Gelbvieh World Articles

The following articles are published in the Gelbvieh World magazine. Questions or comments should be directed to Rebecca Mettler, Gelbvieh World Editor.

Future of the Beef Industry by Scott Starr

AGA recently held the 47th Annual National Convention. All who attended the event left with a clear vision of the future of the Gelbvieh and Balancer business. Growing pains surrounding [ ]

The Gift of Knowledge by Angela Vesco

Knowledge is power. How many times have you heard that in your lifetime? How many times have you seen it come to fruition? Knowledge about an industry, a specific subject, [ ]

Youth Leadership in the Beef Industry by Kallie Mattison

The American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) provides opportunities for youth to grow as leaders. Through participation in contests and providing an environment in which the kids are
encouraged to develop relationships [ ]

Ode to a Cow by Tom Strahm

Ode To A Cow
By Unknown Author • The Old Farmer’s Almanac 1936
When life seems one too many for you,
Go and look at a cow.
When the future’s black and the outlook [ ]

Attending Local Shows Equates to Great Breed Promotion by Jesse Henson

Hi, everyone! Hope you are having a great fall thus far. I know it’s a busy time of year, but I wanted to discuss a little bit about junior livestock [ ]

AGJA Members Gain Industry-Wide Exposure with Leadership Conference

In early August, the American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) joined forces with the American Junior Shorthorn Association and the American Junior Simmental Association to put on a unique leadership conference [ ]

Over the Fence with Megan Rolf, Ph.D. by Angela Vesco

During the member education committee meeting at the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) National Convention in Wichita, Kansas, the AGA has invited Megan Rolf, Ph.D., assistant professor of animal breeding at Kansas [ ]

Good Bulls Don’t Cost, They Pay by Kari White

Ranching for profit has long been a business of tight bottom lines. Savvy ranchers are always looking for ways to reduce costs and spread them over more production points for greater profit. In [ ]

A Foundation for the Future by Aubree Beenken

If you were fortunate to be raised in a small town you know how easy it is to become involved in a multitude of organizations. Growing up you can be a part [ ]

Over the Fence with Kurt Johnson by Tom Strahm

Kurt Johnson is part of a multi-generational ranching family that runs a commercial cow-calf operation in north central Nebraska. Kurt is the fourth generation of Johnsons to ranch near Stuart, Nebraska, dating back to [ ]

Defined Success with Gelbvieh Influence by Rebecca Mettler

What does it mean to raise a productive cow? Does she have to have a calf every year, produce a calf that meets or exceeds your expectations at weaning and breed back each [ ]

Recapping a Week in Grand Island by Callahan Grund

I know while reading this it feels like it’s been an eternity since we’ve all been at The Big Red Classic, and for those of you who were not in attendance, it [ ]

It’s Not Just Another Cattle Show by Andrea Murray

I hope that this issue of the Gelbvieh World finds our members caught back up on rest and back to the normal routines of their daily lives. I am sure many of you [ ]

Over the Fence with Brad Bennett by Megan Slater

Brad Bennett is the extension educator for livestock evaluation and youth programs at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Brad serves as the UNL livestock judging team coach as well as the meat animal [ ]

Keys to Association Success from a Scientific Viewpoint By Rebecca Mettler

As referenced in President Scott Starr’s “View from the Board” article on page 6 of this edition of Gelbvieh World, The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) Board of Directors had the opportunity to hear from [ ]

What Every Young Family Farmer Should Know By Austin Miles – Cattle and Technology Research Associate, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

The 2012 Census of Agriculture compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service revealed some shocking (and maybe not so shocking) truths: farmers and ranchers are getting older, fewer in numbers, [ ]

Going the Extra Mile By Caitlin Griffin

It’s that time of year to make sure your herd is up to par. Have you been checking on the productivity of your herd this year? Make sure your herd is up to [ ]

Preparing for the Future with Today’s Growth and Change By Scott Starr

As the summer activities progress, there always seems to be many tasks that need to be completed before time can move on. By the time this publication reaches mailboxes, I will be finishing [ ]

Index Comparison within the Multi-Breed by Kari White

One of the many benefits of the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) participating in the International Genetic Solutions (IGS) multi-breed analysis is the fact that it makes our EPDs comparable with [ ]

American Gelbvieh Foundation Update by Al Knapp

The American Gelbvieh Foundation (AGF) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization established in 1991 to support youth, research, and member education. The AGF operates on charitable donations and AGF fundraising [ ]

Brush Up Your Beef Advocacy Skills for Junior Classic by Jesse Henson

First off I just want to say that I hope everyone is having a good spring. There are a lot of events coming up in the American Gelbvieh Junior Association [ ]

Versatility to Adjust is Key in Any Business by Dustin Rippe

The feedyard business is a highly competitive industry with many moving parts. One of the key ingredients to that is being able to adjust to what the market is asking [ ]

Communication: The Key to Success by Tanner Aherin

Eventually, there comes a time when each individual has to enter the job market to find a career that best suits them. Strengths and qualities for each individual may be [ ]

Is Your Cowherd Efficient? by Andy LeDoux

In today’s beef industry, there are many buzzwords: local, organic, and sustainable. These words are often used to compound what I like to call the drama effect, and this most [ ]

Gearing Up for the Main AGJA Events by Carter Mitchell

I hope that everyone’s 2017 is off to a great start! There are many upcoming American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) events for all of my fellow junior members and me [ ]

Telling Our Story by Aubree Beenken

Last month I started another semester at Iowa State University where I am double majoring in animal science and agriculture and society. During my time at Iowa State, I have [ ]

Ready for Veterinary Feed Directive? by Rebecca Mettler

The veterinary feed directive (VFD) discussion has been a hot topic in the beef industry for the past several months. January 1, 2017 is the date in which antibiotic regulations will change the [ ]

Strategic Plan Goals to Propel AGJA into the Future by Sydney Bigger

Change. Grow. Progress. You can’t have one without the others, and the agriculture industry is one that perfectly displays this. Our industry is one that is always changing. Farmers and ranchers are being challenged [ ]

Evolve to Meet Demands by Neal Pearson

Evolution: the dictionary has numerous definitions pertaining to this word. No, I’m not going to be giving a science lesson here, but it does have a significant meaning as it pertains to Gelbvieh and [ ]

Flying Without GPS: The Old Way Just Doesn’t Cut It by Neal Pearson

I want to recount something that happened to me on a recent flight to Denver. This flight originated in Watertown, South Dakota, with a stop in Pierre. Here is where things became interesting. After an additional 14 people had boarded [ ]

Juniors, Join Us in Lincoln! By Colton Spencer

Summertime is behind us and school is up and going. The Gelbvieh industry had a jam-packed summer full of leadership events and cattle shows. Maybe for your family the best shows are yet [ ]

The Time is Now! By Myron Edelman

Did you attend the American Gelbvieh Association National Convention last year held in Kansas City? Did you know that convention attendance and voting at the AGA annual meeting was more than doubled last [ ]

Is Modern Technology Worth It?

Beef cattle breed associations are proving that they can, and will service the beef industry far beyond the seedstock sector. The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) provides many services to the commercial cattle producer. As [ ]

The Cattle Business: You Get Out of It What You Put Into It by Myron Edelman

Do your cattle sell for the average price? Do you ponder the thought of why some cattle sell for more than other cattle selling on the same day, that are seemingly the same? [ ]

A Young Producer’s Perspective by Morgan Winchester

Growing up in the center of cow-calf country, I have gained respect and understanding for cattle breeders and for the amount of time and the work put into each calving season. I’m also [ ]

Breed Associations: Thing of the Past or Key to the Future? by Kari White

Any cattle producer knows that margins are getting increasingly tighter even in the most successful beef operations. Savvy producers are constantly assessing inputs into their business, looking for places to become more efficient. It’s [ ]

The Future of the Beef Industry by William McIntosh

The phrase, “The future of the beef industry,” gets tossed around a lot. That phrase can refer to technology, cattle markets, advancement it genetics, and on, and on. The truth [ ]

Unforgettable Experience by Aubree Beenken

For many of our families the summer is filled with baling hay, fixing fence, going to cattle shows, and a hundred other tasks that need to be done on the farm. While [ ]

Leadership is Not About the Next Election, It’s About the Next Generation by Emily Griffiths

It is hard to deny that we are in an extremelydynamic presidential election year. And while I believe in refraining from talk of politics at the dinner table (or in magazine columns) [ ]

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