What sets Rippe Gelbvieh apart is we work tirelessly to collect more in herd data than our competitors. As a result, the EPD’s of our yearling bulls and females have higher accuracy than the majority of seedstock producers. We collect individual weights on the calves at birth, weaning, and yearling.
We collect individual weights on our cows to calculate efficiency in addition to collecting udder scores. We ultrasound or receive actual carcass data from approximately 90% of the calves born each year. We feed out customers’ calves to see how our genetics are working.
We capture docility scores of our bulls. We don’t overlook the basics either. Structurally sound, moderate framed, and easy fleshing females are found throughout our cowherd. Bottom line is we work hard to collect data for our customers to use in selection of their herd sires, thus increasing the profitability of their operation.
Rippe Gelbvieh is continually looking for new genetics and more traits to test. Our start came from the commercial cattle industry and we continue to manage our registered herd as similar to commercial operations as possible.
Rippe Gelbvieh started in 1984, and roots are based in the commercial industry. During this time period, data coming out of MARC (Meat Animal Research Center) showed that Gelbvieh was the #1 breed for Pound of calf weaned per cow exposed.
Duane understood that this was the most relevant trait for commercial cow/calf profitability. He used this information and started his program when he purchased a set of Gelbvieh based commercial cows and a pair of Gelbvieh bulls from the All American Gelbvieh sale in Kearney, NE.
From the start, Duane was impressed with the dual-purpose aspects that Gelbvieh provided, and for the next 10 years his focus was on a commercial cowherd.
In 1993, Duane realized the value and advantages that artificial insemination provides with respect to improving the genetics of his cowherd. He purchased a set of purebred Angus heifers, and AI’d the heifers and a few of the best commercial cows to Gelbvieh bulls.
Through the Angus/Gelbvieh cross, Duane was maximizing his heterosis and producing Balancers before they were popular. Through the 90’s Rippe Gelbvieh concentrated on improving the cowherd through AI, and during this time Dustin became very interested in the operation, and began taking an active role.
In 2000 they offered a few bulls for sale, and the offering of bulls has increased every year since.