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January 2017, Volume 31, Number 5


Overview of the 46th Annual AGA National Convention By Rebecca Mettler



10 Breeders Win Big During the Inaugural Gelbvieh Carcass Contest

Information Exchange

14 NWSS Gelbvieh and Balancer Schedule

Did you Know?


Events of Interest


Ad Index


18 Over the Fence with Superior Livestock Auction


By Angela Vesco

20 American Gelbvieh Association Elects Board of Directors


30 Champions Named at North American International Livestock Exposition Gelbvieh and Balancer Show

Southern Breeders


Southeast Breeders


Western Breeders


38 Online Resources to Assist with Reproductive Management

By Rebecca Mettler

56 2016 Editorial Review of Articles in Gelbvieh World and The Profit Picture GRAPHIC DESIGN: Lynn Valentine EDITOR: Rebecca Mettler

On the cover: This crisp winter morning photo comes to us from Thorstenson’s Lazy TV Ranch, Selby, SD

“GELBVIEH WORLD” (ISSN 1084-5100), is published monthly except for February, June and September for $35 for one year. American Gelbvieh Association 350 Interlocken Blvd., Ste. 200, Broomfield, Colorado 80021-3993. Periodicals postage paid at Broomfield, Colorado and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER send address changes to: Gelbvieh World, 350 Interlocken Blvd., Ste. 200, Broomfield, Colorado 80021

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THANK YOU FOR 20 YEARS OF SUPPORT Following the advice of my doctors, I put my complete herd up for dispersal on November 12th. I want to thank every one who attended the sale in the seats and on-line with a special thank you to all the bidders and buyers.

It was hard to see my genetics go. But I don’t plan to leave the breed, I’m just taking a year off to address my health issues.

The sale was a success with the 57 lots averaging $3,660. The genetics went to nine states. The furthest west was Oregon and Alabama on the east.

I want to thank all my friends, past and present customers and fellow breeders for all your support.

I’m already getting excited and looking forward to the fun of rebuilding my herd again.

High Selling Lot Congratulation to Travis Wolf, Wolf Gelbvieh of Gothenburg, Neb. for being the winning bidder of Lot 119 at $10,000. HFGC Miss Emma 17B35 is a homo polled, non-diluter donor prospect that offers exceptional growth and outstanding carcass merit in a beautiful red purebred.

High Selling Embryos Congratulation to Dustin Kittle, Kittle Gelbvieh of Geraldine, Ala. for being the winning bidder of Lot 202 at $3,000. The package contained 4 HFGC Vickie V 173R X JDPD Astro 407S embryos that are homo polled, red purebred.

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Pull-Through Demand

View from the Board by President Scott Starr


Out in the Field by William McIntosh

22 2017 Herd Assessment

Tips ‘N Tricks by Kim Rounds

24 Alfalfa Hay as a Protein Supplement

Commercial Corner Post by Ken Olson, Professor and SDSU Extension Beef Specialist

26 BeefTalk: Controlling Cow Size Aids in Controlling Cost

Data Bulletin by Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

28 A NewYear for New Change Junior Connection by Kyle Vehige

350 Interlocken Blvd., Ste. 200 • Broomfield, CO 80021 Main phone: 303-465-2333 • Fax: 303-465-2339 • Facebook: American Gelbvieh Association ASSOCIATION STAFF Myron Edelman Executive Director (ex. 480) Angela Vesco Director of Breed Growth (ex. 484) Mary Bea Martin Member Services Specialist Junior Activities Coordinator (ex. 481) Kari White Genetic Programs Coordinator (ex. 483) Kim Rounds Data Services Specialist (ex. 482)

Lynn Valentine Gelbvieh Media Productions Coordinator/Graphic Design (ex. 486) Rebecca Mettler Editorial Content Coordinator 940-255-5471 Megan Slater Public Relations Coordinator (ex. 485) William McIntosh Marketing Coordinator 502-867-3132



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Scott Starr, President (2016) Stapleton, NE • 308-530-3900 Andy LeDoux, V. President (2015) Agenda, KS • 785-732-6564

Walter Teeter, Treasurer (2017) Mt. Ulla, NC • 704-236-7980

DIRECTORS John Carrel (2017) Columbus, MT • 406-322-5991

Dustin Rippe (2015) Belleville, KS • 316-323-4874

Leland Clark (2017) Barnard, KS • 785-792-6244

Lowell Rogers (2015) Seminary, MS • 601-270-4152

Dennis Gustin (2016) Mandan, ND • 701-663-7266

Klint Sickler (2017) Gladstone, ND • 701-483-5250

Doug Hughes (2017) Max Meadows, VA • 276-620-4271

Randy Sienknecht (2016) Gladbrook, IA • 319-290-3763

Andrea Murray (2016) Kingfisher, OK • 405-368-9601 Neal Pearson (2015) Lake City, SD • 605-470-0448

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Duane Strider, Secretary (2015) Asheboro, NC • 910-428-4568

Jeff Swanson (2016) Oxford, NE • 308-290-3763

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Pull-Through Demand By Scott Starr


ello to all. I am honored and very humbled— mostly humbled—to represent the American Gelbvieh Association as your current president. I first want to thank everyone in the past who has held this position. It is a very challenging job and one I will do everything in my capabilities to continue the tremendous leadership of our past. However, it is never about the person calling the meeting to order and conducting business; it’s about the grassroots efforts of the membership through committees bringing ideas to the board to develop into programs that move our breed forward. The AGA Board of Directors must take these ideas and hammer out details that match our goals as an association, demands of the industry, make them fit into our budget and strategic plan. As many know, we are currently working on a new long-range strategic plan for the years of 2017 through 2021. Our association has been an industry leader in innovation of ideas to push the beef industry forward. This focus has continued for many years and the new plan will continue to do the same. The success of our breeders in “pull-through demand” could essentially be the title. Creating demand for our customers’ Gelbvieh and Balancer®- influenced cattle is a point of my personal direction. Through our last strategic plan, we have started to create feedlot demand for Balancer calves. We now need to solidify that we are the Continental breed that feedlots demand universally. Much of the increased demand can be contributed to the consistency of our product. Our breeders have not chased fads and single-trait selected in their breeding programs. As a breed, we have always kept performance in mind while improving marbling, which has propelled us to the top of demand amongst the largest cattle feeders of the U.S. Now we need to get all of the cattle industry on board and informed of the strengths that we bring to the table and with our known strength of maternal we will achieve “pullthrough demand”.

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Breeding selections will be of utmost importance, as they always are, to continue to propel the Gelbvieh and Balancer breed to its deserved credentials. It is once again breeding time for many and I encourage all of you to use all available tools in your selection process. Use the AGA Online Registry Service and breeder information as much as possible and I insist you don’t forget to go look at them because phenotype will always matter. Make sure they are wide based, have good feet under them and analyze any other trait that is hard to measure and not available on databases. Many of these are called convenience traits but as operations get larger and place less emphasis on labor they will become more than convenience and more of absolutely needed traits before any other breeding decisions are made. With that said, the AGA is currently in a data collection and planning phase for evaluation of foot soundness in our cattle. It is a subjective measure, but with third party verification it can be achieved. Additionally, the AGA registry will be implementing a new stayability model with much improved information leading to the EPD. Heifer exposure data is a must. It drives our heifer pregnancy EPD, which has influence on other EPDs, namely $Cow. We are the maternal leader of the U.S. beef cowherd and we must verify we have the best data driving our EPDs. If we turn in all the data we can collect, it will help achieve these improved accuracies and when that is done our indices become some of the most accurate in the industry. Trust in our database will lead to strength in the commercial sector. In addition to this trust, our customers can use our Smart Select Services to help manage their own cowherds to propel them as the suppliers of demand of the beef industry. D

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CED BW WW YW MK TM CEM YG CW REA MB Elite Purebred herdsire candidates include this Homozygous Black, Homozygous Polled son of Post Rock Astronaut out of the “carcass cow” CCRO Miss C Cross 7309T who has a total of 16 ET sons selling. Elite genetics to move any program forward.

Six ET flush brothers that are Homozygous Black and Homozygous Polled 50% Balancers® sired by 10X out of the “carcass cow” CCRO Miss C Cross 7309T sell, including this STUD. There are stand out lead herd sires in this group that are among the best we’ve ever raised.


Our entry in this years Purebred Futurity. His dam was 2013 NWSS Reserve Champion for Meredith in the Junior Show and her first natural calf was Supreme Champion Bred and Owned Gelbvieh Female at the Jr. National for Meredith this past summer. 40D1 is sire by Post Rock Astronaut and is a Homozygous Black, Homozygous Polled Purebred with exceptional eye appeal, EPDs and cow family backing him up.




























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14 -1.2 65 95 24 56 12 -0.08 25 0.20 0.45 140.90 80.55

Never under estimate the importance of being at the bottom of the Totem pole, without a sturdy foundation the top will fall. SALE MANAGEMENT BY: Mitchell Marketing Service

Including all six year old cows.



Top Producing Mytty In Focus daughter who has been an exceptional producer in our program with 92 BW, 102 WW ratios on five calves. Her son selling by Power Play 14B, our new Balancer® herdsire is outstanding and offers proof of her producing abilities. She deserves donor consideration.


Chris Mitchell 334-695-1371 Randy Sienknecht 319-290-3763

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A new and large sire group in the Balancer® division are the Basin Payweight 1682 sons. Simply put they are the best Angus sired Balancers® we’ve ever had and include this herd sire deluxe who’s dam comes from the Wilma tribe.

5 2.0 WW 68 YW 91 MK 31 TM 65 CEM 9 YG -0.32 CW 26 REA 0.39 MB -0.39 EPI 67.17 FPI 56.34 CED BW

If your female needs include Purebred cows with elite genetics and cow families, this is the sale for you. Own daughters of Post Rock Wilma 147H2, Post Rock Wilma 261P1, Silver’s dam, and Post Rock Twila 223M2 sell, with several sires represented. Our strongest set of six year olds we’ve ever had the privilege to offer with many donors waiting to be discovered. This one is a 223M2 X Bennett Pacesetter the sire of the ABS sire Post Rock Top Brass.

POST ROCK CATTLE COMPANY 3041 E. Hwy. 284, Barnard, KS 67418 Bill Clark: 785.792.6244 Leland Clark: 785.792.6208 Fax: 785.792.6250 • Email: “Where calving ease, performance and eye-appeal come together.”

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Overview of the 46th Annual AGA National Convention By Rebecca Mettler


merican Gelbvieh Association (AGA) members and other Gelbvieh stakeholders assembled in Lincoln, Nebraska, for the 46th Annual American Gelbvieh Association National Convention, sponsored by GeneSeek, which was held November 30-December 2, 2016. The convention, themed “Meeting Modern Industry Demands”, was a well-attended event drawing 85 AGA members from 21 states and a representative from the Canadian Gelbvieh Association. The convention opened with an AGA Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, followed by committee meetings on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. Strategic planning sessions were held during the committee meetings to unveil and discuss the new Meeting Modern Industry Demands long-range strategic plan designed as a roadmap for the AGA for 2017-2021. The board of directors and staff appreciate all of the sound advice, input and ideas brought forth by the membership at these planning sessions and will work to deliberate on and incorporate these ideas into the AGA’s future goals. As it was explained in the sessions, creating long-range strategic plans are an integral part of successful association business strategies. It takes an active membership to shape and advance the goals of the AGA. Social events were held on both Wednesday and Thursday evening. Wednesday concluded with the AGA 101 and Kick-Off Reception where attendees received a warm welcome from Jeff Maul, executive director of the Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau, who spoke to the importance of the beef industry in Lincoln, and Nebraska. The Thursday afternoon time slot was filled with a lunch and the second annual Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup. During the lunch the AGA honored the 2017 AGA Hall of Fame Inductee, Dave and Cindy Judd, Pomona, Kansas. This symposium featured industry-leading speakers who covered a wide range of cattle industry topics including genomic selection, market predictions and feeder calf marketing. Convention attendees had the opportunity to venture

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away from the convention-site hotel on Thursday evening for the Bull Pen Session that followed Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup. Held at the Blue Blood Brewing Company in Lincoln, the Bull Pen Session was designed as an informal gathering where convention goers could meet with the Cattlemen’s Profit Roundup speakers. The get-together took place on the brewery floor amongst the brewing equipment, which added to the unique experience. One of the most anticipated events of the convention was the tour of GeneSeek laboratories, which was held on Friday morning. Roughly 75 people signed up for the tour of the convention’s feature sponsor’s place of business. The 45-minute tour included a walk-through of each step in the DNA testing process and was a unique glimpse into the meticulous work that is done at GeneSeek to provide their customers with reliable DNA testing results. The annual meeting was held on Friday afternoon. Total number of membership votes during the annual meeting stayed consistent with last year’s participation. The announcement of the new slate of officers to the AGA Board of Directors can be found on page 20. The American Gelbvieh Foundation (AGF) Board of Directors includes Mark Goes, Al Knapp, Dr. Glenn Wehner, Grant Thayer, Mary Knapp, Jim Beastrom, Jackie Leonhardt, Nancy Wilkinson and Dick Helms. The AGF also elected their executive committee for 2017. Al Knapp, will serve as president. Mark Goes, will serve as vice president. Nancy Wilkinson, was elected as secretary, and Dr. Glen Wehner, was elected as treasurer. The finance committee of the AGF was also elected; Brian Dunn will serve as chairman along with Walter Teeter, Dr. Glenn Wehner, Grant Thayer and Paul Wade. Jim Milani and Rob Arnold were elected to the AGF Governance Committee. The convention concluded with the American Gelbvieh Foundation Awards Banquet, which honored recipients of the AGA Breeder of the Year, Samee Charriere, Clarkston, Wash., and AGA Commercial Producer of the Year, Barry Higgins, Russellville, Ky. Winners of the 2016 AGF Steer Challenge and Scale and Rail Carcass Contest were announced.  The AGA would like to thank all of the members and industry partners who attended the 46th Annual AGA National Convention. Complete coverage of convention will appear in the March 2017 edition of the Gelbvieh World. It’s also not too early to put the 47th Annual AGA National Convention on the calendar. Plan to be in Wichita, Kansas, on November 30 through December 2, 2017. D

Breeder Sale Credit Auction The AGF extends a big thank you to some of our breeders and buyers who have graciously offered credits to their sales. Breeders donating $1,000.00 sale credits are as follows: Judd Ranch Lazy TV Ranch Post Rock Cattle Company Jumping Cow Gelbvieh Bar Arrow Cattle Company Hojer Ranch

Gustin’s Diamond D Gelbvieh Beastrom Ranch Bar T Bar Ranch, Inc. Butler Creek Farm Sandy Knoll Farm

Don’t miss your chance to buy sale credits from these breeders. These premier sale credits will be sold as the kickoff to the 2017 National Gelbvieh sale during the NWSS.

Proceeds from this auction will go to the Foundation for


l Buyers will be able to use their credit in 2017. Breeders and buyers will get a tax deduction.

Growing our Future by Building our Foundation

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MISSION: The American Gelbvieh Foundation (AGF) secures, grows and responsibly distributes assets for research, member education and youth development to sustain and grow Gelbvieh genetics.

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Breeders Win Big During Inaugural Gelbvieh Carcass Contest


esults of the inaugural American Gelbvieh Foundation (AGF) Steer Challenge and Scale and Rail Sire-Identified Carcass Contest were announced during the 46th Annual American Gelbvieh Association National Convention awards banquet on Friday, December 3. Breeders from Kansas, Nebraska, and Illinois took home top honors with prize payouts totaling $7,900. The AGF continues to help advance the Gelbvieh breed through its support of research and development. For this reason, the AGF launched its first ever Steer Challenge and Scale and Rail Sire-Identified Carcass Testing Contest. These two projects together provide the information and funds necessary to generate datasets to advance Gelbvieh and Balancer® carcass merit. The AGF Steer Challenge was a competition amongst individual Gelbvieh and Balancer-influenced steers in which the judging criteria focused on average daily gain in the feedyard, carcass value and overall top value animal, which combined average daily gain and carcass value. The Steer Challenge gives an opportunity for participants to donate a steer to the AGF. All proceeds from the donation go toward research and development within the Gelbvieh breed. The AGF Sire-Identified Carcass Testing Contest judges individuals steers, which were in a group of three or more animals from the same contemporary group, on these same qualities and also awarded a top-performing pen. In its first year, nine ranches participated with a total of 35 animals on feed at Roode Feedyard in Fairbury, Nebraska. All steers were harvested and values were calculated in July 2016.

LeDoux Ranch, Agenda, Kansas, placed high in both the AGF Steer Challenge and Balancer division of the Scale and Rail Contest and took home a total of $3,800 in prize payouts. LeDoux’s winning steer in the AGF Steer Challenge took home top carcass value and top value animal; this steer was sired by SGRI Jacked Up Z704. The same steer also took home top accolades in the Balancer division of the Scale and Rail contest including second highest average daily gain at 4.27 pounds per day, top carcass value at $1,116 with a 1,060 pound hot carcass weight and a 15.3 in2 ribeye. This steer also took home top value Balancer animal with a value of $1,120, USDA

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Yield Grade 3.8 and a quality grade of USDA Choice-. Flying H Genetics, Arapahoe, Nebraska, owned the steer with the highest average daily gain, gaining 4.56 pounds per day. This steer was sired by FHG Flying H Professor 22W. Warner Beef Genetics, Arapahoe, Nebraska, owned the steer which took second place for top carcass with a carcass value of $1,114, hot carcass weight of 1,055 pounds and a 12.5 in2 ribeye. This same steer also placed second for top value animal with a total value of $1,117, USDA Yield Grade 3.8 and quality grade of USDA Choice. This steer was sired by DCSF Post Rock Highly Focused 308Y8. Warner Beef Genetics also owned the champion pen of Balancer steers with an average top value of $1,374, average USDA Yield Grade of 3.5 and average quality grade of USDA Choice-. They took home $1,400 in prize payouts for their steers’ performance in the contests. In the Gelbvieh division, Blackhawk Cattle Company, Oregon, Illinois, was a notable winner owning the top carcass and top value steer as well as champion pen and taking home $1,600 in prize payouts. Blackhawk Cattle Company’s top carcass steer had a carcass value of $1,057, a hot carcass weight of 994 pounds and a ribeye area of 13.5 in2. This steer also had a USDA Yield Grade 3.1, and quality grade of USDA Choice-. This steer’s total value was the highest in the Gelbvieh division at $1,061 and was sired by VRT Lazy TV Sam U451. Blackhawk Cattle Company also owned the champion pen of Gelbvieh steers with the average value of the pen being $1,355, average USDA Yield Grade 3.0 and average quality grade of USDA Choice-. CKS Gelbvieh, Collins, Iowa, owned the Gelbvieh steer that placed first for average daily gain, gaining 3.99 pounds per day. This steer was sired by TAU Mr Gunnison 230U 110Z. To view full results, including all steers close-out data, please visit the projects page under the foundation section of The next AGF Steer Challenge and Scale and Rail Sire-Identified Carcass Contest will take place in January 2017. Cattle will arrive at Roode Feedyard January 20

steer challenge GW through 31, 2017, and cattle will start on feed February 1, 2017. These contests are open to both AGA members and commercial customers who raise Gelbvieh and Balancerinfluenced cattle. To participate, contact the American Gelbvieh Association at 303-465-2333 or visit www. for more information. D

2017 Open Dixie National Gelbvieh & Balancer® Show Monday • February 13, 2017 • 7:30 a.m. • in the Coliseum Arrival deadline • Friday, February 10, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Entry deadline • January, 22, 2017 Entry Fee: $25.00 per head For entry forms and premium book go to or for more information please call 601-961-4000



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Meet Up with AGA at the NCBA Tradeshow

Each year the American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) holds a heifer raffle to raise funds for the association. Once again, a special thanks goes to Rippe Gelbvieh for donating the heifer.

Visit the AGA at the NCBA Trade Show in Nashville, Tennessee, February 1-3, 2017. The AGA will be in a booth with partners of the multi-breed again this year in booth number 1314.

This year’s raffle is offering an exciting twist. The donation heifer raffle winner will get to pick one female from three of Rippe’s spring 2016 females: DBRG Ms Rockmount 6147D (AMGV1353200), DBRG Ms Red Baron 6213D (AMGV1353236) and DBRG Ms Nevada 639D (AMGV1353141). The drawing will take place and the winner will be announced during the AGA National Gelbvieh Sale at the National Western Stock Show. Please contact a AGJA member for tickets or Mary Bea at the AGA office. Purchased tickets and money must be received by the AGJA before Jan. 2 and sent to the AGA office, attention Mary Bea Martin. Mary Bea will also be available at the National Western Stock Show to receive tickets before the Gelbvieh and Balancer National Sale.

Follow the AGA on Instagram! The AGA is now on Instagram. Follow @AmericanGelbvieh to view photos of all things Gelbvieh. Also be sure to tag us in your Gelbvieh Instagram photos.

Business Hours Change for AGA The AGA has changed its business operating hours. The AGA is now open Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

Don’t Miss the Opportunity to Advertise in February’s The Profit Picture The Profit Picture magazine has the largest circulation of any AGA publication with 40,000 beef producers, owning over 6.1 million head of beef cattle, across the nation receiving a copy. It’s the perfect place to advertise your upcoming sale! A February mail drop means that it’s in potential customers’ hands in the midst of spring sale season, keeping your operation in the minds of commercial cow-calf producers. Contact Lynn Valentine at lynnv@gelbvieh. org for more information.

Advertise Your Sale with an Email Blast Advertise your upcoming sale or event, top lots, or program with a Gelbvieh Sales Email Blast. Emails are sent to almost 3,000 email addresses including breeders, commercial producers, and industry professionals throughout the country. Send in an existing ad or have Gelbvieh Media Productions design one for you. The calendar fills up quickly during sale season so be sure to contact Megan Slater at megans@gelbvieh. org or Lynn Valentine at to schedule yours today.

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

William McIntosh Commercial Marketing Coordinator (502) 867-3132 (C)

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

information exchange GW Updating Contact Information The New Year is the perfect time to be sure all of your contact information is current on the AGA Online Registry Service. Any contact information such as address, phone, and email address can be easily updated online, simply click the pen and pad icon under the options tab next to any contact information you need to update. If you need assistance updating information, please contact the AGA office 303-465-2333.

Registration Certificate Issue Date The date of issue is now included on all AGA Registration Certificates for all animals in the lower left corner. The issue date is the date on which an animal was registered or the date the animal was transferred within the system.

Did you Know? Number of registered attendees of the 46th Annual American Gelbvieh Association National Convention: 85 Number of states represented at Convention: 21 Number of members who voted in the election of the 2017 AGA Board of Directors: 120 (including absentee ballots)

Payment Reminder As a reminder, please include both member number and invoice number on any checks being sent the AGA. You may also include the invoice which the payment is for. Including member number and invoice number helps insure payment is processed in a timely manner.

Mark your Calendars for the 47th Annual AGA National Convention, which will be held in Wichita, Kansas, November 30December 2, 2017.




NWSS Gelbvieh and Balancer® Schedule Tuesday, January 3

Sunday, January 8

8:00 a.m. Cattle begin arriving

9:00 a.m. Gelbvieh and Balancer Pen Show NWSS Stockyards Arena

Wednesday, January 4 7:00 p.m. Cattle in place on the Hill and in the Yards

6:00 p.m. Gelbvieh and Balancer National Sale On the Hill at NWSS

Thursday, January 5

Monday, January 9

8:00 a.m. Cattle check-in

8:00 a.m. National Gelbvieh and Balancer Show NWSS Stadium Arena

Saturday, January 7

7:00 p.m. Begin release of Hill Cattle (out by 10:00 p.m.)

8:00 a.m. Gelbvieh and Balancer® Junior Heifer Show NWSS Stadium Arena

Gelbvieh Bull Futurity and Balancer Bull Futurity following the Junior Show NWSS Stadium Arena

Tuesday, January 10
 7:00 a.m. Begin release of Yard cattle (out by 4:00 p.m.)

2017 AGJA Donation Heifer Special Thank You to Rippe Gelbvieh for donating the AGJA Fundraiser Heifer! All proceeds benefit AGJA Programs

Heifers to choose from: AMGV1353200 • AMGV1353236 • AMGV1353141 Drawing takes place during the AGA National Sale, Sunday, January 8, 2017 Tickets are $10 each or $50 for 6 tickets

Name: __________________________________________________

Contact an American Gelbvieh Junior member for tickets or return this ticket to the AGA office by January 3, 2017 at: 350 Interlocken Blvd., Suite 200 Broomfield, CO 80021

Address: ________________________________________________

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City: ____________________ State: _________ Zip: _____________ Phone: ___________________ Choice of Heifer: ________________ Ticket sold by: ___________________________________________

JANUARY 8, 2017 Beef Palace Auction Arena • 6 p.m. MST

On The Hill • National Western Stock Show • Denver, Colorado

Sale Management: Seedstock Consultants Specialized Sales 2300 Monument Ave. | Richmond, VA 23220 Keith Kissee | Cell: 817.821.6263 Ph: 804.353.2220 | Fax: 804.353.2221 |

Auctioneer: Ronn Cunningham

Sale Sponsored by American Gelbvieh Association

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here are many ways to market seedstock cattle. Many American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) members host annual production sales. They usually have their sales at their ranch and it is on the same day, year after year. As a rule, these sales typically offer a relatively large number of cattle, more than 100 head. Annual production sales can work great for some breeders. It allows them to utilize the auction method of marketing to insure they receive true market value for their cattle. Having a sale during the same time of the year allows their customers to plan ahead to make their purchases. The downside to this marketing method, for some people, is that it requires a certain volume of cattle to justify the expense of hosting a production sale. Another popular way that AGA members market cattle is through private treaty sales. This allows a more of a personal connection with the buyer. It gives the seller the opportunity to share their goals for their program and their philosophy with their customers. It also gives the seller a chance to better understand their customers’ needs and help them select cattle that will be a good fit for them. The disadvantage is private treaty sales take a lot of time. Showing bulls here and there can eat up a lot of time as there are still a lot of “tire kickers� out there that just like to go look at bulls. Another drawback to private treaty sales it that you may be missing out on some premium prices on your best bulls. With an auction, you are more likely to receive the best price for your product. Advancements in marketing opportunities have been made with improvements in technology. Today, many producers broadcast their production sales via the internet. This allows them to reach a larger audience and expand their customer base. Another type of web-based marketing is a timed auction platform. In this type of marketing, a seller will picture and video their cattle and put them on an online auction site. The cattle are then offered for sale via the

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auction with an end time. At the end of the time, just as in a live auction, the highest bid wins. This method of marketing is become more popular every day. The American Gelbvieh Association sees the value of web-based marketing and has joined forces with to offer the AGA membership the opportunity to host their own online auctions. This will give smaller breeders the advantage of the auction method of marketing without having to have the volume that is required to host a conventional production onsite sale. and will offer great opportunities to market cattle whether it is bulls, females, semen, or embryos. The online auction method of marketing will allow our members to promote and market their cattle on a very large and visible platform to help them receive top dollar for their cattle. Upcoming online sales will be listed in the ad that will appear monthly in the Gelbvieh World and each sale will receive an eblast promoting each online production sale. These are good marketing opportunities but the seller should also advertise and promote their production sale both nationally and locally as well. Again, just as in a live auction, good pictures and video are a must. It is always important to present your program and your product in the most professional way possible. We are excited to be working with BidOnTheBlock. com in offering this service to the membership of the AGA. This will be a great opportunity to add value to Gelbvieh and Balancer genetics and give members a new method in marketing. Check out GelbviehAuction. com and today! D

Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo®

The Best in the West Genetics to Move Your Program Forward

Black Hills Stock Show® Gelbvieh & Balancer Show and Sale

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, SD Show at 10 a.m., Sale at 2 p.m. (Mountain time) Sale will be hosted on DVAuction

Selling 33 lots

Purebred or Balancer • Bulls, Bred Heifers and Open Heifers Red and Black

Junior members several top show heifer prospects sell at the Black Hills Stock Show®. 2017 National Junior Gelbvieh Show will be held in Grand Island, Neb. Find your class winner at this sale! Don’t Forget: Youth purchasing females (open or bred) at the

2016 BHSS Grand Champion Gelbvieh-Balancer® Female Exhibited by Lazy TV Ranch, Selby, SD

2017 Black Hills Stock Show® are eligible to exhibit in the 2017 Black Hills Gold Futurity at the Central States Fair. A Balancer heifer shown by Paige Lehrkamp and purchased at the 2016 Black Hills Stock Show® from Wes and Brittney Spencer won the 2016 Black Hills Gold Futurity.

Breed Representatives: Julie Maude 605-381-2803 • Brittney Spencer 605-280-0204 For a sale catalog, contact the Central States Fair at 605-355-3861 or email

Females with a Future She Sells Jan. 30!

CJLL Cammie C1542

Double Black, Double Polled (DNA pending) Balancer (63%) Bred Heifer Sire: BAG Mr. Sandman 184Y MGS: PLA Cisco 1W Bred to YJMR Up Start B54 (Homo Blk Balancer)

For more information on our consignments call or email: Lori Maude • 303-809-3789 Email: Julie Maude • 605-381-2803

We are offering some of the best we’ve ever raised at 2017 Golden Rule Sale and 2017 Black Hills Stock Show®. These females are mama cows with style. Sells as Lot 8 at Black Hills Stock Show®

Ask about our other two bred heifer consignments to Golden Rule. Also selling a Balancer bull and a Balancer bred heifer on Feb. 2, at Black Hills Stock Show®.

MAUD Dottie D1609

Double Black, Double Polled (DNA pending) BA 75 Open Heifer Sire: Post Rock Astronaut 157A MGS: River Hills Final Answer W121 A fancy heifer with a great disposition. She sells Feb. 2.

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with Superior Livestock Auction By Angela Vesco


uperior Livestock Auction (SLA) was started in 1987 to market load lots of cattle via satellite. Today, SLA is the biggest satellite video auction in the United States. Superior Livestock Auction is a valued industry partner of the AGA and we thought it would be great for the readers to get to know SLA. We visited with Beth Brian, marketing assistant for SLA.

What is the process of marketing cattle through SLA? Marketing “The Superior Way” begins with a visit from your Superior representative. The key to a successful and beneficial transaction begins with a well-respected representative, who can accurately represent the cattle and help facilitate the sale. The representative views the cattle in their natural surroundings and completes a consignment contract that describes the livestock and the terms and conditions of the sale. The representative will also record a video of a fair representation of the cattle. The consignment contract is submitted to the Brush, Colorado, office where the catalog is prepared. The Video Auction catalog can be viewed on the internet one week prior to the auction and the listing and the video can be viewed on the internet at any time. On auction day, buyers and sellers can either be present at the auction site or view the auction via a nationwide satellite broadcast on Dish Network channel 232 or the internet. The Video and Internet Auctions are conducted live with an auctioneer. As cattle are sold to buyers bidding at the auction site, via telephone or on the internet “Click to Bid” website. Once the cattle are sold, a livestock contract stating the terms and conditions of the sale is prepared and sent to both the buyer and seller. Following the auction, the Superior representative contacts all parties to arrange the delivery. On the day of delivery, the Superior representative is present to oversee the sorting and loading of the cattle. The cattle are shipped directly from the seller’s farm or ranch to the buyer. From the time the Superior representative completes

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the consignment contract with the seller until the time the cattle are loaded onto the buyer’s truck, personal hands-on attention is given to the make sure the sales contract is followed completely.

What benefits the producer from marketing their cattle on SLA? Producers can show their cattle in their home environment, which is low stress and allows them to tell their own story. Video marketing allows seller’s access to the largest number of potential buyers executing the truest form of price discovery. Cattle are shipped directly from seller’s operation to the buyer’s destination greatly reducing potential health risks and shipping cost helping to improve the bottom line. The seller gets to deal directly with their trusted Superior Livestock representative.

What is the Country Page? Superior originally was derived to market and sell load lots of cattle, with an ever changing industry and Superior’s dedication to remain an industry leader, Superior had developed several other outlets to help market cattle via video. Superior Livestock’s Country Page is an internet trading video marketing platform that offers cattle 24/7 immediately available throughout the country accessible through online bidding. The Country Page is equipped with topnotch customer service that can help you find the specific type of cattle to fit an individual’s needs.

What does Superior Productions do for seedstock producers to market their bulls and females? Superior Progressive Genetics creates a premium to both seedstock producers and their bull-buying customers by branding the seedstock producer’s logo on-screen for qualified lots on Superior Livestock’s bi-monthly cattle auctions. One good thing about the program is that it is really starting to see a premium for the commercial cattle producers but at the same time it is offering some really great national exposure for seedstock producers alike.

How many reps does SLA have? Today there are more than 380 representatives nationwide that market over 1 million head of cattle annually. Because of its commitment to innovation and utilization of the best technology available, Superior has grown to become the largest livestock auction in the

over the fence GW United States.

How do you find a rep in your area? If you are interested in finding a local Superior Representative in your area login on to our website: and under the Contact tab we have a “Find a Representative” page; you are able to search by name or location. Of course if have never worked with a Superior representative we encourage you to call our Fort Worth office at 800422-2117 where we will be able to best match a representative to you and your operation’s specific needs.

What makes SLA unique? Not only has Superior Livestock Auction been instrumental in changing the way America buys their livestock, they have also worked to shape a national cattle market and were influential in the progressive movement to better cattle health and genetics through The Superior Value Added Program, which continues to deliver value for both buyer and sellers. With value added premium programs, Superior has proven the ability and consistency to reward consigners with deserved premiums. Load lots of cattle that are backed by established health protocols, buyer friendly trends and known genetics are creating premiums for Superior’s sellers. “All the things we do technology wise are done for customer service. A big part of customer service is serve so that’s what we do and what we have been about since 1987.” explained Joe Lichtie Vice President of Superior Livestock Auction. This is one thing we continue to believe sets Superior Livestock Auction apart and has for over 30 years! Video marketing grew out of a need and has quickly become one of the most sought after forms of marketing livestock. Video marketing

is a simple, cost effective, professional way to market cattle. For more information on marketing your cattle “The Superior Way” please visit or call us at 800-422-2117. D

Gelbvieh 44TH Annual


Tuesday, February 14, 2017 • 2:00 PM (CST) • Des Moines, Iowa Sponsored by the Gelbvieh Breeders of Iowa || Held in conjunction with the Iowa Beef Expo



Flush Opportunity 10 Herd Sire Prospects 10 Bred Heifers 20 Open Heifers




Monday, February 13, 2017 6:00 PM at the sale headquarters

Junior futurity eligible heifers sell. Futurity class held at the 2017 Iowa State Fair.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017 • 10:00 AM

SALE HEADQUARTERS Adventureland Inn, 515-265-7321 REGISTER & BID LIVE ONLINE at SALE MANAGEMENT BY: Mitchell Marketing Service

Chris Mitchell 334-695-1371 Randy Sienknecht 319-290-3763 2262 C Avenue • Gladbrook, IA 50635



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American Gelbvieh Association Elects Board of Directors


embers of the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) elected five candidates to the board of directors at the annual membership meeting held December 2, 2016, during the 46th Annual American Gelbvieh Association National Convention in Lincoln, Nebraska. Newly elected board members are John Carrel, Columbus, Montana; Leland Clark, Barnard, Kansas; Doug Hughes, Max Meadows, Virginia; and Klint Sickler, Gladstone, North Dakota. Re-elected to serve a second term was Walter Teeter, Mount Ulla, North Carolina. The AGA Board of Directors also elected individuals to serve in leadership positions on the 2017 AGA Executive Committee. Scott Starr, Stapleton, Nebraska, was elected as the president of the American Gelbvieh Association. Elected as vice president was Andy LeDoux, Agenda, Kansas. Duane Strider, Asheboro, North

Carolina, was elected as secretary and Walter Teeter was elected as treasurer. Other members of the AGA Board of Directors are: Dennis Gustin, Mandan, North Dakota; Andrea Murray, Kingfisher, Oklahoma; Neal Pearson, Lake City, South Dakota; Dustin Rippe, Belleville, Kansas; Lowell Rogers, Seminary, Mississippi; Randy Sienknecht, Gladbrook, Iowa; and Jeff Swanson, Oxford, Nebraska. Retiring members of the 2016 AGA Board of Directors were Bob Hart, Kansas City, Kansas; Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Indiana; David Martin, Judsonia, Arkansas and Grant Thayer, Ramah, Colorado. The AGA would like to thank these members for their years of service on the AGA Board of Directors. D

Top row: Randy Sienknecht, IA, Leland Clark, KS, Dustin Rippe, KS, Andrea Murry, OK, John Carrel, MT, Lowel Rogers, MS, Doug Hughes, VA. Front Row: Jeff Swanson, NE, Andy LeDoux, KS, Myron Edleman, AGA Executive Director, Scott Starr, NE, Duane Strider, NC, Walter Teeter, NC, Neal Pearson, SD. Not pictured: Dennis Gustin, ND, and Klint Sickler, ND.

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Genetic POWER Gelbvieh and Balancer® Bull Sale J Bar M Gelbvieh


J & K Gelbvieh Farms

SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017 • 1:00 PM CST



HOMO BLACK, HOMO POLLED Purebred Gelbvieh Bull DLW New Frontier 33A x KCF Miss Fortune U490



BLACK, HOMO POLLED 50% Balancer® Bull SAV Resource x DCSF Post Rock Wilma 261P1


RED, HOMO POLLED Purebred 88% Gelbvieh Bull KLBF King of the Hill 16H x JEMG Lee Ann 650U

HOMO BLACK, HOMO POLLED 50% Balancer® Bull MCFG Asteroid 039A x JKFG Ms Kara Z97ET

BLACK, HOMO POLLED 50% Balancer® Bull SAV Resource x DCSF Post Rock Wilma 261P1


• HOMO BLACK, HOMO POLLED Purebred Gelbvieh Bull CCRO Leverage 3214A x KCF Miss Fortune U490

Calving Ease, Performance and Carcass bulls targeted for both the Purebred and Commercial Cattleman 100% of bulls selling are sired by leading AI sires All bulls sell with a First Breeding Season Guarantee

Selling 100 Gelbvieh and Balancer® Bulls FALL 16-18 MONTH OLD BLACK AND RED BULLS • SPRING YEARLING BLACK AND RED BULLS Many bulls selling are homozygous black and/or homozygous polled.


Jon E. & Edna Miller 28760 Norway Rd, Stark City, MO 64866 417-632-4925 home • 417-437-5250 cell Please no Sunday calls!

J & K GELBVIEH FARMS, INC. Jerry & Karen Wilson 335 Gelbvieh Lane, Ava, IL 62907 618-521-8620

LiveAuctions TV SALE MANAGEMENT BY: Mitchell Marketing Service Chris Mitchell 334-695-1371 Randy Sienknecht 319-290-3763 2262 C Avenue • Gladbrook, IA 50635

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2017 Herd Assessment


erd assessments are open from January 1 to March 15, 2017, in the AGA Online Registry Service. This is a way to track Total Herd Reporting and show intention for which cows you expect to calve during that calendar By Kim Rounds year. It tends to fall over a crazy time of year with spring sale season picking up, convention, the Holidays are winding down, and National Western Stock Show fall somewhere in the middle. Life can get hectic, so we promise to keep the process of herd assessments as simple as possible. I hope to answer some frequently asked questions and introduce everyone to our new heifer exposure data requirements.

Finding Your Herd Assessment: Once you log into your account you can find Herd Assessments in the left-hand column under “Herd Management”, then “Inventory”.

Under “Inventory” find “Assessment-Age” in the white tabs that run across the top of the screen. Under this tab is a list of all females that are of breeding age, or that would be expected to calve in the upcoming year. For any young heifers that may not be 13 months of age as of January 1st, but are expected to have a calf in the upcoming year, look under “Optional Females”.

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registry tips ‘n tricks GW Completing Herd Assessments and Culling Cows: Once looking at your list of assessment age females, you now have the ability to cull cows that are no longer in your herd and record any exposure data that you may not have yet recorded. To dispose of a cow, click on the grey trashcan to the right of her birthdate. Use the drop-down menu to select the specific reason why she is no longer in your herd, then click the green checkmark to lock that selection in. Remember that this is not a tool to be used to indicate that a cow has skipped a year of calving, this is a tool to permanently dispose of a cow from your herd. With total herd reporting we seek all information: good, bad, or indifferent. To keep our data as honest and accurate as possible, please record all calves born throughout the year. If you do try to skip a year of calving information for a cow, you will have to pay for all of the years that she has been “disposed of ” if you ever want to record a calf in the future. After making all necessary culls and disposals you can select each cow individually by clicking the “2017” button in the “Assess for” column, or complete all cows at one time by clicking “Complete yearly HAS process – Assess all for 2017”, at the top of the page under “Assessment-Age”. After completing your assessment, you can pay your balance online by following the pop-up box that takes you to a check out screen. You do have 30 days to pay any balance incurred on your account.

NEW FOR 2017 This year, we are requiring all first-calf heifers (and first-calf heifers only) to have exposure data recorded on them. This sounds like more work when completing Herd Assessments, but as I promised earlier, we will strive to keep this process as simple as possible. As of January 1st, on the Herd Assessment page, there will be a box next to all heifers expected to have their first calf in a 2017 calving season. If you exposed that heifer to a bull or AIed her during the previous breeding season, simply check the box “PE”, which stands for previously exposed, “AI”, or “No”. You can also check both “PE” and “AI”. As always, if you have questions call into the office and we would be happy to help. Also, if you need to request a printed Herd Assessment form, please make that request with sufficient time to receive it, complete it, and return it o the office before the March 15 deadline. D



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Alfalfa Hay as a Protein Supplement Ken Olson Professor & SDSU Extension Beef Specialist SDSU Animal Science Department


ots of data and producer experience support the importance of protein supplementation with low quality forages or winter grazing. An overriding issue is that protein supplements are often expensive and should be avoided if they are not needed. If they are needed, then it is wise to shop around for the best value for the dollar spent.

Base Forage Quality First, be sure that the base forage is truly low quality that requires a protein supplement. The general rule of thumb is that low-quality forage is defined as containing 7% crude protein or less. This is based on 7% being the minimum protein content needed to support a viable population of rumen microbes. Once crude protein falls below that level, the rumen microbial population will not be large enough to digest the fiber in the diet. The second requirement to meet is that of the animal. In the case of a beef cow in mid-gestation at this time of year, the protein requirement is also about 7% of the diet. Once she enters the last trimester of gestation, that requirement will increase to about 8% of her diet. Forage Analysis: It becomes very important to have forage analysis done on feedstuffs to determine whether they are deficient in protein or not. The cost of a feed analysis of about $50 may save thousands of dollars being unnecessarily spent on an unneeded supplement. Sampling hay is relatively straight-forward. Use a core sample on several bales. Sampling a pasture is a little more complicated because grazing livestock are selective.

Forage Protein Supplements Any feedstuff that contains high enough concentration of protein to overcome the deficiency in low-quality forages can serve as a protein supplement. Alfalfa Benefits: Alfalfa hay makes an ideal protein supplement. The protein in alfalfa hay is highly digestible and available in the rumen to feed the rumen microbes. Because of this, it stimulates digestion of the fiber in both the

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alfalfa and the low-quality forage. This stimulation of digestion also increases intake of the low-quality forage, and as result improves the total digested nutrients that the cow (or any other ruminant) receives. Research conducted at Kansas State University in the early 1990s demonstrated that good quality alfalfa hay was equally effective compared to a traditional protein cake based on soybean meal and milo grain. Not only did it provide a similar stimulus in digestion and intake of the low-quality forage, but also similar cow weight and body condition score through the winter, and it actually yielded a slightly higher pregnancy rate the next fall (88 and 96% for cake and alfalfa hay, respectively). Additional research at Oregon State University indicated that the quality of the alfalfa hay is relatively unimportant, as long as more alfalfa is fed when its quality is lower so that the same amount of protein is supplied. Please bear in mind this not suggesting a diet consisting of only alfalfa hay. Using alfalfa as a supplement means that a few pounds are fed (just enough to overcome the protein deficiency), and the cow is expected to fill the rest of her daily intake needs with the low quality forage.

Cost Considerations Finally, is alfalfa hay the best value for the dollar spent? The answer boils down to the delivered cost per ton of protein. For example, we can assume the purchase options are either alfalfa hay with 18% crude protein at $90 per ton, or a 20% protein cake at $180 per ton. The cost per ton of protein is $562 for alfalfa and $1059 for the cake. These calculations are made on a dry matter basis assuming the dry matter content for alfalfa hay is 89% and cake is 85%. The best value as a protein supplement is provided by the alfalfa. Be sure that the prices used here include the cost of delivery, both from the source to your place and the cost of feeding it to the cows. Delivery to the cows may vary depending on the equipment needed for each (i.e. tractor vs. pickup, bale feeders vs. bunks, etc.). The nice thing about using hay as a supplement is that most producers are already equipped to handle it. If you produced the alfalfa hay, then it can be priced at the cost of production, which will usually be favorable compared to the cost of purchased feedstuffs. Using alfalfa hay, especially home-grown hay, provides an opportunity to meet protein deficiencies at a relative bargain. D Courtesy of

33rd Annual North Dakota Gelbvieh Association’s

Monday, January 30, 2017 • 1:00 PM (CST) Kist Livestock, Mandan, ND

26 Purebred Gelbvieh and Balancer® bulls sell January 30. The ND Golden Rule Sale has become one of the top resources for bulls being sold to seedstock producers throughout the Continental United States. The 2017 bull offering is very strong with black and red bulls offering the same high quality cattlemen have become accustomed to purchasing in the Golden Rule Sale. Many of them have Genomic EPD profiles and homozygous black and homozygous polled DNA testing complete.

The 11 open heifers selling in this year’s sale are the highest quality in to sell in years. Many of the open heifers selling in past ND Golden Rule Sales have emerged as top donor females and production females that are among the top production cows in programs nationwide.

David Bedker - Edgeley, ND Chimney Butte Ranch - Mandan, ND CJ & L Livestock - Hermosa, SD Feist Gelbvieh - Ludlow, SD Golden Buckle Gelbvieh - Medina, ND

18 bred heifers are selling in the 2017 ND Golden Rule Sale. Black and red purebred and Balancer bred heifers sell with most being bred AI and to calve in February and March. The bred heifer selection comes from many of the top breeders across North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. A very unique opportunity to purchase females that were selected from the top of the bred heifer groups at each of these programs.

Gustin’s Diamond D Gelbvieh - Mandan, ND Ivers Family - Austin, MN Kraft Gelbvieh - Turtle Lake, ND Lost River Livestock - Clearbrook, MN Martin Gelbvieh - Rocklake, ND

Prairie Hills Gelbvieh - Gladstone, ND Sarah and Verrick Schock - Carson, ND Dean Swenson - Little Falls, MN Wohl Farms - Baldwin, ND Zimmerman Ranch - Dawson, ND


26 PB Gelbvieh & Balancer Bulls • 18 PB Gelbvieh & Balancer® Bred Heifers • 11 PB Gelbvieh & Balancer® Open Heifers ®

NDGA ANNUAL MEETING & BANQUET Sunday, January 29, 2017 • Sale book and sale cattle videos available online at

SALE MANAGEMENT BY: Mitchell Marketing Service

SALE SPONSORED BY: North Dakota Gelbvieh Association

Chris Mitchell 334-695-1371 Randy Sienknecht 319-290-3763 2262 C Avenue • Gladbrook, IA 50635

Sale Chairs - Doug Klein

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BeefTalk: Controlling Cow Size Aids in Controlling Cow Costs By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist NDSU Extension Service


ould a herd of 120 smaller-framed cows be a better fit than a herd of 100 larger-framed cows?” is an often-asked question throughout the beef industry. The number of cows will vary, but for the sake of answering the question, let’s set the herd size as 120 smallerframed cows and 100 larger-framed cows. The Dickinson Research Extension Center has explored the question since the mid ’90s. Recently, we summarized some thoughts as we explored cow size, expanded the forage base, adopted May-June calving and retained ownership of calves. The net result was a 10 percent increase in revenue for the smaller-framed cows, when compared with the larger-framed cows, based on steer calf performance. Although the smaller-framed cows’ revenue per finished steer was lower, $821.81 versus larger-framed cows at $895.82, the total finished steer net return was $4,517 greater from the smaller-framed cow herd. The final check showed smaller-framed cows earned $49,308 ($821.81 times 60 steers), while larger-framed cows earned $44,791 ($895.82 times 50 steers). The small-framed cow stocking rate was 20 percent more, resulting in the sale of 20 percent more steer calves. This data is the result of research funded through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and reported by visiting scholar Songul Şentürklü and center animal scientist Doug Landblom. In the fall, the traditional center cows average approximately 1,450 pounds. The smaller-framed, Lowlineinfluenced cow weighed in at approximately 1,100 pounds. These are data that generate more questions. In fact, cow size is a very debated and discussed beef topic, and it’s certainly a topic on the agenda for many beef producers because controlling costs is a major beef production issue. Reviewing the data from years 2012 through 2014, following the switch to May-June calving, provides more

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insight to help answer producer questions. The center has identified three major cost-cutting points: First is a later calving date to decrease labor. Second is an intensified multiple-crop rotation that includes cover crops, harvesting some crops and grazing the majority of the acreages by cows, calves and yearlings to lower overhead Third is controlling cow size to decrease inputs and increase ranch output. Leading the pack, and certainly eligible for boss cow status, were three cows just under a ton. The next 30 cows weighed from 1,895 to 1,700 pounds. The center had 86 cows that weighed from 1,695 to 1,500 pounds and 90 cows that weighed in at 1,490 to 1,305 pounds. As the cows got lighter, 52 cows weighed from 1,295 to 1,100 pounds. The 64 lightest cows weighed in under 1,100 pounds. Because many factors affect cow size, several thoughts came to mind. The first factor is age, followed by breed, environment, nutritional history, stage of production and many other factors. As a result of wanting to better understand the impact of cow size, the center essentially sold off the really big cows and the really small cows and split the remaining cows into what we would call a more traditional herd, with a targeted weight of 1,450 pounds, and a smaller-framed herd targeted to weigh 300 pounds lighter, at 1,150 pounds. At this point, when a producer keeps calves to finish and takes advantage of appropriate stocking rates and practices good sire selection, controlling cow size is positive. Keep in mind, controlling cow size does not mean a particular size of cow will work everywhere because each operation and environment may support a particular size of cow. However, controlling cow size does mean knowing one’s cows and what they weigh so that appropriate stocking rates can be achieved and implemented. The other factor is sire selection. Herd sires that control frame, but support desired gain and carcass characteristics, need to be utilized. As a caution, decreasing the size of cattle is easy to do, thereby decreasing herd performance. However, the astute producers understand the genetics of cattle size and only then set out to decrease cow size with increased herd performance. Questions remain, but for now, controlling cow size will help reduce costs and may add income. D

Bull Sale


Saturday, February 18, 2017 || 1:00 pm (cst) Napoleon Livestock Auction || Napoleon, North Dakota 061C

SIRE: Bailey’s Guy 205X Selling sons of Bailey’s Guy 205X. Performance and maternal values are very strong in his sons.

144C SIRE: BDOC Bailey’s Guy 205X DAM: Golden Buckle Gelv 061T Selling a full brother to 061C. Dam is one of our top production cows on the ranch.

Our offering of red bulls this year is the strongest yet. Many of our red bulls like the one pictured have been sold to seedstock producers nationwide as well as strong commercial programs in North Dakota.


200B Sire: Exclusive 1230Y 200B is an ET bull that sold in our 2015 sale to a seedstock operation. ET sons selling sired by Exclusive 1230Y that excel in performance and carcass.


SIRE: Carolina Exclusive 1230YC Selling sons of Carolina Exclusive 1230Y that excel in performance and carcass traits with strong maternal values.

Watch for the Golden Buckle Gelbvieh consignments in the Golden Rule Sale, Monday, January 30, 2017, in Mandan, ND.

Selling sons of this red outcross herdsire that we retained for use in our program. Strong performance and maternal values. Outstanding first crop from DCHD 015B.

We are selling two open heifers picked from the top of our 2016 open heifers.

Selling 60 Gelbvieh Lots

Dwight and Christina Dockter Bailey, Cheyenne, Cierra and Dalton

45 Purebred Bulls and 15 Purebred Heifers || REGISTER AND BID LIVE ONLINE AT WWW.CATTLEUSA.COM ||

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

SALE MANAGEMENT BY: Mitchell Marketing Service

Chris Mitchell 334-695-1371 Randy Sienknecht 319-290-3763 2262 C Avenue • Gladbrook, IA 50635

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A New Year for New Change By Kyle Vehige


would first like to start off by saying I hope that everyone had a blessed Christmas season and that everyone got to spend time with family. Being in college so far from home gets hard at times and spending time with family is what I cherish most. Now that Christmas has passed, the New Year’s holiday season is upon us. Many families will all sit down and talk about the traditional New Year’s resolutions and I would like to talk about resolutions as well.

Holthus, the official voice of the Kansas City Chiefs, and who is also motivational speaker. Holthus made a board for our junior association. On the board were simple goals that our juniors created for our association. The goals read: investing in our youth, member participation, association growth, strive to improve breed consistency, be the conduit, improve breeder and consumer education, and family. I think we should set these goals as our association’s New Year’s resolution. Because these goals came from our juniors I feel it is important to work on these goals as best as we can.

As many of our members know, we hosted the 2016 Power Conference last August. For those who didn’t get the chance to go I will explain briefly a major object that was brought to our junior board. The group was fortunate enough to hear from Mitch

Mary Bea Martin, Junior Coordinator 303-465-2333 • Emily Griffith, Adult Advisor Kendallville, IN • 260-242-1552 Andrea Murray, Adult Advisor Kingfisher, OK • 405-368-9601 Mike & Toni Shrewsbury, Adult Advisors Lathrop, MO • 816-528-3644

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Sydney Bigger, President (2015) Media, IL •

As I read these goals a few stick out to me, be the conduit and family catch my attention the quickest. How does one person be the conduit? Well of course it is hard for one person to hold an association together, but if our Gelbvieh family works together on being the conduit, we can achieve great things. As a junior program, I think we have a great set of members that all care deeply about our wonderful breed of cattle. The reason family stuck

Caitlin Griffin (2016) Westminster, SC •

Tiana Garcia, Vice President (2015) Las Animas, CO •

Jesse Henson (2016) Canton, NC •

Kyle Vehige, V.P. of Leadership (2016) Bonnots Mill, MO •

Carter Mitchell (2015) Appleton City, MO •

Aubree Beenken, Secretary (2015) Buckingham, IA • Colton Spencer, Treasurer (2015) Aurora, MO •

Morgan Winchester (2016) Jasper, MO • Tanner Aherin, Ex-Officio (2014) Phillipsburg, KS •

junior connection GW out to me is because I think our association is so different from any of the others. I have been blessed with opportunities to go help many different breeds at their junior events, and as I walked around Simmental junior nationals, the Maine Anjou shows in both Kansas City and Louisville, I noticed one thing; they all had juniors who got along, but not everyone knew each other and hung out. I encourage our youth to branch out and meet new people because even though

AGJA Members Awarded the Jimmy Christopher Memorial Scholarship By Rebecca Mettler

I was at other breed shows I could still smile because I knew our breed was unlike any other. Juniors, thank your parents for allowing you to go to shows and be a part of our Gelbvieh family, because that is exactly what we are, a family. I am proud to be a part of such a great organization; I encourage all to look at our New Year’s resolutions and for each of us to do our part to help the association complete these goals. I hope everyone has a blessed holiday season! D through Morehead State, Maysville Community and Technical College, and Murray State University. Along with AGJA, McCarty is also active in 4-H and FFA where she has held many leadership roles and competed in numerous contests and livestock projects including beef breeding and market steers, sheep and swine. After graduating high school she plans to attend Maysville Community and Technical College majoring in animal sciences. Her career goals include an interest in animal sciences. D


he Jimmy Christopher Memorial Scholarship was established to honor Mr. Jimmy Christopher. Mr. Christopher was former herdsman for Gelbvieh Bar None Ranch who lost his battle with cancer. This year, two American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AJGA) members were selected to receive $750 scholarships. The winners were announced at the 2016 NAILE Showcase Gelbvieh and Balancer® Sale in Louisville, Kentucky. Caitlin Griffin, Westminster, South Carolina, and Haley McCarty, Maysville, Kentucky were the scholarship winners. Caitlin Griffin is the granddaughter of Ricky and Judy Griffin. She is attending Tri-County Technical College with plans to transfer to Clemson University once she receives her associate degree at Tri-County. Griffin is active in AGJA with a position on the AGJA Board of Directors. She is also a the leader of the South Carolina Heritage Fair livestock exhibits and the Oconee County South Carolina Farm Bureau Ambassador. Griffin’s long-term goals include becoming a county extension agent and raising her own herd of show-quality Gelbvieh. Haley McCarty is the daughter of Tara McCarty. She will graduate from Mason County High School in 2017 but is taking online dual-credit college courses

Mary Bea Martin, AGA junior coordinator (L), stands with Haley McCarty (R), who was awarded a Jimmy Christopher Memorial Scholarship during the North American Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky. Not pictured is Caitlin Griffin, who also received the same scholarship. GELBVIEH WORLD |


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

Reserve Grand Champion Gelbvieh Female SBSF Bee Lick Brooke 41B ET Double Diamond Farms, Cynthiana, Ky. Sire: BCFG Butlers Red Oak 908W

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

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

Champions Named at North American International Livestock Exposition Gelbvieh and Balancer® Show Results By Rebecca Mettler Photos By Linde’s Photography


he NAILE Gelbvieh and Balancer® show took place at the 2016 North American International Livestock Exposition on Tuesday, November 15. Charlie Boyd of Maysville, Kentucky, evaluated the Gelbvieh and Balancer cattle. The results pages contain the grand and reserve grand champions, division champions

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and reserve champions as well as the top three placing animals in each class for both the Gelbvieh and Balancer shows. D

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

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

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

Reserve Grand Champion Balancer Bull GGGE 3G Diamond Mine 680D Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind. Sire: S S Hoover Dam B115



Gelbvieh Spring Heifer Calf

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

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

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

Gelbvieh Champion Junior Heifer JTPF Blue Well Addie 193C Blue Well Farms, Lebanon, Tenn. Sire: JKGF Reflex X4 ET

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

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

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

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

GV Class 1

March 4 to May 7, 2016 1. CBX Ms Reflex’s Reflections, Coles Bend Cattle Company, Smiths Grove, Ky., Sire: JKGF Reflex X4; 2. BCFG Butler’s Ms Dixie 283D, Butler Creek Farms, Milton,Tenn., Sire: BCFG Butlers Red Oak 908W; 3. CIRS Daisy 44D, Circle S Ranch, Canton, Kan., Sire: DCSF Post Rock Power Built 37B8 Gelbvieh Junior Heifer Calf

GV Class 4

February 16 to February 28, 2016 1. CIRS Daiquiri 81YD, Circle S Ranch, Canton, Kan., Sire: DCSF Post Rock Power Built 37B8; 2. RBLG Bee Lick Destiny, Reynolds Bee Lick Gelbvieh, Crab Orchard, Ky., Sire: GGGE 3G Yukon 132Y; 3. CIRS Diva 28D, Circle S Ranch, Canton, Kan., Sire: DCSF Post Rock Power Built 37B8

GV Class 5

January 4 to January 14, 2016 1. JENJ Miss Jenj 605D ET, JenJoe Farms, Clinton, Ky., Sire: ALS Maverick 70T; 2. MMGG Gentle G MS Shantilly 77D, Mike Moore Gentle G Farm, Annville, Ky., Sire: CCRO Carolina Leverage 3214A Gelbvieh Senior Heifer Calf

GV Class 8

October 6 to November 15, 2015

1. GHGF Zelda’s Coreen 20C4 ET, Justin Teeter, Mt. Ulla, N.C., Sire: FMGF Blue’s Impact 001X; 2. PMFG Claire 504C, Pleasant Meadows Farm, Glasgow, Ky., Sire: CTR Highlight 066K; 3. BCFG Butlers Kali 282C ET, Karen Eby, Duncan, S.C., Sire: BCFG Butlers Red Oak 908W

GV Class 9

September 1 to September 25, 2015 1. SKYS BCFG-SKYS Kali 282C, Casey Martin, Oregon, Ill. Sire: BCFG Butlers Red Oak 908W; 2. TJB Velvet 339Z 504C, Lara Rittenhouse, New Carlisle, Ohio, Sire: TAU Gunslinger 19U; 3. CBX Ms Exclusive’s Impact C43, Coles Bend Cattle Co., Smiths Grove, Ky., Sire: CCRO Carolina Exclusive 1230Y. Gelbvieh Intermediate Heifer

GV Class 12

August 20, 2015 1. MMGG Gentle G Ms Fancy Oak 78C, Brandon Fawbush, London, Ky., Sire: BCFG Butlers Black Oak 534Z Gelbvieh Junior Heifer

GV Class 15

January 3, 2015 1. JTPF Blue Well Addie 193C, Blue Well Farms, Lebanon, Tenn., Sire: JKGF Reflex X4 ET Gelbvieh Senior Heifer

GV Class 18

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. SBSF Bee Lick Brooke ET, Double Diamond Farms, Cynthiana, Ky., Sire: BCFG Butlers Red Oak 908W Gelbvieh Spring Bull Calf

GV Class 26

March 1 to April 4, 2016 1. GGGE 3G Day Money 673D, Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind., Sire: GGGE 3G Bootlegger 439B; 2. OHMV Double Time D411, Hunter Sheeley, Hillsboro, Ohio, Sire: GGGE 3G Time Machine 758T ET; 3. CIRS Duramax 918D, Circle S Ranch, Canton, Kan., Sire: DCSF Post Rock Power Built 37B8 Gelbvieh Junior Bull Calf

GV Class 29

January 27, 2016 1. GGGE 3G Die Cast 637D, Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind., Sire: GGGE 3G Zip Line 266Z Gelbvieh Senior Bull Calf

GV Class 32

December 12, 2015 1. JTPF Blue Well Duke 331C, Blue Well Farms, Lebanon, Tenn., Sire: JDPD Astro 407S

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

GV Class 39

February 21 to March 18, 2015 1. SSMK Delorean ET, Double Diamond Farms, Cynthiana, Ky., Sire: GGGE 3G Time Machine 758T ET; 2. GHGF Hired Gun C56, Austin Teeter, Mt. Ulla, N.C., Sire: FMGF Blue’s Impact 001X Gelbvieh Two-Year Old Bull

GV Class 42

February 24, 2014 1. GGGE 3G Blood Brother 454B ET, Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind., Sire: GGGE 3G Time Machine 758T ET Balancer Spring Heifer Calf

BA Class 1

May 6, 2016 1. GGGE 3G Cowgirl Dixie 6102D, Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind., Sire: S S Hoover Dam B115

BA Class 2

September 26, 2015 1. PMFG Challenger 556C, Pleasant Meadows Farm, Glasgow, Ky., Sire: RWG Traction 7412 Gelbvieh Intermediate Bull

March 9 to March 21, 2016 1. CPSX Schillings Dreams of Cogan 73D ET, Cogan Schilling, Edson, Kan., Sire: Dameron C-5 American Classic; 2. OHIO MV Ez To Love 405D, Maple Valley Gelbvieh, Hillsboro, Ohio, Sire: GGGE 3G EZ Money 209Z Balancer Junior Heifer Calf

GV Class 36

BA Class 5

GV Class 33

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

Karen Eby, Duncan, S.C., Sire: CRAN Buddy Boy T729 Gelbvieh Junior Bull

May 2, 2015 1. SDSC Mr. Handy Man,

February 3, 2016 1. KJSG MV Miss Delilah

401D, Maple Valley Gelbvieh, Hillsboro, Ohio, Sire: C-Bar Evolution 107Y

BA Class 6

January 4, 2016 1. JTPF Blue Well Daisy 337D, Blue Well Farms, Lebanon, Tenn., Sire: Red Lazy MC CC Detour 2W Balancer Senior Heifer Calf

BA Class 9

October 22 to November 17, 2015 1. BCFG Butlers 133C, Alexandria Raab, Markle, Ind., Sire: BCFG Butlers Bismarck 512Z; 2. CCRO CCross Carolina 5320C, C-Cross Cattle Company, Biscoe, N.C., Sire: VER Eagle Eye 224Y ET; 3. GHGF Zelda’s Eveleen 20C3 ET, Green Hills Gelbvieh, Mt. Ulla, N.C., Sire: FMGF 001X

BA Class 10

September 21, 2015 1. BCFG Butlers 132C, Alexandria Raab, Markle, Ind., Sire: BCFG Butlers Cherokee 504T ET Balancer Intermediate Heifer

BA Class 13

July 20, 2015 1. HYBD Scharpe Forever Lady Cecilia, Scharpe Angus, Arlington, Minn., Sire: CCRO Carolina Exclusive 1230Y Balancer Junior Heifer

BA Class 16

January 3, 2015 1. RAAB BCFG Ms. Star 13C, Karen Eby, Duncan

S.C., Sire: S A V Brilliance 8077; 2. SSMK Benita 13C, Double Diamond Farms, Cynthiana, Ky., Sire: S A V Bismarck 5682 Balancer Senior Heifer

BA Class 19

November 14, 2014 1. GHGF Calista 53B, Austin Teeter, Mt. Ulla, N.C., Sire: GHGF Zeus 61Z Balancer Spring Bull Calf

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BA Class 24

March 12, 2016 1. GGGE 3G Diamond Mine 680D, Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind., Sire: S S Hoover Dam B115f Balancer Junior Bull Calf

BA Class 27

January 6, 2016 1. GGGE 3G Double Agent 602D, Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind., Sire: GGGE 3G Smoke N’ Mirrors Balancer Senior Bull Calf

BA Class 30

December 27, 2015 1. SDSC Mr. Charming, Karen Eby, Duncan, S.C., Sire: S A V Bismarck 5682 Balancer Junior Bull

BA Class 33

January 19, 2015 1. GGGE 3G Centurion E527C, Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind., Sire: Schiefelbein Effective 61



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100% of the Gelbvieh & Balancer sale bulls feature Judd Ranch honored Dam of Merit Genetics. Average Daily Gain of fall yearling bulls: 4.81 lbs/day! 162 purebred Gelbvieh, 137 Balancer & 18 purebred Red Angus bulls sell

Top 10% Calving Ease EPD Strength average on the 162 purebred Gelbvieh bulls & top 15% average on the 137 Balancer bulls. 17 of the 18 top selling bulls in last year’s sale sold to commercial producers.

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Online Resource to Assist Producers with Reproductive Management By Rebecca Mettler


roducers are inundated left and right with educational material to use for improve their beef cattle operations. The topic of reproductive management is no different; there are many online resource websites to gather information. Beef producers, both seedstock and cowcalf operators, are required to develop a high level of understanding of reproductive technology if they intend to incorporate technologies such as AI, Timed-AI and estrus synchronization. There’s one resource site in particular that

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is very well organized and places all relevant information regarding reproductive management in place. It’s worth taking a look! The Resource Page of the Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle is provided to cattle producers by the Beef Reproduction Task Force, which is a multi-state extension activity in cooperation with the North Central Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Leaders Committee and the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, according to the website. Visit for reproductive management information from the following universities: Iowa State University, Kansas State University, University of Florida, University of Missouri, South Dakota State University, University of Idaho and University of Nebraska. Once on the page, you will find a free estrus synchronization planner to help select and implement the right estrus synchronization protocol for your operation. The website has the 2017 estrus synchronization protocol charts for both cows and heifers as well as in-depth articles to explain the estrous cycle and other components of a successful reproductive program. D BEEF COW PROTOCOLS - 2017 HEAT DETECTION


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Which of the following genetics can Gustin’s Diamond D Gelbvieh offer you? Black purebred Red Balancer

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of the above

Our entries for the Golden Rule sale pass the test.

The 5 bred females we are offering are front pasture kind and include all of these choices, with several sired by top AI sires and all carrying calves due in March.

DDGR Camille 72C

DDGR Adele 74C

BW: 72 • WW: 600 10 • 2.2 • 79 • 109 • 25 • 64 Sire: DLW Alumni 7513A

BW:84 • WW: 673 7 • .6 • 81 • 119 • 27 • 68 Sire: Connealy In Focus 4925

This high volume purebred daughter of Alumni has the look of a great brood cow and the ultrasound data to go with it. She had an IMF ratio of 112 in a contemporary group of 110 heifers. She is due with a bull calf by our CKS Dream C11 calving ease sire on March 20.

The Connealy In Focus sire has worked great in our herd with his calves having excellent dispositions, depth of body and style. Her young dam is doing a great job and has a nursing ratio of 105 on her first three calves. Adele, a 50% Balancer is due with an AI heifer calf by the CCRO Leverage sire on March 7.


lso consigned are a red purebred, a red Balancer and another black Balancer. Plan to be at Kist Livestock on January 30 to choose the heifer that fits your program.

DDGR Sydnee 27B

This outstanding daughter of Connealy In Focus 4925 was the high selling Balancer female in last year’s Golden Rule sale selling to Lost River Livestock in Minnesota.

Don’t forget our production sale on

February 16, 2017,

where you will also have multiple choices of top quality black, red, purebred and Balancer bulls and females.

Dennis, Sherry and Jessica Gustin Al and Peggy Gustin Steve and Katie Stensgard Richie and Sarah Heinrich 5135 Hwy 6 • Mandan, ND 58554 Dennis: 701-663-7266 or 701-400-3483 Sarah: 701-400-3563 • Richie: 701-320-6484 •

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Maryville, Tennessee Quality Black Bulls & Heifers for sale Lynn Waters 3525 Tuckaleechee Pike Maryville, TN 37803


2157 Black Lick • Rural Retreat, VA 24368 Home: 276.228.6347 Registered No. 48890 Cell: 401.714.6812

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4846 Potato Farm Rd • Crossville, TN 38571 865-250-1418 •

Producing Black, Polled Genetics for Today & Tomorrow.


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

Mick Ainsworth

1613 Derby Road P.O. Box 154 Jackson Springs, NC 27281

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910-652-2233 Cell: 910-638-1142 Mick’s email: Grass Grown • Carcass Quality & Performance

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ARIZONA The Prosser Family


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

Gelbvieh-Angus-Balancer •

RFI Tested Balancer®, Gelbvieh & Angus Bulls Sell Annually in April at the Ranch

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Breed-leading Performance from Quality Genetics

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

Ken and Dale Flikkema 2 Mint Trail Bozeman, MT 59718

Ricky Linquist

(406) 586-6207 (Office) (406) 580-6207 (Cell)


th Street inquist 1135 190 inquist


Fonda, IA 50540

Black • Purebred & Balancer Cattle

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

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

(970) 323-6833

Jim Roelle 38330 CR 49 Peetz, CO 80747

(H): 970-334-2221 • (C): 970-520-1224

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

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

WASHINGTON Gelbvieh • Red Angus • Balancer® Pete & Samee Charriere


2633 Hwy 12 East • Clarkston, WA 99403

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

Quality Cattle Black Gelbvieh and Balancer

Barry & Dena Bolton

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

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Nine Bar Nine Gelbvieh Wesley Brown

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



Eric Ehresman 20963 30th St. Mechanicsville, IA 52306

Dick & Jean Williams



Neola, Iowa

Black & Polled Private Treaty Sales

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

Martens Gelbvieh

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


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

712-303-0263 • 712-303-1947

Bulls and Heifers for sale Private Treaty

MINNESOTA Brandywine Farm

Tom Scarponcini 30474 Brandywine Road Rushford, MN 55971


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


SFI Schafer Farms, Inc.



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


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

SwenSon Gelbvieh

Dean Swenson

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

Polled • Purebred • Red • Black


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

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

Jim & Barb Beastrom Brandy Ludemann, Brittney Spencer


Thorstenson Gelbvieh

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

Chimney Butte RanCh

Julie Maude 605.381.2803 (C) Lori Maude 303.809.3789 (C)

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

Brian & Dee Dee 605-649-9927

Vaughn & Wendy 605-649-6262 Hermosa, SD Quality Gelbvieh & Balancer® Genetics from a Trusted Source

Doug & Carol Hille

Keith, Janice, Dustin & Britney

Email: Website:

3320 51st Street, Mandan, ND 58554 701-445-7383 or 701-220-2083


Annual Production Sale 1st Friday in March 34261 200th Street, Highmore, SD 57345 6700 County Rd. 19 S. Minot, ND 58701 (701) 624-2051 (H) (701) 720-8823 (C)

Rob Arnold


Steven A. Munger 605/380-0092 (cell) •

605/229-2802 (office) 605/229-2835 (fax)

Nate Munger 605/943-5690 (office) Cowherd Manager 605/380-2582 (cell)


Registered Gelbvieh & Balancers®

Ellison Gelbvieh & Angus Ranch Dwight and Christina Dockter Bailey, Cheyenne, Cierra and Dalton

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

Gelbvieh & Angus & Balancers

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

Mitchel & Edna Ellison

Jeff & Susie Ellison

9020 ND Hwy 49 Lemmon, SD 57638

9015 ND Hwy 49 Lemmon, SD 57638



Proven Genetics with Balanced Traits!


Russell Family Livestock

Ron, Alicia & Family

Brooklyn, WI 608.455.1448

Focused on Form & Function



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Bar Arrow Cattle Company

LIZ OSWALD 620.662.0862 (h) ANDY OSWALD 620.662.5489 (o) 620.664.4692 (c)


KEN SCHMUCKER Herdsman 620.960.1189 (c)

B/F Cattle Company

Specializing in Forage Raised

Balancer® Bulls on K-31

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

Stuar t Jar vis

Route 1, Box 407 • Butler, MO 64730

26 E. Limestone Rd. • Phillipsburg, KS 67661

660 • 492 • 2808

e-mail: • 785/543-5177

The #1 Marbling and #1 Feeder Profit Index bull in the Gelbvieh/Balancer breed. A new standard of value & efficiency, also the top 1% CED, and top 1% YW. His 4 yr old dam has a perfect udder & 3rd calf by 1st service AI. Call for semen on BHSF Profet B006, AMGV1316506.“Top of the Breed” Bull Sale, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 • Windsor Livestock Auction Balancer • SimAngus • 18 mo. forage developed Over 100 Balancer and SimAngus bulls on test for March 25, 2017 Bull Sale Call for Private Treaty bull and heifer mates.





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

Timothy Mulroy • 785-640-6401 Mayetta, KS •

John & Carla Shearer 2815 Navajo Rd. • Canton, KS 67428 620.628.4621

620.654.6507 (John Cell) • 620.654.6731 (Johnny Cell)

Annual Production Sale 1st Saturday in April

diamond v gelbvieh

Harriman Santa Fe (Bob)

Montrose, MO • 660-492-2504

bharriman39@ 53 years of progressive, reputable, commitment to superior beef cattle breeding.

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

Randy odle

1210 G Rd. Stockton, ks 67669 785.737.3319 Building Gelbvieh Genetics since 1989

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

Committed to raising quality seedstock Registered Gelbvieh and Balancer® Cattle

Elmer, Brenda, Brad & Benny McWilliams Asbury, MO 64832 • 417-642-5871 • 417-529-0081(cell)

MISSOURI Judd Ranch Inc.

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

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Scott Bachman • (660) 247-1112

17520 Hwy. JJ Chillicothe, MO 64601

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

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Cattle Company Owensville, MO

Mark & Patty Goes

Registered Gelbvieh & Balancer Cattle

Jared, Caisie, Brooke & Cameron

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

Gilbert & Debra

573.280.4633 573.646.3477 Bulls marketed through Seedstock Plus Go to for sale dates, catalogs & videos


Private Treaty Bull & Heifer Sales • Orchard, NE Val Livingston • • 402-655-2288

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

Jeff Swanson • 308/337-2235 10908 724 Road • Oxford, NE 68967 Annual Sale—Last Saturday in February


RogeRs Valley FaRm gelbVieh


J. J. Boehler

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

Breed for Tomorrow’s Cattle Today!

A Breed Leader in Tenderness & Marbling– P.O. Box 51 Mendon, MO 64660 (660) 272-3805 (O) (660-375-7266 (C)

Cedar Top Ranch Scott & Raberta Starr 212 Starr Drive • Stapleton, NE 69163

Ronald RogeRs


Gelbvieh SprinG Flood ranch balancer® Jim & Sherri Michaletz 1397 Spring Flood Rd Goodman, MO 64843 417-364-5297 (O) 479-366-1234 (C) Email:

(H): 308-587-2293 • (C): 308-530-3900 Eldon Starr: 1-800-535-6173 or Rich Johnson: 402-368-2209




Nebraska & Missouri

Kyle Helms - NE

Cody Helms - NE/MO



Aaron Ishmael - MO

Visit us on the web & Facebook!


Scott Wolf Travis Wolf 308.537.3588 308.529.3733 Gothenburg, NE • www.facebook/

Consistent Genetics Adding Pounds & Profit

Myron & Valerie Bahm

Stay Connected!

4375 White Oak Rd Fordland, MO 65652

417-753-3578(h) • 417-576-0687(c)


Registered Gelbvieh & Balancer®

Promote for Success! Upcoming Advertising Deadlines: March Gelbvieh World Early copy deadline: January 27 Regular rates deadline: February 3

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Bulls For The BeeF Business Gelbvieh F Balancer F Red Angus F Angus F Angus Hybrids Randy & Leslie Lemke 1757 Road 2500, (H) 402-756-7090 Lawrence, NE 68957 (C) 402-469-2284

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. . e t a l P o t e From Pastur 80% 80% 65%

Quality Grade CHOICE

Yield Grade 1’s and 2’s

Qualified for CAB®

At Cranview Gelbvieh, we believe in “Balanced Genetics”. We define this concept in our breeding program as a balanced combination of traits. These traits include attractive phenotypes, proven pedigrees, growth and performance, and the ability to grade on the rail. Check out the data above on our most recent load of finished cattle. Furthermore, we take our selection criteria one step further than most. We performance test our bulls and replacement females and incorporate the latest DNA technology. The goal of our program is to produce females and bulls that will fulfill the needs of the commercial cattleman, the demands of the beef industry and the satisfaction of the consumer. The six donor females below represent the maternal power of our program and 29 of their progeny will be featured in our Annual Progress and Performance Sale.

BVLK Legacy Z202

BSF Princess W2

A Buddy Boy female with a soft look & added performance. Donor dam of the 2-Time NWSS Res. Champion Angus Bull.

DCH Zula Z133 Performance and carcass traits in a soft package.

TJB Vanessa 016W ET A maternal and carcass powerhouse with a beautiful udder.

CRAN Buttercup Z251 ET Eye-appealing female with outstanding YG and REA EPDs.

CRAN Tiaramasu Y157 A carcass curve-bender with growth and phenotype.

Join us on March 25, 2017, for the Cranview Gelbvieh Annual Progress and Performance Sale. More than 50+ Gelbvieh and BalancerTM bulls and 20 Show and Replacement females will sell. We look forward to seeing you on sale day in Rugby, ND! RobeRt and bill aRnold • esmond, nd PH: 701.720.8823 or 701.624.2051 •

shows GW Northern International Livestock Exposition Results Reserve Champion Gelbvieh Female JCGR Bar GT Layla 163B Grace Steenbergen, Cheyenne, Wyo. Sire: CCRO Carolina Exclusive 1230Y Grand Champion Gelbvieh Bull MCCA Cornhusker Red 524C McCarty Cattle Co., Rifle, Colo. Sire: RWG Traction 7412 Reserve Champion Gelbvieh Bull JLSL Dinero 676D Ledgerwood Gelbvieh, Clarkston, Wash. Sire: JDPD Time Traveler 450X Grand Champion Balancer Female EGL Vivian C1083 J W LeDoux, Agenda, Kan. Sire: Eagle Pass Final Answer 1047

NILE Gelbvieh/Balancer Junior Show October 20, 2016 Billings, Montana Judge: Clint Sexson, Hermiston, Oregon Grand Champion Heifer EGL Vivian C1083 J W LeDoux, Agenda, Kan. Sire: Eagle Pass Final Answer 1047 Reserve Grand Champion Heifer DJS 510C ET Jady LeDoux, Agenda, Kan. Sire: TAU Mr In Focus 22Z

Reserve Champion Balancer Female DJS 510C ET Jady LeDoux, Agenda, Kan. Sire: TAU Mr In Focus 22Z Grand Champion Balancer Bull AHL Roundhouse 6157D LeDoux Ranch, Agenda, Kan. Sire: EGL Roundhouse B019 Reserve Champion Balancer Bull MCCA Capitol Hill 516C McCarty Cattle Co., Rifle, Colo. Sire: S A V Brilliance 8077

NILE Gelbvieh/Balancer Show October 20, 2016 Billings, Montana Judge: Jake Scott, Gordon, Nebraska Champion Gelbvieh Female TMKG Starlights Danube 209A Starlight Land and Livestock, Klamath Falls, Ore. Sire: CODH Starlights Jazquizz 270U



february 4, 2017 7th annual sale at the farm

with guest consignor Dahlke Red Angus • Bagley, MN


LRL Zeus D213 75% GV with 11 traits ranking in top 40%

LRL Sentinel D43 ET Homo Black, Homo Polled with a ton of style and power

LRL Artemis D112 75% GV with a killer look

LRL Nellie D34 Most complete female we’ve ever offered, 50% GV


55 YEARLING BULLS 25 BRED FEMALES 4 HALTER BROKE OPEN HEIFERS LRL Snazzy C73 PB GV consigned to ND Golden Rule Sale sale managed by:

online sale hosted by:

lost river livestock MARK AND SHARON LARSON FAMILY CLEARBROOK, MN • PH: 218-776-3687

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16th Annual Kansas Gelbvieh Association Pick of the Herd Female Sale November 26, 2016 Salina, Kansas Auctioneer: Ronn Cunningham Sale Management: Bulls-Eye Genetics Reported by: Risa Overmiller

a red homozygous polled 75% heifer selling for $5,500 to RLB Genetics, Fordland, Missouri. She was sired by JRI Pop A Top 197T83. This consignment came from Hightower Cattle Company.

The high selling female was lot 15 consigned by Dawson Creek Ranch. BDCG DC 39D4 is a January 2016 born black homozygous polled purebred sired by JRI Next Step 285X72. When the gavel fell at $7,250, Hilltop Farms, Asbury, Missouri, was the new owner. The 2nd high selling female was lot 36, the youngest female in the offering. RROG Deal Her In 396D a black homozygous polled purebred consigned by R&N Overmiller Gelbvieh. This daughter of 3G Zip Line 266Z commanded $6,000 to 4T Ranch, Stillwater, Oklahoma.

The high selling bred heifer was lot 12 OGSG Crystal Clear 5208C consigned by Overmiller Gelbvieh. This homozygous polled female sired by 3G EZ Money 209Z sold for $4,200 to Barwick Gelbvieh, Orleans, Nebraska. The high selling pair was lot 1. This Balancer cowcalf pair demanded $4,000 to Steinkruger Gelbvieh, Upland, Nebraska. The cow was sired by VRT Lazy TV Watchman W021, and the calf was sired by LAMJ X-Factor 673X. Barwick Gelbvieh consigned this pair. The 12 head of breds averaged $2,625 and the 24 head of open heifers averaged $3,135.

3rd High seller was lot 13 HIGH MS Cora 9C79 ET

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ILLINOIS “Realizing the Value”


3 G Ranch

Gelbvieh Cattle For Sale Skyler Martin

1200 S. Blackhawk Rd. Oregon, IL 61061-9762 815•541•4828

Carl, Rebecca & Emily Griffiths


260/897-2160 •

Your call or visit is Always Welcome

• Polled Purebreds • Red • Black

Double D Farm 9937 Warren Rd. Winslow, IL 61089 (815) 367-4116

1577 N 600 E • Kendallville, IN 46755

Skyler Martin

1200 S. Blackhawk Rd. Oregon, IL 61061 (815) 732-7583

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


Fullblood Polled Gelbvieh Polled Hereford

Merle E. Lewis 812/863-7701

James L. Lewis 812/508-0014

RR1 BOX 1360 • SPRINGVILLE, IN 47462

Promote Your Operation Advertise with a State Round-up ad in the the two issues of the Profit Picture and the Herd Reference issue of Gelbvieh World

We sell Breeding Stock Bulls & Females Chester Yoder

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

For information about advertising, call Lynn at the AGA office • 303.465.2333 GELBVIEH WORLD |


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Eldon & Kathy Starr

210 Starr Dr • Stapleton, NE 69163 800-535-6173

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Specializing in

• Gelbvieh Semen Sales • Consulting • Order Buying (all purchases guaranteed) Roger & Peg Gatz (785) 742-3163 Call Toll-Free:1-800-743-0026

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Seedstock Plus Fall Bull Sale October 15, 2016 Joplin Regional Stockyards Carthage, Missouri Auctioneer: Jeremy Anstine Reported by: John Burbank 11 118 37 166

Angus Bulls................................................ $3173 Balancer Bulls............................................ $3700 Gelbvieh Bulls........................................... $3708 Overall Bulls.............................................. $3668

With the significant market decrease over the last year, this annual bull sale posted a 30 percent decrease in the overall sale average compared to last year. It was a larger offering this year and relative to the current cattle market, was a successful sale. There were 136 registered buyers in addition to active bidding online. Bulls sold to 98 buyers in 16 states at a rapid pace with every bull through the ring selling to a new owner. Every bull selling had genomic-enhanced EPDs, ultrasound data and 40 percent of the sale offering was feed efficiency tested. All bulls were backed by an industry leading culling criteria and customer service.

Top selling bulls include: Lot 522 FWGR 39C. A Four Winds Gelbvieh Ranch bull that is a red, homozygous polled calving ease Balancer. Purchased by Jack McGinnis, MO for $6750. Lot 484 DMI 52C. A Diamond Mill Iron Gelbvieh bull that is a red, homozygous polled Balancer bull with excellent EPD’s. Purchased by Max Page, KS for $6300. Lot 663 BWF Brandywine Consul 5162C. A Brandywine Farms bull that is a red, homozygous polled purebred Gelbvieh that was the total package. Purchased by Harold Logan, AR for $6000. Lot 642 GGRR Gilly’s Valsetter C574. A Gilly’s Gelbvieh bull that is a red, homozygous polled purebred Gelbvieh with excellent phenotype. Purchased by Larry Kendall, MO for $5750. Lot 626 TMGC SB Alumni 16C of 2005Z. A Stuecken Brothers bull that is a homozygous black, homo polled purebred Gelbvieh herd sire prospect. Purchased by Chad Dunnavant, TN for $5700. Lot 583 TMMW Mr. Nevada 72C. A Mulroy Farms bull that is a homo black, homozygous polled Balancer with exceptional spread between calving ease and growth. Purchased by Roger Hurst, AR for $5650.

Seedstock Plus Fall Bull and Female Sale November 19, 2016 Kingsville Livestock Kingsville, Missouri Auctioneer: Jeremy Anstine Reported by: John Burbank 26 48 52 20 89 228 127 21

Bulls............................................................. $3619 Registered Pairs.......................................... $2275 Commercial Pairs 2 to 6-year-olds ......... $2226 Commercial Pairs 7 to 12-year-olds........ $1266 Spring Bred Cows...................................... $1657 Bred Heifers................................................ $1563 Fall Born Open Heifers............................. $1135 Spring Born Open Heifers......................... $ 846

Seedstock Plus conducts two sales a year to market customer cattle. This November sale provided a large offering of Gelbvieh and Balancer®-influenced females

with the genetic tie to Seedstock Plus. Included in this sale was the dispersal of JKAR Gelbvieh, Heartland Farms spring calving herd and a herd reduction from Stuecken Brothers, along with consignments from many other customers. Sale highlight include BWF Brandywine Catalyst 521C selling to Nick Korn, Tennesse for $6,500. This homozygous black, homozygous polled Balancer bull has exceptional phenotype to go along with his outstanding EPDs and some of the best gain and RFI data ever posted. Top registered pairs sold for $3200 and top commercial pairs brought $2500. Hitting the high mark on spring bred cows was a group of commercial 3-year-olds at $1975. Top bred heifers were a group of red commercial heifers selling at $1700 and the top commercial fall open heifers sold at $1260. A successful sale for the current market and a rewarding event for customers of Seedstock Plus.



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Proper Winter Supplemental Feeding can Optimize Future Breeding By Adam Russel Communications Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension


etting or keeping cows in proper body condition throughout the winter can optimize pregnancy rates the following season, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Jason Banta, beef cattle specialist, Overton, said cows with proper body condition scores at calving are more likely to breed back and produce healthy calves in the future. Proper nutrition and supplementation are two keys to keeping cows in good shape. Banta said 2-and 3-year-old cows should have a body condition score of 6 or better at calving. Cows 4-yearsold and older should be in a body condition score of 5 or greater at calving. Cows with a body condition score of 5 should display abundant muscle tissue. Ribs are noticeable but overall fat cover is lacking. Hooks and pins are less obvious and hips and backbone are slightly rounded versus a sharp appearance, according to the AgriLife Extension overviews. A body condition score of 6 represents cows that are ideal at calving. Ribs are covered completely with fat and beginning to cover the rump, and muscle tissue is at its greatest. Hay should be tested for nutritional quality, which will give producers the necessary information to help determine supplementation requirements, Banta said. Any supplementation plan should be based on three primary criteria – the nutrient requirements of the animal, the quality of available hay or roughage, and the current condition of the cows. Winter supplementation will depend greatly on what stage of production the cow is in, Banta said. Lactating

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cows require different amounts of supplementation than dry cows, those pregnant but not nursing a calf. “When evaluating pasture or hay, consider the nutrient requirements of the cow,” Banta said. For example, to maintain its body condition, a lactating cow would require hay that is about 11.5 percent protein and 62-63 percent total digestible nutrients, or TDN. A dry cow in late gestation would need about 8 percent protein and 55 percent TDN. Producers should select supplements based on the cost per unit of nutrient needed, Banta said. Cubes are a common supplement used by many producers. If both energy and protein supplementation are needed, a 20 percent cube would likely be most cost effective, he said. However, if only a protein supplement is needed, then a 40 percent cube is more cost effective. Banta said producers should start slow and build up with supplements, such as concentrates and grains, because cows are designed to consume grasses. It’s also important to feed them supplements consistently each day to avoid digestive problems such as acidosis, which can lead to founder, foot abscesses, damage to the rumen lining damage, or death. He recommends starting with no more than 2 pounds of supplement per cow per day and slowly building up from there. Banta said producers should watch manure patties to monitor cows’ protein intake. “If patties look like they are stacking up and are firm, that tells us we need more protein supplement,” Banta said. A 40 percent cube is a good concentrated supplement source of protein, he said. Generally speaking, if cows are in good condition then 1-1.5 pounds of a 40 percent cube or something similar is a good place to start for dry cows; 2-3 pounds per day would likely be needed for wet cows, Banta said. If cows also need energy, then something like a 20 percent cube could be a good option. With average quality hay, a common feeding rate for dry cows would be about 2-3 pounds per day per cow or 4-6 pounds for wet cows. “Feeding amounts really depend on hay quality and other factors, so for more information I recommend visiting with a nutritionist or an AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist,” Banta said. D Source: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

450 Angus, Gelbvieh & Balancer Bulls will sell in Seedstock Plus Sales this spring! North Missouri Bull Sale

February 25, 2017* 12 noon Kingsville Livestock, Kingsville, MO Selling 200 - 18 month old bulls!

Arkansas Bull Sale - in conjunction with the 4 State Classic Female Sale March 4, 2017 * 3 pm * 50 2 year old & 18 month old bulls! * bulls sell after females

South Missouri Bull Sale

March 25, 2017* 12 noon Joplin Regional Stockyards, Carthage, MO Selling 200 - 18 month old & yearling bulls! • To view on-line catalogs and videos: email: • • • • • •


Guaranteed Sight-Unseen Purchases! Let us help you find the bull to fit your program and needs! Free Trucking on every bull! No fine print! The best disposition & soundness sort! Extensive Data & Genomic EPDs! All Bulls Are Semen & Trich Tested! Over 200 RFI tested bulls sell in these sales! Videos of sale bulls on website the week before the sale!

D Concerns Regarding Increased Rates of Mortality, Junior Connection by Michael Ring D BeefTalk: May Calving, January Weaning, Commercial Corner Post by Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service D New Year, New Herd Assessment by Kelli Retallick

February 2016




D Ultrasound Reporting Made Easy, Registry Tips ‘N Tricks by Kari White


D Who Knows? Out in the Field by William McIntosh


D I Forgot to Genomic Test My Herd Sire. What Now? Data Bulletin by Kelli Retallick


D AGA Website Gets a Makeover, Communication Message by Megan Slater


D Recapping the 45th Annual AGA National Convention by Rebecca Mettler


D Over the Fence with Spear P Ranch by Angela Vesco


D Insight: Building a “Beefier” Future, From the Front Office by Terisa Abrahams



D What Makes Us Unique…, View from the Board by Andy LeDoux



January 2016



2016 Editorial Review of Articles in Gelbvieh World and The Profit Picture


D Visual Observation and Data Collection Unite to Create a More Profitable Cow by Rebecca Mettler D Stepping up to the Challenge: 9.6 Billion People by 2050 by Rebecca Mettler D “Gelbvieh Gold Nuggets:” Worth Its Weight by McKenzie Smith D 10 Ranches Compete for $10,000 in the AGF’s First Annual Scale and Rail Contest and Steer Challenge by Angela Vesco D The Role of Gender-Sorted Semen in Rebuilding the Beef Herd by Dr. Justin Rhinehart, Beef Extension Specialist, University of Tennessee D Why Gelbvieh and Balancer® by William McIntosh D A Helping Hand for Your Career Path by Tanner Aherin D Preparing for the Calving Season by Dr. Lew Strickland, University of Tennessee Institute for Agriculture Extension D Animal Handling Practices and Consumer Perception in Today’s Beef Industry by Megan Slater D Sire Selection Uses Economically Relevant Traits and Selection Indices by Megan Slater D The Quantum Leap by Kari White D Protein Effects on Reproducitve Efficiency by Taylor Grussing, SDSU Extension Cow-Calf Field Specialist

D The Avenues to Efficiency by Rebecca Mettler

D Spring 2016 Gelbvieh and Balancer® EPDs Released

D AGA’s Higher Purpose: Customer Success by Neal Pearson, AGA President

D A Beneficial Alliance coordinated by Emme Troendle

D Leading with a Vision for Change by Myron Edelman D Meet the Sacco Brothers by Angela Vesco D The Seedstock Supplier—a Critical Relationship by Tom Field, University of Nebraska-Lincoln D Mineral Needs of Cattle Throughout the Year by Connor Orrock, K-State Reserch and Extension D The American Gelbvieh Association is Providing Added Services to all Cattlemen by Kelli Retallick

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D Treat Calf Scours Early for Best Results by Michelle Arnold, DVM (UK Ruminant Veterinarian) D Do You Know How Much Your Heifers are Worth? By Angela Vesco

March 2016 D Fulfilling the Plan One Step at a Time, View from the Board by Neal Pearson

25th Annual

Gelbvieh & Balancer

Production Sale Astro


Silver Dollar

March 6, 2017 u 1:00 pm Magness Livestock • Huron, South Dakota






Offering 120 Yearling Bulls and 120 High Quality Heifers








We are proud to be celebrating our 25th Anniversary of our Production Sale. Hojer Ranch would like to thank you for your support throughout the last twenty five years. As the next generation settles in, we look forward to continuing to serve the seedstock needs of all cattle producers. Please join us Monday, March 6, 2017 at our 25th Annual Production Sale. “Perfor manc e Genetics for YOUR Tomorrow”

Alan & Pam | Blake & Jenn

43968 208th Street | Lake Preston, SD 57249 | Ranch: 605-860-1326 | Blake cell: 605-860-0139

Online: | Email:

GW year in review D What does the AGA do with your Herd Assessment Dollar? From the Corner Office by Myron Edelman D Recapping the 45th Annual AGA National Convention by Rebecca Mettler D American Gelbvieh Association Inducts Charles Clark to Hall of Fame by Megan Slater D Scott Hamilton Named 2016 Commercial Producer of the Year by Megan Slater D American Gelbvieh Association Recognizes Mark Hopfer as 2016 Member of the Year by Megan Slater

D Who’s Who? Registry Tips ‘N Tricks by Kari White D The Knowledge of Adding Value to Cattle by Angela Vesco D Over the Fence with the Martinmaas Family by Angela Vesco D Value of Collecting Phenotypes, Data Bulletin by Matthew Spangler, University of Nebraska, Lincoln D Ready for a Summer of Fun? Junior Connection by Carter Mitchell

D Completing your 2016 Herd Assessment, Data Bulletin by Kelli Retallick

D Does Calving Season Equal Culling Season? Commercial Corner Post by Heather Gessner, SDSU Extension Livestock Business Management Field Specialist

D TTTT Mighty Hot ET Wins Balancer® Bull Futurity by Rebecca Mettler

May 2016

D Retallick Accepts Director of Member Programs Position at American Gelbvieh Association by Megan Slater

D Leadership is not About the Next Election, It’s About the Next Generation, View from the Board by Emily Griffiths

D RTRT Great Divide 503C Wins the 19th Annual Gelbvieh Bull Futurity by Rebecca Mettler D Helping AGJA One Ticket at a Time by Rebecca Mettler D Over the Fence with Tom Boehm, manager of House Heritage Farms by William McIntosh D What are you Sowing? Out in the Field by William McIntosh D Martin Joins the AGA Staff by Megan Slater

D Moving Forward into the Future, Business Insight by Terisa Abrahams, NCC, MBA D Calculating Breed Percentage in the AGA Registry D Compassion of Rural America in Times of Need, Junior Connection by Callahan Grund D Over the Fence with Bill Tucker by William McIntosh D Scholarship Opportunities Through the American Gelbvieh Foundation

D AGJA is Opening the Doors to Your Future, Junior Connection by Tiana Garcia

D Connect the Dots for Reproduction, Commerical Corner Post by Rebecca Mettler

D 2016 Cow-Calf Production Shows Less Profitability by Roger Wilson, UNL Budget Analyst, Farm Management

D AGA Feed Efficiency Tools, Data Bulletin by Kari White

D Producers Focus on Herd Sire Selection, Commercial Corner Post by Katie Allen and Connor Orrock, K-State Research and Extension

D Thinking Ahead, Out in the Field by William McIntosh

D Feed Bunk Management by Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Cow-Calf Field Specialist D Navigating your Way Through the New Website, Communication Message by Megan Slater

April 2016 D Working Together in Times of Change, View from the Board by Neal Pearson D Completing the Transaction, From the Corner Office by Myron Edelman D A New Season, Out in the Field by William McIntosh

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D The Importance of AGA Committees by Megan Slater D Submitting Feed Efficiency Data by Kari White

July 2016 D Chasing After the Big Dreams, View from the Board by Neal Pearson D A Strategic Approach, From the Corner Office by Myron Edelman D How to Deal with a Softer Market, Out in the Field by William McIntosh D Rounds Joins the AGA Fulltime

TAUBENHEIM GELBVIEH 27th Annual Production Sale

Monday, February 6, 2017 • 1 p.m. CST at The Ranch 23685 Sartoria Road • Amherst, NE

Pick Your New Herdsires From 100 Thick-Made Muscular Gelbvieh & Balancer Bulls with Growth, Balance and Great Carcass Merit 15 Open Females • 45 Bred Females Balancer Futurity

TAU No Doubt 2D ET Sire: TAU Unanimous 11B ET

Balancer 50% • Homo Black • Homo Polled

Gelbvieh Futurity

TAU Mr. Final Countdown 10D

TAU Full Force 8D ET

Sire: TAU Finalcountdown 59Y

Sire: HYEK Black Impact 3960N

Balancer 50% • Homo Black

Purebred 88%• Homo Black


TAU Mr. Focus 22Z 5D ET


Sire: TAU Mr In Focus 22Z

TAU Mr Vicram 26D ET Sire: TJB Vickram 342A ET

Balancer 50%

Gelbvieh 75%

Look for us in Denver!

TAU Mr Resource 102D Sire: SAV Resource 1441

Balancer 50% • Homo Black

TAU Mr ZZ Top 94D

Taubenheim Gelbvieh

Sire: OGSG ZZ Top 620Z

Gelbvieh 75% • Double Black

Quality Beef Genetics Since 1980




Dale & Jeannette

23685 Sartoria Road-Amherst, NE 68812

Mike, Renee, Justin, & Tanner 308.233.4704

GW year in review D Over the Fence with Angela Vesco- Meet the Young Cattlemen’s Conference by Angela Vesco D Gelbvieh and Balancer® EPD Genetic Trends D Communications Message by Rebecca Mettler D Calculating Breed Percentage in the AGA Registry, Data Bulletin by Kari White D Gelbvieh and Balancer® in the Spotlight on “The American Rancher” by Angela Vesco D Looking Forward to Lincoln by Megan Slater D See you in Stillwater, Junior Connection by Kyle Vehige D SmartCross Feeder Calf Tag Program by Angela Vesco D Consider Crossbreeding for Improving Profit and Sustainability in Commercial Beef Production, Commercial Corner Post by Bob Weaber, Ph.D., CowCalf Extension Specialist, K-State

D Weber and Nowack Chosen to Represent AGJA as Ambassadors by Rebecca Mettler D Expand your Herd and Opportunities by Angela Vesco D Over the Fence with Dr. Clint Rusk by Megan Slater

September 2016 In this Issue: Meeting Modern Industry Demands Practical Application of Technology

September 2016 |

Keys to Cowherd Efficiency

D Where do Beef Exports Take Us? By Rebecca Mettler D Leveraging State Association Advertising by Megan Slater

D AGA’s Most Valuable Asset—The American Gelbvieh Junior Association, View from the Board by David Martin D The Time is NOW! Across the Front Desk by Mary Bea Martin D Unforgettable Experience, Junior Connection by Aubree Beenken D AGJA: The Next Chapter by William McIntosh D The Future of the Beef Industry, Out in the Field by William McIntosh D Scholarships Awarded at Dirt Road Classic by Rebecca Mettler D AGJA Board of Directors Elected for 2016-2017 D Creative Writing Contest Highlights AGJA Member Talents

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August 2016

PRSRT STD PRSRT STD U.S. Postage U.S. Postage

D Mid-Year Report

Columbia MO Columbia MO Permit No. 353 Permit No. 353

D Managing Stress to Reduce Early Embryonic Loss in Beef Cattle by Janna Kincheloe, SDSU Extension Research Associate II

American American Gelbvieh Gelbvieh Association Association 10900 Dover Street 350 Interlocken Blvd. Suite 200 Westminster, CO80021 80021 Broomfield, CO

D BeefTalk: Proper Achievement of Immunity in Cattle a Good Goal by Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

D Breed Associations: Things of the Past or Keys to the Future? By Kari White D Is Modern Management Technology Worth It? By AGA Staff D Over the Fence with Edwin Chaney, Misty Meadows LLC, South Boston, Virginia by William McIntosh D Owning Maternal Efficiency by Neal Pearson, AGA President D Summer Feeder Cattle Prices Hold Steady During Downtrend of Cattle Cycle by Angela Vesco D The Cattle Business: You get out of it What You put into It, Editorial from the Corner Office by Myron Edelman D Welcome to the New Profit Picture by Rebecca Mettler D Will TPP Survive the Political Rhetoric to Impact the Beef Industry? By Angela Vesco D Consolidation in the Beef Industry by William McIntosh D Genetic Geography: Analyzing Genetic Data by Environment by Lindsey Robinson

SHOW 10:30



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T R E M E N D O U S S E T O F B U L L S A N D FA N C Y O P E N H E I F E R S !

Firestorm 67D ET

This Balancer sale feature will get your attention at the Classic! You will want to keep his replacement heifers in the herd!

BARG Conclusion 40D

Juniors take note here, this heifer will be a great prospect for the Junior Nationals in Nebraska this summer! Remember this is added prize money from GAIN for heifers sold at the Classic that show at the Junior Nationals… look up the opportunities here!

this January herdsire prospect has a pedigree that is packed with maternal traits, plus tremendous marbling and ribeye numbers!

is sired by OCC Legend 616L is wide topped, smooth fronted and loads of volume! Cattlemen come be the judge at the Classic Sale in Kearney!

BARG Ring of Fire 100D

has a pedigree packed with champions and performance. This phenomenal bull loaded with style. You will need miss him at the Classic!

XXB Miss Insidious 616D

this show heifer is gentle and ready to show! She is bred to take you to the backdrop.

For complete details call Ronette K. Bush-Heinrich at 308-627-6385 WWW.NECATTLEMEN.COM OR FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK Classic Sales can be viewed at LiveAuctions.TV

GW year in review D The Future of Cowherd Profit and Efficiency by Rebecca Mettler D A Young Producer’s Prospective by Morgan Winchester D Fall 2016 Gelbvieh and Balancer® EPDs Released D Manage Cows for Reproductive Success by Rebecca Mettler D Interpreting the Catalog by Megan Slater D The U.S. Beef Market in 20 Years D Economics of Rebreeding Non-Pregnant Females by Aaron Berger, Nebraska Extension Beef Educator D BeefTalk: The Future of Beef: We Need to Get it Right! By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service D Discover the Smart Choice for Future Replacement Females by Angela Vesco D Handling Basics: Is time on your side? By Heidi Carrol: SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Associate D Pregnancy Checking Provides Management Options by Bryan Nichols D Tour Brings U.S. Gelbvieh and Balancer International Exposure by Angela Vesco D Understanding It’s Worth Before you Give it Away… The Value of Heterosis by Bob Weaber, Ph.D., Cow-Calf Extension Specialist/Associate Professor, Department of Animal Science and Industry, Kansas State University

October 2016 D Flying Without GPS: The Old Way Just Doesn’t Cut It by Neal Pearson D The Time is NOW! From the Corner Office by Myron Edelman D Over the Fence with Rodger and Lindy Schroeder by Angela Vesco D All Things DNA, Data Bulletin by Kim Rounds D The First Rules, Out in the Field by William McIntosh D North Dakota and Minnesota Host Joint Field Day by Angela Vesco D Juniors, Join us in Lincoln! Junior Connection by Colton Spencer D The Use of Technology to Improve Cowherd and Feedlot Efficiency by Connor Durham, South Carolina D I’m a Commercial Producer. What Value do I get from Buying Bulls that Have Genomic-Enhanced EPDs? By Angela Vesco

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D AGA’s New Home D Quick Fixes for Common Hiccups when Registering Progeny, Registry Tips ‘N Tricks by Mary Bea Martin

November 2016 D Evolve to Meet Market Demands, View from the Board by Neal Pearson D A Call to Action: Make the Cows of Tomorrow Lower Maintenance by Rebecca Mettler D Over the Fence with Micah Wells by Megan Slater D Adding it Up: What does it cost to develop a bred heifer? Commercial Corner Post written collaboratively by Taylor Grussing, Heather Gessner and Shannon Sand, SDSU D You Can’t Have a Great Cowherd without Great Cows! Out in the Field by William McIntosh D Utilizing the Embryo Inventory Tool, Registry Tips and Tricks by Kim Rounds D Tallying UP the Year’s Superior Gelbvieh hand Balancer® Cows D Guide to Contemporary Grouping, Data Bulletin by Kari White D Be Thankful, Junior Connection by Tiana Garcia D Juniors Practice their Agvocating Skills with Writing Contest by Lilly Weber

December 2016 D Customer Service is a Must-Have, View from the Board by Randy Sienknecht D Focus on the Strengths, From the Corner Office by Myron Edelman D Over the Fence with Jeff Stansberry by William McIntosh D Gelbvieh Across the Atlantic by Al Knapp, Past AGA President D Support the Commercial Producer by Angela Vesco D A New Day and a New Challenge, Out in the Field by William McIntosh D Strategic Plan Goals to Propel the AGJA into the Future, Junior Connection by Sydney Bigger D Ready for the Veterinary Feed Directive? Commercial Corner Post by Rebecca Mettler D Providing Your Customers with the Information they Need by AGA Staff

Feeding the World is our #1 Priority

27th Annual Production Sale

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

at Bar Arrow Cattle Company, North of Phillipsburg, Kansas

featuring Performance, Maternal, Carcass & Docility

Selling 80 Gelbvieh & Balancer 20 Gelbvieh & Balancer

BAG 62C Sire: Sandhills

Sold to R&J Farms, NE




Fancy Open heifers

BAG 91C Sire: Sandhills

Sold to Whiting Ranch, KS

BAG 27C Sire: Sam

Sold to Thorstenson Gelbvieh, SD

We emphasize performance and carcass without sacrificing functional maternal based females.

For sale book or video, call or email Stuart or go online to

Stuart Jarvis 26 E. Limestone Rd. • Phillipsburg, KS 67661 e-mail: • 785/543-5177

GW events of interest January 2017

March 2017

Jan. 1

AGA Office closed for New Year’s Day

Jan. 4

NWSS Cattle arrival, Denver, CO

Jan. 5

NWSS Cattle check-in, Denver, CO

Jan. 7

NWSS Gelbvieh & Balancer Junior Show, Denver, CO


NWSS Gelbvieh & Balancer Futurity, Denver, CO

Jan. 8

NWSS Gelbvieh & Balancer Pen Show, Denver, CO

Jan. 8

NWSS Gelbvieh & Balancer Sale, Denver, CO

Jan. 9

NWSS Gelbvieh & Balancer Open Show, Denver, CO

Jan. 30

33rd Annual North Dakota Gelbvieh Association Golden Rule Sale, Mandan, ND

Feb. 4 Feb. 6 Feb. 7 Feb. 11 Feb. 11 Feb. 14 Feb. 16

Lost River Livestock 7th Annual Bull and Female Sale, Clearbrook, MN Taubenheim Gelbvieh 27th Annual Production Sale, Amherst, NE Lemke Cattle Bull & Female Sale, Lawrence, NE LeDoux Ranch Annual Production Sale, Agenda, KS Prairie Hills Gelbvieh Annual Production Sale, Gladstone, ND Iowa Beef Expo Gelbvieh Gold Sale, Des Moines, IA Gustin’s Diamond D Gelbvieh Annual Production Sale, Mandan, ND

Feb. 18

Overmiller Gelbvieh and Red Angus Production Sale, Smith Center, KS

Feb. 18

Golden Buckle Gelbvieh Bull Sale, Napolean, ND

Feb. 21

Cedar Top Ranch Bull Sale, Burwell, NE

Feb. 23

Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic Sale, Kearney, NE

Feb. 23

Plateau Gelbvieh Bull Sale, Brush, CO

Feb. 24

26th Annual “Pot of Gold” Gelbvieh, Angus, and Balancer Bull Sale, Montrose, CO

Feb. 25

Swanson Cattle Company 30th Annual Production Sale, Oxford, NE

Feb. 25

Oklahoma Gelbvieh Association Sooner Select Sale, McAlester, OK

Feb. 25

Seedstock Plus North Missouri Bull Sale, Kingsville, MO

Mar. 4 Thorstenson Lazy TV Ranch Annual Bull Sale, Selby, SD Mar. 4 Judd Ranch 39th Gelbvieh, Balancer and Red Angus Bull Sale, Pomona, KS Mar. 4 Davidson Gelbvieh & Lonesome Dove Ranch 28th Annual Bull Sale, Ponteix, Saskatchewan, Canada Mar. 4 Hilltop Farms Bull & Female Sale, Carthage, MO Mar. 4 Flying H Genetics Roughage N Ready Bull & Female Sale, Arapahoe, NE Mar. 4 Seedstock Plus Arkansas Bull Sale, Hope, AR Mar. 4 SEGA Gelbvieh Bull Sale, Pierce, CO Mar. 6 MLM Gelbvieh Open House & Private Treaty Kick-off Sale, Superior, NE Mar. 6 Hojer Ranch 25th Annual Gelbvieh & Balancer Production Sale, Huron, SD Mar. 7 Warner Beef Genetics Genetic Investment Production Sale, Arapahoe, NE Mar. 11 Genetic Power Gelbvieh and Balancer Bull Sale (J Bar M Gelbvieh and J& K Gelbvieh), Springfield, MO Mar. 14 Bar Arrow Cattle Company 27th Annual Production Sale, Phillipsburg, KS Mar. 15 Eagle Pass Ranch Spring Bull Sale, Highmore, SD Mar. 16 Kicking Horse Ranch Annual Production Sale, Great Falls, MT Mar. 18 Lone Oak Cattle 5th Annual Private Treaty Bull Sale, Mechanicsville, Iowa Mar. 18 Midwest Beef Cattle Consultants, Brooks Farms, Inc., Ertel Cattle and Unsicker Farms 14th Annual Open House and Bull Sale, Carthage, Indiana Mar. 18 Pearson Cattle Company Annual Bull Sale, Lake City, SD Mar. 18 22nd Annual Central Montana Gelbvieh and Angus Genetics Bull Sale, Lewistown, MT Mar. 18 Flying H Genetics Roughage N’ Ready/Fescue Adapted Spring Bull Sale, Butler, MO Mar. 25 Harriman Santa Fe Top of the Breed Bull Sale, Windsor, MO Mar. 25 Seedstock Plus South Missouri Bull Sale, Carthage, MO Mar. 25 Cranview Gelbvieh Production Sale, Rugby, ND

Feb. 25

Post Rock Cattle Company Cowman’s Kind Bull & Female Sale, Barnard, KS

April 2017

February 2017

April 22 Seedstock Plus Influence Bull and Female Sale, Kingsville, MO

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13 -0.3 68 94 33 67 0 6.63 0.15


2 0.14 -0.51 24 0.57 -0.08 40.75 70.49 83.64

Bull is deceased. Limited quantities of semen available: $50/unit • 10 unit minimum




Farms Doug & Sue Hughes


Contact Doug Hughes for semen on Impact: C 276/620-4271

e t i t k n s c a o o P R Gr F



Jerry & Karen Wilson



#1 most used Purebred Gelbieh bull for past four years.






Farms Doug & Sue Hughes

J & K GELBVIEH FARM, INC Jerry & Karen Wilson

10 0.5 74 109 31 68 4 10.34 2.61


4 -0.04 -0.30 35 -0.02 -0.19 63.60 68.73 118.19

Bull is deceased. Limited quantities of semen available: $50/unit • 10 unit minimum Contact Doug Hughes for semen on Impact: C 276/620-4271

GW ad index 3 G Ranch.........................................51 ABCS Gelbvieh................................44 Adkins Gelbvieh..............................45 AGA....................................................9 AGA National Sale..........................15 AGF.....................................................9 AGJA.................................................14 B/F Cattle Company........................46 Bachman Farms...............................46 Bar Arrow Cattle Company.....46, 63 Bar IV Livestock..............................43 Bar T Bar Ranch, Inc.......................44 Beastrom Gelbvieh Ranch..............45 Bid on the Block..............................33 Blackhawk Cattle Company...........51 Black Hills Stock Show...................17 Boehler Gelbvieh.............................47 Bolton Cattle Ranch........................44 Bow K Ranch...................................44 Brandywine Farm............................44 Bull Barn Genetics.....................38, 52 BV Ranch..........................................41 Canadian GV Assn..........................52 Cattlemen’s Connection..............1, 52 C-Cross Cattle Company...............43 Cedar Top Ranch.................... IFC, 47 Chimney Butte Ranch.................... 45 C.H. Morris & Sons, LLC...............43 Circle S Ranch..................................46 CJ&L Livestock..........................17, 45 Cranview Gelbvieh....................45, 48 Cunningham, Ronn........................52 Danell Diamond Six Ranch............44 DDM Gelbvieh.................................51 Diamond L Farms...........................41 Diamond V Gelbvieh......................46 Dixie National Livestock Show......11 Dromgoole’s Heaven.......................41 Eagle Pass Ranch.............................45 Ellison Gelbvieh & Angus Ranch..45 Flying H Genetics.................... 47, BC

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Genetic Power Sale..........................21 Golden Buckle Gelbvieh.......... 27, 45 Golden Rule Sale.............................25 Green Hills Gelbvieh.......................43 GS Ridge Top Ranch.......................44 Gustin’s Diamond D Gelbvieh.39, 45 Hampton Cattle Company.............43 Harriman Santa Fe..........................46 Hart Farm Gelbvieh....................3, 46 Hartland Farm.................................46 Hilltop Farms...................................46 Hodges Ranch..................................41 Hojer Gelbvieh Ranch...............45, 57 Iowa Beef Expo................................19 J&K Farm....................................51, 65 J Bar M Gelbvieh.............................46 Judd Ranch, Inc.................. 36, 37, 46 Kicking Horse Ranch......................44 Kittle Gelbvieh Farms.....................41 Knoll Crest Farm.............................43 Koehn Cattle Co..............................41 Land of Oz/ John C Oswald...........46 Lambert, Doak.................................52 Ledgerwood Gelbvieh.....................44 LeDoux Ranch...........................46, 68 Lemke Cattle..............................42, 47 Leonhardt Cattle Company............45 Linquist Farms.................................44 Little Windy Hill Farms............43, 65 Lone Oak Cattle...............................44 Longleaf Station...............................43 Lost River Livestock........................50 M&P Gelbvieh.................................47 M&W Farms....................................43 Maple Hill Farm...............................51 Markes Family Farms......................41 Martens Gelbvieh............................44 Martin Cattle Company..................41 Mattison Family Farm....................45 Middle Creek Farms.......................44 Miller Gelbvieh................................41

Mitchell Marketing Service.....19, 21, .............................................. 25, 27, 52 MLM Gelbvieh.................................47 Mulroy Farms...................................46 Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic.........61 Nine Bar Nine Gelbvieh..................44 Nowack Cattle Company................47 Plateau Gelbvieh..............................44 Pope Farms Gelbvieh......................51 Post Rock Cattle Company........7, 46 Prairie Hills Gelbvieh........................5 Poverty Hill Farms..........................41 Register Farms.................................43 Rocking GV Gelbvieh.....................47 Rocky Top Gelbvieh........................43 Rogers Valley Farm Gelbvieh.........47 Russell Family Livestock.................45 SafetyZone........................................40 Sawtooth Gelbvieh Cattle & Hay...44 Schafer Farms, Inc...........................45 Seedstock Plus Genetics.................52 Seedstock Plus............................52, 55 Spring Flood Ranch........................47 Swanson Cattle Company..............47 Swenson Gelbvieh...........................45 Taubenheim Gelbvieh...............47, 59 The 88 Ranch....................................47 Thorstenson Gelbvieh...............45, 67 Treble W Ranch...............................43 Triple H Farms.................................44 Triple K Gelbvieh.............................46 Volek Ranch.....................................45 Warner Beef Genetics .................IBC White Oak Farms............................47 Wildwood Acres..............................51 Wilkinson Gelbvieh........................44 Wolf Gelbvieh..................................47 Wyatt Farms.....................................51 Wyndemere Farm LLC...................43 Yoder’s Prairie Acres.......................51

Thorstenson’s Lazy TV Ranch Take It From Coy Thompson: “Our calves are getting bigger faster than I am since my Dad started buying bulls from Lazy TV Ranch. Our calves have weaned heavier EVERY year.”

• Son of Justin & Micki Thompson, customers since 2008

GREAT Calving-Ease


Top 15% of Breed BW CED -1.9 15 Average EPDs of 2017 Sale bulls

Top 20% of Breed MB REA .75 .54 Average EPDs on 2017 Sale Bulls

36th Annual Production Sale

Saturday March 4, 2017 160 Balancer/Gelbvieh (Red & Black) Bulls 45 Black Angus Bulls Like us on Facebook at Lazy TV Ranch

Purchased for $3250 by Dale Perman in 2016 Production Sale

Thorstenson Gelbvieh & Angus

12980 Cedar Rd., Selby, SD 57472

Vaughn & Wendy

Brian & DeDee

605/649-6262 605/649-9927 Fax: 605/649-7361 • E-mail:

Selling Balancer, Red Angus, Angus Bulls and Females

Annual Production Sale FEBRuARy 11, 2017

AHL Roadhouse 6157D


REG: 1349526 | 38% GELBVIEH HoMo PoLlED


REG: 1296227 | 38% GELBVIEH HoMo BlACK, HoMo PoLlED

EgL Roundhouse B019



AHL Hondo 6122D



EgL Lifeline B101

REG: 1298079 | 50% GELBVIEH HoMo BlACK, HoMo PoLlED

785.527.3188 - ANDy | 785.364.5999 - DANIElLE | 785.302.1252 - DUStiN

Offerings are exciting

Take Advantage





DLW WAR BELLE 614D Purebred Gelbvieh Highlight 066K x Ms Wardon 2510Z

DLW DEDICATION 7120D Purebred Gelbvieh Highlight 066K x Ms Wardon 2510Z

DLW ASTRONAUT 5010C 50% Balancer® DCSF Post Rock Astronaut 157A x Ms Mickey 9312








24 -0.32 28 0.41 0.64 46.39








23 -0.37 31 0.60 0.61 82.20










DLW DETERMINED 063D 50% Balancer® Prophet x Ms Tyra 2520Z

DLW DENSITY 1017D Purebred 88% Gelbvieh Wide Track 3706A x Ms Matron 802U

DLW EDISON 580C 63% Balancer® DLW Edison 6718X x Lee Ann







36 -0.33 48 0.93 1.34 119.55

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36 -0.40 35 0.83 0.23 75.93







28 -0.50 23 0.60 -0.20 68.71

Genetic Investment Production Sale March 7, 2017 125 GELBVIEH, BALANCER AND ANGUS BULLS SELL

SALE MANAGEMENT BY: Mitchell Marketing Service



29 -0.30 21 0.50 0.30 69.37

Chris Mitchell 334-695-1371 Randy Sienknecht 319-290-3763 2262 C Avenue • Gladbrook, IA 50635

LiveAuctions TV


WARNER BEEF GENETICS Dan and Kate Warner 42198 Road 721 Arapahoe, NE 68922 Dan Warner: 308.962.6511 Monte Warner: 308.962.6136 Darren Warner: 308.824.2950


Final Statement Reg AMAR# 1704760

Effective 61 Reg: AAA# 17065105

Flying H Traction 45B Reg. AMGV# 1278896

Final Answer 0035 Reg: AAA# 13592905



The Tradition Continues...


For more information, or to request a sale catalog, scan the code or go to our website, call or text us.

Arapahoe, NE March 4 Butler, MO March 18

FLYING H GENETICS Find us on Facebook

Helping Build Family Successes Since 1949!

Kyle & Kayla Helms, NE 308.962.6940 Cody & Casie Helms, MO, NE 303.842.9071 Aaron Ishmael, MO 417.309.0062 Dick and Bonnie Helms 308.962.6500


January 2017 Gelbvieh World  

This issue includes a first look at 2016 convention convention and the first article from the new AGA President Scott Starr

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