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Testing the Energizer Ground System & Ground Return Wire

Testing the Energizer Ground System & Ground Return Wire

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Energizer Ground Systems should be tested at least once a year during the height of the dry period and, if necessary, improved by adding more grounds rods.

Before testing the ground system, you will need to place the fence system under heavy load to simulate a fence under heavy vegetation. You can load the fence by placing several steel stakes between the live fence wires and the ground at least 330 feet from the Energizer. The fence voltage should be reduced to 2kV if possible.

Using a Digital Volt Meter, measure the voltage between the ground wire which is connected to the Energizer ground terminal and an independent ground at least 3 feet away from any Energizer ground rod. The independent ground can be metal rod over 8” long.

Ideally there should be no reading, however, a reading of up to 200 volts is acceptable.

For a Ground Wire Return System, it is also important to test the ground return wire. This should be done as close to the end of the fence line as possible.

Establish an independent ground. An independent testing point should be installed at least 8” into damp soil.

Measure the voltage with a Digital Volt Meter between the live and ground return wires.

Then measure the voltage between the live wire and the independent ground. The voltage should not be more than 0.2kV greater than the reading between the live and ground return wires.

If it is, then ground rods should be installed along the fence line and coupled to the ground wire.

Check the ground system and the ground return wires, as well as the live ones. If anyone gets shocked where they shouldn’t, such as on gates, check the insulators. Induced voltage from the fence line can cause this to happen. Ground the wires behind the end insulators and improve the groundings.

Changing Supply/Demand Picture Reshaping Foreign Outlook

The key drivers in the short-term outlook for U.S. meat exports include politics, economic variables, domestic production, market access, consumer trends and competitor developments. Here’s a market by market analysis:

Asia/Pacific Rim. These drivers appear to be the basis for the four major themes that impacted beef marketing in the Asia/Pacific region in 2007 and into 2008, says Joel Haggard, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) senior vice president. Each country in Southeast Asia presents its own basic meat demand parameters the U.S. must meet if market access is to increase, he says.

The first major theme is the access constraints U.S. beef continues to face from Korea and Japan. “Partial market access has reduced sales to 60% of the capacity seen before 2003, the equivalent to $50 million/week in lost sales,” he says.

Haggard says it’s important to recognize that cuts exported to Asia vary by country, but the Asia Pacific region tends to prefer an equivalent to USDA Choice or higher.

  • Before Korea was closed to U.S. beef in December 2003, it was the third-largest and growing destination for U.S. beef; annual sales were $815 million in 2003. The U.S. and Korea concluded an agreement April 18 to fully reopen South Korea’s market consistent with international standards and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) guidelines.

    Once the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement is ratified and implemented and the current 40% tariff on U.S. beef is fully lifted, it’s expected to generate annual tariff savings of $500 million for U.S. beef exporters based on 2003 trade volumes.

  • In China, signs for U.S. beef exports are positive, though the vast majority of consumers are still considered poor, Haggard says. Market access is an issue but positive signs include increasing incomes, an improving distributional infrastructure and the spread of Western-style retailing and foodservice.

    “Over 800 million Chinese consumers would be considered ‘rural’ and make $500-$600/year, while another 500 million consumers are in the urbanized ‘mass market,’ ” Haggard explains. There’s currently no substantial middle class in China but the goal is to move half of Chinese households to that level by 2020.

    China is projected to be the world’s largest tourist destination by 2020. And Haggard says the Chinese are beginning to allow Chinese tourists access to other countries, including the U.S., bringing home with them international tastes.

    There’s anecdotal evidence that U.S. beef is currently reaching the closed Chinese market, notably the hotel/restaurant trade, via Macau and Vietnam. Haggard notes the Chinese have found it a challenge to build a domestic grain-fed competitive beef industry.

  • Malaysia and Indonesia are considered major Halal countries (1.8 billion Muslims) consuming mainly beef and poultry.

  • Thailand, which consumes mainly pork, poultry and beef, imports very little meat product.

  • Singapore prefers pork, seafood and poultry.

  • Vietnam, a major seafood and pork producer, primarily consumes pork and poultry.

  • The Philippines, whose consumers have a higher acceptance of fat, are a large beef importer for processing, have higher processed meat consumption, and prefer beef, pork and poultry for consumption.
Europe. Europe is now a net importer of beef. Commercial beef production plummeted from 1,200 metric tons (mt) annually in 1993 to less than 200 in 2003 mostly due to changing agricultural subsidy policies. This more than offset 30% consumption decreases after 2003 and recurring BSE incidences, dioxin scares and concerns over foot-and-mouth disease.

Currently, two-thirds of beef supplied to the European Union (EU) is Brazilian (200,000 mt). Based on EU-imposed traceability requirements, Brazil will reduce the number of farms serving as a source of EU-bound beef from 6,000 to less than 1,000 farms. To assure traceability, meat packers in Brazil have agreed to not commingle cattle from multiple sources, and EU beef import officials carefully watch Brazilian exporters to ensure compliance.

U.S. beef exports to the EU are limited to beef from non-hormone treated cattle (NHTC). The dispute over the EU ban on beef from animals administered certain growth-promoting hormones dates back to 1996. In March 2008, a World Trade Organization dispute-settlement panel ruled the 2003 amended ban by the EU on beef from certain hormone-treated cattle continues to be scientifically unjustified.

But even if the EU were forced open to beef from hormone-treated cattle, John Brook, USMEF director for Europe, Russia and the Middle East, says surveys indicate up to 82% of consumers in the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands wouldn’t purchase such product if it were in the meat case. In addition, U.S. beef is still too expensive compared to other origins, such as South America. Plus, there aren’t enough cattle in the NHTC supply chain, nor enough U.S. packing plants approved to ship product to the EU.

Despite these challenges, U.S. beef exports to the EU doubled from 2006 to 2007 and are projected to double again in 2008.

“Europe really would like for the U.S. to become a substantial supplier,” Brook adds. “Brazil lacks control, Argentina’s president is limiting exports, Uruguay doesn’t have enough meat, Paraguay doesn’t have good enough animal health, and Australia has a drought.”

In the EU, animal welfare is a big and growing issue, warns Brook. So are environmental concerns regarding beef production being espoused by activist groups, as well as concern over meat from cloned animals.

Russia and the Middle East. Projections for U.S. imports into Russia are very positive. “Russia is changing,” Brook says. “Beef consumption is rising, massive economic change is underway as a result of high oil and gas prices, and restaurants are opening faster than you can keep track.”

Brazil increased beef exports to Russia by 50% in 2007, says Erin Daley, USMEF manager of research and analysis. “Brazil should continue to fill the growing demand for beef in Russia and the Middle East.” She says the weak U.S. dollar vs. the strong Brazilian real and Australian dollar makes U.S. exports more competitive in Russia.

“Even prior to the U.S. return to the market in December 2007, 25% of Russian retailers interviewed saw opportunities for high-quality U.S. beef in the modern retail sector,” Daley says.

Beef and live-cattle import dynamics in the Middle East are changing as beef and cattle traders look beyond Europe for new suppliers. The Middle East is seeing an economic boom with the rise of luxury hotels and restaurants, including those catering to tourists.

Australian live-cattle exports to Egypt resumed this year after a two-year suspension due to animal-welfare concerns. Construction of a state-of-the-art feedlot and abattoir there, and ironclad assurances on animal treatment, have reinstated the trade, which reached more than 200,000 head/year prior to the 2006 suspension.

Mexico. Mexican beef production is increasing in tonnage but still has a shortfall relative to consumption. This gap resulted in nearly 594 million lbs. of beef imports in 2006, says Homero Recio, CEO, Agri-West International, Inc.

The U.S. exported more than 490 million lbs. of beef to Mexico, not including 160,000 mt of beef variety meats. The two next leading exporters to Mexico are Canada (75 million lbs.) and New Zealand (11 million lbs.).

Mexican beef production increased to nearly 1.6 million mt from 1990-2006, Recio says. At the same time, Mexican cattle numbers have decreased from nearly 32 million head to less than 30 million.

The increase in Mexican production efficiency, he explains, is due to increased grain feeding in the northern part of the country. Today, more than 90% of cattle in Mexico are fed some grain, and only 7-8% are traditional grass-fed cattle.

In 2007, the U.S. imported more than 1.09 million head of cattle – mostly lightweight feeder steers – from Mexico. The beef-production equivalent from exported calves from Mexico nearly fills the gap for which they import beef product from other countries.

Recio says challenges for Mexican beef production include high U.S. calf prices, a high percentage of cattle in the hands of small producers, cost of grain, and the U.S. cutout value for USDA Select carcasses is lower than local carcass price.

While concerns over a global economic slowdown may be affecting the demand for the high-value U.S. beef cuts, Greg Doud, National Cattlemen's Beef Association chief economist, is optimistic.

“In 2007, the U.S. sold beef to 108 countries, and set all-time records in 22 of them,” he says. “In nearly every country we have market access, we expect in 2008 to exceed or come very close to pre-2003 levels, with possible exception of Russia, Hong Kong, China, Japan and Korea.”

A Year Of Extremes

Crops have incurred more than $8 billion in estimated weather-related damage thus far in 2008, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). Iowa accounts for about half the damage, but there are notable problems in at least a dozen other states ranging from the excessive wetness and flooding in Illinois to drought in California.

"Wet weather and flooding create issues, as farmers are unable to plant their crops," says Terry Francl, AFBF senior economist. "The crops they do plant do not sprout and grow, resulting in fewer acres harvested. Additionally, the difficult growing conditions greatly reduce the yield of the crop that is harvested." He adds that expected Iowa corn yields are reduced 16% for this year, and 1.5 million to 2 million acres of corn and soybeans in Iowa that farmers intended to plant this spring will likely remain fallow.

This results in a $4-billion shot to Iowa's crops. Other states taking a hit from excessive wetness and flooding are: Illinois, $1.3 billion; Missouri, $900 million; Indiana, $500 million; Nebraska $500 million; and an additional $1 billion in remaining wet states.

Some areas are experiencing the opposite problem. Drought is taking a toll on several Western states and a few states in the Southeast. Northern California battled the driest spring in its history. As a whole, the state suffered $500 million in estimated damage. This equals the estimated drought-related damage in all other states combined.

Nationally, the average corn yield is likely to decline some 8-10 bu./acre from the 2008 trend line, mostly due to inclement weather. The national average soybean yield is also likely to be down 1-2 bu./acre from the current USDA projection of 42.

These damage estimates relate only to crop production as of the last week of June. This means livestock, infrastructure, building and equipment losses aren't considered. Additionally, the estimate assumes normal weather conditions will ensue for the remainder of the growing season. Varying weather conditions later in the season could cause the estimate to grow or contract.

U.S. Beef Trade To South Korea To Resume. No, Really!

South Korean's government continues to walk a fine line on the resumption of beef imports. On Saturday, it reached an agreement whereby the U.S. government agreed to supervise a private industry accord with South Korea to only export beef from animals younger than 30 months of age.

South Korea's government essentially refrained from backing out on its earlier agreement to allow meat from cattle over 30 months, but also hopes to quell domestic fears about BSE in U.S. beef. On Thursday, the Korean government was to post a notice announcing the resumption of beef trade in the official government gazette, the last bureaucratic hurdle.

Of course, it’s in the best interest of the U.S. industry to ease the consumer concerns that have delayed the resumption of trade three times already. The key questions – after seeing thousands of Koreans protesting in the streets over U.S. beef imports – are how much has the reputation of U.S. beef been damaged, and how long will it take to regain the market share lost since 2003?

There are numerous learned lessons from this frustrating process, but the situation also posits a number of questions regarding international trade, in general.

First off, there’s a large anti-globalization movement that exists in virtually every country in the world. And it’s striking that even the government of South Korea, a country that enjoys a major trade surplus with the U.S., can experience such extreme political pressure for merely adhering to negotiated agreements and internationally accepted scientific standards.

The advocates of global trade have long argued that world commerce would soon be so intertwined – with everyone so dependent on international trade and focused on maintaining trust and their international reputations – that trade between countries would become as seamless as trade between states. The South Korean situation would seem to point up, however, just how rocky and raucous it may be to get to that point.

Packing Industry Struggles Continue

Tyson announced the sale this week of its Canadian beef operations to XL Foods Inc. for $107 million in Canadian dollars. Tyson has already closed three other plants and slipped from No. 1 to No. 3 in terms of beef-slaughter capacity in the U.S. The stocks of meatpacking plants have been taking a severe hit, but Tyson stock rose on news of the sale.

Another packer in trouble appears to be Creekstone Farms. USDA's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) announced two weeks ago its agreement with Creekstone that prohibits the firm from buying any livestock without paying for them immediately at the time of purchase. Creekstone also had to nearly double the size of its bond nearly $4.5 million.

GIPSA made the move after determining that, since January 2007 through the present, Creekstone had operated in a financial situation where total liabilities exceeded total assets. It’s important to note, however, that Creekstone hadn’t failed to pay for any cattle and was not charged with paying for cattle later than required.

Creekstone's location, its inability to run at full capacity given the overcapacity issues in the packing industry, along with the extremely difficult operating conditions for the packing industry, are all believed to be contributing to its financial woes. And speculation about Creekstone’s future has swirled for weeks.

But given its location, difficult economic environment for packers, and overall excess packing capacity, it’s difficult to envision who might step up to take over the Arkansas City plant if it were offered for sale.

JBS appears to be pretty well extended with its purchase (approval still pending) of Swift and National. Tyson is in full-scale retreat and is in a consolidation mode. Smithfield has abandoned its aspirations of getting into beef packing. And Excel showed very little interest the first time the plant was on the auction block.

Still, the Creekstone plant is one of the newest and most technologically advanced in the country. Thus, it has the potential to be one of the industry’s most efficient. Time will tell.

HSUS Videos Engender Varied Emotions

If you haven't seen the latest Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) video on YouTube, it’s probably worth viewing. It was shot at the Portales Livestock Auction in New Mexico.

Most cattlemen seem to go through a similar range of emotions upon viewing these videos. It starts with revulsion at the treatment of these animals, and anger that some people can put the industry in such a terrible position, followed by sadness over the bad perception that these videos engender among those with no other experience or exposure to livestock production. Next comes denial due to the fact all these debacles involve dairy cows, which constitute such a small portion of the population but produce an overwhelming number of the “black eyes” in animal handling and welfare.

The Wayne Pacelles of the world (he’s head of HSUS) have a specific agenda and that agenda isn't to decrease milk production. Their goal is to decrease meat consumption, and it’s irrelevant to them if these problems are dairy-related as long as they can serve to give meat production a black eye.

The reality is that HSUS, like anyone seeking to destroy its enemy, will probe to find a weakness they can exploit. Needless to say, our auction markets and the issue of downer cattle are a major weakness.

The truth is that the black eyes are justified. Certainly, the footage is deliberately misleading, the commentary is questionable, and the context isn’t provided – some even appear to be staged – but it doesn't change the fact that this video was actually taken. We can’t allow these practices to continue.

Just this week, the media provided consumers with coverage of an E.coli O157:H7 recall, the HSUS video, Korean street protests over the safety of U.S. beef, and still another case of BSE in Canada. Factor those stories in with near-record retail prices, and we all should be concerned about consumption numbers.

The reality is these circumstances (lacking context or not) are occurring far too frequently. The series of videos released by HSUS in the last few months were filmed at six different locations. The USDA's finalization of the total ban from the food supply of downer cattle can’t happen soon enough.

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Prevent Disease to Improve Profitability

LENEXA, Kan. (June 25, 2008) – Whether starting lightweight calves or growing and finishing cattle, a sound receiving program starts with disease prevention – which ultimately translates to a better bottom line.

“Unless producers are buying known origin cattle or animals verified with a preconditioning program, they don’t know what they’re getting,” says Mitch Blanding, DVM, Pfizer Animal Health veterinarian, Lenexa, Kan. “If you’ve got calves with a respiratory disease or parasites, they’re not going to gain appropriately or perform very well.”

In fact, the health status of cattle has a major impact on performance and profit. According to a Texas A&M study, sick cattle not only incur additional medicine costs, but also generally gain less, are less efficient and grade lower.1

Blanding says the least expensive and most efficient means of disease intervention is prevention with an effective vaccination and deworming program to help boost animals’ immune systems.

Deworming also has been proven to be the technology that most affects the average daily gain in stocker operations. In one study, eliminating dewormers affected the break-even price by 2.7 percent, which represented a cost of $20.77 per head produced.2

“The more animals you keep from getting sick, the better off you are, so we start by vaccinating those animals that have a competent immune system and are capable of responding to the vaccine,” Blanding says.

Blanding also points out an industry accepted general rule of thumb: for every hour animals spend in transport, give them at least that much time after they arrive before vaccinating. This allows the animals a chance to rest before the additional stress of processing. To help ensure all calves are protected, use booster vaccines as labels indicate.

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE), the world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical company, is a world leader in discovering and developing innovative animal vaccines and prescription medicines. Pfizer Animal Health is dedicated to improving the safety, quality and productivity of the world’s food supply by enhancing the health of livestock and poultry; and in helping companion animals live longer and healthier lives. For additional information on Pfizer’s portfolio of animal products, visit www.PfizerAH.com.

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1 McNeill JW. Texas A&M Ranch to Rail—Summary Report. Texas Agricultural Extension Service, Texas A&M University, College Station, 1999-2000.

2 Lawrence JD, Ibarburu MA. Economic Analysis of Pharmaceutical Technologies in Modern Beef Production. Iowa State University. 2006. Available at:

www.econ.iastate.edu/faculty/lawrence/documents/GET7401-LawrencePaper.pdf

©2008 Pfizer Inc. All rights reserved. GCA 08017

For further information, contact:

Jennie Schutte

Pfizer Animal Health

212-733-7296

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Kenna Rathai

Martin|Williams

815-422-0321

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Pfizer Inc. . 150 East 42nd Street . New York, NY 10017

212-733-2323 . www.pfizerah.com

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Power and Fuel Efficiency Can Go Together

Massey Ferguson 6400 and 7400 Series tractors produce cost-saving benefits through Tier III engines and award-winning transmissions.

DULUTH, GA (June 24, 2008) — Massey Ferguson® 6400 and 7400 Series high horsepower (HP) tractors with new generation Tier III engines burn cleaner and smarter for greater fuel efficiency. Both the Dyna-VT™ CVT transmission on the 7400 Series, ranging from 100-155 PTO HP, and Dyna-6™ transmission, from 100 to 180 PTO HP, on the 6400 Series deliver power and torque more efficiently and effectively in the field and in transit.

The AE50 award-winning Dyna-VT CVT transmission on the 7400 Series has demonstrated significant savings in cost per acre per hour of at least 15% in fuel savings and 10% in labor costs versus powershift transmissions. “To put it in perspective, on 1,000 acres that’s $10,000 per year,” says Adrian Crisp, Massey Ferguson product marketing manager, High HP Tractors.

In fact, in one trial, a 7400 Series 155 HP tractor only used a quarter gallon of fuel per acre. The tractor was equipped with a CVT transmission while operating a 9 ft. disc mower at 12.9 kph. Crisp adds that this fuel economy may not be average for all operating conditions, but illustrates the fuel-saving focus of these tractors.

“We understand that rising fuel prices have made fuel efficiency more important than ever. These engines and their control systems squeeze the maximum power from every gallon of diesel,” Crisp adds. “However, when extra power is needed, such as when the PTO is engaged, response is immediate.”

The efficient, clutchless speed control on the Dyna-VT CVT transmission reduces fuel use by as much as 40% over competitive power shift transmissions in high speed/low power situations. On models with QuadLink™ suspended front axle, the Dyna-VT transmission delivers infinitively variable speeds from 0 to 31 mph. The operator sets the parameters for desired power, speed and comfort with minimal noise and maximum efficiency. QuadLink also reduces power hop and wheel slippage for increased traction and maximum wheel/soil contact.

“We listened to our customers and made changes, big and small, to the powerful 6400 and 7400 Series. Changes that boost efficiency, economy and operator comfort,” Crisp says. “The Tier III Perkins® and SisuDiesel™ engines with their electronic fuel injection systems meet government requirements, but they also meet our customer requirements for increased power, versatility and serviceability."

Both series also feature a more service-friendly and more responsive look with an easy-access single-piece hood, easy-clean cooling system and “narrow waist” profile for tighter turns.

The 6400 Series offers the most efficient and easy to use semi-powershift on the market. Also an AE50 award winner, the Dyna-6 offers six powershift ratios that can be shifted up or down under full load within each of four ranges with 24 speeds forward and reverse. Equipped with front axle suspension, the 6400 Series will also top out at 31mph. For pure pulling power in the fields, the Dyna-6 offers 11 different gear ratios in the 2.5 to 7.5 mph speed range.

In-cab 6400/7400 Series enhancements include improved visibility, lighting control and added head room. The cabs are exceptionally quiet with a sound rating of only 69 dB and air ride swivel seat for operator comfort. Operators can upgrade to even greater comfort with Automatic Climate Control, dual stage pneumatic cab suspension and a super deluxe seat with internal heating and advanced support.

Electronic Engine Management and Transmission Controller, optional Datatronics III Headland Management and Auto-Guide satellite navigation system technologies can cut input costs by as much as 15%. The Console I in-cab terminal monitors tractor performance, operates all ISOBUS 11783 compliant trailing implements and lets you view live video from remote cameras on, in and behind equipment. The on-board GTA100 software lets you capture, view and export tractor and implement data for in office analysis while the “SD CardsTool” pre-programs tractor functions, settings and other variables on an SD card for later field applications.

“These new generation 6400 and 7400 Series tractors offer the best in rugged engineering, efficient and intelligent design and the latest technology,” Crisp says. “They carry on the Massey Ferguson tradition of making the operator's job easier, more comfortable and more productive. And with their excellent fuel economy, the only thing they guzzle up is work.”

For more information on Massey Ferguson, visit www.masseyferguson.com.

About AGCO

Founded in 1990, AGCO Corporation (NYSE: AG) (www.agcocorp.com) is a global manufacturer of agricultural equipment and related replacement parts. AGCO offers a full product line including tractors, combines, hay tools, sprayers, forage, tillage equipment and implements, which are distributed through more than 3,000 independent dealers and distributors in more than 140 countries worldwide. AGCO products include the following well-known brands: AGCO®, Challenger®, Fendt®, Gleaner®, Hesston®, Massey Ferguson®, RoGator®, Spra-Coupe®, Sunflower®, TerraGator®, Valtra®, and White™ Planters. AGCO provides retail financing through AGCO Finance. The company is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia, and in 2007 had net sales of $6.8 billion.

AGCO Corporation, 4205 River Green Parkway, Duluth, GA USA 30096 · 770.813.9200 · www.agcocorp.com

For more information, please contact:

Tammi Wecksler

Massey Ferguson

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Troy Schroeder

Broadhead + Co

612-617-7930

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Limousin Juniors Gather at Western Regional Show

The Western Regional Junior Limousin Show was June 13 in Klamath Falls, Ore.Cary Crow, Coffeyville, Kan., evaluated four steers, 11 bred-and-owned females, three bred-and-owned bulls, 25 owned females and four Lim-Flex® females for exhibitors from California, Oregon and Washington.

Kirsten Vanzanten, Ferndale, Wash., led the grand champion owned female. JBRH True Passion is a Jan. 22, 2007, daughter of ANLC Langley 1747L and was the Division 4 champion.

DJ Seduction was the reserve grand champion owned female for Lance Bierlink, Blaine, Wash. The Oct. 22, 2006, daughter of TNUH Blue Print 245H was the champion in Division 5.

Bierlink also led LANZ True Reflection to grand champion honors in the bred-and-owned female show after winning Division 1. The heifer is a Dec. 7, 2007, daughter of EXLR Sensation 185J.

Holly Berry, Port Orchard, Wash., had the reserve grand champion bred-and-owned female in DJ Twelve Roses, an April 5, 2007, daughter of LVLS Farmer 4G. She first won Division 3.

In the bred-and-owned bull show, MNM Little Man Tate – a May 2, 2007, son of Wulfs Fanfare 4055F – earned grand champion honors for Meghan Hauck, Wheatland, Calif., after winning Division 2.

The reserve grand champion bred-and-owned bull was SJSS Utah 162U, the Division 1 champion. Stanley Stimson, Rainier, Ore., owns the Jan. 17, 2008, son of KRVN Naskar 013N.

Berry had both the grand and reserve grand champions in the Lim‑Flex female show. MAGS Sister Act – an April 17, 2006, daughter of Connealy Lead On out of ALCM Kactus Kid – took the top honors. She showed with an April 15, 2008, daughter of Basin Franchise P142 at her side.

DJ Tequila Sunrise was the reserve grand champion. She is an April 10, 2007, daughter of BEUS Powerplant 408P out of M S C 426.

Chad Stevens, Selah, Wash., won the steer show with CSFM Tedo 73T – a 1,332-pound, Jan. 17, 2007, purebred son of Carrousels Peak Power. The reserve grand champion steer was CIC Rocky – the 1,358-pound, Feb. 15, 2007, halfblood son of SWSN Jake The Snake out of CIC Noreen 35N that Donnie Summers, Klamath Falls, Ore., showed.

Bierlink had the champion pair of females.

In the showmanship contests, Austin Speck, Chehalis, Wash., worked his way to the top of the Junior Division. Carson Backus, Orting, Wash., claimed highest honors in the Intermediate Division. Berry won the title of champion senior showman.

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.

North American Limousin Foundation

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Centennial, CO 80112-2339

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WESTERN REGIONAL JUNIOR LIMOUSIN SHOW

June 13, 2008

Klamath Falls, Ore.

Total entries: 47

Judge: Cary Crow, Coffeyville, Kan.

Owned females – 25 entries shown

Division 1 champion: LANZ True Reflection, 12/7/2007 daughter of EXLR Sensation 185J

Exhibitor: Lance Bierlink, Blaine, Wash.

Division 1 reserve champion: LANZ Tay Tay, 11/9/2007 daughter of EXLR Sensation 185J

Exhibitor: Lance Bierlink, Blaine, Wash.

Division 2 champion: LANZ Shez A Teaze, 9/11/2007 daughter of Carrousels Nasdaq

Exhibitor: Lance Bierlink, Blaine, Wash.

Division 2 reserve champion: MNM Tequila Sunrise, 8/9/2007 daughter of Wulfs Fanfare 4055F

Exhibitor: Meghan Hauck, Wheatland, Calif.

Division 3 champion: JBRH Trifecta 522T, 5/22/2007 daughter of ANLC Langley 1747L

Exhibitor: Lance Bierlink, Blaine, Wash.

Division 3 reserve champion: DJ Twelve Roses, 4/5/2007 daughter of LVLS Farmer 4G

Exhibitor: Holly Berry, Port Orchard, Wash.

Division 4 champion: JBRH True Passion, 1/22/2007 daughter of ANLC Langley 1747L

Exhibitor: Kirsten Vanzanten, Ferndale, Wash.

Division 4 reserve champion: DJ Temptation, 2/1/2007 daughter of TNUH Blue Print 245H

Exhibitor: Austin Speck, Chehalis, Wash.

Division 5 champion: DJ Seduction, 10/22/2006 daughter of TNUH Blue Print 245H

Exhibitor: Lance Bierlink, Blaine, Wash.

Division 5 reserve champion: DJ Secret’s Out, 10/28/2006 daughter of TNUH Blue Print 245H

Exhibitor: Kirsten Vanzanten, Ferndale, Wash.

Cow-Calf Division champion: EXLR Molly 801S, 2/11/2006 daughter of Carrousels Pure Power, with a 4/9/2008 daughter of ANLC Langley 1747L at side

Exhibitor: Chad Stevens, Selah, Wash.

Cow-Calf Division reserve champion: KVDH Starlight 15S, 2/16/2006 daughter of COLE Nitro 84N

Exhibitor: Kevin Dean, Los Molinos, Calif.

Grand champion owned female: JBRH True Passion (Division 4)

Exhibitor: Kirsten Vanzanten, Ferndale, Wash.

Reserve grand champion owned female: DJ Seduction (Division 5)

Exhibitor: Lance Bierlink, Blaine, Wash.

Bred-and-owned females – 11 entries shown

Division 1 champion: LANZ True Reflection, 12/7/2007 daughter of EXLR Sensation 185J

Exhibitor: Lance Bierlink, Blaine, Wash.

Division 1 reserve champion: LANZ Tay Tay, 11/9/2007 daughter of EXLR Sensation 185J

Exhibitor: Lance Bierlink, Blaine, Wash.

Division 2 champion: LANZ Shez A Teaze, 9/11/2007 daughter of Carrousels Nasdaq

Exhibitor: Lance Bierlink, Blaine, Wash.

Division 2 reserve champion: MNM Tequila Sunrise, 8/9/2007 daughter of Wulfs Fanfare 4055F

Exhibitor: Meghan Hauck, Wheatland, Calif.

Division 3 champion: DJ Twelve Roses, 4/5/2007 daughter of LVLS Farmer 4G

Exhibitor: Holly Berry, Port Orchard, Wash.

Division 3 reserve champion: KVDH Starlight 15S, 2/16/2006 daughter of COLE Nitro 84N

Exhibitor: Kevin Dean, Los Molinos, Calif.

Grand champion bred-and-owned female: LANZ True Reflection (Division 1)

Exhibitor: Lance Bierlink, Blaine, Wash.

Reserve grand champion bred-and-owned female: DJ Twelve Roses (Division 3)

Exhibitor: Holly Berry, Port Orchard, Wash.

Bred-and-owned bulls – 3 entries shown

Division 1 champion: SJSS Utah 162U, 1/17/2008 son of KRVN Naskar 013N

Exhibitor: Stanley Stimson, Rainier, Ore.

Division 2 champion: MNM Little Man Tate, 5/2/2007 son of Wulfs Fanfare 4055F

Exhibitor: Meghan Hauck, Wheatland, Calif.

Division 2 reserve champion: KVDH Tomahawk 33T, 4/14/2007 son of COLE Nitro 84N

Exhibitor: Kevin Dean, Los Molinos, Calif.

Grand champion bred-and-owned bull: MNM Little Man Tate (Division 2)

Exhibitor: Meghan Hauck, Wheatland, Calif.

Reserve grand champion bred-and-owned bull: SJSS Utah 162U (Division 1)

Exhibitor: Stanley Stimson, Rainier, Ore.

Lim-Flex® females – 4 entries shown

Grand champion Lim-Flex female: MAGS Sister Act, 4/17/2006 daughter of Connealy Lead On out of ALCM Kactus Kid, with a 4/15/2008 daughter of Basin Franchise P142 at side

Exhibitor: Holly Berry, Port Orchard, Wash.

Reserve grand champion Lim-Flex female: DJ Tequila Sunrise, 4/10/2007 daughter of BEUS Powerplant 408P out of M S C 426

Exhibitor: Holly Berry, Port Orchard, Wash.

Steers – 4 entries shown

Grand champion steer: CSFM Tedo 73T, 1,332-pound, 1/17/2007 purebred son of Carrousels Peak Power

Exhibitor: Chad Stevens, Selah, Wash.

Reserve grand champion steer: CIC Rocky, 1,358-pound, 2/15/2007 halfblood son of SWSN Jake The Snake out of CIC Noreen 35N

Exhibitor: Donnie Summers, Klamath Falls, Ore.

Champion pair of females

Lance Bierlink, Blaine, Wash.

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