Lot 172, a fall-born bull sired by GAR Predestined, sold to Rod Moon of Glenham, S.D., and Lot 193, sired by Sitz Upward 307R was purchased by Lonnie Vander Vorst of Akaska, S.D. Two more longtime, area buyers, Skip Rau of Selby, S.D., and Leon Voegele, Trail City, S.D., bought bulls for $7,500. Rau chose Lot 194, an Upward son who posted ratios of 118, 113 and 114 for WW, ADG and YW. Voegele picked Lot 187, a fall bull sired by 21AR Roundup who was above average for feed efficiency. Leading the way in the Gelbvieh offering was Lot 6 purchased by Blackhawk Cattle Company, Oregon, Ill., at $6,500. Posting a -1.43 RFI number, he is homozygous black and sired by Powerhouse 13U. Brent Vavra, Nisland, S.D., had the final bid on Lot 2, a yearling homozygous black Sam Spade son, at $5,750. A full brother to Lazy TV Sam U451, he scanned a 14.8 adj. REA and measured 4.00 for %IM fat.

Chimney Butte Ranch Gelbvieh Production Sale March 2, 2012 Mandan, N.D. Auctioneer: Marlin Kapp Reported by: Terry Robinson, Agri-Media 60 Yearling Gelbvieh Bulls


Top Selling Bulls: Lot 102, DCH Hille Y102, a February 27, 2011 black, polled, purebred son of DCH Hille M118 Majesty to Mike Rogstad, Bismarck, N.D., at $6,000 for one-half interest and full possession. Lot 342, DCH Hille Y343, a May 30, 2011 black, polled, purebred son of DAR Pure Power to Golden Buckle Gelbvieh, Medina, N.D., at $5,500 for one-half interest and full possession. Lot 136, DCH Hille Y136, a March 12, 2011 homozygous black, polled, Balancer® son of SS Objective T510 to Randy Keller, Dodge, N.D., at $5,500. Lot 165, DCH Hille Y165, a March 18, 2011 red, polled, purebred son of DCH Hille T266 Tye to Kevin Schmidt, Huff, N.D., at $5,250 for one-half interest and full possession. Lot 196, DCH Hille Y186, a March 25, 2011 black, polled, purebred son of CRAN U11 to Randy Keller, Dodge, N.D., at $5,250 for one-half interest and full possession.

Initial Genomic Pioneers Project Goal Achieved The American Gelbvieh Association has reached its initial goal for the Genomic Pioneers project of having 800+ samples genotyped on the 50K SNP panel. These samples make up the training population for the development of Gelbvieh genomicenhanced EPDs. The AGA will still accept samples as the association works towards the goal of having genotypes on 1,000 animals. A list of bulls, including AI and natural service sires, as well as all females that have been tested, is available on the AGA website at www. Additionally, there is a list of additional AI sires that are desired to be included in this training population. Members who have semen on these sires or daughters out of one of these sires are asked to consider submitting samples on these animals for inclusion in this project. Members who have not yet submitted

a sample to this research are encouraged to do so right away. For information about submitting samples, please contact Susan Willmon, AGA director of breed improvement at or 303465-2333. A current list of participants in the Genomic Pioneers project can be found on the AGA website. The Association greatly appreciates the tremendous grass roots support from AGA members across the country. Without both the samples submitted and generous financial support, this project would not have been able to progress to this point.  Gelbvieh World | 31

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Dave & Dawn Bowman 55784 Holly Rd. • Olathe, CO 81425

Kittle Gelbvieh Farms

(970) 323-6833


Quality Black Gelbvieh Cattle Johnny D. Kittle 816 Co. Rd. 36 Geraldine, AL 35974 Cell (256) 996-4140

3 G Ranch

Gelbvieh Cattle For Sale Carl, Rebecca & Emily Griffiths 1577 N 600 E • Kendallville, IN 46755

260/897-2160 •


Your call or visit is Always Welcome

Grant Thayer, Owner

(303) 621-2058

Brad Ridinger, Manager

The Prosser Family



Office: (719) 764-2327 Cell: (303) 810-0582


Fullblood Polled Gelbvieh Polled Hereford

Merle E. Lewis


928/289-2619 Winter


James L. Lewis


RR1 Box 1360 • Springville, IN 47462

Winslow, AZ Website: Email:

Angus, Gelbvieh, Balancer & Commercial Replacement Females



H odges R anch

15702 Hodges Rd., Omaha, AR 72662

Eugene (870) 426-5333


Diana (870) 426-5334

“Realizing the Value”

Neal (870) 426-4469

Gelbvieh & Balancer Bulls & Heifers Available Private Treaty Sales

Skyler Martin

1200 S. Blackhawk Rd. Oregon, IL 61061-9762 815•732•7583



Ridge Top Ranch


Neola, Iowa

Black & Polled Private Treaty Sales

Breed-leading Performance from Quality Genetics

Kevin: 402-510-8103 Al: 402-676-5292

• Polled Purebreds • Red • Black

Double D Farm

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Skyler Martin

9937 Warren Rd. Winslow, IL 61089

1200 S. Blackhawk Rd. Oregon, IL 61061

(815) 367-4116

(815) 732-7583

Ricky Linquist

th Street inquist 1135 190 inquist Fonda, IA 50540

arms (712) 288-5349 arms Gelbvieh & Red Angus


LGone Oak e l b v i e h Eric Ehresman (319) 489-2275 20963 30th St. (319) 480-1564 Mechanicsville, IA 52306

McCabe Cattle Co.

Two Step Ranch



Lacey McCabe

Pat and Jay McCabe

Gelbvieh Farley, Iowa Balancers Annual Spring Bull Sale 60-80 Bred Females Each Fall

(E-mail): (web):

LeDoux Ranch

Andy, Danielle JW and Jady LeDoux 365 Agenda Lane • Agenda, KS 66930 H:785-732-6564 • C: 785-527-3188 Offering value from Heterosis

Minnesota Brandywine Farm Tom Scarponcini

30474 Brandywine Road Rushford, MN 55971

POST ROCK CATTLE COMPANY 3041 E. Hwy. 284, Barnard, KS 67418 Bill Clark: 785.792.6244 Leland Clark: 785.792.6208 Fax: 785.792.6250 Email:



SFI Schafer Farms, Inc.


37740 240th Ave., Goodhue, MN 55027 Brian Schafer Lowell Schafer 1-888-226-9210 651-923-4587


Private Treaty Bull Sale — Last Sat. in February Annually

Purebred A.I. Seedstock Bulls and Heifers Available. Al, Mary & Nick Knapp Cell: (913) 219-6613 18291 158th Street H: (913) 724-4105 Bonner Springs, KS 66012 FAX: (913) 724-4107 e-mail:

Bar Arrow Cattle Company Stuar t Jar vis 26 E. Limestone Rd. • Phillipsburg, KS 67661 e-mail: • 785/543-5177


Mattison Family Farm


Scott & Sonia Mattison Brianna, Nicole, Josh & Kallie 15995 Harvest Ave Lamberton, MN 56152 507-430-0505 • email: Purebred Gelbvieh and Balancer® Cattle


“Where workin’ cattle & eye appeal come full circle”

John & Carla Shearer (620) 628-4621 (620) 654-6507 (John Cell)

2815 Navajo Rd. Canton, KS 67428

Annual Production Sale 1st Saturday in April

Purebred Gelbvieh & Balancer Cattle High Quality Genetics for Every Cattleman. Owners: David Butts Wayne Butts

Judd Ranch Inc.

Dave & Cindy Judd Nick, Ginger Judd & Family Brent & Ashley Judd 423 Hwy. K-68 • Pomona, KS 66076 785/ 566-8371

Contact David Butts: 270-365-3715 (H) 270-625-4700 (C)

Princeton, KY • Email:

Slaughter Sale Management David Slaughter

162 Hastings Lane • Fredonia, KY 42411 270-556-4259 •

B/F Cattle Company

Specializing in Forage Raised Balancer® Bulls on K-31

Culling practices on cows/bulls second to NONE! For information, contact:

Route 1, Box 407 • Butler, MO 64730

660 • 492 • 2808 Gelbvieh World | 33

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Cedar Top Ranch Scott & Raberta Starr 212 Starr Drive • Stapleton, NE 69163 (H): 308-587-2293 • (C): 308-530-3900 Eldon Starr: 1-800-535-6173 or Rich Johnson: 402-368-2209


D Bar L Land and Livestock

SimAngus, Balancer 15 months old forage. Developed for calving ease, growth, guaranteed. Gain the many benefits of heterosis from crossbreeding. Well over $100 per cow exposed. Superior genetics. Bob Harriman 660-492-2504

Doug Sanford 680 Beaver Valley Rd • Chadron, NE 69337

Home of CIRS Direct Current 1LU

Commercial and Registered Gelbvieh and Balancer® Cattle for sale Cell: 620-546-4563 Email: Call for semen packages

Bettie Rotert 660-693-4844

George Rotert 816-896-0954

ROCKING GV GELBVIEH Polled Fullblood Gelbvieh Cattle Dr. & Mrs. Glenn Wehner 22533 Spencer Lane Kirksville, MO 63501 660-665-7502

Rogers Valley Farm Gelbvieh


Breed for Tomorrow’s Cattle Today!

A Breed Leader in Tenderness & Marbling– Mark & Patty Goes

P.O. Box 51 Mendon, MO 64660 (660) 272-3805 (O) (660-375-7266 (C)

39414 SW 75th Rd. Odell, NE 68415 (402) 766-3627

Ronald & Kathryne Rogers email:

Consistent Genetics Adding Pounds & Profit

Pope Farms Gelbvieh

Myron & Valerie Bahm 4375 White Oak Rd Fordland, MO 65652

417-753-3578(h) • 417-576-0687(c)


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J. J. Boehler

70948 L Rd. , Orleans, NE 68966 308-473-7342 • 308-999-0207


Jeff and Jeanne Pope 26075 Willow Rd., Ravenna, NE 68869 Phone & Fax: (308) 467-BEEF Cell: (308) 390-0657

Ohio Jeff Swanson • 308/337-2235 72408 I Road • Oxford, NE 68967 Annual Sale—Last Saturday in February



N. Dakota We sell Breeding Stock Bulls & Females

Chimney Butte Ranch Doug and Carol Hille 701/445-7383

3320 51st St., Mandan, ND 58554

Nevada Annual Production Sale 1st Friday in March

Chester Yoder

12353 Cty Rd 330 Big Prairie, OH 44611 330-567-9232 • 330-231-0339 (cell)

Oklahoma 6700 County Rd. 19 S. Minot, ND 58701

Dick & Jean Williams

(701) 624-2051 (H) (701) 720-8823 (C)

P.O. Box 156 Orovada, NV 89425 775•272•3442

“Pounds Make Profit in Your Pocket” Bulls & Heifers Private Treaty

Rob Arnold



Registered Gelbvieh & Balancers®

Ed LeGrand

809 S. Redlands Rd. • Stillwater, OK 74074

405-747-6950 • Homo. Black, Homo. Polled • Breeding Stock Available

N. Carolina

Dwight and Christina Dockter Bailey, Cheyenne, Cierra and Dalton

4956 41st St. SE, Medina, ND 58467 701-486-3494 • Visit

Dennis, Sherry, Jessica, Katie and Sarah Al and Peggy

1613 Derby Road P.O. Box 154 Jackson Springs, NC 27281 910-652-2233 Cell: 910-638-8436 Mick’s email: Grass Grown • Carcass Quality & Performance


u Oregon


Mick Ainsworth

Exceptional BULLS & HEIFERS

Mandan, ND • 701/663-7266 email:

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Maple Lake Livestock Company Madras, Oregon

M /L

High Desert Red & Black Gelbvieh & Balancer® Cattle

541 - 475 - 9335

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Gelbvieh & Balancer Performance Genetics Blacks & Reds A select group of heifers available each fall Bulls available year around

(605) 354-2428 Cell (605) 546-2058 Home Gerald Adkins 402 4th Ave., Iroquois, SD 57353

Beastrom Gelbvieh Ranch Registered Gelbvieh & Balancer Cattle Bulls • Heifers • Embryos • Semen

Jim & Barb Beastrom Brandy Ludemann, Brittney Spencer

Thorstenson Gelbvieh

Selby, South Dakota Annual Bull Sale 1st Saturday in March Brian & Dee Dee Vaughn & Wendy 605-649-9927 605-649-6262


Ph: 605-224-5789 • 605-280-7589 (Cell) •

Quality Gelbvieh & Balancer® Cattle

Clinch Mountain Gelbvieh

Bulls & Heifers for Sale

Brent & Eve Vavra Nisland, SD • 605/257-2407


Quality Gelbvieh & Balancer® Genetics from a Trusted Source

Ellison Gelbvieh & Angus Ranch Gelbvieh & Angus & Balancers

Jim & Pat Dromgoole

Private Treaty Sales • Bulls (Yearling & 2-yr.-old) & Heifers

4403 Winding River Dr. • Richmond, TX 77469

Jeff & Susie Ellison

9020 ND Hwy 49 Lemmon, SD 57638

9015 ND Hwy 49 Lemmon, SD 57638






Doug & Sue Hughes



6916 Peppers Ferry Road Max Meadows, VA 24360 H 276/637-3916 C 276/620-4271

Dr. Daryl Wilson Joe & Gwen Wilson Tyler Wilson (276) 628-4163 (276) 676-2242 Registered (276) 614-0117 (C) Gelbvieh Cattle 17462 Fenton Dr., Abingdon, VA 24210 •

Washington Hermosa, SD

Mitchel & Edna Ellison

Red House, VA 23963

Office (434) 376-3567 Fax (434) 376-7008 James D. Bennett 434/376-7299 Paul S. Bennett 434/376-5675 Jim G. Bennett 434/376-5760 Brian R. Bennett 434/376-5309

John & Liz Loy (865) 687-1968 (865) 235-8869 (C)

7611 Dyer Rd. Luttrell, TN 37779

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Dustin Aherin

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Alarming Concerns Over Proposed Child Labor Restrictions I am writing this letter out of both personal and professional concern over the Department of Labor’s proposed child labor restrictions. I’m sure everyone is aware of these proposed rules, and how alarming many of these possible rule changes are. Recently, the DOL has withdrawn its restrictions to children under the age of 16 who work on farms or ranches solely owned by their parents. However, the proposed regulations are still on the floor for operations that are incorporated or owned by partnership, even with extended family members. Furthermore, the DOL could severely hamper the education of youth through agricultural education extension programs such as 4-H and FFA. If these programs can be restricted, how will junior cattle associations and livestock shows stand up to this onslaught of regulation? How many youth under 16, involved with junior livestock associations or 4-H and FFA, work or keep their livestock at farms not owned solely by their parents? I know the number is huge and it would have included me a few short years ago. In these situations, youth could not use a pitchfork, shovel, wheel barrow, or even a hose with a pressurized nozzle. Direct work with animals could be restricted even more. Under these rules youth could not be involved with any activity that could potentially inflict pain upon an animal. Vaccination; castration; dehorning; branding; tattooing; doctoring sick animals; any hands-on breeding work; and herding animals in confined spaces, all fall into this category. Not to be forgotten, youth could not herd animals while on horseback or work with intact males that are six months or older; whether they’re still on the cow, or not. So much for having the neighbor kid help wean calves and there goes any junior bull shows. If these rules had been in place a few years ago, it would have ruined my childhood. What scares me even more than the restrictions that can be easily interpreted, are the vague rules that could be imposed upon us through loop-holes 38 | April 2012

and technicalities. For instance, how do these rules apply at exposition centers and show facilities where youth are in contact with hundreds of animals not owned by them or their parents, and livestock are housed in a space that some may consider confined? And where does clipping and fitting fall into all of this? How about the simple act of leading a heifer? If the Department of Labor can force these regulations upon us, what’s to stop them or any other agency from cutting deeper and deeper into the fundamentals of agriculture? I have not even mentioned the rules regarding agriculture machinery or power equipment. And there are many more restrictions to agriculture education and Supervised Agriculture Experience programs that do or don’t involve livestock. To find out more information contact your Congressmen and women or go to the many websites and periodicals discussing this issue. An agriculture advocacy group called Keep Families Farming has been formed and is supported by numerous Senators and House Representatives. Their website is The formal comment period has ended on this subject, but the Department of Labor has stated that it will still consider feedback from Congress, the USDA, and even the public. I hope many of you have already done so, but I strongly encourage all of you to voice your passionate opinion on this issue. Write to your Congressmen; write to your newspaper; comment and share on Facebook; Tweet; or share your personal story with Keep Families Farming where it may potentially be presented before Congress and the Department of Labor. If we do not stand up and raise our voices against these proposed child labor laws, then we have not done our job as American Agriculture or the American Beef Industry. This letter was written by Dustin Aherin, president of the American Gelbvieh Junior Association. Dustin is from Phillipsburg, Kan., and may be reached at daherin@

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News news 2012 Black and Gold Classic Sponsors – Opportunities Still Available Thank you to the following list of sponsors for this summer’s American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) Black and Gold Classic. Award sponsors play a fundamental part in each Classic by providing recognition for hard-working and deserving AGJA members who rise to the top of contests. AGJA Intermediate Champion Gelbvieh Female Ambassador 3G Ranch* Thorstenson Gelbvieh* Reserve Gelbvieh Female Junior Ambassador Triple K Gelbvieh* Betzelberger Gelbvieh* Champion Bred & Owned Senior Showmanship Gelbvieh Female Taubenheim Gelbvieh Tony Hayek Memorial

Numerous award sponsorships still exist at various levels. To sponsor an award, complete the Award Sponsor form found with your 2012 Herd Assessment information, or contact Dana Stewart at or 303-465-2333. Balancer Class Winner Belt Buckle Sponsors Brian and Lonna Porter Taylor Family Livestock Ledoux Gelbvieh Eugene Demonet Rookie of the Year Hidden Springs Farm

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Champion Bred & Owned Balancer Female Dawson Creek Gelbvieh*

Balancer Division Sponsors Thorstenson Gelbvieh Travis Wolf

Intermediate Advertising Jim and Donna York

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Gelbvieh Class Winner Belt Buckle Sponsors South Carolina Gelbvieh Junior Association Richard & Jean Williams RLV Gelbvieh Haworth Ranch (2) Emma McDonald Gilly’s Gelbvieh Ladner Cattle Co. Kenyon Cattle LLC

Champion Bred & Owned Gelbvieh Bull DeGeer Gelbvieh* Champion Bred & Owned Balancer Bull Taubenheim Gelbvieh*

2012 Eastern Regional "High Cotton” Classic Hosted by the Mississippi Gelbvieh Association May 25-27 in Batesville, Miss.

2012 Western Regional "Ya'll Come Back" Classic Hosted by the Oklahoma Gelbvieh Association May 25-27 in Perry, Okla. Hotel Information: Holiday Inn Express, 3002 W Fir Street, Perry, OK 73077; 580-336-5050 King Suites: $79; 2 Queen Beds: $89; Queen Suites: $89. Ask for the Oklahoma Gelbvieh Association block. Block closes May 4. Includes full hot breakfast.

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AGJA “Black and Gold” Junior Classic Hosted by the Heart of America Gelbvieh Junior Association July 2-6, 2012 in Chillicothe, Mo. Hotel Information Comfort Inn & Suites (Headquarter Hotel*) Rooms are $82 ($95 for a Double King), ask for the American Gelbvieh Association block. Phone is (660) 646-9900. Additional Hotels Econo Lodge Rooms are $60, ask for the American Gelbvieh Association block. Phone is (660) 646-0572. Days Inn Rooms are $60, ask for the American Gelbvieh Association block. Phone is (660) 646-6590. *Awards banquet is at an off-site location.

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Producer Education

Feature feature Understanding the Science of Genomic-Enhanced EPDs An interview with researcher Dr. Dorian Garrick By Jennifer Scharpe, American Gelbvieh Association Director of Communications

Dr. Dorian Garrick is one of the main researchers in the development of Gelbvieh genomic-enhanced EPDs. Dr. Garrick is a professor of Animal Science and the Jay Lush Endowed Chair in Animal Breeding and Genetics at Iowa State University, as well as one of the contributing researchers to the National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium (NBCEC). Dr. Garrick’s current research projects are to improve the accuracy of predicted genetic and phenotypic merit using high-density genomic information. In an interview conducted in mid-March, Dr. Garrick further explains the science behind the American Gelbvieh Association’s Genomic Pioneers research project.

JS: What is your involvement in the American Gelbvieh Association’s development of genomic-enhanced EPDs? DG: What we have found to date in other work that we have done is that we really need about 1,000 animals with genotypes and historical EPDs. Using the genotypes and the EPDs combined we can make genetic predictions on new animals. I have been working with a number of breed associations that don’t yet have 1,000 animal genotypes and trying to get them towards that magic number of 1,000. Along the way we have been doing predictions from other breeds to see if we can use information on other animals to help predict any particular breed. One of the things we are researching is whether we can predict Gelbvieh or Balancer® using information from Angus animals, which we have a lot of genotypes on. We will also be trying to predict new Gelbvieh animals from the information we have on the genotypes within the Gelbvieh training population. We are trying to get predictions to a high enough quality that there is value for Gelbvieh breeders to pay for a genetic test and be able to use that test information to rank their animals. Those genotypes will then contribute to the training population so that the training population will get bigger and bigger as people use the test. 42 | April 2012

JS: What breeds are you currently working with?

JS: How will the genetic test change over time?

DG: Right now we have seven breeds in various stages of developing populations. Those breeds are Angus, Hereford, Simmental, Red Angus, Brangus, Gelbvieh, and Limousin. Plus we have a lot of composite cattle represented through Red Angus, Simmental, and Balancer. We believe all animals will benefit from information from their companion breeds.

DG: What we think will happen is that the panel we use to do the prediction will start evolving from the one a breeder actually pays for to include additional content that we can predict on the computer, based on the genotypes that are on the chip. The chip has some markers across the whole genome and we can use that information to determine the genotype of some other markers that are not on the genome. We believe we can come up with better markers to do the prediction that are not on the chip. Looking forward to the future it is our expectation that the chip will actually change over time. We have already been discussing with GeneSeek about remanufacturing the chip about once a year. And each time they remanufacture it the plan is to add new markers that do a better job than the ones that already there.

JS: What is the feasibility to predict Gelbvieh or Balancer traits from other breed data? DG: To date, we have found that trying to predict say Red Angus from Black Angus doesn’t work very well. Trying to predict Hereford from Angus doesn’t work very well. Trying to predict Balancer from Angus should work better as there are Angus contributions to the Balancer population. We have also been doing work to look at major genes and regions of the genome to find regions that are having a large effect on the trait. We’ve found a number of regions that have quite large effects on birth weight, weaning weight, and yearling weight. We’ve found some regions in Angus that we have also seen in Simmental. That tells us that we could use information on that particular gene from Angus to help predict Simmental. When we start sequencing animals, including Gelbvieh, we try to find better markers than the ones currently on the chip. When I get enough Gelbvieh data we will characterize the major gene effects. When we find a major gene effect that coincides with another breed, we’ll try to use the comingled breed information to develop a better marker for that particular effect. A lot of our effort is focusing on individual sequencing and individual sires to find exact variance that causes some of these differences. We think it will be a lot easier to find the variance if we can put together different breeds that show the effects and others that don’t show the effects. Breeds that don’t show the effects allows us to rule out some of the variance.

JS: How did GeneSeek become involved in the project? DG: The pricing of genotypes was very much volume-dependent. Small volume testing is very expensive. I negotiated with GeneSeek under the NBCEC for an umbrella genotype price which would allow individual breed associations with small numbers to take advantage of bulk genotype pricing. The breed associations send the samples to GeneSeek, Geneseek does the genotyping at the bulk discounted price. The breed association gets the genotypes back, which they can store and use for other projects. They also share those genotypes with me for use in this particular project, to try to prove the prediction for those breeds that are collaborating.

JS: Will we always use the 50K chip for genotyping? DG: GeneSeek is releasing a smaller chip with fewer markers that is quite a lot cheaper. We anticipate moving to that panel. But in order to use that panel we have to do what we call imputation to predict the 50K markers from the smaller panel. In order to do the imputation we

have to have a historical collection of the 50K genotypes. Once we get a collective mass of genotypes on the 50K, we can migrate to the smaller and cheaper panels at least for the offspring that have 50K data. In fact, the 50K will be replaced this summer by the 90K, which will cost the same as the current 50K. In the future we will move to the 90K chip for the development of the training population for the first 1,000 animals or so, and then use the lower density chip for routine use.

JS: Is there a need to go back and retype the current training population on the 90K chip? DG: We wouldn’t ever retype the same animals if we can avoid it. We would probably rely on doing the 90K on some research animals and then using the information from those to do the imputation.

JS: What does all this mean for Gelbvieh breeders? DG: Technology is developing rapidly.

Prices for genotyping are coming down and predictive ability is moving forward. There is every opportunity that we can develop cost-effective, useful information on Gelbvieh, provided we can get enough data. Any breed, like Gelbvieh, that can see the strategic advantage of getting involved in this research is great. For us it helps our research and hopefully it is great for Gelbvieh breeders because it will lead to a better product for your breed. Another positive is once you buy the genotypes, that information can then be used to predict any trait. As we move into the future, we can start getting predictions for other things, such as fatty acids, iron concentrations or whatever. We should be able to use the current training populations to develop new test without having to redo a lot of this discovery effort. As we move forward into the future the same advancement and genotyping panel will give a broader and broader array of trait predictions. Editor’s note: Turn to page 31 of this issue for an update on the Genomic Pioneers research project.

The AGA has reached its initial goal of 800+ samples. Samples are still being accepted to reach the goal of 1,000 genotypes. Visit the AGA website for a list of desired samples, as well as a current list of Genomic Pioneers. The Association greatly appreciates the tremendous grass roots support from AGA members across the country. 

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Feature feature

AGA Update

News news Offer Your Customers the Gelbvieh Performance Advantage GPA applications due April 15 for the 2011 Management Year Bull and female customers are asking for more data from Gelbvieh breeders when making their purchasing decisions. Customers want complete performance information including birth, weaning, yearling weights, ultrasound data, disposition scores, DNA results, etc. Through the American Gelbvieh Association’s Gelbvieh Performance Advantage (GPA) program, AGA members gain recognition for all the data collection they do throughout the year. More importantly, members are able to use the GPA program as a way to set their breeding program apart from others as they provide a value-added service to their customers with the data they collect. GPA applications for the 2011 management year are due on or before April 15. The application is pretty painless – simply requiring members to list the data they have collected during the last year. Members receive points for having growth and performance records, using AI, doing DNA testing, and using sires that excel in tenderness, carcass value, milk and scrotal circumference. The GPA program is unique within the seedstock industry. It provides a means for Gelbvieh breeders, both small and large, to promote the performance aspects of their program. The GPA program has three recognition levels – bronze, silver, and gold – based on the total points received for the performance attributes of each program. From now through April 15, 2012, we will be accepting qualification forms for the third year of this program. Instructions and qualification forms can be found on the AGA website in the Membership/Member Programs section or can be obtained by requesting them from the AGA office. An April 15 deadline allows for review of the forms in time to recognize qualifying members in the July 2012 Herd Reference Edition of the Gelbvieh World. To receive recognition, qualification forms and worksheets should be filled out completely and any supporting documentation included. Multiple 44 | April 2012

American Gelbvieh Association Board of Directors Action Points January 2012

memberships that include animals that are managed together can be submitted on one application and will be recognized at the achieved level of those grouped memberships. How does it work: AGA members can qualify at specific levels based on established criteria. Criteria is based primarily on collecting and submitting performance data as well as potentially using sires that meet or exceed certain requirements. How many levels are there: Bronze, Silver and Gold level. What is required to reach these levels: Members are able to pick from a menu in order to accumulate the points necessary to reach each level. Validation Process: The process requires submission of a simple questionnaire/application certifying meeting of criteria at specific level. What is the timeframe for this qualification: GPA status will be awarded yearly based on the previous calendar year. Applications are due April 15 so that the information can be validated in time to be included in the June/July Herd Reference edition. Who is eligible: All AGA and AGJA members in good standing are eligible to participate in this program. Full details and program worksheets can be found on the AGA website at memberprograms.html#cpa

1. Moved to approve minutes from the August 2011 meeting, the November activity report and November financial statement. 2. Moved to accept the 2011 AGA audit as presented by Robert Loewen, AGA CPA. 3. Moved to renew the line of credit with the AGA bank. 4. Moved to adjust the mileage allowance previously voted on to include all staff. 5. Moved to adjust the rule for Southern Balancer™ to match the Balancer® rules. 6. Election of new AGA officers occurred with the following results: Mark Goes, president; Brian Dunn, vice-president; Rob Arnold, secretary; and Dan Warner, treasurer. 7. Moved to set the spring Board meeting for April 27-28 with new Board members orientation set for the afternoon of April 26. 8. Moved to accept the recommendation from the Rules & By-Laws committee that all cloned progeny carry the prefix of the owner of the cloned material at the time of registration. 9. Moved to direct National Show committee to alter the list of judges for the 2013 National Western Stock Show and come back to the meeting in April with adjustments for approval. 10. Moved to submit a request to National Western to create a Balancer® Pen of Five for the 2013 National Western Stock Show. 11. Moved to have staff review point distribution for the Ring of Gold program and report at the April Board meeting. 12. Moved to allow AGA staff to access the commercial bull buyers list for promotional purposes of AGA sponsored activities. 13. Move to direct staff to work with legal counsel to develop a confidentiality agreement for AGA staff to be presented at the April Board meeting.

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Shows shows Dixie National Open Gelbvieh and Balancer® Show February 11, 2012 • Jackson, Miss.

Grand Champion Gelbvieh Female 3G Yes Please 183Y Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind.

Reserve Grand Champion Gelbvieh Female KTNL Chloe Katlynn Sullivan, Robertsdale, Ala.

Grand Champion Gelbvieh Bull 3G Yakima 126Y Emily Griffiths, Kendalleville, Ind.

Reserve Grand Champion Gelbvieh Bull AHLG Goodnite Trail Blazer Tyler Stampley, Como, Miss.

Grand Champion Balancer Bull 3G Yukon 132Y Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind.

Reserve Grand Champion Balancer Bull TON Choctaw Sunrise McCurdy Cattle Co., Batesville, Miss.

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Grand Champion Balancer Female Butlers Ms Ravishing Blue Well Farms, Lebanon, Tenn.

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Reserve Grand Champion Balancer Female TON Choctaw Wynona McCurdy Cattle Co., Batesville, Miss.

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June 2012

Apr. 3 Schroeder Ranch 14 Annual Gelbvieh & Balancer Production Sale, Mitchell, SD Apr. 4 Midland Bull Test Sale, Columbus, MT Apr. 7 Circle S Ranch Going to Grass Sale, Canton, KS Apr. 7 Prairie Gelbvieh Alliance Bull Sale, Moose Jaw, SK Apr. 13 Midwest Performance Bull Sale, Bloomfield, IA Apr. 13 Cranview Gelbvieh Genetic Progress Sale, Rugby, ND Apr. 13 Martin Gelbvieh Production Sale, Rugby, ND Apr. 14 Knoll Cress Farms Total Performance Bull Sale, Red House, VA Apr. 14 Seedstock Plus Southwest Bull Sale, Yerington, NV Apr. 18-20 BIF Annual Meeting, Houston, TX Apr. 19 Generations at Work Bull Sale, Belle Fourche, SD Apr. 21 Bluegrass Gelbvieh Invitational Sale, Mt. Sterling, KY Apr. 27 Data due for Summer Sire Summary th

May 2012 May 19 Green Hills Gelbvieh Carolina Classic Sale, Union Grove, NC May 25-27 AGJA Eastern Regional, Batesville, MS May 25-27 AGJA Western Regional, Perry, OK May 28 AGA Office Closed May 30 June-July Gelbvieh World Advertising Deadline

June 1 AGJA Black & Gold Classic Entry Deadline June 1 AGJA Transfer Deadline June 2 KS/NE State Junior Gelbvieh Show, Smith Center, KS June 15 Postmark Deadline for AGJA BOD and Scholarship Applications June 25 August Gelbvieh World Advertising Deadline

July 2012 July 2-6 AGJA 2012 Black & Gold Classic, Chillicothe, MO July 4 AGA Office Closed July 28 Davidson Gelbvieh & Lonesome Dove Ranch Tour and Customer Appreciation Day, Ponteix, SK July 30 One-Rate registrations due on fall born calves born

August 2012 Aug. 1

Calf data due for Dam of Merit program

September 2012 Sept. 3 AGA Office Closed

October 2012 Oct. 20 Seedstock Plus Bull Sale, Cathage, MO Oct. 24-27 National FFA Convention, Indianapolis, IN

November 2012 Nov. 3 TJB Gelbvieh Production Sale, Chickamauga, GA Nov. 17 Little Windy Hill Farms You-Pick-Em Bull Sale, Max Meadows, VA Nov. 22-23 AGA Office Closed Editor’s Note: If you have sale or event information for this listing, please email the information to This includes tours, expos, field days and other Gelbvieh events.

Attention Juniors Be sure to visit the AGA website regularly throughout the coming months for updates on AGJA summer shows and activities. Rules, contests and entry information, as well as on online entry option will all be posted on the AGJA Events page under the Juniors tab at 48 | April 2012

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Xtreme Tunes 375X

Tuned In

Thank You to Bar Arrow Cattle Co for their 2011 herd bull purchase.

CE 107 BW 1.5 WW 39 YW 98 MK 15 TM 35 RE 0.03 MB 0.03 CV 16.82 FM 45.83 Sire: TC Grid Topper 335 • MGS: SLC Freedom 178F ET Sire to 2011 high seller • Xtreme Tunes 375X

OGSG Yes Man 523Y


CE 110 BW 1.9 Sire: TAU T G Ty 313L • MGS: MCJ RJ Black Knight WW 57 Sire to 2012 high seller • OGSG Yes Man 523Y YW 92 MK 7 TM 36 RE 0.30 MB -0.05 CV 19.76 FM 14.32

For semen on Who Done It, Tuned In or Nitro Contact Overmiller Gelbvieh

Thank You to Plateau Gelbvieh for their purchase of our 2012 high selling bull.

Overmiller Gelbvieh

4062 O Road, Smith Center, KS 66967 Email:

Kelly and Risa 785-389-3522

Brent 785-389-1959

Roger and Norma 785-389-6281

Ad Index ad index 2R-2B Gelbvieh..........................35 3 G Ranch.............................11, 32 ABCS Gelbvieh...........................32 Adkins Gelbvieh..........................36 American Gelbvieh Assn........50, 52 Area Coordinators.......................17 B/F Cattle Company...................33 Bar Arrow Cattle Company...15, 33 Bar IV Livestock..........................33 Bar T Bar Ranch, Inc..................32 Beastrom Gelbvieh Ranch...........36 Blackhawk Cattle Company........32 Bluegrass Gelbvieh Invitational...12 Boehler Gelbvieh.........................34 Bow K Ranch..............................32 Brandywine Farm........................33 BV Ranch..............................23, 36 Carolina Classic Sale...................41 Cattlemen’s Connection..........9, 37 C-Cross Cattle Company......35, 41 Cedar Top Ranch............... IFC, 34 Chimney Butte Ranch.................35 Circle S Ranch......................13, 33 CJ&L Livestock..........................36 Clinch Mountain Gelbvieh.........36 Cranview Gelbvieh..........27, 29, 35 Cunningham, Ronn....................37 D Bar L Land and Livestock........34

D & W Farms, LLC....................33 Danell Diamond Six Ranch.........34 DDM Gelbvieh...........................32 Diamond L Farms.......................35 Dromgoole’s Heaven...................36 Eagle Pass Ranch.........................14 Ellison Gelbvieh & Angus Ranch....35 Flying H Genetics............... 34, BC Gelbvieh Bull Barn......................37 Gelbvieh Guide...........................37 Gelbvieh Media Productions.......39 Gelbvieh Profit Partners..............21 Goettlich Gelbvieh Ranch...........34 Golden Buckle Gelbvieh.............35 Green Hills Gelbvieh...................41 Grund Beef Genetics...................26 GS Ridge Top Ranch...................32 Gustin’s Diamond D Gelbvieh.....35 Harriman, Bob............................34 Hart Farm Gelbvieh................5, 33 Hartland Farm............................33 Hill Top Haven Farm..................36 Hodges Ranch.............................32 Hojer Gelbvieh Ranch.................36 J & K Farms................................32 J Bar M Gelbvieh........................34 Judd Ranch, Inc......................1, 33 Jumping Cow Gelbvieh...............32

Kicking Horse Ranch..................34 Kittle Gelbvieh Farms.................32 Knoll Crest Farm.........................36 Lambert, Doak............................37 Ledgerwood Gelbvieh.................36 LeDoux Ranch......................30, 33 Lemke Cattle.........................19, 34 Leonhardt Cattle Company.........36 Linquist Farms............................32 Little Windy Hill Farms..............36 Lone Oak Gelbvieh.....................33 Longleaf Station....................35, 41 M&P Gelbvieh...........................34 Maple Hill Farm.........................32 Maple Lake Livestock Company.35 Markes Family Farms..................35 Martin Cattle Company..............32 Mattison Family Farm...........33, 45 McCabe Cattle Co./ Two Step Ranch..........................33 Middle Creek Farms..............26, 34 Miller Gelbvieh.....................32, 43 Mitchell Marketing Service.........37 MLM Gelbvieh...........................34 National CUP Lab......................37 NS Ranch...................................36 Overmiller Gelbvieh....................49 Plateau Gelbvieh.........................32

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Pope Farms Gelbvieh...................34 Post Rock Cattle Company.....7, 33 Register Farms.............................35 Rippe Gelbvieh...........................27 RV Gelbvieh................................23 Rocking GV Gelbvieh.................34 Rogers Valley Farm Gelbvieh...3, 34 Sawtooth Gelbvieh Cattle & Hay...35 Schafer Farms, Inc.......................33 Schawang Cattle Co....................28 Seedstock Plus Genetics...............37 Seedstock Plus.............................20 Slaughter, David........12, 25, 33, 41 Swanson Cattle Co..........30, 35, 47 T-Square Gelbvieh Farm..............41 Taubenheim Gelbvieh...........35, 51 The 88 Ranch..............................34 Thorstenson Gelbvieh..................36 Treble W Ranch..........................36 Triple K Gelbvieh........................57 Warner Beef Genetics... 28, 45, IBC White Oak Farms........................34 Wildwood Acres..........................35 Wilkinson Gelbvieh....................32 Yoder’s Prairie Acres.....................35

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A Specail Thank You to all the bidders and buyers in making this year’s sale very successful! DJS Last Call 44W

PUREBRED ANGUS (FINAL ANSWER x BUSHWACKER) sire of exciting balancer progeny!

semen available from Swanson Cattle Co, Warner Beef and NE Bull Service CW BW WW 116 -2.0 46

YW 98

MK 22

TM 45

GL CED -1.9 105

SC 0.2

CW RE MB DtF CV FM 23 0.18 0.16 1.5 40.92 36.87

Progeny Average of $4,991 on sons and duaghters.

Last Call CTR Good Night 715T

Homozygous Black • Homozygous Polled “Go To” Balancer sire semen available from Bull Barn Genetics CW BW WW 111 -2.6 44

Good Night 715T

YW 89

MK 18

TM 40

GL CED -1.9 103

SC 0.5

CW RE MB DtF CV FM 14 -0.09 0.08 5.0 23.01 25.80

Average $3,500 on several sons and daughters. plus a Balancer Futurity Champion bull and National Sale feature open heifer.

DLW Red Power 583U

Performance & Power Balancer sire semen at Bull Barn Genetics CW BW WW 110 -0.1 51

YW 93

MK 12

TM 38

GL CED SC -1.0 102.6 0.6

CW RE MB DtF CV FM 19 0.30 0.03 0.7 26.60 23.10

Progeny Average of $4,481 on sons and daughters.

Red Power 583U DLW Wardon 24W

Homo Black • PUREBRED SIRE (Blk Impact x Bennett Kingpin) moderation and muscle semen available from Bull Barn Genetics CW BW WW 109 -0.3 39

YW 73

MK 21

TM 41

GL CED SC -3.4 100.1 -0.1

CW RE MB DtF CV FM 25 0.45 0.07 1.0 34.17 8.47

Progeny and Maternal Brothers Average of $6,183.

DLW Wardon 24W

Dan and Kate Warner 42198 Road 721, Arapahoe, NE 68922 (H) 308-962-5485 Monte Warner: 308-268-6020 Darren Warner: 308-268-2031


We’ve Been Busy! AMGV# 1188966 BD: 1/28/2011 SIRE: TAU Gunslinger 19U • MGS: Connealy Freightliner Homo. Black & Homo. Pld Balancer Owned with: Bauer Gelbvieh Farm & Swanson Cattle Co. CE 107 .01 SC 5.2 I+

BW 2.1 .34 ST NA

WW 40 .26 CW 14 I

YW 79 I+ RE .18 I

MK 17 .08 MB .08 I

TM 37 – DtF 1.4 I

GL -0.8 .01 CV 24.95

CED 102 .01 FM 16.39

AMGV# 1179642 BD: 2/18/2011 SIRE: CTR Sandman 6523S • MGS: Freedom 178F ET Black & Homo. Pld Balancer Owned with: Bar Arrow Cattle Co. CE 112 .19 SC .7 .12

BW 0.2 .35 ST NA

WW 44 .29 CW 20 I

YW 80 I RE .19 I

MK 15 .11 MB .04 I

TM 37 – DtF 2.1 I

GL -1.3 .15 CV 26.37

CED 104 .08 FM 12.57

Semen Available On These New Herdsires Now!

Thanks to all the buyers that showed confidence in our genetics, making our 32nd Annual Sale a very eventful day! FLYING H GENETICS

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Nebraska Headquarters Dick & Bonnie Helms Kyle & Kayla Helms Ph: (308) 493-5411 Ph: (308) 962-6940

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