Black Gold Genetics of Pritchett, Colo., is a family owned operation that has been producing superior genetics for over 25 years; and at this year's National Western Stock Show the operation took top honors on an international stage.

The People's Choice Balancer Futurity is an international member futurity that's in its ninth year.

This year, members of the organization had the opportunity to showcase their best bulls at the prestigious National Western in Denver. Member votes then selected the top three sires at the show.  

Black Gold Genetics' BGGR High Definition 8063E was selected champion by the futurity members.  He was born December 15, 2017, and is a BA63, red, homozygous polled son of BGGR Blk Gold Payload 6152 out of BGGR 96U.  

"It's a nice honor to have because other shows at the National Western are judged by one judge, where with this one, everyone has a say," said Black Gold Genetics' Mark Crane. "It's one of the highest honors I can get."

The bull's natural thickness and impressive look made him a crowd favorite, according to the organization's official press release.  
His pedigree is also stacked with breed leading females including CTR 198L.   

Members of the futurity are the only breeders who get to use semen from the champion bull for two years before it hits the open market.

Each year, members also get a chance to own the winning sire. One membership is randomly drawn to receive full possession and half semen interest in the champion bull.  Badger Balancer Group won the drawing, and Black Gold Genetics received a $20,000 award check.

According to Crane, High Definition was part of the first calf crop from the syndicated powerhouse BGGR Payload 6152E.  Payload was raised by Crane and displayed at the National Western two years ago where he gained a lot of popularity.

This is the second year that Black Gold Genetics has been crowned the People's Choice Balancer Futurity champion since its inception.

However, known for his predominantly black herd, it is the first year Crane showcased a red bull at the show.

"Typically I run mostly black cattle, so I took a chance taking a red bull this year, and it worked out good," Crane said.

Crane is proud to be offering these champion genetics in Black Gold Genetics' 13th Annual Bull Sale on Mar. 4.

The sale will take place at Black Gold Genetics' ranch in Pritchett in their newly renovated facility; a 100-year-old barn that has been converted into a historical and rustic sale barn.

One hundred head of Balancer, Gelbvieh, Angus and Red Angus yearling bulls will be offered through Black Gold Genetic's sale.