Board of Directors to Meet This Month
The North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) Board of Directors will gather for its spring meeting April 17-18 in Denver, Colorado. Contact any board member or Mark Anderson in the NALF office to suggest agenda items.
Oklahoma City to Host BIF Convention
The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) annual meeting is North America’s leading forum for discussing genetic evaluation and improvement, and NALF encourages its members to attend. This year’s event will be held in Oklahoma City June 12-15. Visit www.beefimprovement.org/convention.html for information about registration and the program.
Request MOE Status, Nominate Judges
State and regional Limousin associations can petition NALF for permission to host a Medal of Excellence (MOE) show. Petition forms, rules and judges lists are available under the ‘Programs’ tab on the website. If there is a local or state show you would like counted for MOE points, submit the petition form by June 5.
Active annual and lifetime members can submit nominations for the approved-judge’s list until June 30. Mail, fax or e-mail them to the activities director in the NALF office. Provide your member number or herd prefix and the nominee’s address and phone number.
Changes Made to all NALJA Regional Shows
The following changes have been made to the NALJA Regional Shows:
Entry deadline: May 11
Entries postmarked after the entry deadline will be charged a $25 late fee
At the Heartland Regional, substitutions can be made for $5 per entry after the entry deadline
Please contact the NALF office with questions regarding these changes.
Juniors Take Note: Summer Deadlines
Start planning for this summer’s junior events.
May 11—Entry deadline for the Eastern Regional Junior Show, June 7-9, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
May 11—Entry deadline for the Western Regional Junior Show, June 13-15, Klamath Falls, Oregon
May 11—Entry deadline for the Heartland Regional Junior Show, May 24-25, Indianola, Iowa
May 15—Entry deadline for the National Junior Limousin Show and Congress (NJLSC), June 29-July 5, Springfield, Missouri
June 10—Late-entry deadline for the NJLSC
The Missouri Limousin Breeders Association will host the 2013 NJLSC, “Reunion of the Decade.” Find the 2013 NJLSC schedule of events in the “Juniors” section of the NALF website. North American Limousin Junior Association (NALJA) members should soon receive the summer edition of NALJA News, containing more show information and entry forms.
Get Your Tickets
Help support the 2013 National Junior Limousin Show and Congress “Reunion of the Decade.” The Missouri Limousin Breeders Association is selling 500 tickets for $100 each for a chance to win five bred heifers. The drawing will be held during the opening ceremony of the 2013 NJLSC. The winner of the drawing has the option to auction a portion or all of the heifers. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to purchase your tickets.
Make Your Reservations for the 2013 NJLSC
The La Quinta Inn and Suites Airport Plaza will serve as the host hotel for the 2013 NJLSC. Rates for the hotel are $68.99/+tax for a single queen, $75.99/+tax for a single king, $79.99/+tax for two queens, and $99.99 for king suites. Please mention the North American Limousin Junior Association when reserving your room. You can contact the hotel at 417/447-4466.
The overflow hotels for the NJLSC are The Courtyard by Marriott Springfield Airport and the Ramada Oasis. The rates for The Courtyard by Marriott are $84/+ tax. Contact the hotel at 417/869-6700. The room rates for the Ramada Oasis are $79/+ tax. Contact the hotel at 417/866-5253.
May 15 is a Big Day for NALJA Members
All NALJA members 17 years or older may apply for the junior board of directors if they will not turn 23 during the two-year term.
Active members entering their freshman or sophomore years at four-year academic institutions and majoring in animal science or closely related fields may apply for the prestigious $500 Leonard and Vi Wulf Scholarship.
Hands-on experience with Limousin cattle, proven excellence and leadership, and effective goal setting could earn $750 Awards of Excellence for up to three NALJA members. Applicants must have been 19 to 21 years old January 1, 2013, and be in good standing with NALJA. They also must be active in some segment of the beef industry or enrolled in an agriculture program in college. Previous recipients may not reapply.
The “Juniors” section of the NALF website offers all three applications and more information about each one, or contact the activities director in the NALF office. Applications are due May 15.
ET Calves’ Parents Must Have DNA on File
Breeders must parent-verify artificial-insemination (AI) sires and sire-verify donor dams via DNA before embryo-transfer (ET) calves can be registered. Before collecting and mailing samples from ET calves to NALF to be tested at GeneSeek Inc. (formerly Igenity) or Scidera Inc. (formerly MMI Genomics), contact the NALF office to check whether the sires and dams have the proper test and obtain the new DNA form, which is also available on the NALF website under the “Genetics and Performance” tab.
Affiliate Organizations Should Submit Updates
State and regional association leaders need to notify NALF after their elections. Those updates are the basis for the website’s state contacts, and they ensure all information—including cooperative marketing, junior activities and news releases—gets to the correct people. If you do not have one, request an update form from the NALF office.
Submit Registrations, Recordings Online or on Paper
Complete, accurate data collection and reporting are fundamental to keeping your production information and the entire Limousin herdbook as informative as possible. And it is best to start with a current herd inventory.
Online recording and LIMS are available through the secured, members only portion of the website. Record cattle, update your herd inventory and submit performance data with NALF’s web-based tools.
If you prefer to put pencil to paper, request a free, preprinted herd inventory, which lists all active cows in your inventory.
Either way, for your data to be included in the next International Limousin Genetic Evaluation, you must submit it in time to be processed and error-checked by June 15.
The Bottom Line Newsletter is a Benefit of Transfers
Among the many reasons to transfer ownership of the bulls you sell is the Bottom Line newsletter, which goes to all commercial producers who have had bulls transferred to them in the last three years. Besides each issue’s current information about the Limousin breed and its role in the beef industry, the mailing panel credits you—the seller—for activating the “subscription.”
When transferring animals, be sure to include buyers’ full names and addresses. Complete information guarantees they receive the Bottom Line and ensures NALF can process the transfers correctly.
The NALF Staff is Here For You
If you have an upcoming state or regional event and would like a NALF representative present, contact the NALF office. The spring sale season is here, so make sure your event is on the NALF schedule.