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2010 Gelbvieh Dam of Merit and Distinction honors

Every fall, the American Gelbvieh Association honors the females in their herdbook that exhibit consistent maternal efficiency through the Dam of Merit and Dam of Distinction program. The American Gelbvieh Association credits its members who continue to place selection emphasis on the maternal traits of the breed by being owners or breeders of these outstanding Gelbvieh and Balancer females.

The Dam of Merit and Dam of Distinction recognition program was started in 1991 to honor the top-notch cows in the breed. The program recognizes two levels of productivity based on data submitted to the American Gelbvieh Association office. A Dam of Merit must have produced at least three calves, while a Dam of Distinction must have produced a minimum of eight calves. Both levels must still meet the strict qualifications requiring breeders to place selection pressure on early puberty and conception, regular calving intervals, and above-average weaning weights.

Of the 40,621 active cows in the Gelbvieh breed, only 5.3 percent qualify for Dam of Merit. Just 0.7 percent of all active cows qualify for the Dam of Distinction honors.

“To be the breeder or owner of a Dam of Merit or Dam of Distinction Gelbvieh or Balancer female is a testament to the emphasis our breeders place on cow productivity,” said Susan Willmon, AGA director of breed improvement. “The Gelbvieh breed offers females with the genetics to maintain high maternal productively, which ultimately adds profit for cow-calf producers in terms of more pounds of calf per cow exposed.”

The following is the top ten ranking of states for the combined total of Dams of Merit and Dams of Distinction. 1. South Dakota; 2. Kansas; 3. North Dakota; 4. Nebraska; 5. Montana; 6. Missouri; 7. Iowa; 8. Minnesota; 9. Colorado; and 10. Tennessee.

The American Gelbvieh Association recognizes the following members who rank in the list of the top 20 owners and breeders of Dam of Merit and Dam of Distinction Gelbvieh females.

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Top 20 Breeders: 1. Judd Ranch, Inc., Pomona, KS; 2. Eagle Pass Ranch, Highmore, SD; 3. Sieler Ranch, Inc., Plevna, MT; 4. Bar T Bar Ranch, Inc., Winslow, AZ; 5. Gaaskjolen Gelbvieh, Meadow, SD; 6. Haglund Ranch, LLC., Brockway, MT; 7. Chimney Butte Ranch, Mandan, ND; 8. Feist Gelbvieh, Ludlow, SD; 9. Wehri Gelbvieh, Hebron, ND; 10. Knoll Crest Farms, Red House, VA; 11. Diamond D Gelbvieh, Mandan, ND; 12. Miller Gelbvieh Farm, Glen Ullin, ND; 13. J-Bob Farms, Biscoe, NC; 14. Schafer Farms, Inc., Goodhue, MN; 15. Flying H Genetics, Arapahoe, NE; 16. Hodges Ranch, Omaha, AR; 17. Spring Valley Farms, Agra, KS; 18. Bar Arrow Cattle Co., Phillipsburg, KS; 19. Thorstenson Gelbvieh & Angus, Selby, SD; and 20. Pearson Cattle Co., Inc., Lake City, SD.

Top 20 Owners: 1. Judd Ranch, Inc., Pomona, KS; 2. Bar T Bar Ranch, Inc., Winslow, AZ; 3. Sieler Ranch, Inc., Plevna, MT; 4. Gaaskjolen Gelbvieh, Meadow, SD; 5. Eagle Pass Ranch, Highmore, SD; 6. Feist Gelbvieh, Ludlow, SD; 7. Schafer Farms, Inc., Goodhue, MN; 8. Wehri Gelbvieh, Hebron, ND; 9. Thorstenson Gelbvieh & Angus, Selby, SD; 10. Chimney Butte Ranch, Mandan, ND; 11. Haglund Ranch, LLC., Brockway, MT; 12. Miller Gelbvieh Farm, Glen Ullin, ND; 13. Flying H Genetics, Arapahoe, NE; 14. Diamond D Gelbvieh, Mandan, ND; 15. Knoll Crest Farms, Red House, VA; 16. Spring Valley Farms, Agra, KS; 17. Jumping Cow Gelbvieh, Ramah, CO; 18. Pearson Cattle Co., Inc., Lake City, SD; 19. Hodges Ranch, Omaha, AR; 20. and Moe Gelbvieh, Walcott, ND.

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