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Champions Selected at 2024 Cattlemen’s Congress Gelbvieh and Balancer Junior Show

LINCOLN, Neb. — The 2024 Cattlemen’s Congress Gelbvieh and Balancer® Junior Breeding Female Show was held on Sunday, December 31, 2023, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Exhibitors had the pleasure of welcoming judge Jason Hoffman of Thedford, Nebraska, to evaluate and sort through 30 Gelbvieh and 54 Balancer females.

Grand Champion Gelbvieh Female was JNCC Cowtown Julia 150J owned by Cameron Nowack of Bland, Missouri. Sired by GHGF Cow Town D536, and born September 9, 2021, this female first earned the title of Champion Senior Yearling Heifer.

Reserve Grand Champion Gelbvieh Female was TGV T Bar S Jada 168L owned by Memphis Peterson of Pukwana, South Dakota. Born March 9, 2023, and sired by DDGR Stellar 124J, this female first earned the title of champion spring heifer calf.

Grand Champion Balancer Female was BCFG Butlers Ms Kyla 549K ET owned by Braylen Schaeffer, Hagerstown, Indiana. Sired by PVF Blacklist 7077, and born February 28, 2022, this female first earned the title of Champion Junior Yearling Heifer.

Reserve Grand Champion Balancer Female was BCFG Butlers Ms Lola 133L owned by Ayven Moon of Ellensburg, Washington. Born January 12, 2023, and sired by PVF Blacklist 7077, this female first earned the title of Champion Winter Heifer Calf.

Gelbvieh Junior Breeding Females

Champion Spring Heifer Calf

TGV T Bar S Jada 168L

Memphis Peterson, Pukwana, S.D.

Sire: DDGR Stellar 124J

Reserve Champion Spring Heifer Calf

BRAX Lettie L37 ET

Braxton Murray, Kingfisher, Okla.

Sire: GHGF Man O’War F825

Champion Winter Heifer Calf

BCFG Butlers Ms Lucy 282L ET

Alexandria Raab, Markle, Ind.

Sire: JRI General Patton 213B97 ET

Reserve Champion Winter Heifer Calf

JRI Ms Bedazzled 254L92 ET

Lacy Renea Judd, Pomona, Kan.

Sire: JRI Bandito 253H32

Champion Senior Heifer Calf

CRLL Emeryn 2757K ET

Jacie Diane Carroll, Raymore, Mo.

Sire: RWG RWG Seminole Wind 9430 ET

Reserve Champion Senior Heifer Calf

JNCC Jewels 259K

Cameron Nowack, Bland, Mo.

Sire: RROF Over Final Line 16F

Champion Intermediate Heifer

AMT Kinsley 265K

Alexandria Raab, Markle, Ind.

Sire: GHGF Top Shelf 25G2 ET

Champion Late Spring Yearling Heifer

GHGF Whit’s Wisdom 25K

Shelby Candler, Weaverville, N.C.

Sire: GHGF Cow Town D536

Champion Junior Yearling Heifer

JRI Ms Precision 207K312 ET

Lily Grace Judd, Pomona, Kan.

Sire: JRI General Patton 213B97 ET

Reserve Champion Junior Yearling Heifer

MDR Birdie 211K

Corbin Lowe, Winfield, Kan.

Sire: JRI Top Dog 68T14

Champion Senior Yearling Heifer

JNCC Cowtown Julia 150J

Cameron Nowack, Bland, Mo.

Sire: GHGF Cow Town D536

Grand Champion Gelbvieh Junior Breeding Female

JNCC Cowtown Julia 105J

Cameron Nowack, Bland, Mo.

Sire: GHGF Cow Town D536

Reserve Grand Champion Gelbvieh Junior Breeding Female

TGV T Bar S Jada 168L

Memphis Peterson, Pukwana, S.D.

Sire: DDGR Stellar 124J

Balancer Junior Breeding Females

Champion Spring Heifer Calf

BREK Lucille L42 ET

Breckon Murray, Kingfisher, Okla.

Sire: Colburn Primo 5153

Reserve Champion Spring Heifer Calf

DTK Layla C124L

Teaghan Bird, Hampton, Iowa

Sire: PVF Blacklist 7077

Champion Winter Heifer Calf

BCFG Butlers Ms Lola 133L

Ayven Moon, Ellensburg, Wash.

Sire: PVF Blacklist 7077

Reserve Champion Winter Heifer Calf

GHGF Lorrie Darlin 907L

Shelby Candler, Weaverville, N.C.

Sire: GHGF Top Shelf 25G2 ET

Champion Senior Heifer Calf

JACY Follow You To Virgie 222K

Jaycie Forbes, De Smet, S.D.

Sire: GDV T Bar S Casino 115G ET

Reserve Champion Senior Heifer Calf

T Bar S 24 Karat 1167K ET

Ayven Moon, Ellensburg, Wash.

Sire: SCC SCH 24 Karat 838

Champion Intermediate Heifer

KRYB Karsyn’s Girl 02K

Karsyn Youngblood, Columbus, Kan.

Sire: TTTT 4T Pure Profit ET

Reserve Champion Intermediate Heifer

MDR Empress K87

Kyson Thiel, Kaw City, Okla.

Sire: MDR First Round Pick 9824G ET

Champion Late Spring Yearling Heifer

JCPG Julia 830F 223K

Molly Anderson, Marion, N.C.

Sire: TJB Rebel Yell 804F ET

Reserve Champion Late Spring Yearling Heifer

MDR Knock Out 203K

Corbin Lowe, Winfield, Kan.

Sire: MDR First Step 7549E

Champion Junior Yearling Heifer

BCFG Butlers Ms Kyla 549K ET

Braylen Schaeffer, Hagerstown, Ind.

Sire: PVF Blacklist 7077

Reserve Champion Junior Yearling Heifer

MDR Freedom 202K

Corbin Lowe, Winfield, Kan.

Sire: MDR First Round Pick 9824G ET

Grand Champion Balancer Junior Breeding Female

BCFG Butlers Ms Kyla 549K ET

Braylen Schaeffer, Hagerstown, Ind.

Sire: PVF Blacklist 7077

Reserve Grand Champion Junior Breeding Female

BCFG Butlers Ms Lola 133L

Ayven Moon, Ellensburg, Wash.

Sire: PVF Blacklist 7077

The American Gelbvieh Association is a progressive beef association representing 1,100 members and approximately 40,000 cows assessed annually in a performance-oriented total herd reporting system. 

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Champions Awarded in Eighth Annual American Gelbvieh Foundation Scale and Rail Contest and Steer Challenge

LINCOLN, Neb. — The results are in, and champions have been awarded in the 2023 American Gelbvieh Foundation (AGF) Scale and Rail Contest and Steer Challenge. The contest harvested 62 head from 9 participants, awarding $3,625 total in cash prizes and 21 banners sponsored by the AGF.

The steers had an excellent overall performance with an average daily gain of 4.02 pounds per head per day and a dry matter feed conversion of 6.06:1. The AGF extends a special thank you to Kinsley Feeders of Kinsley, Kansas, and Derek Martin, for hosting and supporting the contest.

The steers were harvested at National Beef in Dodge City, Kansas, and sold on the USPB grid. Thank you to Stuart Jarvis for donating the USPB delivery rights. The steers had an overall hot carcass weight of 953 pounds with 97% having a yield grade 1,2, or 3.

The AGF continues to help advance the Gelbvieh breed through its support of research and development. For this reason, the AGF continues its Scale and Contest and Steer Challenge. These two projects provide the information and funds necessary to generate data sets to advance Gelbvieh carcass merit. Together, these projects will solidify carcass merit within the Gelbvieh breed and place the cattle in a more competitive position in the beef industry through providing supplementary carcass data on Gelbvieh-influenced genetics. In addition to the data collected and the knowledge gained from these projects, money raised will help to further develop more accurate tools for ranchers when selecting Gelbvieh and Balancer® genetics.

Scale & Rail Contest Results

The Scale and Rail Contest awards $1,625 in cash prizes and 15 banners to outstanding participants in both the Gelbvieh and Balancer divisions.

Champion Average Daily Gain Gelbvieh Steer 

Tag: 245K1

Average Daily Gain: 4.82

Quality Grade: USDA Choice

Yield Grade: 2

Owned By: Post Rock Cattle Company

Sired By: DCSF Post Rock Top Gun 65F8 ET

Champion Average Daily Gain Balancer Steer

Tag: 8093

Average Daily Gain: 5.16

Quality Grade: USDA Select

Yield Grade: 3

Owned By: Wilkinson Gelbvieh

Sired By: BNW Plainsman Dirt Road 6144D

Champion Carcass Value Gelbvieh Steer

Tag: 245K1

Carcass Value: $3,072.00

Quality Grade: USDA Choice

Yield Grade: 2

Owned By: Post Rock Cattle Company

Sired By: DCSF Post Rock Top Gun 65F8

Champion Carcass Value Balancer Steer

Tag: 7079

Carcass Value: $2,748.90

Quality Grade: USDA Choice

Yield Grade: 2

Owned By: Wilkinson Gelbvieh

Sired By: BNW Plainsman Granger 9126G

Champion Pen of Gelbvieh Steers

Pen Value: $8,419.18

Pen Quality Grade: USDA Choice

Pen Yield Grade: 3

Owned By: Post Rock Cattle Company

Sired By: DCSF Post Rock Top Gun 65F8 ET

Champion Pen of Balancer Steers

Pen Value: $8,892.75

Pen Quality Grade: USDA Choice

Pen Yield Grade: 2

Owned By: Wilkinson Gelbvieh

Sired By: BNW Plainsman DirtRoad 6144D

Reserve Champion Pen of Balancer Steers

Pen Value: $8,734.10

Pen Quality Grade: USDA Choice

Pen Yield Grade: 2

Owned By: Flying H Genetics

Sired By: FHG Mr. Protégé 173G

Steer Challenge Results

Participants of the 2023 Steer Challenge were award $2,000 in cash prizes and six banners. All three participants — Boehler Gelbvieh, Flying H Genetics, Wilkinson Gelbvieh — each donated $1,000 to the AGF.

Champion Average Daily Gain

Tag: 310K

Average Daily Gain: 5.06

Quality Grade: USDA Choice

Yield Grade: 2

Owned By: Boehler Gelbvieh

Sired By: XXB Classic 308G

Champion Carcass Steer

Tag: 7079

Carcass Value: $2,748.90

Quality Grade: USDA Choice

Yield Grade: 2

Owned By: Wilkinson Gelbvieh

Sired By: BNW Plainsman Granger 9126G

Congratulations to all the 2023 Scale and Rail Contest and Steer Challenge champions and thank you to everyone who participated in the contest. To view complete results and learn more about the contest, visit https://gelbvieh.org/foundation/projects.

The American Gelbvieh Foundation secures, grows, and responsibly distributes assets for research, member education, and youth development to sustain and grow Gelbvieh genetics.

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Mark and Patty Goes Named American Gelbvieh Association 2024 Hall of Fame Inductees

Pictured (left to right): Patty Goes, Mark Goes, and award presenter; Connie Tabor.

LINCOLN, Neb. — Each year the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) recognizes a dedicated member who has been an influential figure in the Gelbvieh breed. The 2024 AGA Hall of Fame inductees are Mark and Patty Goes of Odell, Nebraska. The Goes were presented with their award at the 53rd Annual AGA National Convention on November 30, 2023, at the Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District in Omaha, Nebraska.

In his professional career, Goes served as an instructor at Southeast Community College in Beatrice, Nebraska. During his tenure, he started a Gelbvieh and Balancer® herd at the college and advocated for the breed among students by taking them to shows and sales. Many of his students have started their own Gelbvieh and Balancer herds and become members of the AGA.

Goes continued youth education outside of the classroom by implementing the live carcass evaluation contest at the American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) Junior Classic. He procured the cattle, scheduled harvest slots and explained the carcass results to the contestants. Through the creation of this contest, Goes helped connect live cattle production to the value of end-product merit and consumer demand.

Goes has served in many leadership positions throughout the beef industry. Goes is a past president of the American Gelbvieh Association, serves as an active committee member, and was the first president of the American Gelbvieh Foundation (AGF) where he currently serves as the vice president. Additionally, Goes has served in multiple positions to develop the strategic directions of many industry-leading organizations.

“While I’ve always known Mark is a selfless individual, it has become even more obvious while serving on the AGF board with him,” said Tanner Aherin. “When an important decision is to be made, Mark is someone who wants to vet all the outcomes and how they might impact each breeder across the country — never making himself the priority. Mark is willing to challenge the group to ensure the right decision is made that is most beneficial for all people involved in the Gelbvieh breed.”

Congratulations to the 2024 AGA Hall of Fame inductees, Mark and Patty Goes!

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. 

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Burton Named 2023 American Gelbvieh Association Commercial Producer of the Year

Pictured (left to right): award presenter; Blake Hojer, Dallas Burton, and Lacey Burton

LINCOLN, Neb. — Dallas Burton of Hitchcock, South Dakota, was announced as the 2023 American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) Commercial Producer 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.

Burton operates DWB Farms which is a cow/calf and feedlot operation consisting of approximately 400 cows. The farm was originally a dairy operation, but when Burton took charge, he chose beef cattle as the optimal path to maximize the use of the resources they had available. Burton targeted maternal and carcass traits to move the operation forward. He started keeping his own replacement females when he realized the females, he was producing were far superior to what he could purchase.

“We could never justify keeping our own replacements before, but after seeing the quality of our Gelbvieh-influenced females we couldn’t afford to not keep them,” said Burton.

Burton has used the strengths of the Gelbvieh breed to move DWB Farms forward. He understands that single trait selection is not beneficial, but certain traits are very important. Selecting Gelbvieh genetics with carcass merit and strong maternal traits has allowed Burton to sustain profitability in both the feedlot and his cowherd.

“Dallas has put an extra emphasis on carcass traits and has seen a direct improvement in the way his cattle perform on the rail. In 2022, his cattle went 97% USDA Prime or Choice, and virtually all yield grades 1-3. He monitors results and makes adjustments where needed,” said Blake Hojer, Hojer Ranch LLC. “Most notably, his most recent load of calves graded 100% USDA Prime and Choice with 50% grading USDA Prime.”

Congratulations to Dallas Burton on being named the 2023 AGA Commercial Producer 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. 

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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.

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American Gelbvieh Association Elects Board of Directors

The American Gelbvieh Association elected directors and officers for 2024 during its national convention in Omaha, Neb. Back row (left to right): Justin Taubenheim, Amherst, Neb.; Tom Vehige, Billings, Mo.; Mark Covington, Montrose, Colo.; Gary Felger, Lohman, Mo.; Troy Forbes, De Smet, S.D.; Gregg Hartman, Pueblo, Colo.; Dan Warner, Arapahoe, Neb.; Greg Anderson, Marion, N.C.; Zack Butler, Milton, Tenn. Front row (left to right): Brent Overmiller, Smith Center, Kan.; William McIntosh, Georgetown, Ky.; Lori Maude, Hermosa, S.D.; David Larson, Clearbrook, Minn.; Executive Director Megan Slater, Lincoln, Neb.

LINCOLN, Neb. – Members of the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) elected five candidates to the board of directors at the annual membership meeting held December 1, 2023, during the AGA National Convention in Omaha, Nebraska.

Newly elected board members are Greg “Bubba” Anderson, Marion, North Carolina; Troy Forbes, De Smet, South Dakota; Justin Taubenheim, Amherst, Nebraska; and Dan Warner, Dan Warner, Arapahoe, Nebraska. Re-elected to serve a second term was William McIntosh, Georgetown, Kentucky.

The AGA board of directors also elected individuals to serve in leadership positions on the executive committee for 2024. Lori Maude, Hermosa, South Dakota, was re-elected president. David Larson, Clearbrook, Minnesota, was elected vice president. Brent Overmiller, Smith Center, Kansas, was elected secretary. William McIntosh was re-elected treasurer.

Other members of the board include Todd Bicket, DVM, Chickamauga, Georgia; Zack Butler, Milton, Tennessee; Mark Covington, Montrose, Colorado; Gary Felger, Lohman, Missouri; Gregg Hartman, Pueblo, Colorado; Tom Vehige, Billings, Missouri; and Cory Voss, Bruning, Nebraska.

Retiring members of the 2023 AGA board of directors were Dustin Aherin, Parkville, Missouri; Jeff Loveless, Spanish Fork, Utah; Derek Martin, Kinsley, Kansas; and Dan McCarty, Rifle, Colorado.

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.

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