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'Genetics on Ice' auction benefits Limousin events

The Limousin breed's annual "Genetics on Ice" benefit auction was Jan. 9, in Denver, Colo. This year's 60 lots brought in $42,676 to support the National Junior Limousin Show and Congress and the All-American Limousin Futurity. Both events will be in Amarillo, Texas, July 9 to 15.

The overall top seller was three frozen embryos by MAGS Winston and MAGS Teardrop. Magness Land and Cattle, Platteville, Colo., contributed it. Milam Cattle Co., Olmstead, Ky., made the winning bid of for $2,250.

The NJLSC shirt sponsorship fetched the next highest price. The Greenbrier Cattle Co., Culpeper, Va., paid $2,200 for the right to have its logo embroidered on the show shirts.

Ten units of semen from AHCC Westwind W544 contributed by Tubmill Creek Farms, New Florence, Pa.; Hager Cattle Co., Karlsruhe, N.D.; and The Greenbrier Cattle Co., Culpeper, Va., led the semen donations. Express Ranches, gave $100 for each of them.

The back cover of the NJLSC-AALF souvenir program garnered the highest bid of that publication's preferred advertising positions. Express Ranches, Yukon, Okla., paid $1,500 for it.

Of the "miscellaneous" items, the top seller was an antelope buck tag from Running Creek Ranch Co., Elizabeth, Colo. Lloyd Kettlemeyer of Mo., purchased the hunt for $1,200.

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 Kiley McKinna and Thad Combs, along with 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 embryos, 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 $1.9 million for the breed's premier summer events.

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