Greetings and welcome to the 2013 Herd Reference Issue of Limousin World. Every year we take pride in making this issue a true reflection of the breed and its breeders. Helping create the Herd Book is one of my favorite times of the year, because of the all the people I have the opportunity to visit with about not only their programs but their daily lives.
Through my visits with breeders across the western half of the United States and Canada, it is clear to me many of you have made great strides in your breeding programs. The quality of the product and the tone of breeders was very positive in most parts of the country.
That said, unfortunately I had several conversations regarding breeders who’ve passed away, some that are sick and even some that have suffered from natural disasters. These visits were more frequent than usual, and as always, in any loss, there’s opportunity to gain perspective.
In this case, it reminded me that sometimes, and generally often, there are more important things in life than cows. I know from time-to-time we get discouraged in production agriculture about things that are often out of our control like weather, feed costs, market conditions, etc., but always remember, it can always be worse. At least in the Limousin business we are truly blessed to be surrounded by an abundance of high-quality people.
The Limousin family is a great one and it’s hard not to be excited about the quality of people we are all involved with. With that in mind, and given the caliber of breeders we currently have, if we continue to make a collective effort, take a positive approach, continually work on product improvement, focus on marketing and keep the big picture in sight—there’s no doubt our breed has a bright future.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the 2013 Herd Book and I want to extend my sincere appreciation to all of the breeders who advertised, helping make this issue a success for the breed. Take care and I look forward to seeing many of you at the summer shows and fall sales.