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2012 MYBEP Donors - Allen and Anna Lyon, Lyon River Front Farm
2011 MYBEP Donors - Wulf Limousin
| Correction from November 2010 issue: Minnesota Juniors
2010 MYBEP Donors - Eagle Pass Ranch
| Braun Farms named MN Commercial Producer for 2009
Cripple Creek Limousin of Dakota, MN donates Limousin heifer to the 2009 MN Youth Beef Experience
Champion Heifer Brings $2,500 at the MN Beef Expo Sale
| Herman Farms Donates Heifer | Beef Expo Attracts 15 Youth
Ak-Sar-Ben Limousin Steer Show
| Youth Beef Experience | Potter Wins Beef Expo Junior Show
Wulf Limousin Farms Honored
 |  Limousin Sale Has 2nd High Average at MN Beef Expo
Strauss Veal Announces Plan for Meadow-Raised, Limousin-Based Product

 

2012 MYBEP Donors - Allen and Anna Lyon, Lyon River Front Farm, Foley, MN

Allen and Anna Lyon have been raising beef cattle since 1978 and purebred Limousin cattle since 1988. Their herd consists of 100 purebred Limousin cows, calving in the spring and fall. They AI the cows and also use an extensive embryo program. The cattle are sold through consignment sales and private treaty. Lyon River Front Farm has been a member of the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) since 1990, are lifetime members of the Heartland Limousin Association, are members of the South Dakota Limousin Association, and have served on the Minnesota Limousin Association Board of Directors since 1994, serving as Secretary/Treasurer since 1996. Allen and Anna also serve as the Limousin Breed representative for the MN Beef Expo. Additionally, they are members of the Minnesota and North Dakota State Cattlemen's Association and the NCBA. Besides the farm operation, they also own and operate Lyon Transportation, Inc. and Allen Lyon Axle Repair. The Lyon family includes Allen & Anna Lyon along with their four children; Anita, Amy, Anthony, Ashley and grandchildren Bryce, Daelyn, Brynlie, Raelee and Abrielle.

2011 MYBEP Donors - Wulf Limousin Farms, Jerry, Jim, Dennis, Dave and families of Morris, MN on behalf of the Minnesota Limousin Association.

Wulf Limousin was started by Leonard & Violet Wulf. It is now operated by four sons and their families. The Wulf family is excited to once again offer this opportunity to a deserving youth. Wulfs have a herd of 850 registered Limousin and LimFlex cows and have been raising Limousin genetics shortly after they were introduced in the United States in the late 60’s. They sell 350 bulls and 100 females annually and host Wulfs Opportunity Sale the last Friday in March each year, with genetics selling to 25-30 states and Canada. They purchase and feed out Limousin and Limousin Cross feeder cattle, mainly from their bull customers and feed them for many branded and natural programs.
The Wulf Family is active in the North American Limousin Foundation, North American Limousin Jr Association, Heartland Limousin Association, Minnesota Limousin Association, NCBA, Minnesota State Cattlemen’s, West Central Cattlemen’s Association.


Minnesota Juniors held their meeting following the taco salad feed at the MN State Fair. From L to R are: Junior advisor Paul Bartsh, Ashley Lyon, Amy Grotsun, Megan Witt, Joe Grotsun, Lauren Kramer, Casper Witt, Thomas Duff and Crystal Bosek. Correction from the Nov. issue.


2010 MYBEP Donors - Eagle Pass Ranch

Roger and Nancy Wagner of Hillman, Minnesota, have been in the cattle business for 44 years.
They operate Eagle Pass Ranch in partnership with their daughter and son-in-law, Heather and Norman Herbst.

Their cowherd consists of 600 head of Limousin, Red Angus and Black Angus crossed cattle. They use Limousin sires purchased from Minnesota breeders Leonard Wulf & Sons of Morris and Lyon River Front
Farm of Foley. Sires are selected for calving ease, maternal traits, and docility. Calving is done in January/February, April/May, and August/September and the calves are targeted for the veal, muscle,
and commodity markets.

Eagle Pass Ranch is a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association, and the Heartland Limousin Association. Roger is president of the Snake River Cattlemen’s Association and vice-president of the Minnesota Limousin Association. In 2005 Roger and Nancy received the Commercial Producer of the Year award given by the Minnesota and Heartland
Limousin Associations.

Roger also owns and operates Circle 6 Appraisal service along with his daughter, Heather. Circle 6
Appraisal specializes in residential, commercial, and agricultural properties. Roger has been an appraiser
for 28 years and Heather has been an appraiser for 16 years.

Roger and Nancy have four daughters; Kori, Shannon, Holly, and Heather and nine grandchildren. Norman
and Heather have two daughters, Lillie and Brenna.


Braun Farms named Minnesota Commercial Producer for 2009

Burdette and Nathan Braun of Garretson, South Dakota were selected the 2009 Commercial Producer of
the Year by the Minnesota Limousin Association.

The Brauns operate a 200 head cow herd which is Angus based but with some Simmental and Limousin influence. They use Limousin bulls exclusively to cross breed their herd. They operate on 200 acres of pasture, 110 acres of hay, and 1,400 acres of row crop in addition to maintaining a livestock and grain trucking business.

The Brauns are feeding out their 2009 crop of calves. They used to market their calves upon weaning to
the Sioux Falls Regional Stockyards but they decided to feed their crop and sell direct to the packer.

Buying their first Limousin bull at the Black Hills Stock Show in 2002 from Lyon River Front Farm, the
Brauns have continued to rely on Lyon bulls to produce a carcass which targets a high select, low choice market.

According to Nathan, “We like the Limousin performance, muscle, and ease of calving.”

Congratulations to Braun Farms!


Cripple Creek Limousin of Dakota, Minnesota
has donated a Limousin heifer to the 2009 Minnesota Youth Beef Experience

Ed and Cindy Bergler have been raising purebred cattle for 31 years. They operate Cripple Creek Cattle Co. with their son, Luke. Their herd includes 110 registered cows and 30 yearlings. They utilize leading Limousin sires through an extensive AI and embryo transplant program. Cows are bred for docility, muscle, and milk. They sell bulls, females, and club calves private treaty.

The Berglers rotate their cattle on approximately 110 acres of pasture. They utilize cornstalks in the fall and winter. An additional 250 acres of corn, soybeans, and alfalfa complete their farm operation.

Cripple Creek Cattle Co. is a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association. Ed is actively involved in the Limousin breed, serving as president of the Heartland Limousin Association and vice-president of the Minnesota Limousin Association. He is also a member of the North American Limousin Foundation.

Ed and Cindy also own and operate Express-A-Button, which specializes in advertising and promotional items. They maintain 52 full-time employees in the 22 year- old operation.

The Cripple Creek family includes Ed and Cindy Bergler along with their four children Brian, Luke, Josh and Annie and two grandchildren Tyler and Willa. Thanks to the Bergler family for your generous donation!

Champion Heifer Brings $2,500 at the Minnesota Beef Expo Sale
The Minnesota Beef Expo held  its annual sale in the arena at the Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul. Even though there was a large crowd of bidders who attended the sale, all breed averages were off from previous sales due to uncertain economic conditions prevailing at the time.  Bollum Golden Oaks of Northfield, MN consigned HBLO Skittles 5T, a 4/7/07 red, double polled daughter of OKLF Linebacker 341L out of HUNT Rainbow 63R and bred to ROMN Justice. She sold to Cripple Creek Limousin of Dakota, MN for $1,450. BLMO Unleashed 803U, a 3/11/08 black, double polled daughter of MAGS Remote out of RPLF Petunia 504R consigned by Bachmeier Limousin of Apple Valley,
MN was purchased by GB Limousin of Carson, ND for $1,400.

Average: 8 Females = $1,256
Auctioneer: Neil Effertz 
Sale Management: Eberspacher Enterprises, Inc.
 
 
The top-selling Limousin female was the champion of
the sale show. CHFF 804 U is a 2/5/08 black, polled
daughter of Clear Creek Ramrod 05R consigned by
Herman Farms of Hastings, MN. She was purchased
by Joe Grotsun of Cold Spring, MN for $2,500.
  Joe Grotsun of Cold Spring, MN purchased the top-selling sale heifer from Chris Herman of Hastings, MN.
     
 
Ashley Lyon of Foley exhibited the reserve champion
sale heifer at the MN Beef Expo.
  Haley Bollum of Northfield thanked Ed Bergler of Cripple Creek Limousin, Dakota, MN for his purchase of Haley's bred heifer at the MN Beef Expo.

Herman Farms Donates Heifer

The Minnesota Beef Expo provides a program for interested youth to apply for a donation heifer from various breeds in Minnesota. To receive a donation heifer, the applicant must agree to raise the heifer and show
her at county and state level competitions.  They are required to bring the heifer back to the Minnesota
Beef Expo the following year and exhibit their project. This year Herman Farms of Hasting donated a
Limousin heifer to the program. She was awarded to Crystal Bosek of Garfield, MN. Crystal exhibited her donation heifer at this year’s junior show and took first in class with CHFF 810U, a 5/2/08 daughter of
Clear Creek Ramrod. Congratulations Crystal and good luck with your heifer.

Beef Expo Attracts 15 Youth to Junior Show

The ninth annual Minnesota Beef Expo was held October 17- 19, 2008 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds
in St. Paul. The Expo focuses on juniors by providing an educational component of seminars and clinics Friday. Saturday’s events included the sale and a banquet for all participants. The Expo concluded with the junior show Sunday. Judge Cody Wright of South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD evaluated the 24 Limousin females exhibited by 15 Minnesota juniors.
 
 
Taking the grand champion honors was
RJFL Tessa, a 4/25/07 daughter of RPLF Ricardo
exhibited by Megan Witt of Mabel, MN.
  Ashley Lyon of Foley, MN exhibited the reserve grand champion Limousin female with ASRL Thyme 508T, a
9/21/07 daughter of ROMN Justice.

Ak-Sar-Ben Limousin Steer Show
 
 
Grand Champion Limousin Steer
was exhibited by Matt Duff from MN.
  Dustin Biedenfeld of Peterson, IA won Reserve Grand Champion Limousin Steer. CONGRATULATIONS!


Youth Beef Experience


Each year breed associations donate heifers for the Youth Beef Experience as part of the Minnesota Beef Expo in October. The purpose of this program is to aid youth and help them get a start in the beef cattle business by awarding heifer calves to program participants. They receive their animals based on merit,
need, future goals and ability to care for the animal.

Cody Hinman, son of Jim and Dee Hinman of Atwater, MN is the 2007 recipient of a Limousin heifer. He received a heifer donated by Green Acres Limousin of Cottage Grove, MN.

He is a sophomore at Atwater Cosmos Grove City Junior/Senior High School. Cody has been active in both
4-H and FFA, school sports and church. He has shown cattle at the county fair level, taking home several purple and blue ribbons.

Cody has attended the Wulf Limousin Farms and Potterosa sales. His goal is to become a manager of a Limousin, Angus and Lim-Flex herd.  Good luck with your project!

2008 DONATION HEIFER
Herman Farms - Hastings, MN

We are very excited and proud to be a sponsor of the Limousin heifer for the 2008 Expo and Beef Experience Program.  Our farm is located between Hastings and Afton along the St. Croix river.  It is family owned-and-operated with everybody participating.  Myself (Chris) and Jamie with cattle management, Jay with crop management, Neal and Bridget with construction and lawn care management, with everything overseen by Mom and Dad (Becky and Steve.)

We have been active in the Limousin breed for eleven years now and strive for quality, not quantity.  We use an extensive AI program to produce quality, functional cattle that work in the industry for show and for the pasture.  Jamie and I have recently been appointed youth advisors for the MN Limousin Association and very excited.  We wish the best of luck to the youth who is awarded our 2008 donation heifer.


Potter Wins Beef Expo Junior Show


Ross Potter of Redwood Falls, MN exhibited both the grand champion and reserve champion Limousin heifers at the Beef Expo Junior Show in St. Paul October 20, 2007.

Taking home grand champion honors was RPLF Sweet Sixteen 6385, a 3/29/06 daughter of Pure Power. The reserve champion was RPLF Taboo 707T, a 3/2/07 daughter of WZRK Primestar.


Wulf Limousin Farms Honored as Cattle Ranch of the Week


Wulf Limousin Farms of Morris, Minnesota was named Cattle Ranch of the Week in the September 14,
2007 Cattle Network publication.

The operation consists of a cow-calf feedlot and farming operation in addition to the seedstock business. They run 900 cows and select replacement heifers by EPDs, growth, phenotype and disposition. Wulf
Limousin Farms feeds 6,000 head annually in their feedlot near Morris as well as 14,000 head in custom lots around the Midwest.

It is a family operation, consisting of sons and grandchildren of Leonard and Vi Wulf. In 2007 Wulf Limousin Farms exhibited the grand champion “Carload of Bulls” at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. For over 30 years they have focused on building a better beef animal, and they are excited about the fact that consumers are realizing the value of lean, high-yielding Limousin carcasses.

In addition to the cattle, they also farm 3,700 acres of corn, 1,500 acres of soybeans, 425 acres of wheat, and 150 acres of hay.


Limousin Sale Has 2nd High Average at Minnesota Beef Expo


The 8th annual Minnesota Beef Expo has gained in popularity over the years and has built a solid reputation as a worthwhile event. Although it occurs during the heart of the harvest season, the Expo saw record attendance and enjoyed continued improvement on the female and steer sale averages. The Limousin portion of the sale had the 2nd high overall average of $1,813.

The Beef Expo has added features throughout the years as a way to attract juniors and seedstock/commercial cattlemen. This is the 5th year that the Expo has selected a champion for Supreme Row. In addition, they also feature one breed each year, provide a variety of educational experiences for youth, and the winners of the Minnesota Youth Beef Experience program receive their donated heifers.

Ashley Lyon of Foley, exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Sale Limousin Female and the high-selling lot
at the Expo. LRFF Special 470S is a 9/23/06 double black, polled daughter of Wulf’s Nobel Prize 3861N
out of LRFF Molly. Rocking S Ranch of McLeod, ND was the high bidder at $2,700.

The Grand Champion and second high-selling Limousin female was also exhibited and consigned by Lyon River Front Farm. Ed Younker of Bingham Lake, MN purchased LRFF Starlight 437S; a 2/22/06 black,
double polled daughter of JCL Lodestar 27L out of LRFF Novel for $2,600.

Another popular female was RJFL Tessa, 725T; a 4/26/07 black, polled daughter of RPLF Ricardo out of RJFL Nikki 306N consigned by Ryan & Alissa Johnson of Ashton, IA. Witt Limousin of Mabel, MN purchased
the heifer for $2,200.

Auctioneer: Neil Effertz
Sale Mgmt. Eberspacher Enterprises

 
Allen & Ashley Lyon thanked Ed Younker of Bingham Lake, MN for his purchase of the champion Limousin sale female at the MN Beef Expo    

Strauss Veal Announces Plan for Meadow-Raised, Limousin-Based Product


There is a new model of veal production on the horizon, and the Limousin breed will be a key component
in it, according to one of the largest U.S. veal processors.

Increased competition for dairy calves, climbing whey prices and declining consumption led Strauss Veal
and Lamb International to identify an alternative to the current system, explained Randy Strauss, the company’s co-president.

“The newest thing in veal really isn’t that new,” he said. “It is so obvious that we almost overlooked it – Mother Nature.”

Instead of the traditional system of feeding a byproduct of cheese-making (whey) to a byproduct of the d
airy industry (bull calves), Strauss Veal’s new model calls for all-natural, meadow-raised, preweaned beef animals. After researching several breeds, the company decided the ideal calf for such a system is a 450-
to 500-pound, Limousin-influenced (at least 50 percent) bull, heifer or steer that is traceable to its place of birth.

“We are delighted Strauss Veal has identified the Limousin breed as the base from which to build its new product line,” said Kent Andersen, Ph.D., executive vice president of the North American Limousin Foundation (NALF). “The Limousin breed’s industry-leading retail-product yield and efficiency, end-product palatability and healthfulness, and respected culinary reputation around the world match beautifully with
the program’s objectives.”

The concept of Strauss® Meadow Reserve™ veal already has garnered positive attention from the
company’s established foodservice and retail clients.

“Every day, I see more articles and e-mails sent out, directing people down this wholesome and healthy
path,” Strauss said. “People are demanding this type of product. They are yearning for it. And it’s our job to provide it for them. We need to educate them and to share with them our idea of this tasty, nutritious and authentic protein.”

Despite the promise of significant demand, the company is committed to careful, monitored growth,
Strauss added.

“We already are working with several of our eager partners on the rollout of this program,” he said. “We
will support this product launch with advertising and consumer education.”

An exclusive supply-development plan developed with NALF and Five Star Cattle Systems calls for Strauss Veal to begin accepting calves in May. Following a “ramp-up” process over the summer, limited distribution will begin by fall.

Andersen said NALF gladly agreed to endorse and help build a supply network for Strauss Veal.

“It is a privilege to work with such an established, reputable and innovative company,” he stated. “The
larger we can help grow available year-round supply, the more net return we can add for users of Limousin genetics.”

In exchange for consistently sized, docile calves raised mostly on their mothers’ milk, Strauss Veal will
offer Limousin producers negotiated liveweight prices. Any carcass that falls within the desired weight
range will earn a bonus. Adding to that income potential will be the reduced costs and labor associated
with marketing weaning calves directly to the processor.

Strauss delineated the savings: “You will not have to castrate your bull calves. You will not have to precondition your calves for the feedyard. You will not have to dehorn. You will not have to implant. You
will not have to wean. And you will not have to worry about freight and commissions.”

Andersen agreed the simplicity is one of the most attractive aspects about supplying calves to the Strauss Veal program.

“When cow-calf producers combine simple, natural production using Limousin or Lim-Flex® bulls with reduced feed and labor costs, the time savings, and the available premiums, they have an opportunity that warrants serious business consideration,” he said. “They also can take pride in knowing they’re playing an essential role in producing a new, innovative, branded product for a growing range of sophisticated consumers.”

Andersen added that all Limousin producers will benefit from the production and carcass data Strauss
Veal will collect and share with NALF as part of the exclusive sourcing agreement.

A 70-year-old, third-generation, family-owned company, Strauss Veal is one of the largest veal processors
and fabricators in the United States. While the overall veal industry has been shrinking for the past 20
years, Strauss Veal has tripled its business since 2001.

“We are a progressive-minded company with the foresight to market what the public is looking for,”
Strauss said. “There is nothing like Meadow Reserve veal in the marketplace. This is innovative and
exciting, and it is an opportunity to be part of something good for not only animal agriculture but also the consumer.”

He added that, in bringing a new production model to the veal industry, his company would increase the
value of calves sired by registered and properly transferred Limousin and Lim-Flex bulls.

For more information about marketing Limousin-influenced weaning calves to the Strauss Meadow
Reserve veal program, contact Frank Padilla, NALF director of member and commercial relations,
at (303) 220-1693.

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.
 
 
     
 
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