Animal Registration Resources

Helpful Registration Resources

One of the American Gelbvieh Association’s primary purposes is to provide registration and transfer services to members. The AGA registers Gelbvieh, Balancer® and Gelbvieh influenced cattle.

American Gelbvieh Association Registry

Gelbvieh Breed Designations


Balancer® cattle are a combination of 25 percent (1/4) to 75 percet (3/4) Gelbvieh and 25 percent (1/4) to 75 percent (3/4) Angus or Red Angus with a maximum of 12.5 percent (1/8) unknown or other breed.

To register a Balancer® animal the sire and dam must be recorded by an officially recognized organization (AGA, American Angus Association, Red Angus Association of America, Canadian Angus Association, Canadian Gelbvieh Association) and at least 75 percent of the pedigree must be known and documented by the AGA and/or another officially recognized registration association.

Southern Balancer

A Southern Balancer is an animal that contains a minimum of 25 percent (1/4) Gelbvieh with 6.25 percent (1/16) to 50 percent (1/2) tropically adapted breed or combination of tropically adapted breeds.

To register a Southern Balancer the sire and dam must each be a registered animal and recognized or recorded with a breed association. A minimum of 75 percent of the pedigree must be known and documented by the AGA and/or another officially recognized registration association. Tropically adapted breeds with open herd books, such as Brangus and Red Brangus, will have identification of percent Brahman and percent Angus rather than percent Brangus.
Suggested tropically adapted breeds: Beefmaster, Braford, Brahman, Brangus, Red Brangus, Senepol, and Santa Gertudis.

Fullblood (FB)

Fullblood Gelbvieh are a 100 percent Gelbvieh animal and can only be the result of two fullblood parents.

Purebred (PB)

Bulls and females that are 94 percent (15/16) and 88 percent (7/8) Gelbvieh are considered Purebred Gelbvieh.

Percentage (PC)

Any animal that does not fit into the Balancer, Southern Balancer, Fullblood or Purebred designation are designated as a Percentage animal.

Any animal, of any breed or cross, may be recorded using the American Gelbvieh Association Hybrid Recording Service and will be designated as a Percentage animal.

The American Gelbvieh Association’s custom naming option allows for members to have an AGA approved name appear on the registration certificate of animals that fit into the percentage designation. This custom name will appear in place of the “percentage” designation on the registration certificate.

Figuring Gelbvieh Percentage

The AGA currently publishes two different indicators of breed percentage on the AGA online registry service including Gelbvieh % and actual genetic makeup. The genetic makeup is the actual breed percentage of these animals and is used in the National Cattle Evaluation in order to assess appropriate heterosis credentials to individual animals. Beginning January 1, 2017 actual breed percentage will determine the category animals will be placed in.  The calculation of genetic make-up (actual breed percentage) will not change. The sire and dam of an animal will both contribute ½ of the genetic makeup of each progeny.  Once actual breed percentage is determined for an individual animal that animal will be placed into the nearest category.

Gelbvieh % distinction beginning with calves born on or after 1/1/2017 will be as follows:

PC0=Anything less than 6.5% Gelbvieh
PC13 = 6.6% – 19% GV
PC25 = 19.1% – 31.5% GV
PC38 = 31.6% – 44% GV
PC50 = 44.1% – 56.5% GV
PC63 = 56.6% – 69% GV
PC75 = 69.1% – 81.5% GV


Balancer Animals must follow the Balancer® Trademark of containing 1/4 to 3/4 Gelbvieh and 1/4
to 3/4 Angus or Red Angus, with a maximum 1/8 unknown or other breed genetics.

BA25 = 25% – 31.5%
BA38 = 31.6% – 44%
BA50 = 44.1% – 56.5%
BA63 = 56.6% – 69%
BA75 = 69.1% – 75%


PB88 = 81.6% – 91%
PB94 = 91.1 – 99.9%
FB = Result of 2 FB parents.

*According to Gelbvieh Rule II Section A Subsection e) 94% Gelbvieh parents contribute 50% GV to their offspring.

*According to Gelbvieh Rule II Section A(1) Fullblood registration is available to all animals having not less than one hundred (100) percent Gelbvieh blood.

*According to the AGA Hybrid Rule I Section A(3) Southern Balancer™ pertains to all cattle that meet the standards for registration (Rule II) and the animal must contain an minimum of 25% (1/4) Gelbvieh with 6.25% (1/16) to 50% (1/2) from Tropically Adapted Breed or combination of tropically adapted breeds with no more than 1/8th unknown breed genetics. Percentage designations will mirror the presentation of Gelbvieh and Balancer Animals.

Percentage Gelbvieh Calculating Chart for animals born on or after January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2016.

When using the following table to calculate Gelbvieh percentage please keep these rules in mind:

  • Both PB 94 (PB 15/16) animals and fullbloods (FB 100) are considered 100 percent Gelbvieh for the purposes of the table.
  • In cases where the progeny percentage ends up between designations the animal is rounded down to the nearest one-eighth.


AI Sires and Donor Dam Requirements:

Genomic Option 1 (GGPHD) – $85.00
All Conditions Panel – $25.00 add-on
These animals must be parent verified to their sire and dam on file. Parents of these animals with need to have Stand Alone Parentage – $15.00.

Herd Sire Requirements:

Genomic Option 2 (GGP-LD) – $46

Registering Canadian Gelbvieh with AGA

To register a Canadian Gelbvieh animal with the AGA, first contact the AGA office with a list of Canadian animals to be registered with the AGA. If one or more parents is registered as an American Gelbvieh animal (AMGV prefix), no other DNA information is required. If neither parent of the animal you are trying to register has been registered as and American Gelbvieh animal requires a DNA test to have their parentage markers on file, should the question of paternity every arise. The fee to register a Canadian animal with the AGA is $25.00.

Important Dates to Remember

  • January 1 – Annual Herd Assessments available on online AGA registry system. Paper copies will be mailed to those memberships that do not utilize the online registry system.
  • January 1 – AGJA annual dues are due. AGA dues are due on the annual membership date for each membership.
  • March 15 – Annual Herd Assessments are due.
  • May 15 – Sire Summary data due for Summer National Cattle Evaluation (NCE) run (see Requested Member Data chart for more information).
  • June 1 – Deadline to transfer animals for AGJA-sponsored shows. If a show takes place in May, deadline for transfer is May 1.
  • August 1 – Dam of Merit and Dam of Distinction data due. October – Submit DNA samples for national sale futurity animals.
  • November 1 – Junior Dues mailed to AGJA members.
  • November 1 – Sire Summary data due to Winter NCE run (see Requested Member Data chart for more information).

International Year Codes

R – 2005
S – 2006
T – 2007
U – 2008
W – 2009
X – 2010
Y – 2011
Z – 2012
A – 2013
B – 2014
C – 2015
D – 2016
E – 2017
F – 2018
G – 2019
H – 2020

Breed Abbreviations

AN – Angus
BR – Brahman
BN – Brangus
CH – Charolais
GV – Gelbvieh
HH – Hereford (Horned)
HP – Hereford (Polled)
LM – Limousin
AR – Red Angus
SA – Salers
SS – Shorthorn
SM – Simmental