Gelbvieh calves are widely recognized for excellence (explosive) in growth, feedlot efficiency, muscling, and marketability, while Gelbvieh females are known for superior milking ability, high fertility, and quiet temperament, according to the USDA Meat Animal Research Center’s (MARC) Germ Plasm Evaluation. Gelbvieh is the only widely used breed that excels in calving ease, milk yield, retail yield, weaning growth, and yearling growth combined. Gelbvieh produce more pounds of weaned calf per cow exposed than any other widely-used breed.
Today’s MARC data shows the Gelbvieh breed has reduced mature cow size, has the lowest birth weights of the four major Continental breeds and still maintains the earliest age at puberty.
Gelbvieh offers the same genetic benefits in a variety of phenotypic packages. Commercial producers can select from red Gelbvieh or black, and from either polled or horned Gelbvieh genetics. That’s one more reason Gelbvieh fit so well as the crossbreeding component on British and Brahman-based cows.
Taken from the AGA website and used with permission