The American Gelbvieh Association held their annual National Gelbvieh and Balancer® Show on January 9, 2012 in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver, Colo. A total of 216 Gelbvieh and Balancer entries were paraded in the national show. Judge Doug Satree, Montague, Texas evaluated the 68 Gelbvieh females, 40 Gelbvieh bulls, 63 Balancer females and 45 Balancer bulls.
Claiming the honors of national grand champion Gelbvieh female was GGGE 3G X-Factor 014X exhibited by Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind. This January 6, 2010 daughter of GGGE 3G Time Machine was first named champion Gelbvieh junior heifer.
The reserve grand champion national Gelbvieh female was exhibited by Kaycie Shearer, Canton, Kan. CIRS 72WY is a January 15, 2011 daughter of CIRS KING and first claimed the champion winter heifer calf division.
Ridinger Cattle Company, Deer Trail, Colo., exhibited the national grand champion Gelbvieh bull. RID R G-Force 922W is a March 7, 2009 son of JCGR BAR GT Flashback. He was first named the champion senior bull.
Coming out of the same senior bull division was the national reserve grand champion Gelbvieh bull. JRI Trump 270W13B is an August 27, 2009 son of JRI Extra Exposure and was exhibited by Judd Ranch, Inc., Pomona, Kan.
In the National Balancer Show, the grand champion female honors went to Emily Griffiths with GGGE 3G Cowgirl Wisdom 951W. This cow-calf division champion is a two-year old cow sired by GGGE 3G Smoke N' Mirrors and showed with a May 2011 GGGE 3G Time Machine calf at side.
The national reserve grand champion Balancer female was BCFG Butlers Ms Deb 10X. Exhibited by Butler Creek Farms and LeDoux Ranch, Milton, Tenn., this January 9, 2010 female was sired by BCFG Butlers Cherokee 504T ET. She was first named champion junior heifer.
Eagle Pass Ranch, Highmore, S.D., exhibited the grand champion Balancer bull. EGL Roundup X777 is a March 22, 2010 son of EGL Northern Dancer and came out of the junior bull division.
The reserve grand champion national Balancer bull was GGGE 3G Warlock 928W, exhibited by Emily Griffiths. This February 7, 2009 son of GGGE 3G Smoke N' Mirrors son was first named champion senior bull.
In the group classes, Circle S Ranch, Canton, Kan., made a clean sweep. They exhibited the champion produce of dam, get-of-sire, and best four head. The premier exhibitor and premier breeder awards went to Emily Griffiths.