Mitchell Elected President
The North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) 2012 Annual Meeting was January 10, at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver, Colorado, in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show (NWSS). Nearly 100 members and guests were in attendance.
With NALF President Mike Smith of Kansas presiding, the main order of business was the board of directors election. NALF nominating committee chairman Jack Glendenning of Missouri, presented six nominees for the five open positions.
Harris Mosher, Pennsylvania; Mat Lewis, Colorado; and Charles Linhart, Iowa; each won second terms on the board. John Goodish, Pennsylvania, and Fred Wacker, Montana, also earned seats on the 2012 board. Warren Symens, South Dakota, was appointed to fill the vacancy left by Tom Field.
Bob Mitchell, Wisconsin, will lead as president for the coming year. Richard Hefner, Oklahoma, will serve as vice president. Mat Lewis, Colorado, will serve as secretary and Mike Hall, California, was elected treasurer. Charles Linhart, Iowa, will serve a second term as the executive committeeâ€™s member-at-large. Smith will serve as an ex-officio member of both the board and its executive committee.
The remaining 2012 board members are Tom Vaughn, North Dakota; Jack Glendenning, Missouri; Brian Skaggs, Oklahoma; Chad Settje, Nebraska; Jay Straight, Iowa; and John Tobe, Kentucky.
Annual Meeting Update
President Mike Smith opened the 2012 annual meeting with a brief look at the last year. A full year-end summary is available in the 2011 annual report, which attendees received. Active NALF members may request copies from the NALF office at any time.
Executive Director Mark Anderson presented the state of the breed address. The presentation included an overview of NALFâ€™s staffing and reviewed the last 15 years of registrations, new memberships, revenues and expenses; recent data submissions; and the breedâ€™s genetic trends. Anderson concluded by outlining the challenges and opportunities in breed improvement and marketing.
Committee Assignments Announced
President Bob Mitchell has appointed the NALF committees for 2012. The committees are as follows:
â€¢ Building: Hefner, chairman; Tobe, Settje
â€¢ Commercial & Marketing: Linhart, chairman; Lewis, Glenndening, Tobe, Wacker, Smith, Gene Raymond, Austin Hager, Wendell Geeslin, Jamie Watts
â€¢ Finance: Hefner, chairman; Goodish, Settje, Mitchell
â€¢ Limousin World: Glenndening, chairman; Smith, Mitchell, Bob Millerberg, Geeslin, Ed Pinegar
â€¢ Membership: Hall, chairman; Glenndening, Skaggs, Straight, Mosher, Gary Oâ€™Neal, Dr. John Edwards, Watts
â€¢ NALJA: Hefner, chairman; Skaggs, Straight
â€¢ Performance: Lewis, chairman; Vaughn, Symens, Smith, Charlie Hunt, Joey Fruend, Gary Gates
â€¢ Rules & Regulations: Vaughn, chairman; Settje, Linhart, Greg Blaydes, Harley Coleman
â€¢ Show: Linhart, chairman; Straight, Skaggs, Ron Schilling, Bruce Lawrence, Bob Etherton, Dan Hunt
â€¢ Staffing: Mitchell, chairman; Tobe, Symens, Hall, Linhart, Goodish, Wacker
Spring EPDs Available
The expected progeny differences (EPDs) from the spring 2012 Limousin Genetic Evaluation are available through various features of the NALF website.
Users can employ the â€œSire Selectorâ€ tool to specify EPD-selection criteria in searching active Limousin and LimFlexÂ® sires and dams. The lookup allows them to search for informationâ€”including available DNA-test resultsâ€”about a particular animal.
The spring Sire Summaryâ€”which includes the general sire listing, the proven and young sire trait leadersâ€”is available for download from the siteâ€™s â€œGenetic Evaluationâ€ section.
Active NALF members can view their whole-herd EPDs via the websiteâ€™s secured, members-only portion. They also can request EPDs from the NALF office. New performance records are available for $2 per head.
ET Calvesâ€™ Dams, Sires Must Be DNA-Typed
A breeder must provide DNA case numbers (not blood-typing case numbers) for both the sire and dam on the DNA-typing form when submitting a DNA sample from an embryo-transfer (ET) calf for parentage verification. Missing DNA case numbers delays processing.
Order Barnsheets Before Ultrasound Scanning
As you schedule your ultrasound-scanning sessions, do not forget to order barnsheets from the NALF office, or print them for yourself from the â€œMy Reportsâ€ section of the NALF Member Site. A barnsheet is a preprinted form provided free of charge that lists all of the animals you intend to scan. It gives identification (ID) information for each animal and has blanks to record weight and management data chute side. The ultrasound laboratories require barnsheets to process scan data. Failure to obtain one before your scanning session will result in processing delays.
If you have questions about ultrasounding, refer to the Guide to Ultrasound in the â€œGenetics & Performanceâ€ section of the NALF website, or request a copy from the NALF office.
NALF â€œLimousin Contactsâ€ is a great resource for customers seeking Limousin cattle or services in your area. The contacts list can be found under the Limousin Contacts tab on NALFâ€™s website.
This resource allows you to advertise your operationâ€™s contact information for $10 per year. You can also link to your operationâ€™s website for an additional $25. Sign-up is easy with the online form available on the website.
Renewals are currently in process for 2012.
>e-mail Data to Correct Address
When e-mailing data to NALF, use the firstname.lastname@example.org address. Staff members check that account daily. Other NALF accounts can go unread when staff members are out of the office.
Partner Up for Electronic Updates
Are you among the more than 3,000 NALF members who get electronic updates bi-monthly from their organization? NALF maintains an e-mail list to facilitate timely, cost-effective communications. If you are not on the list, send an e-mail message that includes your name, postal address and herd prefix to email@example.comâ€”that is all it takes to join the NALF Partners online community. Just be sure to send the message from the account you want to receive the bi-monthly, electronic newsletter.
Promote Your Herd in the Bottom Line
NALF has launched a revamped version of the commercial publication, Bottom Line. It is a quarterly publication that will be distributed in December, March, June and September. The distribution list has grown to include more than 25,000 Limousin customers, commercial producers and potential customers. The publication is a joint effort between Limousin World and NALF, and has been completely redesigned as a tabloid publication.
Copies of the Bottom Line are available by calling the NALF office. The publication is a great giveaway to potential customers because it provides current information about the Limousin breed and what it provides the beef industry. If you would like to add customers or influencers (such as veterinarians, auction markets, feedyards and extension agents) to the mailing list, share their contact information with the NALF office.
You can promote your enterprise in Bottom Line by placing either an advertisement or a â€œSpotlightâ€ advertisement in the publication. Contact the NALF office to discuss this opportunity further and reserve your space in the next issue.
Registrations, Recordings Made Easy
With spring calves hitting the ground, keep in mind that complete, accurate data collection and reporting are fundamental to keeping your production information and the entire Limousin herdbook up-to-date. Calvesâ€™ performance data contribute to EPD calculations for your active dams and sires, and they enable NALF to provide the most accurate information on a variety of reports. For performance data and birth information to be included in the next genetic evaluation, you must submit it prior to June 15.
Online recording and the Limousin Inventory Management System (LIMS) are available through the secured, members-only portion of the website. Record cattle; update your herd inventory; and submit birth, weaning and yearling performance data.
If you prefer to put pencil to paper, contact the NALF office to request free, preprinted applications, which list all active cows in your inventory.
Emerging Leaders Academy
The application deadline for the 2012-2013 Emerging Leaders Academy is March 1, 2012. Applications are available on the NALF website. The Emerging Leaders Academy provides educational and leadership development opportunities to those seeking to build their involvement with the breed at the state, regional and national levels. The new class will have their first meeting in August of 2012.
Lists Requested From Affiliate Organizations
State and regional associations need to keep NALFâ€™s records current by notifying the office when they select new leaders. Forms have been mailed to those contacts that are listed on file with the NALF office. Current contact information is the only way to ensure all informationâ€”including that regarding cooperative marketing, junior activities and news releasesâ€”gets to the correct contact people. Whatâ€™s more, those updates are the basis for the state information on the NALF website. Please share your leaders list with the NALF office today.
Texas to Host BIF Convention
The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) annual meeting is North Americaâ€™s leading forum for discussing genetic evaluation and improvement, and NALF encourages its members to attend. This yearâ€™s event will be in Houston, Texas, April 18-21. Visit www.beefimprovement.org/convention.html for information about registration and the program.
International Limousin Congress
The 20th International Limousin Congress will take place in Denmark, July 2-10, 2012. The early registration deadline is March 15. After March 15, the registration fee increases by 10 percent.
For more information on the 20th International Limousin Congress visit www.danishlimousin.com.
Board Meetings Scheduled for Next Month
The NALF board has scheduled its next meeting for April 3-4. Contact a board member, Carol Johnson or Mark Anderson in the NALF office to suggest agenda items. The NALJA board will convene in early April. Contact Bret Begert to suggest any items for the junior board.
Upcoming Junior Deadlines
Start planning now for the following summerâ€™s junior events:
â€¢ May 1â€”Early deadline for the Heartland Regional Junior Show, June 15-16, Springfield, MO.
â€¢ May 1â€”Early deadline for the Western Regional Junior Show, June 15-16, Klamath Falls, OR.
â€¢ May 1â€”Early deadline for the Eastern Regional Junior Show, June 9-10, Murfreesboro, TN
â€¢ May 15â€”Early deadline for the National Junior Limousin Show & Congress (NJLSC), July 7-13, Des Moines, IA
â€¢ June 8â€”Late-entry deadline for the NJLSC
The Iowa Limousin Association will host â€œWin The Jackpotâ€ in 2012 NJLSC, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. The Sheraton West Des Moines, in Des Moines, Iowa, will be the headquarters hotel for the week. For reservations, call 515/223-1800.
The â€œJuniorsâ€ section of the NALF website offers information and the application for the NALJA board of directors. This section also contains information about the Leonard and Vi Wulf Scholarship, Awards of Excellence, and Limi Boosters scholarships and grants. They all are due May 15. Anyone with questions about the Limi Boostersâ€™ should contact Julie Ochsner at 970/351-6008. Contact the NALF office with questions about all other scholarship offerings.