XA Cattle named outstanding Gelbvieh commercial producer
In an effort to recognize outstanding commercial producers involved in the Gelbvieh breed, the American Gelbvieh Association created the Outstanding Commercial Producer award. The award is based off the Beef Improvement Federation award that is presented annually at the BIF conference. The AGA recognized one outstanding commercial producer during the Gelbvieh activities at the National Western Stock Show.
State associations were asked to nominate one commercial producer from their respective states they feel deserving of this recognition.
The 2014 American Gelbvieh Association Outstanding Commercial Producer Award was presented to XA Cattle, Bill, Marie and Levi Farr. XA Cattle is located in south central Lincoln County near Moorefield, Nebraska.
XA Cattle consists of 700 Balancer® cows and farms 2,000 acres of dry and irrigated corn, soybeans, and wheat. The heifers start calving in February and the cows the end of March. In November cattle are pulled out of the hills and the calves are weaned. The calves are backgrounded then sold the end of February or the first week of March weighing 875 pounds. XA consistently sells at the top of the market with feeder cattle going to repeat buyers.
Heifer replacements are selected and developed at the ranch for breeding. A strong emphasis is placed on reproduction with cows being restricted and selected to calve in a short calving season. This selection pressure has paid off as 85 percent of the cow herd calves in the first 45 days of the calving season.
The American Gelbvieh Association congratulates XA Cattle, Bill, Marie and Levi Farr for being the 2014 American Gelbvieh Association commercial producer award winner. They were nominated by GAIN, the Gelbvieh Association In Nebraska for this award.
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