Balancer Edge source and age verification

program for feeder cattle sired by gelbvieh

and balancer bulls 

The Balancer Edge program requires a minimum of 75% of the sires used to be registered Gelbvieh and Balancer

bulls, and these bulls must be a minimum of 25% Gelbvieh genetics. The verification process for this program

requires producers to submit first and last calf born date, head count support and registration papers of the sires to

verify Gelbvieh genetics.

The Source and Age Verification (SAV) program has been in practice in the beef industry since 2004, and continues

to play an important role in adding value to U.S. beef producers. Balancer Edge meets the SAV base requirement for

cattle to be eligible for marketing into the China Export Verification program, the Non-Hormone Treated Cattle

(NHTC) program for the EU, Verified Natural Beef, GAP 5-step Animal Welfare and others. In addition, Balancer Edge

documentation is eligible for establishing age of animals at the processor and is also now an accepted method of

determining maturity of animals for grading purposes — ensuring they fall into the A maturity category if they are

under 30 months of age at harvest.

The AGA has partnered with IMI Global, an accredited, independent verification company who evaluates specific

attributes or practices associated with livestock production and provides an unbiased assessment of the ability of

any animal of group of animals to meet those specific standards or claims.

Balancer Edge users pay $3.00/head which includes the tags and application processing. Producers can choose

between 982 and 840 tags. 840 EID tags require a premise ID. Producers also have the option of choosing a

combo set (visual tag and EID) at an addition $1.25 per head. Please allow for approximately two weeks to receive

your tags from the time of ordering. Rush orders are available at an additional cost.

CLick here to download the Balancer Edge form to apply and order tags