NALF News | February 2013

Spring EPDs Available

Expected progeny differences (EPDs) from the spring 2013 International Limousin Genetic Evaluation are available on the NALF website. You can use the Sire Selector to specify EPD selection criteria when searching qualified Limousin and Lim-Flex® bulls. The pedigree and EPD lookup allows you to search for information about a particular animal.

The site’s “Genetics & Performance” section includes the spring 2013 EPD statistics, percentiles and trends; sire summary qualifications; general sire listing; trait leaders; possible change chart; and downloadable
sire summary.

Active NALF members can view their male and female EPDs via the website’s secured, members-only portion. They also can request whole-herd EPDs from the NALF office free of charge. New performance records are available for $2 each.

Genomic-Enhanced EPDs are Here

The spring 2013 International Limousin Genetic Evaluation, including molecular breeding values (MBVs) that were reported to NALF by November 15, are now available. These EPDs have yielded EPD accuracy greater than ever before.

The Limousin Genomic Profiler, available exclusively through GeneSeek Inc., has been well received by breeders. The addition of these values to the genetic evaluation is earlier than first projected and allows an animal’s MBVs to influence not only its own EPDs but its relatives as well. NALF is feverishly working to add interim genomic-enhanced EPDs to the system to get the values to members faster.

Get Your Tickets!

Help support the 2013 National Junior Limousin Show and Congress “Reunion of the Decade.” The Missouri Limousin Breeders Association is selling 500 tickets for $100 each for a chance to win five bred heifers. The drawing will be held during the opening ceremony of the 2013 NJLS&C. The winner of the drawing has the option to auction a portion or all of the heifers. Please e-mail reunionofthedecade@gmail.com for more information and to purchase your tickets.

Let NALF Help You Promote Your Upcoming Sale or Event

Did you know NALF could assist promoting your upcoming sales and events? NALF offers electronic marketing opportunities via the NALF website, e-Blasts or banner advertisements. Please contact Brooke Bennett in the NALF office to discuss this opportunity.

Spotlight Your Herd

The Bottom Line, which is NALF’s commercial publication, is distributed quarterly in December, March, June and September. The distribution list has grown to include more than 25,000 Limousin customers, commercial producers and potential customers. This publication is a joint effort between Limousin World and NALF.

Promote your enterprise in Bottom Line by placing a “Breeder Spotlight” advertisement in the publication. For $500 per year (four issues), you can reach out directly to commercial cattle producers nationwide. Contact Brooke Bennett in the NALF office to reserve your space.

The NALF Staff is Here For You

If you have an upcoming state or regional event and would like a NALF representative present, contact the NALF office. The spring sale season is here, so make sure your event is on the NALF schedule.

Multiple-Trait Selection Is Best

Since weight has a direct effect on net return, most progressive cattle producers buy bulls with high levels of growth. To achieve that goal, NALF encourages producers to select Limousin and Lim-Flex seedstock with acceptable weaning and yearling weight EPDs.

When selecting for increased growth, producers must also balance genetics for other traits—including birth weight, calving-ease, calf survival, frame size, mature weight and maintenance-energy costs. Disciplined selection on both ends of the growth curve is required. High-ranking, high-accuracy EPDs for birth, weaning and yearling weights and direct calving- ease (CE) are the most powerful tools for improving growth and minimizing the potential for calving problems.

2013 Cattle Industry Annual Convention & Trade Show

The Cattle Industry Convention is the oldest and largest convention for the cattle business. The 2013 convention will be the 115th installment. The convention and trade show create a unique, fun environment for cattle industry members to come together to network, create policies for the industry and have some fun. If you’re in the cattle business, you need to be in Tampa, Florida, February 6-9. Make sure to stop by the NALF booth, #543, if you are attending the convention.

LIMS Improves Genetics

Herds enrolled in the voluntary Limousin Inventory Management System (LIMS) commit to annual reporting of complete calving and culling data. By submitting such comprehensive production information, they contribute to inventory-proven genetics with more accurate EPDs.

Participants pay an annual fee of $15 per active cow and, in turn, can record performance for, register and transfer that year’s calves. For more information visit NALF’s website on the “Membership & Registry” tab. To enroll, contact Brittany in the NALF office. The deadline to enroll for Spring 2013 is February 15.

Insist on Authenticated Pedigrees

Documented, accurate pedigrees facilitate genetic management. They are essential for reaping the benefits of hybrid vigor (heterosis), managing inbreeding and calculating reliable EPDs.

NALF authenticates pedigrees through its DNA-based parentage-verification program. Highly propagated Limousin animals, including all bulls used in artificial insemination (AI), must have their sires and dams verified. Random tests check the accuracy of reported pedigree data for animals entering the herdbook.

Limousin has one of the most extensive parentage-verification programs in the beef industry to ensure reliable, profitable selection and to guard against genetic defects.

Registration papers authenticate pedigrees and credible EPDs appear on each registered animal’s performance record. If profitable genetic management is important to you, look for registered bulls to ensure integrity.

Make Plans to Attend the “Reunion of the Decade”

The 2013 National Junior Limousin Show and Congress and All-American Futurity will be June 29-July 5, 2013, at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield, Missouri.

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 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.

Cattle producers attending the 2012 Cattle Industry Annual Convention & Trade Show, February 1-4 in Nashville, Tennessee, have the opportunity to learn more about the Limousin breed. NALF will have a booth, #773, across from the demonstration area and will showcase Limousin and Lim-Flex bulls from Englewood Farms and Wulf Limousin Farms to the projected 6,000+ commercial customers in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show.

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