Utah's Millerberg to repeat as NALF president
The 2009 Annual Meeting of the North American Limousin Foundation was Jan. 12 at the Doubletree Hotel in Denver, Colo., in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show. About 90 members and guests attended.
With NALF President Bob Millerberg, Draper, Utah, presiding, the main order of business was the Board of Directors election. Nominating Committee Vice Chairman Dave Berry, Port Orchard, Wash., presented six nominees for the five open positions.
Harley Coleman, Charlo, Mont., and Mike Smith, Plainville, Kan., won second terms on the Board. Mat Lewis, Iliff, Colo.; Charles Linhart, Leon, Iowa; and Harris Mosher, Telford, Pa., also earned seats on the 2009 Board, which met afterward to elect officers.
Millerberg will continue as president for the coming year, with Bob Mitchell, Wauzeka, Wis., serving as vice president. Lance Sennett, Waynetown, Ind., will continue as secretary; and Richard Hefner, Seminole, Okla., will be treasurer. The Board elected Smith as the member-at-large on the Executive Committee, and Wendell Geeslin, Platteville, Colo., (as the most recent past president) will serve as an ex officio member of both the Board and its Executive Committee.
The other 2009 Board members are Jack Glendenning, Lebanon, Mo.; Mike Hall, Ph.D., San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Brian Skaggs, Lexington, Okla.; Jay Straight, Logan, Iowa; Tom Vaughn, Cavalier, N.D.; and Jerry Wulf, Morris, Minn.
During the Annual Meeting, Millerberg recognized retiring Board members Geeslin; Bruce Lawrence, Anton, Texas; Ed Pinegar, Springfield, Mo.; and Roger Potter, Braddock, N.D. NALF Executive Vice President Kent Andersen, Ph.D., presented a token of appreciation to Millerberg for his service as president.
A pre-meeting session started with Andersen sharing highlights of the 2008 State of the Breed report. The full year-end summary is part of the NALF Annual Report, which meeting attendees received. It is available in the secured, members-only portion of the NALF website (www.nalf.org/members). Active NALF members also may request copies from the NALF office, 303-220-1693, at any time.
Ray Krones from Strauss Brands then offered a special look back on the first year of the Limousin-based Free Raised veal product line. In recognition of the company's efforts to advance the marketing opportunities for Limousin-influenced calves, Andersen announced Strauss Brands as the Limousin Promoter of the Year award recipient.
The North American Limousin Foundation (www.nalf.org), headquartered in Centennial, Colo., provides programs and services--including genetic evaluation of 5,000 active sires--to more than 4,000 members and their commercial customers. The Limousin breed and its Lim-Flex hybrid lead the beef industry in muscle-growth efficiency and ideally complement British breeds.