Election Process Continues
The Nominating Committee has selected Chad Settje, Creston, Nebraska, (second term); and 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. 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.
Those unable to attend the annual meeting in Denver may submit a written request for absentee ballots to the NALF office before December 1. The office will not accept requests after that date. Once members complete and sign their absentee ballots, they should return them to NALFâ€™s official accountant prior to December 31.
Change Made to NALFâ€™s Genetic Defect Policy
In an effort to assist membership in the handling of defect carriers, the NALF Board decided September 27 to amend its defect policy to
â€œBulls must be tested free in order to be eligible for registration; females will be registered regardless of test outcome and carriers will be denoted on their registration papers and on the NALF website. Carrier females born after 1/1/12 will not be eligible to record embryo transplant progeny.â€
The Board will set a sunset date on these carrier animals at the January board meeting held in Denver during the National Western Stock Show.
Strong EPDs Rely on Breedersâ€™ Submissions
The deadline to submit data for the next international Limousin genetic evaluation is November 15.
That deadline is especially important for producers of Lim-FlexÂ® progeny from Angus or 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.
Birth, weaning and yearling performance data are necessary for reliable EPDs, and breedersâ€™ data are the raw material from which NALF computes genetic predictions. The breedâ€™s competitive advantages and genetic improvement depend on breedersâ€™ data collection and submission.
One key to determining an animalâ€™s genetic merit is to mitigate environmental effects on performance. A contemporary group does that because it includes cattle of the same sex, within a similar percentage-Limousin group, that were born within a 90-day period, that have been managed alike, and weighed on the same date (excluding birth weight). More information is available regarding this topic on the â€œGenetic Evaluationâ€ section of the NALF website.
Nominations Sought for Commercial Program Awards
Each year NALF honors a Commercial Producer of the Year, Commercial Marketing Booster of the Year and Limousin Promoter of the Year during the National Western Stock Show. Download a nomination form for each of those awards from the â€œProgramsâ€ section of the NALF website, or request copies from the NALF office. This yearâ€™s nominations are due in the NALF office on November 30.
NALF Reinstates Focus Dam Program
The NALF Board has reinstated a revised Focus Dam program that recognizes dams and sires with outstanding productivity, fertility and longevity. The program requirements require that a cow produce three consecutive calves with a weaning weight ratio of 105 or greater while maintaining a set calving interval and having her first calf before 792 days of age. Dams with eight or more qualifying offspring will be named Elite Focus Dams. Sires will qualify as Focus Sires if three or more daughters qualify as Focus Dams.
Preliminary MOE Point Standings Available
Medal of Excellence (MOE) point standings are available on the NALF website. The standings are not reflective of data submission. To remain eligible for the MOE year-end recognitions, exhibitors must submit their animalsâ€™ required performance data by November 30. Birth, weaning and yearling weights are required for all animals and a bullâ€™s scrotal measurement must be submitted at one year of age. If an animal is over 400 days of age, a breeding soundness exam and semen test must also be reported. Females that will be 600 days of age by 12/31/12 must report a pregnancy test. Direct all MOE questions to Bobbi Hartwig in the NALF office.
Help Your Customers Help Themselves
Help your bull customers market their feeder calves through the Limousin Sale Barn. Go to the NALF home page, click the â€˜Sale Barnâ€™ tab and follow the directions to list calves for sale. Whether consigning to an auction or selling by private treaty, the online classifieds are a free, easy way to help ensure every bidder possible (including Strauss Brands and Lauraâ€™s Lean Beef) competes for your calves and your customersâ€™ calves.
NALF also is promoting a number of special Limousin-influenced feeder-calf sales around the country. Find the list via the â€œNewsâ€ section of the website.
Plan Ahead for the â€œReunion of the Decadeâ€
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 â€œReunion of the Decade.â€
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 Oasis. 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 Oasis are $79/+ tax. You can contact the hotel at 417/866-5253. The NALJA banquet will be held at the Ramada Oasis.
Have You Made Your Hotel Reservation?
The Renaissance Denver Hotel at 3801 Quebec Street will be the Limousin breedâ€™s headquarters during the 2013 National Western Stock Show. Rooms are available at the Renaissance for $109/+ tax per night if you mention the â€œNorth American Limousin Foundationâ€ when you make your reservations. Contact the Renaissance at 303/399-7500.
While youâ€™re at it, be sure to reserve your banquet tickets from the NALF office. The annual membership banquet and Genetics On Ice auction will be Monday, January 14, starting at 6:00 p.m.
Consign to the 2013 National Sale
This year, â€œYardâ€ exhibitors will be allowed to enter pen bulls in the National Sale on the â€œHill.â€ The seller has the opportunity to sell a choice lot or nominate an animal from the pen. For sale requirements, contact Joe Epperly in the NALF office. The consignment deadline for the 2013 National Sale is November 15.
Wies Limousin Ranch Donates Centerpiece to Corner Post Package
Wies Limousin Ranch, Wellsville, Missouri, will be the donor of the centerpiece of the Seventh Annual Corner Post Genetics Package, which will sell during the 2013 National Limousin Sale. The donation female, WLR Intuition, is a 4/1/12 daughter of AUTO Dollar General 122R out of the 2012 MOE Gold Medal Female, WLR Tainted Love 746X.
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.
Change Made to NWSS Pen and Carload Show Rules
In answer to the request from the National Western Stock Show pen and carload exhibitors, the board has decided to remove the restriction on the number of Lim-Flex bulls allowed in a carload. All bulls 75 percent Limousin or higher and purple-papered Lim-Flex will be eligible to compete in the carload show.