Annual American Gelbvieh Association National Convention

The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) board of directors has made the difficult decision to postpone the association’s 50th anniversary celebration to late 2021. The event was originally scheduled to take place December 2-4, 2020, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Association will now hold virtual meetings on December 4 to conduct the business of the Association. The decision was made to postpone the celebration due to current gathering restrictions surrounding COVID-19 and attendee health and safety.

AGA Annual Meeting and Committee Meetings

December 4, 2020


The virtual AGA annual meeting and committee meetings are free for all AGA members to attend, however registration by November 25 is required. Registration is available by clicking the link below or by calling the AGA office at 303-465-2333.
Instructions for accessing the meetings including links to participate in meetings and vote online will be sent out to all registered attendees the week of the meeting.

Meeting Resources

Click below for the Approved Judges List Recommendation Form

Click below to download the Annual Meeting Book


AGA Board of Directors Candidates

The American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) nominating committee recommends the following seven candidates to fill the five open positions on the AGA Board of Directors. Additional nominations may be accepted from the floor during the annual meeting. 

Dustin Aherin, Missouri (seeking re-election)
Mark Hopfer, Oregon
Jeff Loveless, Utah (seeking re-election)
Derek Martin, Kansas (seeking re-election)
Dan McCarty, Colorado (seeking re-election)
William McIntosh, Kentucky
Mike Taubenheim, Nebraska

The election for the AGA board of directors will take place during the AGA annual meeting at 3 p.m. on Friday, December 4, 2020.

Dustin Aherin, Missouri

Originally from Phillipsburg, Kansas, my wife, Cassie, and I currently live in St. Charles, Missouri, given my position as a beef industry research analyst with Rabo AgriFinance, which is headquartered in the St. Louis area. Working with a global team of animal protein analysts, my primary role is offering insight to the bank and the bank’s clients regarding current and future developments in the North American beef industry.

In February 2020, I completed a Ph.D. from Kansas State University’s Beef Cattle Institute where my research focused on the development of a beef cattle production model to assess the relationship between biological and economic efficiency at the cow-calf level in connection to cow size and lactation. As part of my Ph.D., I also completed a visiting fellowship at MIT’s Sloan business school.

Having been involved with the Gelbvieh breed since 2003, I grew up in the junior program and served on the American Gelbvieh Junior Association board for several years. Throughout the years, as our lives, education, and careers have progressed, my brother, Tanner, and I have worked with Bar Arrow Cattle Company, LeDoux Ranch, and Eagle Pass Ranch to maintain a small herd of Gelbvieh and Balancer® cows.

Making a conscious effort to gain a broad understanding of the beef industry, I’ve been involved in the seedstock, commercial cow-calf, and cattle feeding sectors. Internationally, I spent several months in Russia on a large ET and AI project. I’ve also toured the beef and agricultural industries of Argentina, Brazil, and the United Kingdom. Before returning to graduate school, I spent a year covering western Kansas as a feedyard sales representative for Elanco Animal Health.

Beyond the past three years on the AGA Board, I’ve served on the AGA breed improvement committee since 2014, with several years as chair or co-chair, and as president of the Kansas Gelbvieh Association from 2017-2019. 

Increasing the industry relevance and market share of Gelbvieh-influenced cattle drives my motivation to re-run for the AGA Board. We’ve made progress in positioning the breed for the modern beef industry, but there’s still much to do. While I can’t offer the insight of a breeder who makes a living in the seedstock business, I hope my role as a beef industry analyst can help guide Gelbvieh and Balancer cattle to success in an ever-evolving world.

I would appreciate your support.

Mark Hopfer, Oregon

I am honored and excited to accept the nomination for the American Gelbvieh Association board of directors. 

I learned about the Gelbvieh breed when I had my Agriculture 1 students give presentations on breeds of livestock, as I was an agriculture science and technology instructor at Days Creek High School in Days Creek, Oregon, for 38 years. I took this job right out of Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural education. I’ve always had livestock and a small farming operation over the years that I taught.

After marrying my wife, Shawn, in 1987, we looked for a purebred breed of cattle that we could raise and promote, and we selected the Gelbvieh breed. We purchased our first Gelbvieh females in 1989 and that was our start of our commitment of developing the best Gelbvieh cattle that we could. After our daughters, Emily and Brooke, were born, they joined the operation; Emily is our cattle girl and Brooke is our sheep girl. They both have joined in the passion of producing high quality Gelbvieh cattle. We market our cattle under the ranch name of H4 Ranch. Most of the cattle are sold private treaty from our present herd of 40 females.

After my retirement in 2011, I have been the full-time ranch manager, ranch hand, and “master feeder” in the H4 Ranch operation. Also, during my retirement I have been involved in starting the Pacific Northwest Gelbvieh Association that covers Oregon, Washington, Northern California, and Idaho. At the same time, I also helped get a regional Gelbvieh show started at the Oregon State Fair. 

In 2016 I was honored with the AGA Member of the Year and have served one year on the awards committee and two years on the member education committee. 

I serve as the chairman of The Rockies to the Pacific Female Online Gelbvieh Sale for the past two years, which is a joint effort of the Pacific Northwest Gelbvieh Association and the Montana Gelbvieh Association.

I would be honored to serve as a board member for the AGA which represents many outstanding individuals and help to keep it growing.

Jeff Loveless, Utah

It has been my honor to serve American Gelbvieh Association for the past three years on the board of directors. I have had the opportunity to develop relationships with people from all over the country and have made lifelong friends. My wife Tami and I operate Loveless Gelbvieh in Spanish Fork, Utah.  We have five children and nine grandchildren, who are all involved in the family business. Our cattle are run on a U.S. Forest Service permit. Our permit starts at 5,000 feet in elevation and increases up to 10,000 feet elevation in seven miles. This range is only accessible by horseback. It is a rough and steep country with a long distance between water holes. I think the strength in Gelbvieh cattle is their ability to adapt to all environmental conditions.  In the Western states we battle with high altitude disease, arid desert, and many run their cattle on public lands. For these reasons, I believe Gelbvieh cattle need to be promoted for their ability to thrive in a variety of conditions.

During the past three years that I have served, we have collected new data about PAP testing that could help lead to a potential new EPD. Since new data shows right-sided heart failure in feedlots, I feel it is important to continue this project to help select against susceptibility. In our experience and through testing, most Gelbvieh cattle are not affected. This can help us in our marketability for feedlot cattle because our breed can decrease mortality.

I have also had the opportunity to be a part of implementing BOLT-powered EPDs, relocating the office to Lincoln, Nebraska, hiring a great executive director, and starting to implement a foot score and leg structure evaluation project. 

I recently visited some breeders in Nebraska and there is much excitement and enthusiasm around our breed. Everyone who owns Gelbvieh cattle knows how exceptional they are, and it is time for the rest of the world to know this as well. The cattle industry is enormous, and I hope to help the breed become a mainstay. We as cattlemen are facing many new obstacles. I hope to help us navigate through these uncertain times. I feel very blessed to be in this business, and for the relationships I’ve developed along the way. It would be my honor to continue to serve on the AGA board. I would appreciate your support and vote!

Derek Martin, Kansas

It has been an honor to serve on the AGA board for the last three years and as treasurer in 2019-2020. It’s also of an equal honor to be nominated for re-election. My experience with the seedstock business, knowledge of cattle feeding and marketing, and my love for Gelbvieh cattle makes me a good candidate. 

I have raised Gelbvieh for over 35 years with my family in Ford, Kansas.  We operate Golden Image Cattle, where we strictly select for strong maternal traits and sell a few of our top bulls to commercial cattlemen. 

My passion for quality livestock began while showing Gelbvieh cattle as a junior and continued as a part of the Kansas State University livestock judging team.  I carried this on in the first half of my career through showing many champions and developing widely used AI sires like Extra, Tabasco and 66Z. I was fortunate to be voted Gelbvieh Herdsman of the Year two times.  I still enjoy officiating national judging contests and participating in Beef Empire Days, a live and carcass show for feedlot cattle.  

Twenty years ago, I switched career paths away from a purebred focus to the cattle feeding business.  I learned risk management, live and grid marketing, commodity purchasing, as well as business and personnel management.  I am currently the manager and part owner of Kinsley Feeder, LLC.  It is a custom cattle feedyard that finishes over 80,000 cattle per year.  Kinsley Feeders is a medium-sized feedyard in today’s industry, but we still employ 40 people, feed over 1 million pounds of feed a day and manage a $50 million cattle inventory for customers.  We finance many of those customers and provide risk management with futures and options. 

I have served in many industry leadership positions: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Kansas Livestock Association, Kansas Beef Council, Beef Empire Days, and County Extension.  In 1991, I was president of the American Gelbvieh Junior Association where we made many lasting changes that exist today.  

I believe my breadth of knowledge about the cattle industry, management experience of staff and finances, and enthusiasm for a breed of cattle that have potential for growth would make me a qualified AGA board member.  I am flattered by the nomination and would appreciate your vote.  

Dan McCarty, Colorado

It is an honor to be asked by the nominating committee to consider running for a second term on the AGA board of directors. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first term and look forward to continuing to work on behalf of Gelbvieh and Balancer® breeders from across the country. 

I am a fourth-generation cattleman and my family has been involved with the Gelbvieh breed since acquiring our first Gelbvieh females in 1982. My wife, Morgan, and I own and operate McCarty Cattle Company in western Colorado. We focus on raising bulls for commercial cattlemen that hold up in rugged mountain and high desert environments. We market our bulls with a great group of breeders in the Pot of Gold Bull Sale. 

I am employed as the director of industry outreach with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. I represent the association to cattle producers and state cattlemen’s associations throughout the west. Additionally, I manage the NCBA Livestock Marketing Council, the group of auction markets and order buyers that are active in NCBA. Prior to joining NCBA, I was a part of the management team of a large commercial cow-calf operation and gained experience with multiple crossbreeding strategies.

I graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in farm & ranch management and have attended both the Missouri Auction School and the Western College of Auctioneering. Additionally, I was nominated for and participated in the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management Excellence in Ag Leadership Program. 

I am active in the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and am a past officer of the Holy Cross Cattlemen’s Association. In 2013, I was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Colorado State Board of Stock Inspection Commissioners, where I have served as president twice. 

Gelbvieh and Balancer breeders are well aware of the many traits that our cattle excel in. We have made great strides, but we must continue to aggressively promote our breed to continue to gain acceptance with commercial cattlemen and cattle feeders to grow our market share. I also believe it is important to continue to communicate the maternal superiority and adaptability of our breed. 

I would appreciate your support and look forward to your input on how we can work together to position Gelbvieh for the future. 

William McIntosh, Kentucky

I must first say that being asked to run for the AGA board of directors is an honor and I am very humbled and grateful for the opportunity. My wife Carrie and I live in Georgetown Kentucky, where my brother Steve and I own and operate McIntosh Brothers, a registered Gelbvieh and Balancer® seedstock operation.  Steve and I purchased our first Gelbvieh cattle in 1989 and in that time, we have been active in both the Kentucky and American Gelbvieh Associations. 

From the early age of 14 I developed a passion for the breed. I am a charter member of the Kentucky Gelbvieh Association and currently serve as president.  In 1995, I served as vice president of the American Gelbvieh Junior Association where I gained a ton of knowledge and developed life-long relationships.  From 2003 to 2009 Steve and I owned a stocker backgrounding operation and I worked at the local sale barn as clerk, backup auctioneer, and I did some order buying. I learned so much about the entire beef industry in those years and the importance of never overlooking the basics. 

Today our primary farm income is generated by commercial Gelbvieh and Balancer bull sales. I understand what it’s like to financially depend on the cowherd to make a farm payment or equipment payment. The Gelbvieh breed is a passion, but more importantly it’s a business. And I know from an association standpoint, the board and staff should never forget the impact their decisions can have finically on the membership. I worked as the eastern field representative for the AGA and then later in my career as AGA marketing coordinator. I traveled across the country meeting AGA members, commercial producers, and feeders. I feel like I understand the challenges facing AGA members both large and small and am excited to address the challenges.  Again, thank you to the nominating committee for the nomination to run for the AGA board and thank you for your consideration.

Mike Taubenheim, Nebraska

I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for the AGA board of directors. My family and I own and operate Taubenheim Gelbvieh in Amherst, Nebraska. Our family operation consists of my parents (Dale & Jeannette), my wife (Renee), and my five children (Justin (Janelle), Tanner (Kelli), Sydney, Seth, and Kale) along with my four grandchildren (Turner, Callaway, Jace, and Haven). All of my children have been very involved in the AGJA, and their growth through that program is worth so much to them. My two oldest boys, Justin and Tanner, have both made their way back to work at the family operation full time with me.

I was raised on a dairy operation, and after graduating college I wanted to move our operation to beef cattle. I bought a pair of Gelbvieh bred heifers in 1980, and when I saw the resulting progeny and how well those two heifers bred back, I knew I needed to add more Gelbvieh to our herd. Taubenheim Gelbvieh has continued to grow and we strive to maintain functional cattle that will fit all aspects of the beef industry. We run 550 head of Gelbvieh and Balancer® cattle along with 150 head of commercial cattle. We have an annual production sale on the first Monday in February, where we sell around 100 bulls and 50 females. 

Every year we implant around 150 embryos and AI 400-500 females. We do this because we are trying to produce the highest quality bulls and females for our customers. We have also started following our cattle through our family feedyard and on the rail, collecting data on every animal. We then submit the data to the AGA in hopes it will improve genomics and provide value to our customers.

I am running for the AGA board of directors because I want to help to advance our breed and the beef industry. My experience raising Gelbvieh cattle over the last 40 years allows me to bring many perspectives and ideas from all angles of the industry. My desire to serve comes from the success the Gelbvieh breed has allowed my family and I to have during that time. Seeing the growth that the breed has had since I first got involved inspires me to keep the forward movement and add to the cause. Finally, I want to say thank you for your consideration, I would greatly appreciate your vote and would be honored to serve on the AGA board. Thank you.