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Official Publication of the American Gelbvieh Association

October 2008

Annual

Dam of Merit Honor Roll

Influential Females from Past National Sales


Contents contents

News

October 2008, Vol. 23, No. 3

15 Gelbvieh World Garners Wins at Livestock Publications Council Contest 24 Northwest Feeding Venture Proves Profitable for Gelbvieh Profit Partners 24 Gelbvieh World Editor Earns Distinguished Service Award 24 Federation Initiative Fund Awards New Beef Promotion Grants 28 Montana Gelbvieh Association Sets NILE Activities 30 Kansas Gelbvieh Field Day 34 Gelbvieh Association In Nebraska Tour 49 Eight Guidelines to Economical Ingredient Selections 55 Links Between Genomics and Cattle Health Traits are Found 59 Minnesota Field Day

Departments Contact Us Executive’s Corner President’s Message Bits & Pieces Hooves & Horns View From the Field Junior Voice Junior Shows Shows Places to Be Ad Index New Members

Page 14 Influential Females

Page 38 Rippey Profile

Features industry

14 Blast from the Past: Influential Females from the National Gelbvieh Sale 18 Honoring Exceptional Cows profile

38 Building Reputation Females

Page 57 Junior Essays

by Wayne Vanderwert juniors

57 Juniors Share Top Creative Writing Essays On the Cover: This month we honor that hard-working Gelbvieh female. She sets an industry standard for productivity and maternal ability. Cover photo by Lori Maude, Gelbvieh World Editor.

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Wayne Vanderwert

Executive’s Corner executive’s corner

The Dumbing Down of America You’ve probably heard of the conspiracy theory that we’re being “dumbed down” in this country presumably so that we ask fewer questions. I’ve laughed it off in the past, but lately I have had to reconsider. I wake up early most mornings and turn on the TV to catch the news and weather. The local affiliates of the national networks, like NBC, are all on in the early hours with Denver and Colorado news before they switch to the national news programming. Somewhere along the way in TV’s history, the concept of “remote feeds” for the news was popularized. No doubt viewers responded positively as an onsite report feed to the newscast brought more credibility to the story and the station reporting. Oh, I readily admit that in many cases a live remote broadcast brings an important eyewitness element to a story; it’s a good idea, but it’s just been overworked. For instance, when the story involves a much anticipated court trial starting at 10 a.m. today, I don’t see much value in a 5:15 a.m. remote feed from the courthouse steps! The one that really made me scratch my head happened during the recent Democratic National Convention in Denver. All of the local stations had suites inside the Pepsi Center and anchored their newscasts from the convention arena. Not much happening at 5 a.m. except a lone sweeper cleaning up between the seats in the background. The local CBS affiliate was reporting on the previous night’s convention speakers. You guessed it; they went to a live report from outside the Pepsi Center. There stands a reporter at 5:30 am in pitch darkness recapping the speeches, while the two anchors sat inside the building where it had actually happened. Have we been “dumbed down” to the point that this seems logical? When did the common sense train jump this far off the tracks? Then I think about the cattle business and the hard working commercial cattlemen that rely on their cowherd to put food on the family table, clothes on their backs and hopefully send the kids to college. These are the same folks that have been fed one breed’s anti-crossbreeding message, albeit a simple, dumbed down beef production system, 10 | October 2008

but in reality an economic disservice to the same hardworking people. Common sense and logic tells us that heterosis still works. In these days of high input costs, producers need every little edge they can find to survive. The short-term benefits to crossbreeding are in more pounds at weaning, better growth in the feedyard. Gelbvieh’s historic strengths in these traits can add to profitability. The straight breeding proponents will readily say you can make up the difference using EPDs and selecting high growth cattle; as I’ve said before that comes with too much baggage. For those of you who recall Lee Leachman’s talk at the 2007 AGA Convention, you know that extreme cow size becomes the problem. Harder to measure are the long-term benefits. Increased fertility, cow longevity and improved health all impact the bottom line by reducing costs. The most recent Meat Animal Research Center’s cow size data gives the Gelbvieh breed real bragging rights. Our own breeders who have experience with Gelbvieh, Angus and Balancer cattle have witnessed the influence on productivity with higher weaning weights from smaller cows, a trademark Gelbvieh trait. We need to carry this low input and higher output message to the industry. The rise of natural beef programs represents another opportunity for Gelbvieh SmartCross cattle. My own research and our own experience feeding cattle have shown that you need the Gelbvieh traits of muscle, growth and carcass weight to make up for the lack of an implant. I’ve also heard people who’ve tried to feed straight-bred Angus in a natural program admit that it doesn’t work. The concept of stacking generation after generation of Angus in commercial cow-calf production is like the remote newscast feed; it’s been overworked. Keep talking the benefits of crossbreeding first, then the benefits of crossbreeding with Gelbvieh…not everyone has gotten the message. Wayne Vanderwert is the American Gelbvieh Association Executive Director. He can be reached at 303-465-2333 or via email at waynev@gelbvieh.org.

303/465-2333 Main Phone 303/465-2339 fax Executive Director Wayne Vanderwert (ex. 480) waynev@gelbvieh.org Director of Administration Dianne Coffman (ex. 479) diannec@gelbvieh.org Director of Communications Lori Maude (ex. 487) lorim@gelbvieh.org Director of Breed Improvement Susan Willmon (ex. 484) susanw@gelbvieh.org Director of Member Services Dana Stewart (ex. 488) danas@gelbvieh.org Production Manager/Graphic Artist Katie Danneman (ex. 486) katied@gelbvieh.org Customer Services Coleen Abplanalp (ex. 482) coleena@gelbvieh.org Dolores Gravley (ex. 481) doloresg@gelbvieh.org Patti Showman (ex. 478) pattis@gelbvieh.org Teresa Wessels (ex. 477) teresaw@gelbvieh.org Mailing address: 10900 Dover St., Westminster, CO 80021 General E-mail: info@gelbvieh.org Registration & Electronic Data Transfer: registration@gelbvieh.org Website: www.gelbvieh.org


Vaughn Thorstenson

President’s Message president’s message

Efficient Value This summer I attended a seminar isn’t fertility, performance, disposition, and phenotype more important?? To sponsored by Pfizer (my local rep owes me for the free publicity). The seminar was most of us they are but as long as there are people with large disposable incomes entitled “Focus on Efficiency.” The main topic of each session was how to become wanting to eat a great steak quality grades more competitive with $7 corn. Now are going to be a big source of premium in maybe we won’t have to worry about that our industry. So if we want to be in that price, but I tend to think we will eventually rotational crossbreeding system with say 25 face it. to 50 percent Gelbvieh in the commercial cowherd, we cannot ignore quality grades. The one economist had figured it out and the change in corn from $1.80 to $7.00 Another session focused on the efficiency equated to a 475 percent increase in the of the cowherd and I thought that really cost it takes to put on gain in the feedlot played right into the Gelbvieh female. with corn. (The same time period crude Dr. Twig Marston from the University oil is only up 150 percent, but that one of Nebraska made that presentation. He gets all the publicity.) said that the entire They talked about national cowherd So if we want to be having the right implant is running with too programs, feeding MGA in that rotational many open cows. He and ionophores, wet stated that an increase distillers grains, use of crossbreeding system of just 2 percent say roughages, finding more from 90 percent bred with say 25 to 50 feed efficient seedstock, to 92 percent bred and other cost and corn equated to a value percent Gelbvieh saving ideas. of $13 per cow that ranchers can spend In the final session in the commercial on better seedstock or Dr. Robbi Pritchard from South Dakota cowherd, we cannot semen. That should mean that a good State University (SDSU) summed it up like this: ignore quality grades. Gelbvieh or Balancer “No matter what you do bull is worth more you are not going to be than his straightbred able to save anywhere close to 475 percent.” counterpart. We know that is the case; we just need to convince more cattlemen that He felt that in order to survive in the next few years, cattle producers had two there is no better maternal cross for the choices. First is to feed cattle that fit the British cows that they own. That Gelbviehlean market (eared cattle) with grass and cross cow will breed back and milk harder than her straightbred counterpart. mostly roughages and little or no corn. He said the only corn they should see is the As we enter into the fall season and begin truckload going by to the other feedlot. The to pick our calves to promote or possibly second thing he talked about is that we need show, let’s keep the big picture in mind. We to identify cattle that are “corn worthy,” all like a pretty bull or female, but what’s on cattle that can grade choice and prime. This the inside is what really counts. Seems like I kind of cattle he felt would become even heard that in Sunday school. It is true, what more valuable as our export markets opened is in the inside of the cattle and each one of up. Prime cattle command a $240/head us is where real value is found. premium currently, so if you could get a set of steers to grade 50 percent prime you Vaughn Thorstenson is the AGA President. could add $120 per head to the pen. He owns and operates Thorstenson Gelbvieh & Most of us would just like to ignore Angus near Selby, S.D. He can be reached at quality grades in our mating decisions; vwthor@sbtc.net. 12 | October 2008

AGA Executive Committee President Vaughn Thorstenson 605/649-7361 (O) 12980 Cedar Rd., Selby, SD 57472 Vice President Al Knapp 913/219-6613 (O) 18291 158th St. Bonner Springs, KS 66012 Secretary Sam Castleberry 830/38-3421 (O) 8225 FM 471 South Castroville, TX 78009 Treasurer Skyler Martin 815/732-7583 (H) 1200 S Blackhawk Rd. Oregon, IL 61061-9762 Legal Counsel E. Edd Pritchett 405/375-5516 (O) 114 N. Main St. • Ste. 101 Kingfisher, OK 73750

AGA Directors Steve Arp 608/846-5186 (H) 551 N Ramsey Rd • Arlington, WI 53911 Jim Beastrom 605/224-5789 (H) 20453 Cendak Rd. • Pierre, SD 57501-6315 Ken Flikkema 406/586-6207 (H) 8289 Huffine Ln. • Bozeman, MT 59718 Randy Gallaway 405/649-2410 (H) 15182 N. Midwest Blvd. • Mulhall, OK 73063 Mark Goes 402/766-3627 (H) 39414 SW 75th Rd. • Odell, NE 68415-3126 Jerry Grund 785/891-3765 (H) 2690 Iron Horse Rd. • Wallace, KS 67761 Dick Helms 308/493-5411 (H) 42041 Dr. 728 • Arapahoe, NE 68922 John Huston 662/323-4858 (H) 208 Hillside Dr. • Starkville, MS 39759 David Judd 785/566-3770 (H) 423 Hwy K-69 • Pomona, KS 66076-9064 Ed Kalianoff 701/475-2694 (H) 2555 28th St. SE • Steele, ND 58482 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.


Hybrid Vigor… T h e B e e f I n d u s t r y ’s A n s w e r t o a F r e e L u n c h They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Well, that’s not always the case. For cattle producers the hybrid vigor you get from crossbreeding is the closest thing to a free lunch in the business. A planned crossbreeding program doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming. SmartCross™ is the American Gelbvieh Association’s answer to a simple crossbreeding program. Step one is to look at your cowherd. Are they higher percentage British (Angus, Hereford, etc.)? Or are they high percentage Continental (Simmental, Limousin, Charolais, etc.)? Being in Texas, what percentage of Brahman influence is in the cowherd?

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SmartCross™ recommends a bull type to get you to the profit center the fastest. If you have high percentage British cows, use a purebred Gelbvieh bull to get the maximum heterosis from the mating. If you have a high percentage of Continental in your herd, use an Angus or Red Angus bull. Another option for this scenario is a Balancer bull that is 75% Angus or Red Angus and 25% Gelbvieh. If you have a Brahman-influence (50% or more Brahman) in your cowherd, use a Balancer bull to get you added muscle, fertility and take the ear out of the calves to make them more marketable. Hybrid vigor fixes the problems that EPDs can’t fix. Low heritability traits like reproduction and fertility are hard to fix with EPD selection. But, the right crossbreeding plan improves reproduction traits on the first cross. Crossbred cows have more productivity, increased longevity and better reproduction than their straightbred counterparts. Why choose Gelbvieh or Balancer for your crossbreeding program? Gelbvieh brings muscle, pounds and fertility to the table. You get the pounds at weaning that will make you money at the sale barn. At the same time, the females have increased fertility and excellent maternal traits.

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Balancer bulls make it easier for a small cattle producer to still reap the benefits of heterosis in a crossbreeding program. Many times producers with one pasture have a difficult time implementing a crossbreeding program. Balancers are composed of Gelbvieh and Angus (red or black). If you put a Balancer on a cowherd that doesn’t have Gelbvieh or Angus, you will reap maximum heterosis benefits and have a more uniform calf crop. Even if your cowherd has Angus in it, you will still gain some benefits of heterosis. Another benefit of Gelbvieh or Balancer genetics is the decreased mature cow size. The most recent Meat Animal Research Center report showed that Gelbvieh was the only breed to decrease its mature cow size from the previous report. Based on the four-year-old cow weights by sire breed, Gelbvieh is the most moderate. With increasing feed costs and land rent on the rise, you need to be able to run more cows on less grass. Smaller mature cows make that possible and Gelbvieh-influenced females are plenty productive. Even with the smaller mature size, they will bring home a calf with those extra pounds at weaning. In today’s changing beef industry, can you afford not to look at an effective crossbreeding program?


AGA History

Feature feature Blast from the Past:

Influential Females from the National Gelbvieh Sale By Lori Maude, Gelbvieh World Editor

Have you ever wondered if a major breed-influencing female ever sold through the National Gelbvieh Sale? Well, the National Sale Committee wondered the same thing and the project landed on the editor’s desk. Those early national sale catalogs (ranging all the way back to the first one in 1973) were interesting reading. I recognize some of the sires but some were new to me. There isn’t room to share all the great ones, but to hit some of the highlights I found seven interesting females that originally sold through the National Gelbvieh Sale. Next HHF Trevor C17 as a mature cow month: influential bulls that sold through the National Gelbvieh Sale.

HHF Trevor C17 as a heifer

CPG Miss Floto Pride 187R

HHF Trevor C17

Consignor: Hayek Brothers, Clutier, Iowa

Consignor: Hickory Hill Farm, Blacksburg, Va.

Buyer: Hickory Hill Farm, Blacksburg, Va.

Buyer: Valhalla Ranch, Bennett, Colo.

Miss Floto Pride 187R is a 1983 daughter of Floto. She sold as a bred heifer in the 1985 National Sale. Hickory Hill Farm purchased this female and flushed her before selling her to Sea-J Farms. Her best known daughter is JBOB “Bobbie” 779E, a donor in the TJB Gelbvieh program, later selling to T-Square Gelbvieh Farm in North Carolina.

The Trevor cow sold as a bred heifer through the 1995 National Sale. This HHF W21 Polled Patriot female out of a Polled Summit daughter sold bred to HHF Goaltender. Valhalla purchased this female and put her in their donor pen. Valhalla recorded two natural calves and 81 embryo transfer calves out of Trevor. Enter Todd Bickett of TJB Gelbvieh, who saw this massive deep female as the perfect addition to his program. Trevor produced another natural calf and 40 more embryo calves were registered from this powerful female.

LNR Miss Admiral 659S ET Consignor: Nelson Ranch, Ronan, Mont. Buyer: Hickory Hill Farm, Blacksburg, Va. This fullblood ET daughter of DPR Admiral 45445 out of LNR Miss Magnum LNR 208F 3197 sold in the 1986 National Sale. This female sold bred to Governor of LNR 51989 and found a new home with Hickory Hill Farm. She had eight embryo transfer calves registered and seven natural calves at Hickory Hill.

BAG Miss Wilma 10W Consignor: Bar Arrow Cattle Co., Phillipsburg, Kan. Buyer: Rogue River Ranch, Central Point, Ore. The “Wilma” cow family got its start from this polled, purebred open heifer that sold in the 1988 National Sale. Rogue River Ranch of Oregon bought this EGF Poller’s Pride daughter out of an LNR Kaiser daughter. Miss Wilma 10W has 25 embryo transfer calves and 10 natural calves registered with AGA. One of those descendents is JGW 3R Pld Wilma 215A, the dam of ABS sire, DCSF Post Rock Top Brass ET, and his full sister, DCSF Post Rock Wilma 147H2 ET, a donor female for Dawson Creek Gelbvieh and Post Rock in Kansas.

TJR Vickie Vail X1 ET Consignor: Triple J Farms, Glen Allen, Va. Buyer: Beartooth Ranch, Columbus, Mont. Beartooth Ranch paid $4,600 for this bred heifer in the 1990 National Sale. A daughter of KCF Polled Express, had seven natural calves and 22 embryo calves recorded with AGA before she left Beartooth Ranch for TJB Gelbvieh in Georgia. Vickie Vail became a cornerstone of the TJB donor program and has 45 more embryo calves recorded after she moved to Georgia.

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PRTY Moonlit Splendor 540D Consignor: Partisover Ranch, Colbert, Ga. Buyer: Four Star Land & Cattle, Craig, Neb. A black, polled daughter of POW Jetstream 36B out of JNE Miss Jays Splendor, Moonlit Splendor sold through the 1996 National Sale. This Jetstream daughter has made several trips across the country during her life. She was a donor for TJB Gelbvieh/Goose Creek Gelbvieh. She sold to the Power Husker Consortium through the 2002 TJB Gelbvieh production sale. Taylor Lueking in Nebraska is the current owner. She has three natural calves registered and 42 embryo calves registered.

REMC Show Girl ET 517E Consignor: Ronald E. McNickel and Waite Ranch, Cherryvale, Kan. Buyer: J-Bob Farms, Biscoe, N.C. A black polled daughter of POW Jetstream 36B, Show Girl, caught the eye of Bobby Myrick at the 1997 National Sale. Show Girl’s bottom side of the pedigree featured ATM Tejas Rolls Roych 868 and Kaiser. J-Bob Farms put her to work in his donor pen where she produced 27 embryo calves and three natural calves. Show Girl found a new home with Hood-Richman Farms in Tennessee where she produced two natural calves and two embryo calves during her short stay there. Greg Schipull of Iowa purchased this female in spring 2008 through the Hood-Richman Dispersal Sale.

It’s not too late to consign to the 2009 National Sale. However, you must act now and call Jeff Erhardt with Purple Haven Enterprises, National Sale Manager, to get a nomination form today. Call 701-220-7843 or via email at purple_haven@hotmail.com.


News news

The Livestock Publications Council annually holds a critique contest featuring advertising design, writing and general publication categories for competition. Each year Gelbvieh World submits some of its best advertisements and articles from the past year to get a critique and the possibility of a win in the category. The awards were presented during the 2008 Agricultural Media Summit in Tampa, Fla.

• Honorable Mention—2-color or 3-color less than full page ad for a Livestock Sale Schroeder Ranch, February 2007 Gelbvieh World • Honorable Mention—2-color or 3-color less than full page ad for a Ranch or Farm

Industry News

Gelbvieh World Garners Wins at Livestock Publications Council Annual Critique Contest Blackhawk Cattle Company, 2007 Balancer Reference Edition • Honorable Mention—1-color less than full page Livestock Ad SEGA Gelbvieh, 2007 Balancer Reference Edition

A summary of Gelbvieh World accomplishments: • First Place—2-color or 3-color Full Page Ad for a Livestock Sale Grund Beef Genetics ad, July 2007 • First Place—2-color or 3-color Full Page Ad for a Livestock Supplier, Service or Association Bull Barn Genetics ad, April 2007 • Second Place—Livestock Advertiser Campaign (minimum of three ads) Cedar Top Ranch, September to December 2007 issues • Honorable Mention—4-Color, Full Page Ad for Livestock Supplier, Service or Association Gelbvieh World, Put your Program in Motion ad, April 2007 • Honorable Mention—4-Color, less than full page Livestock Ad SEGA Gelbvieh ad, July 2007 • Honorable Mention—Association, Marketing Article “Cattlemen’s Web Etiquette”, written by Dana Stewart A bit unique this year was that several Gelbvieh ads, designed by Lisa Bryant of Cowboy Connection Designs, were entered and also earned honors. Lisa helps out with Balancer Reference Edition ads, as well as some February edition ads. • First Place—2-color or 3-color Full Page Ad for a Ranch or Farm Goldrush Genetics ad, 2007 Balancer Reference Edition

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Bits ‘N Pieces bits ‘n pieces Fraud Reminder

Gelbvieh Arrivals

 The American Gelbvieh Association is

Tina and Matt Cibula of Cib’s Gelbvieh near Clutier, Iowa, welcomed a new herdsman to the family on June 30, 2008. Brayton Anthony Cibula was born at 7:05 p.m. and weighed 7 lbs., 4 oz.. The grandparents are Barb Hayek and the late Tony Hayek of Clutier, and Nancy and Arlo Cibula of Vinning.

not affiliated with any specific vendors or companies. If someone contacts you via email, mail or on the phone saying they are selling a product on behalf of the American Gelbvieh Association it is a fraud. The only thing that is sold from the American Gelbvieh Association and Gelbvieh World is advertising for the magazine. To be safe, contact the office before sending a check or ordering something from an unfamiliar vendor, especially if the vendor says they represent the American Gelbvieh Association.

Gelbvieh Farewells  Shirley Lambert of West End, N.C., passed

away on September 2, 2008 at the age of 61. Shirley owned and operated Travis Farm. She was an active member of the North Carolina Gelbvieh Association and tireless promoter of Gelbvieh in the state. She has hosted state field days, supported junior activities by donating her beautiful handmade stained glass pieces for raffles and was a major organizer for the 2008 AGJA Blue Ridge Classic. She is survived by her husband, Sam; son, Jeffrey; daughter, Julie

Peterson; her mother, Wilma Chaloupka; one sister, Victoria McNulty; and one granddaughter. Condolences may be sent to Sam Lambert at 412 NC Hwy 73, West End, NC 27376. Memorials may be sent: North Carolina Gelbvieh Association, c/o Mick Ainsworth, Attn: Shirley Lambert Endowment, PO Box 154, Jackson Springs, NC 27281.

State Association News  Bee Lick Gelbvieh Farm of Crab

Orchard, Ky., will host the Kentucky

Gelbvieh Association Field Day on October 18, 2008. Speakers are planned and a cowherd tour is also on the agenda. For directions and a specific schedule, call Claude Reynolds at 606-758-9002 or email creynolds@localnet.com.

 Kentucky Gelbvieh Association will

also host its annual meeting and banquet on Friday, October 24, 2008 in Mt. Sterling, Ky. For details and information contact David Slaughter at 270-556-4259 or email hmslghtr@aol. com. Susan Willmon, AGA Director of Breed Improvement, is scheduled to speak that evening.

Texas Gelbvieh Association Promoting at the Short Course AGA News & Notes  The Red Lion Hotel on Quebec Street

will once again be the headquarters hotel for Gelbvieh during the National Western Stock Show. Room rates are $74 plus tax per night. The room rate includes two breakfast tickets per day per room. Ask for the Gelbvieh block. The room block runs from January 5 to January 13. Deadline for room reservations is December 18, 2008. Call 303-321-6666 to make your reservation.

Around the Industry  ABS Global hired Sharon Darrow as the

Sidney Chollett of the Texas Gelbvieh Association visits with a producer during the Texas A&M Beef Short Course in College Station. This year’s Beef Short Course was one of the largest ever and the TGA group was happy with the traffic at the trade show.

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new North American Customer Service Manager. She brings 13 years of customer service experience to the headquarters’ office in DeForest, Wisc. Ryan Ollerich joined the ABS Global team as the Feedlot Services Manager. Ollerich will work with producers and feedlots to


Andy and Danielle Ledoux of Agenda, Kan., were honored by ABS Global Inc. with the District 202 ABS Independent Representative of the Year Award. Andy and Danielle own and operate Poker City Ranch, a Gelbvieh and Balancer operation, in addition to their ABS business. Presenting Danielle and Andy with their award is Sandra Utter, ABS District Sales Manager, left.

connect buyer with seller, as well as providing leadership of ABS’ feedlot-level Age and Source Verification Program.

 Julie Ellingson has been named the North Dakota Stockmen’s

Association Executive Vice President. She replaces Wade Moser, who will retire in December after 26 years with NDSA. Ellingson has served as the NDSA Communications Director of 13 years before being selected its new leader. Ellingson and her husband, Chad, own and operate a registered Angus ranch along with their five children.

 Sarah “Sal” Forbes of Sheridan, Wyo., is the 2008 Saddle &

Sirloin Portrait Gallery inductee. She will be honored during a portrait presentation banquet on November 16 during the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky. She is the first female to ever receive the Saddle & Sirloin Portrait recognition.

Watch for big changes to the 2009 AGA National Convention Schedule in the November issue. A committee and the AGA Staff are finalizing the details. Stay tuned!! Gelbvieh World | 17


Dam of Merit/Dam of Distinction

Feature feature

Honoring Exceptional Cows Annual Dam of Merit/Distinction Honor Roll The American Gelbvieh Association established the Dam of Merit/Dam of Distinction cow recognition program in 1991 to honor those cows that get the job done year after year. The stringent requirements have not changed over the years and Gelbvieh females continue to excel in longevity. A total of 3,527 cows or 5.3 percent of the active cows in the breed qualified for Dam of Merit status. Only 346 cows or 0.7 percent of the actives cows qualified as Dams of Distinction. There are 47,667 active cows in Gelbvieh breed. Following are the states that have the most Dams of Merit and/or Dams of Distinction.

Rank

Name

City, State

1.

Judd Ranch Inc.

Pomona, KS

14

73

87

2/3.

Gaaskjolen Gelbvieh

Meadow, SD

0

45

45

Wehri Gelbvieh

Hebron, ND

7

38

45

4.

Haglund Ranch LLC

Brockway, MT

2

41

43

5.

Maple Lake Livestock Co. Madras, OR

17

23

40

6.

Taubenheim Gelbvieh

Amherst, NE

5

33

38

7.

Bar T Bar Ranch Inc.

Winslow, AZ

0

37

37

8.

Eagle Pass Ranch

Highmore, SD

1

34

35

9/10/11.

Bar Arrow Cattle Co.

Phillipsburg, KS

2

32

34

Miller Gelbvieh Farm

Glen Ullin, ND

8

26

34

Chimney Butte Ranch

Mandan, ND

1

33

34

Total

12.

Sieler Ranch Inc.

Plevna, MT

1

28

29

388 384 358 304 219 194 173 148 79 75

13.

Feist Gelbvieh

Ludlow, SD

9

19

28

14/15/16. Pearson Cattle Co. Inc.

Lake City, SD

2

23

25

Triple R Gelbvieh

Pettibone, ND

4

21

25

Schroeder Inc.

Sioux Falls, SD

1

24

25

17/18.

Oswald Ranch

Osceola, IA

3

21

24

Ellison Gelbvieh Ranch

Lemmon, SD

2

22

24

19/20/21. Knoll Crest Farms

Red House, VA

0

23

23

Adkins Farms

Burlington Jct., MO

4

19

23

Brandywine Farm

Rushford, MN

2

21

23

Top States for Dam of Merit/Distinction Rank

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

State South Dakota Kansas North Dakota Nebraska Missouri Montana Iowa Colorado Minnesota Oregon

A complete list of Owners of Dams of Merit/Distinction follows. Once a cow achieves Dam of Distinction, she doesn’t lose that status. However, if the female didn’t qualify this year she will not be included in the listing this year. For more information on the criteria used to determine Dam of Merit and Dam of Distinction, please contact the AGA office. The American Gelbvieh Association recognizes Dam of Merit or Dam of Distinction based on data submitted to the AGA office as of August 1, 2008. A Dam of Merit must have produced at least three (3) calves and a Dam of Distinction must have produced a minimum of eight (8) calves plus meet all four of the following additional qualifications: • Age at first calving must not exceed 25 months • Produced a calf that was born between January 1, 2007 and March 1, 2008 • Possess a minimum average weaning weight ratio of 101 for all calves • Maintained a regular calving interval. Average calving interval must not exceed the value calculated using the following formula:

(# of calving intervals x 365 days) + 30 days # of calving intervals

or the female had her 3rd calf before her 4th birthday and maintained a 365-day calving interval thereafter. 18 | October 2008

Top 20 Owners of Dams of Merit/Distinction DOD

DOM Total

Top 20 Breeders of Dams of Merit/Distinction Rank

Name

City, State

1.

Judd Ranch Inc.

Pomona, KS

2.

Eagle Pass Ranch

3.

DOD DOM

Total

16

79

Highmore, SD

1

52

95 53

Wehri Gelbvieh

Hebron, ND

7

39

46

4.

Gaaskjolen Gelbvieh

Meadow, SD

0

45

45

5/6.

Haglund Ranch LLC

Brockway, MT

2

39

41

J-Bob Farms

Biscoe, NC

5

36

41

7.

Maple Lake Livestock Co.

Madras, OR

17

23

40

8.

Taubenheim Gelbvieh

Amherst, NE

4

35

39

9.

Chimney Butte Ranch

Mandan, ND

1

36

37

10.

Bar Arrow Cattle Co.

Phillipsburg, KS

2

34

36

11.

Bar T Bar Ranch Inc.

Winslow, AZ

0

32

32

12.

Sieler Ranch Inc.

Plevna, MT

1

28

29

13/14/15.

Post Rock Cattle Co.

Barnard, KS

6

22

28

Miller Gelbvieh Farm

Glen Ullin, ND

7

21

28

Feist Gelbvieh

Ludlow, SD

9

19

28

16/17.

Flying H Genetics

Arapahoe, NE

1

25

26

Schroeder Inc.

Sioux Falls, SD

1

25

26

18/19/ 20/21. Ellison Gelbvieh Ranch

Lemmon, SD

3

22

25

Knoll Crest Farms

Red House, VA

0

25

25

Hodges Ranch

Omaha, AR

10

15

25

Triple R Gelbvieh

Pettibone, ND

4

21

25


Farm Name

City

DOD DOM Total

Alabama

Arizona

William D. Noel Toney 1 2 Rob Peacock Mt. Meigs 3 3

3 6

Bar T Bar Ranch Inc. Winslow 0 37

37

David Bowen Hindsville 0 2 G&A Gelbvieh Springdale 0 4 Hodges Ranch Omaha 4 16 Logan Farms Huntsville 0 1 Rasha Martin Judsonia 0 1 Osborn Circle C Ranch Romance 1 4 Eva J. Phillips Parks 0 1 Sikes Gelbvieh Farm Viola 0 1 TWS Inc. Berryville 6 0 Williams Gelbvieh Harrison 0 1 Bill Younger Mt. Pleasant 0 1

2 4 20 1 1 5 1 1 6 1 1

Corry De Kuyer Cattle Herald 0 1 Thomas & Alexandra Mathias Waterford 1 1 Merlin & Jeanette Peets Orland 0 1 Ray-Mar Ranches Oakdale 1 6 Janessa Thibodeau Cottonwood 0 2

1 2 1 7 2

Jeff Arnold Gelbvieh Avondale 1 0 Bar Seventy Gelbvieh Del Norte 0 2 Charles Beaman LaSalle 1 1 Black Gold Cattle Co. Pritchett 0 11 Bow K Ranch Olathe 2 6 Circle 23 Ranch Buena Vista 0 5 Justin Covington Montrose 0 1 Nicole Covington Montrose 0 1 Covington Gelbvieh Montrose 0 2 Double X X Cattle Co. Manassa 2 8 Faris Gelbvieh Pueblo 1 8 Luce Pipher Figure 3 Ranch Crawford 0 7 Steve & Gail Fiolkoski Pierce 5 4 Grand Valley Gelbvieh/Balancer Parachute 0 4 Half Past Midnight Gelbvieh Sterling 0 1 Danielle Hartman Pueblo 0 1 John R. Hawks Olathe 1 9 Haworth Ranch Walden 1 5 Indian Head Gelbvieh Del Norte 0 1 JSI Gelbvieh Ault 2 0 Jumping Cow Gelbvieh Ramah 0 17 Kiowa Valley Organics Inc. Brighton 0 2 Lakeview Farms, LLC Ft. Collins 0 1 Chet Mack Flagler 0 2 Hans Manley Linson 0 1 Brandon McEndaffer New Raymer 0 1 Melichar Gelbvieh Farm Longmont 1 3 Nichols Gelbvieh Mesa 0 1 P Diamond Livestock LLC Rand 0 1 Luther L Pipher Crawford 0 2 Plateau Gelbvieh Peetz 0 2 Prairie Trail Cattle Co. Ft. Collins 0 1 Redd Ranches Paradox 0 5 Jimmy D. or Sharilyn Richardson Dove Creek 0 3 Roubideau Canyon Ranch Delta 1 2 Linda Shafer Strasburg 0 2 TLA Gelbvieh Trinidad 0 2 Wakefield Gelbvieh Kersey 1 0 Sydney Lynn Wilkinson Model 0 1 Woods Gelbvieh Montrose 0 3

1 2 2 11 8 5 1 1 2 10 9 7 9 4 1 1 10 6 1 2 17 2 1 2 1 1 4 1 1 2 2 1 5 3 3 2 2 1 1 3

Gelbvieh Bar None Ranch Palm Coast 1 0

1

DJC Cattle Company Jo-Lyn Farm Adam Verner

1 1 1

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Florida

Georgia

Calhoun Bowersville Rutledge

0 0 0

1 1 1

Farm Name

City

DOD DOM Total

Verner Farms Rutledge 0 2 Wagner Performance Cattle Stone Mountain 0 2 Yellow Creek Ranch Gainesville 0 1

2 2 1

Bradley Mountain Ranch Arbon 0 7 D&F Hobby Farms Tendoy 0 2 Hunt Ranch American Falls 2 3 Frank/Christy/Dustin Loomis Bliss 0 1 Potter’s Emmett Valley Ranch Emmett 2 6 Red Nova Cattle Co. Twin Falls 0 2 Rock Solid Gelbvieh Blackfoot 1 0

7 2 5 1 8 2 1

Blackhawk Cattle Co. Oregon 1 4 Bomke Farms Pleasant Plains 0 1 Cline’s Shady Lane Gelbvieh Petersburg 1 2 DDM Gelbvieh Winslow 0 1 Dienst Gelbvieh Toulon 0 2 Double D Farm Winslow 1 0 Armin Hesterberg Gifford 0 1 J & K Farms Ava 0 4 J-K Cattle Co. Shannon 1 7 Kitley Gelbvieh Flora 0 3 Knoles Stock Farm Mason City 1 5 M&T Gelbviehs Dawson 0 1 Jon and Deb Pearson Mt Morris 0 2 Jared Ruter Shannon 0 2 TNT Farms Butler 0 1 Indiana Glaub Farm Gelbvieh Liberty 0 1 Emily Griffiths Kendallville 0 2 Mike & Lanna Kloer Family Huntington 0 1 Midwest Beef Cattle Consultants West Lafayette 0 2 Powell Farms Worthington 0 2 Iowa Timothy Berkland Sibley 0 1 Bossler Cattle Company Van Horne 0 3 Boyer Ridge Century Farm Moravia 1 4 C&E Gelbvieh Decorah 0 5 CKJ Gelbvieh Colo 3 2 Cib’s Gelbvieh Clutier 1 4 Davis Land & Livestock Inc. Batavia 1 8 FMH Gelbviehs Toledo 0 1 Gingerich & Sons Gelbvieh Bloomfield 0 2 Golden Pyramid Genetics Lenox 1 6 Janelle Hayek Clutier 0 2 Amanda Hennings Hartley 0 1 Hobbs Gelbvieh Lucas 0 3 Gary Holst Eldridge 0 2 Kevin G. Holst Eldridge 1 1 Holste’s Triple H Farms Clarinda 1 7 Jim Horton Ft. Dodge 0 1 Dennis Hosek Clutier 0 1 Wes & Mandy Jones Bloomfield 0 2 Lazy-O-Farms Spencer 0 4 Lone Oak Gelbvieh Mechanicsville 0 6 MJBC Gelbvieh Audubon 0 4 Martens Gelbvieh Walnut 0 1 McCabe Cattle Co. Farley 0 3 Metzger Cattle Ames 0 2 Justin Miller Braddyville 0 1 Patrick Minnehan Churdan 0 2 Carl Nehring St. Charles 0 1 Oswald Ranch Osceola 3 21 Michael H. Petersen Danbury 1 3 Pine Creek Gelbvieh Durant 0 2 Prairie Grove Gelbvieh Danville 0 4 Raasch Balanced Genetics Adair 0 2 Don & Becky Raasch Gelbvieh Bridgewater 0 5 Rafter R Gelbvieh Adel 0 2 Rasmussen’s Gelbvieh Webster City 0 1 Linda Reiste Bloomfield 0 2

5 1 3 1 2 1 1 4 8 3 6 1 2 2 1

Idaho

Illinois

1 2 1 2 2 1 3 5 5 5 5 9 1 2 7 2 1 3 2 2 8 1 1 2 4 6 4 1 3 2 1 2 1 24 4 2 4 2 5 2 1 2

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Farm Name

City

DOD DOM Total

Sienknecht Cattle Company Gladbrook 0 3 Craig N. Sperfslage Winthrop 0 1 Andy Sperfslage Independence 0 2 Charles & Kay Struthers Collins 2 11 The Two Step Ranch Farley 2 0 Triple U Ranch Correctionville 0 2 White Cattle Company Osceola 0 3 Williamson Gelbvieh Ankeny 2 10

3 1 2 13 2 2 3 12

4T Ranch Columbus Dustin Aherin Phillipsburg Albers Gelbvieh Cunningham Gary Axman Otis Greg Axman Olmitz Bar Arrow Cattle Co. Phillipsburg Bar B Cattle Osborne Davidson Brothers Gelbvieh McCune Dawson Creek Gelbvieh Easton Jim & Terri DeGeer Erie Staci Lynn DeGeer Erie Diamond V Gelbvieh Stockton Double D Gelbvieh Bonner Springs Double K Cattle Fredonia Double K Gelbvieh Hoxie Brian L. Dunn St. John Eby Cattle Co. Emporia Flint Hills Gelbvieh Alma Randy W. Geier Girard Gilly’s Gelbvieh Jewell Jeremy Grable Troy Grund Gelbvieh Ranch Sharon Springs HW Cattle Co. Randolph Hart Farm Kansas City Hedges SS Gelbvieh Pleasanton High Plains Gelbvieh Dighton Holle Gelbvieh Herndon Cody A. Jarvis Phillipsburg Judd Ranch Inc. Pomona Marcus & Tamra Kemper Logan Tony Klamm Bonner Springs L & R Gelbvieh Farms LaCrosse Last Dollar Ranch Louisburg Locust Grove Gelbvieh Hays Loire Creek Cattle Alma Lowe Cattle Co. Winfield Lucky 7 Gelbvieh McCune Marshall Cattle Co. Medicine Lodge Meng Farms Cattle Company Troy Tom & Peggy Minor Oswego Mulroy Farms LLC Mayetta Nelson Ranch Soldier Nisly Ranch Hutchinson John C Oswald & Sons Hutchinson R&N Overmiller Gelbvieh Smith Center

2 1 3 2 1 34 3 6 3 9 3 7 5 1 9 4 3 3 1 8 1 6 1 2 3 3 8 2 87 2 3 2 4 2 2 1 4 2 3 1 10 6 3 14 2

Kansas

2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 14 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0

0 1 3 2 1 32 3 6 3 9 3 6 3 1 9 4 3 3 1 5 0 5 1 2 3 2 7 1 73 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 4 1 3 1 10 3 3 14 2

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DOD DOM Total

Overmiller Gelbvieh Smith Center 1 3 P. & R. Farm Baxter Springs 0 1 Poker City Ranch Agenda 0 2 Post Rock Cattle Co. Barnard 0 15 Matt Dillon Raile St. Francis 0 1 Raile Gelbvieh St. Francis 0 12 Raile Gelbvieh St. Francis 0 1 S&D Gelbvieh Hutchinson 0 1 Sandy Knoll Farm St. John 1 8 Scott Gelbvieh El Dorado 0 9 Spring Valley Farms Agra 0 14 Stock-Wood Gelbvieh Stockton 0 5 Stucky Gelbviehs Salina 2 3 Suelter Cattle Co. Lincoln 0 2 T Arrow Gelbvieh Stockton 0 2 Triple K Gelbvieh Bonner Springs 0 1 Twin Oak Gelbvieh Leavenworth 0 1 Waller Gelbvieh Farm Baileyville 0 1 Webb Farms Chetopa 0 1 Wheeler & Sons Cattle Co. Holton 0 1 Gary & Kenny White Topeka 1 8 Windy Hill Gelbvieh McCune 1 4

4 1 2 15 1 12 1 1 9 9 14 5 5 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 9 5

Mike Adams Georgetown Bee Lick Gelbvieh Farm Crab Orchard Bush Cattle Farm Franklin Clifford Farms Cynthiana David Slaughter/Gelbvieh Bar None Fredonia Day Farms Nicholasville Lauren Dyer Burksville Dyer Farms Burkesville Hasty Rocky Hill Farms Lancaster Horine’s Gelbvieh Bedford JenJoe Farms Clinton David & Jo Nell Kyler Cadiz Larmon Mill Acres Alvaton Little Bull Farm Manchester Margaret McCoy Burkesville Mockingbird Hill Farm Rochester Mike Moore Gentle G Farm Annville River Ridge Farms Owensboro Ronald & Randy Gelbvieh Farm Eubank Single Tree Farm Knob Lick Arthur Slaughter Fredonia Three Sisters Livestock Company Cadiz Wrights Gelbvieh Farm Lebanon

1 5 1 3 1 3 1 2 2 2 2 5 1 1 1 6 2 2 1 3 2 1 1

Kentucky

0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

1 5 1 1 1 3 1 2 2 2 2 3 1 1 0 4 2 2 1 3 2 0 1

Maryland

Louise Kingsinger Oakland 0 1

1

Alm Gelbvieh Brandywine Farm

1 23

Minnesota

Member

Skyler Martin 1200 S. Blackhawk Road Oregon, IL 61061-9762 815•732•7583

City

Black Cross Sire: Bon View New Design 1407 Dam’s Sire: ELK CK Bronco 411G

Brook Park Rushford

1 2

0 21

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Farm Name

City

DOD DOM Total

Circle V Farm Walnut Grove 0 1 Gross’ Range Line Farm Hines 0 3 Keith Hass Ogilvie 0 1 Hoppe Farms Inc. Crookston 1 8 Ivers Family Austin 2 5 Ray or Carol Kathrein Gelbvieh Little Falls 0 1 Tony G. Kokett Evansville 0 2 Pederson Gelbvieh Buffalo 0 4 Rangeline Cattle Thief River Falls 0 2 Rocky Hills Polled Gelbvieh Mahnomen 0 1 Roger Sabin Hibbing 1 1 Sauers Valley View Farms Winona 1 1 Schafer Farms Inc. Goodhue 0 18 Stolt Farms Easton 0 1 Henry Torgerson Jr. Aitkin 1 0

1 3 1 9 7 1 2 4 2 1 2 2 18 1 1

David Bowers Brookhaven 0 1 Cattle Land Inc. Sardis 0 1 GLB Farms Monticello 0 1 John Huston Cattle Co. Starkville 0 1 Amanda Langston Oakland 0 1 Lowell & Karen Rogers Seminary 0 1

1 1 1 1 1 1

3G Cattle Co. Stark City 0 A B Farms Inc. Lathrop 5 Adkins Farms Burlington Junction 4 Jeffrey Dale Albertson Wheeling 1 Arwood Family Farms Seneca 0 B/F Cattle Company Butler 0 Boswell Fly Creek Gelbvieh El Dorado Springs 0 Rod Bradshaw Ellsinor 0 Brinser Cattle Co. Trenton 0 Katie Dawn Budd Hume 0 John A Busch & Sons Washington 1 Cattleman’s Choice Genetics Lowry City 2 Diamond J Stock Farm Polo 0 Double R Gelbvieh Lamar 1 Fare Farms Jenkins 0 Jesse Travis Forsythe Farmington 0 Danny Forsythe 4F Farm Farmington 0 Harold & Ruth Francis Pierce City 2 G B Gelbvieh Farm Odessa 0 GROW Gelbvieh Walker 0 Gatson Gelbvieh Vandalia 0 Greggory Davis Farms Inc. Chula 0 Hager Farms Eugene 0 Betty Hampton Helena 0 Hester Gelbvieh Millersville 0 JP Triple K Farm Palmyra 0 Lois Jenkins Gelbvieh Bolivar 0

1 19 23 2 1 3 2 1 1 1 4 5 1 5 3 1 1 9 4 2 6 1 1 1 4 2 1

Mississippi

Missouri

1 14 19 1 1 3 2 1 1 1 3 3 1 4 3 1 1 7 4 2 6 1 1 1 4 2 1

Farm Name

City

DOD DOM Total

Justamere Ranch Urbana 0 K D Gelbvieh Liberal 0 Shirley Koenig Rhineland 0 Lawman Farms Columbia 0 Richard Lincoln Linneus 0 Wayne J. Long Jr. Houston 0 Marriott Gelbvieh Farm Mountain View 0 Martensen Cattle Versailles 0 Missouri Farm Systems Inc New Florence 1 Missouri River Valley Gelbvieh Boonville 0 Mo-Kan Cattle Cleveland 0 Dustin Myers Oak Ridge 0 Myers Farm Oak Ridge 0 Neese Farms Rutledge 0 Norwood Gelbvieh Farm Carthage 0 Robert Paul Washburn 1 Marcella Powers Garden City 0 Ted Probert Mansfield 0 Riley’s 4-R Gelbvieh Rolla 0 Hailey Robertson Lamar 0 Emmie Robertson Lamar 0 Rock Ridge Farms Neosho 1 Rockin’-U-Ranch Richmond 0 Ronald or Kathryne Rogers Mendon 1 Rose & Herd Gainesville 1 Rotert/Harriman Montrose 0 Jerald Rumfelt/ Rumfelt Gelbvieh Conway 0 Saddlebrooke Genetics Cole Camp 0 Simmons Cattle Company Raymore 0 Spring Flood Ranch LLC Goodman 0 Springer’s Coon Creek Gelbvieh Wheeling 0 Steffensen J5 Cattle Company Gainesville 0 Darrell Stewart Arlola 0

2 1 1 1 8 9 1 5 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 3 2 1 2 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 3 5 1

2 1 1 1 8 9 1 5 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 5 1

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Farm Name

City

DOD DOM Total

Stuecken Brothers Freeburg 0 14 Switzer Gelbvieh Bucklin 1 4 Talley Gelbvieh Farm St. Charles 0 1 The Big Piney River Ranch LLC Houston 0 1 Thomas Gelbvieh Farms Edwards 0 2 Truman State University Kirksville 0 1 Twin Peaks Gelbvieh Gainesville 0 2 Walnut Ridge Gelbvieh Republic 0 4 Wannabe Stock Farm Smithville 0 1 Wilbers Fish Branch Farms Mexico 0 1 Wolf Creek Cattle Company Farmington 0 1 James Zumbrunnen Brookfield 0 4 Chris Zumbrunnen Brookfield 0 7 Rachel Zumbrunnen Brookfield 0 2

14 5 1 1 2 1 2 4 1 1 1 4 7 2

A&M Ranch Hamilton 5 3 Danell Diamond Six Ranch Lewistown 1 0 Donald or Kim Fowler Worden 2 0 Judy & Wende Gianino Boyes 3 5 Goettlich Gelbvieh Ranch Hilger 1 9 Haglund Ranch LLC Brockway 2 41 Kalina Gelbvieh Roy 3 7 Kicking Horse Ranch Oilmont 0 8 Kicking Horse Ranch Oilmont 1 14 Jeff Klein Ennis 0 3 LJL Gelbvieh Ranch Hamilton 0 4 M Heart D Gelbvieh Stevensville 1 6 M/J Gelbvieh Missoula 1 2 Marko D&L Cattle Great Falls 0 1 Middle Creek Farms Bozeman 1 6 Pine Ridge Gelbvieh Lewistown 1 4 Jon Redland Hysham 0 1 Redland Gelbvieh Hysham 2 13 SR Graveley Gelbvieh Avon 0 2 Joe & Cathy Servais Richey 1 11 Sieler Ranch Inc. Plevna 1 28

8 1 2 8 10 43 10 8 15 3 4 7 3 1 7 5 1 15 2 12 29

Backward L Farms Inc. Oxford Barwick Gelbvieh Orleans Kyle Bauer Fairbury Bauer Gelbvieh Fairbury Boehler Gelbviehs Orleans Rod & Twila Brown Paxton C & L Krajewski Gelbvieh Venango CK Cattle Co. Scribner D Lazy M Livestock Harrisburg DMD Livestock Beaver City Diamond Lazy J Ranch Nenzel Flying H Genetics Arapahoe GS Ridge Top Ranch Omaha Gary’s Gelbvieh Trenton Sydney R. Gehl Ericson Gemar & Naber Gelbviehs Sutton Geranium LDJ Cattle Co. Plainview Goldmine Genetics Davenport Goldrush Genetics Guide Rock Hill Top Acres Humboldt Hillcrest Acres Miller Hilltop Gelbvieh Lawrence Cody W. Intermill Alliance MC Johnson & Sons Tilden Kleinschmidt Gelbvieh Grafton Tara Krajewski Venango Lammers Gelbvieh Lexington Lemke Cattle Lawrence MLM Gelbvieh Superior Ourada Gelbvieh Prague Pope Farms Gelbvieh Ravenna Powles Gelbvieh Ranch Bingham Rafter IL Gelbvieh Alliance Braden Rieker Eustis Dustin Rippe Hubbell Rippe Gelbvieh Hubbell Robinson Gelbvieh Elm Creek

3 1 1 8 5 6 6 4 2 14 3 15 3 6 1 2 6 1 16 3 3 5 3 12 4 2 4 5 21 3 4 1 18 1 2 14 6

Montana

Nebraska

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0 0 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1

3 1 1 7 4 6 4 3 2 13 3 15 3 6 1 2 6 1 15 2 3 5 2 11 3 2 4 5 18 3 4 0 18 1 2 13 5

Owner Name

City

DOD DOM Total

Randall B. Schawang David City 4 2 Sones Cattle Fairbury 0 1 Standing Milliron Ranch Brady 2 3 State Line Genetics Danbury 1 1 Steinkruger Gelbvieh Upland 0 1 Jeff Swanson Oxford 4 17 Taubenheim Gelbvieh Amherst 5 33 Rod Tegtmeier Cattle Davenport 0 5 The 88 Ranch Orchard 2 5 Trans Pacific Genetics Arapahoe 0 1 V&G Gelbvieh Fairfield 0 2 Wolf Gelbvieh Gothenburg 0 1

6 1 5 2 1 21 38 5 7 1 2 1

AC Ranch Sparks 0 1 AC Ranch Smith 0 1 Hone Ranch Minden 1 3 Richard J. or Jean M. Williams Orovada 2 1

1 1 4 3

Forshee Gelbvieh Ranch De Ruyter 0 1 Kraszewski Family Farms Corning 2 2

1 4

B&B Farm Monroe 0 5 C-Cross Cattle Company Asheboro 3 17 Eric Ellis Old Fort 0 8 Green Hills Gelbvieh Mt. Ulla 0 1 R Jar Farm Robbins 0 1 Swinging Tail Cattle Co. Evergreen 1 5 T-Square Gelbvieh Farm Mooresville 0 2

5 20 8 1 1 6 2

3D Gelbvieh New England Don Adam Drake Mark Anderson Towner Arrow D Gelbvieh Ranch Sawyer Auch Gelbvieh Mandan Bailey Gelbvieh Ranch Towner David Bedker Edgeley Justin Berger Mandan Bohrer Gelbvieh Ranch Stanton Brandvold Gelbvieh Edinburg Brown’s Gelbvieh Ranch Bismarck Chimney Butte Ranch Mandan Circle N Ranch Strasburg Cranview Gelbvieh Minot D Bar D Gelbvieh Hazelton Diamond D Gelbvieh Mandan Dorner Dreamland Cattle Co. Dickinson Sarah Gaugler Almont Golden Buckle Gelbvieh Medina Robert A. Gustin Flasher Allan or Peggy Gustin Mandan Honeyman Gelbvieh Regent J-J Ranch Bowman Ketterling Gelbvieh Ellendale Kraft Gelbvieh Turtle Lake Conrad Larson Noonan Ledoux Gelbvieh Antler Martin Gelbvieh Rock Lake Miller Gelbvieh Farm Glen Ullin Moe Gelbvieh Walcott Todd Nagel Strasburg Person WE Ranch White Earth Prairie Hills Gelbvieh Gladstone Rosehill Gelbvieh Farm Munich Sarah Gaugler/Germann Ranch Almont Klint R. Sickler Gladstone Marvin Ternes Raliegh Triple R Gelbvieh Pettibone Wehri Gelbvieh Hebron Kurt Weninger Drake Wohl Farms Baldwin

1 1 3 1 3 20 1 1 2 2 21 34 20 8 4 18 1 6 7 4 2 2 2 1 1 5 3 9 34 21 1 7 8 11 1 1 18 25 45 1 2

Nevada

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 1 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 4 7 0 0

1 1 3 1 3 19 1 1 2 2 17 33 18 8 4 17 1 5 7 3 1 1 2 1 1 5 3 7 26 18 1 6 8 9 1 1 17 21 38 1 2


Farm Name Ohio

City

DOD DOM Total

Butternut Farms Bolivar 0 2 Wayne D. Douglass Arcanum 0 1

2 1

Circle C Gelbvieh Omega 0 1 Roger L. Davis Bartlesville 0 1 Harrell Gelbvieh Orlando 1 0 Koehn Cattle Co. Goltry 0 1 Markes Family Farms Waukomis 0 5 Bill D New Arnett 1 2 Young Farms Southern Okla Gelb Ardmore 0 2

1 1 1 1 5 3 2

DeLano Farms LLC Oregon City 2 4 Double Cross Ranches Central Point 1 5 Louie’s Cattle Service Burns 0 9 Maple Lake Livestock Co. Inc. Madras 17 23 Mount Joseph Cattle Co. Joseph 3 9 Sonlight Ranch LaGrande 0 1 W. & B. White/Aaron Jorgensen Springfield 0 1

6 6 9 40 12 1 1

Matthew Davidson Duncan 0 1 Hay Diddle Diddle Farm Honea Path 1 0 WR McLeod Sumter 0 1 Rufshod Hartsville 0 2 Chuck Traxler St. George 0 2

1 1 1 2 2

A&C Gelbvieh Canton Lonnie Amundson Webster Danika Anderson Meadow Roger Baruth Alpena Jim & Barb Beastrom Pierre Jon & Theresa Beastrom Pierre Brittney Beastrom Pierre B. Ludeman & B. Beastrom Fort Pierre Ceroll Gelbvieh Sisseton Ceroll Gelbvieh Sisseton Ceroll Ranch Sisseton Christensen Gelbvieh Flandreau Crooks Red Angus & Gelbvieh Astoria Diamond Mill Iron Gelbvieh Belle Fourche Dunse Gelbvieh Webster Amanda Duxbury Wessington Dean Duxbury Wessington Eagle Pass Ranch Highmore Elk Creek Gelbvieh Piedmont Ellison Gelbvieh Ranch Lemmon Farlee Gelbvieh Ranch Dupree Feist Gelbvieh Ludlow Roger Feterl Gelbvieh Salem Gaaskjolen Gelbvieh Meadow Goldux Gelbvieh Wessington Nikki Hojer Lake Preston Christian Hojer Lake Preston Hojer Gelbvieh Lake Preston Hojer Gelbvieh and KC Ranch Lake Preston King B Ranch Selby Larson Ranch Langford Leonhardt Cattle Co. Lake Preston Michael G Lesmeister Belle Fourche Shad and Brandy Ludemann Ft Pierre Carl A. Maude Hermosa Nathan B. Munger Mansfield Pearson Cattle Co. Inc. Lake City Piedmont Valley Gelbvieh Piedmont RLV Gelbvieh Nisland Cedric C. Raine White Schroeder Inc Sioux Falls Vaughn Thorstenson Selby Gina Marie Thorstenson Selby Duane & Rhonda Thull Oldham VanderVorst Gelbviehs Pollock Carlee T. Vavra Nisland

1 9 1 17 4 9 6 1 6 11 4 7 4 2 2 1 2 35 10 24 10 28 3 45 19 1 1 8 1 2 2 1 3 1 1 1 25 1 8 6 25 20 1 1 7 1

Oklahoma

Oregon

South Carolina

South Dakota

0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 9 1 0 7 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0

1 9 1 17 3 8 6 1 6 10 3 6 3 2 2 1 2 34 8 22 10 19 2 45 12 1 1 6 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 23 1 6 6 24 20 1 1 6 1

Farm Name

City

DOD DOM Total

Volek Gelbvieh Highmore 1 1 Stephen Witt Bristol 0 8

2 8

Asbury Farms Speedwell 0 1 BBG Farms Oldfort 0 1 Brandon Farms Tazewell 0 5 Circle M Farms McMinnville 0 4 Clinch Mountain Gelbvieh Farm Luttrell 0 9 Dunnavant Farms Ardmore 0 1 Gooseponds Farms Fayetteville 0 5 Dean Headrick Crossville 0 1 Loftis Farms Gainesboro 1 0 Red Clay Gelbvieh Farms Cleveland 0 1 Rocky Top Gelbvieh Harriman 0 1 Silvey Family Gelbvieh Clarksville 0 3 Sorrells Gelbvieh Farms Petersburg 0 2 University Of Tennessee Crossville 4 18

1 1 5 4 9 1 5 1 1 1 1 3 2 22

Russell Bramblett Dell City 0 3 Montgomery Gelbvieh Vega 1 8 Thousand Oaks Polled Gelbvieh Paris 0 2

3 9 2

Cathy Bagley Torrey 1 1 Bar G Ranch Lewiston 0 3 Fremont Gelbvieh Ranch Loa 0 1 Johnson’s Bear River Gelbvieh Tremonton 0 7 Ben Glade Lamb Family Trust Wales 0 1 Loveless Gelbvieh Spanish Fork 1 10 Daniel Lyons Huntington 0 2 Mohogany Hollow Gelbvieh Delta 0 3 Pace Ranches Torrey 3 11 Shadow Mountain Gelbvieh Genola 3 10 Steve Smith Gelbvieh’s Lehi 0 1 Southern Utah University Cedar City 0 1 Wineglass Bar Ranch Lewiston 0 2 YJ Mountain Ranch Gelbviehs Redmond 0 1

2 3 1 7 1 11 2 3 14 13 1 1 2 1

Hickory Hill Farm Blacksburg 0 4 Dr. Robert E. Holland Wirtz 0 1 Knoll Crest Farms Red House 0 23 Little Windy Hill Farms Max Meadows 0 3 Trevor Jackson McKenzie Rural Retreat 1 1 James N. Roberts Alexandria 0 2 Bruce Stephens Wytheville 0 1 Treble W Ranch Abingdon 0 1 Warfield Farms Millwood 0 1

4 1 23 3 2 2 1 1 1

Samee Ledgerwood Clarkston 0 2 Victoria Ledgerwood Clarkston 0 1 Lundgren Farm Spokane 0 2 Mike & Joy Wilson Brewster 0 4

2 1 2 4

Dent Family Farm Gay 0 2 Hill Top Haven Farm Strange Creek 2 0 Shamrock Farm Prichard 0 1 Roger Allan Simmons Gelbvieh Harrisville 0 1

2 2 1 1

A&B’s Finest Amery 0 Arp Gelbvieh Arlington 1 Kapinus Farms Prairie Du Chien 0 Chad Russell Brooklyn 0 Zimmerman Farms Osseo 1

3 0 5 1 3

3 1 5 1 4

Hedges Ranch Dennis & Linda Isakson MTR Cattle Co. Nine Bar Nine Gelbvieh XT Land & Cattle

8 2 9 4 3

8 3 10 4 3

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Casper Van Tassell Buffalo Meriden Newcastle

0 1 1 0 0

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Lori Maude, center, receives the LPC Ed Bible Distinguished Service Award from LPC executive committee members Kyle Haley, left, and Lisa Bryant.

Lori Maude, editor of Gelbvieh World, was recognized with the Ed Bible Distinguished Service Award (DSA) for her dedication and service to Livestock Publications Council (LPC). The award was presented during the 2008 Agricultural Media Summit in Tampa, Fla. She served as LPC President in 2005-06 and through her 11 years as a board member and then executive committee member, she served on numerous committees and contributed many hours to LPC. Maude was also instrumental in the first Agricultural Media Summit (then Agricultural Publications Summit) held 10 years ago in Denver, Colo. She is a native of South Dakota and a 1992 graduate of South Dakota State University. This award is chosen by the LPC Board Executive Committee and is given to someone who exhibits dedication and support to LPC, with service considered above and beyond routine participation. The Distinguished Service Award is named after longtime LPC supporter and past president, Ed Bible.

Northwest Feeding Venture Proves Profitable for Gelbvieh Profit Partners Gelbvieh Profit Partners inaugural cattle feeding experience in the northwest United States proved to be successful and profitable. In November 2007, Gelbvieh Profit Partners purchased 86 weaned Gelbvieh-cross steers from the Bar NN Ranch of Creston, Wash., and placed them on feed with Beef Northwest as a partner at their Quincy, Wash., feedyard. Gelbvieh Profit Partners purchases calves in the northwestern United States for several reasons. One of those reasons was to spread the risk due to both winter weather and rapidly increasing corn costs. It also gives Gelbvieh Profit Partners an opportunity to work with Gelbvieh customers in the Northwest. Beef Northwest feeds a ration that involves a high percentage of potato waste instead of corn. Feed efficiency and performance were not compromised with this unique ration. The steers had an average daily gain of 3.12 lbs/day with a Dry Matter Feed Efficiency of 5.35 lbs feed/lb of gain. This was certainly one of the most efficient pens of steers on feed this past winter. The cost of gain was $.6835 per pound, excluding one dead. This compares to a range of $.72 to $1.06 at the Midwestern feedyards. With regard to carcass performance, the steers had a yield of 62.91 percent with 57 percent Choice and 48 percent Yield Grade 1 and 2. Equally important was the fact that the steers had a net profit of $43.46. For more information on Gelbvieh Profit Partners, Inc., or investment opportunities, contact Slim Cook at 307-272-2024 or email him at slimck@tribcsp.com.

Federation Initiative Fund Awards New Beef Promotion Grants The Federation of State Beef Councils (FSBC) has awarded 12 new grants through its Federation Initiative Fund to help underwrite beef promotions in states with high human populations, but low cattle numbers and, therefore, limited beef checkoff collections. Grants totaling just over $172,000 were awarded to state beef councils who will execute one or more targeted beef promotions in Michigan, New York, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Vermont. The projects range from foodservice training, retail promotions and product sampling to a K-12 health education program designed to reach at least 350,000 teachers, students and parents. The Initiative Fund is supported by the Federation and various state beef councils, who voluntarily contribute part of their 50-cent share of the $1 beef checkoff. Participating states include Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas. To date, states have given $620,000 to the grant fund. “We’re working to fill a need of beef councils in high population 24 | October 2008

states that don’t have the money to do effective programs where the need is greatest,” said Alan Albright, an Iowa producer and chairman of the Federation of State Beef Councils. “This program continues to be popular, both with states receiving the money and with states who are giving it.” The grant fund was established in 2006 with $200,000 in seed money from the Federation. States submit grant applications three times a year, with funding decisions made by the Federation chairman, vice chairman and seven regional vice presidents that represent the 45 councils collecting the checkoff dollar. In addition to the Initiative grants, the Federation funds a portion of the national checkoff budget. In 2007, for example, Federation dollars accounted for $10 million, or about 19 percent, of that budget. Supporting national programs is one way the Federation works to ensure an effective state-national checkoff partnership. The Federation is the checkoff division of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and has operated in various forms since 1963, when it was part of the National Meat and Live Stock Board in Chicago.


Industry Update

News news Maternal Edge Commercial Female Sale Set for November 1

Montana Gelbvieh Activities Set for NILE in Billings The Montana Gelbvieh Association has announced its activities to be held during the Northern International Livestock Exposition in Billings, Mont. For more information please contact Fred or Leslie Colver at 406-538-2153 or email colvergelbvieh@yahoo.com; or contact Kathy Rankin Bjorkman at 406-937-4815 or email krankin@northerntel.net.

Tuesday, October 14

9 p.m.

Stalls available in the barns

Wednesday, October 15 The second Maternal Edge Commercial Female Sale, sponsored by the American Gelbvieh Association, is slated for November 1 at the Tennessee-Kentucky Livestock Center in Cross Plains, Tenn. Selling that day will be more than 80 head of farm-screened Gelbvieh-influenced females. The offering will include fall pairs, bred females and open heifers. The Maternal Edge Female Sale gets underway at 1 p.m. Central Time. For a sale consignment listing or more information, contact Dana Stewart at 303-465-2333 or email her at danas@gelbvieh.org.

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9 a.m.

Bull & Heifer Pen Show

Noon

Gelbvieh & Balancer Cattle must be in place

Thursday, October 16

1 p.m.

Montana Gelbvieh Association Heifer Futurity

Gelbvieh & Balancer Junior and Open Shows follow Futurity

6 p.m.

Montana Gelbvieh Association Social & Banquet

Friday, October 17

9 a.m.

Montana Gelbvieh Association Annual Meeting

2 p.m.

Great Montana Select Female Sale

*Headquarters hotel for the social and annual meeting is Country Inn & Suites.


News news Kansas Field Day

Kansas Field Day August 9, 2008 Stockton, Kan. Host: Diamond V Gelbvieh AGA Staff Member: Wayne Vanderwert

Kansas Field Day host Randy Odle discusses his Gelbvieh breeding program and the cattle he had on display for Field Day participants.

The Kansas Gelbvieh Association sponsored a Field Day hosted by Randy Odle of Stockton, Kan. In addition to viewing the Odle herd, several Kansas breeders had the opportunity to display Gelbvieh and Balancer cattle from their herds and discuss their breeding programs. Based on his experience of raising Gelbvieh cattle and his position with Lane Country Feeders, Derek Martin discussed how Gelbvieh breeders could respond to the needs of cattle feeding industry. Wayne Vanderwert from the American Gelbvieh Association provided an update on the Breed Direction efforts the new carcass EPDs that incorporate carcass and ultrasound data.

Derek Martin from Lane County Feeders spoke to the group about the seedstock industry and meeting the demands of cattle feeders. Tony Wagner of Stock-Wood Gelbvieh near Stockton also had a display of cattle at the Kansas Field Day. Kelly Overmiller, right, of Overmiller Gelbvieh & Red Angus is one of the up and coming young breeders in the Kansas Gelbvieh Association. He had cattle on display at the field day as well. Past AGA President Stuart Jarvis was one of the local breeders who had Gelbvieh and Balancer cattle on display.

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News news Producer Tour

Gelbvieh Association In Nebraska Tour August 23, 2008 South Central Nebraska AGA Staff Member: Wayne Vanderwert

G.A.I.N. executive secretary Clay Mead visits with Randy Lemke host of the first tour stop.

Gelbvieh breeders in Nebraska organized their annual tour in south central Nebraska with a strong commercial focus. Tour stops included Lemke Cattle near Lawrence, Voss Farms at Bruning, and Rippe Gelbvieh at Hubbell. In addition to viewing the host herds, several area breeders had display cattle at the host farm stops. Breeders with display cattle included: MLM Gelbvieh, Goldrush Genetics, Kleinschmidt Farms, Tegtmeier Gelbvieh, Bruning Farms and Bauer Gelbvieh. Keynote speaker was Twig Marston who discussed ideas to maximize profit in a cow-calf operation. Well known among cattlemen, Twig has recently left his position with Kansas State University to become the Director of the University of Nebraska’s Northeast Research and Extension Center. Other speakers were Rick Pfortmiller of Igenity and Wayne Vanderwert from the American Gelbvieh Association. Dustin Rippe’s 4-H membership was the start of the Rippe 200-head Gelbvieh and Balancer cowherd that focuses on moderate performance and carcass merit. Twig Marston, director of Nebraska’s Northeast Research and Extension Center, was the tour’s keynote speaker.

Voss Farms near Bruning showcased their herd, hosted the tour lunch and provided pen space for a number of area breeders to display cattle

A portion of the Lemke Gelbvieh and Balancer display cattle

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Feature feature Producer Profile

Building Reputation Females By Wayne Vanderwert, AGA Executive Director Galax, Va., beef producer Gale Rippey

“If you’re doing the same thing as everybody else, you must be doing it wrong.” That’s the philosophy of Virginia beef producer Gale Rippey. Rippey runs 200 cows in the beautiful mountain country near Galax, VA with the goal of building a reputation for quality females. Gelbvieh is a big part of the equation at Rippey Farms. Gale’s consignment of six pairs at the 2007 Maternal Edge Female Sale is still the talk in the country. His Gelbvieh-cross females with A.I. sired Balancer steer calves at side average $1,616 while good commercial pairs were garnering $1,100 in area sale barns. Rippey will again be a consignor at this fall’s Maternal Edge Sale in Cross Plains, Tenn. Rippey operates largely on leased land and calves in the fall, which is part of his philosophy for doing things out of sync with everyone else. It doesn’t end there. He weans in August with the goal of an 800-pound steer calf, taking advantage of summer forage while the calves are still on the cows. It works, and the same Nebraska feedlot has bought his calves for the last eight years. Those heavy calves are

really in tune with today’s higher feed costs, bigger in-weight and shorter feeding period goals of the cattle feeding industry. “The late weaning only allows a 60-day recharge period for the cow before calving,” admits Rippey, “but that has not been a problem.” He is quick to point out that his ideal cow is half Gelbvieh, one-fourth each of Angus and Hereford. The Gelbvieh influence helps Rippey maintain a very moderate sized female with a high potential for weaning weight. The Angus and Hereford mix keeps milking ability and fleshing ability in balance for the short dry period. Many of Gale’s neighbors run small herds of beef cows and work full-time in town. He has identified this as an important market opportunity and has steadily built a reputation as a source of quality trouble-free females. “My neighbors don’t want to deal with heifers at calving,” states Rippey. Given their limited time to spend on herd management they need cows that will take care of themselves. With that market niche available, Rippey is rapidly moving toward selling every female in their prime as a 6-year old. “At that age, I’ve eliminated the problems, my customers get high producing females and many of those Gelbvieh-cross cows will still be around for another ten years,” states Rippey.

Running fall calves with their mothers through most of the summer is part of Rippey’s plan to maximize forage utilization and provide steers that are feedlot ready by August.

Bred heifers like these typify the productivity of the entire Rippey cowherd. Rippey’s ideal female is half Gelbvieh, one-fourth each Angus and Hereford.

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The Gelbvieh influence is apparent in the Rippey cowherd. In mid-summer and nine months into lactation the cows are still producing and udder quality throughout the herd is exceptional.


View from the Field view from the field JenJoe Farms David & Kay Allison Clinton, Ky.

The JenJoe Farms herdsire is JBOB Carolina 5707R ET, a Connealy Lead On son out of JBOB 2308J ET.

This is a representative group of the bred cows in the JenJoe Farms herd. Black, polled females like this are the foundation.

When you look at the map of Kentucky, there’s that skinny point that is westernmost Kentucky—that’s where you find JenJoe Farms. As the crow flies, David Allison says he’s only 10 miles from Missouri. David Allison was a commercial cattle producer before he entered the world of seedstock cattle production. He bought a set of Gelbvieh x Angus cows out of Tennessee and really liked the performance and look of those females. When he decided to pursue the seedstock business, David made a trip to visit Bobby Myrick at J-Bob Farms to learn more about Gelbvieh and Balancer cattle. It must have been a good discussion because David bought nine bred heifers from J-Bob Farms to start his seedstock cowherd. He later bought 11 more in J-Bob Farms’ dispersal sale in the fall of 2005. With an off-farm job, David calves all of the cows in the spring of the year. He has 75 acres at the house to use for calving in the spring and weaning in the fall. He leases additional acreage to run on during the summer and winter. Currently he runs about 40 cows and is working towards 60 cows. Once he retires, the goal is closer to 80 cows. “We want to raise tremendous awesome females and build on strong cow families,” says David. “If I was to put my goal in a single

sentence, that’s what it is.” He is sowing a couple of pastures to annual ryegrass and turnips as a way to increase nutrition level for his cowherd. “I’m always looking for improved forage options that will allow me to graze more and feed less,” says David. He A.I. breeds everything and uses JBOB Carolina 5707R ET, a Connealy Lead On son out of the JBOB 2308J ET cow, as the cleanup bull. David says that 70 percent of the cowherd is homozygous black and 65 percent are homozygous polled. He is using sires like EGL Tenderloin, CTR Highlight 066K, FHG VVFG Flying H Exclusive, JBOB Carolina Master and RTRM Headline in his A.I. program. He is working on improving the carcass value and marbling in his herd. At weaning each fall he not only weighs each calf, but also every cow is weighed. He feels that’s one of the ways to see which cows are really productive. David culls hard on his bulls and females. He only keeps the top 30 percent of the bull calves as bulls. The rest are castrated and sold through a preconditioned weaned calf sale in the fall. “I cull hard because I don’t want to sell any bad bulls,” admits David. Report submitted by Lori Maude

JGP Gelbvieh Josh & Hannah Phillips Lathrop, Mo.

The Shania donor female keeps her body condition really well year round on the fescue/clover pastures. She is currently raising a natural calf before being flushed again.

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Josh Phillips has been involved in the Gelbvieh breed since the early 1990s when he joined the American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA). He worked is way up to serve as AGJA President and now is an active adult Gelbvieh member. He runs his mix of Gelbvieh and Balancer cows on about 130 acres north of the Kansas City area. “Basically the cows get the only ground not suitable to plant in corn or soybeans at this point,” says Phillips. Josh is the assistant manager at the feed mill in Lathrop, as well as helping his dad, Mike Shrewsbury, on the family farm. Mike farms with his cousin.


S&S Gelbvieh and Gelbvieh Bar None Ranch David and Arthur Slaughter Don Estes Fredonia, Ky.

One of the foundation cows in the Gelbvieh Bar None cowherd is this KLBF Pold First Lane 16A female. As an 11-year-old cow she still has great udder shape and keeps her body condition.

This three-year-old CTR Highlight 066K daughter shows the rib shape and udder type that is found in the S&S Gelbvieh cowherd.

This EGL Fosters daughter out of JDKG Vanna sports a nice JBOB Carolina Hero bull calf at side.

Proof the longevity of cow families in the S&S cowherd. This 7-year-old HHF Polled Summit daughter is out of youthful looking 10-year-old JEB Polled Gizmo female that’s still productive in the cowherd.

Currently, the cowherd calves both spring and fall, but Josh is moving to all spring calving. “With fall harvest, I just don’t have enough time to check cows in a timely manner, so it will be better for my cowherd management to move to all spring calving,” says Phillips. Josh A.I. breeds everything one time and then turns in the cleanup bull. The current herdsire is a Balancer bull from Taubenheim Gelbvieh in Nebraska. He is an SAV 8180 Traveler 004 son out of a TAU Dr. Pepper dam. Rotational grazing is important to run more cows on less acres; Josh continues to develop more ideas on using the pasture available in a better way.

Arthur Slaughter has been involved in the Gelbvieh breed since 1983 and his son, David, joined as a member in 1990. Over the years, through extensive A.I. and embryo transfer they have expanded their herd and improved the genetics. In 2007, they took in the Gelbvieh Bar None Ranch cowherd from North Carolina. Upon the death of his herdsman, Jimmy Christopher, Don Estes needed to find someone to help him with his cowherd. He and David struck up a deal and the core of the Gelbvieh Bar None Ranch cowherd moved to the Slaughters’ operation in western Kentucky. The pastures are cross-fenced extensively to allow rotational grazing and better management of the forage base. The Slaughters are continually improving their handling facilities to make it easier for one or two people to work all of the cattle. They market bulls private treaty, as well as through two bull sales that David manages each spring in Mt. Sterling and at Murray State University. Top end females are also marketed in the spring and fall through the Bluegrass Invitational Sales in Mt. Sterling. The goal for this cowherd is a deep-bodied female, on a moderate frame with excellent feet and legs and a trouble-free udder. With each generation, David feels they are correcting udder problems and the package continues to improve using new genetics on some foundation females. Report submitted by Lori Maude

Because more area farmers are planting more land to crops, Josh says there are less cows in his area. He admits that makes selling bulls more challenging, so he castrates a large percentage of the bull calves. “I have a stronger female market, but the last couple of years I have had a lot of bull calves. I hope that changes with the future calf crops,” smiles Josh. Josh has an extensive embryo transfer program. A couple of key donor females are building a strong core for JGP Gelbvieh. TJB Mitzi 931J ET and LWGR Pld Shania 79D 771G ET both grace the JGP Gelbvieh pastures. Report submitted by Lori Maude

This Cherokee Canyon daughter from the Beartooth program in Montana is Josh’s ideal cow in his herd. She is nursing a 7/8 JBOB “Junior” 3303K ET daughter this year.

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Andy Lindgren

Junior Voice junior voice 2008-2009 AGJA Board of Directors

More Than Just a Ribbon Raising cattle is not all fun and games. We all have had moments when we wonder why we do it. It might be after a hard winter, paying off a feed bill or after placing in the bottom of a class. But for some reason . . .we keep raising cattle. Is it just for the shiny ribbons and the feel of victory and accomplishment after all your hard work has paid off and you have won, or is there more to it than that? After the ribbons and plaques get old and your prize-winning heifer turns into just another cow in the pasture, your champion steer goes to market and you stud bull is turned out to breed—what is left? In my opinion the life lessons/skills and the close friendships we develop on the way outweigh the glamour and excitement you get from the show ring. These are the reasons we raise cattle. When my responsibilities with our cowherd were just starting, there would be many times when I wouldn’t want to help. It could be anything from unloading feed in single digit degree weather or digging up thistles along the fence during the hot summers. When I would voice my complaint, my Dad would just chuckle and tell me, “It builds character”. I would end up giving into the inevitable that I was going to have to do it anyway even though I didn’t understand how any of this was going to help me in the long run. As I have gotten older and matured somewhat, I have started to grab a better understanding to what those three words mean. I have a better understanding of what hard work actually means compared to

many of my close friends. I understand that patience and persistence eventually do pay off. However, it might not always be in the show ring. I have improved my public speaking and communication because of forced conversations with local farmers, cattle breeders, and even the competitions at our National. I doubt you can remember how you placed at every show in your life, but you can remember the friends and memories you have made along the way. I can remember the mud pies I threw and sliding down the enormous slip and slide in Perry, Ga. The people that I met there that year at my first Junior National are still my friends eight years later. These memories are more valuable than placing second in class with my heifer that year. This year at the Illinois State Fair Open Barrow Show, the judge started rambling about the memories and the friendships he’s made over the years and forcing the kids in the show ring to introduce themselves to the person penned next to them. I started to understand the higher importance of show ring livestock. Even as feed prices soar, we will continue to show cattle because the moral lessons and friendships we develop are worth it. Next time you finish showing and get handed that colored piece of fabric, understand the deeper meaning behind it. It’s more than just a ribbon. Andy Lindgren is American Gelbvieh Junior Association Vice President of Leadership Development. He can be reached at jlindg@mtco.com.

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Kyle Kendrick, President (2010) H: 6590 County Rd. 249, Palmyra, MO 63461 P: 573-735-4243 • C: 573-822-2952 Email: kjk5h4@mizzou.edu Sydney Wilkinson, Vice President (2009) H: 23115 CR 111.3, Model, CO 81059 S: PO Box 8132, College Station, TX 77843 P: 719-680-7910 Email: sydneykellums@neo.tamu.edu Andrew Lindgren, V.P. of Leadership Development (2009) H: 1565 US Hwy. 136, Atlanta, IL 67123 P: 309-392-2054 • C: 309-825-0089 Email: jlindg@mtco.com Nikki Hojer, Secretary (2009) H: 43968 208th St., Lake Preston, SD 57249 S: 212 Hansen Hall, Brookings, SD 57007 P: 605-860-8723 Email: nlhojer@jacks.sdstate.edu Tara Krajewski, Treasurer (2009) H: 75485 Rd. 316, Venango, NE 69168 P: 308-352-8299 Email: tara_krajewski@hotmail.com Carrie Tilghman (2009) H: 690 Lick Branch Rd., Glasgow, KY 42141 P: 270-404-0828 Email: carrie.tilghman@uky.edu Keaton Kendrick, (2010) H: 6590 County Rd. 249, Palmyra, MO 63461 P: 573-735-4243 • C: 573-822-2951 Email: kakrmd@mizzou.edu Katie Sullivan (2010) H: 34850 Magnolia Farm Rd., Robertsdale, AL 36567 P: 251-931-3068 Email: stargazer2cool@aol.com Justin Taubeneheim (2010) H: 19035 Grand Island Rd., Amherst, NE 68812 P: 308-826-5185 Email: mandrtaub@aol.com Zach Butler, Ex-Officio H: 1065 Greenvale Rd., Milton, TN 37118 P: 615-308-8628 • C: 615-286-2799 Email: southernboy1099@aol.com

Adult Advisors: Mike & Toni Shrewsbury 1980 SE Wilson Rd., Lathrop, MO 64465-9723 816-528-3644 Email: mshrews@grm.net Al & Mary Knapp 18291 158th St., Bonner Springs, KS 66012 913-724-4105 Email: knappa@swbell.net Dana Stewart, Staff Advisor 10900 Dover St., Westminster, CO 80021 O: 303-465-2333 • C: 501-278-9132 Email: danas@gelbvieh.org


JuniorShows juniorshows Missouri State Fair 4-H Gelbvieh Show August 7, 2008 Sedalia, Mo. Judge: Harold Betz, Mayview, Mo.

Reserve Gelbvieh Heifer MYFM Millie 12U Brynn Myers, Oak Ridge Sire: JKGF Chance 81S

Showmanship 13 years & under Champion Kyle Vehige, Bonnots Mill

Champion Gelbvieh Heifer HFGC Vickie Vail 173U13 Courtney Spencer, Aurora Sire: HFGC HF Roscoe 34P59

Champion Balancer Female TGV Cruel Girl 21S1 Justin Vehige, Bonnots Mill Sire: TGV T Bar S Free Style 15L

Champion Cow-Calf Pair HFGC Mary Stewart S71 Kirstin Winchester, Jasper Sire: HFGC HF Roscoe 34P59

Reserve Balancer Female JEMG Lady Granite T206 ET Colton Spencer, Aurora Sire: OCC Emblazon 854E

Reserve Bull Calf

Showmanship 14 years & older Champion Kirstin Winchester, Jasper

KMW Jack Daniels U71 Kirstin Winchester, Jasper Sire: SEPT MurphysIrishWhiskeyS1ET

Champion Bull Calf

KDV True Grit 502U Kyle Vehige, Bonnots Mill Sire: TGV T Bar S Free Style 15L

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Missouri State Fair FFA Gelbvieh Show August 7, 2008 Sedalia, Mo.

Reserve Gelbvieh Heifer

BCFG Butlers Lisa 533T ET Kale Kendrick, Palmyra Sire: BCFG Butlers Ole Hickory 359R

Champion Cow-Calf

HFGC Miss Katie 93S76 Emily Swindler, Braymer Sire: BTI Extra 2106K ET

Champion Gelbvieh Heifer JEMG Black Velvet 512S Kali Myers, Oak Ridge Sire: KCF Bennett K503 ET

Reserve Cow-Calf

KKKC Fancy’s Jewel 313S Jeremy Griesbaum, Taylor Sire: KCF Bennett Landmark J377

Champion FFA Showmanship Kale Kendrick, Palmyra

Reserve Balancer Heifer SDCS Miss Dana Baby T767 Sarah Hixson, Gower Sire: JBOB J-Bob 4665M ET

Champion Balancer Heifer

Champion Gelbvieh Bull

BCFG Butlers Definer 730T Kale Kendrick, Palmyra Sire: JBOB Carolina 5587P

ELS Red Extreme 801U Emily Swindler, Braymer Sire: DCSF Post Rock Top Brass 145H2

Reserve Gelbvieh Bull

JRI Remedy 253T70 Bailey Marriott, Stover Sire: JRI Top Secret 253M75 ET

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JuniorShows juniorshows Illinois State Fair August 7, 2008 • Springfield, Ill. Judge: Dr. John Rayfield, Raleigh, N.C.

Reserve Gelbvieh Heifer ZJC Sweet Thing Andy Lindgren, Atlanta Sire: JBOB Carolina Fortune

Reserve Champion Land of Lincoln Gelbvieh Heifer ALFG Sugar Creek Kyra Andy Lindgren, Atlanta Sire: JRI Fully Exposed

Champion Gelbvieh Heifer & Champion Land of Lincoln ALFG Sugar Creek Tiffany Andy Lindgren, Atlanta Sire: JRI Extra Exposure 285L71 ET

Scholarship Opportunities Available American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) members that will graduate from high school in the spring of 2009 or are currently college students that will not be more than 21 on January 1, 2009 are eligible for two special scholarships. The Jimmy Christopher Memorial Scholarship application is due in the AGA office no later than November 1, 2008. Up to two scholarships may be presented to AGJA members. Applicants must reside east of the Mississippi River, in addition to meeting the age and membership requirements. Jimmy Christopher was the longtime herdsman at Gelbvieh Bar None Ranch in North Carolina. His greatest joy was getting a young person started in the Gelbvieh business. An AGJA member can only win the Jimmy Christopher Memorial Scholarship once. The Breeder’s Choice Gelbvieh Bull Futurity Scholarship is due in the AGA office on December 1, 2008. A $1,000 scholarship will be presented to a deserving AGJA member during the Breeder’s Choice Gelbvieh Bull Futurity in Denver, Colo. The Breeder’s Choice Gelbvieh Bull Futurity committee voted to begin this scholarship in 2007. The first scholarship was presented to Nikki Hojer of Lake Preston, S.D., in January 2008. AGJA members can only win the Bull Futurity Scholarship once. Both applications are available on the AGA website at www.gelbvieh.org under the Junior page. An application can also be requested from the AGA office. Contact Dana Stewart at 303-465-2333 or email her at danas@gelbvieh.org with questions or to request an application.

Last Call For all Dates in the

2009 AGJA Calendar Dates must be reserved by October 15th!

$40 gets your date and contact info in the calendar. Call or email Dana Stewart at the AGA Office Email: danas@gelbvieh.org Phone: 303-465-2333

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Shows shows Missouri State Fair Gelbvieh & Balancer Show August 8, 2008 Sedalia, Mo. Judge: Cary Crow Reserve Champion Gelbvieh Heifer/ Champion Bred & Owned JTV Noel 2S Justin Vehige, Bonnots Mill Sire: TGV T Bar S Free Style 15L

Grand Champion Cow-Calf Pair HFGC Miss Nugget 161R ET Hart Farm, Kansas City, Kan. Sire: SLC Freedom 178F ET

Grand Champion Gelbvieh Heifer HFGC Vickie Vail 173U13 Courtney Spencer, Aurora Sire: HFGC HF Roscoe 34P59

Reserve Champion Cow-Calf Pair HFGC Mary Stewart S71 Kirstin Winchester, Jasper Sire: HFGC HF Roscoe 34P59

Reserve Champion Balancer Heifer JEMG Lady Granite T206 ET Colton Spencer, Aurora Sire: OCC Emblazon 854E

Grand Champion Balancer Heifer

Grand Champion Gelbvieh Bull

HFGC Miss Lena 10T43 Hart Farm, Kansas City, Kan. Sire: Connealy Lead On

Reserve Champion Bull/ Champion Bred & Owned Bull

WAX Woodrow 427T Wax Gelbvieh Farm Sire: DCSF Post Rock Top Brass 145H2

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HFGC GIP Arrowhead S82 Hart Farm/Golden Image Partnership, Kansas City, Kan. Sire: HFGC HF Roscoe 34P59


Iowa State Fair Gelbvieh & Balancer Show August 16, 2008 Des Moines, Iowa Judge: Chad Zehnder, Stanchfield, Minn.

Reserve Champion Gelbvieh Female

GGGE 3G Cowgirl Ursula 837U Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind. Sire: GGGE 3G Space Cowboy 628S

Grand Champion Balancer Female GGGE 3G Cowgirl Urena 832U Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind. Sire: Northern Improvement 4480

Grand Champion Gelbvieh Female/ Champion Iowa Bred NORD Lacy T9 ET C&E Gelbvieh, Decorah Sire: KCF Bennett Ideal G182

Reserve Champion Balancer Female CPGG Ms Prairie Tesla 22T Prairie Grove Gelbvieh, Danville Sire: Mytty In Focus

Gelbvieh Herdsman Award 3G Ranch, Kendallville, Ind.

Grand Champion Balancer Bull GGGE 3G Undertaker 813U Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind. Sire: GGGE 3G Smoke N Mirrors

Reserve Champion Balancer Bull ESPN 312T Thad Espensheid, Traer Sire: BTI Extra 2106K ET

Champion Iowa Bred Gelbvieh Bull RLKL RL Rich T53 Ricky Linquist, Fonda Sire: XXB Big N’ Rich 911P ET

Grand Champion Gelbvieh Bull GGGE 3G Time Machine 758T ET Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind. Sire: SLC Freedom 178F ET

Reserve Champion Gelbvieh Bull

SVVG Justice U803 Sauer’s Valley View Farm, Winona, Minn. Sire: RTRT Solution 137S ET

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Kentucky State Fair Gelbvieh August 23, 2008 Louisville, Ky. Judge: Brandon Callis, Manhattan, Kan.

Reserve Champion Female

GGGE 3G Cowgirl Ursula 837U Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind. Sire: GGGE 3G Space Cowboy 628S

Grand Champion Bull

GGGE 3G Time Machine 758T ET Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind. Sire: SLC Freedom 178F ET

Grand Champion Female

GGGE 3G Touch of Silve750T ET Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind. Sire: SLC Freedom 178F ET

Reserve Champion Bull/ Champion Kentucky Bred Bull SLWD Mr. Bucky 41T Shelly Wade, Cynthiana Sire: BTI Extra 2106K ET

Champion Kentucky Bred Female SLWD Ms Myrtle 28S Shelly Wade, Cynthiana Sire: JRI Pld Free Agent 125J3

Nebraska State Fair Gelbvieh/Balancer Show August 25, 2008 Lincoln, Neb. Judge: Tyler Norvell, Tuttle, Okla.

Reserve Champion Female

XXB Hypnotiq 834U JJ Boehler, Orleans/Cedar Top Ranch Sire: XXB Ludacris 039S ET

Grand Champion Bull XXB Ludacris 039S ET JJ Boehler, Orleans Sire: GAR Integrity

Grand Champion Female

MCJ Sweet Dreams 708T DMD Livestock, Beaver City/Cedar Top Ranch, Stapleton Sire: CTR Good Night 4743P

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Reserve Champion Bull DLW Red Power 583U DMD Livestock, Beaver City Sire: HXC LCC Gravity B252L


8 Guidelines to Economical Ingredient Selections With volatile feed costs, it is an increasing challenge for producers to manage their bottom line. Selecting the right ingredients has always been essential in providing animals with proper nutrition. Now, making the correct ingredient decisions is even more critical for operations to stay as efficient as possible. By making well-informed ingredient decisions, producers are able to keep their animals healthy and garner more dollars down the road. Dan Schimek, a nutritionist with Hubbard Feeds, offers the following guidelines to help producers in making educated decisions when selecting feed ingredients.

8 Guidelines 1. Consult your nutritionist to design a program that fits your operation. Each herd has unique nutritional requirements and a nutritionist can tailor fit a program to progress towards your operational goals. 2. Look at feeds as nutrients rather than feeds. For example, look at replacing protein sources rather than replacing soybean meal with distillers grains. An alternative diet can be effective as long as the nutrients are meeting the livestock’s requirement. 3. Build your nutrition program around your homegrown feeds. By utilizing these low cost sources, the total feed cost is lowered.

4. Take advantage of byproduct feeds available from ethanol, sugar, brewing, canning industries and other sources. Some of these byproducts include distillers grains, brewers grain and beet pulp. 5. Be sure to consider the location of the plant and feed mill to avoid high transportation costs. This becomes especially important when wet feeds are being considered. 6. Building relationships are key to finding the best value on feed. Some of the best people to know are plant personnel and independent trucking companies who are hired to remove feed from plants and often sell it for a discounted rate. 7. When opportunity allows, go directly to the plant to attain discounts for purchasing larger quantities. 8. During colder months, wet feeds have an extended shelf life in the freezer-like conditions. Smaller operations are able to enhance their use of these feeds during this time.

Hubbard Feeds Inc., based in Mankato, Minn., is a leader in animal nutrition, dedicated to providing innovative feed products. For additional information about Hubbard Feeds, visit www. hubbardfeeds.com.

2008 Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation

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Breeder's corner

Bill, Nancy & Sydney

RANCH

23115 Co. Rd. 111.3 Model, CO 81059

719/846-7910

Arizona

A Member of Seedstock Plus

303-646-0639

The Prosser Family

928/477-2458

Mike, Kathy, Troy and Tracy 589 Azalea Lane • Flora, IL 62839

Summer

928/289-2619 Winter

Winslow, AZ Website: www.bartbar.com Email: bartbar@hughes.net

618-673-2771

kitley@wabash.net • www.kitleyfarms.com

Mike & Becky Purswell

Elizabeth, Colorado

TNT Farms

Angus, Gelbvieh, Balancer & Commercial Replacement Females

Arkansas

Georgia

Troy Lohman

16158 Wards Tr., Butler IL 62015 (217)532-6384 Where good cattle never go out of style!

Breeding Quality Performance

Indiana

Cattle Crawfish Creek Cattle Farms P.O. Box 365 • Chickamauga, GA 30707

California

Steve Tarvin, Owner 706/375-4867 steve@gelbvieh.net 1-888/338-2504 • Fax: 706/375-6786 Web: www.gelbvieh.net

3 G Ranch

Gelbvieh Cattle For Sale Carl, Rebecca & Emily Griffiths Kendallville, Indiana

260/897-2160 • ggge3g@embarqmail.com

Your call or visit is Always Welcome

J&D Kerstiens,

Illinois

LLC

Jerome Kerstiens, owner

1345 Cobblestone Rd., Jasper, IN 47546

JDKG

812 • 482 • 2688

Andy Tinberg Owner (708) 717-8741 Wade Humm Herd Mgr. www.bigcreekcattle.com (616) 481-2822 Gelbvieh • Angus • Balancers® Supercharged Seedstock Elizabethtown, Illinois

J&D Kerstiens Annual Spring Production Sale March 14, 2009, Goreville, IL

MAPLE HILL FARM

Fullbloods, High Percentage Polled Gelbvieh • Polled Hereford

Merle E. Lewis

812/863-7701

James L. Lewis

812/863-2970

RR1 Box 1360 • Springville, IN 47462

Colorado

Iowa • Polled Purebreds • Red • Black

Dave & Dawn Bowman 55784 Holly Rd. • Olathe, CO 81425 (970) 323-6833 •Toll Free:1-888-267-8477 PIN #4346

www.bowkranch.com

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Double D Farm

Skyler Martin

9937 Warren Rd. Winslow, IL 61089

1200 S. Blackhawk Rd. Oregon, IL 61061

(815) 367-4116

(815) 732-7583

GS

Ridge Top Ranch

Gelbvieh-Angus-Balancer

Neola, Iowa

Black & Polled Private Treaty Sales

Breed-leading Performance from Quality Genetics

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


Ricky Linquist th Street inquist 1135 190 inquist Fonda, IA 50540

Kansas

Purebred A.I. Seedstock Bulls and Heifers Available. Cell: (913) 219-6613 H: (913) 724-4105 Bonner Springs, KS 66012 FAX: (913) 724-4107

Al, Mary & Nick Knapp 18291 158th Street

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

Email: rickylin@ncn.net www.linquistfarms.com

LGone O ak e l b v i e h hornsandthorns@netins.net Eric Ehresman (319) 489-2275 20963 30th St. (319) 480-1564 Mechanicsville, IA 52306

e-mail: knappa@swbell.net

Bar Arrow Cattle Company Stuar t Jar vis 26 E. Limestone Rd. • Phillipsburg, KS 67661

gelbvieh Gary and Kenny White 3140 SE Colorado • Topeka, KS 66605 785.267.1066 or 785.554.4744

e-mail: bararrow@ruraltel.net • 785/543-5177

Kentucky Bulls & Heifers

Black & Purebred Gelbvieh

Specializing in Black Balancer® Bulls Using top Gelbvieh, Angus and Red Angus AI sires

OSWALD RANCH 1426 Truro Pavement Osceola, IA 50213

Jim Oswald Cell – 641-344-9946 Home & Fax – 641-342-6638 Ranch – 641-342-3035 Breeding Gelbvieh for 30 Years!

John & Carla Shearer

2815 Navajo Road • Canton, KS 67428 (620) 628-4621 • circle_s@hometelco.net Annual Production Sale 1st Saturday in April

Red & Black Purebred & Balancer

Ph: 859-635-3832 Ph: 859-393-3677

7416 Tippenhauer Rd. Cold Spring, Kentucky 41076 Email: bar4@insightbb.com GELBVIEH & BALANCER® GENETICS

Traci Paulsen & Joe D’Souza H: 563-359-1006 C: 563-340-2001 Where to Buy

Paulsen Cattle Co.

Contact David Butts: 270-365-3715 (H) 270-625-4700 (C) Princeton, KY • Email: ddcmbutts@bellsouth.net

Barry, Beth, Ben Racke Brad and Jessica Racke

Hand-Picked Top-Shelf Genetics

plsncc@netins.net

Owners: David Butts Cole Whitaker

BAR IV LIVESTOCK

Paulsen Cattle Co.

Darrel & Sue Paulsen H: 712-437-2213 C: 712-229-0419

Purebred Gelbvieh & Balancer Cattle High Quality Genetics for Every Cattleman.

Land of Oz

Bar None Ranch Donald & Arlene Estes

18 Rue Renoir • Palm Coast, FL 32137 Phone: 386-446-5559 Email: dongbnr@bellsouth.net

Total Performance Cattle John C. Oswald & Sons 4901 N. Lorraine Hutchinson, KS 67502 620-662-0862 (H) • 620-960-1189 (C)

David Slaughter, Sale Consultant

270-556-4259

Improving Your Pounds and Profit ... Bar None!

Double Bar H Registered Gelbvieh Cat tle with Form & Function 13411 200th Ave. • Milo, IA 50166 Rande & Grant • (515) 971-5135 Email: randlseuferer@iowatelecom.net

McCabe Cattle Co. Lacey McCabe

Two Step Ranch Pat and Jay McCabe

563-543-5251

563-543-4177

Gelbvieh

Balancers

Farley, Iowa

Annual Bull Sale – 3rd Sat. in February (E-mail): twostepranch@netins.net (web): www.mccabecattle.com

Gelbvieh • Balancer • Angus

Andy and Danielle LeDoux

Davis Holder Family

785 • 732 • 6564

9595 Bugtussle Road, Gamaliel, KY 42140 270-457-3010 270-670-2499 Cell =H =H

365 Agenda Ln. • Agenda, Kansas 66930-8969

Post Rock Cattle Co. 3041 E. Hwy 284, Barnard, KS 67418

Bill Clark 785/792-6244 Leland Clark 785/792-6208 “Where calving ease, performance & eye-appeal come together”

Parker Corum

606-598-3535 Goose Rock, Kentucky www.littlebullfarm.com More Milk • More Muscle • More Pounds

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Montana •

Minnesota Fred & Leslie Colver Ph. (406) 538-2153 • Lewistown, MT We’re Minding our Ps and Qs . . . Profitability and Quality

Brandywine Farm

Jon & Edna Miller

Tom Scarponcini

30474 Brandywine Road Rushford, MN 55971

507-864-2063

Gelbvieh

SFI Schafer Farms, Inc.

H: 417-632-4925 • Cell: 417-437-5250 28760 Norway Rd. Stark City, MO 64866 We Are Making the Best Better with Planned Genetics

Balancer®

37740 240th Ave., Goodhue, MN 55027 Brian Schafer Lowell Schafer 1-888-226-9210 651-923-4587 brian@schaferfarm.com www.schaferfarm.com Private Treaty Bull Sale — Last Sat. in February Annually

Jared, Caisie Gib, Debbie & Brooke & Jenny (573) 646-3289 (573) 646-3477 1515 Mint Springs Rd.•Owensville, MO 65066 Quality Seedstock ... a family tradition since 1948.

Red or Black Polled Gelbvieh Bulls and Females for sale at all times.

Mississippi ral M Cent

Triple L. Farms

ontana Gelbvieh Gene tics

Kalina Gelbvieh

Gelbvieh Cattle

Dave & Marilyn Kalina

Marty Langston

Ph. (406) 464-2331

295 CR 62 • Oakland, MS 38948 (H) 662-623-5194 • (Mobile) 662-457-7363

174 Valentine Rd • Roy, MT 59471 e-mail: gelbviehs@midrivers.com

Quality Animals ... Reasonable Price.

EW ACRE NVI U S Registered Gelbvieh S

Missouri Two Year Old Range Ready Simangus and Balancer Bulls

18-30 mo. age, forage tested on fescue, calving ease, semen tested, guaranteed, large selection of top genetics, utilize hybrid vigor for more dollars, more longevity, more forage genetics to lower your feed costs.

J ohn Rotert/Bob Harriman www.rotertharriman.com Montrose, MO 660-693-4844 • 492-2504 (cell)

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Doug, Carol, Ryan & Adam Distler 40591 Highway 87 • Russellville, MO 65074 660.489.2336

VanWinkle Farms

Registered Balancer® Bulls & Heifers

David & Carrie VanWinkle (417) 451-4664 (O) (417) 437-7245 (C) 12406 Oak Rd. Neosho, MO 64850

Richard VanWinkle (417) 451-4137

Ken & Nancy Flikkema Dale & Nancy Flikkema 8289 Huffine Lane Bozeman, MT 59718 (406) 586-6207 REGISTERED GELBVIEH

ontana Gelbvieh Gene tics tral M Cen

Pine Ridge Gelbvieh Phone: (406) 538-8112 Dave & Cheri Strouf Lewistown, Mont.


Nebraska

Annual Sale 2nd Tuesday in February. Dale & Jeannette

308/826-4771

Mike & Renee

308/826-5185

23685 Sartoria Rd. • Amherst, NE 68812 www.taubenheimgelbvieh.com

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

3320 51st St., Mandan, ND 58554

chimneybutteranch@westriv.com www.chimneybutteranch.com Annual Production Sale 1st Friday in March

J. J. Boehler

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

Gelbvieh Cattle . . . Designed with Quality in Mind

The Warner Family

6700 County Rd. 19 S. Minot, ND 58701

• Monte & Kristie • Dan • Darren & Amy

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

308/962-5485 71628 Rd. 425 Beaver City, NE 68926

Rob Arnold

N. Carolina

Mike Hynek

1058 Rd 2300 • Guide Rock, Nebraska 68942 402/257-2200

www.goldrushgenetics.com Gelbvieh

• Private Treaty Sales •

D

Kelly & Michelle Dahl

D Bar D

Add Pounds, Muscle and Growth!

Angus

k leinschmidt f arms g elbvieh

GELBVIEH Hazelton, North Dakota (701) 782-6813

D

Ohio

Randy Kleinschmidt 402/ 759-4660 (H) 402/ 366-1605 (Cell)

Email: rlagelbvieh@aol.com

Producing Black, Polled Genetics for Today & Tomorrow.

Bill Kleinschmidt

402/ 759-4654 www.kleinschmidtfarms.com

Ge n e va • Nebr a s k a • 6 83 6 1

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

Walter & Lee Teeter 1380 French Belk Rd. • Mt. Ulla, NC 28125 (704) 664-5784

Oklahoma

Pope Farms Gelbvieh Gelbvieh’s Powerful New Perspective

P

Jeff and Jeanne Pope

Randy, Pam & Family 405-649-2410 • Cell 405-742-0774

26075 Willow Rd., Ravenna, NE 68869 Phone & Fax: (308) 467-BEEF popefarms@nctc.net

E-mail: rgallaway@itlnet.net • www.gallawaygelbvieh.com

15182 N. Midwest Blvd. • Mulhall, OK 73063

www.popefarms.com

Mick & Dave Ainsworth P.O. Box 154, Jackson Springs, NC 27281

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

GELBVIEH

BALANCER

910-652-2233 Cell: 910-639-4804 Mick’s email: longleaf@etinternet.net Dave’s email: longleaf@dsslink.net

Exceptional BULLS & HEIFERS

TRUCKING AVAILABLE

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Breeder's corner S. Carolina

Quality Gelbvieh & Balancer® Cattle

High Quality, Black and Polled

Clinch Mountain Gelbvieh

Piedmont, South Dakota

John & Liz Loy 7611 Dyer Rd. • Luttrell, TN 37779 (865) 687-1968 j.b.loy@att.net

605-787-4595

http://www.elkcreekgelbvieh.com

Hojer

G Gelbvieh elbvieh R Ranch anch 43968 208th Street Lake Preston, SD 57249 605/847-4155 605/860-1326

S. Dakota

Alan & Pam Blake, Nikki, Christian

Email: hojerranch@iw.net Website: www.hojergelbviehranch.com

ADKINS GELBVIEH

Bulls & Heifers for Sale

Texas Jim & Pat Dromgoole 4403 Winding River Dr. • Richmond, TX 77469 Home (281) 341-5686 • Ranch (979) 561-8144

www.dromgoolesheaven.com Show Cattle Managers: James & Shannon Worrell • (325) 258-4656

“Performance Genetics for Your Tomorrow”

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 adkinsgelbvieh@hotmail.com

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

1800 W. 50th St. • Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Steve Schroeder 605-334-5809 (O) • 605-363-3247 (H)

Jim, Barb, Brandy & Brittney Beastrom Phone: 605-224-5789 • Fax: 605-224-5793 20453 Cendak Rd. • Pierre, SD 57501 www.beastromranch.com

Julie Julie and and Carl Carl Maude Maude Hermosa, SD Quality Gelbvieh & Balancer® Genetics from a Trusted Source cj_llivestock@yahoo.com

Thorstenson Gelbvieh

Selby, South Dakota Annual Bull Sale 1st Saturday in March Ken & Jo Vaughn & Wendy 605-649-7304 605-649-6262 www.Balancerbulls.com

605.255.4944 (H) • 605.381.2803 (C)

Virginia Ron Hughes 276-637-6493

Brad Hughes 276-637-6071

121A Lavender Dr. Max Meadows, VA 24360 Purebred Gelbvieh & Balancers®–all Black, all Polled

Tennessee 34261 200th Street, Highmore, SD 57345

Steven A. Munger 605/229-2802 (office) 605/226-1537 (home) 605/229-2835 (fax)

Chad Forman

605/943-5517

www.eaglepassranch.com

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Circle M Farms Taking Black & Polled to a New Level

Thomas Mears McMinnville, TN

615-849-6199 (C) 615-563-5066 (H)

QUALITY POLLED GELBVIEH 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


News news

Hickory Hill Farm Dr. & Mrs.T Marshall Hahn Owners

Tracey Redifer Manager

2246 Lusters Gate Road • Blacksburg, VA 24060

(540) 961-3766 • tlrhhf@verizon.net

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 • TrebleWRanch@aol.com

W L H

LITTLE WINDY HILL

F

Doug & Sue Hughes

QUALITY GELBVIEH CATTLE

Farms

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

W. Virginia

Wyoming Wattis Ranch, LLC Gary and Pam Wattis 5600 S. Poplar Street • Casper, WY 82601

307-235-4142 wattisranch@gmail.com

Building the Next Generation of Elite Genetics

If you’re not here, how does your customer find you?

Links Between Genomics and Cattle Health Traits are Found A groundbreaking study at Colorado State University may lead to early identification of animals with less susceptibility to feedlot diseases, especially bovine respiratory disease (BRD). “This landmark research is providing us with greater insight into the genetic markers responsible for improved feedlot health, a promising significant breakthrough for the beef industry,” says Nigel Evans, Ph.D., Vice President of Pfizer Animal Genetics. The study is the first of its kind and is sponsored by Pfizer Animal Genetics and the National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium (NBCEC). “Pfizer believes in the opportunity to marry genetics and disease susceptibility to initiate significant improvements in animal health,” says Dr. Evans. “This study reinforces the importance of research that will lead to economically relevant management solutions for beef producers.” The study design and funding originated from the NBCEC, a group of universities focused on furthering genetic evaluations of beef cattle. The organization had recently completed a pilot study at Iowa State University that showed encouraging results for genetic control of pinkeye, says NBCEC Director Dr. John Pollak. As a next step the group decided to focus on the most prevalent disease in feedlot cattle: BRD. “As an organization, one of our goals has been to identify genetic traits related to animal health, which is difficult on a large-scale industry level,” says Dr. Pollak. “Focusing on animal health, we identified BRD as one of the obvious diseases on which to focus our efforts. We hope the study results will lead to panels of markers indicative of animals less susceptible to BRD.” Dr. Pollak identified multiple specialists to serve as members of the research team with Dr. Mark Enns of Colorado State University as the lead researcher. The ongoing research combines multiple past study designs to create a unique methodology focused on genetics under commercial feedlot conditions. “Our goal with this study is to maximize

producer profitability through healthier animals, improved animal welfare and the use of effective genetic management tools,” says Dr. Enns. “By identifying key genetic markers, the industry can better develop tools for producers to decrease morbidity and mortality, resulting in more profits for beef producers throughout the industry.” The study, which began in 2007 and ends next year, involves more than 3,000 steers. All animals originate from one large commercial beef operation and are being fed at a Colorado commercial feedlot. All animals have been genotyped and performance and health traits will be monitored throughout the research while overall health and carcass quality will be charted after harvest. The first-year data already is being used to discover and identify possible genetic marker panels that are indicative of animals less susceptible to common feedlot diseases. Currently in its second year, researchers are beginning to validate research results. Pfizer Animal Health Veterinary Medicine Research and Development (VMRD) is also utilizing the data from the study. Pfizer is looking at the synergies between animal health and genetics to develop therapies that will improve the health of the animal, says Director of Livestock Pharmaceuticals Jeffrey Watts, Ph.D., Pfizer Animal Health. “Pfizer believes the Colorado State University research will help us in developing new products which can be tailored for certain management protocols that fit the needs of the animal subpopulations in the feedlot,” says Dr. Watts. “For example, in the future it may be possible to design pharmaceuticals to fit animals based on their genetic predispositions for carcass quality, tenderness and susceptibility to common feedlot diseases.” Pfizer Animal Genetics is a business unit of Pfizer Animal Health, a world leader in discovering and developing innovative animal vaccines and prescription medicines. Pfizer Inc. is the world’s largest researchbased pharmaceutical company.

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Service center Ronn Cunningham Auctioneer P.O. Box 146 • Rose, OK 74364 918-479-6410 office/fax 918-629-9382 cellular

120 Shadydale Lane • Coppell, TX 75019 972-471-1233 • www.doaklambert.com

JAMES M. BIRDWELL AUCTIONEER Box 521, Fletcher, OK 73541 580/549-6636 (home) 580/695-2352 (mobile) 580/549-4636 (fax)

Send for catalog listing semen on over 75 bulls Eldon Starr

Phone: 740•541•7475 Fax: 740•489•5448 www.jasonlmiller.net 18960 Anderson Rd. • Quaker City, Ohio 43773

210 Starr Drive, Stapleton, NE 69163

(308) 587-2348 • 1-800-535-6173 www.bullbarn.com

Cattlemen’s Connection Specializing in

• Gelbvieh semen sales • Consulting • Order Buying (all purchases guaranteed) Roger & Peg Gatz (785) 742-3163 Call Toll-Free:1-800-743-0026 Visit our Web Site: www.cattlemensconnection.com

28884 480th Ave. Canton, SD 57013 605/987-2114 or Fax 605/987-5384 www.mettlersales.com • jmettler@valyousat.net

For Next Generation Genetics Bull Digest Semen Catalog go to www.mettlersales.com Upcoming Sales: Oct. 22 Bull Futurity Membership Tele-Auction Nov. 12 Mettler Gelbvieh Fall Calving Herd Complete Dispersal Canton, S. D.

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Junior Feature junior feature

Creative Writing Finalists Share Their Essays The following essays were four of the winning entries in the Creative Writing Contest during the 2008 American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) Blue Ridge Classic. AGJA members are given a topic for each age division: Junior, ages 8 to 11 years; Intermediate, ages 12 to 15; and Senior, ages 16 to 21. All ages are as of January 1, 2008. The essays were judged on overall message, grammar, spelling, punctuation and overall effect. The Senior Division essays will appear in future issues of Gelbvieh World. The essays appear in their original, unedited forms.

Champion Junior Division

Reserve Junior Division

AGJA Membership is Important

How is your membership in AGJA important to your future in Gelbvieh?

By Austin Teeter, Mt. Ulla, N.C. 10 years old

By Braxton Oldenburg, Mulhall, Okla. 8 years old

Being a member of the AGJA has been exciting for me. As a member of the junior association, I have traveled to different states to take part in the Junior Classic. I have had the opportunity to meet new people and make friends from other states. Young exhibitors like myself are the future of the Gelbvieh breed. As an active junior member, you make friends which you keep as you grow up and have the advantage of knowing people in the breed when you are older, while other people get into the breed as adults and have to develop these relationships along with a market for their cattle. In making these friends, you learn about each others ideas about evaluating cattle on their pedigree, EPD’s, and looks. You develop a trust in that friend’s opinion about cattle and may one day buy or sell an animal based on these early friendships. As a young Gelbvieh producer, I am gaining some sort of knowledge about raising cattle that I can use when I grow up and have a big farm. Through competitions like sales talk, quiz bowl, creative writing, and impromptu speaking, I can learn about the Gelbvieh breed and the beef industry. By bringing animals to show people can see the type and kind of cattle that I am producing. The type of cattle can change over the years like when cattle went from a majority of red-hided cattle to a more even split with black-hided cattle or from the frame 7’s to the moderate 5 and 6 frames. Being involved in the AGJA, I can see and evaluate the animals being produced to make a more educated change in my cattle to fit into the breed and beef industry’s constantly changing direction. Being a member of the AGJA, I realize that knowing people makes going to show worthwhile, even if you don’t win anything.

Being a member of the AGJA is important because it is fun to show cattle and I can’t wait to go show in North Carolina. To get ready to go, I have been combing, brushing, rinsing, and leading my heifers Abby and Amy. It will also be fun because my family is going, even my Grandma and Grandpa with the cows. They helped me learn how to blow, rinse, comb, and also brush their hair. And my Grandpa helped me learn how to tie. I learned a lot of Gelbvieh stuff from them. Someday I want to go to the meetings with my Grandpa. They talk about a lot of important stuff at the meetings. I think I would learn a lot of cattle stuff if I went too. In North Carolina I am going to learn how to do an ad. An ad is when people want to sell their cattle. They put an ad in the newspaper or a magazine like the Gelbvieh World. It tells about their cattle that they are selling. It also tells their name and phone number so people can call them and buy their cattle. I will get to practice making an ad so I can sell something later. I don’t know about gluing my heifer but I want to learn. I want to be able to do it all by myself. In the contest, I get to be on a team and make new friends. We will work together to glue my heifer and make her look good. Later I will know how to do it all by myself. My Dad will teach me this too. He’s really good at it! When we go to shows I am always working. We have to feed cattle hay, take them to get a drink, and take them for a walk. Sometimes I make new friends. I think I will make new friends in North Carolina. I can’t wait to go! I like having Gelbvieh cows because I love to work cattle. It is so fun! I like to get up in the morning and rinse my heifers. They love to be rinsed because the water feels good to them. I like Gelbvieh cows because the mommas are good at taking care of their calves. I will have Gelbvieh cows forever. Being in the AGJA will help me learn more and more about Gelbvieh so I can raise better cows and calves. I am so glad the AGJA is having the show in North Carolina so I can show my heifers there. We have to go through 4 states just to get there. My Mom says it is a really long drive, but I don’t mind! Essays continued on page 58

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How does the welfare of cattle affect the public image? By Carson Hall, Cleveland, N.C. 14 years old

Cattlemen around the world take the welfare of an animal very seriously. There are already guidelines in place to make sure cattle are taken care of humanely. Ranchers have to make sure their livestock have the necessesary amount of food and water. They have to provide shelter from storms and heat. Also, there are guidelines that provide for the animal’s health through vaccination procedures. If the cattlemen do follow this plan, the public will not have to be concerned about disease and mistreatment of the livestock under the producer’s care. When the cattlemen encounter a non-ambulatory or “downer” cow, they have to evaluate the animal and make a decision about the most humane manner to tend to this animal. They can euthanize them or continue to care for them by providing feed, water, and treatments which can reduce the animal’s discomfort until she might be able to regain her feet. Calving difficulties, bulling, aggressive breeding, and accidents are situations where downer cattle can occur. There are guidelines in place to euthanize cattle, lifts or hip jacks available for helping the downer cattle regain feeling and use of their legs, and sleds available for moving non-ambulatory animals. By evaluating downer individuals and determining the most humane solution for their problem,

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Image is Everything By Ashley Skeels, Boerne, Texas 15 years old

Image is everything, or is it perception is everything? In this case both are one in the same. The beef industry is driven by the almighty dollar, as is just about everything else. The beef producer is supplying a product that is for sale, and therefore, must be market acceptable. This particular market is comprised of people that consume beef. Those consumers make emotional decisions about the meat they eat more often than a fact-based decision. Therefore the image of beef production is paramount to beef producers. The emotional part is what consumers see and hear in the media and the internet, but it may not be fact based. If the beef producers want a livelihood for the future they must always hit the target of their consumer in both product and image. There are several well 58 | October 2008

cattlemen can increase public acceptance of unfortunate situations. Along with the care of animals to keep them healthy and the handling of downer animals, there are guidelines written which address working facilities, transportation, and training of personnel working with cattle. Cattle should be stress-free while being transported with consideration given to the space available for the number and size of the cows being moved. There should be a good design in the loading chutes and holding facilities. These facilities should be inspected frequently to ensure that cattle can not be not hurt while be held or loaded. The people working with the livestock should know the flow of traffic within the facility and be aware that animals have “flight zones” and work the animals such that they will not be excited or aggressive during the loading process. Suggested designs for the loading chutes include a ramp angle of 25 degrees or less and non-slip footing to improve cattle movement into trailers and decease the chance for injury. Following these guidelines combined with “good housekeeping” will help improve the public’s perception of cattle production. Cattle should be housed in space adequate so that they are not crowded where competition and establishing hierarchy will endanger timid animals. Manure should be removed on a regular basis to help decrease health problems association with unsanitary conditions. So we as cattleman have and obligation and duty to take welfare of our animals seriously and take the right steps to promote the idea of welfare of the animals to fallow cattleman and the public. We do this as to help keep the beef industry’s image clean and help the public views change after seeing images such as the ones released to the media back late last winter from the Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company in California were the downer cattle were being pushed around with forklifts. We also have the duty to follow these steps to help better our programs as seedstock and commercial producers because if we follow the steps give by the NCBA then we can add money in our pockets by raising animals who live up to there genetic potential. This is how we as cattleman should use animal welfare to help better the industry. funded and passionate groups that want to see animal production end and they consistently use animal welfare as an emotional lure in politics and in the media against animal agriculture. Example: the recent massive beef recall and video footage of the packing plant in California. Poor animal care at that one location was captured on video and hurt the image of all beef production. Those videos and that plant will forever be referenced by media, activists and consumers. Beef producers saw a need to show a united front to its consumers that American beef producers practice safe husbandry methods and provide a wholesome product. Therefore, the National Beef Quality Assurance Guidelines and the National Manual for all cattle producers was developed about ten years ago. These guidelines outline areas of cattle management and record keeping.  The guidelines are continuously revised to include new innovations and techniques. Beef producers care about their cattle and their public image, so they took it a bit farther with the development of The Code of Continued on page 60


Minnesota Field Day August 2-3, 2008 Southeastern Minnesota Hosts: Brandywine Farm & Sauer’s Valley View Farm AGA Staff Member: Wayne Vanderwert The Minnesota Gelbvieh Association held a Gelbvieh Weekend in the beautiful rolling countryside of southeast Minnesota. Brandywine Farm near Rushford and Saurer’s Valley View Farms of Winona, Minn., were the hosts. In addition to farm and cattle tours at both Brandywine and Saurer’s Valley View, a program focused on creating more value for Gelbvieh cattle was presented. Among the speakers was John Burbank, CEO of Seedstock Plus who discussed “Bull Buyers Perception of Value” an analysis of Seedstock Plus bull sale results and the dollar value of traits. Dr. Jim Gibb of Igenity provided an update on the DNA tests available and Wayne Vanderwert of the American Gelbvieh Association discussed the Breed Direction efforts initiated at the 2008 AGA Convention.

Dr. Jim Gibb discussed adding value to cattle by DNA testing. Jim is a former AGA Executive Director and is now with Igenity.

Former AGA Executive Director Don Schiefelbein visits with Seedstock Plus CEO John Burbank.

Brandywine Farm owner Tom Scarponcini discusses his new feeding and handling facilities with the crowd.

Jason Saurer (center) discusses the donor females on display at Saurer’s Valley View Gelbvieh.

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Places to Be places to be October 2008

Oct. 4 Jumping Cow Gelbvieh Female Sale, Ramah, CO Oct. 10 State Fair of Texas Open Gelbvieh Show, Dallas, TX Oct. 11 Ozark Pride Annual Production Sale, Stella, MO Oct. 11 West Virginia Gelbvieh Association Field Day, Host: Springdale Farms, Ravenswood, WV Oct. 12 Judd Ranch 18th Annual Cow Power Sale, Pomona, KS Oct. 14 Partner Select Bull Sale, Happy, TX Oct. 14-16 Sunbelt Agricultural Expo, Moultrie, GA Oct. 15 NILE Gelbvieh & Balancer Pen Shows, Billings, MT Oct. 16 NILE Gelbvieh & Balancer Open Shows, Billings, MT Oct. 17 Montana Gelbvieh Association Select Female Sale, Billings, MT Oct. 16 South Carolina State Fair Open Gelbvieh Show, Columbus, SC Oct. 18 South Carolina State Fair Junior Gelbvieh Show, Columbus, SC Oct. 18 Seedstock Plus Fall Bull & Female Sale, Carthage, MO Oct. 18 Kentucky Gelbvieh Association Field Day, Host: Bee Lick Gelbvieh Farm, Crab Orchard, KY Oct. 21 North Carolina State Fair Open Gelbvieh Show, Raleigh, NC Oct. 21 Breeder’s Choice Gelbvieh Bull Futurity Membership Teleauction, Call Jerry @ 605-987-2114 Oct. 22-25 National FFA Convention, Indianapolis, IN Oct. 24 Kentucky Gelbvieh Association Banquet & Meeting, Mt. Sterling, KY Oct. 25 Piedmont Valley Gelbvieh Cowherd Dispersal, Piedmont, SD Oct. 25 Flying H Genetics “Grown on Grass” Herdbull Sale, Kingsville, MO Oct. 25 Fall Bluegrass Invitational Sale, Mt. Sterling, KY

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Nov. 1 Goldrush Genetics Complete Dispersal Sale, Guide Rock, NE Nov. 1 Rasmussen Gelbvieh Complete Dispersal Sale (in conjunction with Goldrush), Guide Rock, NE Nov. 1 Maternal Edge Commercial Female Sale, Cross Plains, TN Nov. 1 Yon Family Farms Bull & Female Sale, Ridge Spring, SC Nov. 6-7 BEEF Quality Summit, www.beefconference.com, Colorado Springs, CO Nov. 8 Heart of America Gelbvieh Association Female Sale, Springfield, MO Nov. 8 Colorado Gelbvieh Association Annual Meeting, Host: Ridingers, Deer Trail, CO Nov. 12 Mettler Gelbvieh Fall Calving Cowherd Dispersal, Canton, SD Nov. 15 C-Cross Farms J-Bob Legacy Sale, Biscoe, NC Nov. 16 NAILE Junior Gelbvieh Heifer Show, Louisville, KY Nov. 20 NAILE Open Gelbvieh & Balancer Shows, Louisville, KY Nov. 29 Kansas Gelbvieh Association Pick of the Herds Sale, Salina, KS December 2008

Dec. 1 Eagle Pass Ranch Annual Female Sale, Highmore, SD Dec. 4 Seedstock Plus Influence Feeder Calf Sale, Monte Vista, CO Dec. 6 Maternal Building Blocks II Sale, Brush, CO Dec. 6 Seedstock Plus Influence Commercial Female Sale, Monte Vista, CO

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Cattle Care, developed by the Beef Quality Assurance Advisory Board on 1996 The Code of Cattle Care lists general recommendations for care and handling of cattle. They are verbatim below:  • Provide necessary food, water and care to protect the health and well-being of animals. • Provide disease prevention practices to protect herd health, including access to veterinary care. • Provide facilities that allow safe, humane, and efficient movement and/or restraint of cattle. • Use appropriate methods to humanly euthanize terminally sick or injured livestock and dispose of them properly. • Provide personnel with training/experience to properly handle and care for cattle. • Make timely observations of cattle to ensure basic needs are being met. • Minimize stress when transporting cattle. • Keep updated on advancements and changes in the industry to make decisions based upon sound production practices and consideration for animal well-being. • Persons who willfully mistreat animals will not be tolerated. BQA does more than just help a beef producer capture more 60 | October 2008

Oct. 29 American Royal Gelbvieh & Balancer Shows, Kansas City, MO Oct. 29-30 Stockmanship & Stewardship Symposium (www.krirm.tamuk.edu), Kingsville, TX Oct. 30-31 HOLT CAT Symposium (www.krirm.tamuk.edu), Kingsville, TX

value from their cattle: BQA also reflects a positive public image and instills consumer confidence in the beef industry. When producers implement the best management practices of a BQA program, they pledge that their steers, heifers, cows, and bulls are the healthiest they can be. Increased public attention on animal welfare and cruelty is at an all time high. Referenced from the www.fromplatetopasture. com , BQA is valuable to all beef producers because it: • Demonstrates commitment to food safety and quality. • Safeguards the public image of the dairy industry. • Upholds consumer confidence in valuable beef products. • Protects the beef industry from additional and burdensome government regulation. • Improves sale value of marketed beef cattle. • Enhances herd profitability through better management. As evidenced by actions listed above, beef producers realize the importance of safe, ethical and humane treatment of animals, primarily because well cared for cattle will be more valuable. However, even more importantly by some measures, it allows cattle producers the opportunity to put forth a positive wholesome image to its consumers, and that is something cattle producers get emotional about!!!


Ad Index ad index 3G Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32, 33, 50 Adkins Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 American Balancer Bull Classic . . . . . . . . . 62 B&W Farms LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Bar Arrow Cattle Company . . . . . . . . . 17, 51 Bar IV Livestock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Bar T Bar Ranch Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Beastrom Gelbvieh Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Big Creek Cattle Company . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Birdwell, Jim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Blackhawk Cattle Company . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Bluegrass Invitational Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Boehler Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Bovigen/Pfizer Animal Genetics . . . . . . . . . 26 Bow K Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Brandon, Larry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Brandywine Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Breeder’s Choice Gelbvieh Bull Futurity . . . . 9 Cattlemen’s Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . 29, 56 C-Cross Cattle Company . . . . . . . . . . . 39, 53 Cedar Top Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Chimney Butte Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Circle M Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Circle S Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 CJ&L Livestock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36, 54 CJSD Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Clinch Mountain Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Colver Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Country Boy Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Cranview Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Crawfish Creek Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Cunningham, Ronn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 D Bar D Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Danell Diamond Six Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 DDM Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 DMD Livestock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Double Bar H . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Dromgoole’s Heaven . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Eagle Pass Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27, 54 Elk Creek Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Flying H Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Gallaway Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Gelbvieh Bar None Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . 7, 51 Gelbvieh Bull Barn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Gelbvieh Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Goettlich Gelbvieh Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Goldrush Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29, 53 Green Hills Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 GS Ridge Top Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 H&H Farms Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Hart Farm Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Hartland Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Heart of America Female Sale . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Hickory Hill Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7, 55

Hill Top Haven Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Hojer Gelbvieh Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Igenity/Merial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 J Bar M Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 J&D Kerstiens LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 J&K Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Johnson Cattle Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Judd Ranch Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Jumping Cow Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Kalina Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Kitley Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Kleinschmidt Farms Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . 53 Knoll Crest Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 KS/NE Pick of the Herds Sale . . . . . . . . . . 31 Lambert, Doak . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Lazy S Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Leonhardt Cattle Company . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Linquist Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Little Bull Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Little Windy Hill Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Locust Hill Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Lone Oak Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Longleaf Station . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 M&P Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Maple Hill Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Markes Family Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Martin Cattle Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Mettler Sale Management . . . . . . . . . 9, 35, 56 Middle Creek Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36, 52 Miller, Jason . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 MMS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11, 25, 39, 56 Montana Gelbvieh Association Sale . . . . . . 37 National CUP Lab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Nowack Cattle Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 NS Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Oswald & Sons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Oswald Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Paulsen Cattle Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Piedmont Valley Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Pine Ridge Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Poker City Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Pope Farms Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Post Rock Cattle Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Professional Beef Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Purple Haven Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Raasch Brothers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Rasmussen Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28, 29 Ritchey Manufacturing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Rocky Top Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Rogers Valley Farm Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Rotert/Harriman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 S&S Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 San Juan Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Schafer Farms, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

Schroeder Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Seedstock Plus LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Seuferer Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 South Texas Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Sunview Acres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Swanson Cattle Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Taubenheim Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 The 88 Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Thorstenson Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 TNT Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Treble W Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Triple K Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Triple L Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Two Step Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 VanWinkle Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Wattis Ranch LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 White Brothers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Wilkinson Gelbvieh Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Williams, Mike . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Y2K Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Yazoo Valley Gelbvieh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

New Members new members The following individuals joined the American Gelbvieh Association or the American Gelbvieh Junior Association during the month of August. Junior members are denoted with an asterisk (*). North Carolina

Shannondale Farm, Marshville South Carolina

Yon Family Farms, Ridge Spring *Jared Carnes, Iva South Dakota

*Trey Struck, Humboldt Tennessee

Double T Farms, Soddy Daisy Dry Fork Farms, Spencer Texas

*Kolby Perry, Conroe Wisconsin

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December issue of Gelbvieh World, the official publication of the American Gelbvieh Association.

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