American Gelbvieh Association awards members for performance advantage

The American Gelbvieh Association is proud to recognize seven Gelbvieh members for achieving bronze, silver or gold status with the association’s Gelbvieh Performance Advantage (GPA) program. The GPA program was initiated last year to provide a tool for members to document and promote the performance aspects of their program and the Gelbvieh breed.

Meeting the qualifications for bronze level status are MLM Gelbvieh, Marlin Meyer, Superior, Neb.; Prairie Hills Gelbvieh, Galen and Klint Sickler, Gladstone, N.D.; and South Texas Gelbvieh, Sam Castleberry, Castroville, Texas.

The silver level members are 4T Ranch, Jeff and Connie Tabor, Columbus, Kan.; Adkins Gelbvieh, Gerald Adkins, Iroquois, S.D.; and White Oak Farms, Myron Bahm, Fordland, Mo.

Jay Heetland at 4H Farms, Lincoln, Mo., is the American Gelbvieh Association’s first GPA gold level qualifier.

To attain GPA status, the AGA member must record performance data, use sires that meet or exceed established performance criteria, and implement technologies such as DNA testing and A.I. in their programs. The program qualifications are based on the previous management year.

“We ask a lot of our members when it comes to data collection and we wanted to find a way to recognize those programs that collect more than just the required data,” said Susan Willmon, director of breed improvement for the American Gelbvieh Association.

As the association seeks to evaluate or improve traits beyond the typical weight traits, it sometimes seems difficult for breeders to add one more task. “Members who constantly evaluate animals for traits like disposition or udder quality make my job of watching over breed improvement fun. The wealth of data that our members provide on an annual basis is an asset to our organization and a testament to their vigilance in keeping the Gelbvieh breed great,” adds Willmon.

The American Gelbvieh Association congratulates members who have attained GPA status for the 2009 management year. These members are the pioneers and early adopters of this program.

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