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John DeRungs Named Limousin Commercial Producer of the Year

Published January 23, 2023

Congratulations to John and Dan DeRungs, who were named NALF Limousin Commercial Producer of the Year at the 2023 annual meeting and convention in Oklahoma City. Our sympathy is extended to John’s wife of 42 years, Claudia, son, Logan and his wife, Morgan, and grandson, Lincoln, and the rest of the DeRungs family in the untimely death of John, who died tragically in a farm accident in September.

The farm operation continues on as a 4th generation operation that John and Dan’s grandfather started in the early 1900’s. Today, Logan and cousins Garrett & Gabe run a 300 – cow herd consisting of 150 registered Limousin, and the rest are commercial Limousin-Angus based cows. In addition, they also row crop 1,150 acres of corn and soybeans, and they grow alfalfa.

They started using Limousin bulls in 1976, purchasing their first bulls from Bruner Limousin of Winfred, South Dakota. Since then, they have used Limousin bulls exclusively using Artificial Insemination and herd bulls from South Dakota breeders; Bruner Limousin, Ludens Family Limousin, ROM’N Limousin, and also Wulf Cattle of Morris, Minnesota. In addition to the South Dakota breeders, Logan has begun his own cow program using Limousin genetics from Ludens Family Limousin and Symens Brothers.

DeRungs market their March calving production at the Madison, South Dakota Livestock Market in February after backgrounding their production to 850-900 lbs. The DeRungs also save their top 15 bulls and sell them to their customers at the Madison facility. They retain their top heifers for their production program.

John loved the Limousin muscle, phenotype, calving ease, and calfhood vigor, as well as their improved docility. The DeRungs have been loyal to Limousin genetics and plan to continue what has been a great success to them for 46 years.

John received the state “Commercial Producer of the Year” award from the South Dakota Limousin Association during the 2022 Black Hills Stock Show in Rapid City.


Limousin cattle deliver to your bottom line. With superior genetics, a simple crossbreeding plan and state-of-the-art selection tools, the Limousin breed will serve profit-minded cow/calf producers. In today’s competitive markets, taking advantage of all available opportunities is key. The Limousin breed offers a variety of options from Fullblood to Purebred to the Lim-Flex® hybrid (Limousin x Angus cross) to match your program’s needs and market goals. Crossbreeding for the right blend of muscle, maternal ability and profit is easy with Limousin seedstock.