The North American Limousin Foundation is in the business of customer service and genetic evaluation while providing tools to enhance members’ profitability and maintaining integrity of the herdbook.
Through programs and services, it is NALF’s goal to have members’ products be the Continental common denominator in progressive commercial beef producers’ crossbreeding programs for mainstream markets.
Limousin. Valued by members, favored by commercial cow/calf producers, demanded industry wide, and preferred by consumers. Driven by information, technology and sound science.
NALF is governed by a 15 member board of directors. Five directors are elected at each annual meeting of the members for a 3-year term. The annual meeting is held during the Limousin activities of the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado.
Meet the NALF Staff
Ext. 51, Mark@NALF.org
Mark’s responsibilities include: Organizational leadership and direction; Liaison between the board of directors and staff.
|Assistant Executive Director
Ext. 47, Joe@NALF.org
Joe will help you with: EPDs, Contemporary groups; Rules; Genetic abnormalities; International trade.
|Director of Registry & Performance
Ext. 57, Brittany@NALF.org
Contact Brittany for assistance with: All DNA services (billing, results, sample submission, ordering DNA supplies, DNA requirements, etc.); LIMS program; Ultrasound results and Barn Sheets; Sale downloads; Herd EPD downloads; International import/export paperwork.
|Director of Activities
Ext. 43, Katie@NALF.org
Contact Katie for information on: Junior programs; Medal of Excellence (MOE) shows; NALJA Board of Directors.
|Director of Membership Services
Ext. 59, Alison@NALF.org
Contact Alison for: Paying your NALF and/or LIMOUSIN TODAY bill; Membership questions; Bill discrepancies; Request statements.
|Registry & Member Services Specialist
Ext. 27, Steph@NALF.org
Stephanie is your go-to person for: Registering natural and foreign animals; Recording weaning and yearling weights; Transfers of live animals and embryos; Bull and cow leases; New memberships; NALF-DigitalBeef Member Site questions; Mailing certificates, supplies, and promotional material.
|Director of Marketing
Ext. 49, Frank@NALF.org
Frank’s responsibilities include: Commercial marketing programs; Oversees LIMOUSIN TODAY; Marketing and promotion for seedstock, cow-calf producers, feeders, etc.
Responsibilities: LIMOUSIN TODAY advertising sales for the Midwest and western U.S., and western Canada; Help breeders develop marketing plans; represent NALF at industry events, state events and junior shows, as well as visit make breeder, commercial producer, and feedlot visits.
|Director of Public Relations & Media
Ext. 54, Jennifer@NALF.org
Jennifer’s responsibilities include: NALF communications and press releases; NALF.org website manager and updates; LIMOUSIN TODAY editor and ad billing; catalog design and special design projects for breeders.
Amy contracts with NALF as: LIMOUSIN TODAY graphic designer – designs ads and works with breeders for corrections and approvals of their ads, catalog design and other special projects to help breeders brand and promote their programs.
Applying for Membership – Any reputable breeder or owner of cattle may become a member of the North American Limousin Foundation by applying for membership. This membership form and the correct fee should be sent to: NALF, 6 Inverness Court East, Suite 260 Englewood, CO 80112-5595
Membership Classifications – There are seven classifications of NALF membership.
1) Annual Memberships ($100 per year) – Annual members of the North American Limousin Foundation are those who have submitted a membership application and annual fee. Annual members shall be deemed active for the year in which the Annual membership fee applies, starting with the established date of initial Annual membership. Each year Annual memberships can be renewed on the anniversary of the initial membership date. Active annual members are entitled to vote in the meetings of the Foundation, receive all work and services at member rates, and access to the secured member site on the web. Annual members are assigned a member number and herd prefix.
2) Lifetime Memberships – (discontinued June 1, 2004) Lifetime members of the North American Limousin Foundation have paid a membership fee and are entitled to vote at the meetings of the Foundation. As of June 1, 2004, Lifetime members may pay an annual service fee that entitles them to active member rates for all work performed by the Foundation and access to the secured member site on the Web. Lifetime members are assigned a member number and herd prefix.
3) Associate Memberships ($50) – Associates may register and transfer cattle through the Foundation but do not have voting or the other rights of an Annual member. Associates receive a herd prefix and member number and are billed at double the active member rates for all registrations performed by NALF. Access to the website is limited. In order for a breeder to become an associate member, a membership application and fee must be submitted to the NALF office.
4) Junior Memberships ($50 one time fee, $25 per year activity fee) – Junior memberships are available to persons under 21 years of age and are issued only in the individual Junior member’s name. No ranch names or partnerships are allowed. Junior members are non-voting members of NALF, but they do have voting rights in the North American Limousin Junior Association (NALJA). The initial cost of a junior membership is $50. This fee activates the Junior membership for the current year and the following calendar year. After this time, Junior members may pay a $25/year activity fee to qualify for active member rates and to show at NALF and NALJA sponsored events. When Junior members reach the age of 21, they must become Annual members to receive active member rates.
5) Founder Memberships – Founder memberships are the first 99 memberships of the North American Limousin Foundation. Founder members are entitled to vote in the business affairs of the Foundation. As of June 1, 2004, Founder members may pay an annual service fee that entitles them to receive active member rates for all work performed by the Foundation.
6) Partner Memberships – Partner memberships may be obtained by two or more active Lifetime, Founder or Annual members of NALF. A member of a partnership may record and transfer cattle under the herd prefix assigned to the Partner membership or under his or her own Lifetime, Founder or Annual membership herd prefix. The Partner membership was designed for groups of members who own donor cows. Lease cows also can be transferred to a Partner membership if the partners involved wish to record calves. The Partner membership fee is $50 for each Lifetime, Annual or Founder membership involved. At least one of the partners must pay the annual service fee for the Partner membership to receive active member rates.
7) Affiliate (X Member) – Affiliates are owners of registered Limousin cattle who are not Lifetime, Annual, Junior, Founder or Associate members. Affiliates do not have a herd prefix and cannot register offspring with NALF. They can transfer cattle and are assigned a NALF number. Most Affiliates are commercial cattle producers who have had registered Limousin bulls transferred to them.
The NALF Board of Directors spent the bulk of its April 2016 meeting analyzing expense, revenue, fees, dues, services and structure for NALF. This review was not only comprehensive internally, but compared our operation and fee structure to other breed associations of similar size. We need to be on a level playing field to compete and promote Limousin to commercial and seedstock producers.
Effective September 1, 2016, registration fees increased $7 per head on each age category along with the LIMS program increasing $5 per head (from $15 to $20). Transfer fees increased $2.00 and $3.00 per head, respectively, on the under and over 60 days of age price categories.
While no one enjoys or wants to increase costs, the board knows it is imperative to offer the full range and quality of service and marketing to Limousin membership. Our pricing structure is at the average of other comparable breeds with this pricing increase.
Current NALF Fees – Use this Self-Billing Worksheet to calculate fees for registrations, transfers, and other services.
The North American Limousin Foundation President makes appointments to several committees each year. These committees exist to ensure certain aspects of the association run properly. They give a voice to the membership by bringing their needs and concerns to the board. The following is a description of the ten committees and a list of their members.
This committee networks with the NALF membership to identify the most qualified candidates for directors to serve on the NALF board and provide leadership for the organization. The committee’s recommendations for directors shall be published in the November issue of the Limousin Today. Nominations from outside the nominating committee must be made to the NALF office no later than Oct. 1.
Committee members: Committee Chairman Chad Settje, Mat Lewis, Warren Symens, Bob Mitchell, Gordon Schuppe, Ronn Cunningham, Roger Vorthmann.
Commercial & Marketing Committee
Increases demand and commercial market share through advertising, promotion and execution of programs directed to demonstrate and enhance the commercial value of Limousin genetics. They also provide input as to educational efforts directed toward commercial producers and content directed toward NALF members on subjects related to serving the needs of commercial producers. This is the primary committee liaison with alliance entities. They are also responsible for budgets pertaining to advertising, commercial marketing and promotion, and commercial programs.
Committee members: Chairman: Joey Freund; Board members: Dennis Alt, Mark Barker, Austin Hager, Warren Symens, Fred Wacker, Curt Wieczorek; Members: Trent Coleman, Dan Hunt, Gene Raymond, Mat Lewis, Joe Moore, Mark Smith; Staff: Mark Anderson, Joe Epperly, Frank Padilla.
Oversees development and execution of NALF’s annual operating budget consistent with long-term board approved financial objectives. Monitor income and expenses on a monthly basis and coordinate with other committees as to executing their plan of work in accordance to approved budget guidelines. Recommend mid-year adjustments to the budget as might be deemed necessary to achieve targeted year-end financial performance objectives. Provide oversight for execution of the board approved investment policy and track performance of investments. Review year-end financial performance including report from auditor.
Chairman: Gary Fuchs; Board members: Bret Begert, Dexter Edwards, Austin Hager, Bob Mitchell; Staff: Mark Anderson, Joe Epperly, Frank Padilla.
Limousin Today Committee
Explore the commonalities between both parties to decrease duplication of effort, while complementing each other’s actions. As necessary, guide operation and interest in the Limousin Today.
Committee members: Chairman: Bob Mitchell; Board members: Dennis Alt, Dexter Edwards, Gary Gates, Jim Bob Hendrickson, Chad Settje; Members: Mike Smith; Staff: Mark Anderson, Frank Padilla, Jennifer Scharpe.
Increase membership, registrations, transfers, and involvement of members in activities of the NALF and their respective state Limousin associations. This committee provides input as to educational efforts directed toward NALF members for more effective production and marketing of Limousin genetics. They are also responsible for budgets pertaining to member marketing activities and for projecting revenue for member registration and transfer activity.
Committee members: Chairman: Dexter Edwards; Board members: Greg Blaydes, Gary Fuchs, Chris Milam; Members: Ty Heavin, Bruce Lawrence, Glenda Stilwell, Scott Stowers; Staff: Frank Padilla, Joe Epperly, Alison Jones.
Serve as the committee liaison between the NALF board of directors and the board of directors for the North American Limousin Junior Association (NALJA). Monitor fundraising, expenditures and financial management of NALJA as well as executions of NALJA sponsored activities. Review NALJA action relative to rules and regulations, selection of judges, sites for NALJA events and recognition of NALJA members.
Committee members: Chairman: Jim Bob Hendrickson; Board members: Bret Begert, Greg Blaydes, Chris Milam; Members: Sean and Brook Edwards, John Ethington, Jeff Kaufman, Kevin Ochsner, Donna Stowers, NALJA President Layton Schurr; Staff: Joe Epperly, Katie Campbell.
Guides the development of NALF’s performance related functions including EPDs, ultrasound data collection, NALF sponsored research, DNA and animal typing-services for parentage and other traits, genetic defects, and genomic-enhanced EPDs.
Committee members: Chairman: Gary Gates; Members: Mark Barker, Joey Freund, Austin Hager, Warren Symens, Curt Wieczorek ; Members: Trent Coleman, Casey Fonta, Mark Haden, Mat Lewis, Gordon Schuppe; Staff: Joe Epperly, Mark Anderson, Brittany Barrick; Consultants: Bob Weaber, Tessa Verbeek
Rules & Regulations Committee
Assist staff in updating materials in the member’s manual, including rules, regulations and by-laws. Guides operation and further development of NALF’s data processing functions to facilitate industry-leading service to members, while enhancing office efficiency in the delivery of such services.
Committee members: Chairman: Warren Symens; Board members: Brett Begert, Greg Blaydes, Gary Fuchs; Members: Greg Blaydes, Bruce Lawrence, Mark Smith, Tom Vaughn; Staff: Joe Epperly, Mark Anderson
Increase participation, merchandising value, and satisfaction members receive through exhibiting cattle in NALF’S MOE events. Responsibilities of this committee include: development and execution of the MOE budget including work with official sponsors, selection of judges for Level I, maintain an approved judges list, review and recommend to the board any changes in MOE policies, rules and requirements, select MOE awards, and generally resolve MOE issues as needed.
Committee members: Chairman: Jim Bob Hendrickson; Board members: Greg Blaydes, Chris Milam; Members: John Ethington, Thad Fosdick, Ty Heavin, Heather Henderson, George Hubbard, Bruce Lawrence, Clay Schilling, Jordan Straight-Muxfeldt, Chris Thomas; Staff: Joe Epperly.
This committee is in charge of planning commencement for the 2018 International Limousin Congress Conference.
Committee members: Chairman: Rebecca Ferda; Board members: Bob Mitchell, Joey Freund; Members: Kent Anderson, Anne Burgess, Dr. John Edwards, Jerry Effertz, Kevin Ochsner, Wayne Vanderwert; Staff: Mark Anderson, Joe Epperly, Brittany Barrick
Looks at and develops new programs, specifically a Limousin branded beef program. They also evaluate the market and beef industry for opportunities for Limousin cattle.
Committee members: Chairman: Fred Wacker; Board members: Dennis Alt, Austin Hager, Mat Lewis, Bob Mitchell, Chad Settje; Members: Jason Caston, Terry O’Neill, Cash Schilling, Mike Smith, Jerry Wulf; Staff: Mark Anderson, Joe Epperly, Frank Padilla
Manages any new and current positions, along with the executive director, at NALF and helps make hiring decisions.
Committee members: Chairman: Bret Begert; Board members: Dexter Edwards, Jim Bob Hendrickson, Gary Fuchs, Austin Hager, Chad Settje.
Operations, Mission and Procedures Committee
This is a new committee established this year. They are involved in the NALF strategic planning process.
Committee members: Chairman: Chad Settje; Board members: Dennis Alt, Joey Freund, Austin Hager, Bob Mitchell; Staff: Mark Anderson.
NALF produces an annual report at the conclusion of the fiscal year, which runs from September 1 to August 31. The annual reports are distributed at the NALF annual membership meeting held during the annual convention in January at the National Western Stock Show.
Copies of the annual report are available sending your request to Limousin@NALF.org.
The International Limousin Council is the global organization for Limousin Associations around the world. The main purpose and objectives of the ILC are to network with the world’s elite Limousin breeders while coordinating international research efforts; encouraging uniform recording and registration policies; and to highlight and honor efforts that have been made for the benefit of the Limousin breed on an international and domestic level.
Every two years, the International Limousin Congress (ILC) is hosted by a different country. This event first took place in 1973 in France and has been going strong ever since. The ILC event has traveled to numerous countries including: France, USA, Argentina, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, Ireland, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Mexico, Italy, and Canada.
The International Limousin Congress prides itself on being an event that not only serves as an opportunity to exchange industry and research knowledge, but also a memorable experience that will leave you captivated with a new culture and heading home with lasting friendships.
Keep an eye out for an overview of the 2016 ILC in Ireland held this past August.
July 19-27, 2018, the North American Limousin Foundation will hold the International Limousin Congress in Colorado.
State and regional associations the life-blood of NALF. Below is a listing of state officers for each association. To update this information, email Limousin@NALF.org.
Arkansas Limousin Breeders Association
President: Steve Johnson, Austin, AR
Secretary: Terry Sloan, Fouke, AR
Arkansas Limousin Organization
President: Steve Mosher, London, AR
Vice President: Tom Hill, Dover, AR
Secretary/Treasurer: Kim Swint, Austin, AR
California Limousin Association
President: Eileen Whitcomb, Marysville, CA
Vice President: David Haugen, Los Molinos
Secretary: Candy Whitcomb, Marysville, CA
Colorado Limousin Breeders Association
President: Joey Freund, Elizabeth, CO
Florida Limousin Association
President: Jason Hutchins, Hawthorne, FL
Vice President: Chad Worley, Hawthorne, FL
Secretary/Treasurer: Wade Rogers, Ft. White, FL
Fullblood Limousin Alliance
President: Stephen Haynes, Bowling Green, KY
Vice President: Randy McCutcheon, St. Joe, AR
Secretary: Kim Kosmicke, Cabool, MO
Treasurer: Joe Latendresse, Oologah, OK
Georgia Limousin Association
President: Keith Wyall, Ranger, GA
Vice President: Sid Arnold
Secretary/Treasurer: Lillian Youngblood, Ashburn, GA,
Heartland Limousin Association
President: Cash Schilling, Edson, KS
Vice President: Jim Venner, Breda, IA
Secretary: Andy Peterson, Osceola, WI
Treasurer: Jerry Meek, Parker, KS
Financial Secretary: Ann Vorthmann, Treynor, IA
Executive/Secretary: Dean Summerbell , East Bethel, MN
Illinois Limousin Breeders Association
President: Joan Meyer, Witt, IL
Vice President: Tim Eike, Glenarm, IL
Treasurer: Andy Schmalshof, Avon, IL
Indiana Limousin Association
President: Jerry Eckrote, Macy, IN
Vice President: Jennifer Hankins, North Salem, IN
Secretary: Angie Hunnicutt, Andrews, IN
Treasurer: Kent Waitt, Sheridan, IN
Breed Manager: Carl Griffiths, Kendallville, IN
Iowa State Limousin Association
President: William Long, Afton, IA
Vice President: Bruce Walrod, Moorland, IA
Secretary /Treasurer: Grant & Brenda. Anderson, Garner, IA
Kansas Limousin Breeders Association
President: KC Youngblood, Columbus, KS
Vice President: Kyle Dye
Secretary/Treasurer: Pat Meek, Parker, KS
Advertising/Marketing: Jerry Meek, Parker, KS
Junior Advisor: Jennifer Richardson
Kentucky Limousin Breeders Association
President: Greg Blaydes, Midway, KY
Vice President: Nathan Hicks, Lancaster, KY
Secretary: Marci Hicks, Midway, KY
Treasurer: John Ethington, Lancaster, KY
Louisiana Limousin Association
President: Harvey Adams, Lake Charles, LA
Secretary: Gerald Broussard, Abbeville, LA
Maryland Limousin Association
Representative: Chris & Kelsey Thomas, Boonsboro, MD
Michigan Limousin Breeders
President: John Stern, Midland, MI
Vice President: Mary Seidelman, Ionia, MI
Secretary: Lori Anger, Breckenridge, MI
Treasurer: Don Anger, Breckenridge, MI
Minnesota Limousin Association
President: Roger Wagner, Milaca, MN
Vice President: Don Biscoe, Cottage Grove, MN
Secretary/Treasurer: Mark & Sharilyn Willette, Delavan, MN
Mississippi Limousin Breeders Association
President: Greg Ladner, Picayune, MS
Vice President: Wayne Hodges, Leakesville, MS
Secretary: Greta Thornton, Van Cleave, MS
Missouri Limousin Breeders Association
President: Jack Glendenning
Vice President: Ty Heavin
Secretary: Paul Junkans
Treasurer: Nathan Hunt
Ex-Officio: Cole Abele
Heart of Missouri Limousin Breeders Association
President: Mark Haden, Rogersville, MO
Vice President: Mark Middleton, Bourbon, MO
Secretary: Casey Allen, Lebanon, MO
Montana Limousin Association
President: Terry O’Neill, Billings, MT
Secretary/Treasurer: Anita Coleman, Charlo, MT
Nebraska Limousin Association
President: Gerald Gustafson, West Point, NE
Vice President: Jay Boyer, Liberty, NE
Secretary/Treasurer: Gwen Behrends, Lincoln, NE
New York Limousin Association
President: Drew Wiseley, Perry, NY
Vice President: Karen Rechberger, Wyoming, NY
Secretary/Treasurer: Kristine Gessner, Wayland, NY
North Dakota Limousin Association
President: Terry Lundquist, Alsen, ND
Secretary: Tom Vaughn, Cavalier, ND
Ohio Valley Limousin Association
President: Aaron Kaufman
Vice President: Joe Pryor
Secretary/Treasurer: Freda Van Horn
Ohio Limousin Association
President: Steve Patton, Hillsboro, OH
Secretary/Treasurer: Freda Van Horn
Oklahoma Limousin Breeders Association
President: George Hubbard, Miami, OK
Vice President: Ronn Cunningham, Rose, OK
Secretary: Lynda Carrier, Stillwater, OK
Treasurer: Bob Weaver, Kiowa, OK
Heart of Oklahoma Limousin Association
President: John Holman
Vice President: Don Hodde
Secretary: Chad McRenolds
Treasurer: Tiffany Revis
Oregon Limousin Breeders Association
President: Sue Warmington, Fort Rock, OR
Vice President: Patty Chapman, Petrolia, CA
Secretary: Glenda Stilwell, Klamath Falls, OR
Treasurer: Grace Haskins, Lakeview, OR
Pennsylvania Limousin Breeders Association
President: Ed Clark
Vice President: Annette Delaplaine
Secretary: Erin Kelly, Wampum, PA
South Dakota Limousin Association
President: Glenn Treftz, Wetonka, SD
Vice President: Matt Bruner
Secretary: Tim Barnard, Spearfish, SD
Treasurer: Warren Symens, Amherst, SD
Texas Limousin Association
President: Scott Stowers, Bridgeport, TX
Vice President: Glenn Schur, Plainview, TX
Secretary: Amber Parkinson, Levelland, TX
Treasurer: Wayne Baber, Marquez, TX
Ex-Officio: Jay Wilder
Executive Secretary: Ralph Hawkins, Krum, TX
Utah Limousin Cattle Association
President: Bob Millerberg, Draper, UT
Virginia Limousin Breeders Association
President: Joe Moore, Raphine, VA
Secretary/Treasurer: Cathy Blalock, Fairfield, VA
Washington State Limousin Association
President: Brad Beus, Pasco, WA
Vice President: Bill VanZanten, Ferndale, WA
Secretary: Stacia Speck, Chehalis, WA
Treasurer: Joann Van Zanten, Ferndale, WA
West Virginia Limousin Breeders Association
President: Victor Friend, Strange Creek, WV
Vice President: Jason Tignor, Elkview, WV
Secretary: Jennifer Friend, Exchange, WV
Treasurer: Jim Moore, Fairview, WV
Western Limousin Association
President: Dave Berry, Port Orchard, WA
Vice President: Christy Hauck, Wheatland, CA
Secretary: Char Avila, Cottonwood, CA
Treasurer: Lana Berlink, Blaine, WA
Ontario Limousin Association
President: Gary Smart, Meaford, ON
Vice President: Murray Shaw, Mooretown, ON
Secretary: Melanie Gollinger, Lisle, ON
Treasurer: Brent Black