Juniors and Their Families Reunite in Missouri
Nearly 250 North American Limousin Junior Association (NALJA) members from 22 states took part in “The Reunion of the Decade,” National Junior Limousin Show and Congress (NJLS&C) in Springfield, Missouri. Read about the memorable event throughout this issue.
Relive the memories of the week and order a copy of the video that was shown at the NALJA Awards Banquet. You can order your copy from Kaye Weaber in the NALF office. The video is available for $25.
A special thank you to the Missouri Limousin Breeders Association for their hospitality and hard work, it was greatly appreciated and their efforts did not go unnoticed. We would also like to thank the many generous contributors who made “Reunion of the Decade” possible.
Mark your calendars for July 12-July 18, 2014, when the NJLS&C will move into Amarillo, Texas, for the “Red Dirt Country Shootout.” Be on the lookout for more information regarding the 2014 NJLS&C.
Have You Sent NALF Your Zoetis Animal Health Receipts?
In order for our incentive program to be successful, it will need to be a group effort from the membership, NALF staff and Zoetis Animal Health. If we all work together this will be a great benefit for not only NALF, but the membership as a whole. So if you haven’t already, send us copies of your receipts.
For more information about the Zoetis Animal Health incentive program, contact Kaye Weaber in the NALF office.
Please fax, e-mail or mail copies of your Zoetis Animal Health receipts to:
Attn: Kaye Weaber
Mail: 6 Inverness Court East, Suite 260
Englewood, CO 80112-5595
Look For 2014 Board Nominees in October Limousin World
The October issue of Limousin World will include the committee’s slate of nominees. If the committee does not slate interested persons, supporters may add their at-large candidates’ names to the ballot by sending letters of support from at least 15 different founding, lifetime or active annual members to the NALF office by October 15. Identification of all nominees by then enables NALF to publicize their candidacies and include their names on the official ballot.
Carcass Data Always Needed
To remain competitive with other breeds, NALF must expand its carcass database. Harvest data from sire-identified animals with known birthdates play a vital role in providing high-quality genetic evaluations of carcass traits. Breeders should collect and submit actual carcass data whenever possible, and NALF will process it free of charge. For more information about reporting harvest data, contact Joe Epperly in the NALF office.
Prepare to Collect Weaning Data
Fall is an important time for gathering critical information. Weaning weights, docility scores and group data drive expected progeny differences (EPDs) for weaning weight, milking ability and docility and are required for adjusting ultrasound measurements. Plan ahead to determine the optimal weigh dates so the most calves possible are within important age limits for calculating adjusted weights and EPDs. The next EPD deadline is November 15.
Weigh cows, too, and record their body condition scores to contribute to genetic evaluation of mature cow energy requirements. That promises to position the breed for more widespread industry recognition for its leading efficiency.
Your best calves and cows will look even better if all animals, not just the top end, routinely have data reported. Complete production information also facilitates more accurate breeding and marketing decisions.
Two Major MOE Show Deadlines Approaching
The Limousin shows at the American Royal in Kansas City, Missouri, will be October 31. Charlie Peters of Bellevue, Iowa, will sort the junior entries and Tyler Dewey of Miami, Oklahoma, will judge the open show. American Royal entries are due September 10.
NOTE: All junior exhibitors must be at least 9-years-old on show day and not more than 20-years-old the day of the show.
The junior show at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville, Kentucky, will be November 11, with a judge to be named at a later date. The open show will be November 12. Jon DeClerk of Ames, Iowa, will be the judge. NAILE entries are due October 1.
NOTE: Animals must be recorded or registered in the exhibitor’s name on or before September 15. See show rules for further details.
Members Support Service Plan, Commercial Check Off
Thanks to the loyal support of those who pay their member service fees, NALF has maintained effective breed advertising and expanded member services. 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 commercial publication for their bull customers and themselves.
A separate, voluntary (check off) program generates additional resources for NALF’s commercial marketing. NALF bills a $2 per registered head rate to check off enrolled members’ accounts. Enrollment is easy—just mark the space on your member service fee notice. You may change your check off enrollment status at any time by contacting the NALF office.
Help Your Customers Help Themselves
As fall feeder-cattle marketing approaches, you can help your bull customers’ market Limousin-influenced calves through the Limousin Exchange. Go to the NALF home page, click the Sale Barn link then 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 make sure every bidder possible competes for those calves.
Furthermore, using the Feeder Calf Classifieds puts your customers on the inside track for the special marketing opportunities NALF has arranged with the Strauss Free Raised® Veal program and Laura’s Lean Beef Co. (LLB).
• 2014 National Junior Show Hotel Information: Holiday Inn Express, Medical Center, Amarillo, TX 806.322.4777. Overflow hotel is the Sleep Inn Medical Center 806.242.7777. Both blocks are under “Limousin Cattle.”
• National Western 2014 Headquarters Hotel will be the Renaissance on Quebec Street, Denver, Colorado. The block will start January 9.
• NALF has a new and improved four-page brochure available for individuals and state associations to use to promote the Limousin breed. This brochure is the result of months of effort from staff and select members within our breed.
• The NALJA Board of Directors are set to meet in Amarillo, Texas, September 6-8. On their agenda is recapping the 2013 National Junior Show, planning the 2014 National Junior Show, establishing a leadership development program and fundraising.
• A special Thank You to Tyler Dewey and his members from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) for administering the judging contest at the 2013 National Junior Show. We appreciate you choosing classes, establishing the official placings and most of all, scoring the cards.