ELK CREEK GELBVIEH IS CHARTER MEMBER # 5 OF THE AMERICAN GELBVIEH ASSOC.
South Dakota Man Inducted in Gelbvieh Hall of Fame
Phil VanDervoort of Piedmont, S.D., is the 2004 inductee into the American Gelbvieh Association Hall of Fame. VanDervoort and his wife, Linda, and son, Reed, own and operate Elk Creek Gelbvieh. The AGA Hall of Fame honors individuals for their long-term contributions and commitment to the Gelbvieh breed. VanDervoort received his award during the 2004 AGA National Convention, January 10-11 in Denver, Colo.
VanDervoort has been involved in the Gelbvieh breed since the first semen arrived in the United States in the summer of 1971. VanDervoort bred some of the first cows to Gelbvieh and actively solicited new members for the growing Association. Elk Creek Gelbvieh is AGA Member Number 5. Through his work in the artificial insemination (A.I.) industry, VanDervoort continued to influence the Gelbvieh breed in profound ways. VanDervoort promoted some of the first black, polled Gelbvieh A.I. sires and was the first to offer homozygous black, homozygous polled sires in his semen catalog. In 1993, Elk Creek Gelbvieh held the first all black Gelbvieh bull sale in the United States. For his contributions to the Gelbvieh breed, Phil VanDervoort earned his place in the AGA Hall of Fame.
--AGA-- Photo Caption: Jim Beastrom, left, of Pierre, S.D., a former AGA President, presents the 2004 AGA Hall of Fame award to Phil VanDervoort of Piedmont, S.D.
News Release by Lori Maude, Gelbvieh World Editor
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