Election Process Continues
The nominating committee has selected Gary Gates, Absarokee, Montana; Joey Freund, Elizabeth, Colorado; Gary Fuchs, Cameron, Texas; Warren Symens (2nd term), Amherst, South Dakota; and Bob Mitchell (2nd term), Wauzeka, Wisconsin, as candidates for the NALF Board of Directors.The board also seeks approval for Chris Milam of Olmstead, Kentucky, to finish out the final year of a vacant three-year term. All candidates (nominated or member-at-large) will have their biographies published in the December issue of Limousin World and will be placed on the official ballot.
Those unable to attend the annual meeting in Denver may submit a written request for absentee ballots to the NALF office before December 1. The office will not accept requests after that date. Once members complete and sign their absentee ballots, they should return them to NALF’s official accountant prior to December 31.
Strong EPDs Rely on Breeder Submissions
The deadline to submit data for the next international Limousin genetic evaluation is November 15. If you have problems submitting registrations from your NALF secured member site, contact Stephanie (email@example.com) at the Limousin office or submit a hard copy of the problem animals via fax, e-mail or mail. They must be received in-house by the November 15.
That deadline is especially important for producers of Lim-Flex® progeny from Angus or Red Angus parents that are not in the NALF herdbook. Without the data, their expected progeny differences (EPDs) will not be available for winter show programs or spring marketing materials.
Birth, weaning and yearling performance data are necessary for reliable EPDs, and breeders’ data are the raw material from which NALF computes genetic predictions. The breed’s competitive advantages and genetic improvement depend on breeders’ data collection and submission.
One key to determining an animal’s genetic merit is to mitigate environmental effects on performance. A contemporary group does that because it includes cattle of the same sex, within a similar percentage-Limousin group, that were born within a 90-day period, that have been managed alike, and weighed on the same date (excluding birth weight). More information is available regarding this topic on the “Genetic Evaluation” section of the NALF website.
Nominations Sought for Commercial Program Awards
Each year NALF honors a Commercial Producer of the Year, Commercial Marketing Booster of the Year and Limousin Promoter of the Year during the National Western Stock Show. Download a nomination form for each of those awards from the “Programs” section of the NALF website, or request copies from the NALF office. This year’s nominations are due to the NALF office on November 30.
Preliminary MOE Point Standings Available
Medal of Excellence (MOE) point standings are available on the NALF website. The standings are not reflective of data submission. To remain eligible for MOE year-end recognition, exhibitors must submit their animals’ required performance data by November 30. Birth, weaning and yearling weights are required for all animals and a bull’s scrotal measurement must be submitted at one year of age. If an animal is over 400 days of age, a breeding soundness exam and semen test must also be reported. Females that will be 600 days of age by 12/31/13 must report a pregnancy test. Direct all MOE questions to Kaye Weaber in the NALF office.
Help Your Customers Help Themselves
Help your bull customers market their feeder calves through the Limousin Sale Barn. Go to the NALF home page (www.nalf.org), click the ‘Sale Barn’ tab and follow the directions to list calves for sale. Whether consigning to an auction or selling private treaty, the online classifieds are a free, easy way to help ensure every bidder possible (including Strauss Brands and Laura’s Lean Beef) competes for your calves and your customers’ calves.
NALF also is promoting a number of special Limousin-influenced feeder-calf sales around the country. Find the list via the “News” section of the website.
Have You Sent NALF Your Zoetis Receipts?
In order for our incentive program to be successful, it will need to be a group effort from the membership, NALF staff and Zoetis Animal Health. If we work together this will be a great benefit for not only NALF, but the membership as a whole. So if you haven’t already, send us copies of your receipts.
For more information about the Zoetis Animal Health incentive program, contact Kaye Weaber in the NALF office.
Fax, e-mail or mail copies of your Zoetis Animal Health receipts to:
ATTN: Kaye Weaber
Mail: 6 Inverness Court East, Suite 260
Englewood, CO 80112-5595
Consign to the 2014 National Sale
This year, “Yard” exhibitors will be allowed to enter pen bulls in the National Sale on the “Hill.” The seller has the opportunity to sell a choice lot or nominate an animal from the pen. For sale requirements, contact Joe Epperly in the NALF office. The consignment deadline for the 2013 National Sale is November 15.
Minerich Donates Corner Post Centerpiece
Minerich Land & Cattle Co. of Richmond, Kentucky, is donating the centerpiece of the 8th Annual Corner Post Package. It sells during the 2014 National Limousin Sale. This year’s donation is the pick of the 2013 natural-born heifer calves. All proceeds from the package will benefit the Corner Post Fund, which facilitates additional activities and scholarships for Limousin junior participants.
For information about contributing to the Corner Post Fund, contact Bret Begert at 806/334-7940 or Kaye Weaber in the NALF office or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 National Western Stock Show Schedule
Saturday, January 11
9 a.m. Hill Cattle Check-In
Sunday, January 12
7:30 a.m. NALF Board Meeting
12:30 p.m. Yard Cattle Check-In
5 p.m. Yard Exhibitor Meeting
6 p.m. ELA & NALF Board Social
7 p.m. Board Sponsored NALF Membership Social
Monday, January 13
7:30 a.m. Annual Meeting
Noon Bulls and Burgers in the Yards
6 p.m. Membership Banquet and Genetics on Ice Auction
Tuesday, January 14
8 a.m. Junior Limousin and Lim-Flex Shows
3 p.m. Limousin Sale Cattle Parade
6 p.m. National Limousin Sale
Wednesday, January 15
8 a.m. MOE Limousin and Lim-Flex Show
3 p.m. Begin Hill Release
9 p.m. All Hill Cattle out of Barn
Thursday, January 16
8 a.m. Limousin and Lim-Flex Pen and Carload Shows
12 p.m. Hamburger Fry
5 p.m. Begin Yard Release
• National Western 2014 Headquarters Hotel will be the Renaissance on Quebec Street in Denver, CO, 303.399.7500. The block starts January 9 for those arriving early.
• 2014 National Junior Show Hotel Information: Holiday Inn, Medical Center, Amarillo, TX, 806.322.4777. Overflow hotel is the Sleep Inn Medical Center 806.242.7777. Both blocks are under “Limousin Cattle.”
• NALF has a new and improved four-page brochure available for individuals and state associations to promote the Limousin breed. The brochure is the result of months of effort from staff and members within our breed.
• Remember as you are planning your 2014 bull sale budget to include an e-blast to the NALF distribution list. For $250 we will distribute your ad to more than 5,000 active e-mail addresses.
• All submissions for SNP parentage are due in the NALF office by December 1.
• Reminder, NALF is no longer distributing needles with FTA cards.