Send NALF Your Zoetis Receipts— $1 Million Challenge For a Change
Have you sent NALF your Zoetis receipts? If not, please start now.
In order for our incentive program to be successful, it needs to be a group effort from the membership, NALF staff and Zoetis. If we work together this will be a great benefit for not only NALF, but the membership as a whole.
For more information about the Zoetis incentive program, contact Kaye Weaber in the NALF office. In order to receive our incentive dollars we need to turn in $1 million in receipts by December 31, 2013.
Please 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
Fall EPDs Available
The new expected progeny differences (EPDs) from the fall 2013 International Limousin Genetic Evaluation are now accessible through the North American Limousin Foundation website, www.nalf.org
Heifer-Exposure Data Aids Pregnancy Evaluation
The heifer-retention reporting tool is available for Limousin Inventory Management System (LIMS) participants via the secured, members-only portion of the NALF website http://online.nalf.org. LIMS participants have until August 15 to report heifer-exposure information.
The optional reporting will give NALF the data it needs for genetic evaluation of heifer pregnancy. Developing and implementing an EPD for that trait is a key element of the highest priority action item under Strategy 1 (Breed Improvement) in NALF’s strategic plan. Other breeds, including Angus and Red Angus, already publish such EPDs.
It also will help ensure active LIMS inventories accurately reflect incoming replacement heifers and will eliminate the need to report disposal codes for culled heifers later. For further information contact, Brittany Barrick at Brittany@nalf.org or 303.220.1694 ext. 57.
Online Sponsorships Offer Extended Marketing Reach
To provide continuous marketing opportunities for its members and their partners in allied industry, NALF offers internet-based sponsorship programs.
Each issue of the semimonthly e-Partners e-newsletter includes three sponsor spots. They sell for $75 each on a first come, first served basis. For more information, contact Kaye Weaber in the NALF office.
Two sponsor spots on the NALF website are available for three-month blocks, starting October 11, 2013. They are selling now via country auction. The bidding closes August 25. For more information, contact Kaye Weaber in the NALF office or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board Meeting Scheduled for This Month
The NALF Board of Directors has its next meeting August 13-14 in Colorado. The primary items up for discussion will be the fiscal year (FY) 2013–2014 budget and addressing parentage verification strategies. Contact Mark Anderson in the NALF office or a board member to provide input about any breed issues
Nominating Committee Named
NALF President Bob Mitchell, Wisconsin, has announced the 2013–2014 nominating committee:
• Chairman Mike Smith, Kansas, past president
• Mike Hall, California, board member
• Bob Millerberg, Utah, past president
• Tom Vaughn, North Dakota, board member
• Jerry Wulf, Minnesota, at-large member
• Gordon Schuppe, Colorado, at-large member
• Jack Glendenning, MO, at-large member
All prospective candidates must express their interest to the Nominating Committee by August 15. The October issue of Limousin World will include the committee’s slate of nominees. If the committee does not slate interested persons, supporters then may add their at-large candidates’ names to the ballot by sending letters of support from at least 15 different founding, lifetime or active annual members or the signature form, which can be found on the NALF website (www.nalf.org) to the NALF office.
Major Exhibitions Approach
The Limousin shows at the American Royal in Kansas City, Missouri, will be October 31. Charlie Peters, Bellevue, Iowa, will sort the junior entries; and Tyler Dewey, Miami, Oklahoma, will judge the open show immediately following.
The junior show at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville, Kentucky, will be November 17, with the judge to be named at a later date. The open show will be November 19. Jon DeClerk, Ames, Iowa, will be the judge. NAILE entries are due October 1.
Epperly Elected to Serve on BIF Board
We want to congratulate NALF Assistant Executive Director Joe Epperly on being elected to the Beef Improvement Federation board of directions at their summer meeting in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Epperly currently leads NALF in its efforts to streamline parent verification, improve breed integrity and assure that the Limousin breed is being accurately analyzed in across-breed scenarios. Epperly will be one of six breed association representatives on the 21-member board, he will serve a three-year term expiring in the summer of 2016.
NALF Director of Communications Takes Opportunity in Kansas City
We would like to wish Brooke Bennett the best in her endeavors with Osborn & Barr, Kansas City, Missouri. Bennett served NALF overseeing the print and electronic communications, as well as assisting with the juniors and activity planning when needed. At this point, Kaye Weaber will assume a majority of her responsibilities in the office and will be the point of contact for state co-op advertising, e-blast, press releases and website updates.
Co-Op Advertising Dollars Available
Reminder to all state officers, the state co-op advertising dollars need to be claimed by August 31, 2013. These dollars do not roll over into the next fiscal year, so please contact NALF today if you are interested in utilizing these funds. If you are not familiar with this program, we will be glad to assist your state.
NALF Presence at Superior
NALF will have a trade-show booth set up at the Superior Auction held in Denver over Labor Day weekend. Please stop by and see us if you are in town. This is just one way NALF promotes the breed to the stocker and feeder buyers in the mountain region.
Please Send Samples to NALF Office for Processing
In order for DNA samples to be processed accurately and timely, they need to be sent to NALF and not directly to the testing locations. If you need to order FTA or hair cards, please contact Brittany Barrick in the office.
Member Service Fee, Voluntary Checkoff
Support Breed Functions
Thank you to those who pay their member service fees. With that NALF is able to provide effective programs, services and events for Limousin breeders and commercial cattle producers.
Those who participate in the annual plan may register animals at half the inactive-member rates; enjoy free access to the secured, members-only portion of the NALF website; and activate complimentary subscriptions to the Bottom Line newsletter for their bull customers and themselves.
To generate additional resources for commercial marketing, NALF has a voluntary checkoff. It automatically bills $2 per head at registration to participating members’ accounts. Enrollment is easy—just mark the space on your member service fee notice.