Martin Named 2023 American Gelbvieh Association Breeder of the Year

Derek Martin, 2023 American Gelbvieh Association Breeder of the Year

LINCOLN, Neb. — Derek Martin of Bucklin, Kansas, was announced as the 2023 American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) Breeder of the Year at the 53rd Annual AGA National Convention on November 30, 2023, at the Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District in Omaha, Nebraska.

Martin along with his brother and sister-in-law, Eric and Holly Martin, own Golden Image Cattle near Ford, Kansas. The operation focuses on producing functional cattle that work for their commercial customers. An emphasis on structure and eye appeal in the operation’s breeding program has resulted in the cattle having success in the show ring. In addition to his Gelbvieh operation, Martin is the manager of Kinsley Feeders, LLC, a 30,000 head feedlot located near Kinsely, Kansas.

Martin recently completed his second term on the AGA board of directors, where he has served as secretary and treasurer. He has also served as the AGA representative on the American Gelbvieh Foundation board of directors. Martin manages the steers delivered to Kinsley Feeders for the AGF Steer Challenge and Scale and Rail Contest, where he provides reports and data on individual steer performance to the AGA to increase the amount of carcass data in the genetic evaluation.

In addition to his AGA involvement, Martin has been involved in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Kansas Livestock Association, Kansas Beef Council, and Beef Empire Days.

Congratulations to Derek Martin on being named the 2023 AGA Breeder of the Year!

The American Gelbvieh Association is a progressive beef cattle breed association representing 1,000 members and approximately 40,000 cows assessed annually in a performance-oriented total herd reporting system.