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Bull of the Month - Belgrad 62837, Gelbvieh

This month’s profile is a Gelbvieh bull named “Belgrad 62837”.

BELGRAD is truly a historical figure in Gelbvieh history. Belgrad was born in 1971 in the Bavarian region of Germany. In 1972 he was rated as the 2nd highest performing German bull for all breeds. He is considered by many to have contributed more to the breed in the United States than any other bull by producing top bulls and females. Belgrad had excellent EPDs for weaning weight and yearling weight while maintaining close to average birth weight. He exhibited gains as high as 3.24 lbs/day on the German grass based test. He also had one of the highest marbling EPDs of all proven sires. 

Belgrad semen was never allowed into Canada directly. Instead, his influence in the Canadian pedigree came from three of his sons: Belgrad II (CDGV243), MFG Constructor 10H (CDGV570) and Minnesota Belgrad (CDGV809). These 3 sons were popular AI sires for a number of years. As well, progeny from Belgrad that were born in the US were imported into Canada. These animals exemplified some of the attributes of the breed, including an excellent temperament and the ability to readily adapt to the hard conditions in Canada.

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