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NALF e-Partners


June 10, 2011
Whats Inside

Important NALF Dates

June 10 Deadline

  • NJLSC Late Entry

June 15 Deadline

  • Fall Genetic Evaluation Data Submission

July 15 Deadline

  • LIMS - Inventory for Fall 2011 posting
  • LIMS - Record no of progeny for Fall 2010 calving
  • LIMS - Record all calves for Fall 2010

August 15 Deadline

  • LIMS - Heifer Pregnancy information due
  • Candidacy to the Nomination Committee

 

Upcoming Events & Sales

JUNE

June 11 & 12 Eastern Regional Jr. Limousin Show & Southeast Summer Classic
June 11 & 12 Missouri Field Day
June 16-18 Western Regional Jr. Limousin Show & Western Limousin Expo Open Limousin Show
June 24 & 25 Tennessee Field Day
June 24-26 Oklahoma Ron Wayland Memorial Field Day
June 26

Magness Junior Jackpot Show

JULY

July 9-15

National Jr. Show & Congress and All-American Futurity

July 21 California State Fair Open Limousin Show
July 22 & 23 Georgia Field Day
Greetings!

North American Limousin Foundation is here for you e-Partners newsletter is a bi-monthly newsletter that provides you up-to-date information about the Limousin breed and membership news.If you have any questions about the information below, please contact the North American Limousin office at 303-220-1693.

NJLS&C Late Entry Deadline is Today

National Junior Limousin Show and Congress late entries must be postmarked by today, Friday, June 10. Please remember that if the youth exhibitor would like to participate in the showmanship competition, they must enter on their NJLS&C entry form. Also, be sure that cattle are owned by the exhibitor at the time of entry.

If you are attending a NALJA regional show this summer and have not entered yet, please do so. Submitting entries to the NALF office, even the week of the show, will make checking in your cattle much easier upon your arrival to the show.

Rules and entry information for this summer's national and regional junior Limousin shows are available "Juniors" section of the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) website. For more information contact the NALF office.

Genetic Evaluation Deadline is June 15

The deadline to submit data for the next International Limousin Genetic Evaluation is Wednesday, June 15.

Submitting data before the June 15 deadline is especially important for producers wanting EPDs for Lim-Flex cattle from Angus or Red Angus sires that have not been included in a previous Limousin evaluation.

New EPDs will be available around Aug. 1. NALF will post the fall sire summary on its website in mid-August.

NALF Board of Directors Nomination Process

Below is helpful information regarding the NALF Board of Directors nomination process and member-at-large procedure. Additional information can be found on the NALF web site at www.nalf.org/contact.php or by contacting the NALF office.

The president of the NALF Board will assign members to the nominating committee in June of the current year. The names of those members who have been selected to serve on the nominating committee will be published in NALF e-Partners and the August issue of the Limousin World.

A written letter must be submitted to the nominating committee by August 15 to propose your name or the name of a possible candidate for the board.

Once the nominating committee has selected its candidates to fill the two new board member positions along with the three positions for re-election, the names will be published in the NALF e-Partners and the Limousin World. If you or your possible candidate was not selected by the nominating committee, then 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 web site. Fifteen letters of support may also be used in replacement of the signature form. The completed form or letters must be received in the NALF office by October 15th.

All candidates (nominated or member-at-large) will have their biographies published in the December issue of the 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 1st. You must submit a letter to the NALF office requesting an absentee ballot. A form letter is available on the NALF web site to place the request.

For further information and assistance contact the NALF office or visit the web site at www.nalf.org/contact/php

Enter Your Favorite Photo

Do you have a talent for catching the perfect moment? If so, enter the newly revised photo contest during the National Junior Limousin Show & Congress (NJLS&C). There are five divisions and five different photo categories: At the Ranch/Scenic, At the Ranch/People, Kids and Cattle, Just Cattle, and Anything but the Ranch.

Competitors must deliver their entries to the NJLS&C show office by 10 a.m. Monday, July 11. If you are not attending NJLS&C you may submit your entries to the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) office no later than June 15. For more information or rules regarding the Photo Contest visit the NALF website or call the office.

Emerging Leaders Application Available

2011 marks the second year of the Emerging Leaders Academy program. The academy is open to a limited number of participants.. Those individuals selected for the program will be notified shortly after the application deadline.

In August, Emerging Leaders Academy will participate in an industry tour and information roundtables to mark the beginning of the year-long program.

For further details visit the NALF web site or contact the office.

Limi Boosters

Service Fee, Checkoff Support Breed Functions

Thanks to the loyal support of those who pay their member service fees, the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) has maintained breed advertising and staff representation at events while developing extensive Web-based tools and producer-outreach programs.

Those who participate in the annual plan may register animals at the lowest member rates; enjoy free access to the secured, members-only portion of the NALF website; and activate complimentary subscriptions to the Bottom Line newsletter for their bull customers and themselves. This year's assessment notices will mail soon.

The voluntary Commercial checkoff generates additional resources for commercial marketing. NALF bills $2 per head at registration to participating members' accounts. Enrollment is easy - just mark the space on your member-service-fee notice or specify your checkoff-enrollment status at any time by contacting the NALF office.

LIMS: Certified Performance Herd

Now is the time to start reporting your heifer exposure information on your spring-born 2010 females. You can also mark your culled/disposed young females in the same area to keep your records up-to-date. Update your LIMS inventory of fall-calving cows for 2011 prior to July 15 and report calving and "no progeny codes" for all your 2010 fall-calving cows.

As the deadlines approach, NALF will be sending additional information regarding LIMS reporting. If you have any questions, please call the NALF office.

Add to Your NJLS&C Checklist

For those heading to the NJLS&C and All-American Limousin Futurity (AALF), which will be July 9-16 in Amarillo, Texas, the NALF office offers some reminders.

  • Check tattoos before you leave home. Tattoos must be legible, and re-tattooing will not be allowed.
  • Steers must be registered.
  • Cattle check-in will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday, July 4. Check-in will start with the NJLSC entries by states, and the exact order will be announced at the show.
  • Be sure to check the import regulations - especially those concerning brucellosis and tuberculosis - for Texas and every state you will enter on your way there. All cattle must have a certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI), and Texas requires brucellosis and tuberculosis testing for importation, depending on the status of your state and herd and age of the animal.

Scanning Heifers is Important

Today's seedstock producers need to know how their genetics contribute to success in the packinghouse. That is why collecting ultrasound data for your replacement heifers is so important. Submitting information into NALF's herdbook can improve the quality and accuracy of carcass EPDs for the entire breed.

Do not forget to order barnsheets from the NALF office as you schedule your ultrasound-scanning sessions, which should occur when your heifers are 300 to 450 days of age. The ultrasound laboratories require barnsheets to process scan data, and failure to obtain them before your scanning session will result in processing delays.

When calling NALF to request barnsheets, be ready to provide the following:

  • your member number
  • birth range and sex of animals
  • a fax number or email address to return the barnsheets

If you have questions about ultrasound scanning, refer to the Guide to Ultrasound in the "Genetic Evaluation" section of the NALF website, or request one from the NALF office.

North American Limousin Foundation
7383 S. Alton Way Ste. 100
Centennial, Colorado 80112

News

NALF has issued the following news releases since the last issue of e-Partners.

Limousin news releases are archived in the website's "News". NALF encourages its members to share them with their local news outlets.