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There’s Lots to Lose from Mineral Deficiencies Know what’s a risk when an operation is plagued with a mineral deficiency. It might cost more in animal health and lost production efficiency than you think! By Rebecca Mettler

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Difficult Roads Often Lead to Beautiful Destinations

View from the Board by President Scott Starr

10 Preparing for Single-Step

Data Bulletin by Tonya Amen, Ph.D., AGA Breed Improvement Consultant

14 Business Success Starts and Ends with the Customer

Out in the Field by Tom Strahm

16 Utilizing the General Profile Screen

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24 Don’t be Afraid to Take a Risk

Junior Connection by Caitlin Griffin

26 The AGA Gets Social

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Difficult Roads Often Lead to Beautiful Destinations By Scott Starr


he AGA is, and will be, going through lots of change in the next few months and into the foreseeable future. There has been a lot of brainstorming done by the AGA Board of Directors this past month over old and new ideas. Many of these ideas have been floated around for decades and some just recently. I will not go into detail, as I don’t want to be the one starting rumors, but the decision on these topics will come out in the action points of our late-March board meeting. BOLT, the single-step genetic evaluation, is one topic of change that I can assure you is coming to us very soon. This will be a change and will take some time to adjust to, but I can assure you it will result in a much better database that we can rely on in making breeding decisions. As with any new technology that becomes available, I encourage breeders to use the new EPDs as a springboard to improve your herd. The AGA has been a part of the largest database with International Genetic Solutions (IGS) for several years. Yes, you heard that right; the IGS database is larger than the Angus database. What is truly unique is that it shows us how our genetics work in a crossbreeding environment. Angus data only shows how their data works on an Anguson-Angus mating. Over the past two years, the beef industry has started fully embracing hybrid vigor. The feedyards are demanding crossbred cattle and telling the commercial cow-calf producers this fact through the price discovery of their feeder calves. Gelbvieh was the first breed to endorse crossbreeding and heterosis through our Balancer® program many years ago. The foresight we had then as a breed is paying dividends to our seedstock producers today. I can assure you that the forward thinking mindset going on back then is still present today in the AGA boardroom. Many ideas

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also get brought forth from convention, so plan to attend this year’s convention in Nashville, Tennessee. It’s where I hope to see a lot of our ideas start to come to fruition. One of my favorite quotes is very fitting for this discussion, “Without vision you will perish.” Gelbvieh and Balancer bulls have seen tremendous demand this past year, which is driven by our pull-through marketing efforts. This all started with the strategic plans laid out during conventions and board meetings. We then took the Meeting Modern Industry Demands strategic plan to the experts and received high reviews because the plan was not task-orientated but more of a flowing plan. It will always be a target to succeed and that will keep us going as a driving force. Please take time to read it and do your own brainstorming. Bring up your ideas to your board member, or better yet, come to convention. A good idea thrown around by several individuals usually turns into a great idea. There is power in numbers, which gives way to yielding better results. The same can also be said as it relates to our EPDs; the multi-breed evaluation brings power though numbers. Gelbvieh and Balancer cattle have really surfaced as leaders in many traits. This is something we always knew as breeders. We never did anything exceptionally well but we did all things really well. As time rolls on, the cattle that do the most good to an operation will be in demand regardless of color or phenotype; the cows that pay the bills will be in demand. As many of you know, I’m partial to the Nebraska Cornhusker football program and I think this really plays out the same—minus the last 20 years where they chased fads e.g., the passing game and West Coast coaches. For many years starting in the mid ‘60s, the Huskers were always really good and consistent. Devaney won two national championships early, and then along came Osborne and they were always right there, but never seemed to get over the “hump”. He built a program the right way and during the last five seasons of his career, his team played for four national championships winning three of them. We have built this breed right, let’s not chase the fads and glory and we will win in the end. I think we are there; the commercial industry is embracing Gelbvieh and Balancer, so let’s huddle up and call the right plays. There are two things in life we have complete control over: effort and attitude! D

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Thank you to Matthews Farms of Tennessee for the purchase of the featured proven donor POST ROCK Wilma 294Z8. Based on Production ,Pedigree, and simply raw Power and flawless design 294z8 created enormous buyer interest and sold as our all time high selling female and as one of the most sought after and highest valued proven donors in recent breed history. The Matthews are not new to the cattle business as they have a large commercial operation that has enjoyed long time success and have been long time customers and friends of Post Rock. With the Purchase of 294z8 and selected additional donor prospects from our sale this year and in the past sales and recent strategic purchases they have rapidly positioned there operation as source of outstanding seed stock as well. Congratulations and thank you.


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LOT 112 was the 1/2 interest embryo interest in Post Rock Wilma 298Z8, the dam of the increasing popular AI sire Post Rock Power Built Thank you to the partnership of Coles Bend Cattle Company and Kilbourne Gelbvieh for their purchase We look forward to her future production and partnership with the Jones and Kilbourne families and thank them for their continued support in past sales and strong genetic purchases from this year’s sale as well.

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There’s Lots to Lose from Mineral Deficiencies By Rebecca Mettler


itamin and mineral deficiencies can wreak havoc on a cowherd’s production potential. It’s nearly impossible to see the full genetic potential of an animal realized if a mineral or vitamin deficiency is holding them back.

Jeffery Hall, DVM, Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences Department professor and Utah Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory toxicologist at Utah State University, spoke on the topic during the 25th Annual Cattlemen’s College held during the Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Tradeshow in Phoenix, Arizona. “When you have a couple of calves come down with pneumonia, you want to know what bug caused it and what antibiotic do I use,” Hall explained. “How often do you go further to understand if there was a predisposition that caused them to get sick in the first place?” Over the years, deficiencies have been easier to determine due to increased diagnostic testing for deficiencies. Hall once had a producer ask him a question of why we are seeing more deficiencies now than in the last 45 years. After contemplating that question, Hall determined

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that multiple factors come into play. One of those factors is the development of testing for deficiencies. The resulting performance loss could have always been there, but 45 years ago veterinarians might not have been able to diagnose a mild vitamin or mineral deficiency without the test. Another factor contributing to deficiencies could be a result of the increased production output from cows that the industry has come to expect. Cows were producing two calves every three years 45 years ago; cows were given a year off. How often do we give them a year off today? “We’ve increased our expectations to require 1.5 times the output than we did 45 years ago on the same groceries. That’s not viable unless you put the added supplements.” Hall also believes that the industry has induced some of the problems with the changes in management practices over the years. The altering of calving dates to begin 30 to 60 days before spring green-up makes it even more important for producers to be properly supplementing cows through winter and early spring. “From a physiological and nutritional standpoint, that’s the worst time of the year to be dropping a baby unless you are supplementing to account for that.” If pregnant cows don’t have enough mineral reserves during the last 30 days of pregnancy, which is when the majority of minerals get moved to the fetus, the calf may be born with low body reserves itself. The cow will also deplete her reserves to ensure that the calf is born with enough mineral reserves to get through its first 90 days of life when the calf is on a milk diet. Also, if the cow has funneled all of her mineral

cattlemen’s college GW reserves to the fetus, she could be sacrificing colostrum quality, which doesn’t equate to a great start for the calf. On top of that, the cow is also is going to need to receive adequate mineral intake to replenish her reserves with the hopes of being in good shape for the breeding season. Over half of cattle that Hall tests throughout the United States are copper deficient. It’s the number one deficiency in cattle. Selenium deficiency, which is another common deficiency experienced by beef cattle can vary throughout the country. “Even in the Northern Great Plains where selenium poisoning is a concern, I can see a small percentage of deficiencies because it’s not uniform. In other areas, as much as 70 percent of the animals tested are deficient, especially in Florida and the deep Gulf Coast. Hall also reports Vitamin A and Vitamin E deficiencies, while other mineral deficiencies such as manganese and zinc are less prevalent. So why should producers keep a handle on mineral programs to reduce the chance of deficiencies? The short answer is that it’s a matter of animal health and reduced performance, which is easiest to recognize in the calf crop. The most common problems are poor growth rates and poor immune function in calves. “When you decrease the efficiency of the immune system to create a response, you will see an increased amount of disease because there’s increased susceptibility to a variety of diarrheas, pneumonia and other diseases.” Mineral deficiencies can also have a huge impact on cowherd reproduction. Hall shared one of his client’s case where they were achieving consistently poor conception rates. The operation was on an excellent

vaccination and deworming protocol and was on a mineral supplement plan from a nationally recognized company, yet couldn’t reach a pregnancy rate higher than 85 to 86 percent. After testing, Hall found that 100 percent of the cows were copper deficient. A normal range of copper with liver biopsy test is anywhere from 25 to 100 parts per million (ppm). The highest value tested in that particular herd was 14 ppm copper. Nearly 70 percent of them were 5 ppm copper. “It wasn’t a mild deficiency it was severe. Even though you are on a supplement plan, if you aren’t testing to see if your cows are in an adequate state, they may not be,” Hall said. Hall often asks producers if they know how many ounces of mineral supplement the cows are eating per day. To calculate the intake level, Hall asks producers to take the total number of pounds of mineral supplement bought last year, subtract the pounds still left in the barn and then multiply by 16, then divide by 365. Finally, divide by the number of cows you own. “That tells you how many ounces per head per year you averaged last year. Over half of the people that do that find out that their cows are eating significantly less than what the label says they should be. Either it’s a bad supplement that the cows don’t want to eat or it’s not a bad supplement but doesn’t have a high enough percentage of chelated minerals.” Correcting vitamin and mineral deficiencies in a herd can increase reproductive success, improve vaccine efficacy, increase neonatal health, and can even increase weaning weight by over 50 pounds with severe deficiencies. In other words, there’s a lot to lose when cattle are vitamin and mineral deficient. D



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Preparing for Single-Step By Tonya Amen, Ph.D., AGA Breed Improvement Consultant


he hot topic in many breed improvement discussions over the past several years has been genomics and genomic-enhanced expected progeny differences (GE-EPDs). More recently, these discussions have frequently centered around “single-step”, “one-step”, or “BOLT”, all of which are terms that describe a new, more streamlined method for incorporating genomic results into EPDs. In the very near future, the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) will be joining other International Genetic Solutions (IGS) partners in deploying weekly National Cattle Evaluations using BOLT software technology. Over the last few months, AGA staff and genetic consultants have had the chance to review BOLT results and to compare them to results from the current Cornell software. As we prepare to deploy the BOLT-derived EPDS, I’d like to give you a preview of what to expect. 1. Some re-ranking: In general, the correlations between the current EPDs and the new BOLT EPDs are high – but they are not 1.0 -- which means there will be some re-ranking. This happens anytime you add data or change methodologies in an evaluation, and migration to BOLT will not be an exception. This certainly doesn’t minimize the sting for those impacted, but the goal is to continually strive for more precise genetic evaluations that allow members and their customers to make better selection and mating decisions and moving to the BOLT software is certainly a major step in that direction. The reranking will be especially prevalent in carcass EPDs, where major model improvements will be deployed simultaneously to the BOLT software change. 2. Limited-to-moderate change in EPDs: The average change in EPD for mid-to-high accuracy animals is low, but there are some individuals who will move substantially, especially those in the tails of the bell curve. Like in any case where information is added that gives us a picture of an animal’s genetic worth as

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a parent (performance data, progeny information, or a genomic test, for example), low accuracy animals stand the chance to move the most. 3. Accuracy: In general, for growth and calving ease, accuracy values will drop (especially on younger animals). Computationally, calculating accuracy is more difficult than EPD computation, so historically, software used in evaluations had to approximate accuracy. However, modern computing power has increased to the point that programs such as BOLT calculate accuracy directly, and thus more precisely. The good news is that direct calculation of accuracy will better reflect possible change, so there should be fewer instances of animals’ EPDs moving more than their possible change indicated they should. 4. More value for your genomic investment: BOLT uses a method called the Marker Effects Model, which is a fancy way to say that it gets more information out of the genomic markers for animals who have been tested. This is better than other software programs available and is a significant improvement over the “blending” method currently being used in AGA GE-EPDs. Our current “blending” methodology uses an approximation of the marker effects, but BOLT uses all of the data available on animals (pedigree, performance, genomics) simultaneously to look directly at marker effects. 5. Model improvement for carcass EPDS: In addition to migration to the BOLT software, several important improvements and upgrades to the carcass EPDs will be deployed. Currently, carcass EPDs are simply an index of the carcass trait and its corresponding ultrasound trait. Going forward, a true multi-trait evaluation with all carcass and ultrasound traits plus weaning weight and post-weaning gain will be used. Plus, correlations between carcass and ultrasound have been updated, and trend lower than previous estimates. In contrast to the accuracy for growth and calving ease EPDS, these model improvements will lead to a slight increase in accuracy for carcass EPDS. Change can be difficult and often leads to many questions – I hope this preview has helped answer some questions you may have and to prepare you for what to expect when the new NCE system is deployed later this spring. The goal with this change is to provide you and your commercial customers with the best available selection tools to allow you make the best possible decisions to move your operations forward. D


We greatly appreciate your confidence in our program. A special thanks to the buyers of our top lots this year. Watch for their progeny in next year’s sales.

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DDGR Nobleman 79B X DDGR Mandy 32S sold to Thorstenson Gelbvieh and Angus, SD and Rippe Gelbvieh, NE. Red purebred performance genetics with excellent maternal traits and outstanding phenotype.

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Transferring Animals When transferring animals to their new owner it is important that the animal(s) ends up in the appropriate account on the AGA Online Registry Service. If you are unsure whether a buyer has an AGA number, simply click the blank box next the buyer field. This will pull up a separate window to enter the buyer’s zip code and then click “Find Profiles”. Review the list of members and non-members and once the correct account is found, check the box to the left of the member number. If the buyer does not already have a profile within the registry, click “Click to create new profile” at the very bottom of the page. For assistance transferring animals, please contact the AGA office at 303-465-2333.

Hurry! Complete Your Herd Assessments Completing annual herd assessments is an important part of being an AGA member. Although the deadline for annual herd assessments has passed, assessments still need to be completed in order for the herd to be in good standing with the Association. All females 13 months of age and older should either be assessed or disposed of, as part of the total herd reporting process. One assessment is tied to one registration credit to register the female’s progeny. This credit also allows members to transfer the animal(s) as well as report performance information. Herd assessments received after March 15, 2018, will be charged a late penalty according to the following fees schedule: 1-30 days = 5 percent late penalty 31-60 days = 10 percent late penalty

If you have not already completed your 2018 herd assessment, you are encouraged to do so via the AGA Online Registry Service. Please contact the AGA office at 303-465-2333 if you need any assistance in completing this process.

Sale Reports Did you know the AGA publishes sale reports in Gelbvieh World and on Be sure to send your sale report to Rebecca Mettler, Gelbvieh World editor at

Follow the AGA and AGJA on Social Media The AGA Facebook page and Instagram can be used as another resource to keep up with all things AGA. Be sure to follow us on our social media pages for association reminders, news, and Gelbvieh and Balancer® facts and photos. Keep up with the American Gelbvieh Junior Association on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to see what the Gelbvieh leaders of tomorrow are up to.

Payment Reminder Please include both the member number and invoice number on any checks sent to the AGA. Providing the member number and invoice number helps insure the payment is applied correctly to the account. Invoices can also be paid online via the AGA Online Registry Service by clicking the red “Pay Online Now” button under the account balance on the general profile information screen.

For assistance in marketing or purchasing Gelbvieh, Balancer ® or Southern Balancer ® bulls, females and feeder cattle, contact:

Angela Vesco Director of Breed Growth (775) 421-9894 (C)

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Tom Strahm Commercial Marketing Director (785) 547-7999 (C)

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Processing Fee The AGA staff is happy to assist all members in completing data entry. As a reminder, any function on the AGA Online Registry Service which can be completed through a member account, such as calf registrations, transfers, DNA orders, and other data entry, that is instead processed by staff will incur a $2.00 processing fee. If you are not familiar with completing some of these functions on the online registry and would like to learn, please contact the AGA office at 303-465-2333 so that staff can walk you through the process of completing these functions.

Renewing Member Dues AGA member dues are due on the anniversary date of the membership and all junior dues are due on January 1 of each year. To renew member dues, log on to the AGA Online Registry Service and click “Renew” next to your membership anniversary date on the right side of the General Profile Information page. You can then pay your bill online using the red “Pay Online Now” button.

New Members The AGA and AGJA would like to welcome the following new members to the Gelbvieh associations in February 2018. AGA Members: MC Livestock, Archie, Mo. Marlin Cattle, Valley View, Texas Crooked Creek Farms, Maryville, Tenn. Martin Meadow Farms LLC, Magnolia, Ky. DMR Land and Livestock, Monroe, Utah Lone Silo Angus, Grinnell, Iowa West Farms, Houston, Ark. AGJA Members: Lyndon Boyd, Indianola, Iowa Sam Tummons, Rocheport, Mo. Sarah Sargeant, Hopkinsville, Ky. Megan Wait, Pritchett, Colo.

All junior members wanting to participate in AGJA sanctioned shows this summer need to be in good standing with the Association, which means dues and herd assessments must be paid.

Billing Statements The AGA sends out month-end statements to all members with locked accounts. Member accounts become locked when there is an outstanding balance on the account for more than 30 days. Once the amount on the account is paid in full the account becomes unlocked. The AGA does not store credit card information. Bills may be paid online using a credit card via the AGA Online Registry Service or members may send a check or cash to the AGA office and are asked to include a member number and invoice number with payment. For assistance paying a bill or for billing questions, please contact the AGA office at 303-465-2333.



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Business Success Starts and Ends with the Customer By Tom Strahm


he spring bull sale season has been in full swing and is now winding down. I appreciate the hospitality demonstrated by all of the breeders who have worked tirelessly to host their respective events. I always enjoy the opportunity to meet people. It’s interesting to learn about different operations, and what traits people are looking for or emphasizing when making decisions about selecting their next bulls. Several of the sales that I’ve attended have gone very well with active bidding, and strong sale averages. As is usually the case, there have been some ups and downs in sale averages. Dry weather has been prevalent over some large areas of the country, and occasionally inclement winter weather, have both been negative factors that can’t be planned for or changed. The most exciting thing that I have seen across sales is that there is more renewed interest in Gelbvieh and Balancer® genetics from commercial cattle producers! Numerous prospective buyers at various sales have said that they are looking to purchase genetics that will add performance to their herds. They admit their cattle have become too straightbred—primarily with British breeds—and want to buy Gelbvieh and Balancer genetics to improve their bottom line. Some want to improve their weaning weights. Some want the maternal superiority in their replacement females. Some are feeding out their own cattle, and want the combination of growth, efficiency, and desirable carcass traits. I truly believe we are seeing increased and sustainable, long-term demand for Gelbvieh and Balancer cattle. Obviously, greater demand for product, and more new buyers is part of more sales, and more sales is what we all want. As I’ve thought about the potential for new sales prospects, I realized that I have also had the

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opportunity to meet many repeat customers. The number of satisfied and loyal customers that I have met is really a testament to the high level of customer service that is collectively provided by the members of the AGA. Customer satisfaction and customer retention is a very high priority for many of you that sell bulls, as it should be. Customer service should be about building a relationship. You realize it’s not about a sales transaction, but rather that what is truly important for your business is providing a good experience for each one of your customers. It’s about having a good personal relationship with the individual, and not taking any customer for granted.


oyal customers are irreplaceable, and they also have the potential to bring more new customers

You spend countless hours throughout the year making sure that customers are satisfied with their purchases and that their expectations are being met. Maybe you call them just to see how they’re doing. Maybe you help market their calves or maybe you send them a note, or gift of thanks. Strengthening relationships with satisfied customers builds loyalty. Loyal customers are irreplaceable, and they also have the potential to bring more new customers. Building and maintaining supplier/customer relationships creates a solid foundation for continued success in the seedstock business. In closing, I want to share a quote that I read some time ago: “A sale is not something you pursue; it’s what happens to you while you are immersed in serving your customer.” D




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Utilizing the General Profile Information Screen By Taylor Evans

Utilizing the Work Queue: Every day we get questions on how to queue an animal in some way, shape, or form. Whether you are trying to enter weaning or yearling data, or need to order a DNA test, the initial process is the same. The “All” tab on your home screen under “Herd” will allow you to queue any active animal for weaning, yearling or DNA. Simply click on the box in


he phone lines at the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) office stay pretty busy most of the time. We enjoy the opportunity to assist the AGA membership with their data input and herd management through the AGA Online Registry Service, but understand that providing resources for members to utilize is also important. With that said, I’ve put together a set of topics that are top-of-mind for the members during this time of year. image 1

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registry tips ‘n tricks GW the column next to the desired animal and the animal will be placed in the corresponding queue. The purpose of queuing an animal is to save you time by automatically filling the animal’s information into the queue rather than manually typing in that information. This saves you time and reduces errors. (image 1 & image 2)

sent from the AGA office. The Transfer and Dispose buttons will act more as a queue button. The Transfer button will queue the animal in the transfer queue and the Dispose button will queue the animal in the disposal queue. Once queued the animals will be accessible in the corresponding queue under Work Queues on the work menu. (image 3)

More Options: The same page you use to queue your animals also provides you image 2 with options to view, edit, transfer, dispose, and post your animals for sale on the Marketplace. Clicking the “View” button will allow you to view the animal’s complete profile and access the animal’s registration certificate online. When recording a calf, members can either print a registration paper at home, which is considered an official document, or request registration papers be

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GW registry tips ‘n tricks can find all of your recent and past transactions. All of your transactions will be listed by date starting with the most recent and descending from there. Each transaction can be viewed in detail by clicking on the small dark box with the plus sign inside of it. These transactions can be printed off for your records anytime and will make your tax prep less stressful. (image 4) D

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Accounting: If you like to keep complete and accurate records, look no further than the Account tab. This is where you

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Preparing for a Successful Grazing Season Marcelo Wallau, Caitlin Bainum,and Liliane Severino da Silva, University of Florida Extension


t is never too early to start planning. As summer approaches, our main forage growing season in Florida, there are a few steps to be taken to ensure you have a great season and get the most out of it productively! Stuth et al. (1991) divided resource planning for grazing lands into long-, medium- and short-term plans. Long-term is the strategic planning, defining objectives, goals, focus animal category, markets, policies, financing and land improvement investments. The medium-term is the tactical planning, where we define the forage budget, needs and supply of forage, stock adjustment, nutritional balance and health management. Last, is the day-to-day, the short-term, the operational planning. At this point, we assess forage supply, identify needs for restocking or destocking, or supplemental feed for nutritional mediation, and health treatment. Flexibility is the key word for this level, so we can easily correct eventual problems. Here, we will focus on medium-term planning that can help you get the most out of this next grazing season. First, evaluate your pasture conditions – Think about the history of your pasture, how productive it was last year, the challenges faced, how was the management in terms of grazing, fertilization, weed control, etc. If you encountered problems last year, more likely they will repeat this year, unless you mitigate them. Last year was quite challenging for most parts of Florida, starting with a drought over spring and summer, then with excessive water leading to flooded pastures for the remaining of summer and into early fall. Those disturbances could have imposed significant stress to your pastures, leached nutrients and even reduced persistence by reducing the amount of energy reserves for the plants. All of this could mean that you are in for a late start this year. Overgrazed pastures will have a similar effect, with reserves depleted, they will take longer to start

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greening the following spring. This can result in higher weed pressure and further delay grazing. Thus, soil test and check what nutrients are missing, and plan your applications for early in the season, when plants are starting to grow, so they can use the nutrients, especially nitrogen, better. Many problems on pasture persistence, disease or insect susceptibility are linked to deficiency in potassium (K), for example. Talking about weed pressure, was there any weed problem last year that could be addressed now? For some weeds, hitting them in the beginning of the season can result in better control and less expense. Scout for weeds, ID them, and consult your extension agent on which is the best product and strategy that suits your needs.

1 – Calculate your forage budget Like your bank account, you need to have a balance between resources available and demands. If you need more forage than you can produce, then you are in the red, which will cost you money in importing supplies. So, first, calculate your forage supply to learn your carrying capacity. Create an Excel spreadsheet, map your areas, evaluate the conditions of your pasture and calculate how much forage you can produce. Figure 1 provides some general values for daily herbage accumulation rates (lb of dry mater [DM] per acre per day) that some of the most common species in Florida produce. Those values change according to fertilization rate, water availability and grazing management, but are a good reference for starting a forage budget. Remember to always leave 1200 lb of DM/acre as stubble, in other words, use only 50 to 60% of the accumulation rate, to ensure that you have enough forage for your cattle as well as the plant’s demands for surviving. Another way to look at it is to always offer 2 to 3 times more than the animal needs to consume per day. The second step is to determine your demand both in terms of quantity and quality of forage needed. This way you can adjust your management practices, use techniques to enhance the nutritive value of forages produced, and finally, see if there is need to reduce or expand your herd accordingly. Take into consideration that your cattle need to eat around 2.7% of their body weight in dry matter per day (between 2 and 3%, depending on forage quality and physiological stage), and that dry cows need significantly lower quality forage

commercial corner post GW (8% crude protein) as compared to lactating cows and growing animals (12 to 16%). The third step is to calculate the balance between supply and demand for forages. In many cases, demand for forage exceeds supply, requiring destocking, or finding extra sources of feed in the form of supplement, hay, or extra pasture. If you have extra supply, then there could be an opportunity to retain or purchase more animals, or harvest for hay or haylage. Nitrogen fertilization can increase the quantity and quality of forage produced. But remember, no management practice for the pasture (fertilization, rotational grazing, etc) will overcome overgrazing.

Figure 1 Figure 1. Herbage accumulation rate (lb of dry matter [DM]/ for bahiagrass and limpograss (Gainesville, FL) and bermudagrass (Marianna, FL) (data courtesy of Drs. José Dubuex and Lynn Sollenberger).

2 – Plan your pasture utilization strategically Think about your farm as a mosaic of different soil patches and pasture types, and plan forage management to match your property to optimize pasture use along this mosaic over the year. Some forages, like limpograss, for example, are more adapted to lower areas susceptible to periodic flooding. Those areas are also generally wetter in the spring. This means that limpograss could be an early starter and also a late player, with possibility for stockpiling forage for fall use. Protein, however, is very low, so factor in using this with mature cows and the need for protein supplementation. Bermudagrass has production more concentrated in the summer months, and is an excellent forage for growing animals, like weaned calves and replacement heifers, for example. For

summer pastures overseeded with cool-season forages, remember to reduce competition (graze down the coolseason forage) towards the end of the spring, so you can reduce competition for your bahiagrass or bermudagrass. Also think about the areas that could be used for coolseason forages next fall, and manage them accordingly. When you start thinking about the farm as a whole, with different forage species and management strategies, it becomes easier to fit the different pieces together and make a system.

3 – Keep it simple and flexible Simple strategies can solve many problems! Before implementing more advanced management techniques, do the simple steps first. Again, no management practice can overcome excessive grazing, and any applied management will have the response limited by the lack of forage. So, start with the forage budget, then think about fertilizing your pastures, supplementing your cattle, and then move on to more complex management systems. And, always keep it flexible, leave room for error and unexpected events. Expecting too much or working close to the limit of forage availability can be risky, any change in weather or market prices that requires you to retain cattle longer can have some serious implications in your system. Different than cattle, pastures don’t have compensatory gain, and mismanagement can set you back half a year or more.

4 – Assess, evaluate, and re-assess You can only improve what you can measure, so take notes, measure your pasture productivity and animal performance, record and evaluate that in comparison to your goals. Those notes will help you for next year’s planning. Make sure your goals are in accordance to your production capacity. D



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Over the Fence with Jonah Honeyman By Angela Vesco

from my Dad who started buying purebred Gelbvieh cattle in 1996”. Just like many other cattleman who raise Gelbvieh-influenced cattle, Jonah noticed how docile and easy tempered his dad’s cows were and wanted to have those same qualities in his herd.


ituated in southwestern North Dakota sits Honeyman Ranch where the grassland and hills make it an ideal place to raise cattle and grow crops. It is a family operation that has been raising Gelbvieh-influenced commercial cows since 1996. Jonah, who is the second generation on the family operation, visits with us about why he and his family raise commercial Gelbvieh and Balancer® cattle.

How did you get started raising Gelbvieh and Balancer genetics? “I got started using Gelbvieh and Balancer genetics

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What production goals do you have in mind when buying Gelbvieh bulls? The signature production traits of the Gelbvieh breed—think fertility, longevity, docility and milking ability—are a must at the Honeyman Ranch. They want

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over the fence GW good momma cows that will wean off heavy calves. Jonah says when making bull selection decisions they look for bulls that are leaders in weaning weight and growth. They also seek out moderate framed bulls that provide added length and dimension.

Why do you stay with Gelbvieh and Balancer cattle? “The main reason I chose Gelbvieh cattle is to increase my weaning weights. Also, since I keep my own replacement heifers the maternal traits associated with the Gelbvieh breed, in my opinion, cannot be beat.”

What makes you different from your neighbors? “Running cows in western North Dakota where many of my neighbors farm makes me different, but also utilizing Gelbvieh genetics makes our operation different. Most of my neighbors breed Angus cows to Angus bulls, and at weaning their calves are usually lighter.”

What are the goals you want to accomplish on the operation in the next 10 years? “I want to increase my base herd size, and while doing this I would like to convert my primarily Angus cowherd into Balancer females. I feel like this (crossbreeding) is the way for me to maximize profitability of my operation. Also since both my dad and I have off-farm jobs, we need females that are easy to work with and have a very limited amount of issues. I feel like Balancer cattle accomplish these goals.” D



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Don’t Be Afraid to Take a Risk By Caitlin Griffin


s I was thinking about this article, I decided I was going to take an educational approach, but a few days passed and nothing ever came to my mind. Then as I was in the barn working cattle one morning, it hit me. I felt the need to write on a lesson that I have learned over the years from showing cattle and being a part of the wonderful industry we are all involved. No matter how young or old you are now, this will hit home one day. I’m approaching what will not only be my last American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) Junior Classic, but will be my last year to show in South Carolina as a junior. As I sit here and ponder that thought, I realize how big of an impact the cattle industry has made on me.

things that will go with me for the rest of my life. My point here is that no matter how crazy it sounds, how scared you are, or how much you doubt yourself, always take the risk because in the long run you will regret it if you don’t. Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass and everything will fall into place. Just a few tips coming from someone experiencing their last year as a junior: take every second spent in the barn and cherish it now, enjoy every moment you step in the show ring, and be sure to thank every person that has, in any way, helped you. And remember, somewhere in the barn there is a little kid that wants to be just like you someday. You owe it to them to be the best you can be. The one thing I want you to always remember from this small town Southern girl is that no matter what, always take that extra risk and go that extra mile to be a good example for the juniors in our association. God bless y’all, and I will see y’all in Waterloo. D

A few years ago, if you had asked me if I thought I would ever have the courage to run for the AGJA Board of Directors, I would have thought you were crazy. Never in a million years would I have ever thought I would be sitting on the AGJA Board of Directors as the treasurer my last year. This small town Southern girl took the risk. I took the risk to take on a lot of responsibility to help further our breed and association. I took the risk of getting to fly to places I have never been before and experience many amazing

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Callahan Grund, President (2017) Wallace, KS • Kyle Vehige, Vice President (2016) Bonnots Mill, MO • Jesse Henson, V.P. of Leadership (2016) Canton, NC • Grace Vehige, Secretary (2017) Bonnots Mille, MO • Caitlin Griffin, Treasurer (2016) Westminster, SC •

Wyatt Forbes (2017) DeSmet, SD • Grady Hammer (2017) Wallace, KS • Kallie Mattison (2017) Lamberton, MN • Anna Ring (2017) Oregon, IL • Aubree Beenken, Ex-Officio (2017) Buckingham, IA •


Support the AGJA and become a sponsor for the 2018 AGJA Corn Fed Classic! Sponsorship opportunities include champions, divisions, classes and contest winners. All sponsors will be recognized during the show at the banquet, on the AGA website and in the August Gelbvieh World Sponsorship deadline is May 15, 2018.

Contact Taylor Evans at the AGA Office • 303-465-2333 or e-mail or any AGJA Board Member.

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The AGA Gets Social

isn’t just focused on the millennial generation. Social media usage with older generations is steadily increasing every day.

By Kelsi Christian


hen was the last time you went to a restaurant and did not see anyone in the building pull out a cell phone? Or maybe you have been labeled as someone who checks his or her cell phone habitually; I know I am. Whether you’re having lunch alone or waiting in line at the sale barn, social media is a go-to source of entertainment. The vital role social media plays in our society today has become common knowledge. In fact, a recent study by influencer marketing agency MediaKix shows that the average person will spend more than five years of their lives on social media. And this lifestyle

Thank You! We want to extend a huge Thank You to all of those who bid on and purchased bulls and heifers at our 28th Annual Production Sale. It’s our commitment to excellence that allows us to produce high quality Gelbvieh and Balancer genetics that are certain to go out and work in the real world.

Thank you to those who purchased the high selling bulls. Eric Shipporeit Bruce Sprangler Ethan Dannehl Swanson Cattle Co Mark Pile

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communication message GW Farmers and ranchers may be seen as traditionalists, but they have turned to using these digital platforms to improve their operations. As you may know, the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) is focused on meeting modern industry demands, and social media is just one of those ways we are doing this. In 2018 you will see the AGA capitalizing on our social media accounts, making them a more helpful resource for AGA members and customers. With this new social media plan, you can watch for things such as infographics with registry tips, information about

free opportunities for cattlemen from webinars to trade show passes, as well as industry-wide updates and many other resources. The AGA has been known as a community that is focused on continuous improvement of the breed, and one way we are bringing that community together through social media is by a new campaign called #FacesOfAGA. This campaign will spotlight and recognize people involved in the Gelbvieh community. Along with updates to the AGA social media accounts, there will also be updates on the American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) social media accounts.


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GW communication message The AGJA has become a resource for juniors through postings regarding industry scholarship and internship announcements, AGJA event announcements and information, as well as a #FacesOfAGJA campaign.

Next time you find yourself filling time or procrastinating on a task by browsing through your social media accounts, follow the AGA and the AGJA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to utilize this resource


on all things Gelbvieh. Are you already following us on social media? We want to hear from you! Tag us in your posts and use hashtags such as #FacesOfAGA to spotlight someone who plays an important role in your operation or comment on our posts and get involved in the Gelbvieh conversation. D

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Removing Beef Cows from the Herd Before They Become a Problem Dr. Justin Rhinehart, Assistant Professor, UT Beef Cattle Extension Specialist


ows generate 70-75% of “non-fed” beef in the US and are used for more than just ground beef (roasts, steaks, fajita strips, etc.). Because these animals are worth more than ever before, it is important to market them while they are healthy and mobile. “Downer cows” are no longer accepted by market facilities and buyers are weary of cattle that are more likely to be condemned at the packing facility. Beef consumers and the general public are more interested now about where their food comes from and how it is produced than at any other point in the history of modern beef production. Marketing cows before their health declines not only makes the herd more profitable, it also helps the entire industry maintain the good reputation for animal care that it deserves. Think about the decision to market cows as if you are giving each cow in the herd an annual performance review for their job and consider the following checklist for marketing criteria:

few years left in the herd. • Market cows that produce calves with very low weaning weights. Calves with extremely light weaning weights should be sold soon. Make a note of cows producing calves with less than average weaning weights (but not extremely low). Cows that repeatedly wean calves less than the herd average should be considered for marketing when the need/opportunity arises to sell extra cows. • Consider selling any cows that will calve late or out of your window. These cows have a higher likelihood of coming up open in the next breeding season or producing a lightweight calf. Pregnant cows in this category would be marketed differently than open, defective, or old cows. These cows may be out of line with your calving season, but they might work for someone else. • Market cows that do not maintain their body condition score when fed properly. Even if they do not end up with a high marketing priority due to one of the criteria discussed above, they should be considered for selling during a drought year because there is a higher chance that they will not breed back, or that they have underlying health issues that would come out during times of stress. • A deep culling might be a good time to consider selling any cows that are extreme in frame size or muscling in your herd. This may be very small or very large cows that produce calves that are not uniform with the rest of your calf crop, perhaps dairy-cross or off color cows. Anything you can do to increase the uniformity of your herd will help you with future marketing plans.

• Pregnancy check all cows. Any mature cow or replacement female that is not pregnant should be sold to maintain the profitability of the operation. For bulls, have a breeding soundness exam done before each breeding season and market bulls that do not pass.

These criteria might not fit each farm/ranch perfectly. But, starting with these general concepts and tailoring them to you specific objectives should help identify cows that need to be marketed. Selling market cows at the right time will improve profits for that year and build profitability for future calf crops. D

• Major defects would include very bad temperament, chronic lameness, eye problems (early signs of cancer eye), or severe udder problems.

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• Inspect teeth of cows so that you know the number of effective years each cow has left. Cows with broken teeth or badly worn teeth should be high on the market list. Teeth that are somewhat worn indicate they are getting old, but they have a

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junior news GW AGJA Gearing Up for a Fun-Filled Summer Don’t miss a minute of the fun this summer at these American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) events! Summer calendars fill up quickly, so make sure to add the dates to your calendar today.

2018 AGJA Corn Fed Classic Hosted by the Iowa Junior Gelbvieh Association and Illinois Junior Gelbvieh Association July 1-6, 2018 Waterloo, Iowa Entry and Transfer Deadline: May 25, 2018 All contests that require submission prior to arrival at Junior Classic, as well as AGJA Board of Director and AGJA scholarship applications must be submitted by May 25, 2018.

Super 8 $82.00/night plus tax 7515 Nordic Drive Cedar Falls, IA 50613 Phone: 319-266-6988 Room block under Corn Fed Classic/Junior Gelbvieh Association

AGJA Eastern Regional May 25-27, 2018 Marion County Fairgrounds, Palmyra, Missouri

AGJA Western Regional June 1-2, 2018 Cloud County Fairgrounds, Concordia, Kansas

Hotel Information: Headquarters Hotel Comfort Suites $105-$120/night plus tax 7402 Nordic Drive, Cedar Falls, IA 50613 Phone: 319-273-9999 Room block under Corn Fed Classic/Junior Gelbvieh Association

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NORTHEAST BREEDERS ILLINOIS J & K GELBVIEH FARM, INC. Jerry & Karen Wilson 335 Gelbvieh Lane, Ava, IL 62907 618-521-8620 •




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Mark & Patty Goes

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

Dr. & Mrs. Glenn Wehner 22533 Spencer Lane Kirksville, MO 63501 660-665-7502

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

Jeff Swanson • 308/991-0727 10908 724 Road • Oxford, NE 68967

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Using Early Season Forage Growth – Is There Enough for Growing, Calving Heifers? A lot of rangeland in Nebraska is warm season dominate and is typically considered to provide on average 0.6 animal unit months (AUM) of grazing per acre. By Karla Jenkins, UNL Cow-Calf Specialist


s spring begins most producers are anxious to get cows out of the lot and make use of early spring grazing. While there are certainly some advantages to sending pairs out into fresh air and wide-open spaces, there are some forage availability and diet quality considerations producers need to evaluate. A lot of rangeland in Nebraska is warm season dominant and is typically considered to provide on average 0.6 animal unit months (AUM) of grazing per acre. This estimate however, is developed from season-long growing, which is typically June-October. Therefore, that amount of forage is not actually available early in the spring, such as early May, in this example. A light stocking rate in May on typical Sandhills range would be approximately .20-.22 AUM/acre while a heavy stocking rate during that time would be around 0.30-0.33 AUM/acre. This basically means that stocking at half the normal stocking rate in early spring is still too heavy which could have negative impacts on the future range condition, but could also negatively impact the expected performance of the cattle. A study conducted at the Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory near Whitman, Nebraska, utilizing esophageally fistulated cows indicated that at both 0.22 and 0.33 AUM/acre stocking rate, within one week of May grazing, cows began to select less digestible forage with lower protein than when initially turned out. Data

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from clipped forage samples from grazed pastures compared to ungrazed pastures indicated this was due to the fact the cows were eating more dormant, previous year growth as the month progressed. First calf heifers present a unique challenge to producers as these heifers have increased nutrient demands for both their own continued growth, the onset of lactation, and the return of estrus. If this growing, lactating heifer can eat ad libitum of this green forage, she can meet her nutrient demands. However, if the heifer is only able to get about half of her daily intake from this early forage and must get the rest from hay or dormant range, she will not be able to meet her nutrient demands. Providing 2 lb of supplemental dried distillers grains would provide the energy and protein the grazing did not. However, most producers find cattle first turned out to green grass often will not eat supplement, making it less effective. If producers are concerned about the nutrients available to meet the needs of the young lactating heifer grazing warm season dominated pastures this spring, managers could consider stocking at a lighter rate (around 0.20 AUM/acre), or retaining heifers in a drylot where nutrient intake can be more controlled for two to three weeks, giving the grass time to accumulate substantial growth and to adequately meet the needs of the young cow. D

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Roger Morris • C.W. Moss 928 Morris Road Appomattox, VA 24522 434.574.6592 Roger Morris C.W. Moss 434.315.4294 434.391.4458

TENNESSEE Coles Bend Cattle Company

Raising registered Gelbvieh and Balancer® cattle since 2000. Trent Jones Smith Grove, KY • 270.590.5266

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

7611 Dyer Rd. Luttrell, TN 37779

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NORTH CAROLINA Office (434) 376-3567 Fax (434) 376-7008 James D. Bennett 434/376-7299 Paul S. Bennett 434/941-8245 Jim G. Bennett 434/664-7935 Brian R. Bennett 434/664-8309 Dalton G. Bennett 434/664-7946 PO Box 117 • Red House, VA • 23963 Total Performance Bull Sale • Dec. 01, 2017

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29th Annual Taubenheim Gelbvieh Production Sale Febuary 5, 2018 Amherst, Nebraska Auctioneer: Tracy Harl Reported by Justin Taubenheim Sale Averages: 89 Gelbvieh and Balancer® Bulls.............................. $5,059 39 Bred Heifers.......................................................... $2,325 19 Open Heifers......................................................... $1,250


aubenheim Gelbvieh, Amherst, Nebraska, held their 29th annual production sale February 5, 2018, at the ranch. A cold, but sunny day brought out many customers from seven states to evaluate the powerful set of herd sires and attractive group of females. Top Selling Bulls: TAU Mr. Outright 15E ET, is a 3/8 Gelbvieh homozygous black and homozygous polled son of TAU Outright 162A. This performance and carcass stud offers a 1450 lb. yearling weight, 17.48 REA, and a 44 cm scrotal. Mr. Outright found a new home with Eric Schipporeit for $16,000.

TAU Mr. Payweight 141E ET, a homozygous black herd sire was purchased by Bruce Sprangler. 141E is a soggy middled, powerfully constructed son of Payweight 1682, and out of an impressive donor female. After active bidding TAU Mr. Payweight 141E ET sold for $9,500. TAU Mr. Resource 102E was the next high selling lot at $8,500. 102E is a homozygous black and homozygous polled son of SAV Resource. 102E demanded a lot of attention for his mass and stoutness and was sold to Swanson Cattle Company of Atlanta, Nebraska, at $8,500. TAU Mr. Payweight 163E, is an easy fleshing and stout featured son of Payweight 1682. 163E was marked by many for his carcass merit, skeletal quality and muscle shape. He sold to Bruce Sprangler for $8,250. Volume Buyer: Don MacLennan, Colorado (10 bulls) Sheri Mohr of Texas bought multiple bred heifers: TAU Ms. Consensus 6060D for $3,000; TAU Ms. Consensus 664D ET for $2,700; TAU Ms. In Focus 6064D for $2,700. Kale Taubenheim bought the top selling open heifer, TAU Ms. 101C 7054E for $1,900. Levi Farr bought the second high selling open heifer, TAU Ms. Prosperity 7073E for $1,700.

Feist Gelbvieh 30th Annual Bull Sale March 12, 2018 Bowman Auction Market, Bowman, North Dakota Scott Weishaar, Auctioneer Sale Averages: 14 Balancer® Bulls ......................................................$4,243 9 Purebred Gelbvieh Bulls.......................................$3,722


small crowd of predominately long-time customers from three states attended the sale.

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Dakota for $8,750. EH3 is a calving ease bull sired by Lee’s Turning Point; he is a homozygous black bull with EPD numbers in the top 5 percent of the breed. Long-time customer, Lex Burghduff, of Ludlow, South Dakota, purchased Balancer E49 for $7,250, a Lee’s Ten X son. He is a homozygous black bull with explosive growth and high marbling numbers. Burghduff also took home E34 and E27 for $4,000 each. Gerald Burghduff, of Camp Crook, South Dakota, purchased two purebred, red bulls sired by PHG Candy Man. Lot E16 sold for $4,250 and Lot E42 sold for $4,000. Volume buyer was long-time buyer, Jim Bingaman, of Prairie City, South Dakota. He purchased five high performance, red purebred bulls.

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Barry & Dena Bolton

406.538.5280 H 406.366.0162 C 515 Knapp Lane PO Box 826 Hilger, MT 59451

928/289-2619 • 928/380-5149 cell Winslow, AZ

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Ridge Top Ranch


Neola, Iowa

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

COLORADO Ricky Linquist th Street inquist 1135 190 inquist


Dave & Dawn Bowman

Fonda, IA 50540

arms (712) 288-5349 arms

55784 Holly Rd. • Olathe, CO 81425

(970) 323-6833

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Dick & Jean Williams

Jim Roelle 38330 CR 49 Peetz, CO 80747

(C): 970-520-1224

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

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Eric Ehresman 20963 30th St. Mechanicsville, IA 52306

(319) 489-2275 (319) 480-1564

LEDGERWOOD GELBVIEH Gelbvieh • Red Angus • Balancer® Pete & Samee Charriere


2633 Hwy 12 East • Clarkston, WA 99403

509-566-8805 • “Seedstock that work for the commercial cattleman

Martens Gelbvieh

Gary Martens 2126 500th St • Walnut, IA 51577 712.764.5007 (H) • 712.249.5744 (C) Annual Bull and Female sale in March with the Southwest Iowa Gelbvieh Group

MONTANA Quality livestock that Work for you Gelbvieh Carcass Quality Calving Ease Tenderness Docility

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Nine Bar Nine Gelbvieh Wesley Brown

3794 Rd. 215 • Cheyenne, WY 82009 307-351-6453 • Purebred Bulls, Heifers & Select Embryos Performance BRED in, Not FED in!


Triple H Farms Roy & Nancy Holste 3113 260th Street Clarinda, IA 51632

712-303-0263 • 712-303-1947

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u Brandywine Farm


Dennis & Sherry Gustin Family Al and Peggy Gustin Mandan, ND • 701/663-7266

Tom Scarponcini

Richie & Sarah Heinrich 701/320-6484 (cell) email:

30474 Brandywine Road Rushford, MN 55971



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

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Dean Swenson

17513 Hwy 10 Little Falls, MN 56345 (h) 320.632.5848 • (c) 320.630-5536

Polled • Purebred • Red • Black


Gelbvieh & Balancer Performance Genetics Bulls and Heifers for sale by private treaty (605) 354-2428 Cell Gerald & Sarah Adkins 41606 195th St., Carpenter, SD 57322

Thorstenson Gelbvieh

Selby, South Dakota Annual Bull Sale 1st Saturday in March

Brian & Dee Dee 605-649-9927

Vaughn & Wendy 605-649-6262


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

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Doug & Carol Hille

3320 51st Street, Mandan, ND 58554 701-445-7383 or 701-220-2083 Email: Website: Annual Production Sale 1st Friday in March

Jim & Barb Beastrom Brandy Ludemann, Brittney Spencer

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Julie Maude 605.381.2803 (C) Lori Maude 303.809.3789 (C) Hermosa, SD

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Gustin’s Diamond D Annual Production Sale February 15, 2018 Mandan, North Dakota Auctioneer: Jay Elfeldt Sale Averages 76.5 Bulls.....................................................................$4,662 20 Bred Heifers...........................................................$2,295


here was a nice crowd on hand on February 15, a cold, snowy day, to bid and buy at the Gustin’s Diamond D Gelbvieh Annual Production Sale. The sale was consistent throughout and especially strong on the red purebreds and Balancers. High selling bull for the day was Lot 56, CMR Protégé 121E ET. A son of the DDGR Nobleman sire and the DDGR Mandy 32S cow, he was a deep bodied, square hipped, red purebred bull that posted a yearling weight of 1452 and a gain ratio of 121. Lazy TV Ranch, Selby, South Dakota, and Rippe Gelbvieh of Hubbell, Nebraska, paid $13,000 for half possession and half semen interest in this herd sire prospect. Lost River Livestock, Clearbrook, Minnesota, paid $15,500 to own Lot 28, DDGR Coach 57E. He was a BNC At Ease A357 son that has a calving ease EPD in the top 10 percent and every other EPD in the top 35 percent of the breed. This red, homozygous polled, purebred had a 40.7 yearling scrotal measurement, 78-pound birthweight and yearling weight of 1338. Handel Farms, of Menno, South Dakota, purchased Lot 33, DDGR Emulation 71E, a black, purebred son of DDGR Innovation 120C and a KKC Nobility daughter, at $10,000. A soft made, moderate framed bull with plenty of muscle, the Emulation bull had a 72-pound birthweight and a 1377-pound yearling weight. Brentt and Todd Eslinger of Elgin, North Dakota, customers for over 20 years, took home three bulls, including Lot 37, DDGR Confidence 80E, for $8,000. A red Balancer, he was another BNC At Ease A357 son, and combines a CED EPD of 12 with a weaning ratio of 108 and a yearling ratio of 109. Lot 38, DDGR 84E, a homo black, homo polled, purebred son of DDGR Kingpin 159C sold to Ceroll Gelbvieh, Sisseton, South Dakota, for $7,500. This

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wide topped, deep bodied prospect weaned off of his 3-year-old dam at 785 pounds without creep and was a standout all summer. Another bull going at $7,500 was Lot 80, DDGR Integrity 203E. This stout, homo black, Balancer son of the CKS Mr Dream C11 sire, was one of the youngest bulls in the sale and posted a weaning weight of 825 and the highest yearling weight in the sale at 1516. He sold to John Reiter of Ellsworth, Minnesota. High selling female honors went to Lot 95, DDGR Belle 141D, a purebred red female that sold to Jordan Jensen of Powers Lake, ND. She sold for $3,000, was sired by the RHGF 11Z bull, and safe to the Schuler Rebel Red Angus sire.

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Thorstenson’s Lazy TV Ranch 37th Annual Bull Sale March 3, 2018 At the Ranch, Selby, South Dakota Owners: Vaughn and Wendy Thorstenson , Brian and DeDee Begeman Auctioneers: Seth Weishaar, Lynn Weishaar Averages: 12 Gelbvieh Bulls.................................................. $4,979 120 Balancer® Bull................................................... $4,508 38 Angus Bulls...................................................... $4,979 170 Bulls................................................................... $4,630


sunny spring day greeted the crowd attending the Thorstenson’s Lazy TV Ranch 37th Annual Bull Sale held March 3, at the ranch west of Selby, South Dakota. Buyers from nine states kept the bidding active both live and via the Internet. Topping the sale offering at $14,000 was lead-off Angus Lot 176 selling to longtime customer Larry Thompson of Glenham, South Dakota. Sired by Schiefelbein iBull, he posted a 122 WW index and a 125 YW index along with above average feed efficiency. Leo Gauderman, Glenfield, North Dakota, claimed Lot 121 sired by Bieber Hard Drive Y120 and also a maternal brother to Lazy TV Big Bud for $10,000. Another longtime customer, Richard Jore of Watford City, North Dakota, chose the next two red Balancers including Lot 125 at $10,000 and Lot 123 at $9,500. Both

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of these bulls were also sired by Hard Drive and posted performance indexes well above average. Dale Gasho Ranch from Beach, North Dakota, selected the high-selling black Balancer in Lot 4 sired by DBRG Twister 451B at $9,000. Lot 4’s performance EPDs rank in the top 5 percent of the Balancer breed and he is also homozygous polled. Gasho also chose Lot 11, another black Balancer sired by Twister for $8,750. Lot 11 indexed 117 for weaning weight. Dean Grosz, Olivet, South Dakota, had the final bid of $8,750 on Angus Lot 182. Sired by VAR Discovery 2240 and out of a first-calf heifer, he posted a 120 WW index and a 116 YW index. Volume buyer Merle Hicks of Martin, South Dakota, chose Lot 127, another Hard Drive-sired red Balancer, for $8,250.

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GUEST CONSIGNORS: Coles Bend Cattle Company

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Bush Cattle Farm Alan Bush

1810 Reeder School Road Franklin, KY 42134 270-535-8327

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GW events of interest April 2018 Apr. 7 Apr. 7 Apr. 7 Apr. 8 Apr. 14 Apr. 14 Apr. 28

June 2018

Circle S Ranch 11 Annual Going to Grass Production Sale, Canton, KS Maternal Integrity Gelbvieh and Balancer Bull Sale, Butler MO J&D Kerstiens Gelbvieh Auction, Huntingburg, IN TJB Gelbvieh Online Embryo Sale Bar T Bar Ranches Annual Bull Sale, Winslow, AZ Knoll Crest Total Performance Bull Sale, Red House, VA Bush Cattle Farm Dispersal Sale, Franklin, KY th

May 2018 May 20 TJB Gelbvieh Show Heifer Sale May 25-27 AGJA Eastern Regional, Palmyra, MO May 25 AGA office closed for Memorial Day May 28 AGA office closed for Memorial Day

June 1-2 AGJA Western Regional, Concordia, KS June 24 TJB Gelbvieh Bred Heifer Sale

July 2018 July 1-6 AGJA Corn Fed Classic, Waterloo, IA July 4 AGA office closed for Independance Day July 19-22 The Summit, IGS Youth Leadership Conference Fort Worth, TX Visit the online version of Places to Be at www.gelbvieh. org for additional dates on upcoming sales and more information on each event. 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. Places to Be at contains additional contact information for each event.

Top selling purebred bull in C-Cross Cattle Company 2015 Bull Sale.

CCRO Impact’s Fortune 4209B

Impact’s Fortune 4209B’s maternal value is unmatched with legendary breed-leading A.I. Sire’s Black Impact, TV Sam and Carolina Fortune. Excellent combo of calving ease, growth, carcass and maternal cow-power.


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Roger Morris • C.W. Moss 928 Morris Road Appomattox, VA 24522 434.574.6592 Roger Morris C.W. Moss 434.315.4294 434.391.4458

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Coles Bend Cattle Company.......... 35 Cranview Gelbvieh.......................... 39 Cunningham, Ronn........................ 41 Danell Diamond Six Ranch......38, 47 Diamond L Farms........................... 29 Diamond V Gelbvieh...................... 32 Dromgoole’s Heaven....................... 29 Eagle Pass Ranch............................. 39 Flying H Genetics............................ 33 45 Green Hills Gelbvieh....................... 35 GS Ridge Top Ranch....................... 38 Gustin’s Diamond D Gelbvieh....11, 39 Hampton Cattle Company............. 35 Harriman Santa Fe.......................... 32 Hart Farm Gelbvieh........................ 32 Hilltop Farms................................... 32 Hodges Ranch.................................. 29 Hojer Gelbvieh Ranch..................... 39 IGS Youth Leadership Conference...18 J&D Kerstiens Gelbvieh.................. 17 J&K Farm.......................................... 31 J Bar M Gelbvieh............................. 32 Judd Ranch, Inc........................... 1, 32 Kicking Horse Ranch...................... 38 Kittle Gelbvieh Farms..................... 29

Knoll Crest Farm............................. 35 Koehn Cattle Co.............................. 29 Land of Oz/ John C Oswald........... 32 Lambert, Doak................................. 41 Ledgerwood Gelbvieh..................... 38 Lemke Cattle.................................... 33 Leonhardt Cattle Company............ 39 Linquist Farms................................. 38 Little Windy Hill Farms.................. 35 Lone Oak Cattle............................... 38 Lost River Livestock........................ 48 M&P Gelbvieh................................. 33 Markes Family Farms...................... 29 Martens Gelbvieh............................ 38 Martin Cattle Company.................. 29 McCarty, Dan................................... 41 McMahan Cove Gelbvieh............... 37 Miller Gelbvieh................................ 29 Mitchell Marketing Service............ 41 MLM Gelbvieh................................. 33 Mulroy Farms................................... 32 Nine Bar Nine Gelbvieh.................. 38 Nowack Cattle Company................ 32 Plateau Gelbvieh.............................. 38 Post Rock Cattle Company........ 7, 32 Prairie Hills Gelbvieh...................... 39 Red Maple Gelbvieh........................ 28 Register Farms................................. 35 Rippe Gelbvieh................................. 15 Rocking GV Gelbvieh..................... 33 Rogers Valley Farm Gelbvieh......... 33 Sawtooth Gelbvieh Cattle & Hay... 38 Schafer Farms, Inc........................... 39 Seedstock Plus Genetics...........19, 41 Seedstock Plus.................................. 41 Spring Flood Ranch........................ 33 Squeakin’ By-LK Farms.................. 33 Swanson Cattle Company.............. 33 Swenson Gelbvieh........................... 39 Taubenheim Gelbvieh...............26, 33 The 88 Ranch.................................... 33 Thorstenson Gelbvieh..................... 39 Thull Gelbvieh Farm....................... 39 TJB Gelbvieh & Balancer.................. 5 Triple H Farms................................. 38 Triple K Gelbvieh............................. 32 Volek Ranch..................................... 39 Warner Beef Genetics ................. IBC White Oak Farms............................ 33 Wildwood Acres.............................. 31 Wilkinson Gelbvieh........................ 38

Proven Montana Genetics Homo Black • Homo Polled Purebred


Outcross homozygous black, homozygous polled purebred genetics. Super teat and udder structure on his fertility plus dam. Really sound footed. Excellent disposition/ excellent disposition progeny.

JOB DANELL Napoleon 01E

Used successful on virgin heifers in Montana. Co-owned with Bolton Double B Ranch CED 16 4%

Sire: BBDM Bolton Pay Day 45C

BW -3.2 3%

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YW 88

MK 26

TM 56

CEM 9 15%

HP 5.01

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Cattlemen’s Connection • 1-800-743-0026 Bull Barn Genetics • 1-800-535-6173 and Owners

Don, Omie, Chase and Teale Rose Danell Lewistown, MT • 406-538-5622



Phenotype, EPD package, Pedigree, Performance, and Maternal Power! AMGV1346125 • BD: 2/16/16 Homo Black • Homo Polled

Semen $25/unit from the Owners OWNERS:

CED 18 10%

BW -2.2 15%

WW 76 20%

YW 123 15%

MK 24

TM 62 25%

CEM 11 4%

HP 3.85

PG30 2.79 10%

ST 8

YG -0.30

CW 39 25%

REA 0.43

MB 0.76 3%

FPI 99.28 2%

Thiel’s 4 T Bar Beef Clark, WY Bolton Double B Ranch Hilger, MT • 406-538-5280

THANK YOU LRSF LRL ASCEND E89 Purebred Gelbvieh Bull CCRO Carolina Leverage 3214A x LRSF Backstair Y70 Sold to Hilltop Farms, Missouri.

LRL LIMIT UP E64 Red Angus Bull H2R Profitbuilder B403 x 3SCC Millie Y159 Sold to Hilltop Farms, Missouri.

LRSF LRL VINTAGE E84 50% Balancer Bull CCRO Carolina Leverage 3214A x LRSF Nellie Y18 ET Sold to Leo & Kyle Gauderman, North Dakota.

LRSF LRL UPPER HAND E125 ET 63% Balancer Bull CCRO Carolina Leverage 3214A x SVVG Rylee Sold to BNH Livestock, Canada. LRSF LRL IMPROVEMENT D27 63% Balancer Cow VRT Lazy TV Sam U451 x LRSF Improvement B136 Sold to Joey Davis, Missouri.

LRSF LRL PATTON E141 50% Balancer Bull DDGR Blackhawk 10B x LRSF Nellie B119 Sold to Hilltop Farms, Missouri.

Special thanks to Diamond D Gelbvieh, North Dakota for purchasing LRSF LRL PANCAKE D86 ET, our high selling female. 12866 Lindberg Lake Road Clearbrook, MN 56634

Dan Larson 402-560-4052 David Larson 218-766-3323 Mark Larson 218-766-3690 Matt Larson 701-371-8305

Thank you

FROM WARNER BEEF GENETICS Thank you to all purchasers and bidders in our

Genetic Investment Bull Sale.

DLW LIFELINE 5065E - HIGH SELLING BULL Lot 60 purchased by Mulroy Farms.

DLW BARRETT 359E Lot 10 purchased by Hilltop Farms.

DLW EXCITEMENT 4109E Lot 10 purchased by Swanson Cattle Co.

DLW TPG LEVERAGE 873E ET Lot 2 purchased by R&J Farms.

We appreciate your support of our program.

DLW EDISON 839E ET Lot 37 purchased by Black Gold Genetics and Cedar Top Ranch. WARNER BEEF GENETICS Dan and Kate Warner 42198 Road 721, Arapahoe, NE 68922 Dan Warner: 308.962.6511 Monte Warner: 308.962.6136 Darren Warner: 308.824.2950

Cedar Top Ranch offers a LIFELINE for your breeding needs



AMGV 1298079 • BA50 • Homozyougs Black • Homozygous Polled CED 14 30%

BW -1.9 35%

WW 79 15%

YW 117 20%

MK 16

TM 56

CEM 7 35%

HP 5.34 45%

PG30 0.42

ST 12 25%

DMI 0.07

YG -0.46 25%

CW 37 30%

REA 0.75 5%

MB $Cow FPI EPI 0.06 100.78 80.28 149.45 30% 35% 15%

2016 National Western Stock Show Grand Champion Balancer Bull Co-owned with Eagle Pass Ranch and LeDoux Ranch Semen available through Bull Barn Genetics 800-535-6173

Cedar Top Ranch

Scott & Raberta Starr 212 Starr Drive • Stapleton, NE 69163 308-587-2293 • 308-530-3900 (C) email:

April 2018 Gelbvieh World  

This months issue prepares members for BOLT and features various other articles to help improve your operation this spring.

April 2018 Gelbvieh World  

This months issue prepares members for BOLT and features various other articles to help improve your operation this spring.