NALF Adds Barrick and Pagel to Staff
NALF announces the additions of Brittany Barrick and Alison Pagel to the staff.
Barrick, a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, received her Bachelor of Science degree in animal science and a minor in agribusiness. She will serve NALF as the director of herd book registry and performance. Barrick comes to NALF from Elanco Animal Health, where she was a member of the West team and served as a sales representative in the dairy business unit.
Pagel, a graduate of Colorado State University, received her Bachelor of Science degree in animal science and a minor in business administration. She will serve NALF as the director of membership services. Pagel comes to NALF from the USDA Center for Plant Health Science and Technology where she served as a biological technician.
NALF Forms Partnership With GeneSeek
NALF and Geneseek, a Neogen Corporation Company, have solidified a non-exclusive agreement for genomic testing services. Besides testing services, this agreement also includes a NALF exclusive product in the form of the new IgenityÂ®-Enabled Limousin Genomic Profiler, and simplification of genetic testing with competitive prices, all through a market leader in animal genomics.
The Limousin Genomic Profiler is operated on the Geneseek Genomic Profiler and yields molecular breeding values (MBVs) that will be used in NALFâ€™s National Cattle Evaluation starting in the fall of 2012. Beginning August 1, 2012, breeders using the Profiler will receive a simple report of scores (on a 1-10 scale) for various traits and the molecular breeding values will be incorporated in the animalâ€™s EPDs beginning this fall.
For more information on this partnership, contact the NALF office at 303/220-1693 or visit the website www.nalf.org
Send NALF Your Pfizer Animal Health Receipts
Have you sent NALF your Pfizer Animal Health 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 Pfizer Animal Health. If we all work together this will be a great benefit for not only NALF, but also the membership.
For more information about the Pfizer Animal Health incentive program, contact Bobbi Hartwig in the NALF office. Please fax, e-mail or mail in copies of your Pfizer Animal Health receipts to:
Attn: Bobbi Hartwig
Mail: 6 Inverness Court East, Suite 260
Englewood, CO 80112-5595
Fall EPDs Available
The new expected progeny differences (EPDs) from the fall 2012 International Limousin Genetic Evaluation are now accessible through the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) website.
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 NALFâ€™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.
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 â€œfirst-come, first-servedâ€ basis. For more information, contact Brooke Bennett in the NALF office.
Two sponsor spots on the NALF website are available for three-month blocks, starting October 11, 2012. They are selling now via a â€œCountry Auctionâ€ (similar to eBay) on DVAuction.com. The bidding closes August 15. For more information, contact Brooke Bennett in the NALF office.
Give Attention to Teat, Udder Scoring
As fall calving gets underway, NALF encourages its members to score their cowsâ€™ teat sizes and udder suspensions so the data can help guide future selection decisions.
The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) has standardized guidelines for teat and udder scoring. The system requires a separate score for each, both on nine-point scales. Breeders should evaluate their cows within 24 hours after calving, and the NALF website includes illustrations to help determine scores.
NALF plans to use udder and teat scores in genetic evaluation once it collects a sufficient number of records.
Board Meeting Scheduled for This Month
The NALF Board of Directors has scheduled its next meeting for August 21-22 in Lebanon, Missouri. The primary focus will be fiscal year (FY) 2012â€“2013 budget. Contact Mark Anderson in the NALF office or a Board member to provide input about breed issues.
Nominating Committee Named
NALF President Bob Mitchell, Wisconsin, has announced the 2012â€“2013 Nominating Committee:
â€¢ Chairman Bob Millerberg, Utah, past president;
â€¢ Wendell Geeslin, Colorado, past president;
â€¢ Gordon Schuppe, Colorado, past president
â€¢ Jack Glendenning, Missouri, board member;
â€¢ Bob Mitchell, Wisconsin, board member;
â€¢ Ron Schilling, Kansas, at-large member; and
â€¢ Trent Coleman, Montana, 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 committeeâ€™s slate of nominees. If the committee does not slate interested persons, supporters may add their at-large candidatesâ€™ 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 November 1. Nate Kolterman of Seward, Nebraska, will sort the junior entries; and Ernie Wallace of Stotts City, Missouri, will judge the open show.
The junior show at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville, Kentucky, will be November 11, with the judge to be named at a later date. The open show will be November 15. Mat Lewis of Iliff, Colorado, will be the judge. NAILE entries are due October 1.
New Rules Concerning Genetic Defects
As you record your calf crop this fall, please remember that NALF rules involving genetic defects went into effect January 1, 2012. All Lim-Flex animals with a known carrier of AM, NH, OS, or CA must be tested free to be recorded. Animals out of cows with unknown parentage (i.e. Foundation Cows) will need to be tested for the six major deleterious genetic defects, AM, NH, CA, OS, PHA and TH. If you have any questions about this or any other registration issue, contact the NALF 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 membersâ€™ accounts. Enrollment is easyâ€”just mark the space on your member service fee notice.