Judd Ranch is honored to be one of the American Gelbvieh Association's top three breeders and owners of Dams of Merit and Dams of Distinction for 2022. Judd Ranch has held the number one spot for 21 of the past 25 years.
Dams of Merit and Dams of Distinction represent the very elite of the Gelbvieh breed. Of the 34,863 active cows in the breed, only 5.5 percent qualified as Dams of Merit, and 1.1 percent qualified as Dams of Distinction in 2022. Eighteen Judd Ranch bred females qualified as Dams of Distinction in 2022, and 79 qualified as Dams of Merit, totaling 97 Judd Ranch bred females. Additionally, Judd Ranch owned 17 Dams of Distinction and 74 Dams of Merit, totaling 91 owned females.
The title "Dam of Merit" recognizes cows that meet strict selection criteria including early puberty and conception, regular calving intervals, and above average weaning weights on at least three calves. The "Dam of Distinction" honor recognizes cows that meet the same high standards for superior, long term productivity with at least eight calves.
For more information on how the AGA determines Dams of Merit and Distinction, click here.