Balancer cattle are 25-75 % Gelbvieh with the balance Angus or Red Angus. Balancers combine the fertility, growth, muscle, and leanness of Gelbvieh with the maternal and marbling qualities of Angus. Balancers are quite popular in our bull sale, selling about 80 Balancers each year.
The AI reference sires that we use in our Balancer program include Mytty In Focus (Angus), SAV Final Answer 0035 (Angus), BFCK Cherokee Canyon 4912 (Red Angus), and JRI Profit Agent 46N (Balancer).
Balancer bulls are an excellent option for cowmen who would like some benefits of heterosis, but don't want 100% Gelbvieh influence. Since Balancers are 25-75 % Gelbvieh, you choose the amount of Gelbvieh, Angus, or Red Angus you put into your herd.
Dr. Harlan Ritchie, distinguished animal science professor, Michigan State University, notes, "Hybrid genetics are successful in combining reproduction, growth and carcass traits into simple, well-designed breeding programs for the commercial industry. The use of F1 (first cross resulting from two purebred parents) bulls much like the Balancer program goes a long ways towards providing a simple crossbreeding solution."