Gelbvieh & Balancer Maternal Influence
Gelbvieh and Balancer cattle offer maternal superiority through increased longevity, added fertility, and more
pounds of calf weaned per cow exposed. In addition, Gelbvieh and Balancer females offer a reduced mature cow
size, more maternal milk, greater calving ease and reach puberty at an earlier age.
Gelbvieh and Balancer Females Excel in Stayability
Females that stay in the herd longer are by far the most profitable. To measure and select for this trait, the
American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) offers a stayability (ST) EPD. This EPD predicts the genetic difference in terms
of perecent probability, that a bull’s daughters will stay within a herd to at least six years of age.
With the high costs of associated with the development or purchase of replacement females, sustained production
in a herd is essential. Gelbvieh females are proved to stay in the herd longer.
U.S. Meat Animal Research Center data shows Gelbvieh females have the smallest mature cow size of the four
major continental breeds. The Gelbvieh breed was the only breed in the study to reduce mature cow size - at an
average of 1,382 pounds Gelbvieh-sired females had the lowest five-year-old cow weight. This reduced mature
cow-size allows for puberty to be reached at an earlier age, which leads to calving earlier in the the season and
producing a heavier calf at a younger age.
Greater Calving Ease
Calving ease is an important factor many cattlemen consider when selecting a herd site. Cattlemen and
cattlewomen like to have peace and mind knowing their calves will be born unassisted and alive. Getting more
live calves on the ground is the first step to getting more pounds of calf weaned per cow exposed and also
equates to more potential for future profit. The Gelbvieh and Balancer breed has lowered birth weights and
increased calving ease to meet the demands of today’s beef industry.