By the time you read this, we will be approaching the November 15 deadline for data submission to be included in the spring genetic evaluation. If you are selling bulls this winter and spring, that deadline will be important for our breeders who are continuing to be more data driven when analyzing cattle. With buyers continually scrutinizing EPDs to determine the value of cattle, in addition to which cattle they want to purchase, it remains important to submit full contemporary group data and whole-herd reporting to increase accuracies of EPDs.
NALF is in the midst of converting its parentage verification process to SNP technology versus STR (microsatellite) for reasons of both accuracy and turnaround times. As mentioned last month, the NALF board has approved this transition and has designated the funds needed, with assistance from GeneSeek, to run free SNP parentage on current A.I. sires and donor dams until December 1, 2013. The transition to SNP parentage will be in full effect starting with all calves born after January 1, 2014. If you have questions about the ongoing transition, contact Joe or Brittany at the NALF office.
Marketing the Limousin breed will be a key focus throughout the 2013-14 fiscal year. NALF will once again be advertising in both national and regional publications, with our increased advertising budget that was approved in August by the board. In addition, NALF will continue to have a strong presence on Superior Livestock Auction and Western Video Market feeder cattle sales. Along with the State Co-op advertising program NALF offers, breeders should remember the board has re-instated the Breeder Co-op ad program. The NALF board approved $5,000 for the program where NALF will pay 25 percent of the ad up to a maximum of $250. The ads must be provided and approved by NALF on a first-come, first-served basis. If you wish to participate in this program, contact Kaye Weaber.
NALF is planning on returning to its live cattle display in our booth at the 2014 Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association trade show in Nashville. Cattle from Wulf Cattle and Englewood Farms will be on display. NALF will also put out breeder information and fliers through its portion of the booth at the NCBA convention. In addition, breeders can purchase a video loop of their operation that will be run at NALF’s booth during the trade show. The NCBA convention is the largest beef industry trade show in the nation, attracting cattle producers from all market segments from North America and beyond. Contact Joe Epperly if you have are interested in participating in this program.
The National Western Stock Show and the breed’s annual membership meeting and events are fast approaching. We look forward to a successful event and are planning on having a great National Sale. The deadline for the National Sale is November 15 and we anticipate having a great offering of cattle at this year’s event. If you have an interest in participating in the sale, contact one of the sale managers or Joe Epperly at the NALF office.
The NALF staff would like to wish you all luck in the midst of the fall sale and show season. Remember to send us your Zoetis receipts as we are approaching the end of 2013 and are short of our goal. Receipts can be e-mailed or faxed to Kaye Weaber. If you have any questions about current NALF programs, feel free to contact any of us at the NALF office. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.