Prairie Post (East Edition)
Canadian Gelbvieh Association starts the 50th anniversary off with junior show
The Canadian Gelbvieh Association kicked off our 50th anniversary celebrations with a Junior show held in Stettler, AB in July. It was a fantastic event with 48 juniors in attendance showing off their female projects. We had Gelbvieh, Gelbvieh influenced, and commercial projects displayed. A new junior executive board was elected, and they look forward to planning next years junior show in Swift Current, SK. There are many ways for juniors to get involved in the Gelbvieh breed and many incentive programs for juniors to access.
The Junior high point program can be accessed by CGA juniors or 4-H participants who show Gelbvieh or Gelbvieh influenced projects. Two $500 credits toward the National Gelbvieh Sale or the Wish List Sale are awarded every year in October. Brock and Bennett Beauliua have received these credits for three years in a row, purchasing Gelbvieh females at the Wish List sale each year.
The Junior Incentive program is organized by Jessica Pearson and is another great way for young Gelbvieh enthusiasts to access some elite genetics. If you have shown a Gelbvieh or Gelbvieh influenced project at a junior or 4-H show this year send Jessica a picture to be entered to win a HUGE sale credit at the 2022 Wish List sale. Many Gelbvieh breeders including: Jonus Cattle Co, Towerview Ranch, Foursquare Farms, Jen-Ty Gelbvieh, GAABC, Pearson Farms, Limestone Stock Farm, Brittain Gelbvieh, BNH Livestock, Dusty Rose Cattle Co., Koziak Land & Cattle, Stone Gate Farm, and Milne Gelbvieh, have all contributed to this sale credit! The deadline to enter is November 15 and you can contact Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Canadian Gelbvieh Association also awards a $500 scholarship every year in July to a Junior Gelbvieh member who is enrolled in post secondary education. The 2022 recipient was Aspen Blake. She explains the benefits of being involved in raising Gelbvieh influenced cattle and Gelbvieh events in her essay below.
“The cattle industry and more specifically, the Gelbvieh cattle industry formed me into the person that I am today. I, Aspen Blake, am a nineteen-year-old purebred cattle enthusiast and did not have a real love for cattle until 2014 when I became a 4-H member and began to attend junior livestock shows. Through showing cattle, I met many great people who mentored me and allowed me the time to learn and practice. This built my perspective of the Gelbvieh community positively over the years that I have been involved. I began putting time into our Gelbvieh/Angus commercial herd and realized that the cross between these breeds is truly impeccable. I have been competitive with Gelbvieh-influenced steers for all my eight years in 4-H. My most recent steer was a twin who finished at 1425 pounds.
Aside from the commercial cattle, my family also has a small purebred Gelbvieh herd. The people who helped us build this herd are some of the most generous, hardworking, and honourable people I have ever met. I look up to them as I continue to strive for success in the cattle industry. We enjoy breeding a few of our purebred Gelbvieh cattle to top-end Angus AI sires, producing the most eye-catching calves on the ranch. When looking at a Balancer female, you will be blown away by the amount of carcass the animal has, while still holding on to the femininity necessary in productive dams. The cow that I have been showing the last two years is 75% Gelbvieh and has turned out to be a fantastic female, raising a potentially even better heifer calf. We have showcased our genetics at Canadian Western Agribition and plan to continue to attend these high-caliber competitions.
The number of people associated with the Gelbvieh community is smaller than many other breeds, making it extra special to be a part of. I am proud to inform fellow producers about the Gelbvieh breed and show off my own Gelbvieh influenced animals in shows across Alberta and Saskatchewan. By showing the cattle we raise, juniors can shine some light on the breed. I will continue to give back to the breed by improving my knowledge of Gelbvieh genetics throughout many years to come as well as participate in organizing events for juniors as I age out of the junior program.”