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National Gelbvieh show at NWSS sets recent records

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The 2014 National Gelbvieh and Balancer Show held at the National Western Stock Show set a recent record of number of head shown. A total of 251 animals were exhibited, which exceeds shows held in recent years by more than 50 animals.

The show was held on Monday, January 13 in the Stadium Arena at the NWSS in Denver, Colo. Judge Brandon Callis of Yukon, Okla., evaluated the 73 Gelbvieh females, 51 Gelbvieh bulls, 86 Balancer females and 41 Balancer bulls.

Taking home the grand champion Gelbvieh female honors was Emily Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind., with GGGE 3G Cowgirl Zesta 204Z. This January 14, 2012 heifer was sired by GGGE 3G Time Machine 758T ET, and was first named champion junior heifer.

The reserve champion Gelbvieh female came out of the same junior heifer division. Tanner Aherin, Phillipsburg, Kan., owns the reserve female, BAG Miss Passion 30Z, a February 18, 2012 daughter of BEA Passion 001X ET.

Capping off its triple crown victory, GGGE 3G Zip Line 266Z was named the grand champion Gelbvieh bull at the NWSS. The bull had been previously named grand champion at both the American Royal and the NAILE. He is an April 18, 2012 son of GGGE 3G Excellence 063X. Emily Griffiths and Overmiller Gelbvieh of Smith Center, Kan., own the bull.

BCFG Butlers Hillbilly Hero 71Z was named the reserve champion Gelbvieh bull. Exhibited by Butler Creek Farms, Milton, Tenn., this bull is a December 8, 2012 son of JDPD Astro 407S and was first named champion senior bull calf.

In the Balancer division, grand champion Balancer female was PLA Miss Zelda 20Z, exhibited by Garrett Teeter, Mt. Ulla, N.C. She is a February 12, 2012 daughter of S A V Pioneer 7301, and was first named champion junior heifer.

The reserve champion Balancer female came out of the senior heifer calf division. BCFG Butlers Ms. Oak 926Z is an October 21, 2012 daughter of BCFG Butlers Red Oak 908W. She was also exhibited by Butler Creek Farms.

The grand champion Balancer bull was XXB Insidious 612Y exhibited by Boehler Gelbviehs, Orleans, Neb. This bull is a two-time champion as he also won champion Balancer bull honors in 2013. This January 24, 2011 son of Silveiras Style 9303 came out of the senior bull division.

GGGE 3G EZ Money 209Z was the reserve champion Balancer bull. Owned by Emily Griffiths and Overmiller Gelbvieh, the bull was born January 16, 2012 and sired by DUFF Basic Instinct 6501. He was first named champion junior bull.

In the group classes, Emily Griffiths was a prominent champion. She claimed champion produce of dam with GGGE 3G Tea Party 767T, and reserve with GGGE 3G Cowgirl Pebbles 430P. A bull owned by Griffiths and Register Farms of N.C., GGGE 3G Time Machine 758T, was the sire of the champion get of sire. In addition, Griffiths and Overmiller Gelbvieh teamed up to exhibit the best four head.

At the end of the day, Griffiths was named premier breeder and premier exhibitor.

For video coverage of the show, visit Gelbvieh.org.

Area winners include:

Gelbvieh Champion Winter Heifer Calf: GDX 312A; Anna Duxbury, Wessington, S.D.; Sire: PLA Big Dog 101Y

Gelbvieh Reserve Winter Heifer Calf: CIRS Abby 81NR; Circle S Ranch, Canton, Kan.; Sire: CIRS Decade 278U2

Gelbvieh Reserve Intermediate Heifer: SCCB Z15; Southeast Community College, Beatrice, Neb.; Sire: CRAN Final Answer W24 ET

Balancer Champion Spring Heifer Calf: SEPT Hot Lips A701 ET; September Farms, Franklin, Neb.; Sire: Plainview Lutton E102

Balancer Champion Winter Heifer Calf: EGL A051ET; Eagle Pass Ranch, Highmore, S.D.; Sire: EGL Northern Dancer U659

Balancer Reserve Intermediate Heifer: DLW Ms X102 250Z of 7105; Warner Beef Genetics, Beaver City, Neb.; Sire: DCH Hille X102

Balancer Reserve Intermediate Bull: HYBD Scharpe Hybrid Vigor; Caleb Scharpe, Arlington, Minn.; Sire: RID R Collateral 2R

Balancer Reserve Junior Bull: EGL Z339; Eagle Pass Ranch, Highmore, S.D.; Sire: EGL Roundup X777

Balancer Champion Senior Bull: XXB Insidious 612Y; Boehler Gelbviehs, Orleans, Neb.; Sire: Silveiras Style 9303