Feedlot and carcass advantages with balancer

genetics

Today, feeders favor buying cattle with genetics that predict performance both in the feedyard and on the rail. To

help breeders select for these more favorable animals, the American Gelbvieh Association offers both a Carcass

Weight (CW) and Feeder Profit Index (FPI). The industry demands an animal that grades Choice or higher, while

posting a Yield Grade 1 or 2 carcass. A combination of marbling and a lean meat yield is often not an easy target to

hit. Using Gelbvieh and Balancer genetics can help get you there.

Meeting modern industry demands

Carcass data from 107 steers fed in 2017, on an aggressive implant program and harvested at 15 months of age.

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2017 AGA Commercial Producer of the Year Adam Sindt

“The Gelbvieh and Balancer bulls have improved the consistency and uniformity of our calves. We like the growth,

performance, and disposition of the Balancer calves. We have been selling our harvest-ready cattle on a live

basis, but in April 2017 we sold some of our home-raised cattle on a grid, and were pleased with the premiums. The

cattle were 12-14 months old at harvest and graded 92.5% Choice and Prime and 90% were Yield Grade 1, 2, and 2.”

— Steve and Adam Sindt, R&J Farms, Franklin, Nebraska

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Genetic Trends

Today, feeders favor buying cattle with predictable performance potential both in the feedyard and on the rail. To

help breeders select for these more favorable animals, the American Gelbvieh Association offers FPI and Efficiency

Profit Index (EPI). Genetics trends for both of these indexes show Gelbvieh and Balancer cattle becoming more

favorable in the feedyard.

Well ranking sires for FPI, which stands for feeder profit Efficiency Profit Index aids producers in selecting

index, have higher marbling and carcass weight than more feed efficient cattle that have acceptable

their contemporaries. The current average for FPI is . amounts of gain. Over time, the AGA genetic trend

$71.68 of potential profit. for EPI has significantly increased to an average

of $102.35.

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