LIMOUSIN TODAY LimToday_November18_WEB - Page 8

President’s Message Hello, November By Gary Fuchs, NALF president We have had an eventful couple of months as Limousin breeders. For some of us we may have learned a new four-letter word, BOLT. While the new EPD system might have shocked some of us with its results and effects on our breeding programs, we need to be confident that the new system will ultimately benefit us as breeders and the entire breed. The scientists that have worked on developing this process are confident in their 6 | NOVEMBER 2018 work and the data it produces. We also need to learn to develop confidence in the results. Our staff has worked hard over the last couple of months to ensure that the results produced are correct according to the data submitted. The one trouble with correct, is that sometimes the correct result might not be the one we want. I hope each of us can productively evaluate our breeding options and find avenues to continue the improvement of our breed and our herds. On a different note, the National Western Stock Show and our breed events surrounding our time in Denver is fast approaching. I hope each of you consider the opportunities provided at this event for you to participate in some great breed functions and opportunities to engage with other breeders. Good luck to each of you. I