American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) The AGJA is in the middle of a busy summer. From regional shows in Missouri and Kansas to the 2018 AGJA Corn Fed Classic in Waterloo, Iowa, the enthusiasm for the Gelbvieh breed is strong within the AGJA! This year’s summer will round out with The Summit, IGS Youth Leadership Conference, July 19-22, 2018, in Fort Worth, Texas.
BOLT-Powered EPDs The AGA is in the midst of transitioning to the new single-step method of genetic evaluation, called BOLT. With this change, genetic evaluations will now occur on a weekly basis. Evaluations will begin every Tuesday and encompass all data input into the registry at the close of business each Monday. Moving to a weekly evaluation means there is more stability between the release of new numbers each week and thus results in less dramatic changes compared to evaluations that occurred every six months, unless there is genomic data or a large contemporary group of data submitted on a young animal. With that said, members may see some changes in their animals’ EPDs when the initial transition happens. However, is it essential to keep in mind that this new method of genetic evaluation is the best technology for performance prediction currently available. More information about the transition to BOLT-powered EPDs can is found on page 8 and 10 of this edition of Gelbvieh World.
American Gelbvieh Foundation (AGF) The AGF continues to focus its efforts on the three pillars on which the AGF’s mission is based: youth
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development, research and membership education. The AGF continues to support the AJGA through scholarships, which are awarded to members of the AGJA each summer during the junior classic. In addition, the AGF held its third annual AGF Steer Challenge and Scale and Rail Sire-Identified Steer Contest. This year’s third annual contest has over 150 head of cattle participating. The steer challenge was developed as a fundraiser for the AGF as well as a way to collect additional carcass data that can be used for further breed improvement purposes. The program also allows breeders who may not finish their own cattle the opportunity to see how their cattle feed and hang on the rail.
This month's issue of Gelbvieh World is the annual herd reference edition.