Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Gelbvieh offers starter pack

The Gelbvieh breed was introduced to New Zealand in 1976 and the Gelbvieh Cattle Breeders Society established in 1989. The great maternal traits of the breed continue to be its strength and major appeal to commercial cattlemen.

The US Department of Agriculture’s Meat Animal Research Centre ranks Gelbvieh first in combining fertility and growth – the two most important traits in beef production.

Gelbvieh females also rated number one for kilos of calf weaned per cow exposed to a bull, out of 14 other breeds tested since 1972.

A major milestone for the breed was the shift to PPB in Feilding two years ago and the change from the American performance recording system of EPDs to the Australian EBV system in common with most other NZ breed societies.

Gelbvieh will again be represented at this year’s Beef Expo with bulls coming forward from Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa and Taranaki.

These bulls offer beef producers a complete package with important maternal traits for replacement females along with performance and carcase traits.

A major and successful initiative last year was the introduction of the New Breeders Starter Pack.

This opportunity to buy four of the breed’s top in-calf females attracted a lot of interest and led to an increase in society membership.

The Starter Pack promotion will be running again this year. 

Peter McWilliam

President Gelbvieh Cattle Breeders 

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