The American Gelbvieh Association has released its annual Dam of Distinction and Dam of Merit list. This program honors cows that calve by the age of two, rebreed quickly and consistently produce a calf year after year. Cows with longevity and stayability make money for cattle producers.
Out of the 52,210 active cows in the Gelbvieh breed, a total of 2,695 cows were named Dam of Merit for producing three calves with at least a 101 weaning ratio. The more elite award is the Dam of Distinction. These cows are proven producers that have had at least eight calves and only 371 cows earned this honor this year. That is less than 1 percent of the active cows in the breed.
South Dakota tops the list for the most Dams of Merit and Dams of Distinction with 438 honored. Kansas edged out Nebraska 412 to 399. Rounding out the top ten states for total cows honored are North Dakota, 327; Montana, 207; Missouri, 173; Iowa, 142; Colorado, 128; Minnesota, 90; and Wyoming with 88.
Judd Ranch Inc. of Pomona, Kansas, leads the list of top ten Breeders of Dams of Merit & Dams of Distinction with 90 head total. Eagle Pass Ranch of Highmore, S.D., is second with 62. Rounding out the top ten Breeders were: Taubenheim Gelbvieh, Amherst, Neb., 60; Flying Y Cattle Company, Laramie, Wyo., 58; J-Bob Farms, Biscoe, N.C., 47; Maple Lake Livestock Company Inc., Madras, Ore., 46; Feist Gelbvieh, Ludlow, S.D., 37; Wehri Gelbvieh, Hebron, N.D., 36; and tied for tenth with 34 head each are Kenneth Thorstenson, Selby, S.D.; and Gaaskjolen Gelbvieh, Meadow, S.D.
The American Gelbvieh Association serves 1,600 members with a state-of-the art registry and innovative research, education, commercial marketing, seedstock marketing and communications programs. For more information on the American Gelbvieh Association or any AGA program, please call 303/465-2333 or visit the Gelbvieh website at www.gelbvieh.org.