Changing Things Up

Written by: Shelby Hubbard, Secretary

Wow, what a relief it is to finally see some things getting back to normal. The fall majors are underway, and the competition certainly wasn’t lacking at American Royal, and I’m sure the quality will follow suit at NAILE and the inaugural Cattleman’s Congress. It is crazy to think that we are already planning and fundraising for 2021 Junior Nationals. Your NALJA board is working diligently to make this year the best one yet. We all know that a junior national is not possible without generous support from numerous people. There are a few opportunities that you can participate in!

With all of the new things we’ve experienced in 2020, the NALJA board wasn’t afraid of trying something different this year. The credit sale fundraiser is just that, and it is unique in being an opportunity for both juniors and breeders. Juniors have the opportunity to purchase a credit towards some of the best programs in the breed, and producers should see the positive in potentially attracting new customers. Contact any of the board members, or NALF staff with any questions.

We are changing things up with our Corner Post fundraiser as well. Whether you are a junior, Limousin breeder, or commercial producer, you can benefit from this fundraiser. You can purchase a raffle ticket for $250 and have the chance to win a Lim-Flex heifer, and with the female comes a year of free insurance and a flush. Think of the many sales you have gone to, where you have watched high quality cattle be sold for an expensive price. I have been involved in this breed and industry as a whole for a while, and I am sure I have never seen a heifer sold or bought one for just $250. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to grow your herd, and support Limousin juniors at the same time! See any NALJA Board member to purchase a ticket!

See you all down the road!

ILC Visits Fillmore Ranch and Olympic Training Center

Written by: Megan Marion

IMG_0878The attendees had another early morning as they boarded the bus and headed south to Fillmore Ranch. Immediately when everyone arrived they jumped on the buses and gave a quick tour and talked about their ranch. Fillmore Ranch has been in Boone, Colorado for 101 years. They used to raise Charolais until 2002, when they bought their first registered Limousin heifers. They decided the Limousin breed was the best fit for what they were trying to do. On their ranch they have around 400 head of cattle. They sell about 80 bulls each year, and around 80% of the bulls they sell go to buyers within a 200 to 300-mile radius. They also discussed the struggles of living in a dry area and what steps they take to keep their operation running successfully.  After they talked about their ranch, we had a delicious lunch and hopped back on the bus and headed to the Olympic Training Center.

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The Olympic Training Center was astonishing. After enjoying a 15-minute video about the training center, we set off on our tour. We visited the Ted Stevens Sport Services Center, Aquatics Center, the wrestling gym, as well as the shooting center. It was a very interesting tour to see not only the facilities, but athletes in training as well. We headed back to the hotel, and the attendees had a free night to enjoy the night as they wished!

ILC Technical Session Day

Written by: Megan Marion

IMG_7661Today started off in the beautiful Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs with a technical session. At 9:00 a.m. Hannah Garrett, a territorial manager for GeneSeek Operations welcomed everyone and started off the technical session. We also heard from Butch Whitman, a consulting nutritionist for MoorMan’s, ADM Alliance Nutrition, and Westfeeds, and Dr. Tonya Amen, a geneticist for NALF. Brett Spader, the CEO for National Center of Beef Excellence was the moderator for the panel discussion. The three panelists were, Kenny Stauffer, director of beef sales for GeneSeek Operations, Brian Bertelsen, V.P. of field operations for U.S. Premium Beef, and Mark Anderson, the executive director for the North American Limousin Foundation. The panel discussed the success of Certified Angus Beef and branded beef products in the U.S. and potential opportunities for Limousin cattle.  After the panel discussion, everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch provided by the hotel, and that afternoon the attendees headed to Spruce Mountain Ranch for dinner.

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Spruce Mountain Ranch was an excellent setting for a beautiful dinner. Everyone img_0865.jpgenjoyed walking around the ranch and admiring the gorgeous scenery. Once the delicious dinner was served and everyone had eaten, we welcomed out first guest speaker, Rick Pfortmiller to start speaking. Rick is a beef genomics territory manager for Neogen Geneseek. We also listened to Twig Marston, a member of the beef technical services team covering Kansas and Nebraska. It was a beautiful evening, and we even sang happy birthday to Mark Anderson to finish off the night! We would like to thank all of the speakers that attended today!

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ILC Takes On Cheyenne Frontier Days

Written by: Megan Marion

IMG_0842What a wonderful day at Cheyenne! The weather was perfect and so was the rodeo. Before the rodeo started, attendees were able to walk around in the old frontier town, look around in shops, as well as explore the Indian Village. Everyone was very excited once the rodeo kicked off, especially those who were first experiencing a rodeo. They were celebrating Military Monday in Cheyenne and they kicked off the rodeo with an amazing tribute to our military. They started off with steer wresting, bareback riding, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, team roping, barrel racing and the very eventful wild horse race to finish off the event!

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Once we left Cheyenne, we headed to the Anheuser-Busch Factory in Fort Collins and enjoyed a tour, a delicious dinner, and of course beer! The factory in Fort Collins opened in 1988 and produces many types of the Anheuser-Busch products. After a very eventful day, the attendees headed to Colorado Springs to get a good night’s sleep before the technical session in the morning!

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Full day for ILC Attendees

Written by: Megan Marion

IMG_0784The International Limousin Conference Attendees woke up bright and early to eat breakfast and jump on the buses to head to Ochsner Limousin. The Ochsner family welcomed everyone and discussed a little about their cattle history and how they got started in the Limousin breed. On their ranch, they have around 125 cows, and approximately 60 percent of their herd is Lim-Flex. After their welcome, the attendees had the opportunity to see three different sectors of IMG_0788their operation. They showed us their show cattle sector, cow-calf and bull sector, as well as their Tenderlean Beef portion of their operation. We then jumped back on the bus and arrived at Five Rivers.

The Five Rivers staff shuffled everyone inside for a short presentation about their operation before heading out to look at the cattle. Five Rivers is the largest cattle feeder in the world. The feedlot we visited in Kersey, Colorado has a capacity of 98,000 head. We’d like to thank the Five Rivers staff for an amazing and educational tour of their operation.img_0791.jpg

img_0806.jpgFollowing the tour of Five Rivers, we headed to 70 Ranch for a delicious lunch provided by CSU. They then gave a presentation their Subsurface Irrigation Efficiency Project, discussing new technology, water efficiency, and conservation. After a quick tour, the attendees headed to Greeley Hat Works.

The attendees were impressed with Greeley Hat Works as soon as they walked into the building. The employees discussed their history as well as their process on how they custom make each hat to fit a certain individual. After a quick tour, the attendees had the privilege to listen to a live band, Terra Bella from Nashville, while they enjoyed some drinks and chatted with each other. Greeley Hat Works also made a generous offer that every hat they sold during our tour they would donate 20% to the North American Limousin Junior Association! Then they jumped on the bus to head to the final stop of the day, Platte River Fort.

The Platte River Fort was a beautiful destination to end the day. While waiting for dinner to be served, everyone enjoyed their drinks, listened to music, as well as played some fun yard games. Dinner wasn’t served like any normal dinner. Colorado State University served us six different types of steak to taste and would ask us questions to see which ones were the most flavorful, tender, and was the favorite. Everyone enjoyed discussing their likes and dislikes for their steaks, as well as the wonderful dinner they provided.

After a long day, everyone headed back to the hotel for a good nights sleep before heading to Cheyenne tomorrow for the Cheyenne Frontier Days!

 

ILC Visits Magness Land and Cattle

fullsizeoutput_202aAfter visiting Estes Park this morning, the ILC attendees had the opportunity to tour Magness Land and Cattle in Platteville, Colorado. Right off of the tour bus, the attendees were welcomed with snacks and drinks for a short social period where they had the opportunity to enjoy their drinks and talk with Magness employees.IMG_0757

Magness runs about 120 Lim-Flex and commercial cows on the one location we toured. They market approximately 300 commercial bulls as well as their purebred sales each year. Following the tour of their operation, everyone gathered at the show barn for extra questions and discussion. We would like to thank the Magness crew for giving an excellent tour of their operation.

 

Unconventional Show Box Item

I’m sure you are starting to get things ready for junior nationals, as well as making sure everything is in your show box. We always make sure that there are the necessities, but what is something that you always keep in your show box that may be unconventional? We asked the Junior Board what an unconventional item that they must put in their show box before leaving for a show…

Ethan must always have hot sauce.

Callie always keeps 70% alcohol in her show box.

Randa always has a snack bag.

Dominic keep playing cards in his show box.

Aaron never forgets to put deodorant in his show box.

Katie always keeps makeup wipes.

Hannah has a laptop to work on homework or to watch Netflix.

Brooke keeps a roll of wire to put up panels and such.

What is an unconventional item that you always keep in your show box?

Scholarship Winner Spotlight

Randa HeadshotOur final scholarship spotlight is Randa Taylor. Randa received the Limi Booster, and the Ron and Carlyn Holland scholarship at the 2017 Junior Nationals. Her involvement within the Limousin breed has led her to attend Texas A&M University majoring in Animal Science, with a business minor. After graduating with her animal science degree, she plans on going to nursing school to become a pediatric nurse and have her own Limousin Operation.

Her involvement in the Limousin Breed throughout the years has helped her become more outgoing and meet a multitude of people around the world. Randa is involved in numerous activities at Texas A&M such as, Saddle & Sirloin, Texas Aggie Cattlewoman, Freshmen Leadership Experience, Houston Livestock Show Intern, and a College of Agriculture and Life Science Recruiter. Attending Aggie athletic games, Midnight Yell, and meeting some of the best people are just some of her favorite college experiences. Her advice to incoming freshmen is to “Learn how to manage your time!”

The water fights at the end of each week in the stalls is one of Randa’s favorite Limousin experiences. Out of the thirteen junior nationals Randa has attended, the 2011 Junior Nationals that was held in Amarillo was her favorite because it was the last one with her Nana. Her advice to juniors is to “Get involved in everything and step out of your comfort zone!” She loves passing those long drives to Junior Nationals by singing loud in the car to many songs. A fun fact about Randa is that she loves every Justin Bieber song and could eat Taco Bell for every meal!

Congratulations on your scholarships, Randa!

Start Preparing for Cow Camp!

The National Junior Limousin Show & Congress is only a few weeks away! I hope that you are preparing for your satellite events, including Cow Camp! Since junior nationals is held at National Western, we thought we would include some questions about the National Western Stock Show! Take a look at these facts while preparing for Cow Camp! See you soon!

  • The First Western Stock Show opened on Monday, January 29, 1906 and ran for 6 days. Around 15,000 people attended, and the Grand Champion Steer sold for 33 cents a pound, which was 23 cents over market price.
  • In the early years, a rule was made that land grant colleges couldn’t be awarded championships.
  • The Western Stock Show was intended to teach “The importance of good breeding.”
  • The National Ampitheater (now called Stadium Arena) opened on January 18, 1909. It cost over $200,000, seated 6,000 people and stalls were built underneath.
  • In 1910, they decided to require a “certificate of health” to exhibit all purebred cattle.
  • There was no stock show in 1915 due to foot and mouth disease.
  • The 1972 Grand Champion Steer “Big Mac” was disqualified due to being dyed black. He was earlier exhibited at the American Royal as a white steer.
  • The show was expanded to 16 days in 1996.
  • Attendance today is around 650,000.
  • Each year National Western contributes $75,000,000 in economic revenue for Colorado.
  • The National Western estimates $10 million in livestock sales take place.

Scholarship Winner Spotlight

12805866_1065796133541698_3935419846078628094_nOur next scholarship winner spotlight is Kaitlyn Boyer. Kaitlyn received the Award of Excellence Scholarship at the 2017 Junior Nationals. Her involvement within the beef industry led her to attend Iowa State University where she is studying Animal Science with a focus on beef production. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in the beef industry where she can market and promote cattle, as well as share her passion with others. In addition, she plans to continue expanding her own herd of Limousin cattle and sell bulls throughout the Midwest.

The Limousin breed has substantially helped Kaitlyn succeed in college as well as other goals. She explains, “Throughout the years not only have I learned more about raising cattle, the beef industry and our breed, but I have also gained vital life skills such as public speaking, and more importantly grown very close to my Limousin friends.” While attending Iowa State, Kaitlyn is involved in numerous activities such as, being an active member of the Iowa State Block and Bridle club, the Secretary of the Collegiate Beef Team, compete on the Iowa State University Collegiate Meats judging team, and was involved in the Tradition of Excellence Sales Team. Her favorite activity is competing on the meats judging team because it has given her the opportunity to learn more about what is under the hide. Kaitlyn’s advice to those entering college is to get involved in clubs and activities that you enjoy, to make life-long connections with students and gain new experiences.

While many memories are made at Junior Nationals, Kaitlyn’s favorite was her first, the 2012 Junior National that was held in Iowa, because it was her home state and she had the honor to receive Reserve Champion Overall Progress Steer, with her favorite steer, Yogi Bear. Kaitlyn must always keep beef sticks from her family’s business in her show box because they take them everywhere! An interesting fact about Kaitlyn is that she loves jamming out to music, whether it is Garth Brooks or AC/DC, no matter what!

Congratulations on your scholarship!