The North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) has compiled the statistics for its recently completed fiscal year and determined the breed’s 10 most heavily propagated sires. Together, they sired nearly 3,500 registered Limousin and Lim-Flex® calves.
“Those sires represent the value of one of the most effective genetic improvement tools available today – artificial insemination,” said Kent Andersen, Ph.D., executive vice president for NALF. “Using today’s highly proven AI sires can boost weaning weights, improve postweaning efficiency, increase carcass value and produce better replacement females.”
Research conducted by NALF and Colorado State University (CSU) indicates Limousin and Lim-Flex bulls sold at auction bring about $400 more if conceived by AI compared to natural service. AI-conceived females bring about $200 more, and females confirmed pregnant by AI bring about $300 more.
The list of top 10 Limousin sires and their owners follows.
1. JCL Lodestar 27L – Magness Land and Cattle, Platteville, Colo.; Kervin Cattle Co., Winnfield, La.; and Coyote Hills Ranch, Chattanooga, Okla.
2. EXLR Excellante 251L – Riverdale Ranch, West, Miss.; Counsil Family Limousin, Madisonville, Texas; Express Ranches, Yukon, Okla.; and Magness Land and Cattle
3. AUTO Dollar General 122R – Brown Land and Cattle Co., Diamond, Mo.
4. Carrousels Pure Power – Express Ranches
5. Wulfs Nobel Prize 3861N – Rolf Limousin, Le Roy, Kan., and Wulf Limousin Farms, Morris, Minn.
6. GPFF Blaque Rulon – Kervin Cattle Co.
7. ROMN Justice – Seven C Limousin Ranch, Terry, Mont.
8. OKLF Linebacker 341L – Running Creek Ranch, Elizabeth, Colo., and Oakleigh Farms, Redwood Falls, Minn.
9. Carrousels MVP – Running Creek Ranch
10. LESF Asphalt 9N – Express Ranches; Heart Felt Farms, Gettysburg, Pa.; and Tubmill Creek Farms, New Florence, Pa.
Pedigrees and expected progeny differences (EPDs) for any registered Limousin or Lim-Flex bull are available through various features of the NALF Web site (www.nalf.org), including the Animal EPD Search, Sire Selector and Limousin Exchange Bull Listing Service. The most recent sire summary also is in the site’s “Genetic Evaluation” section. A printed copy or CD-ROM version of it also is available from the NALF office, (303) 220-1693, for $10.
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.