MOE Petitions, Judge Nominations Due in June
State and regional Limousin associations can petition NALF for permission to host a Medal of Excellence (MOE) show. Petition forms, updated rules and judges lists are available on the website. If there is a local or state show you would like counted for MOE points, please submit the petition form by June 15. Be sure the show utilizes the updated 2012 rules.
Active annual and lifetime members can submit nominations for the approved-judges list until June 30. Mail, fax or e-mail them to the NALF office. Provide your member number or herd prefix and the nomineeâ€™s address and phone number.
Attention Junior Members: Big Deadlines Loom on May 15
All North American Limousin Junior Association (NALJA) members 17 years or older may apply for the Board of Directors if they will not turn 23 during the two-year term.
Active members entering their freshman or sophomore years at a four-year academic institution and majoring in an animal science or a closely related field 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, 2012, and be in good standing with NALJA. Applicants must be active in a segment of the beef industry or enrolled in an agriculture program in college. Previous recipients may not reapply.
The â€œJuniorâ€ section of the NALF website offers all three applications and more information about each one, or contact the NALF office.
ALL APPLICATIONS DUE MAY 15.
Find Rules, Entry Forms and the Latest News in NALJA News
The summer 2012 NALJA News includes important rules and entry information for this summerâ€™s national and regional junior Limousin shows. If you need a copy of the Summer 2012 NALJA News, one can be printed from the â€œJuniorâ€ section of the NALF website or call the NALF office and request one be mailed to you. Read all of the rules and schedules thoroughly because there have been changes, and carefully note the entry deadlines.
The Sheraton Hotel in West Des Moines, Iowa, (515/223-1800), the host hotel for the Junior National Show, has a very limited number of rooms left. The Chase Suite Hotel (515/223-7700) and the Wildwood Lodge (515/222-9876) have been chosen for the overflow hotels.
Donâ€™t Wait to Get Papers
If you need registration papers for a show, call the NALF office at least one week beforehand so staff members can make the necessary arrangements.
Remember ET Requirements
Breeders must sire-verify donor dams via DNA before embryo-transfer (ET) calves can be parent-verified and registered. When completing the form to register ET calves, you must include the DNA case numbers for the sire and dam. You can find those on the NALF website using the pedigree and EPD lookup, or contact the NALF office.
Recipient-cow information is required for ET calves to qualify to be in contemporary groups. A recipientâ€™s identification (ID), breed codes and birth year must be on the ET application for registration. Flush dates and transfer dates must be supplied and donâ€™t forget to have embryo transfers if you are not the owner of the donor cow.
Plan Ahead for Successful Contemporary Groupings
A contemporary group includes calves of the same sex and percentage-blood categoryâ€”born within 90 days of one anotherâ€”that you managed together. Designate birth, weaning and yearling management codes when submitting performance data so NALF can form accurate contemporary groups that will contribute to reliable EPDs.
Weigh and evaluate all calves in a weaning group on the same day, when the youngest calf is at least 160 days old and the oldest calf is not older than 250 days. Take yearling weights and other yearling information at least 140 days after weaning and when the animals are between 330 and 450 days of age.
Find more tips in the â€œSuccessful Performance Programâ€ section of the sire summary, which is in the â€œGenetic Evaluationâ€ section of the NALF website.
Herds Continue to Join LIMS
Active North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) members may conduct business using the web-based Limousin Inventory Management System (LIMS). Participants pay an annual fee of $15 per active cow and, in turn, can record, register and transfer her calf for that birth year. That is a $12 per calf savings compared to the least expensive registration and transfer fees.
LIMS participants are the only members who are Certified Performance Herds. LIMS participants contribute more complete and comprehensive production information that leads to improved expected progeny differences (EPDs).
To enroll for fall 2012, call the NALF office before the July 15 deadline.
Breed Improvement Depends on Measurement
Use NALFâ€™s online recording tools for free, preprinted forms for timely reporting of birth, weaning and yearling data. Take the time to enter this springâ€™s yearling data; and include all heifers (not just those selected for replacements), yearling bulls and steers.
Commercial cattle producers want information about breed composition; color; polled status; EPDs, including accuracies, percentile rankings and breed averages; birth, weaning and yearling weights; frame scores; scrotal circumferences; carcass and ultrasound data with ratios; and feeding-test results. Reporting data to NALF helps your organization help you meet those customer expectations.
The deadline to submit data for the next International Limousin Genetic Evaluation is June 15.
Field And Mosher Resign From NALF Board of Directors
NALF has announced the resignation of Tom Field, Wellington, Colorado, and Harris Mosher, Telford, Pennsylvania, from the NALF Board of Directors. Warren Symens of Amherst, South Dakota, has been selected to fill Fieldâ€™s position for 2012 on the Board of Directors and Bret Begert of Allison, Texas, has been selected to fill Mosherâ€™s position.
Transfers Facilitate Commercial Programs
Transfers are the lifeblood of NALFâ€™s commercial programs. They provide NALF with contact information so it can keep breed information before Limousin users throughout the year. Several marketing options, including the Strauss Free RaisedÂ® veal and Lauraâ€™s Lean Beef (LLB) programs, also depend upon properly transferred bulls. Submit your transfers in a timely fashion so NALF can add value to your seedstock sales.
When transferring animals, be sure to include the buyersâ€™ full names and addresses. Complete information guarantees your customers receive breed information and ensures NALF can process the transfers correctly.
Bring your coat to Iowa!
We are not kidding. The Iowa Limousin Association (ILA), Wulf Limousin Farms and the Iowa State University (ISU) Animal Science & Meat Lab are hosting an informative and educational experience July 12.
â€œWe are excited to offer this opportunity to those attending Junior Nationals,â€ says Ann Vorthmann. The ILA is providing busses and would like to have participants sign up prior to June 1. Please reserve your free seat by contacting Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402/981-1093.
About the coat, in Iowa, in July. Participants will spend time in a 31 degree cooler and a 45 degree fabricating cutting room so bring a sweatshirt or jacket, and wear clean, closed-toe shoes as you will have to walk through a shoe sanitizer to be allowed in the cooler and fabrication room.
Limousin, Lim-Flex and Angus steers donated by Wulf Limousin Farms are in a feed efficiency trial. One steer from each group will be harvested and half of each carcass will be fabricated into boxed beef, including a display of the trimmings, waste fat and bone. The other half of each carcass will be viewed in the cooler.
Jim Venner, chairman of the event, hopes everyone will take advantage of this opportunity to compare true profitability when factoring in everything from feed efficiency to the value of the retail product. If you have questions, contact Jim at 712/830-8381.
Dr. Stephanie Hansen of ISU will also share results from a feed efficiency trial involving 39 Limousin steers representing various sires. A tour of the ISU Ruminant Nutrition Research Farm and discussion about ISU Animal Science career opportunities will also be included.
The ILA plans to have people available to watch the cattle in the barn while the group goes to Ames. Informative presentations with question/answer sessions are planned for the 40-minute bus ride. Industry leaders, NALF staff and NALF directors will lead these discussions.
International Limousin Congress to Take Place in Denmark
The Danish Limousin Society will be the host of the 20th International Limousin Congress in Denmark July 2-10, 2012. There are three different tour options: the extended tour, July 2-10, the professional tour July 2-8 and the core tour July 5-8.
For more information on the 20th International Limousin Congress visit http://www.danishlimousin.dk/