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We strive for eye appealing phenotype and genotype that performs. We mate and A-I every cow with a proven sire that best compliments each cow.
We have been raising Gelbvieh cattle since 1996 after purchasing a Purebred Gelbvieh Bull (a Polled Summit son) for breeding commercial heifers. When we saw what Gelbvieh hybrid vigor added to the calves we were convinced. When those daughters entered production we saw the Gelbvieh maternal difference and were totally sold. By 1999 we converted to a solely purebred Gelbvieh and Balancer seedstock operation.
Gelbvieh offers many things to the commercial cattleman, topping that list is docility and the maternal traits. Gelbvieh is known as the “Maternal Breed”. Gelbvieh originated in Germany where registries go back to the 1600s. In Germany they were bred and raised for both milk and beef production. They are lean, heavy muscled, good milkers, docile and tremendous mothers.
Al’s parents and brother farm and have a farrow-to-finish swine operation. Al’s brother Gaylen started Knapp Family Farms LLC to provide fresh pork for retail and wholesale markets and is currently featured in several grocery stores in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Together the family has a diversified farming operation including row crop, hay, cattle and swine on approximately 500 acres of owned and leased land.
We enjoy showing and exhibiting our cattle. We can typically be found at the Kansas State fair, the American Royal, and the National Western Stock Show. We exhibited more when our son Nick was still home, but now we have grandsons that are getting involved.
Al and Mary are active in the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA). Al is a former President and Board Member of AGA. Mary and Al were advisors to the AGJA board for 18 years. We were blessed to be named “Member of the Year” in 2010. Al is currently President of the board for the American Gelbvieh Foundation.