NALF’s LimMark & LimChoice tagging program aids Limousin customers in identifying their cattle and positioning themselves for greater returns by coupling reputable genetics with documented information. The idea originated at the Limousin Visions Symposium in 2004, where feed yard managers shared the breed often does not get the recognition it deserves.
In order to maximize the benefit to producers, NALF has partnered with the USDA Process Verified Programs (PVP) and IMI Global, to offer verification services along with the LimMark/LimChoice tags. Cattle enrolled in the program must be source and age verified and have the option to be verified in Certified Natural, Non-Hormone Treated Cattle (NHTC), and Humane Treatment programs for added value. For more information on LimMark/LimChoice programs and verifications programs available contact the NALF office.
Only qualified, properly enrolled cattle may wear LimMark tags. Producers must complete a LimMark/LimChoice kit from one of NALF’s partner PVP programs below and mail or fax it to NALF.
Guidelines and the enrollment kit are available by contacting the NALF office. Allow two weeks for tag printing and delivery.
LimMark/LimChoice Genetic Eligibility
In order to encompass the various percentages of Limousin genetics represented in different production scenarios and crossbreeding programs, the following genetic options are available to take advantage of the LimMark/LimChoice tag.
LimMark/LimChoice Genetic Documentation Requirements
Only cattle that are enrolled by the original owner at the ranch of origin are eligible for the program. When declaring cattle eligible for the LimMark/LimChoice program, the Producer agrees to the following conditions:
LimMark/LimChoice Producer Profile/Agreement
Participants must complete a LimMark/LimChoice PVP kit before they enroll cattle into the program. This agreement is available upon request from the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF).
LimMark/LimChoice Program Requirements
LimMark/LimChoice program cattle must meet the genetic eligibility requirements set forth in the program requirements. The NALF office supervises the genetic documentation requirements. In order to be enrolled, all program cattle must be source and age verified by a NALF verification partner.
LimMark/LimChoice Documentation Requirements
In order to be eligible to enroll cattle in the LimMark/LimChoice program, all cattle must be accompanied by the LimMark/LimChoice producer/participant form, genetic documentation, and documents for age and source verification
LimMark Identification (Tags)
Cattle that meet the LimMark/LimChoice program requirement and have the proper documentation are identified by tagging with LimMark/LimChoice identification source tag. Only cattle that are qualified and properly enrolled in LimMark/LimChoice may be tagged with the official program ear tag. Limousin genetics are coupled with information that is submitted to the program for enrolled sets of calves. Cattle will be tagged with either the blue LimMark tag for cattle that genetically fit into Select markets, while cattle with a greater genetic predisposition for marbling will be tagged with the orange LimChoice tag.
Process Verification Programs
Participants in the LimMark/LimChoice program must be Source and Age verified through NALF’s PVP partners. The verification kit and documentation must accompany the LimMark/LimChoice Producer Profile Agreement. Access to Natural, Non-Hormone Treated Cattle (NHTC), or various other process verified programs can also be found through NALF’s PVP partner programs by filling out the Verification Kit available upon request from NALF.
November issue ad deadline: October 2
Genetic evaluation data deadline: October 15
NALF BOD At-Large candidate nominations due: October 15
DNA turn around: 4 weeks