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Gelbvieh sire excels in TCSCF

In the Iowa State University Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity, one of the top sires in the profit summary is a Gelbvieh bull owned by Bart Renkoski, Purdy, Mo. The sire, HRRF 50P, is an 88 percentage black Gelbvieh bull bred by Harold Francis of Pierce City, Mo.

"Bart's sire is in the top one percent of all the bulls in our sire summary. The progeny have excellent gains in the feedlot with 87.5 percent grading low Choice or better," said Darrell Busby, livestock field specialist for Iowa State University Extension and coordinator of the TCSCF.

According to the TCSCF 2008 sire evaluation, which includes over 31,750 head from more than 900 sires, Renkoski's bull has some of the highest dollar values for sire effect of profit across all breeds. In the low Choice-Select spread, the profit value for HRRF 50P is $109.29, second only to a Charolais bull's value of $111.03. In the high Choice-Select spread, this Gelbvieh sire's profit value is $119.69, ranking first among all sires in all breeds.

Renkoski just received new data from the most recent crop of 15 steers from this sire. "The second group is proving as good as the first with 13 steers grading Choice, Yield Grade 1s and 2s," said Bart.

HRRF 50P is stacked for carcass genetics with his pedigree including TLR Cocoa 35C and MLLC M/L Advantage, two of the Gelbvieh breeds top carcass sires. His EPD for carcass value is 18.79 and for feedlot merit is 20.87, ranking in the top 10 percent of the breed.

"This is a great example of how quality Gelbvieh genetics and superior EPDs can result in higher carcass value of the progeny and ultimately more dollars for the producer," said Susan Willmon, American Gelbvieh Association Director of Breed Improvement.

In addition Willmon commented on the value of programs such as the TCSCF. "By having this data, breeders can go back and evaluate their cow herd to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their breeding program."

Renkoski echoed these thoughts and said that from several years of participating in the TCSCF he's been able to find out how his progeny are performing and can assess his cow-calf program.

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