Balancer cattle are registered hybrid seedstock and have documented pedigrees and EPDs. Balancer animals are 25 to 75% Gelbvieh with the balance Angus or Red Angus. Southern Balancer is a Gelbvieh-heat tolerant composite specifically targeted to producers who want the maternal heterosis, disposition, fertility and carcass consistency of a Bos Indicus x Gelbvieh cross. Hybrid animals, of any breed or cross, may be recorded using the Hybrid Cattle Recording Service. The AGA documents the pedigree, breed composition and calculates performance data and provides EPDs.

Balancer is part of the Gelbvieh hybrid registry program. For Gelbvieh members and commercial users of Gelbvieh and Balancer genetics, the AGA offers several services to assist in maximizing return on investment in Gelbvieh and Balancer bulls and replacement females.

Cow-calf producers who use Gelbvieh genetics are eligible to add value to females by marketing them through the Maternal Edge commercial female sales. Visit www.maternaledge.com for more information about a sale in various areas.

For cattlemen looking to market bulls, replacement females or feeder cattle, check out the AGA’s free Exchange service, including: Bull Listings, Female Listings, and Feeder Calf Listings. Visit www.gelbvieh.org/exchange .html to view current listings or to post a new listing.

Brand your Gelbvieh-influenced feeder calves with SmartCross® ear tags. This ear tag tells the buyer he is getting quality and predictability. Contact the AGA office at 303-465-2333 for more information on the three tag styles to fit any management program, as well as electronic ID tags.

For more information about Gelbvieh and Balancer genetics, visit www.gelbvieh.org