The Gelbvieh Alliance reached another milestone in July, processing a total of more than 200,000 cattle through its innovative grid marketing program with ConAgra.

More than 26,000 cattle were processed in the first half of 2000, the second highest mid-year volume in the alliance's five-year history. June, 2000, set an all-time monthly record of 9,106 cattle.

Participation in the Gelbvieh Alliance is easy, flexible and profitable. Simply schedule your cattle directly with ConAgra by Monday noon of the week before the cattle are harvested. No minimum percentage of Gelbvieh is required. Then complete the American Gelbvieh Association's (AGA) brief scheduling confirmation form. ConAgra will send the proceeds check promptly, with all AGA and ConAgra fees deducted up front. If a producer chooses to provide feedlot closeout information, 25 % of the AGA fees will be refunded. The AGA will send the results, including tag transfers or complete carcass data if requested, within 24 hours of receiving the data from ConAgra. Results can be mailed, faxed or e-mailed.

Over the past five years, producers have enjoyed overall average live premiums of $9. 84, with the top 25% of pens netting an impressive $35.03 per head. The Gelbvieh Alliance will continue its tradition of providing added value through its value-based grids and responding to needs of producers. New grids are negotiated with ConAgra annually to provide producers the best possible marketing scenario. In November 1999, the Alliance initiated a second grid offering even larger rewards for high quality carcasses. At that time, the grids were simplified and the weight above which heavy carcass discounts are applied was increased to 1,000 pounds.

Complete grid pricing and program participation information is available on the Commercial Marketing page of the AGA web site www.gelbvieh.org, or by contacting the AGA director of commercial marketing, at 303-465-2333.

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