The Gelbvieh (pronounced Gelpfee) breed is one of the oldest German cattle breeds, first found mainly in three Franconian districts of Bavaria. Starting in 1850, systematic breeding work began in stud herds. By pure breeding, the “red yellow Franconian cattle” were developed from several local strains, including Celtic German Landrace and Heli Brown Landrace cattle. These local strains have been further improved with intensive breeding work since 1870.This solid colored breed of red yellow cattle enjoyed great popularity as milk, draft and slaughter cattle.
In the 1960s, Red Danish cattle were introduced to the herd book to improve milk production. Leness Hall, then director of International Marketing for Carnation Genetics, first saw Gelbvieh cattle in 1969. He worked towards importing Gelbvieh semen into the United States and was able to get 43,000 units imported into the States in 1971. Gelbvieh cattle came to Canada in 1972.
Gelbvieh cattle offer a unique production package. Gelbvieh are one of the few breeds combining maternal traits with performance and carcass merit. Gelbvieh calves are widely recognized for excellence in growth, muscling and marketability, while Gelbvieh females are known for milking ability, fertility and quiet temperament.
About the CGA
The Canadian Gelbvieh Association (CGA) is a not for profit association incorporated in 1972 under the Animal Pedigree Act and represents members from across Canada for the purpose of registering and recording the pedigrees of Gelbvieh and Gelbvieh influenced cattle and promoting the breed across Canada. The affairs of the Association are directed by seven board members from across Canada, who are elected by ballot at the Annual General Meeting.
Chief Executive Officer, Sarah Van Schothorst
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 3 pm
5160 Skyline Way NE
Calgary, Alberta T2E 6V1
Contact the Gelbvieh Guide
Sarah Van Schothorst
From Deerfoot Trail, go east on McKnight Blvd NE
Turn north (left) onto Aviation Blvd NE
Turn west (left) onto 49th Avenue
Continue on to Skyline Way NE
MEET YOUR BOARD
Registry Committee – Eddie Marsman, Bev Milne, Lorna Okell, Cody Congdon, Cody Girling, Kirk Hurlburt, Duncan Pearson, Sarah Van Schothorst
Advertising Committee – Eddie Marsman, Cody Congdon, Lorna Okell, Kirk Hurlburt, Cody Girling, Sarah Van Schothorst
Show & Sale – Eddie Marsman, Bev Milne, Kirk Hurlburt, Duncan Pearson, Cody Girling, Sarah Van Schothorst
Junior Committee – Eddie Marsman, Duncan Pearson, Bev Milne, Cody Girling, Sarah Van Schothorst
Breed Improvement – Eddie Marsman, Lorna Okell, Kirk Hurlburt, Cody Girling, Duncan Pearson, Sarah Van Schothorst
Financial – Eddie Marsman, Bev Milne, Cody Girling, Lorna Okell, Sarah Van Schothorst
Governance – Eddie Marsman, Bev Milne, Cody Girling, Cody Congdon, Sarah Van Schothorst
Nominations – Eddie Marsman, Kirk Hurlburt, Lorna Okell, Cody Congdon, Cody Girling, Bev Milne, Duncan Pearson, Sarah Van Schothorst
Malory Parrish, 4-H Awards