A message from Dean Summerbell, Executive Secretary:
On behalf of the HLA board of directors, I would like to invite you to the Heartland Limousin Association annual meeting, banquet and benefit auction. It will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12 in conjunction with the Iowa Beef Expo. The festivities will take place in the FFA building just west of the beef barn on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.
Below is the list of items that have been donated thus far to the auction. The list includes a wide variety of items including semen, embryos, cattle supplies, gift items, several hunts, a rifle, delicious food items, and other unique things. Please look it over and if you are interested in bidding on an item, you can contact me at 612/963-3799 or you can call Bev on her cell at 763/434-2891. We will also be glad to be on the phone with you during the auction.
We hope to see a large crowd of Limousin enthusiasts at the banquet and benefit auction. This is a great time to fellowship with other breeders, friends and family as well as enjoy a delicious beef dinner compliments of the HLA and the Iowa Limousin Association.
Benefit Auction Items:
½ bred heifer donated by Summerbell & Vorthmann
Black powder deer hunt in Nebraska – Watts Limousin Ranch
“Timeless” Painting – Effertz Black Butte Acres
“Purple Pastures” Painting – HLA Board of Directors
Decorative metal art – Flatland Limousin
Shirley’s famous apple pie – Shirley Symens
Assortment of Jack Daniels “Ducks Unlimited” gift packs – Symens Hills
Assortment of Wild Bird gift packs – Symens Hills.
Border Collie pup – Bullis Creek Ranch
Cabin stay in the Sand Hills – Bullis Creek Ranch
Turkey Hunt – Symens Hills Ranch
Limousin Crock – Summerbell
Western Wine holders/wine – Summerbell
Horse carrying Salt and Pepper Shakers – Summerbell
Homemade fudge – Effertz Black Butte Acres
Framed print titled “TRADITION” – Edwards Limousin
Western picture – Potter Livestock
Children’s Western Bulletin/Chalk Board – Potter Livestock
“I Love Beef” Necklace –Effertz Black Butte Acres
Cross & Stand – Effertz Black Butte Acres
Plate of Fudge – Harvest Barn, Mormon Trail Limousin
Meat sticks – Harvest Barn
Two cheese and meat packages – FranseenLimousin
Cream Cheese Monkey Bread – LuraLimousin
Theme Basket – Tracy Page
12×12 “Welcome to Our Home” Cow/Calf Print – Signature Signs, Kris Mauer
Four “Redneck” wine glasses – Pine Tree Acres
Pepper Jelly Basket – Pine Tree Acres
Kansas Basket – KLBA
Magnets& other assorted items – Cripple Creek Limousin
Bucket of Show Supplies – Sullivan Supply, Dunlap, IA
One bull semen collection during 2013 at Adel Facility – Hawkeye Breeders.
Advertising in Heart Beat – five issues
Range brand lick tub – Lura Limousin
Valentine Fudge – LimousinLive
Three embryos Wulfs Warrior 9302W X Wulf’sRemi 5115
EPD’s for embryos
CED:7 BW: 2.5 WW: 64 YW: 113 MA: 21 CEM: 3 SC: 0.8 ST: NA DOC: 31 CW: 50 REA: 0.75 YG: -.09 MARB: .07 $MTI: 52
10 UNITS – SYMENS BROTHERS BULL BATTERY
10 UNITS – STRAIGHT LIMOUSIN BULL BATTERY
10 UNITS – HUNT LIMOUSIN BULL BATTERY
10 UNITS – TREFTZ LIMOUSIN BULL BATTERY
10 UNITS – VORTHMANN LIMOUSIN BULL BATTERY
10 UNITS – WULFS SIGNATURE OR LFL EXPODE (WATTS)
10 UNITS – ROM’N LIMOUSIN BULL BATTERY EXCLUDING ROM’N MADE TO ORDER
10 UNITS – COLE 39X, BOYER LIMOUSIN
10 UNITS – CHOICE OF WULF’S WARRIOR, WULF’S WARBONNET, WULF’S WISDOM, WULF’S XTRACTOR, WULF CATTLE
10 UNITS – CHOICE OF WULF’S XCLUSIVE, WULF’S YANKEE, OR WULF’S YUKON TRAIL, WULF CATTLE
10 UNITS – MRL X-RATED – MILL ROAD LIMOUSIN & BRAUN LIMOUSIN
5 UNITS – LOHE XAVIER LOVE – LOWELL HERMON
5 UNITS – CHOICE OF SEMEN FROM TANK – EDWARDS LIMOUSIN
10 UNITS – BOHI TOP DOLLAR, PNE TREE ACRES
5 UNITS – GRASSROOTS (MARK SMITH) NOT TO EXCEED $40. SHIPPING NOT INCLUDED.
5 UNITS – LIMIGENE (HERMAN AND JUDY SYMENS) NOT TO EXCEED $40. SHIPPING NOT INCLUDED.
10 UNITS – SCHILLING’S WATERS EDGE – SCHILLING LIMOUSIN
5 UNITS – MAGS YIP – BRAUN LIMOUSIN, KK, COLTAN LLC, MAGNESS LAND & CATTLE
5 UNITS – DVLC XEROX, BOSCH FAMILY FARM
Please look over the list and if you are not able to attend the banquet/benefit auction on Tuesday night but would like to bid on an item, call Dean at 612/963-3799. You can leave a bid or be on the phone during the auction.
Bret Begert: 806.375.2308 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Bobbi Hartwig: email@example.com
FLA Annual Meeting
January 19, 2013 | Tulsa, OK
Board meeting 2:00 pm
General session 4:00 pm
Both sessions will be held in the BEAR ROOM at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
777 West Cherokee Street Catoosa, OK 74015
Phone: (918) 384-7800
Visit the Fullblood Limousin Alliance online:
Officers and Directors
Front Row: David Holley (Director) – Keneth Glazier (Director) – Connie Crockett (Vice-President)
Back Row: Stephen Haynes (Director) – Rod Carver (Director) – James Lucas (President)
Billy White (Director) – Joe Latendresse (Secretary/Treasurer) – Ty Heavin (Director)
President: James Lucas
23455 State Hwy. 1W, Roff, OK 74865
580.399.1507 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President: Connie Crockett
518 SW 20th lane Lamar, MO 64759
Secretary/Treasurer: Joe Latendresse
5430 E. 400 Rd. Oologah, OK 74053
918-639-8438 | email@example.com
1038 West Main Street Bowling Green, KY 42101
876 Graham School Road
Gallipolis, OH 45631
740-446-8081 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Box 341 Noble, OK 73068
405-360-5752 | email@example.com
8017 N Farm Road 137 Rd Springfield, MO 65803
417-833-2688 | firstname.lastname@example.org
P.O. Box 685
Fort Gibson, OK 74434
918-478-4090 | email@example.com
Ken Glazier (2012)
Rt. 3 Box 23 Kingfisher, OK 73750
405-375-5556 | firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information regarding the Fullblood Limousin Alliance, contact FLA Secretary/Treasurer Joe Latendresse:
Heartland Limousin Association HeartBeat Magazine
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Sept. 22 – Straight/Venner Limousin Private Treaty Sale, at the farm – Logan, IA
Sept. 29 – Vorthmann Limousin “Focus on Family Values X Sale”, at the farm – Treynor, IA
Sept. 30 – Able Cattle Co. “Focus on the Fundamentals Sale” – Nevada, MO
Oct. 14 – Heart of Missouri/Fullblood Alliance “Cattle Drive Sale” – Lebanon, MO
Oct. 20 – Brown Land & Cattle Co. Fall Sale – Diamond, MO
Oct. 30 – ROM’N Limousin Fall Spooktacular Online Steer & Heifer Sale – Arlington, SD
Nov. 1 – American Royal Open & Junior Limousin Shows – Kansas City, MO
Nov. 3 – Wies Limousin Ranch “Matemal Magic 5 Sale” – Columbia, MO
Nov. 11 – Linhart Limousin Annual “Fall Harvest Private Treaty Sale”, at the farm – Leon, IA
Nov. 17 – Edwards Limousin “Inaugural Fall Harvest Production Sale”, at the farm – Higginsville, MO
Nov. 17 – Broken Arrow S Sale – McLaughlin, SD
Nov. 17 – Iowa Limousin Association annual meeting – Des Moines, IA
Nov. 24 – Bosch Farms “Private Treaty Sale”, at the farm – Indianola, IA
Crossbreeding has been shown by numerous research studies to enhance advantages in growth, longevity and maternal efficiency over straightbred cattle due to heterosis and has been popular among commercial cattlemen since the 1960s. With the growth of the Angus breed and the success of their marketing program, the term “Angus” has taken on a meaning synonymous with quality to consumers. This fact has changed the commercial landscape with a majority of the American cowherd now being heavily Angus-influenced, and has led some to theorize that crossbreeding is no longer needed and market demands can be met with just one breed.
As you look at profit drivers across the beef industry production chain, there is still value in crossbreeding, especially with Continental breeds. Cattlemen can generally agree that there are any number of traits which each breed excels at and will develop a breeding strategy to exploit those traits of economic relevance. The key to the entire system is that crossbreeding must be achieved in a programmed manner using seedstock that are appropriate for the situation.
Profit minded cattlemen are aware of the advantages of using outcross genetics and breeds to advance their breeding programs. If this wasn’t the case, we wouldn’t have seen the increase in value for bulls in major Continental breeds in the past years. Growth in natural and NHTC cattle feeding programs also serve as a driver for a return to crossbreeding since performance, efficiency and yield provided by crossbreeding are needed to maintain profitability when implants, beta agonists and ionophores are removed.
With forced and continued liquidation of our nation’s cowherd, we continue to believe that with much of the commercial cow industry consisting of black-hided, English-based cows, Limousin sires can result in a calf crop that helps through the entire production chain in the beef industry. The resulting progeny will increase weaning weights and produce great replacement heifers with maternal advantages that return dollars to the commercial cow/calf man. Those same feeder cattle will boost feed performance and increase dollars returned to an individual whether it involves running cattle on grass or moving cattle into grower yards or finishing lots.
The improvement in feed efficiency at the stocker, grower and feedyard sectors of the business is apparent on closeouts when cheaper cost of gains and better dry matter conversions are the major factor in determining profitability and staying in business from one year to the next. Those same cattle give similar economic advantage to the packing industry in terms of improved dressing percentages, pounds of useable product and less waste and fat trim. Producing cattle with superior yield grades, while still having the ability to grade choice, has tremendous economic value to the cattle business. These advantages are dollars that are reflected in pounds out the back door that make a difference to a competitive packing industry that operates on the economies of scale.
Recently, Tom Brink of JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding gave a presentation to NALF’s Emerging Leaders Academy entitled “What Feedyards are Looking for in the Feeder Cattle They Buy.” In his presentation, Brink presented that the beef industry currently needs steers that will a produce a Choice quality grade carcass that has a Yield Grade less than 3, and to be the most profitable the hot carcass weight needs to be over 850 pounds. To achieve this Brink summarized with a breed pyramid put forth by his feedlot managers as, “our recommendation for a good-feeding, good-grading, good-yielding animal is a combination of 25 percent to 50 percent Continental (for example, Limousin) and 50 percent to 75 percent Angus genetics. Those cattle bring the balance needed to succeed both in the feedyard and on the grid.” A majority of these cattle also work in premium programs with an Angus label since a bulk of the Limousin, Simmental and Gelbvieh breeds are black-hided.
Hybrid bulls, such as Lim-Flex, have yielded a solution to the inherent difficulties of maintaining a crossbreeding system. These cattle allow breeders to take advantage of breed complementarity to form a useful and valuable product without the extra difficulties of sorting multiple pastures for crossbreeding. With EPDs and genomic profile tools available for these populations, breeders get the same genetic predictability of a purebred animal with the added benefit of increased fertility and maternal heterosis.
Maternal heterosis is often the forgotten aspect to crossbreeding. Dr. Bob Weaber, Beef Extension Specialist at Kansas State University states that, “often, producers focus on the trait improvements made through additive genetics for heritable traits like growth and carcass merit associated with increasing the representation of a breed at the expense of the beneficial heterosis effects on lowly heritable traits like reproduction and longevity. The truth is, you can have both with a well-planned crossbreeding system.” The extra longevity, fertility and production in the hybrid cow yields real dollars in the pockets of commercial cowman.
After mentioning all of the above positive attributes, we need to remember that Limousin cattle are grading better than ever before, particularly Lim-Flex cattle which are being used more heavily in the commercial cattle business. After feeding thousands of cattle in the feedyard business in recent years, we quickly learned that our Lim-Flex feeder cattle were consistently grading between 75-85 percent Choice.
When Limousin breeders addressed the docility issue years ago and began producing cattle with more rib and production traits a lot of good things came out of that. Cattle that have better temperament are more efficient at the feed bunk and a side benefit to that is enhanced quality grade. Knowing that higher percentage and fullblood cattle can be geared towards branded programs, such as Laura’s Lean and Strauss, while at the same time offering cattle that can work in higher grading markets like Lim-Flex cattle have the ability to do. Due to the availability of marketing opportunities, we still believe that the Limousin breed offers tremendous advantages and diversity to the beef cattle industry.
In summation, we trust that commercial cow/calf producers understand the benefits that crossbreeding offers when making breeding decisions that can increase the marketability of their calf crop and overall profitability. Given the current predicament of continued high feed costs that will most likely not go away soon, the economic drivers that incorporate feed efficiency and pounds of saleable product while still producing high quality beef will be crucial to producers across the nation. As you make breeding decisions, remember the value of a targeted crossbreeding program in your cowherd.
Reminder from Executive Secretary Dean Summerbell regarding the Heartland Regional Junior Show:
It’s NOT too late to register for the Heartland Limousin Association Junior Regional Show this weekend, June 15-16, at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield, Missouri. We will take late entries up to the time of check-in, which is noon on Friday, June 15.
Also, cattle may arrive on Thursday and stall in the barn. You do NOT need to bring straw for tie-outs – it is there. Cattle can not be tied to a trailer – they need to go to the tie-out area.
The weekend is packed with activities and we hope to see everyone in Springfield. All exhibitors will receive a show shirt, group photo and premium check, regardless of placing in the show.