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'Genetics on Ice' benefits summer's premier Limousin events

The Limousin breed's annual "Genetics on Ice" benefit auction was Jan. 11 in Denver, Colo. This year's 50 lots brought in $43,515 to support the National Junior Limousin Show and Congress and the All-American Limousin Futurity. Both events will be in Amarillo, Texas, July 11 to 17.

The top-selling lot was embryo-transfer flush rights to LFL Tattle Tale 021T, a March 7, 2007, daughter of GPFF Blaque Rulon. Lawrence Family Limousin, Anton, Texas, contributed the item; and Brehm Farms, San Antonio, Texas, made the winning bid of $4,000 for it.

The center spread of the 2009 NJLSC-AALF souvenir program fetched the next highest price. Tubmill Creek Farms, New Florence, Pa., paid $2,400 for the right to advertise on those pages.

Among the semen offerings, 10 units of GPFF Blaque Rulon contributed by Kervin Cattle Co., Winnfield, La., brought top dollar. Pinegar Limousin, Springfield, Mo., gave $375 for each of them.

Among the many interesting and unique "miscellaneous" items sold, the top seller was a handmade pair of Rod Patrick boots, which went to John Goodish of Tubmill Creek Farms for $1,025. A genetics-services package from the North American Limousin Foundation fetched $1,000 from Hunt Limousin Ranch, Oxford, Neb.

NALF hosted the event after its Member Social, conducted annually in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show. American Cattle Services of Chattanooga, Okla., organized the benefit auction; and C.K. "Sonny" Booth of Miami, Okla., was the auctioneer. Limousin World staff members and Mark Smith of Grassroots Genetics and Consulting, Ankeny, Iowa, served as the ringmen.

"Genetics on Ice" started in 1984 to fund the first AALF. Most items offered that year were frozen semen and pregnant recipient females, thus the name. Starting with the second auction in 1985, the NJLSC and AALF have shared the proceeds. To date, the event has raised about $1.8 million for the breed's premier summer events.

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