The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) will again recognize dedicated members that have been influential figures in the Gelbvieh breed. The 2023 AGA Hall of Fame inductees are John and Laurie Burbank of St. Catherine, Missouri. The Burbanks were presented the award at the awards banquet during the 52nd Annual AGA National Convention, which took place December 9, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Louisville, in Louisville, Kentucky.
Members of the AGA since the early 1980s, the Burbanks have been ardent supporters of the Gelbvieh and Balancer® breed. John served on the board of directors during pivotal changes in the association, including the introduction of SmartCross crossbreeding and the adoption of electronic registration. Additionally, John served as president of the AGA in 1999 and provided industry insight and focus to the board as the breed chartered new waters in developing a trademarked hybrid.
As one of the first in the breed to promote polled Gelbvieh bulls, the Burbanks continue to focus on providing both improved genetics and service to their customers.
Thinking bigger than their own personal operation, the Burbanks saw a need with seedstock producers in different areas to cooperate to sell bulls and females. This led John and Laurie to establish Seedstock Plus, a marketing cooperative that boasts 33-members throughout eight states. Today, a program is driven to provide more value to commercial cow-calf producers through Seedstock Plus members’ premium genetics.
“John and Laurie have a passion for the continued improvement of the Gelbvieh and Balancer breed,” shares Lori Maude. “They support the future of the breed and believe in giving young Gelbvieh breeders the opportunity to experience the beef industry on a larger stage. They have dedicated years to building a program and helping other producers be successful.”
Congratulations to this year’s Hall of Fame inductees, John and Laurie Burbank.
The American Gelbvieh Association is a progressive beef cattle breed association representing 1,100 members and approximately 40,000 cows assessed annually in a performance-oriented total herd reporting system.