The annual convention for the North American Limousin Foundation is held during the Limousin activities of the National Western Stock Show. Activities for the annual convention include a board of directors meeting, the annual membership meeting, National Limousin Sale, and the membership banquet and Genetics on Ice Auction, in addition to show and social activities at NWSS.
2019 NALF Annual Convention and NWSS Limousin Activities • January 12-16 • Denver, Colo.
Members are encouraged to purchase your tickets for the Membership Banquet and Genetics on Ice Auction, which will beheld Monday, January 14 at 6:00 p.m., at the DoubleTree Hotel. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow breeders, contribute to the junior activities fund, and recognize recipients of the coveted year-end awards.
Tickets are $50.00 and may be purchased by contacting Alison Jones at the NALF office (303- 220-1693 or Alison@NALF.org). Tickets must be purchased by Monday, January 7, 2019.
The National Limousin Sale is breeders’ opportunity to market the best of the best of Limousin and Lim-Flex® genetics. The 2019 National Limousin Sale will be a video sale and will be held January 13, beginning with a social hour at 4:00 p.m., followed by the sale at 5:00 p.m. Contact American Cattle Services, MC Marketing Management, R&R Marketing, or Grassroots Genetics for more information.
The annual Genetics On Ice auction will be held in conjunction with the membership banquet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, January 14. The Genetics On Ice auction benefits the North American Limousin Junior Association (NALJA), the All-American Limousin Futurity (AALF), and the Limi Boosters. For more information, contact Ken Holloway at 580-597-2419 or Katie Campbell at 303-220-1693.
The annual membership meeting of the North American Limousin Foundation will take place at 7:30 a.m. at the National Western Club at the NWSS grounds (second floor of the Hall of Education, above the cattle stalls). The agenda includes 1) Welcome, introductions, and Foundation overview; 2) Nominating committee report and election; 3) Reports from the treasurer and secretary; 4) Recognition of NALF committees and retiring directors; 5) New business.
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Denver will serve as the host hotel for the 2019 NWSS and Annual Limousin Convention. Rates in the NALF block are $122/night. To reserve your room, call (303) 321-3333. If you reserve your room online, ensure you have the correct hotel by checking the information provided below.
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Denver, 3203 Quebec St, Denver, CO 80207, (303) 321-3333
Board of Directors’ Election
The candidates for the 2019 NALF board of directors’ election have been set. The NALF nominating committee has slated four candidates.
Ronn Cunningham, Oklahoma (first term)
Ronn Cunningham grew up on a family farm in Rose, Oklahoma that was just this last year recognized as an Oklahoma Centennial Ranch. As a freshman in high school, Ronn knew he wanted to be an auctioneer one day. And in the fall of 1982, he bought his first Limousin heifer from Jerry Piguet at a sale in Southwest City, Missouri that was managed by American Cattle Services and sold by Sonny Booth, he realized that day he wanted to be involved with the breed and sell Purebred cattle.
Ronn attended NEO A&M then Oklahoma State majoring in Animal Science and was a member of the National Champion Livestock Judging Team. Following graduation, he managed the Purebred Beef Farm for the University of Georgia for one year before moving back to Rose to begin his career as an auctioneer.
Ronn and his wife Lynn have three children, daughter, Kodi and sons, Chance and Colt. All of whom have been junior members and shown Limousin heifers. Through their program they raised CBAR Audi that Colt won the 2015 National Junior Show. Colt also successfully exhibited LCHA Belle 015B that won Louisville, Denver and was OYE Supreme Champion Heifer in 2015. They continue to flush her along with other donors to produce bulls for their commercial cow calf operation and hopefully build a base for the granddaughters, Jollee and Jenna, to continue the involvement with junior shows.
Currently, Ronn stays busy selling Purebred sales across the country, as well as being a partner in CJ Real Estate and Auctions, specializing in selling farms and ranches by either listing or at auction.
Ronn has served on the Oklahoma Limousin Breeders Association board of Directors for over 15 years and is currently serving his second year as President. He is committed to the breed and the family considers the Limousin Breeders as their second family. He is looking forward to working with the staff and board to promote the breed from the junior program to selling commercial bulls.
Troy Gulotta, Louisiana (first term)
Troy Gulotta of Live Oak Cattle Company, Independence, La., became involved with the Limousin breed in 1991. His first purchase was from Hunt Limousin Ranch, Oxford, Neb.
Live Oak Cattle began running F-1 cows and utilizing Gelbvieh bulls. The Limousin calves were easier calving and outgained the Gelbvieh, leading to Limousin bulls being utilized exclusively. Eventually limousin cows replaced the F-1 females and today, the herd consists of 60 producing females.
Troy and Linda have three children involved in the operation. Lindsey and Tristan currently serve on the NALJA board. Lauren competed at her last Junior National this year and intends to remain involved with the operation.
In addition to the cattle operation, Troy is employed with Apache Industrial Services as Director of Operations for the Gulf Coast Region. He is a member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church, NCBA, Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association, Tangipahoa Parish Cattlemen, LSU Ag Center State Show Advisory Committee, and completed the inaugural class of Louisiana Master Cattlemen. In his spare time, Troy enjoys attending cattle events, hunting and fishing with his family.
If elected to serve on the board, Troy will work with fellow breeders to promote and grow the breed.
Kevin Ochsner, Colorado (first term)
Kevin Ochsner was born and raised on an irrigated farm and cow/calf operation in Fort Collins, Colo. His Limousin herd began when he used some of the money from his 4-H steers to purchase four half-blood Limousin cows from Dale Runnion in 1976.
Throughout his youth, Kevin was actively involved in 4-H, FFA and the National Junior Limousin Association. He served as a State and National FFA Officer and was also a member of the NALJA Board of Directors. While attending college at Colorado State University, Kevin held leadership positions in Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity and was a member of the Colorado State Livestock Judging Team earning High Individual Honors at the 1989 National Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Contest in Louisville.
Upon receiving his Agribusiness degree from CSU in 1991, Kevin immediately moved to Indianapolis, Ind. to accept a position with the consulting firm Agribusiness Group. After earning his Masters in Management from Purdue University and becoming a Partner in the Agribusiness Group, he and his wife, Julie, moved back to Colorado in 1998, purchased an irrigated farm/ranch along the South Platte River and began building their family and their dream. In 2014, Kevin began his own consulting practice, Agcellerate, and continues to provide strategic/marketing consulting, training and keynote speaking services to agribusiness companies and organizations. For the past ten years, Kevin has also served as the host of NCBA’s Cattlemen to Cattlemen, a TV show seen weekly on RFD-TV.
In 2005, Kevin and Julie expanded their Limousin operation by purchasing cows from Wulf Limousin. Today, their operation consists of 150 head of registered Limousin and Lim-flex females together with irrigated corn and alfalfa hay. Ochsner Limousin serves as a cooperator herd for Wulf Cattle and markets additional seedstock privately and through state, regional and national shows and sales. Kevin’s wife, Julie, also operates their local beef business, Ochsner Tenderlean Beef.
Kevin has been a member of NALF’s Junior Committee and most recently served as co-chair of the 2018 National Junior Limousin Show and Congress planning committee. While the Ochsner family has been fortunate to enjoy some success in the show ring and has developed many strong friendships through those experiences, Kevin’s heart and passion is in creating genetics that add measurable economic value in commercial crossbreeding systems.
Jerry Wulf, Minnesota (first term)
Wulf Cattle is one of the largest genetics to rail beef operations in the U.S. Currently running 1,500 registered Limousin, Lim-Flex, and Angus females, supplying both the Beef and Dairy industries with value added genetics. Jerry helps oversee the day to day genetics, production, and marketing, consisting of 600 bulls, semen, and 80,000 head of fed cattle annually.
Founded by his father the late Leonard Wulf in 1955, Wulf Cattle started as a small cattle feeding farm in western Minnesota. In the early 70’s, Wulf’s were entrepreneurs in introducing the Limousin breed to the US Beef industry.
Jerry has had an integrate part in building Wulf Cattle into what it is today. Geographically they operate in three Midwestern states, Minn., S.D., and Neb., and have strategically aligned themselves with ranchers, dairymen, and beef processors which makes up the holistic system. Today, they are an internationally recognized Seedstock company, and are one of the largest suppliers of Value added (Natural and NHTC) fed cattle in the US.
Jerry previously served on the NALF board for six years and looks forward to serving Limousin members again.
All candidates (nominated or member-at-large) will have their biographies published in the December/January issue of LIMOUSIN TODAY® and will be placed on the official ballot. The election will be held during the NALF annual membership meeting on Monday, January 14, in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show. The meeting begins at 7:30 a.m. and will be held in the National Western Club on the NWSS grounds. If you are not able to attend the annual meeting (during the NWSS), you may request an official ballot from the NALF office prior to December 1, 2018. You must submit a letter to the NALF office requesting an absentee ballot. A form letter is available on the NALF website to place the request. The office will not accept requests after that date. Once members complete and sign their absentee ballots, they should return them to NALF’s official accountant prior to December 31, 2018.