At the end of three days of selling approximately 750 bulls and after compiling all the sale reports, the Gelbvieh bulls at the 2010 Midland Bull Test proved to meet commercial producer demand.

The 34 Gelbvieh and Balancer bulls averaged $2,929, topping all Continental breeds and sold as the second highest average among all breeds in this year’s sale. The 2010 Gelbvieh bull average was a five-year high, averaging well above previous Gelbvieh sales at Midland.

"Strong and active bidding from ‘cowboys’ in the seats helped put the Gelbvieh and Gelbvieh Balancer hybrid bulls in strong demand at the Midland sale. The quality ran deep which was indicated by the sale average," commented Don Danell, American Gelbvieh Association Area Coordinator for the Western region.

Seven Gelbvieh breeders from four states consigned bulls to the 2010 bull test that is claimed as the “Granddaddy of Performance Testing.” As a group, the Gelbvieh and Balancer bulls had an average weight per day of age of 3.26 pounds per day and an average daily gain of 3.13 pounds per day at the completion of the test.

These numbers ranked the breed second among all breeds for weight per day of age and second among the Continental breeds for average daily gain.

“The Midland sale solidifies the value commercial cattlemen see in the Gelbvieh and Gelbvieh Balancer bulls to add maternal performance and pounds through heterosis into their herds,” said Frank Padilla, Director of Breed Promotion for the American Gelbvieh Association. “When you look at the performance data across breeds the Gelbvieh bulls were at or close to the top in all areas."