Member’s Memo | October 2012

Board of Directors Held Summer Meeting

The North American Limousin Foundation Board of Directors conducted its summer meeting August 21-22 in Lebanon, Missouri. Fiscal year 2012-2013 planning and budget discussions were the main topics on the agenda. In the end, the board approved a balanced budget. This “Members Memo” includes key actions. A summary of approved motions is in the secured, members-only portion of the NALF website.

Nominating Committee Names Initial Candidates

The Nominating Committee has selected Chad Settje, Creston, Nebraska (second term); John Tobe, Lancaster, Kentucky (second term); Jim Bob Hendrickson, Adair, Oklahoma; Dexter Edwards, Beulaville, North Carolina; and Austin Hager, Karlsruhe, North Dakota; as candidates for the NALF Board of Directors. Bret Begert, Allison, Texas, and Warren Symens, Amherst, South Dakota, have been appointed by NALF President, Bob Mitchell and the Board of Directors to fill the positions of Harris Mosher, Telford, Pennsylvania, and Tom Field, Centennial, Colorado.

If the nominating committee did not slate you or your possible candidate, you or your possible candidate can petition as a member-at-large.

To qualify as a member-at-large, the candidate must have at least 15 qualifying signatures from Lifetime, Founder or Annual Members on the petition style form available on the NALF website or 15 letters of support may be used in replacement of the signature form. The completed form or letters must be in the NALF office by October 15.

All candidates (nominated or member-at-large) will have their biographies published in the December issue of Limousin World and will be placed on the official ballot.

If you are not able to attend the annual meeting (during the NWSS), you may request an official ballot from the NALF office prior to December 1. You must submit a letter to the NALF office requesting an absentee ballot. A form letter is available on the NALF website to place the request.

Data for Genetic Evaluation Due Next Month

The deadline to submit data for the next International Limousin Genetic Evaluation is November 15.

That deadline is especially important for producers of Lim-Flex® progeny from Angus and Red Angus parents that are not in the NALF herdbook. Without the data, their expected progeny differences (EPDs) will not be available for winter show programs or spring marketing materials. In addition, judges now receive all available EPDs at the major MOE shows.

Birth, weaning and yearling performance data in complete contemporary groups, docility scores, mature cow weights and body condition scores are necessary for reliable EPDs. Breeders’ data that are submitted are the raw material from which NALF computes genetic predictions. Members with carcass data for sire-identified animals with known birthdates are encouraged to submit them, too. The breed’s competitive advantages, genetic improvement and ability to meet commercial customers’ needs all depend on breeders’ data collection and submission.

The new EPDs will be available around January 1, 2013. NALF will post the Spring Sire Summary on the website in mid-January.

Major Fall Exhibitions Approaching

Fall Level I MOE Shows are just around the corner. Both the junior and open shows at the American Royal in Kansas City, Missouri, will be November 1. Nate Kolterman, Seward, Nebraska, will sort the junior entries; and Ernie Wallace, 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. Jack Ward, Plattsburg, Missouri, will serve as the judge. The open show will be November 15. Mat Lewis, Iliff, Colorado, will be the judge. NAILE entries are due October 1.

Please remember that for cattle to retain their MOE points, owners must submit their performance data to NALF by December 1. Please direct any MOE questions to Bobbi Hartwig in the NALF office.

Wies Limousin Ranch Heifer to Headline Corner Post Package

Wies Limousin Ranch, Wellsville, Missouri, is donating the centerpiece of the Seventh Annual Corner Post Genetics Package, which will sell during the 2013 National Limousin Sale. This donation female, WLR Intuition, is an April 1, 2012, daughter of AUTO Dollar General 122R, out of the 2012 MOE Gold Medal Female, WLR Tainted Love.

All proceeds from the package will benefit the Corner Post Fund, which facilitates additional activities and scholarships for Limousin junior participants.

For information about contributing to the Corner Post Fund, contact Bret Begert at 806/375-2308 or Bobbi Hartwig in the NALF office.

2013 National Junior Limousin Show and Congress Location Announced

The 2013 National Junior Limousin Show and Congress and All-American Limousin Futurity will be held at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield, Missouri, June 29-July 5, 2013. The Missouri Limousin Breeders Association and Missouri Junior Limousin Association will sponsor the event. The theme for the 2013 event is the “Reunion of the Decade.”

The La Quinta Inn and Suites Airport Plaza will serve as the host hotel for the event. Rates for the hotel are $68.99/+tax for single queen; $75.99/+tax for single king; $79.99/+tax for two queens; and $99.99/+ tax for king suites. Please mention the North American Limousin Junior Association when reserving your room. You can contact the hotel at: 417/447-4466.

The overflow hotels for the NJLS&C will be The Courtyard by Marriott Springfield Airport and the Ramada. The rates for The Courtyard by Marriott are $84/+ tax. You can contact the hotel at: 417/869-6700. The room rates for the Ramada are $79/+ tax. You can contact the hotel at 417/866-5253.

Breed Advocates Deserve Attention

NALF honors a Commercial Producer of the Year, a Commercial Marketing Booster of the Year and a Limousin Promoter of the Year at the annual banquet held at the National Western Stock Show. Download a nomination form for each of those awards from the NALF website, or request copies from the NALF office. This year’s nominations are due in the NALF office December 2.

Start Planning for 2013 National Western Stock Show

The Limousin events during the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) will be January 12-17, 2013. This is an exciting opportunity for the breed to showcase the advancements that have been made to a broader audience.

Cattle may begin arriving at the NWSS from January 8-11. Hill cattle will be checked in at 9 a.m. on January 12. Yard cattle will be checked in at 12:30 p.m. on January 13. The NALF board of directors meeting will take place at 7 a.m. January 13 prior to yard cattle check-in. There will be an Emerging Leaders Academy and NALF board social held at 6 p.m. in the host hotel, The Renaissance Denver.

January 14 will include the NALF annual meeting at 7:30 a.m. followed by the “Bulls & Burgers” social in the yards. The day will conclude with the membership banquet and the Genetics on Ice auction at 6 p.m. at The Renaissance Denver.

January 15 will feature the Junior Limousin and Lim-Flex shows in the morning, followed by the National Limousin Sale Parade and Sale that afternoon and evening. The MOE Limousin and Lim-Flex open show will take place January 16.

The National Western Stock Show will conclude with the “Yards” show January 17, along with a hamburger feed held in conjunction with the show.

The headquarters hotel is The Renaissance Denver off of I-70 and Quebec St. Call 303/399-7500 to make your reservations. Remember to mention the North American Limousin Foundation to receive special rates.

To consign cattle to the National Sale, call American Cattle Services, 580/597-3006; KK Seedstock Consultants, 804/353-2220; or R&R Marketing Co., 615/791-8982.

Bulls registered with NALF and born on or after January 1, 2010; heifers born on or after September 1, 2010; and cow-calf pairs are eligible for consignment. The consigned live animal must be entered in the 2013 National Western Stock Show either on the “Hill” or in the “Yards.”

Consignors must have cattle registered with NALF by the consignment deadline of November 15. Cattle entered in the sale must be free of known major genetic defects in accordance with NALF rules. Consignors must register all embryo-transfer (ET) calves, which require parent verification by November 1. Since GeneSeek, Scidera Inc. and Pfizer operate on a limited holiday schedule; members must submit samples before November 15 to meet those requirements.

Changes Made to Medal of Excellence Program

Due to the lack of numbers and participation of fullblood cattle at Medal of Excellence (MOE) shows, it was decided at the board meeting to discontinue the fullblood MOE category and combine the fullblood points with the purebred National Limousin Bull and Female standings. MOE award categories will now be National Limousin Bull and Female and National Lim-Flex Bull and Female.

Advertising Funds Allocated

The board has budgeted $60,000 in national advertising for the coming year. With these dollars not only will NALF be advertising in more regional and national publications, but NALF is also in the process of developing a long-term marketing plan to gain more recognition for the breed.

The board has budgeted $12,000 for the 2012–2013 State Cooperative Marketing Program. State associations that applied for marketing assistances should have received notification from the NALF office by now concerning their funding allocations.

Feeder Calf Classifieds Open for Business

As part of its commitment to commercial cattle producers, NALF offers the Feeder Calf Classifieds. The web-based calf-listing service allows sellers to post their Limousin-influenced calves for sale in an easy-to-use, free, classified advertisement.

Potential buyers can browse all of the cattle for sale or use the search feature to narrow the offerings. Now, more than ever, it is important to have your customers’ and your own calves listed because various buyers (including Strauss Brands, Laura’s Lean Beef and Meyer’s Natural) use them to source calves for their marketing programs. NALF staff members draw attention to the listings through regular communication with order buyers, feedyards and individuals interested in feeding Limousin-influenced calves.

To take advantage of the service, click the “Sale Barn” link on the NALF home page. For additional assistance, contact Joe Epperly in the NALF office.

Time for a New Password

If you activated your secured, members-only portion of the NALF website more than a year ago, it is a good idea to change your password now, especially if you have shared your current one with someone else. Changing your password every 12 months is added protection against hackers.

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