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American Gelbvieh Association inducts couple into Hall of Fame

South Dakota

Jim and Barb Beastrom of Beastrom Gelbvieh Ranch in Pierre, S.D., were the 2013 inductees into the American Gelbvieh Association Hall of Fame. The induction took place at the AGA Impacting the Beef Business Annual Convention held Jan. 9 to 14 in Denver, Colo.

Jim, with Barb and family by his side, has served the American Gelbvieh Association from the beginning of his introduction to Gelbvieh. Their breed promotion efforts and leadership service are difficult to match.

The Beastrom Ranch's legacy began in 1973. Choosing Gelbvieh for their growth, feed efficiency, maternal traits and gentle disposition, they also crossbred Angus and Red Angus with Gelbvieh for their Balancer program. Whether in the show ring or the pasture, producing sound, quality cattle is their top priority. This year marks their 33rd annual bull sale held at the ranch in February.

The family run ranch consists of Jim and Barb, daughter Brandy and husband Shad Ludemann, and daughter Brittney and husband Wes Spencer, plus three grandchildren.

The Beastrom Ranch is a diversified cattle and grain operation located four miles northeast of Pierre. Along with the cattle they raise wheat, corn, alfalfa and sunflowers, and offer guided pheasant hunts.

E. Edd Pritchett, a founding member of the American Gelbvieh Association and past Hall of Fame inductee points out that "Jim has served the Association at a very critical time in history. Jim was partially responsible for purchasing the current AGA headquarters building." And that "Barb was always there supporting the cause."

Throughout his involvement with Gelbvieh, Jim has served four three-year terms and is the only member to have served as the president of AGA on two separate terms. He has also served on countless AGA committees and worked tirelessly with efforts to support the annual National Gelbvieh and Balancer Sale.

Past AGA President Al Knapp points out that Jim has great "insight into our rich history as well as future trends and member needs. He is well respected by his peers inside and out of the AGA and has the ability to tackle tough tasks and build consensus to get things done. His great sense of humor and dry wit endears him to all."

Jim's service to South Dakota Gelbvieh Association includes time spent on their Board of Directors, organizing the state female sale and much more. Jim and Barb were instrumental in the success of the 2001 and 2006 Gelbvieh junior national shows held in South Dakota.

"Their kind and encouraging words to Gelbvieh youth across the country have helped to spark enthusiasm for the breed," states Janice Volek, current South Dakota Gelbvieh Association treasurer who echoes the "utmost respect and appreciation for the couple."

The Beastrom Ranch has produced many breed-changing genetics. One of their best known sires was a bull purchased in the 1970s. DGA Cowboy was a highly popular full-blood bull born in Canada. A quick search in the AGA herdbook lists countless Cowboy sons and daughters. Another early influencer bred by the Beastrom Ranch, BEA Polled Midnight, was a breed changer as a popular early black Gelbvieh sire. The two sires have a combined progeny count of more than 5,300 head.

Success continues today. BABR Secret Brand 2100Z ET was the 2013 People's Choice Balancer Bull Futurity Champion. In 2011, they raised the Breeder's Choice Gelbvieh Bull Futurity Champion, who went on to be crowned national champion bull. Beastrom Ranch bred and showed both the 2009 reserve national champion Balancer bull and reserve national champion Balancer female. The same year BEA Backtrack sold through the national sale for $50,000.

Throughout the history of Beastrom Ranch, they have found many additional successes in the show ring, as well as being known for producing high performing, sound, functional, commercially-focused bulls and females for their customers throughout the United States.

Search for American Gelbvieh on YouTube to watch a video honoring Jim and Barb Beastrom as the 2013 AGA Hall of Fame inductee.

The American Gelbvieh Association is a progressive beef cattle breed association representing 1,500 members and approximately 40,000 cows assessed annually in a performance-oriented total herd reporting system. For more information visit or call 303-465-2333.

Date: 3/11/2013


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